How To: Hide Your Banana Clip When Styling

Banana clip styling tips.

banana clip styling tips

We are smack in the middle of April and I have a confession to make

When I kicked off blogging for 2014, I totally had a plan. I was going to focus on 1 topic or type of post delivery per month. April was supposed to be a month of How To’s. Well, I clearly have not stuck with the plan!

See. What had happened was….

While I had a few “How to” posts in draft form. I wasn’t feeling all of them. I also got a bit distracted with sharing changes to my hair regimen, the NYCFlawlessFace Event and a couple of product reviews.

Now, I’m preparing to go to the Atlanta Hair Show/Expo in a couple of weeks. My mind is all over the place!

I did however want to share a few quick “How To’s” where styling your hair is concerned and that’s what prompted this here post.

The banana clip is a long time favorite hair accessory of mine. I’ve been using it to style my hair since I was in High School (3 years ago :-) ). The banana clip can create multiple hairstyles if you’ve got skillz…. Check out one of my banana clip styles here.

Even the simplest of styles can look elegant when using a banana clip. The key is to make sure you can’t see that dern clip! Here are some quick styling tips:

  • For a messy but put together look, pin your hair over the banana clip in a non-coordinated fashion so that the clip is hidden but some of your ends are left loose:

messy banana clip bun

  • Try pin curls or large twists pinned over the banana clip in a pin curl like fashion (and don’t forget to decorate):

banana clip hairstyle

  • When using a banana clip to create a ponytail, leave sections of your hair out at the top and bottom of the banana clip. This will elongate your hair. Score!

banana clip hairstyles

Banana clip styling is easy peasy but guess what I have been eyeballing? The Puff Cuff! My hair is a bit long and since I don’t get tons of shrinkage to create a puff, I would be using this to create a high ponytail or voluminous  bun (stay tuned for future posts).  The makers of Puff Cuff are supposed to be at the Atlanta Hair Expo so, yes I will be picking up 2 of these bad boys. Stay tuned for pics and video footage from the Expo.

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My Experiences Using DIY Goat Milk Conditioner

goats milk conditionerI shampoo’d with the Shea Moisture shampoo you see pictured here.

A couple of days ago I shared my first time bentonite clay experience. Well, before that natural hair treatment, I tried another. Goat Milk Conditioner.

I found out about this conditioner recipe from my friend Shelli of Hairscapades. She shared her recipe back in November and while I had been intrigued to try it back then, I was too lazy to go shop for the ingredients (although they are few).

It was actually a good thing that I waited because I got to see the progress that Shelli was having using goat’s milk as a conditioner. Let’s just say she was a great skape goat (no pun) lol. OK guinea pig. :-)

Shelli’s hair has flourished since incorporating the DIY goat milk conditioner recipe into her hair regimen. She reports stronger hair and much less shedding.

hairscapades

While, I’ve never personally had an issue with over shedding I decided to finally give the goat’s milk a whirl because my hair has been stuck at the same length for some time now.

So, I whipped up my own recipe and tweaked it a little by adding a little more guar gum to thicken the mixture even further. I then applied it to my hair and sat with my Hot Head conditioning cap on for 20 minutes (reheated it in the microwave once).

goat's milk conditioner in hair

The results after one conditioning session were stellar. My hair felt stronger to the touch, it was easy to detangle and boy was it shiny.

freshly conditioned hair

This Goat’s Milk Conditioner is definitely a staple now. I was able to purchase the goat’s milk, guar gum, honey and oils all at my local supermarket.

goat milk conditioner recipe

For more on Shelli’s Goat’s Milk Conditioner recipe, click here.

And here are my pretty fly results once my hair was dry:

natural hair curls

naturally curly hair

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Newbie Bentonite Clay Wash Experience

In an effort to get back to the root of natural living, I decided to try my hand at clay washes.

bentonite clay

After doing some research, it appears that bentonite clay is commonly used for ayurvedic hair washes and it’s quite inexpensive.

Well, inexpensive is good because if I mucked it up, I didn’t want to be out of a great deal of money! And it’s a good thing because I had quite an experience!

Keep reading….

bentonite clay mess

I don’t even understand how I made such a mess! I mean… I’m a henna pro! I apply henna with little to no drippage and I never have to clean up a mess. At least, now I don’t :-) When I first started applying henna to my head, my tub looked like I killed a small animal.

Part of the mess I made was using a bogus recipe I found online. I should have looked for what the masses recommended instead of what 1 lone ranger website had to offer. My bad.

I followed a recipe (not going to rat out the website!) that yielded the worst bentonite clay mix ever. The recipe called for 1 cup of bentonite clay mixed with 1/4 cup of water.

First off, a full cup of bentonite clay needs a lot more than a 1/4 cup of water to mix it to a smooth consistency that’s also not runny. I had to keep adding what appeared to amount to maybe 2 cups of water. I just kept adding water until I could get the mixture smooth. Eventually, I settled for this lumpy mess and decided to make it a full body wash!

clay wash

Second off, to do a simple hair wash with bentonite clay all I really needed was maybe a few tablespoons of the bentonite clay – not a whole darn cup full! Next time…

In spite of the crazy mess I made, the experience of a full body clay wash was wonderful! My skin was so smooth – I mean smooth in places that are not copasetic to share!

My hair also felt wonderful afterward. I mean hair AND scalp felt so clean and even detoxed.

While, I didn’t leave the clay wash on for long, my curls immediate became their perkiest:

poppin' curls

I have tons of bentonite clay left so I will be trying this again. Oh, and since my skin felt amazing the body washes will continue as well :-)

Lesson learned: Take online recipes with a grain of salt and use a little common sense!

bentonite clay wash

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