So, from last week’s Product Review post featuring Hair Love by Curly Canadians, you already know how I feel.  Stuff is reeeal grrrreat!  I was able to maintain BBH’s twist out for a few days using the Hair Love.  I read about Beads Braids and Beyond’s braided roots and twist style she recently did on her daughter (look but come back ya’ll, LOL!) and I thought what a great way to maintain twist outs!!  See, I love the wave pattern from braids, but I get the best “out” finishes on her ends w/twists; GAAA, PERFECT!  So I rubbed a little “Hair Love” in my hands and gently braided her twist “outed” hair (is that a word?) in large sections and twisted the ends for a nice clean finish like so:

Check out these chunkeh monkehs!!

We covered overnight with our satin cap.  Next am, we had this!

OWEEE!

 *Does dance and lap around styling chair*  Her twist out was elongated and looked fuller each time we did this.  MMhmmm… Slap in a bow and you’re good to go! EEEK!!

Go’Head Baby!


Hi! Golly it’s been a grip hasn’t it? Ya’ll ok? It’s been a crazy last 60+ days but what is new? Bear with me as we get caught up. Anywho, we’ve been in protective mode since or jumbo Ghana plaits, with medium sized twists and twist outs between styles. Here I removed the threading from her plaits and working with the parts already intact, I twisted small to medium twists all over her head. One of my fave twist outs are what we call ‘Twist and Flex Outs’ from curling twists. I’ve posted on how to achieve curly braids or twists using pipecleaners in the past, but I wanted to share how equally beautiful twisty curls can be with flexi-rods. Quite simple. Lets get to it….

You can find flexi-rods relatively cheap at any beauty store and in a variety of sizes. The ones in the above pic are small and I’ve had them for at least a year, if not slightly more. Now watch ‘dis, watch dis’…
  • dampen the hair with a light spritz. Pat in some oil and your fave styling product. Heck add a little gel, wont hurt..
  • braid or twist the twists together in enough sections for your flexirods. Use more rods on smaller sections for tighter coils and the reverse for larger loose curls.
  • Wrap around flexirod and and bend flexi rod into a secured position.
  • Cover with satin cap (if night time).

Take those bad boys down next day for soft luscious curls. BTW, we receive the best “outs” when her hair is completely dry (at least 12 hours).

Further separate the twists for an amazing twist out! BAM!!

I fluffed her twist out a little and we were out the door. We did a lot of ripping and running so we had full BIG HAIR by the end of the day, check it:

There you have it, our “Twist and Flex Out”. EEK! BIG HAIR!! #LOVES!

Go’Head Baby!



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Hey BBH Fam! Remember our Mini Twists Recap post w/ the spoiler pic of BBH’s “holding style” for hair washing day after the “BIG Take Down“? Uhuh -yup, the jumbo looking twists? Whelp, we’re gonna break Ghana Plaits (some also refer to them as twists) down a little further in this post.

Tools Used:

  • Fave styling product or moisturizer
  • Wide Tooth Comb
  • Something to part with
  • Black Weaving Thread (or if you can find in any color similar to hair, use that)
  • Rubber bands (*optional as the rubber bands were experimental in this post, see disclaimer)
After moisturizing and detangling hair with fingers, wide tooth comb, I parting off sections and gathered hair to make medium to large sized ponytails. Now historically I’ve done this style on small to medium ponies, but after hours of taking down her hair I was tiRED, OK?!? So I decided to try them on the larger side. Back to business. There are 3 major steps to Ghana Plaits or what is also called “Threading”. Let’s get to it shall we?

1) Wrap and Secure the Base
Cut a piece of thread about double – three times the length of hair to be safe, you can always cut access later.

