Bonjour!!! Whew! We’ve been busy ovah here tryna set off these TEEZ for our beloved BBH Fam, JUH! But had to break off this here tutorial on Baby Big Hair’s amazing twist out for Resurrection Sunday. We’ve been in straight protective mode for pretty much all winter w/our signature all over twists. BBH had been rockin hers for at least a good 4 weeks with a few touch ups at the crown and hairline to keep them right and tight. And anybody that knows twist outs, the longer in the bedda. So I decided we’d rock’em out for the the God Lord’s day (thankya!). I wanted a little bit of length for this one as well as refresh those frizzies and used a technique I did for her birthday last year that worked really well. I call it the “Stretched Twist, Twist Out”. TRUST, I’m sure I did not invent this technique but I promise you I feel like I’m doing something, LOL! Anywho, lets get to it, shall we??

Tools Used:

  • Yarn – big stash in black at the crib cuz I promise imma do yarn twists one fine day!!!
  • Flexirods – not pictured
  • Moisturizing Spray – we used our spray bottle mixture of water, Kinky-Curly’s Knot Today Leave In Conditioner and extra virgin olive oil (also recommend CARA B Naturally‘s Hair Mist)
  • Oil – exra virgin olive oil
  • Gel – Beautiful Curls Control Custard (see our review here)

Steps Used

First I sectioned off her hair in medium to large sections and lightly sprayed her twists w/our mixture. Then lightly patted in oil with oil rubbed hands. Well, it was more like I pressed it in by squeezing my hands together as I worked thru the section. Then I rubbed my hands with the gel and raked it thru, resealing her ends as needed.

Next with yarn, used I used the same technique as Ghana plaiting, or threading (see tutorial here), and bound the newly moisturized section by wrapping like so from the base to about an inch from the tip. See how how much longer the bound twists are on the left??stretched twist out

I used red ribbon here to better illustrate the wrapping technique. Check it:

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Our final results with the yarn looked like this… Can you find the twist that got away?? LOL!!

stretched twist twist out bound dipt
We covered with her satin cap at night and let it set for Sunday morning. Next morning I carefully snipped the the yarn and let each section loose. Now the ends were a bit straight from the binding so I added a little more gel and curled them under w/flexirods. I was rippin and runnin so apologies for no pic, but trust me, very simple. Just grab the ends and roll like any old roller. Similar to our Twist and Flex Out post. If your in a bind, pipecleaners will do (please believe in “poor man’s Strawllers” as I call them, LOL). They were in her hair for about 20 mins at the most. I removed the rods and began to separate her twists.

Results:
Her twist out was GLORIOUUUUUUUUUUS!! THANKYA! *does lap ’round computer*

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OWEEEEEEE! She was feelin pretty fancy too! Of course with the drizzly weather, her hair was a little “swole” by the end of the day when we took our family pics, but you know I never mind a lil BIG HAIR, lol! Anywho a few more “fresh ‘do” pics..

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natural twist out tutorial

Go’Head Baby!

 


OWEEEEEE!  “Anybody that know me” knows I LOVE ME some Beautiful Curls (BC).   See our extensive review of their Curly to Kinky Line Products (all but a few) right here.  I’ve been going strong w/BC products for twists for a good minute so when the opportunity came to try their new lotion and gel products, best believe I was like YESSSSSS?!?!?!?  So what better time to give’em a whirl then refreshing BBH’s twists! Continue reading →


Happy New Year BBH Fam!   Whelp, Out with the old, in with the new, BBH has a new look and we like, DO YOU?!?!  This updated look was created with you in mind with hopes to make the site more user friendly and easier to enjoy!   Some exciting changes note:

  • BBH Lifestyle: Our newest feature tab. You’ll find all things fun, cute and fabulous for your Baby Big Hair from crafts to funky fashions, room decor and more!
  • BBH Hair Guide:  We certainly are not hair experts.  BBH is place for sharing helpful tips and information we’ve come across in our hair journey.  The Hair Guide is a comprehensive listing of information and with links to help guide you to more information to make the best haircare decisions for your BBH. Truly hope you find it useful and check back as its an evolving document.
  • BBH Froto Page:  Yup Yup!  Get your BIG HAIR Froto pics ready.  BBH Wants your BBH!  Submit your Froto pics to frotos@babybighair.com to be chosen for our Fan Page and/or FB!!  EEK!

