Braids and Braid-outs (4 year old)

I’ve fallen behind on posting pics, so please bear with me while I attempt to play catch-up today. First off, here are pictures taken back in October and early November of my daughter’s last set of box braids and the resulting braid-outs.

This is my daughter’s box braids that she wore on Halloween.  She has on a princess Tiana tiara.

This is how I created the crinkled look.  At night, I braided the small box braids together after spritzing them with Cara B Naturally mist.

One last look at the crinkled box braids.  I’ve discovered that the crinkled box braid look makes the braids look better for a little while longer.  My daughter was able to wear these box braids for about four weeks.

I started taking the braids down, but we needed to leave the house, so I decided to cover the remaining braids with a hat. I liked the way it looked so I snapped a few pics.

Here’s the back of her “half” braid-out.

Finally I finished removing the braids.  Here’s the final look.

The only product used here was coconut oil.

Braid-Out Pony Tails (4 year old)

Sometimes the key to maintaining natural hair is to just keep it simple.  I styled my daughter’s hair into three ponytails using products by Kinky Pride.  I then braided the pony tails and used barrettes to clip them down to her head.  After a few days of her wearing her hair like that. I decided to un-braid the ponytails and here are the results…simple, yet cute:

I used a diagonal part in the front.

The Kinky Pride really added a lot of shine to her hair.  I’m still a big fan.

The barrettes added were clipped above each pony tail and added just the right amount of color.

Here’s a better view of the diagonal part.

Sometimes you just can’t beat cute and simple styles, but now it’s time for another protective style…(coming next)

Video: Kinky Pride w/ Curlformers on a Child’s Natural Hair

This video is long overdue, but here it is.  My daughter recently celebrated her 4th birthday and I wanted to come up with a cute style for this special occasion.  I decided to style her hair using Curlformers along with Kinky Pride’s Shea-Loe Butter and Twist and Loc gel, and the SNO Natural Herbal Hair & Scalp Therapy.  Here are the results (scroll down for video):

Even though I had 40 Curlformers to work with, it was not enough.  I decided to remedy the situation by styling the top of her hair into two pony tails and adding the Curlformers to the ends.

I borrowed this set of short and wide Curlformers from my sister Coco.  I ran into another problem, the Curlformers that I was using was designed for up to 9 inches of hair.  I quickly discovered that my daughter’s hair is way longer than that…

To solve that problem, I two stranded twisted the first few inches of hair (in some cases 3-4 inches) and added the Curlformers to the last 9 inches of her hair.

The Kinky Pride and SNO Naturals products gave my daughter’s hair a nice healthy sheen.  It’s hard to find products that do that because of her dry/cottony hair type.

Initially, I planned on untwisting the two strand twisted roots of her hair, but after removing the Curlformers, I decided not to.  I really liked the result.

All ready for her 4th birthday party!

Video Notes: This is my demonstration on using Curlformers on my 4-year-old daughter along with my review of Kinky Pride’s Shea-Loe Butter, Aloe Vera Lock & Twist Gel and SNO Herbal Hair & Scalp Therapy. These products were not purchased by me, but were sent to me after I contacted the co-owner and asked her if I could review her product. I fell in love with the Kinky Pride products after they were demonstrated on my hair at the Tennessee Natural Hair expo. You can see that video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iva8Wsy4NE

Kinky Pride products can be purchased here:http://snonatural.com/products/products.html

Be sure to check their site for a list of the product ingredients. I will also list the ingredients on our website: http://www.natural-ness.com

Music credits:

“The Natural Hair Song”, was written and performed by Anitra Jay (http://www.AnitraJay.com). You can download the song for free at: www.facebook.com/anitrajay

Instrumental “untitled” and created by Francis “mr. faia” Turner

Thanks Anitra & Francis for sharing your talents!

