Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Marley Hair Faux Hawk Updo - Protective Style

I posted the above picture on Instagram last week.  I was at my godsister's high school graduation and it was extremely hot that day.  I knew if I wore a loose hairstyle, the heat & humidity would cause it to swell, poof, & frizz on a special day where I wanted my hair to be a little more predictable finishing than documenting.  LOL!  The tip that I will give you is to watch the beginning where daneteb shows how she tucks & pins her hair and focus on the technique not necessarily the exact placement of her Marley hair.  I knew I had to wear an updo.  I searched Youtube to find a tutorial and found the one below.  It was my intention to recreate the style and do a step by step tutorial but between time & effort to create the style, I became more focused on finishing the style.

Here are some other shots of the style.  I used a pack and a half of Marley hair to create this style and I wore it for a week.

I loved it so much that I think I'll recreate this again for another event that I'm going to later this summer! Let me know what you think of my version of the style?  Is it pretty close?  

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Variety in Styling - A Week's Worth of Looks

I like variety in my life, that shows up in many ways, from the foods I like to cook to the social activities that I choose to participate in and the way I wear my hair.  I've gotten quite comfortable lately wearing my twistouts.  They are definitely my go to style and most reliable as far as results. However, sometimes it hits me to just change it up some so this particular week I did.

If you follow my blog you know I recently was asked to be the guest blogger for Nyenzo's Natural Hair and Body Affair in celebration of INHMD.  Check out that recap here.  What you may not know is that the night before, I'd just returned from a week long vacation in St. Maartin.  Very litte was done to my hair while I was on vacation.  I mean, its a vacation right?  All I did each day was moisten my hair, apply a little bit of Shea Moistures Deep Restorative Conditioner for moisture, smooth it back and apply my puff wiglet (review coming soon on this hairpiece).  Easy breezy!

My flight landed at 8:30 pm on Friday night and the event started at 1 pm on Saturday.  I knew that I needed to do some prep to my hair before I left.  So Thursday night, I shampooed my hair, deep conditioned and applied my leave-in & sealed the moisture by setting my twists with shea butter.  I realized that air plane travel can be drying to the hair due to the recycled air so I wanted to retain as much moisture as possible.  My travel look was like this.

See that tan?  

Friday night, I added my product (Entwine Couture's Creme Jelly Styler) & set my hair by creating medium sized 2 strand twists and setting on orange perm rods.  The next morning, I took out the rods, separated the curls & got this.  The look was "ok".  It was a bit more piecy than I was looking for but I attributed that to the heavy shea butter under this styler.  I made it work though!

Click here for the results...

Monday, June 10, 2013

Giovanni Direct Leave In Conditioner - My Favorite for the Summer!

Let me explain why I love this leave in conditioner:  there are so many reasons!

  • It's rich - this leave in conditioner is rich with oils & natural botanicals which helps with my thirsty strands
  • It's very moisturizing - it helps to retain moisture in my hair for a couple days at a time
  • It doesn't have glycerin in it - glycerin is found in many leave in conditioners & that's fine except for when it's extremely humid & you're trying to keep defined styles.  Glycerin is a humectant and draws moisture into your hair, which equals swelling of the hair & poof.
  • I can use it as a daily moisturizer - with some moisturizers my hair feels good at night when I'm adding it, but in the morning it feels dry.  This moisturizer packs a punch to keep my hair feeling great the next day.
  • Price point is super reasonable - It's between $7 - $8 in my local brick & mortar stores
  • It reactives my definition when retwisting my hair!
3 day old twist out - refreshed with just Giovanni Direct Leave In

Ingredients:  Aqua (Purified Water), Cetyl Alcohol, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5) Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Natural Fragrance, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Extract, Aloe Barbadenisi (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Betula Alba Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extrac, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavendar) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Flower Extract, Urtical Dioica (Nettle) Extract.

What is your leave in conditioner of choice for the summer months?  Do you have a favorite?  Share!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Do Healthy Natural Hair Regimens Have to Be So Long?

Recently, I went to a natural hair meet up (shout out to The Trendysocialite) and during the hair discussion we talked about establishing a natural hair regimen.   If you recall, my cleansing & conditioning regimen was detailed in a recent post of mine.  There were 4 weekly steps (prepoo, shampoo, deep condition, style), but during them there were at least 2 times that I was detangling my hair (after the prepoo & after deep conditioning) & I was retwisting my hair - A LOT.   The intent was to keep my hair from tangling while going through the various steps of my regimen. This took about 3 -4 hours to do when I incorporated styling my hair in twists.  One of the discussion points was how long it took to do our hair.  We even considered whether all the steps we were incorporating were truly necessary for healthy natural hair.  One of the steps that I have eliminated over the past 2 years was using a cheap conditioner to detangle in addition to deep conditioning.  I figured that if I used a deep conditioner with enough slip, I could detangle after deep conditioning.  Over the past two weeks I've also eliminated the prepoo & going through the process with my hair in twists.  I tended to lose more hair during this step rather than waiting until after deep conditioning to detangle.  This has saved me about 30 - 1 hr in my regimen.

Old Regimen 
* detangle & twist hair
*take down each twist, shampoo section, retwist
Deep condition 20 -30 mins
*add conditioner to each twist & add heat
*detangle & retwist, cool rinse
Moisturize & style
*untwist hair & add leave in, oil, creamy moisturizer (LOC) while loose
*section in 4 large sections & add styling product
*create medium sized twists in each section

Current Regimen
*hair loose, really cleansing scalp & smooshing shampoo in downward motion on the hair shaft
Deep Condition 20 - 30 mins
*hair loose add heat
Detangle & twist in medium twists
*cool rinse
Moisturize & style
* untwist 1 twist at a time
*do LOC moisturizing
*add styling product & retwist

  What modifications have you made to your natural hair regimen over the years?
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