Monday, April 4

Protective Style #2- Yarn Braids

Good Morning! Hope everyone had a great weekend.

I just wanted to check in with y'all on my Protective Styling challenge.

So I kept my last set of twists in for exactly 8 weeks. They started looking raggedy(to me) between week 6 and 7, so it was time for them to go.
I kept my hair loose, wearing a puff, for 2 weeks after removing them. In those 2 weeks, I washed and conditioned my hair 3 times. I did a mild protein treatment 2 of those times. I also trimmed about .5 -1 inch all around. Those ends needed to go and now I will focus on just dusting for the remainder of the year.

Wednesday, March 2

Panama Vacation - 2016

Hey everyone! Long time, I know.  A lot has been going on in the month of February! Let's just say it was a very interesting, eye awaking and mind blowing month.
Anyway, I went to Panama in the beginning of February for my birthday and I just wanted to share a few pics with y'all.

I hiked in the rainforest on my Birthday. It was amazing and I saw some really cool animals.

Love me some shrimp.

At the hotel on the roof


Carnival at Cinta Costera

An outdoor Barbershop that I found so cool for some reason

Me on my actual Birthday

Even though I walked so dang much, I felt the need to get in at least one workout

I always stop by the hair aisle no matter where I am.

Cute Monkey and her baby on our boat when we took a tour of the Panama Canal and the neighboring islands.
I loved Panama and would most definitely go back. I just need to make sure my Spanish is more on point because let me tell y' was a struggle! lol
Hope you have a great week and talk to you soon!

Wednesday, January 27

Write it Down and Make it Happen- 2016 Hair Goals

I decided to actually make hair goals for 2016 and track my progress.
I honestly feel like I haven't retained any length in the last two years. Maybe I have retained a little, but my growth isn't anywhere near I believe it should be at this point.
I know a lot of my retention issues stems from my lack of protective styling, being scissor happy and not taking care of my hair like I used to. So I think having some concrete goals and tracking my progress, will help me get to where I want and should to be.

2016 Hair Goals:

1.) Retain at LEAST 4 inches of hair all around and reach BSL

2.) Maintain a healthy hairline

3.) Long-term Protective Styles all year long(with 2 week breaks in between). So 6 Long-Term Styles

4.) Maintain thickness or gain some if possible

How I plan to achieve those goals:

1.) Depending on the state of my ends, dust ONLY. No 1-2 inch trims like the past. I will dust every 12-16 weeks. I will be sure to moisturize daily, deep condition and incorporate some mild protein treatments.

2.) I will be sure to be gentle with my hairline when braiding/twisting. Add little hair to large sections. Not pull  my hair back tightly. Oil/moisturize that area often

3.) I have the dates marked in my calendar. I also plan on searching for fun and creative styles to keep my excitement up and reduce the urge to take these out before 8 weeks.

4.) Be gentle with my hair. Finger comb or comb with a wide tooth comb. Keep an eye out for any increased shedding or breakage then nip it in the bud if I can.

I will also take progress pics every 4-6 months. I'm excited about this new hair journey I am embarking on. My first set are in my last post. I will also do an updated products/regimen post at one point.  

Wish me luck!!!

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Sunday, January 24

1 Year Protective Styling Challenge- Style #1- Marley Twists

Happy Sunday Beautiful People!

Where do I start?
Okay, so I have decided to protective style my hair for the whole 2016. What does that mean? Basically, I will be in twists or braids(with added hair) for 6-8 weeks at a time ALL year. I will only wear my real hair out for 2 weeks at a time so I can deep wash/dc and let it breath.
The reason I am doing this is because since I have been natural(almost 3 years), I have only done 3 protective styles which lasted only 4-6 weeks each time. I realized that in order for me to grow my hair out the way I would like, I need to incorporate long term protective styles(twists with my real hair isn't cutting it).  This is necessary for my 4C hair and has worked in the past when I was relaxed.

Tuesday, January 19

My Fitness Journey- 2015 and Beyond

9 Months Progress- The before pics are a HOT, but y'all should know I don't care by now.
A brief re-cap

Last April I made the decision to truly get in shape and get my body to where I wanted it to be.
For the last 5 or so years, I have been in and out of the gym or doing different at-home work-outs, but I was never consistent for longer than 2-3 months at a time.

Thursday, January 14

2 Braids and a Bun

This is my go to protective hair style. It's so easy/quick to do and lasts the whole week.
In the morning, I quickly moisturize my hair, slick back my edges(Curlz Passion Fruit Control Paste) and tie my hair down with a Satin Scarf then remove it when I get to work.

I don't always keep the back portion loose. I typically twist it up then put it in a bun.

What's your go-to style?
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