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The Real Reasons Why I Am A Proud Natural

I have been natural now for almost 6 years (2009 – 2015″> and I am pretty happy with my hair growth.

The reason why I decided to go natural in the first place is because I was forced to. My hair caught on fire and on camera, to see my hair journey from the very beginning (bald head and all”> click here. As you can see in my video below, I have done everything you could possibly think of with my hair.

After my hair caught on fire at a Christmas party, I took it as a sign from God that it was time for me to start to love and embrace my own Natural Hair texture. I decided to cut everything off–and that is where my self esteem issues began.

I felt like I did not look the same with short hair; I did not feel as beautiful as I did when I had long, texturized hair.

Moving to Brazil did not make my insecurities any easier. Not knowing the language and seeing the many different types of chemical treatments just turned me off more from going down that road again, though. I knew I was happy with my decision–I just had to figure out a way to love my new hair and the new me.

I wanted to rediscover myself.

Going Natural is one of my biggest life changing decisions that I have made to date because it assisted me to connect with who I am, what I wanted in life and who I wanted to become. Choosing this felt as if I was removing a mask that was placed over me for years. Releasing the mask allowed me to be aware of who I am as a person day by day.

I wanted to inspire.

After watching the Tyra Banks Show on Good Hair and seeing the young girls talk about their hair and how they viewed their beauty or lack of beauty, I was touched. I felt a deep need to do something to shift this. I started blogging, holding workshops, and creating YouTube hair tutorials.

I needed to love me for me.

I am currently back in the dating world. Returning natural has allowed me to weed out shallow minded men who ask things like, “Do you always wear your hair curly or in twists? Do you mind straightening your hair?”

I need a man who is going to love me and embrace me for who I am. Accepting my hair is part of that process.

I craved to stand out in the crowd.

Having Locs, Sisterlocks, curly hair, big hair, mini twists etc. is different and gives me an exotic appearance compared to others.

I wanted a deeper connection to the earth and my spirituality.

As I love myself more and more, I attract more love into my life. By attracting more love, I am embracing a deeper connection with God. As I believe God lives within me, I am God created in its vision.

As my spirituality strengthens so does my connection to the earth and green living, I am conscious about the type of products I use and consume.

I use naturally based products, eat as clean as I can manage. and this conscious living also expands further with the people I choose to connect with.

I needed to simplify my hair routine.

I actually do not do much at all! Twists are my home girl. I absolutely love leaving my hair in twist for days until I have somewhere special to go then I will do a stretched Twist Out. To achieve big fluffy curls I use Alikay Naturals Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer and Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-in Conditioner is a banging combination.

This is my current routine:

  • Wash and condition.

  • Deep treatment hair with a protein treatment and moisturizing treatment.  Sometimes I skip my protein treatment.

  • Twist or Protective style my hair.

  • Trim my ends every 4 to 5 months.

I do change my hair every now and then by adding a pop of colour, straightening it or doing hair extensions. Check me on Instagram @AnyasVida. I am all about maintaining hair growth and length and for this reason I do not do much to my hair.

What are your hair goals and what are some reasons why you are a proud natural?

The Canadian’s Guide to Natural Hair Care

The Natural Hair community is growing across Canada, and rightfully so!

Canada is a large country however not a lot of places have cultural spaces. Lack of cultural spaces lends itself to less resources for Canadian naturals. Buying products across the border can be pricey after the tax increase occurs. This is why 5 vloggers from 5 major cities in Canada–Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Toronto West–have come together for a collaboration on a resource campaign that we call “Canadian Natural Hair Guide”.  This collaboration is so important because to highlight salons, product owners, events and meet-up groups for others to be informed about what is happening in their city.

If you are in Canada and rock your natural hair, you no longer have to consider reverting back to the creamy crack because of a lack in resources for your hair texture.

TORONTO: Anya (me”>

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OTTAWA: Jemy1415

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TORONTO (Peel Region”>: Charnel

Natural hair stylists

There are specialized hairstylists who can cut, treat, colour and straighten naturally curly hair in Toronto and it’s surrounding areas.  It’s just a matter of knowing where to go and who to trust with your curls. Gone are the days of walking into a salon with sweaty palms and fingernail biting because you just don’t know if you’ll exit with a chemical relaxer.

