The accidental protective hair ‘do

I had been looking forward all last week to trying a new style. I was going to use the banding technique to stretch out my kinks before I did a two-strand twist style. I know I can’t explain the technique as well as some other folks online, so I’m just going to leave it to them. Check out these links here, here and here.

On Friday night, I co-washed my hair with my Tresemme Healthy Volume conditioner, conditioned with Kiss My Face Whenever conditioner and spritz with some Infusium 23 leave-in conditioner. I had updated you on Friday about my scalp issues. Back to Curly advised me that oiling my scalp (along with using some herbs) would help with the itchiness and dryness. So, I oiled my scalp with olive oil and castor oil, then moisturized with my super moisturizer and sealed with olive and castor oils.

I used a bunch of hair bands to stretch my hair. I tied everything down and went to sleep… only to be woken up at 4 am with a splitting headache. Was it the tension from the bands or was it the barometric pressure (Friday was a weather BEAST in Toronto) — I don’t know. All I do know is that my head pounded from 4 am until I woke up at 9:30am. I got up, removed the bands — which didn’t relieve the headache — and started to twist my hair. A few hours — and a chiropractic appointment later — I was done.

But I wasn’t feeling my twists just twisted. My goal is to find a way to wear my hair twisted as a protective style, but I don’t think it’s long enough. After running some errands and hanging out with the family, I decided to try something with the twists. I put them in corkscrews (or as we West Indians call it, chinee bumps) and spritzed everything with Oyin Handmade’s Juices and Berries (I told y’all that that would be in my life shortly!).

This morning, I woke up for church and took the chinee bumps down, sealed with my Crisco mix and guess what it looked like?

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Yay!

I’m super happy with the look. It’s shiny and bouncy and I can totally wear this to work with no issues. The pictures were taken about 10am — the one below at 3:30pm. The hair has dropped a little, but it still looks great.

I thought about taking this picture again but, honestly, I didn't have the energy. If I start playing around with this, I'll be sitting her all afternoon. So, here it is, blurry and all ;)
I thought about taking this picture again but, honestly, I didn't have the energy. If I started playing around with this, I would have been sitting at the computer all afternoon. So, here it is, all blurry 😉

The only thing that I would do differently is not put any gel in it when I’m twisting. The gel isn’t horrible, I’m finding a some flakes, but nothing major. Next time, I would just twist it with some moisturizer and call it a day. BTW, my scalp is feeling pretty good today. Let’s see what it’s like on day four, though.

I’ll definitely do this again! I love the fact that it’s a protective style that I can wear with hair that isn’t super long. It has style and a funky-ness that I like without being too ’nuff (AKA extra or over-the-top). So, now that I’ve found a style that I like that I can wear with a hat, I only need to get one wig when I’m in New York next month.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. ~Back to Curly~ says:

    chinee bumps are cuuuute! U must to a tutorial, your hair looks precious!

    1. urbansista says:

      Thanks! I love it! The tutorial will have to wait until January because I’m braiding it all up on Saturday.

  2. Queenofthe4s says:

    I am loving this technique! Your hair is super cute, and that pink looks great on you 🙂

  3. Angel says:

    Great hairstyle. I do something similar –, I twist my hair and then roll the twists up with the hard Goody rollers and it gives me a style that I can work with that looks neat, cute and professional. I have to try your corkscrews too.

    1. urbansista says:

      Thanks! I’ve finally found my go-to style! The one thing that I’ve noticed is that the smaller I can do my twists, the better the style looks. I re-did it on Sunday (my scalp was playing the fool and needed a good scrub) with smaller twists and it looks great. I know my braider’s sad because I don’t have to go in as often, but my pocket and I are quite happy!

      1. Angel says:

        Please explain how you do these chenee bumps. I want to try them, as they are really cute.

      2. urbansista says:

        Thanks Angel. I left some instructions in your previous comment here: https://theaccidentalnatural.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/doing-the-do-just-because/ Take a look there for some help.

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