Protective Styling is a hot topic in the natural hair world. You've probably done research on the topic or read an article here and another one there. You know the basic  information like "wear a satin scarf or bonnet", "be sure to moisturize your own hair", "avoid tension" and "start on clean, healthy hair".  Those are excellent tips and you really should follow them!

 Protective styles have been a major part of my hair regimen and along the way I've picked up some useful information. Below are a few pointers that, in addition to the usual tips and tricks, will make your next protective styling experience a great one.


1. Choose the right style.
That seems simple enough but there are a few things that should be considered. Ensure that the style you choose is one that you'll actually enjoy wearing! It should work well with your lifestyle and remember that your hair and scalp may absolutely hate a certain protective style. That's okay, you've got many more to choose from!

2. Select the right type of extension.
The hair extension selected should be appropriate for the look that you're going for. You've got lots of options to choose from. When it comes to extensions, shop around and do your research. Some types of extensions require lots of upkeep while others can take beating and still look fabulous.

3. Decide what length of time is right for you
Most articles suggest that you rock a protective style for 3-6 weeks. Determine how long your hair can go without proper washing, deep-conditioning and detangling. You know your hair best so it's up to you to decide what length of time is best for the health of your hair

4. Clean your scalp regularly 
There's nothing worse than a dirty, itchy scalp! It's even worse when the itch is buried under a protective style. It's important to clear away build up every week or every other week. You can do a full wash but you've also got the option of using baby wipes or a cloth and some warm water to gently remove any build up.

5. Detangle in sections 
 Most persons get a massive headache when it comes to removing a protective style. Take a breath and take your time. Remove the braids or twists in small to medium sized sections, mist with water and gently finger detangle. Yes, it's a little time consuming but trust me it's way less frustrating than dealing with a head full of tangled, matted hair.

BONUS TIP!
If you're installing the protective style yourself start preparing the extensions a few days in advance. That way you don't have to spend 3 hours cutting yarn or curling crochet braids before siting on your butt for a few more hours installing them. Do yourself a favor, spread the work out.



If you've got any tips or tricks  please share them with us in the comments. Spread the knowledge!

If you've got questions feel free to ask!



This semester has probably been one of the most challenging of my university life. Pulling 15-20 hour days, 6 days a week has been tough! We had last week off and the mini vacation was most definitely needed. I packed a bag and fled campus!

I got comfy in Claudy and Linc's home, ready to enjoy the bliss having no set schedule. I wanted to make this mid semester  memorable because, it's my last! The holiday was filled with lazy days; sleeping in, eating delicious food, going to the movies, embarking on adventures and liming with friends, old friends and new friends. So many amazing memories were filed away for a rainy day. On  the Friday I was finally able to link up with Jenissa of  Ancestral Memory. We spent an amazing morning chatting and snapping photos in Arima, we captured so many gorgeous images! No worries I'll be sharing more with you in a seperate post!

Below I've left some of my favorite photos from this week. Grab a cup of something and enjoy!



Wishing you a lovely week.
Stay blessed and un-stressed folks!
xo



Happiest of New Years to you and yours!
2016 will be my year. This has been the mantra that I've been repeating for the past week. I'm so excited for what the year has to offer! I'll be turning 22 this year, completing university (fingers crossed), and celebrating Pooffie's third anniversary as well as celebrating  the third year with my love. 2016 will be my year.

I love making lists, there's just something about putting your wishes and goals into writing then ticking them off as you accomplished them. Even if you don't "catch em all", who cares? You've lived, you've learned and you have had a fantastic time chasing you're dreams.

 Below are the 22  goals I'd like to accomplish in 2016. Some are major, while others are little things that would make me absolutely happy. As the year moves on I'll write articles and post updates on the different goals, hopefully sharing the progress with you will help to keep every thing on track!

