Braided Headband Look

These are the pictures of the braided headband I made after reading a tutorial on http://www.thewonderforest.com
I was so in love with my headband I had to take pictures and show you guys!
Hers is a 5 strand, whilst I made a 3 strand braid from my old t-shirt.
With my favorite sock bun ever >.<

 

Colorful way of keeping the mane back

 

Boho/Festival  Chic ❤

Check out her tutorial for how to do the braid! All you need is an old t-shirt or some fabric you don’t want and a hair tie!

If you try it – link me your photos (:

Jenny xox

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How to Make Your Hair Last Longer Between Washes

Part of getting healthier hair, is to wash it less. Here are my top 6 tips on how to go longer between washes.

  •  Dry Shampoo Can Be Your Best Friend!

A dry shampoo is a good thing to have handy. Dry shampoos get rid of those greasy roots, without you having to wash your hair. If you work out a lot these are helpful and are also handy if you’re travelling.

– A good dry shampoo for thinner hair is : Oscar Blandi Volumizing Dry Shampoo.

– The most cost effective brand of  shampoo for all hair types is : Batiste

  •  Satin Should Be in Your Wardrobe!

LOL not like that, but you should invest in a satin bonnet, head tie or pillowcase. Silk scarves work well too when wrapping the hair but can come off easily during sleep.

This technique is often used by women of color, but can also work for all different ethnicities, either to provide volume for curly hair or to prolong straightened hair.

 Straight: Smooth your hair around your head, pinning with bobby pins to keep it flat, and continue on. You may use a mesh head band to keep it secure and then put on your silk bonnet, scarf or whatever you choose. This helps prevent that annoying line in your hair where the hair tie was.

Curly: Tie your hair in a pineapple (ponytail close to the top of your head) and use your bonnet, scarf  or head-tie, or go to sleep on your satin pillowcase. This will help prolong your curls by keeping them moisturized and preventing frizz and will also give you more volume.

  •  Rock Those Up-do’s Girl!

Doing an up-do is the PERFECT way to go another day without washing your hair, and I say the bigger the better… “That’s why her hair’s so big.. it’s full of secrets”. Well. The secret is, updos such as messy buns, and all sorts of twists and braids look so much better on dirty hair!

I know I KILL a sock bun at least once a week.

If you live in a climate where you can get away with wearing hats/beanies etc… Do that! Trust me, not only are they stylish, they keep you warm and can hide all your hair hang-ups.

  •  Baby Powder Can Save Your Life!

I know when I had heat damage and was straightening my hair all the time, baby powder and I were inseparable. It hid my greasy roots for a while, and helped me not to wash my hair so often and prolong my style.

Although – you HAVE to rub this in properly, especially if you have dark hair like me.. ’cause let me tell you you do NOT want looking prematurely gray to your list of worries today.

  •  DITCH All Those Products!

One of the main reasons people need to wash their hair so much is – PRODUCT BUILDUP!

The necessary products you need are the ones that give moisture to your hair, like your condititoner etc, not  hairspray, gel and all that crap, especially not on first day hair.

Limit the amount of product you use, e.g. you can only use hairspray twice a week etc.. and you’ll find that your hair gets way less dirty in the same amount of time. Stick to using it only when you’re doing an up-do or you’re going out somewhere that you really need to look good for!

  •  Conditioner to the Rescue!

Co-washing can allow you to go more time in-between washes. Co – washing is quite simply the act of washing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo. A lot of kinky/curly/coily haired girls use co washing to allow them to go up to 2-4 weeks between washing. It’s the action of massaging your scalp and the water running over your hair that cleans it.

The most important thing is to take baby steps. If you wash daily, do NOT jump into washing your hair only once a  week. Your hair will look disgusting and you’ll get disheartened. My advice is, increase what you’re doing by 1 day. So wash every other day, and keep going on until you get to a routine you’re happy with.

 How Long SHOULD I go between washes?

