Easy Pull Through Braid on Natural Hair


Why I’ve Chosen this Protective Style

This year I will be dedicating my styles to protecting my hair! Initially, I wanted to keep my hair in mini twists, but I was getting BORED! I wanted something new that was easy but cute. Check out my 2018 Protective style challenge post to join the movement and reach new lengths with your natural hair.

Before taking out my mini twists that I wore for 2 months, I had some fun! I designed 10 fun styles to wear while wearing my mini twists (check blog posts for 10 styles here), but that got old real quick. For me I need to have something different every once in a while to keep it fresh and exciting with my natural hair.

Researching The Best Ponytail For Natural Hair

So I spent FOREVER taking out these mini twists lol. After spending hours on Youtube while taking down my mini twists (I don’t know why making them smaller was part of my plan lol) I stumbled across this video from @Shanillia26 that she did on her daughter:

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I was super excited to try this and thought to give this a shot on my kinkier textured hair. When doing a search of pull through braids on natural hair, or pull through ponytails on 4b 4c hair, I couldn’t find any! So I thought why not be the first!!

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How I Got the Pull Through Braided Ponytail (On 4b/4c hair!!)

I followed everything that Shanillia did in the video, except adjusting to fit the thickness of my hair.

I started with freshly washed hair that was dryed in twists, then put into bantu knots for a deeper stretch. Then I separated a section of hair in the front for the 5 cornrows (3 small, 2 large). I connected the two large cornrows to make the design work for my big head lol.

Next I smoothed down the sides with ecostyler gel and edge control with a bristle brush, then gathered all of my hair into a low ponytail. I used black rubber bands to do the pull-through braid (you can watch the video to find out how to do it). Then, of course, I wrapped up my edges and went to bed!

Initially, I wore this with a pony made from Kanekalon hair (I’ll add a post later), which was very cute! But I’m going to class today and didn’t want anything heavy running around college lol.

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Would you try this style?

Let me know in the comments! Or any other protective style you want me to try πŸ™‚

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2018 Hair Growth Challenge Month 1 Update


December 1st, 2017 I decided that I want to see my hair at new heights, or at least length (lol). My hair has been bra strap length FOREVER, especially now that I’m older and have experimented with color (bleaching, highlighting, all that). I do remember my hair being around waist length when I was 14, BUT that was also the time I started playing around with coloring my hair (sigh).

So this is my year ladies and gents! I started my personal hair growth journey on December 26th because I couldn’t wait for the new year to begin!! I started out with fluffier mini twists (see video below) and although I liked how these twists framed my face, they got super frizzy and “loc” looking when on my trip to Thailand.

So for my second install I decided to twist them a little bit tighter to decrease the frizz as I’m wearing these mini twists a month at a time. I did not take all of the twists out, instead I washed my hair in the twists and removed them, detangled, then retwisted one by one. This process takes FOREVER, but I’m maintaining the parts and can complete my hair in sections without looking crazy.

Because the twists are tighter though, my hair looks a little flat. So hopefully they will expand as time goes on. The shirt I’m wearing is horrible for showing the length of my hair right now so I took a few measurements without a picture (sorry). My hair length in the twists are:

Hair in the Back: 12 inches

Hair in the front (middle): 12 inches

Hair on the side (near ear): 11.5 inches

I’m excited to see the results for February! Are you on a hair growth journey? How is it going so far? Let me know in the comments!

 

10 Ways to Style Mini Twists on Long Natural Hair


Mini twists are a great protective style! Mini twists, or micro twists, are one of my favorites because they are very versatile while still keeping the strands of my hair safe. However, sometimes they can get boring and very frizzy looking. Although, I prefer to have my twists look a lil’ frizzy just because they appear more full.

I’m home sick with the flu and bored (lol) so I though what would be a better use of my time? Playing in my hair! Here are a few styles that I came up with. I think the pictures speak for themselves but, I plan on making a video showing how I styled these later when I’m not taking photos in between blowing my nose.

What I’m starting off with

(Photo taken a few days ago). These are my mini-twists after a few days of installing them on air dryed hair (stretched with braids). They were straight for the most part, however after a few days I got bored with this look so I decided to curl them using a braid out method (photo on the right).

The Styles

Curly (Braid Out)

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Simply take your mini twists and put them in jumbo braids to be curled. I spritzed water and used my special mixture of oilsΒ Β (a small amount) on each section. There were 4 braids in the front, and 3 in the back to get these curls/waves. I braided at night, left them in for 4 hours then unbraided them so the curls could fall a bit before going to bed.

Deep Side Part

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Part your hair on the side to get a faux “lob” (long bob) look. These looks especially good when the hair is curly!

