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Roller-set on Mini Dry Twists

I have a confession. I ran out of sponge rollers for my roller set… However, as a resourceful naturlista, I improvised. A good practice when planning a natural style is to prepare all your tools ahead of time. Knowing how many rollers I had, I made the decision to just do the roller set in front and the right side. It actually turned into a pretty cute style variation. Here are some tips on how I achieved this look:

1. First, my hair was already in mini dry twists. (Click here to see what products and techniques I used.) I coated my hair with some herbal oil. Next, I took a small section (about four twists) and coated it with Elasta QP Design Foam from halfway down to the ends.

2. Next I placed an end wrap sheet (size large or medium) around that section, covering the ends. I placed a sponge roller starting at the end and rolling up and then turning the roller vertical which creates sort a spiral curl effect once you take them down. I only rolled up the hair to about halfway. Sponge rollers give a tight curl with lasting hold.

3. Once I was out of rollers, the remaining hair I flat-twisted up into three sections and secured with bobby pins. The rest of the hair, I let hang down in the back.

4. I left the sponge rollers in overnight and took them down in the afternoon. To style, I gently removed the rollers and twirled the hair around my fingers to create a little spiral. (Note: for real spirals use flexi-rods) I found these cute hair pins at one of those cheap jewelry shops at the mall for $1!!! (and don’t front like you can’t or don’t go in there…lol) And that’s basically it.

Hope you enjoyed this style! Let us know if you have or will try it.

Reunion Hair: Bantu Knot-Out Updo and LifeOrganics Product Review

I was running late, so in taking the pic in the car
was the best I could do for the finished look. lol

So, my class reunion was this past Saturday. That entire week leading up to the event I was fretting about what to do with my hair. I know I wanted something a little fancy. I get tired of just the normal twistout. I knew I wanted my hair up, so I began to plan out a style. Originally, I was going to just pin my hair up and do the twistout on top. The Bantu knot-out was last minute decision because I wanted curls. I also tested out a new, full product line by LifeOrganics, using the product line exclusively to achieve the style (accept for an olive oil pre-poo). Looking back, I think that was kind of stupid considering how important this event was too me. It could have ended in disaster had the products not worked properly or I didn’t use them correctly. Thankfully, my hair turned out really cute. Here are some tips I used to achieve this look:

1. I pre-pooed my hair with olive oil. Then washed and conditioned my hair with LifeOrganics Herbal Hair Wash and Detangling Conditioner. The shampoo had a little less lather than I had hoped for as with many all-natural products. Overall, I was pleased with the results. My hair felt clean and moisturized.

2. Blowing drying: I used some of LifeOrganics Acai & Hibiscus Styling Milk for added protection from the heat and moisture. Next, I sectioned my hair off into about 8 sections. Since I have lots of shrinkage, and I wanted to pull all my hair up to the top, I felt the need to stretch my hair with a blow dryer and comb attachment. I blew it out section by section, not bone-straight (I left my ends poofy), but straight enough to easily brush my hair up. Also, I sprayed each section with LifeOrganics Healthy Oil Sheen spray to aid in the straightening process and add more protection from heat damage.

3. I blew out the back and the sides and left the top shrunken. I used the shrinkage to my advantage in order to create sort of a bang in front. Depending on how wide you want your bang is how much hair you decide to leave shrunken. Secure the shrunken hair with a hair tie to keep it out of the way.

4. Flat-twist or smooth the sides: Starting at my temple, I made two parts going on a diagonal toward the top of my head, creating a section about the width of my finger. I flat-twisted that section and secured with a bobby pin. Next, I put another flat-twist in front of the that one and one behind that one. I tried to replicate this exactly on the other side. And that was it, three flat-twists on each side. (Note: you don’t have to flat-twist the sides. You could just brush the sides up and secure with bobby pins. I do so, to prevent frizz and make the style last longer.) Also, I used LifeOrganics Styling Custard to twist with. It has a nice hold without leaving the hair hard.

5. The back of the head: Next, I used a boar bristle brush (yes, a regular ole hair brush) to smooth up the back of the hair toward the top of my head. I brushed little by little, securing with bobby pins as I go.

6. The top of the head: Two strand twist the entire top of the head. I made the sections about a square inch. Before twisting each twist I sprayed the hair with LifeOrganics Mane Moisturizer to restore moisture and coated each section with a dab of the Styling Custard, then proceeded to twist. I find that twisting the hair before creating the Bantu knots eliminates poofyness and frizz.

7 Creating the Bantu knots: After the twists were done, I took each twist and began twisting it in the same direction of the twist. I created a loop as if tying a shoe and wrapped the remainder of the twist around and around the loop until all the hair is secured around the loop. Now, because my hair is kinky, I actually didn’t need to secure it with anything, it just stayed in place. You can use a hair pin to secure the knot if need be.

