You’ve been there… it’s wash day but you have a ton to do and a function the next day. *le sigh* What’s a girl to do?! I had been wearing a headwrap for almost a week straight and while I love my wraps, I was tired of hiding my hair. It’s summertime, for goodness sake! I went absolutely nowhere on Saturday but decided to don my shrunken fro when my girlfriend came over to have some twists installed. I spritzed with my “elixir”, fluffed and bam. It wasn’t at all “going out” worthy but at least my hair was free! By the time we were done, I wasn’t washing this hair… no ma’am. I had to be around civilization the next day, though, so something had to be done. I sat on my bed, water bottle and Tangle Teezer at the ready, and began to brush my hair up into a high pony/puff. The next day, I grabbed my Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel, some Marley Braiding Hair and some pins and got to work… I call this my “it’s-wash-day-but-I’m-far-too-tired-so-pass-the-marley-hair” bun. I always keep a few packs handy for just such an occasion! Did I do a tutorial? Nope, not yet, at least. I used a very simple technique so I don’t mind taking it down and redoing to show you all buuuuut it may not come out exactly the same. 😉 The bun was a hit and I had a great time at the function on Sunday… can’t you tell?! I’ve put myself on a bit of a protective style challenge for the next few months so this is a great start. Next up: Marley Twists… I think. So what do YOU do when you’re caught between washday and a hard place? Talk to you tomorrow folks! xoxo ~Toia #31WriteNow…
SHRINKAGE! For many naturals, that’s almost a curse word (LOL!) to the point where hair care companies have begun to market products promising to minimize this… “problem”. Listen, I say, “welcome to being Black!” Ha! Do you feel me people?! It’s inevitable once our kinks, coils or curls come in contact with moisture that it’s gonna shrink. It is what it is. *shrug* I get that we want to show off our true length, totally understandable. I, personally, don’t stress it too much. I embrace it and just let this hair do what it do. Rewind to last month. I had a week full of events which included traveling to and from Philly in a day, getting home late, then up bright and early in the A.M. for the Blogging While Brown conference. After the first two days of my blown out twist-out, I wasn’t tryna hear twisting this mane every night to maintain the look for the rest of the week. By the end of day two, it was pineapple city… I was too beat! Every morning thereafter, I simply applied some leave-in, an oil or my Karen’s Body Beautiful Butter Love, gave my hair a shake and I was good to go! By day four, I just stuffed my fro inside my satin bonnet and called it a night. Here’s how that all turned out… Yup, this is how my fro fared over the span of seven days (day six not pictured but looked a lot like day five without the slick-back side. ^_^) and I must say I loved every minute of it! My favorite had to be day four, it was so huge, soft and fluffy. I bet if I tried to achieve that exact look again on purpose, it’d be a FAIL… just because that’s…
Hola everyone! I was sent over some products to try from Original Moxie and used three of them for my blow-out… Get Clean! No-Foam Shampoo, Intense Quench Deep Conditioner and the Lux Locks Styling & Shine. Check out the video below for a brief look at my wash process and style! Another video with full detailed review (and GIVEAWAY!) to come. Enjoy! Great results, right?! Click here to learn which OM products might work for YOU! Stay social with Original Moxie: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram xoxo ~Toia
Here’s a protective style that’ll get you the “wow factor” without having to spend hours working on it. Wondering what to do with my hair for my sister’s graduation party last year, I turned to YouTube and BAM! Fierce do in less than thirty minutes! The photo above is a few days after the festivities. With a slight change to the pomp, I rocked it about a month later when I was approached by photographer Ray Tamarra on 6th Ave in TriBeCa. He loved the ‘do and wanted to get some shots for Essence Magazine’s Fall Hot Hair Issue! Ummmm, ‘KAY!! (O_O) LOL! Welp, here’s the one that landed in the mag… When it came time for my shoot with DFinney Photography, I had to do it! And now, here’s how it’s done… ENJOY!! Do you often turn to YouTube when you’re stuck in a style rut? ‘Til next time folks! xoxo Toia B.
Woo! It’s been a minute huh?! The passed month or so has been crazy busy so blog posts have been few and far between recently. *sad face* But I hope you lovelies have been able to keep up with me on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. 😉 So, about a month ago, I put in some twists using this new hair I saw at my local beauty supply store called Bob Bulk by Janet Collection. Although it was priced at about $1 more per pack than the Afro Marley Braid I’ve used for my Kinky Twists and other updo styles, I thought I would try it. To me, the hair has a texture that falls somewhere between regular Kanekalon braiding hair (normally used for Senegalese Twists) and Marley hair and has a look of locs. Like Marley braiding hair, the Bob Bulk hair is already separated into pre-sectioned pieces for easy use. With five packs on hand, I started off using two pieces per twist. Aaaannnd I ran out of hair! (-_-) Whomp whomp. Got two more packs. I realized that since my hair is rather thick, one piece per twist should work. So for the middle of my head, I worked with just that. The results? Hmph, I was quite satisfied. My fave style of all, especially when rockin’ twist extensions, is a big gigantic ninja bun. But after three weeks of that, I decided I needed to jazz it up already. Enter Chanel Boateng on YouTube! I came across this video one night and decided to try my hand at something similar to two of the featured styles. And here it is… I don’t have a tutorial recorded yet so click here to see how I did it! The style turned many heads for the week that I had it in…
In the month of November, I decided to begin protective styling with my favorite thing- kinky twists! At least… I think they were kinky twists. LOL Ya see, I used Bob Bulk hair by Janet Collection which isn’t quite kinky yet isn’t quite as straight as normal kanekalon braiding hair. You may recall this style post, inspired by Chanel Boateng on the YT. Anywho, here are four more styles I wore during the month and a half that I had these twists in. Enjoy! xoxo ~Toia