Half up (Bun), Half Down

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Took a section of hair from the middle of the top of my head to put in a loose messy bun. I have a squoval face, so the loose messy bun looks better in my opinion. But a tighter bun could also be used.

Double Bun, Half Down

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This is one of my favorite styles on my loose natural hair. Instead of one bun, I make two loose buns using the same section of hair for the previous style, I just split it in two.

Half Up, Half Down

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My favorite style for the gym! I take half of the hair up top and just put it into a ponytail in the back. Super easy and a great way to get the hair out of my face.

Double Space Buns

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Hehe I thought this was too cute, I look like the melanin twin sister for Minnie Mouse πŸ™‚ My hair is just split down the middle and put in ponytails with rubber bands. I like the loose look so of course these space buns are also loose and messy. I secured these with pins until I felt it was secure.

Side Pin-up, updo

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A quick updo that’s elegant and sexy, just swoop the mini twists to the side and pin them down.

Braided Side Ponytail

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I created a deep side part with the mini twists, the side that has the most hair was braided. Then I gathered all the twists and put it in a side ponytail.

Double Low Ponytails

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My hair was split in half like I did for the Double Space Buns, except I placed the ponytails towards the back of my head.

High Messy Bun

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This is my go-to style when I need to look presentable lol. Again, this is a loose bun to give that “fuller” look, however the twists are secure with buns.

Which is your favorite?? Let me know in the comments!

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12 Month Protective Style Challenge for 2018!!


Sorry for being MIA! School has been crazy, graduation is coming up (Spring 2018), and trying to find a job/internship in Marketing has been tough. But I’m back! I want to make 2018 my year for growth both for my hair and my body πŸ™‚

I recently also got braces and will be sharing my journey with my teeth looking bomb af!

But let’s get on to this hair growth challenge! I have been watching hundreds of videos (literally lol) on long term protective styling to get waist length hair. Often I mostly found videos on micro braids, mini twists, or weave. I’m not down with weave tbh, and after putting in some braids (Box Braids on My Natural Hair Only)Β  I’mΒ  not a fan of those either.

So I thought about mini twists since I’ve been falling in love with micro locs and mini twists give that vibe. So on Dec 27 2017, I installed these beauties:

plan to maintain these for 3 months at a time. Washing bi-weekly by putting these in braids and shampooing the scalp, then the twists with conditioner.

Depending on how I feel, I might even keep these installed but wear wigs or crochet braids just to spice it up. My biggest fear is these mini twists turning into locs because I don’t think I can commit to that. So I’ll also be sharing how I prevent that from happening.

 

Ok so here are the guidelines that I’ll be following. Comment if you also want to join!

  • long term protective style for 1-3 months at a time
  • Massage scalp once a week (Friday)
  • Wash + Condition scalp and hair bi-weekly
  • Oil and check ends every three days to prevent breakage/matting/locing
  • Finger detangle only
  • Maintain the parts so there’s minimal combing

I hope I can keep this up!! I’ll be checking in biweekly with updates. My goal is 6 inches of growth maintenance. I’m currently at around 11-13 inches of hair length, so 15-19 inches will make me be at waist length.

Do you have any hair length goals? let me know in the comments!

How to Slay a Head Wrap in under 2 minutes – 3 Styles


I like being a lazy natural because I’m constantly finding ways to still look cute without having to do anything to my hair lol.

 

Aside from doing braids or twists (see my protective style journey posts β€œBox braids on your natural hair” or Chunky Twists on Natural Hair”) I truly enjoy wrapping my hair up for a week or two. My hair gets a break, and I still look presentable and neat! I especially love wrapping my natural hair in the summertime as it’s too hot to have hair on my shoulders or on top of my hair. Plus hair wraps provide a protective shade from all the sun πŸ˜‰

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Throw on a bonnet or satin scarf and make this a protective style for your edges and prevent fabrics from rubbing on your hair. The best things about all three of these head wrap styles is that they take at least 2 minutes to do. So if you’re late for school, work, the gym, whatever, these are great to know so you won’t have to come out the house looking too crazy lol.

What you will need for each style:

  • pony tail holder (hair tie, headband, whatever you call them J )
  • hair pins and/or bobby pins
  • leave in conditioner
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Oil
  • satin bonnet/scarf (optional)
  • Your fabric or scarf

P.s. My orange scarf is 42 x 76 inches, while my brown fabric is a yard (35 x 74 inches).

How To Prep Your Natural Hair

My natural hair was in a previous style I wore to a few interviews, however generally I don’t have braids in the front when I make my buns. But because I’m lazy I just kept them and went with the flow! If you are doing this after wearing your hair in a style for a while, make sure to spritz hair with water and seal with a leave in conditioner.

