For An Optimist, I Can Be Pretty Pessimistic

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Hellurrr!

As you know, I’m wearing Finger coils at the moment and I love them! This is a little funny because I was SO ready to give up on all of my three attempts. I started on Saturday as I watched Pocahontas. At the end of the movie, I hadn’t achieved much :/

Sunday, I loosened Saturday’s work because I wanted to wet my whole head. I figured spraying would be too much work when I could just rinse it. But guess what? My roommate made jollof rice and I ate too much and couldn’t achieve much after that.

My negative goggles were proper thick last weekend shaaaa! I just couldn’t see any good coming out of what I was doing. To my eyes, my coils were too poofy, too rough, not pretty. The hair itself was looking dull to me, like it wasn’t dark enough, like it had no shine. I was whining, wondering if all the stress was worth it, but my roommate kept encouraging me (thank you, F!!) So Monday I stayed home and finally finished the work.

On Tuesday when I woke up, I actually wasn’t sure I could make it to work (real vain, I know), but after a while, I decided I would risk it, pulling out my makeup bag for morale support. Who else does this? I don’t usually wear makeup to work, it’s much too hot! But I stepped into the light (literally), looked in the mirror, and saw that I didn’t NEED makeup to pick me up. My hair was cute, not bad at all for a first attempt, I was good to go! AND my hair was dark and lovely and shiny!

Up close

Yes indeed!

How did I not see that? I really wonder what was happening over the weekend!

I’m happy I kept going. One more style I like, one more style I’ve learnt to do!! Yay!

Today’s lesson, kids: Don’t let doubt and negativity hold you back from trying something new in life or hair. Don’t obsess about being perfect, just keep going, Keep Moving Forward!! 🙂

Yours truly was featured on Queen of Kinks over at NenoNatural this week! Please go check it out here, thank you 🙂

Love & Lots of Positivity,

AB

xx

And oh, just in case you haven’t noticed, there’s a new page on the blog- Need Help? FAQs. I’d like to know your thoughts, please and thank you. 🙂

Styling Adventures: Finger Coils!

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Today I’m sharing my current hair style: Finger coils!

Simply put, a Finger coil is achieved by twirling and twirling a section of hair with, and round your finger. Stay with me.

What You NEED:

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  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Gel [I used Pink EcoStyler]
  • Wide tooth comb + Denman brush + Rat tail comb

I Also Used:

  • CeCees Curls Whipped Shea Butter
  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil (Sunny Isle) from The Kinky Apothecary. 

Considering how humid these parts are, I was advised by twitter curlfriend @PharmNikki, to avoid products with glycerine. Glycerine is a humectant, it draws moisture into your hair which is mostly a good thing, except when you’re trying to avoid frizz.

The only gel I have (Eco Styler) contains glycerine, so I didn’t want to use any of my humectant-packed leave-ins. My hair was freshly hydrated and well conditioned after Washday, so as I put the wet hair in sections, I sealed with the Whipped Shea Butter.

This style took me over 4 hours to do (I’m quite the snail it seems), so to do each section, I:

  • Undid the chunky twists
  • Sprayed water
  • Rubbed a little JBCO to aid detangling
  • Got to work.

The Main the Main: How To Do Your Coils

You need to see a video to really get it, so here’s this one from MyNaturalSistas:

For a coil to hold, it’s best to work on wet hair, with the aid of some styling gel.

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You are advised to detangle hair very very thoroughly before you get a-twirling, so that take-down isn’t a nightmare. Which was why I detangled in this order: Fingers, Wide-tooth comb, Denman brush and finally Tail comb. I’ll let you know if all the combing was worth it when I take this down.

Long story short: Wet hair- Apply Gel- Thoroughly detangle- Twirl.

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In other news, my hair isn't longer than it was in September :(

In other news, my hair isn’t longer than it was in September 😦

tayaaad.

tayaaad.

look at that belly well well! It won't be here in 3 months!!

look at that belly well well! It won’t be here in 3 months!!

Front

Front

Back/side

Back/side

Aerial view LOL from the top

Aerial view LOL from the top

Up close

Up close

Signing out with a pout. Peace.

Signing out with a pout. Peace!!

Maintenance

So far, I spritz with plain water when it feels dry. Then I rub oil on my palms and just spread it over to seal. And I tie it down with a scarf at night, to prevent the coils from taking awkward positions.

A Warning

Can you see how this style looks similar to dreadlocks? It’s very easy for hair to matt and start loc’ing in this state, so you are advised not to leave it in for long- i.e. not more than 2, 3 weeks.

Finger Coils, Are They Worth It?

Yes my roots are quite poofy but Lord knows I tried. Like I always say, A for Effort!! 🙂 I trust I’ll get better with time. This hair took a lot of time to do (5-6 hours in total), and I haven’t detangled like that in ages! I kept thinking about my comb avoidance policy, but if this lasts me 2 weeks, I think the effort would be well justified & I’d definitely do this again. *fingers crossed*

Why Finger Coils Rock

In addition to being cute, one thing to note about Finger Coils is that this style looks great on high and low density hair alike. I think it’s even an advantage with low density hair (that is, hair that isn’t very full). You could go see Black Zulu’s pretty Finger coils over at her blog here.

Styling short natural hair can be a conundrum. This style looks cute on all lengths, but it’s better for us shorties cos we don’t have as much hair to work with.

And I think Finger Coils look even cuter on Tapered hair cuts (this is you if your hair is shorter at the back and in the sides)

So luvvies. What do you think? Have you ever Finger coiled? Would you try? What style are you wearing right now?

Love,

AB

xx

P.S. You can get EcoStyler for 1000 naira from The Kinky Apothecary. Contact information for both the Apothecary and CeCees Curls is in the Where To Find Directory.