In the videos below, reliable salons are featured in all 5 major cities.

In the Toronto video, not only in the downtown area but also in Scarborough and suburbia–Markham, Ajax, Pickering and Oshawa. You will have no more excuses for why you can’t stay natural and embrace your curls to the fullest.  In suburbia although the communities are filled with salons that cater predominately to straight hair, we’ve listed at least 1 natural hair salon for each neighbourhood.

Mobile hair stylists

Mobile Hairstylists are convenient for pregnant moms, new mothers, naturals who are on bed rest, or lazy naturals who do not have a car. Mobile or not, it is always a good idea to read online reviews and following the stylist on social media before making an appointment. For a full list of salons and hairstylists in Canada, click here. Below are some notable natural hair salons and stylists in Toronto.

Where to get products

Canadians experience high cost in products to strict border laws. Thankfully, we are starting to see some progress in changing this reality. These are probably the top 3 boutiques (and ecommerce stores”> in Canada:

These globally known curl hair products are manufactured in Toronto:

  1. Locsuria Natural Hair System, owner operates in Scarborough
  2. Lishau Naturals, owner operates in Durham
  3. Graced By Nature, owner operates in Toronto
  4. Coils And Glory, owner started in Toronto
  5. Earthtones Naturals, owner operates in Durham
  6. Shakara Naturals, owner operates in Toronto
  7. Nu’Khara Beauty, owner operates in Toronto
  8. London Ivy Products, owner operates in Durham
  9. UpNorthNaturals
  10. Entyce Your Beauty
  11. JessiCurl, owned by a Canadian but not manufactured in Canada

For a full list of other online stores click here.

Local events and meetups

  1. The Curly Soiree (May”>
  2. Curls Kinks and Cocktails by bloggers Bee and AnnMarie, Support A Sista Toni Daley pop-up shop and Shakara Naturals.
  3. Toronto Naturals has occasional meet-ups at restaurants and other events.
  4. The Toronto Natural Hair and Beauty Show which takes place every September.

Canadians on social media

Me, of course! @AnyasVida on all social media platforms.  As well as all collaborators presented below by city:

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Are you a Canadian naturalista? Comment below letting us know what natural hair salon and products are in your city!

This British Filmmaker is Changing the Meaning of ‘Afro Hair’

Meet 25-year-old Zindzi Drayton, director of the UK mini-documentary called Hair Freedom.

Drayton defines Natural hair as defined “Afro textured hair that isn’t chemically straightened,” Drayton wrote on the Hair Freedom YouTube page. “In our society and throughout the world, straight hair is so normalised that a large number of black women chemically straighten their Afro texture. Touching on topics from rocking an Afro in the workplace to the legacy of slavery, I find out the pressures and joys of women who have embraced their ‘natural hair’.”

Join us as we dig deep about what led her to do this impromptu video that was featured on BBCRAW a Pilot Project, currently in an incubator for socially and racially diverse young people who want to develop into filmmakers for the British Broadcast Channel.

What inspired you or led you to film this documentary in its street-style interview format?

I was inspired to film my documentary in a street style after watching episodes of the YouTube series ‘Strolling’ by Cecile Emeke, in which she interviews different people on a range of topics, always in an outdoor location. Also, practically it was the easiest option, when I was meeting with my different interviewees I wasn’t able to guarantee a quiet indoor location, so I decided to make the most of free outdoor spaces.

How long did this documentary take from beginning to end, was there a call for submission or were all the women interviewed, colleagues of yours?

The documentary took a month to complete. I work full time and so only had weekends and evening to try and film and teach myself to edit, as well as working with everyone else’s schedule. All the women I interviewed are friends I have made from different walks of life.

What is the end result you’re aiming to achieve with this documentary?

When I came up for the idea of my mini-doc Hair Freedom, it was really to explore how women have been able to embrace their Afro hair and feel beautiful and confident with it–while straight hair is idolised as the norm, even for Black women. I only spoke to girls with Afro hair styles as I wanted to give them a voice that was celebrating rather than defending their hair, which seems to be the case, whenever Afro hair is mentioned in mainstream media. Overall I wanted to explore how for Black and Mixed Race women to embrace their afro hair, they are required to adopt a mind-set that challenges the dominant perception of hair norms, beauty and professionalism.

