Sunday, April 24, 2011

Holiday Hair

Do you do special styles for holidays? We try to. Saturday we had a community Easter celebration and my girl had some bunny ears to wear. We just popped the headband in her loose hair and that was that.
Today we did a bit more. I braided a headband cornrow all the way around her head. The hair that was left got smoothed back into a ponytail puff. I decorated her hair with spring colored flower barrets. It was very festive, we both loved it!

Happy Easter and Fasika everyone!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Weekend Style Notes

Wow, I just noticed recently that as my girl gets older, her hair has filled in nicely and is so much easier to style. It's also almost all the same length thanks to a few trims over the last months and that makes a big difference in styling as well.

This weekend I did a couple of things. I put a short side part in the front and cornrowed on either side of the part to forma sort of headband look. I left the back puffed out in an afro on Saturday.

On Sunday I put little finger twists in. It turned out great and lasted all day and still looked good this morning!!

I gotta run, so that's it for this week. Have a good one everybody!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

African Threading

I tried my hand at African threading today. I learned the technique from the African Threaded Bantu Buns video on the You Tube GirlsLoveYourCurls channel.

I think it went well for my first time trying, but a couple of things to remember for next time. My girl's hair, while pretty tightly curled, is fine and silky. I used regular sewing thread instead of weaving thread, and I put shea butter on her hair and I think all these factors together contributed to the somewhat hard time I had getting the thread not to slip. I think the shea butter was the biggest factor here.

I ended up taking the "braids" (what do I call them?) in the front out because they were not long enough to all meet up to form a bun or pony tail. The "braids" in back all joined together in a cute tiny little bun.

This was a fun little experiment and I can't wait to do it again when her hair is longer.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

GirlsLoveYourCurls a YouTube channel

You Tube has been a great resource for me as I learn how to care for and style my girl's hair. There are probably hundreds of good hairstyling videos on you tube, but I'd like to share a fabulous channel with you, GirlsLoveYourCurls by Nadine.

Nadine is the daughter of Ghananian immigrants, who is teaching her two daughters how to care for their natural hair. She has several series of really great videos from how to detangle hair, to braiding tutorials, to protective styling, even how to mix your own butters and oils for home made hair products.

Not only is she a talented producer and editor, she is also very entertaining. Her videos often include skits of her family members from Ghana which are clever and hilarious. And her accent is alluring.

Here's her detangling video, it's just the first, be sure to check out her others, and enjoy!