How To: Easy Faux Loc Tutorial

faux loc tutorial

Materials Needed:

2 Skeins of yarn in color of choice

Scissors

Lighter

  1. Wash, condition and detangle hair. (I also deep conditioned with a mayo and oil mixture. If you plan on keeping them in for a long time, I suggest a deep condition.)
  2. Let hair dry and twist into medium sized two strand twists. This will serve as the foundation of your style so try to part neatly.
  3. Cut several strands of yarn a little more than double the length you want the faux loc to be.
  4. Fold the yarn strands in half and place over one of your two strand twists. Braid the yarn into your hair using the twist as a strand. Braid yarn into all two strand twists.(It will look lumpy, but we’ll cover it up, so it doesn’t matter.) Braid until you almost get to the end of the precut yarn. Leave some out for tying off later.DSC01362
  5. Tightly wrap more strands of yarn around the braid to create a faux loc. Repeat until all braids are wrapped.DSC01391[1]
  6. Knot the end tightly, but do not release the loc, otherwise it will unravel. Take your lighter and burn the end of the loc above the knot. Be careful not to go too far up otherwise you could burn your hair. Move the lighter constantly or you will burn through the yarn and the loc may come out.DSC01397
  7. Cut off the ends under the knot and burn. Wait a moment then rub the ends between your palms. Repeat until all braids are covered.

Have you tried installing your own faux locs? Tell us about your experience. We love hearing from you and thanks for reading.

And if my tutorial has confused you, this video helped me a lot and the process is a little easier than the method I used.

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How To: Easy Faux Loc Tutorial

How To: Easing The Transition To Natural

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I stopped using a relaxer a little over 4 years ago and never went back (not to say I didn’t think about it occasionally). Even though, I watched countless tutorials, it always felt like managing my tight coils was a challenge. The next few tips are things I learned throughout the course of my natural hair journey. I hope they help you if you decide to take the plunge.

  • Learn how to work with hair instead of against it.

Curls are tricky to maintain, so you have to be careful whenever you manipulate your strands. Patience is definitely important. Experiment with your hair to see how it thrives. Try detangling it when its wet. If your hair doesn’t agree (excessive breakage), try detangling on dry hair. Use different shampoos and conditioners or make your own. Give your experiments time to work. Try a product for a month, see how it works for you. If you don’t like it, try another product.  My go-to products have changed many many times.

  • Try finger detangling before pulling out a comb or brush

Taking the time to delicately finger detangle your hair goes a long way in length retention. If curls are particularly tangled, using a comb or brush could be detrimental to the health of your hair. That doesn’t mean you can’t use styling tools, just be smart about it. If the comb is breaking your hair off, try a little finger detangling. It takes longer but your hair will love you for it.

  • Wash and style hair when you don’t feel rushed

This goes back to needing patience and its hard to be patient with your hair if you have too many worries on the brain. Try saving wash day for when you’re off and have plenty of time to give your hair the right kind of attention.

  • Find a go-to style

Curly hair is versatile, but the more you manipulate it, the easier it is for damage to set in. Protective styling is very important. Find a style you wouldn’t mind wearing for weeks at a time to give your hair a break every now and then. Remember to still moisturize and nourish your hair even when it is in a protective style. My favorites are two strand twists, flat twists and faux locs. (Check out my easy faux loc tutorial for inspiration)

  • Trim hair as needed

This does not mean, trim your hair every month or even every few months, like most stylists seem to think. Listen to your hair. If your hair is hard to detangle overall, it may be time to get a trim. Save lots of money by learning to trim your hair yourself. Most of the time though, I only need to trim off split ends and one strand knots as they occur.

  • Wear heat protectant when heat styling

This will help prevent heat damage. Also try using your heat styling tools on their lowest settings first. You may be able to achieve great results without the high heat.

  • Use products that don’t cause build-up

Less is more. In many hair tutorials, the woman would use tons of conditioner, gel, etc, but if your scalp is prone to itchiness and buildup, all that goop is only going to make it worse. Start off using a little product and you can always add more later.

Tell us about your hair journey. We love hearing from you. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

Photo credit: Maria Schaefer Photography viaFoter.com / CC BY-ND

How To: Easing The Transition To Natural

DIY: Wallet Saving Natural Hair Recipes

 

DSC01292[1]I have tried many many different hair products throughout my natural hair journey with mixed results. The common denominator between all of them was the hefty ingredient list on the back. Even the ones that claimed to be completely natural and paraben-free had some chemical looking names toward the end of the list.

I wanted to simplify my hair regimen, so I started looking for recipes made from a few inexpensive ingredients. The first one I tried was a leave-in conditioner I found here along with a few other lovely recipes I have yet to try.

