No-Heat Stretched Curls {Featuring Head & Shoulders}

Beauty, Product Reviews

This post is brought to you in partnership with Head & Shoulders. All views and opinions expressed are my own. Thanks so much for supporting the brand that make this blog possible!

Instead of winding down for the year, December has turned out to be one of my busiest months ever. Between finishing up last-minute client projects and prepping for the holidays, I have almost ZERO downtime for personal maintenance. That means that the few moments I do have to spare on my beauty routine have to be spent wisely. You guys know that I’m generally no-fuss, no-muss when it comes to styling my natural tresses, so I just wanted to share my one of my easy styling methods – that I picked up from my Granny – in this quick tutorial. And I also want to share my review of Head & Shoulders Green Apple Shampoo.

My hair is prone to dryness, so I use a sulfate-free shampoo about 80% of the time. But recently, I’ve started a new exercise regimen which means a lot more sweating that can at times lead to a dry itchy scalp. So for those times when I need a little extra sudsing power, or when my scalp feels like it needs some extra TLC, I’ll sometimes reach for my hubby’s Head & Shoulders. For the 11+ years that we’ve been married, this is the only shampoo I’ve ever seen him use. He swears by the Original version, so I was pretty stoked to test out the Head & Shoulders Green Apple Shampoo for a change.

If you ever use Head & Shoulders, the first thing you’ll notice is the mild tingly sensation in your scalp. This comes from their proprietary 1 percent pyrithione zinc technology, combined with fresh scent of green apple. Afterwards, my scalp felt refreshed, and my hair was clean but didn’t have that stripped feeling that some shampoos can leave you with. I followed up with a 15-minute deep condition and wrapped my hair in a microfiber towel after rinsing.

After my towel soaked up most of the moisture from my hair, and my strands were no longer sopping wet, I reached for my trusty satin rollers. These have been a staple in my beauty arsenal for the past 30 years. Back when I was a little girl, one of my favorite things to do was spend the weekend at my grandmother’s house. On Saturday morning, we’d take a trip to the beauty parlor to get our hair done. And at night, she set my hair satin-covered sponge rollers and dress me in one of her old nightgowns before bed. In the morning, we’d wake up and take my rollers out before getting dressed up for church. So everytime, I wear my hair like this I have sweet memories of the time we shared together.

By the time I woke up in the morning, my hair was completely dried. After taking my rollers out, I then applied a bit of hair oil to the palms of my hands and lightly rubbed my fingers through my hair and scalp to help break up the curls. My hair was soft, bouncy and free from product-buildup after using the Head & Shoulders Green Apple Shampoo the night before. And my scalp still felt great and not at all tight, itchy or flaky.

After breaking up the curls, I then brush my hair up towards the crown of my head and secure it in place with an elastic headband that I cut open in the center and wrap around my head to make a ponytail. I like using the elastic headbands as opposed to regular hair-ties because it gives my hair a fuller look and is way less tension on my edges. Sometimes when my hair has extra slips, I secure the band in place with 2 or 3 bobby pins as well.

This style is a lifesaver because of the time it saves me. Just 10-15 minutes to put my hair in rollers the night before, and another 3-5 minutes of styling in the morning. And because the curls were set while my hair was still damp, this style will easily last 3-4 days just by wrapping in a satin scarf or bonnet overnight. It doesn’t get any better than that!

You can find the Head & Shoulders Green Apple Shampoo and many more Head & Shoulders products on Amazon! Having your hair products shipped to your home is a huge time-saver.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Head & Shoulders. The opinions and text are all mine.


Irresistible Me Rotating Curling Iron Review + Bohemian French Braid Tutorial

Beauty, Video

I’m definitely a no-fuss, no-muss kinda gal when it comes to my hair. So I’m always on the lookout for styles and products that can have me out the door and looking great in the shortest amount of time possible. Well, I think I’ve hit the jackpot with this simple, yet elegant up ‘do. Tune in to my french braid tutorial video to see how I achieve this look, plus check out my full review of the Ruby Auto-Rotating Hair Curler, courtesy of the generous folks over at Irresistible Me.

I love wearing my curls of all shapes and sizes, from loose tendrils to tight corkscrews… and EVERYTHING in between. Over the years, I’ve tried all sorts of gadgets on my mane – like steam hot rollers, flexi-rods, flatirons, curlformers, and more – but never a rotating curling iron. I was intrigued when I first saw it online, and thought to myself “Why not?”. It took me a few tries to get the hang of it. But once I did, it was smooth sailing from then on out.

I love how it easy it was to create these loose, romantic tendrils framing my face – the perfect finishing touch to my bohemian style. And I can’t wait to try it out again for a head full of curls!

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This style only takes me a few moments in the morning to recreate. And you can bet I’ll be rocking it throughout this spring and summer.

And what do you guys think about the Ruby Auto-Rotating Hair Curler? Would you try it for yourself? Let me know in the comments. Plus, I’d love to hear about your favorite beauty gadget!


At-Home Hair Styling Experience with TresseNoire


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I have a confession to make…

I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to my hair. In fact, in the 5+ years that I’ve been natural, I’ve gone to a hair salon ONCE! I kid you not. Back in my relaxer days, you could find me in a stylist’s chair at least once every two weeks. While I enjoyed the pampering, it was a bit of a pain having to trek out to the salon and back on the weekends… not to mention a major time suck. So over the past few years, I’ve  just taken matters into my own hands (literally!) when it comes to my hair. But that all changed recently when the lovely folks at TresseNoire reached out to ask if I’d like to test out their in-home salon experience. If you’re not yet familiar with TresseNoire, think of it as Uber for in-home natural hair care. The company has a team of professional (fully-vetted) hairstylists who do their work within the comfort of your home.

With spring right around the corner, I figured it was time for a fresh start and went for it. The first thing I did was set myself up with an account on the TresseNoire site and peruse the various styling options that were available, including blowouts, crochet braids, and many more. After settling on a cute flexi-rod set (which I’ve never attempted before on my own), I scheduled a convenient time for a stylist to come to my home. I was instructed to wash and dry my hair before my appointment, so I did a deep condition the night before and let it air dry in two french braids while I slept. My hair stylist, Jasmine, arrived right on time the next morning and immediately got to work on my mane…


She was very gentle with my hair and offered suggestions on keeping it moisturized and in tip-top condition in between salon visits (including regular trims, which I fully admit to neglecting, and making more time for deep conditioning). The control freak in me couldn’t help but check out all of the products she used in my hair, but I was very pleased to see her using Carol’s Daughter products which I often use and enjoy on my own.

She deftly set my hair with flexi rods in no time at all and then had me sit under a soft bonnet dryer for about 30 minutes. During this entire process, I was able to catch up on one of my favorite tv shows and get some work done on my laptop all in the comfort of my living room. And all the time I kept thinking, “a gal could certainly get used to this…”

After she removed the rods and fingerstyled my tresses a bit, I was greeted by…


… a head full of soft, springy curls!

I was so pleased with how my hair turned out… and even more so when my curls were just as poppin’ over a week later! If you’re a fellow naturalista in the NYC or Philly area, then I highly recommend giving TresseNoire a try. This experience was a complete game-changer for my busy, on-the-go lifestyle, so I will definitely be giving this service another go.

What style do you think I should try next?