Hello curlies, I have a special PuffCuff hair clamp review and tutorial for you today.

So………have you ever visited a natural hair blog or seen a YouTuber raving about their PuffCuff?  Maybe you have viewed a popular YouTuber styling their hair in amazing styles using their PuffCuff’, speaking about its benefits and discussing how it has helped in their personal styling journey?

Have you been thinking about purchasing one or perhaps even puzzled about which size is right for you?   Well, look no further: your decision does not have to be a shot in the dark!   I’ll walk you through the pros and cons of styling your hair with the PuffCuff, and show you a simple styling video tutorial about how I personally use my PuffCuff in my personal styling regime. Ready? Let’s dive in.

What exactly is a PuffCuff?

The PuffCuff is a hair accessory which is circular in shape with wide teeth on each side. It has a hook latch closure which helps to hold it in place during styling, and a large 5-inch diameter (original sized PuffCuff) which is ideal for naturals with full/ thick, kinky, curly afro-textured hair. The widely-spaced teeth help to grip the hair in place with less pressure on the hairline or edges, and it is relatively sturdy in my opinion. I have had mine for over two years and it’s still going strong!  Furthermore, the great news is that the PuffCuff company is owned by a black lady who is a natural herself.  That’s what I like to see – naturals doing it for themselves!

Which size is right for you?

There are four different sizes, which is useful for achieving different hairstyles while offering a choice for naturals with different hair thickness. The size you purchase will ultimately depend on your personal preference, and whether or not you want a tighter or looser hold. I decided to go for the largest size because I wanted to grip all my hair and have lots of hair left out, giving the illusion of extra volume and thickness.  I would recommend choosing a size based on the thickness of your hair and the styles you would like to create.  If you’re really unsure then simply go for the largest size (in my opinion!)

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Purchasing your PuffCuff

Many of my British readers might not have heard of the PuffCuff hair clamp because it has mainly been available in the US.  As with everything else natural hair and black beauty related- it’s always bigger, better and actually available in America. However if you are interested in purchasing a PuffCuff they can now actually be ordered online at Amazon UK and even eBay, as I found out recently. The PuffCuff is not exactly cheap though, and you will have to pay for postage and packaging. However, if you feel it will work for your hair type then consider giving it a try nonetheless. When I initially purchased my PuffCuff I actually ordered it from America because it was only available in America at the time, but now it is widely available at popular online retailers.

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PuffCuff hair clamp review video: How I style my hair using my PuffCuff

Check out my PuffCuff hair clamp review video tutorial (above) where I demonstrate a simple hairstyle I often wear using my PuffCuff. I’m using the original-sized PuffCuff in this video, which is the largest size in the range. I love wearing my PuffCuff in this way, as it gives my hair the illusion of so much volume and thickness. Do check out the video and please like and subscribe if you like this video and would like to see more.

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My final thoughts

Overall the PuffCuff held my hair really well and it was not a struggle to grip all my hair at the roots. There was no unnecessary pulling of my hair, and I had lots of hair left out as a result which was the main look I was trying to achieve. The PuffCuff will also give your hair the illusion of thickness- as it sits at the hair base holding the hair broadly in place. The grip is secure when in place; since the hooks that hold the clip in place are relatively large in comparison to other similar hair clips. As mentioned earlier, I would also say the PuffCuff is fairly sturdy and is unlikely to break under the pressure of your hair -even if you have extremely thick hair.

The PuffCuff is even suitable for naturals who wear their hair in locks or thick braid styles. Even though the PuffCuff has fewer teeth in comparison to the average hair clip which is kinder on the edges. This does also mean however that you do not get that extra tight grip and slicked-down sides and edges that we all love. However, I did find that my edges laid perfectly flat when I used my Eco-Styler gel.

