Chicago: My Happy Nappy Experience

Happy Hump Day Naturalista’s. I know I have been MAJOR MIA! Please forgive me… work and my job, have been super busy!! If you follow me on IG I have been doing Marley Twists like CRAZYYY!!! But I promise more posts soon! And your stories soon! I have some naturals spotlights that I did not forget about!!

Chicago Ladies I need your support!! I need you to come out to the My Happy Nappy Experience!!! October 5 2013!! I will be hosting the My Black is Beautiful panel discussion!!!!

visit http://www.travelingnaturalista.com/my-happy-nappy-experience-2013.html for ticket info and more information on the event !! I hope to meet you!!!! xoxo

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March Length Check, Randomness, Plus How I Retain Length!

Hey Lovely Naturalistas! So this past weekend was so jammed packed for me whew! It was my Boyfriends birthday, My little cousins sleepover, My brothers last bball game of the season, my nephew came home to visit, Easter dinner! And I straightened my HAIR!!!!!!!!!

So the last time I straightened my hair was October: oct lenth check

Now March 2013 Length Check: ( My stylist dusted my ends. So It is slightly shorter) It grew some but I Cant tell now LOL but healthy hair is better than longer hair! Remember that ladies!! If you are in Chicago Looking for a natural hair stylist check out Salon Pressure, 1333 W Taylor, Chicago, Il 🙂

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Looks like the same picture LOL! But it’s not wow… I can’t tell the difference at all!

How I retain Length ( I guess my secret LOL) I don’t clip my ends often ladies!!! Maybe once a year! I have not had my ends clipped since last year! But, My stylist said my ends and hair was healthy because I take care of it and they didn’t need to be clipped often. I know many long-haired naturals that do this. There is also an article on it found here: http://blackgirllonghair.com/2012/08/4-lesser-known-practices-of-naturals-with-long-hair/

Here is a recap of my fun-filled weekend in pictures 🙂 Enjoy! xoxox Michelle

Any hoo Here are some pictures from my weekend!

Check my shrinkage yall CraZY!!!

Check my shrinkage yall CraZY!!!

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Me and the boo

Me and the boo

Happy Bday HUN!!! Love YA!! 29 looks sexy on you LOL!

Happy Bday HUN!!! Love YA!! 29 looks sexy on you LOL!

Happy Birthday Randy!!

Happy Birthday Randy!!

My boo and my lil brother in their championship game :) they lost but they played hard!! GO NETS!!

My boo and my lil brother in their championship game 🙂 they lost but they played hard!! GO NETS!!

My lil nephew and I he bigger than me!! LOL

My lil nephew and I he bigger than me!! LOL

Twist and Curl, Moving, and Family Time!

Hey Naturalistas! Whew … Moving is a joy and a Pain at the same darn time right? Well I am almost setteled in So EXCITED! Well…The past weekend was sooo super busy!!! I moved, and It was also my brother’s 40th birthday!! So I had to do my hair for the festivites!!! I decided to go with a chunky twist and curl.

I washed my hair Thursday Night and did about maybe 10 chunky twists with rods to set the ends. I used Cream of Nature with argan oil shampoo, for the deep conditioner I tried a sample of Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack, and Beautiful Textures leave in.. Deets On the Palmers:
Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack is a once a week intensive conditioning treatment formulated with Pure Coconut Milk, Coconut Oil and Vitamin E to restore and replenish hair that is in need of more than just your daily conditioner. ( I will do a review on my YT channel).

And… DRUMROLL PLEASE to style I used my beloved, never lets me down… Qhemet Aethiopika Hydrate and Twist butter!!! MAN THIS STUFF IS THE TRUTH! My hair is still moisturized. I try to venture off and use different products but this one always gets my heart and I will always use this as my go to. I LOVE IT SOOOO MUCH LOL! Have y’all tried this stuff? MAN!!

My brother and I

My brother and I

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Oh and a quick length check…

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Marley Twist Tutorial

Hello Naturalista’s!!! Sorry I have been MIA, I was sick with some sort of stomach bug that had me in the BED!! Any hoo, IM BACK! And with my much awaited Marley/Havana twist tutorial. If you remember a few weeks back I posted about my Marley twist attempt and I FAILED!!! *bows head* BUT… I CONCURED and succeeded!!!!!!!!!!! YAYYYY!!!!

