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Wash Day - Straight Hair

8.29.2016

Happy Monday Peeps. Wow, it was so hard handling my hair this weekend. One reason is because of my bad experience flat ironing my hair a few months ago. It was so bad that I chopped all of my hair off...most of it anyway.  Check out the whole spill HERE from my hair disaster. The next reason is that I traveled to a wedding Saturday and the last thing I needed was awful hair.  Lastly, I purchased two new hair tools: the FHI Blow Dryer (REVIEW) and the FHI Runway Flat Iron (REVIEW). Two new things used at once in my hair is a centimeter short of scary to me. I definitely have some hair issues.

Moving on, I decided to go back in time and reintroduce the one thing that USE TO WORK when I flat ironed my hair and got silky results. That is...drumroll....PRE-POOING. I stopped doing pre-poos when I stopped using shampoo to wash my hair a year ago and started to use conditioner instead. Pre-pooing just helps protect my strands from the harsh stripping shampoo. Typically, I use a cheapie conditioner, some type of oil, and honey for my pre-poo. For my pre-poo, I used coconut oil and honey.


Now, when I started to apply this mixture, I remembered why I added the conditioner to it. It's super sticky and can rip hair if you're not careful. However, the moisture you get after an hour of letting it sit is amazing. The honey is a natural humectant that draws moisture to the hair and coconut oil is a natural heat protectant. I did a post about this mixture years ago. Check it out HERE! No heat needed but you can apply it if you like. Also, this mixture is very messy. I typically line the floor and countertop with newspaper when  applying it. Next, I tie my hair up in three grocery bags and a t-shirt to prevent drips. Then, I let it sit and go to work. After 3 hrs of doing random things around the house. I unwrapped my hair it was not sticky anymore. It's just moisturized. It's Magic Honey!

Next, I washed my hair with Organix Morrocan Argan Creme Shampoo. I only applied shampoo once to my scalp and massaged with my tangle teezer to lift impurities. I've had this shampoo for so long and I still have plenty left because I rarely shampoo. Check out how I wash my hair HERE. Afterward, I rinsed out the shampoo and applied It's a 10 Miracle Hair Mask to my strands. Then, I lightly finger detangled in the shower, pulled my hair in a pineapple, and covered with a plastic cap. I deep conditioned for 30 mins under my Gold N Hot conditioning cap (REVIEW) and then rinsed out the conditioner. To remove excess moisture, I wrapped my hair in a t-shirt for a few minutes.



Next, I applied my leave-in's: It's a 10 Silk Express Smoothing Balm (REVIEW) & It's a 10  Miracle Leave In (REVIEW). Afterwards, I used my FHI blowdryer on warm with low speed to blow dry my hair. This took about 45 mins. I had a difficult time getting my ends to not be puffy. The blow dryer would run smoothly through my hair until the very ends. This was frustrating! But I didn't have a meltdown y'all. No strand was sacrificed. This new blow dryer is really quiet when on. The comb attachment is ok in my opinion but it got the job done.  Lastly, I flat ironed with my FHI runway flat iron. The temp was set to 375. My ends were still a bit coarse and dry but I liked the overall look. This flatiron gave me great shine and my hair has grown so much since I chopped it off in May. Stay tuned for a length check.






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DIY Satin Pillowcase + GIVEAWAY (CLOSED)

8.26.2016

This is one of my holy grail hair essentials.  I can credit my lack of breakage at night to the satin pillowcase. I no longer wear scarves on my head (unless my hair is straightened). They make my hair flat, sweaty, and come off most of the time. All I do is put a satin pillowcase on my pillow and go to sleep.  However, I do twist my hair at night and tuck away my ends for extra protection.  Sometimes, I throw my hair in a high pineapple and sleep on the pillowcase. What I have found is that I have fewer tangles, less frizz, and I think it helps retain length as well but that's unproven.  So, I wanted to share this goodness with you just in case you don't know about satin pillowcases or need a reminder.  There will be a GIVEAWAY at the end of this post for this pillowcase I'm making.  If you're interested in making one of your own, keep reading.


Here are the items that you will need:

  1. A standard sized pillowcase. (I used the one from my bed)
  2. Satin fabric (I bought 2 yards of pink fabric from Walmart for $3.94)
  3. Scissors (I'm using fabric scissors but any sharp pair of scissors will work)
  4. Needle and Thread (I used a sewing machine which cut down time but you can get the same results sewing by hand)
Let's get started!!!

