Tag Archives: Olive oil

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!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

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!

 

© Ashley Brown and 24sevencurls, 2011. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material, documents, and images without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Ashley Brown and 24sevencurls with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 

Advertisements

Healthy Hair Challenge Day 1 Recap

11 Oct

So Day 1 of the I Declare Healthy Hair Challenge is complete…here we go onto day 2!

Day 1 RECAP:

I still have things to work on…but here is what I’ve done so far:

-trimmed my hair on Saturday 

-put my hair in 2 strand twists protective style Saturday night

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

– used the My Fitness Pal app on my phone to keep track of my food: eggs, oatmeal, banana for breakfast; grapes, cheese, crackers for snack; strawberry/banana yogurt & oats & honey granola bar another snack; ricotta & spinach tortellini‘s for lunch; waffle & cheese eggs for dinner (probably not on the list); drank 24oz of water (slackin I know) I NEED TO GET GROCERIES (if you didn’t notice…)lol.

-used EVOO to moisturize & curl enhancing smoothie on the ends, 100% Shea Butter to seal in the moisture at night and slept with a satin scarf:

 

 

-did 30 minutes of exercise: push-ups, crunches, jumping jacks, & LOTS of stretching (its been a while you know…)

SO, that was my day 1! I definitely have to get more water in today & fruits & veggies, however day 2 is off to a GREAT start because I already did my workout: P90X Chest & Shoulders day! GO ME! LATER!

 

© Ashley Brown and 24sevencurls, 2011. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material, documents, and images without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Ashley Brown and 24sevencurls with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

The Liquid Hair Dryer….?!?!?

5 Oct

So, a year or so ago a friend suggested that I try some Garnier Fructis products.  I started using the Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Shampoo & Conditioner. I stopped using the shampoo because I felt like it stripped my hair too much but I like the effects of the Conditioner: nice hold, defines my curls & doesn’t have harsh ingredients.

If you know me, you know that I LOVE LOVE LOVE a sale and a grocery store was closing so everything was 90% off. I grabbed the Garnier Fructis 3-Minute Undo Dryness Reversal Treatment & the Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Fortifying Deep Conditioner 3-minute masque (and a lot of food…)

Triple Nutrition 3-Minute Undo Dryness Reversal Treatment

3 Nutritive Fruit oils: Olive, Avocado, & Shea- enriched with apricot seeds. Sounds great right?!

Sleek & Shine Frizz Defeat Deep Treatment

Another 3 minute miracle in a bottle eh? Apricot & Avocado Oil, Vitamins B3 & B6

I used the 1st one a few times: 3-minute undo dryness reversal treatment and I didn’t feel like my hair was soft or moisturized at all. I didn’t understand why it still felt dry…

-Maybe I left it on too long (I’ve never used a product for only 3 minutes…do they know how much hair I have….what’s 3 minutes going to do?)

-Maybe I should have just done it for 3 minutes…and they really know what they’re talking about…

-Olive oil, Avocado & Shea Butter seem like great ingredients….what’s really going on?

So I later found an article on Motowngirl.com called “Ingredients to Avoid in Products”.

The #1 product to AVOID is:

Mineral Oil: A derivative of crude oil (petroleum) that is used industrially as a cutting fluid and lubricating oil. Mineral oil forms an oily film over the skin to lock in moisture, but hinders normal scalp respiration by keeping oxygen out, which in turn can make the hair feel hard and can dry it out.”

(I keep the article with me in my bag from now on just in case I’m out shopping and forget what ingredients to avoid.)

I had learned from other sites that the first 4 ingredients on the back of a product are the ingredients used in the highest quantities in that product.

On the 3-Minute Undo Dryness, ingredients 1-4 are:

1. Aqua/water/eau

2. Cetearyl Alcohol (I read somewhere that this is the “good” alcohol)

3. Paraffinum liquidum/mineral oil/huile minerale (Parlais vous Francais?)

4. Dipalmitoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate (say that 5 times fast)

 

Did you catch # 3: Paraffinum liquidum/mineral oil/huile minerale (they even said it in French, lol!)

Now this product may work for other people’s hair but it had the reverse, reversal effect on my hair. My husband calls it “the liquid hair dryer” (he’s so clever huh? 🙂 ). But, needless to say I have stopped using this product and am definitely avoiding anything with mineral oil in it. It may have just been the combination of the sleek & shine shampoo that seemed to dry it out along with this dryness reversal…but….I don’t need anymore convincing, it’s on my DO NOT USE list.

