Before & After: My Hair + Sailing on the High Seas of the British Virgin Islands

by West Parsons on January 2, 2012 · 3 comments

in my hair, peek into my world

Those who follow me on Twitter (@westNDNbeauty) were privy to my holiday escapades in the British Virgin Islands (homeland).  This post is really not about my trip, but more about my hair lol.

Before traveling, I stretched my hair using this method and followed by braiding with Qhemet’s Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee and curling the ends with perming rods.  Essentially, this was a braid n’ curl on stretched hair.

While in the Virgin Islands
My siblings, cousins, and I all decided to go sailing on the high seas.  I figured this would be the ultimate test to the holding power, moisture maintenance and overall performance of my beloved CTDG.  Note, it was raining that morning (humidity) and the sea was fairly rough (windy).

The morning of, I un-braided my hair. No fluffing (see pic above). Once we got on the yacht, my hair blew in the wind continuously as we sailed to our first destination.  It was blowing pretty wild and got a bit annoying so I slipped on a hair net after about an hour.  It’s important to note that  I stayed ABOVE deck for the entire 5+ hour sail.

Note: Chica pictured above is my cous who also happens to be featured in the FLY NATURAL FOTKI section of my blog (3rd row, 1st pic).  Check out her Fotki album (LegallyBrown)!

At the end of the day, this is what my hair looked like. Yes! After all of the elements, you still are observing curls and other uniformed texture resulting from the braids.  My hair felt soft, had body/bounce and I’m sure you see the shine!  Can you understand why this is a staple moisturizer and styler in my regimen?

What product in your regimen gives you similar results?


J. Kenn January 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Love your hair!! And love the fact that it stood up to the wind, moisture, and sun! Mine completely collapsed in the heavy fog on the night of NYE.

Hope you enjoyed sailing! A few years ago I got into sailing and took a number of lessons. I need to get back into that!

Niecey January 11, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Hehe…..recognized myself by the swimsuit

Niecey January 11, 2012 at 10:23 pm

thanks 4 the shout out 🙂