Marley Twists


Hi guys!

 

After weeks of doing nothing but wash n go’s , mini twists and twist out, I was getting very bored with my hair. Wash days were becoming a pain, detangling was done very infrequently and not at all properly, deep conditioning was scarce and I was just losing all patience with anything hair-related (including this blog *hides face*).

Well, after I got off from work early, and found that there was no traffic, I decided to visit a shopping complex near me to maybe find a new product to inspire me. That’s when I got the flash of inspiration in the form of some kinky extensions, and I thought to myself, why not do some Marley twists? My initial problem was the colour, my hair isn’t black, more a dark brown but all the shops only seemed to stock colour 1 and colour 30, which is almost bright blonde.

Also I could only find kinky extensions, rather than Marley braiding hair which left me feeling discouraged. After visiting the 5th hair shop I was ready to go back home, but just as I was walking towards the car I saw a store that seemed to deal only in weaves and extensions and hoped to maybe find something to fill in the gap. Lo and behold she had Marley hair, but she too only had black hair, I was about to buy it when in the corner of my eye I saw kinky extensions in colour 4 which is my absolute favourite colour! Yay me. They also happened to be quite a bit cheaper than the Marley hair.

 

So I got home, washed and prepared my hair for braiding, and asked an aunt who is supposedly a hairdresser to help me attach the braids. The main reason I asked her was because I had started a bit late,hadn’t quite gotten the hang of twisting, and my parts weren’t quite right. She complained about the thickness and texture of my hair, even though hers is also natural and my hair was blow dried. Anyways, when she finished, I noticed that the hair looked like I had done it myself, and not that well either, which I thought was apalling for a self – proclaimed hairdresser. Thank goodness I didn’t have to pay, I’d have asked her to start all over again.

 

Well, I rocked the jacked up twists for a week and still got a lot of compliments, however those that knew better didn’t hesitate to tell me that I needed to refresh the twists, and that I did. Last night I properly learnt how to twist and redid every twist, to make sure they were all uniform and fresh looking. So now I can say look at my self-installed Marley twists! I used the invisible root method and didn’t cut the hair at all, which has them about boob length, you like?

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Simi

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Oh Curl Challenge Day 14: Beautiful Braids


I have a love/hate relationship with braids. This is what i love about them:

  • I love the break from styling that it gives
  • I love the look, whether long or short
  • the versatility is amazing
  • Even with no-make-up/hobo clothes you sill look fly

And here are the reasons I don’t like braids:

  • long or small ones take long to do
  • after a few days you miss playing with your real hair
  • washing and drying is a real pain
  • the build up at the roots waiting to pull your hair out

Obviously, there are other Pros and cons which are a bit more subjective, but I think those are the main ones. Here are some pictures of my favorite braids over the past few years.

Here, I’ve taken ‘braids’ to be any type of extensions, because I hardly ever do traditional braids. I hope you saw the pics of my lil sis I added. She really needs to post, but she’s lazy! I’ll see if I can get her to this month.

And there you have it, pics of our beautiful braids.

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2 Year Natural Anniversary Part 1: Photos


Happy Anniversary!!

To my hair….LOL. Today marks two years of fully natural hair, no relaxed or heat damaged ends. Just thick, kinky and healthy curls! The journey has not been easy, there have been so many times that I felt like giving up. So many failed products, failed hairstyles, money spent on tools I could have done without. I’m just glad i’ve lasted this long, and have even converted people over to the natural side (or at least given a helpful nudge). Special shout outs to Wendy, Henrietta, Missy, Ivy and all other people who have joined me on this journey (I cut Missy and Henrietta’s hair myself).

Since I didn’t do a one year anniversary post, i’ll show pictures from my BC till now just so you can see the difference in hair length.

Relaxed days:

Me and my fringe were tight (straightened to death)
Me and my fringe were tight (straightened to death)

My hairline used to be full *sobs*
My hairline used to be full *sobs*

BC!:

The BC that changed it all!
The BC that changed it all!

April 2012-July 2012:

2 weeks post
2 weeks post

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The Salon Visit From Hell


I came back to Nigeria primarily to serve in the NYSC program which is compulsory for everyone who was under 30 at point of graduation. The first element of service is a 3 week long youth camp, which is the camp of the state that you are posted in. I like many other foreign graduates, found myself in Lagos :D. Because it’s an army style barracks there are only basic necessary amenities, meaning, I needed to get my hair did.

Unfortunately, that meant a trip to the salon since I was short on time and didn’t really have a trusted stylist around my area. And so it began. I freshly washed and sectioned my hair in the morning and wrapped a scarf around to make it look presentable for my other activities. Then I made my way to the salon.

