Banding and Trimming Natural Hair

D and I recently took a trip to a local salon for trims. We have been using this stylist for 3 years and she is great, I never have to worry about her hacking off too much of D’s hair. She trims D’s hair while it’s dry, so I had her hair all banded in 8 ponytails, before our appointment.

Banded hair for Trimming

The purpose of banding before a trim is to stretch the hair out to its true length, to avoid cutting the hair too short. This can be done with a flat iron, but banding does not cause the heat damage that a flat iron can.

Trimming Natural Hair

Trimming Natural Hair

While we were there our stylist introduced us to a nail polish called “Crackle”. Now, I had not heard of this, maybe I am just out of the loop, lol, but I thought it was really cool. For those of you who haven’t seen or heard of it, Crackle comes in a variety of colors and is applied over another color, and creates a “crackle” effect allowing the first color to show through. Of course, Miss D, had to get her nails painted with this stuff! She chose a pink base with silver crackle for her toes and a purple base with silver crackle tips for her fingers:


The tips on the fingers didn’t “crackle” much, probably because it was such a small amount on her already small fingers. Here is a closer look at the pink/silver crackle:

Crackle Nail Polish

We both enjoyed our girls day out! :)




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  1. Kandy says:

    Girl you are always one step ahead of me LOL! I'm going to catch up one day lol. I banded and trimmed too…I think we can read each others thoughts hahaha

  2. LOL…isn't that crazy..there have been times when you have jumped ahead of me on something. Can't wait to see your post, did you trim it yourself? Or have it done?

  3. Tracey-BBH says:

    I tried the crackle two weeks ago but was not happy! I am convinced that the nail tech really didn't know what he was doing because I have seen it perfect on others! Guess I will try it again some other time;)

  4. Linda says:

    I am impressed by this two girls having a makeover with their hair and nails. It was nice the crackle and it was really fit by their color as well. It was amazing and having nice this days that kids explore on passion world.