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Black Girl Long Hair is a very helpful site. Inspirational! It especially was for me in the earliest days of my hair growth journey. It’s one thing to hear about something, but often times it’s more helpful when you can actually see it.

I’m happy to be featured on BGLH as a natural hair style icon, and I welcome you to my blog if you’re here as a result.

Welcome! :)

From time to time, I enjoy doing hair posts. But. MerelyMarie is about so much more than hair.

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19-Hour Straight Hair: Products + Process.

short natural hair flat ironed

mizani thermasmooth

Can shampoo/conditioner expire?

I pulled some old Mizani shampoo & conditioner from the back of the cabinet (I think I’ve had them for about 3 years. Eek!). They appeared “safe” to use, and had no weird smell, so…

I straightened my hair with them.

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The “Take Down”: A Bantu Knot Out Photo Tutorial.

bantu knot out take down photo tutorial

If you missed the photo tutorial on how to make bantu knots, check it out here!

For better bantu knot out results, please keep the following in mind:

  • If the hair is damp during the “take down”, there will be frizz. Make sure the knots are completely dry.
  • To release the knots, it’s better to find the ends, then gently unwrap in the opposite direction of the wound coil. (My hair isn’t long, so I just tug & pull to release the knots. If you do this, please note: it creates frizz.)
  • For a more defined look, don’t comb/pick/tease the hair past the roots. Do, for a more natural look.
  • Step 3 is completely optional.

Okay. Let’s get into it…

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Making the Knot: A Bantu Knot Out Photo Tutorial.

bantu knots mohawk hair cut

For better bantu knot out results, please keep the following in mind:

  • Start on freshly washed & conditioned hair.
  • Apply leave-in conditioner, or your choice styling product.
    (I used Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner)
  • Don’t make parts with a comb. Just grab random sections of hair.
    (I like to imagine the structure of a honeycomb, placed on my head, when setting any kind of “out style”. It’s easier to disguise parts.)
  • Use a bobby pin to secure the knot, if it doesn’t stay in place.

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What’s Going on with Your Hair?

shaved sides tapered mohawk

Quick hair update.

Since my last hair post, I got the back of my hair cut higher. Into a little “V” shape. I like it better than the complete, “to-the-nape” mohawk. Less hair.

To maintain this cut, I try to have Husband shave (or clipper?) the sides every 2-3 weeks. After about 2 weeks, when the hair has begun to grow out, I can’t take it! I haven’t figured out how to care for hair that short. Other than brushing it, or getting it trimmed back down. I never feel like applying gel or any kind of product. I don’t even want to brush it.

Merely lazy.

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Hair: 4 Simple Looks with Shaved Sides.

There are quite a few styling options available, if you have shaved sides. Or, a mohawk type of hair cut.

The key is having a bit of length at the top to play around with.

When blow-dried & flat-ironed, mine is just long enough to cover the shaved sides & back.

I really like having this option, as I can actually fit hats over my head!
Now to buy some hats…

I think a couple of fedora-style ones would look very nice.

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Hair: 3 Tips for better Transitioning Braid Outs.

8 months post relaxer (photo)

98% of the time, I wore my hair in the braid out style during my transition.

It just worked.

Here are my top 3 tips for awesome results!

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