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How to Get Curlier Hair Naturally - 10 Tips for Tighter, Defined Curls

Sunday, July 14, 2019

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Today's video is part of my Curly Haircare for beginners playlist, where I break down how to take care of your curls in simplified steps, explain the basics, and provide tips for transitioning to your natural texture. Full video here on transitioning tips.

When you stop damaging your hair with heat and chemicals, you will be amazed at the curl pattern that you have naturally. It's a long process to grow out your hair, and it takes patience. With following the Curly Girl Method, and implementing the tips I'm sharing today on how to make your hair curlier, your curls will come to life over time.

These tips are also great for incorporating in your curly hair routine to get a more defined look and create ringlets. Beware, most of these tips will cause your hair to shrink up and appear shorter, but many prefer to have more defined curls over length.

Before & after curly haircut

1. Get a trim. This is a big one! Just look at how much tighter my curls were last time I got a trim. Without those dead ends and tangles weighing down my hair, my curls are able to shrink up.

2. Use Olaplex No. 3, one of my holy grail hair products. I've done a few video on this already you can find here and here (1 year later). Essentially this product repairs the broken bonds in your hair's cuticle, which encourages your curl pattern to tighten up.

Before & after Olaplex No. 3

3. Clarify to remove build up.
Over time, curls can easily get weighed down with silicones and hair products. Cleansing with a clarifying shampoo, apple cider vinegar, or a sulfate shampoo every once in a while will give you a deep clean.

4. Deep condition once a week, consistently. Moisturized curls are healthy curls! Use a mask that contains protein to strengthen and create definition. Be mindful of protein overload though, which can make hair too hard and brittle. Always balance protein treatments with moisture-based deep conditioners and stylers. Click here to watch How to Deep Condition Curly Hair for Beginners.

5. Twist and finger coil your hair to train your curls. I love doing this when I'm applying Olaplex or deep conditioners.

6. Use styling products labeled as "curl defining" or "curl enhancing" that contain ingredients such as:
  • Flaxseed
  • Slippery Elm
  • Aloe Vera
  • Hydrolyzed wheat protein
  • Hydrolyzed rice protein
7. Use the Denman brush when applying products to create ringlets. Angle the brush down like you would when using a curling wand as you glide down the strand. As the hair wraps around the edge of the brush, it smooths curls to create cork-screw ringlets.

8. Scrunch products into your hair when it's soaking wet with your hands, and/or scrunch using a cotton towel or t-shirt.

9. Plop curls using a Hair RePear Towel or t-shirt before diffusing. This encourage more definition and volume compared to air drying, where curls can be weighed down by gravity. Click here to watch How to Plop Curly Hair.

10. Diffuse hair with a diffuser that has long prongs/teeth on it. Flip upside down and cup hair into the diffuser, pressing up towards your scalp. Or, flip hair upside down and "plop" over a flat surface, hovering the diffuser around your head. 

Products and tools shown in the video:
How to get tighter, more defined curls

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-Easy Winged Liner for Beginners using Pencil
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VIDEO: EASY Waterproof Winged Eyeliner Tutorial using Pencil Liner

Sunday, July 07, 2019
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Winged eyeliner can be so challenging for everyone, and it can really slow down your routine when you're getting ready. Liquid liner is the least forgiving, and one small move can ruin your makeup look. Pencil eyeliner has been my go-to for years as I try to simplify and reduce the time it take me to do my makeup for work.

I still love the look of winged eyeliner, but I prefer a natural, thin wing to help make my small hooded eyes look larger and more awake. In this tutorial, I share how to apply pencil eyeliner to achieve a soft, natural wing.

I have found the best waterproof eyeliner pencils to be the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils because they're smudge proof and long-lasting. Liner color used for this look is "Demolition." Also mentioned: Zero, Roach, & Love Drug.

