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― N'Zuri Za Austin
iKateHouse

iKateHouse.com has given me the opportunity to review certain items so that you, the viewers, are able to see first hand what iKateHouse has to offer.

All of their products are priced at $5.99 or below. Do not take their cheapness for weakness because they offer brand name quality products. The website is like a product warehouse.

To see some of the items they offer view the video.

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Would I recommend this site? Oh Yea!

Affordable Jewelry

ikatehouse.com Review/Haul

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

iKateHouse

iKateHouse.com has given me the opportunity to review certain items so that you, the viewers, are able to see first hand what iKateHouse has to offer.

All of their products are priced at $5.99 or below. Do not take their cheapness for weakness because they offer brand name quality products. The website is like a product warehouse.

To see some of the items they offer view the video.

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Would I recommend this site? Oh Yea!

Affordable Jewelry

Via Cassandre Beccai

Sarah asks-

“So I decided I needed a trim on my natural hair and thought it would be an opportunity to get my hair straightened. I went to a salon.

The stylist used a pressing comb and a curling iron and got my hair straight, but now I wash my hair and in some areas it will not revert back to its kink.

It is bone straight in some places an it’s evident that I have heat damage. I’m so upset. The first time I get my hair straightened since being natural and now my hair is damaged.

Is there anything I can do to revitalize the curl? Anything? Or am I gonna have to cut my hair again?” -

My Answer

Hey hon,

I hear the frustration in your email and I feel your pain- I really do. I’m really sorry that this happened to you.

As you probably already know- the damage is done and the only way to remedy damaged hair back to 100% no heat damage is by cutting off the damaged ends BUT you can do some damage control.

I would say if your intention is to retain length (regardless of the fact that the hair may remain permanently straight) then don’t cut your hair and do some serious damage control.

Read more here

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Can I Repair Heat Damaged Natural Hair?

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Via Cassandre Beccai

Sarah asks-

“So I decided I needed a trim on my natural hair and thought it would be an opportunity to get my hair straightened. I went to a salon.

The stylist used a pressing comb and a curling iron and got my hair straight, but now I wash my hair and in some areas it will not revert back to its kink.

It is bone straight in some places an it’s evident that I have heat damage. I’m so upset. The first time I get my hair straightened since being natural and now my hair is damaged.

Is there anything I can do to revitalize the curl? Anything? Or am I gonna have to cut my hair again?” -

My Answer

Hey hon,

I hear the frustration in your email and I feel your pain- I really do. I’m really sorry that this happened to you.

As you probably already know- the damage is done and the only way to remedy damaged hair back to 100% no heat damage is by cutting off the damaged ends BUT you can do some damage control.

I would say if your intention is to retain length (regardless of the fact that the hair may remain permanently straight) then don’t cut your hair and do some serious damage control.

Read more here

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Here are the pictures of Toni after the third week of recovery. Currently I have my hair in crochet braids as a protective style.
Do you notice anymore curls popping? I do. Something is better than nothing.

Heat damage recovery week 3

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Here are the pictures of Toni after the third week of recovery. Currently I have my hair in crochet braids as a protective style.
Do you notice anymore curls popping? I do. Something is better than nothing.

After falling out of love with my best lace wig, I took it upon myself to find a wig I was most comfortable with. I made my way to my favorite beauty supply store and took a gander at their wigs. The first wig I spotted I automatically knew was coming home with me! After 15 minutes of searching I made the decision to stick with the 1st wig. I adore this week. Though it is not human it is human blend, meaning I can use minimum heat. The shedding is Impeccable. Best of all, it keeps my hair protected in a jiffy.

Maxim Bobbi Boss Asia 1b mb200

Price: $49.99

Type: Human Blend wig

You can view my wig review below:

The hair is almost tangle free and requires minimum work. Those who saw it did not believe it was a wig but a weave instead. How awesome is that!!??

Maxim Bobbi Boss Asia 1b mb200 Wig

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

After falling out of love with my best lace wig, I took it upon myself to find a wig I was most comfortable with. I made my way to my favorite beauty supply store and took a gander at their wigs. The first wig I spotted I automatically knew was coming home with me! After 15 minutes of searching I made the decision to stick with the 1st wig. I adore this week. Though it is not human it is human blend, meaning I can use minimum heat. The shedding is Impeccable. Best of all, it keeps my hair protected in a jiffy.

Maxim Bobbi Boss Asia 1b mb200

Price: $49.99

Type: Human Blend wig

You can view my wig review below:

The hair is almost tangle free and requires minimum work. Those who saw it did not believe it was a wig but a weave instead. How awesome is that!!??

