Z's Length Check: August 28, 2014

Just a quick length check as I remove her yarn wraps. 

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First Twist Set of the Year

I decided to play in my hair some and ended up twisting my entire head. Can't believe it took me 1.5 hours just to twist 3-4 inches of hair. I started out with dry stretched hair and drenched the twists with water to make them plump and juicy (my favorite way to wear them). Now if only they were double this length...::sighs:: Patience...

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Adding a Touch of Color to Yarn Wraps

It has been almost 2 weeks and this second installment of yarn wraps still has a lot of life left! They are looking more like actual locs as the days go by. She has been wearing either a high bun or a ponytail since the wraps were installed so I decided to switch up her look and add in some colors.

I pretty much just cornrowed her wraps on each side of her head and connected them into one section using different colored elastic bands. This is such as easy and quick way to break the monotonous black look of the yarn. I love how her parts are still pretty will defined.

She has been enjoying this style so far and will probably wear it out for the week. She has her Kindergarten screening next week. Eeeek! The summer is dwindling fast especially as we hustle and bustle through school shopping and reorganization around the home. Enjoying each and every fleeting moment... :-)

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Golden Tips

I was initially annoyed by the golden hue at the end of Z's yarn wraps (from the sealing process with the lighter), but now the color is growing on me.

Just wanted to note this. That is all. :-)

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Quick Picture Guide to Installing Yarn Wraps

To supplement my Yarn Wraps FAQ/Tips post, I put together a quick picture guide showing how to install a yarn wrap in the hair. Hope this helps. If all else fails, YouTube is always a great resource! Feel free to ask any questions here. :-)

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Yarn Wrap Installment #2 on Daughter's Natural Hair

I am so hooked on the ease and low maintenance of Z's first set of yarn wraps that I decided to do another set to carry us through the remainder of summer. I followed the same steps I did on the last set of wraps except I made the yarn pieces longer to accommodate her extra growth/length. In addition, I wanted a fuller high bun that would not come easily unraveled during playtime like it did on her last set and figured longer wraps was the key solving that issue.

I cleansed and deep conditioned her hair and immediately got down to business. Her strinkage is AMAZING! Her hair is in great condition especially since it was so well protected from the first set of wraps. I wanted to do her wraps just a tiny bit smaller this time around (which amounted to 10 extra wraps totaling to 60 wraps in this set). I also made sure I extended the wrap length at least 3 inches past her natural hair length so I can seal the ends of the wraps really well with the lighter.  Here is a picture tutorial on how I installed each wrap and a FAQ/Tip post I wrote if interested.

I had already planned for a two day hair affair. Four hours later on day 1...

The next morning I knocked out the top half of her head in 4 hours, and I could not be happier to be DONE. She was a good sport as usual during the installation. Here is how this set turned out:

They fit her so well. The next hairstyle to follow is her first day of Big Kid school. So bittersweet. She is growing up too fast...(and will always be my baby). ;-)

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Z's Yarn Wrap Removal | New Growth

After wearing her first set of yarn wraps (and extentions ever), Z has gained quite a bit of new growth over the past 3.5 weeks. I would say her new growth amounts to almost half of inch of hair which falls in line with the average of an half inch of new growth per month. Since her hair was fully protected by the yarn all the way down to the tips, her length retention was pretty much maximized over this time period. I am satisfied with her progress and with protective styling period, and I look foward to repeating this style very soon.

The take down process of her wraps were relatively easy. I just cut right above the burned ends of the wraps, unraveled the first layer of yarn, and unbraided the inside layer of yarn from her actual hair. I noticed that on the wraps where I braided the yarn only two inches into her hair before wrapping around the outside layer of yarn, the wraps were very quick to remove. Braiding the yarn into the hair all the way down to the tip is unnecessary for providing a secure yarn wrap. Plus braiding all the way to the bottom made it more tedious to take a loose. In the future, I will remember to only braid the yarn 1-2 inches in before wrapping to save time installing and uninstalling. In about 45 minutes, I was able to remove all the wraps and loose all of Z's crown and glory. I do not know why her hair appears so reddish brown in the pic below:

This was what's left over from her yarn wraps:

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