Sleek Side Bun

Protective styling with a sleek side bun!

My hair was dry & in major need of water. So, I rinsed it thoroughly with cool water, detangled with conditioner, sectioned then styled.

YouTube video tutorial coming soon! 🎥💁

#memygirlsandournaturalcurls #sidebun

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Protective Style

Look who’s protective styling this week! Me 😱 Can you believe it?

This is my 3rd day & I’m planning to wear this style until Saturday if it holds up. 🙏

This was totally not planned. I’m finding that as my hair is getting longer it’s tangling more & more. This tangling has caused some breakage that I’m certainly not happy about. I believe that because my hair has a tight coily curl the strands are wrapping around each other. This of course creates knots & tangles the longer my hair gets.

I’ve come to the conclusion that my wash n’ go days are coming to an end or at least will have to be very far & few going forward. Especially, if I hope to meet my goals if retaining length and growing my hair to waist length. 😔 I’m sad because I love my wash n’ goes.

I plan to wear more stretched styles like braidouts & twistouts. This means that when I’m done washing my hair I will have to apply conditioner as normal then braid or twist it into sections. If you follow my blog or Youtube channel you know that my hair takes a long time to dry. Usually, one full day in a wash n’ go. When it has been braided or twisted it takes at least 2 days to be 100% dry.

To achieve this style I had my hair sectioned into 12 random braids. To keep the ends from coiling I rolled the ends using cold wave rods to stretch the curl.

Of course, when I woke up the next morning my hair wasn’t dry so, I couldn’t take my braids down.

Healthy Hair Tip: Never take braids/twist down unless your hair is 100% dry because it causes frizz. Frizz causes tangles, messy looking hair, breakage, & is prone to dryness.

My hair would have been frizz nation had I taken it down because it was still pretty wet. Hence, the protective style!

What’s a girl to do? I was in a rush to get to work so I took out the cold wave rods & split my braids down the middle. I then gathered a section on one side & began to roll inward starting at the top working my way to the bottom. Once I got to the end I folded it up and stretched over to the other side & secured with bobby pins.
I repeated this same step on the opposite side.

For the edges I smoothed with gel using a toothbrush.

This style has now lasted me 3 days!💃
To keep it overnight I tie it with my satin scarf & take it off in the morning!

I’m hoping it will last all week & I’ll take it down Saturday for some fun. I’m sure I’ll have a great braidout that may last even longer! ☝️😀

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2nd Hair Growth Goal Officially Met!

2nd Hair growth goal officially met!!! 👏👏👏💃💃💃🙌🙌🙌

Mid Back Length (MBL) was my second hair growth/length goal. Next growth/length goal is Waist Length. ☝️

My hair is now the longest that it has ever been in my adult life!

I’m motivated to get on it! Being consistent with my deep treatments, eating healthier, increasing my water intake, & taking extra care of my hair is the main part of my plan. To help boost my growth I’ve started back taking Biotin 5,000 mcg, Folic Acid 400 mcg, & my normal one a day multi-vitamin.

Doing these things will more so help with length retention & will strengthen my hair as I strive for maximum growth.

Length retention is important as I know that my hair is growing but if it’s breaking then that defeats the purpose.

I’m already very disciplined about keeping my hair tied up even when laying around the house. This helps to prevent my hair snagging or drying out. I will be more consistent with my deep treatments, taking my vitamins, being more careful as I’m styling.

Low manipulation styling & keeping my hair moisturized when wearing wash n’ go styles will be key. This means that I may go back to wetting my hair down more often than just once per week. This will take me following a schedule & being disciplined in doing so.

An occasional protein treatment will work well to strengthen my hair as well. For protein treatments I will try different methods to see which I like best over time. Examples are egg & coconut oil, my usual avocado treatments, some store bought treatments & even Henna. I’ve actually plan to do another Henna treatment soon in the next couple of months.

Increasing my water intake will help to keep my hair moisturized from the inside out & will help to prevent unnecessary shedding. Exercising more will hallo with blood flow & oxygen needed for hair health, and last but not least continue my no heat challenge/journey! This coming August will be a full 3 years without straightening my hair! I plan to stay the course! 🙏🙏🙏🙏

I plan to incorporate scalp massages as a new technique for helping to boost my growth as well. I hadn’t done this in the past out of laziness & fear of causing my hair to tangle. 😳 But I’m going to give it a try any way.

I’ll keep sharing as I go along! My ultimate growth/length goal is to reach Tailbone length! 😬 I think that would be major impressive. Let’s see!

I don’t get hung up on the lengths within any certain time frame because it would make me ungrateful for the success that I have achieved this far. I just enjoy the journey & the ride as I take care of my hair. The simple fact that my hair in its natural state is the healthiest, thickest, shiniest, longest, strongest that it had ever been my entire life is enough to keep a smile on my face!

I hope this is inspiration for some of you ladies! Thanks for reading!

What’s you growth/length goal? What’s your plan to achieve it?

#memygirlsandournaturalcurls

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Adding Life to My Lifeless Ponytail

I wanted to give my lifeless ponytail some volume by adding some lose curls without using heat. 🚫🔥 I was going for something different than a braidout or #twistout on my stretched #naturalhair.

I refreshed the sides of my ponytail with a little water & smoothed with conditioner. Leaving the actual ends of my ponytail dry without wetting or adding any product. I felt that my hair already had enough product from my previous #braidout plus I wanted volume so no need to add anything to my hair.

☝️I did not detangle as my hair was dry. As a rule to protect from breakage I only detangle when my hair is soaking wet & has lots of conditioner.

Once my ponytail was good to go, I took small sections of hair from my ponytail and installed Bantu knots. Overall, I had about 10 Bantu knots when finished. I then tied my hair in my satin scarf & kept them in overnight.

Doing this actually re-activated the product that was already in my hair. This morning after getting dressed I took them down & slightly separated them then fluffed!

I like my results! Voluminous curls without using heat. My ponytail has been revived! 👏

**Note:
For a tighter curl, more defined curl or a longer hold add a styling cream/ conditioner/gel/mousse.

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Makeup Application Getting Better!

Just a glimpse at my makeup application from this morning. I am getting better with time but I still consider myself as a #makeupnovice. Lots more to learn… Not perfect but so much better than before!

I simply want to keep learning for myself. I would look at old pics & be horrified that I went out with my eyebrows & makeup like I did thinking I did good. Lol! After a little inspiration from my sisters & practice I am getting better.

This is for those of you who have asked how I do it.

Step 1 – Eyebrows see my youtube channel for my latest eyebrow video. (Not pictured above)

Step 2 – apply concealer to conceal the dark circles & add highlights (1st pic)

Step 3 – blend concealer (2nd pic)

Step 4 – apply powder foundation to balance color & set concealer (3rd pic)

Step 5 – applied blush, eyeshadow, contoured nose, jaw bones & cheeks with bronzer (4th pic)

Step 6 – blended contour lines with finishing powder. Then finish with eyeliner, mascara, & lipstick. (5th & 6th pics)

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