Yarn Braids - Yarn Braids/ Genie Locs Directory of Sorts

Friday, April 23, 2010

So in my last post, I promised to make a post that would serve as a type of yarn braids directory. Like a one stop shop of links, to save you from having to trawl through hundreds of websites for information. Some of these links I've used and revisited again and again. Some I think maybe to useful to others.

Please note that this is a work in progress and will be updated as I find more links. So bookmark this page and check back regularly. If you have links that you think may be helpful to others and want it added here, leave me a comment and I'd be happy to. Here goes!

Yarn Braids Videos

Vlog - Yarn on the Brain

My Yarn Braid Results

Yarn Braids

My Yarn Braids Experiences (Answers and Styles)

Yarn Braids

Yarn Braids - Results

My Genie Locs/ Yarn Braids

Yarn Braids - How To's

Yarn Braids - how to start and end a yarn braid (demonstration, not talking)

Yarn Braids Tutorial - how to start and end a yarn braid (talks you through)

Yarn Braids / Genie Locs - nice close up of how to start a yarn braid and how to end it, with great style pics at the end (demonstration, no talking).

Camouflaging Your Hair in the Braid or Yarn Braids - You know how you get those frizzies sticking out of the braid, especially if your hair is natural? Here's a potential solution. Haven't tried it. Let me know if it works for you! (talks you through).

Yarn Braid Tutorial
- One of the best braiding tutorials I've ever seen. She does such a good job of explaining step by step. Not a fan of the color combination, but that's besides the point (talks you through).

A note for those who are new to braiding: A few of the tutorials will have a different way of starting the yarn braids, braiding and ending the braids. Watch a few of the videos and see which methods you're more comfortable with. You can combine techniques from different videos if that works. Don't get overwhelmed. There's no single way of doing this!

Yarn Braid Photo Albums

Yarn Braids/ Genie Locs - by Kellum (she has lots of styles here too!)

tjk25's album - tjk25 was my inspiration for yarn braids, he's made a lot of progress with the, lots more albums on his fotki.

My Yarn Braids - by Kaleela1

To be continued ...

Yarn Braids - Yarn Braids/ Genie Locs Photos Finally

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Drum roll please!! I know I promised to post pictures of my yarn braids forever and a day ago. Better late than never. Here they are:

This set of yarn braids has been in for about 6 weeks. I re-did my edges after about 3 weeks, so they are due to be re-done again soon.

I'm really enjoying these braids. But I'm still yet to improve on the styling front.

This has been my only attempt at a real style. I'm going to go through BlackOnyx's Youtube channel again and look for quick yarn braid styles. Another trick I found is to also looked at styling videos from ladies with proper locs. The end result with yarn braids is very similar. Clearly, I haven't really been putting effort into trying all the beautiful styles I've found. lol. That's about to change the! In one of my next posts, I'll make a yarn braid video directory of sorts so that you won't have to dig around too much.

Anyway, so far here are the pros and cons of yarn braids:

  • Easy to maitain
  • Light
  • Gentle on my edges
  • My hair was soft and moisturized when I look out my edges
  • Take ages to dry when washed
  • Laborious to take down
Clearly the pros are outweighing the cons. I'm really happy with the way my hair is coming along. I've also had good growth:

The red line is at about 1.5 cm (around 0.6 inches). So give or take, I'd say I'm hair has been consistently growing at the normal average hair growth rate of 0.5 inches per month.

A maintainance/ washing/ conditioning/ regimen post will be coming up soon. Stay tuned!

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