Beauty: Protective Styles

Knowing that for about 4-6 weeks post-op I won’t be able to do my hair, I started searching for protective styles. Unfortunately, I was having a hard time because I needed a braided style that was unique and not something every other woman I know is wearing right now. That eliminated my favorite Senegalese twist, kinky twist and box braids.

Twisted styles

pictures from and

I asked a few gurus on twitter for some advice on other protective styles. I got some suggestions for the styles above as well as twisting my own hair. I won’t twist mine without extensions because my hair is too thin. Way too much scalp showing. Then I got a suggestion from @afroniquely to try Havana Twist. I fell in LOVE.

havana twist

Happily Ever Natural did these herself and they are gorgeous! She has a YouTube tutorial showing the process. I won’t be doing these myself because it would be my first time and they have to last at least a month and a half. But later on, I will give it a shot.



Create: Crochet & Teal

It seems like my color obsession is completely in line with Michelle’s. Teal has recently taken over my life but in a slight different form. Crochet. I pretend to know how to knit but a friend introduced me to the wonderful world of crochet and I am hooked. (yep, I said it!)

I struggled through trying to read a pattern to make gloves but as a beginner, that was an epic failure. And I’m okay with that. I love beanies to I was able to follow a wonderful tutorial by You-tuber Tracey Nguyen and created this super cute pyramid hat.



I had plenty of yarn left over and knew I had to make something else. The yarn is very soft so I realized I could use it to protect my favorite gadget. My Kindle Fire!


This was a simple pattern that I created myself and it works wonderfully. My Kindle is safe from scratches because the fabric is uber soft and it looks so stylish in this clutch-like case.


I’ve still got some of this yarn left and no idea what to do with it. Any suggestions an advanced crocheter can signatureoffer a newby?