Saturday, January 21, 2012

THIS is the reason I dont introduce more than 1 variable to a hairstyle.

The Princess had a really, really good hair day today, and I wanted to blog about it. However, I am not really sure how to label this post. I am experimenting with different variables, so I'm not sure what made The Princess's hair so soft and shiny and manageable. And I did not orchestrate the three strand twist into bantu knot out very well; it was majorly scalpy.  But  I thought the condition of The Princess's hair was something worth blogging about. And I see that this style has definite potential to be AMAZING, so I thought I would share what I did, and what I will do differently next time. This blog is, after all, sort of hair diary for me. :)

The variables: (What I did differently, that is outside of our normal routine)
  • I used an apple cider vinegar rinse for the first time on The Princess's hair. I will definitely be blogging about this more later, in greater detail. For those of you that are not familiar with the concept of apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinses, here is a brief article that sort of explains it. I used the rinse INSTEAD of shampoo, and after rinsing thoroughly the first time, I applied the mixture (3 cups water, 1/2 cup ACV) again, and rinsed about 50 percent of it out of her hair. Then I blasted her hair with cold water.
  • I am reviewing new products from Blended Beauty. For this style, I used their Curly Cake Shake to moisturize/detangle and Happy Nappy Styles for hold. (links will take you directly to the Blended Beauty website, to the product descriptions.) Iwill be posting that review soon.
  • The Princess just got a trim, about 2 inches worth of a trim. Her hair, therefore, is healthier than it was last time we did this style. That, of course, makes a big difference in how the style looks.

What I liked about the results:
  • Her hair was soft, manageable, and ha lots of shine. ( I am almost certain the shine was mostly due to the ACV rinse, since her hair was incredibly shiny immediately after 'washing' it. )
  • The three strand twist into bantu knot-out was gorgeous! It had body, but was not at all crunchy. The curls were the most defined I have ever gotten out of this style.
What the style left to be desired:
  • The hold was not quite enough. While her hair was extremely soft, it got frizzy quite fast, and the curls fell faster than they normally do while in this style.
  • There was definitely a 'scalpy' look. The parts were very noticeable, and I think  that is due to the bantu knots being too time I do them, I will make them smaller. Also, I used straight parts, and I normally part on an angle. Note to self: Always part on an angle.
I have found that experimenting with hair is a lot like feeding a baby solid foods for the first few months; its best to change one thing at a time and note the reaction. If there is an allergy or sensitivity, you will be better able to quickly determine the cause if there is only one variable. The same thing can be said for a positive reaction; I have no idea what worked in my favor here because I did so many things differently. But for the most part, I love the results. Next time, I will experiment with using different amounts of the 'Happy Nappy Styles' product; maybe using more will provide more hold. And I will make the bantu knots smaller, and part on an angle. I hope this will help perfect this look. :)

 Have you ever used an apple cider vinegar rinse on either yours or your child's hair? What are your thoughts about it?


  1. Wow her hair looks amazingly soft, shiny and HEALTHY!!!!

    I think the style looks great it just looks like you needed to fluff her roots to cover the parts and get it more volume, did you fluff the roots?

    I am scared to use an ACV rinse but maybe I should get it a try the diva's hair could like this ;)

    1. I did NOT fluff the roots! I just carefully separated the twists...maybe that is what I was missing! Thanks for the advice!

  2. Her hair looks amazing! So much shine!

  3. Great job....I use ACV to clarify scalp. Try pineappling hair at night to help with scalpy. Thanks for sharing

    1. Pineappling is something I have been meaning to try. You say it helps with the scalpy look? Gonna have to try it!

  4. Her hair looks so healthy and glossy (",) Ive used acv on mine and my daughters hair.It stopped my scalp itching and made my hair so shiny and did the same to my daughters. Everytime we apply it we leave it in before we rinse with water and detangle with condition we hate the smell and my fiance jokes we both smell like salad lol but by the time the 30 mins are up you cant even smell it anymore. Im not only impressed by how glossy our curls turn out but also how the vinigery smell disappears (",)

    1. Yes, the smell was crazy until it dried! I am definitely going to incorporate the ACV rinse into everyone's hair care routines from now on. :)

  5. I love ACV rinses on Baby O--I even use them on myself! They do stink to high heaven, but the smell goes away. Princess' hair looks amazing and I can't wait to see more!

  6. Ok, that's it! I have GOT to try an acv rinse! Your results are pretty dang awesome. How often will you be doing them do you think? I know my daughter is gonna have a fit about the smell though... hmmm


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