Hi There!

Welcome to my blog! This space has been used over the past several years to document mainly my natural hair journey and several different aspects of my life such as spiritual matters, my jewelry design, and parenting. I will from time to time post on this blog but my newly revamped blog can be found at BeautifullyCurled.com. Here you will find much recent updates about my hair journey along with my daughter's and so much more. Hope you will come by and visit and thanks for stopping by this blog. Be blessed. -Kris

10 Day Master Cleanse Challenge with lilchez1 (YouTube)

Introduction to the 10 Day Master Cleanse Challenge I will be doing with YouTuber lilchez1 (Aisa) from 4usnaturals.com.

Grow 6 Inches in 4 Months: The Hairdrenalin Potion

The big rave these days is the Hairdrenalin Potion by Youtuber Valeria aka OhValerieMonCherie. This potion has been accredited to growing 6+ inches of new growth in 4 months on Valerie's head as shown in the following video:



That is over an inch of hair every month! The average hair growth rate is 0.5 inch every month. Based on her comparison shots, it is apparent that her hair has significantly grown longer in such a short period of time. Amazing right?

Well, the ingredients of the potion and what each ingredient is claimed to do are listed below:

1. Castor Oil - thicken and strengthen hair
2. Cayenne Pepper - stimulates the scalp and simulates ideal conditions for optimal hair growth. Surges blood flow to the scalp, which feeds papilla and grows hair FAST
3. Black Tea - prevents shedding, soothes scalp, reverses irritation
4. Onion Seed Oil - ads special nutrient to hair follicle, which makes growth run rapid
5. Garlic Seed Oil - uniquely promotes optimal growth in thin/stubborn areas
6. Biotin - vitamin B7 which fuels speedy hair growth

They seem to be legitimate ingredients used many times before by women seeking to accelerate their hair growth and strengthen hair. 

On her channel, you can find how to make the exact same potion she uses on her hair. There is also a way to purchase this potion at www.hairdrenalin.com. One thing I noticed is that on the bottom of the website, it says Barbara Stephens next to the copyright information. Don't know who Barbara is unless Valerie is her middle name which she uses in association with the Hairdrenalin Potion on YouTube. No biggie...just an observation.



But nevertheless, Valerie/Barbara's potion is starting to go viral over the hair forums and hair social networks.  There is a group on Hairlista.com dedicated to growing 3+ inches in 7 weeks by using this potion that was started by a woman named Barbara (maybe the same Barbara who designed the Hairdrenalin website). Over 400+ members strong, this group will reveal the legitimacy of this potion in due time for women have either bought or made the potion themselves and have started using this recipe in hope of achieve anywhere near the amazing results Valerie has claimed in the above video. I am keeping an eye on this latest bandwagon alert just like I will be keeping an eye of Kimmaytube's upcoming product line. As for me, I will stick with protective styling and preserving my 0.5 inches of hair every month for right now. :)

Questions for you:
How do you feel about this potion?
Have you tried it or plan on trying this product?
If you have been using the potion for awhile, have you noticed any significant results?

Repost: The "I am BEautifully YOUnique Because" Giveaway

***This is a repost of the original blog entry about the giveaway I posted last week. However, due to some maintenance issues with Blogger, I decided to extend this giveaway. Click here to read more information about Blogger's most recent technical difficulty.***

Hi everyone! I just want to announce that I am hosting a giveaway starting now until Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 11:59pm EST for a pair of my BEadifully YOUnique earrings to three of my special blog followers.  I decided to do this giveaway to allow my readers to express what makes her (or him...can't discriminate ::smiles::) BEautifully YOUnique.

The rules of the contest are really simple:
  • Must follow my blog (check out right side bar)
  • Leave a comment below completing the following statement:

I am BEautifully YOUnique because _________.
For two extra entries, you can:
  • Tweet this post to your followers (include Twitter username in the comment section)
  • Subscribe to my YouTube channel

That is all! I will choose the 3 winners from random.org after the end of the giveaway and announce them on Monday. The winners would then pick a pair of earrings of choice from my Etsy shop. Here are some of my designs:


Best wishes to all! This giveaway is open to international followers.

