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Results of the Quick Hair Recovery High-Texture TWISTOUT (mini product review)

There are so many different ways to rock a twistout. You can achieve many different textures and looks just by adjusting the manner in which you prepare for the twistout. In this twistout, my goal was not to be super defined  or to smooth out my kinks.  I really love how my texture is on full display here. This twistout came about because a few days ago I did a style called, “puffy twists pinned back.” I created the style out of necessity because my hair had been in a puff for a while and was really dry and tangled. So, I had to figure out a way to add moisture and still be cute until it was time for a wash. Here are some additional tips and thoughts about this style.


Note: Since the twists were pinned back and some were twisted up, I had to correct some parts of the hair once I unraveled it. Some parts were sticking up or out and it was looking kinda crazy. To fix that, take the piece of hair that is sticking out and gently tug on it a few times downward. Kinky hair likes to intertwine within itself. So, pull apart pieces of that section and tuck them into the sections that are laying down correctly.

Another reason the hair is highly textured is because I used lots of water (which swells the hair). I also did not use a gel or pudding to smooth out the hair. I used SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and peppermint oil to seal in moisture. In my experience, the Smoothie is great at really enhancing my texture, but not so much for highly defined twistouts. That’s why it’s great to know your hair and just work with your unique texture to create different looks. Don’t get all bent out of shape over your hair…just go with the flow. #HappyStyling :)

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Quick Hair “Recovery” Style: Puffy Twists Pinned Back

Boy, oh boy, am I a busy woman! I was rocking an afro puff for an entire week!. I love my puff but it was time for it to go. However, I still don’t have time right now to wash and detangle my hair and all that rigmarole…I know this weekend I want to do a twistout. So, in preparation, I decided to restore life to my hair by doing puffy twists pinned back. Here’s a few tips on how I restored moisture and set the style.

1. First off, my hair was pretty dried out, so the first step was to preform surgery and add in moisture. Starting in the back, I parted a small section of hair for a medium-size twist. I got out my spray bottle with water and spray each section as I went along. Then, I smoothed out each section with peppermint oil and Shea Moisture Smoothie and proceeded to twist.

2. The twists turned out poofy because the addition of water swells the hair. I always say, just go with flow with natural hair and let it do what it wants to do. I also did not want to make the parts very neat because doing so in my hair’s fragile state would mean more detanlging time and possible breakage. So, I very gently finger-parted the hair.

Before: Hanging out at the Sox game
with the fam and “the puff”

3. I achieved the look you see by basically flat-twisting to the back each row of twist and pinning the hair down with a bobby pin. I did the same in the back by twisting upward. Once the hair was all gathered at the top, I simply twisted the hair down and pinned and tucked it underneath the other twists.

This is just a quick style you can do if you don’t what take down your twists right away, or are preparing for a wash. It also works nice if you have twists that aren’t very long. You can have even more fun with this style by making the parts neater and playing around with defining the puffs.

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Product Review: Eden BodyWorks Jojoba and Monoi Line

Many of you may have walked down the aisle at Walmart and noticed a new product line in the ethnic hair care section. I recently had the opportunity of trying the entire Eden Bodyworks Jojoba and Minoi line. I also had the pleasure of hearing a presentation from Dr. Kari Williams a trichologist and natural hair expert who is the spokesperson for the line. I would like to share with you her tips on the benefits of the product along with my personal experience and results in using it.
What’s in a name?The Jojaba and Monoi line is designed to infuse strength into the hair. Jojaba oil is a liquid wax derived from the seed of a plant that is indigenous to the southwestern United States and to Mexico. It works great as a moisturizer and is similar to the sebum the our scalp naturally secretes. Now we add in the Monoi which is Dr. Kari explains, is an emollient that smoothes and hydrates the hair and seals in moisture.

The results
JOJOBA MONOI Revitalizing ConditionerDr. Kari recommended that we use the conditioner as a pre-shampoo (pre-poo) agent. I had great results using this method. I was able to smooth out the hair and dry detangle with very little breakage and knotting.

JOJOBA MONOI Moisturizing Shampoo I hate when a shampoo leaves my hair squeaky clean. That tells me that my hair has been stripped of moisture. And you know what? I did not have that problem with this shampoo. My hair still felt smooth and soft.

JOJOBA MONOI Deep ConditionerI really enjoyed the deep conditioner. I left it in for the recommend time and let the steam from the shower infuse the product into the hair. My hair felt very soft and manageable.

JOJOBA MONOI Hair Milk Great styling aid to restore life to dry hair. It instantly softens the hair and does not evaporate as quickly as other hair milks. Dr. Kari also recommended using the hair milk for twistouts. My twistout turned out really nice. Obviously, a milk is not going to last a long as a pudding or gel the next day. But, it works great if you want something light that is not going to cause a lot of build-up. 

Kinky twistout after products as part of hair regimen using hair milk
 as the 
twisting agent. 


JOJOBA MONOI Hair OilLove, love, love the hair oil. It is a little heavy, but I personally like that. My hair drinks this stuff. It soaks in well and does not just “sit” on top of the hair. I sprayed it on the problems area in my scalp to help control itching and dryness. I also sprayed it on my hair to smooth and control frizz. Lastly, I used it as a heat protectant when blow drying (knocks those kinks right out).

Overall, I would not hesitate to give this product a try. Let us know if you plan to try this product. If you have already tried it please share your experience in the comment section below on our Facebook page.

10 Tips for Rocking Your Natural Look on Valentine’s Day

I find that many women who are newly natural or even have been in it for a while struggle with feeling sexy in their natural hair. In my experience with dating with natural hair and now marriage, hair comes secondary to all the other many facets of who you are. However there are some things you can do to enhance your natural look.

  1. Don’t go overboard on the accessories. Your man wants to see you, not ten pounds of jewelry and accessories.
  2. Accentuate your best features. Eyes, lips, hips…whatever your gimmick is.. work it!
  3. Don’t feel pressured to dress naked just because your hair is natural. I’m not saying don’t get your sexy on…lol but do it with class!
  4. Loose curls and twistouts can be very alluring. Leave your twists in until it’s time to go out. Tip: Pull your twist apart a little for extra volume without disturbing the curl definition. A little volume is sexy.
  5. Don’t forget your ends scraggly ends distract from the style. Trim them, gel them or curl them with rollers depending on the style.
  6. Is their a particular style your man really likes? Give him what he wants..even if just for one night.
  7. Don’t forget your eyebrows. It’s amazing what perfectly trimmed eyebrows can do to frame your face. Get them trimmed professionally. If you don’t have eyebrows…like me, shade them in lightly with brown eyeliner or brow correcter.  
  8. Pin-ups and updos are sexy. Why? Because they reveal the nape of your neck…enough said.
  9. Short hair don’t care! Dazzle him with a little something unexpected and girly like a small flower or hair pin. Also check out my post on styling options for your TWA.
  10. Wear your confidence. This cannot be said enough. If think you are pretty or sexy, then it will show to others with your body language. Your confidence (not cockiness) will make you even more alluring. Most all just be you. After all, that is who he is hanging out with, right?
Do you struggle with feeling sexy with natural hair? Or, what are some of your tips for natural hair fierceness?