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28 Feb

It looks great Kniece! Thanks for sharing ūüėČ

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Hair Straightening Woes & February 2012 Beauty Acquisitions

26 Feb

Hair update

26 Feb

This time last year, I was roller setting my hair using 1″ diameter rollers (pink) in the front & 1.5″ (orangey) in the back…

Then my hair grew out some, so I graduated to all 1.5″ diameter rollers (yellow & orangey) w/ a few 1.75″ (peach) sprinkled here & there…

I didn’t have enough 1.75″ rollers to cover my entire head, so the other day I went to the BSS & bought a few more. They didn’t have any peach ones left, so I bought 2 packs of purple ($2 for a pack of 6 rollers). My hair is even longer, so I decided it set everything on the jumbo rollers… After my hair was dry, I flat ironed it & threw the rollers back in to preserve some degree of body & curl.Then I wrapped it & tied it w/ a scarf. This is how it looked when I set free…

My thoughts? Roller setting was & is still MY THANG! It’s my favorite & most trusted hair move. But I’ve noticed that it’s taking longer & longer for my hair to dry these days.¬†Barring any excessive damage/breakage, it will eventually become too long to style in this manner. It makes me sad just thinking about it, but I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it…

Twist Out

25 Feb

21 Feb

Check out Roni’s braid out tutorial!

The Savvy Housewife

Hey ‚ÄúSavvy Readers!‚ÄĚ

I hope you all had an awesome weekend! I didn‚Äôt do much, just relaxed around the house with the fam. I did manage to record a tutorial and I wanted to share it with you all. I get asked all the time, ‚Äúwhat do you do to your hair, to get it to look like that?‚ÄĚ Well, it‚Äôs an easy style that I have been rocking since I transitioned from relaxed to natural. I love this it! I sometimes do it on dry hair but this tutorial shows it done on wet hair. Check it out‚Ķ

I hope you enjoyed tutorial and I hope it answered any questions some of you may have had about how I do my braid outs. And if you have any questions, comments or request please leave them below or send me an email at the thesavvyhousewifeblog@yahoo.com.

Until next…

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Weekend shenanigans & FOTD: Soft Sable

13 Feb

I went to the movies & had dinner at Panera Bread Co with my mama (she’s the best)! I absolutely LOVE scary movies, so we saw The Woman in Black. My thoughts? It wasn’t nearly as scary as it could or should have been (hence the rating of PG-13) *YAWN*¬†As I sat in the theater munching on my contraband trail mix¬†(because movie theater¬†snacks are¬†ridiculously expensive & high in both fat & sodium) I noticed that there was an overabundance of people half¬†my age, giggling, play-fighting & playing musical chairs all up¬†in the theater. What the &*%@?! We purposefully attended¬†the matin√©e show to take advantage of the lower-priced tickets & the vacant stadium seating, but no… the darn TEENAGERS were there to see their beloved Harry Potter all grown up. I feel so old right now. *SIGHS* Anyway, I’ve been experimenting with smoky eyes lately & this is what I came up with…Subtlety is not my strong suit, but today’s look is a simple, dark brown smoky eye. The flash from my camera made the brown appear lighter¬†than it did in person. This is a more accurate depiction. My shiny happy wig is the result of finger coils, created using KCKT & organic extra virgin coconut oil. Do you see those 2 twists on the right side? That hair WILL. NOT. COIL. I don’t know why, but no amount of¬† baby talk, gel, water, kind words, conditioner, oil or sweet nothings¬†will make that hair curl. *WHOMP¬†WHOMP*

PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

SHADOW: I applied matte dark brown from the Wet N Wild Vanity palette over my entire lower eyelid. On my crease I used matte brown from the CoverGirl Coffee Shop palette (a slightly lighter shade than the first one). For a softer, more natural look, I used Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep on my brow bone.

OTHER DETAILS… I used CoverGirl single e/s in Smolder to define my eyebrows & L’Oreal Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black on my eyelashes. I defined my upper lashline & waterline with Wet N Wild cream liner in black.

CHEEKS: Black Radiance sheer finish blush in Soft Honey

FACE: Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep (05)

LIPS: E.O.S. Honeysuckle Honeydew lip balm+ Lancome Color Design lipstick in Trendy Mauve

FOTD: Rockstar

9 Feb

This song was HOT during my freshman year in college, LMBO! I know the video is awesomely bad, but admit that the music gets you in a “rock” mood. I had forgotten all about this song until I heard it in a Samsung commercial last week. TOO FUNNY! Anyway… let’s talk makuep! Today’s look is pretty simple, I didn’t wanna draw too much attention to my eyes, so I did a simple smoky look that allows the bright pink lipstick to pop.

PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

SHADOW: I applied this dark pewter (metallic finish) from the Wet N Wild Lust palette over my entire lower eyelid. On my crease I used matte dark brown from the Wet N Wild Vanity palette, then I used matte peach e/s (WNW Greed palette) to highlight my brow bone area.

 

OTHER DETAILS… I used CoverGirl single e/s in Smolder to define my eyebrows & L’Oreal Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black on my eyelashes. I defined my upper lashline & waterline with Wet N Wild cream liner in black.

