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Ms. Lula Hair Review

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Ms. Lula Hair Review

Happy Tuesday ladies! Let me just jump right into things! I promised you all a review of the Ms. Lula's Hair my client purchased a few weeks ago, I've waited a little while so that I could give you a review after shampooing/ blow drying & restyling the hair. 

 

Week 1  

 Freshly installed and curl

Freshly installed and curl

The hair was extremely soft to the touch, no tangles and no shedding. The natural luster on the hair was very beautiful, however the ends did need to be trimmed upon installation.

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Week 2

I didn't see my client at all during week 2, she did however give me an update which she said she had a very little tangling in the morning other than that no major complaints.  

 

Week 3

After shampooing/conditioning and blowdrying I began to curl the hair with a flat-iron at about 450 degrees. What I immediately noticed was that the ends of the hair were extremely dry and brittle after curling. I alerted my client and immediately clip those ends off. My initial thought was to turn down my iron temperature but I generally do 450 heat on all my other hair extensions and have never had this problem. Aside from that there weren't any other major issues with the hair in my opinion. It did seem to have to be curled pretty hard for the curl to remain tight, aside from that no major problem. 

 

Verdict: I think Ms. Lula is a great low-price option for girls who are new to the market, want to try something new and be budget concious- However my seasoned "Weave girls" I can't recommend this to. Anyone who's has worn extensions from some of the more established hair vendors would not be impressed.  

 

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Letting your natural texture Shine!

If you were born with natural wavy or curly hair I'm sure you've spent endless hours figuring out how to keep it sleek and straight, maybe even going as far as relaxing it. I myself am guilty of fighting my natural curly hair for a looser texture but not anymore! I've been a natural hair officiando for 10+Years and I love it! Yes it takes work learning about products and figuring out what works for you and nothing beats waking up with your hair flat and smashed on one side and the other perfect plush!

To all of you who are taking a stand against manipulating your hair texture and falling in love with that waves and curls you were born with here are a few tips to give you the best looks possible!!! 

 

1. Ditch the Shampoo!

Yes I said it, ditch the shampoo! Most shampoos have sulfates and harsh salts that can raise the cuticle of your natural curly hair leaving it frizzy and dry. Instead of shampooing your hair daily simply condition your hair- in what naturalista have dubbed as "Co-washing". This will definitely result in a head full of shinier, bouncier curls! When it's time to shampoo be sure to have a sulfate free option available, just don't wash everyday. Fine hair every 2 days, coarser hair can go 3-4 days!

 

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2. "Wet-Style" Your Hair

So many people say, "Oh my hair is sooo pretty when it's wet, but then it dries and its a mess." Prevent your hair from becoming a frizzy-mane by styling you hair when it's still wet. Apply your product to the hair and scrunch in an upward motion to enhance the curls or waves. Apply my favorite, Moroccanoil or a light serum to seal in shine and block out frizz. For more definition in your waves separate your hair into 4 sections and braid it while it's wet. Allow to dry and remove. Be sure to apply moroccanoil before you braid!

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3. Get the Perfect Cut! 

One of the most important lessons I learned in beauty school is that, "Wet hair lies!", what's even more true is that wet curly hair definitely lies. Wet curls and dry curls have a different spring and bounce to them, some coil more than others and vice versa so it's  best to have your curly hair cut dry so that you get an even cut with no missing spots!!!

 

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4. Stay away drying products

Many hair sprays, mousse and other curl enhancing products have drying agents such as alcohol in them. Stay away from them, they deprive your curls of moisture making them dry and crunchy!

 

5. Condition AGAIN! 

I can't stress the importance of conditioning natural curly and wavy hair. Curlier hair absorbs so much more moisture at the roots, sometimes leaving the ends deprived of moisture. The best way to replenish that moisture is via-conditioning treatments! For deeper moisture penetration apply your conditioner and a plastic processing cap while sitting under the hair dryer for 15 minutes!

 

6. Diffuse IT!  

The diffuser is important when drying your curls because it'll dry them more evenly. Apply a light serum or heat protectant and diffuse from roots, to mid shaft to ends, leave the ends slightly damp.  

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7. Finger-Style

Allowing your curls and waves to naturally pop is super important. During styling use your fingers and not combs or brushes. Combing or brushing the hair during style will create a huge puff!!! To re-activate curls simply mist it with a 3 parts water and 1 part conditioner mix in a spray bottle! 

 

8. Limit the flat-iron  

I learned this lesson the hard way. Too much heat will ruin your curl pattern. If  you notice your curls are dropping after flat-ironing then it's time to lay off the heat! 

 

I hope these 8 tips will give you the curls and waves that you've always dreamt of! Like, Share and comment!!!  

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The Perfect Selfie!

In the age of social media, its nothing worse than seeing a someone who can't take a good selfie! Its an art to getting the perfect selfie and I am going to share with you everything you need to know to have flawless selfies!

1. Find your Lighting

Natural lighting is the best lighting to shoot your photos in. If you are holding your phone taking a selfie, the light should be behind your phone and you should be in front of the light, get it?!!

2. know your angles! 

 Use your camera timer and stand in front of it to see what angles you look your best at. Play with how close and or far away the camera needs to be to you to give you your most flattering shot! If you take a photo and you hate the angle see if you can change the orientation of the photo with the aviary app!  3. Use your timer!

