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VIDEO: 4 Curly Hair Styling Techniques using 1 Product - Dippity Do Gel

Sunday, December 01, 2019
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This video was super fun to make, because I got to A/B test different methods of styling curly hair and product application techniques. I decided to use my favorite, strong hold gel from Dippity Do because I always love my results no matter how I apply the gel. It has a medium to strong hold, and leaves the hair soft after scrunching out the crunch.
Dippity Do Gel

Method #1: Super Defined Ringlets
This styling method involves sectioning off the hair and combing the gel through to evenly coat each strand. I used the Denman brush to define each curl individually. This gives tight ringlets, but will result in ringlets. This method is known to not produce much volume, although you can fluff your root and scrunch out the crunch to help get bigger hair.

Method #2: Quick & Easy Style
When I'm in a hurry, I don't do anything special when applying my stylers and I simply pull the product through my hair and try my best to evenly coat the strands. I typically finish off with scrunching to help encourage ringlets to form. This method gives me a basic look with not a ton of volume but overall frizz-free curls.

Method #3: "Smasters" Technique
Coined by the curly hair community, this method involves layering your styling products for more defined curls. I applied one layer of the gel, allowed my hair to begin to dry about 5%, then go in with more gel and smooth frizz just where needed. This technique gave me a longer lasting style, volume, and definition.

Method #4: Mega Volume + Definition
This method is my own hodgepodge of techniques all in one, where I use several tricks for getting maximum volume such as styling upside down and separating curls by raking my hands through. I then use the Denman brush to define just the top layer, while keeping the inside layer separated.

Which is your favorite? I'm leaning towards #3 and #4, but interested in hearing your thoughts!

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Curly Hair Styling Methods

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-Steps to Begin the Curly Girl Method

VIDEO: 10 Steps to Begin the Curly Girl Method for Beginners

Sunday, November 24, 2019
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Transitioning to your natural hair and learning the curly girl method can be over whelming, so I wanted to break it down step-by-step. In this video, I am going through the exact steps you can take to kick off your natural hair journey.
Before we begin, first watch the video on The Curl Girl Method Simplified for Beginners to learn what it means, what ingredients to avoid, and more.

  1. Go through your hair products and look for any products that contain:
    -Sulfates: Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, etc
    -Silicones: Dimethicone, Amodimethicone, to name a few
    -Alcohols: Ethanol, SD alcohol, alcohol denat, propanol, propyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol
    Give away or donate products that you no longer plan to use. 
  2. Put away any heat styling tools, including straighteners, curling irons, blow out brushes, etc. Keeping them out of sight and out of mind will help you not be tempted to ruin all your hair work on your journey to healthy hair. I still prefer to blow dry my hair, but only with a diffuser attachment and I use low heat and low airflow.
  3. Research & shop for products that are best for your hair type. Use to copy/paste ingredient lists to ensure products are curly girl method approved. Some drugstore brands are:
    Shea Moisture
    Not Your Mother's (double check ingredients per product)
    Cantu Beauty (double check ingredients per product)
    Noughty Haircare <--25% off with code GETGLAMMED25
    Maui Moisture
    Kinky Curly
    Camille Rose
    Mielle Organics

  4. Get a trim! Trimming of those dead, split ends will make a world of difference. More on haircuts for curly hair and signs you need a trim here.
  5. Clarify to remove silicone buildup. One of the most important steps to begin the CGM. Clarifying will remove product build up and silicones to have a clean slate. More on clarifying methods here.
  6. Deep condition once per week. Another crucial step that will ensure your hair stays hydrated. Watch this video to learn more about deep conditioning for beginners.
  7. Buy tools that will help you preserve your style so you don't have to wash your hair every day, such as a satin bonnet or satin pillowcase. 
  8. Use a t-shirt or cotton Hair Repear Towel (20% off with code glammeup20) instead of a bath towel to prevent frizz and breakage. More about the causes of tangles and breakage here.
  9. Track your progress. Documenting your hair journey will keep you encouraged and allow you to see what products worked for you and what didn't. This is something I wish I did more along the way! 
  10. Be PATIENT and consistent. Just like losing weight or eating healthy, it's a process that will only work if you stay consistent. Follow others who have similar hair on Instagram and YouTube for inspiration. 
More about my curly hair journey and the steps to transition here.

