Turning My Flop Style Into A Simple Casual Style

Hey Natties

As promised, this is just a short post based on how l then decided to rock my hair when my bantu knots failed to cooperate with me lol. Just a bit of FYI, l am becoming Madam flat-twists, since l realised l can’t cornrow. Flat-twists are much easier to learn and l am still learning them. When l style my hair l am more drawn to styles that look stylish and do not put too much tension on my edges. The beauty about this style is either you can rock it in a low puff, high puff or leave your hair to freely flow like yours truly. So here’s how l styled my hair  based on my previous post Failed Bantu Knot  (I promise, this style will take you less than 10 minutes)!

STEP ONE: START ON DRY HAIR

The key to quick hairstyles is starting with dry hair. This style also works on old dry hair – twistout, braidout, a fro, you name it, it doesn’t matter! If your scalp is dry, just apply an oil to refresh your scalp. If your hair is dry, spruce it up with some moisture – either shea-butter, a leave-in conditioner or water with a sealing oil.

STEP TWO: SECTION YOUR HAIR

Take a comb of your choice or if you like me just DIY with your fingers. Create a part going down the middle of your scalp to the mid- section of your head and then make a part from ear to ear about one inch from your hairline. You should end up with four parts.

Flat twist down on one side of your part until you reach the front of your head, then continue with the twist along the section on the front of your hairline. Continue with your flat twists all the way down. Repeat the same process for the other side. If you’re feeling fancy, you can accessorize by adding hair clips/beads. Lastly you can just fluff out your hair with a wide tooth comb or make a high puff. Done!

 

The next day and still rocking the style

**Your thoughts on this style? If you have any questions about the style, let me know in the comment section**

With Love

Tarie♡♡

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Failed Bantu-Knot

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Truth be told, Bantu knots are hands down my favorite way to style my hair. It gives good definition, a great volume, a nice rounded shape (which l absolutely love) and l don’t use too many products and still achieve the look. As for twist outs l love them on other people and l end there lols. Well honestly, I often don’t like the shape it gives to my hair and the lack of volume they give. And though braid outs tend to give me great volume, they also lose their shape really quickly and become a fro by the next day. With that being said, this past weekend l decided to revert to my all time favourite style – bantu knots. I honestly have never had a challenge with getting my curls popping but boy, oh boy this time it was a hot-mess lols. So lets dive into the process of how to do the bantu-knots.

  1. On dry hair, I sprayed water and added my moisturising olive oil all over my hair
  2. Then l sectioned my hair, the process is pretty simple – just do a two-strand twist and make a knot “viola”
  3. I made about 14 bantu knots around my head and allowed my hair to dry overnight
  4. The next morning, I used my castor oil mix to unravel my twist which helps to minimize frizz during the takedown. (Some knots were still damp but your girl kept untwisting)
The end-result

When doing bantu knots on dry hair, it’s important to use products that are moisturizing and to have a good twisting technique to achieve the moveable curls we all desire. I am still to try my bantu-knot with a curling cream cause l haven’t done it before so yeah! So below l jotted down where l possibly went wrong with my knot out.

MY MISTAKES

  •  Taking down my knot whilst still damp, well my hair has grown longer so the air-drying process is definitely longer. With any protective style, allow your hair to fully dry (preferably a full day, depending on the dense and length of your hair) for much longer lasting defined curls
  • There’s a huge possibility that my twists were too big (well you never know), so next time, l should try to reduce the size.

Well natties we all have bad hair days, but l managed to make the most with what l had. I just rocked my wavy/curls trying to pop look and for more volume l just used a wide-tooth comb. For my next post l write about how l then created a simple casual look with my wavy hair. Don’t let your hair determine your mood, at first l was face down but then l realised, girl just make this hair work and so l did.

That’s me, trying to figure out how to style my hair!

 

So that’s a wrap on today’s post, hope you enjoyed my bantu-knot experience and learnt something!

**Ever had a failed bantu-knot, what was the reason? Also list what’s your favourite way to style your hair in the comment section below**

With Love

Tarie

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Starting Out On Your Natural Hair Journey #Newbie

Hey Natties

It’s no news how a lot of women are starting to embrace their kinks and learning how to care for it. Well this is just a short post to guide someone who is new to the natural hair community or trying to make the decision to become natural.

