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FOTD: Pink Swaggatude!

20 Jul

*Singing “Yes yes y’all! And it don’t stop”* Notice anything different?!? I have reinstated my roller set. It feels sooo good to have my swagga back 🙂 OH! Shout out to my boo for letting me deebo the term “swaggatude” LOL…

For this hairdo I used my oldie (but goodie) 1 inch diameter, pink, magnetic rollers. I was rather heavy-handed with hair products this time *BAD SHAM!* I used both African Pride Leave-In Conditioner, Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Cream & some actual shea butter. Hopefully my curls will last a minute or two longer than they did last week. Y’all hafta excuse me, cuz I’m still a little bitter about the flexi-rod set 😥 OK! That’s enough hair talk, ONTO THE MAKEUP…

PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk (lower lid) & Cherry (crease)

SHADOW: I used matte pastel pink e/s (Wet N Wild Lust palette) to highlight my tearducts. Then I covered the remainder of my lower eyelid in NYX Ultra Pearl Mania e/s in Space (a metallic periwinkle blue loose pigment). To create the cut crease, I drew a red line along the crease of my eyelid using the NYX pencil in Cherry. I applied matte hot pink e/s (Shany 120 palette) on top of that line & blended it up towards my brow.  Finally, I used matte peach e/s to highlight my brow bone (from the Wet N Wild Greed palette).

OTHER DETAILS… I used CoverGirl single e/s in Smolder to define my eyebrows. Maybelline Volume Express “Falsies” Mascara in Blackest Black on my eyelashes. I defined my upper lashline & waterline with Wet n Wild cream eyeliner in black.

LIPS:  Carmex + “Stop Violence in the Home” lip gloss by The Body Shop

CHEEKS: Wet N Wild blush in Heather Silk

FACE: Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep (05)


Flexi-rod reflections…

19 Jul

I just wanted to share a few tips with you after my flexi-rod experiment…

  • I have slept in just about every type of roller. These, however are not sleep-able rollers! Having said that, do not plan to set your hair in the evening & then go to bed, while they dry overnight… it ain’t happenin’ sistah!
  • My advice is to start early in the day, because it may take a while for you to get the hang of these rollers.
  • I know it sounds crazy, but eat a good breakfast before taking this journey! You’ll need your strength for twisting & bending 50-70 flexi-rods, LOL! *NO JOKE!* 
  •  It can be difficult to asses the number of rollers/rods you will need.  Carefully consider the length & density of your hair, in comparison to the size of the roller/rod. For example: it requires about 35 rollers 1 inch to roller set my entire head, but  when I’m using half-inch rollers it takes 50. This is why I purchased 54 flexi-rods.
  • Unless your hair is long ( i.e. past your shoulders), purchase the short rods. I bought all the packs short rods they had @ my local BSS. I ended up having to purchase long ones so that I would have enough rods for my shoulder length hair. If I had bought all short ones, I probably could’ve fit my head underneath my hooded dryer 😦
  • Consider purchasing a soft-bonnet hair dryer. Or if time permits, let your hair air dry. My dryer wasn’t wide enough, so I felt like I was in a headlock the entire time. I ended up using a hand dryer to do the job.
  • Whether or not you “believe” in using rat-tail combs, keep one handy for scratching your scalp. The flexi-rods are practically impenetrable!
  • A bonnet will flatten your curls at night, so sleep on a satin pillowcase instead. If you do not already have one GET TUH STEPPIN!!! *in my Martin voice*

In case you were wondering, my flexi-rod set lasted a total of ONE DAY *shedding tears over my frivolous efforts* It rained the whole weekend, so my curls got tighter & tighter until they fell into my natural curl pattern! Darn Giovanni & his resistance to change! Having said that, I have no intentions of repeating this coiffure until summer is over *SIGHS*

Something new…

16 Jul

Co-washed & bagged my hair last night & I laid there contemplating how I would style it this morning. When I woke up this morning I watched this video…

I was feeling pretty inspired, so I rushed out to my BSS & bought these…

So I’m about to get it crackulating in dis camp… I’ll post the results later 🙂


Santa, I guess you can take the flexi-rods off my Christmas list! *BAD SHAM*

Tutorial: (wet) Roller set

9 Jun

Tutorial: Dry roller set

28 May

This is my nightly routine on days when life has caused my curls to frizz, fall or become undefined. I don’t do it every night… About every 2-3 nights, depending on how my curls are looking.

The next morning…

Thanks for watching 🙂

Gee willikers (Part 2)

14 May

I started out with a frizzy, curly fro:

I detangled my hair in small sections, added a little Cantu Shea Leave-in condish…

Then I rolled it up & went to bed. *Tangential commentary* Can we please discuss the fact that I’ve been wearing this eyeshadow for like 14 hours & it hasn’t moved?!?! #WINNIN!

