Formal Hair Lookbook: Vintage Curls with Side Pin Accent 

Hey guys! Along our hair journey, we sometimes encounter formal events which require the appropriate hairstyle however super elaborate hairstyle may do more harm than good. So I wanted to simply share a few low manipulation hairstyles that can be used for any formal setting.

The first look is vintage inspired but it can also take a modern feel and  is extremely simple and beautiful. It involves the use of heat but using a heat protectant is extremely essential. I utilized the John Frieda Frizz Ease Styling Cream which doubles as a heat protectant and heat styling product to tame frizz and create a sleek look.

I began this hairstyle on week old flat ironed hair however, it can be done on any form of stretched hair. Tip! If you would like a more voluminous look, blow dried hair would be perfect for this style.


I did approximately one inch curls, using my ceramic Gold n Hot curling iron on 350 degrees throughout my entire hair and pinned each one after curling to allow them to cool and set in its curl for approximately 30 minutes. This gives the curls a longer durability, bounce and  volume.

After the curls set, I gently took them down and created a side part. I then proceeded to separate the curls slightly to increase the volume. Then, using the hair on the left side of the side part, I created a flat twist and secured with Bobby pins.

This step was optional but I used a vintage, silver, floral  hair comb to accentuate the twist and secure it at the side.

Take a look at the completed style!

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What’s your favorite formal hairstyle? Share with me in the comments or tag me on IG! I hope you enjoyed this post and it helped it some way! Don’t forget to follow my blog and IG account @iam_misstress to keep up with the hair fun as we grow inches one by one!

-Miss Tress 💁🏽💕🎀💇🏾🌸🙆🏾

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Night Time Hair Routine: Straight Hair 

Relaxed, natural, transitioning, thin,thick, long and short; we all desire healthy, flowing, straightened hair at some point. But once we have taken the plunge and pressed those heat plates so cautiously along our strands, how do we maintain the finished product? How do we keep our hair soft and moisturized but avoid the weighed down, limp appearance? Here’s one way💁🏽

I first begin by sectioning my hair into four parts and detangling lightly from ends to roots. Currently I use my CALA Detangler on my straightened hair. This simply ensures that you maintain the sleek hair you’ve created. 

I then proceed to apply a VERY small amount of oil to my ends only! Some oils have moisturizing properties which I previously mentioned in my Oil Dictionary post. A small amount of oil is added so that the ends of the hair do not become weighed down and clump together. It’s important to apply the oil to your ends only so that the hair shaft doesn’t appear limp and lifeless. Also the ends of the hair are the oldest and therefore the weakest so it’s essential to moisturize them the most frequently. Currently, I am using the Creme of Nature Argan Oil Treatment because I love it’s silkiness and moisturizing properties. 

Wrapping my hair  comes next, so that my hair lies flat and remains straight for an extended time period.  There are countless tutorials on hair wrapping but if you require one of me, definitely don’t hesitate to ask. Finally I tie with a silk or satin scarf to reduce friction on my hair while sleeping and therefore minimize breakage.


And voila! This nightly routine usually allows me to wear my hair straight for approximately a week and a half! 

What tips and tricks do you employ for smooth, silky and soft long-lasting flat ironed hair? I hope you found this post helpful and don’t forget to follow my blog and my IG account @iam_misstress for more hair fun as we grow inches one by one! 

-Miss Tress 💁🏽💕🌺💇🏾🌸🎀🙆🏾

Cala Detangler Review 

Hey guys! So a few days ago I went back to my local beauty supply store P.S. I live there 😂 and since I liked the CALA Head Massager  so much, I thought I’d try out the CALA Detangler which was just as inexpensive as the head massager. It came in a variety of color  options, of which, I chose the pink. 


It has a curved structure which allows for easy grip and hold on the hands and also long and short prongs for thorough detangling and smoothing of the hair shaft.The claims made for this product were:

  • For wet and dry hair 
  • Revives shine 
  • Ensures healthy hair 
  • Easily Detangles 

So I tried the brush on both my wet and dry hair and it does excellently Detangle both hair types with minimal shedding and breakage. However, this was true on my freshly relaxed hair. When I tried the brush on 12 week post hair with tons of new growth, it failed to Detangle properly and it began to break my hair so I immediately stopped usage. 

