From Ho-Hum to Huge

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As I indicated yesterday, I was asked to be a guest speaker at a High School Natural Hair Workshop. So, of course I wanted to rock “impressive” hair ;). I was still wearing the twists that I installed on Sunday and, though they are fine for day to day, they just weren’t going to cut it for this! Therefore, I released the twists (which I’d set on rollers on Sunday night) to get the defined, but flat twist out in the picture on the left. It was fine, but just not what I was going for as it was too tame and flat for me.

So, I decided to “volumize it” and here is a video explaining how I did it!

And here are a couple of pics from the workshop with the organizers and other speakers!


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  1. Shelli,
    Your hair looks great! I had a quick hair question:). The routine I use for my hair is… Every friday night I wash my hair with herbal essence products or Influance products. After i shampoo my hair. I two strand twist my hair and do my own homemade deep condition treatment using extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, honey, sometimes (mayo) depending on whats in the house. I add essential oils, peppermint, rosemary and a few others. Over the past year and half I’ve been doing this treatment. My hair has grown to about the middle of my neck when straghtened it is very shiney. I was wondering when is the best time to try and get your hair trimmed of split ends. I talked to a few stylist. Some suggest to trim every 6 to 8 weeks. Other stylist say to trim every 2 1/2 months. I really try my best to not put heat on my ends unless it is time for my trim. My goal is to grow my hair to my lower back.

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    • Thanks Timber!! I think that you should trim based upon your hair’s condition. There is no single rule. However, I think 6-8 weeks tends to be unnecessary for naturals. To me, it typically results in them cutting off any growth that you realized as the average growth rate is 1/2 an inch a month. If you get a lot of splits and knots and aren’t cutting them out yourself, once every 4-6 months would be good. I would get a professional trim once every 6 months and I’d usually lose about an inch/inch and a half due to knots and splits. Like you, I didn’t want heat in my hair that often, so once every 6 months was okay. If going 6 months seems to cause more damage, go may need to trim more frequently. And, remember, there are “curl specialist” (like Ouidad and DevaChan trained stylist) who trim curly/natural hair (wet or dry). My last two trims have been on wet hair. One went great (more expensive in the city), the other one did a good shape, but cut off more than I requested. So, that’s the chance you can take with trying someone new and different.

      Good luck!!

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  2. Beautiful hair but it looks like its time for a hair cut with some layers. All the hair is drowning your face. It’s makes you look older. Great video!

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    • I actually tend to wear my hair in updos 5-6 days out of the week or TnCs when it’s down (which brings it up to shoulder length), so I prefer it without layers. This is especially because a layer in the back aggravates the mullet situation in the back due to the different curl patterns. Guess I could get some around my face, but not too concerned about it right now … again, because I wear it up most of the time. But, I will be getting a trim this month (I mentioned it in the description box of the video).

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