With that said, I guess I'll state that I am BEautifully YOUnique because there is no one who can be exactly who God wonderfully created me to be. :)

Take care and be blessed!

Attention: Giveaway Extended!

It was brought to my attention that some of the comments left under my post about my "I am BEautifully YOUnique Because..." giveaway have disappeared.  I went back to confirm this and sure enough, the original comments left were not there.  I did a google search about the matter and came across this from Blogger Buzz: Blogger is Back. Here is an excerpt from the post on what happened this past Wednesday across Blogger (the same day I posted about the giveaway):

Here’s what happened: during scheduled maintenance work Wednesday night, we experienced some data corruption that impacted Blogger’s behavior. Since then, bloggers and readers may have experienced a variety of anomalies including intermittent outages, disappearing posts, and arriving at unintended blogs or error pages. A small subset of Blogger users (we estimate 0.16%) may have encountered additional problems specific to their accounts. Yesterday we returned Blogger to a pre-maintenance state and placed the service in read-only mode while we worked on restoring all content: that’s why you haven’t been able to publish.  We rolled back to a version of Blogger as of Wednesday May 11th, so your posts since then were temporarily removed. Those are the posts that we’re in the progress of restoring.

So my post about the giveaway was temporarily removed from my blog (along with another post published that day which has not been republished on my blog since the incident) along with any comments published with the post. Apparently, the post has been republished on Thursday by blogger but the comments have not been re-added as of yet although Blogger says they are working on it. Even my labels from the post are messed up.

Therefore, I am extending the giveaway until this Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 11:59pm EST. I will announce the winner on next Monday.

My apologies for any inconveniences this may have cause but this was beyond my control. For those of you who have posted on the original post, I can still track your comments via email so you are covered. This is mainly for those who were looking for the details of the giveaway on Wednesday and Thursday but could not locate the post due to the Blogger maintenance issue. Here is the link to the original blog post about the giveaway, but I will re-post the giveaway in a new post with the updated information.

Hope everyone is enjoying their day! Be blessed!

Satin Bonnet Versus The Nylon Cap

Several women have asked me what do I wear under my wigs to protect my hair?

Well definitely not this!

As far as what I wear underneath my wig, I use my satin bonnet because I feel like it is gentler on my hair.  I constantly have the nagging feeling that the wig cap would snag some of my hairs especially the little baby hairs that stick up around my head that replace the previous shed hairs. I believe there is less friction with the satin bonnet than the nylon wig cap.  Lastly, the satin bonnet has been really friendly on my edges compared to the nylon wig cap (which I have had a hard time keeping on my head (guess my head is too big...lol)).

I rotate through three bonnets each week and wash them at the end of the week.  I just started spraying a little bit of my Shea Moisture Reconstructive Elixir inside my bonnet to prevent any chance of the bonnet drying out my hair and reduce any possible friction between the bonnet and my hair.


Wouldn't the bonnet be too big or slide underneath the wig?

5.5 hours later...My First Set of Mini Twists

 

I was inspired by Naptural85's recent set of mini twists that up and out of the blue, I decided to try them on my hair. Granted, I could have made the twists smaller but for my length of hair, they look mini enough. It took me 5.5 hours to complete last night (with breaks here and there). I absolutely LOVE them and the amount of length they show. My hair has NEVER been this long in twists. And silly me did not think to do a video tutorial...boo! But I will update my blog on the steps I took to accomplish this set and how I will maintain the set overnight. I plan on keeping these twists in for at least 3 weeks. Perfect for my 6 month protective styling challenge. The styles I can do with these are pretty much limitless. So excited! Here are a few more pictures:

 

Hope you all have a very blessed weekend! :)

Solange Gets Better and Better



The older Solange gets, the more I like her. I when I first got her, her hair texture was so pretty and soft but was way too defined for my preference especially when it came to blending my natural hair with her hair. She looked very relaxed:



But now that she is fuzzy, frizzy, BIG, and still have SOME definition, she looks more natural every time I wear her.  I am not sure how long I plan on keep her until I retire her to the bin. I don't know, I might cut her down some before doing that. A part of me wants to reorder her from www.blackhairspray.com, but another part of me wants to buy a shorter curly wig with a little bit of color/highlights for the summer.  As the theme of my life goes: decisions, decisions, hmmm....

