Transition update: 3 months in!

My last relaxer was July 31, making this about the time I'd be spending an extra 20 minutes a day with my flatiron, trying to subdue my nappy roots. What a misery!

Instead, I have used less heat styling in the past three months than I used to in a week when I wore my hair straight. The exception is using a dryer for my Curlformer sets, but I don't count that because it's indirect and infrequent.

I'm very happy I made the decision to stop chemically straightening. I'm finding styles and products I love, and I love my new growth. I'm estimating I'll be able to chop off any remaining relaxed hair by six months from now, but am open to grabbing the scissors before then if I get comfortable taking that step at a shorter length.

My favorite new products include the Carol's Daughter Co-Wash and Lush Big Shampoo. I'd used cleansing conditioners like Hair One before, but the Carol's Daughter one is more effective because it has more slip and is easy to work through the hair and into the scalp. And Big is the weirdest, coolest discovery. Few things sound as dumb to the clueless like me than washing your hair with chunks of salt -- until you realize that it adds so-sexy-it-hurts volume and is a dream to use. I just follow that up with a cheapo olive oil deep conditioners from the drugstore, and PA-POW! Hair model status.

Plus, miracle of miracles, I gave sleeping in the Curlformers another shot. While still a drag, I've gotten used to it. I think it helps me get really defined spirals. 

My go-to styles have been wearing my curls down, or taking an elastic headband, putting it over my hair -- not tucking part of it under my hair at the nape of my neck -- and then tucking all the strands up and into the band. Instant romantic updo!

While I have you here, care to #backthatazzup with me?

Last night, I was listening to the first play of Lady Gaga's ARTPOP on iTunes. I liked enough of the songs that I'll probably be buying the album. "Donatella" is a standout. Just the intro makes me laugh so hard!

Donatella by Lady Gaga on Grooveshark

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