Okay I had to be in Chicago with my sister Joy on Friday for a conference. One problem, a major family project we had been working on had to be finished and sent to our contacts in New York on the same day. Oh, and our familiar Cheyenne had to be packed up to go with us as well. Did I mention the computer board on the washing machine was frozen all day Thursday and most of Friday? I needed clean underwear! I had to pack myself and Cheyenne, finish my work for the other project and I still ended up waiting for Joy, lol. Joy was working on the same project too but she was the one who set the Chicago schedule so...it was her job to make sure we left earlier. We didn't leave until 9:40 PM. I knew this was a sign that I would have no time for getting ready. My hair usually takes the most time. I knew I would need to cut that time in half.
I had just spent the last week hydrating and detangling my hair twice a day everyday for 7 days. My hair was already nice and detangled. So I guess rule number 1 is keep your hair hydrated and detangled especially if you know you may have days during the week where you will have no time to waste on your hair. You can read more about my hydrating/detangling week here My Own Version Of Maximum Hydration (LOC Method Twice A Day). It really saved me. No one wants to look like I matted mess especially when they are around someone as pretty as my sister Joy.
Joy took her braid down for second day of conference. It literally took her no time at all for her to look this good.
Okay so we arrive at our Chicago Hotel (really Evanston, IL) at 3 am. The staff at the Hilton was super nice. By the time we checked in, unpacked and walked Cheyenne we had only 2 hours left for sleep. I knew I would have to walk Cheyenne before we left the hotel, buy the things we were missing for the conference and help Joy setup. We were real tired. My legs were and still are swollen. We slept an hour longer than we should have. No time for breakfast. No time for a real shower. One bathroom 2 women and only 40 min to get ready. Joy had to be on point so she got in the shower first. She was quick and those of you who know Joy know that is impossible. She conditioned her hair and plaited it in the back. She looked beautiful. Now it is my turn. I hop into the shower and do not co-wash my hair and that is rule #3. I simply wet my hair down and proceed to use Knot Today extremely generously through my hair (I used 1/4 of the bottle). Rule number #4 be generous with the product it will save you time today and even more time tomorrow as you can "reactivate" what you have already used. Rule number #5 do not comb your hair!!! It changes your curl pattern and waste your time, use your fingers only. While I was cleaning the rest of myself my hair was getting a nice mist. Rule number #6 start with your hair first then take care of your body it allows your hair time to set the curl. Then I gave my hair a little dowsing of water to allow the leave-in to spread evenly and prep my hair for Kinky-Curly Curling Custard. I used the curling custard enough to really feel it throughout my hair. Rule #7 use water to distribute product evenly; just a little bit of water helps you reach every strand. Rule #8 use all styling products while you are in the shower even your curling custard/gel/or whatever. The mist helps your hair.
I only used two products and took less than 15 minutes to get ready (doing my hair and showering). Sunday I only took 7 minutes in the shower. I wet my hair down and that reactivated the product from the day before. I added a little more leave-in and a little more custard, washed my body and was out. My hair looked better on Sunday and it took less time.
8 Simple rules to :
1. Keep your hair detangled and hydrated (My Own Version Of Maximum Hydration (LOC Method Twice A Day)
2. Use only your best and low maintenance products. I used Kinky-Curly Knot Today and Curling Custard.
3. Do not co-wash your hair. Wet down your hair and go straight to styling.
4. Be generous with your styling products.
5. Do not comb or brush your hair. Style with you fingers only. Your best curl pattern is a undisturbed pattern.
6. Do your hair first then take care of you body. The time and mist of the shower will help set your curls.
7. Use a little bit of water to distribute products evenly through hair. Do this after applying the product.
8. Use all styling products while you are in the shower. Style your hair in the shower. Don't touch it when you are done. If my hair is too drippy I may use a T-shirt to lightly dry my hair. I mean barely touch the dripping parts of your hair with a T-shirt. Never use a towel.