Honey getting slayed by color hair Goddess, Mesha Ollie, will have you feeling like you're riding on a glittery rainbow with a Starbuck's macchiato, wearing Ray Ban sunglasses while singing Beyonce's Ego. Last week, this is exactly how I felt after Mesha worked wonders on my mane.
If you have been following me, then you know that I have been partaking in a hair growth journey. I made it a year without a haircut, but I couldn't take it anymore. It was time to do something drastic to defunk my hair routine. A brilliant cut, with lively colors and spectacular curls, is all I needed to get my inner futuristic Dorothy Dandridge on.
And guess what...I did! Never felt so beautiful and stunning in my life. I walked in the door, and my kids yelled, "Fantasia!" I blushed for a hot minute, and it radiated through all of the pictures posted on my social media accounts.
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Yes, yes I know it is a strange addiction, but I have to admit it. I need to get it off of my chest. I have to let the world know that, I - Alisa Elliot is overwhelmingly involved in using filters to enhance my (every) pictures [insert sad face].
A couple of years ago I couldn't understand the hype over filters, and I remember staying away from the technology because I thought it was photoshop. Fast forward to today, and now I don't like posting a picture without using a filter.
The problem is - I look like a 35-year-old me. The lines under my eyes, the crow's feet beside my eyes, and my crooked smile from being an avid thumbsucker is completely showing my age.
I should be proud, though. I hold my weight pretty good at 5'6 (technically 5'5 3/4), I've birthed three kids, and I've had an interestingly (hard) path - I started being a mom at 15. When I went to therapy at 30 for being confused about life, I was told that I had lived a life of a 40-year-old. So now that I am turning 35 this summer that means I'm mentally turning 45 - but why must I see it around my eyes?
I never really been bothered about looks until I started YouTubing and seeing celebrities my age on tv holding down their beauty remarkably well - no lines, no wrinkles, just flawless. I think it's unrealistic to put these expectations on myself, but I can't close my eyes and pretend as if I don't see it. I see it! I want my emerging wrinkles to move around. BUT not on my face - not on my watch!
Makeup is the trick; filters will help increase the magic however when I look into my seven year old's eyes when she smiles - there I see it. She has my smiling eye creases, and I love it! Her smile warms my heart, and the lines under her eyes show me my DNA embedded in her. Will I tell her to look for creams to hide or minimize her future wrinkles inherited from her mother? No, no I won't because I want my daughter to be her beautiful self. She is confident, care spirited, loving, smart, and reminds me that I have done something right and I see it in her lovely eyes.
Here is something that I have wondered about for a long time - how can I get my eyebrows on fleek?
I am not 100% there yet but thanks to watching YouTube I am getting pretty close. Recently I have been bombarded with compliments about my eyebrows, so I felt the need to do a tutorial. Now I still have a couple of milestones to lock in my Fleek zone. However, I do believe that I am close to mastering it.
Washing your hair in between relaxers can seem like a job. I use to hate the struggle myself until I created a wash routine that has helped me lessen my dependency on creamy crack. It took some time to find the right products that compliment my hair but now that I have the recipe - I am not letting go.
Question: How often do you wash your hair? How often do you flat iron your hair? And, how often do you get a relaxer?
Answer: It all depends on my wash routine. I wash my hair every 8-10 days and flat iron my hair 3-4 times a week. In between flat ironing, I wear headwraps to avoid applying extra heat to my hair. I go without relaxers as long as I can maintain my hair with a good wash and daily routine to keep my roots and edges manageable. I probably get less than 5 relaxers a year because of this (I apply my relaxers at home).
I am interested in learning about your wash routine. Let me know your hair type and what products you use to maintain it between relaxers.
Finding protective styles for your hair can be a tiresome task. Skip all the sew-ins, braids, lace fronts, and extensions for a stylish headwrap. All you need is a yard of decorative elastic fabric from your local Jo Ann Fabric & Craft, $11, and 3 minutes. Save time, money, and energy with this no fail stylish look.
Danni is my seven-year-old daughter who enjoys reading, drawing, singing, dancing, hair, glitter makeup, and YouTube. She is a true girly girl until it's time to comb her hair. Danni's least favorable activity is sitting down and letting me rake through her beautiful thick 4C mane. Learning the proper way to take care of her hair is a journey. I want to get to a point where she enjoys getting her hair comb, and it doesn't feel like a task but a fun activity. In this product review, we use E'Tae Hair Products in hopes that it will make our hair combing experiences more pleasurable.
