African Threaded style //2

African Threaded style //2

Have you ever tried african threading? I believe there are lots of styles one can create using this method however I haven't seen many online which I feel I could wear on a day to day basis. So recently I have been trying to create some of my own!

I love using african threading on my hair. Not only as a gentle way to stretch my hair but also for day to day protective styles. Here is another easy style using threading which you can dress up or down depending on the occasion.

See what you can come up with!

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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?

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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!

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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

 

Yes you can 4c that style! - Style 001: The Loose Twist Beehive

Style 001: The Loose Twist Beehive

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Before I went natural I believed that 4c hair couldn't be manipulated or styled easily and could only be done by a professional hairdresser. I truly believed that I could not do my own hair. I had no idea about the myriad of styles one can do on 4c hair just like any other hair type. Everything has changed since then, and now I know it is possible. During this series I will be sharing the styles I do to help anyone who may be feeling as I did before I began my natural hair journey. I hope to be regularly posting ' 4c style files' which will include how to create and maintain a style for a certain number of days or weeks. So remember, yes you can 4c that style!

Style 001: Loose twist beehive - A great little style to sport especially when you have two strand twists installed but it can equally work on loose 4c hair. This style is great to do if you want minimal manipulation for a least a week or two. You can even wash your hair in the twists and then re-install the style afterwards.

To create this style you will need:

  • Bobby pins
  • Hairband (optional)
  • Moisture (water)
  • Sealant (Oil or a butter)

Instructions:

  • You will need to start by doing loose two strand twists all over your head. These must be left in for at least one night. Make sure you moisturise and seal your loose twists. Make a side parting and section off the bang area. Undo the twists in the bang area, and while holding the ends twist and pin them to the side of your head, just above your ear.
  • Push the rest of your twists upwards. Then starting from one end of your head, roll the twists underneath themselves and move along until you reach the other end of your head. You can now twist and pin the twisted twists back on themselves as shown above.

Night maintenance

Simply re-twist or flat twist the bang area, spritz your hair all over with the style installed and cover with a hair scarf. (There's no need to undo the beehive you have created)

How long does the style last for?

This style can last for a week to two weeks. I would suggest taking the style down (not the loose twists just the beehive) after a week and moisturising and sealing the ends of your loose twists.

Happy styling!

Bxx

Simple Twist Out Technique

Simple Twist Out Technique

Here's a quick photo tutorial showing you how I do my twist outs. It's really simple and there's no need for special products. I get a defined, soft hold using only aloe vera gel and my homemade curly pudding. See here for my video on how to make a simple curly pudding.

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Instructions:

1. Take a small section of hair.

2. Take a blob of aloe vera gel and smooth it along the section of hair making sure it is evenly distributed.

3. Do the same as in step 2 with the curly pudding.

4. Divide the section into two.

5. Begin to twist the two strands together. If you want a really defined twist you need to ensure that you twist tightly (Note: Do not twist so tight so as to put undue stress on your roots) this is the most important part! Remember to twirl your ends around your finger at the end.

6. You may be able to see some excess curly pudding on your twist, you can simply run your hand down your twist to take off any excess. The curly pudding and aloe vera should dry clear and so you shouldn't see any traces of the products once your hair is dry..

7. Once the twist is dry, simply unravel the twist and you're done. (Note: You must wait until it is completely dry or you will not get the definition)

For those of you who enjoy watching videos see below! 

Henna on 4c Hair

Henna Treatment

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I've been wanting to try henna on my hair for a while but now I've actually plucked up the courage to give it ago. To learn a little more about henna see curlyNikki's post here. After doing a lot of research on henna I decided that I would love to give it ago for it's strengthening qualities. Because my hair is fine its perhaps more prone to breakage than other naturals who have thicker hair strands so I wanted to try treatments which strengthen the hair shaft naturally. Henna leaves colour deposits on the hair which I don't really mind, as long as it wasn't going to turn it orange! I also read that it can loosen the curl pattern of your hair every time it is applied. I don't know if this will really happen to my hair as my curl pattern is so tight, but I read that this has been noticed with people who have looser curl patterns (3c, 4a hair types) so I don't think I have too much to worry about.

Anyway, onto the process. if you prefer to watch the process please see my youtube video or read on for a summary.

