So, my relaxer is all grown out and I am au naturale yet again (Translation: There are no chemical relaxers/straighteners in my hair.)
In fact, I was walking down the street this past Tuesday thinking about the next move for my hair when I see this mass of curls in front of me. When I get to the corner, I turn and see that it's my new favorite singer Corinne Bailey Rae! Just from that chance encounter, she put me on the guest list for her show at Webster Hall last night which was fabulous! Check her out when she comes to your town!
I didn't get a chance to ask Corinne what she does to her hair (she did have shopping bags on each shoulder!) but after the show, I spotted two women with great "twist outs" and I stopped them to ask how they did it. I'm sure the terminology is different all over the U.S., but when I say "twist out" - I'm referring to hair styled into two-strand twists - and then untwisted for a curly/kinky look. The two women, Christine and Eva, told me that they both used Paul Mitchell's The Conditioner as a leave-in and Paul Mitchell's Sculpting Glaze. I looked and I didn't find the glaze online (discontinued?) but Paul Mitchell is an old favorite of mine! It totally reminds me of beauty school back in the day (Yes my friends, I am a licensed cosmetologist via the state of New Jersey!)
I've been styling my hair in two-strand twists using Fantasia's IC Hair Polisher Styling Gel (no, not that Fantasia!) It gives me the necessary control with no flaking thank you very much. The Fantasia has been a great sub for Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding. I love the already legendary Miss Jessie's products but, at fifty-eight bucks a pop, bless their hearts, it does not fit into my current
unemployed budget. I swear... the minute I am gainfully employed/contracted, it's all about Miss Jessie's and my beloved Creme de la Mer!
After I left Miss Bailey Rae the other day, I wandered into the Aveda store in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle and was reminded of another old favorite - Aveda's Brilliant Humectant Pomade. I tried a little in the store and it wasn't bad - but I do remember that I can't go crazy with it. Christine and Eva told me they like Carol's Daughter Healthy Hair Butter, so I'm going to test that out too. Even with natural styles, everyone's hair is different. I just need to make like Miss Janet and have some Control... no fuzzies (or flakes!) allowed.
I'll keep you posted!