You chose to focus on 5 major issues for this documentary–the definition of natural hair, its professionalism in the workplace, response from others, the natural hair argument, and black beauty.

From my research, it seemed that those were some of the biggest obstacles to embracing natural hair. I had also never before heard anyone question, why Afro hair is now called ‘natural hair’? –so I wanted to explore the significance of the term in the natural hair movement.

Can you share your hair story and was there a time where you experience hair prejudice? Are there similarities in the stories of you and the doc’s participants?

By the time I was 16 I was the only girl in my friendship group still with Afro hair and that contributed to feeling like straightening my hair will help me fit in and look good. I developed the idea that Afro styles were infantile and that I should grow out of them.

I first relaxed my hair when I was 19 after starting university and I loved it and wore it that way for 5 years. But I couldn’t help but notice that every time I relaxed it, I was left with scabs on my head and no matter how much I straightened my hair I knew I would be feeling the new growth soon enough. My daily life seemed to be a constant battle to repress my natural hair.

Some girls I met suggested I should go natural and I would get really defensive, thinking they were criticising my current hair. But the idea stayed in the back of my head and as I started discovering natural hair blogs I realised natural hair was definitely something I wanted for myself. Most of the negative thoughts I had about my own Afro hair and the beauty of straight hair, I feel like I internalised subconsciously.

I think I definitely could relate to my interviewees in the film, in terms of actively having to change my perception of what is ‘neat’ hair.

In 6 years where do you see the Natural Hair Movement?

I think and hope that in 6 years time the Natural Hair Movement will continue to grow across the world, to the point where Afro hair will be so common it can just be ‘hair’ again and not ‘natural hair’. There’s so much inspiration and tutorials online and so the wealth of knowledge of good hair care I hope will become second hand. Also I hope women continue to find empowerment in the natural hair movement, which they can use to inspire other areas of their lives.

What have you learned since filming this documentary either about yourself or about Textured Hair?

I’ve learned a lot since filming this. I had been growing out my hair for the last year and a half, but even after the video first came out, every morning I would still be squeezing my Afro hair into a tight bun. So definitely not embracing my curls, even though I had just made this vid, which I hoped would encourage other women to question why they chose to relax their hair. I don’t know what I thought would happen, but I couldn’t imaging rocking an Afro outside of the house. Eventually a few weeks ago I finally decided to let my hair be free and wore it in an Afro and I love it so much, I feel like I’ve found ‘my look’.

Also, another great thing I learnt in this experience is, if you have an idea, just do it. This is the first mini-doc I’ve made and I spent more time worring about how to do it, than I did actually making it. But once I began the process it was such a rewarding feeling to create something from just an idea. I used my phone to film the footage and edited it in a community centre, using YouTube tutorials to teach me the basics.

What’s next for Zindzi?

I definitely plan to make more mini-docs and hope to create more content, with the aim of empowering women and challenging the accepted norms of mainstream society.

You’re Supposed to Clean Your Brush HOW Often?

cleaning hair tools

Dandruff, Seborrheic Dermatitis, Folliculitis (ex. Barber’s Itch, Tinea Capitis”> are just a few of the fungus bacteria that dirty hair tools can contribute to in your hair. The frequency with which you cleanse your own hair and scalp should match how often you clean your hair tools. Why use dirty, fungi-infested brushes and combs on hair that you work so hard to keep clean? Aim to dedicate one hair wash day a month to also washing your hair tools.

Cleaning your hair tools is easy and ideally should be done bi-weekly (if you use lots of products and hair tools frequently”> or at least once a month. Oftentimes the products we use leave a residue which can be transferred to the hair and scalp. That residue is easy to see on your heat styling tools, but a similar buildup occurs on the rest of the tools we use as well.

The frequency with which you cleanse your own hair and scalp should match how often you clean your hair tools.

This goes beyond the average comb and brushes to include hair ties, perm rods, flexi rods, hair clamps, clips, and much more. With just a few household ingredients, you can create a dirt-fighting natural cleaner for your hair tools.

