Friday, September 24, 2010

KCCC Teaser 2

Here is a picture of my bangs this morning after using Kinky Curly Curling Custard.

Kinky Curly Curling Custard Teaser

The hunt for the perfect product for a braid out on my hair has initiated. Before, my Shea butter used to do the trick on my relaxed and transitioning hair. Shea butter gave me the most defined curl pattern and left my hair very moisturized and shiny. Now, my natural hair just laughs when it comes to curl definition. After watching a few you tube videos I decided to splurge on Kinky Curly Curling Custard.

Tonight is wash night and my weekend hair is a braid out. The anticipation was overwhelming so I decided to take it for a test run last night.

This section of hair has a very loose curl pattern than other areas of my hair.

First I washed with Kera Care moisturizing shampoo

This is the texture of my hair without product

Used KCKT leave in conditioner (plain)

Wet hair and applied the KCCC

Here is my hair 2 hours later

As you can see the KCCC really defined my curls so I'm looking forward to my braid out results. My hair felt kind of crunchy but hopefully cocoa nut oil can fixed that. All in all, I loved the results and full review coming soon!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Weekly Inspiration

...Life is what we make it and a chance is like a picture it'll be nice if you take it...
--Drake (Unthinkable-remix)

Adding a little Honey to my Wash Routine

Last weekend I experimented with honey. There are many videos on you tube stating that honey is a perfect moisturizer for the hair. Honey is known to add shine and moisture so I decided to give it a try. Any type of honey is ok but I used raw honey because this is what I have. Since the honey is in a raw state I heated it for 5 secs in the microwave. This step is not necessary.

Here is a picture of my hair after taking down my Janelle M. inspired style.

Next I divided my hair into 4 sections for detangling. Each section was sprayed with water and lightly combed from ends to roots gently with my shower comb.

After detangling I applied a small of amount of honey to each section. A little goes a long way because too much can cause stickiness. Surprisingly the honey was easy to apply to my hair.

As soon as the honey hit my hair my curls started to pop (see picture above). My hair immediately looked shiner than the other sections of my hair. Plus my hair immediately started to shrink as well. LOL!

After applying the honey to all sections I used my heat therapy wrap for 30 minutes. Then, I followed my normal wash and deep condition routine. My hair felt oh so soft and moisturized without the greasy feeling. The honey washed out easily and did not feel sticky. The results were amazing and I plan to prepoo with honey for now on.

**Bonus pictures**
Impromptu length check:

BC-July 2010

2 months post BC-September 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

NetFlix – I’m in love!

When I moved into my house I decided to experiment. I wanted to know how long can I go without cable. Well three years later, I have yet to miss it and saving some money. Cable here in Texas can run you $100 a month if you are careful.

Everybody who knows me knows I absolutely positively love Jada Pinkett-Smith. When I heard about her new show Hawthorne, I considered getting cable to just watch her show. But the thought of having another bill just overwhelmed me. Well through NetFlix I can watch the first two seasons on DVD. You’re talking about somebody that is overjoyed. LOL! It’s the little things that make me happy. Do you have NetFlix?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Janelle Monae Inspired Look!

My hair style is not an exact duplicate but it reminded me of her. I love this style!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Weekly Inspiration

“True happiness and contentment come to you only when you are living the life that you’ve always imagined; not the life that others have imagined for you.”

-Gwen Stefani

Pounds v. Inches

So many people are caught up with measuring their weight loss success by the number of “pounds” lost (including myself). Losing pounds is important but inches loss is just as important. For the last couple of months I’ve toggled between 139lbs and 134lbs. Every other week I’ll lose five pounds then gain it right back. Honestly, I was frustrated because I refuse to “starve” myself to lose the last 10 pounds. Needless to say, I strayed away from posting “weigh in” blogs because I felt I didn’t make any progress.

However, my clothes are getting loser so I decided to take pictures of my waist only. After comparing the before and after pictures, I’m very happy. There is definitely a difference in my waist area which is motivation for me to keep up my workouts.

139 to 134 lbs - 9 month lapse

Rain down on me!

A couple of weeks ago I decided to reduce the amount of salt consumed to help with weight loss and other health reasons. Well in an effort to watch my sodium intake I decided to shop for items at Whole Foods. In my area Whole Foods is very expensive and I never shop there unless for hair products. Well while in the store it started to rain. Since going natural the rain is no bother to me anymore.

