Refreshing Red Haircolor!

Greetings, to to all! Got a haircolor video to share! I’m so forgetful when it comes to taking a photo of the final look! I promise I’m going to do better!

I lifted her roots to a level 6/7 and refreshed her red color using two parts #Igora L-89 and one part #Chi 8RR with 30 volume. I rodded her with red, yellow and pink perm rods for a tight long lasting curl. Check it out! I hope you like!

https://youtu.be/Vq6yhx–imI

Stay Stylish in the Summer with Flat Twists and Rod Sets!

Stay stylish this summer and beat the heat with these lovely flat twist updos combined with rod sets! These two ladies are very active and were looking for a low-maintenance updo style that they could wear for a week or two.

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This style is simply a large flat twist and rod set combo. The hair was parted at the crown and a spiral set was created with a combination of the pink and grey perm rods. I used Kera Care setting lotion. She sat under the hooded dryer for about 45-60 minutes for the curls to dry (she has thick hair!).

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This style was created similarly but with smaller flat twists. The free hair at the crown was two-strand twisted and then the ends were set with the pink perm rods. She only had to sit under the dryer for about 10 minutes for the curls on the end to set!

I would love to see your version of this style!  Thanks for stopping by!

Flat Twist Updo for Natural Hair

I visited Augusta the other weekend and got to love up on some hair! It was good to see my lovely clients! I have a quick second to share one of the lovely styles I did! This lovely flat twisted updo!

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I didn’t have a style in mind when I got started! I just went for it!

wpid-img_20151025_205544.jpgThis style was completed using only the clients beautiful natural hair! I love the final results and look forward to recreating another look like this!

D.I.M. (Did It Myself) Styling Series: Senegalese Twists

Hello, lovely people! I learned from experience that letting others do my hair is not always the best idea. Some people can work with my hair and it is great and some people touch my hair and disturb my balance and my hair goes crazy! I’ve gone back to caring for it myself for the most part! I have been crazy over this deep purple braiding hair for a while now! I have don’t braids with it but not twists so I decided to go for Senegalese twists this time. I wanted to do them really small but it didn’t have enough time so I did what I could!

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It took me 3 sessions along a period of 2 days to complete. All together. It probably took my about 8 to 10 hours. My routine is usually the same. I do the front section 1st, then the very back 2nd and the middle last! It makes the twists wearable even if I haven’t finished them yet! I wore them out on my birthday and no one could tell I wasn’t finished yet! Ha ha!

wpid-1439183369479.jpgwpid-20150810_044427.jpgI prefer to keep them up un a bun but will wear them down more to take the stress off of my edges! I just don’t like the feel of braids or any hair against my skin for extended periods of time!

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My face is all puffy b/c it was almost 4am when I finished!

This style should last me 6 to 8 weeks but I plan on removing them in 4 to 6 weeks to give my hair a break since I’ve been wearing a lot of restrained styles this year. I shampoo the twists weekly and apply a light oil to my scalp and the length of the twists to protect my ends!

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Box Braids

Hello! Got another box braid look I want to share with you all!

These lovely braids took about 6 hours to complete! I used 3 packs of X-pression kanekalon hair cut into 3 sections to complete this look.

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These braids can be shampooed and followed with a light conditioner and oil applied to the scalp and braids. They can be worn for 6 weeks.

Thanks for stopping by!

Updos to Beat the Heat!

Greetings, Blossoms! I have been doing a little running around lately and have missed you all! I am back with some new info and hair pictures!

This summer, this elegant cornrowed updo has been quite a popular request! Cornrowing and flat twisting are some of my favorite styles to execute so I always look forward to doing this type of style!

This style was cornrowed and 2 packs of X-pression kanekalon hair (color #30) was used for the bun up top! The hair was twisted and pinned to create the look.

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This bun was done with 2 packs of X-pression kanekalon braiding hair (#1B). The hair was loosely braided and pinned at the crown to create this look.

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This cornrowed updo used 2 packs of X-pression braiding hair (color #33) above. The hair was braided into small braids and pinned up.

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This type of style can last 2-3 weeks. I typically only wear this style for about 5-7 days because I absolutely HAVE to cleanse my scalp by then. The look is maintained by applying a light oil to the scalp as needed and tying the hair up while sleeping or during any activity like working out.

Got any questions? Feel free to ask below! Book me at http://www.styleseat.com/melissaotoo!

Thanks for stopping by!

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!

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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!

Thanks for stopping by!

Senegalese Twists with a Hint of Blue!

Here are some Senegalese Twists! Lovely and long with a hint of blue in the back! Minus the breaks and all, the look took about 8 hours to complete due to the length.

Senegalese Twists. Contact me to book your appointment!
Senegalese Twists. Contact me to book your appointment!

This style can last her 6 weeks or longer depending if she wants the perimeter touched up! These twists can be shampooed with focus on the scalp and low manipulation. Want this look? Contact me directly or book me on StyleSeat at http://www.styleseat.com/melissaotoo!

Thanks for stopping by!

Bantu Knot Set Success!

Greetings, Blossoms! I decided to give a Bantu knot set a try again. I have had several fails in the past but am determined not to let this look defeat me. It seemed like I got the best results on blown out hair but I wanted to try it with wet hair.

I cleansed and conditioned my hair with Hair Garden Cleanser and conditioner and then applied a good amount of Avocado Shea Moisturizer. I cornrowed the front of my hair in a simple design and used a small amount of EcoStyler olive oil gel for hold and processed to Bantu knot the back. I added the braids in the front partially so that I could do a quick fix in case this set went wrong!

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You can see the 2-stranded Bantu knot towards my nape in the bottom left photo

I had a bad experience trying to twist my hair from root to end before setting it (See: When the Spiral Set Goes Wrong), so I twisted the hair more tightly at the base and much looser towards my hair ends. I tried different twisting tension methods with each Bantu knot. I also wanted to experiment with 2-strand twists in Bantu knots (yes, I do the most) so I 2-strand twisted one section in the back before I Bantu knotted it. The ends of a few kept unraveling because I had freshly trimmed them. In all, I had 9 Bantu knots.

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I let it air dry for 24 hours and then sat under a warm hooded dryer for about an hour to make sure it was dry. When I took them down, I was impressed with my results. Some of the ones I used less tension on could have been better due to looseness of the curl. At least now I know the right amount of tension to use when twisting my ends into Bantu knots!

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I wanted to show the difference in the sets when I did the 2-strand twist in the back. It was a crinkled and fuller knot. Of course, the curl from the knot was not as defined due to the waviness from the 2-strand.

Final results! I'm satisfied!
Final results! I’m satisfied!

I would definitely try this look again with a little more time under the hooded dryer! These photos did not do the set any justice but I just could not find the right lighting! Have you tried Bantu knots? What are some of your Bantu knot experiences, good or bad?

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Cornrows and a Bun

Greetings, beautiful! Cornrowing has to be one of my favorite styles to do. It was what made me fall in love with hair. It is relaxing for me. I love creating designs in a persons hair and achieving different looks. The latest style I did was this gorgeous cornrow style with a loose high bun.

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This look is low maintenance requiring only a little oil on the scalp and hair occasionally and tying it up before bed or exercise. This style can last her 2-3 weeks with proper maintenance.

Thank for stopping by!

 

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