My Curly Hair Travel Essentials | Tips & Tricks





















Hello curlies! Here's the list of products I take with me in my travel bag:

Shea MoistureTahitian Noni & Monoi Shampoo (~2 oz)
Tressemme Naturals conditioner for conditioner washing (~3-4 oz)
Sally's Beauty Genric Value Matrix Biolage Balm (~3-4 oz)
As I Am leave in conditioner (~2-3 oz)
Jessicurl spiralicious gel (~2 oz)
Shida Naturals Cream gel (~3 oz)
Aloe Vera for scalp and sunburns (~2oz)
Hot Sock travel diffuser attachment (buy on amazon.com or curlmart.com)
1 t-shirt and one curls like us towel
Tangle teazer brush
Small toothed comb
Hair ties/Bobby pins
Large bristled brush for ponytails

I hope this video helps you out if you have any trips planned during the rest of the summer!



What are your curly hair travel essentials? Leave them down below in the comments!

xo

Spring Empties 2015 | Hair & Skin Hits & Misses!



Hello lovelies! You'll find below the list of products mentioned in my latest Empties/ Hits and Misses video. Let me know what products you've been loving (or hating, I don't mind) down below in the comments on here or YouTube! Don't forget to give my blog a follow on bloglovin' while you're at it too! (Click the + on the right.) Enjoy!


Products I Used up aka Hits:
L'oreal El Vive Total Repair conditioner (5 bottles)
L'oreal El Vive Nutri Gloss Masque
Generic Sally's Beauty Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm
Beauty Without Cruelty Leave in
Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee
Louis Widmer Skin Appeal Sebo Fluid moisturizer
Dove Coconut Milk & Jasmine Pearls Body Wash
Radox Shower Cream with Milk

Misses:
Beauty without Cruelty Moisturizing Face Mask
Body Shop Pomegranate Cleanser for Aging Skin

Wishing you a great hair day @:-)

Review: Jessicurl Products for Curly Hair + Sale Info






















Hello blossoms! This weekend I have a review for you guys. I really ought to have reviewed these  
products before as I have tried them out ages ago, so it was the perfect opportunity to review them when Jessicurl offered to send me the products. (As I didn't have the full line in my possession.)



As well Jessicurl is currently having a sale on their website until June 15th, 2015. From their email newsletter:
"Use code SUMMER15 at checkout and save 30% on any 8 ounce item at www.jessicurl.com from now until June 24. No limits on quantity so stock up. The sale is good no matter where you live in the world so even if winter is just beginning in your neck of the woods, you can still celebrate!"


Video Review:

Products mentioned:


Jessicurl Gentle Lather Shampoo

Ingredients:
Island Fantasy: Aqua (Water), Decyl Polyglucose, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Parfum (Fragrance), C 12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, PEG 150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Panthenol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, *Coumarin, *Limonene


Jessicurl Aloeba Daily Conditioner

Ingredients:
Island Fantasy: Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Laurus Nobilis (Bay Laurel) Leaf Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice Powder, Althea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf Extract, Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Lemongrass) Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Parfum (Fragrance), Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, *Cinnamal, *Citral, *Coumarin, *Eugenol, *Geraniol, *Citronellol, *Limonene, *Linalool

Jessicurl Confident Coils (Curl Enhancer)

Ingredients:



Island Fantasy: Aqua (Water), PVP/VA Copolymer, Polyimide-1, C 12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice Powder, Magnesium Sulfate, Parfum (Fragrance), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, *Coumarin, *Limonene

Jessicurl Spiralicious Gel

Ingredients:
Island Fantasy: Aqua (Water), Polyquaternium-69, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-11, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Alcohol, *Coumarin, *Limonene
Don't worry about the alcohol in this list. On the Jessicurl website they explain it's necessary for the formulation and is a tiny amount. 

What about you? Have you ever tried the Jessicurl products? Let me know in the comments below or on YouTube. Just remember... You have the right to remain curly!! ;)

                                                                        Wishing you a good hair day,

My Top 5 Extra Curly Hair Stylers

Hello curlies! I hope you're having a great week. You have may have noticed a change in my blog. New layout! ^_^ Let me know what you think about it in the comments.

Anyways I wanted to do a post on my top 5 unique or extra curly hair stylers. As a bit of a product junkie I tend to try lots of different types of products. In doing so I come across some unique products that do something no other product in my collection can do. These are products outside of your basic shampoo, conditioner, gel, serum, mousse etc.  There are also products that are not particularly unique on the market but are "extra" products I like to have around to style my hair in a variety of ways.

