Curl Friends Confession with HoneysCurls

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I’m so excited to announce a new section on my blog called Curl Friends Confession! I thought this would be a great way for my readers to get to know other curly girls out there in hopes of building their confidence.

Whether we like it or not, society says that straight hair exudes confidence, respect and acceptance (to name a few).  I recall feeling like I had to straighten my hair whenever I took a school picture or attended an event/party during my adolescent days. Though there’s nothing wrong with wanting to style your hair differently (and I’m not swearing off straightening my hair by any means), I think it’s important to be proud of the hair texture that you’re born with, because at the end of the day, your hair isn’t what exudes confidence, respect and acceptance — it’s you!

Now without further adieu, it is with great pleasure that I introduce to you…

Curl Friends Confession with HoneysCurls. As a quick intro, HoneysCurls is a vlogger with over 9,200 subscribers on YouTube.  I personally love watching beauty and hair tutorials and couldn’t help but instantly subscribe to her channel when I saw her beautiful curls, and awesome personality.

So let’s find out what she has to say about hair, makeup and more…

1. Must-have hair product for beach/pool days: Coconut Oil! Being out in the sun or in chlorinated or salt water can be really harsh and drying on my curls. If I know I’m going to be out in the sun a lot or be in the water I will put some coconut oil on my hair. It helps to add some moisture and protect against the elements! Plus, it adds great shine!

2. Favorite natural/organic hair or beauty product (if any): I recently became a big fan of line of products I found out about through Instagram. It’s called “Anunaturals.” They are all natural and organic products that a girl makes herself. My favorite is her “3C’s Conditioner.” It makes detangling my hair in the shower a breeze (and I have extremely tangly hair) and it makes my hair feel super moisturized and hydrated. Not to mention that it smells AMAZING, like dessert!

3. DIY hair concoctions you swear by: I started doing “protein treatments” on my hair using egg and it’s literally changed my life. I like to do two egg yolks and one whole egg and scramble it with some kind of oil (usually EVOO) and leave it on my hair for at least 30 minutes, then wash it out. It takes my curls to a whole ‘nother’ level! I usually do this about once a month.

4. Your celebrity curly girl icon: I love Tamera Mowry. She recently did “the big chop” after having her hair severely heat damaged. She’s always embraced her curls, which I love, and she has amazing curls at that!

5. One beauty routine you must do before leaving your house: I rarely ever leave the house without mascara. I have what I like to call “Ombré Eyelashes.” The roots are brown, but the tips are so blonde that they are invisible unless in direct sunlight. When I’m not wearing mascara they look super short, but when I put it on they literally double in length. So, I usually feel it to be a veritable must for me.

6. Favorite fruit and vegetable: I’m obsessed with blueberries right now, they’re like natures candy; so easy to snack on. As far as vegetables go, I’ve always loved cucumbers for some reason!

7. One location in the world that makes you extremely happy: The beach. Any beach.

8. Air dry or diffuse: It depends on my patience level, but usually I go for air dry.

9: Dry cut or regular haircut: I’m a strong believer in the devacut.

10. One hair accessory you can’t live without: Hair ties. I would die if I couldn’t put my hair in a messy bun.

And with that, I leave you with a HoneysCurls quote that truly sums up what Curl Friends Confession is all about:

Wearing my hair natural is so much deeper than just having curly hair to me. It’s representative of loving and accepting myself for the things that make me uniquely me. The things that I cannot (easily) change. When I straightened my hair all the time I feel like I was subconsciously telling myself that the way I really look was not good enough or pretty enough for the world to see, that I had to change myself to be truly pretty. So going natural is a message I’m sending to myself that I can be pretty just the way I was born. I hope that through my videos I can encourage girls to find the beauty within themselves and be proud of the things that make them unique or different. Not just on the outside, but on the inside as well. Maybe it’s hypocritical because I have a YouTube channel devoted to beauty, but I honestly believe that outward beauty is not what’s important, it’s the inner person that really matters at the end of the day. And it’s our differences that make the world a beautiful and interesting place to live.

Singing in the shower…

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After a long day at work, school, or whatever you face on a regular basis, sometimes a shower at the end of the day is all you need to put you at ease. I personally like to throw on some tunes as well – mix it up between upbeat songs and mellow breaks, depending on my mood (and yes, sometimes I sing in the shower).

One thing that can make your bath or shower even more relaxing is a good body wash/soap. I’m currently a fan of Kiss My Face and Dr. Bronner’s. Aside from doing a superb job at making me feel fresh and clean, these brands have amazing ingredients to soothe your skin.

I also like to incorporate a vibrant loofah, like the one pictured above, to make me feel extra relaxed and cheerful. I picked that one up at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Whatever you use in your shower, just be sure to take that time to relax, and if possible, surround yourself with simple things like your favorite scent or color to make your daily showers a truly relaxing experience. We’re constantly on-the-go and fall into daily routines, but it’s important to enjoy simple pleasures. Believe it or not, showering is a true luxury. Use that time to decompress and cleanse your mind as well.

