Green Ombre Box Braids | Mermaid Hair

I think my favourite protective style to-date has been my ombre, black to green/teal, box braids. I had never before played with colour in my hair, and I really loved it. Apparently strangers loved it too, because a surprising amount of people came up to compliment my mermaid hair. At first, I was actually caught off guard, because I hadn’t even been aiming for a mermaid look (but I was pretty pleased that I had unknowingly given off that vibe).

I ordered the braiding hair from AliExpress, and was overall satisfied with how fast it came (less than two weeks), and with the quality. I ordered ten packs just  to be on the safe side, and only used seven. I probably would have gotten away with six, but my boyfriend sat on and tangled one of the bundles I had left on the couch…

The colour I chose was a perfect introduction colour for myself. Even though half of it was a greenish teal, it was still quite subtle. Depending on how I had the braids tied up, it would sometimes take people awhile to realize they weren’t a normal colour. My only regret is that I didn’t take more selfies with the style!

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Instagram Roundup | July

Inspired by many other bloggers out there, I have decided that at the start of every month, I will begin doing an Instagram round up of some of my favorite Instagram posts from the month before. Since August is now here, here’s a gathering of what went down in July. I got ombre green box braids, I got to be creative with friends, I finally shared some photos I had taken of  Xandria, and my thoughts on the Naked Illuminated Trio. I also got to enjoy West Coast life by hanging out on the beach. Overall, July was full. It definitely felt like I was taking advantage of the warm weather. *Honesty moment. Some of the below were taken in June, but were shared in July… 🙂

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July Instagram @Comfygirlcurls | Black Blogger | Natural Hair Blog
I also made an appearance on some of my friend’s feeds. Check it out:

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Vancouver Beach Days | Natural Hair

One of the many reasons why Vancouverites deal with the insane housing market, is for the lifestyle the city allows us. There are few cities out there where you can lay on the beach and climb a mountain in the same day. Anytime that I can escape to the beach and lounge in the sun, I take the opportunity to. So here are some pictures that one of of my best friends, Sydney, took (sorry guys, you can’t find her on social media). So here is me, natural hair flowing free, ocean-side.

Seriously, nothing makes me happier than being in the sun. This melanin loves its vitamin D. Since a real vacation is nowhere near on the horizon, Kits Beach will have to do.

I will say, however, as fun as it is to have my natural hair free at the beach, it does limit me a bit. I don’t lie down, and I wouldn’t go into the water with it out. I’m not about to spend hours detangling post-beach trip, or clean bits of sand out of my curls.

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Blow Drying and Flat Ironing my Natural Hair – Av...

In honour of my 24th birthday, I decided to heat-style my natural hair. In other words, I straightened my hair with a flat iron for the first time in over a year and half. Since going natural, I have been extremely wary of heat damage, so the most heat I have really experienced has been under a table-top dryer.

I was mostly just craving a bit of change, and so my birthday seemed to provide me with the perfect excuse to flatten out my locks. I didn’t, however, do it without a healthy amount of preparation. In fact, I split the process up into two days for the sake of time, and to prevent my hair from being subjected to back-to-back heat processing. I also used Aveda Smooth Infusion line to ensure my my hairstyle would last longer by fighting off humidity.

Aveda Smooth Infusion to flat iron natural hair
Yes, I cut open one of the tubes to get the last of the product out.

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How do you Find a Hair Stylist? !

Finding a hair stylist who fits your needs is an extremely daunting task. It’s hard to even know where to begin. Some people turn to Google, some people turn to social media, but regardless of the method, you’ll likely be sifting through a lot of information that is unrelated to your location, or to your needs. We now live in an age ruled by technology, and by visuals. We like quick, clear, and easy access to information. This is where a lot of stylists are lacking, and why it is often difficult for clients and stylists to find each other. This is a problem that is working to solve.

Ebena helps you find a hair stylist near you or anywhere at the best price. Hair stylists can easily connect with new clients, and offer their services. Clients can find nearby stylists and get their hair done at the best price. encourages stylists to build their profiles, giving them the opportunity to provide pictures of their work, outline their services, and more. The web app aims to be more than just a directory, but a community–a destination for people looking to learn about hair and beauty, find inspiration, and more. Currently they are a US-based directory, but expansion is on their radar.

So how does it work?

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