Check me out in this episode of The Curl! I loved this team of curlistas.
Spotted the back of my hair on thevintagevixenn tumblr last wk w/ @taraaura in the background :) *photo courtesy of @naturalhaircommunity*
2-strand #twist pin-curled side roll with #cornrows #naturalhair #teamnatural #protectivestyle #transitionalstyle #naturalframework
An oldie but goodie right here! Switched up the cornrow pattern just a lil bit … and a little spray of aloe vera juice post-deep condition (w/steam) + Brazilian nut butter achieved a fuller twist look for the pin-curled French roll. *nice*
2-strand #flattwist pin-curled front bun #naturalhair #teamnatural #naturalkids #protectivestyle #transitionalstyle #naturalframework
My cousin Khadijah looking like a superstar w/ her new ‘do. I adapted my current style for her, made to last about 2 weeks. Nice that it looks great for adults & children :)
Freestyle sweeped cornrowed ponytail #naturalhair #teamnatural #naturalkids #protectivestyle
This young lady has A LOT of hair (the top left pic is actually taken from the front…yeah!)! Full, thick and healthy means versatility with achieving almost any style! After a shampoo, deep condition (with comb-thru) and blow dry it’s ready to style. Takes a little time (approx 3-4hrs if you’re slow like me lol) but it looks like it was just 1-2-3-DONE in the end — and she’s happy :)
I decided to do a #twistout since @Carols_Daughter was so kind to send me their complete #Minoi #naturalhair line + Hair Milk (& almond cookie Shea Soufflé! *YES*), they so kindly shared w/ me after I shot 4 their #TransitioningMovement web series, “The Curl.” The Minoi line is supposed to reduce breakage by 90% + and help restore moisture. I thought doing a twistout would be the best way for me to really assess how well my hair responds to it.
It’s my first #twistout in probably 3 years! I don’t do the style too often for me bc I don’t really like it on me shortly after I do it. It’s OK for a new look for a day or 2 but by day 2. I’m over it… & probably bc it’s over me too! Lol it doesn’t usually hold up that long, so I stick to my protective braid/twist styles that hold [me] up for 2-3wks.
Anyway, I did the porosity test first just so that I’d know for once and for all which type of products my hair responds to. Turns out that I have low porosity & i need to use humectants & heat to help my hair retain moisture. It also means that b/c I insist on consistent braid/twist styles, sealant butters/cremes are very necessary when styling since I won’t be freeing my hair w/in the 2-3wks to re-apply in sections.
So, with this I used the Carol’s daughter Minoi shampoo, rinsed with warm water, followed by the Minoi conditioner. Combed the conditioner through and rinsed it out. Next, I added a generous amount of the Minoi hair mask to my hair and the Minoi oil to my scalp (pic 1) and put my hair in about 8 twists after combing it through. Then I placed a shower cap on it and sat under the dryer for about 15 minutes before rinsing it out in cool water (sealer).
After rinsing it, I added about 2 quarter size amounts of the regular conditioner (used as a leave-in) to my hair for additional moisturizing. I prepped my hair for blow drying by sectioning it back into 8 twists, applying heat proector (by IC) spray before blow drying my hair on low heat with a wide toothed comb (pic 2). After that I added some Minoi oil down 3 parts of my scalp and masaged it through. I began to set my hair for the twist out with 10 2-strand flat twists in my hair, using a generous amount of Hair Milk (sorry I totally 4got to take the pic, but I will def post that look next time I do it) for each twist and Minoi sealant on my ends.
I let my twists set for 1.5 days and even put the shower cap I used to hold the conditioner/mask/oil back on to reinforce added moisture & heat. It doesn’t allow your hair to dry very well like this so I wouldn’t advise keeping it on longer than 1/2 the time you plan to allow your twists to set for. I took my twists out very lightly on day two (pic 3) and the outcome: very nice!
I like the way it came out; my hair did feel stronger and moderately moisturized. I always give new products 3-6 months trial time, based on progressive results, so I’ll keep it going over the spring and see if my hair starts to show less breakage & grow stronger, faster, wiser, smarter :)
Cornrowed up-do—> 2-strand twist crown #naturalhair #teamnatural #protectivestyle #naturalframework #braidsandtwists #cornrows
Cornrowed French braid with 2 French rolled-pompadour #naturalhair #teamnatural #protectivestyle #transitionalstyle
Freestyle cornrowed updo with 2-strand twist pompadour #naturalhair #protectivestyle #transitionalstyle #teamnatural #naturalframework
(…bout a 6 yr #throwback right here) Cornrowed mohawk with 2-strand twist center and pinned coif #naturalhair #teamnatural #protective style #naturalframework
This is how I was wearing my hair for about 6 months in 2007. It was the only way I could think of (then) for me to get a Mohawk look I could maintain over 2 weeks time w/o touch up. After week 1, I’d open the twists and wear them loose until the curl set was gone… Then wash, condition & start fresh again!