African Threaded Hairstyles

African Threaded Hairstyles

Here are a couple of quick styles to do on hair that has been chunky twisted or african threaded. These last me all week or longer and what I love is that I don’t have to manipulate my hair until I come to take them down but I can still change my style daily if I choose, just by re-pinning the twists/coils in a different direction and accessorising.

Have you given african threading a go?

Bx

Flat Twist Simplicity

The Simple Natural

In a previous video I said that loose two strand twists were proving to be a really easy go to  protective/daily style, and they were until I came up with another way of reducing the time I spend on my hair, easing the process of detangling and further protecting my fragile ends. And this is it. A semi flat twist style- yeah, not anything amazing but extremely helpful to me in my weekly routine. Check out my video to see more!

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Yes you can 4C that style! : Style 003 Side Swoop Bun

Style 003: Side Swoop Bun

Style 003: Side Swoop Bun - Here is an easy style to try with stretched 4C hair. This is a style for when you only have a few minutes in the morning when perhaps you haven't achieved the original twist/braid out definition you hoped for and you need a new style in the morning as a quick fix.

To create this style you will need:

  • Bobby pins
  • 12" Piece of hosiery material
  • Moisture (water or leave-conditioner)
  • Sealant (oil or a butter)

Instructions:

  • Start on stretched hair.
  • Section your bang area into a horse shoe shape and pin away.
  • Moisturise your edges.
  • Gather the rest of your hair into a bun using the hosiery material, tie and secure the ends using a bobby pin.
  • Divide the bun into two sections. Taking one section, gently twist, tuck and pin down the ends towards the back of the bun. Repeat this step with the other section.
  • Undo the bang area and gently comb the ends downwards with your fingers. 
  • Twist the bang section in an upwards motion towards your ear and pin the ends down towards your back bun. 
  • Use bobby pins on the top area of the bang twist to press it down.

Night maintenance

If you wanted to keep this style over night I would suggest doing three large chunky braids or twists. One for the bang area and two for the back buns.

How long does the style last for?

This style could be redone each morning for three days or perhaps more if your hair doesn't easily tangle at the roots. My hair starts to grow together at the roots if I leave it in a style that doesn't have lots of sections. So I personally wouldn't do this style for more than three days.

Happy styling!

Bxx

4C Summer Styles

4C Summer Styles

Hi everyone, I hope you are all enjoying your summer! if you've been looking for some new hairstyles to try, look no further! Check out my feature on 4Chairchick.com where I show you how to do 3 really easy styles for your summer events. And if you're at all interested in the accessories shown in the video, check out my etsy shop where I have lots of handmade hair accessories in the 'Verano' 2014 collection. Enjoy!

Bx

Yes you can 4C that style! : Style 002 Chunky Twist Updo

Style 002: Chunky Twist Updo

Style 002: Chunky Twist Updo - Here is an easy style to try with stretched 4C hair. It's fast to do and you can play around with pinning the twists in different positions to create a new look.

To create this style you will need:

  • Bobby pins
  • Long elastic hair band 
  • Moisture (water or leave-conditioner)
  • Sealant (oil or a butter)

Instructions:

  • Start by doing roughly 25 loose two strand twists. When twisting, ensure the twisting at the roots is loose and then gets progressively tighter towards the ends. Make sure you have at least 5 in the front.
  • Starting from the back, divide the back horizontally so you have a top section and a bottom section.
  • Take the ends of the top section, bring them together, roll, tuck and pin them downwards while slightly pushing the roots upwards towards the crown of your head.
  • Now taking the back bottom section, bring the ends of your twists together, twist and pin upwards and tuck the ends away.
  • Place your elastic hair band across the top part of your forehead with approximately 5 of the fringe twists underneath the elastic. 
  • Take the ends of the fringe twists and curl them over the elastic and a little way towards your ear.
  • Tuck the ends down and secure with a bobby pin if needed.

Night maintenance

Simply re-twist the chunky twists to neaten up. Spritz your hair all over with the style installed and cover with a hair scarf. In the morning use your fingers to gently press the twists outwards so that they don't look flat or pressed down. Now you can position your elastic over your fringe area again.

How long does the style last for?