Of course you still find our faithful features such as Baby Big Hair Blasts, Hairspirations and Daddy’s Corner under the BBH Features Tab.  Don’t forget to comment (We LOVE comments)!!  Whelp, there you have it. We hope you enjoy your new BBH experience.  Thanks for the BIG love and support to date.  Praying BIG things for you and your fam in 2012.  Stay tuned for more information on our exciting giveaways that started today!  This weeks giveaway features a Beautiful Curls Gift Basket and the cutest crochet bow from BellyFruit Yarn; good stuff!

Go’Head Baby, Be Curly!

 


I sang the praises of the Wide Tooth Detangling Comb (#2) by Beautiful Curls (BC), in yesterday’s product review. Now the Double-Sided Detangling & Parting Comb shall have its due. First, I’d like to restate from our initial BC hair products review that I love BC’s strive for fine products and its community empowerment projects “aimed at alleviating poverty and advancing gender equality.” You can read more about it here. Note these beautifully crafted wooden combs are made from a local sustainable source. Basically for my green folks, it’s all good. In addition, BC claims these combs ‘will last for years with proper care’, which I do not doubt for a hot second. Well, lets get to it shall we?

Double-Sided Detangling & Parting Comb (#3)

BC’s Claim:

  • Distributing oils evenly throughout your hair
  • Reducing static electricity
  • Preventing split ends
  • Massaging and stimulating the scalp
  • Reducing stretching and breaking of hair

Price: $25.00
Durability: Craftmenship (again) is INCREDIBLE. Very strong comb with massaging like teeth. The parting tip is AWESOME!
Handling: Glorious. This comb will sing to your BBH’s hair AND part it like the Red Sea. Just strrrrrike the comb and aim, LOL! Ok, that’s going too far, but the parting is delightful like:)

All jokes aside. I can not stress how stankin’ beautiful these combs are, OHGAAAAA! I feel like a musician with a rare instrument, like I need to put them in a safe somewhere and save it for prom or BBH’s wedding day, smh… Do I just have issues or is this NOT a piece of art?
mmMMM! Man that is comb if i ever saw one. Alright now, lets see this beast in motion. I initially used the comb to detangle knots in BBH’s hair prior to detangling with Comb #2. You know those knots that make you keep side eyeing your shears? Yeah, had some of those. But thanks to that parting tip, I was able to detangle them with a little bit of focus. Check it…

Very much like detangling your fav necklace with a needle. As far as parting, this comb certainly gets the job done. BBH’s hair was already detangled and well moisturized. I decided to put her hair is large box braids to get me thru the rest of the week ’till hairwashing day. No rocket science here, I simply slid the parting tip against her scalp to section off as desired…

I gently worked the comb upward to further separate the hair into sections. Now the length of the parting section of the comb is lovely when you are working with BIG HAIR; you don’t have to stop and realign as much. Here’s the resulting part:

Veddy, veddy nice! Of course the parting tip is accompanied by a wide tooth and finer tooth comb. After parting, I simply combed thru her hair w/the wider tooth side of the comb to ensure her hair remain detangled and then worked the finer toothed side to redistribute the products. The wide tooth side is very similar to Comb #2 but not quite, comb #2’s teeth are slightly more rounded, gliding just a tad more, but not much, and the comb itself has more curvature. Whereas, Comb #3 is flat. But trust, both are really good for detangling.

BIG UPS
I feel like a BIG girl with this comb. I’m sure glad my mom didn’t have one of these when I was younger, and if anybody had any form discipline growing up, you know exactly what I mean. Shoooo, it’s durable too?!?! Can last for years!?! Yeah…thank ya lawd!! But on the real tip, parting with this comb is really good. Not quite the precision of a metal rat tail comb, but the best precision out of all the other ‘tail’ style combs I’ve used. Plus I’ve always had ‘one eye’ on that metal tail, concerned that BBH would make a wrong move one day. As such, very happy to have this comb in our life. Again, craftmanship is STELLAR. Also LOVE the concept of the 3 part comb. It’s everything you need in the battle against detangling. Parents, grab your weapons, HA! Did I mention how beautiful the comb is?

