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Natural Hair

Fluffy Twist Out Tutorial (feat. Carol’s Daughter)


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Products: 

Check Out Video below for FULL tutorial

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Natural Hair

Twist Out on Stretched/Dry Hair


Products Used:

Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioner
Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave in
Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter
Carol’s Daughter Hair Balm

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Music Credit: Dbm Py Mrs Martin
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Natural Hair

How To Turn An Old Wash N Go Into A Fluffy Braid Out


Beauty/Makeup, Natural Hair

Fluffy Braid Out on Blown Out Hair + Quick Makeup


Beauty/Makeup, Natural Hair

Getting Ready with me +FlatIronExperts.com GIVEAWAY!!!! [CLOSED]


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Natural Hair

Puff Tutorial!!


Natural Hair

My Favorite Styling Products


So I wanted to quickly list some of my favorite styling products (Don’t forget to check out the video as well, HERE!).

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For blow drying, right now I am using the Carol’s Daughter Chocolat Smoothing Line.  I don’t blow dry my hair that often right now, but when I do I do reach for this line. I really have been enjoying. Tip: When using the blow dry cream, DO NOT apply a leave-in conditioner  before applying the blow dry cream. Your hair will feel like it has some build up. The Blow Dry Cream acts as a leave in and heat protectant. If you feel you must apply something before, use a light oil i.e., coconut oil or grapeseed oil. Continue reading “My Favorite Styling Products”

Natural Hair

HairCare Regimen/Staple Products


Yes I know I am so late getting this out, but my products don’t change too often, so you haven’t missed anything. With that being said I am just going to jump right into it, don’t forget to check out my video as well for more information.

In the past, I always alternated hot oil treatments and deep conditioning, week to week, but now I do them on the same week. I do prefer to deep condition over night, that is unless I am using coconut oil for my hot oil treatment, then I like using that as an overnight treatment instead. I generally wash my hair once a week. In the warmer months I co-wash SOMETIMES in between my weekly washes.

Now on to the products:

apple-cider-vinegar-stock-large Continue reading “HairCare Regimen/Staple Products”

Natural Hair

My Blow Dry Routine (Feat. Carol’s Daughter Chocolat Smoothing Collection)


Last year, I only blew out my hair once ever 6 months. This Year I’ve decided to blow out my hair once every 3 months. So I ended up blowing out my hair for my 2 year Naturalversary last month. I’ve gotten so many requests on how I do my blow out. So I decided to share my current routine with you guys.

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Continue reading “My Blow Dry Routine (Feat. Carol’s Daughter Chocolat Smoothing Collection)”

Natural Hair

My 2 Year Naturalversary! (Progression Video)


My Naturalversary was April 9th, 2013

Natural Hair

Wash N Go Puff (feat. Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Collection)


So I got a few request to show how I did my curly puff from my Quarterly Favorites video, that I posted back in April. Since I don’t do wash n gos that often it took me a while to get this video up. BUT, it’s better late than never. This is an extremely quick and easy tutorial.

List of Products:

  • CD Hair Milk Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner (not show in video)
  • CD Hair Milk Leave-in Moisturizer
  • CD Hair Milk Pudding
  • Goody Head band
  • Eco Styler Gel (Argan Oil) *optional (or you can use a more natural alternative, i.e. flax seed gel or aloe vera gel)
  • Soft bristle brush *optional

Tutorial Below, Don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube Channel.

Natural Hair

A Trip through My Wash Day!! (Deep Condition Week)


So I skipped wash day last week so it’s been about 13 days since my last wash and I think it is about that time! 

YUP, a Hot mess!! LOL…But that’s ok, nothing a little deep conditioning can’t handle.