I decided to buy Lush Caca marron (£8.25 a block) because I wanted to get the henna from a trusted source. While researching I read a few comments from people who had been scammed when purchasing their henna. They had tried to purchase the Jamila brand henna but instead had been sold fake henna which probably contained harmful substances. Also, some kinds of henna need to be mixed with other ingredients so that the dye can be released. Everyone I read about seemed to do it in a different way so I searched for an easy solution. Lush Costmetics sells henna in blocks which you simply add hot water to and stir up. I also consider Lush to be a trusted brand so I decided to buy my henna from them. I chose the Caca marron because I prefer the darker chestnut tones it is said to give instead of redder tones. The Lush henna also contains some great added ingredients like coco butter and essential oils.

Things you will need

  • Henna
  • Gloves
  • Plastic cap
  • Clips
  • Heat proof bowl
  • Newspaper (for the bathroom floor)
  • Old towels
  • Cleaning equipment
  • Hot water
  • Vasaline (to put on your hairline to stop the henna from dying your skin)

 

Getting Ready

I would say that planning is essential for the whole henna process. I would suggest setting aside a day when you're not massively busy. Firstly get all the things you need together and put them in the bathroom e.g. newspapers for the floor, old towels, clips, vasaline and cleaning equipment. Then mix up the henna with hot water and stir it until It reaches a thick yogurt consistency.

 

Application

Section off your hair into 4 or more sections. Apply vasaline to your hairline. Put your gloves on and apply the henna to your hair by gently patting it onto the section you are working with. Be careful not to press and smooth down the henna too hard along your hair. The henna is very gritty and I read that if some of the sharp pieces are pressed down onto the hair too hard there's a possibility of introducing mid shaft splits along your hair strand. This part took me about 30 minutes. 

Wrap your hair in cling film (optional for extra protection) and put a cap on. I kept the henna on for 6 hours, during this time I went out to the shops and just simply popped a beanie hat on over my plastic cap. I kept the henna on for 6 hours because it was convenient for me and my timetable. I think the pack says you can leave it on for 2-3 hours but I don't think it really matters if you leave it on for longer than the stated time. 

Be prepared to do a bit of clean up. But don't worry. if you've tried to be careful when applying the henna then the clean up shouldn't be too bad. I suggest cleaning the sink area as soon as you have finished applying the henna to reduce the chances of stains.

Results

When washing the henna off do so one section at a time. You can use a conditioner to do this. I used Cantu shea butter conditioner because I had some I needed to use up. It took me 4 washes to really get all the bits and pieces out so make sure you leave yourself enough time.

After I washed the henna out, my hair felt great. My curls really popped, especially at the crown area where the curl pattern is more of an 'S' shape. My hair didn't feel hard or dry like many people had reported from their own experiences. I didn't follow up with a conditioning treatment as my hair felt really good. I just applied my curly pudding and stretched my hair as usual. In the morning I styled my hair, it still wasn't dry and hard. Instead it felt really soft and hopefully it had been strengthened by the treatment too.

Pros and Cons of Lush Henna

Pros:

- Improved the condition of my hair

- Easy to use

- Reasonable price

Cons:

- Very gritty ( this made it difficult to wash out)

-  Strong grassy smell developed hours after henna was applied 

-  Quick and careful clean up is needed to avoid stains on sink

- Planning the process is essential

 

Overall I would recommend giving this product a go to discover whether it works well for you and your hair. You might find the whole process a little too fussy and drawn out, or perhaps you find the benefits to your hair out weigh the process. I have two young children, 4 and under, so I made sure that when I was applying the henna they were occupied with my husband. When I wanted to wash the henna off I did so in the evening when they were in bed. I loved how my hair felt after using it so I'm going to continue to use it, perhaps four more times and see what the effects are. What have your experiences been with henna? Good? bad? or ugly?! 

 

African Threading

African Threading

Have you ever tried african threading on your hair? You might remember it from your youth (I certainly do) when perhaps your mum or auntie wrapped huge amounts of thick black thread around sections of your hair to create stiff , sticking out spikes of hair. Well recently I have revisited this method of wrapping my hair- not as a styling option but rather as a way of stretching my hair.  It's fast and easy to do and works really well yielding similar results to a light blow out. I would really recommend you give it a try if you're looking for a good way to regularly stretch your hair without using heat. Here's part 1 of my video explaining the process:

Here is part 2 showing the results:

Note: Apologies for the low lighting in the video, I recorded the video late at night!