Road To Fully Natural ? Somewhat?

Ever since I was 12 years old I’ve been getting perms. My mom was fully against it and I wish I would of listened to her, till this day I keep telling her “Mom, you were right! Perms mess up your hair.” At the time I had an obsession with having silky straight hair, and begged my mom for two years straight before she gave in. Now as an adult I wish I would of never. But it happens I was young and didn’t know I should embrace my big hair. I kept getting perms religiously up until 20010-2011, when my hair was in SHAMBLES!!! I wish I had my old desktop so you all can see how THINdry and poor my hair looked once it was straightened. It was so bad to the point that the salon owner (who has bee doing my hair since the age of 5) stopped what she was doing and went of on the stylists whom she trusted at the time to do my hair. That stylist was basically damaging my hair slowly but surely and it showed, since my hair was long. By that point I had enough and started getting perms once a year instead of every 3 years. The first picture will be how my hair was when I first permed it, long, thick and healthy.

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I was sick of perms leaving my hair lifeless, so I told myself no more perms. My last one was December 2014, before leaving to the Dominican Republic for vacation. This is because it’ll be way easier to manage and it was but that was my last last last and LAST perm i’ll ever get in my life.

unnamed (1) After that point by no means did I ever stop using heat etc. I just stopped with the perms. I was still hitting the salon every two weeks for a wash & set. After a few months of being on a hair treatment I instantly started seeing changed in my hair as far as thickness. The curl patterns were barely there but I was still happy with the changes my hair was doing. By this point I wasn’t even thinking about restoring my curls, I just wanted my hair to not feel lifeless anymore and at least have some bounce to it when it was straightened, but it even lacked that as well. Let’s just say my hair was a hot mess but not as bad as before. Instead of being bone straight when it got wet it started getting puffier and puffier practically being a mix of an afro / straight ends. (Yeah, not cute what so ever.)

 

when-ur-hairdresser-asks-if-you-like-it-and-you-9325919By the end of 2015/ early 2016 I moved out. I went from being in New York where there are Dominican hair salons at every corner to Kansas where it was impossible to find one (let’s just say I still haven’t found one). This alone meant big changes for my hair, I would always get it done every two weeks and now that I moved to Kansas and I had to just suck it up and do it myself. At first this was a huge head ache because I have a lot of hair and didn’t know what to do with it after I finished washing it. So I would go to Walmart spend money on Shea moisture (because I thought this was the only thing that worked for my hair type), and would let it air dry and slick it up. Four months in (April to be exact) I was frustrated and wanted my hair done, so I did some research and stumbled upon one hair place near by. I went in got my hair done by a young Caucasian female (whom was the sweetest and we talked non stop). Let me say I was NERVOUS, SHOOK, CONFUSED that she wanted to do my hair, she then assured me she had done my hair type in Atlanta for some years which calmed me down a bit. Once finished it didn’t look too bad but it was still puffy and I wasn’t thrilled but wasn’t disappointed either (sign). Then it was time to pay. They charged me $85!!!!! Holy crap I died a little inside paid and never went back. In New York I only paid $20 and it was done great. This is where I sucked it up again, and continued to do it myself and do nonsense to my hair.

unnamedTime passed on and I decided I need to straighten my hair, because I was tired of how the roots were curly and the rest was bone straight when it air dried. So in October of 2016 I bought a flat iron. And went for it (first time me using a flat iron on myself). This was the final product, not to shabby but boy my ends needed to be cut ASAP. But I knew I would be going to New York soon and would do it there.

 

 

 

 

 

December came around and I went to New York and cut more than just the ends. After that I kept washing it and then blow dry and flat iron straight after that every two weeks, then I slowed it down to once a month because my hair was thicker and getting longer and it took me literally hours to do.unnamed (1)

During the summer of last year 2017, I just started to see more and more of my curl pattern since I slowly put the flat iron down and a lot of the dead hair was cut off. In the next few pictures people will go ahead and do something called “big chop” but I didn’t want that because personally I still want to straighten my hair when I wanted. But also have the curls I was starting to get.

