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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). 

wrap up braid-out

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

2 Quick Styles on an old Wash – N – Go

Hey Maicurlies,

So as always I am here with a super simple styling tutorial (yes in true form). I always mention that I like to keep it simple and these two styles are exactly that!

Asymmetrical and Heart Shaped Updo

Asymmetrical and Heart Shaped Updo

I like to do pin-up updos whenever I can’t be bothered with my hair, when I want to give my hair a break or when my hair is “old” and in need of a wash/co-wash but I have yet to get around to it (as in this case).

I don’t like adding too much to my hair if I am going to wash it the next day and I also don’t want to spend too much time trying to restyle when I will wash it the next day. So instead, I pin my hair up and away. These two styles can be done in 5 minutes or less, allowing me to quickly get ready for work/head out without any hassle.

I love doing the “Asymmetrical Updo” when I am running late for work.

This “Heart Shaped Updo” is another quick and pretty style.

They are both really simple but in a chic way so you still look “put together” without any effort! 

All I use is:

I have a video of how I do the styles

I hope you enjoy the video and let me know what you think! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Overnight DIY Hot Oil/Pre-Poo Treatment

Hey Maicurlies,

So today I have a two tutorials to share and both are all about a Hot Oil mix which can be used as:

  • a pre-poo  – applied before using a shampoo/cleanser to avoid the hair feeling completely stripped.
  • an overnight hot oil mix after which you would co-wash or shampoo your hair (you don’t have to warm up the oil)
DIY Hot Oil Mix

DIY Hot Oil Mix

Personally I like using it as an overnight hot oil mix so I shall delve a little more into that aspect but like I stated above you do not have to warm up the oil before application since your body heat (your scalp) and a shower cap (which you should use) helps to keep the oils warm. I prefer warming up the oil because it feels awesome applying it while lightly warm and my hair seems to soak up the oils when it is warm. 

Recipe:

Mixing Instructions:

All you need to do is to combine all the oils together. If you opt to make it a hot oil treatment then you place the bowl with the oil in a pot of hot water (no longer on the stove) for 3 – 5 minutes. Once the oils are a little warm you can add the essential oil and you are done.

NOTE: Do not let the water mix with the oil especially if you plan on storing the remaining oil for future use. And remember to never place the oil in direct heat e.g. in the microwave or directly in a pot on a stove! You run the risk of not only zapping away the nutrients of the oil but will cause the oil to burn your hair and scalp and might accidentally cause a fire! 

Application Process:

Before I apply the warm oil I like to spray my hair with a little plain water. I find this step necessary because 1. it means I am re-hydrating my hair with moisture 2. it makes the application process a little easier and 3. if you have dry hair then applying the oil onto dry hair means you are “trapping in” the dryness versus trapping in moisture if you apply water first.

I like to apply the oil while warm (NOT HOT) going from my roots to my ends. I work in the oil really well and usually do a quick detangle with my fingers. I cover up with a shower cap and scarf for the night and then proceed to wash my hair with shikakai or a co-wash depending on what my hair needs. 

Benefits:

  • Helps to stop cleansers from stripping the hair.
  • Provides shine.
  • Softens the hair.
  • Eases detangling.
  • Fights against dry hair
  • Soothes a flaky/itchy scalp.

The results afterwards and even during the hot oil treatment is really quite evident immediately! In the video you can see how my old, dry and tangled hair quickly becomes soft, detangled, shiny, smooth and all round happy! 

I would love to hear if you do hot oil treatments and how? Do you do overnight treatments, what oils do you use? Do you apply water first? Tell me all about it! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Lazy Girl Gibson Tuck (protective style)

Hey Maicurlies,

I (yet again) wanted to share a simple protective style that I seem to turn to whenever I am really not in the mood to fuss around with my hair or if my hair should be washed and I am slacking for the day (don’t judge me it happens!) 😀 

There are a number of  different ways in which I like to do the Gibson Tuck and today I wanted to share this method. 

It really is as simple and easy as it looks. 2 two strand twists on either side, 1 forward “flat twist” at the front (don’t judge my “forward flat twist” I know it is ugly LOL) and then you tuck away the rest of the hair by rolling and tucking it away under the headband. Pin back the twists and presto you are done! 

I use a headband for two reasons. 1. it acts as an accessory and 2. I use it to help tuck away the hair that isn’t twisted. 

Like I said there are several different ways in which you can do the Gibson tuck so on the day when I recorded the video 

I also took a few pictures of another versions of the style and changed up the headband (I really need to make a new headband to spruce things up). 

What do you think, Gibson tucks yay or nay? Do you have favorite Gibson tuck styles? If so let me know, I would love to hear from you! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

My French Bourjois Updo

Hey Maicurlies,

I finally have a styling tutorial!

French Bourjois Updo

                                                         French Bourjois Updo

This is what I like to refer to as my French Bourjois Updo. Now, I have shown you something similar before during my protective challenge in Week 6 (without a tutorial) but this looks a little difference. Even though the method of how I did the style is the same, the main difference is that my hair was taken down from twists during my Protective Style Challenge and in this demo I was working with week old hair that NEEDED a wash!

french bourjoisI will point out that I was on a “carefree” I don’t mind the frizz attitude. I had run out of henna and needed to go to the market to get some before washing my hair, so I didn’t want to add too much to my hair or do too much either.

You can make the style more polished and slick with the use of some gel. I would suggest using a light spray gel so that it is not uber sleek (check my DIY Spray Flaxseed Gel). But like I said I decided I wanted to rock it as is, so I went out frizz and all :). 

Products/Tools:

  • Hair clips (to separate hair)
  • Water – spray bottle
  • Bobby pins (I used 8 in total)
  • Gel (optional – I didn’t use any)

Instructions: much easier explained/understood in video!

Would love some feedback Maicurlies 🙂

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