Pinterest Tested Thursdays: Individual Tree Braids

So this week I sat down for the length of one movie and five episodes of One Tree Hill to complete a hairstyle. I posted it on instagram and facebook today and immediately started  receiving messages asking how I created the style. I am NOT a hair guru in the least, but I am good at recreating things that I see. I was scrolling along on pinterest one day when I saw this look. It’s called individual tree braids. I had heard of tree braids, but not individual tree braids. So I visited my second favorite site, youtube! And I found a video on just how to recreate the look.

This is actually my favorite youtube channel for hair. She is incredibly detailed in explaining her techniques, which is why her videos are usually 30+ minutes long.

Individual Tree BraidsThis was yet another successful Pinterest project, and I’m quite happy for that since it took approximately 6.5 hours for me to do. If you braid quicker I’m sure you could get it done in four hours.

Make sure you check out her other videos and don’t forget to visit me on pinterest! Happy pinning!

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Curl Centric Curly Kids Coloring Book Review

Curly KidsWhen I found out I was pregnant with a girl, I knew that there were 3 important things I would need to get her to love in order to make it in this world – Her hair, the skin she’s in, and a deep love for Jesus. I also knew that out of all of those things, her hair would probably be the topic that would give me the biggest challenge. I mean, how do you get your daughter to love the very thing that many people, including her own people, put down?

Johanna's MamaEveryday many choose to straighten their hair, not just to enjoy a temporary hairstyle, but because they truly believe that curls and kinks are negative things and they want no parts of them. The media has constantly pushed onto us that straight, flowing hair is what is acceptable and beautiful. Those are the very messages that I have to fight against when it comes to Johanna. I constantly try to show her cartoons (I’m looking at you Doc McStuffin!) and books that showcase curly haired girls. If we are out and about, I make it a point to point out little girls that have gorgeous hair that mirrors hers. The beauty in all of this is that she was born during a time when natural hair was beginning to really be embraced. Today you see sistas everywhere rocking their twa’s and curly fro’s. Natural hair has become cool. However, inside I know, that it is probably a fad that will fade into the background, and when it does, I will still need for my daughter to love her hair. That is why I was ecstatic when I was contacted to review the Curly Kids Coloring book and share it with you!

The Curly Kids Coloring book was created by Curl Centric and contains over 30 images of curly haired beauties! You know I’m in love. A coloring book featuring girls that look just like my Johanna is definitely a dream come true. Even she grabbed her hair and was amazed that the girls in the book had hair just like her own!
Johanna's Mama(1)I had the opportunity to do a quick Q&A session with the author, Akirashanti Byrd to understand the idea behind the coloring book from her perspective.

Q: Why did you choose to create this coloring book?

A: My youngest daughter is the inspiration behind the coloring book. When the idea of the coloring book first came up, I wanted to surround my daughter with images that were relevant and relatable to her. I wanted her to have something to help her see natural hair in a positive way. Because she is so crafty and creative, a coloring book was fitting for her.

Q: Did you grow up natural, and if you did, was it difficult for you?

A: I had a Jherri Curl and used Snap Back Curl Activator and all, very similar to a curly perm, in the 6th grade! It was all the rage- LOL!

Q: Did you love your hair as a child?

A: I think it depends on the time-frame. As child being able to run around in the rain and remembering my mom putting water and grease on hair, yes, I loved it. But in later years when I “couldn’t” get it wet because, it was cute but it wasn’t fun anymore.

Q: What are you hoping that your audience gets from this book?

A: The one thing I want the kids to take away is there is nothing wrong with their hair. They should look in the mirror and feel confident at what they see looking back at at them.

CurlyKidsColoringBookFullCoverAre you as geeked about this coloring book as I am? Click here to buy Curly Kids Coloring Book and visit Curl Centric for more curl positive articles. If you do pick it up, let me know what you think. I want to know your little one’s reaction!

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Curly hair with Foil and a Flat Iron? Hmmm…

It’s a lazy snow day here in the DC area and I am taking full advantage of it. I have not moved off of the couch in about an hour. Speed is on Encore, and my phone is in my hand, while the husband and kid are playing in the snow. Life is good!

While browsing facebook I saw this video in one of my natural hair groups and became very intrigued. Using foil and a flat iron to get pretty curls? Very interesting!

So many people were saying it can’t possibly be done on Black hair, but I didn’t believe them. Being that I was doing absolutely nothing else, I had to try it!

20150221_134310And here are the results:

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Cute, right? So easy and fun. I love that heat is not being applied directly to my hair. It’s the same effect as pin curling, but without the wait. Now, just an fyi, my hair was quasi-straightened from earlier this week when I had to trim my hair. I have no idea if it will work on my hair in it’s kinky state. If you try it that way, please let me know your results!

Ok, back to movie time and lounging on the couch. Stay toasty!

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