All of these products are free of heavy silicones, waxes, or mineral oil.





This is one of my favorite products for smoothing down my edges aka baby hairs. I use this almost everything I put my hair up in a bun, ponytail, or half up. I dampen my hair, moisturize with conditioner, and smooth on the Design Essentials product. It works like a dream to get pesky hairs to stay put, especially when combined with a tooth brush or boar bristle brush. This product has a non-descript, pleasant scent.

This is my favorite second day hair product, and it has a very unique texture compared to other stylers I've tried. It has a thick texture that changes to a slightly tacky, oily texture when emulsified in hands. I apply this over water and conditioner on the second day. The light hold and tackiness gives me enough control to reshape my hair and it dries shiny and non-sticky. It also has a pleasant citrus scent.

Sometimes our curls get a little droopy, or we just want a boost. This salt spray mist is perfect for that. I spray it on underneath my gel and then diffuse for best results. Hello curls! Just be sure not to use this too often, as the sea salt can dry out hair. This is one of the only curl enhancing sprays I've seen at the drugstores, and it smells divine. Pictured above is my DIY sea salt spray which I don't have with me at the moment; it's nice to have a store-bought product that wont expire and smells great though.

This is a new product I've tried recently that does a great job at heat protection. It has a perfumey scent and also adds shine to the hair from the natural oils in the formula. It's secret weapon is that it shortens blow drying time, which I have never seen in another product. I spritz this on before my gel (or after if I forget) and then diffuse my hair. This is great for those of us with low porosity hair that takes forever to dry!

5. Batiste Dry Shampoo (in Oriental Scent)
Lately I have been using this product after I work out to help dry my scalp which gets a little sweaty. That way I can wear my hair in a bun the next day, or work out at night but wash my hair in the morning. This product contains drying alcohols which can dry out the hair, but works to help zap away moisture. (I wouldn't recommend using this daily, especially without re-moisturizing your hair.) The scent is light and perfumey.

For my light brown hair, it's very hard to detect, but when used on my husband's dark brown hair to reduce oil, it shows up after spraying. I work it through his hair with my hands and a brush, and the white caste disappears. (You should also spray at least 30 cm from the scalp.) This would also be a great product to use if you were transitioning to the Curly Girl method or to using sulfate free shampoos.


So those are some of my favorite "extra" products I incorporate into my routine from now and then. I wouldn't bring many on a trip, but I wouldn't want to be without them at home.

What are your favorite "extra" or super unique products? Let me know down below in the comments.

Wishing you a good hair day,

My Month in Photos & Summer Goals


Heyyylo blossoms! It's been a long time since I did a photos post so I wanted to do one of those today. A lot has happened for me in the month of May, in between changing jobs, booking flights across the sea to go back home, and my husband's birthday.


Attending a Jennyfer re-opening event at the Mall of the Emirates to cover social media for the event. This was part of my old job. Not too shabby!
Squishy new summer weight yarns from Dubai Knits in merino silk blends for knitting projects. I am in love!
Wearing my new favorite summer lippie - Kate for Rimmel No. 109. I also stumbled upon a hair routine I like here . Success!
My new love are Lush bath bombs. So needed during the work week. <3
My voluminous curls from my latest tutorial on DIY Sea Salt Spray and other tips. Happy with the results but will keep reaching higher. @@@;-)
Touring the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.
Hubs smiling during his birthday tour of the Burj Khalifa. We brunched at the bottom as well which was pretty delicious.
My natural hair appreciation blog reached 1000 followers which made me overjoyed! You can hashtag your photos with #curlsandblossoms for a chance to be featured. @:-)





And that about wraps things up! I'm really enjoying the new job I've switched into and I leave today to visit home for a week. This will be a really welcome vacation since I've been going nonstop since Christmas. 

Now that May is finishing up, I have a few goals in mind for the month of June:

1. Blog and post YouTube videos more often. I'll aim for one video a week and 3 blog posts this month.
2. Stay more active even though it's sweltering outside. Go to the pool, beach, or gym at least 3 times a week.
3. Try to avoid gaining the Dubai stone, by ordering take out less. Cook 2 times a week (not including weekends).
4. Go to more events and new restaurants in Dubai even though as stated it's hot enough to fry eggs on the sidewalks.  Try 3 new restaurants this month.

That's everything! Baby steps for me! How has your month gone? Leave me a comment below. 

Wishing everyone a wonderful start to your summer. Here's to fruit, sunshine, and colorful clothes. 