8. Setting the style: I let my hair air dry and set for one hour. My hair had already become pretty dry. If your hair is really wet, or thick, or long, you might consider a longer air-dry time or sitting under a dryer for longer-lasting hold.

This pic is about 8 hours AFTER partying with
old friends. Still looks pretty good, eh?

9. Lastly, I unraveled the knots and twists, being careful not to disrupt them too much. I was left with beautful, spirally curls. Some sections of the hair didn’t lay exactly how I wanted so I just tucked them in and secured with hair pins.

Let us know what you think of this style and if you plan to do it or have different technique!

Birthday Hair: Flat-Twist Mohawk

So, last week was my birthday. I stressed and agonized over how I would fix my hair. Originally, I wanted to do a straight style, but a busy women like me just simple ran out of time. So, what’s a girl to do–a quick flat-twist mohawk/ pompadour style. This is a no-fuss, low-maintenance style. It actually lasted me for two weeks because I decided to do my hair a week before my birthday. Naturally, I was concerned that by the time my birthday came, my hair would look totally bogus, but it didn’t. Here’s some tips on how I achieved this look.

1, First I washed and conditioned my hair and applied herbal oil and shea butter throughout for extra moisture.Next, I divided my hair into sections. As with any elaborate style, you have to plan it out first. So, I looked in the mirror and I decided how wide I wanted my mohawk in the front and made parts on each side. Then I gathered all the hair on the top of my head and tied it with a scrunchy to keep it out if the way.(Note: I did not have to part all the way down to the nape of the neck.)

2. Starting near the temple of my head (more so on the side of my forehead), I parted a small section about the width out my finger, going on a curve. Then, I flat-twisted up toward the top on my head, but not quite all the way to the top. I stopped twisting at the part I made initially for the mohawk and secured it with a bobby pin. This twist is now the guide for the rest of the twist on that side of my head.

3. I flat-twisted the remaining hair so that each twist lined up with the first twist. The first twist will also be the longest. Each twist should gradually get shorter as you reach the nape of the neck or the front of your head. I repeated steps two and three on the other side. The mohawk should be the widest at the crown of head and narrow toward the nape of the neck and front of the head.

4. Now, at first I wasn’t sure what to do with the top. I could have done flat-twist in the front that go straight to the top of my head and afro in the back. Instead, I chose to pick out the top so that I could smooth it down and secure it with bobby pins (and lots of them). Because the hair is already puffy I decided to create a little pompadour hump in the front of the mohawk.

5. For the back, I inititally just ‘froed it out. (not shown). A few days before my birthday I put two-strand twist with loc and twist gel in the back to do a twistour which I took down the day of.

Mohawks can get very creative and they are quite versatile. I had a lot of fun with this style and I plan to do more variations of it.

Tell us what you think of the look!

Flat-twist Up-do Style

Part of the beauty of natural hair is the ability to have fun and experiment. Here, I show you one of my favorite styles I found on youtube–the flat-twist up-do thingamagigga. I say that because it can be whatever you want it to be. The first time I did this style I let the two-strand twist hang straight down. Here, am showing them curled. After I got tired of the two-strand twist, I left the up-do in place and did a twist-out on the side.

This is a very classy and versatile style. Here’s some tips on how I achieved this look:

  1. Wash, condition, detangle and section off the hair. You can keep the hair moist with a spray bottle. Decide to which side you want the hair to fall. I put my part slightly to the left of the middle of my head.
  2. Do the flat twist first. Get a scrunchy or hair tie for the two-stand twist portion and make sure it’s out of the way.Start flat-twisting from the top. I use styling gel or loc and twist gel.
  3. The key to making the spiral effect is to start parting straight to the back and then change the direction going up. Keep twisting straight to the back and then up. All the twist should end at or near the top of the head.
  4. Another tip, to keep the parts as neat as possible, secure the hair not being twisted with clips (I prefer duckbill clips for a tight hold). Place a few dabs of gel at the root of the hair before you flat-twist that section.
  5. Secure each flat-twist at the scalp with a bobby pin and proceed to two-strand twist when you reach the top. 
  6. After all the flat-twist are done, two-strand twist the rest of the hair that’s tied up. Keep the twists uniform at about a 1/4″ width.
  7. Once the two-strand twists dry completely (air dry is fine unless you are in a hurry, then hood dry) you can do a rollerset with sponge rollers for the curly twist look. Place about two twist per roller.
  8. Lastly, be patient and take your time. I’m not very fast so this style took me about 3 hours (with some interruption).