Locs locs locs !

I wrote previous post about my faux locs however, I’m here with a new and improved technique to achieve them in less time at any length you choose. First let me start by saying, I’m so much better at braiding now I can actually do a box braid, which was nearly impossible the year before. The braids are key to my faux loc success so bear with me.

These are my Cinderella Locs, the name felt girly and magical which is how they made me feel lol. locs20192Pretty sure no one else calls them this, so I’m a lone ranger here but that’s okay, I’ll trademark the name once I start doing them on other people.

See the curly ends? That’s why I chose Cinderella, they’re fancy, she’s fancy, I’m fancy!

Step 1: Braid the root of the hair you have sectioned off for the loc as tight as possible. Not too tight because we don’t want too much tension, but tight enough that nothing is sliding down. It makes for the best hold (I used to twist before I learned to do box braids) and they came loose so quickly it was pointless.. So braid everyone, braid!

It doesn’t quite matter if you braid all the way down or not, but try to go the length of the hair to prevent and actual locking while the style is in.

Step 2: Crochet 2 pieces or strands or Marley braid hair through the root of the braid. THEN begin wrapping the marley hair around the braid you just did and your life will be so much easier I swear! This step right here, saved me so much time…Maybe I just wrap slow in general, but crocheting the piece through before give it more stability, and more hold. No sliding!!! locs20193

Step 3: After you finish wrapping the length of the loc, make sure that you have excess marley hair hanging off to make the curlies on the ends. I’m not a big fan of the boho locs that use the really shiny pre curled hair on the tips, they look too uniform and fake. I like variety in my faux locs, and with this method, no two locs are the exact same.

Tie multiple (3-4) very tiny knots at the end of the braid, and then do the same with the marley hair too. The knots you tie with the marley hair, make sure they’re around the braid, or else this will all have been for nothing.

Step 4: Wrap the straight fluffy ends that you have leftover after tying the knots around flexi or perm rods. Dip in hot water, don’t burn yourself and there you have it.

My absolute favorite faux loc method that I have tried so far. Cinderella Locs for the win! I hope you all enjoyed this 🙂

~Love Chelsi ❤

Slicked, Slippery and Sleek! (lol the other 2 parts, which will now be one, I was supposed to write last year…)

Greetings all, I haven’t written in what feels like decades so time to tidy up and finish what I started, so I can tell you all about my 2018 and how 2019 should be a much better year.

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The previous post was about how the magic of the ancestors flowed through me and I was able to slick my 4b/4c hair. Well tonight I’m here to tell you about all the different options that open up once you learn that your very thick, curly hair can in fact be sleek.

In all my trial and error, I did learn that too much product leads to a white flaky look and no one wants that at all. That sounds like a pretty obvious conclusion but I figured it out and that’s all that matters.

The High Pony 

One of my absolute favorite hairstyles of all time is the high ponytail. I feel like everyone can definitely rock it, as long as they don’t mind a headache or two… highpony2019-e1546741405243.jpg

This ponytail took me all day to prep but I really loved it. I mixed 1 pack of kanekalon braiding hair with a few strands of marley braiding hair to make it look more realistic.

Something about a high ponytail is just so regal and cute!

Also this adorable sea foam faux fur is from H&M and it is one of my favorite pieces.

The High Braided Pony 

This is a great alternative to the regular high ponytail because it there is more room to personalize it, with jewels, beads and string.

highbraid2019All I did here was braid down my jumbo ponytail, and then pull some to fluff it up a bit.

On the bottom I tied a black rubber band, wrapped the remaining hair around a flexi rod, and dipped in hot water for a sassy little curl at the end.

This style made me feel very high fashion, I’m not sure why but I may have enjoyed this more than the regular ponytail.

Overall I definitely recommend this as a quick cheap style if you don’t know what to do with your hair for a week or two.

Don’t tie your hair too tight, or you WILL get a headache and try to rip it off before you get back home…

~Love Chelsi ❤

Slicked, Slippery and Sleek! (3 part series, here’s part 1)

 

Let me tell y’all about how I flourished in February, natural hair wise at least.  I finally attempted a sleek style and it worked!!! I went from slicked back natural hair, to a high fashion high ponytail, to an iconic tail length braid and I was living. GET INTO IT.

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Like most people, I have several different textures of lovely hair and it can sometimes be difficult. The top is definitely 4c, the sides are a solid 4b/4c mixture and in the back the last 2 inches are all 3c it’s always been this way. Growing up I honestly didn’t think that sleek styles were possible for people with hair like mine, but I have seen the light! Now I’m here to deliver all my type 4 sisters to the light as well.

I washed my hair with Camille Rose Sweet Ginger Shampoo, with I like, however it dries my hair out just a bit we can’t have brittle curls. So after that I went in with the Moroccan Pear Conditioning Custard which really hydrates, moisturizes and softens my hair, it felt soooo good after I rinsed it out.

