REVIEW: Leven Rose 100% Pure Organic Jojoba Oil

Hey guys! Today, I finally want to share a review on a product that I have been using for about the last 6 months-1 year. I have a thing for purchasing oils on Amazon that could be good for both my hair and skin. I have been reading many articles about jojoba oil, and I figured that it would be an interesting oil to add to my hair oil collection. When I wear protective styles, my scalp tends to get very dry and keeping it moisturized can be hard. I have been reading that jojoba oil is very similar to our scalp’s natural sebum. With a dry scalp, I don’t have a lot of sebum, so I have to add to the little I do have. After a while of researching, I finally broke down and purchased Leven Rose 100% Pure Organic Jojoba Oil from their Amazon store. I think I’m finally ready to review this product for you all. Let’s get into it.
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Hasty Hair Decisions: My Dilemma

Hey everyone. How are you? Me? I’m just sitting here, bouncing my legs and staring at my hair shears. Let me admit something to you all; I haven’t had a relaxer in a year. No, I’m not going natural…but I am transitioning. I want texlaxed hair. I’m not a fan of straight hair anymore; at least not my own. I believe that relaxed, texlaxed, and natural hair can flourish and be beautiful. With everyone transitioning to natural hair or big chopping (congrats ladies! I’m happy for you!), it’s becoming a little harder to find relaxed or texlaxed ladies on the inter-webs. I’ve been on my hair journey for six years now. I’ve had hard times with my hair…but I’m ready to reclaim my hair.

With this new transitioning stage in my life, I am ready to accept new beginnings. New hair, new life, new everything. For those of us relaxed ladies that are left, I want to be a source that you can come to for styling tips and researched info. I want to be a sister and friend on this hair journey. I want to be able to show everyone, that no matter how I decide to style my hair, that I am beautiful no matter what. God made me a woman; not my hair.

So often here, I am sharing product reviews and what my hair routines look like. Sometimes, I may even show clothing and makeup on here. But it has been rare when I just sit down and converse with you all, and share my feelings on things that I care about. Today, my feelings are on my hair; who knows what I’ll talk about tomorrow, or the next time I post? I think I want to do more sharing who I am here, instead of having my blog littered with product reviews after product reviews. What do you all think?

So, tell me ladies (and gents, if you are here): what do you think about my journey to transition to texlaxed hair? Are any of you texlaxed? Have you been thinking about texlaxing, or is relaxing bone straight more of your thing? Let me know. Let’s chat before I take these shears to my hair, haha. I will speak to you all soon. I hope that this post finds you in love and positive spirits. God bless. Love you guys!

Fall/Winter Hair Routine 2015

Hey everyone! I feel like it’s been a while since I have penned anything about my hair. I’ve been swamping you guys with these sponsored reviews, and I’m pretty happy to say that they won’t be as frequent as before. It’s time I put up content that is more like me (though I do love doing reviews), and is focused more on my hair care and other areas of interests. Today, I want to discuss with you all my plans for the fall/winter time. I try to have a regimen that will benefit my hair with the changing of the seasons, and that includes changing my products around and incorporating new products into my routine. Before I get into my routine, let me give you a little background on my hair so far:

Hair Update
So, I have not had a relaxer in my hair since November 24th. That makes almost 10 months without a relaxer. I honestly do not know how I always let myself stretch for long periods of time. I don’t like to stretch past 4-5 months personally, but I always get super lazy on my hair care routine during the summer. Lately, for these past ten months, I have been rocking various wigs and crochet braids to get me through this stretch. I have cut off about 2 inches of hair within five months, to keep my ends looking fresh. My hair hasn’t been too much of a hassle to deal with though, so that is a plus. I contribute that to deep conditioning. Deep conditioning works, y’all! I have so many deep conditioners here at my house that it’s a little ridiculous, but I love trying new deep conditioners. As the fall and wintertime rolls around, I want to go back to deep conditioning twice a week like I used to in the past. I have a lot of hair repairing to do thanks to the summer heat, and it’s important that I brace my hair for what is to come. Since I want to deep condition my hair twice weekly, I have to give up installing crochet braids. I’m going to try to make a wig out of the crochet braid hair I have, so that I can still rock my hair how I want, but will be able to put my regimen in place like I want.

