My DevaCurl Haircut Experience

If you know me in real life you know that I have been talking about this haircut for a good three months now, which also explains why I had so much cut off, but we will get to that. For those who don’t know, DevaCurl is a brand that makes hair products specifically for those with curly hair and they also train stylist to cut curly hair. There is salon in town that has DevaCurl certified stylist (find a stylist near you), but I kept putting it off. When I went home over break my mom kept telling me that I should just get it done there, but I was too busy basking in the fact that my hair was currently as long as it has ever been, despite the fact that my ends looked #raggedy. So, when I got back to school I stopped second guessing myself and made an appointment.

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Alright, so here is the length of my hair before the cut. This length was super nice when I straightened my hair, but while curly it just added weight and straightened out my curls. (also not a great picture but bear with me)

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The DecaCurl cut is a 3-step process. I sat down in the chair and we had a little consolation about what I wanted. She asked if I wanted to keep my length, with which I answered yes, but I understood that my ends were bad and needed to go. So with that she starts cutting!

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After the initial cut I was sent to the back to get shampooed, using the same devacurl products I use at home. I thought the shampoo in general wasn’t that great as they completely ignored my scalp..but oh well. After the conditioner they had me flip my head over and they applied the ultra hold gel while my hair was sopping wet. They patted it dry a little bit with a microfiber towel, then sent me to the dryer. (There were two women working on my head during the shampoo, so yes, “they”)

Okay so the dryer, something we are all familiar with. They stuck some clips at the top of my head in order to give me some volume, but otherwise thats it. I just sat.

Here is the finished product! After the dryer I sat back in the chair and my stylist finished off the cut giving me additional layers and making sure everything was even. While she was finishing the cut I just went for it and had her take more off then originally intended, but I really like it! The length is not bad and it just looks a lot healthier in general. Honestly, I am just waiting for my color to grow out because it has really messed with my curl pattern but that is another story.

I hope to get back on a normal schedule regarding trims and then when all my color is gone I’ll probably resume trying to grow it out again, but this time I will try to do it the healthy way. All in all the haircut was $80 dollars, which may seem a little pricey but its only a little more than what I used to pay for my hair appointments once a month.

Have you ever had a DevaCurl cut? Do you use their products? Which is your favorite?!

 

A Look Back at the Letter to my 3rd Year Self

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In August, the day before the first day of the semester I wrote a letter to myself about what I wanted to accomplish that semester. Below are some quotes and reflections from the post, but feel free to read the whole thing here.

Your second year was a marathon, and you were crawling at the end, so don’t put yourself in that position again.

  • This quote is referencing how emotionally draining second year was for me. I’m proud to say last semester was a 1,000 times better. I did a way better job at keeping in touch with what I needed and at knowing what would be too much for me. The adversity I dealt with has really helped me learn more about who I am which sounds cliche but is actually really helpful when doing life.

Work hard in school, and know that you are the queen of time management and will get everything done. Do well on your first midterm so you don’t have to stress later.

  • Last semester was the best semester I’ve had so far and I was finally able to get all A’s! Doing well on the first midterm/paper is so important because it literally sets you up to do well the rest of the semester because you don’t have to stress about pulling yourself out of a hole.

Love Jesus and know His grace.

  • This will always be something I want to get better at! This semester I want to simply be more intentional in how I love Jesus, and how I show his love to those around me.

Never stop loving as hard as you do. But protect yourself.

  • With each  “situation” I find that I am getting better at the protecting yourself concept. In my opinion, having walls up in the name of self-care is not always a bad thing. I am really happy with where I am right now, and I am not looking to mess with that.

 

I’m proof that the Sun definitely rises again.

Coffee Alternatives Suggested by Me, an Addict

If you didn’t already know, I love coffee. A lot. If I don’t have a cup by roughly 12:30pm, pounding headaches ensue. I also enjoy drinking water out of cups that previously had coffee in them because I can still taste hints of coffee. I really like coffee.

