Thursday, December 3, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide for the Curls 2015

Did somebody say December?  I don't know where this year went but the season of giving is officially upon us.  If you're anything like me, I like to think a little outside of the box when it comes to gift giving ... gift cards are sooooo 2014.  So, to get you out of the gift card rut, I've come up with a holiday gift guide for the "curls" in your life! 

For the Protective Style Queen 

PHOTO c/o The Wrap Life


Saturday, November 21, 2015

DIY Lip Scrub

This dry weather has been wreaking havoc on my hair and skin, lips included.  When my lipstick began looking like caked on crayon (ewww), I knew it was time for some major exfoliation.  I searched high and low for a reasonably priced lip scrub in my area but I came up empty-handed.  And for some reason spending $10 (plus shipping) for the fancy ones online just did NOT appeal to me.  Coincidentally, after a little research, I found out the majority of lip scrubs are made from sugar, to exfoliate, and oil, for moisture.  So ... DIY to the rescue!  This super easy recipe took literally 3 minutes to make and cost me $0 dollars because the ingredients were already in my pantry.  Add in some cute packaging, and you've got super affordable and easy gifts for the holidays! 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Post-Travel Recovery Hair

My hair was in dire straits after our vacay to Hawaii.  

Monday, November 9, 2015

Style Cards || #bkdfnhe

Hey all!  As part of the process for preparing for the Bella Kinks DFW Natural Hair Expo, I created these style cards that were available to my workshop attendees.  Well, now YOU have the opportunity to download these cards for reference whenever you're ready to achieve that perfect three strand twist out or flawless perm rod set.  Just click below the cards to access the pdf files and download them onto your computer!  You can also check out my YouTube channel where I have uploaded "how to" tutorials for both styles! 

To download the Three Strand Twist style card, click here!

To download the Perm Rod style card, click here!


Saturday, October 31, 2015

Recap || #bkdfwnhe

First natural hair expo ✔️
First time PRESENTING at a natural hair expo ✔️

So many boxes checked this past weekend at the Bella Kinks DFW Natural Hair Expo and I am still reeling from the experience.  When Julian (Ms. Bella Kinks herself) asked me a few months back to be a part of the expo I was in total disbelief.  Obviously, she saw something in me that I had not seen in myself, but now that's all changed :)  I don't think it really hit me until I was on my way home that I realized how powerful the weekend was!  And since my time in Grapevine was full of action, I wanted to give you all the play-by-play!


The rain as a result from Hurricane Patricia was trying to dampen the weekends activities but like Julian said at the opening event, "The rain is just a shower of God's blessings."  And indeed it was.  After an almost 8 hr drive in the rain, the weekend kicked off with the black excellence dinner at the NYLO Las Colinas. Everyone was dressed to the nines in their black tie attire donning the flyest masks.  The masquerade themed event was hosted by blogger Shine Struck and artist/songwriter Chris Classic.  We dined on chicken and snapper and enjoyed the signature martini for the evening, the kinky martini. Julian also did an informal recognition ceremony honoring a few of the people that have made an impact on her life.  Afterwards the DJ turned up the jams and we got to partake in a little ring light photo booth action.

Blogger VeePeeJay and I
Outfit details

Being that my VERY FIRST workshop was the next morning, hubs and I didn't hang out for too long because I wanted to make sure I was bright eyed and bushy tailed for the expo the following day.



Saturday, October 10, 2015

Style Wars || Braid Out vs 3 Strand Twist Out

Think 3 strand twisting is the same as braiding?  Think again!  With 3 strand twisting you are wrapping an individual strand around the other two whereas with braiding you are intertwining the strands together.  I like both but I think 3 strand twists are my favorite.  Depending on the size of my twists, my hair is more defined and the twist out can last me at least 6 days without retwisting.

Wanna see the two styles go head-to-head?  Click below to watch the first installment of my new Style Wars series on YouTube!

Which one is your favorite? 



Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Contemplating Deva

A cutting technique where the curls are cut in their dry, natural state one curl at a time.  Also known as the curl-by-curl method. 

To DevaCut or not to DevaCut, that is the question.  I've been contemplating this cut for a minute.  I even attempted my own DIY cut earlier in the year, which I think worked out well.  
my DIY DevaCut

Then in June after straightening my hair I went into the salon for a trim.  The stylist ended up reshaping my layers and I prayed that my freshly trimmed hair would translate into a cute curly cut but i was dead WRONG.  After a little bit of research I believe that she used a cutting technique on my hair called "notching" where she basically thinned out my ends.  I guess she didn't get the memo that big hair was in *_*  Now that my hair is curly again the shape is choppy and my ends are super thin.  Needless to say, I am NOT happy.  


