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!

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

Reusing Marley Hair

Hello Lovely People!
As you know I feel in love with marley twists as my protective style. I loved them even more when I learned to do them by myself. Although I do save lots of money installing the twists myself and marley itself is fairly inexpensive, I still didn’t want to go and purchase new marley hair whenever I wanted to put my twists back in. I’m not positive if I’m just late on this and this is common knowledge already, but regardless I’ll be the first to tell you here on our blog that you can reuse your marley hair!

Once I remove the marley hair from my hair, I lay out each piece evenly. After I do that I gather maybe 5 or 10 pieces of hair in a hair tie just how it normally comes when you first buy it from the store. At this point this it what it should be looking like. e

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Now you’re ready to cleanse the hair! I washed it in the tub and used VO5’s 2 in 1 Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner.

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I didn’t scrub the hair in between my hands or anything. All I did was glide the product into the marley hair from top to bottom twice and rinsed it out! After that you’re finished just hang them up to dry and they’re ready to use for next time!

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I just saved ya’ll some money! Lol!
Until next time! Stay rooted 😉
-Irene

Quick Semi Protective Style

Hi Everyone!
I was scrolling through my Instagram the other day, because majority of the people I follow post pictures of beautiful people and the many different styles natural hair can achieve. I love it! Anyway I came across a picture that became the inspiration for the style I’m about to show you today! It’s quick and easy, especially when you’re at a loss for new styles. All you will need is a hair tie, bobby pins, and a few perm rods.

First thing I did was part the front section of my hair. This is the bang area where you will be installing the perm rods eventually. For now just clip it out of the way.

Secondly, the rest of my hair I put up into a high bun. Yours doesn’t have to as high. Feel free to do a side bun, a low one, whichever you prefer. I also used gel for a more sleek look.

Now onto the fun part! I got these perm rods from my beauty supply store for cheap. The down side is that they break so easily. I don’t know if it’s just me or what. Just to be on the safe side grab an extra pack. I guess it’s true you get what you pay for.

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I used some motions setting wrap foam on each individual section. Then let air dry. Here are the results!
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Until next time!
– Irene

Irene’s Marley Twists: Session 1

Hi Everyone!
It’s been quite sometime since I’ve made a post but I’m back! I hope you all are having an awesome summer. I’m actually headed to Puerto Rico with Mandisa in a few days. I’m so excited! Unfortunately summer is winding down but I will be making the most of these last couple of weeks! Since I’m leaving for vacation ya’ll know I had to install some type of protective style and Yes I chose marley twists. This has been a long time coming!

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The Technique
After watching countless videos on Youtube I decided to do the invisible root method. I’m not going to sit here and say that I got the hang of it on the first try, because I didn’t. It took a lot of patience and practice. Basically you section a piece of your hair, divide that section in two, place the strands of marley hair in between those two sections you made with your natural hair, begin twisting one side of the divided section into the marley hair clockwise, and repeat the same thing on the other side counterclockwise, then twist all the way down! Yes it sounds super complicated but it’s MUCH easier to grasp if you’re watching someone do it. Once I was done, to keep my ends from unraveling, I boiled hot water and dipped my ends for a few seconds to seal them. Have a hand towel handy to catch and blot the hot water! Do yourself a favor and hop on YouTube. Here are some people that were really helpful to me DonedoNaturalMetra,Christian Byshe, & Ebony Clark

Brand, Color, Price
Originally I wanted to use 3 pieces of marley hair per section but I was starting to run out of hair, and I only purchased 5 packs for $5.99, which isn’t bad at all, so instead I opted for 2 strands of marley hair. At least I know for next time to buy more hair. I used Janet’s marley hair in the color 1b.

