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Fierce Friday Gratuitous Post|CurlFest & Altering a Hair Style To Your Liking

CurlFest142909This past Saturday was CurlFest. Last year I participated in the show and I must say that my experience this year tops previous! From the professional hair stylists and make up artists at All Dolled Up Salon to the stylists from Franchesca’s, I was impressed.

 My Hair:

CurlFest_collageTo achieve this look, my hair was first flexi-rodded all over.

The Red Rods Were Used

I sat under the dryer for 45 minutes and went home with the rods still in my hair. Because I was going horseback riding the following morning, we thought the style would hold better and we could prevent shrinkage, if the rods were still in.

My Hair Tragedy | 3+ Hair Colors in One Week

I was recently asked:

Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?

Saving Our Strands | Elastic Bands 101

I’ve worn tons of styles since I’ve stopped relaxing my hair and allowed it to return to it’s natural state.  Elastic bands take center stage as the go to tool for many styles I’ve worn.

I just knew my puff was on point!
I just knew my puff was on point!

Who doesn’t love a big, bodacious, blinding puff? I know I do; the bigger the better! The style is convenient, simple, easy to achieve and can be worn without having to restyle on a daily basis.

Buns anyone? While transitioning, my bun was always singled out by the TSA to be checked for weapons of mass destruction.

Yucky Scalp? Remove Product Build-Up with Clarifiers

Caked Product on my Hair
Flakes from Caked Product on my Hair

Has your hair ever felt overly greasy?

Do you wash your hair so infrequently that when wash day arrives you have product residue on your scalp and caked butters and oils on your strands?

Have you used multiple products during a styling session in order to make your hair achieve a certain look or feel, and while your style may have been on point, in the end you’re left with white flakes?

Other contributions to build up on your scalp include environmental pollution, hard water, regular use of shampoos and other hair styling gels, sprays, etc.

Recycled Natural Hair Style | Frohawk Roll & Tuck Updo

Original Style
Original Style

Happy Hump Day!

If you’ve ever had a style that was a disaster in either appearance or how your hair felt, read on!

If you haven’t read my re-cap of the natural hair and beauty expo event I participated in, you may want to check it out!

Initially, my hair was styled in a frohawk. My intentions were to wash my hair out as soon as possible due to the tremendous amount of product build up and flakes I had throughout my hair, but time didn’t really permit so I had to make due with what I had.

Natural Hair & Beauty Expo 2013: Re-Cap | Part II

FroHawkIn the last post, I spoke about participating in the Natural Hair & Beauty Expo; general information regarding the event vendors and about the event. Today, I’ll chronicle my personal experiences and thoughts about the road leading up to the event.

As a participant in the hair show, we agreed to have our hair styled by students at the Orlando Beauty Institute. We were informed that the stylists were senior students and had been used in the previous year’s event. Hearing that made me a bit more comfortable with the fact that foreign hands would be handling my hair. I showed up at the school in order to have a ‘consultation’ and to be notified which stylist (we’ll call her Nicole) would being doing my hair. Nicole and I decided that we’d do an updo or frohawk, and made our appointment for 3:15 on Friday.

Natural Hair & Beauty Expo 2013: Re-Cap | Part I

Greetings!

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I had the great opportunity to participate in this year’s Natural Hair & Beauty Expo here in Orlando, FL. Like anything else, there were highs and lows, but overall the event was successful and I hope to participate in the event next year as well.

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Event and Fashion Show Coordinators

To event was held at the Convention Center here in Orlando from about 10-8 p.m. There were vendors who sold hair and body products, jewelry, health and wellness items, and clothing.

The 8th annual Natural Hair and Beauty Expos was a Chase Ford production; where Vision and Creativity produce outcomes like no other!

Beauty Day Details: Pre-Poo Oil Wash Method

Happy Humpday! This past Sunday was the first beauty day of February.

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Freshly Washed.Naked.No Product

I ended the last few days of the last week in a protective style. I jazzed it up with a colorful scarf.

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To begin, I normally start with an amla pre-poo oil wash. Last year, my local indian store relocated and I was unable to find out where they relocated to, which left me without my beloved amla. I prefer to purchase it locally rather than online, so until I find another local source for amla, I’ll have to make due.

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Leaves and Roots, Orlando FL

I was fortunate to find a store here in Orlando, that sells all kinds of herbs in various forms! I’m like a kid in a candy store when I go! The staff is very friendly, the prices are right, and most any herb you are looking for can be found here, with the exception of amla :).

I decided to experiment with the powder form of the extract of some herbs I’d been wanting.

What’s the main difference between the powdered and whole herbs?

Shelf life! Whole herbs have a longer shelf life (up to 2 years), while powdered herbs can last only up to 6 months.  A general rule of thumb is to substitute 1/3 teaspoon powdered or 1 teaspoon crushed for every 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh herbs.

So, as opposed to using whole herbs or even essential oils for my

Journey to Natural: Then & Now

Today is Oct 31, 2012 and after a 2 year transition (June 2010-June 2012), I am now 28 months post relaxer and 4 months post big chop (BC). I decided to reflect on my journey thus far and think about my hair goals for the future.

Recently, I did a length check:

Stretched Hair: 4 Months Post BC
Shrinkage…

When I was transitioning, one of my favorite protective styles was the big high bun. 

21 Months Transitioning: March 2012
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 Recently I was able to replicate the style on my fully natural hair.