CONS
I think it comes along with the territory of the unique design of this comb, not to mention my small hands, but the comb can get heavy when doing a lot of parting in one sitting, such as small box twists or braids. And the length of the comb, a little over 12 inches, takes some getting used to. But all well worth it, just call it your ‘hair work out’ and keeps it movin’.

You can find more information on Comb #3 here, and if you missed it check out our review on Comb #2 here.

In summation, these combs are WINNING, ok?!? I cannot wait to see them age and was ecstatic to learn I can deep condition them with BC’s Deep Conditioning Treatment and Sculpting Wax hair products, both of which we already have (see our review on the Wax and more BC products here). Love it!! It’s like waiting for Louis Vuitton handles (real or AAA fake) to turn that beautiful honey blonde, EEK! Trust, the entire BC Comb line is a dream. I simply cannot convey and thank Beautiful Curls enough for sending them to Baby Big Hair to review (and releasing them from the vault, LOL!) . Pleasure was truly ours. Beautiful Curls Combs #2 and #3…

Go’Head Baby!

EEEEK! Now “anybody that know me” knows I love me some Beautiful Curls (BC). Check out our BC Review from earlier this year. I happen to come across their combs while perusing their website one day and fell in SWOON with the detangling combs. OOWEEE they are BEAUTIFUL!!!! OHGAAAAAAA! I contacted BC to inquire about them. Next thing I know I had two beautifully crafted wooden combs in my hand. These are truly a work of art folks. Well let’s get to it shall we?

Comb #2 – Wide Tooth Detangling Comb with Handle


BC’s Claim:

  • Distributing oils evenly throughout your hair
  • Reducing static electricity
  • Preventing split ends
  • Massaging and stimulating the scalp
  • Reducing stretching and breaking of hair

Price: $17.00
Durability: Craftmenship is INCREDIBLE. Very strong comb with massaging like teeth.
Handling: Glorious. This comb will sing to your BBH’s Hair

BBH had rocked a twist out for a few days from wearing her hair in twists for a at least 2 weeks. Normally I would finger detangle her hair a bit, separating as I go etc. NOT SO MUCH with this comb. I noticed it glided with ease in her hair. Check it. But first, lets get a close up on those there teeth:

GLOREH! So pardon the picture overload, but I wanted to capture the fluid experience. Here is her hair as we started after gently detangling with hands and working out knots from a twist out she had been rocking for a few days, BTW we also use the Double-Sided Detangling & Parting Comb (BC Comb #3) to help detangle some knots. That will be Part II of this review.

Here begins our journey. I took the comb and gently worked thru hair starting at the ends…
(apologies for the blurries)

After about 3 glidding strokes this is what we get…

Keep going (now mind you, we’re glidding folks, no pulling here)..

and…

At last until her entire head was detangled. Introducing… BBH’s shrunken fro ya’ll!!

We sectioned off and re-moisturized for our next style…

BAM! We’re done. NOW the part that will take you outta here? It took me only 45 MINUTES TO DETANGLE THIS CHILD’S HAIR!! Now if THAT dont make you give Him praise, then dont read my dag’on blog, LOL! Jus’sayin. BUT if that truly does not impress you sweety, then try this…

That ^^^ is the the amount of hair (and gunk, sorry-we keeps it real, LOL!) we lost in this detangle session, mind you again, this is from BBH’s entire head of hair. O-O… I’m not saying anything else.

BIG UPS
This comb is BEAUTIFUL, so well crafted. The teeth just glide thru her hair. I actually tried a dry section of her hair and it still worked! Detangle time was drastically cut down. Daddy BBH was in shock, like YOU DONE?!?!- yeah, like that. I am also impressed with light amount or hair shedding.

CONS
Mmm-NONE! Trust, you want this under the tree somewhere…

Learn more about this lovely comb here. Stay tuned for Part II of this comb(s) review when we break down the Double-Sided Detangling & Parting Comb (BC Comb #3). Until then…

Go’Head Baby!


