New Hair: Faux Marley Loc Extensions

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Hey guys! If you’ve been following me on Instagram then you already know that I have a new do … and I LOVE IT. 

It all started when I saw this beautiful photo of natural hair blogger and writer, (with a beautiful spirit may I add), Alex Elle. Click the link and visit her blog, you won’t regret it. I had no idea that you could install faux locs. I was always under the impression that you had to loc your hair and grow them out. I wasn’t committed to that option, so I was more than thrilled to learn that I could opt for the faux option. I also wanted to protect my hair from the elements for a while during the winter season.

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I found an amazing stylist by the name of Brittany, at Salon Ramsey on 10th street in Atlanta, to make this style come to life. You can also find her on Instagram (@ilovebrittanykay) to check out her work. 

Here is the 411 on the process and maintenance:

I visited the beauty supply store and purchased nine packs of Marley braiding hair. They were $5 a pack. Because my hair is colored, I wanted to follow the color pattern so my locs would blend seamlessly. I ended up getting four different colors, black, dark brown, light brown, and blonde.

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She used a yarn technique to make them longer. The process took a little longer than six hours to achieve. 

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Faux Marley locs can last up to two months if you take good care of them. I’ve had mine in for two weeks now. 

The maintenance: 

1. Morning- To take care of you scalp, spray your scalp with a mixture of water, a tbsp of apple cider vinegar (I got an organic brand from Trader Joes), and a few drops of teatree oil. Shake up the mixture in a spray bottle and spray it on your scalp everyday. This regulates the moisture and prevents flaking on your scalp. 

2. Night- I tie up my hair in a high bun and wrap my edges with a silk scarf. You want to wrap your hair because the hair is fragile and can unravel if you are too hard on it. Remember, they are faux locs. 

3. Washing- Do not wash this hair with shampoo or conditioner, it is not human hair. To wash your scalp, take a hot, wet cloth, spray the mixture on it and wipe up any buildup on your scalp. You can smooth your edges with shea butter or gel to keep it neat. I personally prefer mine a little frizzier to give it a “worn in” and natural look.  

I was sooo happy with the final look. Brittany really understood what I was asking for and I brought inspiration pictures to show her as examples. 

Here is the finished product! 

The cost of your locs will depend on the length and size you want them. For pricing and additional information, you can contact Brittany at bkthestylist@gmail.com . Tell her I sent you her way!


Straight Hair Don’t Care: How To Get The Job Done

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Every now and then, I challenge myself to straighten my hair all on my own. I used to do it all the time when my hair was longer, but since chopping it off into the pixie cut (which has since grown out into a bob), I leave the task to my stylist. 

Lately I’ve been a little bored with my hair, so I decided to dedicate nearly an entire night to straightening out these strands. 

Let’s jump into it. 

The Tools:

These are the styling products I used: Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner, Carol’s Daughter Monoi Split End Sealer, Jane Carter’s Nourish & Shine pomade, and Biosilk silk therapy serum.

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My trusty wooden paddle brush, my boar bristle brush to smooth down these edges, a skinny comb, and hair clips.

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Love this HANA air blow dryer. I use it with the detachable diffuser and a paddle brush when blowdrying my hair.

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My friend who is a hair stylist recommended I try the Nano Titanium flat iron by Babyliss PRO. Let me warn you, it gets VERY hot, but it definitely gets the job done. There are heat settings you can adjust from 1-50, so you still have control.

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The Process:

I started by washing my hair in the shower, then applied my leave-in conditioner and split end sealer to the ends of my hair. I detangled in sections with my paddle brush,  making sure my hair was damp but not soaking wet while working section to section.

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Next I blow dried slowly using the diffuser and my paddle brush. As I moved section by section, I applied a little serum to each area to protect my hair from heat damage. 

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The shrinkage shocked me! My hair was a lot longer than I thought once blown out. Because I love to color my hair, I go the extra step in a final blow dry all over with the cool setting to seal the moisture and shine in before flat ironing. 

