One Year Twist and Braid Challenge

Hey Bekka!! Say, does your hair still look scalpy with larger twists? They are a bit harder to keep from slipping out, but you could try the twist n curl that Curlynikki does and that might keep them from coming undone. Then from there you can either wear them down or pinned up. Just a thought...
Originally Posted by OnyxCabelo
It's a little less scalpy with larger flat twists for example, but hanging twists or braids no matter the size will show mucho scalp. I just don't have the hair density to pull of braided styles.. And extensions slip out of my hair so they are not worth the effort.

When I do flat twists I only have enough hair to do about 3 on each half of my head, and maybe 4 on a good day. You have a post on your blog about single strand knots where you show pictures of your individual strands of hair (which are thick like a mug). One strand of yours is like 10 of mine..lol

Thanks for the suggestion though. I'll figure something out sooner or later.

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Last edited by BekkaPoo; 04-07-2010 at 11:38 AM.
bekkapoo - your twists look similar to what I can get my hair to do. I don't think your hair looks too scalpy - i think you're too hard on yourself!

Personally, I feel like I'd have to part asymmetrical for my 'flat twists' to be even in size. I also have more hair on one side then the other. I seem to have more hair at the top of my head and it's finer near my ears.
I've got to the point that I accept that my hair isn't as thick as others (it's also thicker then others i.e. my mum who has baby fine hair) and try to live with it. I like trying new things and I'd rather enjoy my hair while I have it in case I ever loose it.

I will definitely post pics when I get my goodies (apparently they shipped today, should be here in 3-6days! ). I've ordered some satin head wraps for sleeping in to help with the frizzies. I've been on the hunt for a satin or silk pillow cases for years now. I can find standard pillow cases in satin, but I sleep with a cuddle-u/triangle/banana/u - pillow and have had no luck in finding one. I'll probably end up making one. I tend to be restless sleeper and scarves usually fall off, hopefully the wraps will be better.
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Thanks for the tip coilynapp! I used Pia Collection Marley Hip Hop braid hair. I only have 2 more weeks with these kinky twists and then Harriet gets to be free! To be twisted again haha.. this time without extensions
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bekkapoo - your twists look similar to what I can get my hair to do. I don't think your hair looks too scalpy - i think you're too hard on yourself!

Personally, I feel like I'd have to part asymmetrical for my 'flat twists' to be even in size. I also have more hair on one side then the other. I seem to have more hair at the top of my head and it's finer near my ears.
I've got to the point that I accept that my hair isn't as thick as others (it's also thicker then others i.e. my mum who has baby fine hair) and try to live with it. I like trying new things and I'd rather enjoy my hair while I have it in case I ever loose it.

I will definitely post pics when I get my goodies (apparently they shipped today, should be here in 3-6days! ). I've ordered some satin head wraps for sleeping in to help with the frizzies. I've been on the hunt for a satin or silk pillow cases for years now. I can find standard pillow cases in satin, but I sleep with a cuddle-u/triangle/banana/u - pillow and have had no luck in finding one. I'll probably end up making one. I tend to be restless sleeper and scarves usually fall off, hopefully the wraps will be better.
Originally Posted by curlywurlygurly
I have the same thing going on.. slightly thicker near the crown, and fine and not very dense near the sides/temple areas. Oh well, I can only work with what I got.

And CWG those flat twists are so small themselves. If you click on the pic and view the full size you can see how thin they are.

And I STILL haven't put my hair in french braids..

Soon soon.. I really need to because I've noticed some more breakage than usual lately, even though I haven't changed my hair routine.
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@coilynapp: You and your hair are beautiful! It looks like you twisted from the root as opposed to braiding the root before startig to twist. If this is what you did, how did you learn to do it?
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Hey Bekka!! Say, does your hair still look scalpy with larger twists? They are a bit harder to keep from slipping out, but you could try the twist n curl that Curlynikki does and that might keep them from coming undone. Then from there you can either wear them down or pinned up. Just a thought...
Originally Posted by OnyxCabelo
It's a little less scalpy with larger flat twists for example, but hanging twists or braids no matter the size will show mucho scalp. I just don't have the hair density to pull of braided styles.. And extensions slip out of my hair so they are not worth the effort.

When I do flat twists I only have enough hair to do about 3 on each half of my head, and maybe 4 on a good day. You have a post on your blog about single strand knots where you show pictures of your individual strands of hair (which are thick like a mug). One strand of yours is like 10 of mine..lol

Thanks for the suggestion though. I'll figure something out sooner or later.

