Box Braid on Natural Hair Only – My Review


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During my protective style journey slash challenge, I experimented with twists using my natural hair see my explanation in my recent blog post “What Wearing Protective Styles for 3 months did to my Natural Hair” However, I also experimented with using box braids on my natural hair without adding any hair to it.

Is it cute or nah?

This is not my favorite style to be honest. Without added hair the braids look thin and I felt sent back to elementary school age when my mom used to braid my hair so I would stop playing with it. Or at least I looked very snoop dog-ish lol.

How did I style them?

Although they do look a bit childish, they were awesome under my hair wraps! I was able to put the braids in a bun using only a ponytail holder (hair tie, headband, whatever people call them lol) and just wrap my fabric around.

Would I rock them in the future?

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I appreciated how neat my head wraps were while having the braids, my hair is usually bulky when I wrap my hair after putting in a bun so this was a pro for me. As a style by itself I feel like these box braids using only my natural hair are a big NO. However when considering other styles like wearing the box braids under a hat, using the braids for a headwrap, or using the box braids for a neater wig lay I’m down!

I’m actually considering reinstalling these braids when I start rocking some DIY crochet braid wigs.

Have you tried wearing box braids using your natural hair only? Let me know in the comments!

What Wearing Protective Styles for 3 months did to my Natural Hair


Earlier this year I decided to do something different and dyed my natural hair a gorgeous copper red color. You can check out my process of dyeing my natural hair in my blog post “Coloring my Natural Hair: Copper Brown and Raspberry Twist by Adore.”

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It was super pretty and I enjoyed the fullness that my hair had. My braid outs and twist outs looked extra gorgeous being accented with the red and I didn’t see any damage to my hair after processing with the bleach. I was so happy and really enjoyed taking pictures, I even rented a camera and had a mini photoshoot (don’t judge me lol)

However as the months went on, I noticed how my hair started to feel a little rough (dry), and saw some breakage around the middle of my hair.

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I totally forgot that dyed natural has to be treated with 10x as much care as before. Instead I was constantly touching my hair, putting it in puffs, brushing it to be detangled for a braid out, or even constantly retwisting my hair to have a cute twistout. Doing that, my hair paid for it, and I noticed a lot of breakage.

I’m not one to quickly reach for scissors to cut my hair in hopes that it would make it “healthier”. I realize that it was my routine and if I wanted to see my hair thrive I needed to change my routine!   So for the past 3 months, starting in April, I decided to do a lot of long term protective styling. So I would avoid using combs and dentagnling brushes, and only finger detangle, then put my hair in twists. I would alternate between fluffy loose twists done on dry hair, and tight mini twists done on wet hair.

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I would wash my hair every 2 weeks in the twists, let them air dry, and then recycle the parts by undoing the twists one by one, finger detangling, adding my leave in and oils, and then retwisting. I did the same thing adding extensions for marley twists.

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I also experimented with braids using the same sections, and using headwraps so I had more style options. I also trimmed my hair once to get rid of some damaged ends as I noticed a lot of single strand knots.   At the end of May, I got tired of this and did rock my signature puff for a while, and a few buns just to switch it up.

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Recently, I blew out my hair using warm heat just to see where my hair is at and I’m in love!! It looks a lot fuller especially at my roots, and I noticed some growth. My hair grew about an inch and half so I’m excited to see what my hair length will be at the end of this year.

 

Do you do any long term protective styling? Let me know in the comments!

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Two 3-Minute Hairstyles for Natural Hair


Hi Natural hair Beauties!

I was sent this gorgeous headband from Accented Glory to style and give a review. Tonya, the designer, was very sweet when sending me this item and she chose the perfect headband for my hair’s thickness!

**All feelings are my personal opinion**

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I was able to use this headband for two of my signature lazy girl hair styles: High puff, and low pony.

However, I wanted to try something new and did a “double low-pony” style that came out cuter than I expected lol.

 

 

To see how I styled my hair, you can watch this video here:

My Review of the headband:

I absolutely LOVE this headband! I’ve always had issues with headbands not being able to stretch over all of my hair, so they end up breaking. With the adjustable feature of this headband I did not experience that at all.

The adjustable feature is my favorite (if you can’t tell lol) and I enjoyed not having to use any gels or pomades to get my edges to lay.

The colors of the headband are very vibrant and will most likely be a staple piece for me in the summer time.

How Can I Get a Headband?

If you’re interested in finding out more about Accented Glory’s  headband selection, make sure to check out their Website and Facebook Page:

Website: http://accentedglory.weebly.com/

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/AccentedGlory

Make sure to let Tonya know I sent you 😉

If Your Edges are Disappearing, It Ain’t a Protective Style!