This morning I pulled out my rollers…

Wrapped my hair & tied it down (to blend the roller parts)…

After I put my makeup on I picked it out & this was the finished product:

My thoughts… it feels slightly product-y, but it is week 2 (post-wash), so that’s to be expected. My hair is still kinda frizzy in the back, but that’s what the back of my head always looks like. Cantu made my hair smell heavenly & today it’s extremely soft to the touch. Who knows if the curls will hold, but I’ll keep a headband, elastics & bobby pins on standby just in case 🙂

It’s that time again… HAIRWASHING DAY!!!

6 May

In case you were wondering, today was hair washing day! I just thought I’d share my process with you. Consider yourself honored to gaze upon my mug sans makeup… few people have had the privilege. Hahahaha! ENJOY


I’m kinda ol skool in that I still scratch my scalp before I wash my hair. What can I say? Shampoo is more effective after debris has been manually removed from the surface of your scalp. I parted my hair, scratched the scalp & applied a thin line of Tea Tree Oil.  After my entire scalp was covered in oil, I applied Head & Shoulders dry scalp conditioner to the length of my hair & let it sit for about 15 minutes prior to washing my hair.

Tip of the day: The surfactants in your shampoo (& conditioner) cleanse your hair by attracting & suspending dirt, dander & debris, so that they can easily be rinsed away with water. However, they require a little bit of manual friction to get the process going. If you’re dissatisfied with the performance of your shampoo, it could be that you need to put more elbow grease into your routine. DO NOT scrub your scalp until it bleeds (LOL)… just until it feels clean!


I poured a little less than a teaspoon of Head & Shoulders classic clean shampoo into a small (empty) bottle, filled it the rest of the way with water & shook it up. I used this diluted shampoo solution to wash my hair… poured it directly onto my parted scalp, scrubbed & rinsed until it was clean.


My grand debut of Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths Replenishing Mask (YAY)!!! After towel drying my hair, I applied the treatment in sections until my entire head was covered. Then I detangled my hair in sections (using my TANGLE TEEZER), covered it with a plastic baggie & sat under the dryer (low heat) for 20 minutes & rinsed it out. My thoughts on this mask?!? I like it fine; unfortunately it’s no more spectacular than any other mask that I’ve tried. It smells amazing & provided excellent slip for detangling. I was a bit heavy-handed with it & used half the jar in one day on my shoulder length hair (SMH)… but I like it, so I’d buy it again.



I divided my hair into about 5 sections, added product & rolled it up (back to front). TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray, African Pride Leave-In Conditioner & The Body Shop’s Macadamia straightening balm. In a spray bottle I combined equal parts water & African-Pride Leave-In. I did this because I prefer soft hold & it can make your hair hard, not to mention sticky, if left undiluted. I applied all three products to each section of hair before rolling. I used 1” diameter rollers on the majority of my head & 1 ¼” diameter rollers in the very back where my hair is longer. I roll my hair towards the back of my head, so the curls roll under.



 After rolling my hair, I sat under the dryer for about 2 hours (low heat). I let my hair cool off before removing the rollers. I applied coconut oil to each section & this is how it turned out…

I haven’t decided how I’m gonna style it yet… I’ll post those pics later this weekend… HAPPY FRIDAY!

My Hair Regimen

2 May

As with fingerprints, everyone has a distinct head of hair. Your routine will depend on the needs of your hair. In my opinion, trial & error is the best way to discover what products & methods work for you. This regimen just happens to be the one that works for me. My staple styles are the roller set & the roller wrap, so this is how I achieve that look. I wash, condition, detangle & towel dry my hair, I divide it into about 6 sections, add product & roll it up, back to front on 1″ diameter rollers.  Then I sit under a hooded dryer for an hour or two. Once it’s completley dry, I remove the rollers & seal my ends with coconut oil, wrap my hair, tie it down & go to sleep. My roots are usually VERRRRY POOFY, so I spray a little more oil in my hair & use a barrel curling iron or flat-iron to smooth it out. To maintain the style I wrap my hair nightly. My curls last all week. When they start to get frizzy or wonky (as I like to call it) I just re-roll them & sleep in the rollers for one night. That always brings them back to life… In fact, this is a picture of my “reconstituted” curls… probably day 5 or 6 of a roller set.

My Hair Regimen… the details

2 May


The two shampoos I use are Elasta QP Creme Conditioning Shampoo & DOO GRO Moisturizing Growth Shampoo. Elasta QP is great b/c it’s sulfate-free, dirt cheap (I got this bottle for $2.99) & it cleans your hair without drying it out. If you are a faithful follower of the Curly Girl Method, you’ll probably like this shampoo. However, if you use a lot of synthetic or petroleum-based products, Elasta will not remove all of the product build up. On occasion, I use products containing silicones & other synthetics, so when I need to clarify (every 4-6 weeks), I use DOO GRO shampoo (costs about $5). I’ve been using DOO GRO since my permie days & I have always liked it. CAUTION: DOO GRO contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate. To minimize the drying effects of SLS, I dilute it mine with water (about 5:1 ratio).


