Devachan Salon seemed great until my curls…

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I paid Devachan Salon Culver City a visit to cash in on the Free Wash & Curl Set certificate (see below) I received months ago. Devachan washes, conditions, detangles and styles curls using its products.

Few people are allowed to touch my hair, but I decided to take one for the team and try Devachan. The possibility of hair damage seemed very slim considering the salon is all for finger detangling and anti-combs.

Upon entering, the front desk greeted me, offered a robe (in exchange for my jacket) and a glass of H2O. My stylists Stacia soon retrieved me from the waiting area. I relaxed at the wash bowl as she carefully (in tiny sections) finger detangled my hair while explaining the process and products she used in my hair.

After we finished at the princess-like canopy covered wash bowl, we went back to her chair. We previously decided to set my curls in a basic fro. I’m growing out a tapered cut from last year, so my hair is different lengths. The week before my Devachan visit ‘The Natural Hair Whisperer’ Felicia Leatherwood trimmed my ends and they were on point.

While Stacia checked on her other client who had been under the dryer, I snapped a few photos and posted one to Instagram with the caption “So far, so great”.

When Stacia returned, she placed a few metal clips in my hair to add volume while my hair dried. I appreciated that she asked which heat settings I preferred. We went with warm heat and high speed. Everything seemed great until my curls were stiff/crunchy (not fluffy) and my hair looked like blah!

I asked for more volume, so Stacia rubbed the pomade-like DevaCurl Set Up & Above near my roots. That method is not ideal for my curls. Upon further inspection there were dried white product clumps throughout my hair.

Where did we go wrong? I feel that the Devachan method did not prepare her for the variables of my kinky curls and cut combination.

Check out how I style my own curls on the kinkycurlsLA Facebook page or Youtube. I am not formally trained, but I may have been a hair stylist in my past life.

photoWash & Curl Set Certificate and Deva Curl Trial+Travel Kit Plus

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IMG_9263Devachan resultsIMG_9264Devachan results

Being A Boss In Menswear-Inspired Shoes

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“Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she can conquer the world.” -Marilyn Monroe

Boss is the first word that comes to mind when I slide my feet in these menswear-inspired loafers. I kick ass and take names. Do I feel this way because I can work in them all day without worrying about my feet hurting? Not sure, but  the average flats do not have the same effect. The surge of power is cray… I feel as if I can conquer the world in them while wearing a Pampers Swaddler and Gerber onesie.

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Grab Your Passport! We’re Going To Europe.

Europe here we come! This summer me, my sister and cousin will travel through Europe visiting Germany, Netherlands, France and Italy. (insert happiest emoji)

Below are maps with circles highlighting places we will visit within each country. Flights are booked, passports are ready, but there is so much more to be done. My biggest challenge will definitely be packing. One suitcase for three weeks … how will I survive? I have already dreamt about packing, forgetting everything and almost missing the flight trying to pack last minute. The trip is in July, but I should start practice packing tomorrow.

Ahhh! I’m so excited. mgermany mfranceitaly_states_map

Sophisticated Box Braid Updo (Bunning it up)

Braids have been in heavy rotation, because I decided to grow my tapered cut out (I want my hair back!).  Awkwardness of the awkward-length stage is more awkward when your hair is uneven, so braids have been my crutch.

Growing up, I believed that braids were not appropriate for sophisticated occasions, but it’s all in how you style them.  I attended a few events that required a fancy upgrade from the basic everyday top bun I wore.

The video above by Jennifer Olaleye inspired the braided bun i’m rocking below on the left. I added my own twist to the style by crossing a few braids from each side and clamping them with a thin metal barrette. Instead of wrapping the ponytail with hair (as shown in the tutorial), I used a hair tie for a more secure ponytail. I also used a rubber band to secure the final bun and a few bobby pins to hold the bun in place. Pictured on the right is an alternative to the braided bun, I created a regular bun by wrapping the hair in a circle, then pinned it in place.

Make sure that your braids are not pulling your hair, especially around the edges. Loosen hair as needed to stay alopecia free.

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Fill your closet with Luxury Brands, it’s practically FREE!