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I’m always on my Facebook or Instagram scrolling through natural hair pics  to look for protective style inspiration.

However, I always see these images and snapchat videos of people proud of their “protective style” that is pulling their hair so tight, you could see their brain.

And I’m always like why??

Just because it’s braids, twists, or cornrows that does not make the style protective!

So then, what is a protective hair style?

A protective style is one where your hair is styled in a manner that protects your strands, ends, and scalp/edges. These are often called low-manipulation styles that don’t involve heavy brushing or combing, tight pulling, and edge snatching qualities.

How to know if your style is protective:

Before getting a “protective style” you should ask your self these questions:

Will my hair be snatched to high heaven?

Do my edges need to be sacrificed to enjoy this style?

Will I probably grab pain medicine after the style is complete?

Will I have a hard time sleeping on the style due to pain?

Will the heat of hades and satan’s palace need to be used to set my style?

Will I have to pray to the Natural Hair angels after taking the style down, in hopes my hair is ok???

If you answered yes, to any of these questions. It’s best to stay away from the style (or person doing the style)…

Am I saying that box braids, marley twists, crochet braids, weaves, cornrows, french braids, etc. are bad? Nah.

But if you’re edges are screaming, and your scalp is itching because your hair is being pulled too tight at the scalp, you may want to consider a different style. Or at least loosen up the grip at the roots when styling.

Am I wrong or am I right? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

10 Celebrities with Beautiful Natural Hair


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Celebrities sometimes get a bad rep when it comes to beauty and hair care, as most believe that they wear weaves 24/7 or they don’t take care of their natural hair.

But there are female celebrities who rock their natural hair proudly, here are 10 of my favorites:

1. Solange

Solange has been giving my natural hair goals since her big chop in 2009. She became the inspiration for many to start their hair journey fearlessly, even with people making fun of her choice.

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2. Viola Davis

After seeing Viola Davis rock her natural hair at the 2012 Oscars, I was in love! She was simply glowing with beauty and her natural hair was a gorgeous compliment.

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3. Uzu Aduba

Uzu Aduba is well known for her role in Orange is the New Black, honestly I’ve never seen it (get mad at me later lol). But I did see her grace the stage in the Live Wizard of Oz and she was absolutely stunning!

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4. Issa Rae

I have been rocking with Issa Rae since her “Awkward Black Girl” days, then fell back in love with her black girl magic in her HBO series “Insecure.” I loved how her natural hair was styled in each episode and how they didn’t shy away from displaying it in all of it’s glory.

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Yara Shahidi

Well known for her role in the hit series “Blackish” Yara’s character, Zoey, can be seen wearing her hair in natural styles. Plus she rocks her beautiful curly fro on the red carpet + flaunts it on her Instagram #HairGoals

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Tracee Elis Ross

Tracee is also a co-star with Yara on Blackish. But she became one of my favorite actors during the GOAT television shows “Girlfriends” where her curly fro was always in it’s glory.

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Skai Jackson

Skai Jackson’s hair started making a buzz when she first appeared as the adorable Zuri on the Disney Channel Show “Jessie.” As we watched her grow up, her hair reached major length and I’m still in awe of this beauty! I also appreciate how her mom kept her natural hair, even though she went on a national television show.

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Yaya Dacosta

I remember rooting for Yaya during the season 3 episode of America’s Next Top Model. She ended up becoming the runner up, but she was always a winner in my eyes! Especially with her gorgeous, thick fro that has always been an inspiration to me.

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SZA (Solana Rowe)

SZA is a popular singer-songwriter that I fell in love with after hearing her featured on Wale’s – The Need to Know track. After searching the interwebs for who she was, I was an awe when I discovered her natural hair! Another one of my #HairGoals and #HairCrush

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Justine Skye

Another popular singer-songwriter (and model!) made popular by her signature purple natural hair. I was led to her by her song Collide featuring Tyga years ago, and it’s still one of my favorites!

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Do you have any favorite Celebrity Hair Crushes? Let me know in the comments!

Fun Hair Colors To Try on Natural Hair with NO BLEACH


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I always get questions about my hair color by ladies (and gents) who wish to explore the magical world of dyed natural hair, but are afraid of bleach.

Personally, I think that if you wan’t vibrant hair that lasts a while, you will have to pre-lighten it.

However there are some bomb hair color options you can try that don’t involve bleach. Like at all!