PuffCuff hair clamp review score

In summary, if I were to give the PuffCuff a score out of 10 I would probably give it 7 out of 10 for practicality, ease-of-use and styling. I have not given it a higher rating because it’s not readily available within high street hair shops, it’s a little pricey for my liking and it does not necessarily grip in a way that keeps your sides and edges down. Overall I like my PuffCuff, and I would definitely purchase one again. I actually plan to buy another one in the original size and a smaller size, maybe the next size down. So there you have it ladies! All the relevant information I believe you actually need to make an informed decision about the PuffCuff.

Do you own a PuffCuff? What hair tools or accessories are you using for styling thick hair or giving the illusion of thick hair? Comment below to let me know if this blog post has been useful in helping you to decide whether or not to purchase.

Head wrap styles are a must during the summer months.  I love summer, the sun is out, everyone feels happier, the weather is good and for many naturals, this is the perfect time to sport one of their many head wrap styles. Summer is the perfect time to rock a bold, colourful, artistic head wrap with pride.

Many would be forgiven for believing that summer is non-existent in the U.K, but according to the official UK records, British summer is from 27th March 2016 to 30th October 2016. Therefore, since we are now in August, it officially means we are in summer time.

Whatever the weather, head wraps and head scarfs always go down a treat, and the best thing about these styles is they are so easy to create, and you can use whatever scarf, head wrap, headscarf or material you have at home. There is an array of different styles and many ways to wrap natural hair that it’s almost impossible to run out of inspiration.

To get started and to help on the way to headwear bliss or simply increasing styling options, I have put together a series of 100 different head wrap and headscarf styles for your viewing pleasure.

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Head wrap styles for natural hair Youtube video

For this first head wrap style in the series, you will need only a long scarf. The scarf I am using in this YouTube video is made from 99% cotton and therefore does not have any stretch.

This style is best achieved with a scarf without any tassels. However, any relatively long scarf will do the job just fine. You may also need a bobby pin to pin your hair up for this style. Secure your final look with a safety pin if you want your final masterpiece to be more secure or if you just want peace of mind that your new look won’t spontaneously unravel.

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30 Apr 2016
April 30, 2016

Hair length check April 2016

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Hello Curlies, I have another hair length check update for you.  If you frequent my blog, you will know that I am on a journey to grow healthy waist length natural hair.  At my last length check back in September 2015 my hair came in at mid-back length, despite my best efforts. I have discussed the reasons for this in a earlier blog post, but to quickly summarise, my dismal hair performance in 2015 was primarily due to neglect and lack of consistent hair care. However I am not going to major on my 2015 hair failures because it is a new year with new possibilities and as I discussed in my last post, healthy length retention is my main hair goal for 2016.

Planning for length retention success in 2016

So how do I plan to retain length? Well, I have found that protective styling is by far the easiest, stress-free way for me to retain length. In fact, I have noticed the most success when I have consistently followed a protective styling regime. My protective styling regime/challenge usually consists of set periods of protectively styling followed by periods of rest (free hair) throughout the year. My aim is to have my natural hair in protective styles for the most part of the year. My period of free hair usually involves undertaking hair strengthening, hot oil and other beneficial hair treatment which are not as convenient when wearing protective styles.  This is basically the tried and tested system I plan to use to retain as much length as possible this year, and hopefully achieve my hair goals.  I believe it is a simple formula, protective styling, persistence, consistency and patience. No magic potions or expensive lotions for me!

Sticking with what I know works for my hair

Although I do retain length without protective styling, I choose to protective style my hair because I have a busy schedule and I always opted for the route of least resistance.  As I always say, “if it’s not broken then don’t fix it”.  I definitely retain more length when I stay consistent with my tried and tested methods, products and regimes.  In my opinion, it is pointless jumping on the newest natural hair bandwagon, or any other bandwagon just because everyone is doing it. If you have already found a tried and tested system that works for you, why not stick with that until you achieve your desired results. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying don’t try new things – I’m forever experimenting.  I am simply saying, why not try new regimes and/or products in the area where you are still not seeing results while sticking to regimens/products you know work.  Remember you don’t have to follow every natural hair craze that’s trending on YouTube, just find what works for you.