Here comes the scary part, the slicking and sleeking while slippery.. I started at the back of my head with the 3C hair and worked my way up. For each section I applied Eden’s Coconute Shea Leave In Conditioner, Cream of Nature’s Argan Oil and Eco Style’s Castor Oil and Flaxseed Gel in that order. I brushed through each section with my Denman brush and put a black scrunchy on after adding each section to the ponytail.

When I got to the front of my head, I parted my hair on the side I liked best, and continued slicking until I was completely done. The only thing I added was the Murray’s Edgewax along the part and on my edges because type 4 edges in my experience are harder to lay and this wax seems to do the trick for me.

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LOOK AT THAT 4C HAIR SHINING, POPPING, WAVING!

Black hair can do so many things, this is probably one of the coolest. I loved this style because my hair wasn’t flaky, frizzy or hard to deal with for the few days I had it in and it was nice to imagine what I’d look like with shorter hair.   IMG_1087

 

No hair in the face can sometimes be a good thing and it was a nice change for me considering all I ever do is wear long, big hair styles. This was simple and fun, plus the curl definition in the poof was very nice. ❤

Brought Fashion to the Show

Every year my school Howard University throws the gathering of all gatherings for homecoming. There are alumni events, undergrad events and some open to the public. The pep rally usually kicks of a week of fun however there wasn’t very much pep at the rally this year. So let’s fast forward to Thursday, the day of Pulse, the fashion show.

Leading up to homecoming I, along with the majority of bison, couldn’t find anything worth buying to wear for the entire weekend f festivities so we just decided to wing it… My version of winging it was to design and sew my outfit all by my lonesome with a bit of help from my mom. Only problem was that I had one weekend, which turned into one day to make my outfit, which turned into one pair of pants by the end of that weekend and a me making the shirt between classes up to the night before the show.  IMG_9874

Now don’t forget, I’m not even in the fashion show nor are my designs but the fit for the event ALWAYS matters at Howard, there’s no escaping that. So here’s to my stunning, yes quite stunning, fashion show fit with my Diana Ross inspired hair.

 

 

 

 

I’m not really sure where I got the idea for this outfit but I’m glad it came out the exact way I pictured it, glamorous and elegant as well as colorful and fun. When you look good you feel good and I felt a billion times better knowing that absolutely no one would be wearing the same outfit as me.

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As I told you before this look was inspired by Diana Ross and when I think of her I think big glam hair along with perfect accessories to match. So I opted for HUGE wand curls that I brushed out right before I left my dorm. They took about four hours to complete but it was so worth it. I’m not much of a makeup person yet so I did my absolute best with what I had.

IMG_9882I wore at least two layers of  Miss Manga Voluminous Mascara by L’Oreal, NYX Black Liquid liner, Maybelline Fit Me foundation and Sephora microsmooth luminizer “Stardust”. On my lips I wore MAC’s On and On lipstick with their clear Lipglass on top.

And no, the night wouldn’t have been complete without a few Snapchat pics to make the memories last forever.

“It takes a long time to get to  be a diva. I mean you gotta work at it.” ~ Diana Ross

There’s no better time to be a diva than NOW…

 

A Few Hairstyles for Every Naturalista to Try cont…

Now I’m going to take you all on journey through almost all of my crochet braid hairstyles. In my experience crochet braids didn’t really become popular until I was in high school, mostly because I wasn’t exposed to anyone who wore them. Up until my sophomore year in high school, everyone I knew wore braids, twists, or weaves and my mom wouldn’t let me have one for the longest so I had to improvise.

There are tons and tons and TONS of videos on Youtube that explain in great detail, how to actually install crochet braids so I wont go too far into that. Basically you start with conrows and pull the extension hair through the braid, then you do a few loops and pull it taught against the scalp. I recently discovered that not all people do it that way but for beginners purpose, that’s how I did mine.

I really wanted weave because at the time it seemed so versatile, and I wanted long luscious hair that would stay straight, unlike my natural hair. Keep in mind that this is before I really came to love my natural hair, so these protective styles were for hiding as well.. Everyone black girl at school I knew had weave, whether it be long and straight or long and curly they had it and I wanted it! I had to figure a way around it so when I saw a Tumblr post about straight crochet braids I became obsessed. I went to the hair store, bought about 10 packs of jumbo extra long straight kanekalon hair and went to town! IMG_7416 As you can see I went a bit overboard and ended up looking like Cousin Itt. I had my sister install every single pack of hair and it was the biggest hair fail I’ve had to date. I wanted the blown out look and that’s exactly what I got, and more..a whole lot more. The next day at school I had girls coming at me left and right asking what kind of hair it was and touching it so see if it was read and how it got in there. Not to mention my non black friends who were astounded by the amount of weekend hair growth I had experienced lol.

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After that we shortened the hair quite a lot and I wore it for about two months but it was an atrocious sight compared to the beautiful work I do now. However I did get some cute pictures out of my epic fail.

