Friday, November 22, 2013

Using the Baggy Method for Moisturizing Dry Ends #NaturalHair

Protective hairstyles are a great way to go if you're looking for a way to maintain moisture over a long period of time without having to style hair as frequently. Some of our protective hairstyles include pinned buns formed from twists or braids. In her most recent hairstyle, my daughter is wearing her hair with two longer braids on each side that are wrapped into buns (tucking the ends in) and clipped. However, depending on the condition of the hair, weather, and playtime this might not be enough to preserve moisture for the duration of the style. We had super dry Santa Ana conditions recently that wreaked havoc on her ends. We combat regular winter dryness using our humidifier, but for those times when the ends need a bit more help the baggy method is our go-to technique.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Cornrows Braided Toward the Hairline: Protective Hairstyle #NaturalHair

I was asked by @NoviceGem via Twitter who asked what inspires the hairstyles that I do. I thought it was a great questions that I will likely address in a longer post sometime. However, for this particular style I wanted to revisit something I had done in the past, (the X-pattern cornrows, something I did when she was really small) but work it into a more protective hairstyle that did not include the use of ponytails (as my original style had). I also knew that I wanted the hair to go down toward the hairline instead of pulling away from it and that I wanted it to last 2 or 3 weeks. In my head I thought about how to work the smaller rows into the larger ones, and this how it turned out! It worked pretty much how I expected it to.

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Twisted Bangs with Flat Twists Into Bun #NaturalHair #Hairstyle

I have plans to set some yarn twists toward the end of this month, so over the next few weekends we're just going to be doing quick hairstyles that will last about a week, perfect for the school year and those times when we don't want to invest a whole lot of time on hair. This hairstyle took less than an hour to complete and really only requires basic twisting skills. You can do braids and cornrows, instead, of those are easier for you and/or work better on your child's hair.

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