Coconut Aloe Leave-In Conditioner

Ingredients:

4 oz (or ½ cup) of aloe vera juice
6 oz (or ¾ cup) of coconut water
6 drops of honeysuckle essential oil

Directions:
1. Pour all the ingredients into a spray bottle.
2. Place the sprayer onto the bottle and gently shake to mix all the ingredients together.
3. Store in a refrigerator until ready for use.  Best used on damp, freshly washed hair.

I also used it on dry hair to redistribute moisture. I feel like sometimes it left a slight grittiness to my hair, but I was also trying out flax seed gel at the same time, which may have added to the grit factor. I have since simplified the recipe to aloe vera juice and any essential oil of choice (my favorite is lemongrass oil, perfect if you don’t mind smelling like lemons all day). This modified recipe has helped me retain moisture throughout the day and significantly helps with my detangling process.

The next recipe I tried was a deep conditioner. I can’t find the website where I originally discovered the recipe but Naptural85’s video on the process helped make this next homemade hair product one of my favorites.

Avocado and Banana Deep Conditioner

Ingredients:

1 cup water

1/2 of 1 Banana

1/2 of 1 Avocado

 

Directions:

  1. Slice up half of one banana for smoother blending. Add to a blender cup with 1/2 cup of water. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Strain the banana puree into a clean bowl. (Do not skip this step, otherwise you will have bits of banana stuck in your hair. Trust me, it happened to me the first time before I watched the video. I do not have a strainer, so I used cheap pantyhose I got on sale from RiteAid, 2 for $1; a trick I learned from Naptural85’s Flax Seed Gel video.)
  3. Slice up half of one avocado. Add to the blender cup with 1/2 cup of water. Blend until smooth. Strain into the same bowl with the strained banana puree.
  4. Use a spoon to mix the banana and avocado together.
  5. Apply the mixture to clean hair (I used a condiment bottle I got from the dollar store for easier application). Cover hair with a plastic cap for at least 15 minutes.
  6. Rinse hair thoroughly.
  7. Condition and style as desired.

(If you’re a fan of avocado and banana, try mixing the rest of your ingredients together with a little water to make a simple smoothie. It’s pretty delicious and nutritious.)

The last of the staples I’m currently using is another recipe that I found on Naptural85’s Youtube channel. I use it to seal in moisture and define my curls. The process can be found here. I did not follow her recipe exactly, but the general idea is to use liquid oils to soften the shea butter.

Whipped Shea Butter

Ingredients:

5 oz Raw, Unrefined Shea Butter

2 tbsp Coconut Oil

2 tbsp Sweet Almond Oil

2 tbsp Olive Oil

Optional- A few drops of your favorite essential oil

 

Directions:

  1. Bring the Shea Butter to room temperature, so it is soft and easy to manipulate but not runny.
  2. Sit the shea butter in a bowl and use a mixer to get it to a creamy consistency.
  3. Slowy add the other oils while continuing to mix the shea butter until you have added all the remaining ingredients
  4. The finished result should be smooth, fluffy and lump free. (The consistency of mine was kind of gritty, but when I rubbed it between my palms, it became completely smooth and translucent.)
  5. Apply over leave-in conditioner to seal in moisture and help add definition to your style.
  6. Keep in a cool, but not cold place. The mixture will harden in cold temperatures, but can be resoftened and rewhipped if need be.

 

I hope to add to this list over time. I have also tried a coconut milk deep conditioner, but it was too runny and flax seed gel, but it left my hair with a dry crunchy feeling. I will probably revisit these two recipes and modify them to suit my natural hair needs.

Do you have any hommade hair recipes you have tried and like? Tell me about them and I will try them out. Thanks for reading.

CD

Model: Charlie Dorrie (me)

Photo Credit: Charlie Dorrie

 

 

DIY: Wallet Saving Natural Hair Recipes

How To: Super Defined Twistout

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1. Wash and condition hair, rinse out product thoroughly, generously distribute leave-in conditioner of choice, keep hair under plastic cap for 20 minutes for improved absorption.

2. Do not detangle wet hair. Put hair dryer on high. Take a small section of hair, hold tightly stretched out, hit it with heat until dry. Repeat until all of your hair is dry or very slightly damp.  (Here is a video of the technique, though a hair dryer attachment is not needed)

3. Twist hair into two-strand twists, detangle the ends as you go. Leave in for at least 48 hours to define the curls. Not a fan of twists? Try sitting under a hooded dryer for 45 mins on low heat to help your twists set faster. Generally, the longer you leave them in, the longer they last. Spray oil on hair nightly.

4. Apply Shea Butter to finger tips, twist out hair. Take your time and do not separate curls for maximum definition. Curls will loosen over time. Style as desired!

Model: Ashley W. from Awal Fitness

Photo Credit: Ashley W.

 

 

How To: Super Defined Twistout