Polished In Pink

polished in pink       I really like my job, sales is what I do. However, fashion is my mind, its who I am. At work my coworkers like to tease me with names like “diva”. Sometimes I don’t mind it and sometimes I do. Getting dressed is easy when you have key pieces in your wardrobe. I love to dress with color and pink was the focus of the day.

Choosing a classic pencil skirt in a a funky color automatically personalizes your attire. I am a fan of being an individual as nature intended. Building my outfit around this piece was quite simple as well. I chose to wear a light top (white) to keep the look of the day fresh and flirty. To opt for a darker top wouldn’t have gave this look the same effect.

This tops fabric also was another reason for it being the choice. I love that the sheer gave a really sexy feel without doing too much, while the cut of the sleeves gave the outfit a really cool structure. The lady like collar meshed really well with the pink and the last thing to do was to find complimenting accessories!

Earrings and Necklace: Goodwill in NYC @ $3.99 ea Blouse and Skirt: Papaya in SYR both under $18.00 ea

A natural gals summer must haves.

summer timeGreat weather is here! Finally I am back in my element. New contacts to get, new places to be and many things up my sleeves. Therefore, since I am predicting a busy and bright season I need to have my “must haves” down to the tea. Here is what we’ll need…

  • A GO TO STYLE : This summer will be my first summer as a natural, with plans I must say. I can not waste an hour per day in the mirror messing with my hair and shrinkage. I just don’t see it happening. This trivial problem is easily solved with rocking braided updos and protective styling, which will be our best friends during this summer.

two-strand-twist-atlanta   We’re all familiar with the two strand twist method of protecting our hair and keeping it cute while also doing as less manipulation as possible. I know this will be a favorite hairstyle for lots of us naturals this summer. Especially seeing how it can be put into so many styles, this one is definitely a winner amongst us. It’s simple enough to do in spare time and may not be so time consuming… unless you have a lions mane. I can’t wait for mine to get there 🙂 .

natural green    The style to the right is also one that is versatile and simple to do. It is more time consuming than just wearing our twists, but the advantage is that you will be able to wear it longer. Meaning that you have less manipulating to do with your hair.

Washing your hair will also be easier in each other these styles. They will help reduce single strand knots. You can cowash, deep condition then when your hair has mostly dried add your favorite moisturizer and mixture of oils. Whether store bought or all natural homemade you’ll be happy. Then final step is to just re-twist. Simple enough for a naturalista on the go!

Now beauties in order to protect your hair from heat damage this summer be sure to use the proper products on your strands. You want to prevent your hair from feeling dry and brittle due to the higher temperatures it will experience this season. Moisturizing is the normal. It doesn’t matter what the month is, we have to do it. However, I do notice that lots of us love to flat iron and blowout our hair. Which is not a problem… if you do it the right way! I have not done a blow out or flat ironed my hair yet, but I will try it. While searching for some good quality hair protectants here is what I found…

heat protectant

  • HEAT PROTECTANTS : This particular protectant grabbed my attention. It has three different formulas, each with its own purpose. I thought this was genius. I have not tried any of these products, but I soon will be. And be sure I will be giving a review of how it worked or did not work on my 4c natural hair. Each one protects your hair up to 425 degrees fahrenheit and has a gloss finish… extra nice. 4c hair tends to look dull so a gloss finish is exactly what I will be looking for 🙂 .  However if this doesn’t work or if you are not in the mood to purchase any new products you can also use some you may already have at home.

avocado oil     Natural oils are great, as we know, for protecting our hair. I think that avocado oil is one of the best.  It is rich in vitamin E, minerals and amino acids which stimulate hair growth. Avocado oil also has a smoke point of 375-500 degrees fahrenheit depending on its state of refined or unrefined.  Grapeseed oil is another great heat protectant for natural hair for all the same reasons listed. It is super light weight and moisturizing. It also adds great shine. I have used this in the past and I am happy with the results. Grapeseed oil is colorless and odorless so it won’t interfere with any other natural smells your hair may have. Between the Got 2 B brand heat protectant and natural oils I think my goal will be achieved.

Last but not least on my list of summer “must haves” is a great anti- shine pressed powder. I have no problem claiming oily skin. I am not the first and definitely will not be the last with this problem. I will be out and about this summer, as said previously, so I want to make sure that while I am socializing with others I don’t like a mirror, lol. Here are the following products to try…

  • BR pressed powderANTI-SHINE PRESSED POWDER : Shine control for my face will be one of the top priorities this summer. My forehead and nose area are the most problematic. To address this issue I have a couple of products I would like to try. My first option will be the Black Radiance brand of pressed powder. I really think that this is as far as I will have to look because I absolutely love their creme stick foundations! They are very true to color and last all day. Black Radiance’s pressed powder comes in seven different shades. Its formula is oil-free, oil absorbing, eliminates an ashy look and has a matte finish. This product can be found at drugstores for a inexpensive price. Sounds good too me, but for the sake of argument I am going to try another just to have something else to compare it to.

iman pressed powder    Iman’s luxury pressed powders also do the same as listed above. Each can be worn alone or works best with its own brand foundations. Iman’s pressed powders come in six different shades of Earth. It helps your makeup last longer, controls oil without giving you that drying look and dries to a matte finish. A matte finish is a must for oily skin. Iman products can be found at drugstores for a slightly higher price than Black Radiance.

