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DIY ECO STYLER Curl Cream

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if you want something lighter (and less oily) than the DIY Eco Styler custard, just turn your fave Eco Styler Gel into a moisturizing hair cream or twist butter.

  1. Place 2 TBSP raw, unrefined shea butter in a double boiler.
    • I like ivory shea butter best but, if you like, you can also use yellow shea butter. They both come from the nut of the Karite tree. However, yellow shea butter has Borututu tree roots (a medicinal plant) added during the milling process to give it a golden color and to make it slightly more firm.
    • NOTE: If your shea butter is pure white in color, it is refined. As someone who is 67% West African, in my family, buying refined shea butter is a cardinal sin! It’s just not done. Besides, the refinement process (i.e., bleaching, deodorizing, etc.) can leave harmful toxins in the final product. It also tends to remove most of the beneficial properties of shea butter, which pretty much defeats the purpose of buying shea butter in the first place.
  2. Add 2 TBSP castor oil.
  3. Add 10 TBSP Eco Styler Argan Oil Gel (⅝ cup).
  4. Add 3 TBSP of rose water.
    • Whip with an electric hand mixer on medium speed.
    • I remove one beater (i.e., only use one beater) for this whole process to avoid overcrowding the bowl or having to use a vessel 10x larger than necessary.
  5. Add ½ tsp vitamin e oil.
    • Vitamin E is an antioxidant that reduces scalp inflammation and helps to repair damage to hair follicles.
    • It also acts as an added preservative. I like the Sundown Naturals brand.
  6. OPTIONAL (but highly recommended): Add essential oils for fragrance and to act as a preservative.
    • 10 drops rose geranium: prevents dull, limp hair and strengthens hair follicles.
    • 10 drops bergamot: promotes hair growth and prevents scalp buildup.
  7. Mix one final time to incorporate all ingredients.
  8. Transfer to an 8 oz. container.
    • Product will continue to thicken as it comes to room temp. If you would like it to thicken more swiftly, place the finished product in the fridge for an hour and then remove.
    • NOTE: This DOES NOT have to be stored in the fridge! But, letting it chill in the fridge for an hour will thicken the cream at a faster rate.
    • Happy styling!

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DIY Eco Styler Custard

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Recipe Card - ECO STYLER CUSTARD

  1. Fill any size container halfway (or slightly more than halfway) with your favorite styling gel by Eco Styler
    • I love, love, love the argan oil gel by Eco Styler. But, if you prefer the olive oil gel or another variety, use that.
    • I usually make my curling custard in small 8 oz. batches since I normally only use gel on my hair once or twice a week.
  2. Add castor oil (or any oil of your choice) the rest of the way. 
    • I prefer castor oil because it is thicker than most oils and gives me the consistency I like.
    • Less is more. Start by only adding the oil 30 to 40 percent of the way. You can always add more later.
  3. Stir until the mix becomes cloudy/opaque and is well combined.
    • Not sure if you have the ratio right? Let the mix sit for 10-15 minutes. If any of the castor oil has accumulated on the top, you added a little too much oil and need to mix in a little more gel.
    • I usually use a 60:40 or 70:30 ratio. 60-70% argan oil gel to 30-40% castor oil. This gives me the hold I need to make my hair styles last for 6-7 days.
  4. OPTIONAL:
    • Use 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil (i.e., Tea Tree, Rosemary, Lavender, Peppermint, etc). Blend until the scent is evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
    • I like peppermint essential oil because it masks the scent of castor oil. It also balances the scalp’s pH level, promotes hair growth, and prevents dry scalp and dandruff.
  5. You have just made your very own Eco Styler Custard. Enjoy!
  6. USES: 
    • For super defined wash ‘n gos.
    • For longer-lasting twist-outs and braid-outs.
    • To slick down your edges.
  7. TIPS:
    • To keep my hair moisturized and from getting too crunchy, I moisturize my hair each day with my DIY hair spritz.

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Not So Mini Twists on Short Natural Hair

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On Sunday, August 18, I installed mini twists on my 6-inch natural hair. They took me just under 3 hours to complete (2 hours and 46 minutes, to be exact). However, since I knew I only wanted the style to last for two weeks, I decided on medium-sized twists instead of the popular super tiny ones. I also opted to go the two weeks without washing or co-washing my hair. Although I normally am a strong believer in weekly washings, because my hair has a tendency to “lock up” and get matted and tangled when water is added to certain low-manipulation and no-manipulation styles (especially protective styles worn over an extended period of time), I made the decision not to wash my hair while in mini twists. In addition, I didn’t want to have to worry about stretching my hair daily and putting unwanted stress on my strands. So,  I decided to ditch the water all-together.

