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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Natural Hair: Black Friday 2015 Sales

Hey Curlies,

Happy Thanksgiving!

Make sure you eat up today and spend lots of time with loved ones because here is my annual Black Friday shopping guide for tomorrow. Here you can find online deals for natural hair products and tools. Check back for more sales throughout the day. You're welcome!

natural hair black friday sales 2015

Alikay Naturals

Natural hair black friday 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Natural Hair: 7 Hairstyles for Thanksgiving

Hey Curlies,

It's Thanksgiving and you all know what that means.. you'll have to see family members you don't normally see on a regular basis and of course, somebody has something to say about your hair...but I have 7 hairstyles for Thanksgiving.
The foolery I saw on Facebook today...
While their comments truly don't matter, I do want you all to attend these occasions looking your best, so if you're still stumped for a hairstyle...I've got a few options for you.

hairstyles for thanksgiving

If you're looking to prepare your hair tonight:

A bantu knot out may not be a bad idea if you have time on your hands. The longer you leave them in, the better they turn out. See how I got my best bantu knot out here.

bantu knot out on natural hair

If you feel like being fancy, how about a creative updo. This can be a cute pinup style or a series of small puffs. Click here to get styling details.

updo for natural hair

A twistout on stretched hair is always a good option as you get to show off some length. This is one of my favorite styles. Get details on my favorite stretched twistout here.

stretched twistout

If it's Thanksgiving morning and you are pressed for time:

You can't go wrong with a classy high puff, great earrings and lip color. This style is very easy and takes just a couple of minutes. See my latest high puff on damp hair here.

high puff on natural hair

Even if you can't flat twist or french braid, there are a variety of ways to pull off a crown. This cute protective style takes only a few bobby pins and a mean tuck and roll. Get details here.

A pack of Marley hair costs less than $5 and this could be your saving grace if it's almost time to visit relative's homes. Purchase a pack at your local beauty supply store and create a mega bun. See my latest bun.

big marley bun

If all else fails and you're cooking, simply rock a turban and call it a day. Below is one of my favorite ways to wear a headscarf.

Hope this helps!

Natural Hair: New Curlformers Sets

Hey Curlies,

New product alert! We've got new curlformers! I'm not sure if you know this or not, but of course I have to keep you all up to date on the latest natural hair news. You can now create barrel, spiral and corkscrew curls. Previous to this, you could only create spiral curls using the hair tool.
new curlformers
Corkscrew Curlformers

I think this is a cool update and it gives us lots of styling options now.  There are also styling kits available.

Curlformers styling kit
The kit above comes with 40 long and wide Curlformers, a satin vanity bag, 2 styling hooks and application instructions.

While I have never actually used the Curlformers brand, I have used knock off versions to create very similar spiral curls. Check out a few photos below and to see more, click here.

curlformers on natural hair


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Beauty & Fashion: My RocksBox

Hey Curlies,

I wanted to show you all my new RocksBox, its a jewelry kit that allows you to rent specific pieces related to your taste, return them whenever you're ready and order a new kit.

RocksBox review

This is a sponsored post.

Here are a few photos from my first kit.

RocksBox kit

Overall I thought the items were very cute and reflected the style of item I mentioned on my wish list. If you find yourself buying jewelry and only wearing each piece only once, check out RocksBox.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Natural Hair: Style of the Week–High Puff

Hey Curlies,

Here is my natural hair style of the week:

This was a very eventful weekend for me. I went on a home tour with a new friend (I love HGTV), did a little shopping and even hung out with a woman I'd like to call my second mom. I still got a chance to do something to my hair.

high puff on natural hair

I decided to go with a very high puff, which is easy to do and pretty stylish.

I washed my hair using Bask & Bloom's Gentle Cleanser, conditioned with TRESemme Naturals conditioner and styled with Bask & Bloom's Conditioning Hair Tonic and More Moisture Cream.

I made my puff on wet hair after applying the last two products. I then tied a scarf on for about an hour. Here were the results from this afternoon.

puff on natural hair

pineapple natural hair

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Eighth-Grader Sent To Principal’s Office For Her Natural Hair Being 'Too Poofy'

Hey Curlies,

This is crazy, right? This is just one of the dozen cases where I've seen children being harassed because of their hair style. What happened?

student sent home because natural hair
via Huffington Post
A principal at a school in Toronto, Canada brought an eighth grader to tears after she was told her hair was "too poofy" and "unprofessional."

The even more sad part about it is, the student's hair is absolutely beautiful and if they have the nerve to say that to a child, what do people say to other adults in the workplace who may wear their natural hair?

The story is posted on Huffington Post and was written by Taryn Finley. Read the full story here.

Its disgusting....thoughts?

Monday, November 9, 2015

Natural Hair: Bask & Bloom Essentials Product Review

Hey Curlies,

I'd like to introduce you all to a new line of products I've been using for the past two weeks. I'm all about supporting small, local and grassroots businesses and Bask & Bloom Essentials, LLC is just that. Headed by Candera, the brand was previously called L.A.C.E (Ladies Always Create Excitement) but as of October the brand has changed its name and added in a few more high-quality products.

Bask & Bloom Essentials product review

Before I start, I'd like to say I was not paid to conduct this review but I was given the products for free due to my previous relationship with the brand and I chose to do a review because it's one I truly believe in.

Bask and Bloom product review

I received four Bask & Bloom products:

  • More Moisture Cream
  • Nourishing Amazon Hair & Body Butter
  • Gentle Herbal Cleanser
  • Conditioning Hair Tonic
I wanted to use the products on my hair at least twice before I gave you all my honest review. I'll start product by product...

More Moisture Cream
This is probably one of my favorites of the entire line. I love that this product can be used as a a leave-in conditioner or a styler. The best smells so good! It's a light a fluffy texture that did not weigh my hair down but gave it enough kick to stay moisturized. I also learned I only need to use a small amount of make a difference in my hair. Awesome product!

Nourishing Amazon Hair & Body Butter
I actually just began using this product last week as a body moisturizer after my showers and wonder why it took me so long to use it! I normally use coconut oil as a moisturizer after my shower but after opening the butter's jar just to take a look at it, the amazing smell made me curious. It smells so good...seriously! It was very moisturizing and a thick consistency (just like a butter) and very good for the winter months. 
The only thing I wish I had was jar so was small. (haha) Just means I'll have to buy a bigger jar.

Gentle Herbal Cleanser
I liked that this shampoo contain great ingredients like Rhassoul Clay, Yarrow Root, Nettle Leaf Extract, Coconut Oil and Avocado Oil. I massaged my scalp with my finger tips and lightly scrubbed with my shampoo brush just once and my scalp was clean. This product didn't have any specific great smells to it, but it worked!

Conditioning Hair Tonic
I'm actually still working on this one. I used this product along with the More Moisture Cream before styling and the two work really well together. Give me a little more time and I'm sure I'll have more to say on this one!

Overall, ingredients matter and this line makes high-quality ingredients a priority and that's something I appreciate. I get tired, and I'm sure you do too, of products made with "fillers" and shear butter or coconut oil as the last ingredient. Bask & Bloom doesn't use any synthetic fragrances and their products are free from parabens, sulfates, petrolatum, formaldehyde and mineral oil.

I give Bask & Bloom Essentials, LLC five stars!

Want to try these or other products yourself, here's your discount code to use until BASK15 for 15 % off until this Saturday (Nov. 14).