Huetiful Hair Steamer Review

DSCN1127For the past few years in the natural hair community all the rave has been about hair steamers.  While most Naturalistas are used to the “cap and hooded dryer” method of deep conditioning, many are now using the steaming method of deep conditioning.  Hair steamers emit steam to infuse and hydrate hair strands with water a.k.a moisture.  The warm steam is supposed to lift the hair’s cuticle to allow moisture to penetrate the hair strands intensely and quickly. Applying a conditioner and/or essentials oils to the hair prior to steaming is said to enhance the steaming effects.

I received a Huetiful Hair Steamer for Christmas two years ago and have been using it faithfully every week (sometimes twice a week), so I feel compelled to share my experience, the good and the bad, with you all since I’ve been using it for two LONG years.

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Style Chronicles: Vegas Nights

Las-Vegas-Fountain-StripI spent the weekend in Vegas with an amazing group of people and was able to take part in a dear friend’s “Birthday Soirée”.  I’ll spare you all the juicy details of the drunken Karaoke Night at the House of Blues; late night pit stops at the Double Down Saloon to sample their famous “Ass Juice Shots” (don’t even ask); cabana-style lounging at Caesars Palace’s Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis; and the private dinner party shenanigans at Sugar Factory’s Chocolate Lounge.  Let’s just say I had an effin’ awesome time!  Hey…you know the saying…“What happens in Vegas…”.

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Style Chronicles: Springtime OOTD

photoshake_1367085035780-1Spring has finally sprung and the time has come for beautiful spring colors, flowing sun dresses and cute sandals.  This weekend I pulled out one of my favorite spring dresses and decided to dress it up with simple, yet chic, accessories.  Check out my outfit and style details below!

Dress:  I am in love with this dress and its color.  I purchased this coral “skater dress” from Boohoo Online Store.  Boohoo has stylish, good quality clothing for a very reasonable price.  I’m obsessed with this online store! Continue reading

Product Review: Shea Moisture Hair Color System

sm1Earlier this year Shea Moisture introduced its new line of permanent hair color.   I was ELATED (insert “happy dance” here)!  As you can already tell by scrolling through my product reviews, I am an avid Shea Moisture supporter and fan.  Their products are packed with awesome natural ingredients and carry a very reasonable price-tag.  So, I had to give the Shea Moisture Hair Color System a try.

I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve colored my hair in my lifetime, and it’s always the same color – jet black.  My natural hair color is a dark, dusty brown.  I’m not the biggest fan of its color, so several years back I decided to experiment with jet black hair color. I guess I’m not the most adventurous spirit when it comes to my hair color (LOL), but I fell in love with the jet black hair color.  It compliments my skin tone perfectly.

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Tips For Transitioners

Hey TNC Fam!  🙂

There are a lot of ladies out there who have taken the plunge and made the decision to go natural.  I’m sure you have a lot questions regarding the transitioning process, what to expect and how to handle the hair fiascos that will have you on the verge of smacking a relaxer in your hair (don’t worry…the hair fiascos are sure to come). I’d like to share with you some helpful tips that I learned throughout my transition that made the process a lot easier and enjoyable.

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Beauty Chronicles: Nicka K. Cosmetics Lipstick Review

1360292893154-2I have a new found love for lipstick – highly pigmented, rich, moisturizing lipstick. I always played it safe and wore clear or colored lip gloss, and steered clear of lipstick.  It was just never my thing – until now. 🙂

After dishing out $18-$24 per tube for a few MAC lipsticks and feeling pretty “blah” about them, I decided to experiment with a less expensive brand that did not carry the notability, popularity or price tag of the MAC brand, but definitely showed up and showed out.  While catching up on a few of African Export’s awesome YouTube videos, I came across a  review on the Nick K. Cosmetics lipstick line. Anyone who keeps up with African Export knows that she experiments and reviews A LOT of different types of makeup and makeup lines.  She as well as a slew of her commenters raved about the Nicka K. lipstick line, so I was inclined to give it a try. Continue reading

Cooking Chronicles: Scrumptious Shrimp & Grits…My Way

1361061238206I am not a fan of grits, which is probably why I never had the slightest interest in them or a desire to try them.  Okay, so I’ve never even had grits up until a few weeks ago.  I just mentally wrote them off and never thought twice about trying them because they appeared to be very similar to Cream of Wheat, which I do not like – the consistency, the texture, the grittiness – it just turns me off!  Shrimp and grits is such a  classic southern-style dish with a delicious history.  The look of it alone makes my mouth water, but I could never get past the grits! I decided to stop judging something that I’d never even eaten and give it a try.

The U Street Corridor in Northwest DC is bustling with eclectic and unique restaurants, bars, lounges and boutiques.  It is, hands down, one of my favorite neighborhoods in the DC area and is filled with so much history and substance. Marvin, a classic bistro and lounge named after the legendary Marvin Gaye, is nestled in the heart of the U Street Corridor and has some the best food in the area.  I visited this gem a few weeks back and decided to step outside of my comfort zone and order the shrimp and grits appetizer.  I’ll just say, I am extremely pissed that I waited so long to try this dish.  It is AMAZEBALLS! The grits were extremely smooth and creamy, and the shrimp were huge, juicy and flavorful. The dish just came together so well.  I can’t believe that I’m just now getting around to this southern classic! Continue reading