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(Updated) Satin Lined Cap Without Seams

2.27.2017

So I've really been getting a kick out of sewing lately. If you've seen my instageam pics lately, they are pretty much sewing related by default. I'm still going to be blogging about my hair journey but I've been cooking up some sewing videos about hair lately. I had a vision of creating more hair friendly items for myself and for others as gifts. What better way than to share them with you as I go along because it is hair related.

Enough jibber, today I modified my satin lined cap. I love this cap so much and have given some away to my friends and family. This year will be a diy year for me and I'm going to give everything I make away. I had a dream of making some thumbs to give away at my local children's hospital for all the wonderful kids there to bring a smile to their faces. Not to mention it just feels good to help others without expecting anything in return.

Okay I'm jibbering again! As for today, I've gotten comments from my YouTube as well as some friends who have asked to modify this satin lined cap. The issue lies with the inside of the cap and how there are raw edges exposed that can possible snag on hair and defeats the purpose of using it as a protective hair item.

Sooo I jumped back into the sewing laboratory to fix it and I want to share with you what I have come up with. For starters, the outside seam can easily be covered up by wearing the seam toward the back and letting the slouchy portion of the hat fall over it. Quick fix!!!! However, to hide the inside frayed edges, I've created a video (attached below) on the steps to take to fix your satin lined cap (if you already made one) or you can start from scratch.

To start from scratch, you'll have to watch my last video titled "SATIN LINED CAP" and follow the instructions up until 6:05. Then you can proceed watching my new video linked below. If you are correcting your cap, you can begin with the new video.



 Helpful links for surviving this tutorial:

Link to the free pattern for the satin lined hat.m

Link to the YouTube video where I first created a satin lined cap.

Link to the YouTube video tutorial for the satin lined beanie (for people who don't own sewing machines)



I hope this helps. Enjoy!  Happy Monday!!!

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Anything Question Related

2.24.2017

Is straight hair easier to maintain when you're busy with life? I have 2 babies (22 month and 5 month) and just went back to work and I was wearing wigs but I want something new and was considering using heat for a while. What do you think?  -Kenya

Hey Kenya! I like wearing my hair straight during busy times.  It's easier for me to work with straight hair than curly hair due to maintenance. It's not because of any particular healthy hair benefit. It's because when times get hectic I tend to neglect my hair big time. Simple and low maintenance is always the best for busy times. I prefer straight hair but maybe you can consider braided styles as well. With any hair style, maintenance should be considered. Health of hair and edges are also important. I use to wear wigs but they destroyed my edges overtime and I really neglected my real hair because it was always covered up.

I think that when we are busy we just want something easy, quick, and to keep our hair out of the way. Even though our hair health is important, it's the last thing on our minds most times. I work from 8-5, have night classes, and cook daily for my husband and I (unless we have left overs). This week I was curly, and I haven't twisted my hair once lol...it's in the same puff. Sometimes twisting my hair for 30 minutes seems like too much or I just don't feel like doing it. My curly hair will get matted/tangled when I neglect to twist and moisturize at night. If I remember, I tie a silk scarf around my puff or I usually pass out on my satin pillowcase (sometimes not). Which can lead to breakage. Not to mention, tangled hair results in a very interesting wash day. Interesting = long.

With my straight hair, I have a little more freedom. When it's straight, I can get away with skipping a night of maintenance (moisturizing/sealing/wrapping). I can apply some type of oil to my ends and throw it in a top bun at night in 2-3 minutes. It doesn't take half an hour to do anything with my straight hair. I can simply comb out the shed hairs most days, style (most likely a bun), and go! Lol! Wash days are typically more simple as far as tangles but the straightening process is exhausting. It can take hours to blow dry/straighten but you'll be free all week or for however long you choose to go straight. I usually go straight for two weeks. Further more, heat styling can be damaging overtime and should be limited instead of used as a primary styling often. I typically straighten during the winter months for a specific period of time like 2-3 months. In my opinion, if you are regularly deep conditioning, using heat protectors, and limiting straightening to once per week, then any normal to healthy hair should be able to withstand the heat. Thanks for sharing your question.

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Wash Day

2.17.2017

Happy Friday Hair Friends! So I have gone back curly for a while. I did enjoy the straight hair while it lasted and I have been neglecting my natural strands. With my straight hair, I could easily throw it up in a bun or some other protective style. However, the downside is that my ends were so dry because I was only washing biweekly and my hair reverted little by little every day.Here is a shot of my dry hair the day that I decided to wash it. Check out what else I've been up to besides washing my hair...here.


I co-washed my hair with Herbal Essences Naked Conditioner and exfoliated my scalp with my tangle teaser. After rinsing out the co-wash, I deep conditioned with Shea Moisture Intensive Hydration Hair Masque with Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil.  Then I deep conditioned under my Gold N Hot heat cap for an hour and my curls were POPPING OUT like daisies in springtime!!!!!


I rinsed out the conditioner with cool water and shook my hair to remove excess moisture. Then I let my hair drip dry for 15-20 minutes. I don't use any towels/shirts to dry my curly hair. 


Lastly, I used a new product to flat twist my hair. I used Garnier Fructis Curl Nourish Butter Cream Leave In. Now if you know anything about this product then you know that it has silicones, and mineral oil in it. I know what you're thinking...it's a bad product. However, it is the only "bad product" I use and if it doesn't cause dryness/buildup then I'll try it. Also, I clarify my hair about once every month and that should do the trick of removing buildup as well. I kind of used the lock method but not entirely. I put the leave in on my strands and sealed it with my 100% argan oil from Shea Moisture. I air dried my hair overnight and untwisted it the next morning. My curls were shiny and so defined. This surprised me because the leave does not provide "hold."This twist out is like the millionth one that I've done and if you're interested in how it looks in one of my previous posts...click here.


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Update! (January 24th - February 13th)

2.15.2017


Hi Hair Friends,

Thank you all for still coming to my blog every Monday and Friday to check out my posts. As you may or may not know, my husband and I are settling in to our new place. I have been happily decorating like crazy. I've always had a dream home in mind and I feel like this house is becoming a dream home. One of the ladies here on blogger, Kenya, suggested that I include photos in my updates and here is a photo of our master bedroom and how it's shaping up. I love it. Our room never really had a theme color but I've been feeling a little "blue." *Laughs out loud!* I've been adding pieces since January and it's almost finished.
 

Something else new is that I've joined a sewing group to help sharpen my skills and interact with my threaded counterparts. It has really been fun and has allowed me to de-stress after work and fuel my creativity. Recently, due to spending too much time on Pinterest, I have organized my fabric and it now has a proper storage place. It's just a filing crate that I bought from Walmart. I used the hanging file folders as hangers for my fabric. I think it turned out pretty well.


As for hair, I have been wearing my hair straightened since my last hair post. However, Sunday, I washed, deep conditioned, and wore my hair curly. I styled my hair in a ... twist-out!!!! That is seriously my favorite style. I will always wear it. Here is a shot of my dry straightened hair before washing it.


I'll try to update my blog with these types of posts more often when I am too busy to post about my hair. New wash day post will be posted on Friday. Also, check out my last update here. To see my last blog post about hair, click here.

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