Let’s Talk: Homemade Deep Conditioners

Hi guys! Happy Tuesday! Today I’m coming to you with a post about homemade deep conditioners. Fun Fact– I haven’t bought any deep conditioners in MONTHS! I’ve been mixing it up lately, and I think I’m a certified mixtress now. 🙂

My mixtures are different every week, but there are some ingredients that I ALWAYS use. Here’s a list and why!
I use honey every week, without fail. It keeps my hair shiny and lustrous! It’s also a natural humectant, meaning that it draws moisture to the hair, which our hair is always in need of. It has anti-bacterial properties, and it can also be used as a cleanser. Sweet! (Pun intended)

Castor Oil
I have a bottle of JBCO that I should use more, because it’s great for the hair! It’s anti-bacterial and anti-fungicidal, so prolonged use of it will take care of most hair ailments. I had a lot of dandruff when I permed, and since transitioning, I’ve seen no flakes. It’s moisturizing, and it improves scalp circulation, which leads to growth! It can help control split ends, and also help thicken the hair.

Olive Oil
Ugh, let’s just talk about how I love this stuff. I use it in my DC’s, I use it to seal, I use it for everything. It can be used for shine and softness.

Yep, I saved the best for last! Eggs are a superfood for your hair! They are a FAB source of protein, so they pack your hair with some strength, while also imparting shine.

So there it is, beauties! These are my homemade DC ingredients that I always use. There are some others, but that’s another post!

Until next time,
Mandisa ❤


Protective Style of the Week: The Braid Ladder

Hello guys! I hope you’re enjoying your week! I’m coming to you with my protective style that I did last night for the rest of the week.
The main reason that I do protective styling is because I work out every morning. My window of time in the morning is really tight because I’m lazy, lol. So after I work out and take a shower, I’m still actively sweating. With the sweat and trying to deal with my free hair, I just can’t, so I end up having to twist or braid it up. However, there are soooo many benefits to protective styling! Some are: your ends are protected, length retention, moisture retention, it keeps the hair off your neck, etc.
So here’s what I did!






I started off with two small cornrows in the front on either side. I then incorporated those cornrows with three large French braids. After that, I had a section of free hair left at the bottom. I incorporated those large French braids and twisted them into two strand twists with my free hair. I pinned it all up into a side bun and that was it. It didn’t take long at all. I plan to keep this in until the end of the week, and then I might rock a twist/braid out.


Happy Tuesday! (By the way, this picture is from my Instagram. Follow me, I’m cool peoples. 😉 ) @mandisamarie

Until next time,
Mandisa ❤

Natural Hair Doll Experiment

This is an experiment done by Chime, (one of my natural hair inspirations). I thought this was extremely powerful. I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions regarding the touchy subject. I personally don’t have children yet, but after seeing this, I feel more of an urge to make sure my daughter or son embraces who they are, because they are beautiful. Regardless, if society doesn’t agree.

– Irene

Braid Out Redemption: HOTD

Happy Monday curlies! I’m coming to you today with my Sunday hair! Let me just tell you now, I gained some redemption! She (my hair) was acting a straight up fool on Friday when I did a braid out, so I tried it again for Sunday. On freshly washed and conditioned (by the way, NEVER use honey and castor oil as a DC) hair, I installed some braids. They looked very similar to my braids on Thursday night. I slept on them, and took them out on Sunday morning.


I ended up doing a really simple style that I got from Jenell’s YouTube channel. (That link is on the natural inspirations page.) I started with a French roll in the back, and a simple roll, tuck, and pin on the remaining sections.



There are some front and side shots for you guys.

Here are some shots taken at church.



And I saved the best shot for last! Here’s the texture shot from a bird’s eye view!


Look how textured and nappy I am!

We’re getting there, girls! Don’t give up! ❤

Until next time,
Mandisa ❤

Braid Out Bust

Hi beauties! Happy Friday! As promised, I’m coming to you with my second braid out for the week. Remember how I said yesterday that I would? Well, you see, the thing is, my hair is her own entity. She heard me talk about how banging this braid out was going to be, and she said, “NOPE!” She acted a straight up fool. Anyway, here’s how I started.
I gave myself ten braids with two cornrows in the front last night.





I put my bonnet on and went to bed. The next morning, I woke up, worked out, and unraveled the braids. Surprise, surprise, they weren’t fully dry! So they ended up looking like this:



Looking straight up cray cray. No bueno.

So I had to redirect the style. I was going to do the high bun, but decided against it. The world should only see that fabulousness a couple times a week.

So I pulled it into a low chignon. However, whenever I want to pull my hair straight, it’s a problem. About 40% of the hair on my head is nappy, and the rest is straight. It’s a problem. There is a straight up HALO OF FRIZZ. Every time. No matter what I do. I can put a tub of gel on my edges, but NOTHING will lay those bad boys down. Exhibit A:


HALO OF FRIZZ. Dag on shame.
But, there’s always next week! 🙂

Until next time,
Mandisa ❤

Braid Out Vs. Twist Out: Battle of the Buns!

Hi loveys! I hope you’re enjoying your Thursday! 

Due to the fact that my weeks are SO dag on busy, I wear my hair in protective smedium twists most weeks, but my twists haven’t been holding up. So, at the beginning of this week, I tried something new! My hair still had the big flat twist in the front from the last Sunday HOTD post, so I decided to just install big twists in hair. It looked good for about 3.5 seconds, until I started working out. 





As you can see, they were really big rope twists, twisted up using Nap85’s method. Like I said, they didn’t last long. So on Wednesday, I took them out and fashioned a high bun!


Pretty good. The height is there, and it’s pretty full looking.

On Wednesday night, I decided to revisit my old frenemy, the braid out. I wanted to see what kind of definition and bounce it would give me. I detangled, moisturized, and sealed. I then did 10 braids over my entire head. After waking up in the morning, working out, and taking the braids down, my hair was REALLY fluffy and SUPER defined. I never liked doing braid outs because they never seemed to work for me. However, like in all things hair related, you have to find what works for you. For me, I have to do 10 braids to get the definition and fluff that I’m looking for; no more, no less. 

I didn’t take pictures of my braid out because….I’m….very…forgetful, lol. But trust and believe, it was banging.

I then did my go-to for work if I don’t have my smedium twists in, my high bun. And HERE is what I got.



AHHH!!! So much more volume and bounce! Really defined, and still really fluffy! 

So for my high buns, braid outs work BEST! 

I’m doing a braid out again tomorrow, and I promise to post pictures!

Until next time,

Mandisa ❤

Twisted Pin Up!

Hello again! I’m back, coming to you with my hair this past Sunday. It was pretty simple. The style was done on (semi) clean hair, styled with a twist out. I had 6 twists on each side, so they were about medium size.
After taking the twists out in the morning, I made a large flat twist on the right side of my head. After that, I rolled both sides of my hair into a low chignon, tucked, and pinned. I added an accessory to spruce it up. (Y’all know I like my hair accessories.)
This is how it turned out:

My boo Geri got in my shot! Haha!





Until next time,
Mandisa ❤