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26 September 2015

Tuck and Roll Half Loc Updo | Semi Protective Styles

Hey guys!  This half loc updo is a throwback to a few weeks ago.  I came up with this style based on a hair style I used to wear a lot in middle school.  Lately, I've been recreating looks from my relaxed hair days.  For the most part, I would only style the front of my hair and leave the back of my hair down.  Keeping each of these styles low manipulation has been a challenge but I'm enjoying the creativity aspect.

Instead of wearing a style the entire week, I just style my hair maybe once or twice during the week and then I leave my hair un-styled the rest of the week.  My "tuck and roll half loc updo" is one of my semi protective styles.

All about my hair color here.

My latest loc update and length check here.

In my previous post, I shared one of my other semi protective styles.  Now that the weather is getting a little cooler, I'm excited to start wearing head wraps again.  Head wrap season, here I come!  See you in my next post.  Thanks for reading! ♥

Topics:  locs. dreads. dreadlocks. loc journey. dreadlocks journey. semi protective styles. tuck and roll natural hair styles. easy loc updo. simple loc styles.

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21 September 2015

Easy Loc Style with a Bun | Semi Protective Styles

At this point in my loc journey, I'm not always a fan of full-on protective styles.  For starters, they tend to be too much work considering I shampoo my hair once or twice a week.  Secondly, I've completely become used to feeling air on my scalp day and night.  Having the same hair style or updo for a few days in a row is not at the top of my list right now.

With all that being said, I do enjoy styling my hair, just as much as I ever did.  I've been known since middle school for styling my hair in unique styles each week, sometimes even throughout the week.  I want to get back to that point, especially since I've been taking care of my locs.  My goal is to enjoy this length (just past shoulder length in the front and almost bra strap length in the back) by doing styles that flatter my hair color and loc thickness.

The last time I styled my hair in the front was last month for a youth conference at my church.  Since then, I did one braid-out and the occasional high ponytail to run errands.  Now, I can add this mini bun to the list.

This style is super easy to recreate with locs, braids, twists, or loose natural hair.  I sectioned the front of my hair, just above ear to ear, and pinned the rest back while styling my bun.  For the bun, I started with a loose ponytail at the top of my head in the center.  Then, I created a bun shape by wrapping the hair around itself (similar to how I create buns with scarves).  I secured the bun with a tube head wrap scarf, using it as I would a ponytail holder.

That's pretty much it!  I tucked a few locs in that decided to stick out and I untied the back section of my hair to let it fall naturally.  Boom!  Finished look. :)

Love the earrings in this look?  Check out my post about them here!

Latest loc update and most recent length check here.

See you in my next post!  Thanks for reading. ♥

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25 August 2015

Transitioning from Summer to Fall: Styling Tips

Hey guys!  Fall is right around the corner and one of the things I look forward to is dressing for the changing weather.  Transitioning your clothes and shoes from summer clothing to fall clothing can be a fun experience if you allow it to be.

The main piece in my outfit idea is a v-neck camisole.  I paired different shoes, purses/bags, bottoms, and cardigans with each look.

#0074 Summer to Fall Transition: V-Neck Cami

I focused on the following things when choosing pieces for these looks by replacing:

♥  Flat sandals with peep toe booties.
♥  Light wash denim shorts with a dark wash fitted mid-length denim skirt.
♥  A black purse with a dark green leather tote.
♥  A lightweight stone colored cardigan with a warm Aztec print drape cardigan.

Swapping out the summer pieces with fall pieces completely transforms the look of the v-neck camisole.

What are some of your favorite fall pieces that you can't wait to wear?  Let me know! ♥

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21 August 2015

3 Years, 3 Months Length Check: Loc Journey Update

In my most recent post about my locs, I shared about my new loc anniversary hair color.  After a much needed break, here's my most recent length check!  I still can't believe my locs are 3 years old now.  {{The reason I've been gone :-( I'm learning to better manage it though.}}

Funny thing is, my hair shrinks while I'm filming videos and taking photos.  In these photos, my hair shrinks almost a half inch!  Once my hair is fully dry, my locs shrink anywhere from a half inch to an inch.  Most of it is due to my new growth (being that I do not retwist/interlock) and the rest is simply because my hair shrinks! =) I'm learning to appreciate this fact more and more over time.  Once my hair is tailbone length, my locs will probably still shrink, giving me room to grow my hair even longer. :)  Learning to love your natural hair is truly a journey. ♥

See you in my next post!

Topics:  loc journey update. length check update. 3 years 3 months loc update. 3 years 3 months loc journey update. 3 years locs. 3 years loc journey. 3 years dreadlocks journey. 3 years dreads journey.

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31 July 2015

Cosmic Night Sky Manicure ♥ NOTD (Nails of the Day)

I haven't polished my nails in so long!  Well, with color that is.  Instead, I was focusing on growing my nails out after breaking two of them (including one nail who's nail polish decided to chip).  Other than that, my manicure is lasting well and I'm hoping it will make it through my next wash day for my hair.

This manicure was easy to do since I began with a black glitter nail polish as the base.  Usually, I combine layers of different glitter polishes to create a similar effect.  Below is a list of the products I used.

Base Coat:  Salon Sciences Instant Artificials Protect [1 coat]

1st Polish:  Pure Ice, 1014 Private Show [2 coats]

2nd Polish:  Wet n Wild Fast Dry, glitter polish name not listed on bottle [1 coat]

Top Coat:  OPI Matte Top Coat, 4338011 [1 coat]

Once seeing my manicure in motion, I chose a name for my nails this week:  Cosmic Night Sky.

Thanks for reading and watching!  See you in my next post. ♥

Topics:  nails of the day. notd. manicure monday. night sky inspired nails. cosmic sky inspired nails. space inspired nails. glitter nails. glitter nail polish.

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