My curly hair routine

I wear my hair curly most of the time because nobody has time or money to be going to the salon all the time or blow drying this long hair lol. So I have mastered how to get my hair shiny, fluffy, curly, non scrunchy and oh so very voluminous.

Here is my step by step routine and the products I use.

  1. The night before I know I am going to wash my hair I begin by putting coconut oil all over my hair, then I detangle it and place it in a high bun and go to bed. Detangling hair when its dry actually prevents your hair from breaking or causing more fallouts. Whenever I forget to detangle before I wash my hair, I notice I get more fallout in the shower and when I detangle my hair when its wet, more hair comes out on my brush, yikes! Also, I use coconut oil because it has many benefits for your hair like: making your hair grow faster, moisturizing, and allows to detangle hair a lot easier. But lets be honest, I use coconut oil for pretty much everything. Check out my post on 10 ways to use coconut oil. It’s my holy grail. 035412_A
  2. Next morning, I am ready to wash my hair. My preferred shampoo for curly hair is L’Oreal EverCurl Hydracharge Shampoo. I love this shampoo because it is 100% sulfate free, paraben free, no harsh salts, and 100% vegan. Sulfate free is important, especially for curly haired girls because it is what prevents frizz, dryness, and loss of volume in our beautiful curls. It’s also important to have a sulfate free shampoo if you have colored treated hair because it will preserve the color more than a shampoo that contains sulfates. For many years, I used regular shampoos and never knew the difference until I colored my hair red and my hair stylist recommended me to switch to a sulfate free shampoo for my newly colored hair, and I swear I’ve seen a HUGE difference in the quality of my hair and curls ever since. I also use the same brand conditioner. After I shampoo just once (thats all you need) I leave the conditioner on for about 5 minutes while I wash my body, then I rinse it off. Lastly, to dry my hair I DO NOT towel dry my hair, the material of the towel causes curly hair to frizz. I use a regular cotton t shirt to pat dry my hair. 2255071
  3. Finally is styling time! After I remove any tangles from my hair I like to use Marc Anthony Strictly Curls Defining Lotion. Not the artist! lol. This is the best product I’ve used because it doesn’t make my curls hard or scrunchy. Instead, my curls are soft, shiny, defined with lots of volume. It adds moisture and eliminates frizz. I definitely recommend this product, its all I use on my hair. To apply it, I flip all my hair forward and with a good amount, I begin to scrunch the product into my hair (if that makes any sense) I am trying to bunch up my hair so it creates the curls I want. I do this about 2-3 times applying a bit more product each time. Then I use a diffuser to dry my hair and create gorgeous curls with lots of volume. I do this until my hair is almost completely dry. Then as I’m applying my makeup or getting ready, I usually place half of my hair in a half updo with a clip to add a bit more volume as my hair continues to dry. image40_english_header

And there you have it! Beautiful curls! It seems long, but the whole process takes me like 30 mins and I have long hair 😉

Let me know what’s your curly hair routine or your favorite curly hair products that you can’t live without. I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading! Until my next post ❤

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5 home remedies to clear a pimple fast

We all dread when we get those dreadful unexpected pimples that are so unappealing and always tend to pop up on the worst times!

Here are 5 home remedies for getting rid of your pimple fast!

  1. Aspirin:  Aspirin’s leading ingredient is salicylic acid which is the same ingredient in many drugstore products that help combat pimples. Crush one aspiring and mix with water to create a paste and apply it to your pimple, and leave it on for 10 min then rinse it off.
  2. Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil is a mild antiseptic and mild anti inflammatory, place a few drops directly to your pimple and leave it overnight.
  3. Apple cider vinegar: Use one part vinegar and 3 to 4 parts water. This makes a great organic facial toner that helps keep those nasty pimples away! It also helps to remove any bacteria on your face.
  4. Tooth paste: Try to use the all white kind of toothpaste not the gel ones. The ingredients in the all white one contains hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and triclosan; which all help in drying out a pimple. Place a bit of the toothpaste directly to the pimple and leave overnight.
  5. Baking soda: Baking soda is amphoteric which means it can act as an acid or a base. It helps neutralize your pH balance which are a common cause of acne. Mix with water to create a paste and apply it all over your problem areas. It will help dry the pimple, remove excess oil, and remove any dirt or dead skin cells.

