Team #NoWeave

As you know I’m in the process of growing out my hair. With every visit to the hairdresser, I’m confronted with whether or not I should do a random chop but at the same time I get excited about seeing the length. I promised my nephew I’d grow it so I’m doing just that. I still want to chop it off though… Anyway my weekly routine goes like this:

  • wash
  • blow-dry
  • flat iron
  • flat iron once/twice during the week until the next wash (depending on if it was a curly or flat style).

I’m fortunate to have very thick hair that holds a style, and even if it did drop a little, it still looks like there is some sort of styling going on. As part of team #noweave I try to post pictures on my Instagram (Symonef) when I do my hair. Dark and Lovely even liked my pic so there was more inspiration for me! The first pic is what I did to rectify some curls gone wrong. I twisted and pinned a few sections to the top of my head overnight and the next day it looked pretty crazy, so I just tucked and pinned until it looked like I made an effort.

This one was when I went to San Francisco for a few days. I washed my hair the day I was leaving and gave it a little wave that I wouldn’t have to do anything with it for the rest of the trip. And I didn’t! As the curl dropped and stayed in some places, I just pinned the front back and kept it cute. It was also prior to the fresh highlights I got that you can see in the pic above.

Growing out your hair doesn’t have to be a painful process. I find it interesting because I’m forced to see what styles suit my face and style accordingly as well as play with highlights and layers. I don’t know where I’d be without my highlights and layers! I’ll post another pic after my next wash when I just do it “flat”. Patience is key when dealing with hair but there is nothing more rewarding than receiving compliments for you hair and what you did on your own to your hair with regards to styling it. If our hair is our main point of beauty, then wouldn’t you wish for it to be yours as much as possible?

I’m off to order a stick vacuum and run some errands. Have a wonderful afternoon until next time.


Hair we go!

Hair we go!

I’m long over due for a hair update but I was waiting until I got this cut. I got highlights about two weeks ago but I wanted to wait until I got a trim to show you what it looks like now. Below you’ll see a pic from July last year (on the left) and then the trim with highlights (the rest lol), so about 8 months of growth and trimming.

*I’m on Instagram and I post most of my hair/beauty pics there so you can follow me 🙂 @symonef*

I’m really REALLY trying to grow my hair despite how frustrated I’m getting. I saw this product on the Wendy Williams show (I do not watch that show but for some reason my husband put it on one night while surfing, yes weird). I think it may only make me go for a pixie cut again even though he hasn’t given me the O.K. for a cut that short again but I HAVE TO TRY THIS!! It would truly solve the main problem I have with my hair being short – burning myself trying to use the mini flat iron on the short bits.  (I was trying to use a link they had on their website but it wasn’t working.)

I went to Sally’s Beauty store today while my husband was getting a haircut and I found a cheaper version of it and I thought I’ll try it and if it’s ok I’ll purchase the real one for longevity. I think I’ll go shorter when I go back to the hairdresser if I really like it, but I’ve come a long way to go back short, and I really miss it. Part of me wants to grow it sans weave I also just want it to be long and over with. The things women go through yea?


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Picture this…

My hair has always  been a conversation piece. If it’s real, how do I get it to look so healthy, the cut, who did it (where do I go) and “I love your hair!” on days when I think it looks blah.

I’d always had long hair until 2005 when I really wanted a change after graduation and I cut it into a bob, then 3 months later I cut it into a VERY short bob where the back was shaved. I grew it until July 2009  then I said, I want a change again to go with my new life – getting married and moving overseas. Since then I’ve been growing and cutting periodically. I made it to a shoulder bob last Summer then I cut it again in November. I had my pixie cut done in July. I’ve ALWAYS wanted this cut and I figured why not for Summer! So, in a last minute decision (literally in the chair just before the blow dry), I told her cut it! And this was the result!!

Two weeks later, I went for some highlights. To add a little *umph* and have that slightly sunkissed look ;). By this time I already had a bit of growth. Even I was shocked at the growth as it’s more noticeable when your hair is short.

I am actually starting to miss my long hair and I figured why not – I’m going to grow  it again. And it’s been quite a challenge. I always say it’s the one of the few things I got from my dad – how fast my hair grows. As we fast forward 2 months, I don’t even know where to begin on this length. At this rate, this miserable stage won’t take very long to get past. I have about almost an inch of new growth between my roots and the highlights.

My Routine: I have been trying many different products since I moved to Seattle to help with the change in climate. I’m still searching for the right combinations but I’m getting there. Two staples I have are It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product ( and Got 2B Crazy Sleek Blow Dry Lotion ( I apply these while my hair is wet then I blow dry and add a little serum before I flat iron.  Despite the conditions, my hair is still thriving. I’d like to think that using these two products just helps it a little bit in staying healthy.

I’ve been asked (throughout) my “grow-out” periods why don’t I use extensions, braids, weave all sorts of shit I don’t believe in. I made the decision to cut or grow and I will deal with whatever it comes with. Maybe that’s part of the reason it stays healthy, who knows. I had braids ONCE in my life for 3 weeks and I vowed NEVER again. Going natural is not an option for me unless I’m going to get Keratin treatments or something because my hair is WAY to thick for me to deal with on my own like that, and let’s be real… I don’t think I’d find anyone close to where I live that will do my hair for me on a weekly basis at a reasonable price. I also take pride in doing my hair myself. So I go to the hairdresser every 4/5 weeks for a relaxer and then it’s up to me to make sure it’s on point during those 4/5 weeks. I’m not one to spend money at the hairdresser all of the time (even though I’m tempted to make an appointment when I’m feeling lazy).

I think because my hair has always been questioned (especially if it’s mine or a wig from young) I’ve given it the attention it deserves. I’m proud of my hair. I’ll keep documenting it’s progress every two months so you can see for yourself that this is no joke.

On another note. I finally got my (first) underarm wax. Boy oh boy… I don’t think I’ll be doing that again! The growing out process is more annoying that the actual wax. The wax itself HURT! But while the pain from the wax was over after a few minutes, my underarms were sore for like 24hours… imagine how it felt to apply deodorant *ugh*. Anyway, I’ve got the dentist in the morning *yay* and Tough Love: Miami on VH1 is keeping me up late as it is.