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My current love: marley/ havana twists. I’m doing a round of marley-sized havana twists for protective styling right now, and will make a video tutorial in a few weeks.
Photographer: Damion Reid
I’ve tried several times to make video explanations and tutorials, but this is the first one I’ve actually successfully finished, edited, and posted. 🙈 Anyway, this is the explanation of how I accomplished a bantu’d fro-hawk I did earlier in the week, on Wednesday. I hope you enjoy!
(I always feel the need to reiterate that my hair is mostly a coarse 4b, with sections of coarse 4a and a bit of 4c. It amazes me how well I can stretch my hair, making it look straight and shiny. Especially when I use bantu knots, which have turned into one of my favorite styles. It just amazes me how versatile African-American hair is, especially my own.)
Today, I rocked a twisted updo. (I was especially proud that I was able to do an updo that wasn’t some form of a puff — I managed to get my hair into two stubby ponytails a couple of weeks ago, but this was the first time I really experimented with it.) To create this style, I first blow-dried my hair (using ORS Olive Lotion and my Conair paddle brush). This step isn’t necessarily necessary; any olds stretched style would do. For the front: I parted a section about four or five inches wide in the front and twisted several sections of it together to make a pompadour. For the back: I took a Goody headband and pushed my hair back as if I were making a puff, but I went as far up and back as I could (as if trying to make it into a ponytail). This is a style especially good for the gals with short hair; for long hair, I would have continued to push until it was a secure ponytail. Then, I twisted small sections of the remaining hair towards the middle. I moisturized each section (with Shea Moisture Curl-Enhancing Smoothie) before twisting it, and then secured it with bobby pins, If I had done this style with long hair, I would have twisted the hair facing outward for the same effect (instead of inward, as I did here).
This was my first time attempting a style like this, and I wasn’t very strict about the appearance of it; as you can see, I had some bobby pins showing. Usually I am careful about that, but I didn’t want to mess it up once I finally got to see the back. All in all, this hairstyle is perfect for a look that is casually classy. I also found it to be a good sort of one-day protective style, as I have my ends twisted in and protected.
Today: fresh braid-out with Eco Styler gel. Process: I had moisturized my hair with Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie (I decided to give it another try… My hairdo was a disaster), and I didn’t add any more moisture because I wanted to work on hair that was already stretched. (My mistake, because now I certainly can’t revert the best braid-out I’ve had in over a week. 🙈) I split my hair into sections and coated each piece with Eco Styler (just enough so that I would have sufficient hold). I’ve found recently that Eco Styler helps me acheive great braid-outs, while acting as a light moisturizer on my hair, so that’s what I’ve been using lately. I braid my hair into 12 to 15 small braids (and finish the braids off by twisting it, so the hair at the end has a nicer finish), pin it down, and sleep on it. The next morning I (carefully) unravel the twists and the braids, fluff it to perfection, and voíla! Something to definitely be careful of is the protein in Eco Styler — if you have hair that is protein-sensitive, your hair might become thin, overly hard, or begin to break. If you’re noticing these problems, you may want to look into the possibility that your hair is protein-sensitive. As of now, I’m about one year and one month post-relaxer. :)
Also, as a post script: You can also submit your own blog posts, if you so desire; I do believe there is also a link for that.
Question: With fall now hear and the weather getting steadily brisker (or at least here in Maryland), what styles do you turn to? Are there any changes in your regimen or hair product rotation? What are your favorite protective styles for this time? I’d love to hear your feedback!
Hey guys! I know I’ve been gone for a while, but I thought to myself: “Self, I really should start posting more than just reviews and pictures.” So then, even though I had like three reviews ready to go, I started a new blog post when I then failed to complete and post. And although I have like two ideas, I figured I’d ask my followers, what would YOU like to see here? I believe I have a suggestion box (curl questions), and you can also inbox me. For now, though, I won’t shy from them reviews.
Price: $13 for 4oz, $21 for 8oz (which is actually 12 oz, which is what I really love).
