Cascading Curls!

Happy Friday! I’ve been totally off of my growth challenge grind this week. Shame shame. Ah well!! I’ll get back to it next week. As for today, I decided to go with a fun cascading curls up-do. Perfect for Friday!

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Edgy yet sophisticated

Hi beauties! Today I went with a messy twistout up-do. I twisted with my staple Eco Styler Gel with Olive oil after deep conditioning. Curls were pinned up and to the side. I love looks like this for work! They are edgy but somehow sophisticated.

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Texture Texture Oh How I Love Thee

This weekend I decided that I wanted to rock some twists one more time for my growth challenge grind which ends in April. Unfortunately I’ve been so busy preparing for the awesomeness God is about to manifest in my life that after doing my deep conditioning regimen I only had time to do some medium to large size twits. Of course those only lasted me a day BUT it actually worked out perfect because the texture I was able to achieve today has me hair crushing on myself!!

Soooo here are the details:

Deep conditioned with Creme of Nature’s Intensive Conditioning Treatment

Twisted with Eco Styler gel with Olive Oil and wore twists for one day

Unravelled twists on day 2 finger combed the roots and applied a light layer of Eco styler

Finished off by applying a light coating of Olive Oil Moisturizing Shine Serum

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New Product Fun

It’s been a while since I tried any new products so I decided to stop and picked up a few newbies.

As most of you know I am in love with almost all of the Cantu products I’ve tried, so when I spotted the new Coconut Curling Creme and Daily Oil Moisturizer I had to scoop those up.

I also spotted a new product from the Dark and Lovely Au Naturale line called Anti-breakage Super Softening Hair Butter. However, after researching it a bit further it’s actually more ideal for transitioning hair. So, I think I’ll pass it along to my sister who I’m super excited to say has decided to start her transition to the world of kinks and curls!

Stay tuned to see how these guys work out!

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These Grays Gotta Go

I don’t know about you beauties but I seem to have acquired quite a bit of gray hair since entering my thirties. Consequently I’ve been seriously contemplating getting highlights but have been a bit reluctant because I’m afraid of damaging my hair. I’ve seen countless ladies maintain a head of healthy color treated hair so I know it can be done.

Well, this year that fear can kick rocks! This naturalista will be saying goodbye to these grays and getting highlights this spring after my growth challenge ends in early April. Time for another level of fun with my curls, kinks and coils!

Before I take the plunge I’ll be doing a lot of research on maintaining healthy color treated natural hair. I know that moisturizing and deep conditioning is key! If you have any other maintenance tips that you would recommend please let me know. These grays have gotta go!

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Instagram Identity CHRISTless

I think we can all agree that there’s no shortage of beautiful people on Instagram. Whether their interest is in fashion, fitness, beauty, art or maybe a funky eclectic look at life in general, you can’t deny them. They are there, the beauties of the world. A challenge comes however, when you fail to recognize yourself as one of those beautiful people. When you are fooled into believing that the body, head of hair or face that you are envying is perfect. When you discount yourself, your beauty, your physical attributes or even your hustle! When you let the fact that you are a complete bad ass grinding every day fall by the waste side because you’ve determined that based on some random photo uploaded to an application called Instagram, you aren’t good enough. This, my friends is a direct byproduct of not knowing who you are in Christ.

As an extremely visual person I happen to really enjoy Instagram. I seriously believe the application was made for people like me. From a health, beauty, hair and makeup perspective its focus on imagery and photography inspires me every day. Whether the photos have been extraordinarily altered or not this app never fails to give me ideas that get my creative juices flowing. Much like most other Medias however, there’s another side of Instagram that seems to be challenging the self-esteem and self-worth of many individuals around the world. The answer to this identity struggle, this lack of confidence, is to build a relationship with Christ.

Once you get to know Him, how absolutely beautiful He formed you and how beautiful you still are despite what you’ve been through, then you can begin to appreciate His other creations without feeling inferior. When you grow to understand that you were fearfully and wonderfully made and discover who God has called you to be, no one can make you feel anything less than what you are, royalty.