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Winter 2014 Hair Update

10 Jan

Be sure to check my BeautyLish page for random pics, FOTDs & Giovanni ūüėČ

LOVES the volume after a fresh wash!

LOVES the volume after a fresh wash!

I’ve recently received a few inquiries about my Winter 2014 hair regimen. Here’s what I’ve been doing this winter to keep my wig looking right.

STEP 1 – Wipe the slate clean…

  • (Biweekly) I scratch my¬†scalp & shampoo my hair,
  • Deep condition & detangle,
  • Put on a plastic bag & sit under hooded dryer (on low heat)¬†for about 15 minutes,
  • Rinse conditioner¬†out w/ cold water,
  • Wrap a t-shirt around my hair (in a turban fashion)¬†to dry

STEP 2 – Roller Set…

  • I spray a light mist of TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray
  • I mix Mango-scented Shea Butter & The Body Shop Macadamia straightening balm¬†& apply it to each section of hair. This smoothes & seals my cuticles, minimizing my friz.¬†I know what you’re gonna say… “Sham hasn’t that product been discontinued?” And my reponse would be “Yes, it has!” However, since¬†2011 I have bought several bottles from various eBay retailers, so I intend to keep using it until I can no longer replenish my stash! ūüėČ
  • I apply my FAVORITE leave-in solution (a 50/50 mix of H2O & African-Pride Leave-In Conditioner) to each section of hair before rolling it up.
  • I sit under my hooded dryer, alternating between low & high heat until my wig is completely dry. This process generally takes about 2 hours.
  • I remove the rollers & use a paddle brush to wrap my hair before tying it down & going to sleep.

STEP 3 – Style…

  • After removing my scarf, I mist a little bit of shine spray, then fluff & seperate my curls.
  • I smoothe my edges using a touch of Motions Shine Enhancing Pomade (as needed).

STEP 4 – Maintain…

  • Nighttime routine: I alternate between wrapping & dry rolling my hair
  • On rainy days, like today, I bun it up to keep it stretched & to prevent my curls from reverting.

    My rainy day bun

BOTTOM LINE: My 2014 hair regimen isn’t at that different from that of two years ago. The main difference is that I use a bit less heat now. Whereas before I was ALL ABOUT straightening my roots, I have chilled out with that. My hair is longer than it was back then, so it actually hangs differently. In a nutshell, longer hair = more¬†elongated curls, so when you add flat-ironed your roots to the equation, you end up with ZERO volume ūüė¶ Additionally, actively sectioning &¬†straightening curly/puffy roots is¬†time consuming, I prefer more passive methods of acheiving smooth edges.¬†For me, the¬†tension from wrapping and/or bunning my hair is usually just enough to give the appearance of a sleek hairline.

What are you doing this winter to keep your wig looking tight?


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

Tutorial: Taking down dry twists

17 Jan

I recorded this video about a month ago & neglected to publish the footage *BAD SHAM* Charge it to adult onset ADHD or something like that, LOL! Oh & I recorded it impromptu, which is why there’s no part 1 of me twisting my hair. Imma do better next time. Until then, ENJOY…

TAKE 2: Dry Flexi-rod set

18 Nov

I was discouraged when my first flexi-rod set lasted ONE DAY. But I vowed to try it again once the weather was cooler. *Slick Rick voice* Heeeere we go…

In my usual fashion, I washed, DC’ed & roller set my hair last weekend. Due to rainy weather conditions, Giovanni became undefined & fro-ish by day 4. I was admittedly heavy-handed with the Vitamin E oil during my original roller set, so this time I dry set it (no product added). I divided it into about 11 sections, then I detangled each section & wrapped it around an 11/16 flexi-rod. After that, I put my scarf on & went to bed. BTW, these soft flexible rollers are much more comfortable to sleep on than the hard magnetic ones!

The next morning I removed the rods & separated my curls by finger twirling the hair. This method creates Shirley Temple-esque ringlets. It only took me about 20 minutes to style my hair that morning & about 15 to detangle & set my hair (the night before). PIECE-O-CAKE!

My results:

That night I pineappled & tied a scarf around my hair. The next morning I fluffed it out & discovered that my right side was almost completely straight. *MacGuyver mode* I applied some Motions pomade, brushed it back & bobby-pinned it. I’m just glad that there was Day 2 hair this time…

Last night I dry twisted my curls & tied a scarf around my head. I’m still in bed right now, so I have no idea how that turned out. But I’ll keep you posted ūüėČ

Death to SSKs

15 Oct

I am one of those people who constantly plays in their hair. I can’t help the fact that my curls feel… well, HEAVENLY! Last week I was on the phone with a client, twirling a lock of hair, when I felt a tiny bump towards the end of the strand. What was that?! Upon inspection, I determined that it was indeed the dreaded SSK. So I did what any reasonable person would do… I grabbed my scissors & cut that sucker off! My coworkers thought I had lost my mind. I kept finding them, so I began conducting daily search & destroy missions ūüė¶ *cue waterworks & violins*

Single strand knots (also called fairy knots) are just one of the many varieties of split ends. They can be caused by:

  • Thermal stress (heat styling)
  • Mechanical stress (excessive manipulation)
  • Chemical stress (hair color, relaxers, etc)
  • Lack of moisture (damage from the inside out) Continue reading

Roller set ramblings…

3 Oct

This is a video that I recorded back in May 2011, but for some reason never published. I have since strayed from some of the products in this routine (namely organic virgin coconut oil). Because Giovanni responded so well to it last Spring, I plan to add it to my Fall routine.

The main problem with PJ-ism is that you spend tremendous amounts of money & time testing out new products, hoping to find the holy grail of hair. Then you look back & realize it was there all along. Pray for me y’all! LOL

“To dye or not to dye?”… that is the question

10 Sep

As women, we will inevitably become bored with our hair. Some of us chose to remedy that boredom with color…

I realize that most (if not all) of the women in these pictures are rocking hair that didn’t grow from their respective scalps, but you get the point. Besides, color can be damaging, so a weave (or wig) is a guilt-free alternative to dying your mane!

Your thoughts…?

Product Reviews: Tangle Teezer & Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk

1 Sep

My Hair Story

6 Aug

Click here to read about my final chop!


FOTD: Summer Sunset

5 Aug

I toldja that the “Glam files” were backlogged… I’m sorry y’all! I will try to do better next week ūüôā This FOTD was about 3 weeks ago… I’ve already posted a YouTube video tutorial, so be sure to check that out! ENJOY…


PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk

SHADOW:¬†I¬†covered my lower eyelid in Forever Fig by CoverGirl. That shade of purple wasn’t vivid enough for me, so I added NYX Ultra Pearl Mania¬†in purple to intensify the color. I applied matte orange to my crease using my Coastal Scents crease brush. Finally, I used matte peach e/s to highlight my¬†brow bone¬†(from the¬†Wet N Wild Greed palette).

OTHER DETAILS‚Ķ I used CoverGirl¬†single e/s in Smolder to define my eyebrows. Maybelline¬†Volume Express ‚ÄúFalsies‚ÄĚ Mascara in Blackest Black on my eyelashes. I defined¬†my upper lashline & with Wet n Wild¬†cream eyeliner in black.

LIPS:¬†¬†Carmex¬†+ ‚ÄúStop Violence in the Home‚ÄĚ lip gloss¬†by The Body Shop

CHEEKS: CoverGirl single e/s in Forever Fig

FACE: Nada

These pics were taken the 2nd week of July… apparently I was having the BEST natural hair week EVER!!! I’m a bit nostalgic about my curly fro… which is presently in a roller set ūüė¶ FREE GIOVANNI!!!