Happy Naturalversary to me!…2 years post BC
Sooooooo….I absolutely loooooove this style. As the name implies, it’s a blow out followed up by a twist out…It’s absolutely amazing especially if you want a little stretch and fluff.
Each time I do this, the style looks slightly different; from a tight twist out look to a fluffy, Tracee Ellis Ross (TER) look. The style can vary. I’ve learned it depends on the product, the amount used, and whether I use water to assist with the hold.
For anyone interested, here’s what I do for this awesomeness:
Following the wash or co-wash, deep-condish, and detangling, I…
1. Blow dry on a low setting with the Organics heat protectant serum. I then apply extra virgin, cold-pressed olive oil afterwards.
2. Place medium-sized twists all over my head. I part my hair in the middle or the side, then I use my fingers to separate the rest of my hair so I don’t have to stress about hiding defined parts throughout the rest of my head…I usually have approximately 13 twists once I’ve finished.
***For my TER, I use pure shea butter, Shea moisture curling smoothie, and a spray bottle of water as I twist. I am liberal with the shea butter on each section, then toward the ends, I use the Shea moisture and spray a little amount of water on the tips of the twists so I can finger-coil them for a natural curl. That keeps the look natural and prevents the twists from unraveling.
***For a tighter, more defined twist look, I use an ample amount of curling smoothie on each section, and spray water down the shaft of each section before twisting.
3. SLEEP on it in a pineappled style so I can sleep peacefully. I don’t like sleeping with rollers and I hate flattened twists in the morning.
4. Once I wake up, I take my hair out of the pineapple and let the twists hang. To ensure they lay flat, I’ll tie my wrap cap on for about 15 minutes. After I take down the twist, I separate until I’ve reached my *close* to desired fullness. To give me my TER look, I close myself in the bathroom and turn the shower on high heat. My hair absorbs the steam and loves it! It doesn’t shrink too short or anything, just fluffs!
I absolutely love it!
Felt the need to wear my hair up today. Randomly took sections and wrapped it around my pony-tail and this is what came of it! A heart-shaped bun. Didn’t expect it to look like this, but I thought it was cool and worth a post…
Mind you, this is HEAVY, but uncomfortable as previous buns placed directly at the top of my head….
Obviously, I should’ve started this blog topic a while ago…Maybe on day one. But since I didn’t, here we go…better late than never, right? Right!
Anyways, on April 6th of this year, I decided try to free myself from the clutches of heat styling, at least for 6 months…180 days…4320 hours. This decision was big for me. I absolutely LOVE flat ironing my hair. It’s becomes so soft and bouncy. Just full of life! HOWEVER, heat styling is beyond damaging, especially to natural hair, so I chose to focus on the health of my hair…Let me also note that a Facebook friend of mine took on a similar challenge and went from chin-length hair to hair that was a few inches past her shoulders—so she sold me. My hair grows pretty fast, so I figured maybe I can double that…maybe double is too strong of a word, but hey, I’m trying regardless.
During this heat-free season, my hair has taken top priority in my everyday activities. I am very choosy with the products I use—quality, quantity, and frequency of it all. I also enjoy summer-appropriate protective styles (emphasis on summer-appropriate. Not all styles are appropriate for this southern heat, trust me!). I hate my hair being the same way for too long, so I’m changing it often…It’s quite the topic of discussion in the work place (esp being the only AA there).
I will say that this has been one of the best decisions I’ve made for my hair. I’m noticing my curl pattern truly defining itself, and it has definitely grown. I’m not really sure how much, but I can put it into a ponytail (^_^). I’m learning so much about my hair and loving it in its natural state more and more everyday.
This challenge has definitely provided discipline, patience, and a boost of confidence. **Discipline, because I really don’t have any when it comes to my hair. I’m quick to act sporadically without any thought (except revert to creme de la crack), but I’ve had to stay true to my decision in spite of how badly I wanted to do otherwise. **Patience, a foreign idea to me sometimes. So as far as hair health is concerned, I’ve had to take on the quality. And **Confidence, in a small, southern, sometimes closed-minded city like *Knoxville*, natural hair is very rare and sometimes frowned upon, especially in the professional work place. I consider myself to be unique, but it’s something about really going against the norm that makes me feel like I am REALLY being myself.
I’m so very excited about what’s to come in the next 60 something days, for both my hair and spirit. So…yea! I’ll happily update!
Currently wearing: Single braids (may be called block braids to some)