Just A Quickie

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Hey my good people! Hope you are all enjoying your summer, family, friends, food, beaches, vacays, significant others, jobs, and LIFE in general! I certainly thank God for mine!:)
I also am enjoying my protective style for the week. Yes, I said week 😄. I just needed something cute and quick to get me by a few days, to keep me from pulling it all out at the roots, with my bare hands.

NO SERIOUSLY.

I must say, this is one of the best hair quickies I’ve done and the first I’ve done with added hair.

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Day #3

I did this style earrrrly Saturday morning.
For this style I used a bit of pre-used Marley hair that I’d keptΒ from marley twists I’d previously done. I didn’t need a full pack though;).Β  I kept the hair product to a minimum, using only a little grapeseed oil to rub through my hair and massage into my scalp, and a spritz of Moroccan Argan Oil leave-in conditioner by Creme of Nature. I absolutely loooove their new line!! It makes my hair really soft and smells amazing!
I was careful not to WET my hair though. I only needed a light moisturizer so I wasn’t working with totally dry hair. I used a little of my Eco Natural Eco Curl ‘N Styling Cocktail for blending my hair in the marley hair. I like it because it’s light and doesn’t flake. It smells yummy too!

Remember, you need protection within your protective style.;)

I started at the bottom and worked my way upward and toward the front, flat twisting but using two strands. Basically cornrowing but using two strands of hair instead of three. I fed in the marley hair at the very start of the twist, (as soon as I held two strands of my hair to begin). I proceeded to twist all the way down the shaft until reaching the end, twisting the very end around my index finger in a looping motion.
Voila!! That’s it!;)

There’s very little maintenance (which I’m all for). I simply use a bit of Blue Magic coconut oil on my scalp and complete hairline, massage it in, mist my oil/water spray bottle ONCE onto the actual shaft, pat it a few times and satin scarf it at night.
I didn’t get to take immediate pics when it was freshly done so the ones you’re seeing are from the following Monday lol.

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I’m still deciding on what hairstyle is next. I REALLY want a nice full weave with some good ole 3c-4c hair. Like Diana Ross huge😁.

Are you rocking any protective styles nowadays or “just letting it all hang out”?😜

Thanks for kicking it with me! Appreciate you suga!!!

BLESSINGS,
THEEstonidee

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Braids… Fresh and Clean

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It’s summertime! Pools and beaches are popping and so is the salt water and chlorine.
Protective styles are in high gear and we’re looking good but is that scalp and hair right within those braids/twists?

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Solange Knowles sporting individual braids. Great protective style!

If you’re rocking a protective style, particularly braids, it doesn’t mean install and done. There’s a bit of maintenance that goes with it to ensure your hair is healthy. After all, that is the whole point of protective or low maintenance styling.
So, you’ve been swimming or sweating or both. Your scalp is dry (from chlorine/salt water/sweat) and itchy. Not to mention the mild funk coming up from that mug. Dang girl! :p

It’s time for a wash.

But how? My hair is bound and intertwined in these braids!
No worries, I’ve got you covered. πŸ™‚ You’ll need a few things:
1.  A hair spray bottle

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2. Shampoo and conditioner of your choice.

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Pantene Relaxed and Natural

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Shea Moisture

3. An oil to seal in moisture and nurture the scalp

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Raw/Organic Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Grapeseed, etc...

Got that?
Next, you prep the braids by releasing them from any hair ties or pulled styles so that they are lying downward and loose hanging.  Go through your braids checking for lint or debris. Pick out if found.
Then, you fill your spray bottle with warm/lukewarm water and  pour a quarter sized amount of  shampoo into the water. Shake the contents until mixed well.

Now, you spray your scalp and hair generously and evenly. Don’t miss a spot.
*Make sure you have a towel, not for your hair, but to catch the drips of water that may run down into your face*
Scrub your scalp, applying pressure, but not vigorous where you create a world of pain, fuzz and frizz. Your goal is to lift any product, debris, old skin cells, dirt, chemicals, salt and odor from your scalp and hair. Slide your hands down your braids firmly being careful around the outside perimeter of the head, aka the edges. You don’t want to neglect the actual hair shaft.