For right now, Solange and I are content right now. :)

My questions for you:

  • Are you using wigs to keep your hair in a protective style?
  • Do you like wearing half wigs, full wigs, lace fronts, ponies?
  • How do you wear your hair underneath your wigs?

The "I am BEautifully YOUnique Because" Giveaway

Hi everyone! I just want to announce that I am hosting a giveaway starting now until Sunday at 11:59pm EST for a pair of my BEadifully YOUnique earrings to three of my special blog followers.  I decided to do this giveaway to allow my readers to express what makes her (or him...can't discriminate ::smiles::) BEautifully YOUnique.

The rules of the contest are really simple:
  • Must follow my blog (check out right side bar)
  • Leave a comment below completing the following statement:

I am BEautifully YOUnique because _________.
For two extra entries, you can:
  • Tweet this post to your followers (include Twitter username in the comment section)
  • Subscribe to my YouTube channel

That is all! I will choose the 3 winners from random.org after the end of the giveaway and announce them on Monday. The winners would then pick a pair of earrings of choice from my Etsy shop. Here are some of my designs:


Best wishes to all! This giveaway is open to international followers.

With that said, I guess I'll state that I am BEautifully YOUnique because there is no one who can be exactly who God wonderfully created me to be. :)

Take care and be blessed!

The Child Made Me Do It...

...her entire head of hair AGAIN yesterday. Saturday, I had her hair in nice individual sections of twists.


They survived Saturday night but two nights ago, it was a W-R-A-P. When I got Z up yesterday morning, she managed to pull almost all her elastic bands off her hair. All I could do was SMH when I picked her up from her crib. So I sternly told her that she cannot pull off her elastic bands when she goes to bed at night. She has a habit of putting them around her ankles and wrists like bracelets (she is into bracelets right now).

I proceeded to re-do her hair but decided this time to braid her hair instead of twisting them. I did not re-wet her hair but applied the leave-in recipe I made last week using the Shea Moisture's Curl and Style Milk (instead of the usual Kinky Curly Knot Today) on each section of her hair. I must say, this Shea Moisture line is working really well for Z's hair. The leave-in left her hair feeling well moisturized and shiny. I am really impressed. So it took me under an hour to complete her hair and here are the end results:







Her hair is holding up really well and even this morning, there were no signs of frizz. I left the two sections out in the front last night in case she had the urge to pull her elastic bands out, which of course, she did. So all I had to do was redo those two front sections which I just combined into one braid going to the side and secured with a barrette (which will probably get lost somewhere in daycare). :)

I really like how the braids came out and will probably start braiding her hair instead of twisting when it comes to this particular style.

Hope you all are having a great Tuesday!

Take care and be blessed! :)

Oh, and I got the HTC Thunderbolt from Verizon last night. Love it! So much faster than the BB Storm and it is 4G. I can talk and surf the web at the same time although I am not that advanced yet. I still like to focus on the person I am talking to and not surf the web (unless it pertains the the convo, of course!). :)

I really wanted the iphone but would rather wait until iPhone 6 comes out. I am reading some good things about that version of the phone. The iPhone is still in my future but just on hold for right now.

My Blackberry Storm of 2 Years is Over. Dueces BB.


 Well, it comes to find out that my first generation Blackberry Storm smartphone stopped functioning properly last night.  The culprit besides being an old phone...Zakiah's cup (with straw attachment) of water turned upside in my purse with my phone at the very bottom of the purse (of course!). Granted, only a little bit of water leaked out her cup but it only takes a little to jack up a phone that was already on its last leg.