I'm pretty new to the entire selfie lifestyle. However, I do know proper lighting, and angles are everything for a divalicious #comethrough. But what do you do when you need good light in a dark area to show off your night look or food porn in a romantic setting? I decided to solve this problem by researching on selfie ring light clips on Amazon, and I found a fantastic product!
After reviewing the price and other customer's input, I bought the Auxiwa Clip on Selfie Ring Light. The total price for the selfie ring - $13.99 and two AAA batteries. The light has three settings that go from a gentle glow to super eye blinding bright. The Auxiwa Clip will make you want to eliminate your filters and just illuminate.
I took Auxiwa Clip to the streets of New Orleans during the Christmas holiday break to see what random strangers though about it. I have to admit that many people were impressed by the gadget and interested in purchasing it right then. If only I had my salesman thinking cap on when I bought it I could have easily hustled a $10 profit per light.
Anyhow if you are a selfie queen, a food picture taking junkie, or someone who needs sufficient light at night to take pictures with strangers in dark places this product is for you! It is also a great tween present for any occasion.
Picture of food before selfie ring and after. Picture of us using the selfie ring on Bourbon St. at night.
So if you are like me and always on Facebook I am sure you have seen an advertisement for E'Tae Products. E'Tae products gives natural hair a straighten boost that resembles the best relaxer ever! The results in the Facebook and YouTube videos are amazing and it got my attention to try the product on my daughter's natural hair and my processed hair.
E'Tae FB page has over a million likes with terrific stories about how the products changed women's hair from afrotastic to bone straight magic. There are at least a gazillion images and videos that are testimonies to the validity of the product. The product is expensive and the process is long winded. So before you invest nearly $80 in this product (my purchase price for the kit which includes shipping) check out my review.
The steps in using this process which makes it very time consuming.
I am a true researcher at heart and it is because of this I can review this product with some helpful tips.
The product itself
The Carmel, Carmelux Shampoo, Carmelux Conditioner and Buttershine are products that I can compare to regular shampoo and conditioner. I've used generic shampoo and conditioner brands that have the same affect as E'Tae products for a lesser price. You really don't get much bang for your buck! I would highly suggest the main standout product, Carmel, as a purchase worth getting. As for the shampoo and conditioner, I am not so convinced of its mystic powers. The shampoo and conditioner actually smells stronger than it works to me.
The power of a good blow dryer
Yes, I do believe that a good blow dryer and a detangling pik is part of the miracle. I used an old Revlon blow dryer. I noticed after watching other reviews that the women who came out with the best faux pas relaxer ever used blow dryers with a detangling pik.
The magic of a flat iron
The flat iron maybe the real McCoy. Cheap flat irons can cause a lot of damage to your hair and there is a reason for the cost being exceptionally low. Think about it, the less expensive the material is to make the product the less likely it will hold up over time. You pay for what you get and I know this lesson first hand. The flat iron I used for my hair came out of a discount beauty supply store for less than $25. The flat iron doesn't have a temperature gauge. So, technically I am not sure if I reached the recommended degrees to properly flat iron my hair.
The beauty of using a professional
Something else I noticed in the video reviews is the beauty of using a professional. The purpose of me buying the product was to save money, leave the experts out, and learn a better way to do my daughter's hair; however, after this experience, I definitely see why stylist are required. Some Youtube videos show reviewers applying the Carmel at home and going to a stylist to finish the shampoo, conditioner and straightening process. I must admit their hair looks amazing! Professionals have the best shampoo seats, hair dryers, products, flat irons, conversations and so on! Also it isn't specifically about if you can do your hair, it's the luxury of having someone else do it. Think about giving yourself a foot rub vs. a professional giving you a foot rub. You see? A huge difference with a higher cost!
The blessings of reviews
And the most important thing ever - the benefits of reviews! Search around and look for other reviews of the product outside of Facebook and Youtube. Go to where it really counts, Amazon. Many of the reviews on Amazon give an accurate description of how the product works and pictures of the result. Many of the reviews are mixed and give you do's and don'ts about the product.
Well, that's it for my review on using E'Tae on processed hair. Please leave your feedback and comments below and tell me what you think about the product.