Yarn Twist Styles (3 Year Old)

Check out my first post on this set of yarn twists here. Below are some of the styles that I tried over the past two weeks (click each style to enlarge):

1st Attempt at Yarn Twists (3 Year Old)

After I finished shampooing my daughter’s hair in the video I posted here, I braided it into about 8 braids in order to stretch her hair out.  The next day, after her hair had dried, I decided that I wanted to try something new. My sister Coco had just posted about her newest set of yarn twists so I decided that I would try yarn twists on my daughter.  This is a big deal, because I never thought that I would like yarn twists on my daughter because she is so young.  I usually do not like any type of hair extensions on a young child, but I decided to give it a shot anyway.  However, I must say, I love the way the yarn twists turned out.  Check them out:

Like the title of this post states, this was my first attempt at doing yarn twists.  I used the tutorial created by Coco (I’ll post video below) and was pleasantly surprised at how easy the yarn twists are to do.

It took me two days to complete these twists (only because I do not like making my daughter sit for too long).  I completed the back of her hair first on day 1 and completed the front the next evening.

As you can see, I parted her hair into fairly big squares, which quickened the process. This size works well and if I ever decide to revisit this style, I will again go for the larger parts.

The video below will show the right type of yarn to use as well as the length of the pieces that you’ll need. As you can see in this picture, I cut the yarn about an inch or two below her natural hair length and tied off the ends.  She has worn this style over two weeks already and the twists still look good. I’ll post some of the styles that I’ve tried with the twists in the next post.

Video: Shampooing and Detangling a Young Child’s Hair (3 year old)

In this video, I show how I shampoo and detangle my 3 year old daughter’s hair.  Shampooing my daughter’s hair in the past was a battle and I was losing.  I finally found an effective way to get the job done without struggles and tears.  I hope this helps!

Knot-Out Curly Afro (3 Year Old)

I had a quick style that I wanted to share.  A few weeks ago, I shampooed my daughter’s hair and sat there trying to decide what to do with it.  I started styling her hair and ended up removing the style a few times, before deciding what style to do.  I ended up revisiting the “knot” style that I often did when she was younger.  She wore the knots for a few days, before I removed them and used the texture created by the knots for a knot-out curly afro.  Here are the results:

The knots left a slightly looser texture than a typical braid or twist-out.  I added a head band to accessorized and loved the result.

Although I liked the style,the texture did not last very long.  I ended up styling her hair in a puff the next day.

Next time I attempt this style, I will try using some type of gel to get longer lasting results.

Here is her hair with the knots that created the knot-out.  To create a knot, I braid her hair into medium sections.  I then twist the braid upon itself like you would for a bantu-knot.  I then added bands to secure each knot.

I parted her hair diagonally in the back.  She wore the knots for about a week, (I had to redo some of the knots every few days or so), before I removed them for the knot-out.

Threaded Bun & Answers to a Few FAQ’s (3 Year Old)

Here’s another African Hair Threading style done on my daughter (I will begin referring to this style simply as “threading” in future posts).  It’s the same style seen in my Ghana Plait Bun video that I will post below the pictures for those who want to see how to do this style.

I have gotten a few questions about this style.  People have asked if the thread cuts or dries out the hair.  My answer is no to both questions, but I believe that it would depend on the thread used.  I use weave thread purchased from Sally’s Beauty Supply.  This type of thread is fairly thick and is of course made for use in hair.  I have been threading my daughter’s hair for quite a while now and have seen no evidence of the thread breaking or drying out her hair.  If anything, I would say that her hair is growing.

I like the threading as a protective style for a few reasons. One reason is that her hair is nicely stretched and ready for another style once the thread is removed.  It is a great alternative to banding.  I also like it because when I thread her hair, I wrap the thread all the way down to the ends of her hair, which offers some protection.

I do have a few warnings about threading though.  One, be careful not to thread the hair too tight, especially at the roots. If you thread too tight at the roots, just like with tight braids, you may be putting too much stress and tension on the hair.  If you see bumps on the scalp, you have threaded the hair too tightly and should remove the thread right away.

