Natural Hair Highlights Using Maybelliene Eye Tattoo

HEYYYYY Y’all!!! I’m back!! Did ya miss me!! I sure hope you did!! The baby and I are doing well!!

So remember those Highlights I did like two weeks ago? (If you follow me on instagram) Well I did a video to show you how I got them! They were super cute!! Check out some of my pics!! Make sure you subscribe to my Youtube and also check me out on Instagram!!

 

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Natural’s SpotlighJere

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1. Tell me about yourself: I am a child of God, a wife, a mother, and a high school teacher, with a huge passion for all things beauty related with a focus in natural hair and fashion. I am also a vlogger and blogger and I am passionate about helping other woman feel beautiful and embrace the skin that they are in. 

2. How long have you been natural? I have been completely natural for 8 months after a long period of transitioning. I became fully natural on Dec. 12th, 2012. Yaaayyy!!!

3. Did you transition or Big Chop? I decided to do a “big chop” when my second daughter was born (Sept 2011). I had India.Arie’s “I Am Not My Hair” playing in the background as I watched my shoulder length strands hit the bathroom floor. After the first few cuts, I regretted it instantly and decided to do a mini chop instead of a big chop leaving about three to four inches of my relaxed hair. After my mini chop, I felt horrible because I was in this awkward in between state; I wasn’t fully natural but more than 1/2 my hair was lying on the floor. I cried for a week straight! Lol. Oh the drama! Thanks to YouTube, I learned some hairstyles, learned how to blend and care for the two textures and I cut little by little until I cut the last of my relaxed ends off December 2012. 

4. What is your biggest hair challenge? How did you overcome your challenge? My biggest hair challenge throughout this journey was embracing my hair during its shorter lengths and rebounding from bad hair days. I was so used to long hair during my relaxed days that seeing myself with short hair throw me for a definite loop. I went through a phase where I didn’t feel as pretty, but once I learned how to rock my shorter hair (pinning up the side, headbands, playing with makeup, and investing in some big hooped earrings) I was all in and my confidence increase tremendously. My days used to be ruined by a failed twist-out or a braid out that didn’t dry completely. I can wear head wraps or hats to my job so when I had a bad hair day the world knew it…lol! In order to overcome this challenge and frustration, I became the Up-Do queen. A failed hairstyle today is quickly translated into a fierce updo and I always feel fabulous with my natural hair.

5. What is your hair regimen?

1) I detangle my hair with a spray bottle filled with water and oil (coconut, castor, olive, and jojoba) and use KBB’s sweet ambrosia to help me detangle section by section.

2) I Co- wash every week with Organix Coconut Condition or Herbal Essence’s Hello Hydration.

3) I try to deep condition every 2 weeks and I use Shea Moistures Deep Treatment Mask.

4) I moisturize and seal every other night with H20, Elasta QP Mango Butter and Coconut oil and Castor Oil.

5) I do my twist outs and other related styles using the L.O.C method (liquid/leave-in, oil, cream hair dressing) and homemade flax seed gel.

6) When I blow dry my hair, I blow dry on medium heat using Tresseme Heat Tamer as a protectant.

6. What is your favorite style? Updos, twistouts, and protective styles like box braids and Marley twist. I love these hairstyles!! They are my definitely my go-to styles.

7. What is your fashion style like? My style is determined by my mood and though I love the trends, I tend not to deviate from my favorite classic pieces like soft and feminine tops, structured blazers, and clothing with sleek and clean lines. I don’t consider myself a complete trendy shopper because I don’t chase after every trend; only the ones that really catch my eye and tug at my fashion gut. I tend to experiment with colors and patterns. I love mixing bold colors with different patterns, and I am a huge fan of playing with different color combos. I make risky choices in one area of my outfit while playing it safe in the other areas. I love purchasing shoes that are classic and can be worn in and out of the different fads so I tend to keep my footwear very classic and chic. If there is one fashion item that I couldn’t live without, it would definitely be a great blazer….omg, I love blazers!!

