Natural “Hair-O-Ween” Inspired by Grace Jones

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I’m a Hair Enthusiast! Hair…is just something that I love! I’ve always been a fan of fly, funky, and fun and can’t forget easy to manage. Every fall/winter I protective style with either braids, twists, or locs. Looking for some ideas for a Fall Festival? And guess what!? Even if you don’t “celebrate” Halloween, you can still dress up and have fun! Last year, I wanted to do something fun, but having my faux locs installed — I had no clue what. Then I came across Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey’s (Chescalocs) Natural Hair-O-Ween video where she collaborated with other naturals on YouTube. When I ran across Ambrosia Malbrough’s Grace Jones Hair-O-Ween tutorial, I said–that’s IT!  I absolutely love Grace Jones so I figured out a way to make her look work with my locs. This is not a tutorial (you can view the video below), but to show you the final result and inspire you with some ideas!

THE TRANSFORMATION!

I am none other than… Grace Jones, the “remarkably unchanged”, a true living legend, fashion icon, and FIERCE unequivocal beauty!

  Sataya Peace

Make-up: I made Ambrosia’s look my own, but used similar tones. Just have fun with it!

Face: MAC – Studio Fix “Fluid” NW46

Face: Ruby Kisses – 3D Face Creator – Level 8

Eyes: Coastal Scents (88 color palette) Shadow: darker shades for my eyes

Mascara: L’Oreal Carbon

Cheeks/Face:  Cover Girl – Ebony Bronzer

Lip Liner: Jaguar Luxury Cosmetics – Plum and Black

Lipstick:  Revlon – VaVa Violet with a hint of Cover Girl – Embrace

Sataya Cat

View Ambrosia’s Grace Jones – Natural Hair-O-Ween Tutorial

Here are more videos from the Natural Hair-O-Ween Collab!

Niobe from the Matrix – http://youtu.be/ItXTKqbvFqg
Medusalocs – http://youtu.be/KwZnR7LnW3A
Tyra Banks – http://youtu.be/mEfeG5oRX24
Princess Lea from Star Wars – http://youtu.be/SmCvrLLKFK4
Janelle Monáe – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mpOH2…
Susi from Rugrats – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHfonl…
Grace Jones http://youtu.be/dbn77IQFvHE

 

Grace Sataya

ENJOY and HAPPY “HAIR-O-WEEN”!

Marley/Havana Twists – Fancy Filter Edition

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Welcome to the wonderful world of Marley/Havana Twists! What they are called, depends on who you ask. I installed these less than a year ago. I’ve been meaning to post pics, but I had a hard time locating them. I hid them from myself or they are amongst my many devices. I did find a few photos with all kinds of fancy filters. Who doesn’t love fancy filters, right?! I love the filters because they show them in more detail.

I absolutely loved these Havana/Marley twists. It was my 4th time installing twists, but my first time for Havana (super chunky) twists. My first set were Senegalese twists (waist length), seen here. I completed those in 11 hours. I decided I wanted them again in Winter (last year), so I installed them again here. I even installed Marley twists for the first time, but I used a different type of hair trying to recreate my Senegalese twists. FAIL! Lol I realized you can’t do that. Different twists, require different textures/types of hair. They were more like kinky twists. I’ll post about those later.

Here are a few pics:

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New specs alert!

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This was a super, random bun style! Not even neat, messy in all its gloriousness!

Can’t you tell I was excited about my new eyeglasses!? I mean, they showed up in like…every pic!

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I actually went back and decided to make my twists smaller. I redid mainly the front and top. I still can’t remember why I did that. I am a runner, so they may have been a little too heavy for what I needed at the time. Either way, I liked the way they turned out.

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Smaller twists accompanied by my Mom’s 80’s vintage jacket!

About my twists process:

  1. Brand of hair used: Femi Marley hair — about 6 packs. I used the invisible twist method.
  2. I used about 3 to 4 pieces depending on the size and spread them apart with my fingers to make them full. This brand of Marley hair was not as full. I’ve also used Bonne Marley hair (when I ran out). I like that brand because they usually have fuller pieces.
  3. Took me about 9 hours to complete.
  4. Products I used: African Pride Braid Spray, a spritzer of water with peppermint oil, and a few drops of castor oil for my post-workout spritz (mainly for scalp); a water bottle to spray twists if they needed moisture or looked dry.
  5. I watched numerous YouTube videos and then decided to try them on myself. I’m not a professional, they just turned out pretty sweet!

