Archives: Year 2, Month 12 (originally posted July 07)

Here are pictures from the month of  the second nappiversary of my first BC.  These were originally posted in July of 2007. Please click continue reading below to see all of the pictures and styles.

There’s nothing special about this style. It’s just a picture of a regular puff.

Here I am showing off my belly at 7 months.

Here’s a picture showing off the puff, my son and my growing belly.

Here’s somewhat of a closer view of my puff.

This is the back of my latest wash n go.  This is a style that I do not wear very often, because it is hard to detangle after wearing for a few days.  However, it is a great style to wear on very hot days, because it involves daily washing, which means wet hair to cool off a hot head!

Here’s a black n white picture of the front of my wash n go.  I have a Macy Gray type of thing happening here.

Here’s another view of the wash n go and my big belly.

I love the ease of the wash n go.  I did not plan on wearing it this way, but I was getting out of the shower and my hubby saw it and told me to leave it as is.  He loves the look of the wash n go.

One last view of the hair and 7th month belly.

I took this picture the day of my two year nappiversary – July 26! It’s a wash n go.

Here’s the side view of my nappiversary wash n go.

Another view of the wash n go.

This is the back view of the wash n go.  It’s funny how this wash n go looks a lot like a twistout.

This pic is just showing my hair growth.  My hair has grown this much from the less than an inch TWA that I had exactly two years ago.

Once again, do not fear the TWA. Your hair will grow before you know it.

Archives: Year 2, Month 11 (originally posted June 07)

My first hair journey continues! Here are pictures from the second year of my first BC.  These were originally posted in June of 2007. Please click continue reading below to see all of the pictures and styles.

After wearing box braids for about 2 weeks, here’s the resulting braid-out. To achieve this look, I washed my braids the day before removing them.  The result is a clean textured look.

Here’s more of a side view. I love my new length, but I’m noticing that my hair is no longer standing up the way it used to.  I’m going to miss my hair reaching for the sky.

This is the back view of the braid-out.

This is the top view of the braid-out.  The part comes from the braids.  I would not even attempt to part my hair after removing two-week old box braids.

This is just a view of the side.  While braiding my hair, I trimmed the ends as I went along.  Notice how much better the ends look now when compared to the afro in my May updates.

Here’s just another view of the side.  I’m just attempting to show why you need regular trims here.  The ends of the hair looks so much better when well taken care of with trims every 2-3 months.  If you are unsure of how to trim your own hair, please visit my hair videos page to see my twist n’clip video.

One last view of the braid-out.  I loved this look, but was only able to wear it like this for a couple of days, because I am now taking water aerobics. I knew that once the water touched my hair, I would have to wash the texture out because of the chlorine.  To save the texture while taking my classes, I brushed my hair up into a high puff for the rest of the week.

Here I am on a lazy hair day. I did not want to be stuck in the house, with my after washing braids, so I threw on this knotted scarf that I found at a nearby beauty supply.


Here’s what the back of the scarf looks like.  It’s already knotted, so all I have to do is slip it on.

One last view of my scarf

Archives: Year 2, Month 10 (originally posted May 07)

Here are more pictures from the second year of my first BC (I hope you don’t mind all of these archives).  These were originally posted in May of 2007. Please click continue reading below to see all of the pictures and styles.

This is a side view of my latest afro after being washed and stretched.  I don’t realize how much my hair has grown until I see pictures of my BC.

Ladies, do not fear the BC! Your hair will grow back. This is almost 2 years of growth.

Here’s another view.  This is probably the first time I did not wear my afro out.  It is getting so big that the front is beginning to flop a little.

Here’s another view.  Notice the belly? Yes, I’m pregnant, in case you are wondering.

Here’s the back view of the afro.  I am due for a trim, so the ends of my hair on the next afro pictures should be a little neater.

This is how I actually wore my hair out that day.  I brushed the afro back into a puff.

This is just what I thought would be another view of my hair, but I’m noticing that it’s getting harder to get all of my hair into the pictures.

Another failed attempt at photographing my hair.  Oh well, at least you can see the front in this picture.

On days where I do not feel like doing my hair, I throw on the Kufi and call it a day (I make sure to tie my hair down with a satin scarf first to avoid drying my hair out!).

This works on bad hair days also, or wash days when you want to stretch your hair out, but do not want to be stuck in the house all day.

Here’s a better view of my brushed back afro.  I’m dressed up to go out on a date with my hubby.

Now there’s the belly.  I’d bet you didn’t realize that I was that far along.  I’m due in September.

Another picture of the belly.  I’m amazed at how much better maternity clothes look now.  When I had my 5 year-old, the clothes were horrible.  I actually found this maternity dress at Motherhood Maternity for half price.

One last view of my going out puff.  I decided to keep it simple with no extra accessories.

Archives: Year 2, Month 8 (originally posted March 07)

Here are pictures from the second year of my first BC.  These were originally posted in March of 2007. Please click continue reading below to see all of the pictures and styles.

Here’s a picture of the back of my lastest afro.  The front of my hair is cornrowed.

After unsuccessfully attempting to flattwist the front of my hair, I opted to cornrow it instead.  Here’s the result.

Here’s another view.  I just love that nappy, chunky afro look.

Here’s my contemplative look. LOL!

Here’s a front view, showing both sides of the cornrows.

This is what the top looked like.

Here’s a side view of the cornrow/afro combination.

One last view of this look.

After enjoying my afro/cornrow combo for a day, I decided to two-strand twist the back of my hair.

Here’s what the back looked like.  After wearing a puff for over two solid weeks, my hair longed for this much needed daily styling break.

Here’s a top view once again.  My attempt was to get a better picture of the top of the twists, but after several tries, I gave up.

Another back view.  My twists are finally getting out of that scalpy phase (where you see more scalp than twists, LOL).

