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Something new: The banana clip

29 Nov

Last night before bed, I pineappled my 1 day old (dry) flexi-rod set & tied a scarf around my edges. This morning I awoke to wavy, un-curled edges. ARGH! When will I ever learn?! I was gonna throw it into a curly puff when I remembered that I had an unused pack of banana clips. I bought em from the dollar store last summer, hence the patriotic colors, LOL! I wasn’t confident that a they could securely hold fine hair, but after watching a few of Shelli’s tutorials, I felt inspired to give it a try.

First I brushed my hair back into a taut ponytail. Then I brushed back my edges using EcoStyler Olive Oil Gel & water & tied it down with a scarf. After my hair was dry, I removed the elastic band, untied the scarf & positioned the banana clip (horizontally) at the crown of my head. I fluffed my puff & ran off to work. These pics were taken after work (hence the flyaways) but you get the picture 🙂

Giovanni’s not quite long for any elaborate up-dos, but it was fun to try something new! I plan to purchase a few more banana clips in colors that are easier to camouflage.

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Ode to The Snatchback

6 Nov

  Snatchback (noun) – a ponytail or bun with slick edges. The hair in the ponytail/bun may be either curly, straight or weave (if necessary). NOTE: this term is a “Sham-ism” so you won’t find it in Websters 😉

 

This hairstyle is one of the biggest reasons I opted for a long-term transition to natural. Before I started roller setting, I used to straighten my roots to match my relaxed ends. Then summertime came & the Alabama heat ended all of that! One day I read a post on Mane and Chic about Sarah Jessica Parker’s high bun. Kai talked about how during the beginning of her transition, her hair wasn’t long enough for a full bun, so she purchased wefts of hair & clipped them onto her ponytail to achieve fullness. Brilliant! So on bad hair days, or a hairwash procrastination day, I started to snatch it back.

To create the snatchback I dampen my hairline, apply a bit of gel & brush my hair back into a ponytail. I tie a scarf around my edges & finish getting ready, while it dries. Once it’s dry I undo the taut ponytail & replace it with a looser one. This gives my snatchback a sleek look without prolonged tension! NOTE: pulling your hair too tight can cause hair loss, not to mention tension headaches, so take it easy! The weft of human hair that I used to add was the Spanish wave texture; straight hair just didn’t look believable on me. I wrapped it around my own hair then stuck bobby pins in it to secure it. That’s actually my hair in the pics above, I didn’t take any pics of my phony pony, so you’ll hafta use your imagination 🙂

BTW, there’s absolutely NOTHING wrong with big chopping! I just preferred the style options that a long-term transition provides.

Adventures in edge control…

3 Nov

On May 2, 2011 I said, “Sistas will act a plumb fool about our edges, won’t we?!?! I’m not even gonna lie to you, natural (i.e. un-relaxed) edges prefer to be wild & free… the way God intended, but fortunately for us, the cosmetic powers that be have made all sorts of gels & pomades that can encourage your hairline to “behave” more civilized. How do I use it? I scoop out a small smear of product & rub it across my hairline, then I brush it back & tie it down. I leave it tied for a few minutes while I finish getting ready. When I take it off… VOILA! Slick edges!

My favorites are Shea Butter ($4), Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade ($5+ shipping) & EcoStyler Olive Oil Styling Gel ($4). Motions Shine Enhancing Pomade ($4) is a carry-over from my permie days… It’s BAD for you b/c it has mineral oil & a bunch of other synthetic ingredients in it. But I’m being honest with you & putting it on my list b/c I actually use it & it works *hangs head in shame for leading you astray*… Oh & don’t be like me & buy sixteen products that do the same thing, just PICK ONE.”

Some time during the month of June I lost -YES, LOST- my jar of Motions pomade.

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