I’ll definitely be installing these again. If you have any questions/comments, leave them below!

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‘Tis the Season To Protective Style: Senegalese Twists Edition

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Oh how I LOVE to change up my hair!!! I’ve always been a natural who is a fan of braids, twists, locs, short hair, and yes wigs and weave (aka accessories)! It’s fun to change up my look whenever I want and not give a care about what other people have to say! I installed Senegalese twists for the very first time back in July right after I returned from the Essence Festival. You can find that post here. It was extremely hot wearing them during those warmer months, but now is the perfect time to do a protective style such as braids/twists. Below are some frequently asked questions.

FAQ’S:

  1. What kind of hair did you use? 100% Kanekalon braiding hair. They also have a brand called Expressions where you don’t have to use as many packs and you can use the “pulling method” to make the hair stretch.
  2. How much did the hair cost? $1.99 a pack
  3. How many packs did you use? Approximately 11 (my twists were waist length)
  4. Did you wash them? I did not wash them, mainly because I didn’t keep them up long enough. However, I did use a spray bottle (water, coconut oil, JBCO oil, and a little conditioner) to spritz my scalp and my hair in twists daily. I also spritzed my scalp with peppermint oil and olive oil after my workouts.
  5. How long did it take? Approximately 11 hours (it was my first time, my second time was close to 8 1/2 hours)
  6. What’s your nighttime routine? I pulled my twists back in a ponytail and slept with a stain cap. sometimes I’ll put a scarf around my hair and wear the cap.
  7. Were they tight? Not at all. I never install twists, braids etc tight around my edges. It’s almost that looseness after the tightness has worn off after most braiders install them ( if that makes sense).
  8. What do you use on your scalp? I use Organic Root Stimulator body and hair spray or DAX (Vegetable oils w/ Lanolin) Pomade, and JBCO (around perimeter) when needed.

Chunky Senegalese Twists

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In between this time…I decided I wanted to take them down and I wanted to try long kinky twists with Marley hair. I’ll post about those soon. I reinstalled them again in September. I really love these twists, they have so much versatility!

 

Semi-chunky Senegalese Twists

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I took this set down, because I was preparing for my first 10K with Black Girls Run! in Atlanta. They were too heavy to be running in and it was HOT. I guess I should’ve thought about that before I did them — which is why I decided to wait to do them in the cooler months. I am planning on doing my very first installment of box braids this Winter! I’m excited about that. Be on the lookout for those!

If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to leave them below!

 

My Summer Senegalese Twists

I’m back from my awesome trip in New Orleans, where my hubby and I attended the Essence Music Festival for the very first time! We had an absolute BLAST! Of course you know TONS of pics will be coming soon! Well me being me, craving a new look with my hair, I was ready as soon as I got back! I did loc extensions back in the Winter — took me 18 hours might I add — and I really didn’t want to do those again just yet. Well…

I’ve been saying for the past year that I was going to get Senegalese twists. I wanted something on this style for my next trip, so I decided to give them a trial run and have them completed in the Summer like I planned. I didn’t just get them, I did them myself! *pats self on back* I really LOVE the way they turned out! So perfect for Summer! They are semi-chunky, waist length, and took me about 10 hours.

Here are a few pics:

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I ridiculously love these twists and they have become an instant favorite! If you’re looking for something fun for Summer like twists, braids, etc. Clutch has 3 Braid Styles to Try This Summer! Check it out here!

Fierce Friday: Loc’d Up Edition

Can you believe it!?!? I FINALLY DID IT!!! I’ve been natural 6 years and I wasn’t quite sure if I was ready to take that step to permanent locs. So for about a year now, I’ve been contemplating getting loc extensions. Well the time has come! With a little research and true DEDICATION and INSPIRATION…I did! This is not an easy task. It took me 17 1/2 hours and a lot of breaks! I still can’t believe I did it my dayum self! I am very proud of my achievement. I have considered locking my hair for quite some time, but I change my hair A LOT. However, this is a great protective style and a great way to change up your look!

Here are few pics!

