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23 March 2018

Affordable Hair Products for Colored Locs & Treating Scalp Eczema


Quite a few of my staple hair products have been either discontinued or I found a much better alternative for my scalp and hair.  The Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Color Protect line has been discontinued (insert crying face) so I ventured over to Herbal Essences, the maker of most of my shampoos and conditioners.  I have to say, I'm disappointed that the Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Shampoo and Conditioner did not make me or my hair happy.  The shampoo dried out my hair and made the surface of my locs / dreadlocks rough.

Overtime I've learned that sulfates rough up the cuticle of my hair.  I don't use dandruff shampoos for the same reason.  I stopped using Selsun Blue Itchy Dry Scalp Shampoo because it became too drying for my hair; it made my scalp feel amazing but it stripped moisture from my hair strands.  Instead, I use Shea Moisture African Black Soap Body Wash in it's place.  I shared my experiences using the body wash to treat scalp eczema in the following posts.




Currently, I'm still searching for a color preserving conditioner; I honestly just miss my Vidal Sassoon products!  (crying big tears)  The newest shampoo I'm trying for my hair strands (not my scalp) is Hask Coconut Milk & Organic Honey Curl Care Shampoo.  The brand caught my attention because all of their products are free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, alcohol and artificial colors.  So far my hair feels much better after one use and has fully recovered from using the Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Shampoo that my hair didn't like.  Listed below are all the products I use right now, minus the discontinued products mentioned above.


My Favorite Hair Conditioners:

♥️ Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Conditioner | shop/buy
♥️ Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner | shop/buy
♥️ Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Conditioner | shop/buy
♥️ Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Conditioner | shop/buy*


My Current Shampoo:

♥️ Hask Coconut Milk & Organic Honey Curl Care Shampoo | shop/buy


Scalp Eczema Treatment:

♥️ Shea Moisture African Black Soap Body Wash | shop/buy

* Denotes a product I will no longer use or purchase.

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


Topics:  scalp eczema relief. how to treat scalp eczema. african black soap for eczema. color safe shampoo. sulfate free shampoo. gluten free shampoo. paraben free shampoo. conditioner for natural hair. conditioners for colored locs and dreadlocks. affordable hair products for natural hair.

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27 January 2018

Face + Body Skin Care Products for Sensitive, Oily, Acne Prone Skin


Due to a few of my staple products being discontinued or reformulated, I wanted to share an updated list of the skin care products that I use from head to toe.  The face soaps, lotions and sunscreens I loved from Simple are no longer produced in the United States (insert sad face) so I had to find alternatives.  Also, Shea Moisture discontinued the Zanzibar Marine Complex collection of products that I used; the same ingredients are available in their Sea Kelp & Pearl Protein collection that I have yet to try at the time of this post.  I plan to try the body wash from the Sea Kelp & Pearl Protein collection once I finish my last bottle of Zanzibar Marine Complex Replenish & Rejuvenate Body Wash.  Listed below are all the products I use right now, minus the discontinued / reformulated products mentioned above.

Body Soaps:
~ Dove White Beauty Bar with Deep Moisture | shop/buy
~ Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex Bubble Bath & Body Wash | shop/buy


Face / Facial Soaps:
~ Shea Moisture African Black Soap Bar Soap** | shop/buy
~ Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex Bar Soap** | shop/buy


Body Lotions:
~ Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex Body Lotion** | shop/buy
~ Jergens Skin Smoothing Gentle Exfoliating Moisturizer | (not available online)


Face / Facial Lotions:
~ Shea Moisture African Black Soap Lotion** | shop/buy


Body Sunscreens:
~ Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Lotion Sunscreen Ultra Radiance SPF 15 | shop/buy


**If you are allergic to Shea / Shea butter or it's derivatives, you may want to avoid Shea Moisture products.  Also, if you have nut allergies, you may want to read Shea Moisture product labels, paying attention to the ordering of each ingredient.  Smaller amounts tend to be towards the end of the list.  With any new products, you should test them in a small area on the inside of your arm before using on your face and body.  If an allergic reaction occurs, discontinue using the product!

