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Oldie But Goodie!

24 Aug

 
A friend of mine tried out naptural85’s Summer Fun Curly Fro tutorial and hers turned out so well that I decided to try it too. Of course I had to modify it a bit bc I usually just have a day to do my hair & I can’t get away with a scarf at work in the office too well soooo I had to try & speed up my drying time. Because my hair is so thick, air drying doesn’t always work too well unless I have at least a full day & night to allow it to dry. So, I may use a diffuser or sit under the hooded dryer to speed up the drying time.

My sis-in-law made me some flax seed gel to use & I really liked it! It goes on smoother than the Fantasia IC gel that I usually use. The only challenge is that I didn’t get to use it all before I think it went bad (it smelled funny in the fridge…lol).

So, I used flax seed gel on freshly washed hair, followed the tutorial video below & sat w/it under the hooded dryer for about an hour, and slept in a scarf overnight. In the morning….it was still a little wet so I diffused it some to wear it like this:

P.S. My FAV part of the tutorial was something that I had never even thought of doing before but will do all the time now, she put a scarf around the front of her hair to hold it down while she manipulated the rest of her hair & that worked wonders because the front of my hair doesn’t always do what the rest of my hair does and I end up pinning the front back later, so why not start with it that way?! Genius!

     

I tried it again the next week but did more of a bantu knot than the pin curl & it turned out like this:

I think if I were to let it fully dry & did the pin curls it’d turn out similar to hers but it still will just define whatever your natural curl pattern is.

Check out her tutorial video here:

 

Enjoy!

 

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The BIG Twist OUT…

9 May

THE BIG TWIST OUT!

AND

THE BIG PAY BACK!

This was my theme music when I took the twists out because I think I left them in too long and it was all rainy…my hair decided to pay me back for leaving ’em in for so long and it just wanted to be puffy!

“gotta deal with you, gotta deal wit ya!” (p.s. I love old soul music if you didn’t know) “I don’t know karate but I know ka-razy!” -King of Soul James Brown

Puffy twist out (it wasn’t so bad, just not what I usually want it to look like):

    

Sooooo, since I wasn’t too thrilled w/all this puffy hair, I decided to do more sections (8 in the back instead of 4) and flat twist them. I also used the same product again:

So here’s what I did and here’s what I came out with…

            

So, the key to getting the twist out that I like on my hair is to do more sections, use enough product (something with decent hold), don’t wet the hair too much when twisting, make sure it’s fully dry before I take the twists out or that it hasn’t gotten “wet/humid” again since the original twists and as always… “if at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again!” 🙂

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

26 Apr
I actually like the rain though, it’s kind of necessary. Anyhoo, I didn’t want to have the wash & go look again today so I undid half of the front flat twist and then did 7 big 2 strand twists with the back half of my hair using this sample that I got from the DE Naturalistas event:

Curls Unleashed™ Take Command™ Curl Crème helps shine, define and moisturize your curls without shrinkage. This product is great for twists, twist outs, coiling, freestyles and updos.

• Moisturizes
• Defines Curls
• Anti-Shrinkage
• No Flaking

This product does not flake and stretches your curls. The Take Command Curl Crème also does not contain petrolatum, mineral oil, SD alcohol, or parabens. Packaging is BPA free and recyclable.

OK so that’s what is NOT in it, so what’s IN it?

aqua (water), cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, glycine soja (soybean) oil, polyquaternium-11, cetearyl alcohol, polysorbate 60, glycerin, propylene glycol, peg-12 dimethicone, cyclomethicone, dimethiconol, amodimethicone, c12-15 alkyl benzoate, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, hydrolyzed keratin, panthenol, carbomer, vp/va copolymer, pentamethylheptane, dimethicone, dimethicone crosspolymer, laureth 4, laureth 23, triethanolamine, tocopheryl acetate, parfum (fragrance), benzyl salicylate, citronellol, cinnamic aldehyde, hydroxycitronellal, d-limonene, lilial, linalool, lyral, methyl ionone, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, bht, ci 19140 (yellow #5), ci 15985 (yellow #6).

Ingredient Attributes: paraben free

Not too bad at all, (besides the big words that I don’t know and the fact that I’m really not HUGE on things having to be completely all natural ingredients) as long as I know the 1st few ingredients (first 5 I can actually say or recognize) then I’m good to use it.

So here’s my rainy day ‘do’, I’ll probably take the twists out on Saturday:

Check out another girl’s review & twist out here:

Me, My hair & the City- Yesterday’s Flat Twist Out With Curls Unleashed

 

Also, peep the company’s YouTube video (that doesn’t really show you much but, cute slogan *I watch too much Mad Men*):

 

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A Little Girl and Her Hair…

20 Dec

 

This little girl’s hair used to seem so simple, hair grease, hot comb, bows & barrettes (my mom may tell you a different story though…haha). Anyway, I was looking through some pics and figured I’d share.  These are random pics of me & my hair from a baby to high school.

