It's my birthday Monthhhhhh!!! May 3, Taurus' stand up! LOL. This year is flying by. I can't believe we are at the halfway point!!! So I've been slacking on my faves because honestly, not a lot of products have really stood out to me. Lucky for you though, I have started to accumulate a few more items that I have truly grown to love. Read below to find out what they are!
1. Andrea Eye Q's Eye Makeup Correctors (Amazon.com, 50 pack for $4.11)
Smudged your eyeliner? Winged eye falling a little flat? Less than perfect lipstick application? This is the product for you. This product allows you to correct common makeup mistakes with a precise q tip like applicator. Yea, I know. You could just dip a qtip inside of makeup remover but this is so much easier lol.
2. Always Off Makeup Cloths (Amazon.com, 3 pack $3.99
I love wearing makeup, although cleaning my face at the end of the day can be a pain in the butt. I normally use the Neutrogena Makeup Remover wipes (great product), but they leave an oily residue on my face. I always wished I could just get an even removal with a wash cloth without staining them ( mine are white lol). Enter these Always Off Makeup Cloths. All you have to do is wet the cloth ( adding your favorite facial cleanser is optional) and watch your makeup disappear. Nope, its not the same as a regular wash cloth. Try it and see.
3. Bubi Bubi Lip. (Amazon.com, $16)
I LOVE LIPSTICK. I felt the all caps emphasis was necessary lol. Placing lipstick on dry, cracked lips is a no go, especially if its a matte formula. Of course, I always use some type of chapstick but sometimes your lips need a good exfoliation. Bubi Bubi Lips is perfect for this. It boasts being a lip exfoliator without the use of plastic microbeads. I place it on a q-tip and spread it all over more lips and let it sit for 5 minutes or so. Immediately after application, you will feel a bubbling effect, nice! I'm a sucker for effects lol. Once the 5 mins have passed, wipe the product away and rinse to reveal smooth, exfoliated lips!
4. Eloise Get Glowed Illuminating Drops, Gold Getter (Eloisebeauty.com $33.50)
I know I listed this in my January Faves but the Gold Getter color is everything!!! I was on the waiting list for months and finally snagged this one. You know this is a great product if I listed it twice. Also, a little goes a long way.
5. Makeup and Jewelry Storage Case (Groupon.com $27.99)
I love this storage case because it helps me to keep my makeup super organized. I hate looking for my makeup when I sit down to do my makeup. I use the case to store my liners, powders, highlighters and liquid lipstick. Its also available in a variety of colors.
6. MAC Fix Plus, Goldlite (maccosmetics.com $26)
This setting spray is absolutely gorgeous. It is filled with gold shimmer. I love it because it really adds that extra glow to your face on top of your regular highlighter. Be sure to shake it well before you use it!!
Have you tried any of these products/items? Let me know in the comments and check out the video below!
It's almost 2018!!!! I just wanted to share with you guys my favorite things for the month of December. I'm going to list them below and the details of each one can be seen in the video below! Enjoy and be sure to share your December Faves in the comments section. Happy Holidays!
1. Vivian Lou Insolia Couture Weight-Shifting Insoles
2. Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint
3. Kat Von D Color Correcting Eye Shadow Primer (medium)
4. Colourpop Supernova Shadows (Hard to Empress, Dragon, Firecracker)
5. CoverFX Illuminating Setting Spray
Have you tried any of these? Let me know and watch the video below to get the deets on why they are my favorites for the month.
So its November! Can you believe this year is almost over?? I can't. 2017 hasn't been as great to me as it was for Cardi B but it was decent lol. Check out my November favorites (listed in no particular order) and be sure to leave some of yours in the comment section.
1. Cateye Gel Nail Polish (#9912)
So I'm pretty basic when it comes to nails. I get them done every 2 weeks and I normally get gel polish over acrylic. Nothing special. But the last time, I decided to be adventurous and try the cat eye gel nail polish. I was impressed! The nail tech painted one coat over my nails and then took a magnet to each individual nail and it creates a light reflective swirl on each nail. Pictures don't do the true effect justice. Check out the pics below.