8. Where can we find you on line? What else would you like to add? Firstly, thanks so much for allowing me to share with you and your readers! I really appreciate the love. I’m literally all over the internet so please check me out at:

Instagram: nappturallychicjere

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/jsongbird624 (Nappturallychicjere)

Blog: http://www.nappturallychicjere.blogspot.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nappturallychicwithjere

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Curlfriends and Dallas!!!

Sorry I have been MIA!! Life has been busy!!! A few weekends ago was jam packed with tons of fun! I love the natural hair community!! On Friday September 20th, I got to meet some of my “friends in my head’. You know how you are following someone on IG and you meet them in real life, lol its like you aready know them? Well I finally got to meet Melissa Chanel,  Amanda G and NaturallyCreole and see my boo PRoy again!! Had a blast ladies. Check out their blogs too!! I love meeting new curlfriends who you can keep in touch with! 🙂

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Also I am excited because next weekend Ill be in Dallas!!! Where my Dallas Naturalista’s at?

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I will be in town! Hope to meet some of you there!!

Have a great day!! xoxo Michelle

Natural’s Spotlight: Julie

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1. Tell me about yourself
 
My name is Julie, I am a 26 year old professional by day and small business owner in between. I have an accessories company for both women and men called Jay Dalen (www.jaydalen.com). I also sing in my spare time, which I am very passionate about. I’m shy at times, corky and crazy, love to eat, and a hopeless romantic. I’m from Philly and love my friends and family to life.
 
2. How long have you been natural?
 
I’ve been natural since about 2007,  my college days. I transitioned from relaxers and slowly became fully natural by trimming my ends pretty frequently. I Big Chopped on February 23, 2013 and recently cut it back down in June 2013! I wanted to begin a new healthier hair journey and decided to BC. Before my BC I colored my hair quite a few times and straightened pretty frequently on high temps (I know! Tisk tisk). However during this new journey I want to stray away from color and heat.
 
3. Did you transition or Big Chop?
 
Both, but touching on my recent experience, I am surprised that I didn’t cry during my BC appointment. The stylist put my hair in four ponytails and then snipped them off! I felt my hair leaving me but I was overjoyed and ready for a new journey. My new hair has given me a confidence out of this world. I love my hair! I am not afraid or ashamed of the stares I get. My hair does not define me and I love who I am becoming. It’s a great feeling to not be emotional attached to my hair.
 
4. What is your biggest hair challenge? How did you overcome your challenge?
 
There was once I time where my hair ruled my life. Back when I was in high school I wouldn’t go to school or anywhere if my hair “wasn’t right”. I would get so frustrated, cry and would stay home. When I think back to those times, it was so foolish of me. I should never get to the point where my thoughts or opinions on my looks interferes with my daily life. My short hair now forces me to be comfortable in my own skin. I can no longer hide behind hair. Each day I have to step out with how it is, be confident with how I look, and own it. I recently read a quote the other day by the amazing Beauty By Lee and she said, “When you feel beautiful, all people see is beauty.” Love that and it is so true! I truly feel the most beautiful I have ever felt in my life.

5. What is your hair regimen?
 
My hair regimen is quite simple. I use to be a product junkie but the Lord has delivered me! Lol. On wash day I wash with Clear Ultra Shea Shampoo, follow-up with Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner, and then deep condition with the Mane Choice Green Tea & Carrot Deep Conditioning Mask. I rinse after about an hour of letting the DC sit and continue to style with Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, and a gel to define my curls. Some of my staple gels are Ecostyler Olive Oil gel, Kinky Curly Curling Custard and Shea Moisture Curling Souffle. 
 
6. What is your favorite style?
 
Right now, I can really only achieve a wash and go. I’ve recently tried slicking my hair down and adding a side part, which I love. Great style as I am growing out of the awkward stage of the TWA.

