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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