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Valentine’s Day Date – Protective Hair Style

Hello Maicurlies,

So in the spirit of Valentine’s Day I decided to so a styling video for a “Date Look”. (I think I might potentially do a second styling option – depending on if I will have time to record and edit in time before V-day). 

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I am keeping it simple (as always) and quick. The style looks quite “chic” a little edgy and works as a protective style as well so overall I like it! I also kept my product use simple too (once again as always). 

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So without further-ado let’s go!

Products/Tools Used:

  • Wide Tooth Comb
  • Soft Bristle Brush
  • Bobby Pins
  • Hair Bubbles
  • Hair Elastics
  • Dye Brush (pointy part to section my hair)
  • DIY Spray Leave-In Conditioner
  • Argan Oil
  • Cantu Moisturizing Twist & Lock Gel

It is easier to watch a demonstration rather than read how I did the style:

Tip: for those with shorter hair, you can use braiding hair to do this style by adding it to the middle and bottom section, and twisting your hair together with it. I would recommend either doing a loose flat twist with the pompadour section go backwards or just making three sections,  add braiding hair to all three and then make  two – two strand twists within each sections. (You will need to watch the video so that this is clearer).  

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Tip: In case you don’t want to redo the style in the morning my suggestion is to take down the bobby pins (it is never a comfortable night with them in and not necessarily a good idea). Use a scarf to cover your hair, paying attention to your edges and side; for a smooth look in the morning and then just re-pin the twists down. You might need to “touch up” your edges with a soft bristle brush but other than that, it should be fine! 

So here is my “final look”. Like I said, if I can I will do another styling option too and hopefully have it up before the 14th! 

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Whether you have a Valentine or not, are celebrating or not, I hope you manage to have a lovely day Maicurlies! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

17 hours, wine, excitement & nerves (Travel Log 1- 6 Flight to the USA)

Before I begin to share everything I saw, ate, drank, experienced and felt in 4 States during my first trip to the United States (over the next 5 posts) I shall start at the beginning.

21st November 2016 12:00 am – woke up after maybe 3 hours of sleep thanks to excitement, nerves and my need to: check my packing list – recheck my packing list, pack – repack, check my passport & ESTA papers – recheck my passport & ESTA papers. So, needless to say I woke up tired and excited with a touch of nervousness, knowing I had 17 hours of travel ahead of me (15.5 hours total flight time with a 1 hour layover at one stop)!

Lack of sleep washed away after my shower, I proceeded to get dressed and ready. I decided on keeping it simple (as I always do) making sure I wouldn’t freeze on the plane (as I always do) by wearing a sweater, jeans, flat boots, a knitted cardigan & donning my less than glamorous twists. I knew I wasn’t about to get off the plane after 17 hours in any kind of normal looking “out” (twist-out, braid-out, bantu knot-out)…think messy clown and that would have been me especially without my satin scarf, so twists it was.

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2:00 am – Check-in done, bags checked, hug and kiss to my dad and off I set for my big adventure. Security check dusted without any issues I headed straight to the lounge; thanks to my fancy card giving me access to some free breakfast and WiFi (I somehow always have an appetite). What is a trip without a shot of food and beverage right? And a random stack of face towels…?

So after breakfast was quickly wolfed down off I went to the gate. Nerves started to kick in and then I realized I somehow managed to forget my book (HOW…HOW), no matter there is a book shop in the airport, new book picked up and now off to the gate, book in hand.

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While sitting on the plane I looked at my second boarding card and noticed the time of the flight, (goodbye common sense hello nerves)…why does it basically say I will have 0 minutes to catch my second flight when I land??? Read and re-read the boarding card, check and rechecked the time. The couple beside me are discussing their second flight and how they will have 45 minutes for their connection with a tiny bit of nervousness in their voices. I quickly turn to them “Doha is 1 hour behind us right?” He quickly proceeded to check his phone (could have done than myself…again nerves). “I think you might be right”….I hope so otherwise I am doomed before I get there! “Excuse me (to the air-hostess) Doha is 1 hour behind us right?” “Yes, Ma’am”. Relief took over and I smiled like a crazy clown (I don’t know why I keep referring to clowns I have deep seeded for them) to the couple beside me repeating what the was said even though they heard her too.