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Photo courtesy of google search lol

You can rinse either in the shower or by filling a large cup with water and pouring. Repeat shampoo step if needed. Once you’ve shampooed follow the same steps using conditioner this time. That means you have to dump the shampoo contents and replace (with water and conditioner). Instead of rinsing directly after, leave conditioner in for about 10-15 min, then rinse.
Squeeze and blot using cotton tshirts. You’ll definitely need more than one.

*Towels tend to leave pieces of terrycloth and lint in the braids*

You’ve cleaned and rinsed everything out. It’s time for reinforcements. πŸ˜€
Spray your hair with your choice of leave-in conditioner and seal in with an oil, like coconut or olive oil. πŸ™‚
Annnnnd your DONE! πŸ˜‰

Protective styles aren’t NO maintenance but LOW maintenance. You can’t skip the essentials. πŸ˜‰

Hope this was a “helper”. Enjoy this lovely, HOT weather and your protective styles (if you wear them)!!
I’ll talk to you soon!

Blessings,
THEE Stonidee

Letting it all come naturally πŸ™‚

I Missed “Us”

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Well hello there! *cues Aaliyah’s “Try Again” track* It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you !! πŸ˜€
I hope all has been more than good for you. Things have been pretty decent for me. Let’s see… my family and I are all in good health,  my daughter was accepted into a great charter school for the 2014-15 school year, hubby changed from a job to an awesome career, annnnd I’m over my writer’s block!!! Praise. The. Lord. Lol πŸ˜€
No really though. I am so glad because I felt horrible inside. Like, in a world where the topics are darned near endless, here I was totally blank…which lead to serious lack of motivation and a near blog death experience.
I’ll tell you how this happened. Basically, although there are tons of topics and questions to be answered, I NEVER want to be a broken record. ANY record actually. I don’t want to sound played out or repetitive of the next…and the next…and next. So I began to think hard…harder than needed and I think it became more taxing and TASKing. No longer from my “heart place” and more of a hard place. Totaling NO GOOD.

I never want this to become a job but more of a “great work”. A piece of the beauty world that I love and nurture as my OWN. I want it my way and decided that sometimes doing or saying something done before is okay. I need not be so bent on “staying true” and original that I get so lost that even I can’t find myself.
So, I’m back to you…and ME. πŸ™‚ I’m happy and free and ready to challenge myself to remain consistent. How else will I get better? What’s the saying? Practice makes perfect. Yep! Practice. Work at perfection. That’s what I’m going to do!

I’m so glad right now because this is big. I can’t express to ya’ll the discouragement I’d been feeling for way too long. I may have been a bit hard on myself. I do that. But I’ve got momentum and took out much prayer and meditation time because a sista was DONE. I mean hands thrown up in the air, knees buckled to the floor, and face to the floor DONE smh.
But I’m back in the ring and don’t intend on early retirement or a knockout. I’m built “ford tough” baby!! πŸ˜€

I love you for listening. πŸ™‚ Any words of encouragement? Send them on over! πŸ˜‰
I’ll be back… TOMORROW!!

Blessings xoxo
THEE Stonidee

Letting it all come naturally πŸ™‚

“Did You Know?” Series- What’s With The Frizz???

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Today’s topic of the “Did You Know?” series is all about your favorite thing…FRIZZ. It shows up uninvited and reluctant to leave.
While I see many absolutely despise it, I actually welcome it on occasion. I love big, wild, messy, bed hair and what makes the style satisfactory for me at times is the frizz factor lol.
When I don’t want it though?  Oh, I go Terminator on it!
Now…

Where/what does frizz come from?

Frizz occurs when the hair absorbs moisture in the air and the cuticle layer of the hair strand is raised, instead of laying flat.
See below:

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Hair strand with raised cuticle

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Hair strand with flat, healthy cuticle

Or think of it like pine cones:

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The cone on the left is how a healthy hair strand should look vs the one on the right

How do you prevent frizz?

