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VIDEO: Curl Keeper Gel Review & Wear Test in Humidity

Sunday, June 09, 2019
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Today’s video is a follow-up from my last video, where I took you through 4 days straight of refreshing my hair that had gotten ruined by intense humidity. I typically adjust my hair routine in the summer months when it’s humid out, and use more strong hold gels to have longer-lasting hold. I decided to try out the Curl Keeper Gel again, and see how well it held up. I had tried it about a year ago, and did not have any luck with it no matter which method I used to apply it. Since my hair has changed so much recently, I thought I’d give it another go.

I used the method I shared in a recent video where I section off my hair, and comb the product through very wet hair liberally. I wanted to make sure every bit was cooked so no frizz could peak through. After plopping for 20 minutes, I diffused on low heat and low airflow.

After drying, my curls had a light to medium hold to them with a bit of a gel cast. My hair felt soft, shiny, and defined.

When I filmed the intro of this video, my curls were looking amazing, but by the end of the day (12 hours later) the frizz bomb was back. On camera it looked great, but in different lighting you could really the see frizz that had developed. I had volume and some definition, but the gel cast was totally gone.

Overall I will not be re-purchasing this gel, BUT I do think it would be perfect for someone with a lighter curl pattern, wavy hair, or those who don’t tend to get frizz. The texture is super light and watery, so it won’t weigh down fine curly hair or waves.

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The hunt for the best gel for humidity continues..

I’m currently testing out the Ouidad Climate Control Gel, and so far so good! I’ve tried applying it several ways, and so far I like my hair best on Day 2-3 with it. It’s lightweight and watery in texture too, so my hair feels silky with it. More to come!

Check out my Curly Haircare for Beginners video series for more tips on transitioning naturally curly hair and more.

Curl Keeper Gel Review & Wear Test in Humidity

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-4 Days of Refreshing Curly Hair in Extreme Humidity

VIDEO: 4 Days of Refreshing Frizzy Curly Hair in Extreme Humidity

Monday, June 03, 2019
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If you live in the south, you know how frustrating it can be to spend an hour on your wash day routine, only to step outside and all your styling products dissolves right up from your curls leaving them frizzy and undefined. I wanted to take you through each day of refreshing my hair, from wash day through day 4.

I knew it was going to be hot and humid, so I thought using a strong hold gel and combing it through section by section would do the trick. Boy I was wrong!
I'm taking you along with me each day of refreshing, as I struggle to bring my curls back to life, detangle, and tame the frizz enough to get me through the week.

I think it's important for you to see that struggle with having "perfect hair" every day, and it's just not realistic. By taking you along each morning, hopefully these tips and tricks I use for refreshing curls help you out!

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4 Days of Refreshing Frizzy Curly Hair in Extreme Humidity

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VIDEO: GRWM- Quick & Easy Summer Makeup & Meet Our New Puppy!

Sunday, May 26, 2019
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Happy summer! It's memorial weekend and about 90 degrees with maximum humidity. I wanted to share my everyday, easy & quick makeup look for summer that I typically wear to work. Yesterday, when I filmed this video, we went and looked at a possible wedding venue! We LOVED it but still have a lot to consider before choosing the venue. Fingers crossed this one works out ;)

I also wanted to introduce you all to Chloe, our new puppy! She is a long-haired miniature dachshund, and is about 3 months old. She has been SUCH a good puppy and has brought us so much fun and craziness. It's never a dull minute with this 5 pound spunky chunk! She's growing so much every day, and is learning quick.

Holly, our 10 year old beagle, is adapting to having her first official sibling. They play well together, but since Chloe is teething, Holly gets annoyed with all the biting. We know they'll be best buds :)
If you want to follow along their adventures, Barkbox unboxings, snuggle seshes and more, follow @hollylouthebeagle on Instagram!

For this makeup look, I'm keeping it super light with a natural-finish foundation with long-wear, glowy cheeks, nude lips, and a pop of color on the eyes. What's your go-to look in the summer?

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Quick & Easy Summer Makeup

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-Best Hair Skin & Nails Vitamins | Hair369 Hair Growth Review

VIDEO: Best Hair Skin & Nails Vitamins | Hair369 Hair Growth Review

Sunday, May 19, 2019
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Growing out naturally curly hair can seem like it takes an eternity. I've tried SO many hair, skin, & nails vitamins, and rarely see much of a difference. I've recently been testing the Hair369 Hair Growth Formula Vitamins, and am amazed at my results after just one week.

Why they work
The Hair369 Vitamins are unique because they contain 5000 mcg of Biotin, Folic acid, Vitamin B3, B6, Vitamin A, C, E, and several other ingredients known to promote hair growth. I love how they're basically like taking a multi-vitamin, since they contain so many other ingredients for overall health.

My results
I did a 1-month trial where I took 2 capsules per day consistently. Note: definitely take these with food and drink a glass of water.
After 1 month, I recorded my growth, which is shown in the photo below. It's tough to tell with curly hair, because my curl pattern and shrinkage changes depending on the styling routine and products I use. However by comparing the photos, I can see about 0.5 - 1 inch of growth in one month.

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Hair369 Vitamins Review

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-How to Apply Curly Hair Products & Application Techniques

VIDEO: How to Apply Curly Hair Products & Techniques Explained

Sunday, May 05, 2019
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Those with naturally curly hair understand how much different your hair can look each time you wash it. There are SO many factors that affect how your wash day turns out. Today I'm sharing 4 product application techniques, how to style curly hair, and the differences in there results from each method.

How to Apply Curly Hair Products

Super Defined Curls: This style is the longest lasting of the 4, has the most hold, and no frizz. Using a gel is ideal for that gel cast, but you can also achieve this look with mousse. This method oftentimes doesn't give much volume, but can be fluffed out. Shrinkage is also more common with tighter curl results. It's ideal for those who live in humid climates and struggle with frizz.
  • Section off hair and apply products evenly to each strand.
  • Brush product through with the Denman Brush for maximum definition
  • Finger coil individual curls

Volume + Definition: Sounds impossible right?! This routine uses a cream first, topped with a gel on the outer later of hair, allowing for some frizz to form on the inside layer to add volume. Curls are softer, chunkier, and still defined in some areas. Click here for the full routine using DevaCurl.
  • Apply a cream to wet hair upside down. Rake product through from root to ends.
  • Brush upside down to smooth down frizz
  • Apply a gel overtop, focusing on the outside layers

Volume + Length: Ever heard of the praying hands method? This gives volume while stretching the curls to prevent shrinkage. Similar to the previous method, less product is applied to the inside layer, allowing for some frizz for volume. I used mousse here, but this method could be done with any product type.
  • Apply product to your hands, and smooth hair between your palms to reduce frizz. 
  • Scrunch with your hands or cotton towel

Quick & Easy: If you prefer a quicker routine, this method is simple and easy to achieve. Results will vary depending on your hair type and the product type. For me, I typically get some definition but not as much volume or shrinkage.
  • Rake product through your hair while smoothing frizz
  • Scrunch with product on your hands or with a cotton towel

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-DevaCurl Routine for Volume + Definition

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