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Professional Cinnabun Style for Short Natural Hair

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Check out this great video tutorial that Sawah shared on my Facebook page!! Love it!! Reminds me of my My Cinnabun, but this is a great way to modify the style to make it work for shorter hair!! Love the extra little bits of “flare” that she added to finish off the style!!

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Sawah_cinnabunby Sawah of DiscoveringNatural

Working with short hair can be a challenge at times. Here is a simple style that you can try to create a look of fullness to your hair. This style is not only great for work, but also for special occasion. The great thing is that it is a great protective style that takes less than 5 minutes to create.

If you are transitioning, this is also a GREAT style to hide the relaxed ends.

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Sawah lady!! Your skin? Flawless! Your eyebrows? Perfection! The shine and health of your hair?!?! Fabulous!!
You are  glowing!! 

Am I right or am I right ladies?!

A Bantu Knot Out

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So, you know, I’m kinda addicted to IG nowadays. And when I saw this HAWT hair pic posted by @PrincessLinz HAWT pic (who I got to meet at the CurlyNikki Meet-up this past summer), I had to ask her for a tutorial! Hope that you like it!!

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BANTU KNOT OUT RESULTS ON WET HAIRby PrincessLinzz

Bantu Knot Out Process on Wet Hair

  • I co-wash my hair and use my usual leave-in: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab mixed with water and put into a spray bottle.
  • Section my hair in 4 sections and begin with the right side (just out of habit).
  • Make smaller sections within those 4 sections and spray my hair with my leave-in concoction from root to tip.
  • Take a dime size of Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Pudding and run it through each small section from root to tip.
  • Create corkscrew/buns throughout my entire head.

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  • Let hair air dry over night.
  • If my roots are still wet, I use a blow dryer on warm/cool and dry my roots.
  • Then, I remove each corkscrew/bantu knot and separate each one so that the curls look fuller and creates more body.
  • Shake head from side to side, pick my roots with my fingers and voilà  … you get this:

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When I bantu knot on straightened hair I do not use any product just hair pins.

bantu knot out on straightened hair
bantu waves on straightened hair

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Okay, okay. I know what you’re thinking. “OMGosh!! Her hair is gorgeous!! How long has she been natural?!? What’s her regimen?!? Where’s her hairstory?!?!” Don’t worry! I got you!! You know I’ve already asked for it. And now that I finally posted this, I’m sure that I’ll get it soon ;)!

How do you do a Bantu Knot-out? Do you prefer styling on wet or dry hair?

“Fake It Til You Make It”

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Yesterday, you may have noticed this lovely little updo in the pictures that I shared from the One World, Many Naturals Natural Hair Expo. Well, of course when I saw it, I had to ask how it was done! The beautiful “model,” Brittany of Herbalocity, graciously obliged by providing me with the name of the YouTuber and video that inspired her style.

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You’ll note that the inspiration style included a swoop. But Brittany advised me that she was in a rush that day, so she just did the twist, bun and kept it moving! And, it still turned out beautifully. Just goes to show that you can give you own twist out of creativity, serendipity urgency or necessity and still come away with beautiful results!!

Have you faked it until you made it or would you?

May/June GOC Update: Gina (#40)

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Hair
Welp, Kenzi (my hair ) and I have been at odds for the last 2 months. Everything went downhill once I took out the two strand twists that I had done. I kept them in for 3 weeks. Did a wash and deep condition and there was some shedding. But that was to be expected.

Now when it continued every single day, I freaked out. All of a sudden I have single strand knots, which I dont recall ever having. So, I concluded that it was time for the overdue TRIM. In the meantime I started using Aubrey Organic GPB (thanks Shelli!).

So, my regimen switched up a bit. I wash once a week, rather than every other week. I deep condition with the Aubrey GPB prior to shampooing. Then, I condition with Aussie Moist (love it). I’ve seen a bit of improvement, but we shall see. I’ll keep you all updated with the TRIM and shedding.

Health & Fitness
I have been maintaining my weight of 130 lbs. I went down 5 lbs and was very uncomfortable with how it looked on me. So now I think I will work on toning and that’s all!

Pray for me ladies! Smooches & God Bless!

June GOC Update: TerrificLady (#6)

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On June 16th, I hennaed my hair again, but this time I also used indigo afterwards.
I love the results! My hair is still black, with the exception of new growth. I will continue doing the indigo maybe every 3 months.

May: Henna only treatment

June: Two step henna/indigo treatment

I rollerset my hair a day before I hennaed my hair (no apparent reason, I just did it).

I noticed that my hair didn’t grow much this month, especially the front and back.

I went away for my regular annual check up (specialist is in Curacao). I have been sick with the flu for over a week now. Had to get strong antibiotics and all :-(. They always say that antibiotics can let your hair fall, so I hope that doesn’t happen. I got one that is 1000mg! Never before have I had to take an antibiotic in such a high dosage.

