Chunky Twist Out Results: More Volume and Less Definition 

Here is my Chunky Twist Out results; it didn’t exactly come out how I wanted but it’s all about practice. It came out acceptable to me. 

   
    

I used Vitamin E oil to unravel it. Comment below on what you think or if you have any questions! The products I used are in my previous post. 

-Nansi  

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Didn’t Protect your hair from Ocean Water at the Beach? 

  
   
 
When I go to the beach, I don’t always prep my hair for the drying ocean water that ruins my hair. It is not the end of the world, if you have a protective style or didn’t have time to prep with conditoner. Here is what I did. 

  • Don’t wait to Start: I started on my hair as soon as I got home because I knew my coils will tangle up. I put my hair in 6 sections and deep conditoned with Suave Almond and Shea Butter conditioner. I was very generous with this conditioner because I wanted to coat every strand. I deep conditioned with heat for about 30 minutes. 
  • Cowash: After rinsing, I Cowashed with Shea Moisure’s Coconut & Hibiscous CoWash Conditioning  Cleanser to clean my hair from sand and dirt from the beach.  I made sure to get my scalp as well. I also left some of it in for moisture, my hair was very dry. 
  • Styling:  I put my hair in chunky twists using Shea Moisture’s Coconut& Hibiscous Curling Gel Sourrle.  It was a quick and easy style and this product will lock in moisture if I keep the twists in for more than a day or so. 

That was wash day. The point is to not wait to wash if you didn’t prepare. Deep condition for moisture and Cowash for cleansing. My hair was happy that I did this. 

-I hope this helps! Let me know in the comments beach lovers! 

-Nansi 

Best Twist Out by far 

   
    
 
I have to say this is my best Twist Out by far. I have been practicing this technique for months now and I have seem to got it down packed. 

Products Used to Style: Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap conditioner and Carol’s Daughter Hair Honey Mimosa 

What to do after Protective Styling?

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I finally took out my box braids a few days ago and I am super happy about it. To be honest, I missed my hair and I was going through hair withdrawals because I missed touching my coily strands. After I took out my braids, I noticed the dry condition of my hair. It wasn’t too dirty because I was washing while the box braids were still installed. So I knew I needed to give my hair tons of moisture to bring it back to life.

  • Pre-Pooing: I separated my hair in two half and then I spritz my hair with water just to dampen it. I tied away one half to focus on the other then I coated the side I was working on with Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Hair masque generously. Then I repeated that same step to the other half. The next step was that I separated the costed hair in 7 sections and pinned them away with clips. The last step I double bagged my hair with 2 conditioning caps and let the hair masque sit for about 15-20 minutes.

This helped bring moisture back in my hair and to prevent my hair from drying when I went to shampoo. 

  • Shampoo: After I rinsed out the hair masque, I used Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo to clean my hair and scalp to every section I made previously. I only lathered once before rinsing (That shampoo is very drying) .
  • Conditioning: To replenish the moisture, I used the conditioner from the Black African Soap line from Shea Moisture. I made sure I coated from roots to ends. Don’t forget those thirsty ends! Though, I didn’t rinse it out. I just left it in to keep my hair moist and strong when I styled.
  • Styling: I styled my hair in two strand twists using Carol’s Daughter Hair Honey Mimosa. I allowed my hair to air dry after that. I didn’t bother with heat.

The next Day….

I unraveled my twists with melted Shea Butter on my fingers to avoid some frizz and my hair became very moisturized after that. It came back to it’s strong bouncy self.

The point to this post is to make sure you are cleansing and moisturizing your hair after protective styling. Your hair will need it. 

That’s how my wash day went! I hope this post helped! Let me know if this helped in the comments and tell me what product combinations did you use.

-Nansi

How to Wash Box Braids

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This summer I have decided to get box braids installed again because of my vacation to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. I didn’t want to deal with my loose hair in the scorching heat, especially in a place that doesn’t always have clean water. So I thought box braids was the best option for me to protect my hair from the elements. Though, I packed travel sized hair products (which includes shampoo, conditioner, oils, and a leave-in) because I knew I was going to be swimming in the pool water as well as the ocean water. During the week of my stay in Dominican Republic, I took special care of my hair after my swimming activities. I made sure I washed it carefully after every swim to keep the chlorine and ocean dirt out of my extensions and my natural hair that is under it.  So here are some steps that I took to make sure my hair was squeaky clean.

  • Make sure your Shampoo and Conditioner is diluted: The Shampoo and conditioner must be diluted with water to avoid white residue that can seep into the extensions of the braids. It will make it difficult to wash out. While you are packing the shampoo and conditioner make sure you add water and shake it up evenly.
  • Begin Rinsing your Braids: Make sure your braids and scalp is saturated in warm water. Don’t make the water too hot, that is not necessary. Rinse and squeeze the braids under the shower head to get some dirt out. Do this for 1 minute or 2.
  • Begin Shampooing: Get your shampoo applicator and begin applying your shampoo to your scalp first and begin massaging it vigorously to remove any grime on your scalp. Take at least a couple minutes to do that before your run the rest of the shampoo to the length of the braids slowly. Take your time with shampooing because you want to make sure the ocean water or the chlorine is out of your hair. Once you believe your hair clean enough, just rinse it all out under the shower.
  • Apply the Conditioner: You are applying the conditioner to the strands of your braids all the way down to the end from the roots. Let that sit in your hair for 5 to ten minutes before rinsing it out. It is okay to leave some of the conditioner in as a leave in if you wish. My hair benefits best when I leave some of the conditioner in. My natural hair stays moisturized that way.
  • Towel/T-shirt dry your Braids: You can use a towel or a T-shirt to dry your hair but make sure it is 75% dry before you air it because you will be dripping all over the place. You can also use your blow dryer to speed up the drying process but make sure your dryer is on the lowest heat setting you have.
  • Get the oils: Use any oils you want to massage and moisturize your scalp. Take 5 minutes with massaging your scalp, you want to stimulate hair growth. My favorites are; coconut oil, tea tree oil, and jojoba oil. Also, run the oils along the length of braids to seal moisture.

Additional Tips: 

  • You can use a tooth brush to gel up your edges for a neater look. 
  • You can also use gel to smoothen your frizzy braids because washing does make the braids look a little messy. 

And that is it, you are done! I hope this helps! Let me know how it goes in the comments. 

-Nansi