I set my mini braids on sponge rollers overnight. To style them I put all my hair on one side and bobby pinned the braids in place.

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I finally braided my hair again. I used the same routine as always. You can find my detailed braiding routine in my ebook. I shampooed with a product from my hotel in NYC. It was an organic brand called Pharmacopia and I actually really liked the shampoo and conditioner (that I used while on vacation). I conditioned with Giovanni Nutrafix…I had forgotten how much I loved this stuff! I left it on for a few minutes then finger detangled.

I used my Shea Moisture hibiscus styling milk (can’t remember the exact name) as a leave in. Afterwards, I coated the whole length of my hair in my shea butter mix and put it my hair in 6 braids to dry overnight. I took down 1 section at a time and braided in rows. I only used a rat tail comb to part, I did not use a brush or comb at all to detangle (last time I used one was in November). Here’s the method I use for parting my hair for braiding- Parting on a Grid.

It took me 3 days to braid my hair. I braid for a few hours and stop when I want to. I could have easily finished the last bit on day 2, but I didn’t bother. I probably had a 1 inch square section left, lol. I didn’t take any pictures of the process because I’ve done so so many times before. Look under the “My Mini Braids” category to see all my braid related posts. Specifically, here is my last set of mini braids from July 2014.

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I haven’t washed these yet, I’m enjoying the look without the shrinkage. It’s weird that my braids are long now. I still remember when they didn’t even reach my ears. I did curl my ends with sponge rollers the first day. I wore them in a bun so they got a little crinkly. For these pictures, I smoothed the braids out and bumped the ends with a flat iron on low heat. This was the first time I used heat on my braids and I liked the results. I’ll most likely wear these for about 6 weeks.

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I’ve been a bad blogger lately. I have quite a few articles that have been sitting in draft form for months. In the next few weeks I plan to return to my weekly publishing schedule.

I’ve also braided my hair for the first time in a long time. I did them over 3 days and finished them on Monday. I’m taking pictures for the blog today and I hope to have that post up soon. Here’s a preview of my mini braids!

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Thank you so much for the continued support of MiniBraidMethod.com! I really appreciate all the loyal readers and new guests. Here’s how the blog did in 2014. Mini Braid Method’s 2014 Year in Blogging.

 

I’ve seen a ton of videos on my YouTube subscription feed with vloggers using the Curls Control Pastes (Blueberry and Passionfruit) as an all-over styler. The results looked good so I wanted to give it a try. I’ve reviewed the passion fruit curl control paste before but I only used it for a light hold around my edges.

From experience, I know that the product does not work well with other products. I didn’t want to deal with buildup so I airdried my hair with a small amount of Giovanni conditioner. When my hair was about 70% dry, I finger detangled and added some oil and the control paste. It was very sticky and made it really difficult to work with my hair. I put in large two strand twists and tried not to manipulate my hair too much to avoid snagging and breakage. I styled my hair for my  sister’s graduation. I prefer 2nd day hair, so as usual, I took the twists out and put them up in a bun.  When I took the twists down that night, the definition was pretty good.

The next morning, I took the bun down. I lost some of the definition, but as the day went on my hair got poofier. I expected it to hold up better. It was a bit chilly for Florida and my hair did not last the afternoon. I got up around 6am and the 1st pic shows my hair around 10:30am. I do like big fluffy hair but what I got was like day 5 hair in just a few hours. The 2nd pic was probably taken around 3pm.

 

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We were heading to Disney the next morning, so I had to do something with my hair. Because of the stickiness of the product, it was really difficult to restyle my hair. I added more oil and spritz it with a bit of water. I put my hair in large braids, I think there were about 10. I took the braids out the next morning and put my hair in a ponytail. At the end of the day, I took the ponytail down. I did like how my hair had movement. It flopped straight down and didn’t stay in the shape of the ponytail.

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Overall, I disliked this product as an all over styler. It’s definitely better for smoothing styles. It’s too sticky and makes it near impossible to work with fine hair without feeling like it’s going to snag. My hair felt dry as well and didn’t want to add a lot of leave in because I didn’t want any white product showing. The final style did not hold up well enough for me to use this product again in this way. Maybe this is one of those things that are better suited for short-haired or coarse-haired naturals.

