My Go- To Summer Hairstyle: Princess Crown Braids


Front view of the two sections in my hair
Step1: Section hair into two sections with a side part at the front.

 

 

 

 

imageStep 2: Using the LCO(liquid, cream and oil) method, moisturize and seal both sections. My products of choice are my Moisturizing Leave-in mix ( Hello Hydration and water), Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter and Garnier Fructis Triple. Nutrition Dry Oil. I also use a styling product for definition and hold which was the Beautiful Textures Curl Definer a Curling Custard.

 

 

 

 

imageStep 3: Cornrow or French Braid each section going backwards in a bit of u shape to form a crown- like form on your head. ( Cornrow tutorial for beginners) and secure each braid with a rubber elastic. Don’t worry if your braids aren’t’ perfect.

 

 

 

 

imageStep 4: Place one braid under the other . Using the braid that is under, place the ends of the braid at the side of the Cornrow opposite to the braid which you are using. ( confusing I know). Repeat the exact same step for the other braid, placing at the side of the other Cornrow. Tip: The objective is to form a circular, crown like shape with the both cornrows.

 

 

imageIf I wish to wear the braids out the next day, instead of tucking them under, I would attach flexi-rods to ends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is are some other views of the style:

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Wash Dayaries #4 : Let Me Upgrade Ya!

Hey guys! So for the remainder of my stretch til the end of August I want to upgrade my hair regimen  to ensure maximum length and moisture retention in my hair. I will soon be posting my improved regimen, however I utilized this wash day as a prep for my new regimen so that when Wednesday rolls around… I would be a bit familiar with my new regimen. ( Yes, I plan on doing mid-week cowashes). Anyway… Let’s get started!

Status : 9 weeks post

Focus: Protein

Prepoo/ Deep Conditioner ( Saturday Night 11:17- 11:33 p.m) So instead of pre-pooing as I do when I use shampoo, I deep conditioned since I am going to use a Cowash. My hair was in a textured bun from an old Braidout so I sectioned into four. I applied my protein treatment which is the Organics Cholesterol with Tea Tree Oil while finger detangling to each section and braided. I put on a plastic cap followed by a satin scarf and left it on overnight. ( However, on Wednesday I plan on doing it for 30 minutes.)

Cowashing ( Sunday Morning 10:28- 10:59 a.m) I applied my Pantene Truly Natural Cowash to my new growth and scalp to a section of my hair. Using my Shampoo Massage Brush( a small plastic circle with short plastic bristles extending from the base and a handle), I exfoliated ( if you will) my scalp working in the Cowash and rinsed that section. I then repeated these steps on the same section and braided up. I repeated this process until all sections were done. I then unravelled the braids and applied my Garnier Fructis  Hydra- recharge Conditoner to each section and clipped my hair up while showering. I rinsed after bathing.

Airdrying ( 11:02 a.m) I used the t-shirt method to dry my hair for about 13 minutes and then proceeded to airdry. I applied my Moisturizing Leave-in Mix, followed by my Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Treatment ( can be used as a leave-in) and lastly my Garnier Fructis Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment.

Styling (8:10- 8:37 p.m) I sectioned my hair into two with a side part at the front. Then, I applied my oil mix to my scalp and using the LCO method, I moisturized and sealed my hair using my Leave-In Moisture Mix,  One N’ Only Styling cream and Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Dry Oil in that order. I then cornrowed both sections to form my new go-to style Princess Crown Braids and placed two small flexi-rods at the ends.

Overall thoughts: I thought this wash day was a success. Co-washing is definitely a new must-have in my regimen as it left my hair feeling super soft and hydrated, not to mention light and flowy. I also love my new shampoo massage brush, it really helped my rod my scalp of buildup given my great amount of new growth. Shedding was reduced and I am ecstatic!

