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Janelle Monae Test Drive

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Remember this Janelle Monae Updo Style Inspiration post from last week? Well, I decided to take it out for a test drive today.

I think I captured the style pretty well, though I had more length to tuck and finer strands. But, not sure how I feel about it on me. Maybe with some filled in eyebrows, fierce make-up and an edgy outfit though??

Whaddaya think? Should I drop a down payment on it or leave it at the dealership ;)?

And for those of you who prefer the speed (and anonymity ;)) of a poll rather than commenting:

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Janelle Monae Inspired Updo

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Just came across this hot little updo on Pinterest, which took me to Instagram, which lead me to the YouTube tutorial, which had me searching Facebook for the above still image. See the lengths that I go through for you guys;)?!?! LOL!! Seriously, there are a lot of Janelle Monae inspired updos out there, but this is my favorite take on it so far! It looks a lot softer, more organic and very feminine in comparison to the original. Bonus? It looks so simple to do!! Enjoy!!

via LoveIslandBeauty

(p.s. What a beautiful young lady!)

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?

Special Occasion Updo

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You know, inspiration can come from many places.  Shortly before I joined the GOC challenge, I was searching for protective updos for “long, natural, fine hair.” I tried all kinds of search words and combinations on Youtube without much success. Then, I eliminated the word “natural” and came across Lilith Moon. Lilith moon is neither naturally curly nor of color. Yet, this youtuber offered me styles and options that I wasn’t finding elsewhere. Some of Lilith’s styles require a little modification and a smidgen of creativity to adapt to naturally curly hair. However, her channel and videos opened up a whole new world of styling possibilities for me. This discovery reminded me that we should always keep our minds and eyes open and receptive to all sources of inspiration. It can come from the most unexpected of places.

So, without further ado, this is the Lilith Moon youtube video that inspired the above updo.

Just a few notes on how I accomplished this on naturally curly hair.

  1. I did a TnC to stretch my hair and get a nice curl (see my TnC tutorial here; the tutorial was the actual set for this style!).
  2. To prep for the style, the night before, I smoothed my hair back with a little Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel mixed with Wonder Curl Butter Than Love.
  3. I put on a thin elastic headband and tied my hairline down with a scarf. Then, I put my hair up into a pineapple with a satin scrunchie. I folded the curls forward close to the base of the ponytail and put another scrunchie to hold the curls forward.  Then, I put on my huge, old lady, white bonnet and hit the sack (on a satin pillowcase of course;)!
  4. In the morning, I removed the scarf, reset the black elastic headband, wrapped the trim around my hair twice and tied the ends at my nape.
  5. I did NOT follow her curl “scrunching” technique! Given the expression of horror that came across your face as you watched the video, I know that you know that that would end badly. So, I just kind of rolled the ends of each inch section of curl around my finger once or twice, pushed the curl in lightly and then secured with bobby pins (those hair pins just don’t work for me!  I try and try to secure them in my hair, but they just pop right back out!).
One final note, I got the trim I used in the picture from Michael’s. They didn’t have many options there though, so I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics and got some others, all of which are pictured in the last photograph.

Hope you enjoyed this and, if you try it for a special occasion … or just for work (that’s where I was going!) …, send pics and a story please!!  And thank you for visiting!

(p.s. If you really like this post, please “like” it,  “share” it, “tweet” it or just leave a comment so that I know whether these are the types of things you like to see and read;)!!)

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