I have also incorporated some new products and tools into my routine, which I think helped me stretch for this long as well. I am still wanting to purchase a hair steamer and a salon style hooded dryer like I talked about in the past, but I think I am doing pretty well right now with the products I do have. I’ll be sure to list them below, right after my hair routine for the rest of the year. I’m taking this hair growing process very slow, and I don’t mind it. I’ve been on my hair journey for five years now, and I am determined to learn all I can about my hair. If it takes me ten years to meet my goals (five years of slacking and research for five years of healthy, strong growth), I’m up for it.

Hair Routine

  • Pre-poo treatment with either hot oil or protein. I find that pre-poo treatments during the cooler months set the stage for the whole wash day for me. If my hair is feeling overly tangled or just won’t cooperate with me, hot oil treatments help my hair soften up, and impart my hair with nutrients before I shampoo my hair. I also enjoy doing protein treatments first on my hair, especially if I plan to shampoo and deep condition with moisturizing products within my wash day. It is important for me to have a balance in my hair to keep it growing strong and feel the best that it can. I’ll do a blog post dedicated to hot oil treatments and protein treatments at a later date.
  • Shampoo with a moisturizing, sulfate-free shampoo. I have a few shampoos that I love to use on my hair, many of them from Shea Moisture. But I have to admit that I also enjoy the lather and clean feeling that the Creme of Nature Moisture and Shine Shampoo. Those will be my primary shampoos to use on myself and others in my household.
  • Do a rinse out conditioning after shampooing but before deep conditioning. Typically, I skip this step. I want to begin doing this in my hair so that I can detangle my hair thoroughly in the shower before tying it up in a towel and deep conditioning. It is important for me to detangle in the shower, especially when I have so much new growth to fight through. I have natural 4 category hair as new growth, so any softening conditioner I have will be used to not only soften my new growth, but help my comb glide through my hair with added slip. I typically use the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner, but I also want to use the Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Conditioner to detangle my hair with. I’ve tested this product and I like the slip it gives.
  • Deep condition. As stated above in the hair update, I want to deep condition twice weekly. I want to repair my hair from any damage, as well as prepare it for upcoming relaxers by making sure it is strong and healthy before, during, and after relaxing. The deep conditioner I choose depends on what I want to do with my hair during that time. I have a range of deep conditioners to choose from, and discussing them here will be a whole blog post alone. I will say that I think I have a pretty good mix between moisturizing, protein, and balancing deep conditioners for the year. On days that I will not be shampooing my hair (leaving that for once a week), I will do a light co-wash with the rinse out conditioner of my choosing. On co-wash days, I typically deep condition on dry or slightly damp hair, similar to how I would do a hot oil treatment.
  • Rinse hair with cool water. I find that this step is important for my hair. It has taken me a while to get here, but I have found that my hair is a little more manageable when I rinse it with cool water, as the cuticles are now closed instead of open. I want to do this step before deep conditioning, as well as after deep conditioning. It may be a little counter-intuitive to close the hair shaft before deep conditioning, but I feel like this helps my hair. I rather open the hair shaft gently with high heat, low speed than to leave the hair shaft open and more prone to drying out before I even apply the deep conditioner to it.
  • Style. I want to wear my wigs this fall/winter so I will be braiding my hair up. I find that I leave my hair alone when it is braided, so the manipulation factor is lowered throughout the week. On weeks 1-4 after a fresh relaxer, I may roller set or straighten out my hair to give the braids and wigs a break, but that depends on the weather. I will also moisturize and seal during this step, depending on how I plan to style my hair. 

As promised, I want to share with you all the new tools and products I have for my hair this year. I won’t go into too much detail right now about the products, as I want to dedicate specific reference posts for them. Here are my tools and products for this year:

  • Andis Professional Bonnet Hair Dryer
  • Hair Sense Bone Combs (Shorter Detangler Comb, Super Detangle Rake Comb, & Handle Rake Comb)
  • Bon Bon Cheveux Boutique Bonnets (Upside Down Cake Basic Bonnet & Basic Hard Candy Bonnet)
  • Denman 5-row Brush
  • Creme of Nature Moisture and Shine Shampoo & Intensive Conditioning Treatment
  • Shea Moisture 10-in-1 Renewal System Hair Masque, Yucca & Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Masque, and Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque
  • Silk Elements Kera Minerals Smoothing Deep Conditioner
  • Organic Avocado Oil
  • Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Conditioner

I will make specific reference posts for the tools (Andis Bonnet Dryer, Bone Combs, and treatments) at a later date. Expect to see them up by the end of this month, heading into October. I want to make sure that I have those posts out right around the time fall comes. I will also do a blog post about the dos and don’ts of my hair care routine during the fall and winter time. I hope you all found this updated routine helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope this post finds you all in happiness and love. I’ll speak to all again soon. Bye guys!  