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    • Make a small knot at one end of your weave thread, you can cut the extra thread above the knot now, but I like to leave it in case the knot slips so I can find it easily.
    • Secure the pony at the base with one hand (ideally if your right-handed, your left, and vice versa).
    • With your free hand, slip the end of the knot under your thumb.
    • Keep the placement of the knot secure with your thumb.
    • Wrap thread around the base of pony with your free hand (similar to an “under and over” movement) making sure you are wrapping over the knot that is secured by your thumb a few times and then gently pull taunt. Trick is to wrap slightly under the knot when securing the base, so that the knot “catches the thread” when you gently pull. Pay close attention to how tight you are pulling so not to cause tension on the scalp and/or breakage.
    • Once secured, I like to smooth the hair again with a brush or a wide-tooth comb with my free hand.
2) Bound or Wrap the Hair
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    • You will do this in the same direction as you have done your base. Once you feel your base is secured, head one down that pony towards the end.
      • If you want to thread for the sole purpose of stretching the hair, I recommend to bound the hair with a much closer wrap. You can always do a fun updo and “bind” your style into place with additional weave thread.
      • If you want to achieve a more “twisted” look, wrap with a bit more separation, all the way to this “jumbo” look.
3) Secure the Ends
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    • Wrap/bind in a similar fashion as you did the base. This time, secure with a small slip knot; careful not to accidentally tie in with hair.
    • snip off access weave string.
    • 2 strand twist the ends for a nice finished look.
Disclaimer
I am by no means an expert on this technique, as such, I struggle with loose weave strings on occasion. This time, I reinforced the base and the ends with small black rubberbands. This seemed to help, but kind of defeats the purpose. It is “threading” after all, not “threbanding”!! Smh… I’m sure with more practice, I won’t feel the need to use them.
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Why I Like Threading
  • Fairly easy to do and is not your everyday twist style.
  • It’s quick, supaquick once you get that base secure.
  • It stretches hair, much like banding. The smaller the pony and the tighter the bind as you wrap, the better for stretching. See how long BBH’s hair is in my prior threading post with smaller ponies compared to these jumbo plaits in large ponies, almost a year later.
  • Done right it can last you for days and re-moisturizing is very simple, just spritz and pat your oils/moisturizes in.
  • “Thread Out” potential is FAB, especially on smaller ponies!

For more on threading see posts by Chocolate Hair Vanilla Hair and Une Autre Naturelle. Here is Une Autre Naturelle’s How to Create Ghana Plaits – Stretch Hair w/o Heat video: Here she ends her plaits with two knots, which may solve my loose thread problem (I just do one). Also, her base knots are bigger than mine, EUREKA!! Owee, I just had a break thru, THANKYA *does dance*! Now WATCH ‘DIS, WATCH ‘DIS, WATCH ‘DIS…..

BEAUTIMUS!! Now I would like to note that our jumbo plaits did not last nearly as long as smaller plaits done in the past. Jumbos are perfect for a quick Sunday style, but all week long at school??? Not so much:/ Anywho, try it… you might like it!!
Go’Head Baby, Go Threading!

Hi All! Well, we took the plunge over the weekend and removed BBH’s Mini Twists from New Years Day. Thats right folks, almost 7 weeks in. Prior to the take down I decided to trim her hair. I do not trim her hair as often as I used too (just fell out of routine honestly), but when I do, I like to do it while her hair is in small twists. I do not remember exactly where I read about trimming natural hair in small braids or twists but I’ve been doing it since BBH was 2. This post by Natural Haven is the closest I could find to what I originally read years ago. The key is to cut dead/split ends at an angle. Let’s walk through the process shall we?

Tools used:

  • 2 ‘Ouchless’ ponytail holders
  • 2 Large alligator clips
  • 1 Pair of cutting shears (try Sally’s or your local hair store. Please invest in cutting shears and do not use a regular pair of scissors…)

The Process:

Evenly section off hair from ear to ear starting at the bottom. In this picture the top half is in a ponytail:

Examine the ends and figure out how much you need to trim. Quasi length check here, EEK! But seriously, I need to trim a good inch and 1/2, maybe two, to get at the healthiest length, but as always – I just punk out everytime – I go with the length of my thumb. I will explain in a bit but first, I knew taking down her mini-twists would be a huge undertaking. So I took this time to prep them by applying extra virgin olive oil to each twists, saturating the base to begin loosing up any locking going on.

I then applied a small amount of It’s Perfectly Natural Replenish (Pre-Wash Treatment – review coming soon) for more slip in the twist separation process for the next day. I did this in small sections, about 4-8 twists at a time and trimmed as I went starting from the back up. I use all my tools to keep things in order, THAT’S A LOT OF TWISTS lawd. In this picture, taken later in the process, hair that has been trimmed has been clipped off the right side, hair to be trimmed is on my left. Completed rows have been braided and banded to keep out of the way. Plus, i have hair sectioned off at the top as well to keep those out if the way. It is important to section off the newly trimmed area from the untrimmed section as you go, so not to mistakenly trim hair twice.

I’m jumping around a bit, but stay with me. As stated above I usually end up trimming about a ‘thumbnail’ amount of hair, meaning I slide down each twists with my thumb at an angle all the way down to the end and snip right above the thumb at an angle.