So yeah. Off to Verizon to check out some new phones later on today.

Hope you all have a blessed and wonderful Monday!

Happy Mother's Day

I just want to wish all the mothers and mother-like figures a Happy Mother's Day.  I hope your day has been very blessed and full of love and joy from those around you.  Today has been great. My fiance surprised me with cupcakes Saturday night and then with this banging personal size carrot cake this morning along with a dozen roses.  Then from around the corner, my daughter "threw" two cards at me...one from her (signed with her scribble scrabble siggy) and one from dada. I almost teared up reading Josh's card (and I don't usually do that over a card), but it was very touching.  He also bought me some chocolate cheerios for breakfast (because we usually do the big breakfast thing on Sunday mornings after Church and I wanted something simple today but tasty) and cooked me some tender pork chops, zucchini and squash, and diced seasoned red potatoes with onions. It was lovely.  In addition, I received many Happy Mother's Day calls and texts which I truly do appreciate it!

I will be uploading a video tonight while catching the Celebrity Apprentice (3 people will be fired tonight!) plus returning calls and texts.

I hope you all have a blessed night and safe travels to those on the road.

Take care, be blessed, and BE.YOU.Always!

The Images of Mother

  • 4 YEARS OF AGE – My Mommy can do anything!
  • 8 YEARS OF AGE – My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!
  • 12 YEARS OF AGE – My Mother doesn’t know everything!
  • 14 YEARS OF AGE – My Mother? She wouldn’t have a clue.
  • 16 YEARS OF AGE – Mother? She’s so five minutes ago.
  • 18 YEARS OF AGE – That old woman? She’s way out of date!
  • 25 YEARS OF AGE – Well, she might know a little bit about it!
  • 35 YEARS OF AGE – Before we decide, let’s get Mom‘s opinion.
  • 45 YEARS OF AGE – Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?
  • 65 YEARS OF AGE – Wish I could talk it over with Mom.

6 Month Protective Styling Challenge Check-in (Wk 1)

Completed week 1! ::Pats on the back::

Congrats to everyone who is on this challenge with me.  ::Big hugs::

This week has been pretty laid back as it relates to my hair.  I wore my wig this entire week except on Monday, so my hair manipulation was very minimal. I sported second week old box braids underneath my wig and could not WAIT to clarify my hair and really cleanse it after experimenting with shea butter this week.

I am back in my box braids and ready to wig it for week number 2! Click the post title to view my week 1 video update.

Questions for you:
  • How did your first week go?
  • Did you find did you find it easy or difficult to get into protective styling mode? 
  • What are you plans for next week?

Hair Confession #1

Just like the next person, I am with plenty of faults even with it comes down to my hair! So I will start a series called Hair Confessions where I will post my *dark* secrets for you to read. If you can relate to my confession, you can confess it yourself in the comment section. Don't worry. No one is judging. At least I am not. ;-)

So my first confession is:

I sometimes SCRATCH my scalp with my fingernails when washing instead of *gently massaging* my scalp with the pads of my fingers...

That is all.

Happy Friday!

I Just HAD to Last Night!

I couldn't take it any longer! My hair was greasy, heavy, and dull from using my whipped shea butter recipe on my hair earlier this week to seal moisture in my hair.  So I went on to clarify my hair last night instead of Saturday as planned.  Here are the products and steps I took to cleanse and detangle my hair:

I rinsed my 8 box braids in the shower and proceeded to clarify, wash, condition, and detangle one section at a time. I clarified my hair with the Curls' Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo. I applied a tablespoon on the shampoo into an 8 oz squirt bottle and filled the bottle up with water. I shook the bottle and applied the diluted mixture at the scalp of each section to really get my scalp clean. I "massaged" my scalp (hair confession #1) then cleansed the rest of the section with the mixture as it ran down the length of my hair. 
I followed up with the Shea Moisture's Moisture Retention Shampoo. I don't believe it was a necessary step to use this shampoo following clarifying my hair but since I used a diluted form of the clarifying shampoo, I wanted to make sure my hair was cleanse from the shea butter and any other build-up from the past 6 weeks. I do know one thing, my hair feel very moisturized after using the moisture retention shampoo as usual. Plus I felt better after getting a little sudsy action from the cleansing. :)