Let me skip the pesky details of the really dreadful “chicken” sandwich, slight turbulence (I am no good with turbulence at all think white knuckles, holding breath and praying). And let me get to the “good stuff”.

After landing and going through security (which seemed pointless to me since 1.5 hours ago I just did that; better safe than sorry) I make my way to the screen to see where my gate is. Of course, the other end of the airport! I leg it carrying my oh so (not) wonderful HUGE carry on that weighs a ton without anything in it let alone all my extras I carry on a plane. Marching and telling people to please move out the way (politely) I managed to get to my gate and….yes… ANOTHER security check, but this one was the mother load of checks.

Shoes off, scarf off (forgot to mention the scarf before), cardigan off, camera out and switched on, Laptop out and switched on, phone out and switched on, any other electronic items out and switched on. Through that beeping machine (I really do not know what it is called) and then a pat-down. I apparently must have been amusing to watch because two airport staff guys were standing there with fascination as this went on, whispering like two……ok I will let it go… (I was not pleased as you probably can tell)! Security check done and now everything goes back on and of course all gadgets should be switched off before the bags are stowed away on the plane for take-off.

I proceed to give in my boarding card & get “Excuse me Ma’am but you have to go back through security”. If looks could kill, the guy wouldn’t have been able to finish his sentence. “Um what? Go through THAT (pointing at the line and that whole ordeal) AGAIN?” “Yes Ma’am, I am sorry but it says on the screen that you need to go through again”. “WHY?? I just did all that”! He proceeds to move from behind the desk, passport and boarding card in hand without a word. My eyes are burning a hole in the back of his head. Luckily the pat-down lady saw us “Why is she coming back, she went through”. “Are you sure”. “I just checked her, she is fine”. Nothing else from boarding card & passport man other than “Have a good flight Ma’am”. *HUGE EYE ROLL*.

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I board my flight and I am seated on an isle seat the middle row for a 14.5 hour flight with no one sitting in the middle seat (happiness)! Now I remembered that I forgot my sunglasses after seeing a girl on the plane taking a Selfie with sunglasses on (HOW…HOW)? No, I did not buy a pair on the plane LOL! Enter again the “chicken” sandwich. At lunch time I am about ready for a bottle of wine but I settle for a glass or two. Now enter turbulence! The mother load of turbulence! Think skeleton knuckles, lip biting and screaming prayers (internally lol). I basically got maybe 3 hours sleep on the flight with endless hours of movie watching thanks to nerves, excitement and being jolted awake by turbulence.

After 14.5 hours of flight time, alcohol, finally something decent enough to eat and strolls up and down the plane I land in Washington Dulles Airport. I stepped outside the airport at 3:00 pm on the 21st November 2016 (yes it was 21st November AGAIN time difference is something else, more about this in my next post). I am greeted by 1 Degrees Celsius (33.8 Fahrenheit) wearing my sweater and cardigan. You best believe my luggage was opened and my thick coat and gloves were brought out. Smiling (again like a crazy clown) I am staring up at a beautiful blue sky, feeling the crisp “freezing” breeze and the excitement of exploration has taken over! First stop Woodbridge, Virginia…

to be continued in part 2.

Maicurls

Maicurls

DIY Freetress Flexi Rod Crochet Wig

Hello Maicurlies,

Today I am going to be sharing how I made my first ever crochet wig (Annabelle). 

Freetress Crochet Braiding Hair - Bouncy Twist out turned Flexi Rod Curls

                                     Freetress Crochet Braiding Hair – Bouncy Twist out turned Flexi Rod Curls

I watched a number of videos on YouTube before I proceeded to make my own wig however, I quickly found out that while some of the stunning & talented women in the videos were able to make their wigs in a “few hours” it took me forever! Literally I split the process over two days (the weekend) and spent about 10 hours in total. This was only after I had initially made 2 failed attempts (two weekend before) with the Freetress Crochet Braiding hair – Bouncy Twist Out (colour 2). 

