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Good Morning! I hope you guys have a relaxing and peaceful Sunday 🙂 Keep me company on my Youtube video I just posted! Rate, Thumbs up, and Subscribe!



Feeling comfortable after the “Big Chop”

Happy Memorial Day Weekend lovies! My family and I will be chomping down on bbq and hot dogs today instead of tomorrow because of work. Nonetheless I am very thankful for all the people who died while protecting our country. Thank you!

It has been almost 6 months since my big chop to natural and I just want to reflect on my journey! As you know I didn’t transition. One day I spontaneously chopped my texlaxed ends off and started my natural journey. I know people always say what a reliving feeling it is but it really was. To know that you don’t have to deal with chemical burns anymore, no more new growth and dealing with putting chemicals in your head, no more hair appointments and spending money on your hair every two weeks. 

My hair was very very short when I cut it. I only had about 3 months worth of new growth to work with. To deal with feeling comfortable, I wore wigs. While this was a very easy way to go about my day, I felt the urge to sport my twa (teeny weeny Afro). I would wear it out and about when I wasn’t at work, but when it came to work I didn’t feel comfortable. One reason was because I work at a very professional environment and didn’t know how people would react. Another reason was my co workers only saw me in my long wigs. The common denominator was–I cared what other people would think.

This past week I finally  wore my own hair to work and yet another worry was lifted off my shoulder. I’m no longer caring what other people think. My hair is just that-my hair! I’m loving my short hair and will sport it as much as I can.

To feel more comfortable with my twa I…

  • Accessorize with headbands
  • Wear big earrings
  • Wear a bright lip color or makeup
  • Style my hair in a way that will stretch my coils(braid outs and twist outs)

I am very happy with the growth and how healthy my hair is. More and more people are going natural and I couldn’t be happier because I know they will experience some of the same happiness. I applaud our African American community and its versatility of our Afro hair, whether it be relaxed, texlaxed, natural, or colored.

…Oh and one other thing…I was recently featured on Healthy_Hair_Journey (a hair account on Instagram). A girl made a comment that it doesn’t seem like my hair has grown. First of all my hair was gelled down, 2nd of all I didn’t transition, I hardly had hair when I big chopped. We have to stop comparing ourselves with others. You don’t know what other people went through or where they started. We all are different people going through different journeys. I try to apply this to life in general not just hair.


The length of my hair when I big chopped
Styled with a side deep part

Twist out!
Wash N Go with finger coils
Wearing the puff at work!
3rd day twist out

3 Month Natural Hair Update | nuNAAT Product Review

I hope everyone is having a fantastic week! I recently attended a natural hair event and actually won some awesome products! I have never heard of NuNAAT products, but I am excited to try these out!

Me posing at the event!


Me and the sis

Us with the lovely host, Cole Patrick from The Natural Cole.

I received their Real Me Curl-to-Coil line. This lines claims to:

  • Prevent hair breakage
  • Heals, softens, enhances shine and permeability 
  • Maintains hydration for an extended period of time
  • Moisturizes and leaves hair silky
  • Repairs dry and course hair,leaving it shiny and frizz-free
  • Ideal for curly, coils, kinky, relaxed and chemically processed hair 


Wash Day:

  1. Prepooed with a mixture of the Pick Me Up Sheen and Blast of Shine hair Mask for about an hour, then detangled my hair
  2. Shampooed and conditioned with the Lather Up & Hydrate Shampoo and Real Moisture Conditioner
  3. TShirt dried my hair and added my leave-in conditioner
  4. On 80% dried hair, massaged castor oil to my scalp and hair and did the inversion method
  5. Used the Natural Curl Activator and Perfect Do Pomade to style 


Who else has a “pamper me” day on wash days???

Quick Review: I loved the hair mask that I used for a hair treatment before I shampooed and conditioned. It left my hair very soft and it was easy for me to detangle my hair. As I washed my hair with the shampoo, I didn’t really notice anything spectacular. I would say the shampoo was average. The conditioner added moisture back into my hair. I could feel my hair getting back its moisture that the shampoo took out. I liked the curl activator and pomade. It did bring out some of my curls…well all the curls my 4c hair could formulate lol.

