Sunday, July 31, 2011
When I think back on when I've seen her in some of these roles, I do recall her mostly wearing braids. However, it was when I was researching naturals that I saw how beautiful her natural hair is! It's gorgeous and BIG!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
I'm still using the same shingling method that most naturals use when applying gel for curl definition. I'll post a video below of one of my favorite Youtube vloggers, PhillyDiva19154, for those of you who may be unfamiliar with shingling. (Note: I use a different leave-in conditioner, etc but this is just for the technique of applying the gel.)
Now, I will prepare you that when you get up in the morning you'll have "helmet head" meaning your hair will be flat on the sides that you sleep on. This is how I refresh my style in the morning. I spritz my hair with my
moisturing mist. Then I take my shower and let the moisture from the steam loosen my hair. I shake it vigorously to loosen the curls. Then I pull out a few sections with my fingers and stretch with my pic. Another technique is demonstrated in the video below by another Youtuber that I follow. I don't band my hair at night like she does but from the 4:00 minute marker and beyond, my technique is very similar.
One of the things I love about doing this blog is that I am able to see my growth progression. Check out the pictures below for pictures from previous wash and go's. I'm definately on the grow!!! I'm loving this natural hair journey and all the lessons I'm learning along the way!
|March 2011 - Wash & Go with Smooth & Shine Curl Activator Gel|
|May 2011 - Wash n Go with Argan Oil Ecostyler Gel|
|July 2011 Argan Oil Ecostyler Gel Wash n Go - Day 2 Hair|
Thursday, July 14, 2011
While browsing Youtube videos I ran across several for the cinnabun hairstyle. I was looking for a way to put my hair up without having it in a traditional puff. Having it in a puff, while easy, does create a few tangles for me. So after wearing my previous style, I was looking for a way to keep my hair stretched, but up, especially since it's been over 100 degrees for a couple days this week.
To create this style I used the following products:
My glycerin/water/aloe vera juice moisturizer
Sealed with my Kimmaytube leave in & whipped shea butter
Used Curls Goddess Curls gel on my twists
Used Olive Oil Ecostyler Gel on my edges
Below I have posted a slide show tutorial of how I accomplished this style. Enjoy!
|Photo slideshow created with Smilebox|
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
BlackOnyx77 does a tutorial on this hairdo on Youtube and I favorited the video during my TWA months. Well, now my hair is long enough to recreate it...though it's not as long as Alicia's (duh!). Pictures of the hairstyle and BlackOynx's tutorial is posted below. Enjoy!
In my interpretation of this style, I started by stretching my hair by using the tension method to blow out my hair. The hair dryer was set on medium heat. Then I created two cornrows on each side of my head. In the crown and bang area, I did 5 individual braids and curled them on perm rods. In the back of my head I created medium sized 2 strand twists and also curled them on perm rods. I used Curls Goddess Curls gel and my creamy shea butter mixture on my plaits and twists. After my hair was set, I used coconut oil on my fingers as I unbraided and untwisted my hair. I used hair pins to pin my bangs in a side sweep and used my fingers to pull my hair slightly in the rear to hide my parts and fluffed for fullness.
Here BlackOnyx77 shows her version on slightly longer hair.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Check out the pictures from the event below.
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Friday, July 8, 2011
One of the Youtube vloggers that I follow, Charjay posted this spoof of Chris Brown's Deuces featuring some fellow vloggers. It talks about the dangers of "bad ingredients" in natural hair products. It's creative & hillarious. So here's your Friday's 7 chuckles (a Katt Williams reference) ladies. Enjoy!!
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
I then took each large coil and separated it into smaller coils by pulling the coil out, unraveling & lightly twirling the smaller section of hair to reestablish the coil. I made sure my fingers were coated with coconut oil so as not to cause frizz. The finished look is below.
|Finger coils 02.17.2011|
|Coil out 02.19.2011|
Monday, July 4, 2011
So today, all naturals are supposed to wear their hair in a fro. I don't usually wear my hair in a fro (haven't really since it was a TWA) but this weekend I did and I was surprised with how big my fro has grown! Happy Independence Day! I am so glad to be free (and I mean that in more ways than just relaxer free)!
|I took my fro to the beach!|