Jumbo Senegalese Twists

Hey everyone! As you can see, today we’re  chatting about the jumbo senegalese twists I recently had done. These were not crochet, they were hand done by Tess & came out beautifully!

We used (if i am not mistaken) 10 packs of hair.. yes, that many. A combination of 6 Nappy Annie & 4 Kanekalon all in colour #1.

If you’re really into protective styles or hair in general the way I am you, probably follow a lot of various hair pages like I do. This particular hairstyle I saw on Sira Kante (@inkmyafrica) & I was like “yaaaas girl!”. I definitely stole her look for my recent trip out of town for a party weekend, particularly because of how she wore it. I have inserted her picture below so you guys can see what inspired my entire look. She wore an African print inspired swimsuit & I honestly couldn’t stop stalking the pictures.

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So naturally, I went & found myself an African print inspired swimsuit for one of the beach events I was attending. Mine was from Andrea Iyamah, (IG @andreaiyamahswimwear) which happens to also be black owned company, jackpot!

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back to the twists

If I’m being completely honest I knew these wouldn’t last very long & I didn’t really want them to. I  only wanted them for this particular weekend just to achieve the look I was going for. The twists were started as box braids as you can see below to ensure that they wouldn’t unravel because of how loose & thick they were going to be. Many of you are probably thinking “those look heavy” & no they really weren’t. They only got heavy when they were wet (of course) but otherwise I was good.

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The twists started to get super fuzzy after about a week & I took them out shortly thereafter. I’m pretty sure I could have kept them in longer but for me it wasn’t a very practical hairstyle considering the fact that I workout quite often & it was pretty difficult to put these twists into any kind of ponytail due to their thickness. Lets not even get into how the length gets in the way of my whole entire life, lol 🙃.

When I want to repeat this look chances are I will go with a crochet version of it and a little bit shorter. The crochet braids listed below are probably going to be the ones I make my choice from when I do this again since I looked at these for some more inspiration when deciding on the twists.

  1. Janet Collection – Havana 8X Mambo Twist Braid 
  2. Authentic Synthetic Hair Crochet Braids 2X Jumbo Senegalese Twist
  3. Outre Synthetic Hair Crochet Braids X-Pression Braids Senegalese Twists X-Large 

 

More Pictures Of The Jumbo Senegalese Twists

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I loved this look & I think I nailed it, if i do say so myself! 😉😂

Have you ever done these Jumbo Senegalese Twists whether hand twisted or using the crochet method? Let me know in the comments below what you think of them!

Until next time my loves,

xo Justine-Renee

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Crochet Faux Locs | FreeTress 2x Soft Wavy Locs

Hi everyone! As promised this is going to be my review on my most recent crochet faux locs using FreeTress 2x Soft Wavy Loc 20″. I used 7 packs that I got from SamsBeauty.com & they cost $8 a pack. I used 2 packs of BLBK & 5 packs of #1.

As always they were installed by Tess.

FreeTress 2x Soft Wavy Faux Locs

 

freetress-faux-locs-9If you saw my review of the Bobbi Boss Bomba Dreadlocks Soul which I absolutely LOVED, then you know I thought they were super light. When I got my hands on these all I could think was, “well excuse me FreeTress with your feather weight hair!😯”

These locs are literally light as a feather, I almost couldn’t believe it. I don’t now how FreeTress did it because other brands I’ve seen around (that are as realistic as I find the Bobbi Boss) have not compared in weight. These definitely take the cake as far as weight is concerned.

 

 

freetress-faux-locs-7I fell in love with these locs instantly! I think the length is great & the fact that they are slightly wavy is pure perfection! They are very realistic looking but in a more unique way than the Bobbi Boss in my opinion. They are slightly more feminine to me because of the slightly wavy appearance.

The person who likes the Bobbi Boss may not like these & vice versa based on preferences & the look they are trying to achieve.  These locs are thin & wavy while the Bobbi Boss locs are straight & thick. In my opinion the Bobbi Boss locs give a more authentic dreadlocks look while the FreeTress is a lot more feminine & dainty in appearance.

