Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I'm In Love With the Coco


Along with a majority of the natural hair community, as of late I have recently become a coconut oil enthusiast.  Not only is it great for cooking and for the skin, but it is also great for natural hair care. While it may be disguised as a cooking oil in your local grocery store in reality this stuff is magic in a jar that can work wonders on kinky textured hair!

One of coconut oil's unique characteristics is the fact that it is a penetrative oil. Because of its fatty acid and small molecular structures (yeah, I did some research) coconut oil is good for the hair because it penetrates the hair unlike like most oils which sit on top of the hair shaft. Many naturals use coconut oil as a pre-poo treatment (I know, the word sounds very inappropriate, but for those of you who are not familiar with the term  pre-pooing it simply means to apply product to you hair before washing to prevent shampoo from stripping your hair of its natural oils). Using coconut oil prior to shampooing will help protect  your hair from breakage all while making your hair significantly softer, easier to detangle, and moisturized.

While coconut oil is most effective when used on wet hair, it can also be used as sealant on dry hair. When used on dry hair the oil will not penetrate the hair, but don't let this stop you form using it! Apply your favorite water based leave in conditioner then apply coconut oil to prevent the water from the leave in conditioner from evaporating from you hair. The result? Hair that will be able to remain moisturized for longer.

This is just a glimpse of what coconut oil can do. After discovering coconut oil about a year ago I have not been disappointed. Whether it is being used to help your hair flourish or to give your skin a smooth silky feeling, coconut oil has slowly made its way into my hair and skin care regimens.

xoxo,
Akilah


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Crochet Wig


First and foremost I must wish everyone a happy new year! To start the new year off I decided to try something different. As you may (or may not) know I love protective styling. After my the last set of crochet braids that I posted (see here), I have a new-found love for crochet braids. For this reason I decided to try something new by making a crochet braid wig. I had tons of fun creating this look. Continue reading for more details.




What You Will Need
6 packs of Freetress Equal Cuban Twist Braid 16 inches
(I initially intended to use only 4 packs but I ended up using 6. Anywhere form 4 to 6 packs would be perfectly fine depending on how full you want your wig.)
Crochet needle
Mannequin head
Weaving cap
Perm rods


Step 1
To ease the process of curling the hair I decided to precurl the strands of hair. After taking the hair out of the pack I brushed it out, cut it in half, and wrapped the strands around pink perm rods. I then put the perm rods into a bowl adding boiling water. After letting the rods sit in the bowl of hot water for about 20 seconds I then put the rods onto a towel and let them sit for about 10 minutes.


Step 2
After the strands were curled I then crocheted the hair onto a weaving cap. Using the crochet needle with the clasp down I inserted the needle through about 3 or 4 of the holes. I then added strand of the hair to the hooks, closed the clasp pulled the hair through and tied a firm knot.


Step 3 
Once all the hair has been crocheted on the the weaving cap I then went back and trimmed some of the excess hair and shaped the hair to my face.


I am so in love with how this wig turned out. If you are looking for a cheap  protective style for this winter season this is definitely the way to go. I plan on rocking this wig for the next couple of weeks or until my next sporadic decision to change my hair. Until next time ❤

xoxo,
Akilah