Hair Braiding Consumer Basics

For decades in the black community you weren’t considered an official braider unless you just arrived from Africa. The laws were non-existent and there was a time that lots of people ran out of edges (hairline damage). Over the years there have been some attempts at regulation, but overall there are still people braiding hair using traditional techniques that however effective they may be, are not conducive to assisting in hair growth.

So how do you know when your stylist is taking you down a path of hair destruction?

1. Pain.
Not just a normal “tender-headed”(don’t you love how we just made that at thing) response, but pain that requires the use of a pain reliever. If you would have a problem with keeping your hair in a very tight ponytail overnight, why would you essentially put your hair in multiple tight ponytails and think that you won’t experience breakage. You are putting you hair in the same amount of stress if the braids are tight enough to cause real pain. Little white bumps are also associated with this section as they indicate the tension on the hair is too great. We know that there are some of you out there that are so used to getting your hair snatched around that you don’t feel the pain until your hair is nearly out of your head.

2. Unnatural new-growth appearance.
What good is having a very secure braid/twist if three weeks later you end up with a tuffet of hair puffing out underneath a crispy lock. Beyond the fact that it looks crazy, it creates a weak spot as discussed previously. One key to uninterrupted growth is keeping the curl pattern consistent.

3. No access to your scalp.
Some people are still getting cornrows, I know that some of my military sisters find it easier to stay within regulations utilizing cornrows and a bun. If your braids are too close together to be able to access your scalp, I wouldn’t suggest keeping them in for long.

Personal Tip: If I notice that the price sounds too high, and the time to finish seems too long, I take that as an indication that they are not interested in working on my head either or a lack of knowledge on the requested technique or they are compensating for overhead.

We try to keep it simple and easy to follow, but as usual, ask questions if it stops making sense.

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2014 is the year of Unity in the Natural Hair Community! Enjoy!

 

Marley Twist Version 4 (VLOG)

Instagram- @Marri76

This week I installed a smaller sized Marley Twist.

Products Used:

  • Designline Olive Oil Leave-In Conditioner
  • Mizani H20 Rose Hairdress
  • It’s a Ten Leave-In Conditioner

This style only took my 3.25hrs starting from sectioning. I finished the ends with hot water and a lighter on the twists that seemed a bit more unruly. I look at hair like art, and so far this Marley hair is my favorite medium.

Keep an eye on those prices though people, $4.99 was great when the packs were full, I felt like I was in the middle of a bad drug deal in a movie

“You trying to skim off the top?”

Make sure you’re following on Instagram to see the various Updos I come up with this time.

FUN FACT- the styles that you see me wear usually have minimal hairpins. When you’re the type of person that likes to style your braids/twists frequently, pins have a tendency to fray the braid-stitches. I instead rely on the tension. (That just inspired another video idea)

 

Yarn Twist Attempt #1

So if you follow me on Instagram @Marri76 you know that I do not keep a hairstyle too long. I love to play in my hair and try new things. Well the latest attempt was Yarn Twists. They were very easy to do…

HOWEVER
You ever walk into a room and feel like the wallpaper? Well that was me in the yarn twists. Very unimpressive, didn’t evoke any conversation at all. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, unless you’re the type of person that likes to put on a show when it took you 7 hours to finish a style. (THAT’S ME!) I’ll walk around the grocery store fake shopping until I get a “Ooh that’s cute” especially if the style deprived me of my precious sleep.

EXTRA REGULAR
Is my favorite phrase to describe those thing in which I am not impressed to the point that I’m surprised how unimpressed I am. That’s where I’ll leave you. Enjoy the video. If you’d like more videos from me, be sure to hit the like button.

Do I even need to tell you that they’re not in my head anymore? OK

Promoting Unity in the Natural Hair Community (Video)

Naptural85 posted a YouTube video to start out the year that I thought falls completely in line with the mission of this blog. No need in repeating something that’s been stated so eloquently. 

Hope this helps you on your journey to falling in love with your natural curls and kinks!