Of course you may use perm rods & hot water to curl the Bobbi Boss locs & achieve some waves but I don’t think it gives the same effortless look that these locs have straight out the pack. Considering that these waves aren’t defined in anyway.

The lightness of these crochet faux locs made throwing them into a ponytail for my workouts very easy. Washing my hair was also not a problem because they dried very quickly.

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My only complaint about these locs is how much the blue ones tangled! I installed these locs on September 2nd & took them out on October 7th. I usually would keep them in a while longer but they were getting so tangled & undone that I honestly couldn’t. The black locs were fine & had I done only black locs I would probably have kept them in longer but the blue ones were a mess!

Not only did they get tangled but they were pretty much unravelling so just as I did with with the Bobbi Boss when it had a few tangles/knots I snipped them with a pair of scissors. Snipping in this case really did not help, it seemed to only make some of the hair strands fall out leading to more unraveling. This only happened with the blue locs though, not sure if this would be the case for the other bright colours but I definitely just recommend getting straight black or the more muted shades that don’t require as much processing as the bright colours for example the blues, purples etc.

 

blue (BLBK) Freetress 2x soft wavy crochet faux locs after 1 month;

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Can These Locs Be Curled?

Recently I was asked if these crochet faux locs curl when you dip them in hot water like most others do so I decided to give it a try. Even though I no longer have them in I wrapped a couple of the locs around a perm rod & dipped them in boiling water for 15 seconds (as I saw online).  Initially nothing really happened, I actually think it made them straight. Eventually after a few attempts they got a little more wavy than before but nothing very drastic. They definitely don’t hold a tight curl the way I see other locs do online.

Comparison With Bobbi Boss Bomba Dreadlocks Soul
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If I had to choose one style of crochet faux locs to do for the rest of my life I would probably choose the FreeTress 2x Soft Wavy Faux Locs just because I really do like the length & wavy appearance. The wavy look really takes it above the Bobbi Boss for me but again, its personal preference. Some of you may prefer the authentic appearance of the Bobbi Boss Bomba Dreadlocks. Which of the two do you like better? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Until next time dolls,

xo Justine-Renee

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Jumbo Box Braids

Hey guys, for today’s post I’m going to be giving you some quick information on having Jumbo Box Braids.  I have had normal sized box braids done before, but to me they were a little bit on the heavy side so I didn’t keep them in for very long.

Upon discovering jumbo box braids, I noticed of course it has far less braids involved than a regular head of box braids so I decided to give them a try. Although the braids were much bigger, there were less of them therefore it was a lot lighter on my head.

As always my hair was done by Tess & took approximately 3-4 hours . We did diamond parts for my braids & I absolutely loved them! So much so that I did these jumbo box braids twice this year. I kept them in the first time for about a month & the second time for just about 3 weeks. I only took them out early because I absolutely had to have faux locs done for my birthday 😊. (Review on those new faux locs is coming right up!)

These first pictures below are of my braids immediately after they were done;

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The looked amazing, right?! Totally loved them 😍.

The best part of having these braids to me was the fact that it was super easy to wash my hair if I needed to since getting to my scalp was no problem. These were not at all tight or uncomfortable. I threw them up into a top knot & a ponytail the very same day they were done.

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We used 6 packs of X-Pression Synthetic Braiding Hair to achieve this look and this particular hair type makes the braids look super smooth.

The most popular question I was asked with these braids is whether or not they tugged at my hair or cause damage to my edges. To be quite honest with you, they really had no negative effect. Having these braids helped protect the ends of my hair & my edges remained intact just as they would with any of my other hairstyles.

Hair damage when it comes to protective hairstyles really has to do with how tightly they are done. I am very fussy with my hair so my braids are never tight & my edges stay where they should. If however, my braids were ever tight I would never just sit, allow it, then complain afterwards. Your stylist should know before hand that your intention is to protect your hair & not to cause any further damage. I know that to get the “neat” look some stylists insist that your hair has to be tight. I humbly beg to differ. My hair is never tight, obviously looks good & lasts me just as long as anyone else’s would.

