A Picture Tutorial- Crochet Braids with Kinky Extensions

Hey guys!

Twice on the blog, I have said that crochet braiding is super easy. To prove it, here’s this picture tutorial showing you how.

It was a bit of a battle making this sha so I hope you get it 🙂 Camera quality, lighting and the fact that I was trying to capture working with black extensions and a black bobby pin on dark hair but I think I succeeded. I did 3 different shoots for this on 3 different days, and this was the best day, so I hope it’s a good enough illustration.

These photos were taken by my brother.  🙂

ALL I USED:

Extensions- 2 packs of Noble Afro Kinky (or was it Afro Twist?) Braid. Same ones you can use to do kinky twists.

Big bobby pin. <- you can use a small pin, but it’s stressful.

PREPARATION

On clean well conditioned hair, do your cornrows. I got just 5 or 6 cornrows. If you’re wondering why, it’s because kinky extensions are bulky, and for this reason, making 12, 13 cornrows is a waste of time.

2 packs of hair got me this fullness and the hair came already separated in strands, and I worked with about 50 something in total. I was able to crochet 10 strands onto each cornrow.

Get your hair braided in the pattern that you think would best interpret the look you’re going for. Do you want a leave-out? Closed side parting? Centre parting? Let that be your guide. You can also flat twist if you like.

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Ready? Let’s Go! 🙂

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Turbanista!

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straight face, just because!

Story, Story! Story!!

One blessed day, I twisted my hair with a crazy load of home-made Flaxseed Gel. I’m quite heavy handed with products. Nothing like dime size in my book LOL but clearly, I have to add flaxseed gel to the short list of exceptions. Two days later, I unraveled with the hopes of having a bomb twist out BUT, it was a tragedy. I had some definition alright, but I had lots of flakes on my hair (not scalp). White, grey, brown, I’m not sure what the exact colour of the annoying things was, but it was totally unacceptable.

I was running late for CDS though, so I had to think fast. After being frantic, I decided to wear a turban for the first time in a long while. Super chic, and your hair is completely protected from the elements, or tucked out of sight, whatever your motive. #Winning!

I promised Rachel I’d do a tutorial, and its been a whole month since then! *covers face* I finally got round to making a quick video (2 minutes!) showing how I tie my turban, you can see it below. I hope it looks as easy as it actually is. Super easy. My scarf dimensions: 35 x 35 inches.

On YouTube, this video is best viewed full screen. Appaz, recording with an iPhone in the normal vertical position is a bad idea. When uploaded, you have to rotate it if you aren’t viewing it on iTunes, and then the videos are long and skinny like the phone screen. No bueno. 😦 I hope it’s helpful still? Let me know!

Hm. Now that I look at it. The result in the video is slightly different from that in this photo. This is because my hair was bigger on the day of the first photo, and I didn’t have much of a “flap” to work with that day as the scarf had a lot more hair to cover. If you’re wondering what flap I speak of, please watch the video and thumbs up, share, subscribe if you like! 🙂

cheese!! :D

cheese!! 😀

If I remember correctly, I purchased this scarf at Le Petit Marche in 2011. 1500 Naira well spent!

Note-to-self: I need more scarves.

Love,

AB,

xx

Video shot by my ever helpful roommate F, with an iPhone 5S and edited with Windows Movie Maker. 🙂

P.S. I’m a JJC to this business of vlogging. As always, your comments and tips are welcome! 🙂

P.P.S. I don’t know if you care, but just because I always want to ask “What color/shade is that?” when I see brown girls rocking colour, lippie information is as follows:

MAC Heroine (top photo) and MAC Ruby Woo (bottom photo)

On My Mind: Genie Locs!

Protective Styling is my great hair agenda for 2014, and I’m going to have a lot of fun with this, I can tell.

Top of my list of styles I want to try is… Genie Locs! Also known as Loc Extensions, Wrapped Extensions, whatever you want to call it, here’s what I’m talking about.

Tell me, whose locs are real? And who’s wearing extensions? Can you tell?

I’m a big fan of dreadlocks, and I love anything that would let me key into my inner rasta without the commitment. Genie Locs are it yo. Closer than kinky twists, Havana twists, these ones are right on the mark.

A few weeks ago, I youtube’d for a how-to, and I found this really good tutorial by vlogger, ImShineStruck.

Really simple, and no special extensions needed- just good old regular braiding hair (Expressions, Darling, any Kanekalon hair of your choice) and some Kinky hair.

I’ve even seen some locs with Yarn instead of Kinky Hair. Good too, but I prefer the way the Kinky locs look.

I’m SO looking forward to trying this. I need the weather to be much much cooler in the daytime though. Harmattan here hasn’t decided what it’s going to be, and I just got box braids today anyway, so I’m holding onto this thought for a while longer.

There you have it guys!

What do you think? Have you tried Genie Locs? Would you be trying this style out?

Till next post,

Love,

AB

P.S. Only Ayo is wearing extensions (Image 3)

DIY: How to make Coconut milk and Extra Virgin Coconut oil.

Bonjour everyone!!