However, I took certain precautions. First, I shampooed with a sulfate-free shampoo, conditioned with a moisturizing conditioner, and deep conditioned my hair under a hooded dryer for 20-30 minutes. Afterward, I spritzed my hair with a leave-in conditioner and sealed in the moisture with my shea butter glycerin soufflé. Then, I let my hair air dry for a few hours until about 80% dry so that my hair would be as stretched as possible. If your hair is longer, you may need to blow dry it until it is about 80% dry, especially if air drying will take too long.

Because of the length of my hair, I didn’t feel the need to section off my hair in quadrants but, if your tresses are longer, sectioning your hair off in quadrants and then parting each quadrant into smaller sections may be necessary. Here’s what I did:

  • I shampooed, conditioned, and deep conditioned my hair.
  • I spritzed my hair with a water-based leave-in conditioner.
  • I sealed my hair with my homemade shea butter glycerin soufflé.
  • I let my hair air dry until about 80% dry.
  • I sectioned off my hair at the base of my neck and clipped the rest of my hair out of the way. (Parting is optional. If you don’t care about having clean parts, you can just grab random sections of hair like I did.)
  • I grabbed 1-inch sections of hair. (You can grab more or less hair, depending on the size twists you want to make.)
  • I applied a small dab of some of my homemade Eco Styler custard.
  • I two-strand twisted the section, making sure to twist as close to my roots as possible. When I got to the end of each twist, I twirled the bottom of each twist around my fingers to give each twist a slight curl (and also to prevent each twist from unraveling).
  • I repeated this process until I twisted my whole head.

To maintain my twists, I did the following:

  • I spritzed my hair every two days with my DIY glycerin spritz.
  • I slept in a satin bonnet each night.
  • Every 4-5 days, I let the steam (not water) of the shower moisturize my twists and then resealed with my shea butter glycerin soufflé.

Day #1 of My Twists

Day #7 of My Twists

For additional info on mini twists, check out Naptural85’s YouTube video below.

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Finger Coils (Single Strand Twists) on Short Natural Hair

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From the beginning of my natural hair journey, when I Big Chopped, I’ve loved the look of single strand twists. It has become my go-to style. This is probably because it is a style anyone can rock with a mere two-inches of hair and beyond. I also love that it is something that I can do ONCE that will last for an entire week. So, it is a low-manipulation style with great staying power. Here’s how I do it …

Technique

If you want perfect coils and don’t mind spending extra time parting and dividing your hair, creating twists with a comb or the end of a rattail comb may be the best option for you. However, because I have multiple textures of hair on my head,  I like my hair to have a more natural, organic feel. I also don’t want to spend four hours twisting my hair, so I prefer to create single strand twists with the built-in hair tool God gave me … my fingers! Depending on how quickly I work, I can usually do this in 45-60 minutes.

  1. Start with freshly washed or co-washed hair.
    • Lightly blot hair dry so that it is not sopping wet.
  2. Divide out a section of your hair with a comb and use hair clips to hold the rest of your hair out of the way.
    • Or, you can do it freehand like I do: I finger part and only use my hands.
    • You can start from anywhere you would like on your head, although starting from front to back or vice versa will make it easier to ensure you don’t miss any sections of hair.
  3. Divide the section of hair that’s out into even smaller sections.
    • You can make as many smaller sections as you want, depending on the size that you want the twists to be.
    • I usually just finger part the bottom third of my hair and pin the top two-thirds out of the way. Then, I split the parted ⅓ section in half to make it easier to manage and clip the other half of the hair in the section up.
  4. Lightly mist each section of hair. You can use water or a water-based leave-in conditioner of choice. Then, seal with a light oil, and apply gel for hold.
    • Do this for each section of hair.
    • I use water and some of my homemade Eco Styler custard.
    • You will likely need to remoisten your hair with water or a water-based leave-in throughout the process to prevent your hair from drying out.
  5. With my left hand, I hold the loose section of hair. Then, with my right hand, I use my thumb and index finger to grab a smaller section of hair.
    • Grab as large or small a section of hair as you want.
    • The amount you grab will determine the size of your single strand twists.
  6. Position your index finger in the middle of the small section of hair and twirl the strands of hair around your finger, moving your finger up and down in a tight circular motion to get the hair to wrap around your finger.
    • The small section of hair will now be in a tightly formed coil.
  7. Repeat twisting the hair, working section by section until you have created single strand twists all over your head.
    • Have frizzy roots? Twist each small section of hair with the index finger of your right hand while holding the same strands of hair at the root with your left hand and gentle twirl the roots (as if creating a Senegalese twist).
    • Do both actions simultaneously, and you will have perfectly coiled (and non-frizzy) single strand twists.

