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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Tilda Kimono on Etsy

You guys, the moment we have all been waiting for is here: Tilda Kimono is LIVE on Etsy.

I know you have been keeping tabs on Tilda throughout the year on both of her Instagram accounts (@Badgaltity and @TildaKimono), and I know that I post about her kimonos a lot, (a lot, a lot.) In fact, most people, when they ask how my blog is doing, simultaneously ask how Tilda Kimono is doing. That makes me so exceptionally happy.

One of the things that lights me up the most in life, is seeing people follow their dreams, or get their hustle on. This is why I will never stop promoting Tilda Kimono. I have a feeling this collection is going to move fast so make sure you check it out here -> I would also make sure you bookmark it, because this is well all future collections will drop!

You’ll find the full collection on her Etsy page, but scroll below for a preview:

Photos by Daniela Arbaje

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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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Vancouver Curlfriends – Black and Gold Brunch

When women get together, amazing things happen. 

This past Sunday, I attended the Black and Gold Brunch hosted by Vancouver Curlfriends, where they were kind enough to ask me to speak about myself, my blog, and my photography project; #ProjectNatural.

Growing up in a city with a severe lack of a “black community”, I am grateful to have met a group of women of colour who are dedicated to creating one.  In everyday life, I am an introvert. It is overall hard to convince me to step out of my house–to step away from writing, reading, or a Netflix binge. But when the opportunity to network with other women arises, I’ll do what I can to be there.

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