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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
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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).

 

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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. 

 

 

Maintaining and Taking out Yarn braids

So I kept my yarn braids on for about four weeks, I took them out because they kept coming apart.

So it took about an hour to take them all out. I simply had to un-wrap the first thread and unplait the second part of the braid. It was not painful and it didn’t require anything else. Just remember if you do yarn braids, be careful when installing around the edges and the front. If it’s too tight in can ruin your hairline and it will make it difficult to remove the yarn later on.

Maintaining them was easy really. Yarn absorb oils faster than normal hair so it is important to moisture your hair every day with a spritz bottle. This is better than applying the oil to prevent build up. You don’t want to have a gunk of oil on your head now do you.

I washed them once a week because they become extremely heavy with water. You really have to squeeze the heck out of them. And since I have dreads I had to ensure they dried fast. I usually sat in the sun for a while or I would take a walk and the yarn would dry after four hours at least.

 

That was my yarn experience!

Juliet Kamanga

It loves my hair and I love it

I’ve got food allergies and as a result it’s necessary for me to avoid certain types of foods internally and externally. So all these nut oils naturalista loving, I have to avoid. I don’t have a full set of things that I’m allergic to as some are environmental.
I need to be careful of also learning if something reacts to my hair I need to eliminate all products (homemade and store bought) that I’ve just introduced to my hair, and bring one at a time back to seek the culprit.
But after some time I avoided whole new products. Just the occasional new thing or ‘replacement’ products is allowed when I run out of the good things.
So I lack option in a large number of easily resourced store bought items and just have to learn to find the best staples for mine and TT’s hair.
We both like:

  • glycerine
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • extra virgin coconut oil
  • flaxseed gel

I really like to keep these in our basic hair regimen, it’s necessary our hair doesn’t get dry or tangle easily. During wash day especially each of these products are used to maintain our curls.

 

What are some of your staple everyday products?

– Serra

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!