I didn’t get a chance to capture the flat ironing step by step process, so here is the finished result! I still ended up adding a touch more serum to my hair even after blowdrying, because color sucks up moisture and can look dry and frizzy if it’s not moisturized enough. 

For my edges, I took a little bit of the Jane Carter nourish and shine pomade, dabbed it on my edges, and took my bristle brush and smoothed it down.

And le back…

If you’re wondering how I maintain the look at night, I wrap my hair and tie it up with a silk scarf. In the morning, I brush it out and just flat iron sections that are a little limp on a low heat setting. 

Well how do you think I did? lol I think it turned out pretty nice! 

Itching For A Short Cut? Enter The Cut Life’s Contest

So I follow this super dope page on Instagram, called The Cut Life. It’s an inspiration board all about short hair. You’ll find everything from edgy color to chic cuts on their page (as well as some of my favs in the collage above). 

If you happen to be in Atlanta and are itching for a fierce short cut, The Cut Life has a contest going on right now that could possibly fulfill your dreams. 

They’ve partnered with Beautiful Textures and all of the deets are below.

-Upload an InstaVid telling them why you need and are ready for a haircut and the celeb that most inspires you.
-One winner will receive a FREE cut by Celeb Hairstylist Erica Hudson LIVE at her Salon, The Shoppe, on August 28th, 2013.
-Applicants must be in Atlanta, GA. Contest ends midnight August 23rd, 2013 (this Friday) and the winner will be announced August 26th, 2013 (next Monday).
-Applicants must follow and tag @TheCutLife and @LovinMyTextures in their video.

Good luck gals, you have until Friday to get your submissions in :) 

Threads of the Day: Effortlessly Chic

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Hey love bugs! If you follow me on Instagram, I’m always talking about the ease of effortless style. I admire women who dress with class, are still on trend, and pull it off seamlessly and tastefully. 

I’m the type of girl who doesn’t like to put a lot of thought into her outfits, and doesn’t bother purchasing anything that is too fussy. I like to feel comfortable, chic, trendy, and of course effortless.

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You would be amazed at what you can do with a simple approach to your wardrobe, piecing fits together that are simple but still make a statement. To keep from being too plain, I love to jazz up a minimalistic look with accessories and the right shoes! 

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Thread list:

Zara sleevess blazer
Abercrombie & Fitch jeans
Forever21 basic tank
Zara heels
Topshop necklace 

When shopping, I’m always keeping my eyes open for timeless pieces like this off-white Zara sleeveless blazer (which I snagged the last one on sale! Yay!), and a great pair of strappy black sandals. These are the kind of pieces that will go with everything and last you years longer than a trend. But don’t get me wrong, I love trendy pieces as well, but I believe you should always invest in timeless pieces over trendy ones. 

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Keep it effortless.

xoxo

My Makeover Experience With Beautiful Textures Hair Care

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This past Saturday I was invited, along with six other beauty bloggers in Atlanta, to participate in the Beautiful Textures Salon Experience at Drexina Nelson Private Salon in downtown Atlanta. 

Beautiful Textures is a natural hair care line who just launched three new products in their collection; the Curl Definer Mousse, Curl Definer Styling Custard, and Edges to Ends Silkener. The line is designed to meet the hair care needs of multicultural customers with curly, wavy, kinky-coily and frizzy hair patterns.

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(**DISCLAIMER: I apologize for the “self taken photos”. I clearly need a photographer or friend to take photos for better quality photos. But you get the gist…)

During our experience we got a first hand look at the new products and a chance to play around with them. But my favorite part of this experience was our complimentary makeover! What girl doesn’t enjoy a great makeover? 

First step was the official “before” photo so we could really see the results from the products. Next, was over to the shampoo bowl where they used their Tangle Taming Moisturizing Shampoo and leave-in Conditioner. The products smell sooooo good and the conditioner has a little tingle to it which I love (because it gives me this feeling that it’s “working”) lol. 

I was most concerned about how to control frizz when wearing a wash-and-go style, so my stylist decided to focus on my strands using the Curl Definer Mousse and a touch of the Moisture Butter Whipped Curl Créme to give my curls some hydration. She did a coil twist on my damp hair and sat me under the dryer for about 45 minutes.

