Healthy Hair Tip #1 Add Water

Hello All My Darling Diva’s
I’m finally back! After two back to back storms on the East Coast, everything is finally restored and we can get back to business. So first order of business is our First healthy hair tip of the Healthy Hair Growth Challenge 2012-2013. If you have no clue what the heck I’m talking about, then  Click Here. You may also wanna refresh your memory on how this challenge is working since I’ve been away. So once you refresh your memory, Watch the First Healthy Hair Tip: Add Water, and once ya do that, meet me below for some more info.

Ok so are our memories refreshed? Did you watch the tip? Did ya learn something? lol Am I asking wayyy to many questions? Lets just get to the good stuff

So lets recap what we learned in the Add Water Healthy Hair Tip: 
Adding water is essential to hair growth because water, just like for our bodies, is good for us
Add water by replacing water with your detangler spray
Add water by misting your hair before and after  you do your twists your hair for a protective style, for a two strand-twist out or bantu knots
Add water by doing Water bagging Click here for the Naptural 85 blog post that I brought up in the video 
That blog post is all about Moisturizing Your hair so its an added bonus
Alright ladies, I hope you have learned alot in the First Healthy Hair Tip Video. Stay tuned for next week for the next Healthy Hair Tip video. 

Winter Worthy OOTD

Hello Darling Divas!
It’s starting to get a bit cold outside and I’m so excited! That means layering up, hot chocolate, and snuggling with the ones you love. I thought this outfit was very Winter Worthy, hence the title, so let us begin with our outfit of the day

Ok so lets start with the top, I got this oversized blue sweater from Fashion 2 Figure. I’ve had it for 2 years and it’s my first time wearing it! Just goes to show you that you can find some fabulous things in the back of your closet. I decided to layer today since it’s so cold out. So I added my burgundy cardigan from Target for color, and my Black fur vest from Forever 21 for warmth. I brought in my shape by adding a black belt from Fashion 2 Figure. 

The bottom’s are quite simple as usual. Since the oversized sweater is a tunic, I decided to pair it with my black leggings from Rainbow, and my brown boots from Lane Bryant. 
And that’s it! This simple Winter Worthy look is perfect for Fall/Winter and I feel extremely cute in it! More pics below and as usual, Thanks for watching! XOXOXO

Do you accept the challenge?

Hello All my Darling Divas!

Ok so the video will pretty much explain everything soo watch the video first, and then meet me below for all the extra info. And if your lazy and don’t feel like watching the whole thing, don’t worry I sum up everything below.

Ok so are we all here? Alright awesome. So do you accept the Healthy Hair Growth Challenge of 2012-2013? Because I think it’s going to be a pretty amazing journey for not only me, but you guys! Lets sum up what was said, since I know the video was crazy long( or maybe its just me, I HATE long videos!) 
RECAP
The purpose of this challenge to challenge yourself to grow your hair healthy. Now the tips I give you will not promise you a full long head of hair by next year, but if you keep on through with the tips, you will know what steps to take to keep your hair healthy and growing. If takes 1 year, 3 or 5, hair growth ranges from person to person and it all takes P A T I E N C E.  
  • I will post a healthy hair tip for you to try out each week. This tip also include interviews with other natural women, salon owners, and current hair school students. You can choose which tips you want to follow, or rather not follow. And also revamp them to make them work for your hair type
  • Take 4 pictures of your hair at the end of each month for personal motivation and to track your progress. Label each  folder of the four pictures with the Month and Year that you took them Ex:: the 4 pics you take this month will be labeled October 2012.
  • Labeling your pictures are completely optional, but it just helps to organize your pictures under some type of system so that you don’t have to go looking for them. 
  • There will be hair tools and product giveaways during this process (hopefully) so stay tuned for that!
Ok I think I summed everything up. If ya have any questions, let me know in a comment below or on the Facebook Fan Page.  Ok that’s enough of the pictures I will leave you with my 4 hair pictures for the month of October 2012.

Front

Sides ( WARNING! I NEED A ROOT TOUCH UP BAD! EXCUSE MY MESS YALL! )
Back 

Turbans Galore

Hello all my Darling Divas!

Ok so this has been a highly requested video that I decided to finally sit my butt down and do. It’s a how I wrap my turban video yay!! This is going to be yet another Jam Packed tutorial, so ladies and gents brace yourself, lots of reading ahead. But the purpose of all this info is to ensure that any questions you have get answered and to further explain the looks I’m going to show you since the video below is in high-speed. Reason for that is because I personally would hate looking at a 15 min video, so I shortened it to 3 mins! Now you can wrap your hair in peace and you don’t have to hear me ramble on in a voice over. If the video is going too fast for you, feel free to slow it down or pause it so that you can do it on yourself. There is no limit on how many times you can play this video, so the more clicks the better! So go on a head and press play, and meet me below the video for all the info.

