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Oldie But Goodie!

24 Aug

 
A friend of mine tried out naptural85’s Summer Fun Curly Fro tutorial and hers turned out so well that I decided to try it too. Of course I had to modify it a bit bc I usually just have a day to do my hair & I can’t get away with a scarf at work in the office too well soooo I had to try & speed up my drying time. Because my hair is so thick, air drying doesn’t always work too well unless I have at least a full day & night to allow it to dry. So, I may use a diffuser or sit under the hooded dryer to speed up the drying time.

My sis-in-law made me some flax seed gel to use & I really liked it! It goes on smoother than the Fantasia IC gel that I usually use. The only challenge is that I didn’t get to use it all before I think it went bad (it smelled funny in the fridge…lol).

So, I used flax seed gel on freshly washed hair, followed the tutorial video below & sat w/it under the hooded dryer for about an hour, and slept in a scarf overnight. In the morning….it was still a little wet so I diffused it some to wear it like this:

P.S. My FAV part of the tutorial was something that I had never even thought of doing before but will do all the time now, she put a scarf around the front of her hair to hold it down while she manipulated the rest of her hair & that worked wonders because the front of my hair doesn’t always do what the rest of my hair does and I end up pinning the front back later, so why not start with it that way?! Genius!

     

I tried it again the next week but did more of a bantu knot than the pin curl & it turned out like this:

I think if I were to let it fully dry & did the pin curls it’d turn out similar to hers but it still will just define whatever your natural curl pattern is.

Check out her tutorial video here:

 

Enjoy!

 

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The never-ending twist-out!

26 Jul

Hello natural hair folks! I’ve been away…well, away from the blog for a while 😦 BUT it’s all for a greater reason! Carrying a baby is hard work man!

Anyhoo, here are some pics from the 2 strand twists  & flat twists in the front that I did on Mon., July 16th (my bday!!!) using shea butter & Fantasia IC gel, did the twist out on Sat., July 21st and wore it 3 different ways that day for my maternity photo-shoot & baby shower in VA! I had sooo much fun that day (definitely could never be a model though, I never know what to do w/my face!)

Same simple twist out, 3 different ways:

  1. full twist out- I used a wide pick at the roots to make it a little more full
  2. side pinned twist out- just used bobby pins to lay it down on one side
  3. high messy bun- used a ponytail holder to put it all up on top of my head and I pinned down the ends

Enjoy!

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Rain, Rain, Go Away!

26 Apr
I actually like the rain though, it’s kind of necessary. Anyhoo, I didn’t want to have the wash & go look again today so I undid half of the front flat twist and then did 7 big 2 strand twists with the back half of my hair using this sample that I got from the DE Naturalistas event:

Curls Unleashed™ Take Command™ Curl Crème helps shine, define and moisturize your curls without shrinkage. This product is great for twists, twist outs, coiling, freestyles and updos.

• Moisturizes
• Defines Curls
• Anti-Shrinkage
• No Flaking

This product does not flake and stretches your curls. The Take Command Curl Crème also does not contain petrolatum, mineral oil, SD alcohol, or parabens. Packaging is BPA free and recyclable.

OK so that’s what is NOT in it, so what’s IN it?

aqua (water), cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, glycine soja (soybean) oil, polyquaternium-11, cetearyl alcohol, polysorbate 60, glycerin, propylene glycol, peg-12 dimethicone, cyclomethicone, dimethiconol, amodimethicone, c12-15 alkyl benzoate, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, hydrolyzed keratin, panthenol, carbomer, vp/va copolymer, pentamethylheptane, dimethicone, dimethicone crosspolymer, laureth 4, laureth 23, triethanolamine, tocopheryl acetate, parfum (fragrance), benzyl salicylate, citronellol, cinnamic aldehyde, hydroxycitronellal, d-limonene, lilial, linalool, lyral, methyl ionone, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, bht, ci 19140 (yellow #5), ci 15985 (yellow #6).

Ingredient Attributes: paraben free

Not too bad at all, (besides the big words that I don’t know and the fact that I’m really not HUGE on things having to be completely all natural ingredients) as long as I know the 1st few ingredients (first 5 I can actually say or recognize) then I’m good to use it.

So here’s my rainy day ‘do’, I’ll probably take the twists out on Saturday:

Check out another girl’s review & twist out here:

Me, My hair & the City- Yesterday’s Flat Twist Out With Curls Unleashed

 

Also, peep the company’s YouTube video (that doesn’t really show you much but, cute slogan *I watch too much Mad Men*):

 

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Samples galore!