Pros: The products are free of sodium chloride, mineral oils, parabens, and sulfates 

Cons: Shampoo, and pomade was a little drying and the products are not all natural product.

3 Month Hair Update/Length Check

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Has anyone tried these products before???

Check out how my sister used the products and what she thought. Wash Day ft. nuNAAT pt. 1

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1 Month Natural Hair Update | Regimen

Hello lovelies!

I just hit my 1 month of being fully natural on February 5th. I am loving how easy it is on wash days. I want length but I am definitely cherishing the moments of my twa (teeny weeny afro) while it lasts!

Light Protein Wash Day

1st I used this Repairing Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo that I got from Walmart to wash my hair. It has keratin proteins to help strengthen my strands. I followed with a quick wash out conditioner: Ojon Hydrating Thickening Conditioner. This conditioner makes my hair sooo soft!


I then followed with my deep conditioner. I don’t know why I chose this Shea Moistures Curl Enhancing Smoothie for a deep conditioner (I must of been really sleepy). This product is mainly used as a styling product not a dc, but I guess I saw the word “protein” on it and grabbed it for a dc lol…opps. Well I smothered this on my head, along with an oil mix of lavender, olive oil, coconut oil, and castor oil. I let this sit on my head for about 30 min covered with a plastic cap.


After the 30 minutes, I washed the product out and added my light protein treatment: Aphogee 2-Min Reconstructor. I left this on for about 5 minutes and washed out with cold water to retain moisture.


I ended my wash routine with a leave in conditioner; Elasta QP Anti Breakage Leave In.

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Lastly, I did the LOC method. Look at old post to see how I do the LOC method for moisture.

Not a tremendous amount of growth, but I can definitely tell it is getting thicker. (Hair typically grows about 0.5inches a month)
Not a tremendous amount of growth, but I can definitely tell it is getting thicker. (Hair typically grows about 0.5inches a month)

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend:)

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1 Month and 2 Weeks Post Relaxer/Hair Update

Hello loves!

I recently took down my braids and decided to rock my hair for awhile until my next protective style. Check out my sister’s new YouTube channel, Amber Kinks_Galore_ ,  to see exactly how I treated and styled my hair.

Be sure to like and subscribe to her channel! She is new to the YouTube world and would love your support!

Have a lovely Tuesday,


Relaxer Update: 5 Months Post

Happy Sunday Sweeties!

I finally relaxed after 5 months! Yesterday was relaxer day and I wanted to share my relaxer/texlax experience.

*I use relax and texlax interchangeably because it is the same thing only you use texlax when you don’t relax bone straight.

Like I previously stated, I was 5 months post relaxer. Months ago I cut off all my bone straight ends so my hair is shorter. (See It’s Just Hair)

The relaxer I used was Crème of Nature’s Straight from Eden. It claims to be a healthier way to relax because it is 100% plant derived made with all natural coconut, avocado, and olive oils. (Crème of Nature: Straight from Eden) There’s 2 Types. Type A is for fine, wavy, delicate hair. I purchased type B. It is for normal, thick, resistant hair.


This relaxer comes with the 3 part relaxer system, the shampoo, conditioner, and repairing oil.

It took about 35 min from beginning to end to apply the relaxer to my head. My hair is REALLY resistant and kinky so my hair can withstand the relaxer for that long. You will see at the end that my hair still did not get bone straight.

Above is a before picture of my hair 5 months post compared to my hair after I relaxed, shampooed, deep conditioned, and blow dried

Above is a before picture of my hair 5 months post compared to my hair after I relaxed, shampooed, deep conditioned, and blow dried.

After that process, I applied the repairing oil that came in the kit and went through my hair with a flat ironed. I did quick passes so that I wouldn’t get heat damage and so that it wouldn’t be bone straight.

Results: FullSizeRender (1)

My hair is super thick. It still has a lot of texture (texlax results) I did experience some dryness so once I wear my hair out for a week, I will deep condition thoroughly and do a protein treatment to put some strength back into my hair.

Have a blessed Sunday lovelies