Thursday, August 2, 2012

Hol' Up- a Wash and go wig? A Twist out wig too?

Looky here ya'll, the day has finally come when someone has finally created a realistic looking natural  wig, and from the look of the site, the folks behind this are natural too!

This first image is that of the "Finger Comber" unit:

courtesy of Fingercomber.com




Chile if that thang doesn't look real! I would love to see it in person and on a big ole apple head like my own.  It looks cute on her but I can imagine me slapping that thing on and looking all sorts of wrong.

Here is an image of the same wig in a twist out:

courtesy of Fingercomber.com


Is you seeing what I'm seeing? That unit is absolutely beautiful!  I am thoroughly impressed at how realistic it is.  This would be great as a protective style for the winter or for those days when you want to wear your hair out, but you don't feel like being bothered with your hair.  Just slap this bad boy on and you will be good to go!

Now check out this last one, the "Wash n Go" unit:

courtesy of Fingercomber.com





This one looks like it could quite possibly look very "synthetic" looking in person so I would be very interested in seeing some more, less heavily edited photos to get a real opinion of this wig.  It is very cute too and reminds me of brwnbarbie24's gorgeous hair (click to see what I'm talking about).


Anyway, if you want either of these wigs, they run for about $78 dollars and from what I understand, the hair is man made.  Here is a link to the site:  http://fingercomber.com/


Ms-gg

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Mini Twists are Back in the House



I lost my mind again and did another set of mini twists ya'll! If you've been rocking with me for a while, then you will know I have a love hate relationship with mini twists. 



I love the look.  I absolutely love how versatile mini twists are and how they look on me in general, however (this is a BIG however with a lot of emphasis on the "how"),  I HATE the take down from these things!



 Usually, it can take me literally up to two days or more to take all this mess down because my hair tangles so bad from them.



 I don't know if it is the mini twists itself that cause the tangling, or the fact that I wear these things anywhere from 2-5 weeks at a time which can cause the 4 weeks worth of shed hair to wrap around my twists and cause the tangling.  I think it is the latter.



 So this go around, since I have SOOOO much free time on my hand since I completed my last class ever as a college student last week and I'm sitting waiting patiently for a callback from a job, I am going to try to take these down after exactly 14 days of wear.  Hopefully this will solve my issue.  I will definitely keep you all posted. 

. I'm trimming my ends soon and I'm so mad I'm deal with breakage in my crown SMH 


And also, since I am out of school, with absolutely NOTHING to do, since I am patiently waiting for a job to call me back after I completed my last class ever as a college student last week, expect more frequent updates. Much more frequent.



  Like expect a new post tomorrow, maybe even a new video tonight.  I'm just saying. 0_o


Here is the low down on the mini twists: 



  • Washed and conditioned my hair using Oyin Honeywash cleanser and Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose conditioner
  • While my hair was still wet, I applied Worlds of Curls curl activator gel to my hair as I twisted up my hair into big jumbo twists.
  • After my hair was put into twists, I let it air dry for about 12 hours overnight
  • The next day I broke down each jumbo twist one at a time into mini twists reapplying Worlds of Curls as needed as well as Fruit of the Earth aloe vera gel to the ends
  • Voila! Tis all I did




Ms-gg

Monday, July 30, 2012

Watch a Live Big Chop on Stage!

You have to be really brave to do something like this and Courtney who is a young college student who is studying abroad in Rome in less than a month is just that! Courtney did her big chop at this summer's Return of the Curls event this weekend. Watch her amazing transformation in the video below:



Stylist: Daviece of Nirvana Salon located at 1524 West Cary Street in Richmond, Va. She does free consultations before she styles your hair (if I am not mistaken, But don't be going up in there talking about "Ms-gg said that your consultations are free so I ain't paying ish!" lol).
The salon's website: http://www.nirvanava.com/


Also, stay tuned this week for lots and lots of pictures and a video montage of the best of the best at Return of the Curls that went down on July 28th in Richmond, Va.  Hopefully if you weren't in the house this weekend, you will definitely be there this winter when Mae of Natural Chica co hosts the next Return of the Curls event!  

Well until next time ladies, take care <3

Ms-gg

Friday, July 20, 2012

Win Tickets to Return of the Curls!

Hey ladies! If you are in Richmond, Virginia or plan to be in Richmond, Va on Saturday July 28th, then you may want to come out to the Return of the Curls hair event going down from 10am-7pm at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. 

Event Website

I am giving away TWO tickets to the event! Yes two tickets!  You can win one of them by following the rules posted in this here youtube video:



Good luck! Contest ends tomorrow at 11:59 pm EST

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Friday, June 8, 2012

Fancy Updo

If you KNOW me like that, then YOU know that wearing my hair out and wearing it often is something that I do not do.  So when I unleashed my fro for the weekend, you knew that hairstyle wasn't going to last long right?  This is how my hair looked like for Memorial day:



I didn't add anything to the twists, I just twisted my hair up as is.  As for the flat twists, I just used my old friend, my lover and boo, Fruit of the Earth aloe vera gel.  I got the beads from a local beauty supply store.