But since I went so long with out washing, I decided to do an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse before I shampooed. Some do this before they shampoo, I’ve seen people do it after they’ve shampooed and conditioned, but for me since I really only like the ACV rinse to cleanse my scalp and I am NOT fond of the smell so,I do it first. Continue reading “A Trip through My Wash Day!! (Deep Condition Week)”

Natural Hair

It’s a Reveiw: The “New” Hair Milk Collection from Carol’s Daughter


So you guys know that a rarely switch up on my products and if I do I must be out of the product that I was originally using. So I ran out of my Herbal Essence Hello Hydration conditioner, which I use for co-washing. Now this is an easily accessible item I can find pretty much anywhere. But I was in Macy’s re stocking on my Deep Conditioner from Carols’ Daughter. And I saw she re-vamped the Hair Milk Collection. Continue reading “It’s a Reveiw: The “New” Hair Milk Collection from Carol’s Daughter”

Natural Hair, Photos of the Day

HOTD 7.21.12


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This was Day two of my twist out using the Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk!!

Natural Hair

How I Stretch My Hair without using HEAT!! (feat. the L.O.C. Method)


Since I am trying to spend the 2nd year of hair journey HEAT-LESS. I wanted to find a way to stretch my hair that didn’t involved me using heat. This method has been my favorite and most effective for me.

Product Used:

  • Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave-In
  • Sweet Almost Oil
  • Cantu Shea Butter
  • For Braiding,  my Shea Butter Mix

In this video ALSO I demonstrate how I do the L.O.C. method.

If you guys have any questions, please leave them below!!

Natural Hair

Hair Care Regimen Part Four (the not so staple products)


For Part One Click Here

For Part Two Click Here

For Part Three Click Here

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Hair Care Regimen Part Three(Styling Products)


For Part One Click Here

For Part Two Click Here

Continue reading “Hair Care Regimen Part Three(Styling Products)”

Natural Hair

Updated Hair Care Regimen (October 2011): Requested


Current Hair Style:

With growth, comes change! and I LOVE Change!!

As stated in my 6 month Nappiversary video, This is my updated Hair Care Regimen. (Please see My accompanying YouTube video as well: http://tinyurl.com/HairRegimen)

So let me just get to it:

Shampoo/Cleansing:

I shampoo ONCE a week with Shea Moisture Moisture Retention Shampoo. Rarely do I go longer with out shampooing, but if I happen to, I will do a Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Rinse before shampooing with my Shea Moisture. I do that b/c if I am going more than a week, it usually means I have more product build up than usually and the ACV helps to loosen that up and also cleanse my scalp. Be careful not to use ACV rinse EVERY TIME you shampoo, it can dry your hair out. At least that’s what it does to me. Also,when shampooing, use you finger tips…NOT you NAILS…this can irritate and bruise the scalp.

Conditioning:

In the past, I use to co-wash 3-4 times a week…Now I find myself co-washing about 2 times a week (and that’s even pushing it). Since I am more concerned with retaining moisture I do not co-wash as much anymore. However after I shampoo I always conditioning for 5-7mins or do a leave in (or both). And the only product that I use for that is….Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this conditioner. It works great for co-washing, regular conditioning and AWESOME as a leave-in.

Deep Conditioning:

I Deep Condition EVERY 2 weeks. Which that too has changed (I use to only DC once a month). Up until recently I was making my own deep conditioner. My DIY Deep conditioner consists of:

  • Mayo
  • 1 Egg
  • EVOO
  • Honey

While this is a great conditioner, I was looking for something that I didn’t HAVE to make…So decided to go with the Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque, since I already LOVE the other two Shea Moisture products I use. Although I haven’t OFFICIALLY added this to my regimen (b/c I’ve only used it once) I did like it. I liked how it made my hair feel; it felt very moisturized and and soft. It was even VERY easy for me to de-tangle with this conditioner in. It also restores my curls very well. I only kept it in for 45mins (No Heat) and it was great. On Deep Conditioning Week, I usually Shampoo (w/ My SM Moisture Rention Shampoo),  then do a ACV rinse, then put in my deep conditioner (in that order).

Once I’ve used it a few more times, I will do a officially review via YouTube and let you know if it has made it to my permanent regimen. But if you are looking for a DIY Deep Conditioner the Mayo mix is GREAT! However I do find that I do have to sleep over night to get my hair the way I like.