Protective Styles Chronicles: Just Call Me Barney

Hey y’all! If you have been a follower of my blog for a while, you know I am partial to big Afro hair. Crochet braids are my protective style of choice, because the hair is usually lightweight and I feel like a diva when I have big fro’ed out hair. This crochet install is no different. I’ve experimented with color before, but not like this. Behold, my new install:

Get. In. To. It. Honey, I am LOVING this color. Purple is not only my second favorite color, but is also my birth stone. Purple represents royalty, and baby, I feel like a QUEEN with this hair. Here are the specs:

Brand: Isis
Type: Afri-Naptural Mali Bob
Colors: 1b in back, 1b/Purple in front
# of packs used: 1 1/3 1b; 1 1b/Purple
Price: $4.99 at time of purchase
Braid pattern: 12 small braids in front, bridge braid at crown, 7-8 bigger braids in back, feeding into each other.
Total Style Time: ~5 hours (2 1/2 prep; 2 1/2 install)
I tried a new technique this time around for my hair. Instead of doing the 3 loop method, I only looped this hair once. There are a few pieces that I looped twice around the bridge braid (to bring down the puffiness and make sure it was thoroughly secured), but for the most part, there are no knots in my hair. This made install extremely quick for me. I did not pre-soak this hair (big mistake), but I will be doing that soon. I plan to soak the hair in ACV while it’s on my head, to not only remove the alkaline film from the hair, but to treat my scalp as well. I will rinse under cool water, and sit under my hooded dryer with cool air until my head is completely dry. I will also finish up with a nice helping of coconut oil or jojoba oil on my scalp to rehydrate my scalp.
This hair was easy to separate for installation, and the hair comes short. This saved me plenty of time because I did not have to cut this hair to a shorter length. It was the perfect length for me to install right out of the pack. I’ve had this hair installed for three days so far, and right now, I’m not having any problems with it. I’m going to try to keep this hair in until August. Right now, I’m enjoying it in its beautiful, huge state, but I may dip it in hot water for beautiful curls as the hair gets older.
I sleep with a huge satin bonnet at night, so it’s easy for me to just stuff my hair inside of it and go to sleep. I take it off in the morning and shake my hair, and I’m good to go. I am still experimenting on how to preserve this hair without knots. So far, I have been twisting the hair and that is not working for me. So far, just stuffing the hair into my bonnet, or pineappling my hair before head seems to work well, so I may continue doing that.

To moisturize my hair underneath the crochet hair, I am using a spray moisturizer, and sealing in the moisture with coconut oil. It’s hot outside, so coconut oil is back in daily rotation. For my edges, I am using a mix of regular castor oil, Wild Growth Oil, and Jamaican Black Castor Oil to help keep my edges and nape thick and healthy.

If you have any questions about my install, please feel free to ask them. I hope this post finds you in good health and love. Have a blessed day everyone!

Protective Style Chronicles: Havana/Marley Twists

Hey boos! Don’t kill me. I know it’s been months since I’ve talked about my hair in terms of protective styling, and I wanted to bring you all a post about my new style: Marley twists. The title labels this style as Havana/Marley solely based on the interchangeability of the two terms, but I feel this style can be rightly called Marley twists. This style was completed in 6 hours, spread over a two day period, and I used about 5 bags of hair in various colors to complete this style. The brand of hair I used the Femi brand of Marley and kinky twist hair (the website I ordered from sent me both types of hair with my order). The colors used to complete my twists are 1, 27, 30, & 33. I also used a few strands of 1B left over from my Biba Lock Twist install back in the winter time. Below, I will list the steps I took to prepare my relaxed hair for installation.