I dont worry about cutting evenly across like you typically would with straight hair. I trim her hair as it naturally falls. Otherwise her BIG HAIR would be choppy when down and out or worst, her twists would not stay due to blunt edges (ohgaaa! I need my twists styles lawd). Tip for when you’re good and comfortable with trimming – twists 2 or 3 small twists together in one large twists and snip the ends at an angle. This will save you some time. But I only recommend after much practice and on mini or micro braids/twists, otherwise you risk having a choppy cut. Anywho, here is a pic of that very first row I started with after trimming, before, after and sectioned off:

20120222-081105.jpg I intend to put her hair back in twists, though probably not as small, and do another trim in another few weeks. In the end, she will have the trim she needs and I dont have to worry about hacking all her hair at once and totally messing it up. By keeping her hair in twists or protective styles between trims, I am minimizing further damage to her ends by not manipulating her hair so much. How much did we trim? *Drum roll please* THIS MUCH!

Doesn’t seem like a lot, cuz its not compared to her BIG HAIR, but double that in a few weeks and you’ll have a good size trim! Here are her fully trimmed, almost 7 weeks old twists:

EEEK! That’s our trimming in a nutshell. Stay tuned for our Twist Take Down post.

Go’Head Baby!


How was the weekend ya’ll??!? Ours was good. Well, we are officially out of our mini-twists *queue music* It’s so haaaaaard, to say goodbye.. Yup, we trimmed and took down those bad boys over the weekend. Unfortunately with all that has transpired over the last few weeks and being out of town just about every weekend, I wasn’t able to play around with her mini-twists as much as I would have liked. I had Curlformer (review here) and pipecleaner aspirations (pipecleaner post w/twists here) all in my head; oh wells. We did braid them in week 5 for a wavy look but I didn’t take pictures:(, but TRUST, it was a gorg. Bur for Friday, I simply pulled them up into 2 ponies. It was supacute and really made her headband style pop, don’t you think?!? BBH was very happy with her tails:)

Well, since I love you I’m going to fast forward and give you a preview of her “holding style” until hairwashing day this weekend. I KNOW! BBH woke up with a cold Sunday AM and I didn’t want to risk it turning for the worst by wetting her head. So homegirl will go 7 weeks without a hairwashing o_O?!?! Never in my life have I gone this long lawd. Her scalp looks great though, perhaps due to the fact I don’t oil her scalp religiously (so no build up? *shrugs shoulders*). Still, dont intend to make this a practice! Anywho, here we go:

EEK! She looks like such a big girl!! This technique is called “Threading” and I’ve done this on BBH’s hair a few times in the past, though these are a bit more chunky (I was tired after breaking those twists down lawd). See post here with tutorial video from a great blog, Girls Love Your Curls. Stay tunned for trimming, removing/detangling and threading posts coming soon, OWEE! Let’s review or journey with our delightful like Mini-Twists:

Products Used

For Pre-Poo
Beautiful Curls(BC) Deep Conditioning Treatment, Shea Butter & Coconut Hydrating Curl Oil and Hollywood Beauty’s Tea Tree Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and a slight dab of Kinky Curly‘s Knot Today.

For Washing
CARA B Naturally Shampoo and Body Wash and used Kinky Curly‘ Knot Today as our Leave’In Conditioner.

For Styling
Beautiful Curls Hydrating Curl Oil mix w/a dab of Tea Tree Oil, Beautiful Curls Curl Activating Creme and Kinky Curly‘’s Tiny Twirls Styler (gel from Toddler line). For each section I applied the oil on top of the Leave In, combed thru with a wide toothed comb, then applied the cream and brushed thru with a modified Denman brush, and topped with the gel prior to twisting.

For Maintenance
CARA B Naturally Moisturizing Hair Mist to slightly dampen hair and continued hold, Beautiful Curls Hydrating Curl Oil for moisture and shine, and Beautiful Curls Curl Activating Creme to reseal and protect ends.

Initial Mini-Twist Style, New Year’s Day. See post here.

With Sidewinders, a few days in. See related post here.

Week 1 (maintenance). See post here.

Week 2. See post here (maintenance tips on sealing ends).

Weeks 3 & 4. See post here (restyled top layer of twists leading into week 4).

Weeks 5 & 6 – See post here

LOVED THESE!

*queue music, channels the late Whitney Houston* Didn’t we almost have it allllllllllllll?? I covered your hair until the morniiiiiiin’!!! Low maintenance with you was worth the 8 hours to put innnnn! … (sighing breath, camera change, tilts head, painful stare while reaching for what used to be BBH twists…) Didn’t we almost have it allllllllllllllll?? :”'( …. *fades to black*

Go’Head Baby!!


