Monday, February 20, 2012

Caring for Hair When in Protected Styles

Start of week 3 of Urban Twists

A lot of times people feel that when they get weaves or extensions, they can ignore their hair underneath until they take them out. FALSE. You have to care for your hair just as you would if the weave or extensions weren't in. Don't neglect your hair. Below, I'll share some tips on how I am caring for my hair while my extensions are in for the next few weeks.

- I still wash my hair. You must remove build-up, dirt, debris from your hair and scalp for it to be healthy. When I don't have extensions I wash my hair about every week. With the extensions I wash it every 10 days or so.
- I keep my scalp moisturized daily with an all-natural hair oil or hair butter that I purchased from the salon.
- I sleep with a satin bonnet or use a satin pillowcase every night. Friction with cotton pillowcases causes dryness and frizz. This will keep your style fresher and help it last longer.
- When washing my hair, I retwist is (twisting every 2 just like it was when I first left the salon) and thoroughly wet my hair. Using my shampoo, I concentrate on the scalp, lightly massaging it in. I use diluted shampoo (mixed with water) on my actual hair (note: this shampoo is sulfate free and made with natural ingredients to prevent drying). After rinsing thoroughly, I apply my conditioner and let it sit for 15-20 min with a plastic cap. Then, rinse out the conditioner, lightly towel blot and squeeze my hair dry, and let it air dry overnight. I leave my twists in for the next day and then unravel again.

Almost 3 weeks later after washing/conditioning extensions

Also, leaving extensions in for more than 2 months isn't recommended. Some people have done this and it may not have caused an issue, but in GENERAL it isn't a good idea. Your hair can start to lock or become matted so don't overdo it.

The goal of having protective styles is to give your hair a break without allowing it to dry out or become unhealthy, so keep it moisturized and clean and when you take it out, your hair should be happy! :)

Friday, February 17, 2012

New Info Added!

Hey, ladies and gents!

I added new links to my blog that will answer some questions you may have regarding my beauty routine, hair questions/my "hair story" and some makeup info, along with contact information. Please take a moment to check the links to the right ---> Hair Info, Contact Info, and FAQs. :-)

Thanks for reading, I appreciate you ALL. xo


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Your Bracelets are CUTE! What do they say??

Ever since I've been wearing my "Pinky Promise" and "No Randoms" bracelets, I've gotten this question. First, let me note that this post is Christianity-based -- I know all of my followers may not be Christians so you can stop here if that's an issue. I posted not too long ago about a married couple that I have been learning a lot from - Cornelius and Heather Lindsey. Well, Heather Lindsey has started a new "movement", so to speak, for "Pinky Promise". Basically, the bracelets that I purchased (Pinky Promise and No Randoms) symbolize honoring God with my body and choosing not to entertain men out of loneliness or boredom, or that ex that wants to come around for whatever reason. Remember I said I was making major changes in my life? I'm so tired of doing things my way and I've chosen to do it God's way. It's a personal decision and not a popular one, but I could care less. Lol I wasn't created to do what everyone else does. **Romans 12:2 states: "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."

To find out more details about Pinky Promise and the full meaning of the bracelets, be sure to check out Heather Lindsey's blog post. Join the movement! xo


One day, I'll share my story...

Monday, February 13, 2012

Lioness Jewels

I love social networks because I meet so many entrepreneurs and it allows me to support young business owners that I may not have known about otherwise. Today, I want to share with you my latest purchase from a young lady who goes by the name "Creolelioness". I haven't met her personally (yet Lol) but I can tell she has a beautiful spirit and she is quite talented in what she does.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Urban Twists from "The Damn Salon"

You read it correctly. The name of the salon I went to is... The Damn Salon. They are based in Georgia, and from Feb. 2-12, they are here in DC for "A Taste of Damn DC". I missed them the last time they were here, but AS SOON AS I found out they were coming back this month I made my appointment - all the way back in October 2011.