My First Great Twist Out

Fingers crossed, I attempted a twist out for a James Bond themed party. My goal was to resemble Naomie Harris in Skyfall. Did I achieve it? You be the judge!

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Get The Look

-Start with stretched hair (I started from an old Curlformers set)

-Finger detangle hair by section (I created 6 sections) using a small amount of water (apply water using a spray bottle) followed by Cantu Shea Butter (avoid adding moisture at the root to minimize shrinkage)

-After detangling a section, add a little more Cantu Shea Butter making sure that all strands are coated (give your ends a little extra love)

-Two-strand twist the section and continue the process until each section is twisted

-Allow twists to COMPLETELY dry

-Once twists are dry, add a small amount of light oil (I used coconut oil) to your finger tips to avoid frizz while separating twists

-Separate the twists from the root, then separate the subsequent sections (one twist becomes 4 sections)

-Use a pic at the roots of your hair to create volume

*If you are not satisfied, continue to separated sections and pic until you achieve desired volume & look

Curlformers & Deluxe Softhood Dryer Attachment (Review)

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On a mission to stray away from my signature high puff, I took the long and narrow Curlformers for a twirl. I applied them to the top of my head after washing and deep conditioning my hair. I slept in them overnight (not fun).

The following morning I removed them, check out the results in the first picture below.

At the end of day three, I took the pictures in the collage. I wore that style until Friday night without re-curling.  I am pleased with the results of Curlformers but the jury is still out on whether the time, discomfort and cost are worth it.

Applying Curlformers to the top of my head  took about 30-35 minutes.  I imagine that the process will speed up a little once I am comfortable using them.

I purchased the Deluxe Softhood Dryer Attachment for use with Curlformers to allow my hair to dry with low heat and save time. Unfortunately, the Softhood did not do the job. Heat should be evenly distributed but no heat/air was released from the top of my Softhood. I contacted Hairflair to notify them, a representative responded in a timely manner and offered to refund the item if I returned it. The Hairflair Quality Control team is supposed to inspect the unit, if I hear anything I’ll let you know.

My dryer attachment was purchased online at Curlformers.com. I snatched the long and narrow Curlformers online from Sally Beauty Supply . I am a Sally’s Beauty Club member, so I saved a few bucks. I bought individual packages because I received a discount, an additional 25 percent off coupon code and free shipping. I purchased a Holdall from the Curlformers site for storing. All items are designed by Hairflair.

Within in the next few weeks I plan to try Curlformers again but I want to avoid sleeping in them. I need to set enough time aside to allow them to dry during the day or get another hood type dryer.

Feel free to ask any questions below, via Facebook or Twitter.


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How Long Can You Grow?

Do you have a hair goal? Mine is to reach armpit length by my 2nd Naturalversary (September 24, 2013). Right now, the back of my hair is about shoulder length. Do you think I can do it?

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16 Months Post Big Chop

Check out my growth 16 months after the big chop. I will post a video with details later this week… stay tuned! xoxo

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Finger Detangling 101

finger detangling: the process of removing tangles and knots from hair using fingers in place of a comb and/or other tools.

I mentioned that I finger detangle in the post titled  My Hair Regimen. By finger detangling we tend to lose less hair than detangling with tools. Below HeyFranHey provides a step by step break down of how to do it.

Let me know if you try it.

High Puff Tutorial via Coloured Beautiful

I gave you my current hair regimen in my last post. Realizing that some viewers may have no idea how to achieve the high puff, I thought it would be smart to give you guys a tutorial. Below is Coloured Beautiful’s video, I learned from it. My process is slightly different, so I will do my own tutorial soon. Enjoy!

My Hair Regimen

This is what works for my hair right now, it’s not guaranteed to work the same for you. Find out what works for your hair texture , lifestyle & climate through trial and error. As you  learn more about your hair you’ll figure out what works best.

Below is my alternating weekly regimen. It changes if I do a different hairstyle. You’ll catch me with a high puff about 90 percent of the time but I plan to do more protective styling this year.

Week 1

Day 1 (Wash Day, usually Sunday evening)

-Wash hair w/ Joico Reconstructer Shampoo (apply shampoo to scalp and move suds through to ends)

-Deep Condition w/ Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque (do not rinse out)

-Finger detangle by section

– As I detangle each section I spray a little water, apply a small amount of Tropic Isle Living’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Food to the hair and scalp making sure to get the ends.

-Then I allow it to air dry over night. When I’m ready for bed I cover it w/ a satin bonnet

Day 2

– Unravel the twists/braids

–  Style it in a high puff  and go

– At night tie it with a silk scarf

Day 3

– Remove scarf and re-shape hair by pulling it

– Spray w/ a little water to add moisture

– At night tie w/ a silk scarf

Day 4

Repeat Day 3

Day 5

I may need to spray sides w/ water, add a little gel and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie if  hair is out of place hair. If not just Repeat Day 3

Day 6

Repeat Day 3

Day 7

Repeat Day 3

Week 2

Day 1

-Co-wash hair w/ Mane & Tail Conditioner & rinse out

-Apply generous amount of Mane ‘n Tail Conditioner

-Finger detangle by section w/ Mane & Tale Conditioner

– Rinse out Mane ‘n Tail w/ cold water

-Dry hair w/ cotton t-shirt (leave hair slightly damp)

-Apply a small amount of Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie in hands, rub together, then apply to hair

-By section do the following before braiding or twisting

-Apply a small amount of water and apply a small amount of Tropic Isle Living’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Food

-Allow braids or twists to dry over night. When I’m ready for bed I cover it w/ a satin bonnet

Day 2

– Unravel the twists/braids

–  Style it in a high puff  and go

– At night tie it with a silk scarf

Day 3

– Remove scarf and re-shape hair by pulling it

– Spray w/ a little water to add moisture

– At night tie w/ a silk scarf

Day 4

Repeat Day 3

Day 5

I may need to spray sides w/ water, add a little gel and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie if  hair is out of place. If not just Repeat Day 3

Day 6

Repeat Day 3

Day 7

Repeat Day 3