Friday, November 12, 2010 - Nisus

Roller Set for the Week

It's getting cold outside!!  In some places, it's already snowing! Not here in DC, BUT I figured I'd better get ready with some winter styles.  When my hair was longer I loathed even thinking about attempting straight or stretched styles- all the rolling and drying time = blegh.  So I figured on my shorter hair I'd be more free again...  NOT.  I guess too much time has passed and I'd forgotten what the real deal is, but it took FOREVER and a day for my hair to dry in this darn roller set.  Maybe I was feeling too ambitious using the large rollers, or maybe my hooded dryer from last Christmas is underpowered (but I dunno- that sucker gets hot!)

I used Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Smooth-n-Hold Pudding to try something different.  I smoothed freshly washed hair with that and my Denman brush.  Then I sat.  FOR THREE HOURS under my dryer.  Mind you I had two false starts when I told myself "there is no way on earth its still damp now..." and it was damp.  Maybe it was the smooth and hold pudding...  I dunno.

One thing is certain.  I won't use it again (maybe do a roller set at all again!).  I had flakes when it dried :-(
  
 
 
  
Since it was late at night by now, and I wasn't sure if I could wrap it and sit under the dryer again, I decided instead to set it on the largest rollers I had for bed.
 

And ta-da!  The next day was a good day. I used my dry denman to brush the flakes out and used a silicone hair polisher serum for shine and some castor oil on my fingers while I pulled curls apart and shaped it:
 
 
 
 

And here it is at the end of the week.  It had gotten frizzy, I had never wrapped it, and the perfumey banana smell of the pudding had morphed into a greasy dirty hair smell.  So it was over.  4 days out of it. This is a flat twist on the side with a half out huge bang and a bun in back. The following day I gathered the bang into a swoosh, then I washed it the next.  Love my curls!  Natural curl pattern takes the win on this whole experiment.
 
 
Now I just need to figure out how too keep this dash of red in my hair for the winter.  Now I love it!

Thursday, November 4, 2010 - Nisus

My friend is a braid/twist n curl Master! Instructions!

Meet again one of my best friends, Jemima- whom I've known for 10 years. Let me first show you some pictures of her flyness before I get into her style instructions here:
I had her on here before because of another dope Braid and curl she had, but almost every time I see her she is rocking a very nice, defined set and I always ask her how she did it, (one time she even set mine for me but my hair is just so darn frizzy).  But this time I'm sharing with everybody-  She sent me instructions!

Steps to this braid and curl:

1) Mane and Tail Shampoo- Wash Hair
2) Deep Conditioning Treatment- Olive Cholesterol - Leave in hair while showering
3) Rinse out deep conditioner treatment
4) Towel dry hair, but keep it damp
5) Sprayed hair with Infusium 23 Treatment/Water in spray bottle half/half
6) Part hair in circular rows-it results in a fuller look
7) Apply 100% Pure Shea Butter to each section
8) Brush with Denman brush for even distribution of the Shea Butter
9) Braid sections...really tight, especially tighter at the roots
10) Plastic rods on the ends of each braid
11)  IC Fantasia Styling gel on the ends
12) Air dry or for best results sit under the dryer for about 20 min
13) Make sure hair is COMPLETELY dry before taking down the braids

Results:
She also does a twist and curl in a similar way with great results ANNNNDDDD check out her bantu Knot out below as well.  
A little more information: I'd guess she has "4b" type hair if you forced me, and it's SUPER thick and shiny. She's repping Haiti all day every day and she's been natural for over 5 years now I think 6 years. I'm just going to fill the rest of this post up with pictures. 

 Twist and curl:

 Pin curls on pressed hair.
 Bantu knot out:
 
If you have questions for her let us know in the comments!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - Nisus

Halloween! I was sexy Dora...

A few stolen FB shots of my Halloween costume>  (I'll edit this post with more once I get them.  I know I was in more!)
I rolled my bang under and pinned it to make a sharp Dora bang and I used a stretching technique on the top layer of my hair to create the sharp bob shape.  People knew who I was so I suppose I was successful :-) 

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