For more home remedies check out http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20907845_9,00.html

Organic Facial Scrub

Hey loves!

I’ve found a great organic facial scrub that helps brighten your skin, reduce acne scars, smooth your skin and get rid of those unappealing blackheads we all dread.

Heres is all you need:

  • 2 tsp of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of coconut oil (if your skin is more on the drier side)
  • 1/2 a lemon
  • Facial cotton pads

Steps: 

  1. Start off by wetting your face with warm water to help open your pores.
  2. If you’re using coconut oil, mix a tsp to the brown sugar.
  3. Squeeze half a lemon into the brown sugar and coconut oil and mix until it becomes a paste
  4. Use a cotton pad to place the paste to your face
  5. Move in circular motion and concentrate on problem areas where there is acne scars or blackheads. Avoid your eyes.
  6. Cleanse face with cold water, this will tighten your pores.

Benefits of this scrub: 

  • Helps lighten face especially acne scars
  • Helps minimize the appearance of wrinkles and discoloration
  • Removes blackheads
  • It leaves the skin smooth and soft
  • Its also great for the rest of your body to help exfoliate and remove any dead skin cells (sounds disgusting but true) lol
  • Its inexpensive and you probably already have the ingredients in your home! 😉

For more home made facial scrubs check out http://homemadeforelle.com/10-simple-exfoliating-face-scrubs/

10 ways to use coconut oil

Coconut oil has many beauty and health benefits including helping lower cholesterol, hair care, skin care, weight loss, and helps boost the immune system.

Here are 10 ways to use coconut oil: 

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Coconut oil can be use as a hair mask to help restore softness and shine back to the hair. The oil will melt when in 76°F. After shampooing you can rub it all over the hair and let sit for 5 minutes before rinsing. Or you can leave in on overnight like I do. Its been also said to help grow your hair longer!

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Coconut oil can also be used as a natural lip balm that will help soothe and cure chapped lips. You can also create your own natural lip scrub to really get those lips nice and soft by combining brown sugar and some coconut oil and scrubbing your lips gently for a few minutes. This will help remove any dead skin left on your lips and leave them baby soft.

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You can use coconut oil to replace you shaving cream! The oil will not only protect your skin but it will also moisturize it at the same time and help prevent those nasty ingrown hairs. For added benefit, mix brown sugar and coconut oil to a paste and scrub your legs before shaving, this will help remove any dead skin and help prep your skin for shaving.

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You can use coconut oil to combat frizz! If you have curly hair like I do, this is a lifesaver! A little bit goes a long way. I usually start from my ends and work my way up my hair so my roots don’t look too shiny. It also helps restore moisturize back to your hair and makes it smell amazing too!

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Use a finger and smooth a small layer of coconut oil to your nails and cuticle. Let the oil sit on your cuticles for a minute before cutting. This will not only help strengthen your nails but also smooth and hydrate your cuticles.

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Use coconut oil to replace other oils or expensive cooking sprays! Coconut oil has so many health benefits like helping lower cholesterol to boosting your immune system. You can buy it in a spray form thats easier for cooking, or you can just use it straight from the jar that buy. I use it for practically anything that requires me to grease a pan and it doesn’t alter the taste of my food at all.

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Coconut oil can be use as a moisturizer or night cream. I prefer to use it as a night cream because my skin already has an oily consistency, however for dry skin it’s ideal! For me its a great night cream because it has anti aging properties that help combat any wrinkles, or any discolorations. After some time I have noticed my skin become a bit brighter. Its also been said, to brighten under eyes and help prevent breakouts.

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I use coconut oil as a natural makeup remover. I buy the cotton pads seen in the picture to help wipe the makeup away. The oil is sensitive on my skin yet it removes the toughest makeup on my skin leaving it smooth and makeup free.

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Mix coconut oil with brown sugar or sea salt to create a paste and use this as a body scrub to help remove any dead skin and moisturize your skin for baby smooth shiny skin that smells amazing!

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Lastly, you can use coconut oil as an under eye cream. This will help keep the fine lines away, brighten them up, and keep the bags and puffiness away.

Hopefully you found these ideas and tips helpful and you learned something new! For a lot more awesome uses for coconut oil check out http://wellnessmama.com/5734/101-uses-for-coconut-oil/ for 101 uses for coconut oil!

Thanks for reading! ❤