Details: The hair I used was called Equal Marley braid Hair, I got it from my local BSS for $5. Many have asked how I got it to look so soft, I researched and this brand was a softer of the Marley hair and more easy to manage

the hair I got

the hair I got

I also used eco styler gel along with my Qhemet twist butter, and ElastaQP mango moisturizer to twist the hair.

So I ended up using 4 packs, because I doubled the hair. I explain it all in my YouTube video found here 🙂 http://youtu.be/ndMMfjUbmgw

THE TRICK!! Sooooo… I twist right over left … so thats going to the left lol so at the root I twisted the hair to the right and then proceeded to right over left. This always confuses me!!!!  If you twist the opposite way reverse 🙂 . I liked this way because It looks like your real hair. I got so many questions and ALOT of people thought it was mine! HEY NOW !!! LOL ANDDDD I was brave and did my cousins TOO!!! Hope I didn’t confuse y’all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Check out the pics of the different styles I have been rocking:

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My First Attempt at Marley Twists= FAIL!!!!

Happy Monday Naturalistas!!! Hope your week is off to a great start!!! So…. Yesterday I attempted to do my hair in twists with added hair…… Yeah it was a FAIL!! Back to the drawing board… watching more YouTube Videos to do it a different way!! I bought the hair from the BSS for $5 a pack so I am determined to get this right… If at first you don’t succeed try try AGAIN!!!

I will be trying a different technique!!! I washed my hair and then blew it out on the cool setting 🙂 But when I get this right I WILL do a video for you all !!!! Have any of you tried to do your own twists/braids with added hair? What are your suggestions/techniques?

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My Hair after I blew it out on the cool setting

My Hair: The Right Side VS. The Left Side

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So last night was wash night for me. Very eventful :). I used a new deep conditioner that I’m totally excited to review for you all (will be coming soon). I used Motions Naturally You Deep Treatment Masque. I received this product from the Curlynikki event. BUT on to the real problem. I began to twist my hair as usual, but I always notice this problem and had to share. So I posted the above pic on instagram last night. The right side of my hair is totally different from the left :(. The right side curls at the ends all pretty…. while the left side is wavy and much looser. So when I do my twists I prefer to rod the ends of those that dont curl as I would like. My hair has always been this way. I can remember when I was relaxed, my right side would always act better than the left. Hmmm not sure why this happens lol.

Does anyone else’s hair do this?? Weigh in!!! Happy Friday!!!!

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My Adventures with Straight Hair

Happy Thursday Naturalistas!!!! The weekend is upon us.. WHoo Hoo! lol. So as many of you know I straightened my hair. I have had it straight for almost two weeks. Today is wash day 🙂 which I’m super excited about because this weekend I will be attending the Curlynikki Meetup In Chicago!!!!!!!!!!! I have been waiting for Nikki to come to Chicago FOREVER so this I can’t miss !!!

So on to my adventures with straight hair.LOL… Ok I shocked some people at work, this one woman asked where I got my invisible weave done at? Really lady? I got stares and comments in target asking if this was my hair or weave,and where could they get theirs done :). I have also gotten questions about am I “Mixed” with something because there is no way my hair could be that long. What? Why… ummm black girls CAN GROW HAIR!!! sheesh!! Oh and the infamous ” I like you hair better this way, why don’t you wear it like that more often”. (Not Happening son LOL)  So the good and bad comments, the ignorance and all I liked my time with my hair straight,  but let me tell you its BORING!!! I want my curls BACK!!! Cant wait to wash my hair!!!!

But I will say my stylist is THE BOMB and If you want her info keep reading. She is the only person that I will EVER let straighten my hair!! Magical hands. 🙂 But I have loved my time with straight hair but let me tell you its BORING!!! I want my curls BACK!!! Cant wait to wash my hair!!!!

The Before!! Whoo… Danis Tamed my FRO!!

If you are in Chicago and are looking for a GREAT stylist. Check out my girl Nadling at

Salon Pressure

1333 W. Taylor

Chicago, IL 60607
 312-243-4315

www.salonpressure.com

Me and my Stylist Nadling at the Grand Opening of her NEW SALON!!! 🙂

Sooo… Back to my CURLS!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 Lata Curlies!!!!!!!!