What’s your favorite way to relax?

National Lipstick Day

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Hey guys! Today is National Lipstick Day so I thought this would be a great time to share my favorite shade this summer.

I’m not a daily lipstick wearer, but I can’t get enough of Whimsy by Tarte Cosmetics. It’s a vibrant and beautiful shade of pink. In fact, I was wearing this lipstick in my Summer Hair post.

Whimsy is from Tarte’s Glamazon Pure Performance 12-hour Lipstick line so sip away on your favorite drinks this season without having to worry about constantly reapplying your color of choice.

What’s your favorite shade this summer?

Ask Bashful Beauty Blog

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Hi guys! Welcome to my first Q&A post. Thank you all so much for submitting your awesome questions. I hope to do many more in the near future so keep them coming.  Here we go!

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@karina8loveu asks: What’s your best eye/face makeup remover you use? DIY’S. Good deodorants that work!!!

A: I personally like to apply coconut oil or jojoba oil to a cotton ball to gently remove my eye makeup. Just don’t overdo it to avoid getting oil in your eye. A little goes a long way. My absolute favorite towelette for overall makeup removal is by Burt’s Bees. You can read more about my facial routine here. I still haven’t found my absolute favorite green/organic deodorant, but I think I’m getting close.  Stay tuned!

@rosyboop asks: What is the difference between bb and cc cream? And would you recommend using them?

A: BB means Blemish Balm, while CC stands for Color Correcting. You can think of BB Cream as a lighter form of foundation with additional benefits (depending on what brand you choose) like SPF.  CC Cream is my favorite alternative to foundation because it feels more like a moisturizer. My skin is very sensitive so I like to use this cream to reduce redness when needed.  Similar to BB Cream, there’s added benefits like SPF, in addition to antioxidants. Click here to read about my favorite brand.

@bossladyluv66 asks: No matter what I try, home remedy or foot cream still have cracked heels this time of year!

A: I’ve recently been trying a DIY foot treatment that makes my feet feel as smooth as a baby’s bottom. Just add some warm water to a foot bowl, then apply honey to your feet and place in the bowl for about 10-15 minutes.  Be sure to have a towel handy.  You may think that your feet will feel sticky with the honey, but rest assured, it washes right off.  This isn’t an overnight miracle, so I’d say try this at least once a week for a few weeks straight.  I don’t swear by this method yet, and don’t have anything tried and true, but I think this is a good start.

_yours_truly_jazmine asks: Summer Tips. Ex.(quick & easy out the door hairstyles for CURLY hair.) Mia has so much hair and as she gets older it’s getting longer and more difficult to manage. Also, make up trends and tips for this summer. How do we not over do the make up, and which name brands are ideal? Oh yea, one more Lol. I’m suffering from adult acne Help!! Any tips on that??

A: My favorite quick & easy style is a side-braid like the one I wrote about in my Summer Hair post, or in Mia’s case since she 4, two pigtail braids would be super cute. This is a great style with some coconut oil for the added moisture benefits. I’ll try to cover some more ideas in a future post, but a high bun is a quick and fun look as well.  Also, can’t forget about the classic ponytail. I think these 10 hair tips would also be great for Mia in terms of overall hair management.

As for makeup trends and tips for summer – Less is always more in the summer.  Nothing worse than sweating with tons of makeup on. I recently did a Simple Date Night Look, that can easily be done during the day as well with less eye makeup.  Check out that post here.  I cover some of my favorite brands. Of course, nothing beats the amazing deals at your local drugstore, but I like makeup brands that not only make you look good, but also have added benefits in their ingredients. I personally like Tarte Cosmetics because it’s easily accessible at places like Sephora.  Their products are not animal tested and Tarte Cosmetics does not include parabens or other harmful ingredients in any of their products.

Lastly, but certainly not least, in regards to your adult acne question. Our skin reacts differently to the environment, products, and food, so there’s not one clear answer to this, but personally, I try to do a facial masque at least once a week to remove excess oil and every day pollution from just being outside and going about our day-to-day lives. I also like to drink water with lemon in the morning and if/when possible, avoid dairy. I noticed that I easily breakout when I overdo it on cheese.  I know it’s not easy, but everything in moderation. I’ve also been doing a lot of smoothies with a combination of fruits and vegetables.  As you can see, there are a lot of different options, but the most important things are water and loading up on fruits and veggies.

@maravale asks: Tips for keeping frizz at bay for the summer!

