Daily Archives: July 18, 2012

Bantu Knot Faux Hawk

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How fierce and clever is this take on the faux hawk?!?! I’ve been showing this pic to my natural friends since I discovered it and natural-haired fashion blogger, Hera Nyx, over the weekend!! She has a gorgeous head of thick hair and it seems her creativity and cleverness aren’t limited to her fab mane. Check out these pretty Styling Bands that she recently created.

The band can be worn as a headband, a brooch, a belt … or use two and make a belt with a brooch! So cute!!

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Do you sport Faux Hawks? What’s your favorite way to style one?

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May-June GOC Update: Akia (#42)

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Hi Shelli and Fellow GOCers!! It has been a while, so I am going to do both May and June updates.

Hair
At this time, as you can see, I am still twisted up. I am trying to keep my hair in twists for a protective style. But, it does get a little boring, especially since everyone has been wearing these awesome twist-outs and up dos. I haven’t really been sticking to my hair regimen only because, lately, I have just been leaving it alone, while still  being consistent with monthly henna and hibiscus treatments. Also, it has just been way too hot here in Michigan (102 this past week) and my hair has become really thick. So, the less I mess with, it the better.

Health & Fitness
My fitness goals have been coming along okay. I am still doing Pilates and cardio, but messed around and got a summer cold, which caused me to miss a couple of sessions. I have also been eating more fast food than I like and drinking less water : (. So, overall, everything is okay with my challenge, but I know that I can do better. It  has just been kind of tough with the hot summer, work, school, yard work, mother, wife, head cold and everything else in between. So, I guess the next up date will be a re-vamp of my regimen. In the meantime, keep growing fellow GOCers!!! : )

See Akia’s other GOC-The Sequel posts here:
Initial Submission
April Update

Wash ‘n Go No-No

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On Sunday morning, I styled my hair in a super quick WnG for the Haircut Party. I split my hair in two and applied Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose conditioner as my leave-in and decided to apply LaBella Lots of Curls directly over it for hold. As you saw the other day, my hair was HUGE by the end of the day. The combo was no match against the humidity and my hair rapidly expanded from frizz as it absorbed the moisture in the air.

If you know me, you know that I love me some big ol’ hair! Buuuttttt, unfortunately, this hugeness was accompanied by dry feeling hair. No bueno. On Monday morning, I applied a little Wonder Curl Butter Than Love (BTL) Whipped to it and bunned it loosely. On Monday night, I released it and it was still feeling dry. So I went hard with the BTL and bunned it for the night with a scarp wrapped around the edges. On Tuesday morning, I released it and it still wasn’t feeling right. But, I put it back up anyway, this time making triple buns with a banana clip similar to the double buns I demonstrated in the tutorial here.

Anywho, I feel like doing a mid-week co-wash for reals!! I NEVER do that anymore! And, given how listless I’ve been feeling lately, I probably won’t be doing it and will just wash my hair earlier, like Thursday night or Friday morning.

On another note, did you peep my peacock earrings?!?! Don’t you just love them? Sade of 1GirlBoutique custom made them for me as a gift for being a presenter at the Share the Love Beauty Soiree last month. I told her that I had been wanting a pair of peacock feathers and she far surpassed my expectations with these beaded feather hoops!  Here’s a closer look at the clever beading on the actual peacock feather.

I’m going to be rocking these all summer!!

Welp, that’s it. Just wanted to share that layering the Lots of Curls gel over Aubrey HSR did NOT work for me in the long run. This reinforces for me that I need to mix my gel with a moisturizing butter or creme before applying. Placing my hair in a few big twists while it dried probably would have helped to keep it controlled a little longer. Regardless, I really enjoyed the big hair for a day. And, I have to admit, I was impressed by the volume in my three buns! Seriously, looking at my top bun, I think it could pass for a single bun with a full head of hair! Not bad!

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What combo(s) and/or technique(s) have you found to be your Wash and Go No-Nos and why?