At one point I needed to have a 5:00 venti coffee everyday, and maybe another one later in the night..which became expensive and probably unhealthy. So, in the middle of last semester I decided I was going to try something else for my night time drink: TEA. What a novel idea huh?

So I am a pretty inexperienced tea drinker, mostly because I am picky about the taste, but I think that is what has made this new adventure so much fun. While a lot of what I have tried taste like dirty flowers, I have found some I truly enjoy (see below).

Also, a special shoutout to my best friend Shontell for giving me a box of Teavana mixed teas for my birthday! 

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  • Strawberry Rose Champagne/Peace Tranquility (everything you’ve ever wanted)
  • Maharaja Chai Oolong/Samurai Chai Maté
  • Youthberry/Wild Orange Blossom
  • Blueberry Bliss/Pineapple Kona Pop
  • Teavana Rock Sugar

B: Mighty Leaf Organic African Nectar you should be able to find it at your local grocery store!

C: Celestial Matcha Green Lattes I first learned about matcha lattes from a woman I avidly watch on Instagram and Snapchat, Hannah Bronfman (Weird? I don’t care. She is all of the beauty goals). Anyways, I came home from school and my mom was drinking them so I decided to try it. It is so relaxing and the added milk resembles the smoothness of a nice cup of coffee. Here is how I make it:

  • 2/3 cup of milk
  • 3/4 cup of celestial matcha green tea
  • A splash of sugar
  • Microwave it for 1.5 minutes, or until desired temperature

 

Comment below with your favorite tea or coffee alternative! 

 

 

A “Just Because” Lunch with Mom

Now that I am away from home basically 10 out of the 12 months in a year, I really appreciate the time I do get to spend with my Mom. Yesterday, she was off work so she suggested we try out a new restaurant in town called Taste. It has a very aesthetically pleasing decor with a little store on one side, with a wall of wine bottles separating it from the restaurant side with tables.

Think of it as a slightly different Jason’s Deli, that doesn’t have the amazing corn bread muffins. I ordered a BBQ sandwich (#typical) which was super good, and my mom tried some buffalo chicken soup with a spinach salad. The sweet tea was also on point. Below are some pictures from the inside, and if you scroll to the very bottom you can see a new snack I decided to try!

Happy Tuesday!

      

I really wanted these to be amazing, but I’m not convinced. In my head they would be like hot cheetos, but they aren’t at all…

 

Podcast Party: Black Men Can’t Jump in Hollywood

 

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Follow them on twitter @blackmenpodcast

Hey friends! I hope that everyone had a great holiday season, and hello to 2016! It has been a while since I have found a new podcast, but just the other week I came across “Black Men Can’t Jump in Hollywood” and it is so good!
The breakdown of the podcast is pretty simple. There are 3 black men who discuss movies featuring black stars.

 

 

  • The first segment is their initial reaction to the movie and simply discussing the movie’s main take aways. It is probably a good idea for you to have seen the movie before listening because there will be spoilers.
  • The second segment is called “The Swirl” (which is always funny) as they discuss whether there were any interracial relationships that weren’t simply about having “jungle fever.”
  • The final segment is called “The Cause” where they vote on whether the movie did anything to help the black communities cause.

So far I have listened to their episodes about the movies: Creed, Love and Basketball, and The Best Man Holiday. I thought it was interesting that they compared Love and Basketball to The Notebook, and The Best Man Holiday to Love Actually. You’ll have to listen to the episodes, but it makes sense. They also have episodes discussing Training Day, Rush Hour, Hancock, Coming to America, Barbershop, and more!

For me, this podcast has shone a light on the many inequalities people of color face in Hollywood. Obviously I knew there were problems (hello #OscarsSoWhite) but this podcast has given me some insight into how the business works and the excuses companies stand behind in order to explain their lack of diversity (marketing schemes blah blah blah).

Basically, Viola Davis’ Emmy speech sums it all up: “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.” 

If you listen to this podcast, or any others I have posted about, I would love to know what you think!