Its been a full two weeks and I must say, we’re doing pretty good here. The break from styling has been REALLY nice.  We continue to keep them moisturized with CARA B Naturally Hair Mist and alternate between Beautiful Curls Hydrating Curl Oil and Tea Tree Oil (read how we apply here).  Her flat twisted hairline is stil in tact, but I’ll probably refresh it over the weekend. I dont want to take any chances with those edges.  One thing I did do this week is “touch” up some some of her ends that were unraveling or getting a tad frizzy.  To do this I added a little Beautiful Curls Activating curl creme on my fingers after remoisturing and twirled the ends framing her face  like so…This seals in those ends again, minimizing damage from her coat and cotton shirts (BTW, see our BC review here that includes the Curl Activating Creme). See those coily ends?? Ahhhh, me precious…

We’re baaaaaaack!  EEK!  I am pleased as punch, and it took only a few minutes for our twist revival *does dance*.  Loving her scrumptious twists!! Also wanted to note I apply oil to her hairline and flat twist style every day (or just about), and this is the first time a re-moisturized her entire scalp with oil. BBH’s hair can hold some product yall.

EEEEEEEEEEK!

Go’Head Baby!


EEEK! After recently seeing beautiful “Mini” styles from Mainly Braids, Gurly and Curly and Tweeny Hair, I decided to take advantage of the long weekend to do mini twists on BBH. These are the smallest twists I’ve done yet and WHEW!! These they came for me lawd. I mean my watch broke, had a case of “Twist Wrist”, ALL DAT! But, it was all well worth it. First, I have to give it up to my baby who was a CHAMP (Mommy loves you!!). Let’s get to this style shall we? Continue reading →


Mornings Ya’ll!!  Hope the holiday weekend was lovely w/friends and fam!!! It’s holiday hair share time.  What did we do (drum roll..)?  Curlformers!!!  That’s right. After seeing how these lovelies worked on Lil’Boo of Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care I HAD to get my hands on some to review and at last I did (thank you Curlformers!!).  Let’s get to it, shall we?

First, let me preface this entire post by saying I totally goofed on the size (got extra long and wide).  BBH’s hair is long for her age, but  regular long and narrow or wide Curlformers would’ve done  the job just fine. BUT,  BBH wore them like a champ and now we have Curlformers for life as her hair will only get longer!!  Ok.  Review and reveal time:

Extra Wide and Long Curl Formers Kit

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After a few days of wearing her rope twist ponies style, I noticed BBH’s hair was looking dry. That’s when I realized I should’ve done a deep conditioning treatment after her wearing braids as long as she did. HHHhhh. Bad Mommy. I was also getting a lot of fuzzy action in the front of her hair on one particular side. So I decided to do flat twists…

I spritzed her hair with my water and Kinky Curly’s Knot Today Leave In Conditioner mixture and used a little Kinky Curly Tiny Twirls Styler to redo each twist. This revived her style for a few more days. Then, I started to take the ponies down over the weekend, initially to restyle or circle back to deep conditioning, but ‘lo and behold, the accidental twist out was AMAZING!!!!  I sure did slap a quick bow in her hair and called it the day…

^^^ What is up with that face?!?, LOL!!

Supacute! So we rocked it again as our Sunday Style, adding a small protective flat twist in front left. Ok, folks this is high on the list for school pics!!!! EEK!  Now who has curls???

I do!!

Go’Head Baby!

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Braids are out. FINALLY! After many hours of removing BBH’s braids, I pre-poo’ed that evening and washed and conditioned her hair the next day (our hairwashing routine here). But I could not bring myself to put her hair in my all time fav, small twists. At this point I just wanted it to dry with minimal frizz. I decided to do rope twist ponies all over. Starting at the bottom I did box rope twists. I made them a little larger on the top half of her head. Styling products used on freshly washed hair were Kinky Curly’ TIny Twirls Styler and Beautiful Curls Curly to Kinky Sculpture Wax.

She was liking her ponies:)

Is it just me, or did we have some serious growth this summer? This pic is from late May:

Anywho, to maintain this look thru the week I loosen the bands, lightly pat in the KC Tiny Twirls Styler, pull up the front half in a high ponytail and cover w/satin cap. Shake down in the morning. Nice and lovely… Switch up styles forth coming, EEK!

Be Curly!