23 Apr

I thoroughly enjoyed my self at the DE Naturalistas Naturally Redefined event! There were cute hair styles, good music, met some great girls and the best part….FREE SAMPLES!!! I got home, went through my bags and tried to organize everything by type of product (shampoo, conditioner, body stuff, maintain curls etc) and I was able to make a bag of goodies for my sis-in-law to try out (we always share hair stuff). Since it had been more than 2 weeks since I had washed my hair & it had begun to look like a blizzard on my dark shirts….(that’s so gross) I decided to wash my hair the next morning & these were some of the samples I used:

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I liked all 3 samples. The Design Essentials shampoo didn’t strip my hair (sulfate free), Karen’s Body Beautiful Leave-in conditioner had a mild smell (or either I couldn’t really smell it) but it was a nice moisturizing conditioner and the cashmere curls smelled like grapes (feels smooth on your fingers). Now, I can be a bit heavy handed when it comes to using products but with a sample size, you can’t really do that. So this wash & go I did was good at home, but ended up frizzy during the day I think maybe because I didn’t use enough of the cashmere curls & the leave-in. My wash & go’s usually get a bit frizzy but not this much by the end of the day:

Morning hair:

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Afternoon hair:

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Next day hair (slept with puff on top of head “pineapple”)

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One thing I did notice is that the curls in the back did last better than my usual wash & go styles overnight. So that’s a plus, the less work I have to do, the better it works out for me.

Have you tried any of these products?
On to some more samples soon.

I gave in to the creamy crack ….. PSYYYYYCHHH!!!!

10 Apr

Haha I bet some of you believed me too (you know you’ve thought about it at least once or twice, going back to those relaxed days…NEVER NEVER NEVER AGAIN!)

Ok and I’m back! Had a few things going on…laptop broke,  got an IPAD on Christmas however it turned into a “babe I got this for you but I really wanted it for myself….” (essentially I don’t use it & don’t know how to that well), and we had a special surprise on new years eve…(we’ll talk more about that later)!

Anyhoo…with a lot of new things going on though I hadn’t been doing too much to my hair, make-up, clothes…I didn’t let myself go…no, but just haven’t put much time into my hair especially. So, I FINALLY went to Bliss Elements and got my hair done by the fabulous Laree!

They washed, conditioned, sat under the steamer (heard that’s an excellent thing to do on a regular basis), trimmed (cut off 3 inches actually…my hair grows faster at the nape of my neck than other places so it was much longer there [thank you vitamins] than it was on the sides so she evened it out) and flat ironed my hair! Great salon, great FREE snacks and excellent stylist!

I haven’t had my hair straightened in about a year and a half, I forgot what to do with it when I got home but she reminded me. So, here’s some of the styles I’ve been wearing (I’ll explain a few of them in detail later) enjoy!

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The Versatile Blogger Award…OH SNAP!

21 Dec

*CHEERS* ROAR “YAH!” “YOU DID IT!” and the crowd goes wild!!!

Thank you to the great blogger (with gorgeous hair), Jor-El of Mane Man, for nominating my little blog 24sevencurls for this sweeeeet award! Blogging is a ton of fun to write my own and read others blogs (I may be a little obsessed…haha just kidding…or not).  I am thrilled that there are folks who read my random thoughts & ramblings on hair, life and more hair! Thanks again soooo much for reading and keeping my 24sevencurls alive! 🙂

Award rules:

  • Nominate 15 fellow bloggers.
  • Inform the bloggers of their nomination.
  • Share 7 random things about yourself.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Add the Versatile Blog Award picture on your blog post.

7 random things about me:

1. I have a scar on my tongue from when I was 4 years old…(I should’ve never watched “A Christmas Story“…lol)

2. It’s a lifelong dream of mine to visit Paris, France (there’s a long story behind this which includes taking 7 years of French, being the only minority in each  class and being the only person that had never visited Paris…gotta make it happen!)

3. I like to eat butter popcorn with ice cream…like with the popcorn IN the ice cream bowl together….TRY IT, you’ll thank me!

4. I sing. Can’t help it; everyone in my family has some kind of musical talent, I just try to keep mine on the hush but that doesn’t work when my church family likes to “get you out of your comfort zone” guess God does that too huh…  🙂

5. I only eat orange Popsicles, orange fruit snacks and used to only eat the orange Froot Loops cereal…I have NO idea why….the other colors get no love *shrugs*

6. I want to turn a room into a closet just for shoes (similar to Mariah Carey’s); need more shoes first…

7. Whenever I have a daughter, I will name her Joy Denice Brown (my mom is DeVeria & my mom-in-law is Bernice, get it?)

Ok *drumroll* on to my nominations:

 

Enjoy!!!

 

 

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Quick Puff & Flat Twist

30 Nov

Quick Puff & Flat Twist

1. On washed, conditioned & detangled wet hair, I parted a 2 inch section of hair in the front and did a flat twist from right to left.