1. A pre-poo treatment is a must for me in preparing for protective styles. I love to do a hot oil treatment on thoroughly detangled hair. This time around, I knew my hair would need some type of protein, so I deep conditioned overnight with coconut oil.
2. Next, I washed my hair thoroughly with Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo with a shampoo brush to make sure my hair and scalp get fully cleaned. I washed my hair twice.
3. It’s time to deep condition now. I love having soft hair, but just like with the coconut oil, I know my hair needs protein. I am one to mix my deep  conditioners, so this time around I used the Bee Mine Bee-U-Ti-Ful Deep Conditioner and the Aphogee Curlific Texture Treatment to have a good moisture/protein balance. I processed this deep condition combo for 30 minutes under my soft hooded dryer, and let the deep conditioner combo to sit on my hair for about another 30 minutes before rinsing.
4. As my deep conditioner set into my hair, I gathered my products needed for my installation: Femi Brand Marley & Kinky Twist in the aforementioned colors, Bee Mine Luscious Creme Moisturizer, Bee Mine Bee Hold Curly Butter, Eco Styler Argan Oil Gel, various butterfly and metal hair clips, a mirror, and a comb to detangle my hair as I go.
5. After rinsing my hair and towel drying, I separated my hair in three sections to make installation easier. I had a back section and two side sections. I moisturized and sealed my hair in the aforementioned sections. It was now time to start on my hair.
Now, we are at the point of the post where I have to share my resources. I watched many videos on how to install these Havana/Marley twists, and I want to share them. These ladies can explain the process and techniques better than I can through their tutorials. I suggest really checking them out:
My Natural Sistas: https://youtu.be/QzMlHmqs8Ag
TheBrilliantBeauty: https://youtu.be/E3p5oDbzKcg
Ambrosia Malbrough: https://youtu.be/ehhRD0KYj2Y
6. After installation, I dipped my hair in boiling hot water with the help of my mother (ALWAYS HAVE HELP OR BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN DEALING WITH BOILING HOT WATER!!!) and my style was finished. You can towel dry the ends of your hair or use a blow dryer on high heat, low speed to dry your hair.
I personally really love this hair style. Between my crochet braids and wigs, I have gotten more compliments on this style over those styles. It is very easy to maintain, but it can be a little heavy depending on how many packs of hair you used and the size of your twists. Learning how to do this style so that it looks sleek is a learning curve; the more you do it, the better you’ll get. I love the invisible roots look, but if you cannot do this, so not be afraid to braid the roots first before twisting, especially if you’re having trouble installing at the back of your head. According to my install posting on Instagram with this hairstyle, I’ll say I’ve had this style in for about a month and some change (Instagram said 9 weeks). I have taken this style down and redone it twice, but for the most part, I’ve left it in for about a month. I will leave you all with photos of me rocking this style out. Stay tuned because I have more hair posts to make, especially on some new “essentials” I have purchased in the last few months. I’ll talk to you all again soon. Have a wonderful and beautiful day!

Hair Routine: 2015 Edition

Hey boos! It’s 2015. How’s the year going for you guys so far? It’s that time of year again where I update you all on my hair and my regimen for this year. So let’s not dilly dally; let’s get started.

Hair & Health Life

My hair, my hair, my hair. What can I say about my hair, other than it is dry? It’s always dry. I attribute that to my hair type and general health. We have all heard how important it is to take care of our bodies on in the inside to make the outer look better. In doing that, you may find yourself stuck with how to improve your internal self to reflect the external self. When it comes to my hair, I have learned that my scalp would be a lot happier and my hair would flourish more if I made the effort to ALWAYS a drink water. Water is the key to life, and we need it to survive. For my hair (and health as a whole), I have to not only drink more water, but wT healthier and get into my mind that eating cleaner will not only make me look better, but feel better. If you want I can make a separate post about my intended health routine for the year. But back to my hair. I plan to:

*Shampoo at least once a week with a moisturizing shampoo and my Vitagoods Shampoo Brush.
*Cowash my hair after every shampoo wash for added moisture, and co-wash once a week with a moisturizing conditioner (Tresemme Naturals conditioner or Shea Moisture conditioner)
*Deep condition with a light protein or moisturizing conditioner, depending on what my hair needs (In search for a good protein conditioner; Shea Moisture deep conditioners)
*Spray a light protein leave-in into my damp hair (ApHogee Green Tea and Keratin Reconstructorizer or Creme of Nature Perfect 7 Leave-In)
*Moisturize hair with conditioner mix (Water, Suave Almond & Shea Butter conditioner, Vegetable Glyercin)
*Seal moisture in with either an oil or butter (homemade shea butter mix or an oil of my choice)
*Style hair (braiding for protection under wigs or other protective styles like crochet braids or Havana twists)
*Do roller sets with every relaxer
*Trim ends every three months, or with every relaxer.
*Invest in satin or silk pillow cases, as well as better quality silk or satin bonnets/scarves.

