Hair Care Diary: Fros, Puffs, Cornrows and Mini Twists

August 10, 2010

Straight HairSo I’m creeping up on 22 months (eta… 23 months. Not sure how I messed that one up) into my long transition to natural hair. I really don’t have any complaints right now. I’ve been in love with my hair lately w/o the frustration that I usually complain about every few months. Since the last time I blogged… I’ve been experimenting with different hairstyles and just enjoying my hair. I’ve fell off of protective hairstyling but I do make sure to deep condition my hair often and haven’t seen any negative results from wearing my hair down when I want. My favorite hairstyle has definitely been mini-twists. They are very low maintenance and there was no need to add fake hair. Love it! The least favorite was probably cornrows because although they were cute… the style made me aware of how wrecked my hairline is. Looking at the picture below kind of reminded me of the lady from Essence. Just wasn’t feeling them too much… but I’m still including the picture because it might spark an idea for someone else who is transitioning.

Summer is almost over, but the humidity is crazy right now… so I haven’t put any direct heat on my hair since early June. It’s just no point. And I probably won’t until at least mid-September when the temperature cools down a bit. Last, I’m finally catching up on comments and getting back to emails so please bare with me. I promise it won’t take me almost four months to update again, lol. And how did I forget… No more braces! Pics are below :)

Twistout Fro Hairstyle
Saving A Twistout Gone Wrong… And no more Brace Face!

Puff Hairstyle

Cornrows Hairstyle
O Yeah! My hangtime is back, lol.

Going Natural
Straight Hair, Don’t Care. Can’t wait until September…

Micro Twists Hairstyle
2nd attempt at Mini Twists

Transitioning to Natural Hair
Final and Best Attempt at Mini Twists. Used flexi rods to curl/



{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Lexxi August 10, 2010 at 11:11 am

Congrats Dani. You’re hair looks great! When are you going to cut? It doesn’t look like you have a long way to go.

Lucy August 10, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Love your hair and LUV LUV LUV your mini twists! Question – how long did they last and did you wash them? If you washed them did it have any affect on their aesthetic appearance? Thanks, you have beautiful hair!

Khali August 11, 2010 at 9:35 am

Hey there!!!

I think honestly the twistout is not as bad as you think it is….I would rock that style! Lol!!….seriously i would.

I am so happy that you can now say you are 22 months post and you still have your hair!!!…I’m almost 4 months post….13 weeks girl a new record for me!!! I posted on my blog that if i can make it past 6 months….i am SOLD into transitioning!….i chickened out and texlaxed back in May….grr..

But your hair styles are on POINTE…with an E….lol. Keep it up girl and congrats on getting your braces off!!! :-D

Lucy August 11, 2010 at 11:21 am

I love your hair and I LUV your mini twists. How long did the mini twists last? Did you wash them and if so did it change their appearance aesthetically?

Thanks!
You have beautiful hair!!

Kwanzaa August 12, 2010 at 11:36 am

Congrats on reaching 22 months. I had natural hair for about 4 years now and I think it’s the best thing ever. Black hair is beautiful. I was looking online the other day and found a funny clip where a comedian Pat Brown was talking about the torture she went through when she used to get her hair “pressed n curled” lol. I’m sure you and the rest of the community would enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08OOp3VPdWA

A Simple Thing August 15, 2010 at 4:10 pm

I think the twist out hairstyle looks amazing! Upcoming tutorial, methinks…?

Dani August 15, 2010 at 6:00 pm

@ Lexxi – Thanks, I’m thinking about cutting the remaining relaxed ends sometime next year. I’ve been trimming gradually this summer. Some sections of my hair only have about an inch left (lol) while others have as much as 4-8 inches.

@ Lucy – Thanks!!! I left them in for two weeks, but they probably would have held up for another week. I washed them towards the end of week 2 and they were a little fuzzy and would no longer hold a curl. They still looked ok so I just pulled them into a bun for the rest of the week.