 I wrapped the ends of my twists around a hair pin that I straightened out slightly, and slid the beads one by one down the end and fed it onto my twists.




 It took about 10 minutes to do it because I had to establish a technique to keep my hair wrapped around the pin as I pushed the bead on my hair.  I did this because I was too cheap to by the hair needle at the store that cost $1.










 I figured I could come up with a suitable alternative if I tried hard enough.  The little roll in the front was created by twisting together about 4 big twists and pinning them down.  I shaped and molded the roll into the shape I wanted by patting it down and fluffing it out with my fingers.

If you have any questions, you can leave them down below! Thanks for stopping by!


Ms-gg



Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Faux Shaved Side on Natural Hair Look #2



Link to my previous Faux Shaved Side look from yesterday



For this look all I did was swoop the twisted ends of my flat twists over the flat twists and then I braided the ends into one long braid.  I then took the braided tail and tucked it into the nape of my neck underneath of my fro.  I pinned the braid down using open hair pins.









The main reason I did this was because I was not too crazy about the look of the twisted ends being flat twisted into one long flat twist that I did yesterday.  It made the look too bulky looking and did not achieve the faux shaved side look that I was seeking.




Well guess what?  Neither does this look but I rocked it anyhow :P


Tomorrow I will be posting my third day look.  Ya'll know me, all this loose hair everywhere everyday is getting on my nerves forreal! I'm more of a protective style chick (aka lazy styling).


 So many people ask me how I get my hair to "grow so fast"...hunny, it is because I put it up in twists and leave it alone for weeks at a time! Your hair can't break off if you don't mess with it everyday lol.

 
Thank you everyone for stopping by and commenting! I really appreciate all of the feedback that I receive.


Take care,


Ms-gg





Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Faux Shaved Side on Natural Hair

This hairstyle was inspired by the many other natural hair ladies who were daring enough to shave one side of their hair.  It didn't quite turn out the way I envisioned it in my head, but I rocked it anyway.  I received a lot of compliments for this look too!




I washed and conditioned my hair first, and then I twisted it up using my trusty dusty Worlds of Curls Curl activator gel.  I let it air dry overnight and the next evening I took down one side of the twists and then flat twisted my hair.  I used Fruit of the Earth aloe vera gel to flat twist my hair with only.




The best advice I can give to anyone trying to master the flat twist is to make sure that the section that you are working with is well detangled before you attempt to try flat twisting. 

And yes! I know, I know, I know, I promised a flat twist tutorial (and while we are at it, an updated hair routine video, retro natural hairdo tutorial and a few other videos) in the future, I haven't forgot!

I intentionally wanted my hair to be fluffy and undefined.  I got that look by just twisting my hair into the biggest size twists that my hair could hold on its own without having to use a hair tie to hold the ends together.







Monday, May 14, 2012

My Niece and Her Super Dope Fro and a SURPRISE...

So me and my niece basically grew up together like cousins more so than Aunt and niece-we are only a few years apart.  She talked about going natural all the time but like most of us, making that giant leap to cut off all of the permed hair was a challenge.

But she surprised me one day.  We were riding in my car and she announced to me that she finally did the big chop! I gave her a skeptical look at first because sometimes people declare that they are natural even though they still have permed ends.  Shoot I did it so trust and believe I am not judging anyone.  But nonetheless, I assumed that is what she did.

She wore a lot of twist extensions and weaves for the first few months of her naturalness.  Then she surprised me again when she posted a picture of a beautiful fro on Facebook!  She really did go natural.

Anyway, you probably will be seeing a lot more of my niece, Baby Luv in the future (she just doesn't know it yet 0_o), my road dog.  With all that said, here are a few pics of her gorgeous fro.  Anybody else have some serious hair envy right about now???















Oh yeah, you know you like how I just snuck that shot in though right :D   Tee hee.  Be blessed ya'll.


Ms-gg


Friday, May 11, 2012

Two Years of Natural Hair Growth Comparison Pictures

And this right here is a hair growth comparison between May 2010 and May 2012:



I can't wait to see what the next two years bring!


Thanks for stopping by!


Ms-gg

Thursday, May 10, 2012

My Most Defined Twist Out on my Natural Hair to Date



How in the world did I get all of that definition though right? It was hot as crap, humid as ish, and I was sweating like a mug, yet and still my definition is off the chain.

For starters, I didn't use my trusty Worlds of Curls curl activator gel as my moisturizer.  Worlds of curls curl activator gel is a humectant based product, and if you use it when it is significantly humid and/or the dew point is relatively high, then your hair will absorb the moisture from the atmosphere and it will cause your hair to POOF! 