 Now that I have my regimen laid out, there are also a few things that I want to learn how to do during this year’s journey. Those things include:

*Learning how to bleach and color hair
*Be able to do a sew-in that does not lift or feel heavy
*Create braid patterns that encourage hair growth and not pull my hair much.
*Infuse my own hair oils
*Create hair butters that can be used year round
*Create crochet braid wigs

When it comes to hair, I’m ready to throw myself into creating different styles and adapting different methods to help my hair flourish and be the best it can be. Thanks to 2014, I have learned that I really enjoy protective styling with wigs, either store bought or homemade, being my favorite protective style. I hope you all enjoy my 2015 regimen. Let me know what your regimen is this year. Are you changing your regimens at all? I can’t wait to share my creations and hair updates with you all! Thank you for reading and I hope you have a fabulous day.

Review: Elasta QP Soy Oyl Deep Conditioner

Hey guys! Because I am so big into my hair, I’m here to bring you a review of one of my new favorite hair products. Today, I will be reviewing the Elasta QP Soy Oyl UltraHydration Anti-Breakage Moisture-Rich Deep Conditioner. Extremely long name right? I think so too. Before I get into my review, I want to let you all know about the product.

Product Info:

THE SUPERIOR ORGANIC OIL: Rich in Protein, Vitamins, and Omega 3 & 6, Organic Soy Oyl infuses natural moisturizers & conditioners deep into helping restore strength manageability and shine. 
*UltraHydrating Soy contains 5 times more Omega 3 & 6 for healthier hair and superior anti-dryness protection.
*Vitamin-enriched Soy Protein penetrates faster and deeper into hair to help protect against breakage, split-ends and dryness.
TO USE: Apply to hair. Comb through. Cover hair with plastic cap and sit under warm dryer for 5 to 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and style as desired. For extremely damaged, over processed, or breaking hair, follow steps above for 25 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. 
Ingredients: Aqua, Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Propylene Glycol, Polyquaternium 37, Trideceth-6, Steareth-2, Steareth-20, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olive Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Ascorbic Acid, Biotin, Linoleic Acid, Persea Gratissima Oil/Avocado Oil, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Lanolin, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin, Cetyl Alcohol, Cl 19140/Yellow 5, Cl 16035/Red 40, Cl 42090/Blue 1, Cl 15985/Yellow 6, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Lilial, Linalool
Review:

I really love this deep conditioner. I know the ingredients are not all that great, but my hair doesn’t hate this product. I purchased this product around the time that I installed my second set of crochet braids. Funny story behind that one. I had gone to two different beauty supply stores looking for the Freetress GoGo Curl hair and I had no luck. To make my two trips worth wild, I purchased this deep conditioner because I needed a new deep conditioner. I really like this conditioner. It leaves my hair soft, and it makes my hair easier to detangle. I deep condition my hair overnight (mainly because I’m too lazy to wash it out) and my hair thrives with this. I mix this deep conditioner with oil sometimes, but I have used it alone. Originally, I purchased the 15 oz, but recently I have purchased the 32 oz size to keep this on hand. I personally love the smell of this deep conditioner and I feel like I’m pampering my hair when I use this on my hair. I would recommend this to anyone to try, but try out the 15 oz first. You can find this product in your local beauty supply stores or online. If you have a Sally’s near you, try there. 
I hope you all found this review helpful and if I haven’t answered all common questions, leave them in the comments and I will try to answer them to the best of ability. I hope you all have a great morning/afternoon/night and I will get back to you all soon!

Hair Update & Getting Fall Ready

Hey guys! Fall is slowly, but surely, making its way here and it’s time for me to get ready for my fall/winter hair regimen. For fall and winter, I am all about keeping my hair away from the elements and styling tools. Fall and winter is when I bust out my heavy oils (olive oil, castor oil) and butters (Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango Butter, Shea butter mix). Wigs become my best friend and keeping my hair braided up is my usual style of choice. Lately, I’ve been staring into my beauty pantry and I have been thinking of things to add or subtract from my hair regimen. I like to do this every once in a while to try to curb my “product junkie” behavior, as well as to see what I really use on my hair on a frequent basis. Today, I will give you all an update on my hair, as well as tell you about the products I use on my hair during the fall and winter. Let’s jump right into it.