Approximately 4 weeks ago, I opted to flat iron my hair for the 2nd time in 2012. The difference between the first instance and the last instance was the stylist. The first time I choose to conduct the flat ironing on my own with the Cortex titanium 450, but this time I was lazy. The end results were beautiful and lasted about two weeks. I used the same products as my initial flat iron experience, but choose to deep condition the night before unlike the first time.
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6th Day Hair
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I don’t quite understand what went wrong except for the probable overly high heat temperature used on my hair follicles. I suspect that the stylist (my friend) used a heat setting above 410 degrees which unhealthy for hair strands. After I washed out my hair I tried a beer treatment, and also deep conditioning and nothing worked.
I am currently doing everything in my power to keep my remaining curls healthy, not that there are to too many tight curls left. I am making use of the curls I currently have with hopes that I can still maintain the healthy head of hair I aspire to continue to have.

Week 1 Curls
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Flat ironing is definitely like pregnancy. If you do not have proper protection, you could have a potential problem (or blessing if it was intended). I currently see my heat damage experience as both a blessing and a curse. It’s almost as if I am reliving my transitioning experience making it helpful for those who are going through the same predicament. I want you all to travel along with me on this road to healthy hair journey. As I learn how to handle heat damage hopefully I should be able to provide you guys with information needed to restore damaged hair.
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Here is my revert attempt:


Have any of you experienced heat damage? How did you handle it?

Flat Ironing is like Pregnancy: Confessions of a heat damaged curly

Friday, January 11, 2013

Approximately 4 weeks ago, I opted to flat iron my hair for the 2nd time in 2012. The difference between the first instance and the last instance was the stylist. The first time I choose to conduct the flat ironing on my own with the Cortex titanium 450, but this time I was lazy. The end results were beautiful and lasted about two weeks. I used the same products as my initial flat iron experience, but choose to deep condition the night before unlike the first time.
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6th Day Hair
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I don’t quite understand what went wrong except for the probable overly high heat temperature used on my hair follicles. I suspect that the stylist (my friend) used a heat setting above 410 degrees which unhealthy for hair strands. After I washed out my hair I tried a beer treatment, and also deep conditioning and nothing worked.
I am currently doing everything in my power to keep my remaining curls healthy, not that there are to too many tight curls left. I am making use of the curls I currently have with hopes that I can still maintain the healthy head of hair I aspire to continue to have.

Week 1 Curls
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Flat ironing is definitely like pregnancy. If you do not have proper protection, you could have a potential problem (or blessing if it was intended). I currently see my heat damage experience as both a blessing and a curse. It’s almost as if I am reliving my transitioning experience making it helpful for those who are going through the same predicament. I want you all to travel along with me on this road to healthy hair journey. As I learn how to handle heat damage hopefully I should be able to provide you guys with information needed to restore damaged hair.
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Here is my revert attempt:


Have any of you experienced heat damage? How did you handle it?

Ok ladies and gents, last year around this same time I opted to try out the 52 week challenge (original challenge page). Despite my tedious trials, the challenge overcame me and I stopped on week three.
This year I am trying something a little bit more promising. I am actually going to designate a box for these funds. I want YOU  my readers to hold me to this challenge!
Here is the basic overview of the challenge again:
Its simple. At the end of every week you collect the dollar amount of that week and SAVE! How simple is that??
Here is the video that accompanies the challenge.


Week : 1   2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18   19  20
21   22   23   24  25  26   27   28   29  30  31   32   33   34  35  36  37  38  39  40
             41   42  43   44   45  46   47  48  49   50   51  52
Total Savings: $1

2013 52 Week Financial Challenge “Revisited”

Friday, January 4, 2013


Ok ladies and gents, last year around this same time I opted to try out the 52 week challenge (original challenge page). Despite my tedious trials, the challenge overcame me and I stopped on week three.
This year I am trying something a little bit more promising. I am actually going to designate a box for these funds. I want YOU  my readers to hold me to this challenge!
Here is the basic overview of the challenge again:
Its simple. At the end of every week you collect the dollar amount of that week and SAVE! How simple is that??
Here is the video that accompanies the challenge.


Week : 1   2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18   19  20
21   22   23   24  25  26   27   28   29  30  31   32   33   34  35  36  37  38  39  40
             41   42  43   44   45  46   47  48  49   50   51  52
Total Savings: $1
quick weave
Watch my experience with a quick weave make shift!
My hair is left out in the middle

My Quick Weave Experience

Thursday, January 3, 2013

quick weave
Watch my experience with a quick weave make shift!
My hair is left out in the middle

Hi! My name is Elle and I'm from Philly. I'm interested in natural hair (of course!) In addition to natural hair I am also interested in DIY, Photography, and Fashion!

