Saturday, December 27, 2008

Hairstyles: Braidout December 2008


My hair is on life support. You should see the tragedy that are my hair strands. It is absolutely nasty. A lot of my strands have incomplete splits, and some of them are so damaged it looks like a dog chewed on them or double dutch jump ropes. Am I going to cut it, Ms obsessive hair cutter...no. Not now. since I don't know what caused it, and how to prevent it, who is to say it is going to go away with a massive 6 inch or more cut? One day I will cut it off, it just won't be in my near future. The main area that seems to be in trouble is the middle of my hair. I often wonder if this is a permanent issue with my hair ever since I use to rock those fake ponytails in the middle of my hair. Maybe my hair follicles are permanently damaged. Who knows....My hair is still growing so I am not taking the hedge trimmers to my hair just yet....

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Hairstyles: Braids November 2008


this is taken on November 1st at 7 am in the morning. My mother loves to wake me up at the crack of dawn.


Saturday, September 27, 2008

Hairstyles: Braidout and Twists September 2008


You can't really tell in this picture, but I had my fro split down the middle and lopsided. It was higher on one side, the back was slanted going down all the way to the opposite side of my head. I liked it.





Here is a picture of me and some twists I put in a little bit after I wore this braidout fro.
They took about 7 hours. I twisted on soaking wet/damp hair using world of curls gel+aloe vera gel+shea butter. One thing about shea butter and twists is that I do not personally recommend anyone to use shea butter on damp hair. In my experience it has always left my hair looking ashy not classy.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Hairstyle that Keeps on Giving (throwback July 2008)




I have heard watercolorz (a member of nappturality) talk about leaving your roots braided and wearing the ends loose for so long but never got around to trying it out, until today. Since I already had the roots braided with these twists I just took the twisted part loose and left the roots braided, and over a 24 hour period it has began to coil up to get the look that you see right here. I like the way it looks here moreso than how it looked when I first took it out.

One plus I have heard about this style is that it can be cowashed often. A negative is the takedown...I have heard that with a lot of cowashing it can lead to a nightmare when it comes to taking this style down...


It may not look like it here, but trust me, the roots were braided....




The only thing I don't like is the gap at the top of my head in this pic (please don't throw anything at me lol)





These babies right here are the second set of braided roots and twisted ends.




I did this set after taking down the braided roots twist out from the pictures up above. I did this on July 4th and it took over TWELVE hours to take down and retwist. Yeah huh. I said TWELVE hours dawg. That was NOT a typo. So yeah, believe the hype I said earlier...taking out braided roots and loose ends is a MOTHA!



This is the four day old twist out puff...it may be older than that...I really don't remember.

This was around the time my daddy was on his death bed and I lost track of things like that if you understand...



Scuse the acne, bad brows and makeup and bra strap...yeah I really won't worried about NUFFIN



Okay now it just morphed into a twistout fro! Dang, and I thought the Transformers and Power Rangers were some bad dudes! They ain't got nuffin on my hair! Woop Woop!






























I was loving it! One of my best twist out fros to date!













Saturday, June 21, 2008

Natural Hairstyles: Braid out from June 2008




This has got to be one of my favorite braid  outs that I have done during my natural hair journey.  Sadly, humidity got the best of it, despite all my hard efforts to prevent it. I'm not hating though, because the humidity helped to moisturize my extremely dry hair. I knew my hair was suffering when my boyfriend told me I needed to "step my moisturizing game up (I hope he was talking about my hair? lol)"
I used a new product, the Olive Oil Creme by Mane n Tail. So far so good. I mixed it up with the World of Curls Curl activator gel and my hair has been ridiculously soft for the past few days. The only drawback is that my hair is greasy as a mug though. Either my hair does not absorb Olive Oil or whatever this Olus Oil they have listed on the ingredient list. If it wasn't for the extreme greasiness this product would be a perfect 10 in my book. But because of the greasiness I knock off 4 points.
My hair has also shrunken up a lot too along with the puffy look that my braidout transformed into due to the heat









Hairstyles: Throw Back Fat Twists









as you can see. It took me no more than 4 hours to do it. I braided the roots, which gives my twists a little bit more movement, it holds better, and it lasts longer. It makes your hair look thinner, but it makes the twists stay neater longer. Plus it looks like kinky twists.








Monday, June 9, 2008

Screw Snakes on a Plane (June 2008)



There were snakes in the river!
So today was the first day I have ever been down to the river. My parents are the most paranoid people in the world and have heard about all of the drownings and bad stuff about the river that they have never been themselves (despite being over 60 years old). So after telling me how much fun he and his friend had several times and convincing me about how it really isn't that bad my boyfriend finally convinced my paranoid self to go on down to the river. I was scared because of all of the bad things I heard too...shoot, if I'm going out, I want to go out like a soldier....I don't want to have my cause of death to be "drowning at the James" if I'm going out, I'm going out.