After rinsing out the shampoo from my hair, I applied my staple Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deeper Moisture Conditioner.  This product is the business! I love the texture of this conditioner. The tangles instantly melted away after applying the conditioner and detangling each section from tip to root with my modified Denman brush. Once I completed detangling my hair, I twisted the section and went on to the next section, starting at step 1 with the clarifying shampoo. After finishing all the sections of my hair, I rinsed my hair with the twists in to prevent my hair from re-tangling once I got out the shower.

Once I got out, I applied a MODIFIED modified version of the Kimmaytube leave-in conditioner.  Instead of using the Kinky Curly Knot Today as the creamy base, I used the Shea Moisture's Curl and Style Milk.  I originally used the same measurements I would when making the original version but when I did, the mixture was too soupy. Therefore, I added another half ounce of the style milk to the mixture to "thicken" it up.  It made it a little better but was not as thick as the Knot Today version. However, I did not want to add anymore product to this version I was making and went ahead to use it as is on my hair.

My conclusion to the MODIFIED modified version of the leave-in is that it did not leave my hair feeling as moisturized as the Knot Today version. I felt it was extra greasy (must me something between my hair and this shea butter ingredient...IDK) considering the fact that this mixture was not even super thick. Sighs. I am really trying with this product line to make it work for my hair as a leave-in I can use along with aloe vera juice, which is what help closes the cuticles after being lifted open by water. I will modified some of these products a little more to see what I can achieve but I REALLY miss my Knot Today version of the leave-in recipe...

But on a LIGHTER note, my hair is CLEAN! :)

Hope you enjoyed this post and hope you have a wonderful Friday!

Until next time,

BE.YOU.Always!

My Whipped Shea Butter Experience


Earlier this week, I made some whipped shea butter (will post the deets soon) and wanted to see how effective it would be on sealing moisture inside my hair.  I knew I was going to clarify my hair this week so thought it would be a perfect time to go ahead and test the shea butter on my hair. Since the whipped recipe contained all the oils I normally used on my hair when I make my leave-in, I figured the addition of shea butter would provide extra sealing capabilities and hold moisture in longer.  I must admit, it does keep moisture in a little longer than just using my leave-in recipe. HOWEVER, I do NOT like the heaviness of the shea butter on my hair even in its whipped state. I drenched my braids in water and applied the whipped shea butter over my damp hair.  Once I was done, my hair felt weighed down and heavy. Maybe I could have used a little less on each section  but with the addition of all the other oils in the recipe, I just felt greasy.  I was not comfortable with the idea of having greasy weighed down hair underneath my wig. So I only did one application of the whipped shea butter on my hair before deciding to go ahead and clarify my hair last night (I was glad!).


My conclusion: The whipped shea butter might be better for stretching out the hair for stretched hairstyles. I might try it again for that particular purpose but until I do, I will be using for the skin for now. It makes my skin and Z's silky smooth! :)

Zakiah's Hairstyle at the Moment

I decided to invest a little more time into styling Zakiah's hair this past Saturday in hope of creating a style that would get us decently through the week.  I don't know how to cornrow (and don't have a desire to learn at all) and did not want to do the connecting twists because she some way some how knows how to pull the twists out at the very bottom thus causing me to basically have to do the entire hairstyle over again every time she does this (not practical).

So I made up in my mind that I would twist her hair into small individual sections. I washed her hair as usual with the Shea Moisture Moisture Retention Shampoo (lathers SO well on her hair and makes it easy to detangle) and applied the Shea Moisture Curl Smoothie as a leave-in conditioner for her hair (to eliminate the extra step of rinsing out her hair which she REALLY hates).

