Heatless Curls

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To begin, I sectioned my hair into 2 sections and began with the back. Smaller (blue) flexi rods were used on the back half of my head. The front section was split into 2 sectioned by an angled part. Larger (orange) flexi rods were used on the bigger sectioned area. Once completed the hair was left to air dry.

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After my hair was dry, the flexi rods were removed. To sleep, I pineappled my hair — held my head upside down to get all of the curls in one direction before tying with a scarf. In the morning, I separated the curls to my liking.

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Don’t let the tight curls fool you — hang time!!
Despite the tight curls I did not cut my hair. The length is still there, check it out!

I always make sure to use a moisturizer, then a gel or hold product before rolling my hair. Adding a moisturizer helps to lock in the moisture, and the gel helps to hold the curl without drying out the hair. This style was done on wet hair.

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Sick Day Hair

I have been feeling under the weather lately and have given no time for hair styling. Today I returned to work, but did not have the energy or strength to do much to my hair. A quick pin up was the result!

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Used:

  • 5 Secure Bobby Pins
  • Boar Bristle Brush
  • Hair Oil

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  1. I started by taking a chunk of hair from the front and center section of my hear and separating it. The remainder of hair is gathered as if a ponytail was being made.
  2. After the oil is rubbed into the hair, I distribute it further by gently brushing the sections.
  3. The back section of hair is gathered, rolled, and tucked — as if doing a large pin curl. Both sides of this is secured with a bobby pin.
  4. Next, the front section of hair is brushed and then placed to the back of the head. The ends meet the tucked section and is secured.

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Simple, Quick Updo

IMG_20130311_083457I created this updo on a whim before work and it took about 5 minutes to complete!

Used:

  • 2 Bobby Pins
  • 2 Hair Pins

I began by making a rough part across the middle of my head with my fingers. The front half of my head is a single flat two strand twist that has the end pinned up, instead of hanging down in front of my ear. The back half of my head is an elastic free pony tail. I twisted the pony tail until it twisted upon itself, and then pinned the end of it in the same area as the flat two strand twist.

A single bobby pin was used to secure the end of the flat twist, and a single bobby pin was used to secure the end of the twisted pony tail. The hair pins were used to pin parts of the flat twist and pony tail that did not lay flat after the ends were secured.

If you try this style be sure to share a photo! I would love to see any variations that are created as well!

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Step by Step: Hawk Variation

After wearing my hair in a twist out for a while I needed to wash and style it for Easter, but was short on time. Instead I thought of an easy style to get me through the day until I could wash my hair that night. The end result of this style looks like a mohawk made of puffs.

Tools I used: Shea butter mixture, 3 rubber bands, 7 standard sized protected bobby pins, 1 large protected bobby pin, and hair pins (number may vary)

I didn’t want to manipulate my hair too much so I didn’t use a comb. To begin I smoothed on my shea butter mixture to moisturize my hair and to give it a shine. Next I sectioned my hair into 4 sections making the biggest in the front of my head.

(Right) The red shows where a rubber band is used. The brown shows where rough parts were made.
Tip: If you part your hair using a comb you’ll be able to see the parts easier in the finished product. If you use your hands/fingers to section your hair there won’t be parts showing in the finished style.
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The very first hump in a basic pompadour secured with one large bobby pin. Once that’s completed I moved on to the next pony tail in line. The hair is roughly divided into two parts, rolled, and then secured with a standard bobby pin.