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fall Hair Routine

After a sweltering summer, autumn is finally upon us.  Falling leaves, cool air, and pumpkin-spiced everything becomes a way of life for the next few months.  Unfortunately in San Antonio, the high is still in the 90's on a daily basis and it feels more like an east coast summer than the actual autumnal changes I've grown to know (I'm a Virginia native).  It's typical for a naturalista to change their hair routine around this time to protect their strands from cooler, drier temps.  This usually consists of more protective styles, heavier oils, and thicker styling creams.  Since I don't have a real opportunity to enjoy this temperamental change, the majority of my routine stays the same except for a few switch- ups.  Here's the deal ... 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

.... And we're back

My hiatus from the blog was a bit longer than I anticipated.  You see, I've been trying to get my life in order.  That phrase is something I say on an almost daily basis, and you know what, I'm getting closer but still not there yet.  Kids, work, husband, and the all infinite checklist that comes along with looking for a new job in a new state and trying to find a new home for your family, is entirely too much to deal with.  Now add in a blog/vlog that also takes up a considerable amount of time (i'm a bit of a perfectionist) and you've got a burnt out woman.  To all the ladies that have been able to conquer that kind of life ... please spill the beans, inquiring minds want to know.  So anyway, this is another attempt to get back on this blogging horse.  And if you've been with me for a while, the blog got a facelift!  So here we are ... back at square one.  With a refreshed blog and a refreshed woman.  Cue in *Welcome back Kotter*


Monday, July 20, 2015

1st Impressions Review || 2Curls1Mission

Budget cuts and saving for an upcoming move have had me on a #productjunkie fast for a couple months but the hair gawds must've heard my prayers!  The lovely Dy from 2Curls1Mission was kind enough to send me two of their products ... the Blueberry Conditioning Cleanser and the newly released Pineapple Mango Curl Cream.  Now, I generally don't review every product I get my hands on but this one is soooo worth it.  So let's get into it ... 
First up is the Blueberry Conditioning Cleanser.  Here are the deets -->

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Side Swept Curls || Wedding Hairstyle Collaboration

Wedding season is in full swing ... so I've teamed up with vloggers VeePeeJay and MissT1806 for this special wedding hairstyle collaboration.  Whether you are going to be the bride, a bridesmaid, or a wedding guest, we've got you covered.  
For my bridesmaid hairstyle, I decided to do side swept curls with a braid in the back/side for some added drama.  If you can't braid, this style will also work with a tuck and roll, flat twist, or just simply pinned to side.  You can also switch up the loose curls into anything you like ... (i.e. a twist out, wash and go, or curling iron). 
Thumbs up if you liked this video! 


Monday, May 25, 2015

Frizz-free and Bouncy Braid out || Natural Hair

It's been a minute but I'm back from my YouTube hiatus.  Check out my latest! 


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Maintain and Protect your Color-Treated Natural Hair

You’ve colored your hair … now what? 

Adding color to your natural hair can be a fun and exciting way to enhance the dimension of your curls, kinks, and waves.  But a change in color may also result in a change in your hair care regimen.  So whether you go red, blonde, purple, or jet black, here are a few things you’ll need to consider after dying your hair.  


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Bigga is 3! || My 3 year naturalversary

Today marks my 3 year naturalversary and as I stroll down memory lane I remember that fateful day one of my best friends did my big chop in a hotel bathroom.  Sounds sketch, I know, but the short story is that I was moving cross-country from VA to TX and had made an appointment at an upscale natural hair salon in Atlanta (which was on the way) to do my big chop.  Well, I missed that appointment and could not wait another minute to chop off my hair, so I asked my friend to do it.  We went to Target a few days later, picked up some hair shears, and went to chopping.  At first I was ecstatic, and then fear set in.  Even though I transitioned for a year, I had no clue what to do with my hair.  Like ... couldn't buy a clue.  I thought my hair would automatically look like something out of a magazine (a' la Tracee Ellis Ross on the March cover of Essence).  I thought a wash and go was actually a wash and go ... not a wash, condition, rinse out, deep condition, rinse out, apply LOC, rake, shingle, fluff, clump, gel, shake like an exorcist, and go!  Lies... I tell you!  I was completely lost and totally unprepared.  But how is that even possible?  I transitioned for an entire year, read on an almost daily basis, and studied YouTubers MahoganyCurls and Naptural85 like my life depended on it.  So all that "work" and I wasn't putting it into practice.  The first 6 months of my transition I continued to flat iron my hair and the last 6 months I wore my hair in a bun almost every. single. day.  In my mind I was saving those tips I learned for when I became fully natural.  Little did I know I was kinda setting myself up for failure.  Practice makes perfect they say, so looking back on it, here are few things I wish I would have done differently during my transition to prepare myself for my big (or little) chop.
Twist out a month after my chop - May 2012