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Top View

One of my creations lol

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Back View

 

Wearing my colorful, vintage jacket that I thrifted. You can read more about it here!  

 

I plan to revisit them again probably in the Spring/Summer, in hopes to keep them longer. Your first time is always a learning process, so the next time will be even better. I am a natural that LOVES changing my hair! Wearing the same look (for me) is boring! Besides, variety is the spice of life!

Have a  Fierce Friday and a fantastic weekend!

~A

Marley Braids Return This Fall

Just in case you missed my Marley Braids over the Summer, don’t worry they’ll make a comeback soon. It’s a really fun, easy way to wear my hair and keep it protected. I used the crochet method and it didn’t take me long at all. I don’t know where you live, but I’m in the South and errrr…ummm it gets pretty cold and I like to stay warm! That includes my scalp!  These braids are amongst many things I will do to my hair this Fall/Winter!

Y’all know I can’t keep still when it comes to my hair. I MUST change it up…OFTEN! I don’t know why I didn’t blog about my second installment back in August, but I did take pics. Anyhoo…Enjoy!

Twisted and Styled: Each time I get a different result

  

What’s All This Fuss About Naturals Wearing Weave?

I just recently participated in a Tweet Chat about naturals wearing weave and the question was asked: How do you feel about naturals wearing wigs, weaves, extensions, etc.? I’ve been discussing this topic with other naturals for some time now. It wasn’t until I recently read some comments, that I felt the need to discuss it openly.

Angela Simmons recently tweeted this pic:

Just took my weave out.. Look how long my hair grew. Its so thick !! http://yfrog.com/kesnvgwuj

When I saw this pic, I didn’t think of just the fact that she took her weave out…but the fact that her hair was so beautiful and her excitement of her hair growth and thickness! So why is it so hard for so many naturals to embrace weave? Does that make someone ‘less natural’ if they decide to wear it? And what about wearing weave as a protective style? (Which is what I do frequently!) I’ve done it all: two-strand twists, Marley braids, full/half wigs, tree braids, sew-ins you name it! Now don’t get me wrong, if it’s just NOT for you…that’s totally understandable.

My concern is when ‘some’ naturals make other naturals feel like there’s this PRO-NATURAL MOVEMENT…and don’t you DARE wear weave!!! (Notice I said ‘some’, not ‘all”). It’s as if they carry picket signs that say, “If your hair is not kinky, curly,twisted, fro’d out, or in bantu knots you CANNOT ENTER!” Lol But seriously…why bash or say negative things about the naturals who choose to wear it? All of those styles are LOVELY, but there are many reasons women decide to wear weave, wigs, extensions,etc. For me, I LOVE to change my hair! I also wear it as a protective style to protect my hair from the Summer Heat and humidity. In addition, I workout 4-5 days a week and it is a challenge to try to style my hair most days. I refuse to let hair be a reason for me not to workout! Now…it’s nothing for me to rock my wash-n-go, twist out, bantu knots or fro! I go with what works for me.

Many choose weave as an option for the versatility of styles! Some may want their hair straight and don’t want to damage it by adding heat, others may like the low-maintenance factor, and others may not want to chemically alter their hair with color and they use extensions. I know in cooler months, a half/full cap is a nice accessory to warm up that scalp! lol Whatever the reason, no one should make you feel that you are ‘less-natural’ because you do.

It was my decision to become ‘relaxer-free’ and I have been just that for five years and counting! I will never regret the day I decided to stop putting chemicals on my hair! Not to mention, the whole sitting in the salon for 5+ hours…I don’t miss one bit!

Blogger Ashley on weave:

There’s always some sort of controversy when questions about being natural enough, or what is considered “natural” causes. Not saying this is one of those cases. But, whose place is it if an individual agrees, approves, likes what another woman does to her hair? Let’s promote unity for natural HEALTHY hair no matter what route the natural takes.

We should ALL be free to be who we are! Grow it, fro it…Leave it, Weave it…or go get your creamy crack fix if that’s what you want! Live by the words “I Am Not My Hair”, embrace what makes you feel good about you, and know that YOU are beautiful!

 UPDATE:

Here’s an awesome interview by Curly Nikki with Kita and Mo from the T.O. Show as they talk about hair, reality tv, and business.

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