DIY Hair Brush Cleaner

  • 2 cups white or apple cider vinegar
  • 12 drops of tea tree oil
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • Boiling hot tap water
  • Old toothbrush (optional”>
  • Few drops of clarifying shampoo (optional”>
hair brush and hair brush cleaner

1. Start by removing visible debris and hair from all hair tools with a Hair Brush Cleaner and a toothbrush.

fill a bowl with hot water

2. In a small basin or sink fill with hot water, add vinegar and baking soda along with a few drops of tea tree oil. If you choose to, pour a few drops of a clarifying shampoo on each hair tool.

place brush face down

3. Place all hair tools in solution and leave for anywhere between 15 to 30 minutes. If you do not have a lot of time, start to scrub your hair tools just soon after placing the tools in the solution.

dirty brush water

5. Remove your hair tools for the cloudy brown solution, rinse thoroughly at least twice. Leave hair tools out to air dry.

Quick tips

  1. The best tool to use to remove hair, debris in a compact bristle brush like the Tangle Teezer is a Hair Brush Cleaner.

  2. For hair scarves, silk pillowcases, and nighttime bonnets, wash those with laundry detergent in a regular load of laundry.

  3. For the hard to clean hair tools such as bobby pins, hair bands etc. Dr. Oz says to place everything in a plastic bag or a makeup bag, place in the freezer and leave in for 1 hour to overnight.

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Watch how I do it

Still not convinced? We understand that hair care is a lot of work, and this is one more step to add. Even if once or twice a month sounds like too much work, at least give this method a try one time – especially if you have never washed your hair tools before. When you clean your tools, you’re potentially avoiding these conditions:

  • Dandruff is a common scalp condition that produces itchy scalp, flakes of skin cells appear. Severe dandruff is due to the rapid appearance of new cells that are produced in larger quantities that the dead cells. This causes more shedding and skin cells building on the surface of the scalp.
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis is a fungal skin condition that causes inflammation from a yeast due to a build-up of oil secretion on the skin called malassezia.
  • Folliculitis (Barber’s Itch or Tinea Barbae”> is caused by bacteria and fungus occasionally getting into the hair follicles giving rise to a skin disorder. This usually affects the upper part of the hair follicle, or deeper skin area surrounding the hair follicle. The symptoms consist of rash, itchiness, redness on the skin, and sometimes, the formation of pus-filled blisters.

When is the last time you cleaned your hair tools?

8 Long Lasting Bridal Updos For Medium-Length Type 4 Hair

A wedding, sometimes known as the “magical day,” is a ceremony that symbolizes the union of two people and their families. Though stressful, this day is filled with lots of smiles, joyful tears, hugs, photos, and plenty of kisses and love. Amidst all the things you are required to do on this special occasion, your hair should never be a stress factor. The key to finding a lasting hairstyle is making sure it lasts all day long. I’ll show you 8 styles that can stay frizz-and-puff-free for hours on end.

Set The Stage

The first thing you need to decide when trying to determine how you will wear your hair is to first determine:

  1. What texture do you want to wear your hair? Naturally curly, stretched, blown-out or slicked down?

  2. How do you want your hair to set? (to the side, up, down, half-up half-down, in a bun”>

For the first 4 hairstyles I decided that I wanted to try a curl updo but I wasn’t sure how I wanted my curls to set.  So I figured, why not try setting my hair with both Flexi Rods and Perm Rods?

Hairstyle 1 and 2: Flexi Rod Set On Dry Hair

With the flexi rods still in my hair, I sprayed the hair with a light holding spray.

After 5 minutes, I unraveled the flexi rod and separated each curl into 2 or more sections.

To complete this look, I placed a beautiful hair bando from ear to ear to make my hair appear as if I have curly bangs.

Hairstyle 3: Perm Rod Set On Wet Hair

  1. I used Eco-Styler Gel to set my hair, which gives my hair a lasting hold without flakiness.
  2. I unraveled each curl in 4 or more sections, then took the middle section and swept it up into the middle.
  3. I secured the middle section with bobby pins, leaving curls out in the front and back.
  4. I added an old chandelier earring as a hair accessory.

Hairstyle 4: Side Sweep Faux Rose Style

  1. I set my hair with flexi-rod on dry hair
  2. I swept the hair in a low loose ponytail.
  3. I left a few curls out in the front and back (the goal was to create a side pony and accessorize it”>.

