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When your hair hands you lemons….make lemonade!

Hey!

I recently went to The Makeup Show NYC and I wanted to try a new hairstyle. You know I live in twists and this time I wanted to try Bantu knots. I was looking for a looser, fluffier texture.

Actually Bantu knots are not new to me. Wore them a bit growing up along with canerow. Anyway, I have not tried this in a long time and this is the result.

My Bantu knot out!

Not bad, but not the best. I was looking for a smoother finish, but I love the volume I got. This was actually the second time that I attempted this. The first time was on damp hair, and even though I left the knots in overnight, it still was not dry and everything fell. The next time, I did about 10-11 knots on dry hair.

A different angle…

Check out that liner!

I will be working on perfecting this. I probably need to do this on stretched hair for smoother results.

Any suggestions or ideas?

Laters!

NTB

HOTD: Twist out and roll

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I am always wondering what to do with my hair in that in-between period when a twistout gets a little older and when it is wash day. I got a fantastic twist out (more on that in another post) but I wanted to put my hair up for work.

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Guess what has been giving me the best twistouts ever? (Hint: It’s from Oyin!)

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As we all know, I keep my hair in two-strand twists about 80% of the time, out of sheer convenience.  A few days before my fortnightly washing, I unravel my twists and wear it up in a high bun or some kind of updo.  But considering the results of these next two products, I might have to incorporate more styles to show it off!

I heard the buzz about Oyin Handmade’s newest addition, boing!  I had not bought any new products in a quite a few months and knew that anything Oyin is worth a try! Seriously, they are one of the best, natural lines for hair out there!  This time I decided to try out the online store, Curlmart.  They were having a 20% off promo.  I was impressed with the turnaround, I placed my order on early Wednesday (about a month ago), chose the cheapest USPS shipping, and my merchandise was in my mailbox by the Friday! I ordered the 4 oz. boing! and the 4 oz. Burnt Sugar Pomade (BSP).

Sidenote: Uhm…..I cannot believe I have not given the Burnt Sugar Pomade its proper homage, a full review!  This is my stuck-on-a-deserted-island-must-have-product!

Anyway, boing! is described as an ‘all-in-one coil styler’.  It is supposed to define and moisturize all in one step.  Typically I use Whipped Pudding as a moisturizer and Shine & Define as a styler, then add BSP to seal and some extra hold.

Here’s what the product looks like….

Oyin Handmade boing!

boing!

It’s quite creamy and not too thick.   It is similar in texture to the Shine & Define.  It’s smooth and melted quickly into my hair.  So after washing and detangling, I ONLY added boing! to my wet/damp hair, then added the BSP on top. Two-strand twists all over.

This was the result!

My twists using boing! and Burnt Sugar Pomade

Look at the sheen!  And all I did for the following week and a half, I just sprayed my hair with Frank Juice and some extra virgin coconut oil from Trader Joe’s on my ends.

When it was time to unravel, I added some more coconut oil on my fingertips.  And this is what I got!!

twistout!

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Natural Hair of the Day: The Stretched High Bun

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I typically do a high bun when I have unravelled my two-strand twists.  This time this was done on freshly washed, stretched hair, with some conditioner left in, and it was semi-dry.

Looks totally different!  I like!  And ladies, high buns are very on-trend for the summer. You can mix it up by using a patterned scarf and some tangerine lips. I am wearing this style in Turkey right now!

What do you think? What other ways do you make  your high bun???

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