 

 

 

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Quick Puff & Flat Twist

30 Nov

Quick Puff & Flat Twist

1. On washed, conditioned & detangled wet hair, I parted a 2 inch section of hair in the front and did a flat twist from right to left.

2. With added conditioner on the back section I brushed back the sides into a puff on the top of my head.

3. Tuck in the end of the flat twist into the puff’s ponytail holder & you’re DONE!

🙂

 

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My, My, My! Deeee-licious! It’s the HOLIDAYS!

29 Nov

(My nephew AJ says, “mmm, mmm, my, my, my!” when he eats good food and my nephew Nate says “Deee-licious!”…lol)

It’s definitely the holidays NOW! Spending quality time with family and friends, shopping, eating, more eating and even more eating! LOL (we probably go a little too hard on the food, but that’s ok my husband has already implemented his workout plan and I’ve been….watching him do that….lol. Im going to join in though, soon, very soon.)  I’ve been wrapped up with getting birthday gifts together for my niece Jailyn, she’ll be 1 on Dec. 5th (does this count as a “Birthmas” gift you know those Dec. b-days that are close to Christmas and you only get them 1 gift to count for their b-day & Christmas…lol).  I’ve also been trying to get together Christmas gifts for my family in VA early…since I won’t see them on Christmas…but Im not that good and don’t have everything ready so…in the mail they will go!

Through all the hustle & bustle it’s easy to neglect/forget about your HAIR! I’m quick to wet it, condition & throw it in a big puff if I don’t have time to actually “do” my hair. But I have to MAKE time to do it soon so I’m look for a little inspiration for some quick, easy & CUTE hair-do’s!

Here’s what I’ve been rocking the past few weeks in between my “puff” days:

They’re both basically twist outs. The first five I have 3 twists on the sides and I did medium sized 2 strand twists on the ends and put them together in a bun. The front section I did 3 flat twists and untwisted those to make the big pompadour. Another variation I did on thanksgiving was I separated the twists a few more times to make them fuller and didn’t do the bun, just the front pompadour (I don’t have pics though…maybe my brother-in-law does…will show later)

The 2nd set of pics are a twist out from the Retro Braid hairstyle, just pinned the top half to the back. Simple!

 

What are your quick yet CUTE hairstyles to make it through the holidays!?

Need inspiration & more time 🙂 !

 

 

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Natural Hair Barbie Dolls!

23 Nov

They look like real people...

Take a look at these natural hair dolls on BGLH!
And you can make your own…what?!?! How cute is that? 🙂

Natural Hair Barbie Divas here (from Care4Curls FB page):

Where were these when I was a kid (even though I didn’t do the whole Barbie thing, maybe I would have if I had these!) ?!?! 

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My “Retro Braids” Variation via A Curl’s Best Friend

5 Nov

Good day!

Yesterday I watched the Retro Braids Tutorial on A Curl’s Best Friend and figured I had some time so I’d try it out.

 

Her Tutorial Video:

 

My variation 🙂 :

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So, I like how it turned out. I did try numerous times to do it exactly like she did in the video but…it was just a little different and I need to work on my cornrow skills and doing the flat twist from both sides…it turns out better if i go from right to left instead of the opposite. Mine may look a little different too because I did it on wet hair (hers looked like it had been stretched maybe from a previous twist out).

1. On washed & conditioned wet hair, part the hair in half across the head for the front section then part down the middle of the back section.

2. On the front section from right to left do 1 large flat twist.  Pin the end of the flat twist on top of your head behind the  front.

3. On the back section do 2 flat twists going straight down on both sides, then pin the ends in the middle around each other.

4. I used Fantasia IC Gel on my edges and wrapped it in a satin scarf to lay it down more & to sleep in.

I’ll probably try it again after a twist out or on dry/stretched hair…& get my opposite twisting game up!

Quick twist & side puff

4 Nov

Quick twist & side puff

This is my go to style if I am in a rush; simple & cute!

1. Usually done on wet hair after washed, conditioned & detangled. Make an off centered, side part.

2. Add Fantasia IC Gel to sides and brush down edges.

3. Begin large twist on one side and finish on the opposite side.

4. Brush all the hair to the end of the twist and put in a ponytail holder.

5. For a longer lasting curl, I did mini twists on the section in the ponytail holder and put them on purple perm rods  over night. Took them out in the morning and voila! (To make it even more simple, I’ll just leave it out in a puff and add some leave-in conditioner instead of doing the twists & rods [Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Conditioner or Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner…why is the name so long!]