Hot Oil Treatment (Pre Poo):

I do a Hot oil treatment Every two weeks. the week where I am NOT deep conditioning is when I am doing a hot oil treatment. My hot oil mix consisits of:

  • Coconut Oil
  • EVOO
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Castor Oil (a little NOT a lot)
  • Glycerin
  • Jojoba

I saturate my hair, cover it with a shower cap and use a heating cap for about 30-45mins. I just follow up with my regular Shampoo & Conditioner Duo.

Styling/Moisturizing

First and foremost…WATER. Water is a great Moisturizer for your hair. I usually spritz my hair in the AM and PM (sometimes one other time throughout the day) and then I seal the moisture in. The Sealant I use is my Shea Butter Mix. I done trial and error with my Shea Butter Mix and I think I have what works for ME. My Shea Butter Mix Consists of:

  • Shea Butter (The Yellow Kind, I am not a fan of the white)
  • Coconut Oil
  • EVOO
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Castor Oil (a little NOT a lot)
  • Glycerin
  • Jojoba

Pretty much all the oils that I use for my Hot Oil Treatment. To make my mix, I put the Shea butter in the microwave for about 30 sec (just enough so it’s soft, NOT melted). I add in all my oils, stir it up and put in in the fridge for about 30mins so everything can settle and seal together.

I also use my Shea Butter Mix for my twist outs, Especially Wet twists outs. I don’t usually go for “defined” twist outs or braid outs, so my Shea Butter Mix is Perfect for that.

Now if I am in the mood for a Defined twist out I like to use is my Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter. I Only like using this on air dried hair or blowout hair. I don’t really care for it, when it comes to wet twists.

When I Do a Blow out, I ALWAYS use a heat protectant. The one I like is the Carol’s Daughter Macadamia Heat Protection Serum. I really enjoy this protectant. It doesn’t take anyway any of the moisture that I’ve added to my hair and still leaves my hair feeling soft.

The last styling product I use, which probably gets the least use is my Eco Styler Gel (Argan Oil). The ONLY time I use this is when I am slicking my hair up in a Puff. It does have a great hold and smells really nice. But since I don’t like my hair slicked up too much, I don’t get to use it that much and I am not a big fan of the “slicked down” edges…LOL. But like I said if I am doing a Puff this is my go to gel. However, I have been doing some research on the Flax Seed DIY Gel…I haven’t tried yet, but I am considering it…Stay Tuned!

Tools:

As far as tools go, the ONLY thing I really use is my wide tooth comb. PERIOD. Maybe a pic every once in a while and soft/hard bristle brush (when i wanna slick my hair up in a Puff). But honestly I don’t comb my hair unless it is wet and has conditioner in it. Other than that I don’t do much manipulation of my hair when it is dry.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this, I tried to be as detailed as possible. Hopefully it was informative and helpful.

If you have any questions about my regimen or want more details than what is listed here, please email me at: totaldivarea@ymail.com and will reply as soon as possible.

Natural Hair

I Big Chopped!!! It’s All Gone!!!


So I had decided to go natural about a little over a year ago. The last perm I had was at the end of August 2010. So I pretty much started transitioning from them on. I planned on being a long term transitioner. I wanted to wait at least a year before I started cutting off my permed ends. I also only planned on cutting a couple of inches at a time. April 9, 2011 was the day that I chopped it off. I had just finish washing my hair then started was blow drying and got so frustrated trying to blow dry 2 textures of hair and, I said you know what, “I’m Done!” When I got to the hair salon my stylist tried to talk me out of it for about 20 minutes, even almost convinced me to get a bob cut, instead of cutting ALL off. I almost thought I would have to go to a different hair salon, but she came around and did it …There was no actual reaction for me after my stylist cut it. All I thought was “Phew, I finally did it!”  I felt relived. I wasn’t nervous at all. I was VERY pleased with the outcome. I’ve never seen my hair shorter than below my bra strap, I went from about 13+ inches of hair to 2 inches in one day! So it was a big shock for me, my stylist, and everyone in between. But I LOVE my TWA (Teenie Weenie Afro).

