Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Yarn Twists/ "Back to School Hair"


Actually, this is her first time going to school.

 I really needed a durable style for the next one month. I knew that adding extensions or thread would be the perfect method to use to reach my goal. I was also tired of using threads. So, I thought about Yarn extensions, which I had never tried before. I really did not know how it would turn out but I loved most of the looks I saw on Youtube.

I actually purchased the Red Heart Acrylic Yarn (which is what is recommended as any wool yarn would loc the hair) in July but was not too sure about the whole yarn extension idea.

Well, let me just say that I loooove the idea.



































They look like Locs and very natural. They are not heavy like synthetic hair and they retain moisture just like real hair. This is going to be one of my protective styles in the coming months.

The process:
Let me just say that little L is the most patient 3-year old I know. That girl sat down all day to get her hair twisted, although she took breaks to eat and use the bathroom.She really enjoys getting her hair done. I used the "braided roots" method , well, because I believe that is easier than twisting from the root.

Her hair was washed and deep conditioned the day before and left in 10 braids. The next day, her hair was stretched and was easy to manipulate. I added moisturizer (Taliah Waajid) to each section, before adding the yarn. I interlocked two strands of yarn and braided the yarn into her hair, using her hair as the third piece. The braid was only about 1/4 of an inch. I used a conditioning gel (lock and twist gel by Organic roots) to twist her hair into the yarn, so her hair could blend into the yarn. Once her hair was completely twisted into the yarn, I used "Let's jam conditioning gel" (not recommended to use on your own hair, it has mineral oil in it) to twist the remaining of the yarn.I used this gel because it is supposed to have a great hold and that's what most professional braiders use on synthetic hair. The ends were tied into a knot three times.  I started to burn the ends but was not comfortable with the idea on a little person, so I stopped after burning the ends of about 10 of them.



We will be keeping these for a month and moisturized daily. Since these can be washed, they will be, after two weeks. We are still using castor oil and reaping fantastic results, so we will continue to apply that to her scalp and mostly edges.


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10 comments:

  1. is that a photo of her on her first day of school? how cute. Does the extention feel heavy on her head, at least on the first day having it?

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    1. Yes that's her on her first day of school
      Not at all. They are very light. I mentioned that in the post:)

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  2. You did that? You have talent! My question about yarn has always been if it doesn't get heavier when it is wet? Please let me know what your findings are.

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    1. Yes I did. Thanks:)
      Sure I will update after washing her hair.

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  3. Aww.....so cute. She must be so excited to go to school :)

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  4. This is really cute! And as a teacher, welcome to school. How long did it take you to do her hair and how much yarn did you use?

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    1. She says "Thank you":)
      It took me about 8 hours and I did not finish a skein of yarn

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  5. Oh my, I did the same exact style for my daughter's first week of school..and I too plan to keep these in for a month. Maybe next time I will try the braided root method!

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    1. Really?
      You must be really good twisting from the roots. Wow! Wish I could do that. Maybe in the future:)

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