New year, New HairDo…. Maybe?

Heeeey Happy New Year!

Most of us get the itch to do something different as the calendar flips from one year to another, right?! New year. New Look. Its pretty common.. For me, 2014 was all about my hair!! I wanted a new look!

I was team relaxer most of my life and decided to big chop to team natural in 2008. I sported a teeny weeny afro and grew my hair out to a pretty good length (slightly past bra strap flat ironed) I’ve enjoyed the journey tremendously and would not trade it for anything. I’ve never been one to do different styles other than the occasional twist outs, ponytails, and buns. Needless to say, on my journey, I grew bored and started contemplating my next hair move. I dyed it, did flat twists, bantu knot outs…. still not satisfied. I wanted a sophisticated, fun look and something easy to maintain while working out.

hair cut jan 2014 before

I jumped on Pinterest and started pinning really cute haircuts, particularly the one McKenzie Renae had been wearing. I’ll admit, I became obsessed with this young ladies hair and just knew, this was THE cut for me.Image:

I called my favorite stylist and she didn’t have any availability. I was bummed but I was determined to get my hair cut within 48 hours | before I changed my mind |!! I called another stylist and she had an appointment available. I booked it and 3 hours later, my 8-year-old and 18-year-old daughters headed to the salon. My 18-year-old was eager to see me make the transition from long to short hair while my 8-year-old had a mini melt down. She did not want her mommy to have short hair.

The Haircut Part 2

I sat in the chair for my new bad girl short hair cut. Yesssss, I was thinking to myself…. She picked up the scissors and started cutting my hair, I was like, hol’ up, hol’ up, hold up, I’m not ready for this. Flashes of me regretting the teeny weeny afro phase came over me and I quickly shifted my request for that cut to an inverted bob. I just couldn’t do it….

Oh, well, right??!?  The bob cut suits me very well so I did get a different look. Not exactly the funk I was trying to bring but it fits me well. Who knows,  I may go in later for a different restyling but I need to ease into short hair.  If I do, you’ll know first! I’m looking forward to seeing how my natural curls pop with the bob cut. It may be that big change I was hoping for.

after flat iron and styling hair cut

Do you have any haircut chronicles that you regret? Or did you have an oops haircut that you ended up loving? Come on, spill it.. Am I the only one who ever chickened out on a hairstyle?  :)

Enjoy Your Journey ~ Kristi

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Natural Hair:: Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel

Hey ya’ll!

For the past  month or so, I’ve been adding aloe vera gel to my regimen and noticed a significant change in my hair. I usually add about 3-4 tablespoons of 100% aloe vera gel to my favorite leave-in conditioner, mix it up and apply to my hair in sections. I have less breakage, I get fewer frizzes, and my twist outs have great definition. This plant has been a little miracle to my mane!Aloe-Veragelbenefits The reasons my hair have had such great results are all the good stuff found in the plant.

The combination of Aloe Vera’s 20 amino acids (which are the building blocks of hair and scalp) also adds both strength and luster to the hair. It has been proven that the skin can absorb the benefits of Aloe Vera up to 7 layers deep; our scalps are more absorbent than our skin so can you imagine the conditioning benefits available to the scalp?

Some other benefits of using aloe vera on the hair are:

• Relieves Scalp Itching
• Reduces Scalp Redness & Inflammation
• Adds Strength & Luster To Hair
• pH Balancing
• Promotes Hair Growth
• Heals Scalps Affected By Psoriasis & Seborrhea
• Easily Penetrates Hair & Scalp
• Anti- Fungal Properties Alleviates Dandruff
• Helps Hair Retain Water & Moisture

Do you use Aloe Vera on your hair? Do you have any hair recipes using aloe vera gel? If so, leave them in the comments sections.



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Natural Hair:: Protective Styles @ Work

Heeey,  I received another question today from  a reader! Thanks ya’ll, keep ’em coming.

She wanted to know what styles to wear in a corporate office while keeping her  hair in a protective style.

Here is a collage of how  I wore mine recently. Looking at the pictures, eh, I could have done without the headband but… you get the idea. :)

My hair was blow dried first. I then did two strand twists and used bobby pins to create the bun.

Twists on natural hair

I’ll post more pictures later but this is pretty much my ” go to” style  when I am not wearing a regular bun. If you have any questions or, please feel free to email me, too. (

Enjoy Your Journeys. ~ Kristi

Natural Hair:: Define Curls with ECO Styler and Paul Mitchell Conditioner

Hey ladies!Summer is in full swing now! I hope yours  is fabulous and you are having a fun time getting out and about. I’m taking advantage of this warm weather to try new methods of achieving a great wash and go and I found a really awesome combination!!

 ECO Styler Gel with Moroccan Argan Oil and Paul Mitchell The Conditioner as a leave in.

The duo made my hair defined, little frizz and lasted several days. Oh yeah, I had less shrinkage than any other gel I’ve used. I think the oil weighs the hair down more than other brands. I’m  not sure what is in the stuff that makes it oh so good, but I love it!!

Here are a few pictures and check out the video of how I apply products to my hair to define my curls. This is the same process ( minus sitting under a dryer)  I used with the ECO Argan Oil.

Eco Styler Plus Paul Mitchell = Dynamic Duo for me!
Eco Styler/Argan Oil
ECO Gel w/Argan Oil
ECO w/Argan Oil
Freshly applied products to my hair
ECO Styler Argan Oil Gel plus Paul Mitchell The Conditioner
After Hair is completley Air Dried
After hair is completely Air dried

Thanks for reading!! Let me know if you have any questions! Leave comments and/or suggestions if you have any.

As Always, Enjoy your Journeys. ~ Kristi