Monday, May 2

My Trip to Paris - 2016

Last week I got back from yet another amazing vacation. I went to #Paris, France and visited just about every tourist attraction you can think of. I also visited family/friends and did some serious shopping.
I'm still getting back to the hang of things, but wanted to share some pictures from the trip.
Let me just say that this protective style challenge came right in time. It is so much easier dealing with braids when traveling although I constantly miss my fro.

On to the pics:

Airport flow

Carrying the baguette like a true Parisian  

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
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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.

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Thursday, January 7

TBT- The Wash and Fro

I did this Wash and Fro back in September 2015.
Let me start by saying that when my hair is stretched, the length difference in the back(it's a lot longer) and the front(shorter) of my hair is very noticeable. It would sometimes bother me and I would often contemplate cutting my hair into a somewhat taper cut. That idea went out the window once I decided to rock a fro. I love the shape of my hair in the unstretched state. This is how it's supposed to be and it now makes sense why it grows how it does.

To achieve this look, I just:
Co-washed my hair
T-shirt Dried It
Added leave-in & moisturizer in sections while finger detangling
Lightly finger detangled again once 90% dry

That's about it.

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Stick to My Afro-Puffs?

Happy New Year!!! Here's to an amazing 2016!

For most that know and see me on a regular basis, I am either a puff, twists or 2 "French-braids" kind of gal. But because I planned on doing much more with my hair in 2016, I decided to start the moment I made that decision. So around Christmas, I decided to try a braid-out. Hey, gotta start off easy right?!

Ok, let's get into it.