Hair Update
My hair hasn’t seen a relaxer since February 15, 2013. I’m really wanting to relax my hair, but I haven’t decided how I want to go about it. Back before I relaxed my hair, I had (unwillingly) stretched my hair to 11 months post. When my hair was relaxed on the 15th of February, I had more new growth than what I expected and I ended up under-processing a big amount of my hair. This wouldn’t be a problem usually…but here’s the issue. I have two lines of demarcation now that I am SCARED to get relaxer on. Here’s how my hair is set up right now:

New growth
Relaxed hair
Under-processed/unprocessed hair
Relaxed hair

I’ve been thinking that I could just coat the relaxed parts of my hair THOROUGHLY with thick butters, oils, petroleum jelly, and wrap it up in plastic to protect my already relaxed hair. Do you guys think that would work? It’s worth a shot, honestly. I want to make sure that my hair gets relaxed evenly (though I hate lifeless relaxed hair) until I can get a chance to slowly transition into texlaxing my hair. We’ll have to see how that goes. Pray for me ya’ll.

I am also in need of a hair cut. My ends are pretty much gone because they broke off, but I’ve been trimming those away. Thankfully, those ends are a part of the hair that wasn’t processed from my long stretch, so when I do relax my hair again, my ends will be nicer, though I will lose some length. Who cares? Healthy hair is better than long, damaged hair anyway. I have split ends that I need to trim off, but I don’t do that until I relax my hair, which will be sometime in October. I need to do full research on correcting my relaxer, as well as the new brand that I want to use to do my relaxer with. More on that on a later date.

I’ve come to the decision that I want to spend most of the colder months rocking wigs. I hate leaving my hair to fend for itself in the colder months so I’m keeping it away at all times. The only time I will let my hair free will be on wash/co-wash days. Speaking of co-wash days, I don’t know if I should co-wash more in the winter since my hair could get drier from central heating, constant wig wearing, and general wear and tear. I think I will since I plan on buying myself a salon quality hair dryer and my hair won’t be wet for long. I hate having wet hair in the colder months; it makes my skin crawl. I also want to get myself a steamer to really help my hair flourish since I’ll be covering my hair seven days a week.

Hair Regimen For Fall/Winter

  1. Wash hair once a week with a moisturizing shampoo (Elasta QP Soy Oyl Shampoo)
  2. Deep condition with either a moisturizing or protein based deep conditioner (Elasta QP Soy Oyl Deep Conditioner or Queen Helene Cholesterol Conditioner)
  3. Co-wash once a week with conditioner of choice (will co-wash through braids)
  4. LOC Method on towel dried hair (will mainly use Shea Butter Mix, Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisturizer and Oil Mix)
  5. Detangle hair
  6. Braid up hair
  7. Sit under hooded dryer to dry my hair to about 80%
  8. Spray a small amount of water on my hair to keep the moisture in and throw on satin bonnet
  9. Clarify once a month with a bentonite clay mask on my hair
This regimen will change slightly, depending on if the wigs I make/own require hair to be left out. I’m really big on learning how to make a great u-part wig with a closure so that my hair can be fully protected and having a wig that I can truly call a labor of love. The added difference to my regimen for u-part wigs will be rolling up my leave-out to blend with curly textured hair or adding in a heat protectant if I choose to straighten my real hair to blend with my wig.

New Products for Fall and Winter

  1. Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil
  2. Tea Tree Oil
  3.  Aztec Secret Bentonite Clay
  4. Apple Cider Vinegar
  5. Ecostyler Gel (for dem babyhurrrs! lol)
  6. Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Yucca & Baobab Thickening Growth Milk and Spray
Coming Soon
  1. Pebco Professional Salon Dryer
  2. A hair steamer (not sure which one yet)

Well, that’s all I have for today. I’m going to try to get back into blogging regularly, even though I am in school now. I’m going to do my best to keep you all updated on any new changes with me, whether it deals with hair, beauty, makeup, life, anything. I hope you all have a great day and if you make any changes for your hair for the fall and wintertime, let me know in the comments. I will talk to you all again soon! ♥

