A Simple Braid N’ Curl | Type 4 Hair

 A Simple Braid N' Curl | Type 4 Hair

After my haircut, I just have to redo all my previous hairstyles so I decided to start with a simple braid n’ curl for my kinky type 4 hair to see how cute it’d look! Ha!

Here’s my wash day:

{1} Washed twice with Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo which is my most favorite shampoo I’ve used since I’ve been natural which is almost 5 years. I like a really nice clean base to get rid of build up and grease.

{2} I always deep condition. This time, I used Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Treatment Masque which is very good. I always warm up my deep conditioner in the microwave for 15 seconds so the warm of the product can better penetrate my low porosity strands.

{3}Added a quarter size amount of Giovanni Direct Leave In on each half of my hair and blow dried my hair on high hot heat (needed to be quick so that’s why but I usually use high warm).

{4} Took small/medium sections starting in the back, lightly dampened with my spray water bottle, took a dab of Cantu Coconut Curling Cream then distributed along the length. Proceeded to braid until a little before the end then took a blue perm rod to curl the end. Continued until entire head was done.

{5} The next day, I unraveled all the rollers and braids, separated and fluffed with my trusty pick and BAM! Cuteness galore!

A Simple Braid N' Curl | Type 4 Hair

Just in case you’re a visual person, here’s a quick video I made just for you.

xo

C Marie

This SPF Lotion Gives Me Glow, Moisture and Sun Protection Like No Ones Business

Hey my skin fiend fanatics!

I have a product I just have to rave about because it is just so awesome. Since I decided to up the skin care ante this year, I’ve been playing with chemical exfoliants, acids, and vitamin C, all of which are light/photo sensitive. This means they react to sunlight for the worse and that meant I had to get some sun protection factor going for the sake of avoiding sunspots, hyper pigmentation and discoloration. Problem was, I couldn’t stand the thought of sunscreen. Its a chemical factory laden with titanium dioxides and zinc…ugh! I’m a purist of sorts so I care not to regularly rub poison into my skin.

One fateful day, I’m in the pediatricians office scanning a parents magazine and I come across a sample: Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter SPF 15 Moisturizer. I popped it out and used it for the following two days worth of usage after my morning regimen and OMG, what a wonderful moisturizing sunscreen!

This SPF Lotion Gives Me Glow, Moisture and Sun Protection Like No Ones Business

Immediately, I went to my nearest local drugstore and bought the full size and haven’t looked back.

Pros:

  • Silky smooth texture. Almost silicone-ish feel that goes on so smoothly on the skin and leaves a non shiny, non-greasy finish.
  • Very moisturizing leaving skin supple, moist and dewy looking
  • SPF of 15 which is not too low and not unnecessarily high. As a woman of color, I wanted just a bit of protection while still getting my vitamin D.
  • No titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. I’m not keen on these ingredients as they have chemical properties I’m not interested in permeating my skin. The lack of these components also prevents that white cast SPF usually causes.
  • It leaves such a wonderful bright, dewy glow. The vitamin C is definitely poppin’ in this formula and I can easily forgo highlighter or a luminizer.
  • Great packaging that allows me to one-twist lock the pump for super easy travel
  • It’s easily accessible. Garnier is a big store staple. I picked mine up from my local Duane Reade.

Cons:

  • It was pretty pricey for a drugstore product with my drugstore ROBBING me by charging $19.89. I’m pretty sure ANYWHERE other than Duane Reade has it for a lower price. Also, Garnier has a $2 off coupon available to save some coins!
  • It’s so small! It’s 2.5 ounces and with daily use, that means it’ll go fast.

Will I repurchase?

Lets just say, this is a Holy Grail staple product especially with warm weather coming.

xo

C Marie