It also claims to revive shine which I do not believe as I saw no change in my hair’s shine and I also believe that a brush doesn’t have such properties.However, it definitely Detangles my hair easily but only without new growth. 

As for its claim of healthy hair, I cannot comment because I have only been using the brush for two weeks which is a short period to notice a drastic change in my hairs health but I will say, like with any detangling tool, this has to be used from the ends of the hair to the root or else it will cause breakage which will deteriorate your hair’s health.

I would definitely use it again but only when my hair is flat ironed or during weeks 1-6 of my relaxer stretch when my new growth is minimal. Since I hardly ever Detangle my hair with a tool as I mostly use my hands, I don’t think using this product sometimes pj my hair would have a negative effect .Therefore, I would rate this product a “Love it!” 

Rating : 🌟🌟🌟

What was your experience with this product? Let me know below in the comments. I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful and as always, don’t forget to follow my blog and my IG account @iam_misstresss to keep up with the hair fun as we grow inches one by one! 

Relaxer Update- June 2016 

And it’s here!!!!! Yes,by the title, you’ve guessed it… Another Relaxer Day! I relaxed my hair at 12 weeks post, as scheduled and I am really loving the same stage of my hair right now. Relaxer days always bring me joy mostly because I can see my hard work paying off and I feel so rewarded and stimulated.

I started by preparing my hair for the relaxer which I explained in my last post, the night before and the next day I got to it. If you have read my other relaxer updates, then you are aware that my mother, a professional hairdresser, does my relaxer touch-ups every three months. I use the Kids Organics Texture Softener which is not a relaxer, but I still do not consider myself texlaxed as my hair has very minimal texture.

This texture softening kit comes with a scalp guard and texture control which must be applied to the scalp and hair shaft respectively to protect against any excessive damage so we first began by applying these products even though my hair was previously coated with oil. You can never be too careful! 😂 My mother then proceeded to apply the relaxer to my new growth and after approximately 15-20 minutes she rinsed and neutralized my hair.

The kit comes with a light protein treatment which I mixed with my Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner and applied to my hair. I sat under my deep conditioning cap for 30 minutes and rinsed and Detangled under cool, running water.

I then applied some Carols Daughter Mirabelle Plum Conditioner to my hair and let it sit for 5 minutes as my hair still felt a little dry. My mother then applied the Lottabody Setting Lotion to my hair as well as the Creme of Nature Argan oil Treatment and I sat under the hooded dryer for 1 hour. This was my first time doing this as means of drying my hair on relaxer day and the results were great but the heat was INTENSE!

After drying under the hooded dryer

Airdrying in a ponytail

After an hour my hair still wasn’t fully dry, and I refused to go back under that “hell hole” so I just airdried in a ponytail for the remainder of time.My mother applied the John Frieda Frizz Ease Styler and the Creme of Nature Sleek and Shine Polisher. My hair was then lightly blow dried at high heat, low speed for smoothness and flat ironed at 300 degrees.

Here are the results:

I am finally claiming full MBL which mean I am one step away from WL hair!!!!! I urge you, my fellow sisters on your hair journey, never give up! It took me three years to get here and I don’t regret any minute of it. I hope you enjoyed this post and of course, don’t forget to follow my blog and my IG account @iam_misstress to keep up with he hair fun as we grow inches one by one!

-Miss Tress 🙆🏾🌺💕💁🏽🌸🎀💇🏾

Relaxer Prep 101

To my relaxed ladies out there; past, present and future, we all know the dangers of the well known “creamy crack”. And we know just as well, that if these dangers are not curbed and limited, then your hair will simply be a mess.  So I thought I would share the precautions which one must take to have a successful and stress free relaxer with no disappointing surprises and, of course, relate my own process and experience.

