Showing posts with label Braid. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Braid. Show all posts

Monday, 24 July 2017

Hair | Braid maintenance

Braids are a great protective style and every Summer the humidity has me itching to try them again. I had my hair cornrowed at Salon* recently (see my last style here) and it's been good to give my natural hair a break from daily styling. The fro is back now, but my hair feels so much better after being tucked away for a couple of weeks. I don't change my routine massively but I've outlined a few ways I care for my hair whilst it's braided up below.

Keep styling light
Hair that's braided doesn't tend to need as much moisture as when it's left exposed to the elements. When using products I find it's best not to oversaturate the hair or use heavy products as this only results in build-up. A little of a light moisturiser spritzed over the hair daily is usually all that's needed to give the hair moisture - look for milky rather than creamy products so it can be absorbed easily by the hair. I've been using  (£9.00/236.5ml) * or (£26/100ml)*. Both make my hair feel refreshed and I only need to spray a little over my braids. You can also just dilute your usual moisturiser or conditioner by adding a little water to it in a separate spray bottle. The idea is to give your hair a boost without overdoing it. I also like to apply a little of the (£6.99/120ml) with a toothbrush to smooth my baby hairs/edges but again I don't overdo it to prevent build-up.

Cotton sheets tend to soak up moisture and can cause friction on the hair as you move about whilst you sleep. To keep braids as smooth as possible whilst I sleep I'll protect them with a satin or silk scarf or pillowcase as these materials are gentle on the hair. I purchased most of my satin pillowcases from H&M but you can pick them up in a few places and scarves/headwraps can be bought from most Afro/Caribbean haircare stores.

Avoid scratching
Sometimes that itch creeps in and getting my hands up in my scalp for a good scratch is so tempting but it will cause braids to loosen and could damage your scalp. Instead gently pat or try applying a little of a natural oil or an oil mix into your scalp for relief. I like to massage in a little of the  (£7.60/120ml) or  (£21.50/30ml)* following moisturising.

Dry Shampoo
As a curly I've been engineered to be wary of both of these words so I avoided using dry shampoo on my curls for a long time. The right dry shampoo can refresh when you can't wash - look for one that's moisturising and doesn't leave residue. I've been using (£4.49/200ml)*. I spray a small amount throughout my roots and gently massage in. It smells so good and gives a quick refresh.

Deep cleanse
Cleansing with water too frequently can make the style loosen quicker - especially if your hair had to be blown out or straightened to braid in the first place. I'd much rather be comfortable and have a clean scalp so I'll remove any buildup after a few days but it's up to you how often you cleanse. I don't use any special shampoos or conditioners for my braids, only what I use normally - but I dilute everything I use with water in a separate spray bottle before applying as this makes it easier to remove from the braids. I tend to only concentrate on my scalp so this is the only area I'll get wet and then I use a damp cloth to wipe away any residue / build-up on the length of the braids.

*samples and complimentary hairstyle - read my disclaimer .

How have you been styling your hair?

Christine Stewart x

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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Hairstyle | Double Cornrow Ponytail

I've been mostly wearing buns as usual lately but made myself try something different Monday night.

I dampened my hair, parted it down the middle, cornrowed the top on each side and then finished the style by pulling it into a simple puff. I used more gel than usual and it's meant my hair has held up so well since. I took these pictures today and it's still in place! This has been a great low manipulation style which I'll definitely be doing a lot more often. All I've had to do is refresh my curls a little each morning with some newly purchased  and it's made my mornings even faster than usual.

What have you been doing with your hair?

Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 16 August 2015

Hair | Upside Down Braided Bun

This is another style I've been meaning to do but have avoided when my hair is in its usual texlaxed/relaxed state as it can tangle up really easily. My hair is still pretty smooth since being straightened last week but my edges have reverted back to curly and it's been raining so much I've just wanted to keep my hair tucked away.

To create this style I sectioned off a small area at the front and twisted it out of the way. I then flipped my head over and combed my hair out to remove any tangles. With my head still positioned upside down I took a very small section at the top, split this in to 3 and started a regular French braid until it reached the top of my head. I secured the braid with a ponytail and then French braided the front section as normal until I reached the middle of my head. I then took the sections together and wrapped them around a small hair doughnut to create an even shaped bun. The result is a little messy but it made my everyday bun a little more interesting.

video best explains the steps I did, the only difference being that I french braided the top section too. I'll definitely be trying this again though I'll try to make it a little neater next time.

What styles have you been doing with your hair?

Christine Stewart x

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Thursday, 13 August 2015

Hair | Halo Braid

A halo braid is definitely something I've been itching to try properly. I've tried variations but it's never come out quite as expected. My hair has been straight for the past few days since Michelle Thompson and her team smoothed it out for and it's a bit of a novelty to have sleek hair that I actually want to style. I've been so stuck in my low maintenance and no heat routine that I forgot how much I used to love creating different hairstyles.

This halo braid was pretty easy to put together. There's a couple of ways you can achieve the style and as my hair is currently on the shorter side (for me) I decided to braid around the whole of my head rather than have two separate braids and wrap these over the top (see and ). 

I sectioned off a little of the front of my hair so I could have a subtle fringe (bangs) and wispy bits to make the look more casual. As my hair was still pretty straight at the front I added a little Eco styler gel mixed with oil and wrapped the sections around flexi rollers to create waves. I then wrapped my hair in a satin scarf and slept with the style in overnight. In the morning I took out the rollers and used bobby pins to tuck in any parts that were a bit loose.

What have you been doing with your hair?

Christine Stewart x

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