I initially wanted to make my wig to look the same as the crochet braids on the hair model however, it proved to be a challenge for me. The hair was just so thick it not only looked overly “fake” on my small face but it was overwhelmingly bulky. So in order not to give up I ended up changing the curl pattern of the hair by: moisturizing, detanglng, separating and re-curling with flexi rods and hot water. Once that was done I was able to make Annabelle with a lot more ease!

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I have a detailed review about the crochet hair which I purchased online from Tisun Beauty (you can read about here.)

It is a lot easier to explain my wig making process via video which you will find below. 

Would love to hear from you, if you have attempted a DIY wig let me know how it went! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Review: Shake-n-Go Freetress Crochet Braiding Hair Bouncy Twist Out – Tisun Beauty

Hello Maicurlies,

I am currently away on holiday but I prepared a post in advance for my time away and today I shall be doing a detailed review on some Crochet Braiding Hair I bought and used to make a DIY Crochet Wig! The hair I will be reviewing is: Freetress Crochet Braiding Hair Bouncy Twist Out that is part of the Shake-n-Go collection. 

Freetress Crochet Braiding Hair - Bouncy Twist out

Freetress Crochet Braiding Hair – Bouncy Twist out

Before purchasing this particular hair I wanted to read some reviews however, I found out that there was literally hardly any information about the hair (at least from my search). So I decided to buy it anyways because I was in love with the models hairstyle and decided I would try and recreate it but instead of doing crochet braids, I opted to try and make my own DIY Wig. Please note – this review is not about how I made the wig or details on the wig itself, it is simply about the hair used.

NOTE: I paid for the hair myself and I was not requested to do a review on the hair. I simply wanted to share my experience in case some of you come across the hair and want to know what others think about it. 

I shall break this review down into two parts: the first will be about the beauty supply store where I purchased the hair from and the second part will be about the hair itself. 

Tisun Beauty:

I bought the hair online from Tisun Beauty, a beauty supply store that sells not just crochet hair but also weaving hair, braiding hair, clip-ins, wigs, skin care products and hair care products. They also have a store front that you can physically visit in North Carolina (check the bottom of the post for the full addresses). I highly recommend purchasing from Tisun Beauty, they offer a number of different style options, different brands, colours, lengths and hair textures! Another aspect I love is the company’s excellent customer service! I was in touch with Steve and he was extremely helpful! He answered all my questions promptly, provided me with suggestions and was super helpful when it came to the shipping options available to me (shipping outside the States). If you are looking for a source to buy hair, I really do suggest giving them a try and if you get in touch with Steve, rest assured you will be in good hands! 

P.s. I have a discount code for any of you that do decide to purchase from Tisun: http://tisun.refr.cc/5XBXKRV. You will get $5 knocked off your order if you use the code and when you purchase from them you automatically get enrolled in the $5 discount referral program too! I got enrolled after making my purchase,

Now let’s get to the hair! 

Details: 

  • 5x Freetress Crochet Braiding Hair Bouncy Twist Out – 23″  in the colour  2 (Dark Brown) $5.99 per packet.
  • Each packet contained about 10 – 12 strands per pack.

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Cons:

Dry & Rough – When I took the hair straight out of the packet I will be honest, it did feel really really dry and rough. Now I know the texture is suppose to mimic natural (black) hair however, I feel like it was just a tad bit too much on the dry side. Solution – I first washed the hair since I have super sensitive skin (2 oz of apple cider vinegar to a lot of water) & to restore some moisture to the hair I added a little conditioner (that helped). P.S when using the hair I sprayed it with a little plain water and rubbed some whipped Shea butter before installing the hair, this completely softened and moisturized the hair. 

Tangles & Frizz – this hair really tangles up quite easily and quickly. There is a quite a bit of frizz once the wig was made which can get really annoying since it ends up making the individual curls I have to sort of “tango together”. Solution – I recurled the hair roughly 3 times (approximatly once a week) and once it was reculred the frizz and tangles were gone (the hair requires maintaince in order for it to not look like a tangled mess! 