No new products at this point. Once in a while I mix my own concoction in my kitchen for my hair.

Oh, by the way, I just made 1 year post relaxer and 5 months post Big Chop (exact date is unknown, but it was a few days before July 13th, 2011)!

And folks, do you remember the famous wig?  Well, I did wear it! However, I pinned it in the back and put a hat over it.

I wore it twice like that on a Saturday afternoon. And this time around my youngest daughter gave me the “ok” look. Wasn’t that bad this time :).

See TerrificLady’s prior length check pics and what happened with the wig the first time around here:
Initial GOC Submission
April Update
May Update 

Style Inspiration: Retro 70s Cornrows, Beads & Cowrie Shells

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Pinterest be damned. LOL!! Okay, if you don’t know about Pinterest, it’s this website that allows you to create awesome virtual pin boards for all your favorite things. I discovered it, because people have “pinned” things from Hairscapades to their boards as you can see here where there are Pins from Hairscapades.

Anywho, Pinterest seems frickin’ AWESOME. But, I refuse to sign up and get sucked into the obsession as I already spend far too many hours online maintaining the blog, the FB page, Twitter and reading other natural hair blogs. I just can’t sign-up for one more thing that will be an excuse for me to procrastinate and spend even more hours online. I mean, for goodness sake, I already stay up to midnight every night! Pinterest will have me pulling all-nighters! So, I refuse to get sucked in! LOL!!

That being said, I do LOVE to lurk there:)! LOL!! And, I see the most amazing hair and styles! So, yesterday, when I saw this crazy, sexy, cool style of a friend on FB, I had a brain blast! I’ll make my own Pinterest “pin board” on Hairscapades and I’ll call it, “Style Inspiration” and place it under the “Style Library” tab. This will be a place where I’ll share pictures of styles that I love, but for which I don’t necessarily have tutorials.

I’m hoping that you’ll be inspired to recreate these styles yourself or that you might bring them to your hairdresser/braider to try. Ooooh, oooh, ooooh!! And then, if you do that, you can submit a picture of the style to Hairscapades!! I’ll add your picture(s) to the original corresponding “Inspiration Style” post to show how the style was interpreted and looks on you! Also, if you do or find a style that you think is so awesome and needs to be shared with the world ;), you can send it in for consideration for this feature as well!

Retro 70s Cornrows, Beads & Cowrie Shells

So, without further ado, here is the debut of Style Inspiration! Our first styles are ones inspired by Thelma of Good Times (as pictured above)!! My girl Jordan from DC posted them on FB! When I saw her pics, I didn’t realize that the first one was a recreation of an actual Thelma’s style! I just thought that they were so cool, edgy and 70s retro.

So, what do you think? Would you rock a retro 70s cornrow style?

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Have you seen, done or recreated a great hairstyle that you’d like to share? Send pictures to me at hairscapades@gmail.com with the subject “Style Inspiration” to be featured in a future post!

April GOC Update: TerrificLady (#6)

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From April to May 6th, I washed my hair twice with diluted castile soap, mixed with Vo5 conditioner. I deep conditioned my hair with Mizani Moisturefusion conditioner yesterday, May 6th. I styled my hair several times with flexi rods. I first used the green ones, then I bought the blue and yellow (smaller size) and I like the way my curls come out. I also bought the Organic Root Stimulator Smooth-n-Hold pudding to use with the flexi rods.

  • I use virgin coconut oil frequently in my hair, anytime I feel like it. I am having problems with single strand knots. I have quite some.
  • I ordered henna a month ago and I am still waiting for the shipment. I want to stop using hair dye and use henna instead. I dyed my hair on April 21st, however my white hair start showing in the roots (new growth) from 1 week after.
  • I am planning to buy a good wig when I travel to the US (June or July) to protect my hair from the elements. I don’t like the idea of wearing wigs, but this is what I decided to do. ETA: I just bought a wig in Curacao last week, May 22nd, but hesitating to wear it).
  • At times, my hair feels very dry to the touch, especially my ends. I will simply cover my hair with a plastic cap and over it a satin bonnet. I stay like that in the house and sometimes sleep with it on. When I take It off, my hair feels soft again.
  • I also like to use flexirods. Love the results when I allow the hair to dry completely. Doesn’t happen often, because I dont use a dryer.

My hair measurements:

  • Front: 4 1/2″
  • Right side: 4 3/8″
  • Left side: 5 1/8″
  • Above right ear: 5 1/8″
  • Above left ear: 5 3/8″
  • Top of head: 5 2/8″
  • Nape area: 5 2/8″

I need help with my ends. How to keep them soft. I don’t like the way they feel when my hair is dry. Any help?

Check out TerrificLady’s first GOC post here!