Beautiful Textures had a film crew come out and shoot our experience in the salon. Here are some snapshots of fellow bloggers during their hair experiences as well.

After I got out from under the dreadful dryer, my stylist took my curls apart with a little bit of the moisture butter on her fingertips and gently pieced apart the coils. I headed over to get my makeup touched up by a professional makeup artist and finished up my experience with my official “after” photo taken by the photographer in the studio.

I loved my makeup too! 

Aaaannndddd it’s a wrap! Here’s a look at my professional before and after photos! I saw a huge difference with the frizz and definition of my curls. Surprisingly, the products gave my color a nice little pop as well!

Thank you Beautiful Textures and Drexina Nelson Private Salon for the Beautiful Textures Salon experience! For more information on the products, you can visit their website here.

What do you think about my makeover? Do you see the difference?

"Natural-It-Girl" Blogger Interview with Honey Be Natural

Hey loves! I was recently asked for an interview over at Honey Be Natural , a website for girlies who love everything hair, fashion, beauty and lifestyle.

Check out my interview HERE where I talk about everything from what sets me apart from the rest, to how to embrace your natural hair and remain confident in yourself at all times! Enjoy and thank you Honey Be Natural for the interview.

 

How To Wash Your Natural Hair: Hot or Cold? (via Curly Nikki)

Sometimes we just have to take things back to the basics. I follow Curly Nikki on Twitter, and noticed an interesting article she posted this morning about the pros and cons of washing your natural hair in both hot and cold water. This intrigued me because I’m the girl who showers in nearly scolding hot temperatures because I love the tinge it leaves behind on my skin (you can relate right?). Often times I wash my hair in the same temperature, so naturally I was curious to read this article on the benefits and setbacks of doing so. 

Here’s what I discovered while reading:

Hot Water

PROS: Rinses Away Dirt and Oil 

-Hot water and steam naturally open the pores, which is great for exfoliating and removing the oil from your skin.  Warm water allows the dirt and hair product that has accumulated on your scalp to escape the pores and be rinsed away. 

CON: May Result in Overly Porous Hair

-Hot water opens up the pores and the cuticle of your hair shaft. That being said, rinsing your hair with hot water too often can leave the hair overly porous, causing it to be dry and brittle. 
-Just as hot water helps to rinse away oil and dirt, it also strips your hair of its natural oils. 

CON: Causes Frizz

-Heat causes frizzy hair, and hot water is no exception. No matter what your hair type, the hair needs moisture to stay frizz free. Because hot water can strip the hair of natural oils, moisture escapes the hair shaft and results in frizz. If your hair is especially prone to frizz, you might want to turn off the hot water. 

Cold Water

PRO: Seals The Moisture In Your Hair 

-Opposite of hot water, cold water closes the pores and prevents from entering and accumulating on the scalp. Not only does it close the pores, it also closes the hair cuticle, sealing in moisture from the conditioner that you applied to your hair. 
-Don’t forget, more moisture means less frizz! Cold water retains your hair’s moisture, leaving your hair less prone to frizz.

PRO: Increases Shine

-Sometimes stylists like to finish blow drying with a blast of cold air because it leaves the hair shiny. The same concept can be applied to a cold water rinse. Cold water is known to smooth the hair by closing the scales of your hair cuticle, which in turn prevents frizz and adds luster to your locks. 

CON: Flattens Hair

-Because cold water leaves the hair smooth, it can also flatten your hair if you have a naturally thin texture. If your hair lacks in volume, or if you live in a particularly arid environment, rinsing your hair with cold water might result in flat hair and curls with no bounce. 

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So what’s the verdict? Hot or cold? 

Curly Nikki says to use both. She says, “cleanse, condition, and detangle your hair with WARM water, not hot. You don’t want to burn your skin and scalp.” She also advises, “when you’re ready to rinse out the conditioner, turn the dial to COOL and run it over your hair for a final rinse.”

These are great informative tips from Curly Nikki! To check out the entire article, visit her site here