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Next we have my crochet twists which I became a little two fond of and now I can’t stand them. This was my go-to style for about two years, of course other styles in between but I  FullSizeRender (1)always went back to these. They are by far the easiest and least time consuming of all crochet’s in my opinion and that is because you don’t have to take the time to pull and separate the hair. They come pre-twisted and are very full and fluffy. You can also by them in your desired length and size. As of now, I’ve only seen crochet senegalese twists, which are less coarse than marley twists but I am sure they’re on the horizon. Anyway. crochet twists became a favorite of mine because they gave me a sort of chunky 90’s box braid look, but with twists instead. If you are not the perfect braider, these are perfect for that jumbo long look. If you don’t like a lot of hair try a smaller size.

I know this is a lot of info but I am a strong believer in crochet braids being the absolute best protective styling, especially if you don’t enjoy wigs and weaves. There should be little to no tension on your own hair unless you are constantly yanking at it, plus they can be versatile and blend well with different textures of African American texture hair..without the insane cost you’d pay if you were buying kinky bundles. I’m not knocking weaves, but if you want to be cute on a budget, crochet braids are where it’s at.

Following my interest in the longer hair I did these using the Freetress Gogo Curl hair. They weren’t my favorite because the hair just kept slipping loose and I had to continuously tighten them at the root. They looked really big and shiny in the beginning too but the longer I wore them, the more natural the shine became. Another con with these was that the hair in the back became very knotty and i had to pull, yank and cut multiple hunks of the hair out but the overall look was nice. FullSizeRender

My method of installing crochet braids has never changed so really it’s all about the different hair you want, and the looks you want to achieve. In the beginning I was all about length and now I find myself gravitating towards volume. Big hair be having you like

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The first time I did the big hair, I had the nerve to do it big and bright red too! Well mostly black but there were highlights which I still don’t know if I like them or not. Everyone else seemed to though so I guess that’s nice. This was my first attempt at curling marley hair with hot water, and it was the best job my sister and I have done. I have tried to replicate and failed miserably…

FullSizeRender (1)  I kinda hated these when we first finished I was like, “Chels what were you thinking?” I still don’t know what I was thinking, but the bounce that those curls had, GURLLLLLL you couldn’t tell me anything. I’ve never enjoyed walking around so much in my life. These didn’t give me any trouble, and I even got to pull them up into a puff like up-do when I felt like it.

This next style is almost identical to the one I just showed you but this one is like my favorite EVER. I used pre-curled Jamaican Bounce hair, I forget the brand but if you search it, you’ll see. It was so so so soft and bouncy and full. This was the first hair I ever wore in a middle part and I felt fantastic. I usually don’t do middle parts but this hair honestly looked its best that way.

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See its super cute, and I glowed lol. This hair gave me so much life, even strangers in DC liked this hair as much as I did.

Anyway, I hope this post gave some insight to crochet braid styles if you didn’t already have some. It’s probably my favorite way to style my hair, although I do get tired of it from time to time my hair grows the fastest when cornrowed and tucked away neatly from the harshness of the environment, and my own fingers. Don’t be afraid to try the big hair guys seriously, its life changing, confidence boosting, and fly too.

Love,

Chelsi

 

 

 

A Few Styles for EVERY Naturalista to Try

Hey guys! So today I’m feeling better and I’m going let you guys in on a few hairstyles that you should try if you are currently natural or transitioning. Keep in mind that not all of these styles are extremely easy and will take up a good chunk of your time. So it’s probably best to carve out a weekend to do them.

Faux Locs (also known as silky locs, loc extensions, bohemian locs, goddess locs, etc. )

IMG_7131This is a picture of the back of the regular faux locs I did on myself while I was at school. As you can see, they were lower back length and very full. Installing these took my about 2-3 days and each day felt like it was about 45 years long. I thought I’d never finish my hair then have to miss class, then fail out… Lol yes it got that real.

I did my research on Youtube of course, watching tutorials on the different ways to install them in order to achieve my desired length and fullness. I fell in LOVE with one video in particular, if I can find it again I’ll leave a link. The girls hair was so full with great length that just flowed so freely I had to try them for myself. The video was a favorite of mine because of the method she used. Instead on braiding underneath (which I cannot do) she began with twists and that made it 1000000000 times easier and faster for me. I ended up buying 9 packs of kanekalon hair because my head is big and I like a lot of hair anyway, in addition to 6 or 7 packs of marley braiding hair for the wrapping. I wanted my locs to look a bit more realistic and to have less of a silky look.

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After the process was done I was really pleased with myself, because I don’t know many people who can do faux locs on themselves. I know even less people who pronounce the word “faux” correctly but I digress… I kept these in my head for about a month and a half to two months, mostly because I was afraid my hair would dry out and break off during the take down but it didn’t! If you are going to do these, you ABSOLUTELY MUST moisturize your hair with whatever you choose but do not skip this step. If you do, you better hope your hair doesn’t fall out and blow away like tumble weave.

I hope you enjoyed this snippet about my experience with faux locs done a different way than usual. Black hair is so so magical, we can literally do just about everything with our hair and it will flourish. Not to mention the envy we face from other…never mind that’s a discussion for another time.

Love,

Chelsi