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Yarn Braids/Genie Locs??
by Lady Sekmet (lady_sekmet)
at November 1st, 2009 (11:09 am)
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current mood: content
current song: "Society" by Subhumans

So, after cruising YouTube (on the job, no less) I found a video about using yarn instead of synthetic/human hair for braids. Me having an odd skin allergy to synthetic hair and not wanting to use human hair, I gave it a shot. Mind you, these pics are about a week old. My computer was in the shop for just as long so I couldn't upload right away. =( Sorry for the large-ness of the pics.


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More than halfway done at this point.

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Here's the back.

And now the finished product:

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I was on my way to rehearsal, so I pulled it back so it wouldn't get in the way (I play guitar).

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And here's me just after meeting guitarist Zakk Wylde at Sam Ash on Friday. ^_^

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It took me just over a day to do my entire head. They're actually longer than they appear in the pics (they're roughly boob level). I threw in brown and purple so it wouldn't look "plain" (they look better in person though). I oil my scalp every night (combo of Aloe Vera, Jojoba, and Tea Tree), and today I spritzed my scalp with a combo of Witch Hazel and Tea Tree Oil followed up by wiping with a damp cloth. My only qualm is that they tend to itch, but keeping my scalp oiled curbs that. Overall, I LOVE how they came out. ^_^

Just wanted to share!

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Posted by: Cherished Daughter of the Diaspora... (flutterbychild)
Posted at: November 1st, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)

I think they look really nice! How long do you plan on keeping them in?

Posted by: Lady Sekmet (lady_sekmet)
Posted at: November 1st, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
Yay

Thank you! It's already been a little over a week, so I'll keep them for another week and a half before taking them down.

Posted by: plastic sweat. metal skin. metallic tears. (misadventurelad)
Posted at: November 1st, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
fro_1

They look cute! You'll have to keep us updated on how they wear and if they get fuzzy at all.

Posted by: Lady Sekmet (lady_sekmet)
Posted at: November 1st, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Chillin'.

Thanks. Don't worry, I've got more pics on the way. =)

Posted by: there's a low moon caught in your tangles (implodes)
Posted at: November 1st, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)

you look cute! just wondering, what do the tea tree oil & witch hazel do for your scalp?

Posted by: Lady Sekmet (lady_sekmet)
Posted at: November 1st, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
Chillin'.

Thank you! Tea Tree Oil is a natural antiseptic, and Witch Hazel a is an astrigent that relieves irritation and refreshes the skin. I combine the two and use it on my skin, but you can use it on your scalp as well (keeps it clean and helps keep dandruff at bay).

Posted by: Cousin Moki (xayeidemon)
Posted at: November 1st, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
Me

Hmmm. I have dermatitis, and along with that territory comes chronic dandruff. This sounds like an awesome solution. Does it burn, though? The witch hazel seems like it would sting a little.

Posted by: Lady Sekmet (lady_sekmet)
Posted at: November 1st, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
Huh?

I've never had any issues with it so far. I suppose it WOULD burn if you have any open sores (it contains 14% alcohol), but even then, I don't think it would be an issue. =o

Posted by: shante_l (shante_l)
Posted at: November 2nd, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)

i second the witch hazel! i have terrible terrible dandruff. witch hazel and a cotton ball does the trick.

Posted by: Mary (marframil)
Posted at: November 1st, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
Washed Out

awesome, awesome results. Great selection of color too. :)

Posted by: Lady Sekmet (lady_sekmet)
Posted at: November 1st, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Chillin'.

Thanks! =D I'm going to be doing this again, so I'm trying to think of another color to use. Maybe a BOLDER purple. (I LOVE purple!)

Posted by: Cousin Moki (xayeidemon)
Posted at: November 1st, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)

Your braids look great. I've seen some folks try to pull off yarn braids, but this is the best I've seen anyone do it. How much yarn did you have to use?

