Friday, April 25, 2014

I Straightened My Hair

After my success with curlformers,  I decided to keep it going and see what other styles I can achieve. It started out good.. then it got ugly.. and turned out to be amazing. I did my normal wash day routine and used the same styling foam….

Top Photo: I used the EZ Grip rollers that I got from Sally's a few years back and it was a huge mistake. 

-they grip on easily to the hair without using any clips
-my hair drying time was super fast

-I had some breakage, even when I was being careful I still ended up losing a few strands of hair. Personally, it's not natural hair friendly. I will not be using them EVER again.

Bottom Photo: My hair after I flat ironed using grapeseed oil as my heat protectant. I also did the chasing comb method. 

I was a little disappointed but again I got creative and ended up loving the style.

After I was done flat ironing I went and got rollers that I should've used the first time around. I mixed them up because I know they each give different results. Both will smooth out my ends. But,

Purple Rollers: I love the soft curl patterns that it gives but not enough volume
Green Rollers: I love the volume that it gives but not enough soft curl patterns

After I took out the rollers and raked it into shape

I did some trimming along the way

Black hair CAN grow. Take care of the hair you have and I guarantee you will get the results you are looking for. When my hair was relaxed it stayed at one length. Once I returned to natural it keeps growing and growing and growing and…..

Next up: Bantu Knots

Thursday, April 24, 2014

My Natural Hair Events

Wanna know when the next hair show is taking place in your city? Check out this site. It's a one stop shop for meet-ups and hair shows. According to the site, you can even post your own event/meet-up for FREE. I got this site bookmarked so I can keep up with what's going on in the natural hair community. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Green Light- Sarie

An eco-sista who says you are what you eat and keeping it natural is the way to go

How long have you been eco-friendly? I have been eco-friendly for a few years. My family has always tried not to be wasteful. But it was not until I got to college that I began realizing that our environment is what we make of it. I started recycling and eating more fresh food. I haven't completely cut out all processed foods but I'm making the effort to one day.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I didn't really choose to be eco-friendly. It was just incorporated into my lifestyle after I made the decision to become healthy. Eating right was a big portion of that. I decided to completely abandoned my college meal plan and start cooking my own meals.

What do you like about it? Food is a big part of me, so being able to cook my own meals has not only helped me grow as a eco-friendly person but also as an individual. Being natural helps too, making my own products and taking care of my hair is very important. I like knowing everything that I put in my body and hair so I can keep it healthy.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Well, when it comes to hair product that is where I found my biggest challenge. I had to stop using a lot of products because that involved chemicals that were not good for my hair. I try to keep things all natural. Another obstacle I faced was staying away from processed and artificial snacks.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? My bottom line is remember "you are what you eat" and I don't want to be processed and artificial. Keeping it natural is the way to go!

Going green can be complex. This discourages a lot of people. There's really no "right" way it's basically trying to do something than nothing at all. I sometimes feel like a green hypocrite. Do you feel that way sometimes? I'm pretty sure everybody feels like that especially with guilt craving of food we know we shouldn't have. But, I always keep in mind that nobody knows my body like I do. What I eat is my choice. Although I try to make the "right" decision not everything is always clear cut.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I have been natural all my life! And I love it! I grew up natural, around 2006 I got loss and I kept them for about 7 years. I love them to death but I needed a change so I combed them out. It took 3 days but I did it and I loved it. Since then I've been enjoying my curls and coils. My go to style is a bantu knot out and twist outs. I use my own shea butter styling cream to get the best results.

Is there anything you like to add? You can find me on my Blog, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Friday, April 18, 2014

#NoBareLips30 Challenge

This challenge is back again and I'm not missing it this time around. I normally don't participate in a lot of online challenges (not really having the time to do so) but this one is a must for me. Blogger Keiko Kaveri started her first lip color challenge (November 2013) by just using what she already had on hand. It went on to be a successful challenge and is back for it's Spring edition.

I'm participating for several reasons:

-to keep the #DarkSkinRedLip project momentum going
-try to get out of my comfort zone when it comes to wearing lip colors
-tired of hearing how our beauty is at the bottom of the barrel
-I want to know what products I'm missing out on, what I should leave alone, etcetera 

The challenge starts April 28, 2014 and ends May 27, 2014. Make sure to use the hashtag: #NoBareLips30. I'll be on twitter. You can read more about the rules here.

The stash that I'm working with

-OCC Lip Tars 
-Bare Minerals Buxom Matte Lipsticks
-Bare Minerals Original Moxie
-Samples of Make Up Forever and Urban Decay

Let's define our own beauty

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Taking a Bath VS Taking a Shower


Taking a shower is quick and gives me time to do other stuff. I can't remeber the last time I took a long hot bubble bath. But a long hot shower especially after running is something I do daily. I jump in put on my exfoliating gloves and scrub, scrub, scrub. Seeing all the dirt go down the drain gives me confirmation that I'm squeaky clean.

Taking a bath is very relaxing and theraputic to some. Filling up the tub with your favorite bubble bath product. Lighting up some candles and maybe adding your favorite essential oil. Get in but first do a test with your feet to make sure you don't burn yourself. Once you're in, close your eyes and drift away.

Ahhhh!!! You want to stay in this moment forever.

A few minutes later, you wake up shivering because the water got cold. You wake up, look around, and unplug the drain. After all that you notice a ring around the tub. Gotta clean that ish and while you're at it might as well take a shower. You're not as clean as you thought you were.

I need to learn to stay on topic.  Anyways, there's a lot of debate. I personally think that a bath takes up more water. But it all depends on the shower head, tub, and how long you take a shower/bath.

Which do you prefer?  

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Grilled Tilapia With Broccoli

I sautéed the broccoli with fresh garlic and olive oil and used my Foreman grill for the tilapia. The steps for ingredients is pretty much the same as this. Yummy!!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Curlformers Success!!!

Well... kind of. I used curlformers to get this style. I loved the results but I knew it wasn't going to last. I shared my challenged with them here. But there was a happy ending because I got creative instead of frustrated.

I used Carol's Daughter Hair Milk styling foam. I took advantage of a sale Target was having. The product is said to:

-Deeply moisturize
-Improves softness
-Prevents frizz (I kinda laughed at that)

It also contains No:
-Mineral Oil
-Artificial Colors

My results after using the styling foam. My hair was ridiculously soft, shiny, and no crunchiness. Afterwards, I just knew the style wasn't going to last. Living in Florida is my reason for that. So….

I did my signature flat-twist

My hair throughout the week. My curls were looser than normal and got bigger 

A few things I noticed was that 

-I need to get some new longer curlformers, my hair is growing. The ends of my hair were sticking out some of them which resulted in some of the ends to be frizzy. My bad!!  

-I need a trim which I will be doing myself. I'm a huge DIY fan, just need to do some research before I get scissor happy.

Overall, I like the styling foam and will be using again for other styles. 

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