Monthly Archives: November 2011

Yarn Braids/Genie Locs!!! Cool protective style with flexibilty

Want a quick natural style with length? Try yarn braids…! Someone in our Facebook group said she wanted try them and I was intrigued by the thought of this actually being a good DIY style. I could not believe how hard it was to find a decent video on putting them in. So far, the best one I have seen was created by Black Onyx. In the vid, she states that it took her 10 hours with interruption. If you have the patience for DIY then I feel this is would be a great style to try. I definitely will try yarn braids (Thanks friend!). Have you or will you try them? Tell us about your experience!

At Peace with Self for the Holidays

The holidays can do one of two things in our life. They can give us a warm fuzzy feeling as we connect with family and friends while extending generosity to others. Or, the holidays can remind us of the situations and circumstances that can make our lives miserable. Perhaps, you have lost a job, or a loved one. Maybe your kids are acting crazy, or you are waiting for a spouse or your car got towed. And to top things off, your hair is doing crazy and unexpected things… Maybe it’s just a matter of not being satisfied with where you are in life right now. You have dreams and visions, but you just can’t seem to get a break. Trust me, I know the feeling! It can be overwhelming at times. We either respond with gratitude or we shut down emotionally.


Self 
Your self is comprised of all the things that make you who you are. It is comprised of your body, mind, thoughts, emotions, desires–basically everything pertaining to you. When situations arise, self is the first one to react and sometimes the last one to let go. Even after the storm has calmed, our self is still not satisfied. Part of being at peace with self is being satisfied with what was and what is. It’s about having gratitude for life.

Taking care of self
A good friend of mine called me the other day and asked, “When’s the last time you did something just for your self?” I was like, “Ummmmm…” It’s so easy, especially during the hustle and bustle of the holidays to neglect self. We sometimes feel like “self” activities, like pampering, eating healthy, exercising or just doing things by yourself, are a waste of time. What we fail to realize is that when self is neglected, it will eventually begin to shut down. Your body will react with health issues, fatigue, skin and hair issues. Your mind and emotions will react with poor concentration, moodiness, depression and low self-esteem. Neglecting self will cause you to not be able to effectively care for the people who depend on you or execute the things you endeavor.

At peace
So, at the end of the day, when the festivities are over and you are alone with self, it’s important to release the good and the bad. It’s important to release and move on because tomorrow is a new day. In everything give thanks. Choose to be at peace.

Mini Dry-Twists/ Kinky Twists Using Life Organics Hair Souffle

I was recently chatting with another naturalista about her hair. She had the cutest mini dry-twists/kinky twists (no weave). I asked her did she do them herself and her response was, “Oh, nooooo…I can’t do them on my own head. I don’t have the patience.” I replied, “Oh man, I do that to my hair all the time!”  Seriously, I do. It is the best way for me to give my hair and myself a break from styling (protective styling) and I am happy to say that my hair is in hibernation for the next three weeks! I absolutely love this style! They so versatile. I can pin them back, curl them or whatever. Nonetheless, it did take me an estimated 8 hours to do (with interruption). Here are some tips on achieving this style and a mini review on the product I used.

1. I wash and conditioned my hair. For added length, I stretched the hair with the blow dryer and comb attachment. I conditioned my hair with hair milk and applied oil spray before adding heat. I left the hair poofy and frizzy on the ends. I find that doing it this way adds to the “kinky twist” look. The “kinkyness” also helps to hold the twist together.
Disclaimer: I do not recommend constantly blowing out the hair to get more length because this causes breakage. Every once in a while is okay. I have to admit, I can be a bit of a “length junkie,” not acknowledging that my addiction to length could be counterproductive to me retaining the length that I desire. (Note: This blog is about transparency and being real.)


before

2. Starting at the nape of the neck, I make a part with my rattail comb all the way across about 1/4″ high. To save time, I don’t use a comb to make the individual twist. Separating with my fingers, I make the twist between 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick.

3. Of course, I’m curled up on the couch. I have a handheld mirror, only to check the width of hair in my hand before I twist each twist to make sure that I an being relatively consistent. (Note: Not all the twist are the same width. It doesn’t look bad because the difference is not extreme. Don’t obsess over perfection or you may go crazy. lol)

after

4. To twist, I placed a finger-full of LifeOrganics Hair Souffle from root to end and then proceeded to twist. I absolutely love this stuff. It’s loaded with shea butter and essential oils and smells good enough to eat! The consistency is stiff, (and not gloppy or jell)y which holds the hair together well without build up or hardness. It glides on smooth between your hair and your fingers which helps you to twist faster.

5. And, that’s basically it. You will want to pay attention to how you part the hair in the front so that your twists will fall where you want them. The hardest part is patiently twisting until the entire head is done (and not cheating by adding twists that are too big because you didn’t feel like parting that section into four pieces instead of just two…lol) Lastly, I’m careful about how I tie my hair at night so that all the twists lie flat and I’m not looking crazy in the morning with twists going every which way.

Tell us, have you done or plan to do this style?