22 Goals for 2012

1. Be Kinder to Myself

2. Say Yes to Opportunities

3. Grown In My Edges

4. Develop A Sustainable Exercise  Regimen

5. Drink Adequate Water

6. Retain 4 Inches of Healthy Hair

7.  Develop An Attitude Of  Gratitude

8.  Simplify My Beauty Routine

9. Complete University

10. Develop Healthy Eating Habits

11. Write 52 Blog Articles

12. Apply to Graduate School

13.  Focus on YouTube Channel

14. Visit One New Country

15. Buy Less

16. Become More Organized

17. Grow Spiritually

18. Take Two "30 Day Challenges"

19. Learn More About Photography

20. Apply For A Job

21. Procrastinate Less

22. Ring In 2017 With A Bang!


 


Do you have anything you'd like to achieve this year?
2016 will be our year.



Hair that smells like dessert? We're in!
A few months ago the lovely folks at Au Rebelle sent over some of their best sellers for Pooffie and I to take for a spin. We were sent the Murumuru Leave-in-Conditioner and the LCO (Liquid Cream Oil) Kit which includes the the Just Water, the Vanilla Cupuacu Hair Lotion and the Just Oil. We've had them for just about four months and love the results! The LCO Kit was used on it's own for two weeks then both it and the Murumuru Leave-in-Conditioner were used in conjunction with our regular products and incorporated into the daily routine.

Below I've reviewed the products, including Pooffie's response to them. Also included are some photos of how juicy and moist my kinks were looking while using these products on their own.


SMELL
These products smell absolutely divine! We went in Rituals Coffee House the other day and I swore I smelled the Vanilla Cupuacu! All the products have a deliciously light scent, there's nothing that is too overpowering or sickeningly sweet.

PACKAGING
The Just Water,  Murumuru Leave-in-Conditioner and Vanilla Cupuacu Hair Lotion were packaged quite well, nothing out of the ordinary but I was a bit disappointed with the Just Oil. The first time I used it the base of nozzle split, squirting oil everywhere. That guy now lives in a Ziploc bag! (Of course that particular nozzle may have been the only defective one.)

POOFFIE'S RESPONSE Just Water 
Before using the Just Water I was apprehensive. Why on earth would you use this stuff when you've got "Just Water" coming out of the bathroom tap? But...this stuff is awesome! After the first use we were sold! Pooffie was immediately hydrated and stayed moisturized and soft for the entire day! It also works really well with products from other brands and you don't have to saturate your strands to get results!

Vanilla Cupuacu Hair Lotion
Pooffie loved this stuff! Not much else can be said! It's consistency was the perfect blend of thick and thin, it smelled like the dessert of your dream and worked really well!

Just Oil 
I really wanted to love the Just Oil, I really did. It seemed perfect! It had great Ingredients, great consistency and great smell. Pooffie however hates it! It just sit on the the strands and leaves them wiry and greasy . I've tried changing the amount I apply but Pooffie just isn't having it as a sealant. On the other hand she loves it as a hot oil treatment!

Murumuru Leave-in-Conditioner
Pooffie wants to like this but solo it's a little too light for her 4c nature. Naturals with a different texture may fall head over heels with it and paired with the Vanilla Cupuacu or another heavier moisturizer it works perfectly at keeping Pooffie super moist! It also works pretty well when included in our DIY hair mist.




Pooffie and I loved these and will be trying some of the other products that they've got! I'm planning on purchasing the Just Water and Vanilla Cupuacu when our current bottles run out.

I'd definitely recommend giving Au Rebelle a try! 
You can browse through their selection of products here.
Ps. They've currently got some great Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals!


****The items reviewed in this post were gifted by Au Rebelle. All thoughts and views are genuine. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be useful for my readers.**** 
Can you believe that we're a month away from Christmas? I can hardly wait for the food, the merry making and  if you've avoided The Naughty List perhaps you'll find a present waiting under the tree!

 A few weeks ago someone asked what I would like for Christmas, practically thinking this five year old laptop needs replacing, my phone has been having problems and new bed sheets would be nice! Around here we prefer not to think too practically about the most wonderful time of the year, so I sat down and sorted through a few hundred screen shots of items I've been lusting after for the last few months. Those that would make the loveliest gifts have been weeded out and there's something for everyone! Have a look at the top 22 things that would make Christmas morning extra marvelous, maybe you'll find something special for your special someone, even if that special someone is you!
 







































 






Which one of these would you love to find under the tree on Christmas morning?
What's on your wish list this Christmas?

 

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