Wednesday, July 21, 2010

summer protective styling

So it's hot, it's humid and I'm busy having fun. I need a protective style that is cute enough to party but also lasts a while. This is the style I'm rocking right now: small 2 strand twists, about the size ppl get when they do kinky twists but without the extensions. I love it, it looks good, and it lasts! It shrinks but to minimize the shrinkage I band my hair every night (if I remember lol); I gather all my braids in a low pony and then I use my scrunchies (about 4 total) and band along the pony.

Post banding - trust me without it, my twists would all hang ear length.

Look at that shrinkage. still trying to figure out how to combat it

How I did it:
The day before, I shampooed and conditioned my hair, did a protein treatment, and deep conditioned. I then moisturized, sealed, did 8 box braids and let my hair air dry overnight. The following day I took down braid by braid, moisturized with Cantu Shea Leave in conditioner, sectioned and twisted, starting as a three strand braid and then completing as two strand twist. I then banded my hair and went about my business. When I was ready to leave the house, I unbanded, used some cantu or Carol's daughter Hair milk and off I went about my business.

Products Used:
Shampoo: Herbal Essences long lasting relationship
Conditioner: Herbal Essences Hello hydration
Protein Treatment: Giovanni Nutrafix Hair Reconstructor
Deep Conditioner: ORS Replenishing pack with an added egg and 3 tablespoons of honey
Leave in Conditioner: Infusium 23 and Redken Antisnap
Oil: Doo grow hair oil
Sealant: Hollywood Beauty Castor oil treatment with Mink Oil


  1. Do you still use the giovanni direct leave in? if so how do you like it?

  2. Thanks to you I've been banding my two strand twists and it works very well! Thanks for the idea. Can you post some pics of the styles you are rocking them in? I need some more help in that department, lol!

  3. @ Anon yes I do use it and I will keep using it for the foreseeable future because my hair absolutely loves it. It just so happens I was out of town for a while and forgot my supply. lol

  4. @J glad I could help! I was on a semi vacation and I didn't really take pics but mostly I rocked them out as in the pics above or all up in a pony. I took them out but next time I do them I'll be sure to do a couple styles. In the meantime, check out PRETTYDIMPLES01 on Youtube