Hairstyle 5

  1. On blown-out hair part hair diagonally from ear to ear across.
  2. I secured the lower half in a tight low ponytail.
  3. I continued by sectioning the top half of the hair into half, leaving the crown section out and sleeking the middle section up in a tight pony tail.
  4. With the top section, I created a pompadour with the desired height I wanted.
  5. I secured the pompadour into the bun underneath, then went back to the lower section bun and created a roll and pin bun. Think of this section as a Italian pastry with the middle of the roll is hollow.
  6. I secured each section with a bobby pin on top and one on the bottom. Then I finished with an accessory, smoothed the middle section, and pinned the ends. 

Hairstyle 6: Blown-Out Side Sweep

  1. I started with hair blown out, section out the crown of the hair. The part does not have to be perfect!
  2. I clipped the back of the hair in a low side pony as tight as possible.
  3. Next, I smoothed my bangs down with a brush to create a sweep just above my eyebrows. The key is to pin the bang underneath the bun, this way there’s more tension in the hair and the bangs will remain in place for a long time.
  4. I wanted my bun to be big and puffy so I added kinky hair extensions to the bun first by pinning the hair in place.  Then I secured the bun with a thick scrunchie.  To cover the hair extentions and the hair tie I took my hair and wrapped it around folding the end under and then secured everything with one last hair tie.  
  5. I added a crown hair accessory to make this style more formal.

Hairstyle 7: Slick Retro Updo

  1. I prepped my hair by blowing it out and detangle the ends with my Tangle Teezer brush. Once my hair felt smooth and detangled, I parted my hair to the side.
  2. With my soft bristle brush, I slicked one side of my hair around the nape of my neck and secured the hair with long bobby pins.
  3. For more volume, I added afro bulk hair to the back of my head, securing it with bobby pins.
  4. I then covered the kinky hair extensions with my own hair, starting from the bottom and slowly working my way up to the top, securing my hair with bobby pins.
  5. Similar to hairstyle 6, I swept my bangs to the side just above my brow and secured it in the back.

Style 8: Low-Do On Stretched Hair

  1. On stretched natural hair, I created bangs by parting the crown section out and securing the rest of my hair in a low pony.
  2. Next I got creative with flexi-rods by wrapping kinky hair around the flexi-rod securing the hair to the rod with an elastic band on each end.
  3. I placed the rod on the top section of my bun, I flipped my hair over the rod on secure the rod in place bending each end of the rod.
  4. I formed my bun in a semi circle shape and secure it with bobby pins.
  5. I kept my bangs simple with a front sweep to the side, secured it to the back and accessorize.

Watch the video

12 Things You Can Do Today to See Less Split Ends

curly hair split ends

Have you been natural for a while yet you feel as if your hair is just not growing? I certainly felt like this for the first five years of wearing my hair natural–I am now seven years natural and I have started to pay more attention to the habits that were preventing my hair from retaining length. The first step I took was to stop dying my hair.   Hair dyes can make our hair even more fragile, brittle and prone to dryness. Within a few months after dying application you may begin to notice breakage if you use color treatments. The hair color you see in the video below was my last hair dye and I was growing it out. The step I took to retain length was trimming split ends on a regular basis. 

I would like to stress that damaged ends cannot be permanently reversed, no matter how much you try to smooth the ends and no matter how much a product you use. Products assist with anti-breakage–in other words, maintaining healthy strands that prevent our ends from thinning out or splitting anywhere from the middle to the ends of the shaft. There are products that can help your split end stick together and decrease the rate at which it splits further, using a complex known as PEC. But neither of these product categories will actually fix the hair permanently once the end is split. In the video below I demonstrate how split ends work by using a piece of electrical wire and outline 3 steps you can take to be split end free.

Tip 1: Avoid daily activities that may cause split ends

Try to minimize daily manipulation of the hair, for example excessive brushing and combing or manipulating it into a hairstyle every day.

Tip 2: “Poo on top.”

Use the technique “Poo on top, condition on bottom.” In other words use shampoo on the scalp only and add plenty of conditioner and leave-in conditioner on the ends of the hair.

Tip 3: Detangle your hair properly with good detangling tools.

If you like to use a tool to detangle then use wide tooth combs on wet hair, but if you have the patience finger detangling is your best option.

Tip 4: Dry your hair properly with a T-shirt or a Microfiber Towel or Turban.

