Holiday Hair: Cute and Simple!

Hi lovies! I’m coming to you today with a really cute and simple holiday style that’s fun to wear for the upcoming holidays. You can wear this for Christmas, New Year’s, a wedding, really, there are endless possibilities for this hair.
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Isn’t is cute?
This style was set on Curlformers which, by the way, are a nightmare and a half to sleep on.
In the morning, I separated my ringlets three or four times and pinned the sides up. After pinning the sides up, I pinned the back up and left the front hanging for a cute front bang. There it is!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Until next time,
Mandisa ♥

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The Steps to Getting a Perfect Fall Ready Top Knot!

Hi guys! Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend! I’m starting out the week on DR with some quick tips on getting an amazing top knot. We all know that I love my top knots, they’re my go to style. For my top knots to be to my liking, they have to look a certain way. Here’s how I make sure they do.
Start with a good base.
The start for a great, big top knot is a good, fluffy base. I usually start with an old twist out, but you can start with whatever style you stretch your hair out in. After taking down my twists, I fluff them out and use my pick. I pick out my hair until it gets really big.
Do not use a hair tie.
This is coming from my relaxed days. I never used a hair tie to make my buns then. The tighter your hair tie is, the more surface area will be trapped in the hair tie, resulting in a smaller top knot. I use a really stretchy Goody band.
Go pin crazy, but remember to roll.
Now comes the fun part. In order to make this top knot your best one yet, we need pins. Use as many pins as you need, but remember to roll the hair as you’re pinning. This gives the illusion of bigger hair. If you just pin and don’t roll, your top knot will tend to look flat.
Shape.
When you have the framework for your bun, go ahead and shape it. You might need to grab your pick again, or just use your hands. Make sure your bun looks good enough to you.
Use gel, or edge control, if necessary.
I only use gel if I feel like it. It’s really up to you. Gel gives a polished look, so if you want that, go for it.

And there you have it, your best top knot. Add a scarf, and you have the perfect fall combo!
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P.S: This also makes a really good protective style if you’re lazy (like me.) I fully plan on rocking this style for the week. At nights, I’ll wrap it with my satin scarf and cover it with my bonnet.)

Until next time,
Mandisa ♥

My Wash and Go!…Wash and No

Hiiiii friends! So, as you can tell from the title, I did a wash and go on my hair. In the winter? Yes. Primarily because I’m getting a Denman brush in the near future, and I wanted to compare a wash and go with a Denman and without one. That’s a completely different post. Soon come.
Anyway, I washed and deep conditioned my hair after applying a protein treatment.
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I then went through my hair, section by section. I layered each section with my leave in, olive oil, and a Curls gel that I can’t remember the name of.
My hair was WETTTT and I couldn’t take it. It was also really shrunken and tight so I stretched/dried it with my blowdryer.
I was left with some stretch and a dry head of curls. I didn’t take a picture of the whole thing because I didn’t want to scare you, but here’s a peek.
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This picture does not do it justice. I had a big, huge, curly fro. And I didn’t like how it looked. So I decided to wash it out and start over. (Shut up.)
BUT not before I started thinking about what a puff would look like. I’d be denying myself if I didn’t put that luscious fro in a puff, right? Especially since my regular puffs are a little on the malnourished side.
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Isn’t it just delish?! Ugh. And the picture doesn’t show you how full it was!! Bellisima.
I love wash and go puffs. If my wash and go with my Denman goes hunky dory, I will definitely LIVE in rhe resulting puff for a couple of days.

Until next time,
Mandisa ♥

The Difference Between Hair Growth and Length Retention

Hello beautiful ones! I’m here to talk to you today about something that is VERY important, at least to me. That is the difference between hair growth and length retention.

OK, so first let’s break it down, yes? Hair growth is inevitable. It’s something that just HAPPENS, like the hair on your legs or underarms grow. Growth happens every day, along with shedding. Hair (all hair, not just “black” hair) grows at a rate of 1/2 inch a month, or 6 inches a year. So the next time someone tells you that black hair can’t grow, look at them like they’re stupid, because they are! Of course black hair can grow, just like white hair can grow. When it comes to long hair, growth is not the problem.

The problem that most of us face is retention of that growth. Growing is not the problem, retaining is. Get it? Growth no, retaining yes! Length retention could be the difference between this  and this . (Of course, in this case, it’s a couple hundreds and a good weaveologist, but that’s beside the point.)

Length retention is what we really must focus on to get our hair to unimaginable lengths, and I do believe that with the right length retention techniques, you can get your hair to the length that you want, whether natural or relaxed. Here are some top length retention techniques that I’ve come across in my journey.

1. PATIENCE

This is the biggest one. You have to be patient and realistic with your length retention goals. No one is going to be able to grow a mane like Naptural 85’s in one year, not even Naptural 85 herself! Allow you hair some time to do what it does best: grow! And during that time, finesse and finetune your length retention techniques to make sure that they are at their optimal performance.

2. MOISTURE

Moisture is key. I can not say it enough. Whether you big chop or transition slowly, allow yourself some time to figure out what moisture retention techniques work best for you. You can use LCO, LOC, or some other technique. Because our hair loses moisture more rapidly than other textures, we have to moisturize more frequently as well.

3. PROTEIN

Protein is going to make your hair strong and allow your hair shaft to defend against the elements. The prime time for protein treatments are every 4-6 weeks, although some people do it more or less often. You want to see what works for your hair, because you might be protein sensitive.

4.KNOW YOUR HAIR

This is so important. It’s like if you hate apples. Are you going to reap the benefits from them?No! Same thing with your hair.

