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Wash Day + New Product

10.21.2017

Hello again hair friends and family. It has literally been 3 weeks since I have washed my hair. Please don't judge me lol. But oh...not without penalty...because my...hair...itches...like...crazy!!!! So, I knew my scalp needed some TLC and so did my strands. I picked up a new conditioner from TJ Maxx (because I had a gift card) and to my surprise I think I found a good one for scalp irritation. It's called Avalon Organics Scalp Treatment Tea Tree Conditioner. I thought to myself and hoped that this conditioner would replace my Herbal Essence Naked Cleansing Conditioner. So here we go. Here is what my hair looked liked before I washed it.


My ponytail is looking like of dry right? Lol. Anyway, I washed my hair with the Avalon Organics Conditioner, and deep conditioned with my Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque. To loosen any dry flakiness on my scalp, I massaged it with my tangle teezer in circular motions (felt like a spa day for my scalp). On the very ends of my hair, I added some Aubrey Organics Glycerin Protein Balancing Conditioner (for added protein since I straightened my hair). Next, I piled my hair on the top of my head with an elastic and covered with a plastic cap.

Freshly Washed
Deep Conditioner Added
After deep conditioning under my Gold N Hot conditioning cap for 30 mins, I rinsed my hair with warm water and drip dried my hair for 15 mins.

Deep Conditioner Rinsed
Lastly, I detangled my hair in diagonal sections with my new gadget from Remington. It is an electric detangler that I was afraid to try at first but it is so gentle and removes tangles fast (review coming soon). I detangled my hair in 25 mins which is unheard of on wash days for me but this tool just glided through my hair. I purchased it a while back but fear kept me from using it if I'm honest. 


I even thought about selling it on eBay TODAY but I just trued it for fun. I WOULD HAVE MISSED OUT...YOU SHOULD TRY IT...SERIOUSLY...NOT SPONSORED EITHER...BUT IT SHOULD BE SPONSORED LOL. After detangling a section, I flat twisted with Shea Moisture Curling Buttercream and a bit a coconut oil. Here is what the flat twists looked like.

Flat Twists
In the morning, I will untwist and unveil the finished hair style. I'll post it as a Hair of the Day Post (HOTD) or on my Instagram. Stay tuned...and thanks for stopping by to read my post. Enjoy your Saturday and help someone smile today. 




Curly to Straight Wash Day

9.23.2017

Hello Fall and HELLO HAIR FRIENDS! Today I decided to come out of hiding again and post for the first time in a while. As you may know, GRAD SCHOOL IS OVAAAAAAA!!!! Yes, life feels more normal again. However, there is a new normal and it can be time consuming or life consuming as well. Anyway, I love popping in and sharing my new hair details with my blog fam.

Nothing has changed really. I have been rocking this nappy puff for like 3 - 4 months lol. I have not been innovative at all as far as hair styles are concerned. I pretty much just wake up, spray my hair with water, add a little Shea Moisture buttercream (LINK) to my edges, and use my tangle teezer to brush my hair up into yet another puff. I'M SO FANCY...NOT.


So, I decided to shock the working world, my husband, and myself by washing my hair this weekend and straightening it. OOOOHHH LALALALAAAAA. Honestly, I only did it because I felt that my hair was so matted and the only way to untangle was to comb, blow, and straighten it out.  Oh, and I also got another trim which I didn't care for. All a girl needs is a few good friends, a good husband, and a good hair dresser. Is that too much to ask? I am still searching for the latter!

Anyway, I did not detangle my hair beforehand. I simply dumped my head under my kitchen faucet and let the warm water do the detangling work for me. I used my tried and true favorite shampoo by Davines.  As you may know, Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner was DISCONTINUED. I tried another cowash by Mielle (I think that is the name of the brand) from Sally's and it did not work for my hair type. My scalp was itchy until the next time I washed it again. I HATED THAT PART + my hair was dull. So, I have quit my search for the perfect cleansing conditioner and am sticking with my Davines Oi Shampoo. I works just like a cleansing conditioner because it doesn't lather much or leave my hair dry and striped. It also boosts shine without any itchy residue on my scalp.

Trust me, that was not sponsored, I just love it that much. CHECK OUT MY REVIEW OF THIS SHAMPOO HERE. As usual, I used my tangle teezer to exfoliate my scalp of any impurities and rinsed clean. Next, I applied my deep conditioner, by It's A 10 (LINK), with the purple top. I only use this conditioner when I want to straighten my hair. I rubbed the conditioner from root to tip in sections. Next, I covered my hair with a grocery bag and sat under my Gold N' Hot conditioning cap (LINK) for 30 mins. CHECK OUT MY WASHING ROUTINE HERE.


When I rinsed out the conditioner, I used a t-shirt to dry my hair of excess water and apply my leave-ins. I applied Kenra Platinum Blow Dry Spray as a heat protectant and to accelerate drying time. I also applied It's A 10 Miracle Leave in (LINK) as a moisturizing leave in (it also protects against heat). Next, I applied FHI Hot Sauce as a detangling leave in conditioner and Redken's Extreme Anti-Snap Serum to protect my ends from damage.


