So today, I decided, is the day where I start taking this blog seriously. No matter how short my post will be, I need to start from somewhere. I did my hair myself 2 weeks ago and I’m pretty impressed with the results, so I thought what other blog topic will suffice than that of one of the things I love; NATURAL HAIR! 😀
I have not braided my hair myself in a very long time, but I want to get back into it again for a couple of reasons.
- So that I can get better at it, after all practice does make perfect.
- I do not like having the same hairstyle for more than 3 weeks maximum so I want to be able to change it up whenever I feel like without the hassle of organizing a hairdresser.
- I live in Aberdeen, and the availability of hair dressers is very limited (but yet again I don’t know a lot of people so maybe I am not looking in the right places). Aberdeen is also very expensive and I just cannot justify spending so much money on HAIR! I mean, I would rather save up that money for something worthwhile. By the way, I am not tight-fisted when it comes to money, I just like spending my money on something that would do me good, like food! haha :).
- I am very careful about who does my hair also. Before I go and get my hair done, I always emphasize to the person doing my hair that I have a LOT of hair and it’s NATURAL. A lot of people get scared when they see how much hair I have and I always feel bad for someone that has to do it, but to their amazement, they see how soft it is and I get the “Oh it doesn’t look soft but it feels soft” or ” How did you get it so soft and long?” and so on. P.S. I intend to have a lot of more natural hair posts on here to address all these questions, even though I feel like the whole natural hair “guru world” is completely saturated and I don’t want to be tagged as that but I will like to help other people in their journey to become natural as I get so many questions about it.
So now that I’ve addressed my reasons of why I want to start doing my hair myself, I will now go into how I did it:
- The “know-how” of how to braid and twist – I’ve always known how to braid and twist hair so I really did not have to learn this. The only obvious consideration was making the braid pattern on my own head and the awkward angles in which I would be braiding. It takes a lot of time, arm strength (who needs the gym?) and patience but it can be done. I am not an expert yet but I will get there with time.
- Products – I kept my products to the minimum for this style; from washing to conditioning to moisturizing. I first washed my hair with TreSemme Shampoo Luxurious Moisture. I then deep conditioned my hair with a home-made mixture containing TreSemme Conditioner Luxurious Moisture, Honey and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. After rinsing this out, I divided my hair into 6 big twists whilst moisturizing and sealing my hair with Cantu Shea Butter NO Drip Hair & Scalp. I left it to air-dry overnight and the next day, I was ready for braiding. When I was braiding and twisting my hair, I used the Entwine Couture “The Ultimate Natural Hair Styler” and “Exotique Butter Crème Hydrator”.
- The hair-style inspiration – I am a big lover of Youtube and I could literally stay on it for hours watching random stuff and then of course my Youtube gurus, whether it be on natural hair, make-up, fashion, lifestyle, inspirational or religious topics. One of my main natural hair gurus is neffyfrofro. You should check her out. She’s dead ‘gawgeouss’, she has fabulous hair and she does very good creative up-do videos. The hairstyle I attempted to do is similar to one of her videos. You will find her Youtube page by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/user/FusionofCultures
So I parted my hair into three sections; two small sections on either side of my head, each from top to bottom and a large section in the middle. I started braiding the right side (start off with whichever side is comfortable for you), and sectioned them into small sections, plaiting them from the side of my head towards the middle, and twisting the ends. I did this for tides of my head and did single strand twists in the middle. And that is pretty much it! Here are the results!
This style is so versatile, I can style it in so many different ways.
I hope you beauties enjoyed this. Let me know if any of you try these styles. I would love to see pictures! 🙂
Until next time xoxo