1. Regimen and hair handling
2. Product

When applying product or styling your hair, it is important to remember that the WHOLE strand be given t.l.c.
Often, we pay more attention to the shaft and end of the strand and forget all about the root.
If the root isn’t healthy, you can forget about the rest because the foundation IS the root. Roots eventually grow out and become the shaft/ends of our hair.

Here are a few tips to eliminating frizz:

1. When smoothing, start from the root to the tip (end).

2. Use a gel

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3. Use a silicone or serum as a sealant.Silicones act as a water repellent (stops water from penetrating the hair strands.)

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4. Prevent product buildup
*If you are strictly CG (Curly Girl), the silicone thing may not be for you, as you would need to use a sulfate free shampoo. Silicones don’t allow for remoisturizing in between washes due to it being a moisture repellent.*

5. Rinse with cold (as you can stand) water or cool your conditioner/leave-in in fridge to help close the cuticle, thus preventing frizz.

6. Become pals with ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)
The acidity in ACV is close to that of hair. It helps bring balance to the pH of the hair and closes the cuticles.

F.Y.I. :Hair pH= 4.5 to 5.5 & ACV pH=2.9

6. Take your time unraveling twist/braid sets. When loosening for the curly/wavy look you’re going for, start at the ends and carefully work your way up. Also rub a little oil in your fingers before removing the twists/braids. The oil will help tame any potential frizz.

Maintaining frizz free hair does require a little work but the results are appreciated all the more.
Sometimes you just want great curl/wave definition without the “extra”. I dig it!!
Hope this was informative and helpful to those still battling unwanted frizz.

My goal with the “Did You Know?” Series is to encourage, enlighten, and inform you in a particular area/topic that will EVENTUALLY come up along the journey to healthier hair.
Anything I discover that promotes healthy hair will make its way here! Trust that!

So, are YOU a frizz friend or foe?? How do YOU combat frizz?
Talk to me! πŸ˜‰

Blessings to you!
THEE Stonidee

Letting it all come naturally πŸ™‚

Give It A Break

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Hello my good people!!
So, I’ve decided to give my hair a break and install a full sewn in weave as a protective style.
I’m really feeling the look and the fact that there will be no manipulation on my natural hair and I can rock a thermally styled “do” without damaging my real hair.
I purchased some decent, inexpensive hair at Sally Beauty Supply . It was the Vienna brand of Yaki human hair, only 8 inches and I cut even more off.
I chose to go with a bob inspired by the way Taraji P. Henson’s hair (wig/weave) was done in the movie, “I Can Do Bad All By Myself”.
Have a look…

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Taraji

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Stoni

I like it! Haven’t rocked a weave in such a long time but this is cute, convenient, and actually very helpful to my hair. My fingers won’t be in it. It’s totally hidden from the elements and it’s getting a break from styling to just be left alone (beside moisturizing) to recoup and grow.

What do you think of my new do?

Thanks for reading!!

Be blessed,
THEE Stonidee
Jameliadingle

Letting it all come naturally πŸ™‚

THEE Quickest Post!!

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Hey guys and gals!!! Guess what?? I’m at the wedding reception of my brother in law and new sister’s SPECIAL DAY OF UNION!!
Lol!!! I know ya’ll don’t know them but I’m soooooo elated for them that I just HAAAAAAD to share!!
It’s SUPER special because this is my husband’s twin brother. They’re sooooo close and the brotherly love is so GREAT that I naturally hold him especially close to my heart. Tiana is a true princess, but now someone’s QUEEN and I salute my homegirl on her EXTRA SPECIAL DAY!!!
I just felt in my heart to shout out the newlyweds, JOE AND TIANA DINGLE!!!

I’m a lovebug for real and this night is THEE BOMB!!! Sending ALL love to my bro and sis!! God bless ya REAL GOOD!!!

Letting it all come naturally πŸ™‚