The process took me a day and a half to finish, granted I was in no type of rush. I made sure I wasn’t doing anything those days and dedicated the time to my hair. Yes my hands were cramping and my arms were tired but it was worth it. I’m pleased with the results. I’d much rather endure temporary finger cramps than to give someone almost $200 to do it for me. Lol

Prepping My Hair
Prior to putting the twists in I co washed my hair, deep conditioned, applied my kinky curly knot today leave in, moisturized with Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, and sealed my hair with shea butter and jojoba oil. If you have time I would suggest doing a protein treatment as well. I did mine a few days prior. I also let my hair air dry before putting the twists in. Aside from my normal wash day products, once I actually started installing the hair all I used was a little IC clear gel to blend my natural hair with the synthetic hair.

Maintenance
I have no intentions on washing my hair while it’s in this protective state. I only plan on keeping these in for about a month, but if I do cleanse my hair it will either be with ACV or diluted shampoo. But as of right now I’m not experiencing any itching, and I”ll be back soon to tell you why 😉 I’ll be sure to update you guys on that. I always say to NEVER neglect your natural when it’s in any type of style. It just defeats the purpose of “protective styling”. So every other day or so I lightly mist my hair with a leave in conditioner and seal that moisture in with some Carol’s Daughter Tui Oil. OH! You can’t forget the edge control! Lol

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If you have any questions feel free to ask!
I’ll be back to talk about styling soon!
Talk to you soon.

 

New Month, New Hair

Hello Everyone!
I hope you all are well. I seriously can’t believe it’s NOVEMBER 1st! I’m back today to tell you about my new protective style! Now as you know winter is on it’s way. Well, at least here in the U.S and I wanted to make sure that my hair is some how shielded from the harsh weather and just allow it to grow without my hands constantly in it. Now the last time I had a sew in was for my high school graduation in 2011.
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Let me tell you it was horrid. I literally could not stand it and took it out 3 days later. -_- Which was a total waste of money. First of all whoever braided my hair did it unbearably tight. Secondly, the hair was way to light for me, & thirdly I felt like it looked very unnatural because of the way the stylist sewed it into my hair. After that experience I made up my mind to not get a sew in for a good while….untillllllll I came across this young lady that works in the Dominican hair salon I used to go too, who does BOMB sew-ins. I came across her instagram and every single person she did looked amazing. You could just tell she takes a lot of pride in her work. Just like that I made an appointment & I’m glad I did.

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The night before getting my hair done I washed it, did a protein treatment (which didn’t go too well) and deep conditioned with my Hair Mayonnaise. Then lightly oiled my scalp with extra virgin olive oil, applied Tresemmes Hair Protectant and blow dried it just so it could be ready for braiding the next day. It was a longggg night.

Now the hard part was finding affordable quality human hair that will last me a while. I searched different beauty supply brands on Youtube and got different opinions on different brands of hair, and made a list of what fit my personal needs. I really had to discipline myself because I wanted to buy that top quality luscious, thick hair, but I quickly snapped back to reality, checked my priorities, and realized I’m a college student with bills to pay. Anyways spending like 45 mins in my local beauty supply store I bought 3 packs of Milky Way Pure in 1b.  Two of the packs were 14 inches and the other 12 inches, but my stylist didn’t use it.

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In total I spent $130 for the hair and $125 for it to be sewn in. My hair stylist only ended up using 2 packs, with hair left over, but that’s totally fine. I’ll save the rest for next time. I really like this hair so far. Granted it’s only been 2 days but it has very minimal shedding, doesn’t tangle easily like it claims, super silky and smooth. I love it. The only thing is that I wish it was a little thicker and could hold my curls a little longer, but other than that it’s great and super easy to maintain.

All I do at night if I want to keep it straight is wrap it.
Or If I want to have it curly just put in some flexi-rods
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Since I have a middle part I asked my stylist to leave a portion of my hair out. Since my hair is natural she straightened it. I have to keep a close eye on my leave out to make sure I don’t apply too much heat. I’m not too worried about it reverting. I think it will be okay as long as I tie it down at night.

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I’ll keep you guys updated!
Much Love,
– Irene