Showing posts with label yarn extensions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label yarn extensions. Show all posts

30 June 2014

Finishing Yarn Extensions or Wraps by Burning the Ends {Video}



Many have asked for our technique for burning the ends of yarn extensions. The video below specifically illustrates exactly that. Please make sure that no hair is present in the ends of the extensions or wraps so as to not burn your child's hair.

20 June 2014

Short Yarn Crochet Twists with Bangs and Protected Edges {Tutorial}



Yarn extensions are always a summer favourite for my daughter because she loves the fact that we don't style every weekend and that she can have a bit of coloured yarn added. However, my daughter's hair is fairly long (midback right now) so yarn extensions usually need to be that length (or longer if we're burning the ends or adding beads), which poses a problem when trying to fit all of the yarn under a swim cap. This year she wanted to try something new. First, she absolutely insisted on bangs (her cousins all have bangs and she wanted them, too), so I knew that our traditional method was not going to work. Second, she wanted her hair to be off her neck without having to constantly be pulling it up into a ponytail. Oh, and she didn't want to cut her hair at all, so that was completely out.

So we came up with this hairstyle to address all of our concerns. It was formed using the crochet technique (outlined below). Unlike the majority of crochet braid hairstyles, the style we created eliminates the need to attach hair (or in our case, yarn) to any of her edges, thus keeping them protected for the duration of the hairstyle. Yes, you read correctly: No edges were harmed in the making of this hairstyle.

18 April 2014

Pinned Yarn Rosettes Up-Do: Easter Hairstyle 2014



This hairstyle was done in a mad dash, I kid you not. For those who follow me in other social media, most of you know that I was unexpectedly scheduled for surgery on Friday, 18 April. Don't worry, I'm fine, but recovery will take some time. At the very least, there was no way I was going to be able to do a fancy Easter hairstyle the day after surgery, so what you see above is what we managed to pull together in two styling sessions done after school this last week.

Boo was wearing her afro, so the bulk of the work was in the finger detangling before transitioning to a protective hairstyle. My goal with this style was not only something nice for the holiday, but something that would require no maintenance or care from those who will be helping care for my daughter during my recovery. I think we managed to cover all of our bases and in a minimal amount of time.

29 January 2014

7 Reasons for Choosing Acrylic Yarn over Synthetic Hair for Extensions



This post is my attempt to answer one of the commonly-asked questions I receive about yarn extensions: Why do we use yarn over synthetic hair? Honestly, as with most things when it comes to hair, there isn't a right or wrong answer. In fact, most answers either fall into to the "right for us" or "not-so right for us" category. In our experience, yarn is more right for our family and my daughter's hair (although we've used both before) for the reasons outlined below.

13 January 2014

Versatile Yarn Flat Rope Twists Protective Up-Do #Hairstyle #NaturalHair



It is absolutely NOT necessary to use yarn to achieve this hairstyle, so if you like it and don't know how to add yarn to flat rope twists and/or cornrows, you can still do this. We chose to add yarn for a few reasons, not the least of which was to make a video on how to do so, as so many of you have asked me for a tutorial. Below are the step-by-step instructions for the hairstyle, and the video for adding yarn to flat rope twists can be found here.

06 December 2013

Triangle-Part Yarn Extensions Tutorial and Style Options #NaturalHair #Hairstyle



If ever there was a hairstyle that incorporates a ton of other stuff we've already blogged about, this is it. Seriously, I think I've covered quite a few different techniques in this one, so if you're interested challenging your skills and know-how, this will likely do it. We have yarn twist extensions, flat rope twists, piggyback rope twists, and triangle parts, not to mention knowing how to cornrow (for the style shown above). Yep. I'm super happy with style and it's going to offer us all sorts of flexibility for the next month, especially when it comes to styling for Christmas. If you have questions about why and/or how we use yarn, or need any additional information on yarn extensions (including the pros and cons of doing them), we've got a slew of posts covering them.

12 January 2013

How to Achieve a "Dip Dyed" Look with Yarn Extensions #NaturalHair



After wearing the modified protective veil up-do for Christmas, we decided to stick with yarn extensions for the next month or so. As always, I'm always wanting to try something new or different when doing a style that we've done before and this time was no exception. Someone in an adoption group to which I belong asked about the possibility of "dip dyed" yarn extensions and I was intrigued. I've seen dip-dyed hair before, but yarn extensions are an opportunity to provide a similar look without the permanency of dying the hair. And since my daughter is always interested in adding colour to her hair (she's five so it's usually something neon), I decided to give it a try. Outlined below is both my written instructions, as well as a step-by-step video, illustrating how we added coloured yarn to just the ends of yarn twist extensions. It is important that if you want to try this that you already have a good grasp of how to do yarn extensions, as removing one colour and weaving another at the bottom can be tricky if your extensions are not done really well in the first place.

04 August 2012

Pink Yarn Twists Veil



Like yarn extensions aren't tedious enough just to install, I had to take it to a whole new level of tedium by trying out this style! Boo's front flat rope twists were getting quite fuzzy and the hair was not staying as protected as I would like, so we removed them and put in a new set of pink in the front (the black box twists in the back were doing just fine). I chose to do this style with pink so that it would photograph better (and for instructional purposes), but it would make a beautiful formal hairstyle with all black and a few embellishments on the rubber bands in the veil.

