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Curly Girl Review: it’s a 10

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With a name like “It’s a 10” you can’t help but have high expectations that you’re about to have a bomb wash and go. Am I right?! So did the product live up to its name you ask?

I had the chance to use this product twice before writing this review and the answer is yes! Just as the name states, it’s a 10! I loved my results. It defined my spiral curl pattern, while leaving my hair very soft and manageable. I love a product that can define my curls and still give me soft fluffy hair with no stiffness or “crunch.”

The two main reasons I was pleasantly surprised and won over by this product:

1. I’ve mentioned in previous posts how I prefer not to use hair styling creams on my first day hair as it tends to weigh down my curls. When I try out a cream on my wash day, I go into it not expecting any spectacular results. However, this styling cream proved me wrong! It was light weight, and gave me defined curls with a hold.

2. This was by far one of the easiest wash days I’ve had! My wash days usually consists of a mixture of products from washing to styling products. I call it my “curl cocktail” lol. With It’s a 10, I only had to use two products; one to cleanse and condition in one step and one cream for styling. With this one cream, I got the same great results compared to when I use a mixture of two to three styling products. That, I have to say was impressive. Especially because creams usually don’t work for me.

Take a look at my results!

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Side note: Along with a well working product, a great curly cut can help advance the look of your curls as well! I have what’s called a RëzoCut (click on the link to see previous post on my first RëzoCut experience) done by Nubia at Utopia Day Spa & Hair Salon

Also, if you’re curious about how I dried my hair…I air dried it for about an hour, then finished drying it with a diffuser.

Until next review…thanks for stopping by! xo

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My (updated) Wash and Go Routine

 

My go-to wash and go routine still includes DevaCurl, but I switched the product line up a bit. This routine has been responsible for most of my good hair days lately…so of course I had to share my new holy grail!

Step by step instructions:

1. Cleanse hair with DevaCurl’s No Poo followed by DevaCurl’s One Condition

2. A good deep conditioning can give your hair a major boost! I like to use DevaCurl’s Melt into Moisture. I apply it after washing my hair, afterwards I put a plastic cap and leave the treatment on for at least an hour.

3. After rinsing off the treatment, do not dry your hair with a towel. (If you apply the product while your hair is still very wet, it will result in more defined curls with less frizz). Split your hair into two parts and apply a little bit of the One Condition (I like to use it as a leave in). Use the raking method to evenly distribute it throughout your hair. Repeat on the other side.

4. Flip your head upside down and gently shake out the roots with your finger tips.

5. Scrunch DevaCurl’s Light Defining gel onto your hair. Keep scrunching the product onto your hair until your whole head of hair is saturated in the product. As you’re scrunching you’ll squeeze out some of the excess water. Also, squeeze and hold for a few seconds to help define your curl pattern.

6. Repeat the scrunching process again, but this time with DevaCurl’s B’Leave In gel

7. Scrunch and shake out your hair one last time. Then take a microfiber towel and  squeeze out all the excess water.

8. Shake out your hair and flip your head back up. You can now go ahead and create a part. I usually part my hair to the side but feel free to do a middle part or let your curls kind of fall into place.

9. Finally, you can air dry or use a diffuser to dry your hair. I prefer to air dry when I have the time.

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How to get big curly hair FT. Curls blueberry bliss products

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Do you struggle with flat hair? Want bigger and fuller looking hair? Find out how I went from flat hair (in the left photo) to fab (in the right photo) without using a diffuser!

What you’ll need: A hair clip or hair tie, Curls Blueberry Bliss Hair Growth Oil, and your fingers!

Step 1: Wash and style as you would do normally. I used my current fave, Curls Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave In conditioner and Curl Control Jelly to style. If you have yet to try these products…please do! It’s definitely on my “must-have” list! Thank me later 😉

Step 2: Once your hair is 100% dry, grab your hair tie or clip and section off a small piece of your hair. Start with the hair closest to the nape of your neck and work your way up. (You can do this process on first day hair or 2nd or 3rd day hair. The photo on the left is first day hair, hence why it’s so flat! lol. I personally prefer to do it on 2nd day hair. For the sake of getting my video done, I went ahead and demonstrated my process on first day hair).

Step 3: Use Curls Blueberry Bliss Hair Growth Oil on the tip of your fingers to start separating your curls. Focus on the curls that are clumped up.

*By separating the clumped curls, you will be giving the illusion of fuller hair. Also, using a oil in this step is crucial. It will help your fingers glide through your tresses, minimizing frizz, while helping to maintain the curl definition. My top choice is Curls Blueberry Bliss Hair Growth Oil. My favorite thing about this oil has to be the scent, once you pop that cap open, you’ll want to eat it! haha. It’s always a plus when your product smells AH-MAZING because it’s so close to your nose, you’ll be smelling it all day…so might as well have a yummy scent! Besides the smell, this oil has a lot more positives. First of all, its meant to repair and restore damaged hair, while preventing breakage and increasing hair growth due to the blueberry extract in its ingredients. It’s also very light weight. I sometimes have a problem using oils, as they sometimes tend to weigh down my hair. However, that’s not the case with this oil…it does the job just right! It also gives your hair a really nice shine, your curls will glisten and look healthy versus other oils that just make your hair look too greasy.

