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VIDEO: Clarifying Curly Hair - How to Clarify & Remove BuildUp + ACV Rinse

Sunday, October 13, 2019
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I'm back post-wedding and so excited to share today's video! The past few weeks have been a whirlwind, and I'm so ready to get back on track with the Curly Haircare for Beginners video series.

Today we're talking all things on clarifying! There can be so much confusion around clarifying. Many wonder why you need to clarify, how often do you need to clarify your curls, how to clarify and more. I'm also sharing an easy DIY clarifying treatment you can do at home using apple cider vinegar, which has so many great benefits for the hair.

Clarifying is the perfect way to kickstart your transition process to naturally curly hair and follow the Curly Girl Method. When switching to the curly girl method, and not using sulfates and silicones any more, it's crucial to clarify to remove existing silicone buildup and start with a clean slate.

What is clarifying?

Clarifying the hair removes buildup from the scalp and hair that can occur from using products that contain silicone ingredients, heavy butters and oils. Clarifying can also correct scalp issues such as dandruff, excess oil, and dryness.

Before and after clarifying curly hair

How do you know you need to clarify?
  • Your hair is flat on top and lacking volume
  • Your curls are limp and struggle to curl up
  • Your scalp is very oily or very dry
  • You have fine hair or low porosity hair that is prone to buildup
  • You use products with silicones, waxes, heavy butters, creams, or oils
  • Excess shedding caused by clogged hair follicles/pores on the scalp
  • Your routine is no longer effective, and your hair isn't responding to products anymore
  • Your hair appears dull and lacks shine
How often do you clarify?

It depends on the type of products you like to use. Asses your hair and determine if you are seeing any of the signs above. I prefer to use a mild shampoo 1x a week before deep conditioning. I fully clarify about 1x per month for a reset.

What are ways you can clarify your hair?
  • Use a sulfate shampoo (WITHOUT silicone) to strip the buildup and oils from the hair. Use these sparingly to avoid drying our your hair. Ensure that the shampoo does not contain silicone and that you are not following up with a conditioner or styling product that contains silicones.
    • Common silicone ingredients to avoid: Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Amodimethicone, Dimethiconol, Trimethicone, Cyclomethicone/Cyclopentasiloxane
  • Use a mild shampoo that has more gentle sulfate ingredients: Sodium cocyl isethionate, sodium lauryl sulfoacetate, dioctyl sidum sulfosuccionate, methyl cocoyl
  • Use a clarifying shampoo or treatment such as the DevaCurl Buildup Buster Miceller Cleansing Serum (review here)
  • Mix baking soda in with your shampoo or co-wash as a scalp scrub. Be sure to follow up with conditioner or deep conditioner.
  • Mix apple cider vinegar and water and rinse your hair with it to remove buildup, add shine, and soften the hair
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse for Hair

What are the benefits of clarifying using apple cider vinegar?
  • Balances the pH of your scalp/hair. Frizzy hair is more alkaline.
  • Antimicrobial, controls scalp fungus and itchiness
  • Contains Vitamin C and B
  • Helps exfoliate away dead skin cells 
  • Anti-inflammatory and soothes dandruff

How do you use apple cider vinegar to clarify your hair?
Watch the video above to see the step-by-step routine. Mix 2 parts water with 2 parts raw apple cider vinegar.

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How to Clarify Hair using apple cider vinegar

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-CurlMix Wash & Go Routine

VIDEO: Curl Mix Wash & Go Routine & Review

Sunday, September 29, 2019
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I'm so excited to share with you a new wash & go routine using the CurlMix Vanilla Berry Wash + Go System with Organic Castor Oil for Strengthening Hair. I heard sooo many great things about CurlMix I knew I needed to test it out for y'all. I was most excited for the flaxseed gel because I love strong hold and definition. They are also fully sulfate, silicone, and paraben free. The ingredients are also natural and organic.

CurlMix has a fun quiz you can take on their site to determine which wash & go kit is best for your curl type and needs. My results came back with the castor oil line for strengthening!
In the video, I take you through the full wash day routine, starting in the shower with the clarfying shampoo to remove build-up. I loved how much lather this shampoo produce and got my hair really clean. I even did an oil treatment on my scalp before this, and it removed it well!

Next up is the conditioner, which is super hydrating and has great slip. My hair was detangled like a breeze and felt moisturized and ready for styling products.