Overall Time: 9 hours and 27 minutes( excluding overnight deep conditioning)

 

My Updated Summer Hair Regimen

Hey all! So as I said in my previous wash day post, I wish to increase my moisture and length retention for the remainder of my stretch until August so I have added a few things to my regimen. My typical wash day will still remain as Sunday and I will follow my particular regimen for that day up until Airdrying. If interested you can see that regimen,here. After I have airdried, I will use my usual moisturizing products and follow the LCO method to moisturize and seal my hair. However, my go to style would be , what I like to call the Princess Crown Braids ( tutorial coming soon) which I think is a super easy, low manipulative, completely protective style that enables my to Moistuize, seal, apply oil to my scalp and such without taking my hair down from the braids completely. Plus, If I don’t want to wear the braids anymore, I could unravel them and get a bomb Braidout. Awesome right? Then I plan on moisturizing and sealing with my usual rotation of moisture and protein moisturizers until Thursday, when I would add in Cowashing to my regimen.

On Thursdays, after taking down my braids,  I will firstly deep condition using my Garnier Fructise Damage Eraser Balm, which I will always use on a Thursday and then Cowash using my Pantene Truly Natural Cowash. I will Cowash in two slack braids while using my Shampoo. Massaging Brush to lift the buildup and exfoliate my scalp. After Cowashing, I will reinforce a bit of moisture into my hair using my Garnier Fructis Hydra-recharge Conditioner and rinse after about 10 minutes. I will then airdry my hair till it’s about 50 – 75% dry, moisture and seal as I normally would and then rebraid my hair into the Princess Crown Braids. ( I may also use this Cowash to style my hair for the weekend in a heartless style, if I have somewhere to go but that’s hardly likely).

I am excited to initiate this regimen as I feel that it would really give my hair the boost it needs to pass my bra strap. I also think that it would work well together with my new exercise routine as well as my new found passion for fruit smoothies, so…fingers crossed, we’ll see!

 

Wash Dayaries #3

Hey! So last week I didn’t post my wash day diary because I flat ironed my hair for an event so I would be posting my routine which I followed on my flat iron tutorial soon! So let’s begin…

Status: 8 weeks post

Focus: Moisture

Prepoo( Saturday Night 8:32 -8:45 p.m)- I heated my COC oil mix for 15 seconds in the microwave. I then bent my head upside down and applied the oil to my scalp while massaging it in for about 15-20 seconds. I then sectioned my hair in two and applied some oil to my ends. I followed up with my L’oréal Paris Damage Erasing Balm to each section, braided it up and secured with a rubber elastic leaving about 3″ of my ends unbraided. I then reapplied a dime sized amount of Damage Erasing Balm to my unbraided ends. I covered with a plastic bag and then tied a satin scarf on my head. I felt as if this pre-poo routine was less complicated while still providing the same effects of my previous routine which I did in four sections instead of two. It saved me time and energy and I will definitely continue with this routine. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before!

Shampoo and Condition (Sunday morning 11:33-11:56 a.m)- I rinsed both braids which I installed last night. I applied the L’oréal Paris Eversleek Shamppo to each section focusing on the roots and rinsed. While rinsing , the shampoo, I unbraided each section under running water and lightly finger detangled. I rebraided, reapplied the shampoo and repeated. I then followed up with the matching conditioner and rebraided my hair once more. I left it in for the remainder of time I spent in the shower and rinsed it out under running water while detangling one final time.

Deep Condition (12:06-1:00 p.m) I towel blotted my hair and divided into four sections. I then mixed my COC oil mix, along with my Garnier Fructis Hydrarecharge and my Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Comditioner. I applied the deep conditioner mix using the Relaxer Method ( applying conditioner directly to new growth with an applicator brush and then the ends) and sprayed the roots only with a Black tea rinse. I twisted each section, put on a plastic cap and sat under my Gold N’ Hot deep Conditioning Heat Cap for 30 minutes.

Airdrying (1:05-8:12)I rinsed my hair with cool water and t-shirt dried for about 45 minutes ( I got a bit busy). I then applied my Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair as it can also be used as a leave-in along with my Garnier Fructis Morrocan Sleek Oil.