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

7 Detangling tips for Length Retention || Natural Hair

We all know that hair grows from the scalp, but growing long hair has more to do with how much length you retain as opposed to how fast your hair is growing.  So here are 7 detangling tips to help you hold onto those ends and get to your goals a bit faster.

1. Get it Wet 

Detangling on dry hair is a major NO NO.  Water adds elasticity to the hair.  Elasticity = Stretch.  And stretch means your hair will give a little during the detangling process.   Dry hair is going to be more prone to breaking off due to the physical stress of pulling on the hair.  And tread with caution, your hair is still very fragile when wet.  

2.  Slow Down 

Shortcuts aren't short.  So, if you're in a rush when detangling your hair, you're more likely going to be a bit more aggressive trying to get rid of those knots and tangles.  If you aren't able to take your time and be gentle, hold off for another day to prevent any undue damage. 

3.  Add Slip 

2 words .... Good Conditioner.  A good conditioner with slip (i.e. melts the tangles away) is a vital part of any curly girl's regimen.  My all time favorite is Tresseme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner, and for those who don't mind a little silicone, Trader Joe's Nourish Spa condish is a good one too. 

4. Twist it up 

Once detangling a small section of hair, twist it up to KEEP it detangled.  Kinky-curly hair will very quickly bind back up on itself if it's left to run wild (imagine queen Bey with her fans blowing), so to prevent from having to detangle again (i.e. before styling), keep those sections twisted up to keep the hair tangle-free.

5.  Use your fingers 

Now this isn't a rule I always follow because, let's face it, I'm not perfect (shocker I know).  But using brushes and combs can wreak havoc on your hair if not used properly.  Plus, you can't really "feel" how hard you are pulling when getting those knots out.  So, yes, fingers are best.  But if you must use a tool, a modified Denman brush or a wide tooth comb are preferable (pictured above).  And if you can't get the comb or brush through, don't force it!

6.  "Started from the Bottom"

(note the Drake reference, hehe)
Always begin detangling from the ends and work your way up to the roots.  Period.  

7.  Wear Stretched Styles 

Remember that time you were going on a trip and when you packed your necklaces you just threw them haplessly in your bag?  And remember when you went to take those necklaces out of said bag they were all tangled together in the funkiest knots you could EVER imagine?  I don't know about you, but that's what my hair does when I wear it in a wash and go.  It's like every. single. strand. of hair wants to twist on itself and everything around it creating the most wicked knots.  So wearing stretched styles like twist outs, braid outs, and perm rod sets keep my hair stretched and my ends (mostly) tangle-free.  So this isn't much of a tip on proper detangling but more so a tip on how to prevent tangles.  Now, by all means, I'm not saying don't wear a wash and go ... but this is just something that works best for me.  With 2 kiddos and a full-time job, I have no extra time to spend detangling my hair.

Let me know in the comments if you have any other detangling tips! Hope this helps someone!



Monday, March 16, 2015

Double Twisted Bun || Protective Style

Being a working mom of two, I am always on the hunt for quick and easy hairstyles.  The reality is that although I still love to wear my hair out, the maintenance has been a bit much for me.  For that reason, #bunning has been my go-to winter protective style.  And lemme tell ya, buns do not have to be boring!   Check out my quick and easy way to jazz up your bun that's appropriate for work, school, and play.  Click the video below! 


Sunday, March 1, 2015

FlexiRod Tutorial || Natural Hair

What's up beautiful people!?! It's been a minute but after having the baby I'm finally getting into some sort of groove.  Check out my FlexiRod Tutorial on YouTube and let me know what you think! 

I'm also thinking about doing a post on postpartum shedding and hair loss so let me know if you have any specific questions by posting in the comments below. 

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