Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Make your own shampoo


Because I know that some of you out there like to to dabble in experimentation, I am posting these videos just for you. I haven't tried them yet, so please let me know what you think. I personally think I will be trying the No-Poo version first, once my current cleanser runs out.
This second video is a bit more advanced, but looks like it yields a very nice low-poo kind of shampoo. You could use Dr. Bonner's Castile liquid soap as your base instead of making this one and then doctor it up with the ingredients you need for you hair.

Happy soaping! :)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Coarse haired curlies and dry climates

So I have been on vacation for a couple of weeks in Utah, and I found out very quickly that my coarse hair did NOT like the dry environment.

In case you don't remember from my previous article on the differences between fine and coarse hair, coarse hairs are lacking in the moisture department but doing great when it comes to protein. So the dry desert weather in Utah has been doing nothing to help my moisture challenged hair.

In comes Deva curl's new product, Set up and Above, to the rescue. Sort of like a pomade, with all it's oily, moistury, goodness, it added back just the right amount of oomph to my parched locks (as depicted by the pictures below).

I would definitely recommended this product to any of my coarse haired curly clients living in dry weather conditions.

Update: 7/5/12
I am back home and once again in the humid Texas weather and I am still loving this product! I use much less, but I love the definition it brings to my curls even here.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Deva curls B'leave-in and Aquage Defining Gel

Since the last product article I did was for coarse hair, I thought today I would do one for fine hair. You know...to level out the playing field.;) I have been using Aquage defining gel in the salon, on my fine haired clients, for a couple years now. While it's not been the right fit for everyone, it has been a big favorite with a majority of these clients (as they keep coming back time and time again to replenish their supply). I personally like the way the clients hair looks so much more defined and holds its shape well. I have more recently begun cocktailing Deva Curl's B'leave-in with the Aquage defining gel. Why? Because B'leave-in has protein in it, which fine hair needs, and I wanted to try it out, but I was not ready to commit to using it by itself. My observation has been that it does seem to give the hair a more bounce. These two products do not need to be cocktailed to be effective. Although I have not used B'leave-in by itself yet, I am confident it would do well on it's own. And of course I know, from years of experience, that Aquage defining gel does well on it's own too. So mix them or by them separately, but don't pass them up all together cause you might just be missing out on the product that will be just right for you.


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Short hair headband braid

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

5 easy braids for wet hair

    Who doesn't need a quick easy way to style their hair?! I love all of these looks! They are great for summer time, when you are bumming around, or you can clean them up and wear them to the office.
     This would also be a perfect hair-do to use after your lunch workout, when you have to head back to work, but don't have time to dry and style your hair.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Milk maid braids for short hair

Updated 5/5/15: A commenter brought to my attention that the previous video I had linked in this post was no longer visible to the public, as it's creator had switched the video to private. I am replacing it with this shorter and very easy to follow tutorial that accomplishes the same objective. It's great for those who have shorter curly hair and want something different to do with it. It worked great on my chin length, short layered curly hair. Hope you enjoy it too. :)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Skip Curl Styling Technique

I personally do not use this technique (although I have in the past), but I really like the finished look. It didn't work as well for me but maybe it will work better for you. Tell me how it turns out for you.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Figure 8 curling with a marcel iron

I know that most of my readers only wear their hair naturally, but I also know some you of like to have a change every now and then. Using this technique on dry second day hair is a fun and interesting way to switch things up a bit. You do not need to have a Marcel iron to accomplished this same look. However, you will have to adapt it slightly to your curling iron. Remember this is an advanced technique, so don't beat yourself up if it takes you a while to figure it out.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Making the cut

There is nothing that a little haircut won't cure or, in some cases, a lot of haircut. It heals in many ways problems that otherwise would take years to fix. I had to be reminded of this the hard way. An unfortunate side effect of having gone so blonde was that my scalp could no longer endure the process of bleaching. Subsequently, I had to go progressively darker and darker even though my hair was in dire need of a rest from the coloring process. However, beauty does have its consequences. Eventually, I did have to cut off quite a bit of hair. Why you ask? Well not only was it dry and brittle but the curl was all but gone. Even employing my gentle hair techniques were not enough to overcome the damage caused by all the coloring. In the end I had to make a choice. Sad, frumpy, ugly hair or shorter, happier, healing hair. To wrap up just remember that when it seems hard to get your haircut but, because of damage, you need it; it is always worth it! Even though I was, and am still at times, saddened about having to start over in my hair growing process my curls are finaly back! And no amount of length can make up for that.
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