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Friday “Beauty” Favorites

Happy Memorial Day weekend!  In honor of the official summer kick-off, today’s Friday “Beauty” Favorites is all about fun, summer accessories and looks. So here’s what I’ve rounded up. Enjoy!

Favorite Backpack (via Nordstrom): 
Favorite Outfit (via POPSUGAR):

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Favorite Short Haircut (Sazan):

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Favorite Healthy Summer Drink (Kimberly Snyder):

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What are you excited about this upcoming summer?

Let me know by commenting below, on Facebook or on Instagram.

Until next time…

Sandy

Lighweight Products for Curly Hair

Today I wanted to share two new curly hair products that I’ve been obsessed with lately.  

Last month I scheduled a haircut appointment at Christo NYC, home to the Curlisto Natural Curls line, and was introduced to the Defining Lotion and Protein Boost. Believe me when I say that these products are nothing short of amazing. Lightweight, while still providing results.

After washing your hair, spray some Protein Boost on your hair, concentrating on the ends. Then, section your hair into three or four parts so that you can apply the Defining Lotion to additional mini sections. This will allow the product to fully saturate the hair. Even though I have curly hair, I don’t have thick hair (believe it or not), and I still think this step is important.

Although the products are a little pricey, you only need to apply small portions to get results. I’ve had my 16 fl oz bottle for about a month and I’ve only used a quarter of it. At that rate, this should last me about 3 or 4 more months. And if you’re curious, I now have medium length hair since getting my haircut. 

Here’s a recent picture, which you’ve probably seen on Facebook and Instagram, if you follow me.   

 
Do you have any lightweight hair products that you recommend? Comment below to let me know, and find me on Facebook and Instagram!

I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned.  

Love Your Curls

A little over a week ago, my sister shared this amazing video by Dove with me. I couldn’t help but get emotional because I could relate to these girls. I remember wanting straight hair like everyone else I saw at school and bangs that wouldn’t frizz up once I stepped out the door. Yet, just as Dove wonderfully portrays in this video, we learn that curly hair is just as beautiful as straight hair when we see friends and loved ones leading by example. Growing up, my mom styled her natural curly hair every day and walked out the door with confidence. I never asked her why she didn’t straighten her hair because I thought (and still think) she is the most beautiful woman in the world.

Luckily, I’ve grown into the confident woman with curly hair that I saw, and continue to see, in my mom. Somehow that was instilled in me because instead of straightening my hair 365 days a year (although there’s nothing wrong with that for anyone who does), I leave my hair curly for most of the year. I don’t do it because I’m too lazy to go to a salon to get a blow out or to do it on my own; I do it because I really do love my hair and just like this video, I want to show others that it’s OK to let those spirals fall. I was so thrilled to see such a reputable brand like Dove take the time to say, “Love Your Curls” with this short, but amazingly inspiring clip.

How many of you love your curls?

I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned.

Bayalage Highlights

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Hope you’re all enjoying the holidays. I can’t believe it’s already NYE!

The crisp, cold air of winter always makes me crave a good hair blowout at least once during the season, so a few days before Christmas I decided to do just that. I also settled on defining my hair with some highlights. I’m not one to visit the hair salon every month, especially since I leave my hair in its natural state most of the time – I’m a low-maintenance kind of gal. That’s when my stylist introduced bayalage highlights to me, and I have to admit, I’m in LOVE. This has been around for a couple of years (I had no idea!) and it’s amazing because it creates the most natural looking results. Believe me when I say, it’s as if my hair was sun kissed. My stylist/colorist explained that this is more of a painting pattern where the highlights would be applied away from my roots, which is exactly what I wanted.

I washed my hair yesterday so my lovely curls have come out to play again – and I’m happy to say that it still looks great in this texture. I’m definitely a balayage convert! I especially love it because I do my best to limit the amount of chemicals in my hair. The less touch-ups I have to do, the better.

I hear that bayalage isn’t as effective on dark hair, but I wasn’t going for a bold highlight. I wanted that natural look, and if you’re interested in similar results, this is perfect for you.

What do you guys think of bayalage?

Bad hair days: A thing of the past…

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Talk to any woman with straight, wavy or curly hair, and most likely she will tell you that humidity is her worst nightmare.

I remember dreading hazy, hot and humid days a few years ago. Not to say that I jump for joy when I hear the weather man tell me that this is what I can look forward to when I walk out the door in the morning, but now I no longer fear those 3 H’s.

That’s right! I can walk out with my head held high and my hair completely loose because I feel confident in the products that I apply and know that my hair care routine will get me through the day.

Yesterday was one of those days…

I wore my hair similar to the image below and applied a dime-size of the SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Reconstructive Finishing Elixir to my hair and I was good to go. This product left my hair feel shiny, soft and bouncy.

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What’s your favorite hair product for hot and humid days?

Basic Wash-and-Go Hair Essentials…

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Whether you have straight hair, curly hair, frizzy hair, manageable hair, or whatever texture you were blessed with, you’ll be happy to hear that these products, and possibly my techniques, can be used on any hair type.

I generally use my fingers to de-tangle, but when I need a little extra help, a wide tooth comb is the way to go.  A duck bill clip is used to hold my hair in place after I apply the hair masque (post-shampoo), which I leave on for about 5-10 minutes in the shower. My final rinse (cool to cold water I might add) is used to wash out the conditioner. Lastly, I wrap my hair in a microfiber towel for less than 5 minutes.

What are your basic hair essentials?

Check out a recent post of 10 Best Tips for How to Manage Curly Hair, where some of these techniques are listed.