Category Archives: Buns

Hair Style

Loose Bun with Cowrie Shell Headband

Hello Maicurlies! 

So I have got (drum roll please) a super simple style to share! LOL yes super simple, AGAIN! I am trying alright 🙂 

Loose bun

Buns in the natural hair “community” seems to be a go to especially when you want to do something quick and this style is no exception. It takes no more than 5 minutes and you are on your way. You can “smooth out” your edges by using a scarf for 10 minutes and then hit the road to get on with your business for a more “polished” look (I used a scarf). 

Tools/Products

  • DIY Whipped Conditioning butter* (I literally whip some of my creamy leave-in conditioner together with a little whipped butter.)
  • DIY Spray Leave-In Conditioner
  • Ouchless Hair bubble
  • Bobby Pins
  • Soft bristle brush
  • Scarf
  • Cowrie Headband (optional)

*You want to make small batches of the whipped conditioning butter because water (a water based leave-in) mixed together with butter & oils can cause bacteria to grow in the container. So only make a little at a time, I also suggest storing the mix in an airtight container in the fridge to keep it “fresh” longer.  You might need to experiment with the Leave-In conditioners you use because not all Leave-Ins play nice with butter – experiment time.

How to

  • I put a little bit of my whipped conditioning butter on my edges and ends, brush in the butter (on my edges) with my soft bristle brush and make a ponytail.
  • I very loosely twist only the ends of my hair, pull the twist above my head and then start to roll the hair downwards (in the direction of my forehead) and bobby pin the bun in place.
  • To get smoother edges I tie my scarf for 10 minutes.
  • After taking the scarf down I sort out the bun if it gets a little messy and then add the headband around the bun. That is it! 

Video Tutorial 

Would love to hear what you think of the bun! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Big Bun with a Side Bang (Styling Tutorial)

Hello Maicurlies,

It feels like it’s been forever since I made a styling video (it has been) so without further ado, I want to share my “how to” tutorial of my Big Bun with a Side Bang.

Big Bun with a Side Bang

Big Bun with a Side Bang

Now, I have to give credit where credit is due: I actually got inspired to do this style through one of Mo Knows Hair amazing videos. I did make some alterations to my version such as not working with blow dried hair  and I also formed the bun a little differently to hers but the concept came from her. Please check out her video here like I said, she is amazing!

I have a few images of the steps (below) along with a video of how I did the style on my YouTube Channel.

Big Bun with a Side BangIt is really simple to do.

I hope you like it!

Maicurls

Maicurls

Protective Style & Castor Oil Week 2 Update

Good evening Maicurlies!

Protective style challenge week 2

Protective style challenge week 2

It has been two weeks since I started my Protective Style & Castor Oil challenge and let me tell you, I am LOVING it!

Protective style update:

In all honesty I have always been a fan of wearing my hair out….”FREE” because it is so much easier for me to do a simple twist-out or braid-out, but I am appreciating this challenge. Is it a little difficult for me to come up with styles to wear? Yes. I have said this before and will continue to say this: I am NOT a styling guru and I am not “creative” in terms of unique styles however, I do what I know/can.

How did my second week go?

Similar to week 1, I enjoyed the fact that I didn’t have to “mess” with my hair too much, especially in the morning before work. I would lightly touch up my edges and be on my way. As always I slept with my scarf around my head at night and that sort of helped with the fly-aways. My hair felt really moisturized, soft and looked shiny (LOVE). I only moisturized and sealed my hair once during the week and felt that a light moisturizer (my DIY Spray Leave-In) was sufficient. I also noticed that I had less tangles than I normally would by the end of the week (winning!) I did two styles for the my Twist and Tuck Donut Bun (days 1 – 3) and my new Pinned up “Flat twist” AKA Seahorse (I shall explain below).

What Did I do?

  • To start the week I had washed, Deep Conditioned, moisturized and sealed before twisting my hair into 5  chunky twists.
  • Day 1 – After taking down the twists I massaged my Castor Oil Mix on my scalp, hairline and used a dab on my ends. I put my hair in my first hairstyle: Twist and Tuck Donut Bun.
  • Day 3 – I reapplied my Castor Oil mix to my scalp, hairline, ends and decided to accessorize the Bun with my DIY floral hairband.
Twist and tuck donut bun

Twist and Tuck Donut Bun (added accessory)

  • Day 4 – I moisturized my hair with my DIY Spray Leave-In Conditioner and sealed  with Almond Oil. I then put my hair into my second hair style the (Pinned up “Flat twist”) that I kept for the remainder of the week. I don’t know if people would call it a flat twist because to me it looked like a seahorse before pinning. Side note*: Flat twists and I do not get along at all! I suck at them but I did try and so far this is the best I have ever done!
Pinned up flat twist

Pinned up flat twist

This is the seahorse “flat twist” before I used one bobby pin to tuck away the ends

Flat twist aka Seahorse

“Flat Twist” aka Seahorse

  • Day 6 – I took down the flat twist, massaged my scalp, hairline and ends with the Castor Oil mix and redid the flat twist again.
  • Day 7 – Wash day routine and then got my hair ready to be set for week 3 (this week).

