Dyeing 4C Natural Hair: How I Became A Coloured Girl

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It finally happened, beauts! It has been a little over a month since I announced here that I will be going grey. For those who have followed parts of my hair journey, you know that I am very spontaneous when it comes to my hair. AB and I call it the anywhere-belle-face approach. From my big chop to my first kiss with heat damage, every decision I have made about my hair has been pretty on the spot – no premeditation. Continue reading

Crochet Braids & More- The Kink and I Salon Is Open For Business!!

Hey guys!

How’s it going on this beautiful Tuesday? *resists the urge to make that joke about the club going up* AB here! 🙂

My experience with crochet braids was just with kinky braiding hair. I say “was” because the ministry is moving forward. Crochet braids are a painless, very convenient way to put in extensions and this month, I got the chance to style curly extensions with the crochet braiding method, twice.

Here in Nigeria, we can flex with braids and twists as often as we want (God sparing our edges) because it’s like what, 3k to get your hair done. 3k is not money to be thrown away, but when you think about our sisters in the diaspora paying $120 to do Havana twists, you’d admit that we have it really good. One of the perks of living at home. 🙂 $120 at the present street rate is 25,200 naira! *clutches chest*

During the break, my cousin in the obodos wanted to go get crochet braids done. I had never tried crochet braiding with curly extensions, and I didn’t ask but I knew it would cost my cousin some amount I wouldn’t like to get her hair done… so I  just felt yo, I can do this. So I offered to make her hair, and she accepted.

I’m not sure I mentioned that it was my first time going curly lol oh wait, I did. I can’t cornrow, so my aunt did the cornrows, and I crocheted the extensions with a bobby pin, as I normally would. See my Picture Tutorial here, I’ve been told it is helpful 🙂

The results were good, not perfect (to my eyes, say 8/10) but apparently nice enough because my sister (who is very particular about detail) really liked my cousin’s hair so she took out her weave so I could do hers before I went back to Lagos. By this time I had moved base to MeeMee’s, so we both did my sister’s hair. MeeMee braided her hair into cornrows, and then we installed the curly extensions, at the same time.

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LOL see her very serious face

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Cornrow pattern: basically all back, with two horizontal braids at the nape. No extensions were used for these cornrows 🙂

We were a little funky on the side for the parting. Not sure why.

Left Side

MeeMee used a latch hook, and I used a bobby pin. Crochet braiding curly hair is a little different from kinky braiding hair because when you secure the loop or knot with kinky hair, it stays. So with the curly hair, we just did the loop twice and moved on. It wasn’t a tight knot but it was definitely well anchored.

When we finished, my sister didn’t like the spacing, she thought the parting too wide. To fix this, we crocheted hair to the “brush”. By “brush, I mean the sides, or base of the cornrows. We had enough “brush” to work with because the cornrows were fat & not too tight. We were very careful here, because one of the points of crochet braiding is to give your hair a break from pulling like with weaves and I was worried that crocheting onto the “brush” would be damaging, but it wasn’t. So far so good. 🙂

She loved her hair, and so did we! Here was the outcome:

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Well blended 🙂

I posted this picture on Instagram & Facebook and got questions about the extensions. For my cousin and my sister, the extensions used were: Freetress Bohemian Curl (or was it Freetress Bohemian Braid), about $5-6 a pack, 4 packs per head.The hair came in singles, not wefted.

You could use less if full hair is not your speed. There’s a listing for this hair on OLX Lagos here– I cannot verify, you transact at your own risk. O.O

I have to say this though:

This hair is prone to tangling anyhow, so the wearer has to take care to detangle well. I love the curls and would love to try them on myself, but I did not buy the hair to bring back home with me because though pretty, it’s just easily tangled synthetic curly hair. My sister has worn it for two weeks now, it still looks great but she’s already dealing with matting & tangling.

Two weeks on, you can see she has already been detangling

Two weeks in, you can see she has already started fighting detangling. Still on fleek though!

I don’t know for sure, but I have a good feeling that I will find a nice cheap synthetic weave with similar curls if I enter the market. When you find one, cut the hair off from the weft, and install as you please with the crochet braiding method. Simple as that. No need to stress yourself searching. 🙂

An extra tip: See Nekisha’s helpful guide for maintaining synthetic curly crochet braids over at Black Zulu!