This was just an experiment for me.  I wanted to see if my hair could be defined and moisturized at the same time.  I washed my hair with Suave's Rosemary and Mint sulfate shampoo and then conditioned it with Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose conditioner.  After that, I then moisturized my hair with Shea Moisture's Shea Butter Leave in Conditioner.  This product is discontinued, but you can still find it in some beauty supply stores and online too. 

As I found out with this experiment, it doesn't work to well for me as a moisturizer and is better suited to be used as a supplement to my moisturizer.  I also shellacked on some Hairveda Almond Glaze for good measure.  Why, I don't know as I already knew it doesn't provide moisture but I just wanted to use it anyway.



Overall, my was dry as a bone.  And that is why it kept its definition.  The thing is people, you can't have it both ways (at least "I" can't).  If I want a super defined twist out, then I will have to sacrifice moisture.  If I want moisturized hair then it can't be defined at the same time. It just doesn't work that way for me.



So in the end, I rocked this super defined twist out for that day, and then I immediately spritzed it down with water and drenched it in Worlds of Curls.  As I type this, it is currently one week after I added the Worlds of Curls to my hair and it is still soft and moisturized.

So my question to you is-have you been able to achieve super defined AND moisturized hair at the same time?  If so how?


Until we meet again ladies, be blessed <3

Ms-gg


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Friday, April 27, 2012

1940's Retro Natural Hairdo

Finally I have enough hair to play around with so I threw my mini twists up into a simple retro updo. The mini twists were done while my hair was dry using worlds of curls curl activator gel as my moisturizer/leave-in/shine booster. 

If your hair is healthy, natural hair will naturally have a slight sheen anyway, but of course you can never have enough shine! Okay, I take that back, you can have too much shine-*cough* Jermaine Jackson anyone?

Anyway, here are my twists completed everywhere except the daggone middle.  I swear there is twice the thickness as everywhere else in the crown section of my hair as it takes twice as long as everywhere else to twist this section up!



It is not necessary to do mini twists on dry hair, however, I do them occasionally because I want to "show off" a little length every now and then.  As I said in this video, the Worlds of Curls Curl Activator gel really works best on damp or wet hair. 

That is why I always apply the product to my freshly washed hair first.  On this occasion I then placed my hair in big twists or braids and let it air dry before I took them down to do the mini twists.

It is a bit time consuming, but I like the results that I get so if it ain't broke, I ain't fixing it (ya know?)




And then a week later after slaving over putting these mini twists in (yes a WEEK), I threw my hair  into an updo with a hump in the front like so:



And this was day two of the look:





I liked this style a lot and I wore it like this for about a week.  Every night I just took it down and redid it in the A.M.  I don't like sleeping in hairstyles and updos if I don't have to (too much tension...have you seen my poor edges lately lol).




This style is pretty old (I did it around the second week of March), and I did shoot a tutorial way back then too.  The video will be up pretty soon on my youtube channel so be on the lookout for it! 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

One Year Hair Growth Progress

So if anyone ever tells me natural hair can't grow, can I have your permission to haul off and smack em'?  Because there is just so much evidence available online that proves otherwise...like this right here (you ready for it?):






BAM!!!!  Not bad if I say so myself.  Here's to 6 more inches this time next year for you and for me!


Ms-gg

Another Twist Out, Another Day

Last Friday I did these twists after a disaster take down of the last set of mini twists that I did (um, yeah I think I need to make a post about that *scratches head*):

 

I shampooed my hair with Suave's Rosemary Mint shampoo and then followed that up with a 20 minuting conditioning session with Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose conditioner.

Immediately after that while my hair was still soaking wet, I twisted my hair up into the twists above.  It took about 1hr 30 minutes to complete. Not bad at all, so expect to see more big twists in the future as right now I really don't have much time for much else.



Fast-forward to today and I unleashed my twists to reveal a twist out that had a lot of hang time.





I smoothed a little of Hairveda's Almond Glaze Pomade on my fingers and used it to take down my twists.





 It added a "teeny" bit of shine but I attribute most of the shine to the World of Curls curl activator gel that I put on my hair when I first did my twists last week. 




Unfortunately, most of this definition was nonexistent pretty much 30 minutes after I took these pictures (gotta love natural hair!!).

I plan on wearing it out for this one day, shoot a promo video for the Return of the Curls event that is happening in Richmond on Saturday, July 28th, and twist it back up and rock the twists for about another week.  Honestly, it is just too much work to keep twisting and untwisting my hair everyday and dealing with the single strand knots and tangles that come from it.  It just isn't worth it to me.


Welp, that is pretty much it for now.  This week I will try to play catch up and post a few old styles and style tutorials from earlier this year.  Check ya later!


Ms-gg

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