After all of that, I started the blow drying process with my FHI Blow dryer (LINK) and a Denman brush. I use the Denman brush to stretch out my hair as a run the blow dry air along my hair shaft. This is a healthier alternative to the round brush method or using a blow dryer attachment. Reneice from youtube uses this method on her clients and I have come to love it dearly. The whole entire blow dry process took 1 hour.


Lastly but the most fun part is flat ironing my hair. I used my FHI Runway flat iron (LINK) on the highest setting (450) and straightened my hair in small sections. I used the chase method with my 3 row comb (LINK) that I purchased from Sally's years ago. My hair has grown so much that even I was shocked by it. It was in desperate need of a trim so here is the before trim and after trim photo. Sorry for the poor quality of the trimmed photo...darkness caught up with me by the time I made it home to snap the photo. The flat ironing process took 1 hour as well.



Length Check is coming soon. Thanks for reading and until next time have a good hair day!!!!!





Hair of the Day | Flat Twisted Puff

7.19.2017

Here is a twisted hair style that I have been rocking this summer. This is the result of an old twist out that is played out. I simply parted my hair on the side and made two jumbo flat twist on both sides. Lastly, I secured my hair with a goody elastic (without double tying it) and gelled down my edges (which I never do...feeling fancy).




Hello Hair Family! It has been a long time right? I am still around playing life and the game is going well I must say. This has been a year of major blessings for my family and I.

Quick Update: I graduate this August with a masters degree. Yayyyyy! Long time coming!!!!! Also, my husband and I are moving to a downstairs unit in September. No biggie. Lol. Annnnndddd...I have another surprise I want to share with you peeps so stay tuned for that!!!!!! Shhhhh....lol.  Other than that, I no longer am doing my small business because it's not that small anymore if you know what I mean. LOL...I'm just taking time out to enjoy this summer and my family and life and yeah that is about all.

Oh and I haven't forgotten about you guys or my blog and have hopes of posting more frequently. I know I say that all the time but I do mean it when I say it. LOL. Work will pick back up soon and who knows what tomorrow will bring. Hint...hint...but let's pray that the outcome is good no matter what. I hope you all are doing well and getting to enjoy some of this summer weather. Much love to you all!!!!!

Davines Ol Shampoo Update

5.06.2017

I'm still loving this shampoo. Typically, when I straighten my hair, it will be itching to no end by the end of the first week straight. Unfortunately, I have to endure the scratching until I wash my hair at the end of week two. However, with this shampoo, I don't feel that itchy scalp sensation all the time.

In fact, I even clarified my hair before I shampooed and I still don't feel the itch at all. There are some itchy feelings here and there but it is not extreme. No patting my head or scratching with my finger nails repeatedly.

This shampoo is literally my favorite. I don't feel like I dread the straight hair process anymore like I did when I had itchy scalp all the time. To be a shampoo, it is free of the nasty stripping sulfates, cleans well, and it does not lather up a lot. For a curly girl like me, that is an advantage.

Here is a photo of an old braid out I did on my 2 week old straight hair. Hoorah for these natural inches y'all.



Hey Guys....

4.23.2017

Hey Guys. Yes, I'm still alive. LOL. I've missed you guys. How are things? I literally feel like I say that all the time and then disappear. I bet you are like well. Here she goes and then there she goes. Lol no seriously...things have been well. So I feel like I should catch you guys up on my life and what has been up.

1. I have started a small business on Etsy

This is really in the developmental stages but I have started a sewing business. It is not quite public yet but I will keep you posted on my progress and all that good stuff. I enjoy sewing and I wanted to do it as just a hobby but a little bird talked me into pursuing it as a part-time job type of deal. Lol pray for me.

2. My hair has grown a lot...in my opinion.

I straightened my hair this weekend to get a trim. I actually have not gotten it trimmed yet but it looks back to the length it was before I did that drastic cut to it about a year ago. Maybe it was less than a year ago but it is back. I don't have pictures of my hair because I kind of feel off the whole blogging wheel for lack of motivation. However, I will take a few and/or throw in some of my graduation photos so you all can see my progress. (Graduation pic above but you can't see the length. lol)

3. I went on a technology fast for like a month.

My husband and I came to the realization that we spend WAY TOO MUCH TIME on our phones, social media, email, and you name it. So, we just decided to give it a break for a month and just spend more time being connected and plugged into life. Oh My Goodness, that was the most freeing month that I have ever had and it was so stress free. Of course we did use email for necessary things like our jobs but overall we were UNPLUGGED. I literally suggest that to anyone who wants to de-stress. It works. Honestly you feel the most stressed in your life for like a week into it because of withdrawals but it is so much bliss in just sticking it out y'all.

4. I graduate with a Master's Degree this summer.

I have mentioned this maybe too many times than I like to admit but guys...its happening. It has been a long, long, long process but the date is nearing and I couldn't be more thrilled and excited. So I'll just sit this right here. Just. In. Case. You. Wanted. To. Know.

5. My full-time job still takes majority of my freedom lol

Nothing new. Nothing New. Period.