Posted by: Lady Sekmet (lady_sekmet)
Posted at: November 1st, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Yay

Thank you! ^_^ I bought about 8 rolls of yarn (6 black, 1 purple, 1 brown--cost me just over $20 total), and went through about 4-5 rolls of the black yarn (because of the length). I went through about half of the rolls of purple and brown each.

Posted by: Cousin Moki (xayeidemon)
Posted at: November 1st, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)

Fantastic. I know what my next protective style is going to be! :D

Posted by: Lady Sekmet (lady_sekmet)
Posted at: November 1st, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
Yay

Give a try!! Take pics! =D Let us know how it turned out!

Posted by: Rosa "Chocolatina" (rosie_posie_860)
Posted at: November 1st, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)

They out a hell of a lot better than the ones I did (I suck at parting). I love them! What brand of yarn did you use?

Posted by: Lady Sekmet (lady_sekmet)
Posted at: November 1st, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
Chillin'.

Aww, you should try again! My parts aren't perfect either. =P I used the Lion Brand yarn. I was going to use Red Heart, but the shop didn't have the amount I needed/wanted. Glad you like them! ^_^

Posted by: Rosa "Chocolatina" (rosie_posie_860)
Posted at: November 1st, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)

I just might. I still have a lot of Red Heart left over from my first try. Some in black and some in this cool red/pink color.

Posted by: shante_l (shante_l)
Posted at: November 1st, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
mj woo!

ok. you just inspired me! i wore yarn twist all last winter. yesterday i went out and bought some more yarn and put in one measley twist last night. i'm going to go finish mine up right now!

yours look great! i was too afraid to add any color. lol

Posted by: Lady Sekmet (lady_sekmet)
Posted at: November 1st, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
Yay

Funny you mention twists! I was thinking about trying twists next time I do this (in another week and a half). =D Might be a nice summer look for a month or two!

Girl add some color! It makes for a nice highlight effect. =D

Posted by: shante_l (shante_l)
Posted at: November 2nd, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)

Gads! I just did an actual braid and it took forever and my fingers started to cramp. I'll stick with my twists! lol

I may try the color the next time i put them in, in a month or so. It'll be good and cold then. I feel saucier in the winter time. I think it's the boots that I get to dust off and rock.

Posted by: A Hundred is Not Enough (cpolk)
Posted at: November 2nd, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)

that is great!

i really like that!

Posted by: |Jillian| (kutsiekittie)
Posted at: November 2nd, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)

they came out REALLY great! I DIDN'T KNWO THE WITCH HAZEL INFO, EITHER, SO THANKS FOR that TIP.

I am alllllllllll about experimenting right now.

Posted by: Lady Sekmet (lady_sekmet)
Posted at: November 2nd, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
Chillin'.

I'm happy to share! And experimenting is what it's ALLLLLL about. =D

Posted by: haaay. (onemeatball)
Posted at: November 2nd, 2009 01:04 pm (UTC)

Ooh, they look great! What type of yarn did you use?

Posted by: Lady Sekmet (lady_sekmet)
Posted at: November 2nd, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
Chillin'.

Thank you! I used the Lion Brand yarn, in black, purple and a "cafe" shade of brown. =)

Posted by: That Subliminal Kid (blackbirdblues)
Posted at: November 6th, 2009 11:18 pm (UTC)

That's awesome!

Posted by: LYING BOX OF FROGS (maschalismos)
Posted at: November 7th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
badu locs

Those are the best yarn braids I've seen. Kudos on them! Keep us informed on how they wear, yeah?

Posted by: sugar (sugarcakesales)
Posted at: January 23rd, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)

i know this is totally an old post, but i just stumbled upon this comm.

I LOVE IT>

a girl i know does hers with purple yarn, i think it looks fabulous.


Geesh now im jealous......... cuz my hair is the silky straight type and wont braid like this :(

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: March 16th, 2010 04:11 am (UTC)
Awesome!

You are a beautiful, talented lady who knows herself! AND you play the guitar??? Sekmet, I wish you lived in CT! I am a female drummer and I'm rockin' SisterLocs!

Oh yeah...and I like that you use the name Sekmet.

Rock on girl! :)

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