This spring and summer I plan to go on a protective style binge! My goal is length retention. The first protective style that I chose was mini-twists. I kept this style for 2 weeks. If you're interested in seeing how I achieved this style, check out my new video tutorial on mini-twists!
Sn: The next time I do this style, I am going to use some type of curl pudding. I think any product that has a little hold would have given me a more polished outcome.
How do you do your mini-twists? What are your favorite products to use for them?
9 times out of 10 when you first went natural you had a plan. You knew why you went natural and how you wanted your hair to look. You read the popular natural hair blog posts, watched YouTube videos and hung on to their every word. Then you went and purchased every product @Ihavethebiggestandbestnaturalhairever said to buy and commented "yassss and #hairgoals" on every single picture. Oh...that was just me lol?
Personally, somewhere between the big chop and trying to get my hair to look like every hair crush imaginable, I have purchased countless products and tried countless techniques. Sometimes these techniques worked terribly and other times they worked great. Some blogger's "holy grail" leave-ins worked amazing for me and others not so much. My point is, when you start to try so many different products, techniques and regimens you are bound to start to forget what is actually working for you and what isn't. This lead me to start keeping a hair journal. In my hair journal, I keep track of everything related to MY HAIR. I list the products, techniques and styling methods I used. I even keep track of when I moisturized my hair. This my way of taking charge of my hair goals. Here are 5 reasons you should keep one too.
1. To Be Able to Know Which Product Did What
Have you ever had a wash day that went perfectly? Your hair detangled with ease and it was super soft. Styling was a breeze and the next day you felt very Tracy Ellis Ross-ish lol. Your twist out was super defined and you mixed about 3 different products. Fast forward to next week's wash day and you look a hot mess. What changed? Which product actually gave the definition? Was the combination necessary? Being a product junkie sometimes leaves me unable to figure out exactly which product caused a change in my hair. Your hair journal will lend you a clue.
2. To Pinpoint When Your Hair Made Positive/Negative Changes
The 2nd reason goes hand in hand with the first one. Sometimes I get so caught up in the routine of doing my natural hair and what has worked for me in the past, that I am unable to recognize when a certain method or technique has simply stopped working for me. Other times, I look back at my good hair days and I have no idea what I was using at the time to make my hair look so great. Keeping a hair journal will allow you to see exactly when you made a change.
3. To Discontinue the Use of Unnecessary Products and Techniques
Jane Doe swears by using product X for her twists out, three strand twist outs, and double braid-flat-twist-curl-and-go (I made that one up lol). You have tried product X on 3 different occasions and your hair resembles a bird nest. Document this in your journal and stop using it!
Maybe you're like me and you swore by the LOC method but now you've noticed your hair isn't as well moisturized as it used to be. You know how they say don't force love, relationships or ponytails? Yea...that applies to natural hair products too lol. Your hair journal will force you to stop forcing it and explore other options.
4. Set Real #hairgoals and Stick to Them
Keeping a hair journal will help you figure out what works for you instead of what works out for your favorite hair crush. Think of it as a personalized hair blog that has been customized just for you! There's absolutely nothing wrong with borrowing ideas and product suggestions from other naturals but at the end of the day what works for your hair crush, may not necessarily work for you. Once you have set your hair goal, your hair journal will help you stay consistent until you achieve your goal.
5. To Stop Being a Product Junkie
Ok...maybe keeping a hair journal won't stop you from being a product junkie, but at least you will be a productive product junkie. Once you have been keeping your hair journal for a while, I am willing to bet that you will begin to see commonalities in the products that work for your hair and the ones that don't. Once you know what ingredients the products that don't work for you have in common, you can eliminate these when you go on product purchasing binges. If coconut oil doesn't work for you (God forbid!), it shouldn't matter how many people recommend a particular product to you. If it contains coconut oil, don't buy it.
Do you keep a hair journal? What are some other things you would add to your hair journal? Sound off in the comments section.
If you are over shrunken twist outs and tiny curls this post is for you! There are only a few steps between you and elongated, stretched hair that is ready to be styled. This is perfect for us naturals, who aren't quite ready to battle wash day, but still want rock a new hair style. Follow the simple steps from below. This method was adapted from one of my favorite YouTubers Naptural85.