First, take your fabric and fold it in half. Then, lay your pillowcase on the folded portion of the fabric and pin it down.
 Next, cut the fabric to fit the size of the pillowcase. Leave 1 inch of extra fabric on the sides. Do not cut the fold. Here is what it should look like at this point. The end of my fabric is folded to fit the photo frame but check out the small thumbnail in the photo for accuracy.


Next, unpin the pillowcase and put the pins and pillow case away temporarily. Unfold the fabric,  Now, look at the fabric. It has a shiny satin side and a non-shiny side. Make sure that the non-shiny side is showing at this point. This next part can be a little tricky. Take one end of the fabric and fold it  6 cm back. To keep the fabric in place, secure along the edges with safety pins.

  
Complete the same process on the opposite end of the fabric. Non-shiny portion still up. Only the folded portion will be shiny.


Next, sew along the line where you pinned, securing the folded portion to the rest of the fabric. make sure you sew about an inch or so away from the edge.  Remove the pins when done.The part that needs to be sewn is the green line pictured in the demonstration photo above. This is what the actual fabric should look like on both ends when you are done.


Next, it's time to fold the fabric in half again with the non-shiny side still facing outward. Line up the two sewn shiny portions. Also, make sure to line up the edges of the fabric evenly. Now, take your pillowcase again and place it in the middle of your folded fabric. Pin all the way down the sides of the fabric where the pillowcase is not touching. The pins will serve as a guide for sewing.


Lastly, sew along the sides of the fabric where the safety pins are (red lines in the diagram above). This step will sew the two layers of fabric together. Once you're done, take the safety pins out, and flip the fabric right side out to expose the shiny side. Then, Enjoy your frizz-free satin pillowcase. 


GIVEAWAY! I already own a satin pillowcase that I handmade and I want to give this one away to you. Please enter the giveaway below to win this satin pillowcase. Good luck.

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Wash Day - Perm Rod Set

8.22.2016

This weekend was awesome! I decided to switch up my hairstyle. I tried a perm rod set that turned out really well. It made me feel like I was rocking a teeny weeny Afro (TWA) which was cool. Also, I'm celebrating my 26th birthday next weekend and I wanted to try something new. My husband surprised me with a special pre-birthday lunch after church Sunday so it's a good thing that I got fancy with the hair. Here are all the deets.


First and foremost, I started off with finger detangled hair. I try to detangle the night before to cut down on total time spent on wash day. Trust me, wash day is long enough. Typically, I spray my hair with water, add my Shea Moisture curling buttercream (REVIEW), run my fingers through my strands to release shed hair, and twist the de-tangled hair up. The following morning, I unravel my hair and proceed to co-wash.

To co-wash, I used Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Cleansing Conditioner. I focused the conditioner on my scalp and massaged gently with my fingers. Next, I used my tangle teezer to massage my scalp and lift impurities. Then, I rinsed my hair and squeezed majority of the water out before applying a deep conditioner. Afterward, I applied Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil intensive Hydration Hair Masque (REVIEW) throughout my hair and removed any shed hair in the process. Because this deep conditioner has so much slip, it's easy to remove shed hair. Next, I pulled my hair to the top of my head, secured it loosely with an elastic, and covered my head in a plastic bag. Also, I deep conditioned for 30 mins under my Gold N Hot conditioning cap, rinsed hair in warm/cool water, and styled. (If you want the see the video version of how I wash/condition click HERE)



To style, I used the gray perm rods size 6/16 long. I parted in hair in small squares (about 1 inch long and one inch wide) all over my head. Then, I two strand twisted the hair in each square. I did not use and rubber bands or gel. However, to twist, I did use a little Coconut Oil for shine and Shea Moisture Curling Buttercream for moisture. 




To create a more elongated curl, a soft hold, and accelerate drying time, I rolled my hair in a spiral on the roller. Bunching up the twist on the roller would create a tighter curl and take longer to dry. I learned this from experience. This whole process of twisting and rolling took two hours. I let my hair air dry overnight and slept on a satin pillowcase (I did not tie anything over my hair). The next morning, I unrolled each twist in a spiral motion to preserve the spiral shape. 


