Review: Motions NEW Straight Finish Line [Video]

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One of the cool things about natural hair, is its versatility. The fact that strands can go from curly to straight, then bounce back to beautiful curls is pretty awesome.

Recently, Motions contacted me to review their new Straight Finish “Curly to Straight” collection. I’ve heard great things about this system, so I was very excited to give it a try myself.

I used to straighten my hair at home myself pretty frequently. But because it’s time consuming and difficult to get it as straight as my stylist does at the salon, I don’t attempt as often anymore. Call it laziness.

The 411

The Straight Finish collection is a three step system providing women with natural curls, the option to straighten their much-loved curls, without losing them forever. (Funny, because I always test a straightening product based on how well my curls bounce back. I’ve been a victim of heat damage and would prefer not to go back down that road again.) The unique, smoothing, salon-tested formulas — with a blend of natural oils and Keratin Protein — PREP, PROTECT, and SEAL natural curly hair, allowing for optimal straightening results.

Motions claims that “the Bounce Back Formula preps, protects and seals your hair so your hair will return to its natural curly texture after one wash.”

Review

Before picture. My curls have been fighting dryness with all this harsh winter air. I’m looking for moisture, protection, and shiny results from the Motions kit.

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Step one

Take the Straight Finish Cleanser ($6.99) and gently massage it into your hair to create a generous lather. The cleanser will condition your hair making it more manageable when you begin to blow dry. I love that the cleanser includes a blend of Shea Butter, Soy Bean Oil, and Keratin Protein for optimal conditioning.

Step two

Talk about shrinkage! Isn’t it crazy how much length you have when your curls are straightened out?

Next I squeezed a thick dollop of the Straight Finish Leave-in Conditioner ($6.99) in the palm of my hand, and applied it all over from root to the end. This adds a layer of moisturizers that protect the hair; including a blend of Argan Oil, Coconut Oil, and Keratin Protein.

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I like to use a diffuser attachment on my blow dryer and a paddle brush. I point the diffuser on the dryer downward as I dry my hair and start from the root making sure not to concentrate too much heat on my ends.

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Step three

Now it’s time to seal the shaft and minimize wiry ends leaving a luminous shine with the Straight Finish Sealer ($6.99). This formula contains a blend of Argan Oil, Almond Oil, and Keratin Protein. Dispense 1 to 2 pumps of serum into the palm of your hand and finger comb through your hair before your start flat ironing or curling. This is the result of my hair after blow drying … and it feels light, soft, and bouncy already!

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……… and for the FINAL RESULTS!!

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I am so pleased with the final results of my hair! The final review will be the bounce back after I wash my strands next week (I’ll keep you posted on that). The new Straight to Finish line is super affordable with each product retailing for $6.99. You can find them on www.motionshair.com .

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MOTIONS STRAIGHT FINISH BENEFITS

*Offers styling versatility to women with natural hair — curly, straight and back again.
*Helps alleviate natural hair concerns such as “shrinkage”.
*Provides optimal straightening results with a smooth, frizz-reduced finish.
*Non-permanent — curl pattern will bounce back immediately after one wash.

I want you to see the movement and body and the full step by step process by watching the video tutorial below! Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven’t already!

10 Things Not To Say At Work

I love reading a great article to get you motivated and inspired for the week to come. Today I want to share something I read over at Refinery29 titled, “10 Things Not to Say at Work”.

I really enjoyed reading this article because I noticed a few of the “things not to say at work” are or have been things I’ve said at work. 2014 is the year to work on a better, improved you. Why not start with your career? As a woman, we should make our presence known when walking into a room and work on owning our thoughts, ideas, and feedback with confidence. Here are the seven phrases that stuck out to me the most. 

1. Does that make sense?

Many women end their statements with, “Does that make sense?” or “Do you know what I mean?”. We do this because we want to make sure we were understood, but this phrasing suggests you think you were incoherent. Instead, ask your listeners, “What are your thoughts?” or say, “Let me know if you have questions about this” instead of the undermining, “Did that make sense?”

2. Just

"I just want to check in and see…" "I’m just concerned that…" We insert justs because we’re worried about coming on too strong, but they make the speaker sound defensive, a little whiny and tentative. Drop ‘em!

3. Just a minute and Just a little bit

"I’d like to take just a few minutes of your time" or "I’d like to tell you a little bit about our new product." Sure, be efficient and succinct — and don’t take up more time than you need — but drop the apologetic words about infringing on another person’s time. What you have to share is important and worthwhile; convey that, instead.  

4. Sorry, but …

"Sorry to bother you but…" "Sorry if this is a silly question, but…" Don’t aplogize for taking up space, or for having something to say. 

5. Undermining qualifiers

"I’m just thinking off the top of my head, but…" or "You all have been thinking about this a lot longer than I have, but…" or "I’m no expert, but…" Don’t tell people why what you are about to say is likely to be wrong. Lead with confidence in the knowledge that your ideas and insights matter.

6. Rushing and piling on the words

When we don’t feel we have the right to take up space in a meeting or conversation, we tend to rush through our words. We also tend to pile up phrases into one long string — instead of using concise sentences with clear endings. Short sentences and brief pauses between those sentences connote confidence and sense of comfort in the role of speaker. They also allow the listener to absorb what you are saying and give you a moment to gather a deep breath and collect your thoughts. Punctuate and pause. 

7. Shrinking your space

This isn’t about speech patterns, but it does change the way people react to what you’re saying. Notice if the way you sit or stand shrinks the amount of physical space you are taking up. Take up room, uncross your hands or arms, sit tall, and make eye contact. Basically, be noticed. 

For the full article on “10 Things Not To Say At Work”, visit the Refinery29 site here

**photo and article content courtesy of Refinery29**


Which one of these “10 Things Not To Say At Work” will you be working on in 2014?

Threads of the Day: Gucci Prepster

"I woke up like dis, I woke up like dis … we flawless." Has anyone else been overdosing on the new Beyonce album? Her album has been on repeat in my house since she had me wake up in the middle of the night to download it off iTunes. Speaks volumes doesn’t it?

Just like her album caters to her various personalities, from sex pot to jealous girlfriend, I believe a woman approaches her wardrobe the same way. We dress according to the personality that wakes us up in the morning. This morning, my prepster personality decided to shine. 

Thread list:

Trench Coat: Banana Republic
Cashmere Sweater: Nordstrom
Jeans: Citizens of Humanity
Boots: Gucci  

I appreciate simple style. A great pair of jeans, boots, a casual sweater, and statement jacket looks clean and to the point. Funny because I asked for this trench coat for Christmas when I was in college (way before I knew how to style it, but still style savvy), and this is probably the third time I’ve worn it. Next time I plan to rock it with a fitted dress underneath and sharp stiletto pumps or a sexy sandal when the weather warms back up.

I like to invest in pieces that will be timeless. I splurged on these Gucci boots last Fall and absolutely love them. I don’t wear them enough because I don’t want to scuff them up (giggles). The gold studs on the heel add the perfect dose of rockstar edge to my outfits, and the soft burgundy leather is to die for. 

I have been having a really great twist out week. My stylist used Ouidad products on my hair this last visit and I loved the results! I’ll be back with more news on what worked out in my hair.

So tomorrow, wake up and be flawless! What’s your favorite song off the new Beyonce album?