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Fried, DYED and Laid to the Side! (not really…)

6 Nov

Hey you, how have you been!?

24sevencurls has been 24sevenBUSY!!! But that’s ok, I am here now and I tried something new on my hair…COLOR!!!

I read a post from: BGLH: Two Ways to Do Safe, Wash-Out Hair Color ; and decided to try it for myself!

The hair chalk wasn’t the look I was going for, but the cream eye shadow was appealing. However, I had some random brand of left over eye shadow (years ago a girl at a kiosk in the mall made up my face and it was TERRIBLE, she ended up crying and gave me a free eye shadow *SCORE*) that with water added I thought might do the trick. So, I tried that first and it looked OK, but not really what I wanted. I also needed to re-twist my hair that night. Needless to say, by the morning this eye shadow was completely out of my hair already.

1st attempt pics: ImageImage

So, I got the Maybelline 24 hour tattoo cream eye shadow in Fierce & Tangy and another in Pomegranate Punk. Mixed them together in a bowl and applied to the front of my hair and here is how it turned out:

2nd attempt pics (day 1): Image

This was somewhat the look I was going for and it lasted quite a while. It does come off on your fingers when you touch it (keep a paper towel nearby so you don’t mess up your clothes) but I think it’s an easy, affordable and HEALTHY way to add temporary color to my hair. When I try it again I think I’ll use just the Pomegranate Punk and see how I like that.

Pick out some colors and change up your hair for a new look!

BTW, my twist outs have been fabulous lately! I went back to using just, shea butter, water and EVOO; set my hair in 10-12 twists and the twist out is SOOO defined for several days! Why did I ever stop doing this…?!?! Who knows; have fun playing in your hair today!

Day 4 color/twist out pics: ImageImageImageImage

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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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2 Strand Twists w/a TWIST!

21 Aug

Heyyyy 24sevencurls  world!  I have been working and relaxing, waiting patiently for this baby to come! I did get a chance to do my hair on Sunday though and wanted to share what I did!

Of course it’s 2 strand twists (I do them a lot because they can last me for a while, at least a week or sometimes two!).  So here’s what I did:

  1. On freshly washed, & conditioned hair (I’m still contemplating doing the curly girl method and not using shampoo any longer…doing my research still…) I parted my hair in 3 sections vertically.
  2. I knew I wanted a mo-hawk type of effect so on the sides I did 4, 2 strand flat twists & did a bantu knot on the ends (I re-wet the section I was twisting w/a spray bottle of water & EVOO, added a little shea butter & Fantasia IC Gel for hold on the edges) (Next time I might make thinner sections for the flat twists to make it look a little neater…)
  3. For the middle I did semi-mini 2 strand twists (re-wet section w/water/EVOO, shea butter & a little Fantasia IC Gel for hold). When I do 2 strand twists, I always have to use a clip to hold the start of the twist together so that it will stay (the  part that is closest to my scalp is where I’ll put the flat clip so the hair doesn’t get poofy at the beginning of the twist). 
  4. I put the twists on medium rollers & sat under a hooded dryer on low for about an hour, then put my scarf over my head to let it dry more overnight (you know my hair takes FOR LIFE to fully dry!)

Here is how it turned out!

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Today I twisted some of the mini twists from the middle section together and made a few messy buns because a few of the rollers didn’t hold last night BUT it’s all good, still looks nice to me AND my hair is off of my neck today which is always a good thing. Anyhoo, hope you like it and will try the style for yourself!

 

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The never-ending twist-out!

26 Jul

Hello natural hair folks! I’ve been away…well, away from the blog for a while 😦 BUT it’s all for a greater reason! Carrying a baby is hard work man!

Anyhoo, here are some pics from the 2 strand twists  & flat twists in the front that I did on Mon., July 16th (my bday!!!) using shea butter & Fantasia IC gel, did the twist out on Sat., July 21st and wore it 3 different ways that day for my maternity photo-shoot & baby shower in VA! I had sooo much fun that day (definitely could never be a model though, I never know what to do w/my face!)

Same simple twist out, 3 different ways:

  1. full twist out- I used a wide pick at the roots to make it a little more full
  2. side pinned twist out- just used bobby pins to lay it down on one side
  3. high messy bun- used a ponytail holder to put it all up on top of my head and I pinned down the ends

Enjoy!

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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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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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BGLH The Men of Awkward Black Girl Interview

15 Nov

It’s crazy to have such an incredibly funny & easy-to-relate to internet/YouTube series that airs once a MONTH but its fan base waits in anticipation for the show each month (that’s a long time!); the series is just THAT GOOD! 🙂

Check Black Girl Long Hair’s interview with the men of Awkward Black Girl:

Part 1 with “Darius/Baby voice” Tristen Winger & “A” Andrew Allan James

Part 2 with “Fred” Madison Shockley III & “White Jay” Lyman Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the Cast

Quotables:

1. “You all fit your roles so perfectly! Can you give us some insight into the casting and character development?”

T: “Darius was described in the script as “Quiet Office Guy” who spoke in a soft, quiet, baby voice. When I read that about my character I immediately thought about Michael Jackson’s speaking voice which was very soft and angelic… Like baby hair in audio form. ”

2. “Describe your ideal girl.”

A: “Rhianna

3. “One of the reasons we love J is that her hair is natural. Are you feeling natural hair?”

T: “Whether or not it makes it into the storyline, J is actually my type of woman; she daydreams about performing dance routines from movies, slapping the tar outta rude ass supervisors, and is an aspiring rapper. Who could wish for anything more? I definitely adore J’s choice to rock the short, natural hair. I feel it requires a ton of confidence for a woman to wear her hair short and I love a confident woman. As long as she’s confident and comfortable, we’re good.”

M: “I’m definitely feeling natural hair, always have. I think black women with natural hair exude a sense of self confidence and individualism that’s really sexy. Instead of trying to conform to a mainstream standard of beauty by using chemicals and weaves, natural haired women embrace the attributes of their hair with styles that make them look beautiful and often unique.”

4. “Are you anything like your ABG character in real life? Do you draw anything from your real life experiences to play your characters?”

L: “Am I awkward? No. “Awkward” these days seems to mean you’re not only clumsy, but also a bit neurotic. I might be a terrible dancer, but I have enough good sense not to lose any sleep over it, or worse, decide to stop dancing because of it.”

 

Next Episode Premieres 11/7/11!!!

The Misadventures of Awkward Black GirlAwkward Black Girl

 

 

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Lazy Hair Days…

10 Nov

Hola friends!

You ever have a lazy hair day…or a lazy hair week….couple of weeks?!  I’ve really been wearing this “retro braid variation” all week and I LOVE it because I just moisturize (probably twice this week), throw some oil on my scalp & satin scarf it up at night then take the scarf off in the morning and GO!  It’s easy, cute, sophisticated & lots of people like it. However, I need some inspiration for a new style…

A friend of mine did this…however, she’s in Cali now…I’m on the east coast…maybe I can create something from this:

By Asia Alston

Makes me miss my mini twists… 😦

What styles are inspiring you lately?

 

 

 

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“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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