TWA Style | Shingling

I know a lot of you have been wondering how I’ve been getting on with my hair post big chop. The answer in short (no pun intended) is GREAT!! I love the ease and simplicity of my tapered Teeny Weeny Afro and the colour is popping in the current sunny weather we are enjoying. Do I miss my long hair sometimes?….sure! There are moments I long for length just to switch things up but then mummyhood calls and I’m glad I don’t have to spend 30 mins plus on my hair anymore.

I’ve mostly just been doing wash and go’s but if I want more definition/pizazz I shingle my hair. For those not in the know, shingling is a styling method developed my Miss Jessie’s salon, which “manually turns kinks to curls.” It’s a way to achieve maximum curl definition and elongation and all that’s required is sopping wet hair, some sort of defining product and wide tooth comb, Denman brush or even your fingers. You can find tons of tutorials online and most especially on Youtube. My fav video is by Carmen of My Natural Sisters.

PRODUCTS/TOOLS

Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing Lotion

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel

Curly By Nature Nourishing Gloss Balm

Denman Brush

PROCESS

After co-washing my hair I apply Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing lotion as my leave in. It acts as a great moisturizer and base to prevent crunch from the styling products used on top. I then apply a generous amount of either the Curl Enhancing Smoothie or Curl Activator Cream depending on my mood and what’s within reach. On top of that I apply a light amount of Eco Style Gel. I tend to re-wet my hair with a spray bottle in between applying products. Finally, I apply a very light layer of the Nourishing Gloss Balm. I then take small sections of hair, apply a small amount of gel and work my denman brush through the section, starting at the ends and smoothing with my fingers as I go. This defines and elongates my curls and makes them clump together. I do this throughout my hair, re-wetting as needed. I then leave my hair to dry. Because I use a gel, this style is able to last for 2-3 days and I just re-wet each morning with water.

TO NOTE

Hair needs to be very wet to get the best definition

Use a moisturizing Leave-in underneath your styling products to prevent crunch and dryness

For very short sections of hair, manually shingle with your fingers

You will get varying degrees of curl definition and clumping, depending on your hair texture

No amount of product or shingling can create curls where there are none

Root2Tip Kinki Coili Kurli Heaven Hair Milk and Natural Hair Butter

Product: Kinki Coili Kurli Heaven Hair Milk

Brand Overview: This natural range was formulated by ROOT2TiP founder Sal for her daughter.  It is 98% natural and comprises all you need to give your child great looking hair that is manageable.  They believe haircare should be happy for kids, not a nightmare!
Price: £11.99
Available Here: root2tip.co.uk
Claims:

Hydrate her hair with a natural and nourishing milk…Suitable for all Hair Types! Great for Baby hair! Heavens Hair Milk is a light non-greasy hair milk with a lotion consistency, formulated with Jojoba oil, Olive oil and Virgin coconut oil.
Our milk instantly sinks into fine baby hair to silken, smooth and define it lightly, whilst providing an immediate softness and silkiness to thicker hair textures also. Frizz is a thing of the past with our Heaven’s Hair Milk.”

Ingredients:
Aqua, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Riccinus Communis (Castor) Seed oil, Butrospermum Parkii, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Glycerine, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylol Glycol (and) Chlorphenisin, Parfum, Guar Hydroxyprpyltrimonium Chloride.

Review Overview
Miss E’s hair
This hair Milk is very light, watery and smells divine. It softens her hair very well and the effects last a few days. It does however leave a slight coated feel to her hair, which doesn’t bother me but might be a problem for other hair types. I love the dispenser as it makes it easy to control how much product is released, reducing wastage or over-use. My only issue with this hair milk is that it’s not a product I could multi use for Miss E i.e. as a styler AND moisturiser. Whilst it works well for her as a moisturiser, I found it didn’t give me the definition I wanted when styling.

PROS:

  • Moisturising and softening
  • Smells heavenly

CONS:

  • Doesn’t work well as a styler
  • Leaves a slight coating which may bother some hair types

Product: Natural Hair Butter

Price: £11.99
Available Here: root2tip.co.uk
Claims:

If you love to wear your hair in twists, or you have locs, and you need a product to make your hair soft, have great hold and shine, then this is the hair butter for you.

100% natural, using the key ingredients, olive oil, organic shea, this unrivalled hair butter will give you your best TWIST-Out yet! It’s best used with the honey-rain juice, for perfect results every time. If you like it hot, and blow-dry or use a flat-iron, then use this butter to keep your hair super-soft and protected from the heat!”

Ingredients:
Riccinus Communis (Castor) seed oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Fruit Butter (Organic), Orange (sweet) essential oil, Citrus AurantiumDulcis, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil.

Review Overview
I love the whipped butter consistency of this product and it has a lovely light fruity fragrance, which isn’t too overpowering. It is however, very thick and not at all easy to distribute; a little goes a very long way. It works well as a sealing product but might be too heavy for low density hair or loose curls patterns. I use it on top of the heaven milk after moisturising and for very light hold when styling. It gives her hair amazing shine. The product description says that this butter can be used for blow drying or flat ironing, but I would hesitate to do so. Looking at the ingredients, there are no silicone oils, low molecular weight conditioners or other heat protective ingredients, just natural oils, which as far as I’m aware would provide very little heat protection. It does however, make a fantastic body butter and pre-poo treatment, so no more ashy knees or elbows.

PROS:

  • Softens and gives great shine
  • Good for sealing in moisture
  • Great body butter

CONS:

  • Heavy, could weigh some hair types down