 

My transition process was pretty “simple”  I pretty much stuck with getting sew-ins, or kept the majority of my hair braided in some style. I would pretty much get a sew-in for a month or two; then take it out and get my hair braided in a style for a couple of weeks and then back to my sew-in; pretty much back and forth. It was easier for me personally that way because it got very difficult for me to style and keep the two textures of hair working together, especially since I am not a “hair” person. So I avoided even having to touch my own hair (as far as styling it goes). Once in while I would keep my hair out when I didn’t have time to go get my hair done.

 

My family and friends were extremely shocked when I cut it, but they knew I was planning this for a while, but I don’t think they actually believed that I would really do it. I didn’t get much negativity as I expected from my family at all. Friends; some like it, some just asked WHY? The first thing my Boyfriend did was run to the beauty supply store a buy my first pik ever!! He loved my cut. Other people, like co-workers (or people who knew me through passing) didn’t say anything negative, but I could tell by the way some people asked “why” it was almost in a disgusted kind of way. Other people said “You’re cutting off what a lot of people pay for.” Some said, “We like it, but we like your long hair better.” I mean of course people like long hair. Shit I LOVE LONG HAIR!!! I’ve always had long hair. But for me their opinion didn’t matter; I know I made the right decision for ME! I am pretty much to the point where I am tired of explaining WHY I cut my hair. I don’t need to explain to anyone why I do anything. Eventually my response to them was “Because I wanted to!” I definitely still want long hair, but I want Natural, unprocessed long hair. I plan to grow my hair back out naturally. I’m 25 and my hair has been permed for as long as I can remember. So I am going to just grow it back out All Natural and enjoying getting to know my REAL hair all over again.

 

You know before I cut my hair and I would talk about going natural, people asked me, “aren’t you afraid you’ll look like a boy?? How are you gonna make yourself look feminine?” But since I now chopped it all off, I don’t find it necessary for me to “doll-up.” I mean not more than I did prior to cutting my hair. I was always one to be into makeup (I’m a Makeup Artist for Heaven’s Sake), but I didn’t go beyond my normal routine after I cut my hair. If I wear make-up, I wear makeup, if I don’t, I don’t. I don’t find it necessary to over accessorize and wear tons of makeup just to prove I’m feminine. I have breasts, I have booty, and I have lady parts, what’s more feminine than that???

 

I must say this change has changed a lot of what I use on my hair now…No More Motions or Mizani For me!!! LOL. Now to keep it moisturized I usually use my Carol’s Daughter, Healthy Hair Butter. Once in a while, I do a hot oil treatment with the Tui Hair Oil, also by Carol’s Daughter. I like to keep it simple. I use the co-wash method about 3-4 times per week. Right now, I actually still like the conditioner I use to use with my relaxed hair (Organic Root Stimulator: Olive Oil). It keeps my hair looking healthy. I haven’t really found a “natural” conditioner that I like for my co-washing. 1-2 times a week I do a full wash with shampoo. I really like the Rose Mint Shampoo by Carol’s Daughter as well. For my curls, I must admit I haven’t definitely mastered it. But usually I will wet my hair (in the shower or with a homemade spray {Olive Oil & Water} and just use my Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel. In the beginning I used the Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk for curls, but I find that it made my hair a little too greasy, but I still use it if I’m in a big hurry. Water is the most staple hair products for me because once my hair is wet; the curls come out without anything else. I just use the gel/milk to keep them intact once it dries,

Preserving my curls at night is my problem area, kinda. However it doesn’t really matter to me, b/c my hair isn’t that long right now, and I pretty much get my hair wet everyday (co-washing like every other day). So for right now love of the wash-and-go aspect of being natural. I can’t wait until it gets longer so I can have a PUFF!  This process has been exciting for me and it’s only just beginning!!!