How to style 2-strand twists

eleanor j'adore - how to style 2-strand twists

If you follow me on my other social media platforms you’ll know that I actually published this tutorial on my channel a couple of weeks ago. Why am I only posting it here now? Well, life I guess!

Nevertheless, I’m very excited to be bringing you this video today if you haven’t seen it already. I show my 3 favourite ways that I like to style my 2-strand twists. Go have a look and let me know which one is your favourite.

Have a fabulous week and remember to love your curls

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Hello 2016

eleanorjadore - Hello 2016

Hello 2016! I realise as I’m writing this that we are into the last week of January, but it’s only yesterday and today that I’ve really sat down and written down my plans and goals for this year. And I have a lot of them, for both my personal life and my blog. But I’ve decided that instead of writing them down publicly and by telling everyone what they are, I’d rather just show everyone by reaching them.

eleanorjadore - Hello 2016

To be honest, I’ve never been the type of person to write down my personal goals, but I’ve noticed that whenever I do express a desire for something specific to happen in my life, it usually comes to fruition through a combination of hard work, prayer and probably a bit of luck. The difference this year is that I plan to be a lot more specific about a number of things and I’ll be working tirelessly to make them happen.

eleanorjadore - Hello 2016

So often we think about things we’d like to do or things we’d like to achieve, but then write them off as a pipe-dream. Well, to me dreaming is everything! I mean, if we don’t dream, how will we ever achieve amazing things?  The key however is to turn that dream into a reality by breaking it down into smaller achievable goals, no matter what it is.

eleanorjadore - Hello 2016

eleanorjadore - Hello 2016

eleanorjadore - Hello 2016

I’ll admit that I’ve asked myself if my dreams aren’t too bold or too audacious and was reminded of the quote “If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough”.

That said, bring on 2016!

Love,

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The Braid Out

Eleanor J'adore - The Braid Out

My new video is now live on YouTube! I’ve collaborated with Beauty Bulletin and Mzansifro to bring you a tutorial and review for one of my favourite hair styles: The Braid Out. I achieve the style using products from Design Essentials.

Go watch it now, make sure you hit those ‘like’ and ‘subscribe’ buttons and share it with everyone you know. I would love to know what you all think of it, so please leave me a comment either here or over on YouTube.

Happy watching and love your curls,

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Flat Twist Out on Natural Hair

Eleanor J'adore - Flat Twist Out Tutorial

As requested by some of you, I’ve just published my flat twist out tutorial for fabulously defined curls over on YouTube. It’s actually become on of my favourite styles so I’m really happy to finally be able to bring it to you.

Watch it in HD if you can.

Love your curls,

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Why twist-out when you can wash and go?

Eleanor J'adore - Why Twist-Out when you can Wash and Go?

After I posted this picture on my Facebook page yesterday, I was asked by one of my followers why is it that when I’m able to achieve a “good wash and go”, do I still do twist-outs on my hair. My immediate response was that constantly doing wash and gos causes more knotting and that I love the different look that a twist-out gives me.

After contemplating the question a bit further, I started wondering whether a notion does exist that says that if you can achieve a good wash & go, there’s not much point in doing twist-outs. And I suppose depending on your specific curl pattern the twist-out would typically be a more stretched out style as opposed to your own tighter curls and kinks.

Firstly, I’m thinking, what is a good wash & go? Does it mean your curls pop more? What about if you don’t have a naturally defined curl pattern? I happen to think that you can still achieve a good wash and go without having popping curls, but rather your natural hair looking its personal best whether it curls or not.

Eleanor J'adore - Why Twist-Out when you can Wash and Go?

More and more I’m seeing kinky-haired women without necessarily having an identifiable curl pattern do wash & gos. Simply look at BlackBeautyKween who has started rocking wash & gos like its nobody’s business. Or NaturalMe4C who does beautiful wash and gos on her kinky hair.

It’s all about mastering your own hair. And in my case, it took me a while to figure out how to my master my wash and go, which I published over here. It’s definitely a matter of playing around with different products to see which ones give you the best results, as well as experimenting with the technique  you use in applying said products.

Even though I love wearing wash and gos it’s just not practical for me to wear my hair this way everyday. Like I said before, the hair is more prone to tangling,  which does lead to more single strand knots. My reason for wearing twist-out styles also comes back to it simply looking beautiful. I love how a different curl pattern can change up my entire look. And isn’t that part of why we love wearing our hair natural, for the versatility of it?

I’d love to hear your opinion on this, so let me know in the comments section below.

Love your hair,

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Hair Update and a Growth Challenge

Eleanor J'adore - Hair Update and a Growth Challenge

Hi All

A couple of posts back I informed you that I am pregnant and that I would be back with a hair update fairly soon. Well, instead of an actual update my very next post was  a video tutorial on how I achieve my big curly hair.  If I’m being honest, that video sums up my hair as of late. Ever since morning sickness kicked in I found it harder to stick to my once a week pre-poo, washing, deep conditioning, and twisting routine. What made life easier in the end was stick to wash and gos as it was the quickest to do and required the least amount of effort. At night I would either pineapple my hair or if I was really lazy I would just make a low pony tail and sleep on a silk lined pillow.

Now that I have the bounce back in my step, I’m slowly returning to my original hair regime (with some product changes), which brings me to some exciting news: As of July, I’ll be participating in a Hair Growth Challenge. This challenge is spearheaded by my friend and blogger Mandy Cooke from The Mandy Expedition and couldn’t come at a better time for me. It’s the perfect push I need to get my routine back on track, since my goal is still to grow my hair to waist length.

Mandy first posted her recipe for this growth mixture sometime in late 2014 and it literally took the South African online hair community by storm. Girls were all over her blog and various Facebook pages raving about the success they’ve been experiencing with the potion. I tried it for a short while but became quite lazy rather soon after I started with it and so my foray into accelerated hair growth didn’t last very long. This time though, I’m determined to remain fully committed for the duration of the challenge.

Since I know there’ll be questions about the recipe, here it is:

Eleanor J'adore - Hair Update and a Growth Challenge

So I want to invite all of you, my lovely followers to join me in this challenge. If any of you are interested, it will give you a few days to get yourself sorted with the ingredients. Go to Mandy’s blog for more information and guidelines, and feel free to interact with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to track your progress.

Love your curls!

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