Feeling Blue? I’m Not, But My Hair is!

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So I’ve got blue hair…. Well, at least for the next 2-3 days! After posting a photo of my new hair color on my Instagram, I had sooo many questions and people who were curious about how I did it! So let me give you guys the 4-1-1 on the process I took, how you can do it at home, and ALLL of the tea on this blue hairdo!

What I used!

For my bright blue fro, I used my Pop! Curl Color Gel. The website describes their color gels as “a curl defining gel + temporary hair color makeup all-in-one”These “plant-based + non-toxic” gels come in colors that range from natural brown and red, all the way to bright green, purple, and blue! The website states that these gels are a non-sticky, minimally transfer temporary color that you can use as often as you’d like!

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My Experience:

 

I used the Color Gel in the color “Midnight” described  as “a blue with purple undertones”  (which appears navy/dark blue on black hair). The gel itself came is a 2 oz plastic jar with a surprisingly small, and a luckily comprehensible, ingredients list! Some of the ingredients are Aloe Vera Juice, Avocado Oil, and Caster Oil,  which are known to be great for curly hair!

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This Pop Curl Color gel was more a liquid consistency than I expected (which worked out great since I applied it on my dry hair, instead of applying it on wet hair which is recommended on the instructions). I expected it to be more of a thicker/ creamy consistency, but it was actually more similar to ranch dressing… yes, I’m hungry while writing this. haha

My Steps:

I first started off applying the gel on dry, day 5 hair. The directions said to apply it on wet or damp hair, however, I didn’t want to have to rewash my hair ALLL over again if I didn’t like it (Ya’ll already know how long wash days take.. so we weren’t wasting a whole wash day over here haha)!

For application, instead of applying the color gel to my hair in sections, I worked it into my hair curl by curl. I felt like going curl-by-curl not only helped to get a more concentrated color all through out my hair, but it also helped to define my curls and make them really POP (since I was shingling the product into my hair while adding the color)!  Contrastingly, when I had applied the color gel to larger sections, the result was a less saturated and milder blue–that looked like more of a darker “hint” of navy blue, as opposed to the very bright blue results that I got going curl-by-curl.

 

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The Results:

When I applied the gel, it did make my hair wet–since it contains Aloe Vera Juice and Water. But this didn’t last long, since I applied the product to dry hair AND also because it was also 90+ degrees outside (my hair went from wet to fully dry within one hour)! The wet results were gorgeous, but my dry results were super defined, blue curls that had NO crunch, NO stickiness, and most importantly, NO DAMAGE!

The color results in doors was more of a darker blue color, but outside, the color completely transformed. When I stood directly underneath the sun (Like I did it my picture on my Instagram), my hair transformed into a bright blue color that looked SUPER natural (well… as natural as blue hair can look haha) and vibrant!

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FAQ:

  • How much gel did you use?
    • I had initially commented to one of my followers on Instagram saying that I used 1/3 of the jar. But I had forgot that was only the first side. So it took around 2/3 of the jar to do both sides (also, I did not do the back of my hair. It would probably take 1-2 jars to do my entire head AND to get a very bright blue like I did in my picture; it would probably take 1 jar if I wanted a milder navy-like-blue).
  • Does it make your hair feel hard/ crunchy/ flakey?
    • If you’ve ever used temporary hair sprays, they usually leave your hair feeling really hard and dry. But my hair felt soft and defined after using the Pop Curl Gel! The site actually sells a clear gel (with no color) because these gels can be used alone on hair JUST for definition!
    • Flakiness: The hair color does flake a little when dry, but only when you are currently rubbing or pulling at your hair (i.e. I didn’t have any blue flakes on my shoulders or clothes that had just fallen out just because).
  • Did you the color transfer or rub off onto clothes, pillows, etc.?
    • I had ZERO color transfer using these PopCurl gels. I even rubbed my hair onto onto a white shirt, white napkin… and still nothing. Once the hair gel is dry, I personally had no smudging onto my pillow, couch, or clothes!
  • How long does it last?
    • The website states that it lasts 2-3 days. My color was still vibrant when I woke up the next morning! If you need to remove the color, you can just wash your hair like normal if it still hasn’t faded away.
  • Does it stain your hands?
    • The gel was blue on my hands hands, but it can easily be wiped off with a napkin of rinsed off with water. So no permanent staining like regular hair dyes/ colors.
  • How do I make my color look so bright and concentrated like yours?
    • I applied the colors curl-by-curl, instead of in sections. This allowed me to fully saturate each curl with the midnight blue and also apply more color to each section. Also, the above photo was taken in outdoor light, where the color looks brighter (and indoors it looks darker and less saturated). Unfortunately, if you want more color, you would have to use more product which equals more $$$. However, you can extend the product by using less and applying in larger sections, which will give a beautiful and more natural color.

 

….So would you guys try out temporary hair colors? If so, what color would you try! ALSO, I plan on trying out different shades of these temporary color gels, so stay tuned on my Instagram to stay updated!

 

 

 

 

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Her Given Hair Extensions| Unboxing and Review

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I had the great opportunity to review Her Given Hair Extensions and it was such a new and exciting experience! I have never worn hair extensions before so I was unsure on what to expect or if I would like them, or even be able to use them. But I ended up really being happy with my results! I received 3 bundles of the “Curly”, 24 inch, clip-in extensions. However, I only ended up using two of them since each bundle was quite A LOT of hairwefted hair 3

Unboxing

Once the hair arrived, I cowashed it with a deep conditioner and then sealed it with Argan Oil. Afterwards, I got to see the more authentic quality and texture of the hair. My hair extensions after being co-washed, finger detangled, sealed with oil and air dried were very tightly curled; they had a tight S-Curl at the top and coiled at the end. It wasn’t an exact match to my hair texture; however, I realized that this was due to an error on my part. Because I had only finger detangled the hair, it had kept the “straight out of the box” look and feel. It wasn’t until my second time cowashing the extensions (when I detangled them with a Denman brush and not just finger detangled them) that I was able to achieve a more natural curl pattern that matched my hair perfectly!