Here are three ways to sprinkle color into your life (or hair lol) without ever needing to hear of bleach (you can thank me later 😉 )

Vibrant Eye Shadows

This one is super fun, simple, and easy to wash out. Use your favorite rich eyeshadow pigments to add streaks of color, or all-over high/low-lights. This can be achieved by rubbing eyeshadows on hair that has a little product in it, so the shadow sticks. This is super easy to remove (i.e. can rub off on EVERYTHING) but the results are beautiful. Here is one of my favorite tutorials on this method:

 

Liquid Hair Chalks

There are a few brands of liquid chalks out there, but I personally used the Garnier Color Styler in the shade Purple Mania and fell in love with the results! The color lasts longer than the eyeshadow method, and even stayed on a little after washing. One con to these products is that they can make your hair feel hard at first (they use waxes + clays) but the color payoff is amazing. It almost looked like I dyed my hair this purple color!

(FIND OUT HOW I USED THE HAIR CHALK HERE)

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Hair Spray Paint

Like the liquid hair chalks, there are numerous “spray colors” around. The most popular is Jerome Russel BWild hair colors. I of course could not find it at my beauty barber supply store, instead they had the Jerome Russel Temp’ry hair color sprays which still did the trick. The only thing about these is that they really mimic spray paint, so you have to have a method when spraying it on. Not to close to your hair, and in downward motions to get it as even as possible. I tried pink, but I was inspired by the purple shade in MyRayeRaye’s hair dying video:

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Semi-Permanent Hair Dye

Ok, so I added this as a bonus because, generally speaking, you do have to lighten your hair to a certain degree to display a semi permanent hair color. However, there are many people who enjoy the low-lights that can be seen in the hair while using semi permanent hair dyes on their natural hair. Some of my favorite brands are Manic Panic, Adore, and Sparkles. **Note that richer colors (Red, Blue, Purple) will likely show up more. Any type of neon or pastels won’t work, without your hair being pre-lightned.

I actually did this years ago before using bleach on my hair and got some great results, but her are some awesome results from using semi perm. colors on unbleached natural hair:

This is me YEARS ago lol I’m embarassed and proud, it’s my most watched vid!

 

Have you tried any of these methods before? Was it a fail or success? Let me know in the comments!

The REAL Truth about Dyed Natural Hair


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I have been coloring my hair for a couple of years, and while I love it, there are some cons that I found while being color treated

Super Dry Hair

Especially after bleaching my hair, I noticed that my (already dry) hair got even drier. I would deep condition, use a leave in conditioner, and the next day my hair still felt thirsty.

Breakage

Along with having dry hair, this leads to breakage. When my hair was not dyed, I found that I could manipulate my hair more (braids, twists, french braids, buns, etc.). But after coloring, my hair became a little fragile and I would increase my breakage by styling + pulling too much. Instead I stick to braid outs + twist outs, and a *loose* puff.

Split Ends

This is another factor of the hair being dryer. I have found that I’m getting more split ends lately. To *try* to prevent this, I do seal my ends with a leave in + shea butter every 2-3 days. This helped me minimize the dryness as well.

Frequent Trims

I used to trim my hair maybe 2 times a year when I had “virgin” hair. With the color in my hair, I find myself dusting my ends every 3-4 months. Sometimes my ends get brittle and I notice more split ends, so I snip them off.

Constant Coloring

I love my color, but it can be annoying having to freshen up my red (it fades quickly). Wash day already takes a long time, then I have to factor in coloring it *eye roll*

Changing Hair Products

My “virgin” hair loves products that my color treated hair laughs at. And my color treated hair adores some products that my virgin hair used to hate. For example, products with silicones used to make my hair feel weighed down and flat, but my color treated hair is bouncy and vibrant  when I use them.

Would I give up coloring my hair?

No! I absolutely love coloring my hair. I’m thinking of a nice rich denim/royal blue next. But it can be annoying sometimes lol. So I do wait a long time before coloring or bleaching again.

What bother’s you about hair color? Do you plan on coloring your hair in the future? Let me know in the comments!

Maxine Waters Expresses what Most Americans Feel about the Inaguration


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Congresswoman Maxine Waters has gained popularity on social media  after her (legit) 20 second press conference with enough shade and disgust that could be felt through the screen.

You can view here comments from the press conference her from the video posted on All Thing’s Being Equal’s Facebook Page:

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When I say the shade could be felt through the room, whew!

And the comments are even better! (Make sure to open the video in your browser to read all of the hilarious comments 😉 )

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But that’s not all, she recently appeared on MSNBC on January 17, 2017 explaining her reasons for not participating in the inaguration.

You can see a full clip of her comments in this video here:

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The video starts of with Waters saying: “Well, let me just tell you, after I discovered who Trump is and they way that he conducted himself, I was NEVER going to go to the Inaguration..”

 

*Applauding on the Inside*

This to me, exemplifies how many of Americans are feeling about Trump, the election, and the inauguration.