IMG_6677Blue Tank Top by Urban Outfitters & Black Cross Back Tank Top by Zara

Inhaling the scent, then gliding my legs and arms through the openings of new clothes or beautiful shoes became a ritual. Pumped by the register ringing as each price tag floated near the scanner that read its barcode…  yes, it was an addiction. Careless shopping became a habit that my bank account should not have funded.

I grew and learned that I would always be poor if I failed to budget. Becoming fiscally responsible has not erased my love for clothes and shoes. However, it has inspired me to explore alternative options, like FREE clothes.

In December, a friend (@socalsaver85) introduced me to Twice, an online concierge-style marketplace for quality secondhand clothing. Pricing is great, shipping is fast and easy.

Twice offers a wide selection of brands including Urban Outfitters, ASOS, Phillip Lim,  Marc Jacobs, Gap, Dolce & Gabana, Diane Von Furstenberg, Lululemon, Michael Kors, and Yves Saint Laurent. 

Receive your first item totally free without entering  your credit card info, I kid you not. I was skeptical, but I figured I had nothing to lose. I have now received six tops from Twice.

  • Follow this link (https://www.liketwice.com/RIbMG) to setup up your account online, you earn a $10 credit. If choose not to sign up through the referral link above, you will not receive the $10 credit.
  • Download the Twice app, you earn an additional $10 credit for each (iPhone and iPad) device download.
  • Use the promo code BUNDLEUP15 to save 15 percent off your first purchase

Your item will be shipped to you totally free if it’s priced below $26 and  you have racked up $30 in credit. Choose an item below $16 if you receive $20 in credit.

I received all items pictured for free using Twice credit, but paid partial shipping for a few items.

IMG_7483Navy Blue Blouse by ASOS & Multicolored Tank Top by Calvin KleinIMG_7489Purple Solid Tank Top by Kensie & Black Tank Top by Talbots

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I Reached Two Milestones This Week. It’s a Celebration!!!

happybirthday2Tuesday marked 1 year since the birth of kinkycurlsLA.com, yay (see the first post here)!!! And… Wednesday marked my 2 year naturalversary (see 1 year naturalversary post here)! It’s a celebration, I want a cupcake.

This journey has been awesome and I’ve learned so much. Kinkycurlsla will continue to evolve and improve as I grow and figure out how to better serve you guys. I appreciate you all. Thank you for your support! Please feel comfortable enough to share your opinions, content requests, and ask questions.

As for the hair… If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I cut my hair on August 31. I will reveal the reasons for the cut in a Youtube video on Monday.

Have a great weekend! Take a shot for me. xoxo

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

Natural/Curly Hair Salons

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Quite a few people have asked me for natural hair salon referrals, so I’ve compiled this list. It will be permanently placed under the ‘Curl Talk’ tab as ‘Salons & Stylists’. Additions will be added as discovered.

So far, I have not been to any of the listed salons, but I’ve met a few stylists at events. I typically do my own hair. Feel free to ask questions.

Keep it kinky! xoxo

Mahogany Hair Revolution
9911 W. Pico Blvd., Suite 200W Studio 14
Los Angeles, CA 90035
310.286.9909
www.mahoganyrevolution.com

Capella Salon
12930 Ventura Blvd #216
Studio City, CA 91364
818.506.1450
www.capellasalon.com

REHAB Salon
1515 N. Cahenga Blvd.
Hollywood, Ca 90028
323.461.1777
www.rehabsalon.com

I Love Lulu 
733 S. La Brea Ave. 
Los Angeles, Ca 90036 
323.934.5727 
www.iloveluluhairspa.com

Leos Curls
11900 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, Ca 91604
818.783.7734
www.leoscurls.com

Devachan Salon 
9355 Culver Blvd 
Culver City, CA 90232 
310.904.0161 
www.devacurl.com 

Salon of Curls 
701B Venice Blvd  
Venice, CA 90291 
310.701.9218 
www.salonofcurls.com 

Oh My Nappy Hair  
814 S. La Brea Ave.  
Los Angeles, CA 90036  
323.939.3999  
www.ohmynappyhair.com