- Sarah @:-)

DIY Sea Salt Spray + Styling Tips for Volume

Hey hey hey! This week I'm sharing with you a guys a simple recipe for a Sea Salt Spray. This spray adds texture to the hair and enhances curls, just like swimming in the ocean does. It's not recommended to be used daily though, as it can be slightly drying. But maybe once a week it's great for a curl boost!

Recipe:
2/3 cup water
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 tablespooon leave in conditioner (can be substituted with aloe vera or oil)

Things You'll Need:
Plastic spray bottle


1. Heat water in microwave for 30 seconds (to warm, not boiling).
2. Mix in salt and leave in conditioner.
3. Pour into spray bottle and shake it up. Voila!

For styling tips on how to get more voluminous, bigger hair please watch the new video:


If you need to learn how to Plop your Hair:


How to Diffuse Curly Hair (Pixiecurl Method):


Bonus: Curly Root Clipping via Devacurl:
*Note: You don't have to purchase the devaclips. Just buy the same kind from Sally's Beauty!

Summer Hair Care Changes & Avoiding Chlorine and Sun Damage

Hey loves! In this post I'll be laying out the different steps I take to change my routine when the summer starts to roll around as well as how to protect your hair from the sun and chlorine. I get lots of questions about this so I hope it is helpful. :)



Routine Changes

For reference I have spent most of my life living in the southern US, so I spent summers in hot and humid places. When the weather starts to get a bit warmer, we all know we need some extra help from our hair products to help prevent frizz and keep our hair moisturized. I use harder hold gels and frizz reducing products. One of my favorite frizz reducers is Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper, which is a serum that's awesome for cutting frizz when layered under gel. If I can't get my hands on that I will opt for relying on my gel alone; I enjoy Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee (for ultra high hold) or LA Looks Sport gel (with high hold) for hot weather. If you live in Europe or Asia the L'oreal Invisihold gel is a good dupe for LA looks sport in terms of amount of hold. Or if you want something high end the Original Moxie Hold Up Serum is the bomb and has lots of good ingredients for your hair. If the gel leaves your hair a little crunchy, just give your hair a good scrunch when dry. The gel cast really helps prevent frizz and poofing!





Hair *usually* frizzes because of dryness so you can't forget about moisturizing in the summer. Not to mention the sun and swimming can take a toll on your hair, which I'll get to in a minute. One of the best steps to prevent frizz is a good leave in. My hair loves both the As I Am and Kinky Curly Knot Today leave ins, which are water based and really leave my hair feeling like seaweed. I also like Beauty Without Cruelty's leave in conditioner from iHerb.com if I can't get my hands on those two. Beyond that good regular conditioner is really important like Sally's Beauty Generic Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm or the slightly lighter Andalou Naturals Citrus Conditioner (again from iHerb.com). And when my hair really needs an infusion of moisture I use my Hair Therapy heat wrap with Curl Junkie Curl Rehab deep treatment.


It's also worth mentioning that I apply A LOT more of my products in the summer---for all of them. The extra moisture and hold really helps keep my hair from frizzing out. I also check the dew point on AccuWeather on my phone, which is an excellent measure of how much moisture is in the air (aka humidity) and helps me know which products to reach for.



Surf and Turf Protection

So you wanna go swimming but you don't want the chemicals to affect your hair. And did you know you can get very real heat damage from the sun?? The good thing is that these are easy to prevent.

When I go swimming in chlorine, I follow up my swim with a shampoo with a sulfate free shampoo like any from Shea Moisture or the Boots DermaCare Gentle Shampoo. Then I use a deep conditioner or a really good regular conditioner (mentioned previously). This usually leaves my hair pretty happy. BUT if you want to prevent any chlorine seeping into your hair, you can apply leave in, water, and oil before swimming. This is probably more necessary for frequent swimmers; as an occasional swimmer and more of a pro-tanner I don't feel the need to do the preventative step but it is a good tip. If you spend time sunning, you'll also be letting the moisturizing products work their way into your hair even better.

Lastly if you go swimming in a lake or the sea, don't worry too much about clarifying your hair. The sea salt will actually give you a natural curl boost, so it's fine to avoid washing it out completely with shampoo. But do be sure to follow up your dip in the ocean with a good conditioner. And if you're spending a lot of time in the sun, invest in a cute sun hat or a bandana to cover your hair. There are some products with sunscreen in them (benozophenone in the ingredients) such as LA looks sport gel, but covering your hair is by far the best way to protect it from the sun.

Please leave any questions or comments below. What are your favorite summer products and what do YOU change?

Have a great summer!

Wishing you lots of good hair days,
Sarah @:-)