What Just Happened?

 

There I was just minding my own business following the instructions on some random video about how to dry my hair using the “banding” method.IMG_20131229_221815

Fast Forward to me Looking Like Homie the Clown, which I was forced to rectify in a public bathroom like MacGyver. So you Know the first thing I did was Fix my hair. Followed by analyzing what went wrong.

1 – I don’t have just one type of hair. Even more the combination doesn’t Show up in neat sections So my 3C is right in the middle of my 4a and my 4b.

2 – I didn’t check her resume . I was in the middle of a natural hair Love fest and got Got. I have no clue where she’s from, how long she’s been natural or what doctrines she follows when it comes to hair.

3 – I failed to follow my instinct. There was a small still Voice that Said. “She don’t know what she’s talking bout” … because my inner voice speaks Confused broken English. From the sheer number of products she slapped in her head I should have known she was a Kitchmatologist.

I shared this to let you all know that even an 11 year Veteran in this Natural Hair world is susceptible to being ”Had” Don’t let those moments discourage you. Hold your head high, do what you can to fix it , and move on!

Happy New Year !
Follow @marri76 On Instagram to watch my hair journey.

 

Ooh My Holiday Protective Hairdos

For those of us that are in the baby fro phase it’s hard to find what works. Braids to the scalp with shorter hair tend to grow out less gracefully than longer hair because our lovely ends want air and will stop at nothing to wiggle out. The vets with over 6 inches of hair also find the struggle in coming up with something that we can keep for a while and still play.

There’s hope in the two strand twist.

Two strand twists are great to discover and embrace your hair’s curl pattern while rocking a style that just gets better with time. If you can use the Marley hair it’s a life saver. This hair will grip itself in a twist as well as hold on to your hair. I’m not a fan of twists that require an anchoring braid as it creates a very unnatural grow-out line of demarcation and if your remember from previous posts, you want to keep the curl pattern consistent from scalp to ends to avoid weak spots and breakage.

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The technique I use incorporates the hair in a manner that relies on the integrity of the twist itself to stay connected to the natural hair (I just resize Havana Twists).

Then the fun begins. The styles that are posted below are all achieved in less than 15 minutes starting from a head full of twists and they are inspired by African head wrap techniques to create shape and dimension.

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This style is achieved by taking the twists and using the fishtail braid technique loosely then securing the end with and elastic and tucking it away on the inside of the braid. (Style Time: 10 min)

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This style is achieved by using the flat twist technique loosely and in an S pattern starting at the front and completing the pattern in the center. Secure the end with an elastic and hide the hair underneath the twist. (Style Time: 15) It only takes longer because as you can see on the picture on the right there’s detail work needed to be sure the style is smooth.

The Holiday Season is where we can have the most fun with different protective styles and up-dos. It’s the perfect time to hide your hair away from the harsh cold to maintain moisture and these styles are really warm. I couldn’t see trying this in the Summer. It got warm this past weekend which is what allowed me to crank out two quick styles.

As always, ask questions if it stops making sense. Happy Holidays!

Enjoy!

Life on the other side of my loc attempt

I have been having the time of my life since I took my locs down. There are days that I miss being able to just wake up and go, but not many. Locs are beautiful, on everybody else but me. 🙂

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I’m posting some pictures of the fun I’ve been having since taking my hair down, but I thought I’d share with you a moment that took place this weekend that changed my thought process on my hair.

I’ve done every type of style imaginable over the past decade, relaxer-free. Weave is my weakness, but it’s not a chemical, and I don’t use glue so I’m still on #TeamNatural.

Sunday evening I raced all over town, completely forgetting about the fact that during the Christmas shopping season the stores in the mall stay open until 8. I made it to a hair store in what I thought was the nick of time with only a half-hour to spare.

