Weekend hair update plus cool hairstyle pictorial (English post)

Ok, so it’s been a while since I did a hair update and I don’t feel like blogging in German because it’s in the middle of the night and I just can’t be bothered right now, lol- you’re welcome.

So like most naturals- esp. newbies, (and I’m still new because I’m still in my first year of natural ‘hair-dom’) I’m a product junkie. I’m working on it, but it’s hard. I’ve been on a co-washing kick lately so I’m always looking for cheapie yummy smelling conditioners  at DM. Enter exhibit A:

Exhibit A - you cannot imagine how yummy smelling these conditioners are. The last one is Aloe Vera gel.

So after coming back home from my girls’ night out at 1am on Sunday-yea,I’m such a party animal aren’t I, lol. I proceeded to rinse out the globs of Eco styler gel that I’d applied to my hair in an attempt to get it into a teeny slicked bun. The style was ‘so-so’ and let’s just say for the record that I’m not a fan of Eco styler gel. I picked one up at Sally’s in Tampa last year, because of all the internet rave, and even though I’ve only used it a few times, I’ve never really liked the outcome. It comes in this ridiculously huge tub too. I’m not the wash and go type so maybe that’s why it hasn’t worked for me. Anyway, I then co-washed with Garnier Natural Beauty Vanilla Milk and Papaya Mask- yummy!

Afterwards, I DC’d overnight with Garnier Kakao Butter und Kokos Öl  (cocoa butter and coconut oil) mixed with a few tbs of my homemade oil mixture (olive, coconut, argan, jojoba, castor, and maybe something else I can’t remember- it’s not rocket science to create your own home made oil mixture, just mix up your favorite oils). I’ve been using this for my hair and skin and I love it.

The next day, I rinsed and felt the results of  my over night DC were just ‘ok’, I wanted better slip and softness (after deep conditioning over night) but I kind of guessed that’s what would happen with this type of conditioner. I definitely get better results with my Aubrey Organics conditioners; but oh well, it never hurts to try stuff out. The plus side is that my hair smelt heavenly :) so I think I’ll just stick to co-washing with it. I did an ACV rinse after rinsing out the conditioner because I hadn’t done that in a long time, and then proceeded to twist my hair. Notice that I hadn’t combed my hair so far, I had only finger detangled a bit while rinsing, but decided to save detangling with my wide-tooth comb for twisting time. I’m trying to cut down on combing my hair as much as possible.

So here’s what I did:

I sprayed my hair with water and started parting my hair in sections to twist.

With each section, I sprayed some Aphogee Green Tea Keratin  (it’s been sitting there for a long time so I might as well use it; I’m still trying to finish up my product junkie stash)

Then I applied some Kinky Curly Knot Today and then detangled with my wide tooth comb.
I then applied coconut oil and then mixed some whipped Shea butter with Aloe Vera gel and applied that too. It sounds like a lot but it really isn’t. I’m also one of those people who really enjoys going through all these steps to achieve a desired hair style, it’s quite relaxing actually :).
Anyway, I did this to each section and then flat twisted. Then I Bantu knotted the ends.

Bantu knots take a long time to dry, and if you have low porosity hair like mine, it means it would probably take longer, so even though i did these on Sunday afternoon, I didn’t even bother with taking them down until Monday morning:

Sorry about the camera phone quality of these pics.

The curls were beautiful, but even though I fluffed and fluffed, I still wasn’t happy with the over all results, so I decided to ‘bring in the reinforcements’ – I don’t know what I’d do without some bobby pins y’all :)

I pinned up the back and sides and then pushed down some hair at the front into a sort of ‘side ways bangs’ look and held that in place with a bobby pin.  And that’s when I got my ‘accidental retro look.’

I slicked down the left side with some aloe vera gel and tied with a scarf for a few minutes to smooth it down.

bring on the accessories- thank you H&M.

great style for short hair.

Yep, I’m totally going to call this one ‘retro styled bantu knot out’- there is nothing ’80′s (a la Vanessa Huxtable) about this at all.

I really like how it looks with a scarf as well.

What are some of your favorite short hair styles for naturally curly hair?

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About Laxmi

Hello there; thanks for stopping by, my name is Laxmi (Lakshmi is the Hindu pronunciation, but pretty much everyone calls me 'Shimi' for short). I was born and raised in Accra, Ghana (Ashanti tribe) but did most of my 'growing up' (including college) in America; my 2nd adopted home. I moved to Germany in the summer of 2006 and have fallen deeply in love with Germany and Europe as a whole. My husband is German, hence the move to Germany and I am a mom to 3 of the most awesome, beautiful and coolest kids in the world-true story. So in short, I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, natural hair fanatic, music addict (especially '60s and '70s stuff - although my favourite band is TOOL) yoga enthusiast, foodie, dance lover, English teacher, movie nut and entrepreneur in the making :-). My online shop luckycurls.com is a hair product haven for natural curlies. It is a work in progress so check it out and let me know if you notice anything is off and needs to be fixed-while you're filling up your shopping cart of course :) . I started lucky curls because there is very little access to good quality hair products for naturally curly hair in Germany. My blog is mostly about natural hair care, but I will be posting my musings on anything else that I find interesting. I will attempt to post in German- or 'Denglish', is more what it will be. I'm not a licensed beautician, I just love learning and talking about natural hair. Writing in a foreign language is a big adventure for me, so come join me and let's all share in our love for healthy hair :) If you have any questions, just leave a comment here on the blog, e-mail me via laxmi@luckycurls.com or join the facebook page through www.facebook.com/luckycurls for updates and all things hair related.
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6 Responses to Weekend hair update plus cool hairstyle pictorial (English post)

  1. Hi! I’ve been silently stalking your blog, after seeing you featured on Hairscapades. Thought I’d pop over and say hi. This style is adorable!! I’m going to have to give this a try. I have a wedding to attend this summer and this would be perfect. My favorite updo at the moment has been a retro bun. Twist the two sides of my hair and pin them back (they are not long enough yet to reach the bun). I then put my hair in a low bun.

    I’m so jealous of all of the products you are able to find in DE! Where I live, there are fewer selections. I’ve had most of my success with Garnier Triple Moisture products. However, I’m going to break out of my habit of buying things I know from back home and try some local products, we’ll see.

    Hugs from CH

    • Laxmi says:

      Hi Annabel, thanks, and thanks for reading and commenting. Where in Europe do you live? I totally feel you on the products, it can be really frustrating sometimes. Have you tried going to the organic product stores to see the kind of conditioners they have for dry hair? take a look and see if mixing in some coconut and olive oils will do the trick.

      • Hi Laxmi, Thanks for the wonderful tips! As soon as I deplete all of my conditioners (trying to curb my pj-ism) I plan on going to an organic store. I recently made my own conditioner and that worked out quite well, so I’ll revisit that soon too. I live in Switzerland, so we’re neighbors. :) Let me know how the shea and eco works for you!

        • Laxmi says:

          I’ll definitely write about the shea and eco styler mix. Let me know about your home made DC mix as well, I’m always looking for new things to try out.

  2. PS – I am too stuck with a bathtub size of Eco Styler gel! It did nada for me! I even tried mixing it with olive oil– nada!

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