 

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What are some of your favorite quick/go-to hairstyles?

P.S. Preview for tomorrow’s post:

1.) My attempt/variation of A Curl’s Best Friend’s Retro Braids

 

“It’s Been A Long Time, We Shouldn’t Have Left You, Without A Dope Beat to Step To…”

3 Nov

Hola 24sevencurls family! Oh how I’ve missed you & the natural hair online world! I’ve been away for a bit busy with just life but…I’m back and I’ve got a few things to share with you!

I. I Declare Healthy Hair Challenge Update…oh boy, I’ll be honest.

II. Nov. 19th event 7pm-9pm at Bliss Elements Salon & Spa

III. Natural Hair friends & family influence

IV. Protective style & new accessory

 

I. I Declare Healthy Hair Challenge Update:

I’ve read that it takes 14 days to develop a habit…however maybe we can bend the rules a bit 🙂 .  I started the challenge on October 10th to maintain protective styles, eat healthy, drink 8 cups of water/day, exercising at least 30 minutes 3-5 times/week and a lot of other simple rules (guidelines here) and I’ve been doing…OK with this whole thing. Hopefully, this weekend I can find time to do an official protective style, 2 strand twists that will last me a while.  I’ve been doing well with drinking plenty of water, taking my vitamins, pre-pooing with this lovely coconut oil from my sis-in-law (I don’t know where she got it but I NEED to get some more!) However, the things I need to work on…EXERCISE! You know there’s an app for squats, push-ups & sit-ups  on android phones…(there’s an app for pretty much anything now). Anyhoo, I’ve been somewhat using these apps as a daily exercise routine…*old track teammates don’t judge me* but the DAILY aspect is what I have to get together! lol. I’ll do it, for real, maybe get back on my P90X 😐 no, no, seriously! 🙂

II. Nov. 19th event 7pm-9pm at Bliss Elements Salon & Spa

The Delaware Naturalistas are hosting an event on Nov. 19th at Bliss Elements Salon & Spa (heard rave reviews about this salon). Promo & Tickets:

Join us on Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Bliss Elements Salon & Spa as we enjoy two-hours of natural hair styling, demonstration and education.   This fabulous event is brought to you by deNaturalistas and Bliss Elements Salon & Spa in conjunction with the I Declare Healthy Hair Challenge.

I’ve never actually been to a natural hair event so this will be my first.  I’m so glad that I’ve connected with this Delaware group because I was beginning to think that I’d have to travel to Philly or MD for anything natural hair, but little Delaware is creepin’ on a come up.

III. Natural Hair friends & family influence

Ever since I decided to forego using relaxers I never thought about the domino effect or influence this decision may have on my friends and family.  I found out maybe a year after I stopped using relaxers that my mom (hey ma!) stopped using relaxers too! She flat irons her hair because she likes to wear it straight but it looks just like mine when that water hits it!

Mom, Jonalyn & me shopping!

Also, my sis-in-law Lisa is “natural hair stalking” the web now and she even got her hair cut at Bliss Elements and wants to go to the event this month! 🙂 I’m excited! AND Lisa always has random new hair stuff in her bathroom (you know I peep in that cabinet every time I come over…) trying to see what I haven’t tried out yet that I can scoop from you (‘ppreciate it!)  Lastly, my mother-in-law, Bernice, I hear that she MAY be thinking about going natural too! I haven’t heard this directly from her but from her relaxer & washing stylist, my dad-in-law (oh yes ladies, he does it all  just for her, relaxes & washes her hair since 1978).  Bernice has had long beautiful hair ever since I’ve known her and she’s old school too uses grease and rollers each night, then puts her hair in a scarf.  Her hair would be SOOOO gorgeous in its natural state (it’s wavy when its wet even with the relaxer…my hair NEVER did that). So, I’ll keep giving her the good word on this natural hair experience.  To all my friends that have encouraged me, expressed how I’ve helped them and have been following my natural hair journey since the “random hair deal” facebook album…THANK YOU & YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TOO!

IV. Protective style & new accessory

Here’s a look at a random protective style I came up with from just messing around with my hair.
1. with wet hair (washed, conditioned & leave-in conditioner) part hair into 3 sections across.
2. do 1 big flat twist across the 1st front section and pin on top of head
3. do about 10-15 medium-sized 2 strand twists in the 2nd section of hair
4. place the 3rd (back section) in a bun on top of head for a little more fullness
5. place 2nd section of 2 strand twists over bun
I wore this for maybe 3 days and then took the flat twist out of the 1st section of hair  and pinned it behind the bun to wear to an event:

What have I missed? How’s your IDHHC going? Have you found any new hair accessories that you just LOVE???!!! 

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