6. Had a minor health scare

OMG guys around the time I disappeared I was having headaches, nausea, dizziness, and blurred vision without being pregnant or anything. Anyway, I went to the doctor and he requested that I have a CAT scan done and the results showed something odd. Then, I had to have an MRI done and they discovered something that I won't mention here (because I'm in a really good place). However, it is not serious which I didn't know back then. So, I freaked out and I was dealing with a lot of fear and anxiety about the whole ordeal. Not to mention, I googled a lot of stuff and scared myself even more than I should have. Long story short, I scheduled an appointment with a neurologist on Apr 20th but it was cancelled by the doctor because he was out of the office. However, the appointment is rescheduled for late May. I am trusting and believing that this will all be well. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers and I will update you as I know more or feel comfortable sharing.

Happy Hair Days Guys! See ya soon.

Wash Day: Top Knot

3.06.2017

For starters, this is how my hair has looked for about two weeks. NO JOKE!!!! I have been stuck in a rut for like a month. I haven't had any new blogging ideas because my hair has looked exactly like this. I told my husband that I was going to spice up my hair life (like he cares) but I really am getting bored with my natural strands. I need ideas. I need ideas.

I know that this style contributes to hair breakage, tangles, and the works. I always complain about my hair breaking and how everyone else's hair is growing but I really do not take care of my hair that well if I am honest. BUT I PROMISE I WILL NOT CUT IT AGAIN THIS TIME. I will just grow out it out and be patient.

Back to today's shenanigans and the start of my spicy hair life. I tried a new style. Yep, I tried a top knot. It was super easy and quick. Eventually, I do want to start back wearing my twist outs and give these ponytail styles a break.  This was my go to style since the leave in conditioner I use does not have any hold (my twist outs do not exist without holding products). To see what products I used for this style. Check out my last wash day post here. I only used 4 PRODUCTS.......JUST 4.

For starters, I cowshed with the Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner and exfoliated my scalp with my Tangle Teezer.  Next, I rinsed and applied my deep conditioner, Shea Moisture Intensive Hydration Hair Masque w/ Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil. Once I applied my deep conditioner, I used my fingers to detangle in sections, covered my hair in a plastic bag, and heat conditioned with my Gold N' Hot Conditioning Cap for 15 minutes.  I always pull my hair up into a high pony tail so that my ends are exposed to the most heat during conditioning.


After conditioning I rinsed my hair of the product, shook my curls to remove excess moisture and air dried for about 10 minutes. Next I applied my leave in conditioner, Garnier Fruitis Butter Cream Leave in, and Argan Oil from Shea Moisture. Next, I flat twisted my hair in 7 large chunky twists.



Side note: Once I was done twisting, I finished sewing my quilt top, which is the image in the background. I taped it to the wall to prevent it from wrinkling. LOL. Sewing junky is my new name.

Back to the hair, I untwisted my hair and styled it into a top knot the next morning.


I left out some bangs in the front to help shape my face. Also, since my ponytail isn't that long, I had to pin it in place and free form a bun on my own. One day I will be able to put my hair back into a bun without pins again. Sooooo....this is my spiced up hair-do for a little while. Let's see what else I come up with. List am suggestions below. Happy Hair Day!

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(Updated) Satin Lined Cap Without Seams

2.27.2017

So I've really been getting a kick out of sewing lately. If you've seen my instageam pics lately, they are pretty much sewing related by default. I'm still going to be blogging about my hair journey but I've been cooking up some sewing videos about hair lately. I had a vision of creating more hair friendly items for myself and for others as gifts. What better way than to share them with you as I go along because it is hair related.

Enough jibber, today I modified my satin lined cap. I love this cap so much and have given some away to my friends and family. This year will be a diy year for me and I'm going to give everything I make away. I had a dream of making some thumbs to give away at my local children's hospital for all the wonderful kids there to bring a smile to their faces. Not to mention it just feels good to help others without expecting anything in return.

Okay I'm jibbering again! As for today, I've gotten comments from my YouTube as well as some friends who have asked to modify this satin lined cap. The issue lies with the inside of the cap and how there are raw edges exposed that can possible snag on hair and defeats the purpose of using it as a protective hair item.

Sooo I jumped back into the sewing laboratory to fix it and I want to share with you what I have come up with. For starters, the outside seam can easily be covered up by wearing the seam toward the back and letting the slouchy portion of the hat fall over it. Quick fix!!!! However, to hide the inside frayed edges, I've created a video (attached below) on the steps to take to fix your satin lined cap (if you already made one) or you can start from scratch.

To start from scratch, you'll have to watch my last video titled "SATIN LINED CAP" and follow the instructions up until 6:05. Then you can proceed watching my new video linked below. If you are correcting your cap, you can begin with the new video.

Helpful links for surviving this tutorial:

Link to the free pattern for the satin lined hat.

Link to the YouTube video where I first created a satin lined cap.

Link to the YouTube video tutorial for the satin lined beanie (for people who don't own sewing machines)



I hope this helps. Enjoy!  Happy Monday!!!

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