(similar question from a comment on my blog): I have curly hair (soft curls, mostly frizzy). I moved from NY to Texas and my hair is a mess. What products can I use to stop the fizzy look (I do not like flat ironing or hair drying everyday). #helpits110degrees Sam

I’ve experienced similar “hair-ache” in different locations. I find that applying a pea-size to a dime-size of coconut oil helps. I know oil is not for everyone, so go with the pea-size first and you’ll find what works best for you. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of trial and error since not all hair types are the same. A leave-in conditioner is also helpful since moisture is key to fighting frizz. Separately, make sure you’re not using a brush, which contributes to frizz. Opt for a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to apply products and/or style.

I hope you all find these responses helpful.  Keep the questions coming.

Many thanks,

Sandy

 

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.

Thinking About You

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This post will be short and sweet, and all about YOU, my lovely readers. I’d like to know what topics, tips, etc. you’d like to hear from me (i.e. hair tutorial, specific product review, monthly favorites). Simply put, what do you want to know? What do you need to know?

Don’t be shy!

Summer Hair

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The first day of summer is finally here! It was an absolutely gorgeous day in NYC where I enjoyed a relaxing BBQ with family and friends.

We all know the importance of applying sunscreen to our skin to protect it from the harmful sun rays, but did you know that your hair needs protection as well?

Here are two simple ways to protect your hair from the sun during those fun, outdoor activities in the summer:

1. Rub a Small Amount of Coconut Oil to the Hair
The sun can make your hair seem/feel dry and damaged after being exposed for hours. This helps keep moisture locked in and add a little shine, especially if you’re going for a swim at the beach or pool.

A cute style when you apply coconut oil and don’t wash your hair right away is a side-braid, like the one pictured above. It’s also great for those hot days when you don’t want your hair to get in the way.

2. Wear a Hat or Cap
Similar to the note above, something as simple as a hat/cap can help keep your scalp and tresses protected.

I know it’s not always possible or practical to wear something on your head, but if you could at least apply a dime-sized or nickel-sized amount of coconut oil (you’ll learn how much to apply without giving it the greasy look), it will go a long way.

Happy Summer! Don’t forget to smile and have fun.

10 Best Tips for How to Manage Curly Hair

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  1. Avoid products that contain sulfate.
  2. Do not wash your hair more than 2x a week (depending on how much product you’re applying to your hair).
  3. Apply cold water (not warm or hot) to hair after conditioning.
  4. Only use a microfiber towel or cotton t-shirt to dry your hair.
  5. Do not touch your hair after washing it/applying your product(s).
  6. Apply a hair masque/conditioner at least 1x a month.
  7. Use a silk or satin pillowcase to help minimize frizz.
  8. Limit the amount of times you apply heat to your hair.
  9. Avoid products that contain alcohol as an ingredient.
  10. Include leave-in conditioner in your hair routine.

Mix It Up

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I know we all have our favorite hair products that we absolutely can’t live without; however, it’s important to switch it up from time to time. I don’t know about you, but I notice my hair tends to feel weighed down when I use the same products over and over.

I’ve been using DevaCurl for several months now, along with Knot Today, but I’ve recently switched to SheaMoisture. I had already been using the Curl Enhancing Cream from Shea, but now I’m incorporating the brand into my “wash-and-go” routine. I put “wash-and-go” in quotes because I’m not a fan of going out with my hair wet (but I digress). I’m currently using the Anti-Breakage Masque and Volumizing Conditioner.

DevaCurl has always been my splurge, but SheaMoisture is also a great brand at an affordable price.

The key is to find products you love, and more importantly, don’t be afraid to alternate.

My Journey to Find a Wedding Hair Stylist

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For anyone who has planned a wedding, or is currently planning one, you know that booking vendors in advance is essential, especially during the peak wedding season when demand is high.  Well, about 3 months before my wedding in April, I realized that the hair stylist I had in mind wasn’t going to work with my budget.  Naturally, I freaked out – not knowing if I can secure a new salon or hair stylist in time.

I immediately turned to the world wide web for some much needed advice and direction.  In less than 5 minutes, I came across Guys and Dolls Hair Salon in the Bronx.  One thing that was important to me was supporting local vendors,  so after reading one great review after another, I was happy to call them and book an appointment.

Nicole, my hairdresser, made me feel incredibly comfortable as soon as I sat in her chair for my hair trial. Before my appointment, they told me to come with ideas I had in mind mind, and similar to the wedding day, to wash my hair a day or two before coming in, not the day of the appointment.  You want your hair to have a firm hold on your special day, regardless of the style, so believe it or not, the dirtier the better.

Long story, short – I was thrilled with my trial and went forward with it for my wedding day!

The most important things to remember when getting ready for your big day are:

  • Don’t be afraid to say “no” to vendors and stay within your budget.
  • Shop around!
  • Hair Trials are key. Come armed with pics you found online or in a magazine.
  • And most importantly, have fun!

Before the big day, I also visited Nicole for a hair trim and opted for some fun, loose curls. I don’t generally straighten or get my hair done at a salon, so I wanted to try a different look.  Here’s the pic (sans makeup):

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Do you guys recommend any salons for soon-to-be brides?

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