This style can last for a week to two weeks. If you would like to wash your hair with the loose twists installed I would suggest re-twisting them a little more tightly at the root and then proceeding to wash them. This is to ensure your roots do not tangle when you wash your hair. When you're done washing your hair, moisturise and seal each twist in turn and then stretch hair by making sure the twists are tight or you can band or african thread your hair in the pre-made sections. The next morning you can easily re-twist each twist loosely to create volume at the root.

Happy styling!

Bxx

 

Protective styling for 4c hair

Protective Styling 

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Protective styling is to style your hair in such a way so as to protect or conceal the ends of your hair. The ends are the very oldest parts of your hair and tend to be the driest and in need of the most tlc. Protective styling comes in many forms such as twists, braids, buns, weaves, wigs, pin and tuck styles and also styles which incorporate scarves or head coverings. I have found there are two main benefits to protective styling for my hair texture.

Sealed in moisture for longer

When I do a protective style I find that my hair stays moisturised for longer. If I properly moisturise and seal my hair with a heavy butter (e.g shea butter) I can go for days without adding any more moisture to my hair. When hair is properly moisturised it is less likely to break.

Length retention

When wearing a protective style I find that I retain more length. This is probably for two reasons. Firstly because I am not manipulating my hair everyday therefore there is less chance of breakage occurring. Secondly, my hair is not repeatedly exposed to the weather elements or to garments and accessories like woolly scarves I might be wearing. 

As I mentioned earlier there are a range of protective styles you can do. I prefer not to use weaves, wigs and extensions for a number of reasons. Firstly I don't like to go to the hairdressers. I like to do my own hair as I know exactly how it should be treated. I also like to save money and time and I find going to the hairdressers (for me) wastes both (unless of course it is a special occasion). 

Another reason why I prefer not to use weaves and wigs is that I enjoying learning about my hair and how it reacts to different products and techniques. I would also feel there would be a risk of me forgetting to keep on top of moisturising my hair while wearing such a style, resulting in bad breakage when taking the style out. Lastly I have learnt that my edges can not take the strain of tight braids over a long period of time, I know from past experience that my edges would become badly damaged. (Please note I have nothing against anyone using these protective styles, the points i've mentioned apply to what I've learnt about my own hair!)

So when doing a protective style with my own hair I've noticed some styles are better for my hair type and texture than others. These are my top 3 protective styles:

 

1. Loose two strand twist

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  • This is my ultimate protective style at the moment. Loose two strand twists are just like the regular single twists , but looser. The looseness makes my hair look fuller which I prefer. I don't have the problem of the twists unraveling as I really twirl and seal my ends well so they stay put.
  • Moisture retention is good with loose twists, but if my hair does dry out I simply spritz and seal my hair without the worry of shrinkage and tangles.
  • I can also wash my hair while in this style and re-twist to neaten as and when I have the time. Which means if I don't have the time to re-twist all the twists in one go I can re-twist a section each day while still wearing the style. 
  • Loose twists allow for versatility of styling during the week and there is absolutely zero manipulation in the morning. I simply throw a hairband or hair accessory on and go. The longest I've gone without re-twisting is about 8 days but I could easily carry this style for two weeks or longer if I re-twisted it. The only down point to this style is that it is essential you do not wash your hair too many times while it is installed without re-twisting, or else you might end up with locs! I usually wash my hair once or twice and then I make sure I either take down the twists or re-twist.

 

2. Flat and chunky two strand twists

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  • I tend to flat twist the back area of my head while chunky twisting the top and front area to allow some versatility of styling each day. Pros are that you can easily carry this style for days without having to re-do the whole the style each morning hence reducing manipulation and breakage during the week. The moisture retention is very good when wearing this style.

 

3. Tuck and pin 

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  • A tuck and pin style is simply when you tuck sections of your hair and pin them down. What I love about this technique is that you can very quickly create some really lovely shapes and designs. All that is needed is a comb for parting and bobby pins. This technique works best on stretched hair.
  • The downside to this style is that you will need to re-twist or stretch your hair each night and re-do the style in the morning. This means that you are manipulating your hair everyday which could increase the chance of breakage. Also, another issue I've discovered is that moisture is easily lost when my hair is stretched and left untwisted or braided. I guess this is because the outer cuticle layer is slightly lifted as a result of the hair strand being stretched into a straighter shape, this therefore allows for moisture to escape a little easier.

What protective styles do you like to wear? Which are best for moisture and length retention for your natural 4c hair. Leave you comments below!