Make sure to give your ends special attention with some oil after applying the leave in condition to keep the ends of your natural hair protected. Also wearing a sating bonnet or scarf under your scarf is recommended to decrease breakage (I’m usually fine without one, but if your hair is super fragile I suggest you wear one πŸ˜‰ )

Style One – Jumbo Top Knot

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For this head wrap style you will need to put your hair in a bun on the top of your hair. If your hair is long this will be easy. If your hair is a bit short, you can use a scarf underneath to create a bun. Secure the bun with bobby pins or hair pins, making sure it’s not too tight. Then take the scarf and place it on the back of your hair, near your nape, making sure to be in the middle of the scarf. Twist the scarf in the front of the hair to prepare to wrap around your bun. Just keep wrapping until you use up all of the scarf, tuck the end piece of the scarf under the rolls, and your done!

Style Two – Twisted Crown Bun

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For this bun head wrap style you will need to put your hair in a bun in the back of your hair. Again if your hair is short, you can enhance your bun with a small scarf to support all of the fabric. Again, secure the bun with your bobby pins. This can be either tight, or puffy, depending on how you want the end result to be. I prefer the bigger look, so my bun is puffy.

Twist the scarf, but instead of wrapping it around the bun, wrap it around the crown of your head, making sure to twist as you go around. Once you’ve done that, keep wrapping until you meet the bun on the other side, and wrap the rest of the fabric around the bun. Secure under the rolls, using a bobby pin to keep it put just in case. This style is complete! πŸ˜‰

 

Style Three – Jumbo Twisted Bun

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You set up your natural hair similarly to the Twisted Crown bun, having the hair in the back. I prefer my bun to be poofy again, however for an even more conservative look, I’ll make the bun tighter. Wrap the scarf around the perimeter of the bun until all the fabric is gone. Then tuck the ends under the rolls to secure.

 

Which style is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Chunky Twists on your Natural Hair Only – My Review


Twists are one my favorite protective styles for natural hair. Twisting natural hair can help stretch the hair to avoid tangles. But it also provides a great style option that is versatile. They can be pinned up in a bun or updo, or worn down to show that length! Of course, my favorite thing about them is that I can still have neat hair while I’m going to the gym or working out 5x a week.

(Twists done on blown dry hair)

 

As I am experimenting with long term protective styling, I fell in love again with twists, but specifically Chunky Twists on my natural hair. Instead of the usual tight mini twists that I’m used to, I decided to switch it up. I like the look of using additional hair like marley hair for twists, but I hate how heavy and thick they are. So I stretch my hair using my tension method blow drying technique, or a braid out using about 4-6 braids in my hair, and loosely twist my hair.

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(Twists done on hair that was air dried, using braid out method)

I use a light gel and leave in to keep my hair bouncy but moisturized. They are just like regular twists, except you don’t twists tightly, and you move quickly down the section. I’ve done them both with blown out hair, and hair that has been stretched with braids. In my opinion, the blown out hair is more fluffy, while the air dried natural hair still twisted kinda tightly.

So far these are my favorite compared to the box braids done on my natural hair Let me know if you try them out πŸ˜‰

 

What’s your favorite protective style? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Do I regret Dyeing My Natural Hair?


I get asked this questions sometimes, especially when I talk about how my hair has changed, or the different methods I have to take to style my hair.

However, my answer is no, I don’t regret dyeing my natural hair!

If you can’t tell by my Instagram or blog πŸ™‚ I enjoy the different vibrant hues that hair can hold. It’s beautiful to me and I enjoy being able to maintain my hair long, while still having color.

One thing that has helped in easing my nerves is being prepared and knowing what my hair could handle, and what I need to stop doing after dyeing my hair.

In 2014, I did experience some color damage because I didn’t know what I was doing at the time. I had no knowledge of color safety procedures, color-treated hair care routines, or products that would benefit my hair.

After that horrible experience, I had to slowly trim off my hair (my version of a big chop haha) and nurture my hair back to health.

In the meantime I gained knowledge on the proper methods of achieving color and how to maintain natural hair when it’s color treated. Just Recently I’ve been on a protective style challenge trying to ensure my hair stays long by minimizing my breakage. You can see some tidbits on my journey in my recent blog post “What Wearing Protective Styles Did to My Natural Hair

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I think more than ever, I’m glad to have (long) color treated natural hair and I have goals to grow it to great lengths! I do have plans to dye my hair again, this time without bleaching, so stay tuned for that!

