Tuesday, May 28, 2013

How to do a Braid out with natural hair

Braid outs are a natural hairstyle that are created by braiding three strands of hair together with a styling product. Braid outs are created when the braids are separated and fluffed.

Braid outs can be styled on short, transitioning natural hair or on longer natural hair.

Tips to achieving the perfect braid out & twist out

via pretty-girl-rock.com

1. Start on clean, freshly washed and conditioner hair–this is essential to achieving a bountiful shine and sheen with lots of body. Hair that’s already weighed down with product or that has not been thoroughly cleansed will appear dull and has high frizz-potential.
2. Use a leave-in conditioner on damp hair before applying any other product. The leave-in helps to give balance to those areas that need extra moisture and conditioning. 
3. Apply a creamy, water-based styler instead of gel. Applying a water-based styler will not only aid in moisture retention but will also help to give definition and bit of hold. Gels often contain ingredients that will cause the hair to be crunchy and/or dry–the act of getting rid of the crunchiness may cause an unwanted frizz.
4. Follow with a bit of light oil like jojoba, coconut or olive oil to seal in the moisture. I usually take a nickle-sized amount of jojoba oil, rub my hands together and then run my hands over my braids or twists. Doing so locks moisture into the hair which may keep you from having to re-moisturize your hair throughout the week.
5. To minimize the chance of frizz taking over, the braids/twists should be left in until they’re completely dry. Not allowing the braids/twist to dry completely will result in frizz and there’s no way around it. If you like a little frizz, exercise control and fluff your hair up on your own at take down. That way, you can control the amount of frizz that will occur.
Remember to wear a satin bonnet to bed or sleep on a satin pillowcase as cotton will suck the moisture right out of your beautiful hair.
Braid out video tutorial

This video demonstrates...
how to separate braids
how to fluff a braid out
tips and tricks for styling
a professional hairstyle

video courtesy of kinkycurlycoilyme

How do you style your braid outs?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Graduation Outfits & Natural Hair

Wear your natural hair in a twist out hair style for graduation. Take inspiration from the outfits below.

Young ladies, how are you styling your hair for graduation? Share your pictures & ideas with us!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

How to Style Havana Twists: Tips for Creating Great Twists

Havana twists are hair extensions that are created by using Havana hair. Havana twists are large, chunky twists that have the texture of natural hair. Havana hair comes in a clear package and is divided into individual hair strands. The strands of Havana hair are used to create the Havana Twists. To create Havana twists that are smooth and round, follow these five tips.

Blogger Pachet with Havana Twists
1. Comb the Havana hair. Before adding the extensions to your hair, comb the synthetic hair pieces with a narrow tooth comb. Start combing the one end of the hair piece until you reach the center. Next, comb the other end of the hair piece.

Just like the yarn, the Havana hair strands will separate and look fluffy.
Step 1: Fold Havana hair piece in half
Step 2: Comb one end of hair piece, starting at the end
Step 3: Comb the other end of hair piece
Step 4: Havana hair piece is now ready to be styled with

2. Moisturize your Havana hair. Mix a small amount of water with a light carrier oil like jojoba oil, extra virgin olive oil, or almond oil in a spray bottle. Add 3-4 drops of an essential oil like eucalyptus essential oil. Shake mixture until combined. Lay the Havana hair on top of a towel. Spray hair lightly then squeeze moisture throughout hair.

Havana hair moisture mix recipe
1/2 cup of water
1 tablespoon of oil
3-4 drops of essential oil

3. Use a pomade while twisting. When adding Havana twists extensions to your hair, twist the hair with a pomade or a thick styling cream. Pomades have a sticky texture that will make the hair smooth down, allowing the twists to have a good-looking finish.

Havana Twists up close

4. Twist your hair lightly. Add your Havana twists extensions by twisting your hair without applying too much pressure. When you twist the Havana twists lightly, the twists look bigger and more chunky when finished.

5. Reuse your hair extensions. You can keep your Havana twists in up to two weeks before washing. Save the hair extensions and reuse them one more time. If you keep your Havana twists extensions in longer than two weeks, do not reuse the hair as it will have more build-up. 

More: Havana Twists: everything you need to know
How to wash and condition hair extensions

Ladies, what are your tips or tricks to create the perfect Havana twists? Share them below!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Small Afro TWA Professional Hairstyles

A TWA or teeny weenie afro is a short afro. A TWA is created when when a person cuts their relaxed hair off to transition into having natural hair. 

This video demonstrates... 
how to style a TWA 
professional TWA hairstyles 

video courtesy of Au Curls Naturelle

Sunday, May 12, 2013

How To Do a Twist Out

Twists or Two Strand Twists are a protective natural hairstyle that are created by twisting two strands of hair together with a styling product. Twist Outs are created when the twists are separated and fluffed. 

This video demonstrates...
how to separate twists
how to fluff twists outs
a professional hairstyle

video courtesy of KinkyCurlyCoilyMe

More: How to create & maintain a chunky twists afro 
How to do a braid out