Protective Style No. 4

Hi guys, hope you all are great. Coming this week to you again with another protective style. Check out the other protective styles that i have done. Hope you all enjoy and like it 🙂

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As always have a safe and healthy natural hair journey 🙂

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Natural Protective Style Part 3

Hi guys, wats up 🙂 Hope everything is great with you all. Guess what? I have another hair style for you guys. This is a bit more intricate and more complicated than my previous hair styles but once you know how to cornrow and part hair i promise it’s not as complicated as it looks 😉 Now my previous hair styles were original they were my own designs however this one i followed from a handsome guy on youtube i will link his channel down below he has some crazy awesome hairstyles yo. I am not a professional hair stylist but i can flat twists and cornrow pretty well so i gave it a try. This is supposedly a type of mohawk look because once the twists are released one side could be seen as almost shaved sort of.

TIPS TO NOTE TO HELP YOU ACHIEVE THIS HAIR STYLE:

  • Make sure your parts are clean and straight as you can get them. These sort of styles focus on parting and are very visual
  • Part the hair down the middle first then part in half as you will see on the video
  • The cornrows are angled
  • The rest of the hair is done in chunky twists
  • You can even undo the twists for a bomb twists out
  • The three cornrows at the back are necessary to give a better show of the mohawk type of shape and show up the design at the frount
  • Make sure you hair is detangled
  • For more length you can stretch with whatever method you choose then style you hair.
  • Do your normal routine and make sure that you moisturize well. Remember your hair will be put away for a while. You won’t able to moisturize like you can when you have loose hair. Also use a strong holding product, after i moisturized her hair i used gel as my holding product
  • And lastly do not grip hair too tight, because of the type of hair style this is, if you pull too tightly when gripping the other cornrow you are going to get your scalp sore and pull on your edges so be mindful of that.

Hair update: Now in Trinidad that we have a little more rain, it’s a bit easier to retain moisture in your hair than in the dry season thus these protective styles lasts quite a while. Hope you guys enjoy, Please like, share and looking forward to you guys comments.

Stay blessed, Hope you guys enjoy 😉

 

 

 

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Over the course of the week she will wear her hair like this 😉

 

Link to Original Video

 

That’s it guys

Have a happy and healthy hair journey

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Quick Natural Hair Style Part 2

Hello again guys, how are you, hope you all are doing well. So i am back with another quick hair style which was done with flat twists.

Just like my previous hairstyle before i did the normal wash day routine, and then proceeded to flat twists. This also has variations as you can switch them up and create different buns or a different look at the back of the twists.

Hope you all enjoy 🙂

 

 

 

 

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As always have a happy and healthy natural hair journey 😉

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Quick Protective Style

Hi guys, hope you all are doing okay :). I have written about protective styling and low manipulation styling before on our blog:

PROTECTIVE STYLING

We have also started a facebook page, where people can ask questions about natural hair as well as we post there sometimes also, if you have an account follow us on our healthy natural hair page as well as our twitter account :

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These are two quick protective styles which i did on my sister’s hair which she wore to work. Sometimes you just want to tuck your hair away you know 😉 It’s a simple and fast flat twists updo and the second style flat twists in the front with chunky twists at the back. You can change up the way you arrange the twists at the back. She simply loosed the ending of the twists out or braided it to form a bun. Flat twists are also a lot more gentle on your hair than cornrows.

To start of this style i did her normal wash routine, which was pre-poo, shampoo, deep condition, condition and detangle, then did the LCO method. The twists were moisturized and kept neat for the entire week. All she had to do was moisturize the ends.

 

TIPS:

1.When doing a protective style make sure your products are moisturizing because remember you won’t be able to moisturize as you should when your hair and is tucked away.

2. For itchy scalp try using a bit of peppermint oil diluted with coconut oil if the oil itself is too strong for you

3. Do not pull too tight, you can cause breakage. As the days go by your hair will start to loosen up but loose hair is better than broken hair and edges.

4. When doing flat twists always detangle thoroughly preferably with a comb because the hair tangles up on itself quite easily.

5. Take out after 2 weeks. I didnt leave her own in that long but you can once you moisturized your hair well and had a moisturizing routine. The time would depend on your hair. Some people hair can stay moisturized for a long time in protective style whist others own jus get dry quickly.  If you are getting negative reactions like soreness or pain, too much itching or you are seeing breakage take the style out and try a different one.

The no 1 thing that causes breakage in a protective style is installing and the unavailability to moisturize your hair. This is why it’s important also to do a style where you can have access to your ends. Everyone’s hair is different so you will have to experiment with it a bit.

