Bantu Knots Equal Taut High Puff

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Nine bantu knots

High puffs are like coconut oil, they make everything better.

Does your twist-out look like you rolled down a hill, then fell head first into a river? Throw it in a high puff. It’s the cure-all style.

As my hair grows I alter my methods of mastering the high puff.  To get my kinky curls taut and in formation at medium hair length, I bantu knot them. Twist-outs worked when my hair was shorter. Hair pours down my face at medium-length, so shrinkage is my friend.

I began with freshly cleansed, conditioned and blow-dried hair. This look can be created on an old style too. Need a bantu tutorial? Check out Mini Marley’s ‘Heatless Bantu Knot-Out on Dry Hair’ video.  And iknowlee has you covered with the high puff tutorial. See my completed look below.

Warning! Do not risk loosing your edges. Frequent tension on the edges can cause traction alopecia. Toia B sums up the risk nicely in a post featured on Curly Nikki.com

Products I Used

Wash | Marula Oil Rare Oil Replenishing Shampoo

Condition | Marula Oil Rare Oil Replenishing Conditioner

Moisturize| H20 and DevaCurl Set It Free Moisture

Style| DevaCurl SuperCream Coconut Curl Styler

Seal (hair+scalp)| Tropic Isle Living Lavender Jamaican Black Castor Oil

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Bantu shrinkage is great for taut curls

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The look – High Puff w/ taut curls

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Products used

 

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Girl Boss Meets Classic Man

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If you’ve ever wondered who colors my hair, it’s all Melanie. She also did my big chop and a zillion other styles pre-big chop. We recently partnered (her hands, my head) to take a few hair shots to add to her portfolio.

Yes, she straighten my hair. No heat damage to report. Surprisingly, my hair remained straight ALL week. It typically reverts if you look at it too long.

To complete the requested look, I pulled items from my closet.

Beach waves, stripes and polka dots create a fun/stylish business look. I’ve dubbed this my Jidenna Look, it’s classic, man.

GET THE LOOK

White + Navy Striped Blazer – H&M

Sheer Polka Dot Blouse – H&M

Suit Pants – H&M

Braided Bluchers – Zara

Beach Wave Updo – Melanie at Nina Raquel Salon

Sophisticated Box Braid Updo (Bunning it up)

Braids have been in heavy rotation, because I decided to grow my tapered cut out (I want my hair back!).  Awkwardness of the awkward-length stage is more awkward when your hair is uneven, so braids have been my crutch.

Growing up, I believed that braids were not appropriate for sophisticated occasions, but it’s all in how you style them.  I attended a few events that required a fancy upgrade from the basic everyday top bun I wore.

The video above by Jennifer Olaleye inspired the braided bun i’m rocking below on the left. I added my own twist to the style by crossing a few braids from each side and clamping them with a thin metal barrette. Instead of wrapping the ponytail with hair (as shown in the tutorial), I used a hair tie for a more secure ponytail. I also used a rubber band to secure the final bun and a few bobby pins to hold the bun in place. Pictured on the right is an alternative to the braided bun, I created a regular bun by wrapping the hair in a circle, then pinned it in place.

Make sure that your braids are not pulling your hair, especially around the edges. Loosen hair as needed to stay alopecia free.

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Throw It On: Style With Lo

While driving through Beverly Hills on Tuesday, a red light interrupted my mission. As I sat at the light I decided to people watch. There were so many clothes wearing people that I should call it “clothes watching”.

The price for a single top or pair of pumps could easily feed a small village, yet some looked no different than their less expensive competitors. Don’t get me wrong, I love my luxury brands just as much as the next girl. I know that quality is a factor but some items just don’t fit the bill.

I also know that an inexpensive item can shame an expensive one. We can purchase a $1,000 top, but if we don’t have style it can be mistaken for a 99 cent item from the discount store.

Style is what brings clothing to life, it’s the difference between wearing your clothes and letting them wear you.

I want to introduce you to Lo, she has great personal style. Let’s check out how she throws it on. Read the Q & A below to find out how she does it and connect with her.

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Describe yourself in one sentence.

Lo: One open-minded, adventurous, strong, funny, and intelligent female with a slight male demeanor.

Who/what inspires your personal style?

Lo: I wouldn’t say that there is anyone or anything in particular that inspires my personal style. How I am feeling, my mood is what inspires me.

What is your favorite piece and/or accessory right now?

Lo: My boyfriend cut destroyed denim jeans. I can dress them up or dress them down. I can throw on a colorful pump or rock a pair of retro Jordan’s with them. They are so comfortable and I love comfort.

Would you like to share anything else about you or your personal style?

Lo: I never thought I really had “style”. I simply just buy what I like and throw it on. 

Connect with Lo on Instagram and Twitter, both handles are @MyLifeAsLo

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