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Protective Style Prep: Deep Conditioning My Natural Hair

OMG! This month has been a drastic one. I have been on 3 trips this month and I’m totally exhausted.

Deep Conditioning my hair is always a LONG process.  My hair is so thick that it needs the utmost tender love and care possible. Before I get extensions or my hair braided, I do this process to keep my hair strong and to prevent breakage during the protected style.

Deep Conditioning Products

Deep Conditioning Products

Here’s what I used for my recent deep conditioning method:

Tresemme Natural Nourishing Moisture Deep Conditioner

Nature’s Way Coconut Oil

Jamaican Mango & Lime Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Macadamia Natural Heating Oil Treatment

I normally would use Jojoba Oil and Aloe Vera Juice to add a more moisture and strength to my hair, but I was out of it.

Step 1: Mix It Up

There is NEVER any measuring involved. I just make sure all of the ingredients are poured inside of a spray bottle with warm water and shake it up!

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The consistency and look is a bit different, but it’s so easy to manage with my thick hair. I make sure I shake it really well before I apply it on my hair.

Step 2: Apply On Damp Hair

When I say damp, I really mean damp. I mist water on my hair before I start. I don’t submerge my hair in water before applying the deep conditioner at all. My hair is so thick that it needs to have some water in order for me to manipulate it.

Spray Bottle for Deep Conditioning Natural Hair

After coating my hair with the mixture, I use my fingers to gently massage the deep conditioner all of my hair until it is fully coated. I focus on getting the deep conditioner from root to ends.

Step 3: Cover with Foil Conditioning Cap

Since I don’t have a hooded blow dryer, I normally place a couple of clear shower caps on my hair for about 45 minutes to an hour, but I saw this foil conditioning cap and decided to try it.

Thermal Cap for Deep Conditioning Natural hair

Instead of being held hostage to a hooded blow dryer, I use this method to use my body heat to penetrate the mixture into my hair. This can easily be done with a normal shower cap as well.

After 45 mins to an hour, I get in the shower and rinse the mixture from my hair. That is when I begin my cleansing process. My hair felt soft and strong and my curls shined through!

Click here to See More Products I Use on My Natural Hair

It literally takes a full day to do my hair sometimes, but the more I learn the better I can take care of it.

What do you do to make your hair feel strong?

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Blue and Red Combo

Fall Work Attire

Natural Hair Style

Red Lips and Natural Hair

Top: Express | Pants: Mango | Shoes: Zara| Bag: HERE | Lips: Ruby Woo by MAC | Watch: Fossil

I have no idea why my hands are always in my head. Literally all of my outfit photos (outtakes) have a shot with my hand in my hair! LOL

I don’t know if I mentioned it here, but I’m not going to be wearing extensions for a while. I need to learn more about my hair so I’ve decided to stay away from any stressful hair styles for the time being.

Natural hair was a hard transition for me but I must say that having extensions and braids really helped me through it. Partly because I didn’t have to deal with it. Now that I have some length, I’ve decided to embrace it more. Plus, the Mister said he liked my natural hair, so that encouraged me to rock it more!

I’m looking to see if I can find a color for my hair. The natural color of my hair is sort of a brownish/grayish color. It’s annoying! So I’ve made a Pinterest Board of some inspiration. Tell me which color you think I should get? Eggplant or Burgundy?

Oh and my favorite new store is Mango! After shopping there during my stop in Turkey, I’ve become obsessed!

Have a good weekend people!

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What I Use On My Natural Hair

Today’s post is all about my hair! I’ve been debating on where in my journey I should start this because there’s so much information to give. But I think I’ll just tell you what products I use on my hair and a couple of pictures of my growth over the past couple of years.

Step 1:  Pre-Poo Routine

I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t pre-poo. With my thick and curly hair, it’s a must to get tangles and knots out before washing. I’ve learned that my hair has to be moisturized and detangled before I could think about cleaning it. I section my hair into four sections.Then I add all my pre-poo ingredients to a spray bottle and spray it in each section. I gently sometimes not so gently brush or comb each section until there are no more knots. My brush/comb should pass through my hair without any restraint. Below is a snap shot of the products that I use for this step.

Step 2: Washing & Conditioning

After my pre-poo, I get in the shower and wash each section once and apply my conditioner immediately after. I’ve had a bad experience with shampoo (my own fault though). I stripped my hair without moisturizing it first. Terrible thing! Anyway, I make sure that when I put my conditioner in my hair, I leave a little in. Basically, I use it as a leave-in conditioner. I love the Tresemme Naturals Conditioner because it gives the perfect amount of “slip” to get through my thick curls. It’s my holy grail product.

