I think its about time for another dose of hairspiration. I'm just loving Chrisette Michele at the moment. She changes up her styles so much - she's completely showcasing how much fun you can have with your hair. Plus I went to see her in concert at the Jazz Cafe in January and saw in person just how STUNNING she looks with her short hair.. seriously, she looked fabulous!
Since I'm on a 'heat ban' I've been having to use other ways to stretch my hair. I've been using braid outs and twist outs to do this, but I don't always want a 'curly' look, so I went on the hunt for another method.
YouTube is a God send, I swear. The amount of natural hair tutorials on there makes it so much easier to find out new styles/methods. On my YouTube search I found a video on african threading by >GirlsLoveYourCurls<. The theory is that you wrap the thread around your hair tightly and it holds your hair in a stretched out position, so when you take them down your hair stays stretched. The closer together each coil of thread, the more stretched your hair will be. Its pretty simple really.
All you need is: Thread, scissors and something to part your hair with (or use your fingers)
I've actually had african threading done before and my mum told me she used it back in the day before straighteners to stretch her hair, but I completely forgot about it. I used it as a style rather than a stretching method when I had it done before - My mum used to thread my hair up really tightly and bend each section into crazy shapes for 'Wacky Hair Day' at school.. yep, I won the wacky hair competition every time. It doesn't have to look crazy though, they can look really nice when done/styled well!
I tried it out on a freshly moisturised old braid out, so my hair was kind of stretched out already, but not as much as I'd have liked. I did 4 sections on each side of my head and then tied them back like in the >video<. When I took them down my hair was definitely more stretched out, and the waves from the braid out were virtually gone . I threaded my hair up again the night after because I wanted a more stretched out look, but I did more sections that time.
Its like achieving a blow-dried look, but with no blowdrying involved #winning
There were a few kinky bits because of the way I wrapped the thread the second time. The coils were a bit too far apart so they created some waves - oh well.
The method is actually simple, but on the first couple of goes it can be a bit tricky, until you get used to it. Practice makes perfect! My thread was a bit too far down my hair so the roots weren't as stretched as they could have been, but I'm going to work on that. The tricky part is getting the thread to stay in place at the start of each section and to stop it unravelling at the end. BUT I found >another video< from GirlsLoveYourCurls for that too! She shows really clearly how to begin and end each thread braid, so its a must watch if you want to try it out.
I think I'll definitely be trying this method again. YAY I'm so happy I've found a good way to stretch my hair besides braid outs and twist outs. I'm a little sceptical about how well it will come out on freshly washed, un-stretched hair but I'm gonna try that out anyway.
I'd recommend giving it a try if you want to achieve a blow dried look without heat!
*Make sure you click on the links to see the original videos by Girls Love Your Curls*
So I said that I would do a review on the Curly Q Milkshake and Quenched Curls Leave in Conditioner in my twist out post, and I like to stick to my word. Also I bought the Beautiful Texture Moisture Butter a few months ago to try out so I thought I might as well put this review in too!
Curls 'Quenched Curls' Leave in conditioner - 2nd day curl refresher
I think I need to start by saying that this product smells amazing!! The smell doesn't really linger on your hair for long though, which is good for anyone who doesn't like their hair to carry the smell of products.
Its instructed for use as a curl refresher, so basically 2nd day hair and beyond. I've used it on twistouts that have been 2+ days old and its definitely helped make my curls 'pop' again. It helps to reduce the frizz, whilst hydrating the hair so it stays nice and soft - definitely a big help if you're trying to make a twistout last. I loved that I didn't need to use too much of it either because each squirt seemed to go far. It's very runny so a few squirts can easily cover your hair.
I managed to buy it at a pretty reasonable price too, which was a big plus, especially seeing as it looks like it's going to last me a while. I bought it for £6.99 at my local beauty supply shop and I don't like to break the £10 boundary when buying products, so I was happy.
Oh, and I can't forget the ingredients... Its free from all the nasty ingredients that most curly heads try to avoid. Its got a lovely list of natural ingredients which is always going to be a plus. So on the whole, it was a pretty good buy #winning
Seeing as I vowed to experiment more with my hair, I decided to give the wash and go another try. Every time I've done this style before, it hasn't ended well. Usually I end up with a bunch of single strand knots and really dry hair. But, they say practice makes perfect so I thought it was worth another try.