Cornrow Mohawk with Morrocco Method Styling Products

cornrow mohawk

This is my second, ever, attempt at a cornrow mohawk or faux hawk hairstyle. D had swimming camp and I wanted something that was going to withstand the daily dips in the pool, and rinses and/or washes throughout the week and I thought a pomade would be best for this. So, I used this opportunity to use some new styling  pomades we’d recently received from the Morrocco Methods natural hair care line.

Our gentile pomade blend actually smoothes and conditions hair while providing that sought after texture and shine

Defining Styling Cream:          Extreme Support Pomade:

natural styling pomades

Styling Dragon Pomade: Defining Styling Cream
Ingredients: Aqua(Water), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Beeswax, Lecithin,Glycerin, Borax, Bacopa Monniera (Brahmi Oil), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot Kernel Oil), Nardostachys Jatamansi (Spikenard Oil), Tocotrienols (Natural Vitamin E), SalixAlba (White Willow) Bark Extract
Price: $29.00, sale price $19.00 4oz

Spike-It Dragon Pomade: Extreme Support Pomade
Ingredients: Aqua(Water), Thea Sinensis Saponin (Green Tea), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cera Alba (Beeswax), Lecithin, Glycerin, Borax, Jatropha Dioica (Blood of the Dragon), Algae (Sea Silk), Raw Honey, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil
Price: $29.00, sale price $15.00 4oz

Neither of these really have a scent, they are both natural unscented. Both products are thick, the Styling Pomade being more of a creamy pomade and the Spike-It Pomade being more of a solid waxy pomade. Below are photo comparisons to show the texture of each:

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styling cream vs pomade

My first thought when I looked at the ingredients of these products was “how can these not be amazing?” There was a little part of me that feared the worst…what if her hair is dried out and feels like straw when I take her braids down…I won’t lie, that thought crossed my mind, but in my heart of hearts I knew it wasn’t going to be.

Cornrow Mohawk

I had washed and banded D’s hair the night before I did her cornrow mohawk, so when it was time to style I evenly distributed the styling cream throughout each section of her hair as I removed the bands. Starting in the front I began parting and braiding adding the pomade to each individual section of hair before I braided. When I finished, her hair looked really, really good…most of the credit going to the products and not my cornrowing abilities, lol.

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cornrows for kids

Each say after swimming and rinsing I would moisturize with Bee Mine Hair Milk and spray with Morrorro Methods Styling Spritz Hair Spray for hold.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Whole Leaf Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis), Blood of the Dragon (Jatropha dioica), Marine Proteins of Sea Silk (Algae leaf extract), Kelp (Macrocystis purifera), Nori (Nori Algae), Kombu (Laminaria digitata) and Fucus (Fucus vesiculosis), Yucca (Yucca aloifolia), Cactus (Opuntia erinacea), Shea Butter (Vitellaria paradoxa), Enriched Volcanic Ash with natural plant-base Herbs and Spices, Orange Seed (Citrus sinensis), Pure Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) Oil, Lemon (Citrus limon) Oil
Price: $19.00 16oz

natural styling spritz review

French braid down the center for a few days:

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cornrows for kids

This was Day 5, the style was still going strong after the week of swimming, it could have lasted longer but I was anxious to take her hair down to see how it felt and to give it a good washing after all that swimming.

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Braids for Kids: Cornrow Faux Hawk

Braid styles for girls

Here we have my very first cornrow faux hawk, I think it is a great braids style for kids, boys or girls. My braids still aren’t close to being flawless, but hopefully by this time next years I will be able to look back at these posts and see an improvement. If you are new to cornrowing, too, check out Cornrowing For Beginners: Tips and Easy Styles.

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For this style I parted down the middle, then began braiding in the front on the left side. This style was a little challenging for me. The braids in the front, that start at the bottom and go straight up, were hard for me. I remember thinking “Oh great, this is going to look horrible ” and at one point wanted to give up, but I kept going and it actually turned out better than I thought it would.

cornrow faux hawk styles

After the french braid came out:

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<3 it!

Do you like faux hawk/mohawk styles as much as we do? Check out our Faux Hawk done with flat twists and 2 strand twist, our Curl Hawk with flat twists and a pompadour and our Box Braid Faux Hawk styles. As always, we would love to see styles you’ve done, please share them with us on our Facebook Fanpage!

