5 Ways to Prevent Humidity from Ruining Your Hairstyle

Friday, June 29, 2018

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Ah, summer. I love you and loathe you. On the one hand, my birthday is in the summer, and on the other hand, the humidity is unbearable. In the summer, I tend to leave work earlier, but the humidity also ruins my hair. The summer is great to show off my rompers, but the humidity prevents me from wearing any stretched hairstyle. In short, the summer is great, but y'all this humidity is just on a whole other level.

I'm coming up on my 9th year natural (wow, that's 3285 days!), and the summer has always been trying for my hair, but I'm starting to learn how to navigate this weather while keeping my hair cute and healthy. Here are my tips to keeping a cute hairstyle in humid weather.

Products with PVP are Your Friend: If you've been following my blog for awhile, you know my hair doesn't always dig PVP, but PVPs are great for preventing frizz. If you don't know what PVP is, it's a harmless ingredient in hair products that coat hair in a film making it difficult for humidity to touch the hair shaft. Gels, mousses, creams, and serums with PVP are one of your best bets against humidity. I will personally be trying Ouidad's Advanced Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel.

Increase the Hydration: First and foremost, hair that is moisturized won't take moisture from the air, so the more moisturized your hair is, the less likely it will frizz. During humid months, it helps to cowash or saturate hair with water in between washes to prevent hair from getting too dry. Also, if you, like me, are sensitive to PVP, it helps to saturate hair because moisturizing and sealing won't be as effect. Since most products with PVP are water-soluble, a quick cowash will help your hair reset. And since I've finally finished up all of my cowashes, I can finally get my hands on Unwash.

Smaller Braids, Twists, Knots, and Curlers: As much as I love my barrel sized curlformers, in this humidity, the big, airy curls end up frizzing in a matter of minutes. This is because the looser curls have more exposed surface area for the humid air to touch. To combat this, all of my out styles - braid outs, twist outs, and curlformer sets - are done in smaller sections, which take longer to frizz.

Protective Style when Necessary: When in doubt, protective style. If you think it's too humid, or there's a 99.99% chance of rain, opt for a protective style. This way you don't have to worry about the weather ruining your hair.

Embrace (a Little) Frizz: It's almost impossible to prevent frizz entirely for those with natural hair in humid weather, so you might as well embrace it. This doesn't mean you should expect a completely destroyed style within minutes of walking outside, but it does mean your style may not last as long as you want. Either you can redo it, or just embrace the fluffy coif.

How do you prevent frizz in the humid summer months?

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How to Safely Heat Style Natural Hair

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

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Despite common belief, heat is not inherently damaging for hair. There’s a right and wrong way to use heat, and it can be utilized in a way that is safe for hair. There’s even research that shows that low heat - 116 degrees Fahrenheit or less - can be as safe as air drying. But, of course, high heat and daily heat styling can cause irreparable heat damage.

Here are steps that I recommend for using heat safely. If you go to a stylist, I recommend that you make sure they follow similar steps. Remember that not all stylists are informed on natural hair, despite telling you otherwise.
  1. Starting on freshly washed, conditioner, and detangle hair, create 4-8 sections and apply your leave-in, oil, and heat protectant. You will need an actual heat protectant, not an oil. There is a misinformed belief that an oil is a heat protectant, but it comes from the misunderstand the definition of a smoke point. 
  2. From that 4-8 sections, make a total of 10-16 sections. The more sections, the faster it takes to dry those sections. Less time from the blow dryer means less chance of damage. I Bantu knot or twist the sections to keep them stretched and detangled. 
  3. Using a good blow dry with 3 heat settings (if you only have 2 heat settings, you need to use the lowest setting), undo a section, and blow dry hair on the cool or medium heat setting using the tension method. Do not go above medium, higher heat increases risk of damage. Blow dry until you get to your desired level of dryness. Unless you have to go somewhere, I recommend about 90% dry, then two strand twist or Bantu knot and let hair air dry the rest of the way. 
  4. Work through all the sections until each one is dry. 
Use heat no more than once a week, and in between washes, use non-heat stretching methods like two-strand twists, braids, and bantu knots.