Products mentioned:
Dippity Do Girls with Curls Gelee (not all products from this brand are silicone free)
Not Your Mother's Curl Talk Mousse
Denman 5-row Brush
Croc Magic Diffuser
HairRepear The Ultimate Hair Towel <--20% off with code glammeup20
Satin bonnet
Thermal Haircare Hot Head Cap

10 Steps to Start the Curly Girl Method

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-Sunday Wash Day Routine, Testing Not Your Mother's Products

Sunday Wash Day Routine Testing Not Your Mother's Products

Sunday, November 17, 2019
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I love being able to take my time on the weekend when I wash my hair and test out new products and techniques. Today I decided to bring y'all along as I try out some Not Your Mother's products I haven't tried before, included a scalp scrub, shampoo, conditioner, and mask. I also take you through how I style using some of my favorite drugstore curly hair products, and how I quickly refresh on Monday morning before work. Hope you enjoy!

Products Shown:
How to Deep Condition Curly Hair for Beginners
How to Wash Curly Hair

Watch the Curly Haircare for Beginners playlist for more help, tips, routines, and more.

Wash Day Routine Testing Not Your Mother's

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-Wavy Hair Routine on my 3A/3B Curly Hair

VIDEO: Wavy Hair Routine on my 3A/3B Curly Hair

Sunday, November 10, 2019
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Ever been in a hair rut? I not only like to switch up my curly hair routine with the seasons, but get bored with using the same type of products all the time. Now that it's not humid out, I can get away with using lighter hold products and get more volume. I wanted to test product designed for wavy hair and wavy-curly hair, because some areas of my hair do have this looser curl pattern. I know some of you that follow me may have 2a-3a curl patterns, so hopefully this helps you out!
I also switch the side my part is on, which really changed up my style and gave more volume.

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How to Wash Curly Hair
How to Deep Condition Curly Hair for Beginners
How to Make Hair Curlier - 10 Tips for Tighter, Defined Curls
Curly Haircare for Beginners Playlist

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-Best Affordable Wedding Dress - JJ's House Review + Wedding Photos

VIDEO: Best Affordable Wedding Dress - JJ's House Review + Wedding Photos

Sunday, November 03, 2019
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Today I'm finally sharing the video I've been talking about for weeks, all about how I spent just $275 on my entire wedding look. I am going into detail on the website I got my dress from, my thoughts on the quality, my affordable wedding jewelry, and shoes. Also sharing a few photos we received so far from the wedding day!

Call me crazy, but I ordered the first wedding dress I picked out online and didn't even have to return it. Some say I got lucky, but I honestly knew exactly what I wanted and went straight for the dress that caught my eye when I was browsing Google. I came across JJ's House, an online store with a wide variety of affordable wedding dresses, custom sizing, bridesmaids dress, and more formalwear.

I fell in love with the A-Line V-neck Court Train Chiffon Wedding Dress in Ivory because it was simple, elegant, and had the vintage bridal look I was going for. The intricate lace detailing looks so high end, and I was impressed with the quality for the price. The plunge V-neck and A'Line cut is flattering for any body type, and was comfortable to wear. I also really loved the open back, and button detailing up the zipper.

I decided to not order a custom size, because I wanted the option to return it if I didn't like the dress. I measured, re-measured, and measured some more until I settled on a regular size 10. I normally wear a 6 or 8 in dresses, but my measurements for this dress came out to a 10. I probably could have done a 9, however it worked out fine.

I did get my dress altered separately, because the straps were a bit long on me and I wanted them to fit more sung, so I wouldn't have to risk them falling down when leaning over. However, I am very short waisted and have this trouble with regular bras, camis, and tank tops. If you have an averaged size torso, you likely will not have any issues with the straps. I also had the center sewn in just a bit to cover a bit of the lower cleavage. I had the bottom hemmed because I am only 5'3", so there was some extra length.

For accessories, I paired the dress with gold metals and champagne colored jewels. Again, they were all super affordable and were less than $50 combined.

Affordable bridal jewelry, champagne drop earrings

Affordable bridal jewelry, champagne bracelet

Affordable bridal shoes, champagne block heel sandals

For affordable bridal accessories and shoes, see the links below.

If you missed it, I also posted a video on how to create my easy, simple bridal hairstyle for naturally curly hair here.
Also check out my bridal makeup tutorials:
Bridal Makeup for Hooded Eyes
Drugstore Bridal Makeup: Long Wearing Face Makeup & Lips

Affordable Wedding Dress - JJ's House Review

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