Hair Styles

No Heat Blowout On Natural Hair

11.10.13

No heat blow out!? Yup- you read that right! If you’re someone that’s scared of heat damage as much as I am, don’t fret! What if I told you that there is an alternative solution worth trying out? Are you excited yet!? So I have been doing this method throughout my journey for quiet some time now and it’s crazy how I can get my hair this straight without “risking it all” (AKA-Heat Damage) lol. Aside from having a break from my curls, I love the versatility it allows for my hair to be styled in different ways. If you want a break from your curls too or want to see how to achieve a “heat-less blowout” check out my video tutorial below to see it all goes down.

Hair Styles / Transitioning

Best Transitioning Hairstyles

11.05.13

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Photo Cred: Shanti from AroundTheWayCurls.com

Had enough of relaxers but you don’t want to cut all of your processed hair off? Then Transitioning may be just for you! Transitioning Hairstyles will help you blend your straight hair with your natural texture. Try these hairstyles to get you through the sometimes-awkward stages of transitioning and you’ll feel confident that your hair looks good every day:

1. Flat Twists
Very similar to cornrows, you use two strands of hair instead of three when creating these twists, which lie on the head. You’ll still need to secure the ends. If your hair is past your shoulders, you can gather the ends into a ponytail or bun, while shorter hair can simply be pinned into place.

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2. Buns
Buns, topknots and chignons are all easy and elegant ways to style transitioning hair. If you work in a professional environment, skip the scrunchies and choose other accessories to hold your hair in place, opt for elastic bands or use hairpins.

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3. Bantu Knots
Unlike twist outs or braid outs if your ends are straight from relaxer this method will curl your ends. You can wear bantu knots as a style on its own or you can take them out for a curly look.

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4. Roller Sets
This includes curling your hair by use of perm rods, flexi rods, and rollers. Roller sets are easy to do and can last up to a week with care. Using this transitioning style allows you to have a controlled and uniform look to your curls.

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5. Extensions/Afro Wigs/Curly Wigs
For some women, weaving their hair away during transitioning is much easier. You can even choose extensions that mimic natural hair so that you can get an idea of what your new texture will look like on you. Wigs are great because you can do protective styling (cornrows, coils, two strand twists, box braids) underneath and change up your style a bit or cover up a bad hair day! Secure your hair pieces but again not too tight, so you can avoid a thinning hairline.

What are some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles?

Cleansing

Hair Rules: Daily Cleansing Cream Moisturizing No Suds Shampoo (Review)

10.30.13

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New product haul! I am absolutely in love with this product. I finally purchased the 8 oz size, but before that I actually had a trial size. A few months ago while I was thrifting, there was a set of Hair Rules Products in a package, for dirt cheap. So I decided to buy it, although I didn’t really try it until now recently. So I was in need of cleansing my hair and I did not want to use shampoo, but needed something more effective than co-washing. So what the heck, I decided to give this product a go! And I loved it! It instantly softened and detangled my hair and it smells soo good! It left my hair feeling so moisturized and I was done detangling in the matter of minutes! My hair felt cleansed, soft, and hydrated. This product is great for cleansing your hair without that lathering feel of shampoo, which dries out your hair. So if your looking for an awesome no suds shampoo that will detangle and leave your hair moisturized and cleansed, this is definitely a cream cleanser worth trying. This product is around 12-13 bucks and can be purchased at Rickys, or Amazon.com.
Ingredients:
Water, cetyl alcohol, isodecyl neopentanoate, butylenes glycol, amodimethicone, behentrimonium chloride, cetrimonium chloride, panthenol, honey, hedychium coronarium (awaphui) root extract, cymbopogon schoeanthus (lemongrass) extract, humulus lupulus (hops) extract, coix lacryma-jobi seed extract, crambe abyssinica seed oil, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, fragrance, hydroxyethylcellulose, ceteareth-20, laureth-40, isopropanol, DMDM hydantoin, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, disodium EDTA. Sulfate free, paraben free, glycerin free.
What is your “go to “no suds shampoo?

Hair Styles / Protective Styles

5 Great Protective Hair Styles for Natural Hair

10.06.13

With the colder weather approaching us, many of us are finding ways to keep our tresses protected. And one of the best ways to keep those ends tucked in is by protective styling. Here are 5 easy ways to keep your hair protected:

1. Havana/Marley Twists
One of my favorite hairstyles, it is very versatile and durable.

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2.Head Wraps
Head Wraps are such a quick and easy style on the go, especially for those who are not into protective hair-styling or may not have the time. You can manage to keep your ends protected and all in a matter of minutes!

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3. Mini Twists
Mini Twists are another great versatile hairstyle and there is no need to add extra hair.

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4. Side-Fishtail Braid
Absolutely love this elegant style, it’s a quick style to achieve on the go and you can wear it to any occasion.

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5. Braided Halo
Another great protective hairstyle that you can manage within minutes and wear for weeks and not to mention, super cute!

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skin care

15 Ways To Improve Your Skin

10.06.13

The quest for amazing skin.. Seems daunting right? But with the proper care and maintenance you will be there in no time! In the meantime, here are a few ways to gradually improve your skin:

1. Stop falling asleep in makeup (even mineral makeup).
2. Drink more water (preferably half your body weight in ounces daily).
3. Stop eating processed foods (at least cut this out most of the time).
4. Don’t use cleansers that contain sulfates that will strip your skin of its natural oils.
5. Exfoliate your skin once per week.
6. Always wear sunscreen when going outdoors.
7. Change your pillow cases several times a week and preferably sleep on a satin case (great for your hair too).
8. Steam out your pores at least twice monthly. This will help them reamin free of excess oil.
9. Follow a skin care regimen for your skin type.
10. Don’t touch your face unless you are cleansing or applying facial products.
11. Get at least 8 hours of sleep nightly.
12. Increase the circulation and oxygen levels in your skin with exercise.
13. Don’t leave toner out of your skin care regimen. It closes pores that have been opened from cleansing.
14. Avoid or minimize stress.
15. Stop picking at scabs or scars.

And most importantly: Be patient with your skin and don’t rush the process.