My Tried & True 

Way back when, before the days of cost efficient product sampling with FULL SIZE products from my curlBOX subscription there was one brand I knew I could always count on.   Cleansing, conditioning, moisturizing, no matter what I needed to do to my hair this brand had a product I could use to accomplish it effectively and at some of the most cost efficient prices in the market. No matter how many products I try this brand will always be a part of my product collection. Cantu, my tried and true.

Last night I used some great products from this brand to co-wash, condition and set my hair for a braid out.



After cleansing my hair with the co-wash I applied my all time favorite leave-in conditioner. This stuff  has never failed me on delivering excellent moisture to my hair.



After letting the conditioner sit for about an hour I followed this up with their curling creme and prepped my hair for a braid out. 



A braid out prepped with any other product I would probably put a little oil on my hands to help with moisture as I unravel the braids. Using Cantu products that step is totally unnecessary. Check out how juicy my hair is!



It is full of moisture and the definition is beautiful! of course I couldn’t just leave my hair like that, I had to put it up. So….here’s the creation for today. 





All of this awesomeness compliments of Cantu Beauty Products, my tried and true! 

Best Styles From Last Week 

Good Morning Luvs!

Today I’ve got tutorials for two different looks. These were voted the top two styles of the week! I hope you all enjoy this video and be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook @TJLuvsbeingnatural to vote for your top two styles this Friday. Enjoy!

http://youtu.be/NTqMs624dnM 

Perfect For Twists & Edges

Good morning Luvs!

Today I wanted to share with you all two products that I am absolutely loving for twisted styles and taming my edges. 

So, you all know how much I adore twisted styles. There are a couple of different variations of twists I like to work with. One is a loose chunky twist that helps me achieve great dimension and the second is more secure twists that I often use to form different shapes like I talked about yesterday. 

I’ve found myself wanting to experiment more with secure twists and the product I am absolutely loving for those styles is Dark & Lovely’s Easy Twist Gel ‘N Butter. 



I was introduced to this product in my February curlBox and I’ve been loving it ever since. It is amazing for making my twists look nice and moisturized with a light but secure hold. It is literally the perfect blend of gel and butter. 

Although I’m not big on extremely tamed edges (I love my texture), I have started trying to play with slightly tamed edges. For that I’ve found that Creme of Nature’s Perfect Edges works great!



I was also introduced to this product by curlBOX in the most recent MAY-KOVER box. Probably the best thing I love about this product is how smoothly it spreads and the shine! LOVE! 

I used both the Easy Twist Gel ‘N Butter as well as the Perfect Edges on today’s hair and adore the results. I’ll definitely continue using these two products perfect for twists and edges :o)





2 Ways To Use Shapes With Your Next Updo

Hi luvs!

Today I want to talk a bit about shape an angles when it comes to hairstyles. In my YouTube video 3 Keys To Developing Creative Styles which you can watch here, I talk about how embracing shape and angles opens up more opportunity for styling options. 

Here are the two main shapes I tend to embrace to come up with unique looks:

1. Circles: you might not realize it but circular styles are easy to come up with, outside of a typical halo/crown braid or bun. Here are a few different styles where I embraced a circular shape or rounded edges. 







2. Triangles – triangular shapes allow me to achieve some really unique looks up front and they tend to be really bold. Take a look at these styles where I embraced a trianglular shape





The easiest way  to achieve these circular or triangular looks is by using 1 or more sections of twisted hair and pulling and pinning them until they form the shape you’re looking for. You can also try to just form the hair into the shape and secure with bobby pins along the way, but this is a bit more difficult. 

That’s it beauties! Try embracing one of these shapes with your next experimental updo and see where you end up.

Muuuahhhh!!!

Soft Bouncy Defined Curls

Hi Beauties!

Who doesn’t love big soft bouncy defined curls!? I was so excited to have successfully achieved this type of curl this weekend. Take a look at these gorgeous curls! 



How’d I do it? Well….I set my hair with flexi rods using the Creme of Nature Style & Shine Foaming Mousse I got in my May curlBOX.  I used 7/8″ and 6/8″ flexi rods, both 10″ long. I used the smaller rods in the front and the larger rods in the back.

I installed the rods by starting half way down each section of hair, wrapping the bottom half around the rod and then rolling the rod the rest of the way up.



I kept the rods in overnight and removed them in the morning. My hair was extremely soft! So much so that I was afraid of losing curl definition. NOT the case.



I separated each curl 2 or 3 times and added no additional product. So in love with these results!







My New Hair Color

Hi Luvs!

I’m so excited to share my new hair color with you beauties. The May curlBOX was filled with a bunch of goodies by Creme of Nature including the new Intensive Red hair color. 



You can check out my complete product review of all the products in the box here.

So, I decided that I just wanted some pops of color so I didn’t saturate my hair in the color. I did a big chunky section in the front and added some color to the ends of my hair in the back.  



This was my very first time coloring my own hair. It was fairly simple and I would definitely do it again. I am in love with the results!! It’s subtle enough for work, but still gives me the pop of color I was looking for. 



Here are some styles that really allowed my new color to stand out.











What do you think??