Depending on your hair type it varies, but I’d say:

1. Thin, light grease prone hair – every 2-3 days

2. Thinner curly/wavy hair like mine – 1 or 2 times per week.

3. Extremely thick kinky/curly or coily hair – every 2-4 weeks.

This is simply a guide, but wash your hair as often as YOU prefer. Train your hair to your wash routine!

Do I need to wash.. Is there no alternative to shampoo?

You can use products like clarifying and cleansing cremes;  you can even use natural products to clarify the hair, just make sure you do your research!

Let me know how your hair growth journey is going! (:

Also if you have any questions, comment below!

Jenny xox

How to Grow Your Hair Thicker, Longer and Healthier QUICKLY!

After discovering a whole curly hair/hair growth community on youtube and even just the general internet I’ve compiled a few key tips which have helped my hair to be thicker and grow faster and more healthy.

Let’s go.. Hope they help!

  •  Stop Using Heat: 

Heat damages your hair causing breakage, split ends and dryness. I used to obsessively straighten my hair

^ with EXTREME heat damage! ^

I had to cut my hair after this because it was so dead. It was growing at a snail’s pace and wouldn’t curl properly.

  •   Scalp massages are important

Scalp massages help to increase blood circulation in the scalp and promote hair growth. You can use essential oils which promote hair growth too!

They also feel REALLY good and help relieve stress and headaches.

  •  Foods rich in B vitamins help

Taking a supplement with B vitamins, Biotin or folic acid will allow you to see a marked increase in your hair growth, complexion and the strength of your nails.

  •  Shampooing your hair too much causes breakage

Cut down on shampooing and your hair WILL benefit. Sulfates (a main ingredient in most shampoos) strip your hair and cause more oil to be produced, meaning you need to wash your hair more often.

Your hair could look greasy for a while after you start this, but the less you wash your hair the more it will adjust to that routine. Twice a week is the most I’d say you should wash your hair.

You may also want to look for a less harsh shampoo ( sulfate free) . My baking soda and vinegar rinse is good for this : https://thecutestcurliest.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/how-to-clarify-your-hair-using-baking-soda-and-vinegar/

  •  Use Wider Tooth Combs

if you have tangle prone hair it is advisable to finger detangle your hair rather than comb as this is a more gentle way to undo knots instead of tugging and pulling the hair with a comb. If you can’t go without combing, switch to using a wider tooth comb.

  •  Deep Condition Your Hair Regularly

For a deep conditioning homemade recipe click this link: https://thecutestcurliest.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/deep-conditioning-repair-your-hair/

It’s important you keep your hair moisturized if you want to grow it. The above recipe can be done once weekly the day you plan to wash your hair and can be followed up by the baking soda/vinegar rinse I mentioned before.

Here are some oils which promote hair growth:

  1. Peppermint Oil
  2. Rosemary Oil
  3. Lavender Oil
  4. Coconut Oil
  5. Grapeseed Oil
  6. Shea Oil

Hope this helped!! Let me know how it works for you.. Keep in mind you want HEALTHY hair, and the length follows.

This routine allowed me to go from having chin  length hair ^^^ , to having hair that reaches the bottom of my bra strap, in about 1 year and a half

Jenny xox.

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The Beauty Tag

I watched the Beauty Tag, from beautycrush on youtube. I decided to make a blog post in response, rather than a video.


Skincare:

  1. How many times do you wash your face daily? Usually twice. In the morning I usually use just water or salt water, and at night I use an acne wash if my skin is bad.
  2. What skin type do you have? Oily/Combination
  3. What is your current facial wash: Using a salt water rinse, or Clean&Clear 3-in-1 foaming acne wash.
  4. Do you exfoliate? Yes, I try to at least once a week
  5. What brand do you use? Queen Helene’s  Gentle Honey and Oatmeal Scrub
  6. Do you have freckles? Yes, but not on my face.
  7. Do you use eye cream?No, just a light facial moisturizer.
  8. Did/Do you have acne prone skin? Not really, my acne is usually stress, or hormonal.