Once 2018 was around the corner I told myself I would not straighten my hair for the whole year. From October on I didn’t straighten it up until late december. But can I just say um that no straightening thing … that ain’t happen  (lol) because in February I straightened it to see the length and wow I was shook at how long it was getting. The next few pics are comparisons. It’s crazy the difference no heat for a bit can do.

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My hair has grown out significantly. I still have heat damage and that is okay. By this point I won’t be like the naturals that are petrified of heat because I like to straighten my hair regardless and my sole purpose of stopping the perms was to restore my hair to get it back to the length it was and thicker again. Over the past two years I’ve used so many products but there are some that have helped out my hair starting from the shampoo and conditioner. Aussie Mega Moist Conditioner and the Renpure Conditioner have been key and using the Renpure Shampoo. As for styling I use the pink EcoStyle Gel, Cantu Leave-in Conditioner and Cantu Curl Creme. For me, the less heat the more the curls.

 

CURRENT APRIL 2018

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Home Beauty 101: Avocado hair mask

If there is anything I love is being home and looking up different types of DIY’s projects whether it be home, beauty or clothing related there is something pretty fun about them and sometimes what you’re looking for is right in your home and you don’t have to go out of your way and spend money. I like this especially when it comes to beauty related things, I like to keep it quick and simple and not buy a thousand and one products have them stashed in cabinets looking dust. Nothing beats making your own stuff because you know exactly what’s going into it, and not worry if there are some unknown chemical thrown in there for thew heck of it.

With that being said here’s an avocado hair mask I’ve meaning to put up for a while now but would also get sidetracked by homework. I use this every time before washing my hair and brings such a difference and life to my sometimes dry hair. I flipping ADORE this. Maybe you will too! You’ll thank me later, well not really me but my mom, I’ll let you know why soon.

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What you need:

1 half avocado
1 large egg yolk
2-3 tbsp of olive oil
honey (optional)(if you have ombre/or highlights and want it to be a brighter look; add some lemon juice).

What you need to do:

First, make sure you take the avocado before someone goes off and eats it before you even get to make the mask. Yeah, it’s happened to me like twice.

Alright, then take the half of that avocado and empty it out on a plate (make sure it’s ripe because it’s smoother and easier to mix) take a spoon and mash that bad boy up. Once that is mixed together take your egg yolk and mix it in with the mashed avocado until well combined. Lastly, take your olive oil and honey, mix it in your avocado hair mask. You’ll know it’s done until its a smooth consistency, it should be a bit thick. Place it in the microwave for about 10 to 15 seconds just to give it a little warmth and it’ll feel good, trust me.

Then, starting from your scalp, apply the hair mask deep into the scalp and work your way around your head. Once you have covered your entire head and have some left over place them on your ends OR on your face (which will leave your skin feeling smooth plus avocado is known to be anti-wrinkles helps reduce them. Place your hair into a small bun, and cover it in a shower cap (if you do not have a plastic bag works just as fine) and ten go on about your business. You can go cook, clean, paint your nails and watch some Lifetime movies (me) and do what you want and enjoy yourself. You can leave this hair mask on for hours yes hours. But if you’re not like me and want to move it along the minimum is 15 minutes to leave this hair mask sitting. When you’re done doing whatever your doing go hop in that shower. Wash the hair mask off, and then scrub your hair down with your favorite shampoo … basically do whatever you would do to wash your hair with the shampoo and conditioner all of the usual things. And THERE it’s done! Either leave it to air dry, blowdry then flat iron or do some rollers and go under the dryer for an hour (like I do) wrap it up and the next day BOOM you will be looking like a billion bucks with nice silky hair and roots 🙂 Also I can’t forget to mention, for me personally, I’ve seen growth occur faster once I cut my hair to shoulders length in the summer, so yeah it’s not only good for your hair to be nice and smooth but helps you grow it as well. Also thanks, to my mom who watches a morning show every Saturday and writes down some of the recipes they give out for your skin, hair etc … I use to think it was stupid until I tried and it actually worked.

