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!

So Many Flat Irons!! How to Choose?!

Hello y’all! I hope you’re having a spectacular week so far! Today, I want to talk to you guys about picking the right flat iron. I mean, let’s be real, there are so many on the market right now. It’s easy to have your head spinning! But really, guys, it is sooooooo important to pick the right flat iron for your hair; it’s essential! Why? Because choosing the right flat iron is the first step to ensuring that you have a straight, frizz free, head of hair. (If you choose to straighten.) Since I recently lost all my hair irons, I’m in the market to pick up some new ones. Here are the things you want to look for when selecting a proper flat iron for your hair. (This goes for curling irons as well.)

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1. Consider your hair length relative to the flat iron size.

So yes, we’re all curly girls, but considering your hair type and texture AND length is important in figuring out what size flat iron you should purchase. I would personally say, if your hair is above shoulder length, go for a half inch curling iron. It’ll be sure to get the shorter strands more smooth. However, if you have bra strap length hair like myself, you want to go for a one inch flat iron. Because AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME to be running over them long tresses with a half inch flat iron. It’ll get your hair a little less smooth than the half inch, but you can easily use the chase method to make up for that.

2. Make sure it has a digital heat setting.

This may be the most important tip. Digital heat settings are so important because they tell you exactly how much heart you are applying to your hair. The fact that I lost all my irons may be a blessing in disguise, because none of them had heat settings and I had no idea how much heat I was applying. For fine hair, you want to go with a lower heat setting, but for thicker hair, you can obviously bump it up a notch or few.

3. Consider the material of the plates.

This is also important, because the material of the plates will have a huge impact on how smooth your hair comes out. You want to make sure you get ceramic, tourmaline, or titanium plates. They will heat up more evenly and make the chance of heat damage a lot less real. These plate materials will produce shiny, non frizzy hair. Be very wary of plates that are “coated” with these materials because they are a lot less evenly heated.

4. Steam Vents

Choosing a flat iron that has a steam vent is particularly important because it will extract moisture while sealing the cuticle. This will ensure a smooth surface and shine to the hair. This is extremely beneficial because if straightening hair when damp (which is a no-no), these steam vents will work to extract moisture from the cuticle.

5. Cord Movement

Lawd, this is one that is so easily looked over. You know when you have to get to that kitchen? Or get them edges laid? A long swivel cord to accompany your flat iron will allow you to reach those areas seamlessly. If it’s not flexible and able to move, you could end with kinky sections for lack of getting to them. On the flip side, if it ain’t long, you’re gonna have to manuever your body around the flat iron, which is almost ALWAYS going to end in a burn.

Ladies, I know. To find a flat iron with these features can be expensive. And trust me when I tell you I KNOW about not having the funds. However, I want you to think about the long term effects of your hair + a janky, cheap flat iron. Honestly, you would be wasting money if you don’t buy one that’s worthy of your hair!

Until next time,

Mandisa ❤

Twisted Curls Hairstyle

Hi Everyone!
Once again scrolling on Instagram I came across this beautiful style created by Tiffany Nichols!

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She has plenty of cute sophisticated styles. Make sure you check her out! TiffanyNicholsDesign

I figured it didn’t look too hard. Why not give it a go! Luckily she had a YouTube video on this particular style, so I wasn’t totally on my own.

First you want to make sure your hair is thoroughly detangled and moisturized. Section your hair in half from ear to ear. Clip the front section out of the way. Now you should just be focusing on the back section. This is where it gets a little tricky. I had to get my mother to part my hair in the back just to make sure it was straight. Part the back section of hair right down the middle. You should now have 2 halves. Then part both halves down the middle, creating four sections.

Then I flat twisted each section beginning from the my nape up. Stop when you get to the middle of your head where you made the initial part, and pin! If you aren’t that great at flat twisting you can opt for braids as well.
All I can say is keep practicing. I’m still not perfect at it.

Once you finished twisting or braiding the four sections in the back, it’s time to work on the front! You can get creative with this as well. I chose just to use flexi rods, but the choices are endless, depending on the type of curl you’re going for. I was sort of in a hurry so flexi rods were the best for me. In the morning this is what I was working with!

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Until next time,
❤️ Irene

Treating Synthetic Hair

In my last post I briefly mentioned how I’m hardly experiencing any extreme itching since I installed my marley twists. I’m absolutely loving them. I’m trying to keep them in for a month or until the beginning of September. Then I plan to rock my real hair for a little bit and put these right back in. Anyways before doing this protective style I came across an article about people experiencing severe itching, redness, & bumps due to having allergic reactions to synthetic hair. I discovered that there is an alkaline base coat on synthetic hair which can lead bad reactions, especially those with sensitivity. After all my time and effort putting these twists in, I wasn’t about to take the chance of possibly having a bad reaction because of the marley hair.

So just to be on the safe side, I soaked all my packs of hair in white vinegar because I ran out of my apple cider vinegar, either of them will get the job done. I filled a large bowl or fill your sink with hot water and 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar in the water. Let the synthetic sit in the water with the rubber band it came packaged with still keeping the bundle together, for 15-20 minutes or until you see a film lifting from the hair. Then rinse the hair off and let it completely air dry before installing.

There it is guys! I let you in on the secret! I really believe pre-treating my marley hair has really been combating the itching I could have been dealing with. To be honest I am experiencing some itching now (2 weeks after installing my twists), but that’s because my scalp isn’t used to going more than five days before being washed. I do plan on cleansing my scalp soon. I’ll let you know how that goes.

I hope this was helpful! I would totally recommend this to anyone.
Until next time,
Irene

The Denman Brush!

Hello everyone! Today I’m coming to you with a quick product review that’s been a long time coming!