I paced the isles toggling between a full sew-in and long twists with Marley hair to hide away my hair in the cold. I never spend a lot of money on the hair I sew in because I rarely keep a style over two weeks, but the prices have changed dramatically. The cheap hair that hangs in the isles is $30/pack. For those of you that haven’t ever explored the Wide World of Weave, the isle is reserved for the synthetic, non-human or poorly conditioned hair and the price range for that is not much higher than $20/pack. I found myself asking a question that I’d never considered before.

Is it that serious?

How my hair looks is always important to me, let’s not confuse that. However, it’s not become important for me to achieve styles that my own hair isn’t designed to do. I have fallen completely in love with my curls and kinks. My new perspective on a good weave is one that accentuates my hair, not one that hides it away. Straight hair is fun, but not when I doesn’t feel like a straightened version of what I grow.

It used to be very easy for me to braid my hair back and take on a new personality, and now the thought of it gives me separation anxiety. During my short loc journey I was taken away from being able to play with my hair the way I’d become accustomed over the years. I’m not saying that I’ll never rock a wig again, but I believe my journey helped me appreciate my own hair so much more.

 

Live Styles… Where to Follow

Instagram in Instagram. Also: insomnia.
Instagram in Instagram. Also: insomnia. (Photo credit: thatgrumguy)

WE DON’T ALWAYS POST… BUT WHEN WE DO, THIS IS WHERE IT HAPPENS.

I’ve attached my Instagram below so you can keep up with each style change. I use the quick vids to gauge what styles need a tutorial. If you like it I’ll make a longer video. There are two styles up as of yesterday. Check them out!

http://instagram.com/marri76

Are you following on Twitter?

I Live Tweet when LAHair is on because we all love Mamma Kim Kimble. There are also links to hot styles we find all over the net. We love Ash the Painter so whenever she’s running a special on Natural Hair Art we post. Also random tips on hair that aren’t Full Post worthy get sent here.

https://twitter.com/OohMyHair

Have you Liked us on Facebook?

If it’s longer than 140 characters, but not worth a whole post. This is where it goes.

https://www.facebook.com/Oohmyhair

I appreciate every single follow, read, like, hit, tag, link back…so keep them coming, I’ll do my best to return the favor.

 

 

Silk vs Satin

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Silk (Photo credit: Cheryl Harvey)

So I’ve been pushing the use of the Satin bonnet, scarf and pillow case, but I noticed that Momma Kim Kimble has been promoting Silk.

I thought I’d take the time to give you a quick overview of why both are good options and let you hash it out in the comments, because overall, I’d like to know which seems to yield the best results, or if results vary by hair type. I also want to know if you agree with my theory.

Silk is a product that has the same properties as hair, excluding the disulfide bond. Meaning you cannot perm or relax silk strands. It’s that biological composition that drew many synthetic hair manufacturers to the use of those stands to create some of the weaves that we know as synthetic/ curling-iron safe. This also means that the nourishing oils that your hair requires are also carried on the silk strands. There’s no cuticle on a silk strand so it won’t “rough” your hair passing over it.

Satin however is a completely synthetic material. The benefit of it not being natural is that it will not share the oil with your hair, it will allow it to remain on your hair. The draw back is if you have oiled your hair and scalp beyond it’s need, unlike Silk the satin will not assist in balancing the moisture.

The decision on which to use comes down to these factors: desired style in conjunction with maintenance habits. If your desire is to have very lustrous hair, and you apply professional stylist recommended amounts of moisture a Satin bonnet may be a great fit. Alternately if you have that same desire but you are heavy with the moisture product, a Silk bonnet may help tame the excess oil.

Hopefully this helps you decide which path is best for your hair journey. As always, ask questions when it stops making sense marellewrites@gmail.com . Enjoy!

8-year-old bullied because she wore weave to school

This is why it’s crucial for us to first of all teach our children tolerance and non-violence, secondly how to fall in love with whatever we are born with. Nobody had the right to touch this little girl, nobody had the right to bully her either, however someone should have been available to step in and show her how beautiful she is in the midst of her having hair envy. Talk to your little girls, they need encouragement and empowerment as well.

Be Blessed.