 

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Simply put, be weary of how tight your hair is being done & you should have no problems with breakage or disappearing edges.

That being said, my advice for getting Jumbo box braids/box braids is simple;
  1. Don’t allow them to be put in too tight. Yes it will feel a little bit uncomfortable at first but theres a difference between slight discomfort & feeling like your eyebrows are being snatched off your face. 😂
  2. Remember to oil your scalp! I used a small amount of coconut oil & massaged it into my scalp every other day to keep my hair/scalp taken care of.
  3. Dont pull too tightly for your up-do’s. Even if your braids aren’t tight, pulling them back into a tight up-do can cause the damage you’re trying to avoid.
  4. The bigger the braids, the easier & quicker the take down will be!
  5. Do not rush the take-down process! It is going to take a while to undo your braids. Don’t rush it & detangle each section when you remove the extensions. Don’t try to undo them all then detangle all at once, you will be bound to have a lot of breakage.

(Tip: For a quicker take down, since I know about how long my natural hair is, I cut the braid off to about 2-3 inches longer than my hair then undo them from that point rather than from the end of the waist length braids.)

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Hope you all enjoyed this post & have a little more insight on box braids if you’re thinking about getting them done. If you have ever had box braids done leave your tips in the comments below for everyone else!

Until next time,

xo Justine-Renee

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Crochet Curls

Hello my darlings!

So today’s post is going to be all about the hairstyle that started it all & got me into protective styles in the first place, Crochet Curls!

This has definitely been one of my cutest hairstyles to date! I loved being a curly sue which is why I had this style done at least 4 times last year!

As with all my protective styles to date, this was done by Tess. We used 10 packs of Janet Noir Afro Twist Braid & used perm rods to curl the hair.

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Story time!

So I’ve never really done the whole “weave” thing, except in high school for my graduation ball (which I hated) & some clip-ins for body every now & then but thats pretty much it. I had my hair relaxed & just wore it straight, in a ponytail or in a bun. Simple. So it took me MONTHS to finally convince myself to make an appointment with Tess to get this hairstyle done. I had been following her on social media for a while admiring her clients, one in particular, wondering if this would look even half as cute on me.

When I decided to just go for it I told myself, “hey, if I absolutely hate it I can just take it out, it’s just hair & if you never try you’ll always wonder”. 

So, I went to my appointment & a couple hours later the hairstyle was done.

Initially I was like “what the heck did i just do to myself!?” Not that my hair looked bad at all nor was it tight in any way, Tess is very mindful of actually protecting my hair.

 

Crochet Curls 2My initial reaction stemmed from the fact that I was just not used to it on me. After a few days I gradually got used to the hairstyle & as the curls got older and fuzzier, the better they looked!

At this point I decided I hate freshly done hair, lol. Honestly, every time I do my hair up until this day I can’t wait to sleep on it for about a week so that it gets a little messy, fuzzy & more natural looking. I really can’t be the only one! Does anyone else feel this way? or am I just weird?

Anyway! I am so glad I gave this style a fair chance & didn’t rush to take it out when it didn’t look exactly how I wanted it to on the first day.

When I finally got the hang of styling this hair its safe to say my favourite & go-to style was a high bun or to have a top knot. As for when I had to work out the high bun was my style of choice.

Caring for this style was very easy, it only required me using my Creme of Nature Argan Oil Hairspray to keep the sheen of the curls.

I did this style in April 2015 when it wasn’t as popular as it is now & everywhere I went between JA & NYC people were constantly stopping me to ask if it was a twist out, how I did it or who did it for me. This of course made me love this style even more since it clearly looked ridiculously natural on me.

 

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The first time I did this hairstyle I went to Tess to have my hair washed and re-curled after about a month. I kept it in for another month after that & the only reason I took it out at that 2 month mark was because the braids grew out a lot so it looked super messy at the roots (and of course I needed to be able to properly wash my hair) but the curls in my opinion were still popping since as I said before, they only got better with age 😍.