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The Denman brush has been sought after by me for a while, because I’ve heard so many amazing things about it. I’ve had it for a while now, and I feel like I can give you an accurate review.

So the brush comes packaged like any other brush, and has seven rows of bristles for about $10. I recently modified it and took out every other row of bristles, which leads me to the first reason why I love this tool. It is very easy to modify this tool to your liking. Want less bristles? Just open up the brush and take them out! I don’t know of any other brushes that allow users to do this.

This brush is also GREATTTTTT at detangling. I hate to own up to this, but when I’m too lazy to finger detangle, I make sure my hair is loaded with conditioner and use this brush. It goes through with ease, and you don’t even have to start at the ends and work your way up!

The last point I want to touch on is the curl clumping. If you look up wash and goes on YouTube, you will be drowning in tutorials regaling the wash and go as the perfect tool to use. They’re right!! I rarely try wash and goes anymore, but if I did? The Denman would be it. It’s curl clumping abilities are like none other. Paired with a curl clumping product (like Mixed Chicks), your curls will be on a hunnid all day!

Would I repurchase this brush if I lost it? Absolutely. It saves time, detangles, and clumps curls all in one shot.

Until next time,
Mandisa ❤️

Preparing Your Hair for a Protective Style

Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a fantastic week. Today I’m coming to you guys with some vital information on preparing your hair and scalp for a protective style.
As you guys know, it’s become somewhat of a tradition for me to install some type of protective style over the summer, usually because I vacation and don’t want to deal with my hair. This summer will be no different, so I will be installing and wearing my protective style for the month of August. However, way too often I’ve seen ladies fail to properly prepare their hair and scalp for a protective style and therefore, lose the benefits of it. By not preparing your hair and scalp properly, the style ceases to be protective. So here are some of the things that you want to make SURE to do before installing your protective style.

PROTEIN
You should be giving yourself a protein treatment regularly anyway, but the prime time to give yourself a protein treatment is before installing a protective style. Protein gives the hair added strength, which you want the hair to have in order to deal with the added weight of extensions. If you’re not protein sensitive, go ahead an double this step. Give yourself protein treatments two or three weeks ahead of time, consecutively.

CLARIFY
I want to make it clear here that I am not simply talking about shampooing. Before installing a protective style, you need to use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of the dirt. If not, there might be extra buildup when the time comes to take your extensions out, and no one wants that. You can even go ahead and follow up the clarifying shampoo with a moisturizing one. You can also take this time to use any rinses you like to use to further clarify your scalp, including ACV or baking soda rinses.

DETANGLE
You want to make sure that you fully detangle prior to protective styling. I think that this one is pretty obvious. Detangling ensures a smoother and cleaner look. Also, there is no doubt that you will have to Detangle after taking down your style. Detangling before makes the process go a little smoother.

DEEP CONDITION
This is going to impart your hair with the moisture that it will need for however long you decided to keep your protective style in. You want to make sure that you keep that deep conditioner in for a longer period of time than you normally would. You can even keep it on overnight if that’s what works!

MOISTURIZE
I know I say that every step is important, but this one is especially important! This is such a key step because you hair will be under, or entwined with synthetic hair. Synthetic hair, like Marley hair, is known to suck the moisture out of our real hair. So moisturize!

SEAL
This is our last step, and very important. All that moisture we imparted with the deep conditioner and our moisturizer of choice? We need to seal that goodness in so it has a harder time evaporating, or being sucked out by the synthetic hair. You can easily use an oil or some shea butter.

A few tips:
Ladies, I’m aware that it’s very easy to product overload before installing your protective style but do not do it! It will irritate the scalp AND promote product buildup AND you don’t want that! Trust me! So keep it simple with a moisturizer and an oil/other sealant.

Also, for those of us who know that our ends need a good trim but aren’t ready to part with the length yet, don’t be afraid to give yourself a really good trim before installing the protective style. At the most (depending on how you care for your hair), you will be cutting off a quarter inch to a half inch, and on average, hair grows a half inch a month. If you can keep your protective style in long enough, that length will be back in no time.

HAPPY STYLING!

Until next time,
Mandisa ❤️

Stretching that’s Easy As 1,2,3!

Hi guys! I hope you’re having an amazing week! I’m coming to you today with a prime tip that I have for stretching that just washed, shrunken hair. Is it just me, or is that hair too perfect? I know that, in my opinion, when I’m going to a function, I want to have clean, freshly washed hair. However, I also want to have it shaped and not looking like a shrunken mess. I’ve been struggling with this since I’ve become fully natural, and I’ve finally found a solution.
After washing my hair, setting it in three stand twists, and sleeping on them to let them air dry, this is what I was working with.

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The definition was amazing, but it was very “perfect” looking. So I took a pic to it and got to separating and fluffing. Not too much, though! After separating and fluffing, here is what I had.

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Very, very shrunken. Even more shrunken than what I had before! I find that when I fluff, lift, and separate with the pick, my hair draws up. That was NOT the look. So here’s what I did to stretch.

You know those clips that we used to use when we relaxed our hair? The ones that were used to clip up the rollers before we went under that God-awful dryer? Well, they have TONS of uses now that we’re natural, although I’ll save those for another post. They are called single prong clips and they come through in a clutch to stretch out our shrunken fros.

Using the clips, I created “assembly lines” on medium sized sections of my hair. On each section, I used about four clips. Sometimes I used more, though.

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I left these in for about ten minutes, based on the look that I wanted. The amount that you leave the clips on is up to you, but make sure not to leave it on too long. Doing so can cost you some definition and body. The result?

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A wonderfully stretched and shaped fro! By the way, this three strand twist out is slowly but surely becoming my signature. It takes forever, but the outcome is SO worth it! I think it’s safe to say that I’ve mastered it! 🙂

Until next time,
Mandisa ❤️