Sunday, May 27, 2012

4 Weeks of Mini Twists!!

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3: Braid out!

Week 4

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Protective Style Challenge Week 1: Mini Twists!

Okay, so I told you guys that we're participating in the Beads, Braids and Beyond Protective Style Challenge and this post is about how I styled her hair this time around. I washed and detangled her hair on Thursday night (4/26), banded the roots, and twisted the rest. This is what her hair looked like when I started styling it on Saturday (4/27):

Here's a closer look at the two different textures that I'm dealing with. I am so proud of all of the new growth coming in and I really can't wait until she's 100% natural!

I initially planned on doing box braids, to try something new...but I didn't like how they were coming out. See below how they're bending and being weird:

 So I started over, and still wanting to try something new, I braided her hair about a half inch down then I started twisting. The result is below:

 I finished the twists on the Sunday night, finally, and I think that since I braided the roots they will last a little longer so we'll leave them in for about 6 weeks! These pics are from Monday, after school:

I've just been using African Royale Braid Spray (same as I use on my hair) to moisturize daily. And I also use a little Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer and coconut oil on her ends every few days, depending on how dry they look/feel.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Part 1: Protective Style Challenge Intro Post - Meets the Participants!

We (okay, mostly me) are really excited about participating in the Beads, Braids and Beyond protective style challenge for the month of May! I will be trying box braids on Skye's hair for the very first time. I'll post pictures on our blog here, but you can also view Skye and the rest of the adorable participants at the link below!

Part 1: Protective Style Challenge Intro Post - Meets the Participants!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

After Easter style!!

Two posts in one night, this never happens right? Lol, I'm trying to make up for lost time here so I can suck a little less at blogging:)

Since I didn't wash Skye's hair this past weekend, it ended up being really greasy and suffering from a major product overload! I let her wear her Easter style on Monday and then washed it out Monday evening. I used Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Control Shampoo to wash and then Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner as a co-wash. I used Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer and sealed with jojoba oil as a leave in conditioner. I detangled her hair, banding the roots and twisting the rest down to the ends; then I let it air dry overnight. To style this morning, I just made two ponytails in the front and took the twists out and I left the back twisted. It came out pretty cute and it should last for the whole week!



Easter Hurr!!

So sorry for the lack of posts, I've been adjusting to working full-time and going back to school full time as well. Anywho, I enjoy blogging and I hope to start posting more and more!

We took the mini twists down about two weeks ago, so we kept them for a total of 7 weeks (I think) and they looked like they'd been in for about 3 months, lol. After the mini twists, I put in some flat twists in the front with medium sized twists in the back, and that lasted for about two weeks. I really love the protective styles and we will probably do another one before she gets out of school for the summer. On to the Easter hurr...

I ended up doing a fairly simple style. I removed the medium twists, flat-ironed her hair (a little!) and trimmed her ends, then I put in the flexirod rollers. They make the prettiest little curls! I redid the flat twists in the front so they looked fresh, and used rubberbands to hold them in place. Skye really loved the way her hair turned out!

It's getting pretty tough dealing with the two textures now that she has soooo much new growth. We may consider doing the BIG CHOP in a few months! But then again, as long as I take my time and keep it moisturized maybe I can continue transitioning without the BC. I will definitely keep you guys posted!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Spring Picture Day!!

So, as you can see here, I did a simple ponytail style with flat twists for Skye's picture day at school. It looked really cute when she left for school in the morning, but I guess she started acting like a 5 year old and her super cute ponytail turned into what you see below. The pictures came out really adorable, but I wish I could've been there to fix her hair!

Before she went to school!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Mini Twists Two Week Update!!

Hi guys, just doing a quick update to let you know how Skye's mini twists are holding up. This time around, I am only washing them every two weeks instead of every week like I did before.  I also put them into five big braids before the shampoo, which I think helped keep them from unravelling.  After I washed with the Creme of Nature Argan Oil Shampoo on Sunday, I used a little Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut Conditioner and rinsed it out after about five minutes.  After lightly drying with a towel, I unbraided/rebraided the twists while applying plenty of Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer to each section.  I let the braids stay in overnight, and when I took them out this morning we ended up with a really nice, moisturized Braid Out on the Mini Twists!! More pics below, thanks so much for reading!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mini Twists 2012:)

Hello all! Since Skye had a four day weekend, I decided to do our first set of mini twists for 2012. On Friday, I washed her hair using Creme of Nature Argan Oil Shampoo. Then I used Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer as a leave in and banded her hair overnight. Saturday morning I started the mini twists, using Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk. We took a few breaks throughout the day, and to my surprise we finished Saturday night. Usually it takes a couple of days, but she was a little trooper! I plan to add some coconut oil to the ends to make them curl up a bit more, but I am happy with how it turned out. We'll probably leave them in for at least 4-6 weeks and I will probably wash her hair every two weeks instead of weekly. More photos below, and some close-ups to see how much it has grown! Yay:) Hope you all have a lovely week!

Compare the above photos with the ones below (from 11/26/11) and you can really see the growth (see new growth, where the hair is thicker/healthier)!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Valentine's Hurr:)

Ignore the huge mess in the background...this was the only pic that showed off her new Skechers!!

Happy (belated) Valentine's Day! Here's a quick post on how Miss Skye wore her hair for her Kindergarten Valentine's Day Party (and for the rest of the week so far)...including a link to where I stole/borrowed the hairstyle from! This style was really easy to do and I think it turned out pretty well. I plan on trying some other 'heart' styles in the near future. Anywho, I rounded up the usual suspects...Bee Mine Curly Butter and Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer. I added a twist/bang to the front and did a twist-out in the back...and here's how it all turned out:

You can really see the new growth vs. texturized hair in the close-ups...can't wait til she's 100% natural, she's at about 30% right now!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Picture Day Hurr:)

Hi! Picture day was this past Tuesday and we went with a simple ponytail with flat twists in the front. I initially wanted a twist out in the back but I added some little rollers to the two strand twists and I didn't like the way the curls came out. I ended up just pulling it up into a high ponytail and it came out pretty cute, so she wore it for the whole week! I used Bee Mine Curly Butter on the flat twists, and Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer on the rest of her hair and sealed with coconut oil. It stayed really soft and moisturized for the whole week! I'll post the Spring Pictures as soon as I get them back, hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Here's one with the tiny rollers that made curls I didn't like! I ended up using flexirods to stretch out the curls more...then I braided the curls to get a more wavy look.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Randomness to make up for lack of posts:)

April 2011: My cousin used a little heat to make this happen, I love it...but as you will see below, flexirods work just as good, if not better!

This set of pics (Jan 2012) shows a little of our night time routine and the outcome the next day!

This face says: "Mommy, please leave me alone so I can go to sleep."

This is what's under the bonnet!

The next day!! (You can see this style in it's entirety here!)

The following pics are from October 2011 and they include a style I got here (and this was also the style Skye wore this past week)

Flower girl swag (people still say swag, right?)

I replaced the white rubber bands with black for school, it matched more of her outfits that way.

 And here are a few pics from Sept 2011...Twist-Outs Gone Wild, lol:)

Flat Twists with the wildest Twist Out ever! I adore big hair!

And finally, just the cutest kitty ever on a random day after getting her face painted for no reason other than fun:)

Sept 2011, Flat Twists and Mini Twists