Monday, August 11, 2014

How To Cheat Your Way to Perfect Pin Curls!

When I first started my hair journey I saw countless blog posts and youtube videos about pin curls and how it was a great way to get curls without using heat. Well I tried and tried and TRIED, but for the life of me I couldn't get my curls to look like they were worth anything. Everytime I would take down my pin curls I was left with bumps and honestly my hair didn't resemble anything close to a curl! Eventually I gave up and decided that maybe pin curls just weren't for me. Fast forward a few years and a setback later I decided to give it a try again, but this time I had a little bit of help.

On Saturday I went to the salon to get a wash and set, however the weather was not too kind to me. It was quite humid so my hair frizzed. Normally in the past I make a failed attempt to wrap my hair and I say failed not because I can't wrap my hair, but because it does nothing for me as far as preserving my style and helping my hair to hold a curl. Wrapping has and never will work for my hair. Instead a light bulb went off and I decided to set my hair with my beloved caruso steam rollers. Doing this helped me to create the perfect pin curl with minimal effort. To hold my pin curls in place I opted to use double prong metal clips instead of the traditional bobby pins. I find these hold the pin curls in place without leaving horrible bumps in my hair. Lastly instead of wrapping a scarf around my head I threw on my bonnet which protected my hair without squishing my curls!

That was a lot so here's a quick recap!  





Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Washday | Preparing My Hair For Travel!

This week I'm traveling back home to take care of wedding planning details! I'm super excited to see my family and do all of the fun wedding stuff that soon to be brides get to do! I already know my trip home will be jam packed with appointments and spending quality time with my family. As a part of getting ready for my trip I decided to prepare my hair. Here's what I did:












  • Rinsed my hair thoroughly for about 2 minutes with luke warm water
  • Clarified my hair with the Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo
  • Rinsed and shampooed with the Keracare Humecto Hydrating Detangling Shampoo
  • Followed up with a protein treatment using the ORS Hair Mayonaise (I sat under my Gold N Hot conditioning cap for about 15 minutes)
  • Rinsed and deep conditioned with the Keracare Humecto Conditioner while I worked out. Check out my turban that I used to camouflage my shower cap! 
  • Did a final rinse with cool water
  • T-shirt dried my hair for about 20 minutes
  • Applied my leave ins using the LCO method (L-Chi Keratin Mist, C-Kimmaytube Leave In, O-Macademia Healing Oil)
  • Blow dried my hair (about 70 % dry) using the cool setting
Results: Thick, soft, fluffy, moisturized hair! And this was before moisturizing and sealing! It looks like the few extra steps I took in this wash day was just what my hair needed! 

Style: This weekend I rocked my go to style, a super curly caruso roller set. While away on travel I'm planning to rock this half up twisted bun. I will jazz it up with flowers, a cute head band, or a cute hat. The humidity this time of year in Louisiana is no joke so I will be bunning the entire time I'm home! 
The Wash Day Experience














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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Washday | Same Ol Same Ol

Unfortunately this week I don't have any pictures of voluminous curls to show you because I did not wear my hair down one day. The in laws were in town so I spent the week spending time with them and this past weekend was spent running errands and being completely lazy. It was awesome! Needless to say between all of that I wasn't left with my enthusiasm for styling my hair so I just rocked a bun jazzed up with a bang and kept it moving! Here's how my super late washday went:

  • Rinsed my hair with warm water for a few minutes and proceeded to shampoo with my Keracare Hydrating Detangling Sulfate Free Shampoo.
  • Rinsed and shampooed a second time to ensure that I had no product buildup left.
  • Used my turbie twist for about 25 minutes to soak up most of the excess water.
  • Deep conditioned with my Keracare Humecto conditioner on the length of my hair and Giovanni GPB conditioner on my ends (I found a sample packet that I'd never used!) for about 25 minutes.
  • Rinsed and applied a small amount of the generic version of the Matrix Biolage detangling conditioner.
  • T-shirt dried my hair for about 30 minutes.
  • Detangled with my Mane N Tail and applied my leave ins using the LCO method (Chi Keratin Mist, Kimmaytube Leave In Mix, GVP Smoothing Serum).
  • Blow dried my hair on cool until my hair was about 80% dry.
  • Moisturized and sealed using my beloved Giovanni direct leave in and coconut oil and applied JBCO to my scalp.
Style: A bun jazzed up with a bang (I promise to take pictures next time!).

