Short Hair with Flare!

Greetings, everyone! I thought I shared my new hair journey with you all! Obviously, I did not! Well, back in January, I’m thinking Jan. 15 to be exact, I made my mind up that I was ready to cut my hair. I had been admiring some fierce fades and short cuts with popping colors lately (like the one aboveūüėć).

Being a new mom I basically had zero time for my hair. No more time for home made treatments and sealing my ends whenever I felt like it. Wash day and detangling was a headache and I was experiencing a lot of shedding. I’m thinking postpartum hair loss was a contributing factor. My new growth was so much thicker than my ends so attemping to wear a fro was just a sad experience.

My scalp was also starting to suffer. I was wearing braids for the longest out of convenience and not cleansing like I should. I felt like my hair and scalp was basically in bad condition! I had the length I always wanted but couldn’t do anything with it so what was the point?

Fresh from the barbershop!

I am loving the cut. Right now, I am aiming to grow a mohawk. Maybe more like a faux hawk as you can see in the last pic I posted. I’m having fun with the designs too! I want to try all types of cuts and colors now!

1st design. Loved it!

I told the barber to get creative. I know you can’t tell but it’s purple up topūüíú

I’m going to do a separate post about how I maintain my shorter do so stay tuned for that! In the meantime, I made a short video with more details about my experience! You can see where i started and my final results! Check it out!

Thank for stopping by! See you soon!

-Aphropuphs (pronounced Afro-puffs)

Day 3 Follow-up on Heatless Curls!

Greetings, all! I did a follow-up video to show you day 3 of my heatless perm rod set. This is my favorite point of the style. It is nice and full with wild and free curls here and there! It’s low maintenance and the look lasts until I am ready to wash it. I simply maintain it daily by applying some coconut oil or whipped shea depending on what my hair needs!

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D.I.M. (Did It Myself!) Styling Series: Heatless Curls with Perm Rods

Hello, Lovelies! I wanted to share my most recent perm rod set with you all! I’m getting a little better each time with this video editing stuff¬†so I hope you all enjoy! I am starting to enjoy doing this so there will be many more videos to come! Subscribe to my channel on YouTube!

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Cornrowed Updo with a Bun!

I enjoyed doing this style! Many people who sit in my chair knows that I enjoy doing cornrows a lot! I was looking forward to doing this style and was excited about the outcome!

Cornrows and a pinned bun
Cornrows and a pinned bun

This style can be worn for 1 to 3 weeks depending on your preferences. Simply wrap it up when you are going to sleep or showering to keep it from frizzing and you are good to go! Want a look like this? Contact me at hairgarden@live.com or book me at http://www.styleseat.com/melissaotoo!

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Hair Garden’s New Home!!

Greetings, lovelies! I have some awesome news to share with you! Hair Garden has a new home!

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It was a difficult and¬†BIG decision for me but I decided to get out there on my own! I found¬†a suite in a beauty spa and have sealed the deal and moved in! I’m located inside of Beauty Restoration Spa at 3574 Highway 20 SE, Conyers, GA 30013.

I wanted a place where I could work on my clients in a professional atmosphere and make my retail available to the public.

Painting has just been completed so I am now getting settled in!

Contact me or visit me for your product orders and to book your appointment. You can also go to http://www.styleseat.com/melissaotoo to see my availability!

Cornrows for Little Blossoms!

Hello, Lovelies! Check out this kids cornrow style I did yesterday!

I started off by shampooing and conditioning her hair with Hair Garden’s Cleanser and Mango Punch Conditioner. I applied the avocado shea leave-in to her towel blotted hair and blow dried it out. I trimmed her ends as well before we began the braiding process.

I used my favorite braiding hair, X-pressions, to braid her hair.  I prepped her by sectioning her hair into the 4 sections I intended on braiding.

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I rolled the ends of the braids into perm rods and dipped them in hot water. She has a lovely cornrow style that can last 2-3 weeks with proper maintenance!

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Versatile Natural Hair Updo by Aphropuphs

Greetings, Blossoms! Today I traveled out to style a friend I have been styling since I was braiding on my bean bag out of my college dorm!

She wanted a low maintenance protective style so I created this lovely braid and twist updo combination for her!

Starting off, I detangled and pre-conditioned her hair with Hair Garden’s Peppermint Avocado Shea moisturizer. She had just come out of some two-strand twists I did for her and had a couple of months prior. I shampooed her with Hair Garden Cleanser and followed with the Mango Punch conditioner which I lightly rinsed out. I sectioned her out and blew her dry with the original Avocado Shea moisturizer. I used the mint formula as a moisturizer on her roots and scalp before braiding. This is because I included a special blend of essential oils known for their natural numbing and pain relieving properties. I wanted her to experience the least discomfort and damage possible since she had a lot of manipulation going on with her scalp within a short window of time.

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Her hair is cornrowed on the side and 2-strand twisted down the center in a mohawk style. I rodded the ends with drinking straws, secured them with bobbi pins and dipped them in hot water. I rolled the back up and secured it with hair pins. I pinned any additional pieces that were hanging too low in the front.

She has versatility with this style because it is still very wearable outside of the pinned up style with the cute curly ends! I was so excited to get to the end result that I didn’t take a picture of it before I pinned it! Next time I want to try this with smaller cornrows or flat twists.

Live in the Atlanta, or Augusta area and interested in booking an appointment? E-mail me at hairgarden@live.com to find out the dates I will be in your area!!

When Someone Tramples Your Hair Garden #2

Greetings my lovelies! Earlier this year my hair went through some trauma due to being handled without care as I described in my first entry of When Someone Tramples Your Hair Garden. It was time to take down those traumatized ends and I was looking forward to it!! Here is a quick reminder below of where I was before the salon visit and what I ended up with once I took down the style.

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I grabbed my shears and took matters into my own hands. I took off about 3 inches of damage. I still have about another inch or two to remove in some specific areas before I am completely satisfied with the overall health of my ends. I could have taken it all of the damage off at one time, but for it to be even, it would require me to cut a lot of undamaged hair as well. I have different textures of hair on my head so some parts took more of a beating than others. There was also some damage done near the roots with the thread used to bind my hair but not as severe. I am treating that with protein.

After the initial trim
After the initial trim

The photo above is following the initial trim from the blown out hair at the very top of the article. You can see the new fullness of the ends. It looks a little blocky right now but that is because of  1) how I have it parted and 2) my  shrinkage from different textures.

80% of the time I let my hair air dry in some sort of stretched style such as a braidout, twistout, or banding so it will be even for my daily wear. You can also see the difference in texture much better in post-cut photo. The back has a looser curl pattern and fluffier texture than the top. The top and sides of my hair has a smaller and tighter curl pattern and is more dense. I had to keep this in mind when cutting.

For my professionals, I began the cut in a 180¬ļ¬† because of the damage at the top and then¬†went back and evened everything out with a 90¬ļ to make sure I got the rest of the damage¬†on the sides¬†AND to keep the rounded shape that I prefer¬†to wear my afro hair in.

Final Results
Final Results

After the cut, I conditioned my hair with my avocado protein conditioner for about an hour and blew it out after a lot of t-shirt blotting¬†due to time restrictions and the cold weather! I used my Hair Garden Softener, Karen’s Body Beautiful Leave-in, and Shea Radiance Thermal Protection before I blew it out.

I am very happy with the results of my trim and my new bounciness my hair has gotten! I am looking forward to the next trim when I remove my protective style! I currently have my hair in box braids which I will share with in an upcoming post!

Thank s for visiting The Hair Garden!

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