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My Curly ‘Fro

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PIC HEAVY POST AHEAD!curlyfro1

As you know, this weekend, I decided to try the “Curly ‘Fro” set that I previously shared here. As you also know, I thought that I had finally figured out how to flat-twist properly and screamed it to the heavens here. Yeah … not so much. LOL! But, despite the difficulties that I experienced with the take down of this style, I really do like the results and plan to do the style again, just with regular twists until I can improve my flat-twisting technique.

For those of you who can flat twist well though, like the look of this style and are interested in trying it, here is what I did!

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Wash Day Process (Sunday)

  • Pre-pooed with Vatika Oil (with a little Wild Growth Hair Oil applied to my scalp) for an hour with thermal heat turban (I usually mix Aubrey GPB and/or Honeysuckle Rose conditioner with the Vatika Oil for pre-pooing. But, I forgot!)
  • Shampooed with Cream & Coco Pumpkin Pie Shampoo Bar.
  • Detangled with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration conditioner in four sections under shower stream.
  • Deep conditioned with Darcy’s Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Conditioner for an hour with thermal heat turban.
  • Cooled and sealed DC with diluted Aubrey Green Tea Cream Rinse.

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Curly ‘Fro Set Process

  • Applied leave-in conditioner (2 tbsp Kinky Curly Knot Today + 2 tbsp Aloe Vera Juice + 1 tsp jojoba oil)
  • Applied coconut oil whip to seal. YES! My body oil whip is serving dual purposes ;).
  • Working from the front, “pie-parted” the front middle section of my hair (as seen above) and flat-twisted the roots. Then, two-strand twisted the length and set it on a small grey perm rod covered with end paper. Don’t underestimate the importance of end paper. (Hair can snag around these types of perm rods if you don’t use it. I know I don’t use it properly. I think you’re supposed to fold it over your ends, then roll your end over the rod. But, I just wrap the paper around the perm rod, then wrap my hair around the roller. Seems to work just fine for me!).
  • Repeated process until my entire head was set, sometimes applying a little more coconut oil whip to hair as I twisted the ends. I used a total of 23 rods.
  • Due to the length of my hair, I had to really overlap the twists a lot in order to roll the rod to the roots. So, I knew that it wasn’t going to dry overnight. Therefore, I tied on a hair net sat under my hard bonnet salon dryer for 1 1/2 hours.

curlyfrodryerJust ignore him ;).

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The Morning After: The Take Down

Now this is where it starts to gets sketchy. LOL.

  • Removed all of the rods (and my hair was dry! YEA!! Well, the twist at the right temple felt a little damp … I think it might have happened in the shower.).

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  • Emulsified coconut oil whip in my hands and carefully released twists … until I got to the flat-twisted sections. Then … all hell broke loose!! Because I didn’t flat-twist cleanly (meaning, as I pulled sections into the twist), it created a lot of “pieciness” and frizz as the hair tangled on itself as I released the flat-twist. Therefore, There was a lot of twirling, coaxing and coconut oil going on to restore the coils and tame the frizz.
  • Used a wide tooth comb to “lift” the roots to give more volume (works for a little while, but then my hair “settles.”).
  • A few curls were not properly coiling or hanging too long, so I employed a little trick that I’ve used over the years. I coiled each offending curl around my finger and pinned with a bobby pin. If placed properly, since my hair was so big and curly, the pins are completely masked in the curls! And there’s a bonus. After a couple of hours, the coils set and I can remove the pins!

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At the end of the day, though I wish the takedown wasn’t so rough and I had a little less frizz, the Curly ‘Fro turned out pretty well!! I got a lot of compliments and I love having a different look!!

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And that’s it! I pineappled my hair last night and I’ll have to give you guys an update on how that worked out another day! Oh, and if you’re interested in seeing even more pics of the set and release, I created this Curly ‘Fro Facebook album :)!! Enjoy!

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So, what do you think? Would/do you rock the Curly ‘Fro?

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Twist Then Stretch

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by Nia of Ask Nia B

Sometimes I’ll blow dry my hair using the tension blow dry method. I don’t use a lot of heat on my hair (maybe three or four times a year) and will reserve this treat for times when I’m going somewhere and would like to lengthen my hair a bit for the occasion. Well, the other day, I did my whole hair routine and once my braid/twists dried overnight, I realized I had to go somewhere and wanted my hair a bit more stretched.

So, I sat on my bed looking out the window; maybe I was tryna find inspiration from the trees – I don’t know (lol). But, nonetheless, I needed to figure out how I was gonna pull off stretching my hair and make it to the event on time. I couldn’t do the “normal” tension blow dry method, because I do that before I twist my hair and it was obviously too darn late. I didn’t want to take the twists down and stretch my roots with the blow dryer, because I wanted to keep the texture from my braid/twists. So, I decided to blow dry and stretch my hair with the twists still in.

Here’s a pictorial of what I did:

I wasn’t sure if this was going to work, and I believe I spent way more time analyzing the process than I needed to. But, as you can see, comparing where my twist was in the first picture and the result in the fourth picture after the Twist Stretching, I was all set!

I noticed it didn’t take as much time for me to stretch my hair while in the twist as it does when I do it before twisting (which equaled less heat!). Also, the blow drying didn’t disturb the texture I was trying to keep, so I was all good. I think from now on I’m gonna twist, then stretch and not the reverse! That way, I save myself a smidgin of time, heat on my hair and money on my electric bill!

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Do you use the tension blow dry method?  If so, would you try doing so while your hair is in twists, etc.?