2014 Length Check #1, Setbacks, Hair Growth, and More – ღ Natural Hair ღ

Length check on natural hair
* 2014 LENGTH CHECK #1 *

January 24, 2014 Length Check
☑ Front Right Side: 17.5 inches
☑ Front Left Side: 17.5 inches
☑ Back Side: 16.5 inches

Next Length Check and update will be in about 8 weeks!

The Plan To Retain Length Length for the next 8 weeks:
I will be wearing Senegalese twist for 4-8 weeks.
I am hoping to go the full 8 weeks with the twist in, but I don’t know how long they will last.
So, we will see. I will give an update on the twist soon!

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Wash and Go Natural Hair – October 2013

Chunky twist and half updo

So, it has been several months, I have really embraced the wash and go.  I am loving my hair and loving finding what method works for my kink/curly 4a/4b natural hair. Here are a few of my best wash and go moments so far this month. Enjoy!

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Hair Growth Update & Length Check

Twist Out On Long Natural Hair

The hairstyle in this video is a twist out with about 3-4 bantu knots. I have a video coming up soon to show the method. I am usually a braid out girl, but I love this twist out.

The shine in my hair happened over time. I am very consistent with doing my deep conditioning/hot oil treatments each time I wash. I have been doing this for over two years. I use my regular rinse out conditioner and mix with my extra virgin olive oil.

*Helpful Links*

Previous Length Check (Reaching Waist Length):


My First Flat Iron:


Cutting My Ends:


Different Buns I Like To Do:


Last Minute Valentine’s Day Hairstyle!

Last Minute Hairstyle on straightened long natural hair

I decided it would be fun to a nice last minute video! I really recorded and edited this video today! I never do that! LOL! Buuuuut I love you guys, and this is my way of spending Valentine’s Day with you all! 🙂

My hair in this video is an almost week old blow out. It was a braid out, but I had been out with the hubby, and I don’t know what happened from there. LOL!

Blow drying is a normal part of my regimen, so with all of my hairstyles, results will vary. You do not have to blow dry your hair to achieve this hairstyle. This will be beautiful with your curls, a twist out, braid out, bantu knot out, flexi rod curls, waves, kinks, etc.

Info on how often I blow dry, maintenance, and more here: http://easynaturalhair.com/2013/01/24/naturals-who-blow-dry-my-experience/

Earrings are from a store here in Houston, I can’t remember the name. aaaaah!

My Two Strand Twist Maintenance – “Natural Hair”

Two strand twist "natural hair" - Alicia James

I always get questions about how I am able to make my two strand twist last, and what are some things I do to care for my hair while wearing them. I decided to do a blog that covered as much as possible. This information can also be used for twist or braids with extensions. 🙂

There was a time during my  journey when I could wear my twist for four even five weeks. Now, that I am further in my journey, I get bored really easy so it just doesn’t work! LOL! I wore them so much in 2011 I just became a little tired of them. Don’t get me wrong, I still love them, but I am experimenting more with my loose hair this year.

It is very important that I twist securely at the roots. If I don’t, my roots will start to get puffy in the first week. I usually apply a leave in or gel to the ends of my twist to help keep them from unraveling. To maintain my hair at night I have more than one method I use. It really depends on what you want your twist to look like.

**Maintaing My Twist At Night**

These are also methods that can be used to keep twist stretched!

Wrapping Method: I wrap my twist around my head to keep them stretched out, and tie down with a satin scarf.

Bunning Method: This is when I put the twist into one ponytail. I twist the ponytail around similar to the method used for bantu knots and bun the hair up.

Pineapple Method: A high ponytail that sits on the top of the head. The hair falls down sort of like a pineapple. LOL!

Braid Out:

Twist Out

**Moisturizing and Sealing**

  • Week 1 my twist look almost perfect. I don’t apply any water or oil to my hair, because it is usually freshly washed, deep conditioned, and moisturized.  By week 2: My twist are starting to get frizzy, My ends are curling a little more, I have shrinkage, and I have to moisturize and seal the ends every 2-3 days.
    I spritz a little water on the ends, and I seal with oil or a leave in. The important thing is making sure to wrap or bun the hair up, so that it doesn’t shrink because of the water or moisture you added. I let it dry overnight and then take them down. Note: Make sure to only use a small amount of water. I also massage my scalp with oil throughout the week as needed, if I feel it is getting a little dry and itchy.

**Working Out and Maintaining Twist:**

  • I do workout during the week. On average it can be 5 days a week. My scalp doesn’t get irritated easily, so it has never been a big problem for me. If your scalp gets irritated you may not be able to wear the style as long which is understandable. I massage the scalp with oil to keep the scalp from getting dry and irritated. I workout with my hair in one of my night time maintenance styles. This way my hair isn’t being thrown around and shrinking up. Once I have my shower and the hair has had a little time to dry from the workout, I take it down. Not everyone can do this…it really depends on how much you sweat, and the way your hair smells afterwards.

**Washing My Twist**

  • I don’t wash my hair while wearing small two strand twist. My hair gets really tangled, and I  have many knots. There are some people who are able to do it, but my hair just doesn’t like it.  I’ve tried many methods. My hair is really tightly coiled and when it gets wet while I am wearing twist, the hair sticks together. When it is time to take the twist down my hair is in big balls of knots and glued together hair. #horrible

I hope this covers it all….I will add to it as needed! 🙂

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Stretching Natural Hair

Stretching "Natural Hair" - Alicia James

I’ve tried several methods to stretch my natural hair. I have really kinky coily hair that shrinks up to 80% of it’s length. It is absolutely insane! It is also the type of hair that gets knots and tangles easily. My preferred way to style is with stretched hair. Now, I am not against a blow dryer, because I enjoy my blow outs,  but it is not something I want to make a habit.

For my hair the key to getting super stretched hair is styling on dry hair. My hair still shrinks up a lot, if I stretch on freshly washed or wet hair. The key is after a wash, put in big braids or twist. Let the hair dry for a few hour, then twist, braid,band, or whatever method you use to stretch.
For me the older the hair the better the stretch. After pulling the hair into a bun every night the hair gets great hang time. Old hair meaning hair that was previously styled not dirty hair.

I like the results from braid outs or twist outs. The smaller the twist or braid is, the longer my style lasts.

Also, I’ve used the pineapple method for maintaining my styles in the past. It’s a great way to maintain, but it stretched out the back of my hair too much, and the top of my hair shrinks. It doesn’t really give my hair a nice shape.

These are just a few tips on how I stretch my hair.

Let me know how you stretch yours!

Here is the video where Naptural85 does the “scrunchie method”

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