Styling- (8:15-8:50) I applied my African Pride Growth oil and Castor oil mix to my scalp and sectioned my hair in 5. I then applied my leave in moisture mix, followed by my One N’ Only Argan Oil styling cream and my Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Dry oil to my hair. I blow dried each section on cool and then wrapped my hair. I secured it with a wrap scarf followed by a satin scarf.

Overall Thoughts- I think this was a typical wash day. My focus on moisture was definitely achieved as my hair felt super soft, light and hydrated after air-drying. I found that blow drying my hair on cool was a harmless way to get sleeker results for my styles during the week and it also tamed my new growth. Since I am half way through my 14 week stretch, this would be my last time wearing my hair straight and I do want to enhance my regimen a bit for greater moisture and length retention which I think will decrease shedding and breakage. I did think the hair that was shed today was a fair amount given my amount of weeks post. However, I won’t complain if it was a little less.

Overall time- 9 hrs and 33 minutes ( excluding overnight prepoo time)

 

Wash Dayaries #2

Status: 6 weeks post

Focus: Moisture

Prepoo ( Saturday Night 7:45–8:00): I took my hair down from my pony tail and divided it into four sections. I applied my COC oil mix to each section, finger detangled and then detangled with my wide tooth comb. I braided each section and secured it with a plastic hair tie leaving about 3″ of my ends unbraided. I applied my L’oréal Paris Damage Erasing Balm to the ends that  I left unbraided. I covered my head with a plastic bag and put on my satin scarf. I Left my pre-poo overnight.

Shampoo and Condition (Sunday Morning 10:42-11:00) I washed each braided section with my L’oréal Paris Eversleek Smoothing Sulfate Free shampoo  working it in to my scalp with my fingertips. I repeated on all four sections and the lather was amazing this time! I don’t think I ever used this shampoo to its full potential before this washday. I followed up each section with the matching conditioner and let it sit for the remainder of time I spent in the bathroom.

Deep Condition(11:04-12:00) This was my first time for this stretch doing my black tea rinse which I usually do from 6-12 weeks post. I mixed my DC which was my Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner, my COC oil mix and I also added my Garnier Fructis Hydra-recharge Conditioner which I used to make my mix thicker because I used the Relaxer Touch-up method to apply my D C. I used this method because my new growth  is beginning to thicken up and I want to ensure that my natural and relaxed hair get equal attention to minimize breaking and shedding. I sprayed my Black. Tea Rinse onto my scalp and new growth and then my relaxer hair. I then sectioned my hair and applied my DC. I twisted each of the  four sections and covered with a plastic cap. I sat under my Gold n Hot Heat Conditioning Cap for. 30 minutes and then 10 minutes for my hair to cool. I rinsed it out and I definitely think I will be keeping this extra conditioner in my regimen because my hair felt strong and moisturized , which is all a girl could ask for!

Airdrying (12:04-til…) After I rinsed my hair, I t-shirt dried for 10 minutes. I then sprayed my leave-in moisture mix of hello hydration and water and then I sprayed my hair with my Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Dry Oil and left my hair to dry.

Styling(7:19-7:50) At this point my hair was 98% dry as some of my roots at the centre of my head was a bit damp. However, I bent my head forward and placed my oil mix (African Pride Growth Oil and Castor Oil) on my scalp and massaged it for about 1 -2 minutes. I then parted my hair in five sections and began my work. Using the LCO method, I moisturized and sealed each section with my Leave-in Moisture mix, my One  N’ Only Argan Oil styling Cream and my Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Dry oil in that order. I then placed each section in Jumbo flexi-rods (Dark Purple/Indigo) and covered my hair in a satin bonnet and left it overnight.

Final Thoughts: My hair felt incredibly soft and manageable so I would definitely incorporating Garnier Fructis Hydra-recharge into my regimen for moisture.

Total Time:  8 hours 27 minutes( excluding overnight pre-poo)