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HAUL: July 2016 ONYXBOX Unboxing

07/28/2016

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Today makes the first time I’ve shared a subscription box (besides Rocksbox a while back, which I need to get back on that ASAP!) review on my blog. In case you’ve never heard of this box, let me fill you in.

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TUTORIAL: TWA Wash & Go with Miss Jessie’s MultiCultural Clear

02/02/2016

You could call this my first official natural hair tutorial. Exciting, right? I know a lot of you have been dying for me to begin posting these because maybe you’ve just done the big chop yourselves and need guidance. Or, you just want to be nosy. Either way, my tips are bound to help someone in need. By now, you should know I’m lazy and don’t like to do a lot of labor when it comes to my hair. After all, that’s why I steered clear of going natural for a while. I then realized, if I don’t like it, that’s what wigs are for and also, I should embrace what God gave me and not embrace how the media thinks black women’s hair should look. No shade, I promise. I mean, I was relaxed for nearly 19 years lol. Just my thoughts on why I went natural in the first place.

Today, I will be sharing my wash ‘n go hair tutorial using the Miss Jessie’s MultiCultural Clear hair gel! I did perform the LOC method (leave in, oil and cream) for this look. Reference the video above for more info on this and on how I achieved an effortless, everyday look. I used the hair gel in place of the cream. I tend to use gels and creams interchangeably depending on the look I’m going for. Just make sure that hair is well moisturized underneath!

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Here’s what Miss Jessie’s had to say about their Multicultural Clear (credit to Miss Jessie’s):

Miss Jessie’s Multicultural Clear ™ is the perfect light weight gel for your unique blend of multi-textured waves and curls. We know that you love Miss Jessie’s Multicultural Curls styling lotion because it gives your wavy and curly hair just the right amount of hold without being too heavy or too light. Miss Jessie’s Multicultural Clear is a gentle styling product that also delivers that perfect balance but in gel form. Miss Jessie’s Multicultural Clear is a quick drying gel formulated for an ultra smooth spread that will define your waves and curls and leave them super soft and crunch-free. Other gels can be too heavy and make your hair look weighed down and stringy. Who wants that? Instead, try Miss Jessie’s Multicultural Clear for frizz-free shinny and glossy curls and waves. You can’t go wrong when you go with Miss Jessie’s –the expert in curls, kinks, and waves!

I can attest to the fact that the gel is very lightweight and I didn’t experience any kind of hardening of my hair…which is awesome! For my particular hair texture, more is more. I didn’t use a crazy amount and I still had definition, but I do prefer an even more defined look.

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Product usage instructions (credit to Miss Jessie’s):

Evenly distribute a capful or more to damp, freshly washed, conditioned and detangled hair. Spread “your” just right amount until you have good coverage. Make sure you scrunch the hair to encourage curl. To dry: either use a diffuser attachment to dry the hair or air dry and GO! To refresh curl, dampen hair and apply a capful or more of Multicultural Clear ™ and repeat steps above.

Again, I could have used more lol. As mentioned earlier, before applying this product, my hair was freshly washed, detangled and oiled down to the roots. If your hair is longer, feel free to diffuse your hair! I went with the simple wash and go technique. See video above for how I styled my TWA.

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PROS:

  • Lightweight
  • Light, but fragrant odor
  • 4c hair friendly
  • Can also be used to slick baby hairs
  • No white residue
  • Detailed description on packaging
  • Helps freshly washed hair dry quicker

CONS:

  • Can’t think of any!

Look forward to more hair tutorials, reviews and posts!

xoxo

*Thanks to Miss Jessie’s, through collaboration with Octoly for sponsoring this post.

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My Sally Beauty Blogger Style Event 4/17/15 + Vacation Hair Tips!

04/15/2015

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I am baaaack! I had a blast in New York City, as always. I also went to IMATS for my first time and it was even crazier than I expected. I waited in one brand’s line for 2 hours…crazy talk! I announced on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram that I was chosen as a host for the Sally Beauty Blogger Style Event in Baton Rouge, LA for this Friday, which is April 17. It is my first public event to host and I am more than excited. I will be at the Hammond Aire Plaza Sally Beauty Supply location from 4 – 7 pm for those interested in attending. If you happen to be interested, please RSVP at the following link so I can know to expect you 🙂 #SallyBeautyBloggerStyle

Since I have just returned from vacation, I figured now would be the perfect opportunity to share my favorite hairstyles. I’ll be honest with you. When I’m on vacation, I like to get up, eat, brush my teeth, get dressed and go shopping!!! I have NO time to do anything extra to my hair. Here are my tips that work for me on vacation. Believe it or not, kids can use these tricks too!

DISCLAIMER: These products not only work for natural hair, but relaxed and transitioners too. I am partially relaxed. An oxymoron, but I do not get relaxers nearly as often as I used to and I use minimal heat in my hair. I rely on weaves and twists for protective styles.

1) Use Beautiful Textures Shine & Silken Growth Oil in the morning and at night before you tie your hair for bed. I find that this adds a silky texture and reduces frizz significantly for the next day.

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Kid-friendly version

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Also, if you prefer more of a creamy texture rather than oily for your child, African Pride also makes a moisturizer that should work just as fine!

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2) If your hair is curly, use Flexirods and braids to your advantage! Braids actually work wonders when working out because the sweat gets trapped into the braids. When your hair dries, you can take them out and it will dry curly/wavy. Same goes with Flexirods. Curl your hair if it’s straight and curl onto Flexirods. Wake up with voluminous and bouncy curls! Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter is a great option for really defined curls. Apply this before flexirodding your hair and when you wake up, your hair will be just like new.

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Kid-friendly version

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3) If your hair gets wet somehow, braid or twist it and utilize that free blow dryer in your hotel room! Chances are, it’s included somewhere in your nightly rate anyway and guess what? Any of the aforementioned products will work as a heat protectant. You’re welcome 🙂

4) If you must swim, please wash your hair, but NOT with the hotel shampoo. Like any other product you may be on the hunt for, both African Pride and Beautiful Textures offer great options for shampoo and conditioner.

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5) Keep a ponytail holder on your wrist. I know how junior high this sounds, but sometimes hair can get in the way of events and better to have it upfront than to be searching for one later.

6) Slick down those edges! Go ahead and laugh, but I’m serious! LOL no one wants ragged looking edges on their vacation. Luckily, there are options from African Pride and Beautiful Textures.

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6) Keep a comb or brush in your purse! Trust me, you may need it and it works well for quick touchups.

7) NO HEAT! If you follow my techniques above, it should not be needed, except for the blow dryer if you’re working out. If you must take it there, Beautiful Textures has a flat iron silkener that will do the trick.

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I really hope this post helps those of you who are approaching vacation or are just looking for some new hair products to try on yourself or your child. Please don’t forget to RSVP for my event if you are in the Baton Rouge area here!

The above items can be found at Sally Beauty Supply or Walmart.

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Thicken Your Hair with Estelle’s Secret Extensions (Meet My Mom!)

03/25/2015

I have finally convinced my mom after almost 7 years to make an appearance on my YouTube channel lol. I filmed a hair review on Estelle’s Secret extensions and how to use them to create thicker hair. First of all, I almost wish I had installed these on myself. They are awesome! They are thick from top to bottom and super silky. The color I used on my mom’s hair is 1C and it’s called Mocha Brown. It is quite close to 1b, which is Off Black, with a hint of brown. Check out the video below for my hair tutorial and review!

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