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Just Because…

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Julie Hewett cosmetics

I want this.

I’m really not into makeup, as far as everyday wear goes, and I even tried to get into it in undergrad by buying a lot of it — that didn’t work.

I just ended up with a whole bunch of stuff that I still have now.

BUT, I firmly believe that every girl needs to have the basics, and when I go out, I do know how to work the basics.

FYI – A little eye drama does wonders – you can always tell in pictures.

But, what I like about this product, is that it’s a 2-in-1  no fuss type of deal . I love pink hues, and I’m set to go out with a nice lip, some mascara and liner, and some color to the cheeks. Julie Hewett “Cheekie” cheek and lip shine covers more than one base —  it’s also free of petroleum and made with organic camellia oil.

The little brush is cute too ;>

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BIG CHOP RESULTS!!

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I really am estatic with the results.

Not only am I wondering why I was ever worried to do the big chop, but I’m ridiculously happy that a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. The entire experience really was freeing.

For now, I’m just going to post up the results because I really am tired. I need some sleep!

But for the record- I luvs me some Anthony Dickey. He loves natural hair and it shows in his workmanship. I was having so much fun, that by the time he started cutting my hair I barely realized it.

I know that sounds crazy, but its true. All the nervousness was gone. I was ready.

Here are some pics after the cut:

He used products from his Hair Rules line, of course – the cleansing cream, quench deep conditioner, Curly Whip, and a finishing cream. I bought the Curly Whip because it really is the truth. It gives me hold, without the hardness of most gels (even alcohol free ones). All the other products were great, but to be honest, they’re pricey and my at- home products work just fine, thank you very much. lol

To make a long story short, the style was achieved by a good cut, and the Curly Whip product on wet hair. The trick is to not mess with your hair while it’s wet. The way your kinks or curls look at this time, is how they will dry if you leave them alone.

Dickey also carries another product, kinky curling cream that may be ideal for your texture, if you think Curly Whip isn’t your cup of tea.

All I need to do is get under a hooded dryer (or use a diffuser if short on time), then fluff my curls out and go.

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Just in case you forgot, I was mainly wearing my hair in a protective style (or occasionally straight). I did experiment with different curly styles while transitioning, but I honestly thought my straight ends always stood out from the rest of my hair, no matter how I styled it.

Maybe I didn’t have enough patience, maybe I was being too picky – but at the time, I didn’t have a problem with pulling my hair back, so it wasn’t really a big deal or issue for me

BUT THAT’S ALL A THING OF THE PAST. I can honestly say that I’m even more in love with my hair, now that I’m fully natural…and this is only the beginning.

The whole experience was like a breath of fresh air and I’m actually surprised with the growth I retained in 11 months. Not bad.

The cut helped me see that I was really getting somewhere.

Although this definitely marks a new chapter,  there’s still plenty more growth and progress in store.

:: Grow on ::

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THE BIG CHOP

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You know what time it is.

Next week I’m cutting off my dead hair. I call it “dead” because after I wash it, it just hangs there– limp, boring and weighing down my natural texture.

It’s time for a relaxer free chapter. All or nothing.

I contemplated transitioning for a lot longer, but over the last couple of months I’ve been wanting more options.

Plus, now that I’m back in NY, there’s so many salons I want to try that I’ve been curious about.

I have an appointment at Anthony Dickey’s Hair Rules Salon and I’m not only excited, but I’m ready to do this.

I could do the big chop my self, but I don’t want to. I want to do it big, and treat myself to an awesome cut so my hair will have an awesome start (being fully natural, for the first time in a long time).

I’m not sure of the exact date of my last chemical relaxer, but I guesstimate that it’s been about 11 months. Almost a year, and I think I have a fair amount of hair to work with. It’s time to celebrate.

I’ll keep this post short and sweet.

Look out for hair updates next Tues or Wed, plus my salon review!

Can’t wait to share :)

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