Big Chop 3

 

R.I.P. to my hair – it’s gone.  I recorded the cut for you.

Scissors and haircuts have been heavy on the brain. In February I had a trim/shape (see 3.4 Years Later post) and 25 days after that (March 12, 2016) this happened…

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And I went even shorter on March 19, 2016.

Current mode? “I’m dancin and emphazing.”

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Bantu Knots Equal Taut High Puff

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Nine bantu knots

High puffs are like coconut oil, they make everything better.

Does your twist-out look like you rolled down a hill, then fell head first into a river? Throw it in a high puff. It’s the cure-all style.

As my hair grows I alter my methods of mastering the high puff.  To get my kinky curls taut and in formation at medium hair length, I bantu knot them. Twist-outs worked when my hair was shorter. Hair pours down my face at medium-length, so shrinkage is my friend.

I began with freshly cleansed, conditioned and blow-dried hair. This look can be created on an old style too. Need a bantu tutorial? Check out Mini Marley’s ‘Heatless Bantu Knot-Out on Dry Hair’ video.  And iknowlee has you covered with the high puff tutorial. See my completed look below.

Warning! Do not risk loosing your edges. Frequent tension on the edges can cause traction alopecia. Toia B sums up the risk nicely in a post featured on Curly Nikki.com

Products I Used

Wash | Marula Oil Rare Oil Replenishing Shampoo

Condition | Marula Oil Rare Oil Replenishing Conditioner

Moisturize| H20 and DevaCurl Set It Free Moisture

Style| DevaCurl SuperCream Coconut Curl Styler

Seal (hair+scalp)| Tropic Isle Living Lavender Jamaican Black Castor Oil

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Bantu shrinkage is great for taut curls

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The look – High Puff w/ taut curls

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Products used

 

3.4 Years Later…

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“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”

-Michael “MJ” Jordan

I am not saying that I’m Jordan, but I’m not denying it either. However, I can confirm that I fail over and over.

My hair and I have an on-off relationship, like my friends who change their Facebook status every time I sneeze.

I went back to natural 3.4 years ago. For the past three years my failing streak began around wintertime. I slack on trims, moisturizing, and bunch of other stuff that stunts growth and hair health. Why? I dedicate less time to my hair.

I fail in winter because I am…

  • wrapping up the year more and taking care of my hair less
  • celebrating holidays (esp. my burfday)
  • frustrated with winter for sucking out all of my hair’s moisture
  • adding new interests/activities to my better my life
  • not big on protective styling
  • afraid of wigs (I briefly braved on this year though)

Scissors have a way of wiping away my failures, so I booked an appointment with Felicia Leatherwood for a trim and shape. I have fresh ends for a fresh start and extra volume.

Here we go again…

 

Elucence Shampoo + Conditioner Claims Vs. Results

IMG_1181Cleansed, conditioned and finger-detangled my kinky curls with the Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo and Moisture Balancing Conditioner.

Elucence gifted me with these products during the December curlBOX Chat via Twitter. This post is not required nor sponsored by either brand. All opinions are my own.

Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo claims vs. Results

  • increases moisture content of dry hair

I am not able to vouch for increased moisture. Dehydrate my hair to test this theory? I’ll pass. However, this shampoo does not strip my hair of its moisture like others. 

  • improves hair texture and appearance

No noticeable difference in my curl pattern – my curls usually snap, crackle and pop. Product did leave my hair soft.

  • detangles and improves hair manageability

Not sure about this. I detangle with conditioner.

  • color friendly, rich lathering formula

Not playing with hair color, so not sure about the color-friendly boast. Yes to rich lather! It delivers.

  • perfect for chemical or color treated hair

N/A

  • concentrated for maximum results and value

Agreed. Only a small amount of product needed.

  • dual-purpose and ultra-gentle cleansing and conditioning

Yes to gentle cleansing.

*Extra: The fresh and sweet Georgia peach scent induces cravings. Product recommended for those in love with lathering shampoos. 

Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner

  • boosts moisture levels with lipids and proteins

Destiny fulfilled. Moisture upon moisture.

  • adds softness, shine and silkiness with essential triglycerides

Moist hair is soft hair. Even after blow drying my hair remains soft and shiny. 

  • provides effortless combing to minimize breakage

True story. See my hair loss below. I finger-detangled. I blow dry with the comb attachment and it moves through like butter.

  • dual-purpose conditioner and leave-in treatment

Before blow drying, I add a dollop of conditioner to my hair as a leave-in.

  • as a leave-in, provides continuous moisturizing

I seal the moisture in with oil – the moisture stays locked in.

*Extra: This Kool-aid scented conditioner gets both of my thumbs up. It helps me win wash day.

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After cleansing, conditioning, and detangling

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After cleansing, conditioning, and detangling

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R.I.P. to the hair I lost in the detangling process.

 

 

 

Building Bikes w/ FoxGives + Challengers Boys & Girls Club

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FoxGives and Challengers Boys & Girls Club tag-teamed to build bikes with awesome kiddos in the club. Together we assembled more than forty bikes, woo hoo!

I helped this cool kid (pictured above) build his first bike. As a master builder of all things IKEA, I thought bikes would be a piece of cake. Wrong! Thankfully this youth tolerated me and the other volunteer’s lack of knowledge in the bike building department. Other teams built three bikes in the time we spent on one. Our kiddo named his bike Blue and it’s awesome because we built it together with lots of extra love (and time).

Each kid participated in mandatory bike safety training, then we all ate lunch together. Kids are entertaining. I found myself admiring their free spirits. I am humbled to have played a tiny role of their lives. I hope that priceless memories and endless joy come along with those bikes.

