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Productive Love – And Hate

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I’m not talking about a love-hate relationship with your hair, I’m talking about the struggle to find a product or technique that works for you!


Here’s some products and techniques I’ve come to love:

1. Pin-curling – this was a surprise, because I was always a ride or die wrap girl. After straightening my hair, I’d immediately feel the urge to wrap, then tie it up. But I recently tried pin curling and I liked it! My hair is really thick, so sometimes brushing and combing  just encourages it to poof up. The added bonus is more curl and body to your style.

2. I still love the good ole Creme of Nature shampoo. I don’t shampoo often (I usually wash with conditioner), but when I do – the smell actually calms me and it cleans my hair without stripping it.

3. Leaving some conditioner in my hair when I rinse. This gives more definition, shine and moisture to my curls. Please try it, if you don’t already.


Here’s some that truly irk me:

1. Parachute brand coconut oil –  I’d heard a lot of great things about what this brand does for your hair. BUT, to me it stinks to high heaven!! I’m a firm believer that I can find a pleasant smelling alternative to any product.  STANK products keep me awake at night. no thanks! lol

2. Ego Styler Gel – I actually thought I liked this at first, I even really wanted to like this brand (it’s cheaper than most). But after awhile I noticed that my hair wasn’t as shiny and that it was causing a lot of build-up and flaking. I’m back to using my first love, IC Fantasia olive oil gel.

The good news is that with practice or a tweak, some of the products or techniques you hate can woo you into giving them a second chance.You might learn to love them!

The harsh reality? Some things just aren’t for you. Whether it be because of your hair texture, type or the fact that certain products don’t take a liking to you hair – you may have to count it as a productive loss. You realize it aint working, but now you know to move on!

What are you loving or hating at the moment?

Are some of my loves on your hate list (or vice versa)? Please share!

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The Journey Begins – Again

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I know, I know – I’ve been away too long.

All I have to say is grad school and two jobs is a quick way to run yourself ragged! I can’t wait until the holidays.

But even though you haven’t heard much from me, I’ve had lots to say!

One of the things I have to show you though,  is pics of my starting point length. As you know, I did the big chop a little over a month ago and am 100 percent natural. While I am in love with my newly natural locks, I wanted to share a big mistake I made while straightening…

I half-assed it with the blow-drying.

It is imperative that you straighten natural hair as much as possible while drying. You can do this through a number of methods. Stretching your hair while drying it over night (twist, knots, banding), blow-drying with a comb attachment or a Deman brush, and the list goes on. I should have known better, but my hair was still semi curly after I blew it out quickly. This is why it took 3 hours for me to straighten my hair. I had issues when the iron got  to my ends, where my curls just sat.

So, while my hair came out pretty nice – I had to learn the long, hard way to prep my natural hair before I even attempt to pass a flat iron through it.

Anyways, here are the results.

Keep in mind, this is my starting point! 100 percent natural- 12 months worth of growth.

I’m still getting used to it being shorter, but I’m sure I’ll retain more length now that my transition is over.

I actually think I’ve noticed that its grown a bit since I got it cut last month. As you’ll see, there’s no color left in my hair- it all got cut out.

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straight - back

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My little pony. lol

So here’s my official starting point – more to come, so hang tight!

:: Grow on ::

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Hair Mavens: Chrishell Stubbs

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This hair maven’s mane is no joke. Chrishell Stubbs is originally from Turks and Caicos, and has graced the pages of Teen Vogue and modeled for Gap and Levi. I really couldn’t find that much info on her, so don’t for guilty for just gawking at her gorgeous hair – I left you no choice!

I love how versatile her hair is – looks like a curly 3c/4a type that kinks up when manipulated. And I know all about curls that go poof!

:: Enjoy ::

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