Braids & Beyond

Hair, Braids, and Beyond

They’re Going to See Me in the Movies

Havilah is staring in the movies!!  Ok, just a home video, but none the less she has officially stared in her first Vlog.  Later this week we will be posting Havilah’s homemade product review!  Stay tuned! 🙂


iMovie Editing

1 Comment »

Curly Hair: Pros & Cons

I thought this was rather funny…  maybe you can relate or have sisters/friends that can relate! 🙂

Leave a comment »

Blended Beauty: Black Friday Sale


Blended Beauty is having a Black Friday sale!  Check out their website here: they have lots of great products and hair tips!  Check out the coupon code below and share this post with your friends!!


Leave a comment »

More Diamond Braids

I was just going through some pictures and realized that (at least I think!) I’ve not posted these pictures before…  So, here goes a random picture post….  “The Diamond Braid in Pictures”.


Related Links

  • Diamond Braid
  • Diamond Braid
Leave a comment »

Diamond Braids


“Hey, Havilah, bend your head down so I can take a picture of your hair!”

So glad I have a sister who is willing to do all sorts of funny poses so I can get a good hair angle picture taken! 🙂  Diamond Braids have got to be the funnest when you get to use different colored rubber bands!  It makes everything so colorful!  Find the tutorial to this style here.

Happy Braiding!


Review: Snapaholics

Hello Everyone!

Wow, it’s already September and totally time for another hair review….  🙂  Today, I’m reviewing some items from Snapaholics!  I’d never heard of Snaps for beading hair before until I stumbled upon the Sanpaholics site through another hair blog.

So, for those of you who are wondering, “What on earth is a snap?”  🙂  I will explain, instead of having to band you beads on when beading, you simply use a snap.  It’s easier and take less time!  There is another time of snap (it’s call a bead barrette) where you can put in multiple beads with one snap (link here).

I tried two different hair styles with Havilah.  For one style we used just the flower snaps and then in the other style we used the flower snaps and beads.  Here’s some pictures of the results:

Photo on 7-16-13 at 10.58 AM


This picture is just braids with snaps on the end and of course, a hair wrap (find those instructions, here).

Photo on 7-21-13 at 8.38 PM #2

And this is an entire hairstyle- beads and snaps!  Havilah also did my hair with a Lilla Rose clip. 🙂

Snapaholics was also very sweet to send  us some beads to try…  We drooled all over their AMAZING webpage of beads!  Until we finally picked the Red Opaque Chubbies – because different shaped beads are fun!  So, far I’ve actually not tried these because they are slightly larger (the holes) then I was expecting and Havilah’s hair is not quite thick enough.  Go check out Snapaholic’s beads.  I’d love to know which set it your favorite!

So now I’m going to recommend two more items from Snapaholics- even though I haven’t tried them. 🙂  I’ve actually gone without them and realize now that I really should invest in one!

Number 1 is a Hair Beader: Because paperclips are not dependable!  🙂  Get a sturdy one- weak plastic ones break.

Number 2 is Double Prong Hair Clips: because close pins don’t always work!  Ok, they are great for sectioning hair, but for small sections– not so good.

You can find all of these items on the Styling Tools page of Snapaholics.

Final Thoughts

Now for some final thoughts…

I liked the ease of the snaps– they spared lots of time with not having to deal with banding on the final bead when beading my sister’s hair- so that’s a big plus!  Something I did not like about the snaps, however was that first you have to use small amounts of hair- ok, I’ll use small amounts, but depending on how active my sister was- the snaps (when done with a beaded style) came out very easily and when they came out– all the beads came out! 🙂  So, that’s one thing I did not like.

Links, please!

Snapaholics – check out the store!  There are tons of other products that I did not even touch on in this review!

Snapaholics Facebook

Snapaholics Twitter

Snapaholics Pintrest


And lastly, here is the link to KatKatelynylyn’s YouTube channel where you will find some excellent tutorials!  I even finally accomplished learning how to cornrow by watching one of her tutorials over and over again…  but that’s another story for another blog post (so stay tuned!!). 🙂

I’d first like to Thank Snapaholics for sending some of their products to me and allowing me to review them  Thank you, Snapaholics!


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.

Photo on 7-21-13 at 8.38 PM #3

Happy Beading and Beyond!

Leave a comment »

Hair Wraps

Photo on 7-16-13 at 10.58 AM

Finally another Patriotic Style! 🙂  (Find the first one here)

For Independence Day I did a hair-wrap in Havilah’s hair.  Hair-wraps are incredibly easy to do!  They can be very basic or you can even do fancier types.  For Independence Day I did a simple Red, White, and Blue one.