5. THROW IT UP

Be protective. Not everyday is the day to wear your fro out, including in the summertime. Sometimes you got to put those tresses up and protect them from the elements. Whether you choose to do that with wigs, braids, hats, weaves, etc. Pick your poison.

6. DEEP CONDITIONING

Trust me, if you spend time on your hair, it will show. Deep conditioning is, in all honestly, showing your hair some TLC. The longer it’s left in, the more benefit to your hair and scalp.

For most of us, relaxed and natural alike, life doesn’t allow for these things all the time. We can get busy with work, school, or whatever else. Not paying to our hair or giving it the things it needs leads to breakage. When hair breaks from the ends, all the length that we grew out is not retained. It usually ends up in the sink, or on the bathroom floor. However, if we give our hair that nurture that it needs, we can see optimal results!

Until next time,

Mandisa

Review: Milky Way Pure Hair

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Milky Way Pure Hair

Hi Everyone,
Here’s a small review on what I thought of the hair I had in a few weeks ago.
When the hair was initially installed in my hair it was very silky to the touch, absolutely no tangles, I could run my fingers through it without shedding, it had a natural shine to it. I loved it. I go into more detail about it Click Here! All of this lasted well into my second week. The only issue I had at that time was that I wished it was just a little fuller, but hey you live and you learn. Eventually my scalp started to get super itchy. It was ridiculous. I was grabbing ANYTHING pins, rat tail combs, pens, anything I could get my hands on to get to scratch my scalp. I HAD to cleanse my scalp and I did. I got a large applicator bottle, squeezed some shampoo in it, filled it with water and massaged away! Of course I conditioned as well. I can’t even explain how amazing that felt. Especially when my hair is used to getting washed every week!

While washing the extensions it hardly matted up or got tangled. The combed easily glided through. The fact that it was straight hair might have helped a lot. I applied a little leave in to it, let it air dry, put a dime size amount of CHI Silk Infusion and gave it a quick flat iron. It looked brand new. I did notice that by the 3rd week it was tangling towards the nape of my neck, and I constantly had to have a paddle brush to smooth everything out. It could be because I washed it. I would give this hair 3 ½ out of 5. For me it served it’s purpose. If your going on a short vacation, or you just wanted a protective style for nothing more than a month I’d get this, but I don’t think it would stretch it longer. That’s just my personally opinion. Some people may able to get more wear out of it. It also didn’t hold curls very long, but if you have flexi rods and leave them in over night to set that helps the curls stay longer. I also didn’t use hair spray that’s probably the issue. I personally just don’t like hair spray that much Lol. If you didn’t want curls just warp it up and call it a night!

I also got a partial sew in because I wanted a natural center part instead of a closure. I don’t think I’d do that again. It looked nice but about 90% of my hair is natural now so the blending part got a little annoying. So if it do this again I want all my hair tucked away. Like I said we live and we learn!

Talk to you guys soon!
-Irene

The LOC Method and Why I Don’t Use It

Hi curlies!

It seems like, in the natural world at least, once a few “popular” people in the natural world start to brag on a technique, us lesser known people (LOL) will try to hop on the bandwagon and try it along with them. Then when it doesn’t work, we wonder why it didn’t. Not everything works for every person with textured hair. Our hair textures aren’t the same, so why do we tend to think that the same technique will work?

Since I’ve entered the natural world a year and some months ago and done my research, I’ve been on a quest to longer hair. This quest has led me to many techniques for moisture retention, because as we know, keeping moisture in the hair leads to growth, or should I say, length retention. (They’re two completely different things.) The technique I’ve come across the most is the LOC method.

The LOC Method Products

(Inforgraphic courtesy of blackhairinformation.com)

In essence, this is how it goes. After cleansing, a liquid is first applied. After that is a oil, and then a cream. Many natural swear by this, saying that it’s the best technique for moisture retention. Not this one.

When using this technique, I found that MY hair never really cared for it, and it never really made sense to me. Why would we apply an oil to our hair before a cream, when an oil is our sealant/emollient? An oil’s job is to lock in moisture, it acts as a barrier. Nothing gets it, nothing gets out. So why would we then put a cream on top of the oil? For it to just sit there? Sounds like you’re asking for product buildup to me.

What I have always done, and will continue to do, as long as my hair allows it, is apply my liquid (which is usually my moisturizer/leave in of choice) and then seal with an oil.

Another popular reason for layering the cream on top of the oil is that the cream acts as a styler. For ME, I don’t see the necessity of using a styler unless one is doing a wash and go. For a wash and go, you need the extra hold that a styler provides, whether the styler be gel, shea butter, etc.) However, for a random twist out, MY hair doesn’t need an extra styler on top of the oil. Again, I’d just be asking for product buildup. No no.

However, like I’ve said time and time again, not everything works for everybody. So if the LOC method works for you, by all means, take control of that bad boy! But as for me, I’m going to forgo the random product buildup, k? Thanks!

Until next time,

Mandisa ♥

Can’t Tell Me Nothing! Sunday Hair Show and Tell!

Hello ladies! I’m here to show you my amazing hair that I was rocking this past Sunday! It was bombtastic, and couldn’t nobody tell me NOTHIN’!

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*squeal* Isn’t it amazing?! Here’s what I did! I flat twisted my hair. I did three in the back, three on the right, and three on the left, and at the end, I did Yolanda Renee’s (aka EtcBlogMag’s) hanging bantu knot.

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I woke up in the morning to soft, ultra defined curls. Enjoy the pics!

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Yay for shrunken fros!

Until next time,
Mandisa ♥