I thought I told ya that we won’t stop – I thought I told ya that we wont stop!! Jeah boyee! So our last and final remix with our twists is here. See initial post here featuring Beautiful Curls, then there is the 1st remix, 2nd remix, and 3rd remix. Man, I’m like Bad Boy Entertainment up in here!! Or better yet, a good old fashion “Roxanne War” against MYSELF!! LOL! Trust, my child does get her rest:) These were simple and easy remixed styles to keep her versatile twists fresh. Well, with all this twistin’ I had to end it with a premium-quality-deluxe-like Twist Out. So with out further ado (drumrolll…..)

EEEEEEEK!!!!!

Be Curly!

—WAIT!!….Did you see my cornrow?? LOL! I’m out:)—-


By now you know I’m workin’ our fav protective style, twists, that I originally styled with the Beautiful Curls (BC) Curl Activating Curly to Kinky Hair line (review of fav products here). Delicious!! Well, BBH had dance class on this particular day I decided to further remix her recently remixed twists and Zigzag headband with an “up and away” style. I opted to do a bun mohawk similar to what I did earlier this year (see asian inspired mohawk style here). What did we get? Something fun, ya know, a lil’ funky:) Check it out..

First I spritzed her hair with my water/leave in and BC oil mixture, applied a little Kinky-Curly Tiny Twirls Styler gel and cornrowed her twists towards the center of her head.

Then I simply gathered the cornrowed sections into ponytails, wrapped those into knots and secured with a small rubber band like so…

Then after class, I removed the knots in the back for wavy twists for a fun day with Mommy. This was supacute as well:)

Me likey!! BBH? Ehhh…

Not so much, LOL! You think its over? IT AINT OVAH!! More remixed twists to come. EEK! I LOVE TWISTS!! ‘Till next time…

Go’Head Baby!!


So,  as you know we’re back in our fav protective style for BIG HAIR, twists!  From last week’s post I shared how we put these bad boys in with products from the Beautiful Curls (BC) Curl Activating Curly to Kinky Hair line. You may recall I mentioned that I started on BBH’s hair one fine late afternoon (emphasis on “late”).  BAD MOVE.  After all the hours of twisting her hair, it was still a little damp when she went to bed.  Results= frizzies and limp twists in the AM, like instant day 5 hair (oh gaaaaaaa!).  I just lived with it for a few days but as soon as the opportunity presented itself,  I re-twisted the front and top layers of her twists.  I lightly spritzed her hair w/my concoction and added a bit of the Queen Helene’s Curl Shaping Creme (great hold and sheen and fabulous for defining curls, trust- posted here). I did this because her hair was fully loaded with BC products from a few days before and I just needed to revive and give her hair a little more hold for the next week.

While I was at it,  I decided to redo her “hair band.”  Feeling pretty confident from the cornrow head band style I did previously (see here. No more blasted cornrows, YEY!), I thought I try another corn row style.  Sooooo making a second special guest appearance is yet again is the cornrow, 2 to be exact:)

Let’s take a closer look, shall we??

Now can I get an AMEN on those cornrows? Hallelu!!

I remixed her twists much earlier in the afternoon so her hair was good and dry by the evening, plus I wasn’t working with saturated “hairwashing day” hair.  It was just barely damp with my water/Leave In mixture (Kinky Curly’s Knot Today) with a few drops of Beautiful Curls new Shea Butter & Coconut Hydrating Curl Oil (see BC review here).  This is her hair 5-6 days later without adding a lick of product to it whatsoever (for real), just covering at night…

Much, MUCH better and more typical of the results I get from styling her twists. Whew!  I’m at peace now.  Stay tuned for another remix!!

Go’Head Baby!


At LAST!! Got my BBH back in her twists. It was a journey ya’ll, trust. I washed BBH’s her via our normal hairwashing routine, but due to time constraints, I couldn’t get busy with the twists like I wanted to. So I did a few quick ponies and ‘rope-a-doped’ them with box rope twists. BBH’s twists would have to wait for the next day. Now THAT is a first. I ALWAYS twist BBH’s newly washed hair….AHWLWAYZ!!!! HHHhhhhhh. It was actually a good thing because I was severally low on my staple Kinky-Curly‘s Knot Today Leave In Conditioner so I was in no position to put my weight on some twists anyway. So the next day, I carved out late afternoon to twist her hair. AND I was eager to try the Beautiful Curls Shea Butter & Coconut Hydrating Curl Oil I got at Whole Foods (remember my post? It was free, EEK!). This oil is hot off the press as its not even listed on the Beautiful Curls site yet, though I did find this press release. Ooweee! We’re on the cusp of something new fam!!

