If you were following me yesterday on twitter, then you might have seen my tweet declaring my love for “the pineapple method” and the subsequent twitpic showing the best “second-day” hair I could have every hoped for.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, basically, the “pineapple” is simply a way to maintain your natural hair style overnight so that, when you take your hair down, your do still looks fresh and put together. I first learned about “the pineapple” from Youtuber African Export, in this demonstration video:
While I was pleasantly surprised by the pineapple’s effectiveness in giving my loose twist out the chance to live another day, I was more intrigued by how well this “less is more” concept is playing out even in my hair care.
As you may remember from my post Oil and Water: Sometimes Hair and Life Just Don’t Mix, I lamented (via 972 words, no less) about how sick I was of incessantly coddling my hair just to get it to do what I wanted. So far, all has been good on the “keep it simple” front as the style that my “pineapple” preserved so well only took 4 products to create from start to finish. What started as a haphazard substitutions ended as a lovely routine that I think I’ll keep for the long-term. I created the look as follows:
- I washed my hair with Whole Foods Brand Almond Liquid Castile Soap (Product #1)
- I conditioned with V05 Strawberries and Cream Conditioner (Product #2)
- I barely rinse out the conditioner as to leave most of it left in my hair. The residue doubled as my leave in conditioner.
- I took some coconut oil and liberally applied it to my scalp and ends (Product #3)
- I took my Eco Styler Gel and applied it as I twisted my hair in medium-large twists (Product #4)
- I left the ends of my twists undone and secured them with medium sized flexi-rods.
- Once my hair dried, I took the rods out and unraveled the twists. What you see is what I got!
Not only did my hair have great hold, but it was so amazingly soft! I couldn’t believe it because I was just sure I was ruining the set by leaving my conditioner in. All of the above products are inexpensive and long lasting, so I was definitely a happy camper.
Because of the nice yet unexpected results I got yesterday, I have been inspired to really try to run with this “hair minimalist” concept. As it stands now, I am officially declaring “minimalism” as my running philosophy for my hair care. My goal is not only to have bangin’, extra long natural hair, but to achieve it by as uncomplicated a means as possible.
What do you all think? Am I setting myself up for failure? Share your comments below.