Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Braids | Prep

Heyy guys!
Today I come to you with my 100th post! :D
I thought i'd try my best to show you, in picture form, how I prep my extension hair. I initially wanted to do a picture tutorial of how i installed my braids, but that failed miserably as my hands were always in the way and i think it would probably confuse y'all rather than help.

I've picked up most of these tips through watching what my braidstress would do every time i went to the salon, way back in the day. 
All you really need is your pack of hair (I used X-Pressions Ultra Braid in colour 1b, if anyone was wondering), a pair of scissors, a brush or comb and hair moisturiser/oil of your choice.
When you first open the pack of hair it can be slightly overwhelming, especially if you have never installed braids by yourself, as there's so much hair. The X-Pressions hair is 82 inches long, and so you first have to decide how long you want your braids to be, and cut the hair to the appropriate length. I cut my pack into 3 sections.
So the first thing i do is pick at the ends of the hair. This helps a lot when braiding as it stops the hair from unraveling.

Once this is done i brush through the hair to detangle and get rid of any knots. This bit takes the longest and requires a lot of patience as the hair does tangle quite easily. I would suggest doing this over wooden flooring as there probably will be a lot of shed hairs, and its such a hassle removing hair from the carpet. Also, at this point i moisturise the hair with coconut oil to add shine and help with detangling.

Next, to further detangle the hair, i pull apart the hair in sections several times, just to ensure that the hair has no knots and can be easily separated.

When this is done i then section off the hair i will be using for my first braid. The bottom left image shows roughly how much hair i use for each braid.

I then section off 1/3 of hair from this section, so i'm left with two sections; one bigger than the other. In the images above i have labelled the 1/3 as number 2 and the rest of the section as number 1 to make it easier to understand.

Lastly i loop and gather number 2 (the smaller section) around number 1  to then create three equal sized sections.
Now i'm ready to begin braiding!

I hope this wasn't too confusing, lol! Feel free to share how you prep your braiding hair, if you do it a different way.
Take Care.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Braids | My Do's and Don't's

Heyy guys!
My time with my braids is slowly coming to an end and so I thought i'd share with you my do's and don't's when wearing braids.
To avoid potential upset and/or disagreements I must say that everything stated is my own opinion, and all tips given are generated from my own experiences. Here goes...

DON'T install your braids too tightly. If you are getting them done at the salon then don't be afraid to let your hairdresser know if it's too tight.
DON'T pull too hard on your extensions when styling. The tension could lead to breakage and/ or balding, and we don't want that!
DON'T install long, lengthy braids if your real hair cannot take the weight. Box braids be heavy, especially when wet!
DON'T forget about caring for your real hair. Be sure to keep your hair and scalp moisturised.
DO re-do the braids at your hairline every 3 or so weeks depending on how long you intend to keep them in.
DON'T over- wash your hair whilst its in braids as it may not last as long (this is something I've learnt from past experiences).
DO continue to wear a satin/ silk scarf to bed to protect your hair
DO try out different everyday hairstyles. Braids are only temporary so have fun with them!
Speaking of hairstyles... I shall hopefully be showing my braided hairstyles in a few post's time.

I Hope this helped at least one person reading this! You can have a nose around all of my braid- related posts here
Feel free to share your Do's and Don't's when wearing braids.
Take Care.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

My Top 5 Healthy 'eats' for healthy hair!

Heyy guys!
One of my personal New Year's resolutions is to eat healthily, and ensure that all my meals are balanced. From doing this in the past, I have found that my hair and skin reaped the benefits, massively. 

Today I thought I'd share with you my top 5 foods which are widely known to help the health of your hair.

Eggs

"I like eggggsss" Who remembers the Amanda show?
Whether you like your eggs fried, scrambled or with a kiss, they're a good source of protein. They also contain biotin and Vitamin B-12, all of  which are must haves for healthy hair.








Greek Yoghurt

Greek yoghurt is also high in hair- healthy protein. It contains Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), which you will find on many a hair product's ingredients list. Greek yoghurt also contains Vitamin D which is apparently linked to hair follicle health. I  love adding greek yoghurt to a bowl of fruits. Plus its fat free! Get in! Well this particular brand is...

Monday, 7 January 2013

Hair Love of the Week!

Source via Kelly Rowland's Instagram via google images.

Heyy guys! Happy New Year!
Wow it's been a while since I've done one of these posts. I know in the last, last one I said I would be more consistent but to be honest there hasn't really been anyone who has stood out to me/ inspired enough these past weeks to do a post on. That sounds so horrible lol, but I don't want to do a Hair Love of the Week post just for the sake of it.

Anyway, I digress.

This week I can give my hair loveage out to Miss Kelly Rowland!
A few months ago she unveiled her new hairstyle, through Instagram if I'm not mistaken. Now I have to explain that she's not my Hair Love of the Week just because she's done a big chop, because for all we know she could relax her hair tomorrow. But I think I chose her more because I admire her for rocking this hairstyle, because I know I couldn't. Also it's a big change from how we normally see her. I like the majority of the hairstyles Kelly Rowland does, and this is another one to add to my 'list'.

What do you guys think?

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