Monday, January 28, 2013

How to Create Mini Twists: Video Tutorial

Mini Twists are a protective natural hairstyle that are created by using gel to create small twists. Mini Twists can be created by using a natural gel like flax seed gel. The gel protects the ends of the hair and gives the mini twists a smooth look.



Mini Twists can be worn for a professional hairstyle. Consider adding hand-painted earrings or a floral hair clip as accessories for your Mini Twists.

READ this blog post for outfit lookbooks for this hairstyle.

This video demonstrates...
how to create mini twists
especially helpful for those with 4c or coarse hair

video courtesy of VeePeeJay

Saturday, January 26, 2013

How to Create Coils with a Sponge



Sponge Coils are single strand curls created by using a sea foam sponge. Sponge coils are a professional hairstyle that can be styled on a short afro or a teeny weenie afro (TWA) for a curly look.

This video demonstrates...

how to create sponge single coils
what the hair looks like after styling

Sponge Finger Coils are great for...

small afros like teeny weenie afros (TWA)
a quick, professional hairstyle

To learn how to moisturize your sponge coils, read How To Keep Your Sponge Coils Moisturized.

More: Everything You Need To Know About Sponge Coils

video courtesy of FueshaSpeaks

Saturday, January 12, 2013

How to Create Yarn Braids: Video Tutorial



Yarn Braids, also known as Genie locs, are yarn extensions added to the hair by braiding. Yarn braids create smooth looking yarn extensions that look similar to locs.

Want to learn step by step how to create yarn braids?


This video demonstrates...

  • the three strand braiding method of adding extensions
  • the two strand braiding method of adding extensions
  • how to finish off the ends of yarn braids/extensions
  • quick tips and helpful suggestions when styling

video courtesy of vlogger MsVCharles

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Havana Twists: everything you need to know

HavanaTwists are large, kinky twists created by using Havana hair extensions. Havana hair is textured, synthetic hair extensions. Havana hair is made to look similar to kinky, natural hair. Havana hair is light-weight and can be styled in buns, ponytails, or left to hang.

Pinterest blogger Michelle with Havana Twists for a professional style

3 Reasons Why Havana Twists Help Hair

1. Havana Twists are a protective hair style. They protect the ends of the hair strand from being exposed to the environment.
2. Havana Twists are made of light-weight synthetic hair, lessening the strain on the roots which is caused by heavier hair extensions.
3. Havana Twists are chunky twists, meaning that each individual twist holds a larger amount of hair. This lessens strain usually caused by smaller extensions like “micros” or “individual” braids/twists.

Where to purchase: Fingercomber

Cost: $12.99 per pack of hair

How much hair to buy…
  • depends on the density of your hair
  • depends on how many twists you want
My experiences: I use one pack of Havana hair in Chestnut Black to create my Havana Twists. The Havana Twists keep my hair moisturized, are easy to take down, and protect the ends of my hair.
Pinterest blogger Michelle with Havana Twists parted to side

Havana hair colors…
onyx: very black, 1 on the synthetic color scale
chestnut black: off black, 1b
darkest espresso: darkest brown, 2
dark hazelnut: dark brown, 4
amber: red colored tones
sangria: purple colored tones
spiced clementine: red orange tones


Color Guide courtesy of FingerComber.com

Here is a guide that I made to reflect my interpretation of the Havana hair colors.


Helpful articles...

Have you tried Havana Twists? What was your experience like?


Sunday, January 6, 2013

How to Create Yarn Twists: Video Tutorial



Yarn Twists are yarn extensions added to the hair by twisting. Yarn twists create textured hair extensions that look like slim twists.

Want to learn step by step how to create yarn twists? 

This video demonstrates…
  • how to add yarn extensions to natural hair
  • how to create yarn twists in natural hair
  • how to finish off yarn twists in natural hair
  • quick tips and helpful suggestions for styling
video courtesy of chocolatehairvanillacare

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Friday, January 4, 2013

How to Create Yarn Extensions

Preparation: Cut two, long pieces of Red Heart yarn. Place the two strands together.



Photo 1: Part off a small portion of hair. Divide the hair into two sections.
Photo 2: Place the yarn between the two strands of parted hair.
Place yarn at an angle, forming an X between the parted strands of hair.

Photos 3, 4, 5: Place yarn over one strand of hair and under the other strands of hair.
Photo 6: Begin to twist the yarn to the hair. Twist one strand clockwise while twisting the other counterclockwise.

Photo 7, 8: Bring twisted hair strands together and cross at the root. Twist the strands together to create one large twist.
Photo 9: Tie a knot or burn end of yarn to seal twist. Cut off extra yarn.


Tips for creating yarn extensions

  • Use a pomade or heavy cream to slick your hair to the yarn
  • Part your hair by using your fingers to divide equal sections

Ways to finish off yarn extensions

  • Burn the ends of your yarn twists/braids for a neat and tidy look
  • Use one strand of yarn to tie a knot over the other strands of yarn


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Yarn Extensions: everything you need to know

1. Yarn extensions are a protective hairstyle
2. Yarn extensions are durable & long lasting
3. Yarn extensions can be an easy, DIY project

Blogger Electik Sunset models yarn twists pulled into a stylish bun

About yarn extensions

Yarn extensions can be styled in natural hair in two ways, as twists or as braids. Yarn braids look similar to locks when finished. I prefer to put yarn twists in my hair because I can twist faster than I can braid. (: Yarn twists are easier to take down because the natural hair is less entwined with the yarn.

photo of red heart brand of yarn. yarn is the color black
Super Saver Red Heart yarn can be purchased for as low as $2-3


Selecting the yarn

I use Red Heart, 100% acrylic yarn to create my yarn twists. Red Heart yarn is ideal for yarn extensions because it looks similar to natural hair. Red Heart yarn is relatively cheap, usually $2-3. It can be purchased at stores like Walmart or craft stores like Joann Fabric or AC Moore.

a close up photo of black red heart yarn showing individual yarn strands
Black Red Heart yarn close up


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