Last weekend, my aspiring mixtress took over, and I made ATTEMPTED TO MAKE Coconut Oil for the first time. Everything was going well until I was almost done. I tweeted about my progress and a few people asked about my method. The title of this post really should be- “Tweeted too soon.” Insert lone tear. 😦

In this post, I’m setting out a method/recipe and I’ll also be showing you my progress, and telling you where I failed. If you try, I hope you do better than I did! If you have a few hints for us aspiring Coconut oil makers, please holler in the comments.

As a true champion, I refuse to accept defeat but time has become a little more precious. Can’t be blending coconuts just to prove a point. When I finally try again and succeed, I’ll be back! ^.^

Aaaaaaanyway, here’s how:

What You Need:

Coconuts (I used 3)

Knife or grater

Food processor, blender

Clean cloth

Clear containers

STEPS

COCONUT MILK

  1. Break your coconuts and extract the meat. You could read about how to do this here. I had someone break mine for me.

    Coconuts!

    Coconuts!

  2. Break it up. You could grate your coconut meat- or you could do what I did, chop it into pieces.

    Chop chop

    Chop chop

  3. If you’re grating, you can skip this step. Soak your chopped coconut in hot water for 15 minutes, to soften the membrane.

    Soak in hot water for 15 minutes

    Soak in hot water for 15 minutes

  4. Blend the coconut bits, with a little water of course. Don’t break your (mama’s) blender. [If you’ve got a Food Processor, put your coconut bits in it before transferring to the blender.]
    Blending time. Be easy.

    Blending time. Be easy.

    You’re left with coconut puree.

  5. Time to squeeze.
    The sieve wasn't enough. I had to squeeze the pulp with my hands- next time, I'll be using a clean cloth to strain.

    The sieve wasn’t a great idea. I had to squeeze the pulp with my hands- to get more milk out, and I got little bits in my milk. Next time, I’ll be using a clean cloth to strain.

    In the photo, you see that I began with a sieve. Bad idea (if the coconut milk is going anywhere near your hair that is) It’s better to get a clean cloth- maybe a new handkerchief or a pillowcase. Put the coconut puree in and squeeze. This is the best way to ensure you get the milk out, with no bits.

  6. Now, you have Coconut milk. If that’s all you want, you can stop here. If you’re interested in making coconut oil, proceed.

    L- Coconut milk R- the residue

    L- Coconut milk R- the residue

COCONUT MILK TO COCONUT OIL

  1. Pour your Coconut milk in a clear container and place in the fridge for like an hour
  2. After an hour or two, you’ll observe two layers.

    Layers of coconut milk: Top layer- Full coconut cream Bottom layer- Skim milk.

    Layers of coconut milk: Top layer- Full coconut cream Bottom layer- Skim milk.

  3. The bottom layer is the watery skim milk, but the top layer is thick and creamy. This is the full cream part of your coconut milk, the richest bit.
  4. Scoop the top layer (coconut cream) out, into another clear container.

    Coconut cream

    Coconut cream

  5. You can still use the bottom layer to cook or do anything you want. If you want some of the rich cream, now is the time to take that out.
  6. Set the coconut cream on a warm-ish surface. Not under direct heat, but somehow close to it, like beside your cooking top or on top of your fridge. Leave it there for 24-48 hours. Covered of course.
  7. Again, you have 2 layers. The top layer is the curd, the fermented cream. The bottom layer is what you want, the oil.

    On top of the fridge. Top Layer- fermented curd. Bottom layer- oil

    On top of the fridge. Top Layer- fermented curd. Bottom layer- oil

  8. Put the container in the fridge so that the layers can set.
  9. Scoop, or scrape off the now semi-solid layer of curd.

    As I didn’t succeed at this point, here’s this Image from WikiHow showing you what it should have been like.

  10. Voila. Your very own extra virgin coconut oil. At room temperature, it will be liquid again. 😀

Between Step 8 and Step 9, I got into trouble. After 24 hours, the layers looked pretty separated to me so I put it the bowl in the fridge to set and I guess I left it in for too long. When I brought it out, I didn’t have a semi-solid layer of curd. I had pretty solid matter in my bowl. I microwaved for 1 minute ( ._.) and was able to lift the thick layer of curd. However, I noticed the base of the bowl was like a bed of coconut bits. Because I didn’t scoop the curd in the most delicate manner, I had a bit left, mixed in with what should have been my coconut oil. I put it in the fridge again to see if it could re-separate again but after hoursss, I didn’t have solids again but I just had this mix of (Again, what I imagine was oil) and floating curd. It was NOT pretty so I spared you guys the hardship of a photo of my mess. 😦

There are other ways to make Coconut oil which require heat after step 4. For one of them, you could read how-to here.  Maybe another day I’ll try this too.

To the person wishing to try, here’s a final note from the good people of the interwebs: As an amateur, you might find that you still have traces of curd in your oil. This can cause the oil to go “bad”, smell funky or not last as long as it should. You might want to make coconut oil in small amounts until you perfect your moves.

And yes, you can also make Coconut oil from store-bought tinned Coconut milk but how cost effective is that?

*Thanks to Renegade Kitchen and Wiki-how for showing me how!

Till next time,

AB

x

P.S. Don’t just throw away all your Coconut residue. Google for great food ideas. I saved my residue, and maybe in later posts, I’ll show you how I put mine to good use.