Thoughts: I think I'm going to go back to detangling my hair prior to shampooing. I've only switched up my detangling routine recently because I'm only 2 weeks post relaxer, however because I don't really 'comb' my hair during the week I don't want to create a detangling nightmare as I get further along in my stretch! Also, as of lately I've been on a kick of using protein conditioners on my ends to minimize breakage and ensure strength. This week I will be doing a full protein treatment though just to be safe! Lastly, I've seriously been loving my hair since I got my bangs back and trimmed away those thin ends that appeared. Because my hair is layered I feel like that extra trim has given my hair a chance to catch up and I swear my hair feels thicker!

How was your washday?


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Being Me Blog Tag!

To those that tagged me forgive me for the late response. Apparently this little gem got lost in the world of blog post drafts! For those who don't know I absolutely love tags and am always excited to read them and participate! I was tagged by the lovely Yvonne of Diaries Of Another Relaxed Chic and Candice of Healthy Hair Diary!
1. Are you named after someone?
Yes, my mom is a huge reader and named me after the character in a book, although most people think she named me after a Soap Opera star in an old soap opera called 'Dynasty'.  
2. When was the last time you cried?
Yesterday when I dropped my mom off at the airport. I hate when she has to leave :( 
3. Do you have any children?
No yet, but I love the little darlings :)
4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
Definitely! I would like to think am a great friend to have! :D
5. Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Watching beauty hauls and makeup tutorials on Youtube
6. Do you like handwriting?
Nope, my handwriting is not cute at all :/ 
7. What’s your favorite cereal?
I dont' eat it often, but I love Captain Crunch N Berries
8. What’s the first thing you notice about people?
Probably their hair. I love hair of all different styles and textures as long as it's healthy!
9. What’s the color of your eyes?
Dark Brown

10. Scary movies or happy endings?
Happy endings. I hate scary movies.

11. Favorite TV Show?
Law & Order SVU, House Hunters, The Fosters, Longmire,,, basically a nice mixture of detective based shows, home & garden, sprinkled with a bit of reality tv.
12. Summer or Winter?

Summer. I HATE being cold.
13. Hugs or Kisses?
Both if you are a close friend or loved one.
14. Do you have any special talent?
I don't think so...
15. Where you born?
I'm a Louisiana girl!
16. What are your hobbies?
Cooking, blogging, watching Youtube videos, and watching football 
17. Do you have any pets?
Yes I have a wonderful 6 lb Chiweenie named Mango. She's such a sweetheart!


18. Favorite movie?

I don't know if I have a favorite, but my favorites as of late are Rio (yes it's a cartoon) and The Other Women
19. What color is your car?
Silver
20. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Working in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics field), which I am!


Now I tag 5 bloggers! :D
All of my lovely readers who want to do this tag!

 

 
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Washday | Inspired by 42

The Wash Day ExperienceIt's time for another wash day post. These are seriously my favorite posts to read and write! I  switched things up a bit this wash day and also went back to some of the basics that have worked for me in the past. Just because I'm loving my cut doesn't mean I'm trying to make a habit of it! Here's what I did:






  • Cleansed with KeraCare Hydrating Detangling Sulfate Free Shampoo
  • T-shirt dried my hair for about 20 minutes
  • Applied Keracare Humecto to the length of my hair and ORS Hair Mayonnaise to my ends. 
  • DC'd for about 35 minutes
  • Rinsed and applied a quarter sized amount of the generic Matrix Biolage Detangling Conditioner
  • T-shirt dried my hair for about 30 minutes.
  • Applied leave ins using the LCO method (Chi Keratin Mist, Kimmaytube Leave In Mix, GVP Smoothing Serum).
  • Blow dried my hair in sections using cool air only
  • Moisturized and sealed using my beloved Giovanni Direct Leave In and Coconut Oil.
Style: My Fiance is a huge baseball fan, which means that everytime HBO shows the Jackie Robinson movie 42 we watch it! I love the movie so I don't mind, however while watching it this time I was fascinated with Rachel Robinson's (Jackie's wife played by Nicole Beharie) hair in the movie. I loved her 60's inspired curls! While I rocked a bun on Saturday due to time constraints I decided to recreate her style on Sunday for church. I seriously loved my results!





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