February 28, 2010

Afro Glitz First Annual Web Awards

One of my favorite online magazines/hair community Afro Glitz is hosting its First Annual Web Awards.

Afro Glitz felt that it was necessary to honor those who advocate the beauty of natural hair and self-love, by creating the Afro Glitz Web Awards. You can nominate your site and/or your favorite sites within several categories.

Categories include, Best Author Site; Best All-Around Beauty Blog; Best Forum; Best Hair Blog; Best V-Log for Loose Hair; Best V-Log for Locs; Best Haircare Products Site; Best Haircare Accessories Site; Best Performing Artist Site; Best Visual Artist Site; Best Website Design; and, Most Influential Site. You can also suggest your own category as well. Find detailed information on each category here.

Sponsors are welcome as well.

The nomination period ends on March 25th, 12pm EST time. The nominees will be announced on June 25th, as well as the start of the voting period. The voting period ends on August 25th at 12pm EST time, and the winners will be announced on October 25th.

So, head over to Afro Glitz to nominate your favorites.

Peace and Blessings...

February 21, 2010

Twist-Out Pictures

I took down both my and my step-daughter's twists. I actually co-washed mine in preparation for a twist-out. I took hers out because, although they did last for about two weeks she was driving me crazy with all of her scratching saying it was itching - so I wanted to wash and re-do hers.

After unraveling her twists, she said she wanted to wear them out in a twist-out. It actually looked pretty good after I picked out tons of lint, but I knew it wouldn't last a week without getting matted and filled with lint again (I don't how she manages to pick up so much lint) and she was still scratching. I did let her wear it 'out' for a day though ;o)

Side of her 'one day' twist-out

Since it was two-strand twisted all over it hung in her face, so I pulled it back and added a headband (I had the headband pulled back, further but for some reason she felt it looked better right at her hairline :o) Her hair was so nice and shiny and bouncy - she didn't have any dry scalp so I don't know why she was scratching all the time?? :o(

Back of her twist-out.

I decided to detangle each twist by hand - to get ready to re-wash.

Detangled twist-out. I though this was a cute style, so we did another photo shoot before I washed it.

Closer shot with another one of my headbands.

The finished result.... I decided to put cornrows in the front with the ends in two-strand twists, then two-strand twists in the back. This way she could wear a twist-out the next week and it would still look pretty tame with all of her running around and stuff and she wouldn't need to use of any of my headbands - lol :o)

Damp twists - you can see a little of the leave-in conditioner/pomade mix (the white spots).

Dry cornrows/twists

This was taken the next day - not much more shrinkage from the night before.

Showing the amount of overall shrinkage.

I co-washed my twists then let them air dry... I got carried away massaging the top - which resulted in lots of fuzziness.

Showing shrinkage - some of the ones in the back and the very top/front unraveled so I re-twisted.

The next morning - I added some more oil and unraveled. I actually left in the row in the back.

The night before I unraveled, while they were still damp I added some oil then covered with a satin scarf, which helped with the frizziness.

I plan to wear it like this for a week or two.
Also I haven't forgotten about my 'giveaway announcement' and will be back with updates soon. So stay tuned.
Peace and Blessings