Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Palm Coils

This morning, after bath, I did Scholar's hair in Palm Coils. This is another way to coil the hair and looks like comb coils or finger coils. I was surprised by how quickly I was able to coil his hair. The palm coils worked best on longer hair - hair that was as long as my hand is wide. I had to finger coil some of the shorter hair.

To do a palm coil, take a small section of damp hair, apply product (I used Babycakes Hair and Body Butter). Stretch the hair out between your two palms and roll the hair between the palms, always in the same direction. It took a few coils to get the hang of it, but then it was super easy!
If you are having trouble picturing how to do the coils, think about when you make a worm or snake with play dough. You roll the dough between your hands. It's just the same, but you must roll the hair in only one direction.

After I did Scholar's hair, it was time for the boys to have some quiet time in their cribs while I got ready for the day. I say "quiet time" because that is what I desire them to have. In reality, this translates to jumping up and down, doing somersaults and headstands. Not very good for hair that has just been done and needs to dry. So I put a durag on Scholar's hair to protect the coils. Of course, Explorer needed one, too. The durag was off by the time I came back into the room, but it stayed on long enough to allow the hair to dry and not be messed up by crib acrobatics.

My apologies for the poor quality of the pictures. I wasn't planning to do a post about this style. In fact, I wasn't planning to do the style. It was a spur-of-the-moment thing and I grabbed my phone to snap a few shots.

Let me know if you try palm coils! They are easy and quick on longer hair.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Octopus

Here is a fun style that is quick and simple. The Octopus.

Styling Products Used

Babycakes Hair and Body Butter - applied to damp hair to seal in moisture
Babycakes Honey Butter - applied to damp hair, after Hair and Body Butter, to help hold braids
Water/Oil mixture in spray bottle (about 6 oz distilled water with 1 oz combination of oils - jojoba, argan, olive, vitamin E, or others) - applied as necessary to keep hair damp while working with it

Tools Used

Boar bristle brush - to brush out lint and fuzz that may be in the hair
Wide tooth comb - to detangle
Pintail comb - to make parts
Alligator clips - to hold hair
Dry washcloth - to wipe product off of hands as necessary


Working with damp hair, either after washing or wetting with spray bottle,
make a part vertically down the center and secure one side with alligator clips.

Make a part horizontally across the top of the head, dividing the hair into 4 equal sections,
moving the clips as necessary and securing each section as it is formed.
Divide each of the 4 sections evenly to make 8 equal wedges, securing each section with a clip.
Before braiding each section, detangle and apply products to hair, rewetting as necessary.

Use alligator clips to hold down the ends of braids until dry.

 The Finished Style