Monthly Archives: July 2014

July 10, 2014

My curly hair essentials

FacebookTwitterGoogle+Share

photo
If you have curly hair, you know the struggle to find products that work for you and your pocket. I’ve been on the hunt for a simple curly hair routine, and I’ve stumbled upon a few products that seem to work for me.

Curly hair is known for being one of the driest hair types. I think the L’oreal EverCurl Hydracharge Leave-in Cream has been the best at managing the dryness  and frizziness thus far, without any gel or any follow-up product. I apply to damp or 2nd day hair and scrunch. PERFECTION! Its also affordable and it works like a dream! It is also sulfate –free, which gets 5 stars in my book.

Although the EverCurl Leave-in is fine on its own, for extra hold, I follow-up with the infamous Kinky Curly Curling Custard. Now I know a lot of curlies have a love hate relationship with this product…too crunchy…too dry. But the trick is to use on damp hair, proceeding a leave-in and only use a little bit. I know how you can get crazy when applying product to your hair #productjunkies. With the KCCC, less is more. And of course, a curly hair routine would never be complete without some kind of oil.

Almond oil has been my new favorite oil for my hair mostly because it has a milder scent than the coconut oil. I’ve also noticed more hair growth with almond oil. It seals in the moisture in my opinion, a little better than coconut oil (benefits of almond oil in a later post). I apply some almond oil on my scalp as well as the ends of my hair. It helps promote hair growth and seals in the moisture even in the most humid temperatures. It also improves the overall health of your hair.

I’ve also loved the Turbie Twist Microfiber Super Absorbent Hair Towel for drying your hair. It prevents breakage due to the microfiber material. Its also very easy to use right after you get out of the shower so your hair doesn’t drip everywhere. You can also use an old t-shirt, but the Turbie Twist is obviously easier to use. Also, it dries your hair like a charm.

And of course, I saved the best for last. The salvation of every hair type…Macadamia Deep Repair Masque!! I cannot begin to explain how much this product has done for my hair. It repairs heat damage, adds shine, makes your hair softer, improves the overall health of your hair and of course, it smells soo good. I’ve been using this product for 3 years and it never fails me. I use it about 2-3 times a week, sometimes I add coconut oil to the mask but generally I use it alone as its very easy and convenient. If you are looking for a product to give your hair a boost, then the Macadamia Deep Repair Masque is the one.

Hope this helps, also feel free to post your favorite curly hair essentials below.

P.S Click the links to go directly to the product, these are the cheapest sites I’ve found so far. 

signature

 

July 2, 2014

Night time skin regimen

skincare

Before I go to bed, I make sure to always give my skin a little love. I start off by removing all my makeup with a makeup wipe, Im currently using Alba Botanica towelettes, then I follow up with Aveeno Positively Radiant Brightening Cleanser to make sure my face is throughly clean. After I get out the shower, I follow up with some coconut oil, while my pores are still open, then I put on my EOS lip balm and thats it. Easy breezy. Now, if you have acne or oily skin stay tuned to my upcoming posts.

Sleep easy.

signature

July 1, 2014

Five tips for transitioners

So background info on my hair, I have a 3B-3C curl pattern but I cut, colored and keratin my hair a million times in the past couple years. Looking back, nothing was really wrong with it, I just wanted a change. I got the change, but with 99 problems following. My hair was three different textures…curly, wavy and straight (#transitioningproblems). Along this journey though, I found some useful tips that helped me transition.

– Just let it go- sometimes we focus more on the length of our hair than the quality of it. Lets just say that your hair isn’t going anywhere, if your ends are jacked up. You just need to cut those straight ends off, gradually or all at once, your choice.

– Lay low on the hot tools- I would straighten my hair constantly so I wouldn’t have to deal with the two textures. Don’t do it…it’s a trap. You’d end up damaging your hair even more, and your curls would take a longer time to be restored.

– Keeping your curls healthy- you can start by doing regular hair masks, I’m in love with the coconut milk hair mask. Also, hot oil treatments like coconut oil or almond oil are great easy ones. Masks and hot oil treatments should be done at least once a week. And if you don’t have the time for a DIY mask, Macadamia Deep Repair masque works amazing.

– Protective styling- the key to transitioning is to keep your hair healthy at all times, especially the new growth. Top knots, braids, buns, are all good examples of styles that prevent your hair from breaking. Remember transitioning hair is like a woman, it is usually very fragile and can snap if you don’t treat it right. 😉

– Using the right styling products- you want to use products that give the most definition. Kinky Curly Curling Custard, Mixed Chicks leave-in conditioner are good examples of products that give the most definition to the most stubborn curls.

And the best tip of all is to be patient…it is sometimes very frustrating, especially with different textures and little to no hair growth. But with some patience and consistency, you’ll be there in no time.

Best of luck,

signature