  • The first thing is to ensure that your hair is Detangled! This allows for the relaxer to be  easily applied to your new growth as your hair will be easy to part and separate along the line of demarcation. This, therefore, prevents over processing of the hair due to leaving the chemical on too long while trying to properly part the hair. In order to Detangle my hair, especially before relaxing, I use My Q-Redew Handheld Hair Steamer which easily works through my thick new growth, lessening my breakage and shedding.
  • Properly coating the strands of the hair plays an extremely vital role in the relaxer touch-up process. Oils, which are known to coat the strands act as a barrier between the hair shaft and the chemical to prevent over processing of previously relaxed hair as well as the new growth. It also prevents the hair from becoming limp and lifeless and limits and burns or irritation to the scalp. For this process, I use my Oil Mixture which nourishes the strands and gives it the strength to withstand the harsh relaxing process and also protects it from overprocessing. It must be noted, however, that the steam from the Q-redew opens my hair cuticles so that there is maximum absorption of the oil.
  • It is also important to base your scalp, forehead and nape area prior to relaxing since relaxers are harsh chemicals and can easily corrode and irritate the skin. This can be done using Vaseline, however, the relaxer kit that I use includes a scalp guard product which I utilize for this purpose. This creates a barrier between your skin and the chemical thereby preventing and possible skin dangers.
  • It’s a widely discussed belief that relaxers should be applied to dirty hair. Will it make your relaxer results better? No! Because the strength of the chemical remains unchanged and therefore The strands are processed wether dirty or clean. Will it prevent scalp burns and irritation? Yes! When your hair is dirty, the dust and sweat particles build up on the scalp. This therefore prevents contact between the chemical and the scalp and burns and irritation cannot occur.

Here is a short clip of how I prepare a section of my hair for a relaxer:

I hope this post was useful and it helps you to get the best out of your relaxer day! Don’t forget to follow my blog and follow my IG account @iam_misstress to keep up with the fun and we grow our hair to long inches one by one. Comment below with any questions, concerns or tips you have about preparing your hair for a relaxer.

-Miss Tress 🙆🏾🎀💕💇🏾🌺🌸💁🏽

Choosing the Best Oils for your Hair Care : The Oil Dictionary 

Hey guys! So simply put, in the healthy hair world, oil is an unarguable essential within any hair care regimen. However, for the newbies and those of us who sometimes forget and seem to encounter setbacks in our hair journeys , you may not always know which are the best oils to use for any specific hair problem. Don’t fear,miss tress is here and she brings you the “oil dictionary” which contains the most possible hair problems and the oils which  can be used to fix them.

Dry hair

  • Coconut oil
  • Argan oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Olive oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Almond oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Hemp oil
  • Monoi oil

Breakage

  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Almond oil
  • Hemp oil
  • Monoi oil

Shedding

  • Coconut oil
  • Almond oil
  • Monoi oil

Dry scalp

  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Castor oil
  • Flax seed oil
  • Hemp oil
  • Peppermint oil

Scalp itch

  • Tea tree oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Amla oil
  • Emu oil
  • Flax seed oil
  • Grape seed oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Rosemary oil

Balding

  • Castor oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Emu oil
  • Rosemary oil

Thinning hair

  • Castor oil
  • Jojoba oil

Hair growth

  • Castor oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Hemp oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Safflower oil

Now I will share with you how I mix my very own oil mixture which I use to seal my hair, massage my scalp and also when preparing my hair for relaxers which you will see in the following post.

My mixture comprises of:

5 TBSPS coconut oil

5 TBSPS almond oil

5 TBSPS jojoba oil

5 TBSPS avocado oil

1 TBSPS Argan oil

1 TBSPS tea tree oil

2 TBSPS/ 15 drops castor oil

These oil components target all the above listed hair issues which help to maintain my hair and scalp’s complete health so that I can grow my best hair along my journey.

I hope you enjoyed this post and that it helps you to choose better oils to help target your hair issues. Comment down below sharing with me your concerns and your favorite hair oils and don’t forget to follow me on IG @iam_misstress and right here on my blog so that we can grow beautiful hair together one inch at a time and support each other!

-Miss Tress 🙆🏾💕🌺💇🏾🎀🌸💁🏽

 

Change of Plans: No Washday! 

Hey guys! You may have noticed that I did not post a washday diary entry yesterday so I thought I would explain. I am attending two graduation ceremonies next week, one of which is on Tuesday and the other is on Thursday. My mom, who was previously a professional hairdresser always does my hair, and seeing that I need a relaxer, my mom will be doing it as usual and styling it for the graduation. We had originally planned to have my hair done over the coming weekend.

However,she is going on a mini vacation with her friends from Thursday of this week to Monday of next week and therefore she will be at home the day before the first ceremony! She has thus decided, to ensure that I get my hair done on time, that she will do it before she leaves for the trip which will be Wednesday,i.e, tomorrow! 

So instead of washing my hair, I am going to be preparing it for the relaxer today which I will of course, share with you all!