Makeup:

  1. What foundation do you use? MAC Studio Fix Fluid (NC 40)
  2. Do you use concealer? Sometimes, but right now I need a new one, so no.
  3. Do you know your undertone color? I’d probably say yellow
  4. Did you know you’re supposed to change your mascara every three months? Yeah, but I don’t. Eek.
  5. What brand of mascara do you use? Rimmel
  6. Sephora or MAC? MAC.
  7. Do you have a MAC pro card? Nope.
  8. What makeup tools do you use? I use brushes and sponges, although brushes more often.
  9. Do you use make up base/primer for the eyes? I’m looking for a good eye primer right now.
  10. For the face? No.
  11. What is your favorite eye shadow? I don’t really have a favorite singular eye shadow, but I do love any greens, teals golds and browns.
  12. Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner? Both, depending on the look.
  13. How often do you poke yourself in the eyes with eyeliner pencils? Not much. I used to all the time though, ’cause I used to apply my makeup in the car.
  14. What do you think about pigment eye shadows?I like them, but not for everyday use as they can be a bit bold.
  15. Do you use mineral makeup? I used to, I found it gave the coverage I wanted, but broke me out.
  16. What is your favorite lipstick?
  17. How about lip gloss? I don’t really like lip gloss, but prefer lip balm
  18. What is your favorite blush? MAC’s Peach Twist. Perfect and not too overbearing
  19. Do you buy your makeup on E-bay? No
  20. Do you like drugstore makeup? Yes
  21. Do you go to cosmetic company outlets? No
  22. Have you ever considered taking makeup classes? Yeah, I actually want to next year.
  23. Are you clumsy in putting on makeup? Not really anymore.
  24. Name a makeup crime you hate? When people fill in their brows too thickly.
  25. Do you like colorful or neutral makeup shades (Lipstick/Eye shadow) I like neutral eye shadows unless it’s green for everyday , but I do love smokey eye’s and red lips
  26. Which celebrities always have great makeup? Rihanna, Eva Longoria, Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson
  27. If you could leave home using just one makeup item what would you use? Lip balm ( Blistex Raspberry and Lemonade Flavor)
  28. Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on? I do most of the time.
  29. Do you think you look good without makeup on? Yeah I guess.
  30. In your opinion, which is the best makeup line? MAC.
  31. What do you think of makeup? I like it, but think it should be used to enhance or to express your creativity rather than to make you look fake.

Hope you guys enjoyed! Do this tag too!

Jenny xox

How to Clarify Your Hair Using Baking Soda and Vinegar

So as a girl with natural curly hair, I’ve been looking for a good way to clarify my hair for a while. Using oils can sometimes cause build-up in your hair and that can be difficult to get out of your hair without using a shampoo containing damaging sulfates.

After doing some research,  I found Baking Soda and Vinegar. The most commonly used vinegar is Apple Cider, but Distilled White Vinegar may also be used.

Won’t using vinegar leave my hair smelling funny?

No, in my experience, once your hair is completely dry you shouldn’t experience any smell. If you do, you could dilute the recipe more. I actually noticed my hair smelled really nice and clean

Won’t vinegar dry out my hair?

No, this recipe is dilute enough to not harm the hair. My hair actually looked more moisturized and defined without any product in it whatsoever. Do this at night, not when you’re planning to go in direct sunlight.

This rinse can take the place of expensive shampoos and work twice as well.

How does it work?

It reduces frizz by smoothing the cuticle of the hair shaft. This adds shine and manageability. It also adjusts the pH of your hair as it is mildly acidic, as is your hair; whilst normal hair products are alkaline, and also strip your hair of moisture CAUSING FRIZZ.

The Recipe:

– 1 cup of warm water

– 1 teaspoon of baking soda

–  2 teaspoons of vinegar ( distilled white if you are blond, or apple cider)

– 1 cup of warm water

* You can do them as separate steps or you can do as I did and mix them together in a bottle at one time and apply to the hair.