Reasons why this mask is amazing:

Avocado is a true super food! It has many nutrients and vitamins which is good for the body that really does need it. It also serves as so many benefits for your hair and I will definitely name a few so you can see it’s not only for one specific hair type. I for one tend to have dry hair and sometimes pretty itchy and the different benefits that I have read have shown me that they would work wonders on my hair and it has. It’s a great dandruff treatment. I’ve tried this on my brother who had this issue and now I don’t even need to put any one him because his hair has totally changed. You probably read this and said “oh crap! I don’t have dry hair so now I cant do this” well guess what you’re wrong. It works for shiny hair as well the only difference is you’ll only need the ripe avocado obviously, coconut oil and a yolk. This mask will dry the hair a bit and add some volume into it. And let’s not forget about the frizzy hair it helps it keep it tame and in its place. Like I first mentioned it’s great to use as a face mask as well it helps dry, dehydrated skin. If you get into that habit of applying it this and washing it off every night before you go to bed you will feel and see such a difference on your skin in a matter of days. If you can oily skin I wouldn’t recommend this it will probably make you break out because the oil in the avocado is very absorbent and nourishing.

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DIY Lip Scrub!

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Ever wake up to, terrible looking dry chapped lips? Because I don’t know it’s winter time? Sound familiar? If so we’re on the same boat, you are in luck because today I am going to show you one way (one) of my favorite way to exfoliate my lips with a lip scrub, but without having to do out and buying one. The thing is: I am 100% certain you have these items laying around in your kitchen cabinet somewhere trust me. This is one of those DIY’s that ARE simple that I honestly don’t have to even explain to you how to do so because I will simply tell you what you need and all you need to do is combine and you’re finished! Nevertheless, lip scrubs are very much needed on these freezing cold winter days, chapped lips simply suck and are unattractive to look at! With that being said make your own! It’s ridiculously easy and you only need things that you have.

Things you will need.

  • A small plate
  • white or brown sugar (whichever sugar you use)
  • coconut oil
  • honey
  • half lime

Mix everything together in your small plate and mix mix mix. And there you have it! If you don’t have coconut oil you can substitute olive oil. Also: Remember to apply your  lip balm after scrubbing your lip scrub off!

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Once you mix it all leave it sitting on your lips for 2 minutes. Have a napkin in hand it tends to get a little messy.ess

Easy Way to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

It’s finals week and needed to take a break and do a post so here it is. If you’re anything like me you have a serious problem getting up and cleaning your makeup brushes. I can get rather lazy, and completely try to forget that they need some cleaning and I’m talking weeks of no cleaning them and then I wonder when I put on makeup it goes on rather weird. But yea I did say weeks I can go with without cleaning them which can be bad as well all know and the product keeps adding on and on and on … That, right there is a big no no, because the germs and bacteria that can evolve on you brushes after using them a few times.

As you may know keeping your brushes clean helps along with maintain healthy skin because no bacteria will get to your face.For us non makeup artists, it is said to be good to clean your brushes weekly to prevent many things shadows not going on right, colors mixing and just have good skin overall. Taking care of your brushes equals them last for a long time. Hopefully these are helpful. There are also makeup brush cleaners that tend to be more on the expensive side of things and are obviously simpler and easier  to clean, the shampoo will do the same job unless you want to make sure your brushes are in tip top shape and buy some of those expensive products. Read below for my quick tips on cleaning them!

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Things you will need:

  • Lukewarm running water
  • Head and shoulders shampoo / or any shampoo you use that’s good quality
  • Dirty brushes
  • Small plate
  • A clean towel

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  1. You’ll need to squeeze some shampoo (just a little) onto a clean small plate before dipping your brush head to it.
  2. first, you’ll need to let your brush run through the lukewarm warm for about a minute. Then dip your brush had to the shampoo.
  3. For this step make sure the palm of your hand is clean, you will swirl the head of the brush in the palm of your hand, you will start to see the color that was on the brush on your hand and sink.
  4. Then with the brush downward and your palm keep swirling until you see and feel no more shampoo of the brush. Squeeze to make sure it is clear.
  5. Lastly, lay your brushes to dry on the towel. Let them dry out for about a day, overnight.

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