* NOTE: For a more detailed example of how to do single strand twists, check out MsRosieVelt’s YouTube video: 

Products Used

  • I generally use water (or a water-based leave-in) and my homemade Eco Styler custard.
  • Recently, though, I wanted to see how well my finger coils would turn out with a non-gel-based product. So, I tried to do finger coils using water and Luster’s S-Curl No Drip Activator Moisturizer. It turned out just as good! So, this is a great alternative for those of you who don’t like to use gel (or hate the hard-crunch hold that gel creates).

Maintenance

  • I wrap my hair at night with a satin scarf (or use a satin bonnet).
  • The following morning, I lightly mist my hair with my DIY glycerin hair moisturizer and gingerly fluff my finger coils to refresh my style.
  • If needed, I remist my hair at night right before I go to bed and rewrap my hair in a satin scarf.
  • You may need to recoil any stray or stubborn areas. I usually have to recoil 5-7 pieces each morning. However, it literally takes me only a minute or two to do so.
  • My finger coils always last 6-7 days when I follow this method.
  • NOTE: I also got my finger coils to last 5 days using the no-gel method (water + Luster’s S-Curl). I can often stretch the style to 7 days, but it starts to look a little worn after five days, so I sometimes randomly recoil about a third of my hair on day five if I need the style to last for two more days.

Finger Coils on 2.5-inch Hair

Finger Coils on 4-inch Hair

Finger Coils on 4.75-inch Hair

Finger Coils on 5.5-inch Hair with Eco Styler Custard

Finger Coils on 5.5-inch Hair with Luster’s S-Curl

 

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Twist-out on 4-inch Hair

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Twist Out on 4-inch Hair Photo Montage

I did this twist-out on “old hair” (previously styled but not dirty hair), but you can also do this on freshly washed or co-washed hair. I tried doing a twist-out on my Big Chopped 2.5-inch hair, but I didn’t like the results (at all)! I also tried a twist-out on my freshly washed hair, but I think I might like the results better on previously styled hair. Although, since my twist-out turned out so well this time, I might try this technique again on freshly washed hair. Because I have low-porosity natural hair, I have found that my styles turn out significantly better when I layer in several products as opposed to just using one or two products (like I did when I had high-porosity relaxed hair). Those who want to try this technique on old hair can skip steps 1-3 like I did. Here are the products/steps I used to attain this style:

  1. Shampoo
  2. Condition
  3. Deep Condition
  4. Apply a heavy moisturizer. (I used about two tablespoons of my rinse-out VO5 Moisture Milk conditioner, but I didn’t rinse it out.) Let air dry for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Lightly mist your hair with your favorite leave- in. (I used my DIY glycerin spritz.)
  6. Apply a light oil. (I used olive oil.)
  7. Two-strand twist your hair in sections. (Since my hair is so short, I randomly twisted sections of my hair instead of parting and sectioning off my head in quadrants like I used to do when my hair was much longer.)
  8. Lightly rewet hair (if necessary) to keep hair moist as you twist the sections of your hair.
  9. Wrap hair in a satin scarf/bonnet.
  10. The next day (or whenever you are ready to untwist your hair), lightly mist your hair with your favorite leave- in. (I used my DIY glycerin spritz.)
  11. Spritz your hands with an oil of choice or use your favorite butter (i.e., shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter, etc). I used my homemade whipped shea soufflé.
  12. As you undo each twist, use additional oil or hair butter as necessary.
  13. Rub about a teaspoon of your favorite gel between the palms of your hands or the tips of your fingers. (I used my homemade Eco Styler custard.) Gently run your hands or the pads of your fingers over your hair.
  14. Add about a teaspoon of hair pomade between the palms of your hands or the tips of your fingers. (I used Elasta QP’s conditioning glaze.) Gently run your hands or the pads of your fingers over your hair.

This may seem like a lot of steps, but this didn’t take me very long to do at all. I twisted my whole head in 20-30 minutes. The next day, I untwisted my hair and styled it to my liking in about 10-15 minutes. Using this technique, my hair lasted for three days before I needed to retwist it. To refresh my style, I just lightly misted my hair in the a.m. with my DIY glycerin spritz and then gently fluffed my coils. At night, I lightly misted my hair again and wrapped my hair with a satin scarf.

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