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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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.

 

 

 

5 Days in New York [w/ Itinerary] #NYCSummerFling

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I’ve crushed on lusted after New York City (NYC) for what seem like forever. The Wayans Brothers, Friends, Will & Grace, The Parent ‘Hood, Sex and the City, Ugly Betty, Gossip Girl all played a role in shaping my view of The Big Apple and the subsequent lust that ensued. NYC and I finally met and hooked up for a summer fling.

I fell in love hard, like Lenny Williams in ‘Cause I Love You’ (oh oh oh). At the end of our 5-day whirlwind I craved more…  more beautiful rooftop views, more yummy foods, more New York minutes, more eclectic style, more crossing streets like cars don’t break bones (street lights are only for decoration). I am willing to set aside my germaphobe tendencies and get with public transportation, driving in the city would stress me out anyway.

The love for NYC is real. As an Angeleno I am not prepared for the four season life, but I would tough seasons.

We managed to squeeze in everything on our to-do list and even threw in a couple extras (see itinerary below). Biking through Central Park is amazing and turned out to be my favorite activity. I thought I wanted to bike across the Brooklyn Bridge, but I would have pulled my hair out navigating through the herd.

I am elated to report that I did not see a single rat, God wanted me to have a great trip.

Favorite Pizza (so far): Adrienne’s Pizza Bar

Must-Eat Foods: Crab roll (Luke’s Lobster), Mac and Greens (Red Rooster), Cotton-Soft Cheesecake (Dominique Ansel Bakery), Cereal Milk Soft Serve (Momofuku Milk Bar), Cheese Fries (Shake Shack), Bea Arthur (Big Gay Ice Cream)

Mind-Blowing Views: Roof Garden Café (The Met Rooftop), Top of the Rock NYC (Rockefeller Center), Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge

Life-Changing Activites/Sites: 9/11 Memorial, Bike Ride in Central Park, Times Square, Broadway Shows

 

New York 2015

The Best Man Holiday (No Spoiler)

Unlike most people, I watched zero trailers for The Best Man Holiday. Honestly, I did not expect much, but planned to support it. I own the original on dvd and I have watched it so much that I think the characters are real people… I just could not picture a sequel.

On Saturday, I walked in the theatre without expectations and took my seat toward the front of the theatre (someone purchased tickets on the late freight). If you have ever been to the theatre with me, you know I like sitting towards the back and smack dab in the center of the row.

Lights out and phones off! The movie began by taking us back to where we last saw our friends, so nostalgic. I felt all the emotions rushing back. That Lance is one fine specimen and Shelby still irks me, but I digress.

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The Best Man Holiday is so worth every penny and minute of attention. I think that I may even like the second more than the original, go figure!

Malcolm D. Lee and the team did an amazing job. Cue the standing ovation. I laughed out loud (not silently, like most LOLs), I wanted to cry, sung (in my head), and cheered. I and what seemed like the entire theater enjoyed catching up with our old friends.

Have you seen it? If so, what are your thoughts?

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Phoneless And Hating It

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Photo on 10-4-13 at 11.58 AMPhone without the loose piece

Seven days, six hours and thirty minutes I survived without a phone. It’s a miracle that i’m alive.

Ok, I’m a little extra, but not really. The back of my phone shattered and I could only use it when plugged into a wall outlet or my car’s iPod connector. When unplugged the phone automatically powered off.

For the first three days, the battery wouldn’t charge more than 22 percent. On the fourth day it shot up to 50 percent. By the seventh day, I had given up hope and left it in the car all day. At the end of that day, I went to plug in the phone to check messages and realized it worked. Don’t ask me how, it’s a miracle. Thank God!

You’re probably asking why didn’t I just get a new phone, I tried! The iPhone 5s’ were and are still sold out (Where’s Steve Jobs?). I talked myself into getting a 5c on the fifth day… while at the store the network carrier’s system shut down. I couldn’t catch a break. My schedule on day six didn’t allow for a trip to the phone store.

It’s Day 19 and I’m happily picking up an iPhone 5.  I’m in Sweet Brown mode.  Ain’t nobody got time to wait for the 5s and the 5c isn’t for me. I am okay with being behind the Joneses. I get to put the extra funds toward my Europe trip that you’ll be hearing about soon (I got a little time for that).

Women Rock: Mara Brock Akil

6th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon held at the Beverly Hills hotel

Who is Mara Brock Akil?

Mara puts pen to paper and creates real people who share (via television and film) authentic experiences we face in this thing called life. Girlfriends, The Game, Cougar Town, Sparkle, South Central, The Jamie Foxx Show, and Moesha… Mara’s had a hand in them all. Check her resume, she rocks!

Girlfriends, the first show created by Mara, is one of my all-time faves. It was so good that I had to buy boxed sets. I’m anxiously awaiting her new series Being Mary Jane, which debuts in 2014 and stars Gabrielle Union.

Mara captures the complex lives of individuals (esp. African American women) and serves them up on a plate of awesome with the help of her diverse team. That team includes her husband/partner Salim Akil.

You know they’re the bosses over at Akil Productions (formerly Happy Camper Productions), right? Let’s say it together: Power couple!

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of spending time with Mara and Salim as they honestly (not Hollywood honest) uncovered their relationship in a panel at the BET Experience. They shared how they keep their marriage in tact and manage their business relationship.

Aside from dynamic partner and skilled writer, Mara also proudly hold the titles; successful producer, devoted wife and nurturing mother. From where I stand, she does it all with style and grace.

Mara is an ah-MAy-zing Los Angeles born, Kansas City raised individual rocking the world. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Unlike Dorothy and Toto, Mara worked hard to create the life she lives, she didn’t just click her heels.

Fun Fact: (Cue Kanye West’s Through The Wire) She’s a Delta, so she’s been throwing up that dynasty sign.

Giving Up Junk Food

Happy Humpday!!!

In August I vowed to stay away from “The Darkside”  (see the declaration here).  Did I stick with it?

Breaking an addiction takes time. Day 1-2 were tuff, but I did great after the initial withdrawal. Well, I didn’t have junk food for 5 days. Does that count for anything?

I went to Target on the first weekend and let Mini Oreos and Teddy Grahams win.  I don’t typically buy junk food. At work i’m surrounded by junk and eat it because it’s there.

During week two there were chili cheese Fritos at work and I politely ate two guilt-free snack sized bags.

Although I failed to achieve my goal, I am happy. I’m down to 1 junk food item per week. One step at a time.

August Junk Food Log

8/11/13 – Mini Oreos (3.5oz Go Pak)

8/12/13 – Mini Teddy Grahams (3.25oz Go Pak)

8/14/13 – Chili Cheese Fritos (1oz bag)

8/15/13 – Chili Cheese Fritos (1oz bag)

8/20/13 – Warheads Sour Rips Roll (1.5oz)

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Style Is Always In Fashion

Happy Friday!!!

Style Is Always In Fashion” is the title of my Pinterest style and fashion board. Have you checked it out? I will be adding new pins over the long weekend.

Let me know if you find any inspiration. xoxoStyle Is Aways In Fashion