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Hair Update: My Swavy Hair Journey Gone Wrong And How I Saved It

My CGM hair journey update: 3 years+ and counting

I started my wavy hair journey using the Curly Girl Method at the end of 2017 (it was Dec 2017 to be exact – you can read it here). If you read some of my later posts you’ll see that my hair went through a transition period of some sorts. I started off with 1B/1C straight-ish hair pre-Curly Girl Method then it got really wavy and ended up 2A with some 2B strands then after that it started going less wavy and regressed to 1C/2A straightish-wavy pattern. Since then it’s stuck somewhere between 1B/1C.

I was so upset with how much regression I experienced that I didn’t want to continue with the Curly Girl Method. Just to be clear, I followed a modified version of CGM and didn’t follow it strictly apart from the first couple months. This was because my hair is somewhat fine/medium density and clarifying without a sulfates-based cleanser just wasn’t doing it for me. You can read more about my swavy 2A hair journey and the products I used here. This was when my hair was possibly at its optimum health despite the colour processes it went through.

My hair went from swavy 2A back to straightish 1B within months

The last time I remember still having my waves was back in October/November 2020.

Below is a photo of my November wash day and how my hair looked wet, to 50% dry to fully dry… and this was air dried! Stupid me, I don’t really keep a diary of products I use anymore as it’s generally the same but I wish I had because I have no idea what I used then.

I went from this:

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Wavy Hair: November’s wash day (air dried)

to THIS!

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FEB 2021: I had no clue what was going on with my hair! My waves disappeared!

THE WAVES WERE GONE!

My hair pretty much looked like this mess from December 2020 to March 2021. I also re-bleached my ends then a few weeks after dyed it with permanent box dye and I truly believe that’s what killed it. It was never the same after that day and I was ready to give up doing the Curly Girl Method.

I told myself that I was just a “fake-wavy”, that I don’t have any waves hair and never did. It was all just “tricks” with gels and stylers. But then I decided to take one more leap of faith and jumped onto Youtube to watch more wavy girls talk about their hair journey. My all-time favourite Youtuber is Courtney from Swavy Curly Courtney. If you’ve seen her but never clicked to watch her videos… do it! Her videos very informative, helpful and she’d been through similar experiences as me and her waves are AMAZING!

My hair needed to re-balance…

Then a couple months ago Courtney released this video about her beautiful curly waves becoming less wavy and I felt somewhat relieved… I wasn’t the only one going through this! I literally found the video a few weeks ago and decided to try out Courtney’s homemade gelatin hair treatment (video below because it’s that amazing!) and OMG the results really say it all.

March 12 – sad sad hair.. waves were gone and hair was very dry and brittle so I cut out both glycerin- and protein-based products
March 29 – hair started recovering and some waves returned. I can see loose waves but they dropped by the end of the day so I thought it’s time to add back in some protein-based styling products
April 9 – I took this photo after my wash day with a homemade gelatin hair treatment, my hair was about 70% dry and still in its gel cast

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My hair needed to re-balance! April 9: post-gelatin hair treatment

Moisture or Protein deficiency?

Funny thing is I thought I knew… but I still really don’t!

My hair was dry and brittle – to me, that was a sign that it was protein overloaded but the more I think of it, I think it was severe moisture deficiency. It would also explain why my waves dropped so quickly during the day. It had also been a very long time since I last clarified my hair so most probably it was a combination of everything – no hair cut, too much glycerin products used, central heating drying it out and no clarifying wash.

The trio of photos for March 29th shows how my waves somewhat returned. This was from sticking to protein-free hair products after adding glycerin products back in. It looks loosely wavy again but there was just no hold. This is when I realised I needed to add protein-based styling products back into my hair routine. I looked through Courtney’s videos and found her homemade gelatin treatment and it worked SO WELL!

Swavy Curly Courtney’s amazing gelatin hair treatment

Courtney uses powdered gelatin, Shea Moisture’s power protein treatment and apple cider vinegar. I skipped the ACV because it can be harsh on coloured or bleached hair (well, it’s harsh on mine) but apparently it helps the hair saturate the gelatin better although I would say the treatment still works pretty well without it too.