Thought we would share this with you guys. If you plan on giving this style a try let us know down below in the comment section. We would love to hear your thoughts on it.

 

STYLE 1

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STYLE 2

 

As always, happy healthy hair journey,

 

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HAIR POROSITY PART 3: HAIR DENSITY

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Hair density refers to how many hair strands are close together on your head. The density of your hair can be affected by your hair texture, porosity and width.

 

WHY IS KNOWING YOUR HAIR DENSITY IMPORTANT?

Once you are able to identify the density of your hair this will further assist you in choosing and purchasing the appropriate products and finding the right hairstyles for your hair’s volume, making it simpler and easier to manage your hair.

 

TYPES OF DENSITY HAIR

Hair density comprises of three (3) main categories as listed below along with each category characteristics.

 

LOW DENSITY

  • Requires light products to ensure that the hair is not weighed down.
  • Make use of volumizing mousses and products

 

MEDIUM DENSITY

  • You can volumize your hair by using mousse or heavier creams/butters
  • Your hair curl pattern can be revealed in wash and go’s
  • Twists and braids would modify your curl pattern providing more structure

 

HIGH DENSITY

  • Use heavier products such as gels, creams and butters to reduce the volume of your hair. For those of us who love volume just wear your mane and be proud.

 

 HOW TO IDENTIFY THE DENSITY OF YOUR HAIR?

The first and most accurate way to determine the density of your hair is to allow someone to count the number of individual hair strands in a 1 x 1 inch area on your scalp. This is not an easy task and may be very time consuming.

The second method to identify the density of your hair, is to start with dry hair as wet hair appears thinner. Your dry hair should hang loose and observe closely from different angles.

  • If you can see your scalp easily, you have low density hair.
  • If you can see parts of your scalp, you have medium density hair and
  • If you cannot see your scalp at all, you have high density hair

 

The third method to determine the density of your hair, is to do the ponytail test. Start by firstly smoothing out your hair as much as you possibly can using a comb, brush or your fingers, then place hair into a ponytail.

Next you are going to measure the circumference of your ponytail.

Low density hair                   –           less than 2 inches

Medium density hair             –           2 – 3 inches

High density hair                   –           4 or more inches

 

As always happy, healthy hair journey!

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HAIR POROSITY PART 2: HAIR TEXTURE

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  1. WHAT IS HAIR TEXTURE?

Hair texture refers to the different types of hair categorized by their unique curl patterns. These unique curl patterns have been incorporated in hair typing systems.

 

  1. WHY IS KNOWING YOUR HAIR TEXTURE IMPORTANT?
  • Enables you to better understand your hair needs.
  • Enables you to identify your hair type.
  • Enables you to choose and purchase the right products for your hair type.
  • Saves time and money.
  • Enables you to manage and take proper care of your hair.

 

  1. WHAT IS A HAIR TYPING SYSTEM

Hair Typing Systems were created to help you understand your hair type and its                       characteristics to enable you to effectively manage and maintain your hair.

 

There are basically two (2) common types of hair typing systems as follows:-

  1.   ANDRE WALKER HAIR TYPING SYSTEM

Andre Walker created the original hair typing system which is used by many natural hair bloggers and which is mentioned on many natural hair community websites.

Andre Walker’s hair typing system classifies hair into the following categories:-

 

TYPE 1

  • Straight hair
  • Ranging from 1A – 1C
  • Fine and Fragile to Coarse and thin
  • This type of hair is curl resistant

 

TYPE 2

  • Wavy hair
  • Ranging from 2A – 2C
  • Fine and Thin to Coarse and Frizzy

 

TYPE 3

  • Curly hair
  • Ranging from 3A – 3B
  • Loose curls to corkscrew curls

 

TYPE 4

  • Kinky hair
  • Ranging from 4A – 4B
  • Tight coils to z angled coils

 

It should be noted that your hair can have a combination of different curl patterns with one dominant curl pattern.

On some natural hair websites and communities you may have come across hair types such as 3c and 4c which are not mentioned in the Andre Walker’s hair typing system.

These two (2) additional hair types were created based on naturals who don’t fall into the 3b or 4b categories. The 3c and 4c hair types are used by natural hair websites such as naturallycurly.com.

 

  1. B) L.O.I.S AFRICAN AMERICAN NATURAL TEXTURE TYPING SYSTEM

L.O.I.S. African American Natural Texture Typing System is another popular hair typing system used by many natural hair bloggers, websites and communities.