If you need information beyond blow drying, you’ll need to search online and watch some YouTube videos. I don’t have any recommendations for flat irons or hot combs since high, direct heat is very damaging for my hair.

And now you can go forth and style your hair safely. Happy heat styling!

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9 Tips to Decorating a Home in the City

Friday, June 1, 2018

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I love city life. The food is delicious, there's always something to do, and getting around is really easy. But finding a place to live, that's another story. Of course, cities come with a higher price tag, but something people don't always see is that it's hard to decorate. From super small square footage, funky layouts, and windows facing dark alleys, creating an inviting, personalized home is a challenge. But, it doesn't have to be impossible.

I teamed up with Decor Aid, an in-home interior design and decorating service, to help you create a beautifully decorated home in any city, regardless of size, layout, and lighting.

Make Use of Forgotten Spaces
Whether your home is large or small, there should always be various rooms in your home that have non-decor spaces as they’ll give the eye a break and keep your home from looking cluttered or over-styled. That said, there are also several spots in every home that you probably aren’t taking advantage of, say above your kitchen cabinets, toilets, and even on the floor - perfect spots for decoratively arranging books, framed art pieces, and collectibles.

Organization is Vital
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In smaller homes and spaces, keeping organized is vital as small messes will lend a chaotic energy when you’re working with limited square footage. By having a designated spot for everything and creating a system to quickly tidy up, you’ll save time and create a maintainable order.

Our interior designers often suggest adding shelves above desks and virtually just about anywhere from room to room to make the best use of every area while cleverly displaying essentials.

Stick to a Core Color Scheme
By selecting pale hues and elements you can easily make any area appear larger and more expansive, however, be careful and ensure the space doesn’t end up looking too clinical while keeping in mind that small homes often have dirtier looking walls as things rub against them more commonly.

Multi-Purpose
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The best advice we can give you about decorating a small space is to source as much multi-purpose furnishings for the space as possible as you’ll open extra room in your home. Think ottomans boasting hidden storage, a table that can do triple duty as a dining table, conversation zone, and desk, and the ilk.

Lighting
Bad lighting will not only make it harder to perfect your makeup, it will also make a small space look even smaller. Dingy, dark corners will close off parts of any room, lessening the visible areas.
Make it a priority that each room is well-lit throughout your home. Eliminate dark zones with a variety of easy to install options from kitchen cabinet lighting to simple wallsconces as it just takes a little structural adjusting to trick the eye into making your home appear larger.

Mirrors
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One of the easiest styling tricks to making your home appear more expansive is using mirrors to reflect light and trick the eye into thinking the space is bigger than it is.

Place them adjacent to your windows to reflect the outdoors and make a room seem as if you have another window as the more windows you have, the larger your home will appear. Affordable and easy to score, mirrors provide a practical touch of glamor and should be considered a must for small house interior design ideas.

Budget-Friendly Decorative Moves
With scores of budget-friendly small home decorating alternatives easily available we guarantee any interior designer will swear by the invaluable money-saving resources that antique shops, flea markets, and even junk shops provide.

Peruse local thrift shops for steals and browse free furnishing listings online with items people no longer need as these unique, curated scores will lend your home conversation starters while adding a hint of vintage flair.

Furnish Wisely
small space
When decorating narrow rooms and compact spaces, opt for slim, low-profile furnishings that are appropriately sized to keep the area from feeling cramped or over-crowded. Stick to a general rule of thumb that pieces should reside away from your walls than against them. Another great tactic is to keep furnishings the same scale as they won’t compete with each other or overcrowd. Same goes for glass top tables as they are visually much lighter looking.

Symmetry
When considering the best approaches for decorating a room that’s short on space, there’s something to be said about the practical magic of symmetry. You’ll find that a sense of symmetry will trick the eye into surveying a small home as wider, and more spacious than reality. That said, remember, it’s all about the right balance and being too rigid on placement will give your space a strict, uptight vibe, so be sure to practice a relaxed take on symmetry as it’ll lend smaller rooms a charming, comfortable energy.

What are some of your tips for decorating a city home?

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