V05 Moisture Milk Conditioner ($1) & Suave Almond & Shea Butter Conditioner ($3) are two inexpensive conditioners that I use from time to time, especially for co-washing my hair. They smell awesome!!! Co-washing is simply washing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo (it’s also part of the curly girl method I referred to earlier). The rationale is that most conditioners contain enough cleansing agents in them to clean the hair & scalp sans the harsh detergents. I do co-wash my hair, but only about once a month. Plain conditioner doesn’t remove enough oil/sebum/product build-up for me to use it solely.


Our hair is made up of about 70% keratin protein. Proteins are responsible for giving hair it’s strength & structure. Chemical processes (such as relaxers & hair dyes) work by breaking down those protein bonds to permanently alter the texture of or deposit color onto our hair. On the molecular level, damaged hair looks like swiss cheese, so protein treatments help you fill those gaps & prevent breakage. Aphogee Two-Step Protein Treatment is an intensive treatment that I only use every 6-8 weeks. It costs about $7 & smells like dinosaur urine, but it really works!!! **NOTE: Follow the instructions on the label, or you will not be pleased with the results** On the week after I use Aphogee there’s almost no hair in my brush/comb, which means it’s staying on my head & I’m a fan of that! 😉 Mane n Tail Deep Moisturizing Conditioner ($5) is a protein-rich conditioner that I use in between protein treatments. I use it like you would any regular conditioner.


Protein can cause your hair to become hard or brittle, but you can counteract that side-effect with a deep conditioning treatment. I deep condition my hair just about every time I wash it; that’s about 2-3 times per month. The two products I’ve been using lately are Pantene Pro V Relaxed & Natural Breakage Defense Deep Conditioning Mask ($6) & my DIY “hair crack”… Pantene DC Mask is the friggin truth!!! It smells amazing, makes detangling a breeze & noticeably softens your hair. The only problem I have is that it is NEVER IN STOCK!!! Walmart, RiteAid, CVS, Winn-Dixie, Target… doesn’t matter where you go, they’re always out. The scarcity thereof either speaks to the popularity of the product, or the meanness of the Pantene people 😐 Yeah! So my hair crack is just an amalgamation of different conditioners & oils… I’ll post my recipe at some future point in time.


After I wash, condition, detangle & towel dry my hair, I divide it into about 6 sections, add product & roll it up (back to front). Because naturally curly hair is particularly dense, it is best to apply all hair products in sections, for controlled & even distribution. These are the styling products I use to achieve my roller set: TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray ($5), African Pride Leave-In Conditioner ($5) & The Body Shop Macadamia straightening balm ($12). In a spray bottle I combine equal parts water & African-Pride Leave-In. I do this because I prefer soft hold & it can make your hair hard, not to mention sticky, if left undiluted. I apply all three products to each section of hair before rolling it up. Piece-o-cake, no?


These are the oil-based products you apply to your hair during styling to seal in moisture & impart shine. I also use them for (pre-shampoo) hot oil treatments. My favorite oils/butters are Organic Virgin Coconut Oil ($8), Mango-scented Shea Butter (smells so pretty, cost me about $4), Organic Root Stimulator Nature’s Shine Spray ($5) & Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil ($5). WORD OF CAUTION: apply these products sparingly, cause errbody knows a greasy head is NOT a fabulous one!


Sistas will act a plumb fool about our edges, won’t we?!?! I’m not even gonna lie to you, natural (i.e. un-relaxed) edges prefer to be wild & free… the way God intended, but fortunately for us, the cosmetic powers that be have made all sorts of gels & pomades that can encourage your hairline to “behave” more civilized. How do I use it? I scoop out a small smear of product & rub it across my hairline, then I brush it back & tie it down. I leave it tied for a few mintues while I finish getting ready. When I take it off… VOILA! Slick edges! My favorites are Shea Butter ($4), Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade ($5+ shipping) & EcoStyler Olive Oil Styling Gel ($4). Motions Shine Enhancing Pomade ($4) is a carry-over from my permie days… It’s BAD for you b/c it has mineral oil & a bunch of other synthetic ingredients in it. But I’m being honest with you & putting it on my list b/c I actually use it & it works *hangs head in shame for leading you astray*… Oh & don’t be like me & buy 16 products that do the same thing, just PICK ONE.


NOW you see why I call myself a product junkie… And these are just my favorites! SMH