Have any questions about my natural hair? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

Box Braid on Natural Hair Only – My Review


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During my protective style journey slash challenge, I experimented with twists using my natural hair see my explanation in my recent blog post β€œWhat Wearing Protective Styles for 3 months did to my Natural Hair” However, I also experimented with using box braids on my natural hair without adding any hair to it.

Is it cute or nah?

This is not my favorite style to be honest. Without added hair the braids look thin and I felt sent back to elementary school age when my mom used to braid my hair so I would stop playing with it. Or at least I looked very snoop dog-ish lol.

How did I style them?

Although they do look a bit childish, they were awesome under my hair wraps! I was able to put the braids in a bun using only a ponytail holder (hair tie, headband, whatever people call them lol) and just wrap my fabric around.

Would I rock them in the future?

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I appreciated how neat my head wraps were while having the braids, my hair is usually bulky when I wrap my hair after putting in a bun so this was a pro for me. As a style by itself I feel like these box braids using only my natural hair are a big NO. However when considering other styles like wearing the box braids under a hat, using the braids for a headwrap, or using the box braids for a neater wig lay I’m down!

I’m actually considering reinstalling these braids when I start rocking some DIY crochet braid wigs.

Have you tried wearing box braids using your natural hair only? Let me know in the comments!

What Wearing Protective Styles for 3 months did to my Natural Hair


Earlier this year I decided to do something different and dyed my natural hair a gorgeous copper red color. You can check out my process of dyeing my natural hair in my blog post β€œColoring my Natural Hair: Copper Brown and Raspberry Twist by Adore.”

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It was super pretty and I enjoyed the fullness that my hair had. My braid outs and twist outs looked extra gorgeous being accented with the red and I didn’t see any damage to my hair after processing with the bleach. I was so happy and really enjoyed taking pictures, I even rented a camera and had a mini photoshoot (don’t judge me lol)

However as the months went on, I noticed how my hair started to feel a little rough (dry), and saw some breakage around the middle of my hair.

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I totally forgot that dyed natural has to be treated with 10x as much care as before. Instead I was constantly touching my hair, putting it in puffs, brushing it to be detangled for a braid out, or even constantly retwisting my hair to have a cute twistout. Doing that, my hair paid for it, and I noticed a lot of breakage.

I’m not one to quickly reach for scissors to cut my hair in hopes that it would make it β€œhealthier”. I realize that it was my routine and if I wanted to see my hair thrive I needed to change my routine! Β  So for the past 3 months, starting in April, I decided to do a lot of long term protective styling. So I would avoid using combs and dentagnling brushes, and only finger detangle, then put my hair in twists. I would alternate between fluffy loose twists done on dry hair, and tight mini twists done on wet hair.

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I would wash my hair every 2 weeks in the twists, let them air dry, and then recycle the parts by undoing the twists one by one, finger detangling, adding my leave in and oils, and then retwisting. I did the same thing adding extensions for marley twists.

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I also experimented with braids using the same sections, and using headwraps so I had more style options. I also trimmed my hair once to get rid of some damaged ends as I noticed a lot of single strand knots. Β  At the end of May, I got tired of this and did rock my signature puff for a while, and a few buns just to switch it up.

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Recently, I blew out my hair using warm heat just to see where my hair is at and I’m in love!! It looks a lot fuller especially at my roots, and I noticed some growth. My hair grew about an inch and half so I’m excited to see what my hair length will be at the end of this year.

 

Do you do any long term protective styling? Let me know in the comments!

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Two 3-Minute Hairstyles for Natural Hair


Hi Natural hair Beauties!

I was sent this gorgeous headband from Accented GloryΒ to style and give a review. Tonya, the designer, was very sweet when sending me this item and she chose the perfect headband for my hair’s thickness!

**All feelings are my personal opinion**

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I was able to use this headband for two of my signature lazy girl hair styles: High puff, and low pony.

However, I wanted to try something new and did a “double low-pony” style that came out cuter than I expected lol.

 

 

To see how I styled my hair, you can watch this video here:

My Review of the headband:

I absolutely LOVE this headband! I’ve always had issues with headbands not being able to stretch over all of my hair, so they end up breaking. With the adjustable feature of this headband I did not experience that at all.

The adjustable feature is my favorite (if you can’t tell lol) and I enjoyed not having to use any gels or pomades to get my edges to lay.

The colors of the headband are very vibrant and will most likely be a staple piece for me in the summer time.

How Can I Get a Headband?

If you’re interested in finding out more about Accented Glory’sΒ Β headband selection, make sure to check out their Website and Facebook Page:

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FB Page:Β https://www.facebook.com/AccentedGlory

Make sure to let Tonya know I sent you πŸ˜‰