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Trends for 2016 – first quarter

Hi All, 

So I’ve been so obsessed with a few looks lately which have been blowing up online. So here I’ve got a few images and tutorial links to share to accomplish on your own (I’m a straight up DIYer)


My number favourite style at the moment is the Faux Goddess Locs. The style is accomplished by using human hair for a light and natural looking faux loc, which is especially suitable for relaxed or straight hair, or people looking for a softer faux loc look. I think it’s great and over time several more have attempted to copy the look inspired by Megan Good and created by Dr Kari Williams – she has a pay for tutorial to learn for those who may want to do so for salon clients.

What I like about this look is the lightness and also that it provides an alternative for many of us who are looking for a different look when it comes to faux locs, I’ll follow up with a post on the many alternative looks of faux locs. They are considered bohemian locs, a la Lisa Bonet, as well. 

Megan Good /Dr Kari Williams work
Lisa Bonnet and @a.mela.goddess

Goddess Locs – Tutorial


The second style I’ve seen trending is the cubic twist braid/ 3d split twist, which is an already twisted extension suitable for crochet styles, which can be worn as braids or loosened up. There are many who have already reviewed and linked this themselves.

Afri Naptural 3d split twist / cubic twist


Cubic Twist – Beautycanbraid

The third, which I would still need to practice a heck load of times off my head before trying it on, is the 4d braid (coined by Hair by Mason) but I’d rather call it the traditional box braid before box braids became three strand braids. I literally don’t remember when the term box braids became so loose. But if you can also search box braid or round braid, this is typically the look, which is similar to style two – cubic twists – but well, I don’t know, the cubic twists are more Senegalese twists twisted twice (say that three times faster, lol).


Instagram media by hairbymason - Hey yawl 👋🏾🖐🏾 | #4dboxbraids


The 4d braids by HairbyMason

So there are the trending looks, and links and check them out and tell me what you think . What other looks do you think are blowing up at the moment. 




Soft Hair Problems

My dreads are six months old now, they’ll be seven months in about 9 days. They’ve finally locked which is amazing especially because of the struggle I’ve faced with them. I have very soft hair, I didn’t know this until everyone who tried to dread my hair told me it would take quite a while to get them to lock. Every time I removed a style they would practically be half dreads, either the end was lose or the roots were (and not even just from growth). Now i only have a problem with four out of seventy – eight (I think! lol)

So my soft hair is not being so stubborn anymore. If you are like me and half very soft hair just know that it will take longer than people with coarse hair but it will work out. I used to be jealous of my friend who started her dreads with me. Hers locked within a month and a half. Her pattern disappeared within three. It took me six months and lots of patience. Do not strain your hair, let it happen naturally. I stress for no reason. I loooooove my dreads right now. And please enjoy your length, they will grow soon but short dreads are so cute. Have fun with them.

🙂 Juliet

Why did I go natural

So where to start…

I don’t know what made me make this choice. I guess deep down I need the chemical root wasn’t working for me. I cut my relaxed hair off and I let it grow. I didn’t have the best hair at first but I just accepted it.

People kept on telling me that I would not survive with my natural hair for long. They kept telling me to relax it because it was “ugly”

I think that pushed me, I had to show the people who thought their God given curls were ugly, that straight hair was the way to ultimate beauty

I don’t have to change a single thing to about myself to be beautiful, I feel my natural hair just enhances it.

I think that is why I decided to go natural.

– Juliets

Washing dem Dreads

Hey everyone

So I would like to share how I wash my dreads. I heard about the apple cider rinse when I still had an afro. I suffered from extremely itchy hair when I used to braid or plait my hair. Obviously it was because of pulling but I used to get small bumps on my scalp too. When I started using the apple cider rinse my hair hardly itched and the bumps only came around once in a while.

So now instead of rinsing my hair with apple cider afterwards, I scrub my hair before. Since I have dreads I really want to make sure it stays clean, especially since I style my hair a lot. I’m bad with measurements so I would have to put it this way: for example I was using a full cup of water to rinse my hair, I would fill the cup with ¼ apple cider and ¾ of water. Usually lukewarm.

I would use cotton to scrub my scalp to ensure the oils and dirty surface. It does not take too long to do this process. I just rub my hair with enough pressure to clean it.

I then pour the rest of the rinse over my hair to flush out the dirty. (if you want to rinse after washing then rinse with water afterwards to get rid of the smell)

I then use Marula shampoo to thoroughly wash my dreads. I shampoo my hair twice. The first time I massage my scalps and scratch with my nails to remove all the dirty from the rinse. The second time is really just to ensure its clean.

I then t-shirt dry my hair then squeeze it in section with my t-shirt to wring the water out. I let it air dry because I don’t want heat damage from a dryer.

– Juliet Kamanga

Installing Yarn dreads

Yarn dreads
Yarn dreads

It took me the whole day to install yarn braids, mostly because I’ve never done it before.

So here’s how I did it:

  • I cut a piece of thread double the length I wanted it to be. This piece was wrapped around my dread at the very top twice over. It was then braided down to hold onto the dread.
  • I cut a two pieces the exact size I wanted the braid to be. I took these pieces and started winding them around my dreads from the point I stopped braiding all the way down to the end of the dread. (Note: If you want thicker yarn braids use more strands for this step)
  • I then tied the end of the braid and burned the end.
  • If you don’t wind the thread tightly, it will cause them to come loose.
  • At the end my hair looked like dreads. I did this style to lock my dreads rather than to pretend I have longer dreads than I have. Since my hair is very soft it has taken a while to get them all to lock.



And that’s all folks!