Use your camera timer and stand in front of it to see what angles you look your best at. Play with how close and or far away the camera needs to be to you to give you your most flattering shot! If you take a photo and you hate the angle see if you can change the orientation of the photo with the aviary app!

3. Use your timer!

 Camera-timer allows you to find the perfect position to shoot your selfie in and make it happen! Just prop up your phone up, set your timer and Boom!     Follow these three steps and you will forever have the perfect selfie!!! Enjoy!!!            

Camera-timer allows you to find the perfect position to shoot your selfie in and make it happen! Just prop up your phone up, set your timer and Boom!

 

Follow these three steps and you will forever have the perfect selfie!!! Enjoy!!!

 

 

 

 

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I want Hair Extensions!

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I want Hair Extensions!

Nowadays everywhere you look someone is wearing hair extensions, rather it be for a little volume, more length or both! Whatever the case may be hair extensions are here to stay and if you are going to be rocking them, you better do it right so KEEP READING!!!

I get tons of questions and emails daily regarding hair extensions and I am going to give you my top 3 rules when looking for the best hair extensions for you!

 

  1. Do your research!

    If you are a hair extension virgin it’s quite obvious that you are going to be very inquisitive when it comes to hair extensions. As a hair extension virgin you’re going to hear beauty lingo that you don’t understand like “ Remy hair”, “Indi-Remi Hair”, “Virgin Hair”, “Virgin Malaysian hair”, and the list goes on and on. Don’t be overwhelmed by this, understand that if you want your extensions to last and maintain their integrity you will want to purchase virgin hair only. The highest quality is going to be Virgin Indian Hair (Sourced from India) and will have a price tag that is a bit higher than most, then Virgin Hair (Sourced from Asia mainly). Prices for Virgin hair will vary, so do your research before purchasing because most companies will not accept refunds.

     

     

 Loose body wave virgin hair

Loose body wave virgin hair


     2. Look at different installation method

This is very important for hair extension newbies because so many girls are talked into extensions by friends or by seeing their favorite reality star rocking them. The difference between you and the girls on TV is that they have a daily glam squad, you more than likely don’t. So where clip-ins may work for them you may need something that has a little more staying power and vice-versa.

3. Find a License Professional!

After the research, after looking at the videos, you are sold that you want hair extensions, what’s next? I can’t stress this enough, seek out the service of a licensed, skilled and educated professional! I could write a book about why this is so important and I just might, but right now let me give you a few reasons why. One, a licensed professional will be able to look at your hair and give you a realistic outcome of the service you want. Two, they can tell you which extension method is best for your hair type, texture and lifestyle. Three, they can advise you on how to maintain your hair extensions in between salon visits and while on vacations. Four, they can properly install your extensions to ensure that you don’t suffer from scalp abrasions and hair loss. Five, they can alert you of any scalp condition before beginning any extension service. Six, they can leave you with the peace of mind that a professional did your extensions and ALL true professional hair stylist will stand behind their work! Seven, it’ll cost you way more to have a licensed, skilled and educated hair stylist fix your bad extension job than to just have it done the right way the first time!  Need I say more?

 Jonathan Abernathy and Miss Illinois USA 2015 Renee Wronecki

Jonathan Abernathy and Miss Illinois USA 2015 Renee Wronecki

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Serena Williams Fashion & Tennis!

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Serena Williams Fashion & Tennis!

This weekend tennis fans across the world had a chance to witness history in the making as Serena William won her 6th Wimbledon Title and 21st Single Major Title. She now holds all 4 Major titles and a chance to complete the Grand Slam, with a win at the US Open.

Over the past 15 years Serena has given us some of the best tennis in the history of the sport, at the same time she given us some of the best and wildest tennis fashions ever by pushing the limits in crop top, knee-high sneaker boots and so much more!

Here are some of my favorite looks on and off the court of the Legendary Serena Williams!

 

 Serena battling on the clay in Green and Yellow knee-high socks by Puma

Serena battling on the clay in Green and Yellow knee-high socks by Puma

 fierce at the US Open in a crop top and jean tennis skirt

fierce at the US Open in a crop top and jean tennis skirt

 Dressed in ALL BLACK!

Dressed in ALL BLACK!

 Sheer sophistication in a white warm-up blazer by Nike on the Lawns of Wimbledon

Sheer sophistication in a white warm-up blazer by Nike on the Lawns of Wimbledon

 Who says you can't play tennis In knee-high sneakers! 

Who says you can't play tennis In knee-high sneakers! 

 Pink and Yellow never looked so good together down Under!

Pink and Yellow never looked so good together down Under!

 Serena looking very striking in red knee length-zip back dress and studded Christian Louboutins  in NYC

Serena looking very striking in red knee length-zip back dress and studded Christian Louboutins  in NYC

 Looking gorgeous off-court in a mid-drift top and skirt with luscious golden locks!

Looking gorgeous off-court in a mid-drift top and skirt with luscious golden locks!

 French Blue dress, Glowing skin and a super-sleek Ponytail heading to the 11th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards

French Blue dress, Glowing skin and a super-sleek Ponytail heading to the 11th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards

Wimbledon Champions dinner in a gorgeous jewel studded gown

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