 (Right) The red shows how the pony tail is roughly divided into two parts. The brown shows where the rubber band is securing the ponytail.
Tip: The rubber bands don’t have to be very tight, or to pull your hair uncomfortably in any way. The sections that are pinned don’t have to be exactly the same size either.
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After your first section is finished it should look similar to this:
 (Right) The brown shows the direction the hair was rolled. Yellow shows where a bobby pin was placed and red shows the rubber band that was used.
Tip: You can see that the pompadour was bobby pinned in two places since the section was so large. I made the next section’s rolls large enough to touch and blend with the roll next to it. You won’t notice the rubber bands once the rolls are done.
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Continue to roll and pin for the remaining pony tails.
Tip: When you section your hair, if you make the sections smaller as you go towards the back of your head the puffs will appear to cascade down your head ^_~” Also, when securing with the standard bobby pins, place one pin on each side of the roll. This will help minimize the amount of bobby pins needed.
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The last step when all of the rolls are pinned is to just clean up any stray hairs, curls, or make the puffs tighter with the hair pins. Since I started this with hair that had been previously twisted I had random strays all over the place.
After pinning everything how I liked here is the result:
 
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Night Care: Since this style is so simple to do I take it down completely and cover with a satin bonnet before bed. In the morning I sprits with my EO water mixture, smooth and restyle.
This hawk variation, puff hawk — what would you call it?? — has many pros:
  • Can be worn by people with different hair lengths
  • The number of puffs can be changed very easily to switch up the style
  • People who are transitioning can wear this style
  • Doesn’t take a lot of time to style
  • Easy style for people of all skill levels to achieve
  • Can serve as a protective style since the ends of your hair are covered
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I encourage you to try this style!! If you do make sure you post it on the Facebook Fan Page, so that it may be added to the “Hair I Did” album for others to see! You’re welcome to post any and all natural hair pictures of styles you’ve created or styles that inspire you in some way!

Style Quickie: Two Strand Twists on Blown out Hair

I realized I’ve been straying away from the hair challenge that I signed up for last year!!! One of the points is to do protective styles to promote length retention. So from here out, I’ll be making conscious efforts to stay away from puffs, wash n go’s, and other loose styles.

It’s been almost a week since I co washed and styled my hair. I really wanted to try a new heat protectant I bought, but didn’t want to flat iron my hair. The style that popped in my mind was two strand twists on blown out hair.

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I blow dried my hair about 80% of the way, making sure the roots were the most dry. I also avoided putting too much heat on the ends of my hair. After sectioning my head I began twisting in the back of my head. The twists in the back are randomly placed. When I worked on the front section I twisted with more order. I chose this method so that the front section could cover up any gaps or un-uniform twists in the back.
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Products Used:
  • Vo5 Conditioner
  • Heat Protectant
  • Oils (I mixed in a bottle) coconut oil, grape seed oil, sweet almond oil
  • My shea coconut butter mixture
  • Water (to hold the ends of my hair)

Notes that helped me:

  • While twisting the back I would occasionally look in a mirror to make sure I wasn’t making the twists too big. If there was too much space in between twists I just divided the over sized one in half.
  • The front section of my hair, in general, becomes loose over time easier than the back of my head. To curb this, I made these twists smaller than the twists in the back.
  • Once there was about a half inch from the end of my hair I’d dip my finger in water, and then continue to twist. To protect my ends I twisted as far as I could, and then twirled the twisted end with my wet finger. This made the end curl, and hold without the use of any gels.
  • To get the twists to lay a certain way in the front I parted the front section before I began twisting. I made sure the twists stayed on their side of the part while I styled.
  • Last time I did this style I noticed a lot of gaps in the back of my head that weren’t caught in the styling process. To avoid this, I’d grab a mirror and check while styling the front. Adjusting as needed helped eliminate this.
At night there are a couple of options to help preserve your hair and this style.
  1. Wearing a satin scarf or bonnet can help without drying out your twists
  2. Using a satin pillow case so moisture isn’t absorbed from your hair
I didn’t want to risk flattening my twists too much, so I opted for the satin pillow case. In the past this was sufficient for me.
Since the scalp is exposed more than usual with a style like this, it can become dry. For me, a dry scalp and an itchy scalp go hand in hand! At night, I’ll use my oil mixture and massage it into my scalp. After rubbing the mixture in my hands I’ll gently massage it into the twists themselves — concentrating on the ends. This can be done as needed.
I may try out a couple different styles for these twists. Whenever I feel like I need a change I’ll wear this style in a twist out before washing and restyling! I’ll be sure to post pictures in the “Hair I Did” album on Facebook, so be sure to check it out!! If you have any pictures of styles that you’ve done yourself — post them on the wall and they’ll be added!
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Quick Style: Wash n Go

Here’s one method of how I do a quick, simple wash n go! This took a max of 10 minutes to complete, if that.

