Monthly Archives: August 2013

Some Type 4 Inspiration

I’ve met a few new naturals with type 4 hair who struggle with their texture and loving their hair at the beginning. I too at the beginning wished my hair looked curly like this:
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My hair curls but not in a defined way throughout my head and I seem to have different textures too. Plus my hair is fine and not thick, which I’ve always known and should be used to by now.  I’m growing to love my hair as I get used to taking care of it and discovering what works and doesn’t work. It’s a journey.

Through the media we see a lot of naturals with the looser hair texture, yet there is a lot of inspiration of girls rocking their type 4 natural hair:

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Source of all pics is Tumblr

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The pros and cons of using yarn/wool in hair

2013-08-16-2077_2I haven’t seen many Zimbabwean women with yarn braids/twists etc but I have with women of other African nationalities, especially West and Central African ladies. I absolutely love them, although it’s only my second time getting them. So I decided to list the pros and cons of using yarn as a protective style:

PROS:

  1. Look like dreadlocks after a few weeks, so are more natural looking
  2. There’s room to be very creative and fun with the range of different colours acrylic yarn comes in
  3. Is gentler on hair than extensions and is lighter causing less stress to hair strands
  4. Able to keep moisture in longer than hair extension
  5. Hair can be washed, deep conditioned and treated in yarn twists/braids. In fact, washing makes the twists softer
  6. Inexpensive and yarn is easily accessible. One roll of wool in Bon Marche in Harare costs $1 of which I used three
  7. Is a protective style that can last weeks and even months if taken care of properly, but beware of hair actually locking

CONS:

  1. Can smell of mildew if not washed
  2. They easily collect lint, but this can be prevented by washing them, using a satin scarf or pillowcase at night and not using heavy cream or butter products in the hair. It’s better to use liquid based moisturisers
  3. They are heavy when wet

I haven’t had many problems with my yarn twists. Issues I had with box braids such as dry scalp, itchy scalp and scalp pain are non existent. I will review when I undo my yarn twists, but so far so good.

 

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My Yarn Twist Process

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This was my second attempt at yarn twists and they came out much prettier than my first attempt twists. It was my second time plaiting my hair in braids instead of getting someone else to do it too. The first time, was a lot messier because I got impatient and I was just inexperienced at doing my own hair. THe second time is much neater although I had cramps everywhere, fingers, wrists, neck, shoulders, bum, knees, you name it. It took me a whole weekend and three rolls of acrylic wool (which ended up being a little less than I actually needed).

Yarn twists/braids are basically just box braids/twists using acrylic wool instead of hair extensions.

My process of putting them in was as follows:

  • I detangled, washed, conditioned with a protein conditioner, then a moisturising conditioner and air dried my hair in braids to stretch my hair
  • Sectioned my hair into 8 manageable parts and cut strings of yarn. I wanted just a few inches longer than shoulder length twists, so I cut the wool strings quite long, about double my mid back length
  • Using my fingers (and tail comb sometimes), I made parts about 0.5inches in length and width
  • Taking four pieces of wool, I bent them in the middle to have 8 pieces then plaited the 0.5inch part rooting it by braiding a few centimetres then twisting the rest
  • When twisting, since my twists would unravel, I would twist each individual piece against itself then twist the parts around each other. I do this when I twist my own natural hair too or else the twist won’t stay put
  • I plaited from the back, my edges, then finished with the middle of my head
  • For the ends I got help to cut them straight, then using a lighter and a candle I burnt the ends

Tips for yarn twists / braids

  • Make sure you use 100% acrylic yarn and not just any wool. In Zimbabwe, most of the yarn found in the supermarkets is acrylic. Here it’s just called acrylic wool and will usually state if it’s 100%
  • Try to match the colour of your hair to the yarn to make it look natural, you can experiment and have fun with lots of other colours too
  • Keep them moisturised. I have been doing the same process of moisturising as when my hair is out.
  • Keep them clean by washing as usual, although yarn is heavy when wet
  • Make sure you continue using a satin scarf/bonet or pillowcase as usual.
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Yarn Twists / Yarn Braids / Yarn Wraps / Yarn Locs / Genie Locs Hairspiration Part 2