On damp hair, I started from the bottom and created an 1 inch row.  I divided that row into 3 sections, secured each section with an ouchless elastic band, and twisted the hair in each section.  For the next row above the previous one, I divided row in a way to create a brick pattern with her parts.  I divided that row into 4 sections and preceded to secure each section and twist.  I continued the same steps into I finished her entire head.  It took 2 hours to complete from washing to completing the hairstyle.

Here are the results of her hair. I tried my best to get some good angles but of course, she is a busy toddler.
 



 

Mid-Week Update!


Just checking in to see how you all are doing! I hope you all having a great hump day. As they say, it all goes downhill from here. Hope everyone is starting off strong on the 6 month hair challenge. All is well on my end except for the fact that I forgot to moisturize the front on my hair this morning before heading out. I will give it some extra love tonight. I think I miss my modified Kimmaytube leave-in conditioner. :( I am going to stick with the shea butter and water until the end of the week. I plan to clarify my hair this weekend.

Gotta run but until next time,

BE.YOU.Always! :)

More Thrift Store Finds

I purchased everything for $7. :)

Very pretty blue for the spring/summer! This jacket was in absolutely perfect condition.

Here I go with the crazy prints but this top is so nice in person. I LOVE the shoulder pads. YES I do!


Casual purple plaid button-up by Express.  Perfect condition.

I FINALLY found one! A Bundt pan for my fiance' who makes one of the BEST cream cheese pound cakes ever!

For $1, no need for him to borrow his roommate's pan anymore. Awesome deal!
I received a $5 off a $20 purchase so I am going to make one more run before the B1G1 Free deal ends.

Be blessed! :)

Enjoying the Day With Z!

I am just popping in real quick to let you know that I wore my box braids out in public! WOW!  I never thought I would ever wear them out but they actually looked decent WITH a headband. I didn't take any shots from the back but I pretty much have my braids secured with my ouchless flex barrette and pinned under into a bun with my mini Goody's Spin Pin. Here is us before heading out for the afternoon.


I wet my braids today while in the shower to re-moisturize my hair. I decided to try something different by sealing the moisture in my hair with some whipped shea butter I made today (will do a post on how I made my whipped shea butter mix). I really like the whipped texture of the shea butter and how it easily glides over my hair and skin. So yeah, I want to see what difference the shea butter will make in my hair's moisture retention.

I will keep you posted! Oh, I have to show you some shots of Z's hairstyle for the week in a post soon.  I think I finally found a style that is longer lasting and can stay neat for a while without me having to do something with it everyday. :)

Take care everyone and I hope you all are having a great Monday!

Be blessed and BE.YOU.Always!

Mommy Sidenote: Z finally pooped in the potty today ALL by herself.  It is funny but whenever she goes to the potty, she usually likes her privacy to do what she has to do (pee-pee mainly).  I have to stand right outside the door and wait to see if she actually pees (and she does!!!). She knows how to go to the bathroom, pull her pull up/big girl's undies down, step up on her stool, sit on her potty seat on the big toilet (we didn't do the kiddy potty), and pee.  I am so proud of her!  Hopefully we will say so long to the diapers/pull ups before her 2nd birthday in June.  ::Fingers crossed:: :)

 

6 Month Protective Styling Challenge Starts Today!

The race is on!  Today is the first day of my 6 month protective styling challenge (click the link for more details).  Here is my starting hair length:



I will do another length check in August and the last one at the end of the challenge in November.  If you would like for me to post up your starting length, leave a link to the picture in the comment section, and I will post it in this post as reference!  I am very excited about this challenge because I know it will get me closer to my hair goal.  Be on the lookout for weekly/bi-weekly check up posts to keep you all updated along the way.  Best wishes to all who are joining me on this challenge!  We can do it! :)

Check out my YouTube video to see some length shots from the back.

HHJ and have a very blessed Sunday!