Thanks so much for reading! ♥

Topics:  skin care. skincare. lotions. soaps. sheamoisture. shea moisture. sensitive skin. oily skin. acne prone skin. acne treatments. all natural skin care products. products for sensitive skin.

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21 September 2017

Fall / Autumn Boots & Booties Wishlist | Part 2


The first day of Fall / Autumn is less than 24 (twenty-four) hours away and I can't wait for cooler temperatures.  In the meantime, I've continued to look for stylish, fashionable and comfortable booties perfect for Fall and Winter months.

This is the third collage of my Fall Boots and Booties Wishlist.  I found more cute, stylish pairs of heeled booties, perfect for work or play.



This is the fourth collage of my Autumn Boots and Booties Wishlist.  So many boots, so little time!




If riding boots and lace up boots are more your style, check out my previous installment of my wishlist:  Fall Boots & Booties Wishlist Part One.


For more stylish boots, check out my other boots and booties wishlists:  Fall Boots 2016  |  Fall Boots 2015

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


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Topics:  fall boots. autumn booties. comfortable fall shoes. cold weather shoes. winter boots and booties.

05 September 2017

Fall / Autumn Boots & Booties Wishlist | Part 1


Fall / Autumn is just a two (2) weeks away and I can't wait for the cooler weather.  This year, I found so many boots and booties that I like!  I've been searching for a really stylish pair of riding boots, so I dedicated an entire collage to riding boots.  I also found lace up combat style boots and a pair of cute dress booties, perfect for any occasion.  I hope you all enjoy this years installment of my Boots and Booties Wishlist.
This is the first collage of my Fall / Autumn Boots & Booties Wishlist.  I love both pairs of booties so much that I chose two colors of each shoe.



This is the second collage of my Fall / Autumn Boots & Booties Wishlist.  I've been searching for a stylish and comfortable pair of riding boots.  These pairs have caught my attention this year.


Be sure to check out more of my boots and booties wishlists:  Fall Boots 2016  |  Fall Boots 2015

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

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Topics:  fall / autumn boots. boots and booties. cold weather boots. cold weather shoes.

02 September 2017

5 Years Loc Anniversary Length Check & Update


 My locs are five (5) years old now!  I can't believe it's been that long; it's also been seven (7) years since my big chop.  I'm super excited and happy with my progress along my freeform dreadlocks / locs journey.  I have a few photos from November 2016 to show my hair growth retention over seven (7) months.

Length Check, November 15, 2016

Length Check, November 15, 2016

I recolored my locs in June 2017 - I only color the newly locked portion of my locs, not the loose roots.  I mixed a red undertone and gold undertone hair color together to make a deep orange tone.  The following photos are from June 4, 2017.






My hair started shrinking as it continued to air dry, so I stretched it to it's full length in the following photos.



Thanks so much for reading and see you in my next post! ♥


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Topics:  locs journey. dreadlocks update. natural hair journey length check. dreadlock journey. freeform locs. fine locs.

02 August 2017

Spring / Summer Eclectic Boho OOTD (Outfit of the Day)


Hey guys!  I'm back with another outfit of the day, perfect for Spring or Summer weather.  I absolutely love wearing pink (it's my favorite color) and coral / peach (my second favorite color).  I wore both hues in this look:  a peach maxi skirt and a pink and white tank top, paired with a brown accent belt and a grey / gray cardigan sweater.


I wore my hair in a high bun, styled with a brown scarf to hold it in place.  I added two (2) silk flowers for added flare.  I also wore a cute pair of light blue sandals, featuring ruffles with a zipper design.  For jewelry, I wore a long gunmetal snake necklace, gold owl drop / dangle earrings and my usual assortment of stud / post earrings.


I hope you enjoyed my latest Spring / Summer look.  See you in my next post!  Thanks for reading. ♥

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Topics:  ootd. outfit of the day. spring outfit ideas. summer outfits. boho chic. eclectic outfits for women. bohemian outfit ideas for women. stylish outfits for warm weather.

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