The hair growth I saw after my first time doing this style is honestly what turned me into the ultimate believer in protective styling. The growth was amazing! I could literally lift my braids an inch away my scalp by the time I was ready to undo the style. Of course because I was transitioning to natural at the time anything that I thought was helping me grow out my hair faster was a blessing, even if it was just my imagination lol 😂.

(I swear it was not my imagination though!)

 

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The first 2 times I did these curls I had them at shoulder length so they eventually fell just under my shoulder while the 3rd and 4th time (pics below) I did a looser curl pattern & a little bit longer so when the curls fell they ended up at about armpit length.

Below is a before & after comparison of the longer length I did.

Freshly done vs 3 Weeks Old

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Needless to say I adore this cute hairstyle so if you’re looking for a cute, very natural looking & low maintenance protective style I definitely recommend this one.

Let me know in the comments what you guys think! Would you try this for your next protective style or have you already done it? I’m really thinking about bringing this cuteness back to life!

Until next time my loves,

xo Justine-Renee

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Crochet Faux Locs Bobbi Boss Bomba Dreadlocks

Crochet Faux Locs | Bobbi Boss Bomba Dreadlocks Soul 

Hey everyone!

So, welcome to my very first blog post (yay!😁)

I figured it would only be right for my first post to be all about one of my most loved and most asked about protective styles to date, crochet faux locs! To start, I used Bobbi Boss Bomba Dread Locs Soul. I got mine in two colours, #1 & T1B/DGreen from Sam’s Beauty (for approximately $6 USD per pack) & they were installed by Tess.

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These locs have been used twice (so far). The first time, on what I call my “trial run”, I wasn’t 100% sure I would like them on me so I only used the black dreadlocks and it took 6.5 packs (15 dreadlocks in each pack). I chose to use the “Bobbi Boss Bomba Dreadlocks Soul” after lots and lots of research because to me, they were simply the most realistic faux locs available.

So from the beginning of my experience, when I got the package from Sam’s Beauty I opened the individual packs of hair and the locs were very soft to the touch and they were super light weight which I definitely did not expect! Looking at pictures online and watching several videos on youtube I definitely did not believe anyone when they were saying how lightweight these are but trust me they are not heavy at all.

When I first had the hair installed it had a slight sheen but that quickly wore off within a few days. I am about 5’7″ and the locs were about waist length on me (from back view).

I workout at least 3 days a week so initially I was worried about how I was going to handle the dreadlocks when working out but all I ended up doing was using the locs at the back of my head to wrap around and tie the rest into a kind of make-shift ponytail since no hair tie I owned was big enough to hold all those locs.

The following picture was immediately after I had the locs installed and you can see some of the sheen I was referring to earlier.

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The most challenging part of having this style was the fact that my hair had to be washed about every 2 weeks because of how much I workout as well as the fact that I have eczema. Washing involved me separating the locs into 4 sections and focusing the product on my scalp. I put the shampoo into a spray bottle with water, shook it up, sprayed directly to my scalp, massaged the section and then rinsed. This allowed me to avoid getting all the dreadlocks wet and reduce my drying time. While we’re on the subject of them getting wet, yes you can swim with them! I went swimming a few times with mine. 😉

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I had these faux locs in for about 2 months. When I took them out I washed them and had them reinstalled 2 days later (yes honey, I loved them that much!). This time however I decided to do something a little different and outside my comfort zone by including some of the teal locs I bought for a little pop of colour. I had them in the second time for another  2 months.

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These faux locs were honestly so realistic that pretty much everyone who I encountered for the first time thought they were real. I have even had a friend who hadn’t seen me in about a year and a half ask me how on earth I could possibly have grown such long locs so quickly (hilarious😂).

I can’t begin to tell you guys how much I loved having locs or how much I loved these particular faux locs. I will definitely be doing it again soon because I do miss them. Let me know about your experience with these locs in the comment section if you’ve ever tried them!

Hopefully I’ve helped out those of you thinking about getting crochet faux locs but if you have any questions that weren’t answered leave me a comment and I will definitely get back to you!

Also, if you’ve ever tried any other another brand/style of locs please let me know about your experiences in the comment section, I am always looking to try out different looks!

Until next time,

xo Justine-Renee

 

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