Getting Ready for Spring: 3 Must Try Hair Styles with SheaMoisture!

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I’m so ready to freshen up my look for Spring! Winter will hopefully be over in a few short weeks, but I’m relishing the opportunity to escape for a bit and enjoy some fun in the sun. I’ve been hanging out in LA a bit, enjoying the sunshine and getting inspired for when the good weather finally hits NYC.

I don’t know about you, but my hair has really taken a beating this winter. It gets super dry and frizzy, and extra breakage prone! I’ve been saving my strands with a combination of protective styling and products that bring the moisture. One of my go to brands is SheaMoisture. I love that the products have natural, yet effective ingredients, smell incredible, and they have a variety of product lines depending on your hair’s needs. Plus they avoid using harmful ingredients like sulfates, parabens, paraffin, formaldehyde, and petroleum. I like to balance taking care of and protecting my hair with having fun with it, so wanted to share a few fun low-maintenance looks that I’m loving for the season!

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It’s easiest to get these looks on stretched or fully straight hair so prepping properly with the SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Collection is the first step. Here are the styles I’ve been playing with, let me know your fave!
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Messy Pigtails

This youthful style is chic again! Braids have a carefree, bohemian vibe this look is perfect for channeling that spirit. It’s also great for when your straight or stretched hair is a few days old and starting to frizz. Just be sure to keep them a little loose and messy, not too neat and perfect. And add a little headband or scarf to jazz it up

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Beach Babe Waves

No other style is more iconic for summer! It has an easy breezy vibe and holds up well to wind and humidity. Just braid dry straight hair in medium sized sections, let them set overnight, then unbraid and fluff in the morning.

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Sleek Bun

Sometimes it’s just too hot to deal with hair, so slick it back for a chic easy look. A middle part is most flattering for the shape of my face, but you can also play with a side part or even pulling it all straight back. Finish the look with a few hair clips or a pair of statement earrings!

Before you start any style, make sure your hair is clean, detangled, conditioned and moisturized! I start my hair routine with the SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo. This product is made with certified Organic Shea Butter, Manuka Honey, Mafura and Baobab Oils to cleanse your hair while also infusing your hair with moisture and shine-enhancing nutrients. I then detangle in the shower with the SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Conditioner. This natural hair conditioner instantly softens and detangles, nourishing and conditioning dry, brittle hair to restore manageability. It also features antioxidant-rich Fig to help boost hydration while protecting distressed hair from environmental influences. After a few minutes with this, dry, damaged and rough hair will be left soft, shiny and easy to style! I also do a deep conditioning mask every time I wash for extra hydration, especially before I heat style. The SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque gives your hair the royal treatment. This hair moisturizer intensely conditions while infusing hair with a powerful dose of moisture and nutrients like Manuka Honey. Certified organic Shea Butter, Mafura and Baobab Oils restore and lock in moisture, smoothing and fortifying follicles for stronger, healthier frizz-free hair.

After wash day is complete, you are ready to style! 

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Check out SheaMoisture products at your local Walmart. They’ve got everything you need to hydrate & replenish dry, damaged hair whether your hair texture is curly, coily, or kinky. Plus you just can’t beat the super affordable price. Let me know what you think and any of your favorite Spring hairstyles I should try! 

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New Year New Look: My New Healthy Hair Routine for 2019

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How is the first week of 2019 treating you? Hopefully you are recovered from plenty of time spent ringing in the New Year, and are ready to start the new year with a bang! This time of year is great for reflecting on all the changes the previous year, diving into your goals, and trying something new. I’m not particularly one for New Years Resolutions, but I did set one that I’m going to try to keep – take better care of my hair! It may sound shallow compared to people that are setting career, fitness and other big life goals. But self-care is important, and it goes for both the inside and out. I have to admit that I was not the best to my hair in 2018!

I experimented with color and a chemical treatment, and did way more straightening than I used to. By the end of the year my strands were, dry, frizzy, full of breakage and desperately needing some TLC. I decided that I’m going to dedicate the first half of 2019 to restoring the health and strength of my hair. Part of that journey means lots of protective styling to give my hair the break it needs. Protective styling breaks are essential for naturally kinky textures since our hair tends to be drier, more coarse and prone to damage from frequent manipulation. So you will see me wearing lots more protective styles like braids and wigs, which still allow for flexibility and fun with your hair, but they keep your natural hair safe from damage causing elements. I also found some new star products that so far have been a hero for my hair! 

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Biotera Natural Origin Collection features seven color-safe products that gently restore beauty and radiance, delivering the honest-to-goodness healthy hair you need to achieve salon perfection. The products feature up to 97% naturally derived ingredients, offering a high quality alternative to some premium products for a fraction of the cost. 

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I’ve been using the NURTURE Conditioner and Masque, which is perfect for dry hair. It’s enriched with nourishing Coconut Oil and Honey and smells just delicious! I alternate the NURTURE line with the RESTORE strengthening line, which repairs damaged hair. It’s enriched with nutrient-rich Goji Berry and Chia Extract, and all their products are free from silicones, sulfates, parabens and dyes. They also use biodegradable formulas and 100% recyclable packaging, so you can care for your hair and the Earth at the same time. Here’s a quick tutorial on my new healthy hair routine and how I’m saving my strands without compromising my style! 

Sunday’s are wash day so I start by gently detangling my hair using the Biotera Nuture Conditioner. I separate my curls into small sections and using just a little bit of my homemade spritz (aloe vera juice & rosewater) and a lot of the conditioner, I gently finger detangle each section. I do not use a comb or any styling tools, just my fingers and a lot of patience. Then I pop on a plastic cap and let that sit for a bit, mostly just to give my arms a break! Then shampoo and follow with a deep conditioning mask. I alternate between the Nuture and Restore Masques to balance moisturization and strengthening. As far as styling, I’m keeping that super simple! My hair hangs out in braids or twists and during the week I play with fun hair accessories, headwraps, or wigs so I always look cute and stylish. The routine is easy, simple, and keeping my hair healthy. 

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When shopping for my hair/ beauty essentials, like my Biotera products or fun hair accessories to style with, Sally Beauty is the place to start. Look for Biotera next time you are there, and learn more about the brand and product line on their site!

Let me know what your 2019 resolutions are, for beauty, hair, health or whatever! 

Secret Weapons for Healthy Hair

Holiday Glam Hair with Schwarzkopf® Keratin Color

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Who is ready to get holiday glam?! I love taking every opportunity to dress up, beat the face, and go over the top with my hair. Since I love to switch up my look a lot without compromising the health of my hair, I tend to wear a lot of wigs and extensions this time of year. I alternate between synthetic and human hair wigs, depending on the style and of course my budget, and I found some AMAZING wig deals on Black Friday so I got a few more to add to the rotation. One of my favorite wigs that I found was a little darker than I liked, so I wanted to try to add some dimension to the color as well. I tried the Schwarzkopf® Color Ultime® last year, turning an old blonde wig a vibrant auburn, so this time turned to Schwarzkopf® Keratin Color from Target! 

Brazilian Remy 360 Lace Wigs are usually super expensive because they have so much lace they can be parted in any direction, or even worn in an updo or high ponytail, but this one was only $137! Similar styles can actually go for over $400, so definitely a steal. However, all wigs need some customization to fit your face, wear naturally, and get the perfect color, so here are a few steps I took to perfecting this wig. 

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I always start by trimming all the lace off the wig, then deciding where I want to part it. Since this is a 360 lace wig, I can change the part whenever I want, but for now, I’m starting with a side part. Carefully tweeze out some of the hairs along the part to make it look extra defined, and along the hairline to thin the edges out for a natural look. Most wigs have a very straight, almost boxy hairline which is completely unnatural! Everyone has a little thinning along their hairline and edges, so plucking out those extra hairs will make it look so much more natural. It’s not really an exact science, just follow your natural hairline and how your hair falls and try to mimic that. Like I said earlier, this particular wig was a little darker than I liked, so I wanted to try to add some dimension to the color as well.

Schwarzkopf® Keratin Color formula has a cutting-edge anti-breakage technology with K-BOND PLEX™ to repair the hair structure and leave your hair looking healthy and strong. And if you invest in a wig you want it to last, choosing the right color system matters! I especially liked that it included a Pre-Color Serum, which conditions the hair before coloring for a more even color result from root to tip. The K-BOND PLEX™ salon inspired anti-breakage technology will ensure great color plus shiny, healthy looking hair! I chose to do balayage style highlights in the shade Light Golden Brown. I didn’t want to color the whole wig one shade but was hoping for a subtle medium to chocolate brown highlights that would add dimension. Please note, you can ONLY dye a high-quality human hair wig, not a synthetic! The color will not take and if it’s not a Remy wig the results won’t be optimal.

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To start, secure the wig to a Styrofoam head using bobby pins and apply the pre-color serum, then section off the hair. I did 6 sections so I could see exactly where I was applying the color and make sure all the highlights were even. Then just mix the Color Crème into the bottle containing the developer, give it a good shake, and try not to be alarmed by the strange color it may turn. 

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Then moving quickly, I applied a bit of the color to small pieces of hair, starting about an inch away from the roots. The nozzle tip applicator was super easy to work with, and it took about 25 to 30 minutes to do the full head of balayage on the wig. Since I knew it would take a while to apply, I went with a safer shade instead of one of the bright blondes and worked across in horizontal sections, so each layer of hair would have even color. I was nervous that if I went with a brighter shade the bottom would be fully processed before I made it to the top then it would just look completely uneven and crazy. 

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Total processing time for the section I started with was about 45 minutes and for the last section, I made sure to give it the recommended 30 minutes before rinsing and following with the K-BOND PLEX™ conditioner. I just applied a little bit of moisturizing curl crème then let the wig lay flat on a towel to dry. Avoid putting a wet wig back on the Styrofoam head to dry because that can actually stretch out the cap! And here she is after!

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In the morning, I put it on over a wig cap, and secured it with a tiny bit of a super strong hold gel. The wig comes with combs but I prefer not to use them because they pull on my hair and are pretty uncomfortable, but the last thing you want is your wig slipping off. Glue is a great alternative to uncomfortable clips and wig tape that can destroy your hairline or the risk of losing your wig to a strong gust of wind. 

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And here’s the final look! Even though the color is super subtle, I love how smooth and shiny it was. In retrospect, I could have gone with one of the lighter shades for a bolder look, and if you are starting on super dark hair you may want to try going lighter than you think you need to for color that really pops.

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If you want to try Schwarzkopf® Keratin Color, or any of their other brands (got2b®, GLISS®, Smooth ‘n Shine®, got2b® Color & Color Ultime®) the best place to get it is at your local Target! They make shopping super convenient and they’ve got a great promo between 12/16-12/29 for buy 4 get a $5 gift card for Schwarzkopf Hair!  And stay tuned for their new product that will be released soon! I can’t share details yet, but it’s designed to work on all hair textures, plus it's moisturizing & deeply nourishing.

Let me know if you guys try it and what color you go for! I would love to see your results! 

How to Be Your Own #HairGoals with Prose Customized Hair Care

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Let's be real - we are all on the quest to have the best hair possible. However you define your best hair is up to you - whether that be short and straight, long and bouncy or kinky curly. Great hair starts with health and I've been through HUNDREDS of products looking for the ones that would keep my curls hydrated, shiny and strong enough to resist breakage and maintain length.

I discovered Prose through Octoly, an influencer network and I was immediately intrigued. A fully customized hair care line based on your lifestyle and hair goals? Sign me up! I did their assessment online which asked a series of questions about my styling process, environmental conditions, and hair and scalp characteristics. 

My products arrived a week or 2 later with a detailed guide to the ingredients chosen and why they would be good for my hair. Some of the key ingredients were argan and jojoba oils for moisture, hyaluronic acid and collagen to repair and restore, and oat lipids and sunflower seed extract for color protection. My instructions are to shampoo and condition 2x a week, use the mask once a week, and 2x a month leave the mask on overnight for some ultimate hair rehab. 

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I noticed a difference right away and my hair has been getting even better with continued use. I mean take a look at these curls! 

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The shampoo cleansed without leaving my hair feeling stripped, and the conditioner and mask are rich, creamy and super hydrating. In short, it works wonders for my hair because it's made for my hair.

If you are interested in trying Prose check them out! And the only thing I can ask from the Prose team is to pretty please add in styling products!