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Originally Posted by BekkaPoo
Awww! Bekka - that's adorable on you!! I agree with CWG, I think you're being hard on yourself.

But even with that said, I know how it feels to not like a particular look on me - even though everyone else may think it looks fab.

Girl, the thickness of each strand on my hair is just ridiculous, LOL. Someone said in another thread that they could floss their teeth with their hair, and I can completely relate. Though I'd never do it, I could totally floss my teeth or sew a button back on my favorite top with those strands, LOL. It's crazy.
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@coilynapp: You and your hair are beautiful! It looks like you twisted from the root as opposed to braiding the root before startig to twist. If this is what you did, how did you learn to do it?
Originally Posted by pulchri2dinous
Thanks!!!!!

YOU TUBE has great videos. I watched a couple of people and then practiced, practiced and practiced till I got it. This is my second time doing my whole head this way. The first time was in january this year. I used to have this one lady do my hair (she would start with a twist) and then it got too expensive (I was paying $200). So I decided to learn and save my money. This style cost me $14 bucks (for the hair)
@coilynapp: You and your hair are beautiful! It looks like you twisted from the root as opposed to braiding the root before startig to twist. If this is what you did, how did you learn to do it?
Originally Posted by pulchri2dinous
Thanks!!!!!

YOU TUBE has great videos. I watched a couple of people and then practiced, practiced and practiced till I got it. This is my second time doing my whole head this way. The first time was in january this year. I used to have this one lady do my hair (she would start with a twist) and then it got too expensive (I was paying $200). So I decided to learn and save my money. This style cost me $14 bucks (for the hair)
Originally Posted by coilynapp
was there any youtube videos that were particularly helpful??
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@coilynapp: You and your hair are beautiful! It looks like you twisted from the root as opposed to braiding the root before startig to twist. If this is what you did, how did you learn to do it?
Originally Posted by pulchri2dinous
Thanks!!!!!

YOU TUBE has great videos. I watched a couple of people and then practiced, practiced and practiced till I got it. This is my second time doing my whole head this way. The first time was in january this year. I used to have this one lady do my hair (she would start with a twist) and then it got too expensive (I was paying $200). So I decided to learn and save my money. This style cost me $14 bucks (for the hair)
Originally Posted by coilynapp
was there any youtube videos that were particularly helpful??
Originally Posted by curlywurlygurly
I tried looking through yesterday to find the one that helped me the most. After watching her twice, I was able to get it. When I find it I'll post here.

Last edited by coilynapp; 04-08-2010 at 09:53 PM.
thanks so much
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Thanks Onyx and CWG.. I am just trying to be realistic, but maybe both of you are right.

ETA: This is what I mean by "scalpy".. sorry it's so big.. ack! My parts here were about 1 inch square. You can see a whole lotta skull..lol



Well I didn't french braid it last night, but I did do two double-stranded flat twists going into a bun to give the look of french braids.

I just spritzed with water, oiled the ends and secured the buns with pins.

Also I noticed that I've got a lot of split ends and knots, so it might be time for an actual trim.. I was hoping to not have to trim at all this year but I guess I gotta do what needs to be done or suffer more damage. Grr.
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Last edited by BekkaPoo; 04-09-2010 at 10:50 AM.
I am not a patient person, so I just went ahead and trimmed off my ends myself.
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  1. I wet my hair and added a bit of conditioner.
  2. Then I parted my hair down the middle and pulled the length of it to the front.
  3. Then I compared each side to see which one is shorter.
  4. I cut straight across, about 3/4-1 inch off the shorter side, and about 1.5 inches off the longer side so each half would be even in length.
  5. Then I combed the front section of my hair into my face and trimmed half an inch straight across.
  6. Now I'm waiting for my hair to dry.. my ends definitely feel better, and I'm hoping that everything turns out okay.
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I don't think that looks overly scalpy as you say. They say the finer the hair you should do smaller braids - i think get a little confused, if it's damaged bigger braids, but finer smaller?? *shrugs*

I wish I could get my hair to curl like that at the ends...so cute! mine just does weirdo sticking up or goes straight pretty much.

yay! for cutting old ends off! i think it's safer to cut your own hair half the time - scary hairdressers hack heaps off. they speak a whole different language sometimes - well at least it feels like it.
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You know, I had this whole long post last night and got booted out. I think your hair looks adorable, and it looks baby fine to me - not scalpy. It's very pretty.