New Summer Style: Crochet Braids

Hey guys! It’s been a while since we’ve talked. It’s not that I have been busy; I’ve just been very lazy and unwilling to blog. I need to change this mindset of mine and really get into blogging like I used to. My drafts folder (that I always talk about) is overwhelming right now and I can’t take it. Things need to be typed up and posted. Anyway, that’s not what I want to write about in this current post. Today, I want to talk to you about my new summer hairstyle. As you all know, the sun can really wreck our hair. Thanks to my hair type (4 category), my hair is already drier than most hair types. The sun only dries it out even more and it’s not a good thing. For me, my hair needs to be protected from the sun in the summer as much as it does during the the chill from the winter. What style am I doing to protect my hair? Crochet braids.

Crochet braids are not only look good, but they are very easy to do. For right now, I’m only going to show you all the hair and how it looks installed. Today’s a quick post, but it’s better than nothing. Here is the deets on my hair:

Brand: Freetress Gogo Curl in the colors 1B & 33
How Many Packs Used: I used 2 1/2 packs of 1B and 1 pack of 33

Cost: $4.99/pack
# of Total Packs Purchased: 4
Photos of the hair out the pack & installed:


I kept this style in a total of 2 weeks, and it took me about a day to do (being the first time doing it on myself and other interruptions). I took this style out sooner than I wanted because of my scalp itching so much. Next time I do this style, I will not only prep my hair better, but I will show you all my step by step process from the prep of my hair to the installation  of the hair. I hope you all enjoyed this post. If you have any questions, be sure to leave them in the comments. I will talk to you all again very soon!

Wig Review: Beshe Kandi Wig

Hey everyone! Today, I have something a little different to review today and that is my Beshe Kandi wig. Before I start, I wanted to let you all know this disclaimer: I purchased this wig with my own money. This is not sponsored by anyone. Alright, I can move along now lol. For the K.I.S.S Boot Camp, I decided that I wanted to minimize any direct manipulation to my hair, and to really protect it from the elements. Sure, I could wear hats, but I’m too much of a fan of big hair that I didn’t want to just cover my hair up with hats. I like buns, but I hate doing them on my hair because it’s always so basic to me! So, what did I choose? I chose the FABULOUS wig shown below.

My fabulous wig right out of the package and smack dab on my head.

I first heard about this wig on YouTube, thanks to the lovely MsChanda. She did a review on this wig last year, nearing the summertime, and I have been in love with this wig since. I’ve been wanting to order this wig for the LONGEST time, and I finally broke down and ordered it towards the end of December. I ordered my wig from Hair Wig Harlem and it got to me in about a week.

Details about the wig:

  • This wig is very lightweight. It has a simple cap that allows the hair to still be full, but not heavy on the head.
  • It has two combs: Small comb in the front, longer comb in the back. It also has two adjustable straps.
  • This is a toyokalon fiber synthetic hair, with curls that remind me a little of 3b/3c type hair.
  • This wig was made in Indonesia.
  • This hair is HUGE with a medium shag (stops a little past my shoulders)
  • This hair is very soft.
  • This is in the color 1B.
After wearing the wig for a while, I did do a little trimming to the sides and the top of my hair to give a layered effect. I love the way the mini cut turned out. As much as I love this wig, I do have some cons.

Cons

  • This wig, with constant wear, will start to look frizzy. I know that this is normal with synthetic hair, but it is still something to keep in mine.
  • One of the little tabs for the adjustable straps arrived loose. Not only that, but one of the little tabs holding the strap to the wig broke as well. This doesn’t really bother me, but it is something to keep in mind.
  • I dislike the front of the wig. This wig does not have parting room so the hair where a part would be is all bunched up and doesn’t look natural on me. I typically do a little bit of a leave out to blend in a part  and make everything look seamless.

Overall, I am a huge fan of this wig. Kandi is my go-to, everyday hair, kind of wig. I believe in the bigger the better and this wig gives me so much life every single time I put it on. I plan on ordering two of Kandi units, another in a 1B and one in a lighter color for spring/summer. I hope you all found this review helpful and informative. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me. I’m a novice when it comes to wearing wigs, but I’ll try to help any way that I can. Check out the links above if you’re into hair care like I am, and please enjoy the photos of “Kandi” and I below. I hope you all have a great and blessed day!

You can see the shorter layer that I cut to be my bang. My hair is also blended into this wig too to make it look a little more natural.