Another attempt at showing off the twists with not much luck.

Here’s a view of both the cornrows & twists.

Archives: Year 2, Month 7 (originally posted February 07)

Here are pictures from the second year of my first BC.

Here’s another attempt at a pony puff (one of my hair goals).  My hair is getting long enough for a pony puff, but due to the amount of work that it takes to get it into a pony puff, I do not consider this goal accomplished.

Here’s the front view.

Here’s the back view.

Here’s the side view.

Here’s a top view, showing off my butterfly accessory.

My five-year-old son had been begging for me to let him grow his hair out so that he could wear ‘twisties’.  Here’s the front view of his ‘twisties’, that are actually hand twisted coils.

Here’s the side view.  I coiled his hair using my beloved ORS lock ‘n twist gel.

Here’s the back view.  I have never attempted coils on my own hair, because it is too thick and would take forever, so I was glad to be able to try the style out on someone.

After my son got in trouble at school for playing with his coils all day, I took them out and let him wear a twistout or in his case, a coilout.  I loved this look on him.

Here’s the side view of the coilout.

Here’s the back view.  The coilout was much easier to maintain than the coils.  With the coilout, I just fluffed with my hand in the morning. However, with the coils, I actually had to recoil parts of his hair every morning.

Archives: Year 2, Month 6 (originally posted January 07)

Here are pictures from the second year of my first BC.  These were originally posted in January of 2007. Please click continue reading below to see all of the pictures and styles.

Happy New Year! The twistout was my style of choice to bring in the New Year.

Here’s a side view of my twistout.  Usually with my twistouts, I brush my hair back into a puff, but my husband prefers my hair loose, so I went for it and have been wearing my hair like this for close to a week

I’ve received a lot of compliments on this look.  Even some relaxed sisters have been complimenting my hair.  Maybe some of them may decide to let go of the chemicals for the New Year!

Here’s a closer view.  This look was achieved by untwisting two-strand twists that I wore for two weeks.

Here is a picture of my latest afro. To achieve this afro, I stretched my wet hair with 10 large braids.  Once my hair dried overnight, I removed the braids and picked my hair until it formed a full afro.

This picture is showing the actual length of the front of my hair.

Here is the length of the top of my hair.

Here is the length of the back of my hair.

The back of my afro.

A side view of the afro.

Here is another front view of my afro.  I actually wore this afro out (after shaping it a little better of course).  I’m noticing that as my hair grows, my afro is beginning to flop over in the front.

Archives: Year 2, Month 5 (originally posted December 06)

Here are pictures from the second year of my first BC. These were originally posted in December of 2006. Please click continue reading below to see all of the pictures and styles.

At last, I am able to put my hair into two afro puffs! This was sort of a mini hair goal of mine. continue reading …

Archives: Year 2, Month 4 (originally posted November 06)

Here are pictures from the second year of my first BC.  These were originally posted in November of 2006. Please click continue reading below to see all of the pictures and styles.

Here’s a picture of my first attempt at box braiding.  I have to admit that I was intimidated by this style, because I knew that it would involve parting my hair, which is something that I was never good at.

Here’s the side view.  To begin this style, I parted my hair into six smaller sections.  This made parting my hair into individual plaits a little less frightening

Braiding the back was the most intimidating, but I realized that it did not really matter if the parts in the back were straight because the hair at the top would cover it up. The key to this is to make sure that you do not line your parts up.  Instead do sort of a brick pattern.

Here’s the top view.  Notice that my parts are not perfect, but the style still works.

This is not the most flattering picture, but there’s a method to my madness.  I am attempting to show how bouncy the braids were.  They shook and moved whenever I turned my head.  I really enjoyed this style and believe it or not, it actually took me less time than two-strand twisting.  Go figure!

This is just another puff update showing how big my puff is getting.

Another view of the puff.

Side view of the puff.

Closer view of the flower broach accessory.

Archives: Year 2, Month 3 (originally posted October 06)

Here are pictures from the second year of my first BC.  These were originally posted in October of 2006. Please click continue reading below to see all of the pictures and styles.

The seasons are slowly beginning to change here in the south, so I figured it was time to explore somewhat of a protective style.

Tying a pretty scarf around your head can add a dramatic change to your puff.

I had almost forgotten about my love for pretty scarves (I had not worn one in so long).

It’s amazing how versatile a simple puff can be.

Enough of the puffs for now.  I have not taken any pictures of my two-strand twists for months. Here’s what the front of my twists look like.

This is what my two-strand twists look like now that my hair is longer.

After stretching my hair, and wearing a stretched afro for a couple of days, I decided to two-strand twist my hair. Here’s what the back looked like.

I clipped my ends as I twisted because they were beginning to look at little frayed.

Archives: Year 2, Month 2 (originally posted September 06)

Here are pictures from the second year of my first BC.  These were originally posted on September 2006.

Here, I am wearing a twistout puff.

Here’s the side view of the twistout puff.

Here’s a top view of my hair.

I just had to show how deceptive a twistout can be.  My hair is much longer than it appears to be.

Here is the length of the back of my hair. The top is about 6 inches long and the back is around 4 or 5 inches. (I started out with less than an inch of hair a little over a year ago!)

To achieve this look, I wore two-strand twists for two weeks.  After two weeks, I washed the twists with Carol’s Daughter Tui Shampoo.   I allowed the twists to fully dry (at least a full day).  Then I untwisted the twists.

The result is a clean fresh twistout!

Here’s a slightly different look, achieved with the same twistout using a large, wide Goody headband.

I was trying to get more of a top view here, but it didn’t work out the way I wanted.

Now here’s that top view that I wanted! This twistout is a week old.  Do you think I can go another week? Maybe?

Twistouts continue to be my favorite style!

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