20 Oct

Tips for Loose Two Strand Twisting Fine Natural Hair

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Sometimes you just don’t don’t feel like dealing with your hair. Getting up every morning and styling it can be a chore. You may even dread it at times.

Wouldn’t it be great to just get up and go for days on end without having to do your hair but still look like you actually did do it?

That’s what I love about loose two strand twists. It takes very little effort to do them and depending on how you style them, it almost looks like you don’t really have twists in your hair. The styling options are also pretty awesome along with the fact that they can help you retain length if that’s a goal of yours.

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I first saw the technique of loose twisting in a video shared by Cipriana of Urban Bush Babes. Her technique is a little different and she does approximately 150 loose two strand twists. I had to tweak her technique a little for my fine hair so that my twists don’t unravel, don’t look limp, don’t break off and stay frizz free for as long as possible. Here they are:

– Don’t make your sections too large but don’t make them too small. Too small and they will tangle and look puny when you’re done twisting your entire head. Too large and the twist will look “poofy”. In this case, remove some hair and re-twist. As a rule of thumb, the section should be no bigger than about the diameter of a quarter (maybe less if your hair density is off the charts. Fine hair doesn’t necessarily = thin hair).

– If you stretch your hair via a blow out or other method prior to twisting, you can get away with twisting slightly larger sections. When I twist on hair that has some of my visible curl pattern, smaller sections are required.

– Apply a light natural oil or whipped butter to your ends (whipped is lighter in weight and won’t weigh your hair down as much. See this article on How to Use Shea Butter on Fine Hair) and finger detangle up the length of the section. This will lubricate your hair so that you can detangle with little to no breakage.

– Twist tightly at the root, loosely down the length of the hair and tightly at the ends. Alternatively, you can braid at the root. I’ve seen other ladies do it this way. I don’t prefer it because it looks like extensions and that’s not the look I usually go for.

– Daily, moisturize your hair with a product that doesn’t contain water. My product of choice is Karen’s Body Beautiful Super Duper Hydrating Hair Cream. Because there’s no water in it, your hair doesn’t shrink up. Yet you still get moisturized hair because it contains aloe vera gel. This is beneficial for not only fine hair but any hair type. Also, when you focus the product on your ends, it helps to seal them so they don’t tangle.

Loose two strand twists are not only a great low manipulation style, they can also be considered a protective style when you wear them up off your shoulders. Lazy hair days are definitely made easier with this style. Check out this video of my loose twists done on blown out hair.

What’s your go to low manipulation hair style?

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16 Oct

Beauty Reshare: The Perfectly Lined Pouty Lip

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A perfectly lined lip (and groomed brows) can really polish up your face. It’s still beauty reshare month and I had to come on and share this video with you!

HelloFritzie shares how she gets a perfectly lined pouty lip using concealer. Check it out:

And while HelloFritzie isn’t a woman of color, I think her technique will work for anyone. However, I also found this nude lip tutorial by Tameka. Her skin looks flawless and her application process is great for darker skin:

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13 Oct

Tips for Maintaining Length on Fine Natural Hair – Part 2

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Continuing with sharing tips to maintain length on fine natural hair, now we are going to talk about  the actual care of your fine tresses. You can read part 1 here. Picking up with the tips…

Wash Hair in 6 Sections

For my hair at the length it’s at now, I’m finding 4 sections is not enough. The crown tends to be a bit more stubborn and requires much more gentle handling. You may find that your crown is the same. I’ve read a lot of ladies complain about their crown area.

On wash day and while applying my pre-poo (another good thing to protect your strands), I section my hair in 6. This way I have the front, middle and back sectioned off. I can attend to washing and conditioning each section more easily and finger detangling (yet another great thing for fine hair) is easier as well. I noticed that I was able to wash my hair much faster in 6 sections vs. 2 or 4. Faster = easier = less manipulation.

Protein, Protein, Protein!

You always read/hear about the importance of moisturizing natural hair. That’s important, no doubt. A dry head of hair will snap, crackle and pop. Moisture is critical. I get it.

BUT, protein. So many ladies have said they have “protein sensitive” hair. I’m sorry ladies but I don’t agree there is such a thing. I believe the amount and type of protein should vary by individual head. For us fine hair curlies, a regular regimen of protein is critical.

Protein not only adds “weight” to our strands over time. It helps to curtail breakage.  Since our hair is made predominantly of protein, it makes sense. I use protein in my hair regimen weekly. I alternative the protein I use between Aubrey Organics GPB (Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner) and a tweaked version of my friend Shelli’s goat’s milk conditioner recipe. I’ve found my happy protein spot! I experience very little breakage between and on wash days. That’s because my hair is stronger thanks to the protein.

Back to the topic of moisture though; after any protein treatment you need to follow it with a moisturizing deep conditioner to balance out that protein application. The only exception I have found is with the use of Aubrey Organics GPB. This product balances your moisture and your protein. ♥.

Seal Your ends daily

Since fine hair is lighter in weight, it’s also much easier to split in two…or three…or four.  Sealing your ends with a thick product like Jamaican Black Castor Oil or Shea Butter will help keep those ends fused together. Sealing my ends has made a huge impact on how much length I retain.

Tedious though it may seem, sealing your ends on a daily basis will fight splitting and single strand knots. This is one of your best defenses against breakage. Fine hair may weigh down with heavy oils so avoid using a heavy sealant on the entire hair shaft. That’s why we focus on the ends. Plus, as you’ve undoubtedly heard…the ends are the oldest part of the hair. Matter of factly, seal slightly up above the end. That hair is old too :-)

Trim Individual Hairs by Feel

Last of all, we all know the importance of trimming hair. While it doesn’t impact the growth of your hair, having healthy ends will keep your hair from looking raggedy and worn.

It’s a good idea to get a professional trim at least once a year but in the interim (maybe more if you regularly heat style), you can maintain your length by only trimming off visible damage. In the case of a fine hair lady, “seeing” the damage is a bit of a challenge so going by how your hair feels can help you hone in on damaged strands.

Since the idea is to retain length, you don’t want to chop off perfectly healthy hair. Therefore, trimming individual strands is helpful for retaining length. On wash day, I feel my ends for little balls (not knots). I figured out these were splits forming after snipping one off and holding it under a microscope LOL (that’s the life of a true fine hair gal!). Sure enough it wasn’t a single strand knot. It was a split. Clipping just the individual hairs in this condition helps with retaining length. Over time, the hair is a bit less even but when you wear your hair in it’s curly state most of the time, who cares about even?

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