Natural Hair, Skin, & Style Questions Answered From Readers

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Hey guys! Thanks for tuning in and asking for advice! I’m more than happy to help and I thought it would be easier to answer some of your questions from this week all together. So, here it goes!

"Hi doll! Do you use heat rollers?"

No maam.

"Hi I totally love your hair it’s so beautiful I been natural for 5 years now but would straighten it often, which resulted it to have heat damage since then I haven’t applied any heat to my hair. I’ve been getting so bored of my natural hair colour that I really want to get it highlighted similar to your hair colour or have my entire hair dyed black which one would be the best decision for my hair?" 

Thank youuu! Well I don’t know what you or your hair looks like to give you a proper suggestion lol, but I say if you prefer to wear your hair straight, then dye it black. I did a black rinse on my hair for years and it gave my hair a lot of recovery time to be nice, shiny, and healthy. I’m also totally down for color (obviously lol), so start with some subtle highlights and say no to heat for a while. It’s also really important to go to a stylist that takes extra good care of your hair whether colored or not! Deep conditioners and leave-in conditioners should be your best friend when wearing it natural (one my favorites lines for conditions is Mixed Chicks). Good luck! 

"You are so gorgeous I love your haircut so beautiful ! I want to know what products do you use for your beautiful flawless skin ?" 

Why thank ya lovely :) See this post and this post and this post for what I faithfully use to take my makeup off err day. 

"Hi!! What’s your ethnicity?" 

Hi! I’m African American :) 

"What would you suggest wearing to your bestfriend’s college graduation? The ceremony will be outdoors, in low 70 to high 80 degree weather." 

I would go for a nice easy breezy sundress and strappy sandals and take a cardigan or scarf in case it’s a little chilly. Always better to be safe than sorry. I would also do a pair of high waist trousers and a chic blouse and heels. Simple and effortless is always the best way to go. For some affordable options, check out Forever21, Zara, H&M, or TJ Maxx :)

"Hey Gorgeous! I am 23 with oily/acne prone skin. Do you have any suggestions for a good oil free moisturizer to apply under my foundation?"

Hey there gorgeous :) I’ve been using Olay Complete Moisturizer with spf 15 and Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with spf 15 for years and it’s never done me wrong. Check out this post and this post on how to get maximum usage out of your moisturizer. I have combination/oily skin so they should work for you too! 

"I’m so in love with your hair! It looks so healthy. Which products do you use and how often ? Do you sleep with a cap or something or do you leave it like that ? Xx"

Ahhhh, I use so many products! lol But some products that I’m loyal to is Mixed Chicks leave-in conditioner. I use it all over after I wash my hair and I use it to refresh my hair in the back and on the sides pretty much every day. For the top of my hair I switch it up and do a two-strand twist every other night using either Dark & Lovely Au Naturale 10-in-1 Gelée, Twisted Sista Curl Activator, or Dr. Miracle Curl Care Strong Hold Gel. For moisture I’ve been using Carol’s Daughter Monoi Split End Sealer (after I wash my hair), and I’ll mix in Elasta QP’s Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisturizer with one of the styling products I mentioned. For shine, I use a little Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum as I take my two strand twist out every day. Yes, that was a lot lol. 

"Hello McKenzie! I’m new to your blog, tried to find your everyday makeup routine/products but no luck. I would say you and I are around the same complextion. I was wondering if you would share with me your products for your daily makeup routine. Thanks in advance! Shakira"

Hi Shakira, I’ll do an updated post on that for you ;) 

"Hi, I would like to know about your professional color. Is the blonde in the front growing out or did you purposely highlight the front? I am taking your blog to the salon with me (ha!) so I can give my stylist some ideas of what I want. Please let me know. Thanks! BrownFace" 

Hi BrownFace :) Because I’ve colored my hair so much, a lot of the look is from the grown out process and I just add to it (that’s why it turns into custom color). Recently I had the tips highlighted a little more to give me more blonde. 

**I’ll do this more often for you guys so I can try to get everyone’s questions answered! Don’t be scurred to send pics so I can see exactly what you’re talking about ;) (I have to do these awkward watermarks now because of picture theft! You understand lol)


Two-Strand Twist Out Using New Products

Ok loves, I posted this on my Instagram but also wanted to share with you ladies on le blog on some of the new products I’ve been using for my two-strand twist out.

I tried a mixture of products this time from Carol’s Daughter, Mixed Chicks, and Twisted Sista and I was very pleased with the results!

Here’s what I used:

1. Eden Natural Hair Oil in Peppermint Tea Tree (got in my curlBOX subscription).
2. Twisted Sista Curl Activator Cream (can be found at Walmart)
3. Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioner (can be found at Target)
4. Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Sulfate-free Shampoo (can be found online)
5. Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner (can be found online)

Ahhh unruly brows! lol jk

So here’s what I did … my technique hasn’t changed too much from when I first showed you my twist out back in my blonde days. Maybe just a tad bit bigger sections.

I washed my hair with the Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla shampoo (which smells amazing btw and also didn’t leave that “too-squeaky clean” feeling on my strands). Then I followed up with my favorite deep conditioner by Mixed Chicks and left it on for about 10 minutes and rinsed. After washing and conditioning, I gently dabbed by hair with a towel, and sprayed the Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla leave-in conditioner generously in my hair. Followed that up with my Twisted Sista Curl Activator and again applied a generous amount to the top part (the longest) and a little bit on the sides and back. 

After gently finger combing the products through my hair, I take about 1-1/2 inch sections, separate it, then twist it all the way to the end. I do this on just the areas of my head where the hair is longest. Just for a little extra TLC and scalp love, I sprayed the Eden’s Natural Peppermint Hair Oil on a few open scalp areas and massaged it in with my fingers. Tingly hehe

Pop a bonnet on and go to sleep …. eight hours later, I gently unravel the twists with a little bit of serum on my fingertips to give it a little extra shine and to control any frizz. If you find that you’re hair isn’t all the way dry, take a diffuser and hit the spots that are still damp, then take the twists out.

Here’s the finished product….I’m happy :)

I want to hear about some of your favorite products you use to two-strand twist your hair … or your favorite products in general! Leave them in the comments so I can check them out :)

xoxo

Product Review: Huetiful Hair Steamer

I’ve had my Huetiful Hair Steamer for a few months now and have only broken it out a few times because I never allow myself enough time to really sit & relax at home and give myself a deep conditioning treatment (bad, I know).

I decided to give my hair some lovin’ yesterday and whipped out my steamer. The Huetiful Hair Steamer is absolutely great for strands that are screaming for extra moisture! It’s specifically designed to resolve dry hair, breakage, split ends, and scalp itch/discomfort. 

Here are the benefits listed on the Huetiful site:

-Restores moisture to your dry hair 5x better than deep conditioners or hair treatments alone.
-Replenishes moisture lost from chemical or heat treatments.
-Reduces future breakage and split ends caused by dry hair.

My Review:

The Set Up:
After washing, conditioning, and combing through my hair, I applied my Mixed Chicks deep conditioner to leave in during the steam treatment. I set up the steamer, which was super easy to do, and waited for the water to boil, signaling that the steamer was ready.

The Process:
I sat under the hood for 15 minutes (the alarm on the steamer will beep to let you know when your time is up). 

While sitting under the steamer, I recommend that you have a towel to go around your neck to prevent water from dripping down your back. A terrycloth headband to cover your forehead and ears is also great to have because the steam can get a little hot.

(I look crazy lol)

Results:

My curls felt so soft after using the steamer, and my scalp felt so nourished! The pictures below show what my hair looked like right after using it, with only deep conditioner in my hair.

I think the Huetiful Hair Steamer is a great investment for ladies who suffer from dry strands (especially during colder weather). Every woman could use a great steam treatment! What better way than to do it yourself in the comfort of your own home?

BONUS: The steamer also has a facial attachment that you can use to give yourself at home steam facials! Awesome right?! I’ll do a review for you on that later.

You can find out more information on the Huetiful Hair Steamer on their website www.behuetiful.com .

They have a great deal going on right now where you can purchase a steamer and facial attachment for $119.95 (originally priced at $134.90).

Be good to your curls :)

Have you tried the Huetiful Hair Steamer before? Share your experience with me below!

Updated Natural Hair Routine

It’s about that time that I do an update on my night time natural hair routine! In my last post (almost a year ago), my hair was shorter, blonde, and I was using a different set of products. Here’s my update:

I still use the same two-strand twist technique. Depending on how I want my curls, I’ll alternate between making the sections bigger or smaller. In the pictures above, I went with slightly larger sections.

1. I wash my hair with Mixed Chicks shampoo and follow up with the Mixed Chicks leave-in deep conditioner (from the No Frizz Trio set). I let that sit in my hair for 5-10 minutes, comb it through, and then rinse.

2. I towel dry so that my hair is still a little damp, and apply a decent sized scoop of the Mizani Moisture Stretch throughout (Mizani Perfect Curl (below) and Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner are two other favs of mine to use). 

3. After two-strand twisting my hair section by section, it ends up being in about 15 twists total on the top. I leave the back and sides of my hair alone and address that part in the morning.

4. Below are the products I am currently using: (L to R) Mixed Chicks Hair Silk ($11.99), Mizani True Textures Moisture Stretch ($19.95), spray water bottle ($1.19), and Mizani True Textures Perfect Curl Defining Cream Gel ($17.95)

 

5. I sleep with a silk scarf or bonnet over my head throughout the night, then in the morning take the Mixed Chicks serum (any moisturizing serum is good), squeeze a little on my fingers and take out one section at a time.

6. I fluff the roots with my fingers to make sure there are no noticeable sections showing. I use the water bottle to spray the sides and back of my hair, and apply the Mizani Moisture Stretch to freshen up that area while finger twisting those curls.

Tip: Don’t play with your hair too much when styling or you could cause extra frizz. But if you’re into that look ….get it girl :)

7. All done :)

Mixed Chicks “No Frizz Trio” Product Review

The Mixed Chicks No Frizz Trio: $39.99

Includes

-Shampoo
-Leave-in Conditioner
-Deep Conditioner

The picture above is what my hair looked like after using the three step system! My hair is soft, fluffy, & smells DELICIOUS! As you can see … I’m a happy gal ;) Read the rest of my in depth review HERE !