Happy New Year! Hair Tips For Starting Out Natural or Just Some Advice

Happy New Year Loves!

I just can’t believe that I have been natural for two years! This has been, and still is a magical journey for me. Being natural isn’t easy, and I won’t sit here and tell you it is. It takes a lot of  dedication, and error I must add. The end results are totally worth it though. With that being said I decided to start this year off with a few tips for my loyal readers.

1. If you plan on going natural please make sure you’re the type of person that will sit and take the time to oil, and condition your hair. I can’t count how many people I see walking around natural with dehydrated curls that look so bad. Remember I said it takes dedication. 

2.Make water your best friend  for your curls. Spritz your hair with water daily to add moisture. It’s especially great to use when you want to seal. Yes, I said seal. Many curlies don’t realize just how much plain old water can do to help your curls grow, and shine.

3. You don’t have to run out and spend tons on hair products to get beautiful curls. I know a lot of us be tempted from watching our hair crushes on YouTube, and or looking on Instagram at other naturals. Stop. You do not want to be a PJ (product junkie). You will have all these products that you will never know if your hair actually like or not, due to the fact that you hadn’t tried them for a month regularly. Find you a nice hair butter that list butter and water as the first two ingredients for starters. Grab you some Herbal Essences any one that says moisturizing, and go from there. Being natural isn’t suppose to leave your pockets empty, it’s actually should be a stress free low-budget, beautiful way of styling.

4. Be your own fashion icon! Have fun with it! Make your own natural image, and feel good while you’re doing it. A lot of us are copying the same look, and after a while its like “ok, didn’t I see this pic before?”

So there we have it! A few tips and advice from me! I wish you all a Happy New Year and beautiful curls!

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Christmas Fun Makeup Looks!

Count down to Christmas!
Let’s have some fun with all that makeup you have stocked all around your room .I will create a different Christmas look all the way up to Dec 25th just for you! This will give us all something fun to do with our little ones as well. Every look I do will be okay to do on the little ones as well, but if u feel some are a bit much u can take it down.
Now our first look is what I call

The Red & Gold Christmas Ornament

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Eye Base
NYX Milk Pencil or Shadow

Eye shadow
Red

Glitter Eye shadow
Red Glitter Eye shadow Gel by L.A Girl

Eyeliner
Maybelline Black Gel Liner

Lips
EOS for moisture
Concealer
NYX – Lip Pencil In Hazelnut
Covergirl Flip Stick – Gold/Brown
Hard Candy Candy Apple Red Lip Gloss

Face
Hard Candy – Gold Pencil and Gold Glitter EyeShadow

Will It Ever Grow!?

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This seems to be every natural’s question. Will my hair ever grow? I’m going to give you some advice my grandmother always told me. “A watched pot never broils” Sure doesn’t. Have you literally just watched a pot to see how long it would take? I have, and boy did it take forever. Same thing with your hair, leave it alone and it will grow.  I promise you.
  Sure co-wash and oil as usual, along with your deep conditioning treatments.  Just don’t be constantly doing hairstyles that cause breakage to your hair.
   Protective styling is also a topic that is always coming up in the natural hair community. Is it necessary? I believe that as long as your ends are well protected ( tucked i. e buns) and not rubbing against your collar or clothes, then breakage should not occur. I happen to know some naturals that do and some that don’t, both have some serious length. It all depends on your hair, what does your hair like.  You’d be surprised at what you would find out if you’d pay close attention to how it reacts to different products. 
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  Getting hair this long won’t be a problem for some, but might take a lot of us a while to get to this length. Don’t be frustrated with your length at all. Make it fun by trying different hairstyles throughout your journey. If you have any questions be sure to contact me.
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Brown Sugar In My Cup Of Joe?

I ran out of white sugar and I needed my morning cup of coffee. My keruig was sitting nicely in its little snug spot on my kitchen counter. I kept thinking to myself “why didn’t I grab any more sugar?” Then it hit me! Brown Sugar! I can use brown sugar in my coffee, along with my teas.  I first came across using the brown sugar when I worked at Starbucks as a shift manager . To me it actually brought out their Pike Place coffee. I grabbed my Starbucks Pike Place K-Cups, brown sugar and waited for the coffee aroma to feel the kitchen. Here I am now sitting enjoying my coffee, with brown sugar. Give it a try!

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October’s Fierce Curlie!

Hello Everyone!

I wanted to share our first fierce curlie with you! This is the first month this segment of the blog started, and it just so happened in the month of Halloween. Now this curlie captured my eye on Instagram waaayy before this month, and I just had to ask her could I feature her on the blog. I’m so happy she said yes, and the pleasure is all mine that she is my first ever FIERCE CURLIE!

SHANNON

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1. How long have you been natural?

I’ve been natural for about 2 years now. Not really counting lol.

 

2. Is taking care of your hair easier or harder than before when you were processed?

Being natural is so much easier! All I have to do is co-wash my hair and use a curling milk or smoothie, and I’m out the door!    I let my hair air dry. When I had relaxed hair, I had to straighten my hair almost  every day because I liked my hair bone straight.

 

3. Name your top three products you can’t live without.

Shea Moisture Curling Smoothie

Argan Oil

CLEAR hair and scalp conditioners

 

4. What advice would you give someone your age that was considering going natural?

Going natural is one of the healthiest things you could do for your hair, especially for people like me who constantly dye their hair. Processing hair over chemically colored hair is not good. Start now!Even    if it’s cutting off the relax hair by an inch or two a month, it’s better than nothing. I’m telling you, the results are worth it,natural hairstyles are versatile possibilities are endless.

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Curls Up and Down

Everytime I look in the mirror when I do certain hairstyles I catch an attitude. Why? Um, hello? Did you not notice my sides are shorter than the rest of my head? Yes, it does look like its cut in a style, but that is how my hair has always grown. They say that I can try to get it even by cutting it, but I know even that won’t help. I eat clean, exercise and drink plenty of water so um don’t even suggest that. I believe I’m going to annie up my conditionings, and actually use a liquid leave-in as I use to do. The Infusium 23 my mother use to put in my hair as a child is my go to liquid leave-in, but this time I’ going to do some serious research and try to find a better one. Anyone else going through this as well?

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GNC Total Lean Shake Vanilla Bean Shake Recipe

Morning!

Here is a quick recipe for you all using the GNC Total Lean Chocolate Swiss Shake mix. These shakes are actually meal replacements, and even come with a small brochure with ways to get the full potential of the shake. You can lose a nice amount of weight with these, and if that is not your intentions they’re good for you. The Vanilla Bean is one of the ones I bought for my first round, and it is delicious! I don’t mix mine with water, I use unsweetened almond milk, and or coconut flavored almond milk. Some of the recipes I will be trying calls for chocolate soy milk, and other flavors. mmmm!

These shakes taste seriously like something you’d get out of DQ , and or at the local icecream shop. With that being said here’s one of my favorite morning ones that I got from a fellow blogger. Enjoy!

Moko Choka Latte:

2 scoops of swiss chocolate GNC total shake

1.5 cups of skim milk, or almond milk

Coffee to taste (1/2 cup or so- don’t put in too much)

5-6 ice cubes

Blend to smooth

Makes about 16oz