Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ain't Nothing But a Ms-gg Thang Bay-by!

I got so tired of wearing my hair loose and I needed a serious change.  And you know how I do it-flat twists and twists!

As I said previously, my twist out from mini twists lasted four days before I gave up on it.  Back in the day, I would have wore that twist out out!  I would have let my hair shrink up , morph into a fro, and had the nerve to wonder why I was having issues with knots, single strand knots and tangled hair.  Yeah, okay.   

Extreme close up of the hairdo:

I really had no plan or direction when I did this style.  I just did what felt right. 

That's pretty much how I always do my hair, I just wing it. I have all these wonder ideas in my head of flat twists going up into buns and flat twists going back into french braids, and I always end up with some variation of a hairstyle I did before.  Womp womp womp.

Click here to see how a style similar to this looked back in December.

How I Made Sure My Hair Laid the Way I Wanted It To:

After each flat twist, I always clip the flat twist down with a duckbill clip. I do this to help prevent the flat twist from puffing up and so that I can help it lay in the direction I want it to.

Also, once I am finished doing the whole style, I will clip my hair down the way I want the finished style to lay.  In the morning I am usually good to go. 

Alright ya'll, that's all folks.  And let me take a moment out to thank all of you all for stopping by, and to say hello to all of you all who are new to my blog!  Thank you all for your continuing support and I hope 2011 has been a good year for you so far.  Can you believe it, tomorrow is the last day of the month! SMH!!!

Bye ya'll!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Are You Experiencing Any of These Hair Growth Journey Symptoms?

Have you recently went from this:

Said if I got just a little bit more growth, just a little bit to twist with, I would be happy.  So then you got to this:

And said, maybe if I got a little bit more growth, maybe some hair to my eyebrows, I would be happy.  So then you got to this:

And said, well, maybe if I had enough hair that when I did a twist out, it would frame my face a little bit better.  So then you got to this:

And you were still unhappy and lusting after more sun blocking hair that is thicker, longer and fuller?  If these symptoms describe you or someone you know, then you may be suffering from a condition called Natural Hairexia. 

Natural Hairexia is a condition that effects many women with natural hair who frequent online hair forums, youtube videos, fotkis and blogs. 

The current treatment for Natural Hairexia is as followed:

  • Get plenty of rest and take some time away from following the journey of others. Focus on your own goals
  • Acceptance.  Accept your hair for what it is.  It may not be as thick, as long, as curly, or as shiny as the next natural hair chick, but it is your hair whether you like it or not.  Everybody wants what they cannot have.  So take a moment and reflect on the positive qualities about your hair, the length of your hair, and be happy for the growth that you have achieved thus far. 

And remember, your hair is beautiful just the way it is.

Day Four of My Twistout + Info on Shea Moisture BOGO

I killed it last night.

It was time.  My hair is dry and in need of some moisture.  It took me about 3-4 hours to detangle (the reason why I don't wear my hair like this that often) and now all I want to do is put it back up into another style and leave it alone again.  It was fun while it lasted.

What my hair was looking like at 1 am this morning!

Click here to see how to preserve your twist outs for 4 days too!

Oh, and I've heard it through the grapevine that Walgreen's has a BOGO free on Shea Moisture products!  So if you have been meaning to try it out, now is the time to do it!  I believe the sale is through April 7th so check out your local Walgreen's and to see what they're working with!

Later ya'll!

Monday, March 28, 2011

How to Make Your Twist Outs Stretch

This is just one of a few different techniques that I use to make my twist outs last longer and stay stretched on my natural hair.  This method helps to reduce shrinkage and knotting that is often associated with wearing your hair out of protective styles, especially for us in the 4a/b category.     

For this method you will need:

  • An oil of your choice.  I used sweet almond oil.
  • A pack of cotton scrunchies from the little kids section of the beauty supply store.
  • A moisturizing hair spray


Grab a section of hair and secure it with a scrunchy.  I usually place the band somewhere close to the ends of my hair, but not directly on my ends.  I want to keep the twist out pattern intact and I have found that placing the bands directly on the ends can mess up the twist out.

You also don't want to make it too big or too small.  I believe I had a total of about 15 sections.  This whole process took maybe 5 minutes.

  What I like about doing this is that I can sleep on my hair and my hair is not smooshed in the morning.  Also, it is much quicker than rebraiding and retwisting the hair every night and undoing them in the morning.  I am all about simplicity and my sleep!

  After you have taken your beauty nap, the next day, rub a small amount of oil onto your hands and begin to take down your scrunchies.  It took me all of 20 seconds to do this.

   Next lightly reshape your hair back into the cute twist out style it was in yesterday.  Gently pull at coils to elongate any sections of hair that has a weird shape due to the scrunchies.

  After I am done reshaping my hair, I take my moisturizing spray and mist my hair lightly.  Then I shake my hair. 

  I do not touch my hair while it is wet or damp because that causes frizzing and loss of definition.

And here is my third day twist out:

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On the left is the third day, the right is the second day.

(yeah, so let me go ahead and apologize for these lackluster shots.  See what had happened was my neighbors came outside and I got all camera shy so I was stuck with all of these bad shots because I had to go to work.  Mmm hmm.  True story)

Still as fresh as yesterday!  Click here to see more pics of how it looked yesterday.   

So I hope this tip helps someone and let me know if you tried it and it worked (or come back and fuss at me if it didn't lol).  Take care!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Words of encouragement for your hair journey

If it isn't one thing it's another right?  You thought you had your entire natural hair routine down to a "t" and then your hair starts flaking on you.  Been there, done that.  I've had so many setbacks over the years it ain't even funny.  Take a look see:

Color/transitioning hair setback of 2007:

Incomplete splits/waiting too long to detangle my hair setback of 2009:

From this

To this

To this:

So if you are looking for a shoulder to lean on during your natural hair journey then you have found the right sister over here.  I can relate.

As a kid, I never had super long hair, and it wasn't until I went natural that I believed that I could ever achieve it.  After each setback, I got more and more discouraged.   But I know that with each setback I can make a comeback.  And you can too.  Learn why your hair is breaking, why you are getting split ends, why your hair is knotting and make a change for the better.

Don't get caught up in what the next natural hair chick is doing and comparing your progress to hers.  Focus on your own hair.  Yes there are some people who got it right on the first try, but there are many more of us who have been at it for years.  That is why this thing is called a "natural hair journey," because it truly is a path that is unique to each individual based on your own hair needs.  You may not get a solid hair routine down until your second or third year natural, and that is okay.  There is nothing wrong with you or your hair.  

So don't beat yourself up.  As long as you are willing to work for it, you will learn how to master your hair.  Don't give up or throw in the towel.


Style Files: Twist Out

I put in some mini twists on March 14th (sorry no pics).  Then I got bored and tired of them real quick. 

So I took those mini twists out on March 24th.

Now I want to present to you my second day twist out:

This pot over here is steaming just a little bit...

(Check out pictures of my November 2010 twistout)

I plan to rock this bad boy until Tuesday then I'm going to put some more twists back in.  Stay tuned for some tips on how to make your twist outs stretch.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Back in the Day: Braidout, February 2007

So this post is four years old.  My how time flys.... 

I took my braids out and this is what I got....

The next day I got this...bam!

Honey, I shrunk the kids!!!!!

lol, that sho is what I look like....


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