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A Curly Girls Guide to Healthy Hair – #NoHeatChallenge

Hey #curlfriends!!! Hope you are staying safe and healthy during this time. Today we are going to talk about some updates with my hair… I haven’t done one in over a year so I’m sure that you all are curious. So last year we talked about how I was going to try to keep up with this no heat challenge. I ended up giving in after about 8 months. I actually ended up straightening my hair twice which really isn’t bad. This is me encouraging myself. I straightened my hair in April because I got bored with my hair and my boyfriend had never seen my hair straight in person. (Yes Boyfriend!! I’ll update you on my life later) The second and last time I straightened my hair was in June for my best friend’s wedding. I really could have left it curly but when you are the Maid of Honor, the last thing you want to be worrying is doing hair.

Fast forward to September 2020 I am about to tell you how I have gone 15 months without my using my flat iron. Before I do that make sure you subscribe to my blog so that you don’t miss a moment of the action. I have a lot of things planned between now going into next year so trust me. You are going to want to subscribe!!

So previously I told you that I was in my best friend’s wedding. That was the last time I straightened my hair and it was a whole process. Any time you do want to straighten your hair you want to make sure you cleanse your hair thoroughly and make sure that your deep condition and use a heat protectant and protect your hair. So I had to wash, deep condition, blowdry, then flat iron my hair which took a couple a few hours. My hair is a lot thicker than it appears. Below are pictures of my hair in different stages.

No heat in a Pandemic

One way that I was able to keep up with not straightening my hair was the pandemic. There simply was no reason to put heat on my hair when I’m going to be in the house. There were times I wanted to because I want to experiment with different styles and stuff but I became a lazy natural during quarantine. Which in the end I think that really helped my hair.

Low manipulation styling

As I have said in my previous posts. The best way to grow your hair is low manipulation. With me keep my hair in coils and braids, it not only stopped me from wanting to straighten my hair but it also helped my hair to grow. My hair has been the longest it has ever been. Even time I stretch my hair I can see a noticeable difference. So my advice to you is protective styling and another low manipulation styling.

No Heat = No Heat Damage

The best thing about not putting heat on my hair is not worrying or stressing about my hair getting damaged. You know as a natural, every time you put heat on your hair you worry about if your curls are going to recover or not. I have really enjoyed seeing my curls flourish this last year. The shrinkage is real but I know that my hair is really healthy.

What are your hair goals?

Now that I have finally made it more than a year without straightening my hair, I really don’t want to do it. I am actually enjoying my curls. I am enjoying trying out different products and combinations. If I end up wanting straight hair for a look or something I am going to play with some wigs. My sister is learning how to make wigs so that’s a plus for me.

What hair goals are you looking to achieve? Let me know down in the comments.

Make sure you are following me on all my social media platforms I have alot of things happening before the end of the year and I don’t want your to miss out. Love yall <3

September Goals

Hey y’all… I’m back. 2020 has been a crazy year so far… I made all these goals in the beginning of the year, then Coronavirus came in and wrecked the whole world. I never though in all my days that we would be witnessing a pandemic. And don’t get me started on how much I hate wearing a mask…. yes I know how important it is but it’s too hot under there…. my heart really goes out to the people on the frontline and any who has to wear a mask for an extended period of time…. any who this post is going to be my goals for the rest of the year… I hope this inspires you all to finish 2020 strong.

The first goal I have for the end of the year is to be more consistent on here as well as social media … I will be the first to tell you I struggle with consistency…. I will make whole list of things I need to do…. do 2 things off the list and then take a nap. Part of the reason for that is my depression sucking the life out of me… I have days where I have absolutely no motivation at all. The other part is that I can’t tell you the last time I wore actual clothes… if you wanna see some pictures in sweatpants and over sizes T-shirt’s I’m your girl… I haven’t worn make up since February. I just don’t feel photogenic these days but I need to get myself out there.

My second goal for this month is to get back in to my hair routine… I have taken lazy natural to a whole new level this year… don’t get me wrong my hair is retaining length. Lola is thriving but I have not been treating her the best… I went from doing my hair weekly to washing my hair every 2 to 3 weeks and keeping it in a bun. I mean in some ways it helps because I am not manipulating my hair as much but I need to do better. I know.

My third goal is to pick up a hobby. I feel like I need to be doing something creative. Blogging is creative,however, I want to do other things like write a book or start a craft. These have been weighing on my heart heavy lately so I want try and start one or both this month. I love writing. There is something so therapeutic about writing for me… especially when I can write about whatever I want … that was the reason I started my blog in the first place. I want to take my writing to the next level though.

So there are 3 goals I have for the month of September. Are you setting any goals this month? Let me know in the comments below… as always you can follow me on all my social media platforms… simply click the icon under this post!! I love you all the most!!! Until next time ✌🏽✌🏽

40 Facts About Me!

Hey, #CurlFriends I hope you are doing well. I have been doing this Social Distancing thing which means I have a lot of free time on my hands so I’m catching up on some post!! I missed y’all so much but the last year has been a trying one. I’ll tell you more about that later. Today’s post is 40 things about me. I wanted to post something fun and light-hearted to start off. Here we go……

1. Do you put ketchup on a burger? No

2. Choice of soda? Ginger Ale

3. Do you own a gun? Not telling 

4. Can you swim? No

5.  Any surgeries? No

6. Favorite type of pie? Sweet Potato

7. Do you believe in ghosts? I believe in Spirits 

8. What do you drink in the morning? Coffee or Juice

9. Can you do 100 pushups? Absolutely not 

11. Your favorite hobby? Writing 

12. Tattoo? 4… Plan to get more though

13. Do you wear glasses? Yep

14. Do you have a phobia? Yes 

15. Do you have a nickname? Bree

16. 3 favorite drinks? Sweet Tea, Ginger Ale, Stella Rose wine

17. Favorite pets? I like dogs and cats are ok too depending on the cat

18. Rain or Snow? Rain

19. Can you change a tire? Yep…. Benefits of being a daddy’s girl

20. Favorite flower? Flowers don’t really like me (allergies) but I guess lotus 

21. Can you drive a stick? Ummm I can a Lil bit… need more practice 

22. Ever gone skydiving? No…. Scared of heights so I like to have my feet planted 

23. Kids? No

24. Favorite color? Teal and Yellow 

25. Employed? Yes

26. Can you whistle? Yes 

27. Favorite vacation? Mexico was by far my favorite 

28. Siblings? 2 sisters, 1 stepsister, 2 stepbrothers, and a cousin who is like my sister

30. Shower or bath? Shower

31. Last song you listened to? Circle of Life ( I’m watching the Lion King)

32. Broken bones? No

33. How many TVs are in your house? 3 I think

34. Worst pain? When my IUD came out….. had to go to the ER

35. Do you like to sing? Yes

36. Are your parents still alive? Yes 

37. Do you like camping? I’m not sleeping outside… the way my allergies are set up

38. What do you enjoy binge-watching? Grey Anatomy, Game of Thrones, House, Law and Order, Criminal Minds

39. Pumpkin or pecan pie? Pumpkin 

40. Someone who will play along? Prolly we quarantined and bored. (Social Distancing)

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Welcome Back…..

Hey #curlfriends!!!! I know I know, it’s been a while. There has been a lot going in 2019. Some good, some bad but all learning experiences. So I’m here to give ya’ll an update with these curls because I know that you’re all are dying to know what been going on with me.

No Heat Challenge…… Not so much

So going into 2019 I started a new No heat challenge. I was so excited to go all year with no heat. Then life happened. I honestly got tired of dealing with my hair. Curly hair is so much work. So in about April, I straightened my hair. It wasn’t all bad though letting my hair just be in a bun for a while actually turned out to be a good thing. My hair is as long as it ever been. Then in June, I straighten my hair again for my best friend’s wedding. I wasn’t going to at first. I was set on getting a sew-in, you know putting my hair away for a while. But time got away from me so at the last min I just whipped out my flat iron and went to work. Now that all that is over I’m back to not putting heat on my hair.

Color…

So my hair is still blonde. I’m honestly trying to decide what color I want to do next. I really miss my red hair. It was so bomb when I had it and whatever my stylist used lasted for months!! Unfortunately, she isn’t doing hair anymore so I gotta find a new hair color expert in the Richmond, VA area.

What Products am I using?

To be honest I haven’t tried a lot of new stuff this year. I mean if it’s not broke there’s no need to fix it right? I have a couple of reviews that ill be doing soon for some new products that I have used over the last month or so stay tuned!!!

I’m still alternating between my EcoSyle Gels and Wetline Xtreme. It really just depends on how I’m feeling that day. I love the results I get with both products.

What’s to come?

I’m so glad you asked. I have a couple of review coming up. I have a Deva Cut Review coming soon. My appointment is in two weeks. I also have a 20.00 wash day coming out. That will showcase some curly hair products that I found in Ross. Lastly ill be starting my YouTube channel before the end of the year.  So stay tuned family!!! I’ll have some amazing stuff coming your way soon!!!

Get To Know Me Tag!

Happy New Year Family!! 2018 was an intense year for me. I can’t even lie. It was a roller coaster of successes and area of opportunities. However, I am going into the New Year Optimistic. I know that this is going to be my year!! I’m claim it! So because its a new year I wanted to do something fun. Lets get to know me some more. Get To Know Me

1.Where did you grow up? I grew up in Ashland, Va. I also spend half of my childhood in Coatesville Va. ( Gotta love every other weekend visitation)

2.Where do you currently live? I live right outside of Richmond,VA

3. Who is your first best friend? I don’t really have a best friend per say. I have a few really close friends that I love equally. I cant say one is better than the other.

4. How tall are you? 5’2 ( I know, I’m short)

5.Dogs or Cats? Dogs, I don’t do cats…. No thanks

6. Funniest moment throughout high school? I don’t have a funniest moment really… I can’t thing of anything anyway,

7. What year were you born? 1988…. (80’s baby raised in the 90’s)

8. Are you in/have you gone to college? I’m in school… I’m a Psychology major.

9. What is your favorite drink? Sweet Tea and Ginger Ale

10. What is your spirit animal and why? Spirit Animal… I don’t have one of those.

11. You’re wearing perfume, what scent is it? Well I’m not wearing perfume but if i was it would be D&G.

12. Tea or Coffee? Coffee

13. What are your life goals? To inspire others, to be successful, to be the first millionaire in my family.

14. What sports do you play or have you played? I didn’t play sports.

15. Have any books you read changed your life? The bible.

16. What is your favorite movie? Brown Sugar

17. Who are your favorite YouTubers? I have a blog on this already you can check that out here

18. Do you speak any languages and how well? I took 3 years of Spanish in High School and 2 years in College and I can’t speak it at all. I can ease drop on some conversations though.

19. Are you single or taken? I am very much single.

20. What is your idea of your dream date? Dinner and something fun like Skating or a Amusement Park.

21. How long was your longest relationship? 2 years

22. How would you describe your fashion sense? I like to keep things simple for the most part but every once in a while I like to pop out.

23. What is your go-to hairstyle? Wash and Go, and Buns. you can read more about how I achieve my popping Wash and Go’s here.

24. How many siblings do you have? I have 2 half sisters, 2 step brothers and a step sister.

25. What is your go to fast food order? Chickfila #1 Colby Jack Cheese

26. Do you use PC or a Mac? PC but I want a Mac….. One day.

27. Your most memorable vacation memory? Going to Myrtle Beach for my 22nd Birthday, It was the first vacation I took with my friends….. no parents.

28. What are your morning, evening routines? Morning: Wake up, Pray, Shower and stuff, get dressed, out the door. Evening: Eat dinner, write, watch TV til i go to sleep.

29. Do you have any bad habits? Caffeine…. does that count. Also I have to sleep with TV on.

30. Tell us one thing about you that we wouldn’t know! One thing y’all wouldn’t know about me is that I’m scared of birds….. I have a story time about that here.

Want to hear more? I’ll be uploading the extended version of the “Get to Know Me Tag” on my YouTube page this week!! Yes, you read that correctly I’m starting my YouTube page this week. Make sure you are subscribed to my channel. You can do that by clicking here

Wet Line X-treme Gel

Ok! So as promised I was finally able to get my hands on the Wet Line Xtreme Gel to review for you all. I’m not going to lie to you, it wasn’t easy. Most places were sold out! Luckily my local Wal-Mart had one remaining on the shelf that I snatched up. After seeing so many YouTube influencers raving about it, I was really curious to see how it would hold up in my hair.

Application

So if you read any of my other wash and go reviews you already know that I like to apply my products on dripping wet hair. I had a event at my church that I wanted my hair to be fresh for so I really trying to take my time and get this wash and go as popping as possible. I almost wanted to use my ECO Style gel because I kind of knew how that would come out. you can read the review I need on the newest Eco Style Gel ( Cannabis and Sativa Oil) to see how I felt about that one. I started applying the Wet Line Xtreme with the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and the 2 products were not mixing at all. I was like “Nope!!” I’m going to have to do use something else. I ended up changing my leave in to the Camilla Rose Naturals Coconut Water Leave in Treatment. Camilla Rose worked a lot better but I’m interested to see what other leave in are good with this gel.   

What I Loved

What I loved most about this gel was the price!! I got this gel for about $3.00 at Walmart. I was going to purchase it from Amazon but it was out of stock at the time. The had a 2 pack available for like 5.00 but I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it so I didn’t want to purchase two of them. Another thing that I really loved about the Wet Line X-treme gel is how it weighs my hair down. Any time a gel weighs my hair down I know my curls are going to pop. After my hair dried I liked how stretched my hair ended up being. I didn’t get as much strinkage as I normally do with a Eco Style Gel.

What I Hated

So to be honest there really wasn’t a lot that I hated about this gel overall. I will say that after drying my hair it was X-tremely hard ( Lol). Really though I was nervous that my hair was going to break off. A lot people said that it was due to the protein in the gel but I’m not protein sensitive. My high porosity hair will take as much protein as she can get. Another thing that I really was not a fan of was my hair flaking after about day 3. I’m not entirely sure if the flaking was due to the leaving that I used or the actual gel its self so I will be trying this gel out again just to make sure, The Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie is probably to blame though. It could also be that I used too much product. I know that I can be a little heavy handed.

Final Thoughts

So my final thoughts on the gel is that it was overall pretty good. I really enjoyed my wash and go overall and I will get trying it again. I think I just have to find a leave in that works well in my hair and with the Wet Line X-treme gel and then I will be successful. I am also going to try the gel again without a leave in as I did wit the Eco Style to see if that make a difference. I really hope that you enjoy these reviews and if there is a product you would like to me to try out make sure to comment below or shoot me an Email. Also make sure you are following me on all social media playforms so that you never miss post.

Natural Hair Rules I Don’t Follow

I just celebrated 9 years since I had decided to go natural. I will say that during that time I have learned a lot about my hair. My curls have flourished and my hair is the longest that it’s ever been. But with that being said I don’t always follow the common rules ya’ll like to establish for natural hair. Now before you all go and start judging me let me make this clear, I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL!!! I just like to do what works for me, and as a result, my curls are popping and my edges are intact. Here are some rules I donot follow and the reasons why…

I’m Colored Treated.

I actually started exploring with hair color long before I became natural. I don’t want to hear that coloring my hair doesn’t make me less of a natural. Save it. There are such things as a color treated naturals. Honestly, I’ve had color in my hair for so long; I don’t feel right with dark hair. I tried it and I was not a fan. Now I will say that because I have been coloring my hair for so long I don’t always seek a professional before coloring. I recommend that if you are new to color that you seek someone who knows what they are doing. Especially if you want hair color that is going to last you want to keep your hair from being damaged in the process.

Sulfates are my Friend

I honestly don’t mind some sulfate shampoos for my hair. I know that they are not ideal but sometimes I need that squeaky clean hair. Sulfates do tend to strip your hair of their natural oils so I recommend if you are going to use a sulfate shampoo that you deep condition. Add as much moisture back in your hair as possible. I have not noticed any damage or dryness from using sulfates on my hair but at the end of the day, you do what’s best for you. I use shampoos based on how they make my hair feel during and after shampooing. I even went some time just using sulfate free shampoos and honestly, I didn’t really see too much of a difference in my hair.

I haven’t canceled Eco Style Gel

You all can cancel eco all you want but she works wonders for my curls so she is not going anywhere. Period…Point…Blank!!! I know that a lot of YouTubers have been complaining about the ingredients of the Eco Styler Gel but I have not had any problems and I have been using it since the beginning of my hair journey. Now, with that being said, I have found some other gels that work great for my hair as well. I have made flaxseed gel that did great as well as Aloe Vera Gel too. Both these natural gels have given me great results but Eco is way more convenient. I recently tried the Wetline Xtreme Gel on my hair, that’s the new gel people are raving about and I’ll do a full review coming up in a few days. My favorite Eco Style Gel right now is between the Cannabis and Sativa Oil and the Flaxseed and Black Castor Oil Gels. I have a review on the Cannabis and Sativa Oil Gel that you can look at here.

I only wear Wash and Go’s

I don’t have a lot of explaining about this one but my hair only likes Wash and Go’s. I didn’t a whole article on this…. You can check that out here. I have tried twist outs and braid outs but my hair always ends up being frizzy. I really just need to find the right products for my hair that will provide me with the results I need but until then I’ll be washing and going out this door. (After I diffuse my hair of course) Yes, that’s right I purchased a diffuser a few weeks ago. I’m still learning how to perfect using it but you know once I do that I’ll come to you all with a review.

I’m not afraid of heat

Every natural is concerned with getting heat damage after straightening. I used to saythat I wasn’t concerned that I will get heat damage because I don’t straightenmy hair often. That is until I straightened my hair and got some heat damage inthe front. I only put heat on my hair two to three times a year. Now, I will warn you, you have to do what is best for your hair. When I straighten my hair I use a heat protectant and I try to get it as straight as possible. I don’ttouch up my hair after the initial flat iron session. Even though I followed this I still got some heat damage it wasn’t as bad as it could have been and I was able to bring my back in order. I know what I did wrong and I know thatit’s a risk that you take.

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DIY for the Win!!

I have been trying my hand at some DIY products this year. I spend so much money on hair products I figured it would be a great way to save some money. This post is going to be all about DIY homemade products I have tried in the past year. What worked and what I was not a fan of. I will say that most, if not all these products can be found on Amazon. I will also place my **affiliate links** below for what I am able to find.