I’m back from China and still adjusting to the time zone change. Thanks for sticking with me during the Black Friday sales post. I hope you all got everything you wanted. And I really appreciate my sister for keeping up with the sales info and posting timely updates. Thanks! :)

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Here’s a roundup of Black Friday (November 28, 2014) natural hair care vendor sales from around the web. Some listings include Cyber Monday and Small Business Saturday deals. Click on the vendor names to visit their respective websites. I will be out of the country with limited time to use the internet while away. I’m having my sister maintain the blog while I’m away, so please be patient with any updates to the list and always rely on the vendors for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

  • Alikay Naturals- 11/27 Black Friday Eve Sale 30% discount applied on all orders. 11/28 only Receive 40% discount on all online orders. Not valid on kits and collections, services, gift cards or memberships. No coupon code needed.
  • All Things O’Natural- Friday 11/28 Enjoy 30% off storewide on orders of $30+. Use Code NATTYFRIDAY30.
  • Annebelle’s Perfect Blends- All November, use code BEAUTY for 20% off. BF sale 11/28  midnight – 11/30-Use code THANKFUL for 35% off.
  • Aubrey Organics25% off plus free shipping on orders of $25+.
  • Bee Mine- Doorbuster 11/27, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST. Take 35% off with code BLK28FRI, $30 minimum purchase. 11/27, 8:01pm EST – 11/28 midnight EST. Take 30% off with BLK28FRI on $30 minimum purchase. Cyber Monday 12/, 12:00 am – 12:00 pm EST take 20% off with code CYMON1 on $20 minimum purchase. /span>
  • Beija-Flor Naturals- 11/24-12/1 receive 25% off + Free Shipping on all order of $75+ Code: BFNHoliday
  • Bekura Beauty- (Formerly known as B.A.S.K Beauty) 11/28-11/30 From 12am to 12am EST 25-30% off plus free U.S. Continental shipping on orders $100+.
  • BlensBlend- Everything on sale 11/27-11/28.
  • BoBeam Natural Hair Products- 11/28 – 12/1, Use code BFW25 for 25% off.
  • Brown Butter Beauty- 11/27- 12/1 Take 25% off entire shop (while supplies last). Use Code: blackfriday 
  • Camile RoseFriday, November 28th 12:00am EST – Tuesday, December 1st 12:00am EST. Enjoy 25% Off all Camille Rose Naturals products – no exclusions!  Use promo code: crnblackfriday. Offer is only available on www.camillerosenaturals.com.
  • Carol’s Daughter- This offer is valid 11/26 – 11/30. Free Shipping!  Get 30% off any order with code HOLIDAY30 OR 40% off any order over $50 with code HOLIDAY40.  Until 11/29 Get a FREE Jada’s Dynamic Duo with any $25 purchase when using the code FREEDUOCyber Monday, 12/1, get a FREE Monoi Repairing Hair Mask($22 value) with any $40 purchase plus 40% off any order $50 or more with code HOLIDAY40. This offer is valid 12/1-12/2
  • CC’s Naturals- 11/27- 5pm – 11/27 11:59pm 40%off. 11/28- 12am – 12/02 11:59pm 30%off. No codes needed. As well as always free domestic (US only) on all orders of $35 or more.
  • Coastal Scents- 11/27- 12/1 Enjoy 50% off all Coastal Scents.
  • Curl Junkie-Thursday, November 27, 2014, 5pm EST through Friday, November 28, 2014, 5pm EST, we are offering 25% off orders subtotaling $50 or more (excluding sample sets and pre-made sets/kits).  Use the code THANKS2014. Also, for those days we are keeping our flat shipping rates and free shipping (Continental US) offer via UPS Ground on orders of $100 or more!
  • Curl Mart- Grey Friday 25% off plus $5 domestic shipping. No code needed. Use code cm15 for extra 15% off.
  • Curlformers- 11/28-12/1 Special Weekend Sales 20% off Curlformers products.
  • Curls- Black Friday only. 50% off any Curls or Curly Q’s product. FREE Passion Fruit Curl Control Paste with every order. Use code BLACKCURLSROCK.
  • Curly Kinks- 11/28-12/1 Entire order 30%off. No coupon code necessary. Excludes Gift Sets and Sample Sets.
  • Darcy’s Botanicals- Friday & Saturday: November 28-29 save 25% off total purchase. Each purchase to include a surprise sample product!
  • Donna Marie- TBD
  • Hairfinity- 11/28-12/1 Get 20% off Hairfinity vitamins use code Black14.
  • Hairitage Hydration- Shop Closing. Pre-Black Friday sale Facebook Fans Only. 50% off Code FBFAN50
  • Hairveda-The Veda-licious Black Friday Event 11/28 30-45% off select items. Doorbusters 12am-1am EST.
  • Happy Nappy Honey- 11/28-11/30 Doorbuster deals 45% off.
  • Hattache- 11/28 12:00am PST- 11:59pm PST 25% off $30. Use code 2014THANKS.
  • HotCombs- Save 10% use code THANKFUL10.
  • Hydroquench Systems- 40% off entire store. Use code HQ40off.
  • Hydrotherma Naturals- Use coupon code thanks for 20% off. Sales starts Friday 11/28 at 12AM EST and ends Tuesday 12/2 at 12:01AM EST.