Despite political views of the current President and the other presidential candidates, the fact the someone could conduct their self in a way that would get any human being fired from work or expelled from school, but somehow elected to represent a Country, is absurd!

Representative Maxine Waters had no shame in expressing her views on this matter, and I applaud her!

We should have higher standards (other than money!) when electing someone to represent us as a country, glad to know that there are people in the government who feel the same.

What are your thoughts? Do you think her comments were out of place? Let  me know in the comments!

 

My Weight Loss Journey for 2017! From a size 16 to a size 8.


College Made Me Fat!

College has been a great experience for me so far. However with the increased stress,  poor sleeping habits, poor eating choices, and lack of time for exercise, it has also been detrimental to my health.

I started of in school at a nice US 8-10 size, I was a bit healthy and active with minimal stress. Fast forward, 4 years later and I was at my heaviest being a US 14-16!

Now don’t get me wrong, I do know that as we get older, hormone changes  can result in weight gain. But I also know that my poor habits as a result of stressing myself to do well caused me to be extremely tired. Having lack of sleep made me not want to visit the gym or eat better.

I Made a Change for The Better 🙂 

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This previous semester (Fall 2016) I decided to make a change. I was take 5 3-credit courses and was super stressed, however, I no longer wanted stress  my excuse for not making better choices! I started working out 2-3 times a week at the gym provided at my University. Starting with 45-50 minutes of low to medium intensity cardio. Then I increased the value of my workouts by going 4-5 times a week with medium to high intensity workouts for 30 minutes! I also added strength training

I started meal prepping so I wouldn’t make poor food choices. And I started taking my water bottle with me everywhere! Having snacks like sliced apples, roasted almonds, or sliced cucumbers in my book bags helped keep my cravings down while I was in class.

Now currently, I am a size 12, and I’m proud of myself! My clothes are fitting loosely (time to go shopping! 😉 ) and I’ve seen improvements in my sleeping patterns and ability to handle stress.

Things I Could Have Done Better

Now that my body is used to working out and handling cardio, I know that my diet needs to be improved. As finals week approached, I lost interest in meal prepping since I had no time. Instead I would grab whatever was in my reach (chips, cookies, candy, etc.) at my schools store, and would eat those instead. So for 2017 I plan on meal prepping even more, and trying easy recipes to reduce time.

My Goals for 2017!

For this upcoming year I hope to continue my weight loss journey and accomplish these goals:

  • make it to a US women’s size 8
  • be able to run 5 miles without stopping
  • start lifting 50-70 pounds when doing strength training
  • Improve flexibility ( I want to do the splits! lol)
  • maintain my curvy shape (squats here we go!)

How will I achieve these goals:

I will continue some of the routines that I have followed during the Fall, while also including a few things:

  • drinking more water
  • intermittent fasting
  • do more yoga +stretching after workouts
  • meal prepping and sticking to the meals this time!
  • decrease sweet consumption to about 2 items per week
  • decrease snack consumption to about 2 items per week
  • get at least 8 hours of rest per day
  • have fun with my workouts!

Will You Join Me?

Follow my blog and let’s continue to support each other! I will be posting weekly (on Saturday’s) How my week went, any new workouts I’ve tried, and some fun meal prep videos!

That way you’ll be able to see my progress as the weeks/months go along.

I’ll also be collaborating with a few fitness and health brands so stay tuned for some giveaways! 😉

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Top 10 Beauty Gurus of 2016 with Dark Chocolate Skin!


When you have darker skin shades, it’s hard to find makeup that looks great and vibrant on your rich hue. It’s even harder finding a beauty bestie who can help you shop for the right products for your skin. So, I’ve compiled a list of 10 gorgeous makeup gurus with dark skin that are slaying the game! Check out their Youtube Channel and social media!

(P.S. this is not in any particular order, just in order of how I found them, not from great to ok. They are all great!)

Toni Olaoye

Toni the Makeup Artisan

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/toniolaoye1/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBYFqvKiaUEaAIBx6Mw9qIw

Just Brittany H

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/justbrittanyh/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/mercedey219

Kim Allure

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kimallure/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/imperfectbeauty0

Bentina Kouadio

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bentinak/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Bentinakouadio

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Melanin Rich Nyajal

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXFCrOuDHObOKHswXAJRXQQ

NiNi Woo

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Aluel Bol Kuanyin

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIHd6j-b0ValCJhAlESnSGg

Destiny Godley

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/destinygodley

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/godleydestiny/

Patricia Bright

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/BritPopPrincess

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thepatriciabright/

Kay Beauty

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2-xqKPaiO2KtYinkCEz_HA

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kaybeautybrown/

Are you following any of these beauties?

Let me know in the comments!