It's important to use the styling products on soaking wet hair, so I applied them in the shower when it was still dripping. I also flipped my head over to get more volume.
I first used the moisturizer, which is essentially a curl cream. I focused this on the lower half of my hair to hydrate my ends. Then I followed up with the pure flaxseed gel, and coated my hair in this. I finished off with scrunching, and then used the Denman brush around the top layer just to smooth frizz and create ringlets on top.

After plopping for a bit with my Hair RePear towel, I diffused on low heat and low airflow. After diffusing my curls had so much body and definition, but they didn't feel dry or too stiff. I was impressed.

Products Used:
CurlMix Wash & Go Routine

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-Bridal Makeup for Hooded Eyes

VIDEO: Bridal Makeup for Hooded Eyes - Soft Rose Gold Glam Wedding Makeup

Sunday, September 22, 2019
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Bridal Makeup for Hooded Eyes

It's TWO WEEKS until my wedding y'all! So crazy! I am *almost* finished with everything I need to get done. I can't wait to share my dress and completed bridal look with you all very soon.

Today I'm sharing part 2 of my bridal makeup, where I walk you through how to apply eyeshadow on hooded eyes. I created a soft glam bridal makeup look with rose gold and mauve tones. This look will be perfect for any eye color or skin tone, and is easy to achieve. Even if you are not getting married, I share tons of tips for eye makeup for hooded eyes, and beginner tips, and more.

If you missed part 1 of my bridal makeup, watch my Drugstore Wedding Face Makeup Routine & Lips, with tips for long-lasting, photo-ready makeup.

Rose Gold Wedding Makeup

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    Amazing Cosmetics

    VIDEO: Drugstore Bridal Makeup: Long-Wearing Face Makeup & Lips - PART 1

    Sunday, September 08, 2019
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    My wedding is less than 4 weeks away... so crazy! I'll be doing my own makeup for my wedding (#BrideOnABudget), and I wanted to test out this soft glam, rose gold makeup look for fall using only drugstore face products Even though I'm counting on cooler temps for my wedding day, I wanted to make sure this long was long-wearing, photo-friendly of course, full coverage, but NOT cakey. I love how it turned out!

    To avoid this video being too long, I decided to break it down into 2 parts. This video includes the face makeup and lips, and part 2 will be coming soon to show you bridal eye makeup for hooded eyes.

    Drugstore Bridal Face Makeup & Lips

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    Drugstore Bridal Face Makeup & Lips

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    -Curly Haircuts - Signs Your Curls Need a Trim

    VIDEO: Curly Haircut - Signs Your Curls Need a Trim

    Sunday, September 01, 2019

    Anyone with curly hair knows how it takes FOREVER to grow out your hair. Everyone struggles with biting the bullet and getting that much needed trim because we know how much curls shrink up with even just the smallest bit of a trim.

    However letting go of those split ends, fairy knots/single strand knots, and stringy ends can make the world of difference in the health of your hair. After getting a trim, my hair has so much more bounce, volume, and definition.

    I'm sharing several signs today that are an indication that you need a trim, what my hair cut and shape is, how to avoid the "big chop," and how to find a curly hair stylist.

    How to tell when you need a trim:

    Fairy knots

    Fairy knots, or as some say "single strand knots." I get these so bad! Fairy knots are caused by damaged, split ends that easy tangle up due to friction. These can cause more tangles and breakage, and they only way to get rid of them is to cut them off.

    Split Ends

    Split ends. The biggest and most common sign of needing a trim. Split ends are caused by heat styling, diffusing, friction, and chemical damage. Again, only way to get rid of split ends is to cut them off. This can usually be done with a small dusting, but it's crucial to cut them before they spread further up the hair stranding making your hair shorter.

    Before & after trim curly hair

    Weighed down or limp curls. Split ends and damage can cause the curls to appear more stretched and lifeless. Even the smallest bit of a trim will make your curls bounce back.

    Tangles in curly hair

    Tangles and excess shedding. This is a big one for me, and the biggest indicator for when I need a trim. Since damaged ends are not smooth, the friction leads to tangles. When the hair is tangled up, oftentimes we loose more hair during detangling and washing.

    Before & After Curly Haircut

    Thin/stringy ends are another big one for me! Since I have fine curly hair, my ends can really start to look thin and stringy when they're dead and need to be trimmed. This is especially visible from the back.

    Frizzy ends after diffusing, or product not holding your ends. If you prefer the more defined look with gel, you may notice that no matter how much product you apply, your ends look frayed and frizzy.

    For more info, check out my Curly Haircare for Beginners playlist for how-tos and tips.

    Signs your curls need a trim

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