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Hairstyles for Halloween

I love Love LOVE Halloween!! The dressing up, the costumes, the make-up, the hair!! I still dress up for Halloween, even though I am “grown”, hehe. I wanted to share one of my favorite past Halloween costumes and hairstyles, Halloween is well on its way afterall. A few years ago I was a “Punk Fairy” with a purple faux hawk.

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Faux Hawk Hairstyle on Long Hair

Faux hawks or Mohawk hairstyles can easily be done on long hair. For this month’s Hair Carnival the bloggers and I decided to pair up and recreate styles from one another. I paired up with Girly and Curly and did our own rendition of their flat twist faux hawk.

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Protective Styles: “Box” Braids

Protective styles are important for healthy hair; they reduce breakage, damage and shield the hair from the sun and weather. Some examples of protective styles would be box braids, twists, cornrows, buns, etc., with no rubber bands or beads. Most everyone in the hair care blogosphere is probably aware of the month long protective style challenge hosted by Beads, Braids & Beyond that recently took place and I wanted to share our protective style(s) with everyone. We chose to do small box/triangle/diamond braids, they are easy and versatile. I worked on them off and on for 2 days, starting on clean, detangled, well moisturized hair. I used Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer all over, Bee Mine Curly Butter on each section before braiding, and Kinky-Curly Curling Custard on the ends as I finger curled them:

 

box braidshow to ends of braids

The braids lasted over 2 weeks, that is the longest amount of time a style has ever lasted for us!!! I changed up the look of her braids several ways during these two weeks. First, we simply added a headband (from Ni’s Ebony Curls Spot):

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protective box braids

She participated in her school’s track meet, so I put her braids in 2 french braids to keep it out of her face:

styling box braids

Then we had a french braid out, adding another cute headband for some flare (this headband was purchased locally):

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After the first week, they were still looking great.  I washed her hair using a liquid castile hair wash from the Created by Nature line, her hair was still soaking wet in this photo:

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Two cornrows in the front and a sock bun for her dance recital:

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Here is another way we gave the style a different look, using only the cloth Goody ponytail holders, I put the top half up in two ponytails:

styles for box braids

I had to attempt a variation of my favorite styles, the faux hawk:

styles for box braids

They had been in for 2 weeks at this point, a little unraveling of the ends and fuzzy at the top, but not too bad:

box braids

She sported them in a ponytail for a couple more days while she was at her grandmas (with lots of swimming and not much care) and then they were taken down (I’ll make a post on the takedown process). Throughout these 2 1/2 weeks, I washed her hair twice, and moisturized daily with Bee Mine Luscious, really focusing on the ends.

Ok, I would really like your feedback, which style from this post was your favorite? Also, how often do you do protective styles on your/your child’s hair?

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Faux Hawk Hairstyle done with Twists and Pompadour

Welcome to this weeks “Shappin” Hairstlye: the faux hawk! This is my favorite type of hair style, there are many different versions of the faux hawk/mohawk/frohawk and this is our most recent attempt at it. We created this style by making flat twists and a pompadour.

girls faux hawk

To get this look, I first sectioned off the top, middle part of her hair, which would later be the pompadour or “bump”.

Next I split the hair on the right side into 3 sections and began twisting each section into rolling twists, using SheaMoisture Curl and Style Milk on each. I did the left side the same way. Then, with the back of her hair I made ponytails starting at the top, working my way down, to create the faux hawk look. Lastly I made the bump.

faux hawk with twists

I used the SheaMoisture products for this style. I like the SheaMoisture shampoo, is wasn’t stripping at all, quite moisturizing, but the cleansing aspect of it was just ok, I wouldn’t recommend it for deep cleansing. The deep treatment masque conditioned her hair well, it doesn’t provide any slip and doesn’t work well for detangling, but her hair was soft from the masque. The moisture spray revived her curls each day, provided shine, but not just a hold lot of hold, really. The style milk and the smoothie were just ok, in my opinion.  If the two, I like the style milk much better, the smoothie let that product residue feel, while the style milk did not, but it is also not the best holding lotion we’ve tried. While, I think this style could have lasted longer, I was pleased with the way it turned out. Have any of you used any of these products? How did they work for you?

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