Monday, July 18, 2011




We are still in braids, 5 weeks and counting! The braids seem to only get better with age. Our regimen has been simple, co washing and deep conditioning every week and spritzing every other day with our homemade spritz mixes. We wanted to share some of the mixes we use in our hair, see below

Ickiness fighting moisturising spritz

What you need

Water
Spritz Bottle
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil
Any moisturisig conditioner such as Suave Tropical Coconut
Glycerin

Use 3-4 drops each of the essential oil in water, add in 2 dollops of conditioner, add half a teaspoon of glycerin and shake gently. Use the spritz mix to refresh your braids and scalp every other day

Scalp Cleansing Spritz

What you need
Water
Spritz Bottle
Apple Cider Vinegar
Any moisturisig conditioner such as Suave Tropical Coconut
Glycerin

Mix the water, 2 dollops of conditioner and 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, as well as half a teaspoon of glycerin into the bottle, Shake well and use when your scalp feels itchy and is flaky.

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A product that we have been using to soothe scalps and seal in moisture into braids is Organic Root Stimulator Nature's shine, which is a heavenly smelling oil spritz. This oil is very light and will leave your braids and scalsmelling glorious and the best thing about it, is that it leaves no buildup and can be used every other day.

This is what ORS have to say about the product

  • Adds shine and penetrates through hair follicle
  • Unique blend of oils: Coconut, Soybean and Kukui
  • Contains essential oils such as Spearmint, Bergamot and Lemon
  • Contains no water so hair will not dry out or break
  • Doesn't coat the hair it penetrates to moisturize and soften

Coconut oil is known to penetrate through follicle to add moisture and shine. No competition from other braid sheen sprays. Organic Root Stimulator Nature's Shine Spray contains a rich blend of natural and essential oils that give your braids, locks, twists and fro's a light healthy shine. Adds a brilliant shine without build-up. Excellent for braids. Infused with healing herbs. The coconut oil in Nature's Shine causes the product to solidify when exposed to temperatures below 64 degrees F.


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Happy Monday!
Erika said...

I always think braids are so lovely but I've never been able to wear them longer than two weeks. I swim weekly. The weight of the extra hair AND having to deal with chlorine are nightmarish for me.

Kurly said...

Hey Erika, man, I can imagine... that would be stressful! How about braided cornrows? We're thinking about having those put in next, I think they would be friendlier than braided extensions, but I'm afraid they wouldn't last over 2-3 weeks... By the by, your hair is JUST GORGEOUS! I'm drooling over your profile pic right now (I hope that's not creepy!)

Mbabazi said...

ive had mine for a week and i love them. downside is the neck pain from the weight and the itch. i dont think im able to do all that to make em look good but i will co wash every two weeks and moisturize with organic root simulator every other day..
you ladies are hair pros

Anonymous said...

Those mixes are a god send, this is also my 5th week in braids. I love the low maintenance. It's really warm and humid right now so they get itchy fast despite my frequent washing. When I work out it's worse. To keep the frizzies at bay I'm using Suave anti-frizz cream. Works like a charm! I'm definitely trying it on twists or braids with my own hair.

@Erika, I also swim and have really missed it. But I'm planning on getting an extra large lycra cap to keep them in place when I'm in the water. You have to rinse the chlorine out of course.

@Mbabazi, sounds like yours are either very thick and heavy or you used too much hair. Instead of wearing the "Poetic justice" ones like Solange, try smaller ones.

Sue

Kurly said...

@Mbabazi, Miss Sue is right, maybe go for a smaller size, our braids are on the chunkier side but we have a styling trick that we will share with you guys. Gotta take care of that hairline.

@Sue, Ah braids! Everyday we keep marveling over the low maintenance pro of braids! We are so in LOVE right now... Darn, we don't have Suave anti-frizz cream back here, right now these braids are looking mighty fluffy :p

Anonymous said...

@Kurly, I'm pretty sure you can find something similar at Super cosmetics.I think some shine serums may do the job. The Suave has some 'cone ingredients and it also gives the braids a light sheen. So go with that in mind if you decide to hunt for one.

Sue

Erika said...

@Kurly--I've been thinking a great deal about cornrows actually. I should explore modifying my pre/post swim hair care regime for cornrows.

Thank you ;-) This was the result of a twist out using fairly large twists (16-20). After untwisting, I continued to separate the twists to make it fuller. Voila!

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