The first thing the lady did was undo all the sections and try to start combing it dry. I had to look at her to make sure she understood that that doesn’t fly with my kinky hair. So I got her to put in some of my Giovanni Direct Leave-In before de-tangling with a ‘wide tooth comb’. The comb wasn’t so much a wide tooth comb as a huge comb that still managed to be quite small. She was gentle though, and it only hurt little bit, but she didn’t de-tangle fully, she said it wasn’t necessary. Continue reading

I’m Back


Hello my lovelies,

This is me just checking in on you with a short post to tell you that i’m back from NYSC camp. For all those who don’t know what that is, don’t worry i’ll be explaining everything in a post coming up later this week. EVERYONE who is eligible should go for NYSC, especially the camp part (it’s definitely the most fun part).

I currently have some big kinky twists done by a hairdresser in Lekki, near my house and i’ll be posting on how i’m never going to a hairdresser again if I can help it (yes it was really that bad). And my natural hair anniversary is coming up on April 12th so I may do my first ever length check post soon.

All in all, expect quite a few more than usual posts from me so tune in frequently!

Simi

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Kinky Twist Takedown


Hi loverly peoples!!!! I know it’s been a while, but I had a lot of work to do in my last few weeks of christmas term in Uni so I didn’t have much time to post. The posts will be coming along a lot more frequently in these holidays, you may even get to see a post from my ever elusive little sister (yay?).

So after about 7 weeks of having my kinky twists, I finally took them out. Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved them to pieces but I just am not a big fan of twists and braids in my hair for extended periods of time. I wouldn’t mind only having them in for 4 weeks, but that’s really not getting my money’s worth and I didn’t even have time to take them out in that period. My main fear was about the build up, everyone knows that no matter how many times you wash your hair in the braids, there is gonna be some build up in your hair, which is okay. But, the longer you leave your hair in twists or braids, the bigger and more stubborn the build up will be. I was going to take them out after six weeks but I had a show I was hosting, so I didn’t want to take any chances. For the show I did one of the styles from my style challenge on day 3:

Me Hosting!!
Me Hosting!!

The event was really good, and all the performers were so inspiring, it was awesome. Anyways after that was done, the very next night, I scrambled to get my hair undone, but only managed to remove two before I realised that I had started waaayyy too late and that it was already midnight. So I ended up undoing it on Sunday night/Monday morning instead. This was the last hairstyle I did with the twists:

Looks like style challenge day 2?
Looks like style challenge day 2?

I started taking down the twists and they took a lot longer than I had planned, I think they took 8 hours altogether but I did really take my time with them. After unravelling each twists, I gently pulled them apart to loosen the build up and removed as much of it as I could. After that, I detangled the small section of hair and rubbed grapeseed oil over it. I rubbed oil so that the hairs wouldn’t rub against each other and get tangled up again, and grapeseed oil is my new favourite kind.  After unravelling three or four twists I re-twisted them to keep them neat. When I had finished taking down all the twists, I went to sleep, cos it was about 3am. The next morning, I put on my deep conditioner  and then covered my hair with a shower cap for heat retention. The deep conditioner I use is from the Curls line, Curl Ecstasy Hair Tea Deep Conditioner, which I will do a review on in the coming days. I left the deep conditioner on for about 5 hours and even went to uni with the stuff in my hair. I had to tie a scarf over the shower cap so that no-one would see haha:

From twisted...to the DC....
From twisted…to the DC….

After the DC I shampooed with Elasta QP (sulphate free) moisturizing shampoo, and then detangled and conditioned with Tresemme Naturals conditioner:

....to my hair with no product on it!
….to my hair with no product on it!

Looks better in the back than the front hahahaha….After that added a bit of Hawaiian silky leave in and sealed the ends with grapeseed oil again. I put them in little twists and then twisted those into bantu knots:

My little twisted bantu knots
My little twisted bantu knots

Unfortunately I don’t  have a picture of the finished product, but it was a chunky undefined (and a little frizzy) twist out, because I had to take them out before they were dry. But the hair was soft and so smooth, so I don’t mind….but either way, I have my hair back again. Yay!!

Simi

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Style Challenge Day 7: The Finale


Today was the last day of the style challenge week. I tried, as promised, to go out with a bang but things don’t always go to plan. I tried flexing-rodding my twists at the front and the bottom lower part of my head but only one section came out how I wanted it to. Because the twists were quite thick they took forever to dry, and forever is not something a university student has. So I, had to scrap the lovely style I had envisaged and improvise:

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Style Challenge Day 6


Today I had an idea of what I wanted to do with my hair, but since I was a bit late for class I decided to do my hair in class. When I did the style though, my friend Ify (the special guest from yesterday) told me that she had something a bit more exciting for today. So I allowed her to create my hairstyle for today, from the row behind me, in the middle of our lecture room, thank goodness the room was half empty. This is what she came up with:

 

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