Now before I move on, let me just s’plain my relationship with Beautiful Curls (BC). I have courted BC products for a little over a year now. What I love most about the company is their strive for fine products and its community empowerment projects that are “aimed at alleviating poverty and advancing gender equality.” You can read more about it here. So you can feel good about your purchase every time, but trust, a little goes along way. I’ve worked with the same initial products I bought a year ago (uhm, shelf life is not an issue). If it were not so, I would have told you!! Now I’ve tried everything under the Curl Activating Curly to Kinky Hair line (they also have wavy to curly line for my less coily BBH’s) except the Shampoo. For the purposes of this post, I will review in detail 3 of my fav: the Shea Butter Curl Activating Cream, Shea Butter Curl Sculpting Wax and recently the Hydrating Curl Oil.

Now back to our regular scheduled program. I began to unravel the twisted ponies in BBH’s hair to detangle her hair. Looky here at this gorgeous twist out potential..

Here is her hair after further unraveling…. I love this girl’s hair MAN! OK?!?! Hhhhhhh.

Tools of choice to begin this well overdue twisting session? My triple threat combo: 1) Wide Tooth comb; 2) modified Denman brush; and 3) Spray water bottle filled with water and part Leave In conditioner (just shake!). See related detangling post. THIS time, I added a few good drops of the Beautiful Curls Shea Butter & Coconut Hydrating Curl Oil to the spray bottle mixture. Oowee, I LOVE the BC Hydrating Curl Oil. Lets take a closer look, shall we?

BC’S SHEA BUTTER & COCONUT HYDRATING CURL OIL

  • Price: Ehhh, its not cheap. $8.99 for a 4 fl oz bottle – BUT for the killer combo of the following ingredients into 1 product, you can’t beat it: Sesame Oil, Shea Leaf, Sunflower Oil, Shea Butter and Coconut oil, to name a few…
  • Smell: It’s strong folks, not even gonna lie. But if you add to your water/leave in mixture, it all but dissipates shortly after contact. It’s much stronger if you rub in your hands and directly apply to hair. I’m thinking if you have a supasensitive nose, you should definitely try it in a spray bottle.
  • Consistency: Not super light, but far from thick.
This oil worked wonders in my spray bottle mixture. I could tell I was getting good slippage from it. I used our wide toothed comb to work the mixture through her hair.

I barely put a dent in the bottle so truly a little drop will do ya. Next, I whip out my trusted BC Curl Activating Creme. “People Let Me Tell Ya’Bout my Be-e-st Friend!!” This right here is a staple product folks. Especially for twist styles. I use it by itself or in conjunction with Kinky-Curly‘s Tiny Twirls Styler for great hold and sheen (for like DAYZ). Lets go in for more detail…

BC’S CURL ACTIVATING CREME

  • Price: For what it does for us? Justifiably priced at $14.00 for an 8oz tub. PLUS, Whole Foods frequently has this product on sale. AND not to mention, a little goes well beyond a long way.
  • Smell: Light to Medium. Just kinda “hair product-ey” smelling. Not as strong or distinctive as the Hydrating Oil.
  • Consistency: A cross between yogurt and pudding. A very rich and smooth texture.
Ah yeah baby! Lets get to twistin’ up in this joint. I put a fingertip amount of the cream on each twist and blend it in with my Denman brush. Clumping is insane. This stuff is also good for defining BIG HAIR curls, but I like it for general styling the most. Anywho, I just started twisting away….
At the end of each twist, I use the Beautiful Curls Shea Butter Sculpting Wax to keep the twists from unraveling. Now this product you can use all over, but it’s a bit heavy for BBH’s hair, so I like to focus on her ends for extra protection. Lets take a closer look:
  • Price: $10.00 for a small 2oz tub (guess tub is the wrong word in this case, LOL!). Again, not cheap but as stated earlier above, Whole Foods frequently has this product on sale. AND not to mention, this too goes a long way; remember, I’ve had this for about a year. Let me also say these are Fair Trade Certified Shea products. In essence, you get what you pay for.
  • Smell: Light to Medium. Smells like Shea Butter. Again, not as strong or distinctive as the Hydrating Oil.
  • Consistency: Thick butter (real butter) like consistency, but melts away in the palm of your hand.