Step 3: Moisturize & Seal

Immediately after conditioning my hair, I make sure that I have some type of oil to seal in the moisture. I coat my hair with oil and make sure each strand is saturated in it. This steps allows the water to be “sealed” in by the oil. This will keep my hair moisturized longer without having to apply more water within a couple of days. After this step, I go ahead and style in a wash-and-go or two strand twist.
Below are some pictures of my journey so far.
New Natural
Natural Hair
Freshly washed natural hair
Stretched Two strand twist
Curly Natural Hair
  Blow dried natural hair
Stretched Natural Hair Wash and Go
 I’d love to know what you think! If you have any questions, make sure you list them in the comment section!
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Long Time

Big Afro and Grey Outfit

Afro and Winter Style

Afro, Red Lips and Winter Outfit

Grey T-Shirt: Zara | Black Jeans: Gap | Grey Oversized Coat: F21 | Caged Black Heels: Zara | Bejeweled Necklace: Zara | Sunglasses: ZeroUV | Bag: Louis Vuitton

OMG!! I’ve missed you guys so much! First things first. January was such a busy month for me. I helped with hosting a lovely engagement party. It was such a beautiful experience. The couple is set to have a their wedding next year and planning the engagement party was just a taste of how the wedding is going to be. All in all, we had such a beautiful time.

The following weekend, I traveled to New Orleans to watch another bride find the perfect dress for her big day. It was a quick trip and along the way I became so sick that the next two weeks after that I was literally miserable. And of course, work started to pick up as well as my business. PLUS, we bought a house! *ahhhh* And picking out paint colors, appliances, packing, and moving is another stress of it’s own. More info on the house stuff later!

I’ve had my eye on this coat for some time now and I was bummed that I couldn’t get it in the tan color. This coat has been everywhere and on everyone’s blog, but was such an amazing price that I couldn’t past it up. These jeans are such a classic and comfortable fit. They are a bit high-waisted which gives great support. If you are looking for the perfect fitted jeans, take a trip to Gap and make the investment.

I hope you all are having a good New Year so far. Have you all had an eventful beginning of the year? If so, I’d love hear in the comments!

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2013 Fall Trend: Metallic + Jewel Tones

There’s nothing like a shoe sale. It’s literally heaven. I was ecstatic when I was contacted by Neiman Marcus for their NM Last Call shoe sale at their participating stores. I was on the hunt! There were all kinds of shoes I wish I could have gotten my hands on, but my size was an issue. I feel like every woman is a size 9! lol

It took me at least a few hours to make my decision on what shoes I wanted. Miu Miu, Prada, Tory Burch and more. After careful consideration, I decided to go with these lovely gun metal, metallic pumps by BCBGMAXAZRIA, which were not on sale but was a great price and on trend. And what better way to add it with these lovely green jewel tone chino pants. I’ve worn these at least 10 times since buying them a couple of weeks ago. The fabric is so romantic but could be paired with cute flats for a comfortable chic look.
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Blouse: Thrifted | Pants: Zara | Shoes: c/o Neiman Marcus | Bag and Sunnies: H&M

Special thanks to Neiman Marcus Corporate for sponsoring this post.

Back to Basics: Curl Care 101 w/ @NikkiBCurly

I had the pleasure of attending an event hosted by NikkiBCurly who I faithfully stalk on Instagram. It was a sure surprise when I found out that she was in Houston! The event space was held at one of the most talked about natural hair stores, Tendrils and Curls’. This place is beautifully decorated with every natural hair care product under the sun. It features the feel of a private home. Going through each room getting a surprise of a brand I’ve never heard of before. Welcoming, modern, and quaint.

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There were so many fabulous naturalistas there. Long, short, curly and colored! A numerous amount of guests won fabulous natural hair products and gifts. I was gifted the Obia Natural Haircare.

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The lovely Shanda from Love.Shan.Glam

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NikkiBCurly (middle) and guests.

If you didn’t know, I am natural. I transitioned for 6 months and cut off my permed ends in February. And boy has it been rough! Hearing her story about how some products and even natural products don’t work for her, made me understand that just because it’s “good” in the eyes of the Natural Gods doesn’t mean it’s “good” for your hair.

And for a bonus this event was featured on Essence.com! Yes, I didn’t wear my natural hair. My head is fat and I look weird. lol Hopefully soon I will start to wear my natural hair more often.

How many of you ladies are natural and what products do you recommend using?




#RX4Style: Dr. Miracle’s Presents “Your Prescription Lounge”

While on my vacation trip to New Orleans for Essence Fest, I attended the Dr. Miracle’s “Your Prescription Lounge: Hair, Mind, Body and Soul” event hosted by Naturally Happy Hair. During this event, Dr. Miracle’s showcased their new curly girl products and offered good food, good drinks, and networking at The Bellocq Lounge at The Hotel Modern on St. Charles Avenue. Their Healthy Hair experts gave free consultations and styling to all of the attendees who made an appointment which was a treat for all the hair lovers. We were serenaded by the lovely Honey LaRochelle as we enjoyed caricature artists draw some of the guests.