Also, once when threading my own hair, I ended up with a thread tangled mess.  I would recommend using some type of clip to keep the hair that is not being threaded out of the way.  If you decide to leave the thread long at the end of each plait, as I show in the video, you may need to clip the extra thread out of your way while you work so the thread at the end of your finished plaits does not tangle with the thread that you are working with.

That’s about it.  See the video below if you want to know how this style is done.  If you have any questions about this style, please click here to contact me.

Large Rope Twists with Beads (3 year old)

During our last hair styling session, I decided to save time by styling my daughter’s hair in large rope twists accessorized with beads.

I started on freshly shampooed hair  (I used Cara B Natural shampoo). Her hair was a little on the dry side, so I applied Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque and left it on for 20 minutes using a plastic cap.  As you can see in the picture, I parted her hair into large triangles, which gave her rope twists an interesting geometric look.

To aid with detangling, I used Kinky Curly Knot Today.  To begin the rope twists, and to keep the twists from unraveling at the roots, I started each twist by braiding.

She was a little restless, so I started twisting the front of her hair on day 1 and complete the back the next morning.  To secure the large beads, I used rubber bands dipped in coconut oil.  Olive Oil is also great for dipping rubber bands (a great tip I learned from the Beads, Braids, & Beyond website). I also applied extra coconut oil to the ends of her hair to further protect them from rubber band damage.

  I also used a little bit of ORS Lock & Twist gel at the roots and ends of each twist to help secure them.

Taking these extra steps resulted in a long lasting set of twists. In fact she wore these twists for almost 3 weeks.

As always, to maintain the style, I spritzed her hair lightly with a water and conditioner mix (when needed) and tied it up with a satin scarf each night.  If you’re looking for a fairly quick protective style, this might be a great one to try!

Corn-Row & Braid-out Combo (3 Year Old)

I removed my daughter’s 2 in 1 Summer Box Braids Style (seen here), but was not quite ready to shampoo her hair, so I decided on a braid-out.  I love the “big hair” look on her and we get a lot of compliments when her hair is in a braid-out.  The only downside is that people are always tempted to reach out and grab her hair 🙁  Anyway, here is her last braid-out, with cornrows in the front.

Her hair had been in braids for two weeks, but her scalp was in good condition and there was no product build-up, so I postponed shampooing her hair for a few days.

Speaking of shampooing, I mentioned before that I stopped shampooing her hair every week and started doing an every other week (sometimes three week) schedule…don’t judge 🙂  Why do I wash her hair so infrequently?  Simple, she hates having her hair shampooed.  I tried to do it in the shower or bathtub, but…well, imagine what it would be like to wrestle a slippery seal in water. That is what it’s like to wash a naked toddler’s hair who is fighting you.  So now, I lie her across the counter (straight ole school) and shampoo her hair in the kitchen sink.  This is the best way I’ve found to get the job done while avoiding water in her eyes and fighting to keep a grip.

Anyway, before I started taking the braids down, I applied coconut oil (I like this brand  Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 15-Ounce Tubs (Pack of 2)) to keep her hair from looking dry.  The braids ended up taking a lot longer than I anticipated to remove, so I took the top down first, braided the hair in large braids for the night and removed the rest of the braids the next day.

Here is her hair two days later.  To maintain the style, I ended up re-braiding the hair in large braids before she went to bed.

As always, I lightly misted her hair before bed to keep it from feeling dry.  Notice I said “lightly” mist.  If I spray the hair until it is wet, it would draw up and shrink.  A very light mist will add moisture without causing the hair to shrink.

This twist-out did not last another day.  I ended up styling it in a puff and shampooing it the day after that.

I usually like to keep my daughter’s hair up in some sort of protective style.  In fact, her hair is in a protective style probably 85% of the time.  But between the protective styles, I like to allow her to wear her hair in braid-outs, twist-outs and puffs so that she can learn to love and get to know her hair while it’s loose.  I want her to know what her hair feels like and to see it while it’s wild and free, although sometimes she’ll tell me that her hair is “too big” – lol

 

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