I really like this wax but trust, I will DROP IT LIKE HOTCAKES if anybody comes for my BC Curl Activating Creme! Just sayin’… Here is a pic of the wax applied to the ends of the hair, it’s like bu’dah baby!

Now for the BIG reveal and making a special guest appearance……

*Gasp* Is that a…a not-so-blasted cornrow?!?!? Why yes it IS!!!!

No please, no applause please…please stop..it’s too much..really…Thank you…Eh-Thankyouverymuch!

EEK! Many thanks to Charlotte of Charlotte’s Avenue for “Head Band” hairspiration on this one. She was killin’ those on her girls awhile back. Our head band consist of 3 cornrows. One large one starting from the left ear to the right and two smaller ones starting from the right ear towards the left stopping about 1/2 way. My initial idea was to create a flower effect in the front (#FAIL). NOT so hot, so I just carried the smaller braids over to the left and secured them with a band and the large braid I secured on the right to another twist to keep it flat, like so…

I feel like Hercules on that headband (Go me, It’s my birfday, I’m gonna cornrow like it’s my birfday!!) Alright folks. To wrap it up here (thanks for staying with me). Let me once again show some MAD love for Beautiful Curls as promised and stress again the line reviewed in this post (and on my own dime) is the “Curl Activating for Curly to Kinky Hair” line. The line for looser curls is called “Curl Enhancing for Wavy to Curly Hair.” They also have a line for babies and up called “Curl Nurturing.” By the time I fell into BC products, BBH’s hair had crossed over to “BIG HAIR” so never tried it, but based on the Curly to Kinky line, I would recommend it. Quick shout out to the Curl Activating Leave’In Conditioner that I often “pre-poo” with and the Deep Conditioning Treatment for Curly to Kinky Hair I’ve used on occasion (though it is a little too thick for her hair). Oh, and the Curl Reviving Tonic (for all hairtypes). These are all fine products, as I am sure the Shampoo is too, but in a line up, the Activating Creme and Sculpting Wax and Oil will never get too low up in this piece, as long as I am a twisting fool, LOL! Perhaps I’ll review those in a separate post to bring the BC love affair full circle.

Remember, get thee to Whole Foods. They have BC products on sale frequently. They may even have a few sample packets which got me hooked in the first place. Whew! This has to be the longest post I’ve done EVER!! See, my product junky issues = your gain:) Yay! OO- Have you seen my cornrows yet; SAY WHA?!?!

Go’Head Baby!


So, I was getting low on my staple Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave in Conditioner and “anyone who knows me” knows that’s my lifeline for BBH’s hair. So off to Whole Foods I went. Well I’ll be, I see “new” stickers all over the place in the Beautiful Curls section. There it was: Shea Butter & Coconut Hydrating Curl Oil

eeeeEEEEEK! BBH’s hair adores the BC’s Curl Activating Creme and responds great to Shea Buttter based products especially the BC line of styling products (i.e. their curl creme and sculpting wax). Plus, I really wanted to try a different all natural oil and was leaning towards purchasing some coconut oil. But this combo was KILLER!! Had to have it and snatched that bad boy right up, and (I know, smh) the Kinky Curly Knot Today I came for. HHhhhh. YA’LL DON’T LOVE ME!! You say you do, but aint nobody praying this PJ spirit away, OH GAAAAAAA (*runs away crying*)!! LOL! I jus’playin, I jus’playin:)

K. So here is the catch. The lady at the register couldn’t get the oil to ring up (prolly cuz it was so new to their system? Its not even on the BC site listed as a product yet. IDK, who CARES!?!). She looks at me and says “This is your lucky day, I can’t ring it so its yours.” Yes hon, I got it for FREE!! Did He get ALLLLLLLL the glory in Whole Foods?? Trust, He did!! Product review coming with mad love for Beautiful Curls. And to my new friend at the register…

Go’Head Baby!