Thoroughly saturate the hair, and then just tie in a pineapple, leave it for 5-10 minutes.

Rinse out with warm water, and use conditioner towards the ends of your hair (from ear down) if necessary.

I would recommend doing this once every week or fortnight, depending on your hair regime.

Here are the pics of my hair after using this and letting my hair air dry for around 2 hrs.

Apple Cider Vinegar can also be used to:

  • Give energy
  • Treat the skin
  • Treat Warts
  • Whiten Teeth
  • Lose Weight

Hope this helps! If you do it leave a comment, pictures/video response.

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 Would love your suggestions for further posts!

 Happy Clarifying!

Jenny xox

How to Brighten Dull Days and Get Ready to Go Out

So, today I found it really hard to get motivated to do anything. I realized I needed to do some things to pick myself up, and thought I should share on my blog. This is perfect if you’re going through a stressful time such as exams etc.

Step 1: Give yourself a hot oil treatment. Apply the oils and massage your scalp. Put on your shower cap/conditioning cap. Leave on for 1 hour. (See my Oil Deep Conditioning Treatment Video Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYLC6kWxLuc)

Step 2: Run a nice hot bath. You can use sea salt in this bath too.. to soothe tired achy muscles, or you can use your favorite bubble bath, lush products etc.

Step 3: Grab a nice book (I suggest a paperback, not kindle version) and soak in your bath as long as you like ( 30mins -1 hr for me).

Step 4: Shave yo’ legs! If you need to.

Step 5: Drain the bath, and wash off in the shower. You can exfoliate, using a sugar scrub or a body brush etc. Now is also the time to wash your hair!

Step 6: Make some popcorn or get some of your favorite candy for watching movies. Pick your favorite movie and curl up and watch it! Also if you can multi-task paint your nails your fave color whilst watching!

Aaannnddd you’re done 🙂

This is my night! ( Keep up with the blog for a homemade scrub recipe!)

It’s good to do this on a friday night, because it totally prepares you for the weekend. Trust me, tomorrow you’ll look and feel great. If you do it, share some pictures or comment. (:

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How to Clear Your Acne Fast!

After many recent trips to the beach I realized my skin, which has been plagued with breakouts from my pre-teen years had cleared up DRASTICALLY.

So I had to wonder, does salt water clear the skin? Where I’m from, the locals think that salt-water is a cure-all for any ailment; but it never occurred to me that it was beneficial to my skin.

How does it clear the skin?

Research has shown that salt-water, or saline solution as it is scientifically termed has been proven to alleviate acne by changing the pH of your skin to be more alkaline. I also find that it soothes my face when my skin is irritated too. Salt has antibacterial properties making it a good cleanser for acne prone skin by decreasing zit causing bacteria.

Won’t it dry out my skin?

However you may experience some dryness, but nothing that can’t be solved with a good moisturizer. You can also play around with the amount of salt you use depending on your skin type. Epsom salts is also a less harsh alternative to sea salt for those with eczema/skin conditions.


Sea Salt Face Rinse:

Wash Your face with warm water to open the pores

Mix 2 tablespoons of Sea Salt per 8oz water

Apply to the face at least twice daily, more depending on your acne etc, using a cotton pad.

Let the salt water remain on your skin for a few minutes (you can choose to rinse it off or leave it, then moisturize)

 Other Uses of Sea Salt:

– Cleaning piercings (heals faster than with store bought piercing cleaners) & Cleaning wounds and burns (heals faster)

– To brighten yellowing linen/cotton

– Gargle it to cure sore throats

– To treat insect bites

-De-odourizing shoes

Hope this helps!

Jenny xox

7 reasons You’re Failing in School

Since it’s exam time, I thought it’d be suitable to post the top 7 reasons people fail exams, and how to fix them:

  • You Didn’t Organize:

Organization is key to success. It’s incredibly important to:
keep all school materials together.
pack your bag the night before.
write down all tasks you need to do.