7. What is your fashion style like?
 
I really can’t narrow down a specific style. I am a free spirit and my style is very eclectic. I wear whatever I feel like and love to mix and match things that typically “don’t go”. You’re style should always be unique, true to you, and a reflection of yourself.

8. Where can we find you on-line? What else would you like to add?
 
I’m just enjoying this ride of loving and learning more about my hair. I don’t have any set plans for my hair right now and I’m taking it day by day. Everyone tells me that I should keep it short, as it is “so me”. I just say, “we’ll see”. I may decide to finally let it grow out (as I’ve been dying for braids or marley twists!) shape it into a funky style, or just keep it short. Natural hair is so versatile that you can do anything! I started documenting my journey on my Youtube channel after the BC to see where my hair takes me in a year. You can find me at mzjewelzz on Youtube and @juboolee on Instagram and Twitter.

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If you would like to share your story email me at happilyevernatural@gmail.com

 

Natural’s Spotlight: Nikki

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1. Tell me about yourself
My name is Nichole and I just moved to Houston, TX in June. Natural hair is EVERYWHERE out here and I love it!  I was born in Los Angeles, but I was raised in Colorado. When I moved to Colorado, I moved before my mom with some Hispanic family friends. My mom didn’t want them to mess up my hair so she put a Just for Me relaxer in. I was six at the time and from then on stuck with relaxers. I rarely went to a shop to get it done because the town I grew up in was predominantly white. Although I was an every six-weeker relaxer girl my hair was long and I never had any issues until I moved to Texas. Then my final relaxer was put on by a family friend and it seemed fine at first, but my hair started breaking off in the front a few weeks later. I had to get it cut into a bob from about arm pit length to even it out.
2. How long have you been natural?
My last relaxer was in January 2009 and I big chopped in May 2009.
3. Did you transition or Big Chop?
I big chopped because I didn’t know anything about transitioning when I decided to go natural and I couldn’t deal with the two different textures.
4. What is your biggest hair challenge? How did you overcome your challenge?
Honestly my hair journey hasn’t been very rough. I would say my biggest hair challenge is a twist out. I’ve only had TWO good twist outs and I can’t figure out what I did to make them look so good!
5. What is your hair regimen?
My regimen is clarify my scalp and hair about every three weeks, co wash every 4-5 days, deep condition once every 1-2 weeks with heat. I apply my leave in, seal in with either sweet almond or apricot oil, then a styler. I also diffuse instead of air dry because I love the volume diffusing gives you. I don’t really shampoo, i use Apple Cider Vinegar rinses to clarify my itchy scalp. My fave conditioners are Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle and Aussie Moist. I swear by peppermint oil to add in my sprays to help with itching. Kinky curly knot today and koils by nature leave ins are really nice. Everything else I haven’t found a solid staple for
6. What is your favorite style?
DEFINITELY a wash and go lol! I can’t seem to get any other style down.
7. What is your fashion style like?
I’m a pretty plain jane style wise, not much into fashion really. I can clean up if need be.
8. Where can we find you on line? What else would you like to add?

You can find me the following places:
Instagram: @nikkibcurly
YouTube: nikkibcurly (just started my channel)
Twitter and keek also @nikkibcurly

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Naturals Spotlight: Tiffany

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So excited to feature one of my favs!!! Check out her story ladies!!

1. Tell me about yourself. I am a 30 year old “Natural Hair Enthusiast” from OKC, OK. I work fulltime, but love to blog and vlog to help uplift, educate, and promote the beauty of natural hair.

2. Did you transition or big chop? I transitioned for 9 months. I received my last relaxer in June 2009 and did my big chop March of 2010.

