Easy Protective Cornrow Style For Kids

Easy Protective Cornrow Style

After a summer of many wash and go’s and trying out different curl defining products for our Wash and Go Series it is time to get back into some protective styling. Protective styles can include cornrows, mini/box braids, twists, buns, basically any style in which the ends are protected and the hair is not manipulated during the duration of the hairstyle. For protective styles it is also ideal to have no beads/rubber bands or barrettes in the hair.

For this protective style I decided on an easy cornrow style.

>>I started on hair that have been washed, detangled, moisturized and banded overnight

>>I parted from ear to ear and cornrowed the top half straight back

>>Then I cornrowed the bottom half straight down

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>>When the cornrows were completed I started braided near her left ear gathering the braids and braiding them around her head.

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>>Once I reached my starting point I tucked the ends into the larger braid

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How is your styling routine now that it is starting to cool off? What is your favorite protective style?

Untrained Hair Mom

Cornrowing for Beginners: Tips and Easy Styles

Learning how to cornrow has been a struggle for me, I started watching videos and reading tutorials back in the summer (2011) and tried to learn to cornrow a little bit, but I couldn’t quite get it, the braids never looked that great, my technique was sloppy and I decided to “take a break” from learning. I recently picked it back up again, you can se and I’m proud to say it is going well. I have been practicing, practicing and then practicing some more. I haven’t read anymore tutorials or watched anymore videos, it’s just been about me finding my own technique and then practicing it. Here are a few photos from the past two months, you can see my (slow) improvements.

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“Box” Braids Takedown

As promised here is my post on D’s box braids takedown. I had mentioned that near the end of the 2 1/2 weeks of her protective style, D had gone to her grandmas for a couple days and did lots of swimming, apparently with that swimming did some massive unraveling:

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This literally happened in just two days! It looked kind off cool, but there was some major tangles! I washed her hair with the remaining braids still in, using Created by Nature Hair n Body Wash, conditioned with Bee Mine Avocado Cream Conditioner, leaving much of it in, I added some CUSH Uncoiled detangler and began finger combing/detangling. Surprisingly (to me), the tangles slid out with ease. It didn’t take long at all to detangle and get the rest of the braids out and I did most of it using my fingers, with a wide tooth comb or a rat tail comb occasionally.

Shiny, soft, moisturized, detangled hair after 2 1/2 weeks of little braids:

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CUSH Cosmetics Hair Care Line Review

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I was recently fortunate enough to be provided with a free sample pack of  natural hair care products from CUSH Cosmetics to try and review for the blog. This company is out of Frisco, TX (close to home), and their products are all-natural, so I was extremely excited when the owner contacted me about this opportunity! The owner, by the way, was very helpful, answering any and all questions I had, staying in constant contact with me throughout the entire process…wonderful customer service! Thank you, Toni!

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The package I received included samples of:
Mango Babassu Shampoo Bar: this is a solid bar, much like a bar of soap, ingredients:Saponified oils of babassu (from Brasil), mango butter, extra virgin olive oil, and castor bean oil, aqua, rosemary essential oil, and peppermint essential oil.
HUILE SUPREME: a creamy conditioner, (huile is French for oil)  ingredients: aqua, cetearyl alcohol, behentrimonium methosulfate (emulsifying conditioner), persea gratissima (avocado) oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, mangifera indica (mango) butter, triticum vulgare (wheat germ) oil, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, hydroxyethyl cellulose, eo blend, glycerin, imidazolium quat, cocodimonium hydroxypropyl, hydrolyzed rice protein, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed silk protein, hydrolyzed soy protein, potassium sorbate , silver citrate and citric acid.
HYDRATE ME:  a leave-in protein serum, ingredients: aqua, cetearyl alcohol, behentrimonium methosulfate, runus amygdalus dulcis(sweet almond) oil, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, mangifera indica seed (mango) butter, cetyl stearyl alcohol, panthenol, cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed rice protein, imidazolium quat, potassium sorbate, silver citrate; citric acid; vegetable glycerin, sodium hyaluronic acid, essential oil blend.
UNCOILED: a light conditioning detangler, ingredients: Purified Agua Infused With Honey; Lactobacillus/Kelp Ferment Filtrate; Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract; Plantago Species (Plantain); Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Water; Cucumber Extract ; Cetearyl Alcohol; Behentrimonium Methosulfate; Cetyl Alcohol; Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol; Glyceryl Stearate; Polyquaternium; Ricinoleamido-propyltrimonium methosulfate; Panthenol; Mixed Soy Based Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Potassium Sorbate; Glycerine; Silver Citrate; Essential Oil Blend.
MOISTURIZE ME: a leave-in moisturizer, aqua, cetearyl alcohol, behentrimonium methosulfate (emulsifying conditioner), runus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, mangifera indica seed (mango) butter, cetyl stearyl alcohol, panthenol, cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed rice protein, imidazolium quat, potassium sorbate, silver citrate; citric acid; vegetable glycerin, essential oil blend.
Mango Pomade with Wheat Germ: for a moisturizing hold, Mangifera Indica Butter (Mango Butter), Cocus Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Germ Oil), Beeswax, Mixed Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
Each product has their own unique smell, they are wonderful scents that linger but are not at all over powering. D kept opening each container to smell them, after each one saying “mmm, this one is my favorite”, lol.
When our package arrived we were in the middle of a protective style, so I waited until I took D’s small box braids out to try these products.Their detangler, Uncoiled, was put to the test! As we were in the final days of our box braid style she had gone swimming at her grandmas (when she is at her grandmas, they don’t do hair) and the braids unraveled a lot and the hair became tangled. I washed her hair with the remainder of the braids still in, applied some conditioner and some Uncoiled and began finger detangling. Much to my surprise the tangles came out with ease and not much use of a comb. I did use a rat tail comb to help get the braids out and a wide tooth comb to go through her hair once I had the braids out and the hair finger detangled.