That’s it beauties. Once you’ve found your go to style, preferred heat protectant and the bomb anti-shine pressed powder your summer is bright. Personal style, a few ladies night, family activities and beach days are all that require your attention.

Get out, Have fun and Be Natural !

 

Sincerely…

A Yahweh loving shoe fanatic named Dutchess.

My when it “feels right” hair care regimen.

Being or going natural takes effort, especially when dealing with 4c hair textures. Tons of naturals have a faithful hair care regimen scheduled by the days and time. Maybe their lives call for it.. and I hope they continue the good work. Me, not so much.

the odd ballI do clarify and moisturize. I also cowash and oil treat, but only when it “feels right”. This may seem strange at first because we hear so many agree that having a strict regimen helps their hair grow – which is the truth for them. Don’t put anyone else hair habits on yourself. You will naturally develop one. Learning your hair takes time. Think to yourself when was the last time you actually did not have a perm in months?? Been a while im sure.

Textures may also change after it becomes more healthy. Detangling will be come easier. You may start to use less product as well. And if that does happen, you can be sure that you may not have to cowash your hair as often as you do now. I know a few YouTube ladies who wash once a month. I’m not there yet… I need my edge control, lol.  Although we have the same hair texture type remember beauties that our strands are unique as our finger prints. So what works for some does not work for all. What works for me may be all wrong for you. Right now it probably crossed your mind that you don’t need a regimen, lol, think again. Don’t let me gass you ❤ .  I’m just simply stating what does me justice.

It works because I actually listen to my hair when she talks to me. When it’s not acting right and dull (not dry) it is time for a wash. When tea tree oil and my olive oil hair grease don’t sooth my itchy scalp I know it is time to clarify and remove residue build up. I moisturize daily, definitely because of recent temperatures, and I’m good. I actually like my not so strict regimen. It saves me from becoming a product junkie.

Sincerely…

A Yahweh loving shoe fanatic named Dutchess.

4C HAIR RULES

The following hair care tips are my favorite 5 rules to managing my natural hair. And since my big chop my results have been great. I could do a better job of keeping my fingers out my head, but for the moment I am in love. I hope you follow these tips as well. You’ll be presently surprised at how much minimal work actually does.

  • NO COMBING – I have to admit this is a rule I broke for the first month after my big chop. I did hear people, such as Jouelzy, Glamfun and Jenell, say combing isn’t the best move to make when handling our hair textures.. but did I listen, NO. It was a hard habit to break and besides I’ve been combing my hair for the last 15 years. Not to mention a Leo woman is as stubborn as they come. However, after seeing all my strands I worked so hard on actually on my bathroom floor I listened up. NO COMBING! Especially when you have many kinks and coils. Sheesh… detangle it is.
  • CLARIFYING SHAMPOO – The direct is before I did my big chop I was a YouTube fanatic. I knew all the terminology of us naturals. I must have viewed more than a fair share of natural hair care videos and tutorials. I was ready – so I thought. I realized once I did my b.c and it was time to cowash my hair that my scalp still felt… eewww. It took me another wash to figure it out. It was the product residue just hanging out. Now I understand that I, along with some others, MUST include a clarifying shampoo into my hair care.
  • MOISTURE ROUTINE – Overstand that this rule is veeeery important. You’ll definitely hear it over and over again. It gets kind of annoying really, but its true! 4c hair textures are the driest and most fragile of all the hair types. It is due to the fact of our curls, kinks and coils slowing down our natural oils from reaching the ends of our hair. Without healthy ends you will not retain any length and believe the myth that coarse hair doesn’t grow. So if I was you … Moisturize, moisturize,moisturize! I use the L.O.C method.
  • NIGHT TIME HAIR REGIMEN – A scarf while sleeping seems simple enough, which it is. It’s what is underneath it that needs maintenance. When your hair is styled then most of the work is done. All that is left is to touch those ends then sleep. If you change your hair styles often or just like the free wild loose hair look make sure you throw some chunky twists in before bed. If not then you’ll wake up with a matted head looking like an angry beaver. Don’t get lazy and try the sleeping light method because it doesn’t work. I learned my lesson. If you don’t have a night hair care solution… get one.
  • TRIMMING – To trim is definitely a healthy hair habit, just be sure not to o.d with your scissors. I usually can afford a half inch or a little more every 5 months. It will handle any split ends and single knots strands I have at that moment. Trimming naturally promotes healthy hair growth because your ends are being catered too. With addition to a moisture routine you’re pretty much in the clear for healthy hair growth. Never rip or pitch off any single strand knots. They are very annoying but doing so can cause more damage than good. It causes your hair to split at the ends. Which in return may cause you to want to trim more often than you need to… see the connection? Instead reach for you scissors. A clean cut will do your tame a great deal of wonder.

 

Sincerely…

A Yahweh loving shoe fanatic named Dutchess.