Uber Thick Strands – I tried using the hair in its original curl pattern (bouncy twist out) and while I love how beautiful and full each strand of hair is, they are just so thick! I can not imagine how each strand is installed into someones actual hair (cornrows) due to how thick and “chunky” the strands are! I made 2 (failed) attempts at making the wig with the curl pattern but had to redo them and then gave up. – Solution – I opted to change the curl pattern in the end because the wig ended up looking like a chunky, bulky pile of hair on my head! 

Can Not Separate – I know some of you will wonder “well why didn’t you separate the strands in half” I did….and that didn’t work. Once I tried to separate the stands in half I ended up destroying the beautiful curl pattern and was left with half curled, mainly frizzed strands! Solution – same as above, I combed out the hair, separated the strands and then made my own curl pattern (not a bouncy twist-out). 

Pros:

Changeable Curl Pattern – while I did not end up with the original look I had envisioned the hair can be used to create different curls by wrapping it around flexi-rods or perm rods, pouring hot water over them and voila a new look!

Beautiful Original Curl Pattern – now while I was unable to use the hair in its original state for a wig, perhaps it is more effective as crochet braids (especially since that is what the model had) and the original curl pattern really is gorgeous!

Not Very Expensive – as I mentioned, each packet comes with roughly 10 – 12 strands in them and each pack costs $5.99. If you are able to recreate the original crochet braid look like the model I would imagine that you would need a maximum of 3 packets (maybe a little less) since the hair is so full and thick. That is not too much on the pocket for a protective style that you can keep in for a few good weeks!

Colour/Length Options – while I went for the 23″ option (I did trim the hair to give it shape) and you can also select from a number of different colours, blended colours etc. 

Looks Natural – the natural texture of the hair has that “natural look” and by that I mean it does not have that “fake” shiny appearance even though it is synthetic hair! Sometimes synthetic hair can give off that uber shiny appearance after heat is used on it (e.g. hot water) but this still kept its natural look. 

Accepts Heat – in order to change the curl pattern of the hair I had to pour and soak the curled sections in boiling hot water (no more than 30 seconds – 60 seconds maximum) and this didn’t cause any damage to the integrity of the hair. The package instructions actually states: “Do not use hot curler at regular setting. This fiber can only be curled 350 degrees Fahrenheit – 400 degrees Fahrenheit”. 

Below is an image gallery of the hair along with some photos of how it looked after I changed the curl pattern & made the wig.

Overall:  Would I purchase this hair again? I probably would not simply because I had initally bought it to use the hair in its original curl pattern and was unable to do so however, I might potentially consider buying it if I learn how to crochet braid my hair in order to try and get that beautiful look I primarily wanted! Side note – I do have a few ideas for some new hair I want to buy and I already have some hair that I plan to use for another protective style! 

Tisun Store physical location:

Tisun Beauty
5420 North Tryon St #1,
Charlotte, NC 28213

Have any of you used Freetress Crochet Braiding Hair Bouncy Twist Out before? If so did you use it to do crochet braids, a wig, another type of protective style? I would love to hear from you! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

How To: Turning an old Twist-out to Braid & Curl Low Manipulation Style

Hello Maicurlies,

Today I wanted to share one of the methods I use to remoisturize old hair & how I style my hair in a low manipulation style (when I went camping for 2 nights). 

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So I was off to a beach camping trip for 2 nights and my hair was a MESS! I had it in a twist out that turned into a messy bun. The curls were tangled, dry and just not in a good way! Since I was camping I knew I didn’t want to do anything “drastic” especially since I would be washing my hair once I got back. I also knew I wanted my hair tucked away since sand and my hair just don’t play nice at all so I figured I would remoisturize, bring back some texture but still keep my hair tucked away.

My remoisturizing method was simple, the L.O.C method (Leave-in/liquid, Oil, Cream/Whipped butter) I also used permrods and that was it. I did not use a comb to get through my hair since I wanted low manipulation and to protect my hair during the trip I used a scarf to keep my hair up and away from my shoulders and presto. 