How to apply winged liner for beginners using pencil

  1. Start by dotting/dabbing the pencil liner on the upper lid, very close to your lash line. Avoid dragging the liner across your lid and making a full line.
  2. Using a Sigma Flat Definer Brush, buff the liner into the lash line to create a soft, thin line. Avoid going too close to the inner corner. Smudge the liner into the lashes as you go towards the inner corner, versus applying a line on top.
  3. Place the pencil in the outer corner of the eye and lightly create a wing pointing towards the end of your brow. Use the brush to soften the line and extend the wing if needed.
  4. Lightly line the lower lash line (under/within the lashes). Avoid going too far into the inner corner. Smudge the lower liner gently with the brush. 
  5. Using a bit of liner on the brush, connect the lower lash line to the wing.
  6. Optional: clean up the bottom of the wing using a Sigma Concealer Brush and a bit of concealer or foundation.

EASY Waterproof Winged Eyeliner Tutorial using Pencil Liner

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-Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel 4 Day Test

VIDEO: Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel 4 Day Test

Sunday, June 30, 2019
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The Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel is known to be one of the best curly girl method approved gels for humid weather. I had to put to the test after several subscribers recommended it to me after seeing my constant battle with frizz. Since transitioning my curls, they frizz up so easily in the slightest humidity, making all the hard work of styling my hair quickly dissipate.

Since y'all really seemed to enjoy the video I did on a week of refreshing my hair, I thought I'd do a little check in each day after my wash & go and share how I refreshed each day.Day 1 (wash day) I had great results, my curls were super defined, and my hair felt very lightweight and soft. However, by that evening my curls were pretty frizzy but I still had curl definition.

Day 2 appeared to show the best results, I think because I had a base layer of gel, then after refreshing I sealed in any frizz that had formed. My favorite thing about this gel is how smooth my hair feels and doesn't tangle easily, making refreshing a breeze.

Day 3 was about the same, but still required refreshing this day held up ok because I was inside most of the day. I still had some frizz form and at this point my roots were starting to get flat.

Day 4 looked ok after refreshing, but was quickly ruined after just 2 hours of being outside for a about 30 min. My hair fell flat and I noticed my curls felt damp and limp from the humidity. I decided to wash my hair on Day 5.

Overall, I loved how the gel made my hair feel, and it looks great as long as I'm not out in the humidity too long. I think this would be ideal for someone who has less frizz than me, and/or a lighter curl pattern or wave. It's a super lightweight gel, and gives a medium hold.

Purchase it here for around $26 on Amazon, or from Ulta.

My awesome Instagram follower, Tina, recommended I try the Stronger Hold version of the gel, so I'm going to order it and test it for ya'll!

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-Declutter My Closet + Organization Hacks on a Budget


VIDEO: Closet Declutter + Organization Tips & Hacks

Sunday, June 23, 2019
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We're continuing the Spring/Summer Declutter Series I'm doing on my channel by tackling my closet today! This is something I like to do a few times a year, whenever the season changes to get ready for the next. It feels so good to toss things you don't wear, re-fold and sort items, and organize your clothes so you can ready faster. In this video, I share several tips for organizing your closet and how to save space.

Since we built our house, I was able to customize the closet to meet our needs. I am grateful to have space to store everything, however things can still get out of hand and messy at times. Hopefully these tips will help you keep your closet organized, no matter how much space you have.

I mentioned in the video how the custom closet system is not yet complete, because we still need to finish the bottom half. The lower section will have wood drawers, allowing for more storage for pants, pajamas, workout clothes, etc. I can't wait to share that with you when it's finished!

If you're interested in some of the best closet organizers and space saving hangers, I've included links below.
Watch the full Declutter & Get Organized series here.

In the video, I also shared how my favorite denim shorts and jeans for curvy girls are from Fashion Nova. Get 30% off here!

Closet Organization Hacks

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-Curl Keeper Gel Review & Wear Test
Curl Keeper

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.

Find it on Amazon here for $19.

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

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