Castor Oil Challenge:

 I used the oil 3 times last week and actually want to increase it to 4 times. Eventually I might  even increase it (but we shall see I don’t want to push it). I was always worried that my hair would be greasy and my scalp/pores clogged up but the mixed blend of Castor with Rose Infused Grapeseed Oil seems to be working out great. I have my recipe and a video of the mixing process here.

My hair did not feel dry at any point during the week. I did re-moisturize my hair mid week just because that has been my habit but I only used my light leave-in so there was no worry of product build up, plus moisturizing is always a good idea. My roots felt so super soft, the ends were smooth and I think the Castor oil blend helped to avoid extra tangles. My individual strands basically glided across each other instead of wrapping, trapping and clinging onto one another. Overall I am loving this challenge!

Here’s to week 3!

What do you think of my Protective challenge styles? Do you like my Castor oil blend? I would love to hear how you use castor oil.

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Protective Style & Castor Oil Week 1 Update

Good Morning Maicurlies,

Protective style challenge 1st weekIt has been a week since I started the Protective Style and Castor Oil Challenge setup in Napturally Curly.com’s forum.

How did my first week go?

It went really well! I enjoyed the fact that I didn’t have to do too much with my hair in the morning. I literally just fixed the top of my hair (I slept with a satin scarf which sort of helped keep down fly-aways). “Fixing” didn’t take long and I was out the door. My roots felt super soft and I only moisturized my hair 2 times the whole week.

What Did I do?

  • I washed my hair the day before the challenge started (which was the 21st September), moisturized, sealed and then let it air dry in twists.
  • Day 1 – First hairstly: After taking down the twists I massaged a little of my mixed Castor/Rose Infused Grapeseed Oil with Peppermint on my scalp, hairline and a  tiny bit to my ends. This is the style I did for the first 3 days.
1st style

I put my hair in a ponytail, made about 8 twists, wrapped them around to make a bun and held it in place with bobby pins.

  • Day 3 – I reapplied some castor oil mix to my scalp and hairline.
  • Day4 – I re-moisturized my hair with my leave-in conditioner, again massaged my scalp and hairline with the castor mix and also put a dab on my ends and changed my hair style to this:
I put my hair in a ponytail and then rolled my ends up and under towards my head. Using bobby pins I keep my ends tucked underneath.

I put my hair in a ponytail and rolled my ends up and under – towards my head. Using bobby pins I kept my ends tucked underneath and used a ribbon for a little added color.

  • Day 7 (yesterday) – Washed my hair and did a henna gloss;

I put my hair in twists to air dry, pinned them down for the night and will be styling my hair for the next 3 days!

Looking forward to the new week ahead!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Twist and Tuck Donut Bun

Hello Maicurlies,

I figured it was time to do a other styling tutorial seeing as I have been on a DIY and experiment frenzy as of late. This is my Twist and Tuck Donut Bun.

 

Twist and Tuck Donut Bun

                                         Twist and Tuck Donut Bun

I love this bun because it is oh so easy to do, really quick and more importantly it is a protective style. Apart from being a protective style it does not require a lot of manipulation and if you do not make it too tight you can actually just cover your hair at night with a scarf, take down the scarf in the morning , touch up the edges (if you wish) and you are good to go!

I have a video of how I do my Twist and Tuck Donut Bun on YouTube.

I also have an written explanation below of how I achieve this bun:

Products/Tools Used:

  • Plain water spray bottle
  • DIY Creamy Leave-In Conditioner
  • Donut*
  • Ouchless Hair bubble
  • Soft Bristle Brush
  • Stretchy Headband
  • Bobby pin (you might need more than one depending on your hair)

*I modify my Donut which I bought from H&M because I do not like the texture of it as my hair gets stuck it in. To protect my hair I cut off the toe part of a stocking (best to get a fresh stocking for this). I slip the stocking in the gap of the Donut, pull the edges over the Donut, cut off the excess and that is it. (See below)

Modified Donut

Tutorial 

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

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Ms. Maggi – Feature Story on Maicurls

Good Evening Maicurlies,

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I yet again had the opportunity to interview another beautiful natural head Ms. Maggi. Maggi the owner/blogger of CluelessCurl is an Eco-Friendly enthusiast and loves making her own natural products for her hair and skin (which I LOVE!) She also was kind enough to put a little piece about me on her blog as well (read here.

Take a few minutes to read over Maggi’s story in my Features section and do not forget to check out her Blog CluelessCurl or follow her on Twitter @CluelessCurl.

Thank you for sharing it with us Maggi!

Maicurls

Maicurls

Buns…buns…buns

Hello Maicurlies,

It has been a while! I am in the middle of making new orders for butters and I am super excited! I have so many ideas! Hair Creams and hair puddings and body creams… OH MY! 😀

So once all that is sorted I will of course have videos and write-ups. Now, I have finally yes finally, written up the three different buns I currently do with my hair. I had originally wanted to put all three methods under one page “Buns”. But I realized that it would be too long and confusing. Instead of having each write-up listed one behind the other, I have linked each bun to individual pages and all of the links are located here

I also have the videos up both on my YouTube Channel and on my Videos page in the Blog.