Claims: This rich, dense, shea-butter-based moisturizing cream is Oyin’s first product. It’s a mixture of rich botanical butters & oils like shea butter, cocoa butter, and castor oil; blended with plenty of aloe vera gel and pure water for lightness & penetration. The result is superior, rich, penetrating moisture in an all-purpose, head-to-toe product. You may have noticed that it’s listed under both hair and body products!
Directions: On dry, parched hair, Whipped Pudding adds moisture and pliability from scalp to ends; melting in and softening without building up, helping add weight to frizzy strands, keeping hair supple for days at a time. On damp hair - post washing, or after a light spritzing of greg juice or water - Whipped Pudding is excellent to help lock in moisture. For finer textures, it’s great mixed with honey and used as a pre-shampoo deep conditioning treatment. This product is preserved with a paraben-free, wide-spectrum cosmetic preservative. Please use within 9-12 months, and refrigerate or even freeze for longer-term storage.
Ingredients: Water, shea butter, organic aloe vera gel, cocoa butter, castor oil, coconut oil, sweet almond & olive oils, vegetable emulsifier, beeswax, palm stearic acid, vegetable glycerine, honey, optiphen (preservative), fragrance.
My opinion: This product is kinda expensive. This product is one of my holy grails, to be sure. It can go a long way if you use it right. Now granted, I have short hair, but I try to lightly coat my hair as much as possible. Anyway, it adds rich moisture to my coarse hair and gives a medium hold to my twist-outs (what I generally use it for). It keeps my hair moisturized for days, although it may not work that way for everyone. This product can be used for a variety of things: a deep conditioning treatment, a hair dressing, a moisturizer, a sealer, a pomade, a body butter. Since I have used this product, I no longer use deep conditioning treatments and have found, personally, that my hair is easier to keep moisturized. This is only something I have personally noticed since I have started regularly using this. This product has the consistency of a thick cream or perhaps a butter, though probably more like a butter. The product truly can go a long way, especially if it is not used every day. I do find that if I use too much, I may get white residue; that’s only when I reeeeaaally coat it on, and as I have said, my hair is low porosity (aka prone to residue if I use too much product). I have stuck to this product even though it’s really too expensive for my taste (and I really wouldn’t pay this much for any other product, really), except for that it is the ONLY product I have tried so far that gives me a really good twist-out, consistently. It makes my hair fluffy but defined, and my hair just feels too good to be true. >.< I also like that it has water as well as aloe vera and many butters, meaning that it moisturized and seals at the same time (less products I need to use. I also like that this product is thick enough that I don’t have to wait all of my life for it to dry, which is CRUCIAL for me seeing as it really does seem to take my entire existence for my short hair to reach a relatively dry state. It has great ingredients and no silicones, which I also love. The whipped pudding smells a little like chocolate, although I wouldn’t associate it with chocolate so much as just really sweet. If you would like to try a portion, Oyin also sells small samples of this. Now do NOT transport it in hot weather, I learned this the hard way when I brought it to Texas and left it in my suitcase in a car and like 60% of whatever was left melted RIGHT out of the jar and that was liquid gold that I can never get back. :| Guard this product, I’m telling you.
Would I recommend it? Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes. Coarse hair? Yes. Dry hair in need of moisture? Yes. Love a good, fluffy twist-out? Yes. Fine hair? I will say that it may be a little heavy and it can be greasy if you use too much.
Also, as I said in the review for the Sugar Pomades, just inbox me if you would like a Oyin coupon 10% off, good for anything on the website. I got a bunch of “tell a friend” cards and I honestly have no idea why I ordered those, but I’d be happy to share a coupon.
It occured to me last week how little of all these products I hoard, I actually need. Now, I’m no product junkie… I hate having uselees half-empty jars and bottles sitting around. But I could probably survive solely off of Oyin’s Whipped Pudding and Juice and Berries.
(That is, if I had the dang money to survive on Oyin alone…)
After my big chop on February 28th, and my first set of mini-twists.
