Monday, March 31, 2014

Maintaining a Healthy Scalp

Though it's technically Spring, it has been a long, cold, and dry Winter! It's actually snowing as I write this. During these cold months, my hair gets really dry, but my scalp tends to get even dryer, sometimes becoming flaky and irritated. As you may know, the scalp actually releases its own natural oils and it's really not necessary to apply globs of mysteriously blue-colored grease to your scalp. Remember those days? But in the winter, sometimes my scalp needs a little help to remain healthy and moisturized. I trust and swear by Tropic Isle Red Pimento Hair Growth Oil. Pimento oil is an essential oil from Jamaica. This product contains Jamaican red pimento oil, Jamaican black castor oil, coconut oil, and wheat germ.

After I wash my hair, I divide my hair into four sections. While my hair is still wet, I apply the oil directly to my scalp, section by section.

Those dark yellow spots are the oil.

I further divide each quartered section, ensuring that oil is applied to my whole scalp. I also massage each section of my scalp afterward to ensure full coverage.

I further divide the sections and apply oil directly to the scalp.

Afterwards, I apply my deep conditioner as usual, making sure that my hair is conditioned from root to tip. Finger comb as you work the conditioner in, and twist each section once done to avoid knots and tangles. I've been using B.A.S.K. Beauty's Cacao Bark Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment, but just use your usual deep conditioner.

My hair with conditioner, before I twist it.

After applying conditioner to each section, put on a plastic cap and hair therapy wrap and just watch Netflix wait an hour before rinsing. The hair therapy wrap heats the oil (and conditioner), helping it penetrate your scalp and hair. After an hour has passed, rinse the conditioner out thoroughly with cool water. Even though you rinse your hair after applying the red pimento oil, your scalp still remains moisturized and you're not left with a greasy, overly oily scalp. Hopefully the weather actually warms soon and I'll only have to do this every once in awhile, as opposed to after each wash as I have been for the past several months. Lately, I've been deep conditioning my hair weekly, and this extra step only really adds an extra 10 minutes or so to my routine, so it's definitely worth a try if you also suffer from dry scalp.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Print Mania

Last weekend was gorgeous! The sun finally came out and it was the perfect day for a walk along a local trail. It was a Saturday, so I wanted to wear something comfy with patterns that I typically wouldn't wear to work. I decided to pair aztec-print Harem leggings with an oversized, boxy peplum tee. I love mixing prints probably a little more than the average person, but this was still a really bold look for me. The resulting outfit was fun, sporty, print-heavy and so comfortable, it felt like I was wearing pajamas.


Outfit details
Lace Oxfords: ASOS (sold out, similar here) // Harem Leggings: F21+ (sold out, similar here) // Boxy peplum: ASOS (sold out, similar here) // Cardigan: F21+

Monday, March 17, 2014

Straight Hair

For the past few years now, I've limited straightening my hair to just once a year. I had significant heat damage at one point, and the whole ordeal emotionally scarred me for life. Ha... I'm kidding. I just honestly prefer my kinky, curly, coily hair. Anyway, since I got my hair straightened, I  decided to get a trim and moisture treatment while I was at it. The result: pure awesomeness. To maintain the beautiful spirals/shirley temple curls, I put pin curls in my hair at night. Pics of my various success below.

At the end of day 1, after playing with my nephew & niece

Day 6?

My most successful attempt: day 4, I think.

Monday, March 10, 2014


I recently ordered a hooded trench coat for Spring. It's lightweight and super functional with its large hood. Trench coats tend to be very chic & sophisticated, so I contrasted the coat with a super casual comic tee & jeans. I love the combination of dressy and casual & was happy with the resulting look. Pics below!

Outfit Details:
Shirt: F21+ (sold out) // Jeans: JCP (sold out) //Shoes: ASOS (sold out; similar here)// Trench: ASOS (sold out; similar here)// Purse: ASOS (sold out; similar here)