Bantu Knot Out on Flat Ironed Hair

Hi there! I decided to Bantu Knot may hair on Jan 2nd after I flat ironed it on Jan 1st. I wore my hair straight the first day then knotted it up on the second day.

I’ve tried this style before on my curly hair and it was a total flop. So when I flat ironed my hair I knew immediately that I wanted to try Bantu Knots again. This time I just knew it would be a total success.

Before I actually did the bantu knots, I flat ironed my hair once more on low heat. This was to ensure that I got silky curls. And silky curls I got. Yay Meee!!!

Here’s a short video of the process and the results followed by a few still shots.

Tell me what you think below in the comments. Have you ever tried this style? Would you? It certainly would be a cute valentine’s day updo.

Big Hair Don't Care

Bantu Knot Out2

Bantu Knot Out3

Bantu Knot Out 6 Bantu Collage2 Bantu Knot Out 5

Blow Dried and Flat Ironed Hair

On January 1, 2014, I washed blow dried and flat ironed my hair. This was indeed a lengthy process.

I didn’t do a pre-poo. Although I sorta knew I was going to wash my hair I went out earlier that morning, returning mid afternoon and didn’t have time to do a pre-poo.

To wash my hair I used Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Shampoo. I then proceeded to use my favorite conditioner, Herbal Essences Hello Hydration to detangle and deep condition my hair. After half hour I rinsed the conditioner and then lightly towel dry my hair.

As a leave in conditioner, I applied Parnevu Growth Creme, followed but my homemade infused shea butter. Using the Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray, I sprayed and massaged a generous amount to my tresses.

To make the process easier, I sectioned my hair in four and worked in small pieces. I blow dried my hair using medium heat with high volume.

I worked in four sections but using a Chi flat iron, I worked in even smaller sections to get a straighter look. I applied avocado oil to each section of hair after I flat ironed.

To set my hair for bed I wrapped and covered it with my satin du-rag.

The Process2

The next morning I undid the wrap but I wasn’t satisfied with the drop so I swooped my hair to the side and used the flat ironed to curl the front. And voila here it is.

The Look

My hair frizzed out during the course of the day and at the end of the day it was “Big Hair Don’t Care”.

What do you think? Do you like it? Hope you do. Leave your comments below. Chao!

FL before & After

First Day of Work Jan 2nd, 2014 – Blow Dried and Flat Ironed Hair with Chocolate Mint Makeup

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!

This seems to be routine now. On Jan 1st 2014 it was wash day. I then proceeded to blow out and flat-iron my hair. So it’s the first working day of the new year and I opted for a side pin with curls and blue and brown makeup to form this ‘chocolate mint’ look. I loved the final results. How about you? I sure hope you do! Have a great year everyone!

Chocolate Mint Jan 2, 2014

Chocolate Mint
Jan 2, 2014

Simple Braid Back Hair!

It’s Carnival time again in Antigua and that means that I have a four day weekend. Since I’m not partaking in the festivities but plan on visiting the beach and hanging out with some of my girls I’ve decided to braid back my hair and cap it. Plus the sun is extremely hot so capping it is definitely  a good idea.

I washed my hair on Saturday, did a blow out and then braided it on Sunday. It took me about 45 mins to do and I plan on taking these down on Monday afternoon for work on Tuesday.

The plaits are not perfect. I wasn’t going for perfect. I was going for not having to comb my hair for the weekend. Mission accomplished! Yay me!

Braid up

2013 Blowout Comparison

I haven’t blogged about my hair in recent times but I do take pics from time to time. Below is a blowout comparison for the last six months. I missed a month – April. Didn’t capture a pic but that does not mean that I didn’t blow out my hair. Probably was busy or sleepy. X_X

2013 blowout comparison

Here’s the thing with blow drying – if you do it too often like I did, your hair will break eventually from the constant heat. To be very honest, I haven’t really taken great care of my hair over the last year as I did two years before. Why? I’ve been living life on the go! I know I need to slow down and I’m really trying to. I’ve lessened my activities for the rest of the year so hopefully that should help.

So here’s what happened. Because I was always busy during the day, I tend to wash my hair at night or on a Sabbath morning before church. Not wanting to sleep with wet hair and have a bad twist out the next day, most times I blow out my hair before twisting. I know, I know, I know I can diffuse my hair but “ain’t nobody got time fa dat”!

Blownout Twist

Though I always use heat protectant, I was blowing out my hair way to often so it still experienced some damage. In March photo above, I didn’t look too happy right? That’s because I started to experience some damage on the left side of my hair. You can see that it is much shorter than the right side. The price I pay for using the blow dryer every week!

It doesn’t seem like I’ve experienced much growth this year either, but I’ll attribute that to the constant heat application. So now instead of blowing out my hair every week, I’ll opt for once a month. That should help to reduce the damage. I also have some raggedy ends which I will also attribute to the heat but I’ll leave that for another post.

What I’ve learned thus far for the year is something I’ve known even before returning natural – less heat<more growth=healthier hair (in conjunction with other best practices).

How often do you use heat on your hair? Do you experience heat damage in any form?

Until next time – back away slowly from the blow dryer and happy growing!