So it has been a bit more than a week since I installed Marley Twists. These Damn Marley Twist (TDMT) from here on out. I have had a few more twists slip out. Insert booing here. Now this is undoubtedly human error, added to a style that doesn’t ‘hold tight’ to begin with. Twists are in general, easy on the hair whereas braids, are a bit more taxing to the hair.
My inexperience in twist installation not only didn’t allow me to utilize the invisible install method found here and here. Most of the first six twists slipped out before I had moved to the seventh twist. Re-do. I switched from invisible root to braid start for a better hold. Taking that into consideration, I still have slippage. Mostly in the back where the hair is short and around the edges. The hair at the nape is about 1 1/2 inches long. The rest of the twists have slipped some too. These areas are fragile and I didn’t want super tight extensions breaking them off.
I primarily wear my hair in a basket braid (very wide flat braid) up the back into a top knot. Yes, I made that name up, but i think it fits. I take what would be the bang area and swoop it over, wrap it around the top knot and tuck it. Sounds way more complicated than it is, but I get lots of compliments. One lady asked if I was a hairstylist. My answer, “NO! Those folks have way more hair creativity and standing stamina then I could ever muster.” I simply copied a hair style that I found on Donedo’s YouTube channel.
I only utilize the back braid as all that front is too much in my face on the daily basis. I like it and might try it next time I go out :).
Today I am rocking the low side knot. Quick easy and straight forward. Why, you may be asking, do I not wear the twist out long? Well, there are a few good reasons. First, hair on my neck irritates me. Even my own hair when I had it permed would touch my neck and drive me bonkers. Especially when it was wet. This Kanekalon hair is a bit scratchy. I don’t like scratchy. Second, I didn’t install twists for length. I could care less about having long fake hair. I do like how the length makes updos really, I mean extremely easy. At most, I use one lonely hair pin to keep it up!!! Booyah!!!
Keeping it Moist
Get your mind out the gutter. Now your mind is really in the gutter. My natural hair still needs daily moisture. So, I gots a routine! Before bed and sometimes in the morning too, I:
- spritz hair up to where I think my natural hair ends, with Restore By Jane Carter,
- immediately follow with Shea Moisture’s Reconstructive Elixir (it spray a fine yet strong mist that offers better oil disbursement); massage in,
3. tie with satin scarf, and
4. continue on with my life!
Til later lovelies.
Tell me, how are you rocking your hair this uber cold winter?
Protective Style: The Halo
It is kinda sorta winter. The Winter equinox was this past Saturday. It snowed on three separate occasions the week before last. There was shoveling involved. Yet, temperatures actually reached 70 degrees this weekend. So what on earth do we call that. Nonetheless, I have hair to concern myself with.
It seems that protective styling is the thing to do if you want to keep your ends attached to the rest of the hair shaft, some real level of moisture and gain length. What is protective styling, you ask? Good. So it isn’t just me. The most helpful info I found came from CurlyNikki’s 101 post and Napturally Curly’s Do’s And Dont’s. Using a relaxer, I had never heard of this unicorn call protective styling. So I Googled it and a few days later, I had an idea of what it used for but not how to do it on hair that is straight on the ends, coily curly at the roots, fragile and heck and getting shorter by the day.
What I have learned from countless hours of YoutTube and Google is this:
- Hair doesn’t define me
- Hair Typing is helpful to a degree but my hair and your hair are still very different beasts
- Very few women have always loved their hair and even fewer have never had to struggle with their hair
- Hair envy is not productive to loving yourself
- HAVE FUN. It is only hair.
- Some little girl is looking to you as her inspiration, she wants her hair to be like yours (teach her that her hair is beautiful too)
Oh, and I learned some actual styling and care stuff too:
- Protective styling is moisturizing then tucking those ends, low manipulation (not touching, combing, handling the hair) very often, and different on everyperson
- Protective styling can be simple and elegant
- Deep Conditioning Moisture treatments are essential on the weekly/biweekly basis
- Transitioning hair is prone to breakage at the line of demarcation. You know, where the straight and coily curly hair meet.
- Transitioning hair needs protein monthly
- Protein treatments should be immediately followed by Moisture treatment
- Your hair will undoubtedly need something different from my hair
So here is what I have been doing in my effort to protect my hair from going down the drain. And I totally mean going down the drain.
I sleep in a satin bonnet, on a satin pillowcase. This is not new to me. The pillowcases were purchased years ago from Burlington for about $3. I started using them after I read somewhere that they may reduce the chance of wrinkles!!! Sold!
I steam up may bathroom with every shower so that my hair gets a bit of moisture. I then seal in the moisture using a heavy oil blend while still steaming lol. I also tend to slather coconut or olive oil over my skin while still wet because winter weather will rob your skin of moisture too.
So far, a flat twist halo is my primary protective go to style. I haven’t been able to recreate a lot of other styles as of yet. It is relatively easy and involves one continuous or two flat twist on either side of my head that meet up together. I do need to use hair and bobby pins to secure it but it is easy to do and easy to manage. I like easy.
Stay warm and protected my lovelies.
What is your go to Protective Style?