Things needed:
Wide tooth comb
Conditioner
Spray bottle
Essential oil (EO) of your choice
Towel
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To Make an EO Mix: I use a spray bottle that’s easy to control and hold in one hand. Fill it with warm water, then (depending on the size) add about 3 drops of lavender EO, and give it a quick shake.
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I try to never comb my hair while dry, because it rips, tears, and risks damaging it. Detangling almost always takes place while I’m washing my hair, and it’s covered in conditioner. Detangling while conditioner is on your hair helps lubricate and protect the strands. Conditioner also smoothes the cuticle making it harder for strands to catch, tangle, or pull while combing.

To begin I soak my entire head (using warm, not hot, water) and rinse until the water runs clear. I do this to make sure any product that may be in is rinsed out. Next, I co wash; rinse again, then squeeze (not twist) excess water out. After rinsing I soak my hair in conditioner, making sure all sections are covered evenly.

Soaked in conditioner!!
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Once the conditioner’s in I spray down my entire head very well with the EO mixture. To prevent product build up you want about half of the conditioner to be diluted. When the EO mix is in I massage it around for a few seconds, and then detangle using a wide tooth comb. I start around the edges and ends of my hair, and then work my way closer to the crown and roots. If necessary I hold sections of hair so that strands aren’t pulled or ripped out in the process. The wide tooth comb helps in the detangling, and it help define curls without manipulating them too much. If you twist, pull, or rub curly hair while it’s wet (or in the drying process) you can cause unwanted frizz. This is why I don’t use a towel for wash n go’s, but if you choose to be gentle!

Just a little conditioner left after the EO mix spray down and detangling!
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****This is all done on the side of my tub and/or holding my head upside down (let gravity help you) ****
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Ignore the brows 0_o I was trying to get them together while doing my hair and I need an outline to help  ^_^”
Notice the definition on my curls!! I love it!

Tadaaa…hair and brows done in about 10 minutes! You can move your hair around to where you’d like it to be when dry. Try not to manipulate it too much so that you may prevent frizz.
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Pros to Wash n Go’s:
Low maintenance- to refresh in the mornings just spritz with the EO mix and fluff
Moisture (water) gets sealed in your hair by the oils in the EO mix
You’re helping your hair maintain its flexibility by keeping it moistened and conditioned
Time needed for styling is minimal
Can be done with cheap/expensive product
Conditioner coats the cuticle adding protection to the hair
Protein conditioners strengthen hair from the inside out
Conditioner help define and give a slight hold to curl patterns in hair without gel
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Quick Tips:
Using the above method you can turn an old twist/braid/knot out into a quick wash n go. This is helpful when you just have to do something to your hair but are short on time!
Jazz up a wash n go by adding an accessory such as: hair flower, clips, colorful head band, or a fancy scarf.
If you have different hair/scalp needs experiment with different EO mixes to help. Example: if you have oily hair, or dandruff you may want to try a Rosemary EO mix.
I don’t recommend this style for someone who’s transitioning. Unless you have very little relaxed ends remaining it may not look the best if long pieces remain straight.

Quickie: Stuffed Twisted Updo

I saw this style while surfing YouTube videos last week and decided to try it. The channel I saw the video on was PrettyDimples. You can find a link to her channel under my “Links” tab up top!!

I’ve been celebrating my birthday, my friend’s birthday, and other Virgo’s birthdays ALL month! I wanted to do something different with my hair for the last party we would be having. This style was simple enough to do, and didn’t require me buying anything for it.

