How To Stretch Natural Hair Without Heat

We all know about shrinkage, either you love it or you hate it. I’m probably somewhere in between, but I’ve come to realize that it’s just one of those things about natural hair that I had to learn how to embrace. Let’s be honest if you’re wearing your hair in its natural state, shrinkage isn’t something you can avoid completely. Thankfully, I found two methods to stretch my hair if I want to keep heat at a minimum! What I love most about our kinks and curls is that we have so much versatility and with versatility comes options!

BANDING.
Start by diving your hair into sections, gently tie ouchless hair elastics down the length of your hair. Make sure the hair bands don’t any metal on them because those have a tendency to rip hair out. I like using this method on freshly washed first day hair. That’s when I have the most shrinkage.

BRAIDING.
Divide your hair into four workable sections, depending on how thick your hair it you may want to do more. Braid each section and pin the braid in the opposite direction for more stretch. This will also reduce tangling!

I hope this was helpful.
Be sure to check out my video at the top of the page
and let me know what are your favorite methods to stretch your hair!
Until next time,
Irene ❤

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2016 Length Check

Happy Sunday Everyone.
Some of you readers have been here since the very beginning of my journey. I don’t think I’ve done an official length check of the course of these 3 plus years, so here it is! I recently did a much needed trim. Like I’ve always said, health over length right? I’m all about length retention lately, so if you have any tips, be sure to let me know! In the meantime here’s length check

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Love always,
Irene

How to Blend Half Wig with Natural Hair

Hey Loves!
Lately I’ve been in protective style mode because I want to retain as much length as possible, but mostly because I’ve just been to lazy to style my hair! So I decided to make a video on this easy half up half down look that I’ve been doing as of late. This is the same half wig I posted about a couple years ago! If you’re looking for a protective style or just want to know how to blend your natural hair with a curly half wig, then this is perfect for you….especially if you’re transitioning! Let me know what you think! I’d love to hear your feedback. Don’t forget to share, like, comment, and/or Subscribe!

Bentonite Clay Mask

Hey Everyone,
I hope you all are doing well and if you’re in the New York area staying warm!
Anyways I’m actually writing a post about my first experience using bentonite clay on my hair,
just a few hours after using it. That’s how excited I am to share everything with you. I purchased
my bentonite clay off of Ebay months ago, with every intention of using it for my hair, and I’m just
now getting around to it.

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Cleanses & Softens
Bentonite clay is super absorbent and has the ability to clarify your hair without leaving it with that stripped feeling, which I can testify to today. When I rinsed the clay out of my hair, I never expected it to make my hair feel so soft like I just conditioned it. I made sure after rinsing to check my scalp for any build up, dirt or residue. Mind you I haven’t washed my hair in two weeks before this, and my scalp was CLEAN folks.

Prep
Before you get ready to mix your clay, I would recommend wearing an old t-shirt because this can get a tad messy. I made sure to have clips on hand so I could separate my hair into four workable sections. To mix your mask, its important that you’re using both a plastic bowl and spoon because the clay can draw the impurities out of metal.
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Mix
I used a very simple recipe. All you need is apple cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, water, and of course the clay. I personally didn’t measure anything. I poured some clay into the plastic bowl, then the apple cider vinegar (it will start to sizzle), about a tablespoon of olive oil, and water. Just eyeball it. The trick is to add the ingredients a small amount at a time, until you reach that creamy smooth consistency. I ended up with more than I needed and used the extra as a face mask. 🙂 IMG_4568

Application
I separated my hair into 4 sections, working from back to front. Before smoothing the clay into my hair, I sprayed each section thoroughly with water. This just helps the mix to distribute MUCH easier. I applied it to my hair, roots, and scalp, smoothing it all the way to ends. Once it was on every inch of my hair, I left it in for about 30 mins, but not to the point where it was rock hard. Then I rinsed it out with warm water with no trouble. Make sure you rinse thoroughly
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I was super surprised by the results! You could probably tell that already. I will definitely be doing this more often. My curls were clumped together, super defined, popping, and completely frizz-less! I was in love. I deep conditioned afterwards for added moisture, but I really didn’t have to. Stay tuned for my wash and go attempt!

I hope this helps one of you!
Until next time!
– Irene