@ Khali – Thanks so much :) I went to work with a puff and when I came home I took it down and liked it so I pinned up the style. Trust, I rocked that style when I went out later that night! Lol.

Congrats on making it to the 4 month mark and your transitioning journey. Keep me updated and I’ll bookmark your blog!

ETA: So happy those braces are gone. I didn’t stop smiling for the first week :)

@Kwanzaa – Thanks!!!

@ A Simple Thing – Thanks, I may do a video tutorial soon as my YouTube video debut, lol. Stay tuned!

HBSD August 16, 2010 at 8:22 pm

I’m building a website for african hair braiding for a client in San Diego. I found your article because I was looking for info. on black hair care. Oh by the way, I love your mini twist braids. Thanks for the post.

Uralax August 24, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Your second attempt at the mini twists looked good (nice shades) and the very last picture of the mini twists looked great!

PSTEW August 25, 2010 at 8:46 pm

HEY,
I THINK YOU HAVE BEEN MY GREATEST INSPIRATION SO FAR!!! YOUR HAIR REALLY LOOKS NICE….I COULD FIND MANY WHO JUST LET THEIR HAIR GROW OUT W/O MAKING THE BIG CUT….MAYBE THE JOURNEY WON’T BE AS HORRIBLE AS I ANTICIPATED.

RoggieP September 2, 2010 at 11:02 am

Have a look at this funny post from TV host Rene Syler! She is celebrating a “Happy Hair Anniversary ” today. Her entire professional life she used chemicals to straighten her naturally curly hair (career pressure here!). It is beautiful to see how she “celebrates” her natural hair in this great article.
http://www.goodenoughmother.com/2010/09/happy-hair-anniversary-to-me/

C-Note September 11, 2010 at 5:14 pm

I love this blog! I’m thankful for blogs like yours for information and encouragement. I am 12months and counting since my last perm. Congratulations on 22months and counting.

nisha September 16, 2010 at 11:50 am

OMG!!! I’m sooo happy I found this site (and that you still update it). I just started my transitioning cuz there’s no way I’m doing the *dun dun duuuunnnn* Big Chop. I’m only 6 weeks in but there’s no I’m touching that creamy crack EVER again. Needed some inspiration and hopefully, I’ll be able to do some of these styles. About to attempt the flat twist :) except… I’m having a hard time finding the liquid aloe vera. Is there something else I could use instead???

Jenn September 24, 2010 at 8:22 pm

I’m so on the fence about transitioning, but your progress makes me want to just do it! I’ve nominated you for a Sunshine Award. More info on my blog :)

Tara September 26, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Wow! 22 months. That’s great. I transitioned for 7 months last year and then I got relaxed again :( The whole time I was flat ironing but it didn’t seem to take away from my curl pattern. I’m starting over again and I plan on going 2 years before the BC. So after my college graduation I’m chopping it off. I love the styles you have. This time I think I’ll try roller sets and weaves :)

Dannica September 30, 2010 at 4:28 pm

They styles look so great on you, I am not as adventurous

Olivia Pierce October 5, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Wow, that style is awesome. I have flexicurlers,but I have never been able to figure out how to keep them in. You have some good tutorials on here. Have you ever tried CurlFormers?

soapnshampoo November 28, 2011 at 7:30 am

hey dani your hair style is nice

Vashti February 6, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Your hair is so pretty I love the braids!! Question: what hair type are you?

Sherraine Perch August 14, 2014 at 12:21 am

I have recently started my transition process,ur info is really helpful,I like ur transitioning styles.I don’t like wigs it seems to keep my head extremely hot,I have done a few weaves,but I prefer braids.I jus put in d natural twist braid and it actually looks like my hair before I relaxed it.thanks for d info again.

Rashonda September 12, 2014 at 7:25 am

Your hair is very pretty!!! I used Nutress Hair products while I was transitioning. They helped the process tremendously! You should try them out for sure :)

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