Next, I applied olive oil to my fingers, unraveled each twist, and separated them until I liked the shape. These photos were taken Sunday during my surprise birthday outing. My husband took the photos and he is genuinely talented with this camera. He really knows how to capture a shot. We had lunch outside so needless to say my hair went was a little frizzy and decided to POOF more soon after but I enjoyed every second of it. Happy Monday Peeps! See ya Friday! 




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How I Shampoo & Condition My Natural Hair

8.19.2016

It's Friday!!!!! Friday! Gotta get down on Friday (In my Rebecca Black voice). Today is Wash Day!!!! But, I wanted to share a video with you of how I wash and deep condition my hair on a weekly basis when it's curly. 

When I write about wash day, sometimes I think, you have to SEE it to really understand it. Because of that, I have a hard time describing what I do on wash days. I feel like I can show you better than I tell you.

Products used in this video include: 



  1. Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Cleansing Conditioner
  2. Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque
  3. Tangle Teezer
  4. Gold N Hot Conditioning Cap
  5. Scalp Invigorator 

This video is very short and just shy of five minutes long. Excuse my sleepy voice in the narration. I recorded the voiceover this morning around 8 am. 

Also, stay tuned for Monday's Wash Day Post with full written details, products, and hair styles. See ya! Check out my last Wash Day post HERE.


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Wash Day

8.15.2016

It's Monday! That means it is blog day, which means that all Mondays are not bad. This is good! For this weekend's wash day I moisturized, finger detangled, and two strand twisted my hair Friday night. Small detour, I used the last of my Shea Moisture Kids moisturizer (Review HERE). The next morning I jumped up and drove to Wal-Mart for another jar of this magic. I went to Wal-Mart with two strand flat twists all over my head. In embarrassment, I threw my sweatshirt hood over my head and pulled the drawstrings tight. Unfortunately, Walmart was out of the Shea Moisture Kids Curling Buttercream so I had to go to Walgreens to pick it up for $12 instead of $10. 

To co-wash, I unraveled my twists and drenched my hair under warm water in the shower. Once my hair was saturated, I applied Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Cleansing Conditioner to my hair and focused the product on my scalp. Next, I used my tangle teezer to gently massage my entire scalp (I do not comb through my hair with the tangle teezer). After massaging my scalp, I rinsed the co-wash out and applied my Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque deep conditioner (Review HERE). I applied a generous amount to my ends and used my fingers to lightly detangle my hair!

Once my hair was coated with deep conditioner, I pulled my hair to the top of my head, and applied an ouch-less Scrunchie around my hair loosely. I do this because I want my ends to get most of the heat during deep conditioning with my heat cap. The heat cap I use by Gold N Hot gets the most heat at the crown, so I try to make sure that majority of my hair is pinned up.




Next, I grabbed my deep conditioning cap and deep condition for 30 mins. Afterwards, I massaged my scalp with my scalp invigorator for about a minute. Then, I rinsed my hair with warm then cold water to seal the cuticles. To dry, I shook my hair to remove excess water. In conjunction, I air dried my hair for a couple of hours before styling it.



To style I used my Shea Moisture Kids Curling Buttercream, water, and coconut oil. I did my old and faithful flat twist out. Again. However, this time, I omited the perm rods. That's it. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of there week. Check out my last wash day post HERESee ya Friday!






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Hair of the Day (HOTD)

8.12.2016

Today is Friday!!!! TGIF! Also, it's blog post day. Today, I'm due for a wash and I didn't want to leave my blog without a post until I finished my "Wash Day" routine (which takes hours). I will be washing my hair over the weekend.  With that being said, I will post my wash day post for this week of August 8th through the 11th on Monday. So come back on Monday to check it out.

Moving on... today's post, I want to share my hair of the day. This is actually how I wore my hair this entire week and it has shrunk into what you see here. It was full and bouncy and full of twists from a twist out but I still like it. It's easy to do too.

I simply sprayed my edges with water and applied my Shea Moisture Kids Curling Buttercream (REVIEW) to my edges as well. Then I gathered half of my hair on one side and pinned it at the top of my head and did the same thing to the opposite side. Next, I fluffed the remaining hair with my hand until I liked the look.Voila!

I hope you are enjoying your Friday. Check out my last wash day post [HERE]. See ya Monday.




Product Review: Shea Moisture Curling Buttercream for Kids

8.09.2016

Purchased At: Walmart

Price: $10.00

Description: According to the SheaMoisture website, "This non-greasy butter-cream defines with taming frizz and flyaways for smooth, bouncy curls. Keeps children's thick tresses shapely and resilient with a soft, shiny hold."