I had the pleasure of meeting some wonderful ladies while there including, Aven Dugas (Guinness Book of World Record’s Biggest Afro), Honey LaRochelle (songstress), and Chimere Norris and Crystal Knight (Founder’s of Naturally Nappy Hair)!

Thanks so much Dr. Miracle’s for the swag bag full of wonderful goodies!

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Blouse: H&M | Skort: Topshop  | Sandals: H&M  | Lipstick: RiRi Woo by MAC | Watch: Michael Kors | Earrings: Aldo

Beautiful Textures Dinner #TeamTextured

Beautiful Textures invited top beauty bloggers in Houston, TX for dinner to discuss new products to it’s hair collection. Our three course dinner was served at The Restaurant at Royal Sonesta Hotel as new products from Beautiful Textures were displayed on our tables. 
As this was a more intimate setting, we were really able to discuss topics that were more open and also to ask more questions about the new products and how they can be used and styled with our hair textures.
Beauty Expert Kimberly Walker styled the models hair and also showed different ways you could use Curl Definer Mousse which is a product that can be used to define curls as well as a product that can be used to refresh your curls. The other featured new product was the Edges to Ends Silkener used smooth out edges and temples when wearing buns or ponytails. The Curl Definer Styling Custard is also a new product that can help with styling your curls and elongating your curls eliminating frizzy ends.
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I really enjoyed the dinner and met some wonderful hair enthusiasts. I will be trying out these products as well and will let you know how my experience will be.
Thank you to Beautiful Textures for this opportunity!
Special thanks to The Garner Circle PR.
Have you tried any Beautiful Textures products? Let me know your experience!

African Pride Hair Care National Tour #UltimateBeautySocial

I was so delighted to have been invited (didn’t mean to rhyme!) to attend the African Pride Hair Care #UltimateBeautySocial National Tour as they stopped here in Houston, TX on April 6 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. The guests at the event were treated with a nice brunch with mimosas that was hosted by HFB Founder and Blogger Shalanda of Live Life In Style, Natural Hair Blogger Tamara Floyd of Natural Hair Rules and Author Audrey Sivasothy of The Science Of Black Hair.
African Pride’s Content Director Camila Crews started the event with showcasing the African Pride products and how they can be used for your relaxed or natural. The models featured different hair styles using the products as well.

 Since I have been wearing braids, I have always had my African Pride Braid Spray but never thought about trying the other products for my natural hair. Here’s what grabbed my attention about the brand: The Olive Miracle and Shea Butter Miracle products. These African Pride products helps keep your hair strong by dramatically reducing breakage and dryness. African Shea butter, olive oil, and herbal oil extracts are some of the ingredients that highlighted for breakage and dryness.

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Now that I am starting to take better care of my hair and trying to get to know exactly what my hair likes, I have realized there are so many products out there and these types of events helps the customer to become aware of these products and how they are beneficial. I am so excited to try these products! I will come back and let you all know how these products affect my hair.

This event was so helpful and it was informative hearing point of views about individual hair stories and encouragement to strive for HEALTHY hair!

Click here to see Contributor Krista’s beautiful natural hair.

Special thanks to Nicole Garner, CEO of The Garner Circle PR.

If you would like to purchase products, click here.

Have you tried any of African Pride’s products? Will you purchase again? Let me know!

Krista Says, I Am NOT My Hair!

“If I wanna shave it close or if I wanna rock locks that dont take a bit away from this soul that I got!” 
-India Arie


Hey Loves! I am so inspiried by the quote that opened up this post today! I just love India Arie. I woke up from a nap last week and decided to take my hair extensions down. There I stood in the mirror with the scissors in my hand. *mouth drops* Reality struck me! I’m natural and I have to now deal with this TWA (teenie weenie afro). Grr! 

I wanted to slap myself for taking my extensions out. I swallowed my pride I washed, treated and tied down my TWA. As I laid in the bed, I told myself I’m getting braids or something. I cant deal! It seems like some people play with their hair and style it then it grows. On the other hand, some people wear weaves or braids and it grows. I just dont know, my little fro doesn’t seem to grow! It is true I wouldn’t give my little hair a chance to flourish. I must admit that I didn’t want to see myself with this kinky, curly TWA.  So Sunday, I played with it. I put it in a puff; I twisted it; I dyed it. I actually enjoyed myself. 

I watched a few YouTube tutorials and began to see how much joy was brought to other natural sisters! I saw the opportunity to make my hair a new hobby. An opportunity to step out of my box. I can do this! 

I did my first twist out Monday and it was perfect! Since then, I’ve been watching more tutorials and getting ideas. I’m motivated! With all this being said, I’ve decided to face my fro (with babysteps, of course!) For the month of April, I vow not to wear a sew-in or braids. I think this is something very liberating for me.



 So ask yourself, are you afraid to step out of the box? It doesn’t have to deal with hair. This is just my personal choice. However, I’m sure everyone has something they want to try. Do it! Break Loose! 

Comment and let me know what liberating change YOU want to make this month! 
Good Luck!