What I Used:

  • Rat-tail comb
  • Hair clips
  • 1 pack of braiding hair
  • Eco Styler Argon Oil Gel (find out more about it H E R E !! )
  • Bobby pins
  • Lighter

I started by washing my hair, adding leave-in conditioner, then blow drying it. A small section on braiding hair was folded in half, and then the fold was heated with the lighter, molded with my fingers to make a point, and then lined up with the beginning of the parted twist. Each twist has a piece of braid hair that I used to stuff the twist. After forming the twist as far as possible incorporating your own hair, keep twisting tightly to make the braid hair roll. You’ll start to get the crazy twisted coils. Keep twisting til you’re at the end of the braid hair, then secure with a bobby pin.

The finish results were my variation on the how-to video. I prefer bigger twists to smaller ones. Making big twists limited how much hair was left over to twist into the spirals pinned on the side. If you used smaller twists then the spiral section, in the end, will be fuller. Over all I’m happy with this style. I’ve gotten SO many compliments on it from friends, co workers and even strangers.

The entire style took me about 45 minutes total to do. I always multitask when it comes to doing my hair, so it usually takes me longer than if I just focused on it. The twisted updo is one I’d suggest for someone who’s transitioning, wants a protective style, or just something different.

It’s day 4 with this style and it’s still holding strong. At night I use a satin hair scarf to protect the edges of my hair, and then cover the remaining hair with a satin hair bonnet. I also sleep on a satin pillow case– if you don’t own one, get one!! It’ll be one of your hairs best friends  ^_^”

Quickie: Poof

The poof, or puff, is definitely one of my favorite ways to wear my hair. I like them simply because they’re easy to do, can be worn causally or dressed up. You can make a puff from an old twist out, blow out, braid out, wash n go, and more. It’s a style that can be worn in many many different ways!!

This morning’s go around with the poof was a simple 2 minute style. I had an appointment to get to that I was running late for. Only a couple of things were needed for this. They include:

  1. A hair ribbon
  2. Spray bottle (I let the shower mist my hair instead)
  3. Accessories (optional)
Just woke up and am in a hurry!! This is an old blow out that I was using. Note the black hair ribbon around my neck.

Making sure the ribbon is even I tie it around my head once, then adjust if necessary.
Here you can see how it’s tied. It’s like you tie the laces on your shoes before you make the bunny ears ^_^”  Make sure you don’t make this first tie too tight!! You don’t want to give yourself a headache or cause tension on your hairline.
Bringing the hanging  pieces of ribbon around the back of my head the same tie is repeated. Again, make sure you don’t tie it too tight!! This is where you can decide on the position and size of your poof. If you want it smaller pull the ribbon more towards the center of your head. If you want it bigger leave the ribbon closer to the edges of your head.

****After you make 1 tie in front, and 1 tie in back you are able to adjust the poof if you choose to. At this time you can also loosen, or tighten the ribbon.****

My hair ribbon’s long so 1 more tie in the front will do for this style. It’s not necessary to tie this last one tight, because the poof is secured already from the first two. This last tie is really done to get the excess out of the way.

There ya have it!! A poof! I tied the ends of the hair ribbon into a bow. If you’d like you can tuck them into the pieces that are wrapped around your head to hide the ends. My poof looks on the small side here, but believe me there wasn’t anything small about it.
I actually redid my poof to tame the size down a little. Here’s a side shot!!
Extras You Can Try:
  • If you’d like your edges smooth- before even adding the ribbon smooth a little product on your edges and smooth with a brush
  • To jazz up your poof- try adding a hair flower in the front near your ear
  • Add fancy chop sticks to the side of your poof
  • To add color- use a decorative ribbon instead of a black one like I did
  • Add a cool headband to the front for a different look
  • If your hair’s dried out- mist it with an essential oil-water mixture before styling

When taking pictures for this I noticed my hair color. I recently henna’d my hair for the first time. When it was wet I could easily see the color different, but after it dried not so much. At least I couldn’t see it–others said they could. I like it, there will be posts on that project coming soon. Subscribe so you can keep in touch  ^_~”