Am-ster-DAMN!

IMG_0582From Germany, we headed to  Amsterdam, Netherlands via train intending to sleep during the five-hour ride. We were lucky enough to NOT have seats because the powers that be overbooked the train. We sat on the floor and attempted to sleep in our laps. Tiare and I were not successful. Augi, the sleep master, enjoyed a little shut eye.

On our second night in Amsterdam, I suffered a baby heart attack because I accidentally deleted about 300 vacay pictures. I digress.

We took a boat tour through the canals, explored the city by foot, shopped (not until we dropped), and filled our bellies.  Oh! And I recovered a some deleted pics. All in all, we had a great silly time in Amsterdam.

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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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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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The Square is a Must See!

You know those experiences that you wish you could share with the entire world… the moments that you realize your thoughts and perceptions shift a little closer to awesome?

For the past few years the intervals between those moments have decreased. I’m such a grown up that it kind of scares me. Great big yawns are what I used to give when asked if I wanted to watch a documentary. When did I become the adult entertained, captivated and inspired by documentaries?

Maybe one day the documentary cupid shot me with its arrow. Anyway, The Square is a little piece of awesome that I urge you to experience. We often complain and wish for our situations to change, but fail to follow those wants with action.

The Square tells the story of young people creating change by banding together to claim their rights.  The movement is currently happening and the reality of their story is insane. Go check it out by Nov. 8 and see what can happen when people unite for a cause.

I had the opportunity to see it on Friday and participate in a Q & A with a few of the film makers and I am moved.

Watch the trailer below. For screening info click here or visit http://www.thesquarefilm.com

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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 

Avoid Frizz, Snags & Split Ends. Use a T-shirt.

I’m Weak! Help me work it out.

Photo on 6-18-13 at 8.09 PM

Hi Guys!

I’m weak at consistently working out. Fitness is not my area of strength, I think that’s because my super genes allow me to look like a healthy 13 year old, without exercising.

If you follow kinkycurlsla on Instagram, you saw the video of my work kitchen. If not, imagine walking into a room filled with chips, donuts, pastries, candy bars, soda and pretty much anything else you can think of.

For the entire month of August, I have vowed not to touch the bad stuff.

Eating clean is a huge part of being fit, I hear that it’s actually more important than exercising.

In an effort to do better,  I also joined a once-a-week running club with my co-workers. Having a group to hold me accountable keeps me motivated. I’m resurrecting my ab workout dvd too. Hiking and climbing the stairs will happen when possible.

My goal is to create a realistic fitness plan and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Do you have a plan/goal? If so, what is it? We can help hold one another accountable.

Thanks for reading! xoxo