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Hair Style

8 Bantu Knot-out

Hey Maicurlies,

I am ADDICTED to Instagram! Yes I have admitted to this before (here) but seriously it is like a disease LOL!

Anywho, recently I started to take photos of what my hair looks like (quite frequently), so I figured from time to time I will post a few photos here too. Primarily if I have photos of my styling process (taking down my hair, separating, fluffing and styling) or if I capture how a style looks as the days go on I will load those up here.

8 Bantu Knot out

I want to start with my recent Bantu Knot-out which I did on 8 Bantu Knots. Normally I prefer doing smaller knots (not too tiny) just because it means I’d have tighter curls which creates fullness for my fine hair and it usually (I repeat, usually) means I don’t have to separate as much since my hair will already be in small sections. However, Bantu knots & sleep do not go hand in hand and I am tender headed so I did 8 Bantu Knots.

Bantu Knots

I put in the Bantu Knots literally right before bed and took them down the next morning.

Bantu knots taken down

I separated the sections, fluffed my hair, separated some more, fluffed some more and then decided to pin it back for Day 1:

Day 2:

I did the pineapple method to sleep and covered my hair using a scarf. The next day (day 2). I again had it pinned back but without any curls hanging down this time.  By the second day my hair fluffier which gave me volume (yay) and of course also invited frizz but I am fine with that. 

That is it Maicurlies! Let me know if you like these kinds of posts or not! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

The Heatless “Blowout” – Faux Blowout

Hey Maicurlies,

So as the title indicates I stretched my hair out using my heatless “Blowout” method. With this I really really get my hair stretched – it of course is not as stretched as it could be if I were to use a blow dryer but for a heatless method I love it.

Faux Blowout in a ponytail

                                                                            Faux Blowout in a ponytail

Now before I start explaining, I want to point out…stress…that I work with dry hair to do this and I am UBER CAREFUL while manipulating dry hair. Manipulating dry hair can lead to damage if you are not careful, gentle and patient so I can not say it enough, I am SUPER CAREFUL with this otherwise breakage ends up being the result.

I have a video up of my method on my Channel which you can see below.

Products/Tools Used (click on the products listed for my recipes)

Prepping Tools

  • Hair bubbles
  • Hair Clips

I usually always start off with hair that has been stretched in some form just because it makes it easier to then completely comb out my curls. I am starting off with day 4 hair (a twist-out I only used my Leave-in no styling product when I set the twists).

Day 4 Twist-out

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Process

Prep Hair – Split hair, lightly mist leave-in conditioner & seal with Oil.

 Finger Detangle – I very carefully finger detangle

Comb – I comb out the curls really carefully and slowly

Option 1: From here I will apply my styling product to twist, braid, Bantu Knot etc my hair  or

Option 2: Otherwise I will wear my hair out with option two:

Faux Blowout when I wear it out.

Faux Blowout when I wear it out.

I would love to hear what your method is. Do you use heat? How? If not what do you do? 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Twisted Bantu Knot-Out

Hello lovely Maicurlies!

I hope all is well 🙂

Lets get down to business shall we…and that business is my Twisted Bantu Knot-out.

Twisted Bantu Knot-Out

                                                                                   Twisted Bantu Knot-Out

Let me start off by saying I love the curl results I get from this style. I think they are really “girly” and fun… in my opinion. I did not manage to record how I actually put in the Bantu Knots because I decided to do them late at night but I did demonstrate on one piece before taking down my hair (see video below). I can do a proper demonstration of how I install my twisted Bantu Knots in a separate video & write up (if someone needs to see it) although my method is no different to the other lovely ladies on YouTube.

These particular Bantu Knots were not two strand twist, instead I just twisted single sections of my hair around like you would a rope and then put them into Bantu Knots. Because they were not put into two strand twists I separated each curl a little more than I would when they are in twists. With the two strand Bantu Knots, I already have 2 separate sections and then separate each half of the twist one or two times.

I have a few photos of what my Two Strand Bantu Knot-Outs look like here for you to compare to the images below.

Products/Tools Used

I did not neatly part my hair nor did I use rat-tail comb I just sectioned 5 parts; 2 on the left, 2 on the right and one in the middle of my head and then randomly took small/medium sections of hair and twirl my hair into a Bantu Knot.

Twisted Bantu Knots

                       Twisted Bantu Knots

Tutorial

I have explained how I achieve this style along with images and text below.

How I install the Bantu Knots

I worked on dry hair that was slightly stretched and finger detangled. I first lightly mist my hair with water, apply my leave-in conditioner and set/seal with my whipped butter.

