Saturday, May 18, 2013

Coils with Organic Parts

I like to take a break from braids and cornrows every few weeks. About two weeks in braids or cornrows is enough for Scholar's hair. Since he is still young, his braids and cornrows do not last too long. He spends at least half of his life on his head. I mean, standing on, rolling around, rubbing the top of his head on the floor, couch, bed, anywhere. He is upside down more often than he is right-side up. So, we get a lot of fuzz after a short time. When his hair begins to look fuzzy, it is time for something new.

Allowing his hair to take a break, either being free or in coils, gives his scalp a chance to rest and also allows me to have a break from doing a more involved style. The downside is that free hair and coils do not protect his hair as well and there is more daily maintenance, not to mention his hair is harder to detangle when it comes time to wash and style again. (This is especially true since he spends so much time on his head.) For these reasons, I do not keep his hair free or in coils for very long.

Just for the record, if you see Scholar's hair free, it does not mean that I did not do anything with it. In fact, it takes more time to maintain his free hair than it does to care for his hair in a style. So, when people say, "Oh, mommy didn't do your hair today," it is rather insulting, not to mention, untrue. The truth is, I choose to do his hair free some days for specific reasons. Fortunately, not too many people have said something like this, but when they do I smile and carry on.

But that is a topic for another post. Moving on to coils...

Truth be told, I was attempting to do 3-strand twists in Scholar's hair. I must be doing something wrong because they turn out looking like coils. The upside is that they are nicer coils than I have been able to do when I actually try to do coils.

There are several different ways to do coils, all of which can be seen in YouTube videos. There are comb coils, finger coils and palm coils (I have not tried these yet, as I only recently read about them). Apparently, there are also the trying-to-do-3-strand-twists-but-turning-out-to-be-coils coils. Yeah.

On this particular day, I did not need to give the Tornados a bath (they get a bath twice a week, no more), so I washed Scholar's hair in the kitchen sink. He thought it was pretty funny.

Don't mind the dirty dishes in the sink.

I used Babycakes' new hair and body soap, Simply Clean, to wash Scholar's hair. I usually do not use any soap or shampoo in his hair, but I wanted to try the new soap.
I liked how the Simply Clean left his hair feeling clean and a little moisturized.
After washing, and rinsing, I applied an ACV rinse, thoroughly rinsed his hair again and then  used an Aubrey Organics conditioner. I detangled while the conditioner was in his hair.
I rinsed out the conditioner and wrapped his hair in a kitchen towel to keep it from dripping everywhere.
Then it was time to style.

You can see the coils that I already put into his hair. I did not use a comb to part his hair, rather, I used my fingers to make organic parts. I made large coils because I only had a short time to do his hair. I think it took about 45 minutes start to finish (including washing).

I began working with damp hair, but by the time I made my way to the back, it was beginning to dry.
I used the water bottle (water, aloe, oils) to dampen his hair.
Since I was doing his hair right after washing, I needed to add oils to his hair before styling it.
I took a section of hair that I wanted to coil and brushed through it.
Then, I worked Babycakes Hair and Body Butter through that section of hair to retain the moisture.

After applying Hair and Body Butter, I put a tiny little bit of Curlicious Cream on my finger, rubbed it between my fingers and thumb and coated the hair.
Then, I coiled the section of hair. Or, I should say, I attempted to 3-strand twist the hair, but the result was a coil.

The end result.
I lightly sprayed the coils after finishing. As the hair dries, it shrinks and coils a bit tighter.

Happy to be finished with sitting still.

From the front, top
Notice the parts. They are not as crisp and defined as they would be had I used a pintail comb to make the parts. Organic parts are quicker and can give a style a different look than parts made with a comb.

From the side
One of these days I will learn how to do the 3-strand twists properly. Until then, I will content myself with coils. These coils lasted a few days, which was perfect. By the time bath day came around, they were ready to be removed and Scholar had free hair for a few days following.

1 comment:

  1. Re-reading this...I really like those coils.

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