Focuses on hair texture as well as hair density and is a bit more complex as compared to the Andre Walker Hair Typing System.

 

3C HAIR CHARACTERICS

  • Curls are tightly and closely drawn together
  • Curls are similar to a corkscrew
  • Curls are more coarser as compared to 3a and 3b hair types

 

4C HAIR CHARACTERICS

  • Coils have a ‘z’ shaped pattern
  • Coils are tightly kinked compared to 4a and 4b hair types
  • Coils can shrink up to 50% or more of their natural length
  • Coils have less definition and may require the use of styling aids in order for the coils to clump together.
  • Hair strands range from fine/thin to wiry/coarse.

 

PATTERN

This particular system is based around the letters L.O.I.S which stands for:-

L   –   Bend, the hair has bends, right angles and folds with little to no curl.  You are daughter L.

 

O  –   Curl, If the stand is rolled up into the shape of one or several zero, like a spiral or corkscrew.  You are daughter O.

 

I  –   Straight, If the hair lies mostly flat with no distinctive curve or bend. You are daughter I.

 

S  –   Wave, If the hair strand looks like a wavy line with hills and valleys. You are daughter S.

 

TEXTURE

 

THREADY                 –           Low sheen, high shine, low frizz

WIRY                         –           Sparkly sheen, low shine, low frizz

COTTONY                 –           Low sheen, low shine, high frizz

SPONGY                    –           High sheen, low shine, high frizz

SILKY                          –           Low sheen, high shine, low frizz

 

 

STRANDS

  • THICK
  • MEDIUM
  • THIN

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFO:-

SHINE             –           refers to hair that reflects light along its surface.

SHEEN           –           refers to hair that sparkles as if filled with light.

 

It should be noted that your hair can have a combination of different patterns with one dominant pattern.

 

As always happy, healthy hair journey!

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The Versatile Blogger Award

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Hi guys so i have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by  https://islandkynks.wordpress.com/. She has great content on her blog for great hair styles and tips for natural hair. This award was originated by Diwakar. It’s a great and fun idea. I hope you guys will enjoy this short post and the answers accompanied. We thank all you guys who have supported and read the blog thus far. We do appreciate all your lovely comments 🙂

RULES FOR THE NOMINEES:

You have to Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog!

Link the nominees and inform them about their nomination.

Nominate at least 15 bloggers of your choice.

Share 7 facts about yourself

Facts about me:-

  1. I like spicy food. Korean is good 🙂
  2. I love art
  3. I love nature like to paint it too 🙂
  4. Blue is my favourite colour
  5. I like to watch anime
  6. I love science and researching cause you learn a lot
  7. I am a determined person.

Nominees, Don’t forget to check out their blogs 😉

 

Natural Hair Lounge

Shaunz

The Fallible Queen 

Thuli Mac

shannydelioness

Lila Makopo

Queen Nique

HairMeWorld

skinnybrownie

AtimMercy

Charley McCaw

kurlycurls

scarsandsilence

lifexerin

 

 

As always be safe and have a great and healthy hair journey

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HAIR POROSITY PART 1

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  1. WHAT IS HAIR POROSITY?

Porosity refers to the hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture.

 

  1. TYPES OF HAIR POROSITY?

There are basically three (3) types of hair porosity namely; low, medium and high.

 

Below are each type of hair porosity characteristics.

LOW POROSITY

  • The cuticle of the hair is usually tight
  • Resists moisture – making it difficult to moisturize hair
  • Resists essential conditioning oils
  • Prone to build-up

 

MEDIUM POROSITY

  • The cuticle of the hair is looser
  • Retains moisture

 

HIGH POROSITY

  • The cuticle of the hair has holes which allows a lot of moisture to enter the hair strands
  • Absorbs moisture and loses moisture quickly
  • The cuticle of the hair is damaged due to heat, weather conditions, brushing or chemical processes
  • Prone to breakage
  • Hair is dry
  • Hair is prone to frizz

 

  1. HOW TO DETERMINE THE POROSITY OF YOUR HAIR

There are a number of ways in which to determine the porosity of your hair, but the              easiest method called the ‘floating hair test or water test’ is most commonly used.

The floating hair test is performed as follows:-

  • You would need a couple of clean strands of hair. Place the strands of hair in a glass or bowl of water.
  • Let the strands of hair remain in the glass or bowl of water for a few minutes, preferably 2 to 4 minutes.
  • If your hair remains floating, you have low porosity hair. If your hair sank, then you have high porosity hair.