Products/Tools Used:

Method:

I parted my hair into sections (roughly 15 – 18 in total), spritzed my hair with my DIY Spray Leave-In Conditioner followed by my oil. I then gently, carefully and slowly detangled my hair and get rid of shed hair. I braided my hair but left my ends unbraided. I added a little extra spray leave-in on the ends, smoothed on some whipped butter before wrapping them around the perm rods and then rolling up to my roots.

Once I was done I covered my hair at night (I kept it uncovered right until I went to bed). The following morning I took down the perm rods and using a little oil on my fingertips I undid the braids. Now if you want to have definition then take the braids down carefully to keep the integrity of the curl pattern (since I just wanted a little texture, a little volume and was going to cover my hair it didn’t really matter for me). After I took down the braids I separated my hair a tiny bit and covered my hair with the scarf, leaving a swooped bang at the front (the ends tucked away) and pinned the rest of my hair upwards. Presto: happy moisturized and protected hair ready for camping! 

I have a video of the whole process:

P.s. In case you were wondering, here is a peak at the spot where we camped. 

What is your go to method to remoisturize “old hair” mid-week/before washing your hair?

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

2 Head Wrap Styles for Winter (Protective Styles)

Hey Lovely Maicurlies, 

So this post comes a little late (I am currently sitting in a hotel in Dubai waiting to check out). I wanted to yet again share some head wrap styles! I had posted a few photos on Instagram (yes I am addicted) and was kindly requested to do a demonstration of one of the styles so I figured I would do 2 styles in one video.

2 head wrap styles for winter

2 head wrap styles for winter

In the first example of my video I start of with a messy bun that is covered with a satin scarf first (since the outer scarf I use is neither Satin nor Silk) and then I used the outer scarf.

For the second style I start off with 2 really rough flat twists that I pin down and again use my satin scarf first followed by the outer scarf. 

It is easier to explain in video which I of course have:

I would love to hear if you use scarfs during winter to help protect your hair? 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Easy Milkmaid Twists

Hey Maicurlies,

So today I have a styling tutorial of my Milkmaid Twists. 

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Milkmaid Twists

Now I will point out that I am not all that crazy about how this particular style looks on me (I love the style on others) the main reason why I don’t like it on myself that much is because my forehead and ears become quite obvious because all my hair is pulled back and away from my face LOL. I do like the fact that it is a protective/ low manipulation style since your hair is tucked away and can be left alone for days even. 

The style of  course is a breeze to do and doesn’t require too many products either. Please note: I actually recorded this video working on old, frizzy hair (that had seen better days) but even with the frizz and mess the final look still ends up looking polished and neat. The video was recorded a few months back but since I was not that big of a fan I put it away without editing it, until I was kindly requested to share the video so I did 🙂

Tools/Products used:

Method:

The first step is to split my hair in the middle in order to make two side ponytails (please note again apart from the frizz I also don’t make neat partings – I have issues). After parting, I use some FSG to help smooth out my hair and “tame” the frizz a little. I also follow up with a little of my Hair Pomade on my edges to help provide a little extra shine and thanks to the ingredients in the pomade it also helps protect and aid in the health of my edges. I use the soft bristle brush to bring my hair together and distribute the products applied. The soft bristle brush along with the gel and pomade really helps to give that “smooth” look. I pull my hair together into two side ponytails and then two strand twist each side. I then cross each twist over the top and bobby pin them on the opposite side (under the base of the twist) and tuck away the ends under the base of each twist and that is it. 

Additional:

I tend to add a wide ribbon to help accessorize the look, I like to think it makes the style look a little more “fancy” while at the same time helps me feel that I have caused some distraction away from my forehead and ears (yes I am not a fan of them!) 

Whenever I do this style I actually just take down the bobby pins, cover my hair with a scarf for the night and the next morning I touch up my edges if there is need to and then re-pin them down so I get to protect my hair for a few days. 

I have a video of course:

Would love to hear if you do Milkmaid Twists, if your method is different or if you have any suggestions for me.

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls