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Twist-out with Eco Styler Custard

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Eco Styler Custard Recipe:

  • 1 cup of Eco Styler Gel (any color)
  • 1 tbs of Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1 tbs each of any oil of choice (I used 2 tbs of EVOO)

Mix until custard texture is achieved.

I recently tried a twist-out with homemade Eco Styler Custard…check out my results 🙂

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Straight Hair Don’t Care…

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I finally got over my fear of heat damage and whipped out my flat iron last weekend. After doing countless hours of research on flat irons and hair products to aid in the straightening process, it came down to two purchases.

First, the flat iron. I took a number of things into consideration when making this purchase.  I wanted to make sure that the tool I chose had clear temperature settings (displaying the actual temp and not high/med/low settings), that it had either ceramic/titanium plates, and that it was no more than 1″- 1.5″ in width. I purchased the Ion Titanium Platinum Gator Flat Iron from Sally’s beauty Supply (http://www.sallybeauty.com/gator-flat-iron/SBS-301618,default,pd.html)

It cost me around $70 which i figured was a pretty decent amount to spend on a flat iron. Plus, I really like the pretty blue display light 🙂

At any rate, the next purchase I made was the Carol’s Daughter Chocolat Smoothing 3pc Starter Kit ($24.00) from Ulta. I watched a demonstration of the products and immediately wanted to try them. (http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?skuId=2244664&productId=xlsImpprod4210193&navAction=push&navCount=1&categoryId=cat150002)

I also found this chase comb from folica.com to be helpful…(http://www.folica.com/tools/hair-combs-and-picks/croc-iron-comb)

I chose not to record the process (because I wasn’t entirely confident in what I was doing and didn’t want the fact that I was on camera to distract me). But this is basically what i did:

Step 1: Overnight dry DC with Aubrey Organics Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner

Step 2: Rinse conditioner, shampoo with Carol’s Daughter Chocolat Smoothing Shampoo. This felt great on my hair and was not drying at all. It is a sulfate free shampoo.

Step 3: I initially was going to detangle with the CD Chocolat Smoothing Condish but it did not provide enough slip for me. So i rinsed the section out and used my beloved TreSemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture conditioner for detangling. Rinsed each section and then applied the CD Conditioner. Let it sit in my hair while I steamed in the shower and bathed.

Step 4: Rinsed conditioner with cool water in order to lock in moisture. Wrapped my hair in a t-shirt to absorb excess water. Then I applied the CD Chocolat Blow Dry Cream to each section and let it sit until my hair was about 70% dry.

Step 5: Blow dry hair on medium heat/high speed (i’m not here for sore arms blow drying on cool air low speed) The Chocolat System contains thermal protection.

Step 6: Section hair in 6 sections. Flat ironed 1″ pieces of hair with one pass using the chase comb and 360 degree setting on the flat iron. I repeat I DID NOT go over any hair more than once.

Annnnddddddd ( drumroll please)…..Here are my results:

Please forgive me, I was so excited that I didn’t screw it up that i neglected to take pics of the back of my head. However, here is my vlog post where I show you a 360 degree view (see i’m not a total dunce!):

Check out the length check in the beginning and hear my review on the products used to achieve this look!

Dani 🙂 ❤

 

 

I’m a Deva!!

After many months of contemplation and temptation, I have finally gotten my first hair cut since my big chop. This time I opted for the Deva cut. I researched online about this method and saw many YouTube vids of women of all textures getting their hair cut the Deva way. $65 for a haircut is kind of steep, however, it was worth every penny 🙂

A little bit of history: The Deva Cut is a hair cutting method specifically designed for curly hair. It was created by Lorraine Massey, the author of “Curly Girl: The Handbook” and the co-owner of Devachaun Salon in NY. The hair is cut dry, in its natural state, curl by curl, and then washed, conditioned and styled.

I like this method of cutting because its precise and does not require heat or combs. When I made my appointment, I was told to come in with my hair styled in a dry wash and go. The night before my appointment, I co-washed my hair and used Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture condish as my leave-in. My stylist was Allison of Dino Palmieri in Beachwood, Ohio. She was very knowledgeable and very helpful during the cutting process. She asked me about the history of my hair, what  I envisioned my hair looking like, and what were my hair goals. We came up with a “graduated bob” for the shape of my hair. She parted and sectioned with her fingers only. She cut the nape of my neck first (Where my dreaded ducktail once lived) and then worked her way up. When she got to the top of my hair, she cut each curl individually and placed them where it looked best for the style. After she was done, I immediately felt a difference in my hair. It was much softer because most of my previous color damage and dry ends were gone. I was definitely pleased with the cut. However, I was not pleased with the Deva Curl products that she proceeded to use after she was done. I don’t know the names of the products (didn’t care to know either). They left my hair very dry and matted. I couldn’t wait to come home and wash that crap out lol. My normal wash and go styling takes about a half hour including detangling time. This time it took almost 2 hours because my hair was so tangled and matted from the Deva Curl smh. Never again.

Overall, I am completely satisfied with the shape of my hair and I will get my hair cut with Allison again. However, this time I will opt to use my own staple products.

What do you think? Have you been itching for fierce cut yet?? Would you consider using this method?

❤ Dani ❤

Best.Twist-out.EVERRRRR!!

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Last night I felt the sudden urge to tackle the dreaded twist-out once again for the 100th time. I’ve only been a fan of twist-outs on other people but not on my head. When I big chopped in Oct 2010, I opted for a tapered cut (a decision I regret). So now I’m in the “awkward” stages of hair growth with limited style options *le sigh*.

I’m going to Indiana over the weekend to visit family and wanted to do something with my hair other than my normal clutch styles (wash n go and puff). I co-washed my hair using VO5 Moisture Milks conditioner and then applied Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie while it was soaking wet. I did 8-10 large twists, tied my hair down with a cotton tee for about 20 minutes to soak up the excess water, and then began twisting my hair with coconut oil and Eco Styler Protein gel. I used what was left of my Kinky Curly Gloss Pomade to unravel my twists and let me tell you…the curl definition I achieved is EVERYTHAAANG! On top of that my hair is extremely moisturized and soft to the touch. I now have soft fluffy hair with shine, amazing definition, and another clutch style added to my repertoire. I couldn’t be more pleased :))))  To maintain this style at night I’m going to re-twist in large twists and wear a satin scarf. In the morning I’ll unravel, fluff and shape. I can’t wait to see what Day 2 hair looks like. Wish me luck!

❤ Dani ❤

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P.s. I’m loving the Eco Styler Protein and will be adding it to my staple products 🙂

Playing in My Hair and Makeup Again: Neutral Glam

Aside from natural hair, makeup is slowly becoming a new passion of mine. Well maybe not new but I’m definitely getting better at it. I’ve had this Coastal Scents Neutral Palette for over a year now and I can truly say that I use it everyday. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel the NEED to wear makeup everyday…however, I wear it to simply “wake up” my face lol. Most cases I go for the “no makeup” look. A little tinted moisturizer, fill-in my eyebrows, lip gloss, and mascara. Occasionally a winged liner. Today I chose a slightly more glam neutral look.

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Coastal Scents 28 Neutral Palette found here: http://www.coastalscents.com/makeup/palettes/pl-005.html

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Topped off with Wet n Wild bronzer and a nude lippy from NYX (Tea), this look can be worn from day to night. My hair is a 2 day old stretched wash and go with Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Eco Styler Protein. Soon I will post a video on this look and demonstrate how I battle that dreaded shrinkage with my wash n gos.

Until next time 🙂 XOXOXOXOXO