28 July 2012

Share the Hair: Pink Yarn Extensions



"Share the Hair" is a regular feature of Chocolate Hair / Vanilla Care. With a nod to all of the families out there who have children with varying hair types, I will occasionally feature an awesome hairstyle for 4a/4b hair and then translate that hairstyle so it can be worn by girls with Type 1/2 hair. That way everyone in a blended household can sport fabulous hair. Because it just doesn't seem fair to hog all the cool hairstyles for just the chocolate girls; vanilla girls want to have their hair done-up pretty, too!

07 July 2012

Pink Yarn Extensions: A Fun Twist on Summer Style



My daughter had two requests this year for "summer fun" hairstyles: A Hello Kitty, and pink yarn extensions. Since we already did the Hello Kitty in her hair, we've moved on to the pink yarn extensions. Let it be known that I'm not super excited about this, especially since the pink that she chose was neon pink and just about burned this tomboy's eyes right out of my head. But it's summer, a time to have fun and let her experiment. And when it comes right down to it, this style is actually a lot more tame than last year's Rockin' Summer Hair!

19 April 2012

Trimming Yarn Extensions to Look More Even



Yay, I finally got a chance to edit this photos! Now I can share how we trim our yarn extensions to give them a more even look. This step is not absolutely necessary, but I've had several people ask about how I get the yarn all the same length on the ends, so I thought I'd do a bit of an explanation. I'm sure others have different methods for doing this, but this is what works best for us.

14 April 2012

Yarn Twists with Organic Parts



After having to do an emergency take-down of Boo's "fancy" hair style the other day due to "hot spots," we followed up with some yarn twists that we're hoping will last us several weeks. Boo's been a trooper about sitting for hair lately; I really wanted to do something that I know will last a while so that both she, and I, can have a break. So we did a marathon day of yarn twist extensions yesterday, with the plans of styling them "fancy" for today's planned Fancy Nancy birthday party for a friend. And after all of that, the party was postponed/cancelled due to illness. *sigh*

12 December 2011

Yarn Extensions: Our Tips & Tricks



We're heading into week four of Boo's Yarn Extensions with Front Yarn Flat Rope Twists and they are looking pretty well, all things considered. Since we haven't really done anything new with her hair except for regular maintenance, this would be a great time to share my tips for keeping her yarn extensions from drying out and looking good for weeks at a time. These tips work just as well for box braids/twists, as well as cornrows and flat twists.

26 November 2011

Yarn Twist Extensions with Front Yarn Flat Rope Twists



At long last, I'm finally posting the finished hairstyle from the "Yarn Extensions How-To Video." Boo had but one request for her new hairstyle: beads. As I'm not a huge fan of adding rubber bands to her hair, yarn extensions are healthiest way that I know to add beads without doing too much damage to her hair. Thus, began the long process of yarn extensions. In fact, the beads didn't get added until the Wednesday after the Saturday when we first started styling.

19 November 2011

Yarn Extensions How-To Video



At long last I finally had a chance to do some yarn extensions when my husband was home to run the video camera. This is a short video showing how I anchor the yarn into a two-strand rope twist. I used two strands of yarn, folded over, and anchored the hair on the fold of the yarn.

29 October 2011

Hairstyle for School Pictures 2011



I don't know about any of you, but we somehow ended up with school photos the same week as Halloween. I know that whomever planned that at Boo's preschool had no idea how much that might affect some people's costume plans, because it's not so easy for some of us to go from one style on Monday to a completely different style on Wednesday. Thankfully Boo's Hello Kitty costume came to the rescue, as her hair was completely covered so I could style it however I chose.

30 July 2011

How We Wash Yarn Extensions



We wash Boo's scalp once a week. Period. Regardless of what style she's wearing. A healthy scalp is so important to healthy hair. And besides, we don't want her doing the "weave pat." Yarn extensions are no exception. Yes, washing hair with a style in does make the style get fuzzier, and in the case of yarn extensions, the yarn will probably slip a bit, but it's a small price to pay to keep Boo's head healthy.

11 July 2011

Yarn Twists with Halfmoon (Seashell) Parts



I was inspired to try these parts a while back when seeing them on Beads, Braids, & Beyond. I did some "Diamond Yarn Twist Extensions" a while back, which sort of looked closer to the finished product at BBB. Then I tried some real "halfmoons" in my "Bantu Knots with Seashell Parts," all in the hopes of working up to doing a full head of yarn extensions with these types of parts. They are supposed to be easier and less time consuming that traditional boxes. And I suppose that would be true for anyone other than the OCD, super hyper-critical-part-nazi that I am.

18 June 2011

Wearing the Same Style Funky or Traditional



Boo is still sporting her Rockin' Summer Hair this weekend. I love this style. Not only is it fun and full of colour for summer, but there are so many different ways she can wear it. She can go from a cool fauxhawk to an everyday traditional style in less than three minutes. And for that, we're loving the flexibility!

13 June 2011

Rockin' Summer Hair, Part 2



Okay, here it is: The much anticipated, and slightly more tame version of, the Rockin' Summer Hair, Part 1. What I really like about this style is that it can be more conservative looking (as seen above) or more fun, when pulled up on top of her head to reveal all the cornrows.