Empty Alert x2 – SheaMoisture JBCO Treatment Masq...

Hello Everyone, we are back with another Empty Alert! This is a Two-For-One because I ran out of both of these products on the same Wash Day. Today, we’re talking about two Deep Conditioning Masques; the SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Intensive Strengthening Masque and the SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque.

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So…What are they? (In SheaMoisture’s Words)

JBCO Intensive Strengthening Masque

SheaMoisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Grow Treatment Masque makes even coarse, dry and over-processed curls and coils so soft and tangle free that you will love to love your hair. Heat style treatments like straightening and perming make hair dry, coarse and brittle. Damaged hair sheds easily, reduces in volume and looks unmanageable and unhealthy.

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Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque:

This intense conditioning deep treatment infuses hair with a powerful dose of moisture and nutrients. Certified organic Shea Butter, Honey, Mafura and Baobab Oils are blended with antioxidant-rich African Rock Fig to restore and lock in moisture. Smoothes and fortifies follicles for stronger, healthier frizz-free hair.

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My Experience Wearing Senegalese Twists

I removed my Senegalese Twists (Or Rope Twists) nearly two weeks ago, yet I can’t believe I nearly didn’t blog about it! Since I posted a lot of pictures of my protective style on Instagram, I felt as though everyone had seen enough. Now, I have obviously changed my mind.

Towards the end of my London Trip, I got Senegalese Twists put in. Keep in mind, I have never ever had a protective style where extra hair was added in. No box braids, no twists, nothing. My natural hair is so thick, that it never really made sense to me to add to it. Since starting this blog, however, long term protective styles have been on my bucket list, so when my Aunt suggested I get it done, I was game.

As to not bombard you, let’s do this point form.

What I loved about my Senegalese Twists:
  • First of all, I felt like a Princess. Yes, it could be the Eurocentric beauty standard of having long hair that swings when you move talking here, but I’ll still admit it; I loved the feeling.
  • The EASE. With a protective style in, you do not have to think about getting ready at all! I was able to sleep in for an extra 30 minutes every morning, because I knew I didn’t have to think about what I was going to do with my uncooperative natural hair.
  • And then there were the options I had! Although I did not take full advantage of this, there are a lot of cool styles you can try with Senegalese Twists in. Personally, it was hard to stray from the half up, half down look, but I did branch out and try a top knot, a top bun, as well as two buns on either side of my head so I could try and pull of a Mini Mouse look for Halloween.. (I didn’t photograph the look, so I’m super upset.)
  • Also, it helped me retain length! I tend to see breakage at my ends when my schedule gets more hectic, and my natural hair regimen becomes a littles less regimented. Having the Senegalese Twists in as a Protective style allowed my ends to be protected from drying out, and breaking. I was truly surprised when I took my hair out, by how healthy it was!

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What Products are in Your Makeup Bag? (Because I Lost M...

What is in your Makeup Bag? I’ve kept it to myself because I think I was still holding out hope, but I have now reached the stage of acceptance:

I have lost my makeup bag.

It happened while I was in London. Silly me thought it would be a brilliant idea to  bring my whole makeup bag with me to my cousins wedding. I don’t want to go into detail, because it’s still too painful, but long story short, I have lost my makeup bag full of nearly all my favourite lipsticks, lipliners, eyeliners, mascaras, brushes, you name it.

At first, I made a VERY low-ball estimate of $300 worth of lost product. Now, as I have been looking into replacing it all, I realize an accurate, yet still low number would be closer to $500 of lost makeup… Somebody out there hit the jackpot, that’s for sure.

So now that I have accepted my loss, my only option is to move on. Slowly but surely, I will be rebuilding, and I am looking to hear your recommendations! What beauty products do you have stashed away in your makeup bag? What are your favourite brushes?

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10 Months Post Big Chop

10 Month’s Post Big Chop – By Xandria Thomison

Last year on New Years Eve, I shaved my head. Was it a protest against traditional femininity? A statement of bold, black lady power?? A desperate act to embody the beautiful Lupita Nyong’o???

No.

I didn’t want to wash it.

That’s right, I was so sick of washing my stringy, bleached, heat damaged hair, to then spend 2 hours blow drying and flat ironing that I woke up and said enough is enough. But before I give the update on my fresh grown curly crown, let’s go to back a bit.

17 Years Old - Natural Hair Pre - Big Chop
This is me at 17 years old with nothing but hair and dreams.

In grade 11, at 16 years old I started transitioning from my dull, tired relaxed hair, into the glorious halo of luscious locks you see above. This was a time of realization and acceptance of self, which blossomed in the midst of pubescent confusion, and a constant struggle to find who I was.  It all started with Tyra Banks. I would rush home from school every Thursday to tune into the Tyra show, and one day something amazing happened. Tyra showed her real hair without weave. Wow. Shortly after, she featured a blogger, not so different from the beautiful and inspirational owner of this blog, by the name of Curly Nikki, who imparted all her natural hair secrets and tips. After this episode, I deeply contemplated my many years of feeling like in order to be desired and beautiful, my hair needed to be straight.

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Why We Cry Over Trump’s Election.

I know most who follow me, do so to see natural hair and beauty-related topics, but at this moment, I feel incredibly disingenuous trying to write anything on those subjects.

Last night, I cried, as many others did around the world.

I wrapped up in myself, huddled on my couch, and cried myself to sleep.

Then this morning I woke up feeling deflated and tired.  Scrolling through my news feeds, my heart grew heavier seeing people’s genuine fear and heartbreak.

This tweet struck me hardest, and I’m going to leave it here and let it speak for itself:


Hear me when I say it’s not as simple as being upset over Trump being elected President.

For those of you saying “It’s okay because Congress/Senate will block all his goals,” you just don’t get it.

That’s not what this is about.

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