…all the make-up because it was actually the first natural pic of me I put on Tumblr (and probably the first, period…), and the short hair made me feel self-conscious for the longest time, and I was trying to be cute. 😐
(With my hair looking raggedy because I hadn’t cut my relaxed ends off right and I hadn’t DC’ed either, so my hair was lookin’ ROUGH and I actually had no idea what my curls were supposed to look like, and I used Shea Moisture’s Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk to twist instead of gel.)
Price: $13 for 4oz, $21 for 8oz, THOUGH THERE IS CURRENTLY A SALE IF YOU WANT TO TRY THIS GO NOW, you get $10 for 4oz and $15, a full SIX DOLLARS OFF, for 8oz (only for the Sugar Berries scent).
Claims: Similar in texture to an old school ‘hair grease,’ This blend of oils, butters, and veggie waxes acts as a humectant and protectant for hair, increasing shine to a high glossy sheen and locking in moisture. It’s packed with essential fatty acids to nourish scalp, and actually sinks into your hair and skin for a long lasting, non-greasy feeling. It’s great for braids, imparts shine and moisture to loose hair, brushes nicely into the hairline for a glossy finish, and adds luster to locks! Contains virgin coconut cream, mango oil, and hempseed oil in a base of nourishing castor oil.
How to Use: Rub between your fingers or palms to soften/liquefy. Use to moisturize scalp, to twist locs, to seal the ends of twists or braids, to polish a pulled-back style or an updo, to add weight to the canopy of your hair, to weigh down flyaways or control frizz, or to create waves on super short cuts.
Burnt Sugar contains: castor oil, soy wax, organic virgin coconut oil, mango seed oil, olive oil, unrefined hempseed oil, candelilla wax, cocoa butter, broccoli seed oil, and fragrance. Store in a cool, dry place, and use within one year.
My Opinion: This product, while expensive, can go a long way if you use it right. Although it is not a moisturizer because it contains NO WATER, it is superb at sealing (keeping water in), giving a beautiful, juicy shine, and attracts moisture because it is a humectant. I use this on the rare occasion that I do bantu knots, and it works very well and gives a great shine. I also use it every time I do mini twists, coating each section with a bit of this. This pomade will keep my hair moisturized for the entire time I keep my hair in twists, would I would say is a week. Protective styles are great for holding in moisture, in the first place, but this stuff is just the bomb. It makes my twist-outs juicy and gorgeous, as well as defined and shiny. Some people use it to slick back hairstyles or add a finish, I believe. It was hard for me to learn to use, at first. If you rub your finger on the surface until the wax kinda melts, or just press your finger in until it makes an indentation, it becomes easier to use. You can also heat it in the microwave for a few seconds to melt it a little, but I don’t do that. It comes in two smells: Sugar Berries, and Burnt Sugar. Burnt Sugar smells like maple syrup, sugary sweet, and it’s a STRONG smell… It can be hard to get used to, which is why I didn’t use it for MONTHS after I first bought it. If your nose is sensitive, don’t get that smell. The Sugar Berries Scent is less distinctive, it’s sweet and smells like berries, which can be pleasant. If you want to sample the pomade before you splurge, Oyin sells sample sizes on their website, in 1oz containers (which can actually be enough with some products, if you use it right). So if you want to test it out, go ahead. As I said above, as of now (8/29) there is currently a sale on the website; the Sugar Berries Scent is anywhere from three to six dollars off, which can really count if you have a wounded wallet but love the product. There is a similar sale with the Shine and Define, which I bought a sample of the other day but have yet to try. These products are ALL NATURAL, no silicones or any of that other mess, which just makes their products even more great. As with the pomade, they sell samples of nearly all of their products, from a light leave-in to their special shea butter, to their body butters and organic deodorant If you’re interested in a coupon code for 10%, inbox me.
Would I recommend? Yes, for someone looking for great natural products and willing to spend some money. .
Review Central: African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Leave-In Conditioner
(Pstttt.. Sorry I haven’t made an original post for a while. School just started last week, and… well. I’m surprised, though, that nineteen people are interested in me and my hair. ._.)