Step 4: Once you are done separating each curl in that section, fluff that section out at the roots with your finger tips.

Step 5: Repeat steps 3 & 4 through out your entire head.

Step 6: Once you completed your entire head, flip your head upside down and FLUFF, FLUFF, FLUFF!!! Don’t be scared, shake up those roots! Fluffing will help give you even more volume. Now when your done fluffing, scrunch up your curls, and then give it one last fluff and voila!…you know have fuller looking hair with a whole lot of volume!

Now say it with me…”BIG HAIR, DON’T CARE!” 😉

Hope my step by step guide and video helps you achieve your BIG hair! xo

My Experience at Utopia Salon & Day Spa

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Hey guys! I was recently invited for a curly cut by Utopia Salon & Day Spa Owner and Master Curly Stylist Nubia Suarez. I wanted to share my experience at the salon with you all. Utopia Salon & Day Spa is a full service salon located in Westfield, NJ and one of their specialties is servicing curly girls and guys. I am a Jersey native, so I was especially excited to find out there was a salon that catered to curls in Jersey. I usually take a trip to NYC for such services. I was also excited to share this location with all my fellow Jersey curly girls, as I often receive questions on where to go in Jersey for curly cuts or styling.

I’ll admit I was a bit nervous at first to visit a whole new hair salon and curly stylist, but I did some research before hand and checked out some of Nubia’s work. I liked what I saw, so I decided to go for it! And I’m SO GLAD I did!!! It was all positive vibes from the minute I walked in! Upon arrival your greeted by a sweet and friendly receptionist and offered your choice of a mimosa, juice, coffee, or water. I’ll have a mimosa please! (Hashtag I love me some mimosas! haha). I think little things like that show that the establishment wants their customers to feel special and makes the customer’s experience as a whole a little more enjoyable. Not to mention you feel like you get a little more bang for your buck…Cheers to that! It was really busy when I arrived, with all type of clients. However, the receptionist still managed to acknowledge every client that walked in. Even if she couldn’t get to you right away she made sure to greet you and let you know she would be right with you. I only include this piece of information because, well as we all know first impressions are important. As a new client, the fact that I felt welcomed and comfortable as I walked in, set the mood for the rest of my experience at the salon.

I was then finally introduced to Master Curly Stylist, Nubia. She was so welcoming and sweet. We spoke about what I liked and didn’t like about the shape of my hair before starting the process. I could tell she had a true love for styling curly hair and that it was her ultimate goal for each client to leave her salon happy and in love with their locks. We spoke curly talk, we laughed, shared some stories and before I knew it, she had my curls all shaped up and ready for the styling process. As I laid back and let her wash and style my curly locks, I couldn’t help but notice the interactions between Nubia and her clients and co-workers. She knew all her clients by name, as they came up to her and greeted her with hugs and kisses. She also showed a lot of knowledge in hair products and curl texture as she instructed her co-workers which products, hair dryers, and curly technique to use for each client. Every curly girl in that salon had a styling process catered to their specific curl pattern. It proved that she was dedicated to curl care and styling.

In all, it was a wonderful experience. I’m so glad she provided me with the opportunity to see her work first hand and have her work her magic on my curly tresses. I loved my results, as she did exactly what I asked for. (Follow me on Instagram @Style_Dose and stay tuned to see photos of my curls after the cut). Nubia was so sweet and humble, knowledgeable, and was nothing short of hospitality! I would definitely recommend this salon, I myself will be visiting again!

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Blueberry Bliss Curl Collection Event

Hey guys! I had the pleasure of playing hair model for a Curl’s Beauty Editor event to showcase their Blueberry Bliss collection. My first hair event of the new year…and I wanted to share the experience with you all! Also, I’ve been addicted to some of their hair products lately, so I thought I’d go ahead and keep my fellow curlistas updated on my latest hair product obsession! If you’re curious which products I’ve been using and loving for a wash and go, it’s the Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave In Conditioner along with Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Jelly. I’ll be trying out some other products from the line, now that I got my awesome goodie bag…hehe. I’ll be sure to keep you guys posted on my thoughts!

Here’s some shots from the event and of course my finished look that was styled with products from the line:

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Curly Girl Review: Rapunzel “The Future of Hair”

 

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Hey curl friends, who wants to know what hair products I used to achieve these awesome results?! I had the pleasure of trying out some great products from Rapunzel. The end results left me with soft and shiny curls.