First of all, I almost lost my life on this raggedy bridge (this thing was off the chain ya'll). As you walk across this broke down ghetto thing you can hear the wood squeaking underneath your feet, and if you look down in certain spots you can see the rocks down below, probably 100 or more feet below you where the river is slightly dried out. It was scary. Cars, bikers and everything else goes across that bridge. And there were a couple of spots where they patched it up with more wood and a few spots that felt really weak where you feel like you might fall below. I almost cried ya'll because I am so afraid of heights....

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Box Braids and Hair Comparisons

Comparison:

 





If you believe it you can achieve it! I took a big step 10 months ago and cut off a lot of colored damaged hair. All the way back down to roughly 2-4 inches of hair all over. And 10 months later I do not regret it at all! This is my photo proof that you can do it too! Don't be afraid to let go of those ratty ends because the hair that you will gain in return will be 100 times better than the ratty ends that you are getting rid of.
And I also want to say to anybody who is discouraged about length that in due time you will get it! I thought my hair would NEVER grow. Right after my initial bc I was sad sad sad. I had never had less than 2 inches above shoulder length hair, and I definitely never had nappy hair! It was a new experience for me, one that I had to adjust to. But by looking at others fotki's and online hair albums I saw that in time, if I treated my hair right by conditioning, protective styling, and easy handling of my hair (ie, no pulling, tugging, heat, tight hairstyles etc), I could see the same level of success too! And I just want to let anybody out there who may be down and about about their hair to just hold on, be patient, and you will get there!
But you have to stay strong.

In some places when I stretch my hair now I am at apl (just when I stretch my hair down from the front...for some reason if you stretch your hair from the back your hair can seem a little shorter). Not counting some trouble spots, the majority of my hair is anywhere from 7-9 inches in length with the longest peice I stretched being 10 inches :). I am quite pleased especially since I have been cutting my hair like crazy, with one major chop last year and chops here and there since January, and since I got my last perm in March 2006, dyed all that hair then chopped it off, and my hair is at 10 inches or so, means my hair HAS to grow faster than 1/2 inch a month...it has to....







Anyways, on May 23 I began braiding my hair because on May 22 I decided to take my twists out after 22 days of wearing them for whatever reason. It was a stupid decision because my family was throwing my Father (who is doing well by the way) a suprise appreciation dinner (I will show you guys a picture of my father and how he is doing later) and I had NO time the day of to do my hair and the dinner was at 2 pm. I had to be at work at 7am the day of.  I am quite pleased at how they turned out considering I used a hairstick and my fingers. If you look my parts are actually more straighter now then they were when I used the comb as well too....

Look What I Can Do:

I love wearing my hair in high ponytails (one reason why I favor natural hair over relaxed, sometimes my "kitchen" area had a mini fro going on and it looked crazy). I am not at a complete high ponytail now as some pieces fly out of it before I can put the band around it, but maybe in a few months I can get every single braid in there.









 

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Back to Protective Hairstyles I go....

Micro twists


Uh....these thangs took about 8 hours or so to do. The reason why they took so long was because I decided to part my hair with my fingers this time instead of grab and go.



I did this so I can see if it was the grabbing and going that was causing my tangling with micro twists. I have a feeling micro twists regardless cause tangles...but I love them so much though :(


Total time: 8+ hours (broken up over 2 days to keep my sanity)
Products used:
World of Curls Curl Activator (for extra dry hair)
Aloe Vera Gel
World of Curls Combout Spray to moisturize the next day
duckbill clips
patience patience patience



Let me tell you, I deep conditioned my hair before I started twisting it right, I looked at my hands and they were covered in glitter! Do you know the fools at John Frieda's use GLITTER in their Frizz Ease Deep Conditioner?!?!?! You talking about heated.....they could have told somebody on the bottle they did that mess or something....the only question I have to ask is why?





If I could have any hair shape....



I would want this one. This bob shape where it is longer in the front then the back. Im too chicken to do it though. Maybe one day though my front length will catch up to the back because the back is on the move!



i reused the parts in the front from my lazy flat twist twist style last month (2-3 weeks ago)

 

 See I did part all the way through:


scouts honor. 

I am such a lazy daisy when it comes to being thorough with doing my hair that I never take the time out EVER to part all the way through my hair front to back when I do twists. I saw how neat Kemi's hair looks in twists and she says she finger parts so I decided to give it a shot because comb parting in this jungle of napps is for the dogs. 

It could have been neater but as long as I can see my scalp for right now, Im not complaining. Also now when I do updos and half up and down styles my hair can look a little bit more neat and professionally done instead of bootlegged like it normally does.


I also did not go through the process of parting out rows and then splitting them down into little sections. All of that is too tedious and time consuming and a waste of time since the parts aren't visible like that. I had about 8 or so jumbo braids in the back of my hair (the front still had flat twists and regular twists in it and those parts were the guide for that section) and took each section down one by one and finger parted twists out that way.

I did it this way because when I use to get microbraids put in my hair my cousin never parted row by row, but would section out big sections of hair and braid from there. It makes it look more natural and all that jazz. 

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