Blending My Nazuri Curls: Step 1

Hi guys!

Apologies for the post that went up earlier in the day. I had to take it down as it wasn’t quite finished yet. Blogging has been a little less convenient in recent times but there’s so much we have to share with you guys so please hang in there with us!

I’m wearing a sew-in weave at the moment. The hair is from Nazuri Curls, in their Afro texture (formerly known as the Afro Kinky Curly). I loved it last year and I still love it now. Last year I wore it really big for the most part as I was pretty much my own boss. But now, I have to look “professional”, “fit and proper” and as a rookie in the game, the last and truly the least (for now) I just have to respect myself and conform. So instead of fixing two and a half (or more) bundles as I did last time, I used under two bundles.

Courts officially go on vacation today, so in celebration, I added a little more hair to the front. Let the shakara continue! lol

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I’m not sad, I promise lol

But in the first two weeks, I tried to keep it real, and make the weave look super ordinary, like it were my hair.

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Elevator Selfie!

More about this later.

Blending is an art, sisters and brothers. Not always easy but definitely worth the trouble. This hair originally came in Color 4.

While Color 4 was the colour of my hair when relaxed, it has become darker on my natural hair journey.

Because I was leaving a lot of hair out, I decided to dye the curls. I used 2 boxes of the Creme of Nature with Argan Oil dye in Intense Black.

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My natural hair is dark most times but it is not Intense Black. I later saw a Soft Black shade of the same dye, maybe that would have been closer to home. But whatever, really- this sha brought the extensions closer to my hair colour than the previous Colour 4.

So. The dye job. How did this go?

1. I laid old newspapers on the floor, and then polythene/plastic bags over them.

2. The hair was already nice and clean and mostly detangled. Remember I made a wig with it that didn’t turn out perfect? I dismantled the wig and laid the hair out on nylon bags.

3. Mixed the dye according to instructions. Pretty simple. I poured the Creme into the applicator bottle containing the developer. After shaking well, I was ready to apply immediately. 

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4. I applied the dye by streaking the extensions with it like so:

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5. After doing this, I used my hands (gloved) to smooth it into the extensions. When I was satisfied, I put the hair into a Ziploc bag.

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*repeat till all hair covered*

6. The instructions said to leave for 30 minutes, but I had to leave the dye on for one hour. Why? I originally bought just one box of dye lol and had to run out to buy another when I Realised my mistake. It was all good, after all it’s not like the dye was anywhere near my scalp. 

7. Still following the instructions, I shampooed the hair. This stops the bleeding. At first I just rinsed the dye off but the colour kept running. 

8. Then, I conditioned the hair with Hello Hydration and returned it to another Ziploc bag to soak in the moisture for thirty minutes. 

9. Rinsed conditioner out with cool water, moisturised and sealed with my Cantu leave-in & Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey (a pomade) 

10. Hung hair on hangers to dry. Fin. 

End result: black curls! IMG_5070

This took me about 3 hours in all (minus air drying time) though I’d definitely have been faster if I didn’t have to leave to go buy more dye.

I got the dyes from a supermarket in my area for 1,200 naira each. This particular brand I’ve seen retailing between 900 and 1200. It’s pretty common, don’t let anybody swindle you.

Remember. From now till October 12, 2015 you can get 10% off your Nazuri Curls purchases with the discount code: KINKANDI

Love,

AB,

xx

Self Maaaade! : Havana Twists

Hey guys!

Last Monday, I decided to get my hair did. Havana twists had been on my mind since March, so I knew just what I was going to do.

Rather than go to the salon, I got my tools together and set up a mini salon at home, in front of the TV. I had seen Jouelzy’s invisible root Havana twist tutorial (below) like 10 times and it looked so easy, I really wanted to try it.

I had also seen another Havana twists tutorial by youtuber, GodCallsMeBeloved using a different technique, and this infographic on Finger Comber. I decided to go with Jouelzy’s.

Hair prep: I co-washed my hair, moisturised with Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Repair Cream, and sealed with Olive Oil. Then I put my hair in chunky twists.

I blow-dried one section- with medium heat, but I didn’t do this when I got to subsequent ones because I felt the twists stretched my hair well enough.

For this, I used my usual Supreme Royal Silk Afro Twist Braid extensions. To be as thick as I wanted, I needed 4 strands of the extensions for each Havana twist. And to be as long as I wanted, I didn’t cut the extensions in any way. Before twisting, I fluffed each strand of the braiding hair.

My progress in pictures:

My usual kinky extensions, Supreme Royal Silk Afro Twist Braid Hair

My usual kinky extensions, Supreme Royal Silk Afro Twist Braid Hair

1, 2, 3, 4 strands

1, 2, 3, 4 strands

my 4 strands picked out

my 4 strands picked out

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the very first twist

the very first twist

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Invisible roots

Invisible roots

All done! 😀

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Well, no. Not really.

My 3 packs of braiding hair could only do about three quarters of my head. I was able to do about 21 twists. The whole process took me 4 hours (1pm-5pm) and I was not in the mood to take a walk to go buy more hair as I was definitely in no mood to continue working that day! So I chunky twisted what was left of my own hair and tucked it in. My own twists blended in nicely with the Havana twists.

I was pretty pleased with my results, especially as it was my first time twisting or braiding my own hair or anyone else’s for that matter. I’m not very good with my hands- but I’m trying to be.

The next day, I was with my mom doing some rounds, and 4 different people complimented my hair. When they asked, “Where did you make it?” it felt really good to say “I did it myself!”  ^__^

My excitement and gloating aside, I know my twists weren’t perfect:

To my eyes, the first twist was the best. The others were slightly poofier because I just couldn’t keep my twisting firm. Also, when you twist, you’re supposed to twist in the same direction all the way but I got confused or forgot myself on quite a few.

Finally, because of the poofiness, the hair seemed a little heavy. I do like big hair, but I was worried about this because I still needed to add at least one more pack of hair- and if the additional twists looked like this, it would definitely be annoying to manage.

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Have a look at my sleeping situation Monday & Tuesday nights 😦

I had no hairnet to squeeze it into and my bonnet was much too small.

I had no hairnet to squeeze it into and my bonnet was much too small.

So, on Wednesday- I got my fourth pack of braiding hair. I had to decide whether to add it to what I had or start all over. Wednesdays are my DC days and my hair LOVES its weekly dose of Honey and Olive Oil. I only had 20 twists to loosen so I just decided to go on and take them off. I washed, deep conditioned, moisturised & sealed, chunky twisted, and then I went to the salon. Between all the typing I had to do in preparing Going Back To Natural, and trying to function with a BB missing some keys (the struggle!), my fingers had cramps! I couldn’t commit my hands again to twisting for hours.

I showed my stylist the pictures and she looked like she meant it when she said I shouldn’t have loosened the hair, I should have just brought it as it was for her to finish. ^_^ Also, I was a little smug about the fact that she didn’t know how to do the Invisible roots method. Ha! #JouelzyTaughtMe!

I learnt a few things from watching my stylist, and I’ll be trying this again one day. Hopefully, I’ll be better. 😀

I’m happy wearing my salon-made twists, but I’m not totally over myself yet and the fact that ‘I Can!’. These photos of my own twists make me mentally do the Rozay grunt! Okay, I’m going to stop now.

Self-maaaaaade! *haughn*!!

Till next post,

Love,

AB

xx