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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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Bliss Elements, Natural Hair & Turkey!!

20 Nov

I enjoyed my 1st natural hair event at Bliss Elements Spa & Salon with the DE Naturalistas! The stylists were super nice & down to earth, the “green” salon was gorgeous & they had red velvet cupcakes (I loooove cupcakes) and strawberries & champagne! It was a much-needed girls night out w/hair talk, good laughs & delicious treats. The salon even makes their own fabulous smelling, natural products the Shea Butter smelled like cake batter & there was a conditioner that smelled like chocolate!) So, for the event they split us up into four groups & we switched between 4 stations:

1. ear candling demonstration– If you’ve never seen this done before…its so crazy. They put a burning candle in your ear and somehow it gets all the wax, dust, pollen out of your ears. It’s supposed to help w/sinuses, allergies etc. This was what came out of one persons ear…

2. Angie w/hair product info– she talked a lot about whats in the natural products that they make at the salon, tips on using color (consult your stylist), tips on how often to get trims (consult your stylist) I think she said every 6-8 weeks though and many more topics

3. rod set demonstration– she used the orange perm rods on a girl with natural hair & her curls came out gorgeous (I have the purple rods but want to try the orange or jumbo black ones 1 1/4″). She also shared that to get the roots straight depends on the amount of tension you put when you’re rolling the hair onto the rod.

 

4. blow drying, flat-iron & pin curling demonstration– blow dry wet hair, use a paddle brush or brush that’s compatible for your hair type when blow drying, only use the concentrator attachment (not the comb attachment). 1 thing I didn’t know about pin curling is that you can pin just the end of the curl instead of pinning the whole circle or curl (hard to explain in words but when you see it done you’ll understand, maybe I can post a pic later)

Best part was hanging out with my sis-in-law Lisa AND winning one of the door prizes!! I won a bottle of Creme of Nature’s Oil Moisturizer with Argan Oil which I will tell you about over the weekend when I try it out.

P.S. If anyone is getting me a Christmas gift….a gift card to this salon would be amazing!

P.S. “Turkey” is in the title of this because I really dropped off a turkey in the parking lot to my sis-in-law because she’s doing Thanksgiving dinner for the crew and we laughed about it, natural hair & turkey’s its all good!

My hair this week:

The next DE Naturalistas event: Mixology 102

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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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

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– 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!

 

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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:

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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??

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