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Adventures in edge control…

3 Nov

On May 2, 2011 I said, “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 minutes 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 sixteen products that do the same thing, just PICK ONE.”

Some time during the month of June I lost -YES, LOST- my jar of Motions pomade.

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FOTD: Pacific sunset

18 May

Hmm… I’m not sure what to say about this FOTD. I used the NYX pacific duo (pictured below) then I added purple & orange to the mix, to mimic a pretty sunset… The results? It didn’t quite turn out the way I’d planned. One must be extremely judicious when using light-colored eyeshadows in frost finish & that’s all I’m gonna say about that (LOL). I will probably submit a do-over after I perfect this look, but in efforts to keep it real, I’m gonna share my rough draft 🙂

PRIMER: Coastal Scents Shadow Worx Matte e/s primer

BASE: NYX jumbo pencil in Pacific

SHADOW: I covered my lower lid & tearducts in a frosty light blue e/s by NYX called Pacific. Then, in a rainbow fashion, I added matte fuchsia (Shany 120) e/s to my crease, matte tangerine orange (Shany 120) e/s above the fuchsia, eggplant purple (WNW Lust) to my outer v for depth & matte camel (WNW Vanity) directly under my eyebrow.

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 with WetnWild cream eyeliner in black. Using a pencil brush I added eggplant purple e/s (WNW Lust palette) under my waterline.

LIPS: WetNWild Mega Last Lip color in Sand Storm (913C) + CO Bigelow lip gloss in Pink Mint

CHEEKS: WetNWild Blush in Heather Silk (832E)

FACE: Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep (05)

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RANDOM NOTE ABOUT MY HAIR: I’m on day 11 of my original roller set (4 days since the cantu leave-in revival) & it seems that the curls along my front hairline have come undone *WHOMP WHOMP* I will not be using any heat on my hair this week until hairwashing day, so this is what I did…

  

I put a little bit of shea butter on the hairline closest to my right & left temples. Then I brushed that hair back & pinned it just above my ear, with a bobby pin. Finally I fluffed the hair in the center & positioned it to fall over (therefore concealing) the bobby pins… and I was DONE in less than 10 minutes!

Part 2… HAIR STYLING

7 May

This post is a continuation of yesterday’s https://shamiamglam.wordpress.com/2011/05/06/its-that-time-again-hairwashing-day/

I pulled my rollers out & put coconut oil on each section of hair. This is what it looked like @ that point… tightly curled, slightly puffy @ the root. Then I picked it out (using a wide-toothed comb) & pulled it up into a pony tail, slicked back my edges & tied a scarf around it. I left it up like that for several hours while I was house cleaning & stuff. When I set it free, it looked like this:

Although this hairdo meets standards as a curly fro, I was not going for this particular look this weekend. So, I fired up my barrel curling iron (1″ diameter by Conair) & curled my hair in sections. I used the iron to press out my wavy roots & curled my hair vertically instead of horizontally. I do this b/c my hair is cut into a lot of layers & it flips & feathers out more dramatically when I curl it this way. It’s still very curly, but they’re looser elongated curls with straight roots…

Normally I would stop right here, because this is the look I was going for. But now it’s bedtime! So I wrapped my hair & tied it down with a silk scarf & went to sleep. This morning I combed it out & fluffed it & this it what it looks like now…

So now you’re thinking “WOW SHAM! that’s a lot of work”…and you’re halfway right. It takes a total of about 4 hours or so to achieve this look, HOWEVER… it takes at least 4 hours to get your hair done at the salon, right? So to be productive, I just multitask & use hairwashing day to do household chores. Do you remember when a wash & set was $30? Ahhh, the good ol days! Well now they cost about $60 AND they charge more money if your hair is un-relaxed… NO BUENO! Doing your hair at home might have upfront costs (buying rollers, clips & utensils, a hair dryer & styling products), BUT it pays for itself within the first 30 days. By the way, this hairstyle lasts for 10-14 days, which is a GREAT return on my time investment. All I have to do to it is wrap (or roll) it every night. It only takes about 4 minutes to style each morning… that way I can spend more time on my MAKEUP! 

Well, I’m outta here people. Time to go see the one who gave me life! HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY 😉

My Hair Regimen… the details

2 May

 SHAMPOO

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).

CONDITIONER

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.

PROTEIN

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.

DEEP 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.

STYLING PRODUCTS

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?

BUTTERS & OILS

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!

SMOOTH EDGES

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.

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