CHEEKS: Wet N Wild blush in Heather Silk

LIPS: Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color in Fuchsia Fever + CO Bigelow lip gloss in Pink Mint

FACE: Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep (05)

I received a friendly reminder that I haven’t been posting FOTDs lately… Sorry guys! The product reviews & acquisitions & Giovanni have kept me pretty busy. Speaking of Giovanni… My hair is day 3 of a twist-out. It looked a ham this particular morning, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to test out the banana clip faux-hawk. No gel on the sides this time, just a little Mane-N-Tail Leave-In conditioner before brushing it back. I excluded the hair in front from the banana clip, to give me a bang. Here’s the side view…


Hair Porn: The Rachel True Edition

6 Feb

I have been in love with her curls ever since I saw The Craft…¬†*SIGHS*

Post-highlight pics & other color ramblings…

31 Jan

As you know, I recently touched up my highlights…

*DISCLAIMER* I am not a cosmetologist & this post was not intended to be used a guide. If you have any doubts or fears regarding color exploration, you should see a licensed colorist. By coloring your hair at home, you assume all risks & responsibilities thereof. There are many variables that determine the outcome of a hair color (such as density/porosity, past chemical exposure) which is why you should do your research & perform a strand test before taking the plunge. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I’d like to share my process for choosing these colors…

Hair color is classified in two areas:

  • ¬†Level – the lightness (or darkness) of a particular color. This is measured on a scale from 1-10 (1 being black & 10 being platinum blonde).
  • Pigment – the base tones of a particular color. This aspect of a hair color determines whether that color is warm or cool & is usually represented by a letter (RB for red-brown, Y for yellow, etc.).

So now we know that Honey Blonde (6G) is a level 6, dark blonde w/ golden base tones & Cherrywood (4RC) is a level 6, light brown w/ a red-copper base. 

Back in my permie days, my hair was extremely porous, so the dye always processed quickly & the color was just as vivid as the picture on the box. Why? The chemicals in a relaxer permanently destroy the several layers of cuticle. This process leaves microscopic holes in each strand of hair that enable hair color to penetrate the cortex with a quickness. Adding insult to injury, colors fade faster on overly porous hair because it escapes through those same holes. *WHOMP WHOMP*

Healthy, virgin hair, on the other hand, is resistant to change. Unless it has sustained¬† severe heat or mechanical damage, it has the strength to resist dye, resulting in under-processed color. I have existing highlights from March 2011, so only portions of my hair are virgin. My natural color is a level 2 (dark brown) & I was striving for a level 3 or 4 reddish-brown. I was never interested in having blonde hair, I just used it to lift some of the darkness, so that the Cherrywood could show. If you wanna see my steps in greater detail, check out this video…

Why highlight your hair at home?

  • I’m tender-headed. One time a stylist INSISTED on pulling my hair through the cap although it was clearly too long for that highlighting method. Why? Your guess is as good as mine. If you’ve ever been stabbed in the head w/ that hair-pulling hook, I know you feel my pain.
  • I’m picky. The last time I got my color professionally done, she put 7 foils in the crown of my head. Before getting started I asked her to place them off-center. Back in those days, I wore my hair parted to the side, so placing them slightly to the left would allow my color to show on both sides of the part. She ignored my request, therefore my highlights were too heavy on one side & too light on the other. *SMH*
  • I’m cheap.That 7 foil highlight job, along w/ my wash & style cost me about $60. That was several years ago, on permed, chin-length hair. Now $60 is just a base rate. They charge extra for curling/straightening/styling your hair, AS IF anyone wants to walk out of a salon w/ wet hair (but trust, I’ve done it before). They also charge more for natural hair & hair past your shoulders. It costs extra to incorporate more than 1 color (highlights & lowlights) & extra if you want color in more than just the crown of your head. Thanks, but no thanks! I used about 30 foils to distribute the color evenly around my head & spent $20 in the process. All I had to buy was the dye because I already owned the other supplies. #WINNING!

How often do you color your hair?

  • Twice a year. I typically wait 6 months in between colorings, but this time I waited 10.

How do you maintain your color?

  • I started using Clairol Textures & Tones after I went natural. I love it because my color does. not. fade. When I had a relaxer I used to use an assortment of¬† semi-permanent rinses, color-keeping shampoos & tinted conditioners to keep my color vibrant throughout the year.
  • If fading is an issue, then your hair is probably dry. Be sure to deep condition it often (for added moisture) & do a protein treatment every now & then (for added strength).

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My color is subtle & not very noticeable indoors…

But this is how it looks on a sunny day…

And my ends are the lightest…

Product Review: Mega Care Grape Seed Oil

30 Jan

  • Price:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 1¬†¬† 2¬†¬† 3¬†¬† 4¬†¬† 5 ¬† 6 ¬† 7¬†¬† 8¬†¬† ‚óŹ
  • Packaging:¬† 1¬†¬† 2¬†¬† 3¬†¬† 4¬†¬† 5 ¬† 6 ¬† 7¬†¬† 8¬†¬† ‚óŹ
  • Efficacy:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 1¬†¬† 2¬†¬† 3¬†¬† 4¬†¬† 5 ¬† 6¬†¬†¬†‚󏬆¬† 8 ¬† 9
  • Overall rating: 8

Ingredients: Grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, castor oil, wheat germ oil, tocopherol (vitamin e), fragrance

I paid $1 for this 1.5 ounce tube of oil. I posted the ingredient list above, so that you would know that this is not 100% grape seed oil. That fact that it’s not pure, doesn’t bother me because all of the ingredients listed are good for your hair. Although the list says there’s a fragrance, I really didn’t notice one. Mega Care Grape Seed Oil has a thinner consistency than olive oil. It’s viscosity & color are comparable to sweet almond oil (which happens to be the second ingredient). I love the packaging! It has an applicator tip, so that you can administer the product drop by drop. And this tube is slightly larger than a tube of lip gloss, so it fits in almost any bag. Unlike most oil receptacles, this tube closes securely, without any leakage (thus far), which makes it ideal for traveling.

How did I use it?

I used MCGSO to seal my ends during a (wet) roller set. And on week 2, I used it to smooth out frizzy patches before wrapping my hair at night. It left my hair shiny, but did not weigh it down, or make it feel greasy.

At 99¬Ę a tube it’s definitely worth trying. I recommend it & would definitely buy it again.