Baby, Beauty, Curls, Curly Hair, Natural Hair, New Mom, Pregnancy, Uncategorized

Postpartum Hair Loss

Okay, so this is something that I have literally teared up about the last few weeks. Even when I was shedding like crazy my hair did not fall out as much as it has with my last two wash days. Postpartum hair loss is real ya’ll and yes I was warned, but it hit me hard when it actually happened. I honestly thought I got away with it because I was living my best life and my hair was flourishing. Well, ladies and gentleman, I got the “you thought”directly from the hair gods because the pictures you see above is the hair that comes out when I detangle. I also lose a lot of strands every time I run my fingers through my hair. Again, all of this may be normal for some of you, but for me, this is insane and very out of the ordinary.

I’ve read that this is normal and that your hair should be back to normal within 6 months to a year of giving birth, but I am not satisfied with this answer. I have noticeable bald spots on both sides of my forehead and I already have a five head so this is unacceptable. I totally get that my estrogen levels went drastically down and that’s why my luxurious curls (yes, I’m exaggerating) are falling out before my own eyes.

So what have I done? I went to the hair witches… just kidding, I went to a Dominican beauty supply and asked the experts about what I can use to at least slow down this process. I have been washing my hair with Tricovit shampoo and conditioner. It claims to prevent hair loss and help with growth. I’m also putting in these drops (ampoyas), which I am blanking on the name of (will update this week). The shampoo and conditioner smell good, but they have a lot of ingredients that I would normally stay away from, such as sulfates, so this is very temporary until I am able to restore my hair. I also cut off about 2 inches to keep my hair healthy and light. At this point, I’ll try just about anything.

I previously wrote about Capilo products, which I really, really wanted, but had to order through Amazon and I didn’t want to wait, which is why I desperately visited the beauty supply. If these don’t work, I will probably be reordering Capilo!

If anyone has experienced this, I would love to hear your process. Please write to me here, through an IG DM or e-mail – enidfernandez89@gmail.com

xoxo

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Hair Paint Wax

D9A48A59-1D6F-4C11-9414-AD9B4A525B73So like does anyone else have anxiety about dying their hair? Say it louder for the people in the back, ya heard! I am terrified – I worked hard to get my curls to where I want them to be and I still have some work to do so actually dying my hair just isn’t an option until I am guaranteed that all those chemicals aren’t going to damage my curls. Until then, I appreciate companies like Hair Paint Wax. How did I find them you ask? I’m assuming here people- lol. Well, I found them on my handy dandy Instagram Explorer page. I noticed that a lot of the curly hair ladies that I follow were raving about this new product and I was so mesmerized by their results that I just had to try it. I went on their Instagram page and like any other stalker, I scrolled and clicked on every vibrant picture until I was fully bought in. I ended up going with the Gold and Blue Hair Paint Wax, which is pictured above. They offer the following colors: blue, gold, red, purple, orange, yellow, silver, white, black, aquamarine, pink and a styler (no color). The wax’s range anywhere from $6.99 – $9.99 and they also offer a bundle with the majority of colors for $48.93 (such a weird number, but whatever, I’m not the boss here). Okay, let’s get into the experience – I was a bit skeptic at first because I have tried those spray on colors and although I liked the color, there was just too much residue and the colors would rub off my clothes, hands, pillow cases, etc. So when I chose to purchase these waxes, I knew there was going to be a possibility for this mess to occur again – BUT…that was not the case, at least for the gold I tried. Yes, there were a few specks of gold on coat, but nothing crazy.

First I completed my usual routine: wash, deep condition, leave-in and style. I let me hair dry to about 60% so it was damp, I also read that I would have better results if my hair was a bit more dry. Anyway, I started my sectioning my hair and running the wax through my hair, ensuring that it was even throughout. I also made sure to give my baby kisses throughout so he didn’t feel neglected as I was experimenting over here. lol. Once it was even throughout, I watched some Netflix and let my hair dry. It was looking a little flat so I put it into a pineapple for about an hour and then fluffed it out with a hair pick – this little pineapple and fluff routine always gives me the most volume on wash day. After all was said and done, I did what any normal and sane human being would do – I took a million selfies and posted the one that came out the best. Go check out my Instagram for results!

My thoughts:

I absolutely loved how vibrant the color was on my dark brown hair. Normally, I would have only been able to achieve those results with bleach, but this worked so well! It didn’t really make a mess and the best thing is that if you get tired of the color, you can literally just wash it out without a problem. Not only was I impressed with the color, but I was also impressed about how easy it was to apply and maintain. It is recommended for curly hair, and I tested this out on my nephew – he has super straight hair and wanted to try the blue wax. As it dried in his hair, it was very dull and not as bright as I would have imagined. It was also very difficult for the wax to stick to this hair overall. I also thought that my hair was going to be dry after I washed it out, but as of right now there are no negative side effects. I will definitely be trying some of the other colors.