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Rapunzel’s Hair Silk: made to smooth ends, condition, and when used daily aids in minimizing breakage and damage caused by chemicals and heated styling.

I loved that this product helps to protect your hair from chemical damage, since I dye my hair often. This oil also gave my curls some amazing shine! You can clearly see the difference in the photo above. In the “before” photo my hair looks dry and dull versus the “after” photo where my curls look shiny, moisturized, and even glisten in the light.

Rapunzel’s Hair Lotion: A deep moisturizing cream made with Shea Butter and other natural oils that promote healthy hair growth while protecting the hair from damage.

I was amazed how soft this cream left my hair…and when I say soft I mean SUPER-DUPER soft! (yes, I said super-duper I had to emphasize on how soft my tresses were! lol)  My comb and fingers literally glided through my hair, melting away any signs of knots that were ever there. It also did a great job at adding moisture to my hair and making it more manageable.

Rapunzel’s Hair Therapy: Hair multivitamins that help prevent hair loss and breakage from occurring.

I have been taking these vitamins consistently for a few days now and I believe I will see results. These vitamins contain a perfect dose of iron, which is an important ingredient when trying to promote hair growth because it carries oxygen to your roots.

Here are some more “after” photos…just because who can resist taking selfies when your new hair products are giving your hair LIFE!…haha.

What do you guys think of my results? I loved the outcome, whats not to love about healthy, silky, and shiny looking curls! If you’re interested in seeing a step by step on how I applied the product press play in the video below:

To find out more information or purchase any Rapunzel hair products please visit Rapunzelthefutureofhair.com

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Curly Girl Review: Adore Botanicals

 

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How many times do you try a new product before giving it your final verdict? I like to try my new products more than once before I decide if I love it or hate it; I hardly ever fall in love with a product the first time using it. Sometimes, I have to experiment with it by applying it different ways, or mixing it with another product to find the best results. However, once in a blue I’ll find a gem when it’s just love at first try! This Adore Botanicals line was indeed one of those gems. I absolutely loved my results the first time around, no experimenting needed!

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I mean look at those results! On the left is my hair (looking a hot mess…haha) unwashed and ready for some major loving. On the right are my results after using Adore Botanicals deep conditioning treatment and styling products. Oh and here’s another major plus about this product line!…Not only was this product formulated to nourish your hair, it can also be used to nourish your skin! Yes, that’s right these products can be used to promote healthy skin as well. A product that can nourish your hair AND skin is a winner in my book! To Achieve the look on the right I used the following Adore Botanicals products:

  1. Daily DewIndulgent Hair & Body Oil as a deep oil treatment
  2. Blooming Moisture MistDaily Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner as a leave-in
  3. Florets & CremeIntensely Nourishing Moisturizer to style

The “Daily Dew” worked wonders as a treatment! I parted my hair into four sections and saturated each section with the oil from the ends up to the roots. (Note: Be careful not to over do it with the oil to avoid a greasy aftermath). I used a plastic bag to cover my hair and left the treatment on for about forty-five minutes. After the forty-five minutes passed I washed my hair as usual. This oil treatment was everything! I hardly had to detangle my hair afterwards, it had melted away almost all of my knots. My hair was super soft after just one use and my scalp felt so fresh and so clean, clean! (hehe). I will probably start using this treatment every other week, that’s how much I loved the results. I then sprayed the “Blooming Moisture Mist” all over my hair. I always like to leave some conditioner in my hair after washing it, so I was excited that this line had a leave-in conditioner spray. The combination of the oil treatment along with the leave-in spray left my hair looking shiny (not greasy) and healthy. Lastly, I used the “Florets & Creme” to style my curls. I was a little skeptical at first to use the creme as a styling product because I usually don’t use hair cream on my freshly washed hair. The reason behind that is, hair cream is not the best product for my curl type. When I use creams on my freshly washed tresses it tends to weigh down my curls, not allowing them to curl up as tight as I like my curls to be. To my surprise, that was not the case at all. I was surprised to see how well the creme was defining my curls, it was like Spring in my hair as all my curls were springing up for joy! That had to be the cherry on top, I had fallen in love. The picture doesn’t do it justice, I wish I had documented the stages of my curls as they were drying, the creme had formed my hair into perfectly defined little ringlets all over. Due to my rushing out the house that evening, I had to wait until the next day to take the photo. But it just goes to show how good my hair still looked for it to be “second day hair”. Altogether, these products left my hair just SUPER soft! My hair was the softest I have ever felt it, I could actually somewhat run my fingers through my it. This was an awesome line and I’m so glad I tried it! I suggest you do the same!

Here’s a little bonus for you guys, I recorded how I applied each product. Press play to check it out!

To purchase or find out more info about the previous products, visit www.adorebotanicals.com

Until next review my curly loves! xo