The picture on the left is the hair finger detangled; and the picture on the right is the hair after it has been combed with a Denman. As you can see, the hair blends pretty much PERFECTLY with my natural hair after it has been combed with the Denman.

After cowashing the extensions, I noticed a few other things about the Her Given Hair extensions:

  • The color was a pretty close match with my hair. It was slightly darker than my natural hair but it was not an obvious difference; only I could notice it.
  • The luster of the hair was more shiny right out of the box, but after being cowashed and separated a bit, the curls lost some luster and had the same luster as my natural curls.
  • The tangle level of the hair was a lot less than my natural hair and the extensions were fairly easy to detangle.
  • The shedding level of the extensions was similar to my natural hair which I expected from them straight out of the box and being detangled for the first time.
  • The length of the extensions were a lot longer than my naturally curly hair since they were 24 inches. My curls shrink to my shoulders and the extensions gave me curls to my bra strap, which was pretty awesome!wefted hair 6

You can watch my Unboxing Video HERE on YouTube where I show an unboxing and review of the hair, the sample kits which include the 3 different hair textures that Her Given Hair’s site offers, and how I cowash and install the hair!

Dyeing/ Styling my Her Given Hair Extensions

To style my hair, I decided to dye the extensions ombre using a blonde box dye. After dyeing the extensions, I deep conditioned them, detangled them with a denman brush and installed them in my hair. As you see, the extensions blend in with my natural hair very well!wefted hair 6

If you would like to watch this video, then you can  view it HERE on my YouTube channel!

All in all, I am very happy with my experiences with my Her Given Hair Extensions; my first experience with hair extensions was definitely a very, very pleasant one! If you are interested in purchasing Her Given Hair Extensions,then you can check out their website here!

Hair description of the extensions that I recieved: http://www.hergivenhair.com/?y=Jewell

Instagram- @hergivenhair
YouTube Official Channel: https://goo.gl/FfU4H8

 

I’ve been featured on CurlyNikki!

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Hey beautiful people! I have awesome news that I just found out. I was featured on CurlyNikki on December 2nd for my video “Relaxed vs Natural Hair: Chemical and Heat Damage”! If you like the see the article on CurlyNikki.com then you can click here! I’m so thankful for Nikki for supporting my channel by using her huge platform to feature YouTuber and bloggers like myself! Nikki, I love you!

Thanksgiving: What I’m thankful for!

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I hope that you are enjoying this day with your family, eating awesome food, and taking the time to express gratitude for some of your blessings. Yesterday, I had dinner with my family and it was great to have everyone in one place with love and laughter. In just a few hours, I will be going to my uncle’s house to hang with my 60 (literally) other family members.

With all of this love and happiness, I think that it is a great time to express gratitude and appreciation for all of the things in my life. So this will be a list of all that I am thankful for.

I am thankful for:

  1. my family for loving me and supporting me and being there for me whenever I need a shoulder to cry on. They are the most important people in my life and I am so thankful to have such amazing people in my life.
  2. My health. I am thankful for my body for still functioning after all of the awful food and alcohol that I have put into it… and for all of the awful food and alcohol that I am about to put into it this holiday season 😦
  3. I am thankful for my dog, Peaches, for living until 14. She’s truly a trooper (she’s napping in my bed right now).
  4. having a job, a home to live in, and for having meals to eat everyday.
  5. all of my friends for giving me fantastic memories, for making me feel better when I’m feeling sad, for making me laugh, and for always being there with me on spontaneous adventures.
  6. the strangers who do nice things for me everyday: the man who picked up my cellphone when it fell down the escalator, the lady at Giant who explained which is the better cheese to use for macaroni and cheese. These small, but amazing, selfless interactions really do make my day.
  7. every person on the internet who say nice things, like my videos, and support me even though they don’t have to. The love that comes my way is overwhelming sometimes and I wish that I could thank every single person!
  8. being given an education and graduating from college. College was the best experience of my life and I am very thankful for having that opportunity.
  9. all of the places that I have been able to travel to: England, Canada, Guatemala, South Africa, New England, etc. If it weren’t for very gracious people helping me to fund these opportunities, I would have never been able to go. I am very thankful for these people for helping me to make everlasting memories.
  10. my music teachers, especially my two violin teachers, for teaching me about music. Music has been one of the most therapeutic things in my life that has helped me through depression, anxiety, and has been there whenever I’ve been down.
  11. being alive. I’m appreciative that I am able wake up and remember all of the fantastic, special, and unforgettable memories that I’ve made and being able to make more!
  12. myself. For waking up everyday and staying positive, sensitive, empathetic, and standing up for what is right, and for never losing myself after the adversities that I have faced. I am thankful for my curiosity and for always wanting to learn new things and become a better person. I am thankful for taking the initiative to go on a journey towards self-love, self- appreciation, and realizing my self-worth… things that I never practiced in the past. And I am thankful that I am able to be supportive of myself and that I have my own back during this journey!

I hope that you all are able to enjoy this thanksgiving, and please tell me what you’re thankful for!! Have a beautiful day!