Tracking my hair growth progress 

I plan to make my protective styling regime even easier this year (as if crochet braiding wasn’t easy enough).  Either way, as I mentioned in my New Year’s blog post, it is important to track your progress when you set goals.  I believe that one of the best ways to track your progress to waist length hair (or whatever length) is to take photos in a length check T-Shirt so you can clearly see your progress (see my photos below).

Front hair length check photos April 2016

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 Back hair length check photos April 2016

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Tracking and recording your progress visually is important, especially if you have super shrinkage like myself, notice how my hair without pulling looks like it is about armpit length.  This visual aid will help me to keep track and record my progress giving me that much-needed motivation and confirmation that my hair is actually growing.  Kinky hair, especially tightly curled Type 4 hair, has the tendency not to show it true length even when stretched. Only by actually pulling my already stretched hair can I actually see my true length.  It is important for Type 4 hair women to closely monitor their hair growth and not to give up on the journey wrongly believing it is “not growing”.

What method do you use to retain length?  Do you do regular hair length checks? Have you found your tried and tested length retention regime? Comment below to let me know what is your go-to protective style.

Happy hair journey

Colleen xx

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Hello ladies,

I am frequently asked how I achieve my hair length and what methods I use to retain length, well it’s not a big secret really and to be honest I’ve chosen the easy route to long heathy hair. For those of you who do not know, I attribute much of my hair growth and length retention to ‘protective styling’ and my number one means of protective styling at the moment is crochet braiding. Crochet braiding is a technique that involves cornrowing your own hair and simply attaching loose hair to the cornrows using a crochet needle in a ‘latch hook method’. Please check out my new YouTube video to see how I achieve my ‘natural look’ crochet braid-out look with mode model Marley braiding hair. I’m both an advocate and massive fan of this method of protective styling!  For my sisters who have not yet discovered crochet braids or for those who would like to give crochet braiding a go, here are 15 reasons why I think crochet braiding is the ideal protective style.

  1. Crochet braids are easy and quick to install, especially if you pay a professional to install them for you. They take between 3-4 hours to install once your hair has been cornrowed.
  2. Your entire hair is allowed to rest underneath in the cornrows.
  3. They are a time saver, in most cases you can literally get up and go because daily styling is relatively simple.
  4. There is no need to leave out your own natural hair but you can choose to do so if you wish.
  5. The strands of your own hair are not all intertwined with the extension again reducing the tension placed upon your own hair strands.
  6. There is no daily styling, brushing, combing or manipulation of your own natural hair therefore allowing your own hair to grow and rest. You are therefore able to retain all your growth and so help to retain length. This is what I call 100% protective styling at its very best.
  7. They look extremely natural and if installed correctly they look very much like your own natural hair.
  8. You can wash/cleanse your natural hair while wearing crochet braids, giving your own hair the much needed moisture it requires to remain healthy and grow.
  9. You can easily oil your scalp and moisturise your natural hair, thereby preventing dryness and ensuring your hair is less prone to breakage (I have a post coming up about how to do this- so stay tuned).
  10. They look really, really good and they actually look even better the longer you have them in.
  11. No glue, tread or chemicals required.
  12. Crochet braids are kinder to your edges than conventional braids since your hair underneath is cornrowed.
  13. Crochet braiding is inexpensive with two bags of Model Model Marley braids costing only £7.89 (you only need one and a half bags) perfect in a time of recession when you might have more important things to spend your money on i.e shoes! Lol
  14. You can use different types of synthetic hair not just Marley hair, for example water wave, kanakelon, expressions etc
  15. They are quick and easy to take out – simply cut the Marley braid just above the cornrows and then take down the cornrows and the reminder Marley hair will simply come out.

So if you have not already, it might be worthwhile giving crochet braids a go?  Considering all the positives I have listed above I personally believe crochet braiding has many advantages when compared to weaves or other braiding methods.

What you will need:

1.) Model Model Marley braid 1 or 1B

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Model Model Marley braiding hair

 

2.) Crochet needle

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Crochet needle for installing Marley braiding hair

 

My 10 top tips for installing crochet braids:

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