I cleansed my hair with a sulfates-based shampoo then rinsed, applied the gelatin treatment for 10mins then rinsed out, applied hair conditioner then rinsed, and finished off with adding my styling products, scrunched, plopped and then diffused my hair until it was 70% dry.

My hair felt really cleansed, lightweight and how it used to feel. I’m going to try this treatment again but without diffusing to see what the result will be like. I’ll also be making a video of this and add it to my Youtube page. I’ll add it to the bottom of this post so you can bookmark this page and return in a few weeks time to see if it’s up. If not, just give me a few weeks as I’m really slow with making vlogs! Otherwise, you can subscribe to my Youtube page and you’ll get a notification whenever I post up a new video.


20/04 WAVY HAIR UPDATE: my waves are coming back!

So I decided to add a little more protein back into my hair routine and boy did it make a difference! I’ve gone back to using my old cream and gel combo (Cantu curl activator cream and ECO olive styler gel) on my second day after wash day (refresh day 1) and pixie diffused (fancy CGM term for diffusing hair in smaller sections) and I am loving the results. The waves are coming back and they look a little more defined. Still a little stringy in some bits but better than it’s been since October/November.

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Day 1 refresh after wash day (16/04/2021)

Products I used on wash day in order of use: As I Am conditioning co-wash (no-poo cleanser), Noughty Tough Cookie conditioner (conditioner), Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food Banana hair mask (deep-conditioning mask left on for 3mins), Noughty Thirst Aid conditioning & detangling spray (leave-in), ECO Styler olive oil gel (gel)

Refresh Day 1: water to slightly damp hair, Cantu curl activator cream (cream/enhancer), ECO Styler olive oil gel (gel) and pixie diffused to dry hair to 70% then air-dried until fully dried.

I’m going to try and replicate the results on my next wash day to see what happens and will update this blog post once as soon as I can.

Have you gone through a similar experience with the Curly Girl Method?
Tell me about your wavy hair stories in the comments section below. X

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Music Mondays #39

In response to Katalogue’s Music Mondays #39

I came across Katalogue’s lovely weekly linky via The Daily Post’s blogging events page and boy am I glad to find it. is an ongoing Monday link-up of music that we’ve been listening to for the week or a song that’s been stuck in our heads.

For me, Lo has been driving me up the wall requesting for this song: Promiscuious by Nelly Furtado ft. Timbaland

We stumbled upon it when we were listening to music on Youtube and now he can’t get enough of it!

It is a catchy song to be honest. 🙂

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Happy Music Mondays!

Vlogging – What Do You Think?

So after being inspired by Emma from Emma Inks and her recent vlogs, I wanted to give it a try to see how I’d find it… and it’s not too bad. I’m thinking to use it to add another dimension to my blog posts so instead of just reading it, you’ll be able to get a vlog (a video-blog) version of it too however I think I will just do it on certain things like product reviews or shopping hauls otherwise I’d probably ramble on too much.

Should I stick to just blogging or should I add the video dimension?

 

My Top 5 Youtube Videos For Babies & Toddlers

Don’t get me wrong, I love books and reading. LO and I love going to the library and picking out new books to read however sometimes it’s a little inconvenient for us to leave the house especially if it’s horrible weather outside or LO’s been cranky and ‘in a mood’ as he hasn’t had his afternoon nap. Youtube is our saviour.

Youtube is a marvellous site and you can without a doubt find a-million-and-one children’s videos that encourage learning through pictures, song and rhyme. LO and I have sat through so many videos (not in one day of course!) and I have found that the ones he’s most drawn to are these educational ones.

So here are my top 5 Youtube learning videos I think that babies and toddlers will love to watch based on what LO loves to watch. You can expect all the popular nursery rhymes as well as some not-so-popular ones too. The colourful objects, catchy songs and repetition will leave your children certainly capture their undivided attention, leaving you with enough time to get all the other things done without any interference – bliss!

Who knows… you may even find yourself singing the songs or knowing all the words too by the end of it all… Enjoy! 🙂

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1. Busy Beavers

2. Little Baby Bum

3. Baby Big Mouth

4. Kids TV

5.Super Simple Songs