 

  1. MANAGING THE POROSITY LEVEL OF YOUR HAIR

          LOW POROSITY

  • Clarify your hair – Since low porosity hair is prone to build-up it is extremely important that you clarify your hair with shampoo on a regular basis.
  • Deep Condition – Deep conditioning with heat works well for those with low porosity hair. Heat caps, hooded dryers and steamers work well in getting the deep conditioner heated enough so that the hair cuticles are lifted allowing moisture to enter the hair strands.
  • Make use of water based moisturizers.
  • Do not moisturize wet hair but damp hair.

 

        MEDIUM POROSITY

  • The usage of heat should be kept at a minimum.
  • Deep conditioning with heat is not necessary.
  • Occasional use of protein deep conditioners can be beneficial.
  • Use hair milks and lotions to moisturize hair.

 

        HIGH POROSITY

  • Deep condition on a regular basis.
  • Use heavier products.
  • Make use of protein treatments. You can use a light protein treatment in between the month and a heavy protein treatment monthly based on the health of your hair.
  • Ensure that you seal you hair with an oil or butter.

 

As always happy, healthy hair journey!

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BUILDING A NATURAL HAIR REGIMEN PART 3

SINGLE STRANDED KNOTS

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These are tiny knots which form mostly at the ends or middle of a strand. Sometimes two form on the same strand of hair. No matter how healthy your hair is, once you have curly to kinky hair you will get single stranded knots. It is the nature of our hair to curl upon itself, however there are a few tips which you can do to prevent them:

 

  1. Make sure your ends are moisturized. Knots form more when hair is dry and seeking moisture from other strands
  2. Keeping your hair stretched. Wash and go’s for some cause more knots
  3. Washing or detangling. Some methods cause more knots than others. If your hair tangles easily when washing loosely braid it up
  4. Sleep with a satin bonnet don’t sleep with your hair loose
  5. Apply extra product (oil or butter) to you ends for extra protection
  6. Trim regularly

 

Note: In my opinion single stranded knots cannot be repaired, however I have heard of people taking a needle and trying to undo the knot. I do not recommend this as you still may end of breaking the hair, or damaging the layers inside of it.

 

Methods of removing:

There isn’t really much you can do when the knots form expect to cut them off or leave them be.

  1. Trim your hair with shears
  2. Pop them off but it’s not recommended. You can actually damage your hair and cause split ends.
  3. Search and destroy method. This is where you search through your hair strand by strand and individually cut them off.

 

MAN IDK BOUT YOU BUT THIS AIN’T GONNA BE ME!!!!

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IF YOU HAVE THICK HIGH DENSITY HAIR LIKE ME THE THIRD OPTION TAKES EXTREMELY LONG.

 

What is your favorite step in your regimen? Let me know in the comment section below. Mine is deep conditioning/ conditioning my hair.

 

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BUILDING A NATURAL HAIR REGIMEN PART 2 DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TRIMMING AND DUSTING

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Dusting is where you take off little pieces of hair (1 inch) or less if your hair doesn’t need to be trimmed but you want healthy ends. Trimming is where your ends may be damaged, you want a change or just want to cut your hair, but you take INCHES off. Dusting can be done regularly if your ends are super healthy, and you don’t experience breakage other than that I would not recommend it. We think we have healthy ends sometimes and dust when in truth we just didn’t go high enough and we needed a trim.

 

HOW OFTEN YOU SHOULD TRIM OR DUST

This simply depends on if you are dusting or trimming and how damaged your ends are. If you are dusting once a month is fine to remove straggly ends. If you take a good trim you won’t have to trim you hair in months. This varies from person to person depending on the health of their hair.

 

WHEN SHOULD YOU TRIM YOUR OR DUST YOUR ENDS?

Now I am inserting 2 pictures below. If your hair be looking like THAT? Come on that in no dusting need to be done lol

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These pictures clearly indicate hair which needs to be trimmed not dusted.

Signs to know when your hair needs trimming:

  1. See through ends like the pictures above
  2. Single stranded knots
  3. Hair is not manageable, tangles and breaks a lot
  4. Texture change at the end, it’s rough, dry and doesn’t retain moisture
  5. For some depending on how your hair grows the density of your twists. If they start thick and drastically decrease along the length of the hair they need to be trimmed.
  6. The ends of your hair doesn’t curl.
  7. Split ends

 

TIP: When trimming your hair trim above the damage not below as indicated on the pic shown.

 

WHY KEEP ENDS MOISTURIZED?

  • Prevent breakage
  • Retain length
  • Healthier hair and ends
  • Reduce trimming or dusting

 

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