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When and why did you decide to get rid of the creamy crack if you did?elle5

A friend of mine convinced me to get rid of the "creamy crack" about seven years ago. She convinced me that I could grow long healthy hair without the need of relaxers and the rest is history. I was a long (looooong) term transitioner and it took a lot of trial and error to learn how to take care of my natural hair. But I'm here today with a wealth of knowledge to share and even more that I'm willing to learn!

What was your support system like after you made your decision to go natural?

My friend Tanya was my beginning support system but eventually my entire group of friends decided to go natural (not all at once, took a lot of convincing over the years). So we are all natural at this point and we support each other, which is very nice!

It is true that we are not our hair, or anyone else's, but do you have any natural hair crushes?

I have tons of natural hair crushes! My very first two natural hair crushes were Moptop Maven and Curly Nikki. Today I have a ton of natural hair crushes that I am following on Instagram!elle2

What are your inspirations in life and inspiration for your hair?

My inspirations in life are my family and friends. I also find inspiration in being an inspiration to others. Inspirations for my hair are the women out there that are able to grow long healthy hair effortlessly.

When you are going through your daily regimen what products do you reach for first and why?

The products that I reach for first are my Tresemme Naturals and Shea Butter. I don't think I could part with either of these products. I use them daily for my wash n' gos.

What is your go to style in the winter and the summer?

My go to style in the winter varies depending on how much time I have or the random style ideas that run through my head. lol. I am primarily wearing wash n' gos because I love how they look and they are very simple. I also do buns and braid outs/twist outs.

For the summer, my styles are the wash n go and buns. I don't think my hair could manage much with the humidity.

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What is the most important thing you have learned on your natural hair journey?

The most important thing that I have learned on my natural hair journey is patience and confidence. Both of those have been very important in helping me get to where I am today. 

Where can we find you on the net?

I can be found at: http://www.ellegantelle.com! Also please follow my FaceBook page: TheEllegantElle and Instagram: the_ellegantelle

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Any advice for your fellow natural hair brethren?

Be patient and have confidence! You will get far in this journey! Thanks so much Cia E. inviting me to do this interview! You rock!

Tales from the Kinks: Elle Edition

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Hi! My name is Elle and I'm from Philly. I'm interested in natural hair (of course!) In addition to natural hair I am also interested in DIY, Photography, and Fashion!

elle1

When and why did you decide to get rid of the creamy crack if you did?elle5

A friend of mine convinced me to get rid of the "creamy crack" about seven years ago. She convinced me that I could grow long healthy hair without the need of relaxers and the rest is history. I was a long (looooong) term transitioner and it took a lot of trial and error to learn how to take care of my natural hair. But I'm here today with a wealth of knowledge to share and even more that I'm willing to learn!

What was your support system like after you made your decision to go natural?

My friend Tanya was my beginning support system but eventually my entire group of friends decided to go natural (not all at once, took a lot of convincing over the years). So we are all natural at this point and we support each other, which is very nice!

It is true that we are not our hair, or anyone else's, but do you have any natural hair crushes?

I have tons of natural hair crushes! My very first two natural hair crushes were Moptop Maven and Curly Nikki. Today I have a ton of natural hair crushes that I am following on Instagram!elle2

What are your inspirations in life and inspiration for your hair?

My inspirations in life are my family and friends. I also find inspiration in being an inspiration to others. Inspirations for my hair are the women out there that are able to grow long healthy hair effortlessly.

When you are going through your daily regimen what products do you reach for first and why?

The products that I reach for first are my Tresemme Naturals and Shea Butter. I don't think I could part with either of these products. I use them daily for my wash n' gos.

What is your go to style in the winter and the summer?

My go to style in the winter varies depending on how much time I have or the random style ideas that run through my head. lol. I am primarily wearing wash n' gos because I love how they look and they are very simple. I also do buns and braid outs/twist outs.

For the summer, my styles are the wash n go and buns. I don't think my hair could manage much with the humidity.

elle3

What is the most important thing you have learned on your natural hair journey?

The most important thing that I have learned on my natural hair journey is patience and confidence. Both of those have been very important in helping me get to where I am today. 

Where can we find you on the net?

I can be found at: http://www.ellegantelle.com! Also please follow my FaceBook page: TheEllegantElle and Instagram: the_ellegantelle

elle4

Any advice for your fellow natural hair brethren?

Be patient and have confidence! You will get far in this journey! Thanks so much Cia E. inviting me to do this interview! You rock!

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