Ok so since the video is super-duper short, I know it didn’t take long at all so let me just answer some questions that I know you’re thinking….
1. Why is the movie going to fast lady? You didn’t even break it down and explain!
Ok so the reason that its super-duper fast is because when I did to all the explanation’s the video was 20mins!!! Who wants to sit and watch a video that long! And besides, a lot of looks are repeating steps, so I know that speeding it up will focus more on showing you what I do instead of taking 5years to explain it step by step. It’s better to watch, then to hear.

 2. Where did you get your scarves from?
The scarves I’m using in the video are just my fashion scarves that I usually wear around my neck, with the exception of the African printed scarf. That is just a random long piece of fabric that my mom gave me. So what does that mean? That as long as it is long enough to fit over your hair and tie up, then use it! I’ve cut up pieces of old clothes that I didn’t want, found old scraps from Halloween costumes, and I’ve even used a shirt! So if it works, then use it. No need to go out and buy something, get creative! If you like the print, make it a turban.

 3. Do you really wear these looks out the house?
Yup I sure do. I’m a generally lazy person, so when I forget to tie my hair up at night, or just don’t feel like styling my hair, a turban always helps to save the day. It turns my bad hair/lazy days into a true fashion-forward day. As you can see in the video, my hair was all poofy and had no curl. I did that on purpose to show you that you don’t need any curl in your hair. Even a wild and crazy poof looks good. These turbans are also a good idea for rainy or windy days. It keeps your hair protected and allows you to go on about you day with one less thing to worry about.


Ok so that’s enough of the question round; let’s get on to the fun stuff…Pics!! A lot of these pics are pics from my instagram(@BrieBlondie)  and facebook, so if you follow me on those sites, and the pics look a bit familiar, that’s where you see them before! 


Now feel free to create your own looks and styles with your turbans. These are just all the ways that I wear my turban. If you think of anymore turban ideas and/ or have tried any of the looks I wanna see them! Post em on the Facebook fan page or put them up on instagram and tag my instagram name (@BrieBlondie) in the comment. That way I see your fabulou
s look and can feature it on my site. I
 hope you ladies enjoyed this post! If you have any questions, post a comment below, or post a comment on the Facebook Fan Page and of course I will do my best to help you out. Until next time, XOXOXOX

Pop of Peacock

Hello All My Darling Divas!

So just because today is rainy, doesn’t mean that you cant be cute and trendy. This weather inspired me to look as fashionable as possible and ignore the grey clouds above me. I decided to pullout my handy-dandy Sonsi convertible cardgian that I wore in my last post. You will definitly see me wearing this cardigan in a whole bunch of creative ways this fall.  If you have no clue what im talking about, click on this link —> Last weeks OOTD. Ok so enough of the intro, lets get to the outfit.

The Top Half 

Ok so I told you guys that this Sonsi Cardigan is the bomb.com! Today I decided to wear it it as an open cardigan so that I can expose the highlight of my outfit which is this peacock printed shirt! I got this from the deep-dark parts of the clearance rack at Burlington coat factory. Its a bit big on me, so i decided to bring in my shape with this thick rhinestone belt that I got from Forever21. Please excuse my belt being all twisted. I had no clue it was all messed up until AFTER I took the pics 😦 .

The Bottom Half
Thease jeans have got to be the greatest pair of skinny jeans that I own! Sad part is that since they were a gift, I cant tell you where to get a pair of your own. Since  I was rocking my brown oxfords from Simply Be, I decided to cuff the ends for a preppy feel to my jeans. And also to keep them from the big rain puddles on campus. 
Whole Pic Pictures
Alright everyone, It time for me to tackle this research paper. ( wish me luck) See you lovely ladies next week. 

Ready 4 Fall OOTD

Hello Darling Divas!

Fall is here and I’m am super excited! Its the time to break out the layers and show your true style. Today’s outfit was so fun! I decided to breakout and revamp my tutu dress again. The first time I did it was the goth balerina OOTD check that post out here. I wanted this look to be a bit more covered up since its now a bit chilly out and Im ALREADY getting sick! Can you believe that? But anyways. On to the outfit.