Directions: According to the SheaMoisture website, "Scoop a small amount into palm. Apply with fingers and gently work through hair from root to ends. Style as desired."

Ingredients: No sulfates, parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, synthetic color, DEA, or animal testing. *See Photo*


My Thoughts:
This is my favorite moisturizer hands down. This product says it's for kids but it is not just for kids!!!!! It's for curly hair in general.  The main ingredients are what drew me in with this product. They include coconut oil (which helps moisturize hair), hibiscus flower (which adds shine), and slippery elm extract (which helps detangle).  Unlike the SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, it doesn't leave a film or residue in your hair over time as with my experience with it.

I can definitely say that this product moisturizes my hair very well from root to tip.  It clumps my curls and leaves my curls soft to the touch.  Because of this cream, I finger detangle with ease now. I think that has something to do with the slippery elm in it.  On wash days, I simply mist my hair with water and finger detangle with ease.

Also, I love the smell of this product. It smells a lot better than SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie in my opinion. It has a coconutty floral smell that I enjoy.  I only can smell it in my hair when my hair is damp but not other time.  On the contrary, I could smell SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie all the time in my hair.


Also, the consistency of this product is very thick and creamy.  When grabbing some of the product out of the jar, the cream is very slippery and has a slimy texture. On the downside, I do use up a lot of this stuff. I go through a jar of it every month. It's very easy to use too much of it because it's in a jar and my hair is very thick as well. Its consistency is slightly less thick than the SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie.


Also, this purchase or any purchase of Shea Moisture products helps empower women who are endangered.

Things to Consider:

  • PACKAGING: Jar Packaging
  • COSTLY: 6 oz of this cost $8.98 compared to the 6 oz Curl Enhancing Smoothie which cost $6.97 or the 12 oz Curl Enhancing Smoothie which costs $11.98
  • SMELL: Lightweight! No strong overpowering smell. Smells like coconut and sweet florals.
  • INGREDIENTS: No harsh ingredients.
  • SIZE: Small

Keep or Toss: KEEPER!!!!

FHI Heat Runway 1" Flat Iron Problems and New Tools

8.08.2016
New tools! New tools! New tools! Yes, I finally purchased a few FHI professional products for my natural hair. Wait...wait...this is long overdue because one of two of these products has a market value of about $500 bucks (bean beans as my husband calls it). I have wanted to purchase the FHI Runway for YEARS! Let me tell you about these two products right NOW and my buying experience. Also, if you want to check out the other products and tools I use, just click this LINK.

FHI Heat Platform Nano Weight Pro 1900 Turbo Tourmaline Ceramic Hair Dryer



I purchased this blow dryer at a JCPenney Salon in my area. The sales price for this blow dryer was $111.99 but I received a discount on it which made the total price $89.87 (tax included). I have heard a lot of great things about this blowdryer and I plan to use it on Aug. 26th to style my hair for a wedding. I will update with my full review around that time.


However, my initial thoughts were that the packaging was superb. Everything in the box looked and smelled brand new. The cord was wrapped properly and the outlet plug had a nice plastic cover over it.  You may be wondering why this is important to me but stay tuned.  Also, the design of the blow dryer is sleek and I love the locking cool shot feature.  This blow dryer is super lightweight and very quiet when turned on.  One of my concerns is that the comb attachment my snag my hair. When I ran my fingers across the top of the comb attachment teeth, I could feel a slight unevenness at the tips of the combs (slightly jagged). However, overall, my initial review of this blow dryer is very positive.

FHI Heat Runway 1" Pure Ceramic Digital Hand Touch Professional Hair Styling Iron



Now I saved the best for last. I have wanted this flat iron since I began my natural hair journey in 2013.  Now, three years later I am happy to own one. I purchased this item online at JCPenney.  You're probably thinking, "What is going on with her and JCPenney." To be honest, they always have great deals and they are a genuine FHI distributor. No gimmicks. This flat iron was on sale at jcp.com for $371.25 and I received an additional discount making my total $315.56 (tax included).  Processing to ship the flat iron took about a week and shipping to my home took a few days (about 3).

When I received the flat iron I immediately started my scan down procedure. The packaging was great. Inside the flat iron box was a nice black storage pouch and heat resistant mat.  Also, the flat iron heated up very well and was easy to operate.  However, I had a few concerns.  First, I noticed the outlet plug did not have a protective cover on it.  Second, the very edges of the flat iron had some discoloration.  Third, the very top and bottom of the plates were slightly chipped.  I looked at every inch of that flat iron to check for damages. Now you're probably thinking, "Why are you so picky?" To answer that, typically I am not too picky. However, $300 is an excuse to be picky for me lol.


On top of that, there was a person on eBay selling an FHI Runway flat iron that looked to be in great condition with no imperfections like mine had.  Then again, the seller's photos were sort of grainy. Also, the seller's outlet plug had a protective cap over it. I definitely didn't want to buy this expensive flat iron from eBay due to the lack of a warranty on the product.

There were so many thoughts running through my head. 1) Are ceramic plates naturally discolored in some type of way or chipped? 2) Do some products come without the protective cap over the outlet plug in? 3) Am I overexaggerating? 4) Should I return it?

I contemplated sending the iron back because I honestly didn't know if my iron had a defect or if it was used.  I contacted FHI Heat and one of the representatives told me that my situation was unheard of and that the plates should be without flaw.  She informed me that the process to ship it to FHI would require that I pay the shipping and handling fee as well as a repair and restore fee.  She suggested sending it back to JCP and ordering a new one.

Unfortunately, my joy turned to despair as I packed up my flat iron and placed it back into the box from which it came.  I called JCP to discuss the issue further with them.  They were kind and told me to send the product back for a full refund. But, I didn't want it. I wanted to keep my new little toy and not hassle with sending it back.

So, I waited out the rest of the evening in deep thought and told my husband about the dilemma. He thought I was being a little dramatic and suggested that I keep the flat iron and see if it worked properly with my hair. This was a great suggestion because I didn't want to return it. I wanted to keep it.  So, that is what I did and the product you see here is the exact same flat iron I initially purchased. I have not used it, like the blow dryer.  However, I plan to blow dry and flat iron my hair for a wedding, as I mentioned earlier.

If I have any problems with it at that point, I will definitely return it.  Overall, my flat iron experience was okay at this point.  Furthermore, I want to know your feedback on the flat iron I purchased in the poll below. It would really help.

Have you purchased the FHI Runway?










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Wash Day

8.07.2016
Hello, World! The photo above is not of the products I used this week but I thought it was a nice photo of my older hair products. My current products I used this week are listed below.
i) Herbal Essences Cleansing Conditioner Color Me Happy (Smells like raspberries!)
ii) Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque (Check out my review HERE)
iii) Shea Moisture Kids Curling Buttercream
iv) Coconut Oil
v) Perm Rods (gray)

For starters, my hair was matted from an old twist out from last week and my scalp was really dirty.  I recently started working out, which causes me to have an itchy scalp due to the sweat.  To start the washing process, I sectioned my hair and spritzed each section with water. Then I finger detangled my hair before shampooing. Next, I co-washed my hair with Herbal Essences Cleansing Conditioner in the pink bottle. Side note, my husband uses it too and his hair smells better than mine. Moving right along, when I apply the conditioner, I focus the product on my scalp and massage my scalp with my tangle teezer in circular motions.  I do not run the tangle teezer down my strands at all.

Next, I rinsed my hair in the shower with warm water and applied my deep conditioner. My deep conditioner of choice was my new love: Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque.  To distribute the deep conditioner, I spread the deep conditioner evenly between my hands and focus it on my ends.  Next, I covered my hair with a plastic bag and deep conditioned under my Gold N Hot conditioning cap for 30 mins. By the way, this is a perfect time to eat Hot Cheetos like I do sometimes. I love hot cheetos....random thought.  After deep conditioning with heat, I massaged my scalp with my scalp invigorator for 1 minute.  Lastly, I rinsed the deep conditioner out with cool water and shook the excess water out of my hair.

Afterwards, I let my hair air dry for about an hour.  After an hour, my hair was still damp but easier to mange than it would have been in its soaking wet state (very important step for defined twist-outs). Next, I applied Coconut Oil and Shea Moisture Kids Curling Buttercream to sections and flat-twisted.  On the end of each flat twist, I rolled my hair on perm rods about half way up the twist. Toward the back of my head, I twisted the entire twist with the perm rods for a high low effect. Finally, I air dried my hair over night and untwisted my hair the next morning.