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Yarn Extensions Tutorial Vlog #3

Introducing the Yarn Extension Braids!!

To prepare the yarn for extensions– I started out by sectioning out several smaller rounds of yarn to make things easier to work with and soaked them overnight in some lotion and coconut oil (Note, make sure your coconut oil is cooled!!  You don’t want to burn your yarn!).  Also make sure that you use 100% acrylic yarn as the hair binds to it better and it doesn’t soak up a ton of water.  I used Red Heart Black Yarn and it worked great!

This process took me 6 hours divided between 2 days.  The first day I braided for 4 hours (yes my hands were extremely tired after that!), then finished the rest the next day, knotted the ends, and left them with a nice cut look.  I kept the braids pretty much all the same length with a few at different lengths (but still very close in length) to add volume and more of a natural look.  Some people choose to burn the edges, but we decided to stick with simple knots.  Be very careful if you decide to try burning your edges!!  🙂

For those who might be worried about using yarn compared to synthetic hair– don’t worry!  The yarn totally works.  I was worried that Havilah’s head would look more like a mop head then a hair-do, but I’ve had experienced hair ladies tell me that it looks great and one lady commented on how long her hair has been getting! 🙂  So, at first with the damp yarn the hair color vs. the yarn might look off, but don’t worry– the hair will bind to the yarn and you’ll end up with a great style!  🙂

This style lasted for a whole month and I’m getting ready right now to do the entire thing again— this time though we have the 6 hour Pride and Prejudice awaiting us at the library!  So gather your supplies today and enjoy some great bonding time and learn a new skill!  Enjoy the tutorial and comment with any questions you might have, thoughts, or suggestions!  We’d love to hear from you!

Have fun!

Video Discription: Have 6 hours to spare? Try yarn extensions! Braid until you’re exhausted, but hey you’ll have great style that will stay in for days on end! 🙂
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#beautifullittlesister #6hoursbondingtime

We finally did hair extensions!!  I told Havilah that for her 8th birthday we’d do hair extensions– so her birthday came along and with that came some black yarn and some tutorial videos and we did it!

So our latest hair update is that we are working on a yarn extension vlog update, a review we will be posting soon about a new product we tried out called Mixtina, and we will get to that beading review someday soon!!  🙂

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I’ve just realized that while I have done beads– I’ve never written a tutorial on how to do them!  So stay tuned!  Our next post will be about “Beading”– How to put Beads in hair!  This is one of my most favorite hairstyles as it just lasts forever!!

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a style, coming up, and an updated page

Just hopping in really quick cause Havilah wants to share a style!  In this style there are multiple braids all coming into a pony in the middle.  Then everything  is clipped together with a size XS Flexi clip.  This is a quick and easy hairstyle that looks great!



Ever heard of Mixtina?  Well stay tuned cause you’re about to *very* soon!! 🙂

Finally we’ve actually updated and categorized our entire site so it’s easier for us to manage and easier for you to navigate! 🙂  For starters, check out our Style Page!  We hope this new update will help you find styles more easily then ever before. 🙂


Happy Braiding & Beyond!

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Happy Father’s Day!

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Hair Lately

It’s been a long time since I last updated this blog…. but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing hair! 🙂 🙂 Since I don’t have pictures of the most recent hairstyle I did to my sister- this post will link up some favorite hairstyles as well some I’m planning on doing this Summer.  Each picture links to the tutorial or blog post related to it.

Upcoming Hairstyle….  Braiding in Pink Yarn! 🙂  Pretty fun, huh?  I’m not going to go all the way into hair extensions, but I thought it would be fun to do some braids with pink yarn and add some white beads at the end.  Click on the picture to get to the tutorial on “Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care”!

