And Sometimes A Regular Ole’ Twistout Just Gives You Life!

Hi guys! Today I’m coming to you with my bomb twistout today! Ugh, it’s so fabulous I can’t stand it!!
I’ve really been trying with my twist outs and I think this one is perfect! Maybe it’s the products, maybe it’s the technique, or maybe it was the hand of God. I will go with the latter LOL!
This week, I’ve been working out and sweating a lot. So I’ve been cowashing after my workouts mostly every day.
So yesterday, I got in the shower after working out and cowashed. I then used my Mixed Chicks and covered that with my moisturizer of choice.
I did braid the roots for some stretch, and that proved to be helpful because I didn’t have to separate. My hair was already in three strands, so all I had to do was pick.

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When I was finished, I had about 12ish twists in my hair.
This morning, I unraveled and picked. I didn’t do any separating.

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The Bomb Blowout

 

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Hi Everyone,
I promised myself that I was going to post about my blow out that recently did myself. I’m truly happy with the results, so here it is! On my birthday I purchased a new blow dryer from Sally’s Beauty Supply it’s called Hot Shot Tools by Helen Of Troy. I haven’t seen that many reviews about this product on the internet, but the reviews on the website were pretty good. The price is reasonable and it comes with 3 attachments (comb, concentrator, diffuser) and I know I’m going to get use out of all of them. I paid $35.00 for it.

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Compared to my old dryer that everyone and their mama had by Conair with the two combs and a brush , which made my hair feel hard and crunchy this is a true upgrade. After using this dryer my hair felt very smooth. I’m in love with it. My hair was stretched with only a few passes, just using the low heat and high speed. The dryer is easy to handle, it’s not heavy at all. I didn’t have any problems with the attachments coming off considering I have natural hair and it’s not too loud. My hair dries quickly and it really feels soft and smooth afterwards. I was really feeling like Diana Ross once I was done 😉

How I Prepped For Blowout

First I prepooed my hair with a protein treatment. I mixed a concoction with 1 tbsp of mayo for moisturizing and the protein to prevent breakage, 1 egg for protein, a little apple cider vinegar for shine , and 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil for more moisture. I let that sit in my hair for maybe about 45 mins and rinsed it out and proceeded to shampoo, condition, and deep conditioned as I normally would. I made sure to rinse my hair with cool water to help seal in the moisture, close my hair cuticle, and shut my pores. I didn’t want all that conditioning to go to waste.

Then I let my hair sit in a T-shirt to soak up all the excess water, sectioned it in four sections, detangled, and applied my leave in which was Kinky Curly Knot Today, a little pea size amount of coconut oil, my Aphogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer, and my Chi Silk Infusion to each section and twisted it up.

When my hair was about 75% dry I began the blow drying process, as opposed to drying my on soaking wet hair. Doing this can cause heat damage because you’re use more heat. The less time you have to expose your hair to heat the better. I ran the comb attachment through my hair starting from ends then working my way up on low heat and high speed. Then when my hair felt smooth and silky enough I used the concentrator attachment with my paddle brush and passed with that a few times on the cool setting, holding the brush vertically. Using the brush in a vertical motion keeps your hair detangled. I was taught this by the glamtwinz334  on Youtube and they were right, holding the brush horizontally make your hair more susceptible to breakage.

I’d say in a good 20 minutes the blow drying process was done!
That’s a first here are some pictures.

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I also trimmed my hair again while it was in this state.
I hope this was helpful!
❤ Irene

 

Mixed Chicks Leave In Conditioner

Hi guys!! I hope you’re having a great week! I’m here today to talk about what seems to be the most talked about leave in in the natural hair community, Mixed Chicks.

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I’ve heard so much about this leave in, and I’ve been wanting to get my hands on some, but I know that it’s very expensive-more money than I will ever shell out for a leave in. You can find prices at the $20ish mark! So, when I saw it on Amazon for $10 for a 16 ounce, I hopped on it!
This is what Mixed Chicks Leave in Conditioner claims.
“A curl-defining formula designed for us. Whether you’re black, white, asian, latin, mediterranean, or any other glorious combination of the above, you’ll love the way this non-sticky, lightweight product leaves your hair inviting to touch. Control your curls, don’t let your curls control you! Moisturize, control frizz, define curls.”
Here are the Features:
“An alcohol-free, non-sticky, lightweight product that leaves your hair inviting to touch as it defines and locks moisture into every curl
Mixed Chicks does not engage in animal testing
Made in USA”

So, I’ve used it for at least three weeks now so I think that I can give a fair review. Mixed Chicks conditioner is the BEST CURL DEFINING PRODUCT THAT I HAVE EVER COME ACROSS. It defines my curls VERY well. Yes, I used a denman brush, which did help, but even before I put the Denman brush through, the curls were poppin’ on a hunnid!

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See?
As for the consistency, it’s very milky like, with a little more oomph, if that makes sense. When I put it on, my hair definitely still felt dry. It wasn’t creamy or moisturizing enough for my liking. I had to apply a separate moisturizer on top of it, although it claims to moisturize.
My hands also felt VERY sticky after application. Although there was no visible residue, I could clap my hands together and feel resistance when pulling them apart. No bueño.
Anyway, although the curl defining properties are amazeballs, everything else is going to have to be a pass for me.
I’ll give it a C-, on my hair. This isn’t to say it won’t work on YOUR hair just fine! But as for me, I’ll use my Creme of Nature Argan Oil Perfect 7 Leave In over this any day.

Until next time,
Mandisa ❤️

6 Natural Hairstyles for Spring & Summer!

It’s finally starting to warm up here in New York guys and I’m super excited about it. At first my body didn’t adapt to the nice weather. The 70 degrees almost felt like 100 and I found myself complaining, but I stopped myself right in my tracks because after that brutal winter we just had, I should be more than thankful! As you might already know I like to change up my styles every now and then. So with the new season why not try out some new styles I’ve been eyeing!

1. Flower Bomb

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I’ve been seeing these spring appropriate, cute flower accessories all over the place in many colors. I just haven’t been bold enough to wear them for myself. I especially think they’re a huge compliment to big curly hair. With any simple outfit this has the potential to put everything together.

2. Marley Twists

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Now I’ve been wanting to rock marley twists for quite sometime. They look cute on everybody and that’s no lie! I guess I’ve been been procrastinating and I have no reason to because the hair is fairly inexpensive and they’re are plenty of helpful tutorials on how to install them. This look is a MUST for this summer. Easy. Breezy

3. The Mega Braid

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I would clearly have to go to a stylist to get this done because I don’t know if I’d be able to do this myself. Regardless I love the simplicity of this style but it still manages to make a statement. This is a great protective style that could easily be worn for every occasion.

6. Protective Styles That Can Be Done With My Own Hair

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I love these looks. I also want to start wearing my smedium twists again

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5. Updos

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I need to step up on my updo game because who wants hair in their face all the time, especially in the summer heat! These are super cute!

6. Scarfs & Turbans  

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This is a big one guys. I can’t get enough of this look whether it be with a scarf or bandana, their are sooo many way to rock these looks. I’m excited for this one. You can choose to have your head completely covered or leave some hair out for a different spin. This is another easy way to spruce up any outfit for a chic carefree look. IN LOVE

I hope you enjoyed this! All the pictures were found on either pinterest or tumblr
Love you all!
Please share what looks you plan on rocking this season! I’d love to hear it.
– Irene

The Three Strand Twist Out

Hi guys! Today, I’m coming to you with my three stand twist out look. I’ve just recently gotten into doing three strand twist outs, after watching many videos on them.
The three strand twist is definitely a new concept for me. I never thought that I would be able to do them, but it was surprisingly easy. There are literally tons of tutorials on YouTube for those who are having a little trouble. Personally, I braid mine at the top prior to three strand twisting to tighten the hair and also stretch it.
Last night, after cowashing my hair, I put in a leave in conditioner and layered that with my moisturizer. I separated my hair into sections and began to twist. When all was said and done, I had about 24 twists. I unraveled this morning and that was it.
I’m loving these three stand twist outs for multiple reasons. One, the curl that it produces favors a corkscrew curl, which I adore. Two, it lasts a lot longer than regular two strand twists. And three, it’s just plain ole faboosh!

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As with a lot of styles done on natural hair, my hair got bigger over time. For upkeep during the night, I put on my satin bonnet and that was it. I got up in the morning and played with it (used the pick, shook it out, fluffed it) and that was it. That’s basically my night time routine. Here’s what it looked like on Day 3!

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A lot more volume and a lot bigger! I love when it gets all big and Afro-y! I also love the curl I have at the bottom of the twist from coiling the twist at the bottom while setting my hair.

Until next time,
Mandisa ❤️

All About Apple Cider Vinegar Rinsing

Hello Guys,
I recently had the opportunity to try my first apple cider vinegar rinse. I’ve always read great things about it and I know Mandisa used to do apple cider vinegar rinses on a regular and she reaped nothing but benefits. The link to her post is here! Although I normally wash my hair every week or every other week depending on how busy I am, I was started to notice that my scalp wasn’t really itching me too much, but I did notice excess build up. It was definitely in need of a good clarifying. We have to keep our scalps healthy people!

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar Rinsing

  • – Removes dead skin cells and promotes healthy growth of hair
  • – Excellent for relieving itchy, dry and flaky scalp
  • – Relieves dandruff
  • – Removes build-up 
  • – Improves shine
  • – Neutralizes the pH levels of your hair and scalp

Now you can make your own apple cider vinegar rinse by mixing 1/3 cup (75 ml) of ACV into a quart (1 liter) of water. You can store this in a bottle and place it in your shower or wherever you wash your hair until you’re ready to use it.

As for me I prefer a smaller batch and make it as I need it. 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of ACV into 1 cup (250 ml) of warm water. This seems to be more than enough it fill my applicator bottle.

I massaged this mixture into my scalp after shampooing and left it in for a few minutes and proceeded with my conditioner, even though this is technically a conditioner in itself.  My scalp felt really good. I plan to do this every other week (twice a month) Also if you’re worried about your hair smelling like vinegar, don’t! The smell doesn’t last long at all. 

I hope this was helpful!
Until next time
-Irene