The video below shows how to do a hair wrap on locs–however it is absolutely possible to do a hair-wrap without any locs!  I remember my mother doing a hair-wrap on my sister and I when we were younger. 🙂  The only different thing I did (then the video below) was to put in a band at first at the top of the braid to hold it.  I also cheated and did this hair wrap over another one since I pressed for time…  😉

Disclaimer: I found this video for be informational.  I do not claim to endorse everything linked on it, on it’s website, or in it.

Here are some up close pictures:


To take out the hair wrap it is very simple!  Just use a pair of nail trimming scissors– I prefer the curved type.  Carefully cut along the knots and through the loops.  Don’t cut any hair!! 🙂

Happy Braiding and Beyond!

1 Comment »

Review: The Kakakiki KimbBrush

This is the second or third time that I’m reviewing this hair brush!   Somehow I lost my draft a few times before it was published, but after it was written….  so finally….  at last….  here is the review for the Kakakiki KimbBrush!

Here is a little information about the brush from

Our Kakakiki Comb Brush is actually able to comb and brush simultneously while detangleing  more hair at one time compared to a regular comb or brush you might be used to using, and the tines(teeth)will detangle thick and hard to manage hair. (Just follow the written instructions that comes with each purchase.)  Its ease of use makes it a tool that can be used on young children’s hair without all the fuss and pain. The comb brush is suitable for both personal and professional use and on all ages from children to adults.  An added plus for men with beards.

The design of our KombBrush is patented making it a unique and one of a kind product that you will not find anywhere else unless it is one of our distributors. It can detangle any type of hair including woolly, curly, natural, coarse, kinky, straight and wavy hair. There is very little pulling and breakage experienced when the comb brush is being used. You can use our Kakakiki comb brush on your hair before or after it has been permed or pressed. Many hair textures can take advantage of African American hair supplies but not the way they can enjoy our African American Comb Brush.


What do I think about this hair brush?

First of all, I love it!  It really does de-tangle  hair and brush it out at the same time.  Along with some conditioner in the hair the brush helps kinky hair turn into lovely curls.

What do I dislike about this brush?

I don’t like the handle.  After a long time of brushing the handle is really not comfortable at all.

Would I recommend this hair brush?

Yes, I would!  Along with a simple hair pick and a comb for parting this is the brush I use!

Where can one purchase this brush?

Well, I’d first like to Thank Treasured Locks for sending this product to me and allowing me to do a review on it.  Thank you, Treasured Locks!  But today as I browsed their site it looks like they are no longer selling it…  so… you can purchase the brush through this link:


Check out Treasure Locks here: and Kakakiki here:

Here is a picture of my sister using the brush: link


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.

Happy Braiding and Beyond!

Leave a comment »

Swimming Hair

Beads stayed in~ YAY!!

Beads stayed in~ YAY!!

Wow, WordPress’ new layout is confusing!  I’m still getting used to it and still wishing that they didn’t change the set-up…  oh well!  So this post is about Swimming with Hair! 🙂  Today we started official swimming lessons with our younger kids.  For Havilah she currently has her hair in beads so what does that mean?  Well, we were not sure…  did we need to pull her hair back?  Put it in a swim cap?  We ended up just leaving it and the beads stayed in great~ yay!!!  When we got home I did a little research and found the movie that I will post below that tells what to do with Black/African American hair and a few other tips.  In the past when I have swam with long hair I’ve found that wearing swim caps works great!  The plastic ones though are very hard to get on.  Someday if we choose to get a cap for Havilah~ we will probably get a material one (you can purchase these online or from a swim store) and follow the tips in the movie.

Disclaimer: I found this video for be informational.  I do not claim to endorse everything linked on it, on it’s website, or in it.

Now I’m off to shampoo my sister’s hair! 🙂

Stay tuned, we are working on a review for Braids and Beyond!

Leave a comment »

From 2 minutes to 2 hours… the Hair Journey! :)

Looking through old hair styles on Braids & Beyond….  the Hair Journey….  enjoy!

August 2010 (in Ethiopia, all children’s hair was shaved due to lice problems)

June 2011 (and getting over chicken pox!)

May 2011 (style link)

May 2012 (style link)

January 2013 (taking out braids)


April 2013 (style link)


June 2013 (current)


Wow.  Isn’t that amazing?  Looking forward to more delightful sister time in the future!

Leave a comment »