And here comes my absolute favorite product, get ready for some raving. >.< After looking for months, I finally found a cheap product that is a great moisturizer (better in my opinion than Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk) and has good ingredients. Introducing… Shea Butter Miracle Leave-In Conditioner, by African Pride.
Price: Up to 5.99 for a 15oz jar.
Claims: Moisture Intense, For MIXED TEXTURES: Curly, Wavy, Kinky-Coily, And Transitioners
Shea Butter Miracle gives amazing manageability, softness and shine to naturally Curly, Wavy, Kinky-Coily Mixed Textures. Perfect for Transitions. Enriched with Shea Butter, Nature’s superior detangling moisturizer. Helps eliminate dryness enhancing body, bounce and shine.
Regular use of Leave-in Conditioner helps:
Intensely Moisturize and Instantly Detangle
Turn frizz to Smooth Curls, Coils and Waves
Nourish for Greater Shine and Softness
Usage Directions: Apply a generous amount in the palms of your hands. Smooth onto wet or damp hair. Work through gently from roots to end. Always finger comb to help loosen tangles and elongate curls. Excellent for use before blow-drying hair or using hooded dryer.
Natural Styling Suggestions: Allow hair to air dry to achieve a tighter natural curl pattern. To gt looser elongated curls, try blow drying while finger combing and twisting curls, For straighter styles use a diffuser or blow dry while gently brushing with a wide-tooth comb. Try applying a light amount every day to styled curls for definition and shine.
Ingredients: AQUA, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII FRUIT/SHEA BUTTER, OLEA EUROPAEA FRUIT OIL/OLIVE OIL, ARGANIA SPINOSA NUT OIL/ARGAN OIL, GLYCINE SOJA OIL/SOYBEAN OIL, COCOS NUCIFERA OIL/COCONUT OIL, MANGIFER INDICA SEED BUTER/ MANGO BUTTER, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS LEAF EXTRACT/ROSEMARY EXTRACT, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT/ALOE VERA EXTRACT, DIMETHICONE, PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT/GINSENG EXTRACT, POLYQUATERNIUM 37, PROPYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL, GLYCERIN, DMDM HYDANTOIN, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, CETEARETH 20, POLYSORBATE 20, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, YELLOW 6, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, BENZYL BENZOATE,BENZYL SALICYLATE, COUMARIN, D-LIMONENE, HEXYL CINNAMAL, LYRAL, METHYL IONONE GAMMA.
My Opinion: Welp, y’all already know my opinion, but lemme elaborate. :| This product makes my hair soft and leaves it moisturized for days (so far I’ve tried three). I usually apply it as a moisturizer only. I’ve tried using it to do a twist-out before, with not much luck. My hair doesn’t respond well to wet products when twisting, though (it often turns out dry and tangled), so that may just be me. But when I use this product and let it soak in as per the usual, my hair is extremely moisturized. I never get flaking with this leave-in, which is a plus for me. My hair is very low porosity, so products that are too thick often flake in my hair. This leave-in is like a yogurt, thick but not too thick. The consistency is enough to moisturize sufficiently, but not so thick that it clumps and leaves residue. It’s easy to distribute and for me it usually soaks in quickly (which for me is within an hour and a half). It is an excellent detangler and keeps hair tangle-free. It also keeps curls elongated as it says. It brings out the curl pattern nicely and makes curls clump together and whatnot. It has great ingredients (although it does have dimethicone… I am NOT a strict follower of the curl method. I choose to look the only way and leave this one as my exception. I make it right by adding a little clarifying shampoo to my co-wash conditioner). I say this product probably works better for me overall than anything else I’ve ever used. Considering that it’s also inexpensive (I get it for 3.49 at Walmart!!!!!! Every time I go there I pick up another jar. I can never have enough of this ha ha) and comes in a fairly large jar (fifteen ounces), I say it’s a very good deal. I have yet to try the silky edges and moisturizing lotion and whatnot, but this product is my holy grail. PERFECT choice for the curl on a budget, especially those with low porosity hair and a need for some good moisture.
one of my favorite pictures, my day one and I
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