1. Start off with hair that has been previously styled (twist out, braid out, flexi rod set, it doesn't really matter). This gives you a base that has already been somewhat stretched.
2. Divide your hair into 3-4 workable sections. I used banana clips.
3. Take one of the sections down and take an even smaller section out. Re-clip the remainder of the section to keep it out of your way.
4. Take the smaller section you just divided out of the main section and carefully finger detangle the section.
5. Once you have finger detangled the smaller section, hold the section at the root and comb it out with a wide toothed comb. **holding it at the root is very important, because you don't want to break your strands**
6. Repeat this throughout each section until you have "blown out" your entire head.
This method is essentially detangling your hair dry. The important thing is to be careful, work in small sections and DO NOT ADD WATER to aid you in detangling. This will defeat the purpose and cause your hair to shrink. I also added a little homemade shea butter whip to my hair before I began.
The recipe can be found under the link below
It is no secret that my favorite natural hair style to date is the twist out because of its versatility and longevity. I am always trying to find new ways to style a twist out, whether its fresh or a few days old. My favorite characteristic of a twist out is its ability to elongate my hair. The twist out that I am about to share with you gave me the most stretching I have experienced to date!! My hair looked closer to its true length and it was super defined. Before doing this twist out, I used the LOC (liquid, oil, cream) Method to ensure that my hair retained the oils and moisture that I put in it. Check out the video below to see how I achieved this look.
Le Sigh. The last time we talked about this dry hair problem I thought we had settled it ***inserts angry face**. I started here with determining the porosity of my hair (low), then I went on to determine that the LOC method was the best moisturizing technique for my type of hair. Case closed right? Wrong. A lot has changed about my hair since then. I got my hair colored in April of 2013 and I must admit I began my moisturizing and conditioning attempts zealously, but I am a little ashamed to admit that I became lazy. I had box braids installed in June 2013 for 2.5 months and became comfortable with not doing much to my hair. It literally just dawned on me (right before creating this post lol) that I have not been considering the fact that my hair is colored and that it needs more attention. I have been floating around haphazardly moisturizing only on co-wash day and expecting some type of moisture miracle. Crazy right?
After giving myself a firm slap on the hand for neglecting my tresses, I began to research again about moisturizing techniques for natural hair. I stumbled upon a video from Naptural85 about hot oil treatments and decided to give it a try. I deviated slightly from Naptural85's recipe.
Hot Oil Treatment:
Sweet Almond Oil
Vitamin E Oil
Honestly, I just freestyled the amounts of oils based on my hair type. I made the majority of my hot oil treatment with the lighter oils because I have low porosity hair (2 ounces jojoba oil, 2 ounces olive oil). I used about 0.5 ounces of the vitamin E oil and 1 ounce each of the remaining oils. I mixed it all in a bowl with my fingers. I started with dry hair. Then I massaged the oil from root to tip through my hair, section by section. After I had oiled each section, I smoothed the oil throughout all the sections collectively. I also massaged my scalp with the oil. This stimulates the scalp and feels great ; ). I then put a plastic processing cap on my head. If you have big hair like mine, you can either use two caps or twist your hair in large sections to make it fit under the cap. I then sat under a hooded dryer for 30 minutes. The oil that I had left, I put in a spray bottle and filled it with water. This will be my daily moisture mist.
After the dryer, wash and condition your hair as normal. I used Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat shampoo and Aubrey Organics GPB conditioner. Curlfriends...let me tell you. My hair was so soft and virtually detangled before I ever put a comb to it or did the LOC method. I am VERY PLEASED with this treatment. I followed this with the LOC (liquid, oil, cream) method using Giovanni Direct Leave-in/Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-in mixed, the hot oil treatment moisture mist, and Camille Rose Curlade Moisture Butter. I am going to be sure to do this once a month, along with deep conditioning once every week to week and a half. I am anxious to see if this improves the dryness of my hair.
If you decide to try this treatment, please let me know. Either email me the pics at Brandy@bmycurlfriend.com or tag them on instagram or twitter with #bmycurlfriend. Good luck!!
They are literally everywhere you turn. Seemingly perfect curls and twists. That oh-so-desirable length. Moisture for days. Not a hair out of place. You think to yourself, "Man, I want her hair! I want my hair to do exactly what her hair does." You hastily approach this woman and almost scream out, "What did you use in your hair? How did you get it to do that?". You hang on to her every word, you make notes on the products she used, as well as her technique. You hurry to the nearest beauty supply store, go home and turn your bathroom into a personal hair salon. When you finish doing exactly what you thought she said, you look like a chia pet! LOL!!! Wanna know why? Those perfect curls and twists were HER natural.
Having natural hair is a delicate balance between you wondering why you didn't go natural a decade ago to you toying with the idea of going back to a relaxer (GASPS!!!!! lol). Be strong. We all go through it. Everybody's natural hair is not the same. There are so many different textures, curl patterns ( or lack thereof) and lengths and they all are beautiful in a unique way. Being natural is much like some of the age old lessons we were taught as children: You just have to BE YOURSELF. Below are a few tips that may help you discover your natural.
1. Research, research, research. Find out what your curl pattern is.
2. Determine your hair's porosity (check out my blog post on hair porosity. here). This will help you to figure out which moisturizing technique will work best for your hair. Nobody likes a dry fro.
3. Know that what hair product works for one natural, may not work for you, which leads me into tip number 4....
4. Products do NOT create curls that you don't already have. Example: Erica uses product x and her head is covered in curly awesomeness. If I use product x, then I too will have a head covered in curly awesomeness lol. Catch my drift? Since you have done your research and you know your curl pattern, then you know that whatever product you choose to use will only define and enhance your natural curl pattern. This is the whole point of being natural right? =)
5. Don't be afraid to try new styles and products, but never forget the basic products that first made you love your hair. I can't tell you how many times, I've become so consumed with trying new things that I forget that Kinky Curly leave-in is a great fit for my hair or that my homemade shea butter whip gave me one of the best twist outs I've ever experienced.
6. Love YOUR natural. You went natural for a variety of reasons. Try not to become discouraged if your hair doesn't look like your favorite naturalista's. Being natural is a unique experience for each woman. Own it!
Check out my pictures of some of my natural hair victories and fails over the past year. lol
After doing a two conditioner co-wash (see blog post for details). I deep conditioned my hair with Eden Bodyworks All Natural Deep Conditioner. I followed this with the LOC method using Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-in Conditioner, lavender oil/water (for detangling), jojoba oil and Camille Rose Curlade Moisturizing Butter. Once my hair was detangled, I followed the steps below to complete a flat twist out.
1. Divide your freshly co-washed or shampooed and conditioned hair into four sections using clips. Make sure the front section is parted the way you like wearing your hair.
2. Starting from the bottom section take either 1/4 or 1/3 of the section (depending on your hair thickness) and finger detangle, shower comb detangle and denman brush detangle the section. (Feel free to add oil and water to aid in the detangling process. Remember to detangle from the ends to the root. Be careful!)
3. Work a generous amount of your favorite curl cream (Curlcare Soft Hold Cream) through the section.
4. Begin your flat twist with a small two-strand twist and continue to add hair to your flat twist all the way to the end of the section.
5. Either roll the end of the twist around your finger or roll the end of the twist with a flexi rod.
6. Repeat this process until you are done. Allow your hair to air dry overnight or use a hooded dryer.
7. Take the twists down VERY slowly using your oil of choice on your fingers. I used jojoba oil. It is important to take the twists down slowly to avoid frizziness. Think of taking your twists down as gradually and gently unraveling them.
The flat twist out takes about half the time that it takes me to do a normal twist out! This excites me so much because it normally takes me at least an hour to do a regular twist out. My hair turned out to be a great deal more defined than a regular twist out and the curl pattern was a lot different. If you love twist outs as much as I do, you will love the flat twist out even more!! Its a nice change in my usual curl pattern and my hair was more stretched than normal. The only catch to using this method is that the drying time is considerably longer. Air drying took me about 10-12 hours or overnight. I would do this style the day before I was ready to wear it. You could also consider using a hooded dryer. Good luck!
***When I took my flat twists down, I decided to do a simple updo. I will post a tutorial for this later***