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#Frotober Day 07: Updo

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I love how this cinnabun turned out.
http://instagram.com/p/PkgKPXs1TX/

This is my staple/go-to, big banana clip bun … And #diy #flowerhairclip!
http://instagr.am/p/Qf8OCCM1Xg/

Pom-Pom Buns

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9/24/12 UPDATED WITH PHOTO SOURCE & VIDEO TUTORIAL!!

Here’s an idea!! A slight different take on multi-buns! Me likey!! And, I think I could pull it off with a banana clip!! Need a pretty broach though! Mmmmmm … or maybe an ear cuff with an attached hair comb ;)?!?!?

 

9/24/12 ETA: Earlier today on IG, my girl Seanna-Kaye of NaturalHairDoesCare gave me the source of the lovely lady and style above! So, I wanted to share the name of our “mystery” blogger and her video tutorial here! Seems that this is really a single high bun though!! Who woulda thunk?!

via CassandraBeccai.com

Hmmm, I wonder if that hair comb trick would work for me?!? I’ll have to try it!

Likey or No Likey?

“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.

via ImmaDstarra

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?

My Cinnabun

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Yeah, my WnG was getting poofier and frizzier, which leads to bad tangles and SSKs. I don’t like bad tangles and SSKs. So, on Thursday morning, I banana clip bunned it for work. And the bun was big. And it was good. *lol*

But, after I got home, I decided to switch it up a little and attempt a “go to” style from my relaxed days … the pin-curled bun, which I’ve come to learn is referred to as a cinnabun. I shared a tutorial that someone else did on twists and a similar style that I did on my Afro puffy twists here.


For more pics of the cinnabun on twists, click here

I love this style because it adds some interest to a traditional bun, but is still so easy to do. It does take a lot of bobby pins, so thank goodness for Metagrip ;). Anywho, here are more pics of the look from different angles. You can click on any of them to enlarge.

I’m sure I’ll have a headache by the end of the day because of all the bobby pins and the banana clip. So, doubt that the style will make it through the evening intact. But, it’s so easy to do, if I want to wear it again Saturday, I’ll just reset it.

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

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What other styles from your relaxed days do you find that you can still wear on your natural hair?

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:

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!)

Pre-Summer Updo by Luv♥My♥Kynxx

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Amber of Luv My Kynxx

Okay, THIS … right here … is HAWT! LOL! Alright, so I love Amber!! She is an absolute sweetheart, a talented natural stylist and rocks the most GAWJUS head of curls. She also does the CUTEST braided and twisted protective styles! I’m always mad that she lives in Texas and tell her that she needs to move to the East Coast all of the time … for obvious reasons ;). (I bet you she could do my hair in that Blow-Out and Flat Twist style I posted last week in a minute!! ;))

Anywho, she posted this style a little while ago on her Facebook page and I fell in love with it! Check out her tutorial for this lovely protective style here!!

p.s. Check out Amber’s later post to see how she flipped this style and added another layer of flyness by releasing the hanging portions of the twists.

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Do you like to rock cornrow and twisted styles? What is your favorite way to wear them?

Curlformer Swooped Bang & Bun Updo

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Came across this really pretty updo on Pinterest (I told you that I’m a lurker there!) while searching for pictures for the new Style Inspiration category. As luck would have it, this lovely natural created a video tutorial for the look too! Enjoy!

via MyNaturalSistas

Hmmm … I really have to get around to trying my Curlformers, don’t I?!

Protective Styling Boring?

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[PIC HEAVY]

On Sunday, I decided to start going through my photo “archives” from 2011 to present to build a Protective Styles album on Facebook. And, it started me thinking about the recent questions I’ve been receiving about how I’ve been able to “grow” my hair long. I put grow in parentheses as I think “growing” hair long is generally a misnomer. As many of us know, absent a medical condition, our hair is always growing. Shoot, how many used to relax every 4-8 weeks, because that new growth was coming in so fast? So, yeah, that smashes the concept that our hair doesn’t grow. However, what is often happening when hair plateaus at a certain length is that we aren’t retaining that growth.

Enter protective styling. Now, there are a variety of factors that I believe have contributed to my ability to achieve my current length, which is the longest my hair has ever been, though it’s still a work in progress. What I do know is that protective styling (i.e. wearing styles where my ends are tucked) has played a major part in helping me get where I am now and will continue to be of benefit. But wait. Let me be more precise. Low manipulation protective styling has played a major part in helping me get closer to my goals.

You see, unlike those with hair of heartier stock, my fine strands can’t deal with too much pulling, tugging, braiding, twisting, cornrowing, flat-twisting, etc. So, I learned about a year and a half ago that my hair fares much better when I stretch it with twist-outs or TnCs and then place it in protective styles that can be done in 5-15 minutes with large sections of hair and pretty much left alone for several days or even a week at a time. Although I love the idea and look of small twists, mine tend to unravel. So, having to re-twist every couple of days kind of defeats the purpose of that particular protective style (though, I still wear twists on occasion). And wearing my hair down results in tangles, knots, splits and breakage due to friction and debris!

Now, to my real point. I have often read the sentiments like the following about protective styling: “What’s the point of growing your hair long if you always have to hide it?” and “Protective styling is boring.” But, I’d like to posit that “hiding” one’s hair can be anything but boring and is actually fun! In the last year and a half, I have done more simple, protective styles than I can even remember. The key for me has been to:

  1. Play around with a few gentle tools and accessories (i.e. banana clips, satin scrunchies, bobby pins, Spin Pins, Comfort Flex barrettes, flowers, hair sticks, headbands and *gasp* braiding hair! *lol*).
  2.  Search YouTube for inspiration from all sources, not just naturals with my texture and/or length (shoot, one of my favorite Youtubers for protective styling inspiration is Lilith Moon, a Russian blonde with naturally straight, shoulder length, thin hair).
  3. Use my imagination.

With those things, I have found protective styling to be enjoyable and generally prefer to wear my hair up and hidden, over down and out, most days of the week.

So, with some creativity, a few hair tools, a little time and patience, I think protective styling can be fun, fancy, and fierce for hair of all different textures and lengths. And, bonus!!  Switching up protective styles from week to week can save our strands from repeated tension on the same areas, which can cause thinning and breakage. With that, here is a sampling of the protective styles that I’ve done over the last year and a half. The same old plain bun and twists aren’t our only options!!

(Check out the Style Library to find tutorials for most of the styles pictured.)

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Do you love/prefer protective styling or do you find it boring? What challenges do you face with it? 

Elegant Pin-Curled Updo

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Okay, Michelle of Radiant Brown Beauty did a tutorial for this super cute, chic and pretty simple to do hairstyle! And, I think you may be surprised by her tools and technique;)!! So, I just had to share! Click the hyperlink to her site for finished pics of the style! I’m definitely going to have to try this one on for size;)!!