Bad hair days: A thing of the past…

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Talk to any woman with straight, wavy or curly hair, and most likely she will tell you that humidity is her worst nightmare.

I remember dreading hazy, hot and humid days a few years ago. Not to say that I jump for joy when I hear the weather man tell me that this is what I can look forward to when I walk out the door in the morning, but now I no longer fear those 3 H’s.

That’s right! I can walk out with my head held high and my hair completely loose because I feel confident in the products that I apply and know that my hair care routine will get me through the day.

Yesterday was one of those days…

I wore my hair similar to the image below and applied a dime-size of the SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Reconstructive Finishing Elixir to my hair and I was good to go. This product left my hair feel shiny, soft and bouncy.

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What’s your favorite hair product for hot and humid days?

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Beauty in fabric…

IMG_6769.JPGTop: Charlotte Russe (last season) | Pants: Zara | Hair: Devacurl B’Leave-In and DevaCurl Set It Free

Sunday Funday was in full effect yesterday. I enjoyed a beautiful brunch with some special people in my life.

Yes, summer is almost over, but that doesn’t mean the fun, outdoorsy plans should end. Enjoy the last few weeks and if you dare, break out some vibrant colors. It’s a great mood-booster.

Happy (not so) end of summer!

Curl Friends Confession with HoneysCurls

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I’m so excited to announce a new section on my blog called Curl Friends Confession! I thought this would be a great way for my readers to get to know other curly girls out there in hopes of building their confidence.

Whether we like it or not, society says that straight hair exudes confidence, respect and acceptance (to name a few).  I recall feeling like I had to straighten my hair whenever I took a school picture or attended an event/party during my adolescent days. Though there’s nothing wrong with wanting to style your hair differently (and I’m not swearing off straightening my hair by any means), I think it’s important to be proud of the hair texture that you’re born with, because at the end of the day, your hair isn’t what exudes confidence, respect and acceptance — it’s you!

Now without further adieu, it is with great pleasure that I introduce to you…

Curl Friends Confession with HoneysCurls. As a quick intro, HoneysCurls is a vlogger with over 9,200 subscribers on YouTube.  I personally love watching beauty and hair tutorials and couldn’t help but instantly subscribe to her channel when I saw her beautiful curls, and awesome personality.

So let’s find out what she has to say about hair, makeup and more…

1. Must-have hair product for beach/pool days: Coconut Oil! Being out in the sun or in chlorinated or salt water can be really harsh and drying on my curls. If I know I’m going to be out in the sun a lot or be in the water I will put some coconut oil on my hair. It helps to add some moisture and protect against the elements! Plus, it adds great shine!

2. Favorite natural/organic hair or beauty product (if any): I recently became a big fan of line of products I found out about through Instagram. It’s called “Anunaturals.” They are all natural and organic products that a girl makes herself. My favorite is her “3C’s Conditioner.” It makes detangling my hair in the shower a breeze (and I have extremely tangly hair) and it makes my hair feel super moisturized and hydrated. Not to mention that it smells AMAZING, like dessert!

3. DIY hair concoctions you swear by: I started doing “protein treatments” on my hair using egg and it’s literally changed my life. I like to do two egg yolks and one whole egg and scramble it with some kind of oil (usually EVOO) and leave it on my hair for at least 30 minutes, then wash it out. It takes my curls to a whole ‘nother’ level! I usually do this about once a month.

4. Your celebrity curly girl icon: I love Tamera Mowry. She recently did “the big chop” after having her hair severely heat damaged. She’s always embraced her curls, which I love, and she has amazing curls at that!

5. One beauty routine you must do before leaving your house: I rarely ever leave the house without mascara. I have what I like to call “Ombré Eyelashes.” The roots are brown, but the tips are so blonde that they are invisible unless in direct sunlight. When I’m not wearing mascara they look super short, but when I put it on they literally double in length. So, I usually feel it to be a veritable must for me.

6. Favorite fruit and vegetable: I’m obsessed with blueberries right now, they’re like natures candy; so easy to snack on. As far as vegetables go, I’ve always loved cucumbers for some reason!