Re-learn Cornrows.  Yes, I used to know how to and then I stopped for awhile and forgot.  😦  It’s easy though!  Once you get the hang of it! 🙂


Favorite Style of the Week: Beads and Braids!  It takes a long time, but is so worth it!!  This style lasts for a long time and you can pull up some of the braids or put everything into a pony-tail to create a new look. 🙂

Upcoming Project: Yarn Extensions.  My sister has asked for them, but since she’s still little I told her she’d have to wait until her birthday….  her birthday is coming up in just two months- so it looks like I’ll be at a yarn shop soon. 😉

Product Shout Out!  The Knot Genie Hairbrush!  Be sure to click on the picture to see our review and vlog review of this simple, no tear brush!

Happy Braids & Beyond!  Drop us comment if you have any thoughts/suggestions!



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Review: Blended Beauty

Here we are once again with yet another review!  We’re excited to be reviewing some lovely products from Blended Beauty….  actually we are so excited about these products that we decided to make a second Vlog about them along with a hairstyle to show you how great these products are!!!

But before we share the video with you….  we’d like to introduce Blended Beauty to you!  Here’s what their about page says:

Blended Beauty hair care products were designed specifically for the needs of those with dry, wavy, curly, kinky, and relaxed or heat-straightened hair. All products are produced in Canada.

Our main goal is to provide superior quality products that beautify the look of the hair but also nourish the hair from the inside out, promoting healthy growth and diminishing breakage. All our products are formulated with naturally derived ingredients and are between 98%-99% natural.

Our mission is to encourage those with curly hair, to realize its beauty and embrace it. Whatever your hair type is, you can wear it natural and love it. Chemicals, petroleum, mineral oil, and relaxing can be a thing of the past, on a Blended Beauty regimen. Our suggestions for promoting great hair have been laid out on the hair tips page for the benefit of our customers.

Alright, enjoy our live review– ok we did cut out a few ums…  😉 and then check out the Blended Beauty links!

Where can I find Blended Beauty?

Network with Blended Beauty:

Links for things mentioned in the Vlog:

Alright, go and check out Blended Beauty!!  Stay tuned for Part 2 of our review!

Thanks for Blended Beauty for making this review possible!

Happy Cornrows, Twists, and Beyond!

Disclaimer: I received free products for this review.  All of the review thoughts are my own.  I do not claim to endorse everything written on the linked websites.
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2013 in review

Braids and Beyond 2013 in Review….  Thanks for WP for automatically doing this!

What would you like to see on this blog in 2014?  Leave a comment and let me know!  I’d love to hear any suggestions and love to try new things!

Happy 2014!!

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.

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Review: The Knot Genie Brush

It’s time to do another review!!!  And this time it’s a very special review….  if you remember my last post you will recall the quick blurb about a home movie…  well for this review I got my sister Havilah to review it in video/Vlog form.   But first my thoughts…

What is the Knot Genie?

I found out about the Knot Genie while reading a mom’s blog about brushing her daughters hair and how she really liked it for detangling knotted hair with no tears!

From the website, here’s a little about how the Knot Genie Hairbrush works:

“The magic trick behind the Knot Genie™ and Teeny Genie™ is one we are happy to reveal. It all has to do with the different lengths of teeth on the brush. When brushing, they bend just right, to gently untangle the hair. And because of this lack of stress, the hair’s cuticle stays unharmed… revealing the smoothest, shiniest hair you’ve ever seen.”

Thoughts Pros & Cons

Pro: I was quite surprised to find that such a funny, little hairbrush could work so well!  It really does remove knots (with no tears) and it’s simple enough that Havilah can brush her hair on her own!

Con: The teeth on the brush seem to be rather weak.  I also would prefer a brush with a handle….  which I just discovered Knot Genie is now carrying. 🙂

Over all, I think it’s a great brush!  I especially think it works best for Havilah when she has lotion in her hair or when it’s wet.

Where can I find the Knot Genie?

Network with Knot Genie:

Havilah’s Thoughts: Knot Genie Review & Bun Hair Style:

Happy Brushing, Hair Buns, & Beyond!

Lets us know what you think of our first Vlog in the comment section!!

Disclaimer: I received free products for this review.  All of the review thoughts are my own.  I do not claim to endorse everything written on the linked websites.
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