How do you wear you hair when it's like this - hanging loose or pinned up? I can see it pinned up with a flower - perfect spring style.
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@BekkaPoo

If you do smaller braids and overlay them more (like bricks) you should get a less scalpy look. Also try smaller twists instead of braids--these might actually work better and take down won't take too long--small braids will take a long time to take down
Ok, by request, the One Year Twist/Braid Grow-Out Challenge. Ladies start your engines.



So to grow out as much healthy hair as possible anyone who wants to can join in this challenge. Keep your hair in twists or braids and of course post pictures of your styles and give updates on your regimens. I'll definitely be watching the thread to keep up on everyone's progress.

Start Date: 4/1/2010
End Date: 4/1/2011

There are no other "rules" but to keep your hair in a twisted or braided style.. other than that, frequency of conditioning, washing, detangling, etc. is strictly up to you.

Okay so who's in?
Originally Posted by BekkaPoo

I would love to participate. I see that I am joining a little late but I just saw the post and am really interested in growing my hair out as healthy as possible. I currently reside in Nanjing, China so this is probably the best bet for me. I am having a difficult time in keeping my hair moisturized and would love to know if anyone has any natural remedies. I will post pictures as soon as I place my hair in twists!! Yea I'm excited!! lol Good luck to everyone!
I will join this too. I am putting in a set of kinky twists tomorrow and will post a pic of them when I'm done
Originally Posted by coilynapp
Hey Coilynapp i saw on your post that you try to use all natural homemade products and i am in agreeance...(if thats a word...not quite sure...but sounds like it should be...lol) Anywho, I was wondering if you could point me in the direction of where to look and research homemade products for your hair and skin.

Thanks,

HBOB2
I will join this too. I am putting in a set of kinky twists tomorrow and will post a pic of them when I'm done
Originally Posted by coilynapp
Hey Coilynapp i saw on your post that you try to use all natural homemade products and i am in agreeance...(if thats a word...not quite sure...but sounds like it should be...lol) Anywho, I was wondering if you could point me in the direction of where to look and research homemade products for your hair and skin.

Thanks,

HBOB2
Originally Posted by hunniebeeOB
Hi HBOB2!
I make my own products in my home, but there are lots of handmade goodies online that you might like. Darcy's botanicals, Oyin handmade, Qhemet Biologics are just a few that you can try. PM me if you have further questions

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this is going to be very hair for me considering i just went natural and want to play in my hair, but i guess ill just play with twists and braids.

I think Ill get kinky twists to help out b/c my hair is about 5" and I can barely do two puffs.
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I don't think that looks overly scalpy as you say. They say the finer the hair you should do smaller braids - i think get a little confused, if it's damaged bigger braids, but finer smaller?? *shrugs*

I wish I could get my hair to curl like that at the ends...so cute! mine just does weirdo sticking up or goes straight pretty much.

yay! for cutting old ends off! i think it's safer to cut your own hair half the time - scary hairdressers hack heaps off. they speak a whole different language sometimes - well at least it feels like it.
Originally Posted by curlywurlygurly
CWG, I think they're referring to the size of the braids themselves. Fine hair doesn't hold braids as well, so I guess the smaller the braid, the harder it is for the hair to unravel. If you were to do this style you could always put some foam rollers on the ends. You can but several braids onto one roller. It doesn't have to be one braid to one roller.

And the trim turned out fine.. so I guess I won't even be going to my beloved stylist for that anymore..lol

You know, I had this whole long post last night and got booted out. I think your hair looks adorable, and it looks baby fine to me - not scalpy. It's very pretty.

How do you wear you hair when it's like this - hanging loose or pinned up? I can see it pinned up with a flower - perfect spring style.
Originally Posted by OnyxCabelo
I hate when that happens.. damn back button! lol

Thanks Onyx! I did those braids last summer and I did wear them up in a pony most of the time. That's what helped me to disguise or distract from the scalp.

@BekkaPoo

If you do smaller braids and overlay them more (like bricks) you should get a less scalpy look. Also try smaller twists instead of braids--these might actually work better and take down won't take too long--small braids will take a long time to take down
Originally Posted by coilynapp
Coily.. I made these braids as small as I could. I had to use a tapestry needle to take them down. Twists would completely unravel within hours. But thanks for your suggestions.


Oh and welcome to the challenge ladies..
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