Traditional terry cloth towels will remove the much-needed moisture from your hair. Next time you shower use an old t-shirt to dry your hair instead of a towel, you should see less frizz and dryness right away.

Tip 5: Skip that blow drying your hair after you wash it.

Instead style your hair wet and let air dry. If you absolutely need to use the blow dry, then turn down the heat and blast at low temperatures.

Tip 6: Learn to have second and third day hair.

Styling and re-styling your hair every day is manipulation that can lead to damage. The less hair manipulation the less you’ll experience rapid split ends.

Tip 7: Protect your hair from the sun.

Learn how to effectively prevent your hair from getting sun burned.

Tip 8: Use ouch free hair accessories and tools.

Stay away from accessories that has metal connector or doesn’t have elasticity. Do not use hair tools with metal edges or brushes that tug and pull against the elasticity of the hair.

Tip 9: Stop using chemicals.

Hair dyes, chemical treatments, and hair products with alcohol and drying agents will only aggravate any dryness in your hair. If you currently use any of these treatments you will find a noticeable difference when you stop using them.

Tip 10: Treat your hair 50/50.

In order to have healthy hair strands it is important to give your hair moisture and protein treatments on a 50/50 ratio. What I mean by that is alternate between moisture and protein treatments every time you wash your hair. I wash my hair every two weeks, so every month I give my hair 1 moisture and 1 protein treatment. 

Tip 11: Trim your ends right now.

The best time to start preventing your hair from Split Ends is right after you get your hair trimmed.  So if you haven’t trimmed your hair in the last 2 months then this will be Step 1 for you. If you follow these 10 Hairlove Tips to the T, then instead of trimming every 8 weeks, you can go a bit longer, not exceeding 16 weeks at a time.

Tip 12: Stop wetting your hair every day.

Consistently adding water to your hair every day. Water is a natural humectant but too much of it every day can affect the strength of the hair shaft, causing it to weaken, split or break.

What do you do to prevent split ends?

7 Protective Styles For Natural Hair (That Don’t Require Extensions)

Spring is in the air but for some reason so many of us just aren’t ready to unleash our curls. If you are anything like me and want to continue protecting your hair and still look FAB, then try any or all of these 7 quick and easy hairstyles.

The Added Benefits

  • Add low hair manipulation
  • Less is more in this case, low hair manipulation simply means taking a simpler approach to your hairstyling routine. Less combing, brushing and tugging, putting down the blow dryer, flat iron is ideal.  This way your hair will be less likely prone to split ends and mid shaft breakage.

Incorporate protective hair styling

  • Protective hairstyling is recommended if your hair tends to dry out easily and you want to lock in moisture in your hair.  The overall goal of protective styling is to keep the oldest part of your hair (the ends”> protected and moisturized, which leads to retaining healthy hair growth. See the video below for 7 DIY protective natural hairstyles and discover the magic you can create with a bunch of hairpins, a flexi-rod and hair ties.
  • This hairstyle is ideal for someone who is in a rush and doesn’t have a lot of time to create a funky hair style, this pin up style works well.

Hairstyle 1: The Hawt Bang

You’ll Need: Bobby pins, 1 flexi rod and a hair scarf (optional”>

Section the front of the hair as if you’re creating a big bang. Starting from the ends of the hair you want to roll the hair onto the flexi rod.

In this video there are 2 hairstyles that are ideal for someone who is in a rush and wants to style their hair quickly and go, but your hair is either too thick, too knotted or too short.

Hairstyle 2: Faux High Bun

You’ll Need: 4 hair ties and your fingers

Part hair diagonally leading to the center of your head, think of it as making an X.  With each hair tie gather hair as close together as you can possibly get them.  Then twist hair or if you have longer hair you can braid each section. Next step is to cross pin them with bobby pins to create an elegant design.

The next 4 hairstyles are ideal for someone who is looking to style their routine daily twists.

Hairstyle 3: Lil Miss Modest

You’ll Need: Bobby pins and your fingers

If you do not already have your hair twisted then this is the first step in achieving this style. Next, take the back section of the hair, separate in two, the twists in your right hand just criss cross over on top of the twists on the left or vise versa then secure with bobby pins.

With the front simply sweep the twist on the left side towards the back and secure it with bobby pins. On the right side I created a loose roll to give it some volume and then secure with more bobby pins.