The Take Down & Styling:

Twisted Bantu Knot-Out styled and accessorized

white ribbon

Loose hair Red ribbon

What do you think, don’t the curls look light, bouncy and girly? 😀

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Styling Introduction Video Uploaded on YouTube

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YES..so the time has come… I am going to start with the styling videos *biting my nails*! I really am excited to start this but super nervous as well because as I have mentioned numerous times…I am not a professional hairstylist nor a styling “guru”!

Here is a quick video explaining what I plan on doing. I will start off with my simpler styles at first and then take it from there. I also have some styles that I had tried when I was newly natural and at the time some of them did not work out. E.g my first attempt at Bantu Knot-outs. They did not fair well at all and I decided that “it would never work for me”. This year I wanted to give them another go but did them a little differently you can read about both here and the end results were much better! So what I will do is mention if a certain style was attempted before and failed and then you will get to see what I do differently now. I have a couple of new styles in mind that I have never tried before but want to try out and I will record them as well (I am sure a couple will be epic fails LOL.)

I of course would LOVE to hear from YOU! So please do leave me messages, suggestions etc of certain looks you think I should try! 

Side note – apart from my styling videos I will also put a few Skin Care videos out because 1. I will otherwise probably end up running out of styles to do and 2. it is nice to have a variety of different topics…who knows this might lead to something else as well! 

So I look forward to starting and as always I will have write-ups of styles (the ones I have not yet added and the new ones I want to try.) I really hope they workout because there is nothing worse than boring hair tutorials! 

Have a lovely day!

Maicurls

Maicurls

Bantu Knots Page Updated!

Hello Maicurlies,

 

So I finally did it…. I reattempted my Bantu Knots again! And let me tell you! I am loving the new and improved results! I had tried them in the past (2011) and did not like the results so I thought “Bantu Knots are not for me”…but it looks like I might have been wrong! 

In my “Bantu Knots” page under the “Mai Hairstyles” Tab I had mentioned where I think I went wrong back in 2011 and noted down a few things I would change when/if I revisited them and I did. Now the end results are not “perfect” but I think that I will get better with practice… I also think I might have been a little too “fluff happy” and separated them a little too much but nevertheless I still enjoyed the light, fluffy and bouncy curls! Click here to get more details and see the end results!

Let me know what you think!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

How to ride in the open air

Good Afternoon lovelies,

So I wanted to share a little “tip” (if I can call it that). I actually think I might dedicate a page to “tips” or something like that! Anyways….so I recently traded in my old car to my dealership and got a nice “almost brand new” car! Annnnnd it is a convertible!!!!  So of course one obvious benefits of a convertible is driving around with the car-top down… “what about the curls?!?!”…you might be wondering.

Now I am not just bringing this up because the driving around in the open air can cause a styling mishap – e.g. if you have spent 2 hours styling your hair in a particular way (especially if you have quaffed your hair so that it is sleek,  defined, laying down etc.) Yes the wind, humidity, heat, dust and all other elements will impact how your hair looks at the end of the ride but in my opinion the most important part is that all of the elements can dry out your hair! 

Even if I were rocking a puffy, fluffy, big hairdo – while the elements might give me more volume; the dryness is something I can live without! So what is the solution you ask?

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Twists!!! Yes twists! I would say drive around with the car-top down when you are rocking your twists – it can of course be braids, Bantu knots, of even a bun. (I do not tie my buns too tight therefore my little flyaways do their crazy dance so I always have a silk headband with me in case I can not tame them). If your hair is not out and flowing around, rubbing against one another and being overly exposed to the elements, having them in a protective style can help to at least try and reduce the exposure (it is not going to be 100% protected but it is better than nothing!)

You can even take it a step further by using a scarf over your twists, bun, Bantu knots, braids etc – once you have arrived at your destination you can take the scarf down if you do not feel like wearing it. I love showing off my twists when I do them well so I take off the scarf! 

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So there you have it! My little tip on what you can do with your hair if you do plan on cruising around with beautiful fresh air filling your lungs! I would LOVE to hear what you think and if you have any suggestions do let me know!

Enjoy the day!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Hair Styles Written Up

Alright guys so I just wanted to give you a very quick summary of all the Hair Styles Write-Ups I have done so far (04.09.2013)

I have basically written up:

  • Bantu Knots (this was done back in 2011 so I need to revisit this style and modify it)
  • Buns (I wrote up one of the 4 methods I use – I need to write the remaining 3)
  • Elongated Ponytail (Inspired by a YouTube Vlogger) 
  • Twists (I basically explained my process of how I did my first “mini twists” but I will be adding how I do my “normal” twists which are medium sized as well as my overnight chunky twists).
  • Wash-n-Go 

Click here to go to my Hair Styles Overview page. There are a few missing because I want to have images to demonstrate. It is easier to be able to see what I am trying to explain along with writing it. So as soon as I do the styles I will be loading up pictures and making write-ups. 

I really do hope you guys find this interesting!

Thanks

Maicurls
Maicurls