Thursday, 30 June 2011

Hair Purgatory: Not Long, Not Short

     Your hair is growing and you're ecstatic. It's too soon to go crazy with the styles so you start your favorite, never-fail style. Lo and behold, your ride- or -die style doesn't look right anymore. Your hair isn't short enough for your old styles and it isn't long enough to do the styles that you want to try.  What's going on and what are you supposed to do now?
         I call this phenomenon "hair purgatory". Much like purgatory, you are stuck between two points and the only way to get out of it is to wait it out. I know this is easier said than done because I was frustrated at this length!!!  I didn't have enough hair for a ponytail or bun and the hair I had could no longer be classified as a teeny- weeny- afro.
       While in purgatory, I experimented with new styles and techniques. I'll share these those below. Ya welcome!

  • Bobby pins are your friend! They are great for keeping those pesky hairs that like to stick out in place. They help make amazing fro-hawks, twist-hawks, and braid-hawks.

In the picture above, I just did a simple wash and go and pinned the sides up. The beauty with hair that is in- between is that it's long enough to where you can see your curl pattern (if you have one) and it's short enough to where there is not much tangling to deal with. Alternatively, if you don't want to do a wash and go, you can twist the middle section and it can still look great.

  • Rolls are awesome! When my hair was not long enough for braids, rolls were an elegant and easy alternative. I was not about to walk around with "Nick Cannon braids"!
Seriously Nick? What's going on?
My favorite rolled styles. The rolls were secured with bobby pins to make sure they didn't fall or come out of place.

I achieved the rolls by simply taking a piece of hair and twisting it towards my head, adding hair as I went, and pinning it to my head. Similar to a large flat twist. 

  • Don't forget about individual braids and twists. Twists and braids look cute at any length.  

Final Words: 
I understand how frustrating this phase can be in your hair journey, but if you are actively growing your hair longer, the purgatory stage has to happen. You can choose to be miserable or you can choose to be fly. Don't be afraid to experiment with your hairstyles and find what works for you.



Tuesday, 28 June 2011

How To: Flax Seed Gel

        For the longest time, I have been looking for an inexpensive, protein-free, silicone-free, flake-free hair gel. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find one and had to resort to making one. I'm so glad I did because I absolutely love it! During the summer time when the humidity can ruin a good braid-out or twist-out, this gel is not only water soluble, but it also creates a soft hold while maintaining your style. If you want to learn how to make this simple gel, keep reading:

You will need: 

  • 3 Measuring cups: 1cup, 1tbs, and 1/4cup

  • Flax seeds (organic if possible; I got mine at GNC)

  • Aloe Vera Gel

  • Knee-high stockings (or a strainer if you choose. I find that knee-highs help separate the seeds from the gel really well.)

  • A pot and stove


Taking your measuring cups, measure two cups of water  and 1/4 cups of flax seeds. Pour the two into your pot.

Allow your mixture to boil and stir the seeds to prevent them from sticking to the pot.

Let it boil at medium high heat.

 When it's almost ready it should look like this

While your mixture is getting ready, prepare the panty- hose to get it ready for straining. Roll the hosiery over a small container.

When your mixture is relatively thick, begin to pour it into your covered container and strain you gel.

Strain your mixture mixture really well.

I used spoons because it was kinda hot

Add one tbs of aloe vera gel to lower the pH and help preserve your gel.

Mix the two together and your gel is ready. 

Final result

Put your gel in the refrigerator to make it last longer. 

I like to put mine in a pump bottle ; it makes it easier to use.

Ideally, your gel should have a snot-like consistency. It sounds gross, but it's the best way I can describe it. 

If you're still looking for a good gel, try this one and see if it works for you:D

Friday, 24 June 2011

Quick Tip: Returning Crap Products

Think of the return policy as a prenuptial agreement, the product as your fiance, and your money as the money you could lose if the marriage goes sour. Before buying anything, especially a hair product, learn the store's return policy.

If you don't like the terms of the return policy, you have the option of walking away or taking the plunge. Whatever you decide to do, don't forget about your option to return.


Thursday, 23 June 2011

How To: Pin Curls

I really love pin curls! They are a heat-less way to curl the hair.If you want to learn how I pin curl my hair, keep reading.

You will need:
  • Metal free hair ties
  • A moisturizer of your choice
  • Hair safe bobby pins (lots!)

  • A satin scarf
  • Time (to avoid using any heat, pin curls can be set at night and removed when they have fully dried)


Start by sectioning your hair into manageable parts with metal free hair ties

Start working with one section and part your hair. I usually start in the back, but I started up front for demonstration purposes. Do what works for you. 

Moisten that section with your moisturizer of choice. Just enough for the hair to be damp. Having damp hair  will set the curls better, but wet hair may take a long time to dry. 
Separate your part into smaller pieces. You can make this part any size. Smaller if you want tight curls or larger if you want more voluminous curls. Here I chose to do smaller pin curls. 

Putting the rest away, smooth your hands down the piece you are working with      

Place one finger close to your head 

Twist the hair around your finger until there is no hair left. 

Take your finger and stand it straight against your head.

Taking your other hand, slide the hair off of your finger and press the curled hair onto your head

Pin the curl to your head. This is what the finished curl should look like

Finished row

Continue until entire head is complete.  

Tie your hair with a satin scarf and go to bed

Take the bobby pins out when your hair is fully dry and fluff.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Quick Tip: Cure for Damaged Ends

I made it large enough so you wouldn't miss it:D

That's right, the cure is a pair of scissors. You can hide or temporarily fix damaged hair, but if you want to permanently cure damaged hair, you must cut it. Despite what hair companies may promise  about "mending", "treating", "curing" your split ends or how much you want to delude yourself (I have definitely been there), damaged hair cannot be permanently repaired. The hair shaft is essentially compacted keratin fibers and has no regenerative abilities. This means that once the hair leaves the scalp, it is considered dead.

 When hair companies claim that they can remove your split ends without the mention of cutting them, you know it's either one of two things:

  • One, they know that the product will not do what it claims and just want to get your money. 
  • Two, the don't know enough about hair to know that the hair shaft has no regenerative abilities.

I'm not sure which one is worse. A company that wants to rob you or a company that makes hair products but doesn't even know the basics of human hair.