Retro Bangs with a Twist Out

So I have finally found the time to experiment with the retro bang that Antoinette so beautifully incorporated into this as well as thisstyle which was inspired by this lovely lady. It was really easy breezy and I LOVE it! The retro bang is created by using a “rat”. I made a pretty complete pictorial of how I made my home made rat which will be posted very soon! Anyhow, here is the tutorial to this easy hair style below. 

Rod Set Updo

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I bought a new flower at H&M and have been figuring out ways to incorporate it into different styles. I was beginning to wear my hair the same way everyday so I looked through our Styles and Gallery section for a little inspiration. Still nothing. Then I checked our e-mail and boom! A reader named Paige Jackson e-mailed us a picture of her rod set and I thought where in the world are my foamy hair roller things? I found them buried in a box under my bed slapped them onto some dry seriously stretched hair (I mean serious, like the day before had it slicked back into a tight bun) and woke up to a head of bouncy thick curls. I then pinned my curls up in a variation of my earlier Natural Belle Post. It was fairly simple to do and I used NO HEAT! Hallelujah Sweet Baby Jesus. More pictures below.
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Beyonce inspired Retro Updo

This is probably the 3rd time I’ve posted this still from Beyonce’s Countdown vid but I don’t care because I love her with her fake illuminati baby and all. Sike. But really, just want to show you yet another way to rock theRetro French Twist. My hair isn’t straight or blown out but the bang is easier to do on very stretched curls. 
Me and my boo in my boo’s coupe ridin…all up in that black with his chick right beside him…

Even Curly Nikki Gets Retro!

In case yall don’t visit Curly Nikki’s Site everyday (and if you don’t shame on you) I thought I’d show you her version of our French Twist wth a Headband she just posted. She writes:
So this morning the lovely Shanti of A Curls BF submitted a guest spot called ‘Tutorial of the Retro French Twist With Headband’ (below). Per their style, the ‘do was incredibly chic and after taking a peak at the very succinct video (I thank you), I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited. No french braiding, flat twisting, levitating or other magical maneuvers involved… I was game. I emailed Shanti and was like, ‘after your retro hair style post and Mara Hruby from yesterday, y’all have got me itching to try something new…’ and she was all, ‘DO IT!!! Readers would get such a kick out of seeing you try something out of the norm.’ So looky what I did! I can’t tell if feel like more Lucille Ball or the Tropicana lady, but either way, I got the swag sauce I’m dripping swagu.
I think she looks so cute but she’s still not sure if she has the courage to wear the style out and about. We all need words of encouragement from time to time so ladies leave some for her here.
If you try it send pics!

Retro French Twist with Headband

Being as though Antoinette is without her camera momentarily, I thought that I would show my interpretation of  retro headband ponytail puffI don’t wear my curls out these days due to the cold (and the fact that I don’t own a hair dryer) so my hair is usually in a twist out or braid out. My interpretation is pretty much the same as Ant’s. The only difference is that my hair is in a loose french twist rather than a high puff. 
Antoinette tried it with the french twist on freshly washed and diffused hair as well.

Retro Braids Tutorial

Ant came to Philly and helped me film the tutorial to the retro braid style. We are working on getting a new camera so excuse the gritty texture and bad lighting. Excuse the random laughter as well. When Antoinette and I get together seriousness goes out the door. Enjoy! P.S For clarity’s purpose, at 1:40 I switched from two strand twists to traditional cornrowing. The opposite braid is a continuous cornrow from beginning to end. I would love to see the style on some of you ladies. Please send us pics!

Twist Out to 1940′s Waves

I’m trying to use less heat and not blow dry my hair so often so I’ve been playing around with my 2nd and 3rd day curls. I honestly don’t have 2nd day curls that I can wear out. I’m still on a quest to find them but I have figured out a way to stretch my wash and go for 4-5 days without having to re-wet and re-blow dry. These 1940 waves have helped me tremendously this winter.   I usually wear my hair out the first day after I wash and go or diffuse. Then I wear my second day curls in a high ponytail with a cute accessory. Then I do flat twists. I either wear the flat twists in a style or cover them with a head wrap. After I untwist and rock my twist out or 1940′s waves seen below. I’ve been really pleased with the results of this style and it involves NO HEAT!  Below is a video on how I did the twist out and 40′s waves. 
Keep in mind, while I do not fully re-wet my hair everyday I do mist it with water using a spray bottle. I’m a firm believer that water is the best moisturizer. After I mist it I add a little leave-in conditioner and/or oil depending on what my hair needs that day. Before I twist my hair I spray it with rosemary infused water on it to add shine and moisture. 

Natural Belle With Facinator Hat

I have a new hair style! All thanks to Natural Belle who’s blog is my new favorite online click. For a fabulous tutorial on how to get the look click our About to Go H.A.M: 1940′s Pinup Styling post. This hairstyle calls for a ‘rat’ which is used to help create the bang. If you don’t have a ‘rat’ use a hair roller and some bobby pins. That’s what I did and it worked just fine.
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I tried this style out and I love it! It’s edgy but also sleek and soft. I wore it to work yesterday which was so befitting because I work at a jazz club and I was too cool for school. 
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Front View
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Side View
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Add the Fascinator Hat
It’s easy ladies. Try it out. Send Pictures!

Retro Headband Ponytail Puff

I’ve been feeling a bit dainty and as a result I’ve been playing around with headbands lately. This headband actually has that bendy metal in it so I can shape the material anyway I want it. It’s cute kind 1960′s. It was inspired by…

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