Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My Hair Routine

Hi everyone!

When I'm out and about, I always get questions on my hair:
  •  What products I use?
  •  What did I do to achieve my look? 
  •  How do I maintain my style at night?
  •  How long have you been natural? 
  • How do I like being natural?
So, I'm here to answer all those questions and show you pictures of my hair and the products I use.

Natural Hair Journey

Now, I'm not one of those naturals who knows the exact date and time she went completely natural.  I decided to grow my relaxer out in 2007.  My hair stylist at time suggested that I should, since I was only getting relaxers twice a year and I wanted to grow my hair longer and fuller.  When I decided to grow out my relaxer, I had no idea it was called going "natural".  In the meantime of the growing out process I would wear cornrows or my stylist would style my hair in a twist out.  I would still go to the salon every two weeks, but instead of getting my hair blown out and curled, my stylist would try styles that didn't require too much direct heat. 

I'm not sure when I became fully natural, I think it was some time between 2008 and 2009.  I had no clue what to do with my hair, so I learned about the natural community on YouTube and started to watch hair tutorials. To make a long story short, I failed miserable at trying to style my hair and buying product after product because it was what the girls on YouTube were using.  I even went back to straightening my hair every two weeks because I didn't know how to do my hair.  I have never been a person who had the gift of knowing how to do hair.  As a young child, my mom would do my hair, but even at a young age I would go to the salon with my mother and we would get our hair done together every two weeks.  It took a lot of patience and practice to get to the point I am now with my hair ( I still get frustrated with my hair to this day and I've even contemplated on getting a relaxer. )

Moral of the story is I love being natural.  I love the fact I can wear my hair curly one day and the next I can blow it out and wear it straight.  I also love the versatility, I also wear extensions, adding hair in for sew-ins , box braids, I love to brush my hair up in a bun and also style my hair in flexi rods and roller sets.  FYI I do go to the salon and get my hair straightened.  I don't have a routine for when I go, I just go when I want or feel I need a trim.
 
 
 The many hair styles of Jasmine.


 Box braids
 

 Braid Out
 
 Roller Set
 
Braid Out on blow dried hair

Flat Ironed
 

 
 
Braid Out
 
Top Bun
 
Sew In
Blow out

Pinned up Flexi Rod curls

Curls using Perm Rods
 
 
 
My Go To Hair Style
 
Over the years of being natural, I have found that I get the best results when I braid my hair in individual braids and let it set over night, which is called a braid out.  I have tried twisting my hair and for some reason, twist outs look horrible on me.  My hair shrinks up and it's just a hot mess! Lol. 
 
I wash my hair once a week and I normally just braid my hair once or twice during the week and pineapple at night ( gathering all my hair in a loose ponytail at the top of my head ).  I normally braid my hair in 9-12 medium size braids.  When I take down the braids, I separate each braid into 3 sections and when all braids are taken down I fluff my hair into my desired style and stretch my roots with a wide tooth comb.
 
 


 
 



 
 
 
Products I Use
 
Shampoo: My favorite is Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
I'm not too picky on what shampoo I use, just as long as it doesn't dry my hair out and doesn't have sulfates.
 
 
 
 
Conditioner:  Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Conditioner and Curl and Shine Conditioner.  Both make it easy for me to detangle my hair and leave my hair soft.
 

 
 
Deep Conditioner:  Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque and Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque ( as you can see I love Shea Moisture products!)
As of recent, I have been loving the Dove Hair Therapy Daily Treatment Conditioner for Color Care. I don't have color in my hair. I received this product at an event over a year ago and I just started using it.  It is beyond amazing, Thick in consistency and leaves my hair detangled and moisturized.  I don't have to use a detangle brush to style my hair.



 
 
 
 
 
Leave In Conditioner:  Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave In Conditioner This product smells amazing and is a great light weight liquid leave in.
 

 
 
Oils:  I love sealing in my moisture and separating my hair with Coconut Oil.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Styling Products:  Entwine Couture Crème Jelle Styler  The best I've Found for definition, helps with frizz and moisturizing.  A little goes a long way.  Curls Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Jelly  Great for hold and definition.  Curls Blueberry Curl Control Paste  This product is great for edge control and I love using this on the ends of my hair to smooth the ends and for definition.  I also like using Eco Styler Gel either the Argan Oil or Olive Olive Oil one to use when I wear buns and I like putting Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie on top of the gel for softer and a smoother hold.
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
These are my current favorite products.  I love trying new products that get great reviews for my curl type.  If you were wondering, I have type 3c curls. 
 
 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my hair care routine. If you have any questions please leave a comment! 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

My Life In 2015... (So Far)

Hi everyone!

Long time, no blog! I know I have been M.I.A. for a while now, but I'm back and I plan on improving my blog and putting up quality posts.  A lot has happened since I last blogged.  I recently got engaged, I have taken on more responsibilities at work and I have grown as a person. This year has been amazing so far and I can't wait to see what the future brings. 

Take a look at some pictures that reflect 2015 so far.



My fiance' and I ( well this was when we were still dating) at Untitled for his birthday in February.

 I celebrated my birthday at Sugar Factory on February 27th.
 
 
Candy dispenser at Sugar Factory
 
 
Red Velvet Martini at Sugar Factory
 
 
My bff and I at Sugar Factory
 

 
 
 
Come shop with me event at Charming Charlie for my birthday.




Brunch at Bongo Room (You must go!!!!)

 
Scored some pieces form the Lilly Pulitzer for Target line. 

 
Catfish tacos at Luella's Southern Kitchen in Ravenswood. So Yummy!



Paint and Wine Party at Bottle and Bottega.  The theme was the Kentucky Derby.



Brunch I hosted for a few of my close girlfriends.
 
 
My girlfriends and I at brunch.
 
 
My girlfriends from high school.
 
 
Curls and Cocktails event with Malisha Dellinger, CEO of the Curls brand.
 
 
Blogger and beauty expert Rachel O. and I at the Curls and Cocktail event.
 
 
All dolled up for the "prom" I thought I was chaperoning.
 
 
Soooooo..... I got engaged on June 5th. It was a prom theme. My parents, fiance' and I.
 
 
My beautiful ring!


 
12 hour prayer at church.  You pick one hour from 12 noon to 12 midnight to come and pray.
 
 
Fourth of July selfie.
 
 
So, that was a little look into the highlights of my year so far.  Stay tuned for more posts including, product reviews, wedding inspiration and more!