7. One location in the world that makes you extremely happy: The beach. Any beach.

8. Air dry or diffuse: It depends on my patience level, but usually I go for air dry.

9: Dry cut or regular haircut: I’m a strong believer in the devacut.

10. One hair accessory you can’t live without: Hair ties. I would die if I couldn’t put my hair in a messy bun.

And with that, I leave you with a HoneysCurls quote that truly sums up what Curl Friends Confession is all about:

Wearing my hair natural is so much deeper than just having curly hair to me. It’s representative of loving and accepting myself for the things that make me uniquely me. The things that I cannot (easily) change. When I straightened my hair all the time I feel like I was subconsciously telling myself that the way I really look was not good enough or pretty enough for the world to see, that I had to change myself to be truly pretty. So going natural is a message I’m sending to myself that I can be pretty just the way I was born. I hope that through my videos I can encourage girls to find the beauty within themselves and be proud of the things that make them unique or different. Not just on the outside, but on the inside as well. Maybe it’s hypocritical because I have a YouTube channel devoted to beauty, but I honestly believe that outward beauty is not what’s important, it’s the inner person that really matters at the end of the day. And it’s our differences that make the world a beautiful and interesting place to live.

Basic Wash-and-Go Hair Essentials…

Untitled-1Wide Tooth Comb (similar) | Clip: Diane Duck Bill Clips | Hair Masque: SheaMoisture | Microfiber Towel: Aquis | Shampoo & Conditioner: Acure

Whether you have straight hair, curly hair, frizzy hair, manageable hair, or whatever texture you were blessed with, you’ll be happy to hear that these products, and possibly my techniques, can be used on any hair type.

I generally use my fingers to de-tangle, but when I need a little extra help, a wide tooth comb is the way to go.  A duck bill clip is used to hold my hair in place after I apply the hair masque (post-shampoo), which I leave on for about 5-10 minutes in the shower. My final rinse (cool to cold water I might add) is used to wash out the conditioner. Lastly, I wrap my hair in a microfiber towel for less than 5 minutes.

What are your basic hair essentials?

Check out a recent post of 10 Best Tips for How to Manage Curly Hair, where some of these techniques are listed.

Thinking About You

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This post will be short and sweet, and all about YOU, my lovely readers. I’d like to know what topics, tips, etc. you’d like to hear from me (i.e. hair tutorial, specific product review, monthly favorites). Simply put, what do you want to know? What do you need to know?

Don’t be shy!

Summer Hair

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The first day of summer is finally here! It was an absolutely gorgeous day in NYC where I enjoyed a relaxing BBQ with family and friends.

We all know the importance of applying sunscreen to our skin to protect it from the harmful sun rays, but did you know that your hair needs protection as well?

Here are two simple ways to protect your hair from the sun during those fun, outdoor activities in the summer:

1. Rub a Small Amount of Coconut Oil to the Hair
The sun can make your hair seem/feel dry and damaged after being exposed for hours. This helps keep moisture locked in and add a little shine, especially if you’re going for a swim at the beach or pool.

A cute style when you apply coconut oil and don’t wash your hair right away is a side-braid, like the one pictured above. It’s also great for those hot days when you don’t want your hair to get in the way.

2. Wear a Hat or Cap
Similar to the note above, something as simple as a hat/cap can help keep your scalp and tresses protected.

I know it’s not always possible or practical to wear something on your head, but if you could at least apply a dime-sized or nickel-sized amount of coconut oil (you’ll learn how much to apply without giving it the greasy look), it will go a long way.

Happy Summer! Don’t forget to smile and have fun.

10 Best Tips for How to Manage Curly Hair

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  1. Avoid products that contain sulfate.
  2. Do not wash your hair more than 2x a week (depending on how much product you’re applying to your hair).
  3. Apply cold water (not warm or hot) to hair after conditioning.
  4. Only use a microfiber towel or cotton t-shirt to dry your hair.
  5. Do not touch your hair after washing it/applying your product(s).
  6. Apply a hair masque/conditioner at least 1x a month.
  7. Use a silk or satin pillowcase to help minimize frizz.
  8. Limit the amount of times you apply heat to your hair.
  9. Avoid products that contain alcohol as an ingredient.
  10. Include leave-in conditioner in your hair routine.