When I walked out the store there was a woman standing there with beautiful mid-back length relaxed hair. She had a plastic bag over head and patiently waited for the rain to slack up. I remember those good old days and glad to leave them behind. Unlike her I proudly walked in the rain to my car because water equals moisture for my natural tresses. Needless to say, I’m so happy with my decision!

My Black is Beautiful

This past weekend my niece and I attended the "My Black is Beautiful" event here in Houston. We had a great time and I wanted to share some pics with you guys.

MC Lyte on the 1's and 2's...

Old school hair tools our ancestors used

My niece really enjoyed herself. So if the event is coming to your town please check it out. It's free!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Friday's Dessert

It's Friday, I'm excited about the weekend and I'm in a great mood! A treat for working out constantly non-stop since last Saturday, I treated myself to an oreo milk shake. What's the point in working out hard if I can not enjoy treats every now and then.

Have a great weekend ladies! I'll talk to you on Monday!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Weekly Inspiration

“True happiness and contentment come to you only when you are living the life that you’ve always imagined; not the life that others have imagined for you.”

-Gwen Stefani

Adding a Twist to the daily Jog or Run

Last week was a lazy week for me in regards to workouts. Instead of skipping the whole week, RJ and I walk at least 1-2miles a day from Monday – Friday. Also, I concentrated on my eating habits for the week and made sure to stay on track. The results for last week was 5lbs lighter but I just lost the same 5lbs gained the prior weeks. So I’m back to the drawing board with trying to lose my last 9lbs.

During the week I was reading Experience Life Magazine and cross the article “The Shortest Mile Track Workout”. It’s a quick but intense workout within 20-30 minutes for beginners and 10-15 minutes for athletes. Since I’m always looking for a challenge Saturday morning I decided to try the workout. Here are the details of the workout.

Lap 1 – jog or walk the turns and go fast on the straights. For a short track complete the track by time: jog or walk for 30 seconds then sprint for 30 seconds, repeat for 3 minutes.

Lap 2 – Jog 100 meter then do 10 pushups: sprint 100 meters then do 10 crunches: jog 100 meters then do 10 prisoner squats: sprint 100 meters then do 10 squat thrusts.

Lap 3 – run 100 meters the jog up and down a flight of stairs (no stairs then do high knees for 30 seconds): sprint 50 meters then do 10 plyometric box jumps (no stairs I did squat jumps which is not mentioned in the article): sprint 50 meter then do walking lunges for 50 meters: jog 50 meters then 10 jumping jacks: 100 meters running but kicks.

Lap 4 – Wind down

Run 100 meters along the straightway staying short of a sprint: pump arms overhead as if punching the sky as you walk or jog 100 meters: side shuffle the length of the straightaway: pump arms overhead as you walk or jog around the final curve

This workout was intense and I love it. The plan is to incorporate this workout on the weekends when I can get to the track at 7am. Since I’m not sure the distance for 100 meters, I ran a quarter mile to switch between exercises which I found doing my research. Before taking on this workout please consult with your physician. Like I said it’s very intense. Unfortunately, I was unable to calculate calories burned because my heart monitor gave out. However, I can tell you I was drench in sweat. So go ahead and try something new and push yourself!

Flat Twist Style - French Roll

More flat twist hair styles I've been experimenting with as my protective style. The goal is to keep my hair twisted up until the end of the year. Every week I wash, deep condition, moisturize/seal, and twist up. Except for last week I decided to wear my afro puff and play with my hair over the weekend.

Just Fabulous

Here is my latest shoe purchase I just had to share!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Fun with my Hair!

This weekend I decided to have fun with my hair and wear out with hair candy. Instead of my normal twists or afro puffs I opted for a braid out pin up.

Co-washed – Yes to Carrots Conditioner

Leave in – Giovanni Direct Leave in

Moisture – Shea Butter

Seal – Coconut oil

Definition – 100% Aloe Vera Gel

Humidity Block – Kera Care Humidity Blocker Hair Spray

Since I braided my hair late the night before my hair continue to air dry while running my errands. This beautiful head band made my cornrolls very cute and girly.
This is the result of my braid out I pinned to the side added this beautiful flower. This is a "Goody" flower I purchased from Target or Walmart for $6.

Weekly Inspiration

"To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe