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Style Inspiration: Festive FroHawk

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MarysHairObsession_FestiveFauxHawk

Here is another super cute faux/frohawk great for medium or long hair, I think! And yes, that is all her hair! At first I thought braiding hair was added because the YouTuber’s hair looks to be about armpit length straight, but this style is achieved with big pin curls and a little creative wrapping!! Check it out!

via MsMary123100 aka Mary’sHairObsession

Loving her hair color too!!

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So, what do you think? Like her twist on this frohawk style? Are you inspired? ;)

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Mini-Hairscapader: Savannah’s HairStory

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Yeah!!!!!  We’re back with the hairstory of another cutie patootie!! Check out the details at the end of the post for how you can submit the hairstory of YOUR very own mini-Hairscapader!!

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What’s your child’s name and age? Tell us a little about her.
My daughter’s name is Savannah and she just turned two September 13th. She is a fun-loving, energetic baby and absolutely loves to sing and dance. Her favorite fruit is a banana. Probably because I call her Savannah Banana :-). She’s in love with Elmo and thinks ABC’s and numbers ROCK!!!

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How do you care for her hair? What products do you use, how often do you wash/condition, what techniques do you use (i.e., how do you detangle), etc.?
I wash Savannah’s hair every week, usually on Saturdays. She just finished swim classes and they were on Saturday, so that is our usual washing day. I generally wash it while she is in the bathtub at the end of a bath. I use the Shea Moisture Curl Defining Shampoo on her hair and the Restorative Conditioner as a leave in. I detangle it on days that I wash it especially. Once the washing is done, I go through and moisturize her scalp with pure coconut oil. I also put some of the oil on her hair. I usually braid it up and allow it to air dry. She generally wears braids or plaits to bed, so that her hair not all over the place in the am. I detangle her hair with the conditioner on it.

Products that we currently use (even though I am always looking):
Shea Moisture Curl Defining Shampoo
Shea Moisture Curling Souffle
Shea Moisture Curling Milk
Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner
The Shea Moisture Deep Penetrating Shampoo (If hair is really dirty)
Cantu Shea Butter Leave in conditioning cream

This past weekend, I used a bootleg version of Miss Jessie’s called Curl La La at my BFF’s and loved it. Her hair was soft, smelled great, and the curls lasted all day. So I am looking for that where I live now.

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Do the same products that work for you work for Savannah’s hair?
For the most part. We both have curly hair, although her hair is softer than mine. Her dad has curly hair and his dad before him as well.

What is a typical style? Do you employ protective styles? If so, how often?
It depends on time and her cooperation. LOL! I am learning to cornrow. I can get something in her head and it will be cute, but with her having the texture of hair that she does, it doesn’t usually last too long. If I’m in a rush, we generally settle for the high curly ponytail on top. Its a bit of a cop-out, but when we are pressed for time, it always comes through. LOL! Most recently I did a style that involved beads and she was ecstatic. Had been nervous because I felt like she was too young. If her hair has been twisted up, braided up, or in ponytails for a few days, then I will let her wear it loose in a little curly fro thingy for a few days as well to balance out the tension from the other style.

What challenges do you face with Savannah’s hair?
I just have no idea if I am doing it right! Her hair is so soft, in order to get it to do any styles, it usually involves some type of anchor or holder/rubber band. I try not to use them often. Her hair around her temple is a little thin and, at first, I thought it was falling out. Then I realized as a baby and younger infant, she had no hair there. So, I’ve since calmed down and realized that it is just her hair growing in. It’s different lengths in different areas and I’m not sure what to do about that.

I also get frustrated because, due to the softness of her hair, styles don’t last. If she does get braids, I may get 2 days out of them tops. Twists have to be done daily, banding doesn’t work, and the Bantu knot out didn’t work. I did include pics for you to see what I tried.

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Have you ever relaxed/texlaxed Savannah’s hair? Why or why not and, if you relaxed her hair, what prompted the decision to return to natural?
I will NEVER relax my daughter’s hair. If she gets a relaxer, it will be her decision and her choice and her job to keep it up. LOL!

How does Savannah feel about her natural hair?
She’s only 2. So who knows. I know that she likes it when I do something fancy with it. She stands in the mirror and says, “Ooooh Mommy. Nice!” She enjoys playing in it and pulling on her ponytails. Her hair has quite a bit of length on it, so I think that is more important than texture right now. Just being able to reach it to play with it. She enjoys playing in mine, which is nowhere near the same texture as hers. So I’m guessing she likes it.

Anything else that you’d like to add?
While I will never relax Savannah’s hair, I would never be one to judge anyone who does. We all make the decisions we think are best for our kids at the time. I just hope that no matter what our babies’ hair looks like, we are encouraging them and telling them how beautiful they are. My mother relaxed my hair when I was 6 and I didn’t really need it. It was just easier for her since my hair was so thick. I’ve gone back and forth my entire adult life and am currently sans the creamy crack. I have no problem with relaxers, but have just chosen not to dabble in them anymore for myself. It has not been easy; it has been hard with my own hair. But, in choosing to embrace my hair … embrace me … it is making it easier for me to do hers and it makes her feel good about her hair as it is.

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Can’t. Take. All. the. CUTENESS!!!! LOL!! Just adorable!!

Okay, okay. *Wooosah* My ovaries have calmed down.  Soooooo, do you have a mini-Hairscapader in your house? Wanna share his/her story?! Well then, get on it!! Answer the Mini-Hairscapader HairStory Questions here and e-mail your responses, along with 5-6 (or, you know, 10) pics, to me at hairscapades@gmail.com!! Hope to get your sweetie pie’s story soon!!