Order helps you to be able to focus on what you need to do and it makes it WAY easier when it’s test time.

  • You Didn’t Get Enough Sleep:

Sleeping is essential when studying, to allow your brain time to process the information you’ve gone over. If you only sleep 4-5 hours at night, your brain isn’t working towards its full potential. Shut down all your electronics even an hour earlier at night and go to sleep and you’ll see a marked difference in your ability to focus in school the next day.

  • You Didn’t Get the Right Nutrients

As hard as you may study, if your body is unhealthy; your brain function will be affected. It’s tempting when studying to just grab junk food and go back to studying, but your brain/body don’t function at their best when you’re eating non-nutritious meals. Next time you’re studying grab an some fruit and a glass of water, instead of a chocolate bar and soda and you’ll notice that you don’t experience a ‘crash’ like you do when you eat candy.

 
  • You Didn’t Plan Your Studies
A thing that really helps is if you keep track of due dates and test dates on calendars and in planners. When you can see just how much time you have and what tasks you have to do, it makes it much easier to plan what you have to do and when.
It also may be helpful to make a spreadsheet on your computer to make a ‘study schedule’ or drawing it out; if you’re the type of person who needs to have more detail in order to stay on track
  • You Didn’t Utilize Your Time
It’s not about the time you spend studying, but rather the amount of content you can remember when you’re done.
So instead of reading the ENTIRE BOOK over and over, read it chapter by chapter and make condensed notes of the important points. When it comes time for the exam, it’ll be much easier to revise and you won’t have to pore over your boring book. Also
– make study cards
– get someone to test you
  • You Didn’t Pay Attention to How Your Teacher Teaches

A lot of times the way a test is structured is based on your teacher’s specific teaching styles. As they vary and the test is usually set independently by them, you should make sure you understand what they mean.

It is also important that if you DON’T understand that you ask them for help.
 
  • You Weren’t Motivated Enough

It’s easy to lose motivation when studying, because it can feel like you’re not getting anywhere. The key is to set achievable short term goals, instead of having unrealistic goals that’ll demotivate you. 

You should always keep in mind your long term goal- e.g. being a lawyer,doctor,teacher etc.
If you don’t know what you want to do, just focus on working hard to finish school, and then take it from there.

 Hope this was helpful! 

Jenny xox

The Fifty Random Facts Tag!

Today I thought I’d do the 50 random facts tag. I love watching these videos myself on youtube and I thought there’s no better way to allow subscribers,viewers etc to get to know you than this tag!
No seriously guys, there are some things in here even my best friend doesn’t know :’)

I hope you enjoy, and *tags* YOU’RE IT..! make a video response, blog post or even comment on what YOUR fifty facts are (:

Mother’s Day

“My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.” -Mark Twain

I can honestly say that a mother is one of the best gifts in life from God. Today is a day not only to show your mother that you’re grateful for all of her sacrifices but also to reflect on your relationship with her. I know I gave her trouble, and stress and annoyed the hell out of her over the years, and I know that we have argued countless times over the years but I also know that without each other we’d be completely lost.

I know I couldn’t be the person I am today, without her help. She may be slightly insane, just like me.. but  as J.D. Salinger says -“Mothers are all slightly insane.”

My mother is not only the person who gave me life, but the person that keeps me motivated; the person who loves me no matter how old I am or what I’ve done. Today isn’t about gift giving to me, it’s about appreciating all that your mother has done for you, besides the hand made gifts always get the biggest smile!

Here’s a few simple things you could do for your mother/grandmother or female guardian whoever she may be:

  • Make a CD of her favourite songs
  • Make her breakfast
  • Pamper her!

Don’t think today is the only day you should show your love… Take it as inspiration and do loving things when you can!

Well enough of my ramblings, I’m gonna go and spend some time with my mom!Image