Going natural is no easy decision but definitely worthwhile and there are two ways to go  natural. You can either take the transition route (the easy way out) or the drastic big chop. Big chop is when you take the bold step and start from scratch by cutting most of your hair leaving about one inch or less of natural hair.  When you big chop you easily get to understand what your hair likes and needs. You have the opportunity to bond with your hair at an early in your natural hair journey. Transition on the other hand, is allowing your hair to grow to a certain length without chemically treating it before cutting off the relaxed ends. Hair that is transitioning needs proper care to retain all the hair you are growing. However, if you don’t master caring for your hair, you may lose most of the hair you retain when you finally cut the relaxed ends.

Several things are involved in a natural hair journey and everyone has a peculiar journey. Understanding your  own hair is the best thing you can do for it. When your hair is short you can get away with almost anything but the longer it gets more effort is required. When starting out on the natural hair journey we tend to be obsessed with length and products that make our hair grow fast but what’s more important is to keep your hair healthy. Bad hair practices  will have negative effect on your hair if you don’t take proper care of it. It is vitally important to invest into your hair at an early stage because you to get to know your hair, experiment with several regimens and techniques and learn from your errors. Nonetheless, as your hair grows longer, you need to have found the regimen that works for you otherwise you’ll experience setbacks like breakage, split ends and generally unhealthy hair. As for products to use, l encourage people to use organic products that do not contain harsh ingredients for the hair and to have a bond with your hair which is more important than becoming a product junkie. When you know your hair, you can tell what product combination will work best for you. For me, I’ve found out that raw shea-butter, olive oil, peppermint oil/rosemary oil and water are my holy grail products..

At the end of the day, experience is the best teacher. So just be patient with your hair and take time to understand it. Going natural doesn’t have to be frustrating or expensive, if you’re willing to learn from your hair as you go.

Natural hair is beautiful, own it!

**As always, let me know in the comment section below whether you prefer the big chop or transitioning method and if you’re natural which method did you use?**

Love♡♡

Tarie

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FroFeature: Meet Mitchy

Hey Natties

On today’s post we have yet another lovely and gorgeous naturalist sista. I hope you enjoy her incredible tips and all that she has to share.

1.Hie Mitchy, please introduce yourself?

I am a free-spirited natural hair enthusiast.

2. Why are you natural and how’s been the journey?

I was natural growing up but then I had decided to relax my hair. My hair started breaking and thinning, mostly because I didn’t take care of it really. I decided to go back to being natural again so I transitioned in 2013. I would keep my hair in braids/weaves for the most part though and I really didn’t have a regimen until last year (2017).

The recent journey has been very interesting, I have learnt how to wash my own hair so I hardly ever go to the Salon for wash day. One thing to note though, natural hair can be expensive so avoid trying out every “fast hair grower tip”; just find what works for your hair and stick to that.

3. What’s your hair regime and staple hair products?

Wash day routine

  • Detangling: I use DL Beautiful Beginnings Ouchless Detangler. A knot literally disappears when you spray the detangler, and it smells like bubblegum.
  • Pre-poo: I apply a mixture of coconut oil and castor oil/olive oil to my hair and cover it with a plastic cap for 45 mins or so.
  • Shampoo: I am currently using Smooth Hydration shampoo. I put my hair in 4 braids when washing to make it easier to deal with.
  • Conditioner: I use whichever store-bought conditioner I can get my hands on (I used Aunt Jackie’s in control recently). I am yet to try a DIY one.
  • LOC Process:
    • Leave in conditioner – Afrobotanics
    • Oil: Avocado oil
    • Cream: Afrobotanics Twist, Curl & Define

Daily routine:

  • I spray (every other day) Ndanaka hair mist or actual water and seal with an oil.

4. Do you have any hair struggles?

  • I would love to have more volume.
  • Shrinkage used to be a struggle but I have learnt to embrace it.
  • I can only braid my hair, so I miss out on DIY styles that involve twisting and all that.

5. Do you believe in protective styling?

I do, especially in winter my hair is usually braided.

Curls with a bang

 

 

 

 

6. What’s your go to protective style?

Braids and a bun.

7. Are you concerned with hair typing or texture discrimination?

  • Knowing your hair type is important because it will help you when it comes to product and style selection.
  • Loose big voluminous curled hair tends to be shown more love than kinkier curl types with less curl definition. Texture discrimination is just another way of making women compare themselves and feel insecure because of their appearance. I believe that every hair type should be embraced and loved.

8.You have amazing hair, any tips to someone growing their hair?

Thank you. Health is more important than length. Find a regimen that works and just stick to it.

So that’s a wrap on today’s post!

**Show some love in the comment section below and let me know what you think about Mitchy’s feature?**

With Love♡♡

Tarie

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