3. How long have you been natural? I have been natural for a little over 3 years.

4. What is your biggest hair challenge? How did you overcome your challenge? Initially my biggest hair challenge was learning to love my own hair. I received my first relaxer at a very young age and for over 20 years that is all I knew. When I returned back to natural I didn’t know what my own natural hair texture was like and I didn’t know what to expect either. When I starting doing my research the only images I could find of natural hair were either loose, bouncy curls or tightly coiled, kinky textured hair. I figured my hair would be one or the other. However, when my I did my chop and my texture was starting to reveal itself, I soon realized my hair was a mix of many different textures. It was curly, wavy, and coiled. It was definitely not what I expected or hoped for. However, I had to embrace what I was blessed with and I learned how to care for it and in doing that I have fallen in love with my hair. I would not trade my head of hair for no one else’s.

5. What is your hair regimen? My current routine is pretty simple. I mainly co-wash my hair instead of using shampoo. I will co-wash at least once a week and shampoo my hair maybe once every 4-6 weeks. I found that co-washing allows me to keep my hair moisturized, by not stripping my hair like shampoo does and it still gets my hair and scalp clean. My conditioner of choice is Herbal Essence’s Hello Hydration Conditioner or Tresemme Naturals Radiant Volume Conditioner. When I shampoo my hair I use Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo. I will first put my hair into 4 workable sections and proceed to wash my hair one section at a time. After I am finished with each section apply my conditioner, detangle my hair and let the conditioner sit for about 10 mins. I will rinse it out one section at a time and then squeeze the excess water out. I will then use a cotton shirt to absorb any extra water. Next, I will apply my leave in which is Paul Mitchelle’s The Conditioner to each section and then I will apply my Moisture Butter or Curling Smoothie to my hair to add moisture. I will then apply an oil to seal it all in. My oils of choice are either Sweet Almond or Grapeseed Oil. I will then two strand twist my hair doing 3-4 twists in each section depending on the look I want. I will let the twists sit overnight. Lastly, I untwist my hair, separate with Coconut Oil on my hands, and fluff. My hair always looks moisturized and is defined when I do my twist out. That is my favorite go to hairstyle.
6. What is your favorite style? My fav hairstyle is Twist-out or an Updo!

7. What is your fashion style like? My fashion style is forever changing and I can adapt to whatever atmosphere I am in. I am currently really feeling the Urban Chic look!

8. Where can we find you on-line? What else would you like to add? To me being natural is a lifestyle change rather than a trend. It has opened my eyes and brought awareness to the products that I use on my hair and even the food that I eat, so it has made me more health conscious. Making the decision to return to natural was the best choice I could have made for the health of my hair. The overall health of my hair is better, it is thicker and longer now compared to when I had a relaxer. I love to share the knowledge I have gained by trial and error and by research with others, so you can check me out in the following places:

You can check me out on my blog: http://www.TiffanyNicholsDesign.blogspot.com

Watch me on my YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TiffanyNicholsDesign
Follow me on Instagram: @TiffanyNicholsDesign
Like me on Facebook: Tiffany Nichols Design

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Natural Hair at the Grammy’s Plus Grammy Red Carpet Looks I loved!

Hey Naturalista’s!!! I know I am super late with this post LOL! I know this is a hair blog but I also wanted to share some Grammy Looks that I loved as well as some banging Natural Hiar on the red Carpet!!!

Did you guys watch the Grammy’s (I know alot of y’all did dont be shy) LOL!

Well here are a few of my FAVS!!!

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Yes Served up!!!! Loved her dress and the HAIR DO IT GIRL! show ’em natural hair can look fab w a dress!!

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BEY BEY! Loved the whole entire look
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Kelly Killed it POINT BLANK PERIOD!
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Rihanna Looked cute!!!
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I LOVE ALICIA AND SWISS!! Elegant! Beautiful LOVE!!
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YASS E!! Loved it girl! Natural HAIR IS THE BOMB!!

I will be posting later this week my staple products video! Also some product reviews! What would you guys like more posts about? Dont be shy LOL 🙂 I want to deliver what my naturalistas want!!!! Please leave comments below!!! xoxox Michelle

Enjoy your day ladies!!!!!!