Once her hair was down and detangled I added some Moisturize Me, her hair wash so soft and shiny. D wanted to wear her hair down and curly, after all it had been in those little braids for 2 1/2 weeks. I let her wear down for a little bit and after it dried it looked so good, we had to have a photo shoot! :)

I could tell her hair was getting some tangles, so before she went to bed I took some hair from each side and put it in pig tail braids to prevent further tangling. We got busy the next day, so she just wore the pig tail braids that day and the next day I took them down to style. I sprayed her hair with water and began to finger detangle, expecting to need more detangler. Again, to my surprise I didn’t have to add much more Uncoiled. For the most part the tangles slid right out, there were a few knots that I applied a small amount to, but adding the water reactivated the products that I had applied almost 2 days before! Before starting our next protective style I applied some of their Moisturize Me all over and began parting for twists and bantu knots. I used the CUSH mango pomade on each twist. Since this was a protective style I did not secure the twists with rubber elastics, so I put the remaining hair from two twists into a bantu knot and used a Goody Ouchless Cloth band.

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The pomade held the twists well, she wore this as a style for 3 days. Then I took it down for a flat twist/bantu knot out, her hair was defined, shiny, soft and frizz-free.
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The next time I washed her hair I tried out the shampoo bar. I had never used a shampoo bar before…so this was a first. I rubbed the wet shampoo bar in my hands, creating a lather, then applied it to her scalp. It is a moisturizing bar and it got her scalp clean without drying out her hair. As with any shampoo, I followed by conditioning her hair. I used the Huile Supreme, which was nice, thick and creamy. I used the Uncoiled to aid in finger detangling. This time I applied the Hydrate Me all over for moisture and let it dry. Her curls were defined and soft, not weighed down at all, in fact her hair was “big”, but not frizzy. D and I both loved it!
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I did try the shampoo bar and conditioner on myself and daddy tried it too. The shampoo bar worked well for us both, but the conditioner was a little bit too heavy for my hair, (most of D’s conditioners are). Overall, I enjoyed my first experience with a shampoo bar.  I completely fell in love with the Uncoiled detangler, it is the best detangler I have found for D’s hair, so I had to order a full size bottle! Shipping time was incredible, I placed my order and it was in my mailbox 4 days later! Also, the shipping is free for the month of June! :)

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The giveaway portion of the post has ended as of  June 22, 2011

And guess what..CUSH Cosmetics is going to give 2 of my readers a free Ultimate Curl Sample Pack! To be eligible for this prize you must be a follower of this blog!  Then, visit CUSH Cosmetics click on “wall” and write on their wall saying you saw their products featured on Untrained Hair Mom and you would love to try them! or that you read a product review on Untrained Hair Mom and you are interested in sampling their hair care line! (or tell them something similar). You will have the next 2 days (June 21 & 22) to do this, one winner will be chosen each of these 2 days. If you would like extra entries, you can (1) send friends and family to CUSH and have them leave a comment on your behalf (1 extra entry per friend) (2) vote for me and leave a comment below to let me know, (1 extra entry per day)! Good Luck!
*At the end of each day CUSH will send me the names of the people who visited them, I will enter the names on a spreadsheet (if you send friends and/or “vote for me” your name will be added the appropriate number of times for extra entries) I will then use the random number generator to chose the winners. Winners will be announced on the blog. If you are a new follower of the blog via the CUSH contest, please leave a comment below with your first name and last initial and your screen name used to follow the blog, for verification purposes. If a winner cannot be verified as a follower, I will choose another winner.
Disclaimer: Facebook is in no way affiliated, associated with, or endorsing this giveaway.*FTC Disclosure: This product was provided free of charge for the purpose of this review, I was not compensated in any other way for this post, the opinions expressed are my own. See full disclosure.See full Disclosure Policy.

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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:

 

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

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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:

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

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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:

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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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