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24 July 2014

Social Media Roundup | MissCherieMarieStyle Edition

When I'm not posting on my blog, I'm usually posting photos on Instagram and liking away on everyone else's posts. :)

Instagram | @misscheriemariestyle • 

Instagram | @itsmebriannamarie • 

When I'm not on Instagram, the shenanigans is real on Twitter! 
Twitter | @misscheriemarie • 

My special place to be inspired and to be random is on my Tumblr blog.  I'm inspired by soooo many different things so most likely I'll follow back. ;)

Tumblr | MissCherieMarie • 

My other place of inspiration and a favorite place to share and view creative people, places, and things is PINTEREST! Join me, oh join me. =) 

Pinterest | MissCherieMarie • 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog.  Keep in touch on any social sites you like.  See you in my post tomorrow! ♥️  

♥️ Miss Cherie Marie ♥️

23 July 2014

Blow Dry Hair Routine on Locs • Cold Natured? This Tutorial Helps!

Winter weather giving you damp-hair blues?  Air conditioner “freezing” you to death after washing your locs?  Have no fear if a hand held blow dryer is near!  –  I’m not at all a fan of sitting under hooded dryers:  never was and that hasn’t changed.  Plus, having eczema on my scalp causes me to avoid excess exposure to direct heat (a hooded dryers claim to fame).  Hence, I came up with a really simple way to dry the roots of my locs only and then I allow the rest of my hair to air dry.  I hope this technique helps someone else who feels a bit cold while fully air drying their hair.

BONUS TIP:  Sitting outside in the sun also does the trick during the summer and maybe warmer days in spring.  Otherwise, the hand blow dryer is my next best choice.

Check out my video {{Blow Dryer Routine on Locs | Alternative Ways to Dry Locs}} to see how I dry my hair using a handheld blow dryer.  Thanks so much for reading! ♥

***P.S. Instead of embedding YouTube videos into each blog post, from now on I will include direct links to any videos or tutorials mentioned.  I'm personally not a fan of watching embedded videos since I cannot choose the video quality or easily visit the creator's channel.  Plus, the direct links can be viewed easily for email subscribers.  Happiness all around!

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22 July 2014

Palm Rolling and Twisting; Interlocking; Freeforming - My Loc Journey

(Originally written May 15, 2014)

I'm proud to say that I know longer give much thought to what other people think about my hair.  My journey to not caring truly took a full year. I went back on my word and interlocked again...and again...and again, but I did wait at least four months in between each session.  Then after one particular interlocking session around August or September 2013, my new growth slipped right out of the interlock pattern after two shampoos!  At first I was annoyed, but then I started to put things in perspective:  my hair wasn't happy.  She didn't want to be interlocked into herself; she didn't want to be palm rolled and retwisted either.  She just wanted to be left alone to mesh together as she pleased. 

I had already combined my locs once or twice before deciding to freeform, so any hairs that wanted to be together already were together by Summer 2013.  With that in mind, my new growth was staying with their respective locs, with a few random hairs in between.  I spent a few moments after conditioning my locs to separate them under the stream of water in the shower.  This technique works best for me because the water stretches and loosens my curl/coil pattern the most when soaking wet.  My hair being damp is not enough for me. 

After that, I transitioned into only running my fingers along my locs from root to tip, still under the stream of water.  This worked great as well and served as a transition to me not separating my locs at all after shampooing and conditioning.  Currently, I don't separate and I don't run my fingers down my locs.  All I do now is, while rinsing out my final conditioner, use my fingers to part my hair into semi-sections under the stream of water in the shower.  This step allows me to rinse any residue from the conditioner off my scalp and roots (which will cause my scalp to itch later in the week).  And it allows my curls/coils to go where they want, instead of me forcing them to mesh with a nearby loc.  The result:  my locs are locking at the roots all on their own.  Hence, MissCherieMarie is officially freeforming. 

I'm not even sure how long I've been freeforming.  I know it's been quite a few months now and I couldn't be happier with the results.  But I haven't been paying much attention to my hair; my main focus has been the health of my scalp.  Caring for and preventing eczema outbreaks on my scalp has been my top priority.  I plan to discuss my eczema journey in detail in another post very soon.  So, the transition to freeforming has allowed me to follow through with one of the biggest reasons I started my loc journey in the first place.  I wanted to focus on retaining length and for me personally, my scalp is to root of my growth journey tree. 

Is freeforming for everybody?  Of course not, but neither is the reverse; I didn't feel like myself with the cultivated look.  I love it on other people, but just not on me.  And I had to realize that feeling this way about my hair is okay!  To anyone out there torn between whether to fully maintain their locs, fully let them lock freely, or something in between, always know that whatever you choose is okay, simply because it's your choice.  When you choose to wear, style, and maintain your hair the way you want and the way you feel comfortable, you're choosing to be you!  And that's that's the best person for you to be. =) 

A little over a year ago, I posted a video on YouTube under MissCherieMarie101 about the different reactions I received after deciding to no longer retwist, tighten, or interlock my locs anymore.  My decision to freeform began that day, after being disappointed in the turnout of an interlocking session.  On that same day, I filmed this video.  To fully understand what was on my mind and to find out what upset me the most, watch it -- {{Mixed Feedback on Switching to Freeform Locs}}.

Thanks so much for reading!

21 July 2014

Blue & Gold Mani with Silver & Multicolored Glitter | Tutorial

I absolutely love glitter, especially on my nails!  Hence, one of my favorite manicures lately was this creation, that allowed me to wear a color that relaxes me (blue) while adding a hint of charm and interest with the gold stripped accent nail.  It's super easy to recreate this nail design, using which ever colors you like and have fun experimenting with different glitter nail polishes.
Listed below are the polishes I used and how many coats I needed.  Be sure to check out the video tutorial {{here}} or watch the video below.
♦ Base coat | Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat (one coat used)
♦ Top coat | Poshé Super-fast Drying Topcoat, Super Shiny Non-Yellowing (2 coats used)
♦ Blue | Orly Nail Lacquer "Blue Collar" #40661 (2 coats used)
♦ Yellow/Gold | Pure Ice "Excuse Me" #544CP (2 coats used)
♦ Multicolored Glitter | Pure Ice "It's Complicated" #1001 (2 coats used)
♦ Silver Glitter | Cover Girl Boundless Color "Disco Dazzle" #405 [old product] (2 coats used)
*** I tossed the silver glitter polish after creating this manicure because the brush was totally destroyed.  I've had it since my early high school years so it's more than 5 or 6 years old.  No biggie. =) ***

Thanks so much for reading!  Keep in touch with me on Twitter & Instagram.
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