 

What products have you added to your DO NOT USE list?  

 

 

© Ashley Brown and 24sevencurls, 2011. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material, documents, and images without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Ashley Brown and 24sevencurls with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Corinne Bailey Rae on Curlynikki.com

4 Oct

If you didn’t get a chance to read this article yesterday on Curlynikki.com take a look at Corinne Bailey Rae the sultry singer & sassy natural hair DIVA!!

Corinne Bailey Rae – “I wanted to Start a natural Hair Site!”

 

Oooooo and maybe I’m late but Corinne did a remake of the CLASSIC Prince song, “I Wanna be Your Lover”
Girl you better go head and recognize the musical genius that IS Prince! lol

 

My fav points:

“So when I went to University, I had this natural hair style- like a tiny afro, really, really short hair- and I’d always wear jeans and a leather jacket and everyone thought I was a Black Panther.”


“What I do now is wash it, put the conditioner in and detangle it with a big paddle brush which takes 40 minutes… it takes a while. I do it from the ends to the roots and then I put it in 4 or so plaits– I plait the front section and then one in the crown and two at the sides. I leave that for a day or a day and a half…. it has to be a day where you’re just hanging out at home. When I take them down, it’s in those loose kinks from the plaits, but it’s still a bit wet, so then my natural curl kind of comes back in a bit and it’s a combination between those kind of kinks and my normal curls. That’s my staple style.”

“Obviously eating well and drinking water helps. It’s also a myth that Afro hair can’t grow long and it can. You just have to give it time, plus it’s growing in a spiral and it’s takes a bit to show length.”


“I really like that website Lecoil. I think she has some really good pictures on there and it’s really inspiring as well. The thing I found most depressing about that Chris Rock documentary Good Hair was that lawyer. She had this very beautiful afro and the other black girls were like, ‘I think your hair is cute and all but when you become a lawyer no one is going to take you seriously because of your hair’, and she was like, ‘yeah I know I’m going to have to change it when I become a lawyer’. So, so sad. So the thing I love about Lecoil is that when you click on a picture, you find that this person is the CEO of a company, or a journalist, or the creator of a website! I think it’s really important to show more and more people in influential positions that just let their hair be.”


“But you know what, I have stages where I just put Vaseline in my hair if it’s dry. I put the Vaseline in it and comb it through. I remember after using it for a while, I went to my hairdresser and she said, ‘your hair is in really good condition, what have you been using?’ and I told her! She couldn’t believe it. I like to put essential oil in it and it gives it a really nice smell. It’s cheap and I think that’s a myth… that you have to use really expensive products and you don’t. You can add stuff like Olive Oil, Almond oil or things you just find in the health food store to help expensive products last longer. Experiment is what I say. What works for one person may not work for you.”

 

LOVE her hair & this article! What’s your fav Corinne Bailey Rae song?

My new fav is this Prince remake, “I Wanna Be Your Lover”!  and her song “Closer”

© Ashley Brown and 24sevencurls, 2011. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material, documents, and images without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Ashley Brown and 24sevencurls with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Hairstyle Fumble Recovery Twist-Out! (that’s a mouthful I know…)

21 Sep

Yes, I took out the 2 strand twists this morning and voila (I’ve been anxious to take them out because I like my hair looking fuller & I’m probably going to wash it again this weekend)!

What did I do?

1. slicked back the sides with a little Fantasia IC Gel & a bit of water/EVOO mix from my spray bottle

2. put the bottom half of my hair in a small bun

3. with Shea Butter on my fingers, I undid the 2 strand twists (undo at the root and separate the 2 sections)

4. I pinned the top half of the twist out to form a pompadour (haha, Madame de Pompadour,  that’s serious!)

5. I put my scarf around the sides for the car ride to work and here are my results:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

I will probably do 2-strand twists on the bottom half tonight and take them out in the morning.  Night time plan: Twist em all back up (if I have enough time) and twist-out again in the morning. I need to add some EVOO or tea tree oil to my scalp & massage the scalp as well…good for itchiness & promotes growth!)

P.S. I won that dress from Folake Huntoon on Stylepantry.com she’s so sweet & gorgeous!!!

What’s your fav way to wear a twist-out??

Related articles

© Ashley Brown and 24sevencurls, 2011. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material, documents, and images without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Ashley Brown and 24sevencurls with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.