Yesterday in the afternooon I solicited prayers for my latest undertaking — a perm rod set with the big, brown jumbo rollers.
Y’all might have thought I was just joshing around, but I seriously needed my prayer warriors to surround me on this one. If you’ve been following me on the blog, Instagram, Facebook,YouTube, and Pinterest, then you know that I don’t dabble too deeply into styling my natural hair. I experimented much more with styles during my transition, because my hair wasn’t wash and go ready. But as soon as these curls began to pop…that’s all she wrote.
I’m sure many of you guys are bored with my endless quest for curl definers, and I’ll admit that sometimes I get tired of them too. So after I posed the question on social media asking whether to do perm rods, Cu lformers, or a braid-out, I tallied the responses: perm rods came in first, followed by Curlformers, and then a braid-out. Even though my perm rod set was a total fail, I am determined to move forward with different styles.
So, what went wrong?
1. Cowashing with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner. This has become my in-between shampoo staple. It cleanses, it detangles, it tingles, it is low-key my everything.
2. Deep conditioning with Ouidad Melt-Down Recovery Extreme Repair mask (review coming soon — definitely a request of y’alls)
3. I skipped the mud rinse, and went straight in to my leave-in and styler of choice: LRC Shake & Go and Hello Curly Curl Stimulator. I selected Shake & Go for lightweight, 3 in 1 shine, moisture, and heat protection. I selected Hello Curly Curl Stimulator because it packs mega hold, and because I saw a few tutorials use curl definer instead of wrapping foam. Shoutout to @kayelaine on IG for also recommending wash and go products. I think this combo might have worked in my favor if I didn’t.
4. Apply product to my hair like there was no tomorrow. I sprayed LRC all over my head, but didn’t overdo it. Where I went super extra mega ham was with the Hello Curly — I like, applied that stuff in sections like there was no tomorrow. The sad part is, in the back of my mind I knew better. I know how potent Hello Curly Curl Stimulator is, yet I forged ahead with reckless abandon. I literally applied one or two pumps per section of hair for each roller.
5. Struggle like hell to roll my hair. Between the oversaturated slip of the gel and the fact that I didn’t know what I was doing, it was incredibly difficult to get my hair on the roller, keep it on the roller, and fasten it taut against my scalp. I can’t tell you how many times I thought I had it on right and then as soon as I let go, the roller unrolled halfway down my hair. I almost quit, I really did. But I forged ahead for y’all.
By the end of the night, I had about 15 different jokes for how terrible my hair looked. I was trying to reconcile the fact that it was shinier than a new penny, crunchier than a Cool Ranch Dorito, and yet sticky. It was wavy, straight, and curly at the same time. It looked horrible — and there was absolutely no redeeming quality or justification for how my hair looked such a mess after 5 hours of work and drying.