Monday, July 5, 2010

I Love CO Washing

Humidity 49%, Temperature 32 C, Hair 0. I was actually going to blog about how I do my hair today. But what's the point....I could blow dry for hours and my hair would never dry. Even if it did get dry the added heat from my blow dryer would make me sweat so much I would have to shower again. Ugh!

Instead I will tell you about how I CO wash my hair. I started CO washing approximately four weeks ago and my frizzy, naturally curly hair LOVES it. I haven't experienced any gross transitional period. My hair isn't grimmy or heavy. This is how I CO wash.

Here is what you will need: a hair clip, a shower comb, and most importantly a conditioner.

Avoid conditioners with -cones because they can cause build up. Avoid conditioners with protein because they can make hair brittle. I like Suave Naturals. But I read VO5 conditioners are quite good also.
To start, get your hair good and wet with hot water. I like to give my whole body a really good rinse too. Next start working the conditioner into your hair. It will take A LOT of conditioner. Massage the conditioner into your scalp, paying extra attention to the hairline. And keep adding conditioner as you work your way down to the ends. When your hair is saturated, tie it up with your clip. At this point I like to shut the water off. I use exfoliating gloves and dove soap for my body and then cetaphil for my face. Basically, once your hair is tied up, just finish up your shower routine as you normally would.

Now comes the really important part - working the conditioner into the hair and rinsing. Take the clip out of your hair and massage your scalp some more. Despite using only conditioner, I get a lather doing this. Now work the conditioner down the length of your hair. I separate my hair down the middle and do one side at a time. Now comb through your hair with the shower comb gently and several times.

Rinse, rinse and rinse! Make sure you keep 'massaging' your hair as it's being rinsed to make sure you get all the conditioner out. The conditioner that lubricated your hair earlier is being rinsed away so be gentle! Once I am convinced that all the conditioner is out I like to do a cold water rinse. Oooooohooobrrrr!

And you're done!

Wet to set in my next post!
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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Progress with the wing bust halter top

I made it this far.  You can see my first lapped zipper.  And although it turned out fine, it's facing the wrong way!  I'm getting ready to put elastic shirring in the center back panel.  I'm also going to have to find a better way for next time.  A better way to finish all these curved seams, and some really bulky ones.  I'm not sure yet.  I'm thinking flat felling all the vertical seams.  And then when it comes to the wings and shirred bra top, I could sew those to the bodice EXCEPT for the inner lining of the shirred bra top.  And if I cut it a bit longer on the bottom I can trim my seam allowances and hopefully baste the lining over them.....make sense?  I'd really like to pick up a copy of Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers.  I'm sure it would help me tremendously.   
Happy Canada Day everyone!