It’s been a minute since I’ve sat down to record a video or even write a blog post. Back in November, I decided to take a break from blogging to focus on some other goals I wanted to accomplish. I told myself I needed to just get through the holidays then I’d start back blogging and creating content in the new year. Well, 2022 hit and impostor syndrome hit me hard. It kinda felt good to not have to record, edit, and write so often. I started getting in my own head about creating content. Honestly, I started to feel like my blogging days were over. If I’m being honest I’d lost my reasons why I started blogging in the first place. I took some time to re-discover my “why”.
Now, I’m back and happy to introduce … Curls of the Party!
I don’t know about yall but I don’t see the point in buying a pre-poo product. Don’t get me wrong, it is important to pre-poo your natural hair before washing, especially with transitioning from certain hair styles. But I’m personally not going to buy it when I can mix it up in my kitchen with 3 simple ingredients.
Using 1 Aloe Vera Leaf, Coconut Oil, and Aloe Water I mix up my favorite pre poo for Queenie P in minutes. Applying a pre poo to your hair helps reduce hair loss, making the detangling process easy-peasy. Now we all know that some protective hairstyles cause your hair to tangle up something serious during the take down stages. Whenever I do a flex rod or perm rod set and let it get 5 to 7 days old, my curls start to matte together and intertwine with each other. Going straight to shampooing Queenie P at that state would be a nightmare. My favorite thing about pre-poo is that it helps retain your natural moisture and shine through the detangling and washing process.
Today, I am going to briefly show you how I make my 3 ingredients pre poo, and apply it to Queenie P before I get ready to wash her.
How to make pre poo:
Step 1: Shave and cut 1 Aloe Vera Leaf.
Step 2: Mix 1 part coconut oil and 1 part Aloe Water.
Step 3: Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend.
Step 4: Stain the mixture into a bowl or bottle to apply to hair.
If you don’t use all of your pre poo in one settling, I suggest refrigerating what’s left for up to 1 week.
Have you ever wanted to rock an old hairstyle from your childhood? I got the bright idea to recreate a go to hairstyle my mother used to always do to my hair back in the day. I can’t believe just how timeless some hairstyles are.
Quarantine has gotten me all out of motivation when wash day comes around. I used to look forward to wash day. Now, it’s like I dread it. Pre-Quarantine I could not go 2 weeks without washing my hair and now I push it 3 weeks sometimes. But no matter if I wash my hair or not I still want the look and feel of luscious curls.
Every curly girl knows, the dirtier the hair the better the curls look!!!!
For those of you who are kinda like me when it comes to wash day, I’m going to put you on to how I achieve luscious curls on dirty hair (2 to 3 weeks old). Since I discovered this hack, it’s become my go to.
I’ll be honest, bantu knots do not always work on my hair. I can rock the knots as a style for a day or two, but when it comes to taking them down … my curls are wildly all over the place. Until one day I tried bantu knots on my hair because I didn’t want to wash it. I was amazed by the results. I was able to hold on to my curls looking and feeling luscious for about 3 more days.
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The time has come back around, I’m knocking on opportunities door and applying for the 2021 #SephoraSquad. This will be my 3rd year applying and I am confident that this year will be different. It actually always has been. Let me share with you all the details, first!
What is #SephoraSquad?
#SephoraSquad is a unique blend of influencers, bloggers, and beauty lovers with a diverse range of followers, point of views, and interest. By being a part of the #SephoraSquad you are granted a yearlong paid partnership with Sephora and work on a variety of campaigns and marketing initiatives throughout the year.
Why I want to be a part of #SephoraSquad?
This opportunity will create more original content and grow my niche following. As well as allow me to network and contact with other influencers and industry contacts that can be beneficial throughout my blogging journey. It’s has also been a dream of mine to work with major brands that I use everyday as a content creator sharing my honest and humble experience with their services and products.
How can you help?
I’d appreciate it, if you could vouch for me by leaving a testimonial on my behalf to Sephora. This will help them understand the impact I have on my audience. Tell them why you follow me and if my content has inspire you to try something different or new in your skincare or haircare journey.
One thing I can appreciate is a good protective hair style. I have been natural for over 10 years now, and I stopped using heat on my hair about 3 year ago. Outside on my once a year silk press, I prefer heatless protective styles for my curls.
Last summer Octocurl, a heatless hair styling brand, reached out to me wanting to send me their product to try. I was interested in the product so I tried it and was amazed by the results and have been using it ever since. I don’t know about yall but I find it very uncomfortable to sleep in flexi rods. The Octocurl gives similar curls results to a flexi rod set but with a softer overnight drying solution.
Take a look at how I achieve my flawless heatless curls using Octocurl:
Queenie P deserves some tender love and care to soften up her curls and make sure they stay poppin’ the way that I like. For those of you who are new here, Queenie P is the name I gave my hair because she has her own attitude and deserves her own name. So, I thought it was over due time for a clay mask. I used to apply a clay mask to my hair at least once a month, but quarantining made me lazy. It’s time that I get back to my regularly scheduled program and treat Queenie P the way she deserves to be treated.
Here are 5 primary benefits of using a clay mask on your natural hair that has helped me grow healthy natural hair:
Clay masks draw out toxins, impurities, and build up on skin and scalp.
Clay masks contain natural minerals that support healthy hair growth.
Clay masks soften and condition hair to give a more manageable head of curls .
Clay masks naturally define curls and give it moisture.
Clay masks help defrizz and give hair a natural shine.
Step 1: Mix 3-5 scoops of the Indian Clay Mask powder and 1 cap full of ACV into a bowl.
Step 2: Add water and stir. Start with a small amount of water, then add more as needed.
Once you have achieved your desired consistency, it’s time to prepare your hair.
Prep the hair by using a spray bottle to damp the curls to make it easier to part through and apply the clay mask. I suggest sectioning the hair into 4 sections or more and work on one section at a time. For each section of the hair you want to part smaller sections with your fingers and apply the clay mask from roots to tips to every strand of hair.
Once the clay mask has been applied throughout the hair, place a shower cap over the hair and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes. DO NOT let this clay mask dry and harden in hair, it will be hard to wash out. After 15 to 20 minutes, shampoo and condition hair as normal.
After cleaning the hair with shampoo and conditioning the curls, you will experience more defined, stronger curls. The more this process is performed over time the softer the texture will become. I highly recommend performing this process at least once a month for best results.
Disclaimer: I am not a professional. I did not watch any in depth video or do any depth research prior to performing this clay mask on my hair. I just wanted to try a clay mask on my hair to deep cleanse my scalp and help keep my dry hair moisturized.
I have an amazing recipe for a hair mask that will leave our curls feeling and looking so luscious and fluffy, curl friend. This hair mask is recommended for all types of hair textures from damages and fried to thick and frizz. Let’s try it!
Come back this time tomorrow and I will show you how you can use the skin of the aloe vera to hydrate your skin for a natural glowing look.
Before you go, share with me if your have tried this hair mask or plan on trying it soon.