First Look: Blowout + Braid Out

Yesterday I tried a blow out + braid out which I’d never done before and loved it. The original plan was to blow it out and then flat iron it but I ended up not having the energy for that (yup I’m lazy I admit it). So after I blew out my hair using Hair Rules Blow Out Your Kinks…I fell asleep without even wrapping it SMH! Woke up with my hair looking like a flying saucer so I braided it, in maybe 20-25 small braids for the following 36 hours and came out with this! The lightness of the blow out and the volume of the braids may have this being one of my favorite styles, especially in the summer.

Weekly Challenge #3: Self-Appreciation

Its been a while since I posted a weekly challenge but I’ve got a good one for you 🙂 So often I notice people, myself included, beating themselves up. Whether it be physical appearance, job performance, love life, past mistakes, etc. It’s not often enough that we give ourselves credit where credit is due. So this challenge will be to think/say/write down something you love about yourself everyday. Get to it guys!

Product Spotlight: Carol’s Daughter Hair Balm

Now I’m no stranger to Carol’s Daughter, my family’s been using Lisa’s products since she was still based in Brooklyn! This is the first time however that I’m using their Hair Balm. My mom must probably it a while ago but it’s been sitting in the beauty cabinet for months, and I never noticed it back there until I took an “inventory” of the beauty products we have in the house and decided to try it out.


Initially I used it on my twist out fro as a daily conditioner in between washes. While it does help to condition my afro I had to use a lot to get it to make a difference, so I think I’ll be using the Kinky Curly or Karen’s Body Beautiful more for that purpose.  Now that I’ve blown out/flat ironed it (I’ll do a spotlight on the Hair Rules products I used a bit later) I was looking for something to put in my hair that wouldn’t make it curl back up again. The Hair Balm was perfect! It immediately added a shine and softness to it, that wasn’t like a synthetic hair shine but a healthy natural shine, which I loved. It smells amazing also, I can’t explain the scent but know its GOOD! Now I’m wishing I didn’t use so much of the bottle on my afro and I’d have more to use now, but it’s $13 and I’ve been using it for over a month with about 1/3 left. One drawback: it leaves my hands very greasy when applying and if I, or anyone else, touches my hair my hands end up greasy again :-/ Not a huge deal though so I’m still putting this on my list of favs!

Weekly Challenge #2 – Even Out My Skin Tone

Evening my skin tone has been something I’ve been trying to accomplish for years. Of course there’s countless creams, foundations, concealers and highlighters out there to correct this problem but we all know beauty is only skin deep. Here are the steps I’m going to take to even out my skin tone:

– Exfoliation: exfoliating will slough off the dead skins cells which can make your complexion dull. I don’t recommend exfoliating every day, instead every other day or every two days. Too much exfoliation can irritate your skin and cause redness, unless your using a very mild exfoliator.

– Water: the old rule to ‘drink 8 glasses a day’ is kind of irrelevant at this point in my opinion. How many different sizes/types of glasses does everyone have in their own house nowadays, much less the world. What I’m going to do instead is drink at least one bottle of water per day, which has also been instrumental in my weight loss journey (I’m planning another weekly challenge for that too).

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