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From Curly to Straight

From curly...  to straight... I've been getting a lot of questions about how I've managed to go from curly to straight without doing severe damage to my hair. Going from relaxed to natural curls was a lot of work and it took a long time so I have been going the extra mile to make sure it stays on my head.

If you were to ask me what hair tips I have for straightening, I would have to say heat protection and lots of moisture. How do I know? Take a look at the pic below to see how well I've done.

 You should know that I haven't been to a hairstylist in a very long time. I'd just rather do it myself. Actually, anyone that knows me will tell you that I love♥ doing my own hair. Check out how my process and maybe you'll love doing your hair too. This is how straighten my hair.  SuppliesShampoo & Conditioner  (See below for my recent faves) UniqOne leave-In treatment ♥ Rusk thermal serum ♥ Blow Dryer and the concentrator attachment Large round boar-bristle brush F…

Be Brave

Are you nervous about something you have to do in front of an audience? Does the thought of an upcoming job interview, presentation, sporting event, or other performance make you sweat? Are you petrified about what the audience what the audience is going to think of you? Do you experience stage-fright? I've been there and I can tell you that you are going to have to find ways to deal with your fear. If it takes over, it will hinder your performance. Your big moment cannot be shrouded by anxiety. Instead, you'll need to be present, energetic, and confident. Nervousness will only impede your chances of success.

Making Happiness

Are you asking yourself why can't you be happy? Have you lost your joy? Are you waiting for someone to make you happy? Happiness isn't something someone can give you. You have to create it for yourself. I'm sure you've heard this before. Happiness is a state of mind that relies on many factors but the key ones are your emotions, your mind set, and your physical state. Without any help from other human beings, you can make yourself feel happy, content, and fulfilled.

My Secret? Olay Regenerist Multi-Sculpting Cream

I've always looked pretty young for my age but soon after my 40th birthday, I noticed that my skin was changing. I was losing my glow. I was dealing with little random dry patches, a very oily T-zone and mini acne breakouts that I hadn't seen since my teens. I couldn't seem to link these new symptoms to a change in my diet or a new product I was using. Then it hit me, the change my skin was going through was very normal for women over 40.

A lot of women in their 40's experience dryness, an oilier T-zone, and a return of acne. These symptoms are usually the effect of hormonal changes related to premenopause and menopause. Stress and having a sweet tooth can help to bring on adult acne too. I've been using Olay's Regenerist Multi-Sculpting Cream for a while and it works for me. It gives my skin just the right amount of hydration and has reduced the acne breakouts to a minimum. It's exactly what my skin needs and has become a regular item in my stash of skin …

My Favorite Leave-Ins for Natural Curls 2018

A good leave-in conditioner is essential if you want strong healthy hair. It's also a key step to achieving the style you want, whether it be curly and defined or smooth and straight. The goal is finding the right leave-in that works with the texture of your hair. It should provide the nutrients that can guard it from damage.

2017 Winter in Toronto? Find Cozy Parkas and Puffers

I noticed a lot of traffic to my Parkas for 2015 Winter in Toronto post so here's an update for 2017. Winter in Toronto isn't consistent from the beginning to the end. It's a mix of mild to cold weather with many moments of slushy wetness to icy fall-on-your-butt kind of conditions.

To get through our winters, you'll need very warm winter boots with non-slip soles, a light waterproof puffer jacket for mild days, and a waterproof heavy parka or puffer for those super cold days...brrr.

Here's what I've found on my many shopping journeys in Toronto...

Super Curls Using the Shingling Method

I'm still learning how to maintain my natural hair so I'm always searching for new ways to style it.  The amount of information available is remarkable. There are so many how-to blogs and videos of ladies sharing their tips and tricks.

My regular method is my wash and go. A process that includes my golden rule, only use a comb when I have conditioner in my hair...unless I'm doing an updo or touching up my edges. One of the methods I tried was "shingling".