2. With added conditioner on the back section I brushed back the sides into a puff on the top of my head.

3. Tuck in the end of the flat twist into the puff’s ponytail holder & you’re DONE!

🙂

 

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My, My, My! Deeee-licious! It’s the HOLIDAYS!

29 Nov

(My nephew AJ says, “mmm, mmm, my, my, my!” when he eats good food and my nephew Nate says “Deee-licious!”…lol)

It’s definitely the holidays NOW! Spending quality time with family and friends, shopping, eating, more eating and even more eating! LOL (we probably go a little too hard on the food, but that’s ok my husband has already implemented his workout plan and I’ve been….watching him do that….lol. Im going to join in though, soon, very soon.)  I’ve been wrapped up with getting birthday gifts together for my niece Jailyn, she’ll be 1 on Dec. 5th (does this count as a “Birthmas” gift you know those Dec. b-days that are close to Christmas and you only get them 1 gift to count for their b-day & Christmas…lol).  I’ve also been trying to get together Christmas gifts for my family in VA early…since I won’t see them on Christmas…but Im not that good and don’t have everything ready so…in the mail they will go!

Through all the hustle & bustle it’s easy to neglect/forget about your HAIR! I’m quick to wet it, condition & throw it in a big puff if I don’t have time to actually “do” my hair. But I have to MAKE time to do it soon so I’m look for a little inspiration for some quick, easy & CUTE hair-do’s!

Here’s what I’ve been rocking the past few weeks in between my “puff” days:

They’re both basically twist outs. The first five I have 3 twists on the sides and I did medium sized 2 strand twists on the ends and put them together in a bun. The front section I did 3 flat twists and untwisted those to make the big pompadour. Another variation I did on thanksgiving was I separated the twists a few more times to make them fuller and didn’t do the bun, just the front pompadour (I don’t have pics though…maybe my brother-in-law does…will show later)

The 2nd set of pics are a twist out from the Retro Braid hairstyle, just pinned the top half to the back. Simple!

 

What are your quick yet CUTE hairstyles to make it through the holidays!?

Need inspiration & more time 🙂 !

 

 

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Natural Hair Barbie Dolls!

23 Nov

They look like real people...

Take a look at these natural hair dolls on BGLH!
And you can make your own…what?!?! How cute is that? 🙂

Natural Hair Barbie Divas here (from Care4Curls FB page):

Where were these when I was a kid (even though I didn’t do the whole Barbie thing, maybe I would have if I had these!) ?!?! 

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Bliss Elements, Natural Hair & Turkey!!

20 Nov

I enjoyed my 1st natural hair event at Bliss Elements Spa & Salon with the DE Naturalistas! The stylists were super nice & down to earth, the “green” salon was gorgeous & they had red velvet cupcakes (I loooove cupcakes) and strawberries & champagne! It was a much-needed girls night out w/hair talk, good laughs & delicious treats. The salon even makes their own fabulous smelling, natural products the Shea Butter smelled like cake batter & there was a conditioner that smelled like chocolate!) So, for the event they split us up into four groups & we switched between 4 stations:

1. ear candling demonstration– If you’ve never seen this done before…its so crazy. They put a burning candle in your ear and somehow it gets all the wax, dust, pollen out of your ears. It’s supposed to help w/sinuses, allergies etc. This was what came out of one persons ear…

2. Angie w/hair product info– she talked a lot about whats in the natural products that they make at the salon, tips on using color (consult your stylist), tips on how often to get trims (consult your stylist) I think she said every 6-8 weeks though and many more topics

3. rod set demonstration– she used the orange perm rods on a girl with natural hair & her curls came out gorgeous (I have the purple rods but want to try the orange or jumbo black ones 1 1/4″). She also shared that to get the roots straight depends on the amount of tension you put when you’re rolling the hair onto the rod.

 

4. blow drying, flat-iron & pin curling demonstration– blow dry wet hair, use a paddle brush or brush that’s compatible for your hair type when blow drying, only use the concentrator attachment (not the comb attachment). 1 thing I didn’t know about pin curling is that you can pin just the end of the curl instead of pinning the whole circle or curl (hard to explain in words but when you see it done you’ll understand, maybe I can post a pic later)

Best part was hanging out with my sis-in-law Lisa AND winning one of the door prizes!! I won a bottle of Creme of Nature’s Oil Moisturizer with Argan Oil which I will tell you about over the weekend when I try it out.

P.S. If anyone is getting me a Christmas gift….a gift card to this salon would be amazing!

P.S. “Turkey” is in the title of this because I really dropped off a turkey in the parking lot to my sis-in-law because she’s doing Thanksgiving dinner for the crew and we laughed about it, natural hair & turkey’s its all good!

My hair this week:

The next DE Naturalistas event: Mixology 102

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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