Hairstyle 4: Twisted Side Sweep

You’ll Need: Bobby pins, your fingers and hair accessories (optional”>

Start by flat twisting your twist diagonally all the way to the back. You can decide how many sections you want your hair to be flat twisted in. I did mine in 2 sections. Secure each section with bobby pins. Similar to hairstyle Lil Miss Modest I created a loose roll with my twist and tuck away with bobby pins. I combine all sections and roll into a side bun.

Hairstyle 5: Save My Edges Bun

You’ll Need: Bobby pins, your fingers and hair accessories (optional”>

Similar to Twisted Side Sweep simply flat twist twists from one side to another and secure it with bobby pins.  Take the remaining twists and put hair in a high bun tuck twists away with bobby pins and accessorize.

Hairstyle 6: The Pretzel

Part your hair into 4 sections going all the way to the back and stop that section just before you get to the very nape of your neck.  In each section all you need to do is just roll and tuck roll and tuck and secure with a bobby pins. Do the 2 outer sections first because the inner sections is what you’ll use to connect the outer sections and create a pretzel look. Now your hair should be in two sections, finger roll each section and create a criss cross by pinning the ends on the opposite side.

Hairstyle 7: Mini Cinnamon Rolls Updo

You’ll Need: Bobby pins, your fingers and hair accessories

Section the bottom half of your twisted hair and roll the twist together all the way up to the front of the head then secure with a bobby pin.  Alternate direction until the back is complete. Next sweep the hair from the left side over to the right or which ever section you want to wear your hair in cinnamon rolls as I like to call them. The are two ways you can achieve the cinni roll look-  Roll each twist around itself and then secure with 2 bobby pin. Or–secure 1 bobby pin at the end of the twist and then roll the twist up towards the middle then secure it.

How To Cheat A Bantu Knot-Out With Flexi Rods
anya flexirod bantu set finished

Definition of a Bantu knot, AKA Chiney Bump (for all my Jamaicans”>

Bantu is a type of language that is spoken in central and southern countries in Africa.  Knot implies a section of hair being wrapped on top of itself to create a secure pyramid shape.  Both words combined is a naturally curly girls way of achieving inexpensive defined curls.

So if you’re tired of doing the same twist-out…

Have you thought of trying bantu knots but either it never turn out right or you can’t withstand the pain. Does your Bantu knot always turn out as an epic fail or you simply can’t withstand the painful scalp? If you have answered YES to at least one of these questions, then this cheat Bantu knot-out style maybe what you are looking for. This technique is great if you’re looking to jazz up your twist-out, create a curly ‘fro or to achieve more length from a bantu knot.  The longer you keep it in the curls will slightly drop day by day.

  • Process: 2 – 9 hours (Style + Drying time”>
  • Style duration: Up to 5 days

What I used

  • Liquid – Water infused with oils or your favourite leave-in-conditioner is perfect as well.
  • Styler – A product that provides a soft hold to better assist with setting the twist, in this video I used hair gel.
  • Hair Tool – Flexi Rods, the looser the curl the bigger the rod.
anya flexirod bantu option 1

Option 1

1. On freshly washed detangled hair, section your hair to the desired thickness.  I recommend medium size, dampen hair with your liquid product.

2. Add a pea size amount of your styler product of choice to the entire section of the hair.

3. Twist Hair.

4. Roll Twist onto flexi rod and secure it tightly.

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Option 2

If you already have 2 day old or even a week old twist in your hair, you can remix it by following these few steps.

1. Saturate each twist with a liquid product.

2. Apply a generous amount of styler product/ gel of your choice and rub through the entire twist from root to tip.

3. Roll the twist onto the flexi rod diagonally and secure it tightly.

anya bantu take down

The Take Down

Take your time while removing the flexi rods, try not to disturb the curls too much.

Styling Tips: To dry the hair you want to either sit under a hooded dryer for 45 minutes or if you don’t have one, keep the flexi-rods in for at least 7 hours to air dry.  If you use a blow-dryer, hair will take from 45 minutes to 1 hour to dry, depending on the thickness of your hair.

This style can last up to 5 days without applying any additional products.  The combination of a good moisturizing liquid product along with a soluble holding product will give your hair body, movement and keep you hair moisturized for days.

Watch the full tutorial