(p.s. To see more of these mini hairstories, check out the Mini-Hairscapader category under the HairStory tab!) 

Single Flat-Twisted Bun

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How frickin’ pretty is this? And, it looks kind of simple! I think it’s a two strand flat twist that stops around the nape and the remaining hair is twirled and “folded” into a bun. So, I had saved this pic to share on IG when one of our Hairscapades Bunning Challenge ladies, @Chelle32675 , posted THIS pic!!

I was like, “Are you kidding me?!?!” How awesomely serendipitous is that?!! And guess what? It gets even better! She didn’t see the pic I was planning to share, she watched this YouTube tutorial!

via Beauty by Lee (aka liquidlinerlover)

One thing that you may have noticed is that the bun is rolled under the flat twist, outwards toward the ear in the first pic. In Chelle’s pic and the tutorial, it is coiled on the opposite side, inward and over the flat twistThe cool thing is that this is a style that can be modified and worn on different length hair! It may look slightly different when done on short versus medium length versus long hair, but it looks lovely on every lady, I think.

Now, if I would get off of this computer and hop in the shower to wash this mop, I might be able to set my hair in a braid-out so that I can try to do this bun tomorrow morning! Hmmm … that may be an aggressive timeline … maybe tomorrow night! lol ;)!

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What do you think of this “Twisted Bun?”

A Flat Twist-Out to Envy

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via Curls2Envy

Hello Ladies. I received my B.A.S.K. Palm Tapioca Deluxe Hair Cream earlier this week from the swap board on NaturallyCurly.com.

I was super anxious to try it out for some twists. This in not a review for the Palm Tapioca (one will come at a later date once I’ve played with it some more).

Products used for this look:

B.A.S.K. Palm Tapioca

Raw african shea butter

Shea Moisture Sheabutter Leave-in

Original Moxie Hair Bling

First I washed and detangled my hair. I moisturized my hair with the B.A.S.K. Palm Tapioca. I then put my hair in 8 fat twists to air dry.

I waited for my hair to be 70% dry before taking the fat twists down so I can put the flat twists in.

I put in 12 flat twists in total: 3 in the front, 2 above each ear and 5 in the back.

I rewet my ends and sealed with some african shea butter.


Look how plump & shiny they are!

I left my twist in for a total of 4 days.

Every other night I moisturized the twist with water and Shea Moisture’s Shea Butter Leave-in and tied down with a satin scarf.

How I wore my hair on Tuesday for school

To take down the twists, I took a pea size amount of the Original Moxie Hair Bling and spread it in my hands first, then all over the twists to prevent frizz during the take down.


Not fluffed yet

I carefully fluffed and picked out the roots with a comb.

The end results are …. drum roll please …

I love it!

What I would’ve done different is:

1. Next time I will make sure to seal in the B.A.S.K. with a butter/oil.

2. Make sure that the part in the back for the twists is not directly in the middle. ( I have a cowlick right in the middle so a part right on it makes it look like a bald spot)

3. Not wait so long to take the twists down … maybe 2-3 days max.

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Once again, I’m reminded that I need to figure out how to two-strand flat twist!! Beautiful!

Do you get good results with two-strand flat twists and twist-outs? 

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!)

Style Inspiration (Fashion Edition): Animal Prints

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Remember that I told you guy in this post on Monday that I ordered quite a few goodies and would be sharing them over the next couple of weeks? Welp! Here are two of those goodies!! I ordered this outfit two Sundays ago after seeing Folake of  Style Pantry killing this outfit on her Facebook page!

Just one word: GENIUS!! I just couldn’t get over how brilliant this pairing was! And, you may not know this, but I have a serious leopard-print obsession. Like, I own leopard sheets, leopard trimmed towels, a leopard shower curtain, 3 leopard dresses, a tiered leopard skirt, a leopard blazer, a leopard button down blouse and a leopard sleeveless tie-neck top leopard-print obsessed!!

So, when I discovered that the skirt was only $52 on WallisFashion.com and the top only $34.06 on Asos.com, I just had to do it! I usually am just inspired by looks … this one, I straight up jacked!! LOL!! Anywho, I purchased two of the leopard skirts, a 6 and an 8, because I’m a little heavier than normal and I wanted to be able to wear the skirt “now” and “later.” LOL!! I got the top in a medium. Both companies are based in the UK I believe, so they don’t “vanity size” like the US and both the medium top and size 8 skirt fit perfectly! If they were US sizes, I’d probably need a medium top and a size 4 skirt!

Anywho, the top is sooooo soft and it’s slightly sheer, but not overly. Very pretty and feminine. The skirt is unlined and made of a soft, stretchy material that creates a nice fit but isn’t overly clingy. It also has an exposed black back zipper and a banded waist. I LOVE both pieces and can NOT wait to rock this style! On another note, Asos has free shipping and returns and my ordered arrived within a week.  Wallis offers free standard shipping on all purchases over $30, so I qualified for that as well, but that order took a little over a week and a half to arrive. Now here is where the true awesomeness comes in though. Why’d I get even more savings on both orders? The day that I purchased, I simply googled coupon codes and played around a little and got 20% off of my Asos order and $10 off of my Wallis!! In fact, there is an entire Facebook page dedicated to providing Asos discount codes!! It’s called Threadcodes.com. Definitely check it out before making any Asos purchases unless you are the type who just despises saving money! *lol*

Alright, I’m out! Gotta pre-poo, finish watching mah Pound Puppies, get a pedi (yup, I want that orange nail polish too ;)) and then hit the road to spend some time with my neice!

Peeeeace!!

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What are your Labor Day weekend plans?

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!