Thursday, 30 May 2013

Transition | Braids | Next on the list...


Disclaimer: I do not own any of the pictures used in the post. All pictures have been sourced from Google search.
Heyy guys!
Just checking in to share with you my next protective style. These are called Havana Twists/ Marley braids. They're basically long, thick Senegalese twists, and I think they're so pretty! I'm pretty sure I'll be able to get away with these for work.
I don't think i'll do mine very thick, probably around the size of the top left photo, if not smaller.
I'm going to attempt to do them myself around July time, and so in preparation I have been scouring YouTube for tutorials.

What do you guys think of these twists? And have any of you worn Havana/ Marley twists before? 

Feel free to share any tips you think I should know before installing them.
Take Care.

Monday, 27 May 2013

Castor Oil Challenge Summer 2013 @ KCCM


Heyy guys! Hope you're all doing well!
As you know, I always miss out on the 'official' castor oil challenges going around, so I tend to do them at a random time of the year. BUT I've been on the ball this time around and I've found out about one starting next week. My Castor Oil challenge posts seem to be quite popular so I thought you guys would appreciate the heads up.
Jenell from KinkyCurlyCoilyMe is hosting a 2013 summer castor oil challenge. It'll begin on Saturday 1st June and will end on Sunday 1st September.
You can read all the rules, FAQ's, T&C's, ABC's over on her blog. You can click the link below to go directly to the challenge page:
It does require registration (in the comments section), but this is a good way to socialise and share your progress, as well as viewing the progress of others. Plus she has some hair goodies to giveaway to a lucky challenge member!

If you're like me and you probably wont have the time to actively be a part of this challenge (i.e checking in at least nine times) then you can participate 'silently' and do it on your own.
Even though I still have my braids in (yes its been about 9 weeks now...) I'm still going to get involved. Let me know if you'd like me to share my results, even though I probably will anyway lol.
Remember you can use any brand of Castor oil, so don't feel that you need to get Jamaican Black. Just ensure that its pure or organic.
Let me know if you're taking part!
Take Care.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Transition| Braids (round 2) + 11 Months post!

Heyy guys!
Two posts ago I mentioned that I had changed a few things in my braid care routine and so here is the update as promised. Also I made it to 11 months (44 weeks) post relaxer as of yesterday. It slipped right past me! I was just about to jot something down in my daily planner and there in capitals was '11 MONTHS POST'. Is it weird that I keep my transitioning notifications in my planner? lol.
So, yes, I thought i'd combine my transition and braids update as the deets all tie in together.
So I put my hair in braids on 25th March, meaning I've had them in for just over one month. I plan on keeping them in until June which will be the one year mark in my transition (months-wise). It's come around so quickly. I'm quite excited and equally surprised that I've made it this far!

When I installed them this time around, I left out some hair at the nape of my neck so that i could care for it separately. You remember last month when it was bitterly cold? Yeah, I carelessly forgot to put on my satin scarf underneath my beanie which made my hair so dry and my hair thinned slightly. So, I have a section of my hair out at the back which I have flat twisted and take out each time I wash my hair. I have also cut a significant amount of my relaxed hair off of this section, and I'll probably cut it all off (of that section) by the time my braids come out in June. Small steps.

One thing I always suffer from after removing my braids is product build up. Even back in my secondary school days when I used to live in braids, the removal always took so long as product build up and matting made it harder for me to detangle. So to hopefully put an end to this problem I have been scouring the forums and blogs for tips. I'm still moisturising and sealing everyday, but if I do happen to miss a day, it's no big deal. I never go more than two days without M&S'ing though. I'm moisturising with my aloe vera juice mix since it's nice and light, and I have been sealing it in with coconut oil. During my last braid install I was moisturising with the thick Cantu SheaButter Leave-in and sealing with the even thicker Jamaican Black Castor Oil. There's just no need lol, especially as the weather is getting hotter which doesn't help. I am still using the JBCO, but just on my edges and the left out hair at my nape.
I am so sorry about my DRY hands lol, i didn't even realise!
I still shampoo- wash my hair/braids every other week. When browsing the hair forums I saw that a lot of ladies diluted their shampoo in a spray bottle/applicator bottle before applying it to their braids. Me being 'Build- up- Becca', didn't even think of that. I used to just apply my shampoo to my scalp as normal. So, for this braid install I'm trying out the diluted shampoo tip, and I'll evaluate at the end whether that, as well as my lighter M&S'ing, has helped my build up problem.
I'm currently mixing equal parts of shampoo and water in a spray bottle. I shake it up, spray it directly to my scalp and massage it in with the pads of my fingers. It's so easy, and I can even do it out of the shower, which is handy. I then let the water from the shower rinse the shampoo out. Doing it this way apparently allows the dirt to be lifted from your scalp easier. And while using shampoo directly can have the same effect, there's not the added chance it could get clogged in your braid and wont be fully rinsed out.
Shampoo is for the scalp and conditioner is for the hair, so i follow up with mix of conditioner and water, concentrating on the length of the braid, up to where I think my real hair ends. I let the water from the shower rinse this out too. So far i'm liking this technique. It's a lot quicker, and my hair does feel clean afterwards, so it works.

Let me know if you have used this wash method, and feel free to share any of your braid maintenance tips.

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