My first Twist & Curl (Dry)

I thought I would share one of the very first blog posts that I made (early Feb. 2011). Originally, I was not going to post it because, frankly, I don’t like my pic. :/ But, as I look back at it this post is what:

  • Inspired me to blog about my natural hair journey.
  • My hair turned out really nicely
  • I documented what I think are some very useful steps on how to achive the twist and curl style.
  • And, I covered a fairly decent product review.

Anyway, enjoy!
In my experimenting with wearing my natural texture and challenging myself on how to be kinder and gentler with my hair, last Friday I tried the Twist & Curl (Dry) style that I’d read about on many blogs. I didn’t follow the steps exactly, though, here is my short cut version. Below are the products I used and the steps I followed and a picture of the results:

Washed, conditioned & detangled using:

  • Macadamia Natural Hair Oil Rejuvenating Shampoo 
  • Macadamia Natural Hair Oil Deep Repair Masque

Towel dried & applied leave in conditioner:

Blow dried

  • Using a hand blow dryer, I didn’t manipulate my hair at all. I didn’t dry it completely but as much as possible because I knew that I was going to have to take it right down early Sat. afternoon and wanted to ensure that my hair was dry.

Sectioned hair, added styling product, brushed each section out twisted & rolled ends (Twist & curl)

  • Used my Denman Brush to detangle.
  • Sectioned my hair into 4 sections
  • Aveda’s Be Curly cream My first Twist & Curl (Dry) and Macadamia Natural Hair Oil Healing Oil Treatment  to each section
  • Twisted my hair into 11 twists
  • Rolled the ends with small flexi rod rollers
  • Tied on my satin scarf and off to bed I went.

Took twists down:

  • Removed the flexi rod rollers
  • Unravelled each of the twists, being careful when taking each one down, gently separting each twist to avoid frizz
  • Rubbed a little coconut oil throughout my hair
  • Pulled my hair back into a ponytail with an ouchless ponyholder as I got ready for my day
  • When done, I took the ouchless ponyholder out, shook and fluffed my hair a bit and VOILA…. 2011 02 12 14.46.42 285x300 My first Twist & Curl (Dry)

Not half bad for a first try icon smile My first Twist & Curl (Dry)

My first wash & go

I did my very first Wash & Go of my natural hair, I’m liking it a lot :). The pictures show how it turned out. The first one is of it still wet. The others are of my hair six hours later with it drying some, the roots are still damp. With it drying I experienced quite a bit of shrinkage, about 3-4 inches. I really like how this style has tuned out and I can see where I will wear it again. A wash and go is such an easy style, I can’t believe that I have not tried it sooner. This will definitely be a staple style of mine for this summer and an ideal one to wear for getting back into the gym. It also fits into my nurture & healing hair challenge because it is low to no manipulation styling, allows for me to moisturize it well and requires no heat. All I did was:

  • Washed and deep conditioning mask
  • Detangled, place a part where I want it (down the middle) and rinse in the shower
  •  With my hair soaking wet, sectioned in three sections and applied a leave in conditioner
  • Applied eco styler gel in smaller sections, shingling it throughout all of my hair
  • Then scrunched my hair to help it to set the curls
  • It was still wet when I finished applying the eco styler gel (shingling) and scrunched
  • Then I shook my head and scrunched some more, from here my hair is set and I let it air dry without touching

It’s really nice to see my natural curl pattern. With this style the heat damaged sections of my locks stand out pretty well because those sections’ curls are very loose. All in all I really like how this style turned out. I’m so glad that I took the time to try something different icon smile My first wash & go

Peace & Blessings!

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Straightened my natural hair for a trim

Hello!

Since I was in need of getting my hair trimmed, I straightened it and thought I’d do a post. I am still pursuing an all natural, with minimal to no heat, way of caring for and styling my hair, though I am long overdue for a professional trim (last trim was in August 2010) and wanted to do a length check. It’s been well over a month since I have had my hair straightened, which is really good for me. After this I am right back on my no heat challenge.

I washed, conditioned and towel dried my hair with a microfiber towel, pulled it back into a ponytail and let it air dry. The next day I sectioned my hair off and began flat ironing it, using the least amount of heat as possible. I used the comb passing method so that I would only have to do one flat iron pass for each section.

After finishing my whole head, I went to Great Cuts for the trim. With having my hair straight and talking with the stylist that did my trim, I realized the amount of damage that I have; heat damage, some breakage throughout from lightening it and quite raggedy ends. He advised that I come back for a trim every 3-4 weeks and continue with protein treatments every six weeks to ensure the healing and growth of my locks. Below are pics of my hair straight at the various stages.

Pictures of length check:

Pony tail length check Straightened my natural hair for a trim

Hair down length check Straightened my natural hair for a trim

 Before and after trim:

Before ends trimmed Straightened my natural hair for a trim

After ends trimmed Straightened my natural hair for a trim

Style after trim and rolling on 3 flexi rods:

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April showers style

Hi! With the April showers that have begun, I’ve had to experiment and be creative with natural hair styles that will hold up during rainy weather. Thought I’d share a picture of a style that I came up with to protect my hair from the rain. I put in a lot of work the night before washing, detangle, conditioning , doing a twist & curl and didn’t want it to turn into a frizzy afro because of the weather. I found a cute crotched knit cap to wear. I left all of the  twists in (except for one in the front) put the cap on covering all of my hair with the one twist in the front out. I separated it for a little curly bang style. After a little separating and adjusting this turned into a  kinda cute look. icon smile April showers style
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Twist & Curl with a cap

Hair do’s since my last relaxer

Since transitioning from a relaxer to my natural hair texture I have worn my hair in quite a few different styles. I’ve worn everything from double strand synthetic twists, flat ironing, had it lightened for a while, cut in a bob after some damage when it was lightened, pony-tails, buns just to name a few styles. Over these last 5 1/2 years I’d been notorious for wearing it straight. And, my idea of protecting it and letting it “rest” is to get it put up into 2 stranded twists with synthetic hair. Reminiscing about these past hair styles, gives me the encouragement to embrace my natural texture, experiment with healthier hair style alternatives and continue to learn to be a bit kinder and gentler to my locks. Here are some pics I thought I’d share of some of the hair styles I’ve worn between Oct 2005 – Dec 2010.

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2005 Transitioning

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Summer 2006 still transitioning

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A synthetic twist time

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My blond days 2007-2008

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Cut into bob after damage from coloring May 2008

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Flat iron Jan. 2010

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 Dec. 2010 Twist & Curl