We’re Open!

That’s not all. The Kink and I salon really is open for business, just not in Lagos.

Our MeeMee is a salon trained braider and stylist. After doing hair for free for many years, she has finally set up shop, over at Style Seat. If you’re in the NYC Area and are willing to go to Harlem to get your braids, kinky twists, Havana twists and even crochet braids, just go over to styleseat.com/thekinkandi to set up an appointment. When you get there, you’ll see that she’s charging a lot lower than the typical braiding appointment in the city. Take advantage of her good conscience while you can! On a good day, jollof rice may be included because she’s nice like that! Don’t say I said so sha ( ._.)

Okay guys. What do you think of the look? Have you ever tried going curly with crochet braids? What’s your favourite cheapey curly synthetic weave? How do you manage easily tangled curls? Let’s talk about it!

Love,

AB,

xx

P.S. More About Crochet Braids, over here

Hairspiration: Edna

Hellur Beauts,

It’s Friday!!! Our hairspiration today is of the Edna-Danger combo variety. Hi Edna!

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Tell us about you!

My name is Edna McKay. I’m 21 years of age, in school for CNA. After I’m done, I plan to enlist in the military to reach my goal in becoming a Nutrition Specialist or an RN.

How long have you been natural? What inspired you to return to your kinks?

I’ve been natural for a year and ten months. I big chopped July 26, 2013. I wanted a different look. I was tired of perming my hair and didn’t even realize I was transitioning lol

Progress through one year!

Progress through one year!

Tell us about your mane.

I’ll start by saying her name lol ‘’Danger’’! She has her own personality. One day she’ll go along with the style, the next day she’ll do her own thing and I’ve learned to work with her.

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Hair be like: “Hey! I’m Edna’s fro but you can call me danger.”

Do you follow a regimen?

Yes, my regimen is co-washing once a week – usually Sunday, shampooing once a month, deep conditioning twice a week, oil rinsing once a week and I make my own products.

What are your staple products?

My staple products are Shea Butter Smooth (My own creation) lol a mixture of Shea butter, coconut oil, aloe vera gel and water. If I don’t have any leftover products, I stick to water, coconut oil and Kinky-Curly Knot Today.

Tell us something ‘Danger’ cannot do without:

My hair cannot do without WATER! Without water my hair would be a field day lol too much work!!

How do you like to wear your hair?

Afros , twist and pins, I love wearing Marley twist during protective style time and I also like blowing it out.

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Are you facing any hair challenges right now or bad habits you’re trying to break?

Not as of now. I finally switched my bad habits. I used to just go to sleep without combing my hair or even without a satin bonnet.

What do you love the most about your hair? What do you like the least?

I love the fact that my hair has so many textures 4a, 4b and 4c so I can do lots of different styles. 🙂 I don’t like that it tangles very easy which sucks cause I’m still tender headed.

What is your hair to you?

My hair is my everything. It represents who I am, I’m as natural as I can be; I stand tall with my crown shining. My natural hair is me.

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Bantu knots ready

Have you received any negativity from others towards your hair? How did/do you deal?

I live in NYC so there are so many naturals which is beautiful but every day I’ll say the white folks just can’t stand it. You’ll get the weird stare or they will start playing in your hair. I just laugh it off lol my family and friends love my hair.

Do you have any hair goals?

I have a long-term goal I want to have mid-back length by my third year I already met my short term goal by making collar bone length.

Before you go, could you share a helpful tip or trick or a remedy you’ve tried & tested in your journey so far?

Protective styling/water is key to hair growth. It may get tiring but when you make your hair goal, you’ll be happy. Water is needed every day.

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Any last words to anyone considering going natural?

The journey will be rough but it will get easy as time goes on. Do what you feel no matter what no one thinks. If they don’t accept it, disregard their negativity. It’s your choice. Do what makes you happy !!

Do you have a blog, twitter, instagram or any other social media you’d like people to connect with you on?

Yes, my Instagram is Bajanluv, my YouTube channel is Edna McKay, and my Facebook page is Edna’snaturalhairjourney!

Thank you so much Edna for sharing Danger with us today!

If you’d like to be our Hairspiration sometime, please leave a comment or email thekinkandi@gmail.com. If you think your friend should be here, spread the gospel and share this with her!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Love,

MeeMee

xx