Give more because it’s awesome. The more you give, the more you get.

Hugs,

Roshell

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Mon Style: Travel-Friendly Casual Chic

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I heart this look – chic, classic and travel-approved. Comfy flats equal no foot pain. Crossbody bags with zippers provide pickpocket resistant storage.

Black, black and more black overflowed my luggage in prep for my #NYCsummerfling. Why? It camouflages potential sticky humidity dirt, Aunt Flo planned to travel with me, and it supported my recent all black mood. Also, black says: “I’m not a killer, but don’t push me.”

I sprinkled a little color with the footwear, lips and my (self-dubbed) big city blue nails.

Click the links below to get the look. Don’t be fooled by the labels, I purchased most items on S-A-L-E.

IMG_8810‘Take Your Marc – Percy’ Crossbody Bag – Marc by Marc Jacobs via Nordstrom

Zara Fringed Leather Bluchers – Zara

Little Black Dress – Bebe

 Textured Woven Coat – H&M

Amy Bracelet Watch – Marc by Marc Jacobs

Retro Matte Ruby Woo Lipstick – Mac

Nightmoth Lip Pencil – Mac

Nails – Wynn Nail Spa

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Hugs,

Roshell

Girl Boss Meets Classic Man

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If you’ve ever wondered who colors my hair, it’s all Melanie. She also did my big chop and a zillion other styles pre-big chop. We recently partnered (her hands, my head) to take a few hair shots to add to her portfolio.

Yes, she straighten my hair. No heat damage to report. Surprisingly, my hair remained straight ALL week. It typically reverts if you look at it too long.

To complete the requested look, I pulled items from my closet.

Beach waves, stripes and polka dots create a fun/stylish business look. I’ve dubbed this my Jidenna Look, it’s classic, man.

GET THE LOOK

White + Navy Striped Blazer – H&M

Sheer Polka Dot Blouse – H&M

Suit Pants – H&M

Braided Bluchers – Zara

Beach Wave Updo – Melanie at Nina Raquel Salon

Rocksbox ‘It Girl’ Review

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Subscription box services are on the rise: funky socks, Japanese candy, dive bar t-shirts, nerd gear, soy candles, apocalypse kit thingamajigs – you name it, it is out there. RocksBox is a subscription service for jewelry junkies.

Unlike other subscription-based services, RocksBox allows subscribers to borrow items, then swap or buy them. Yes, that means you can rock the jewelry with no strings attached. For $19 a month, RocksBox offers unlimited access to its stash of jewels.

In exchange for sharing my experience with you, the powers that be invited me to try the service free for three months. To sweeten the deal, RocksBox provided a private code (kinkycurlsxoxo), so that you guys could enjoy one month FREE. I accepted the ‘It Girl’ invitation. During my subscription I shared the code via Instagram and Facebook, I hope you took advantage of the opportunity.

Within three months I received five RocksBox sets (see descriptions and gallery below). I approved of most pieces received, but I did not make a purchase. Based on the quality, items are overpriced even when considering the cost of convenience. However, the borrowing option is cool and allowed me to discover a buffet of designers.

PROS

Convenient, efficient, attractively packaged, free shipping both ways

CONS

Items overpriced for quality

Set #5

SET #1

Sophie Harper Pave Triangle Necklace $36

House of Harlow 1960 Tessellation Triangle Cluster Stud Set $24

Margaret Elizabeth Marquis Ring $92

SET #2

Sophie Harper Pave Circle Bracelet $43

Vanessa Mooney Layered Nuggets & Cylinder Necklace $78

Margaret Elizabeth Ophelia Cocktail Ring $118

SET #3

Slate Crystal Spike Earrings $30

Gorjana Crescent Shimmer Necklace $72

House of Harlow 1960 Howl Cuff $70

SET #4

Perry Street Jenna Necklace $51

Sophie Harper Pave Triangle Studs $28

Kendra Scott Haylee Ring $48

SET #5

Sophie Harper Pave Ball Studs $32

Perry Street Adrianna Necklace $51

Loren Hope Carly Bracelet in Brass $70.20

Beauty Review: Black Seaweed Peel Off Masque by 7th Heaven (formerly Montagne Jeunesse)

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Before launching into the product review, I should introduce you to my skin. Make-up artists love it, but they are not on the battlefield everyday.

All skin is NOT created equal. I learned that little nugget through trial and error (mostly error). Over washing, under washing, Ceptaphil, Proactive, Noxzema, Ambi, prescribed topical treatments… I did and tried it all.

My face is basically a oil refinery, in 24 hours it produces enough oil to fill a large tanker truck. As if managing oily skin is not a feat in itself, my skin has the nerve to be sensitive too.

Moving on to the masque… I washed my face, patted it dry with a towel, then applied the masque. Twenty minutes later I removed it to reveal a super clean face. I typically use toner morning and night, but I already felt my pores breathing, so I skipped it to prevent over drying. I finished with moisturizer.

While this product worked favorably for me, remember that all skin is NOT created equal. I did not experience irritation, so I would try this product again. This review is based on a single use. The 7th Heaven (formerly Montagne Jeunesse) peel off masque fell into my lap courtesy of Influenster.

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Scent: Fresh and natural

Consistency: Similar to aloe vera

Application: Easy, but messy due to consistency

Removal: Easy peasy, like peeling off Elmer’s glue

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Mon Style: White On Right

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Outfit Details

Semi Sheer Cotton Tee (I cut off the sleeves) – Forever 21

White Straight Leg Jeans – Target

Camo Calf Hair Belt – Gap

Tabacco T Strap Sandal  – Michael Kors