My Hairstylist Forced Me to Get A Relaxer

New video up on YouTube where I talk about my experience when I was younger and how a hairdresser bullied me into getting a relaxer. If you’ve had similar experience, or if you’d like to share your experiences, please feel free to comment!

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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!

My Relaxed Vs Natural Hair: Chemical and Heat Damage

Hey guys! I just uploaded a new video up on my YouTube channel! It’s my relaxed hair journey and it compares my relaxed hair (which I thought was my healthy and normal hair at the time) to my current hair. I show how damaged my hair was from relaxers, excessive bleaching and dyeing, and constant heat. It wasn’t until I learned that what I was doing was a problem, and started taking care of my hair, that my hair was able to grow and thrive. I hope that you all enjoy!

 

My Updated Curly Hair Routine!

Here’s my new updated FULL curly hair routine! All of the products (besides the EcoStyler gel, which I only use on my edges) are paraben, silicone, and sulfate free! Lately I’ve been trying to use more natural products on my hair and seeing how they work. This past summer, I spent over a $100  on natural and healthier hair products and these are the only ones that I liked. The other ones left me with hair that I HAD to wash the next day because they weren’t moisturizing enough. I hope you guys enjoy the video. Below are what I used in the video! You can also check out how I stretch my hair here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoTjjTKiBVE

Products used in this video:

Single Strand Knots: Should you worry? Plus how to prevent them!

Screen Shot 2015-11-22 at 1.06.52 PMOne day in my biology class, I decided to look at my hair under a microscope (when I was probably supposed to be looking at the amyloplast of a potato… or the chloroplast in Elodea lol). I looked at the root of my hair, the split ends… and then a single strand knot. And what I found was that my hair was literally was in a knot; a hair that had wrapped around itself like a headphone cord after it’s been in your pocket for two seconds!

Single strand knots are not the result of damage… they are a fact of life for tightly curly hair. It is literally just a tight knot that forms in the hair. However, single strand knots can be a problem. When it comes to the detangling process, hairs can get caught onto single strand knots which can cause the hair to snag creating more tangles. These knots can also be rough to the touch. How do you get rid of them? Simply by cutting them off… there is really no other way. And try to not pull them off as this can actually lead to damage and rough ends.

So now, how to prevent these pesky little knots? Here are my FOUR tips on how to prevent single strand knots!

  1. Protect Styles:

When your hair is neat and tucked away, your hair doesn’t even have a chance to tangle up. Imagine the difference in knots if you threw your headphones into your purse versus neatly wrapping them around a heaphone cord organizer (yes, these actually exist and sound like the best invention ever)! You would expect to have a lot more knots in the cord that was just thrown into your purse. If you have your hair neatly tucked away (e.g. in a braid, bun, or twist), the strand does not have a chance to wrap around itself and to create a knot.

  1. Keep your hair moisturized!

Dry hair=frizzy hair. As much as we all love big and crazy hair, this craziness can lead to crazy amounts of single strand knots. When your hair is moisturized, sections of your hair clump together to create a unit of curls. When our hair is dried out, the hair strands become antisocial and separate from the unit of curls to stand alone… our curly hair is such the independent diva! (Look at your moisturized curls versus your frizzy curls… your frizzy curls are usually separated into single strands that create a poof ball effect). When your single strands are alone (dry and frizzy), they have more of a chance of wrapping around themselves than moisturized and clumped together curls.

 

  1. Replace your Wash and Go’s for Braid-Outs or Twist-Outs

This may be more of an issue for people with longer hair that shrinks a lot…pretty much my hair. When I do braid-outs or twist-outs, my hair has dried into an organized clump that has set into the shape of the twists or the braids. When I do Wash & Go’s, my hair dries into whatever shape and sets however it wants. My Wash & Go’s lead to much less defined hair and my strands (from different sections) usually dry in an unorganized way (my strands cross over and become wayyy too social with other clumps of hair that they aren’t supposed to specialize with). This can make the detangling process HELL!! And when I try to detangle, that strand is now more likely to wrap around itself because my hair has dried in a tangled and unorganized way. As much as I love the appearance of my wash and go’s, it makes it a lot less easier to manage and leads to a lot more single strand knots.

  1. Playing in your hair

Hello my name is Jewellianna and I am addicted to playing in my hair. If you have hand-in-the-hair-disease please confess so that I don’t feel alone. Lol This is probably one of the BIGGEST causes of my single strand knots. I play in my hair constantly; pulling strands of hair apart from its neat unit of curls can lead to the hair wrapping around itself. Hair that is wrapped around itself has only one fate–to form a single strand knot. After I am done, I am left with at least 10 additional single strand knots of hair…. Pull. Your. Hand. Away. From. The. Strand!

Don’t stress over single strand knots if you have them; they truly come with the territory of having wild, curly hair. If you notice that you have a ton of single strand knots or that they are just becoming annoying, it may be time to change your hair routine and incorporate some of these tips.