Some more yarn inspiration for hair:

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Yarn Twists / Yarn Braids / Yarn Wraps / Yarn Locs / Genie Locs Hairspiration Part 1

I LOOOOVE yarn twists, braids, wraps, locs or genie locs. I think dreadlocks are beautiful and yarn twists, etc are beautiful too, especially after a few weeks and look like dreadlocks. I presently have yarn twists that I did myself so I looked for more inspiration for y’all to look at.

Enjoy…

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All images are courtesy of Tumblr

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Hair Journal: Box Twists to Hair Out to Yarn Twists

Have been so eager to post about my hair and all things hair, but due to the usual connectivity issues found where I happily live, I had to patiently wait. Which as a lady on her natural hair journey, is something that I’m getting the hang of. Patiently waiting.

Anyway, I undid my box twists to reveal hair that is still growing, especially on my stubborn thin edges. Yay! My hair there is slowly filling in and I’m patiently waiting. When I detangled, washed my hair and conditioned it, along with the shedding ( I just don’t feel happy seeing shed hair no matter how normal it is ), my hair was black, shiny and strong. Oh and so soft, so I was very relieved. Adding to my relief was the fact that the few split ends I found when I still had my braids in, were not widespread in my hair. With a little extra tlc on my ends when the braids came out, it was all good.

I love having my hair out, although coming out with cute styles that still look neat for work can be a challenge for me. With my hair out, during the week, I usually do updos or french plaits and puffs. During the weekends, I tend to do more, although I’m a lazy styler. I wanted another protective style though because our winter was not over yet, so got yarn twists/genie locs which I intend to keep in for about 3 to 4 weeks.

So this month I went from:

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My puffy puff puff...

My puffy puff puff…

To yarn twists! Which took me FOREVER  to plait.

Nearly done...

Nearly done…

                                  

Relieved to be done, finally...

Relieved to be done, finally…

 

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Box Braid Takedown

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Undoing extension box braids can be incredibly arduous and tiring, if you’re undoing your own hair. When it comes to box braids, I usually undo my own hair without anyone else helping. This needs a relaxed state of mind on my part and a free day, so my patience is not tested and I end up with damaged hair.

 

The takedown stage of box braids is a crucial stage of trying to make sure that the hair growth attained is retained and that no damage is done to the hair that was being protected.

 

This is what I do when I’m undoing my extension box braids:

  • Get a free day, a few good movies, some pillows and cushions to be as relaxed as possible
  • Spray my braids and my own hair with a  detangling mix spritz until my hair is damp  – I use about a fifth aloe vera juice, a few drops of extra virgin olive oil/coconut oil, about a quarter light conditioner and the rest water
  • Then depending on the length of the braids, I cut of the ends about 3 inches below where my hair is, then undo the braids using my hands to unravel and pull off the braid when it’s loose enough.
  • With each extension braid off, I make sure I detangle the ‘box’ part of my hair, remove whatever buildup is in the hair. DON’T just pull out a knot, make sure the section is undid, using more oil and the spritz if necessary. (THIS STAGE IS KEY! )
  • Undo all the box braids, putting all the undone parts in larger twisted sections
  • Just go steady at a leisurely relaxed pace until it is all undone
  • Do note that you will likely have a lot of shed hair, it’s the perks that come with having hair in a protected style for a while.

There isn’t much to it, just PATIENCE and MAKING SURE TO DETANGLE PROPERLY.

After undoing my hair, I usually detangle again in the bigger sections, then wash my hair, condition my hair with a protein conditioner and a moisturising treatment. Then figure out how I’ll style my hair.

Honestly, I prefer undoing my hair to getting my hair done though. The excitement of seeing my hair after a few weeks and new hair growth does the trick.

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