  • Jane Carter Solutions- Until 11/31 Free shipping on purchases on $50 or more.
  • JessiCurl- 11/28-11/30 Use code THANKS at checkout and save 30% on all 8 ounce items.
  • Karen’s Body Beautiful- 30% off Black Friday sale starts now. Small Business Saturday save 25% ends Sunday.
  • Koils by Nature- 11/28 6am- 2pm (EST) 30% Off no minimum purchase required (not valid with gift sets, samples or sample sets, holiday boxes) Free Shipping on ALL Orders $50 or more (for US domestic ONLY international shipping rates will apply) Free 2oz Nourishing Hair & Body Butter Sugary Sweet with all orders $50 or more! Use code BlackFriday2014.
  • KomazaHairCare- Friday 11/28 get 20% Off Online Purchases Of $50 or More. Enter promo code 112814.
  • Kurlee Belle- 11/26-12/1 Receive 25% off purchase use code THANKS25.
  • Milk and Honey Hair- 11/28 – 12/1, ends 11:59PM EST. 30% off Use Code blackfriday14
  • Miss Jessie’s- 11/14-12/16 Exclusively at Target BOGO 50% off.
  • Mozeke Products- 11/28 Enjoy 40% off select products.
  • My Honey Child- Starts Thanksgiving at 9:00pm (eastern) and ends Friday at 11:59 pm (eastern). 50% off entire order (8oz sizes only). Use code MYHC
  • Nature’s Gate-  Take 20% off all of our famous shampoos and conditioners, just use code 20Hair1114.
  • Naturalsis72- (reversible satin bonnets, satin lined beanies and hair butters) 11/27 8PM – 11/29. Use code BF15 for 15% off. Free shipping over $60 or $5 flat rate. Cyber Monday- 11/30, use code CM10 for 10% off. Free shipping over $60 or $5 flat rate.
  • Nyenzo Natural Boutique- 11/28 6am EST- 2pm EST 30% off no minimum purchase required. Use code BlackFriday2014.
  • Obia Natural Hair Care- Until 11/28 Enjoy 15% off your entire purchase. Use code BLKF14. 11/25-27 40% off use code BEATBLACKFRIDAY. 11/28-12/1 30% off using code BLACKFRIDAY
  • Original Moxie- 11/28-12/1 Get 30% off $30+ with code OMBF2014 (Also coupon for $5 off next order)
  • Ouidad- Now through Sunday, you can get 5 free samples and free shipping on EVERY order on our new website.
  • Oyin Handmade- 25% off everything and free shipping. Coupon code #BLACKFRIDAY
  • Q-Redew- 11/28 $20 off 12am-11am use code BLACKFRIDAY. 11/29-12/1 $10 off use code CYBERSALE.
  • Sally Beauty Supply- 11/27-11/30 Thanksgiving Weekend Specials. Curlformer Kits save $15. Curlformer Packs save $5. Buy 1 get 1 Free Shea Moisture and Eden Body Works products.
  • SDOT Beauty- 11/28-12/1 Discount 25% off. No code needed.
  • Shescentit- 11/28 – 12/1, 11:59PM EST Receive 30% off, free shipping on domestic orders over $60, free gift with orders over $75, free samples with purchase (while supplies last) Use Code givethanks14.
  • Soultanicals11/28 Special doorbuster goodies midnight-3am EST. Get 40% off all goodies plus free shipping on all orders $60+. Doorbusters (for all orders over $75) free soultanicals goodie bag with products valued at $25. Small Business Saturday receive 35% off and a free 2oz sample. Cyber Monday receive 35% off and free shipping. Use code BFSOULW.
  • Tasti Kiss Essentials- Get 25% off your entire order use code THX25 at checkout. Sale starts at 8:59 PST and will end Black Friday at Midnight, PST
  • Uncle Funky’s Daughter- 12/1 Cyber Monday 25% off your entire purchase. Use Code CYBERFUNKDAY.
  • Ynobe Shop- 11/26 – 12/2, 7:00PM – 7:00PM EST receive 25% off orders of $60+, select 8oz products for $12, free shipping for all domestic orders. Use Code HOLIDAY14.

Please rely on vendors for most accurate and up to date sale details. The list will be updated when I get more information. Stay tuned! 

3 vendors added  on 11/23

Updated 11/26 and 11/27. More update to come. Stay tuned!!

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If you’re a natural hair care brand selling bath or beauty products and would like to be added to my list of sales information, please send details to info@minibraidmethod.com. Here’s a link to last year’s list- Black Friday 2013 Roundup. Thanks!

 

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I’ve worn wash and goes a lot lately. I went out a few days in a row so my hair was smokey. I had a baby shower to attend and didn’t want to wash and restyle. My fix was a high bun. I wet my roots and wrestled my hair into a ponytail. I had to take it down and redo it several times throughout the day because it’s really hard to get all my hair gathered neatly. It’s a process, lol. When I got my ponytail as tight as it was gonna get and my hair was as smooth as it gets, I wrapped my ends around into a bun and used hair pins to keep it in place. (Please excuse the white specs, the mirror was a bit dirty.)

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