Hair and Makeup 
 
My makeup and hair are basic as they always are!( lol) My hair is my updo with a black headband in the back . I was going for an Audrey Hepburn look. If you wanna learn how I did this hairstyle I show you Here. And if you wanna learn how I did my makeup its my Everyday makeup routine which can be found here


Accessories & Shoes 

 ok so the highlight of this outfit to me is my cardigan. Pictured on the far left, this mushroom colored cardigan is from Sonsi and its a convertible wrap cardigan. which means that it can be tied into so many ways and can transform into any look you want. Finally got to break it out since its colder, so I was very excited to make this versitle cardigan into a look of my own. The next middle picture is the belt. This simple black belt I got with an outfit from Fashion to Figure a couple of years ago. Its purpose to cinch in my waist and bring out my curves. My black leggings are from rainbow and my peter pan boots are from Avenue.

The Outfit
I felt like such a fashionista in this oufit. I was warm, flirty and just perfect for fall. Im telling you ladies, get used to seeing me in leggings, dress and boots, becaue that is the trend im going for this fall. 
Hope you ladies enjoyed the look, and until next time….xoxoxox


Top 10 Things A Natural Gal Needs

Hello Darling Divas!!

I’ve decided to do something a little bit different and do my Top 10 essential things that a  Natural Gal Needs. Now I am in no way a professional or expert, but to me having these top 10 things will help your hair grow, keep it maintained, and help it look nice, The Video explains it all and below I have more info on each top 10 item. Enjoy!



Detangler Comb And Brush

Essential for safely removing any knots and tangles that your hair WILL make. Its ok for your hair to get all messy and tangled. Its apart of being a Natural Gal! Using either a detangler comb or denman brush will ensure that you get all those troublesome knots out without damaging the hair. Remember ONLY detangle hair when its WET or slighty DAMP. never ever ever EVER!! Detangle on dry hair. 
Shea Butter
Now this is actually an optional thing on the list because Shea Butter is not for every type of natural hair. As stated in the video, on softer, wavier types of hair, Shea Butter may weigh the hair down. But for us Kinkier, Coilier Natural Gals Shea Butter Is God’s Greatest Creation. It can be used raw, or mixed with oils. How ever you choose to use it, it does wonders for your hair. Now if your not all into mixing things, then try the yellow labeled Shea Moisture products. It contains Shea Butter in it and does wonders for your hair! 

Spray Bottle
Water is Essential for Hair growth! Just like plants need water to grow big and strong, so does your hair. I know that water may seem like the enemy because it may ruin your curls and all that. But a light mist before you go to bed and even before you take down your twist in the morning will really make a big difference. Keep you hair like you keep your body. Nice and healthy and Hydrated 
Deep Conditioner 
Ok so you remember when I said Shea Butter was God’s Greatest Creation? Make that the second because Deep Conditioner is definitely the best creation! It restores your split ends, breakage, and any other troublesome problems. Deep Conditioner comes in all types of treatments to ensure that it can solve any of your hair problems and fulfills all your hair needs! Deep Conditioner is something that will help aid your hair into growing healthy and strong.

Bobby Pins and Clips
Bobby pins and clips are great for two things: Styling and getting your hair out the way. Bobby Pins help create any type of style that you want your hair to go. It can help it go up, help it go sideways, puts it in a bun; anyway that your want to shape your hair, the bobby pin helps you! As fair as clips go, they can aid in sectioning your hair so that its easier to manage your hair when twisting, conditioning or whatever else you may do.
Hair Goodies
  
The best part of being natural is decorating it. With headbands, scarves, pins, bows I mean I could go on forever and ever and ever! Natural hair is Art so dress it up! Wear a turban, clip on a bow do something crazy and different. And Hair goodies like that make having natural hair so much more exciting and fun

Shower Cap
 The Shower Cap and plastic cap is great because it protects your hair in the shower and also holds everything in while your deep conditioning or Hot Oil Treating your hair. I describe more in detail about the shower cap but its definitely a beauty essential that never gets recognized but is sooo important! 
Satin Scarf or Bonnet
Let me tell you. Your hair goes though soo much when you sleep! Your pillow and wild sleeping is to blame for that but you cant help it. So protecting your hair while you sleep is very important. So Satin is the best way to go. Now if your still want to sleep all wild and crazy, then you can go for a Satin PillowCase. All of which can be purchased at your local beauty supply store.
Heat Protectant

Now if your a natural gal who likes to use heat, then Heat Protectant should be your best friend. From time to time I use heat, and when I do I always have Heat Protectant. Heat Never touches my hair without some type of protectant and yours shouldnt either! 
Rainy Day Hat 

Now as you can see, my rainy day hat is used not only for my fro but also for my braids. I should have actually called this the lifesaver, lazy day hat. All your hair problems are minimized with this hat, which is why  I def recommend that everyone has a go- to hat on those days where your hair isnt looking all that great. Now I dont just use this blue hat, I also use floppy hats, turbans, and pretty much anything else that can hide my hair on bad hair-days and rainy, gloomy days