Until next time,

xoxo

Baby, Curls, Curly Hair, Makeup, Natural Hair, New Mom, Pregnancy

I’m back and I’m a mom

Firstly, let me apologize because I’m a piece of shit. The last time I wrote on my blog was in July when I was about 4 months pregnant. They are not lying when they say your baby drains you of all your energy because I totally left this blog and everything else I loved behind. I just didn’t have it in me to write, post pictures, and frankly… to be cute. You may notice that my Instagram also took a hit. lol But let’s put all of that in the past –  I am back and better than ever.

My life has changed a bit and I now have a beautiful, sweet baby boy. Although my blog will remain as a curly hair and beauty site, I will definitely be sprinkling some of my mom thoughts and how I balance my passions with my little one. If you are not okay with that, I will hold the imaginary door for you on the way out. lol I am also using this next statement for accountability purposes: I promise to post a new blog every other Thursday going forward.

Let me recap my entire pregnancy, hair and beauty life in a small paragraph:

I have no idea how these pregnant beauty bloggers and Instagram moms do it – looking all majestic while being pregnant all the time. That’s not me – I was looking like a straight homeless woman (my apologies if I offended anyone). I even almost forgot how to do my everyday cat eye and my hair remained in a nice bun the majority of the time. Don’t even get me started on my weekly deep conditioning – it just wasn’t happening. I also have a small shower and being as big as I was, there wasn’t space for me to wash my hair and detangle how I would have liked. Instead, my hair wash days shifted to a nearby sink, but let me tell you – my arms almost gave out. SMH. I’ll be the first to say, that I was at my laziest during my pregnancy – you can judge me all you want. I was; however, committed to having beautiful curly locks while I gave birth – you know? For the pictures and the visitors lol. It was tough, but I achieved it. The toughest part was that I had absolutely no patience while I was washing, deep conditioning and air drying. Probably because I also had no patience for my son who was giving his momma contractions, but he just wasn’t coming. At the end of the day, I was cute my curly hair and I felt accomplished.

If anybody wants to hear about my labor experience as a first time mom – send me a message on here or DM me on Instagram and I will blog my experience.

xoxo

 

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Surprise! Hair & Baby

It has been a super long time since I posted on my website – but, for good reason! As you may noticed, my last post was published on April 7th, 2018. I know, horrible upkeep on my hair journey and reviews; however, I am super excited to announce that I am pregnant and found out around that same time as my last post!! Definitely no excuse, but my mind has been elsewhere. This is my first child, and I have been going through the pregnancy ups and downs and not really giving my hair the attention it needs and deserves. So here’s what we know about my life:

Pregnancy:

  • I am 4 months pregnant
  • Having a boy
  • Living the dream with nausea and heart burn
  • Can’t sleep
  • Completely stopped doing my makeup and focusing on my hair’s health and growth

I am absolutely enjoying my pregnancy, but also scared about being a first time mother. I will say, I was frustrated with all my family and friends because they tell you about all the positive stuff about pregnancy, but PEOPLE, tell me the negative stuff too so I’m prepared and don’t become one of those whiny pregnant women. I am also amazed about how people carry themselves on Instagram, looking beautiful with heels and their belly and I’m just here looking like a blob. LOL – this will change, I promised myself that I would look like a decent human being going forward.

Okay back to my hair:

  • It’s losing volume
  • Some days it looks a bit dull
  • Haven’t been keeping up with my 5 day routine
  • Have been doing more buns than defined curls
  • Need a haircut, but want to wait until I give birth
  • Prenatals aren’t really giving my hair life (I’ve heard this from several people, but I’m not seeing a change, idk)

I definitely want to try something new. I have been sweating As I Am products, but maybe there’s a rule from the hair gods that says you can’t overdo 1 product, LOL. I have been dabbling in Ouidad and I love their curl cream, but I haven’t used it consistently enough to provide you ladies and gentlemen with a review.

Now that this pregnancy is out in the world, I will definitely be focusing on my hair and will get back to you all on how I’m keeping my hair alive throughout this process.

WARNING: For the next 5- 6 months, you will receive some baby talk within my posts. I can’t help it, I’m excited. Check out my IG for my Starbucks pregnancy announcement and my IG stories for baby bump pictures/videos.

Xoxo,

Enid

 

 

Curls, Curly Hair, Makeup, Natural Hair

As I Am Naturally

Cuanto tiempo! Lately, I have been raving about As I Am Naturally products. My curls are defined, bouncy and with the perfect amount of fluffiness and no frizz. I truly couldn’t be happier from the results that these products provide.

To be a little more specific, I am obsessed with the leave-in conditioner and the curling jelly. With these products, I noticed that a little goes a long way, which I was super skeptical about because the product is so lightweight and almost watery- like. From my previous posts, I had to switch up my styling method a bit to ensure that my curls received product evenly, but also because I noticed that my curls clumped up more than usual. I still separate my hair in 4 sections, but after smoothing in the leave-in and curling jelly, I brush it out with a Denman and then start separating strands on my own. I’ve noticed that my hair dries fuller and more defined. If I were to rate these products, I’d definitely bless them with a 5/5.

 

FYI, I have also tried using the Mielle Organics White Peony Leave-in (also obsessed) with the As I Am curling jelly and still receive very similar results.

As I Am Curling Jelly: $13.00

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As I Am Leave-In: $10.50

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Curls, Curly Hair, Natural Hair

Ale Acosta – Featured Writer

AleWhere to start on this crazy curly hair journey? Well, one thing is for sure it has been a constant learning process. My transition started before my freshmen year in college. I wanted a new start, I decided to cut all my permed hair. This following year I kept on using heat and did not use my curly hair at all. What does this mean? I did a reset and chopped all my hair off again and left it curly. I had no idea what being a curly haired girl meant and more when you are raised in a latino household where “el pajon” isn’t elegant or cute. You guys have no idea how many times I got told to “pásate un alisado” or “cuándo vas a hacerte algo distinto.” This hurt a lot cause I felt like I wasn’t pretty enough because of my curls. These got bigger and bigger as time went by, but I didn’t have an idea on how to treat it. I would wash my hair without looking at the labels and pretty much would end it with Eco Styler (which I still love).

Fast forward to 2016, my hair was the longest I’ve ever had it. I decided to do highlights and I would blow-dry and flat iron my hair every now and then. My hair got crazy damage after the highlights and my curls went flat. I lost complete confidence in my hair and hated it. I couldn’t style it at all and slowly it started growing and the damaged hair showed even more.

In the Summer of 2017, I went to Puerto Rico and got almost all the damaged hair cut, but even though they gave me a routine to follow my hair wasn’t healthy. For months I did the same hair style porque no sabía como más esconder el heat damage. Finally, during the Fall I got my first ever Deva Cut at Anita’s Kurl in Boston and mi madre! My life changed! She recommended the Deva Curl line which has worked wonders for me. My hair is healthy, shiny and bouncy. The stylist showed me how to use each product for better results and I appreciate her so much for the life changing experience.

I have not used heat in over a year and I love it. I’m focusing on letting my hair grow healthy this time around.

My “go-to products” now are the deva curl line and Carol’s Daughter.

I started by dividing my hair in four sections. I use the no poo conditioner from Deva Curl (blue cap), I massage my hair and rinse. The following products I leave in my hair for ultimate moisture (it was recommended for my type of hair). Later, with my hair soaking wet I use the One Conditioner, Super Cream (smells amazing) and defining gel by Deva Curl. I do alternate some of the products from Carol’s Daughter every now and then. After applying all of the products I diffuse my hair on cool/warm setting so I won’t freeze once I step outside.

Starting a curly hair journey is hard but it’s easier once you start to love “el pajon” que llevas siempre.

 

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The Mona Cut

Hello Curly Queens & Kings,

I’ve been away for a bit, but I’m hoping you are able to forgive me as I present my before and after. I’m doing things a little different this time, by adding a quick YouTube video of my curly cut experience (please subscribe!). If you have read my previous posts then I am sure you know that I was super terrified of the entire experience. Click play – and see what truly happened during my haircut appt.

Before:

After:

xoxo

Update (4/7/2018): Mona no longer works at Davide’s Hair Salon, she has opened her own salon. Please visit Mona’s site for more details. Unfortunately, she increased her prices significantly, and I will most likely not be returning.

Curls, Curly Hair, Natural Hair

Deep Conditioning

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Vamos hablar claro about your hair. Why is deep conditioning so important for your hair? There are so many reasons, but what’s important to understand is that the amount of times a month you deep condition and the deep conditioner that you use all depends on your type of hair. Just because your favorite curly hair blogger deep conditions once a week, does not mean that that is the right regimen for you. As with everything else there is trial and error. Ok, enough about my rant, let’s take a look at the top 5 reasons you should deep condition:

  1. Keep your curly locks moisturized. If you’re anything like me you go through these months where your hair is dryer than my phone. Desperate times call for desperate measures and that’s when your deep conditioner can prevent all this nonsense. Keep your curls moisturized.
  2. Help repair damaged or brittle hair. Many of us are transitioning from that heat damaged nightmare, but ladies and gents, deep conditioning can help restore your locks’ full potential. Less breakage and more elasticity.
  3. Deep conditioning helps replace proteins in your hair. According to hairstylist, Mark Townsend, doing this can help you seal the cuticle and grow your hair out. I know I’m not the only one who Instagram creeps and writes #hairgoals under peoples’ pictures. This can HELP you!
  4. Add shine and luster to your hair. Sometimes our hair goes through so much that it loses its natural shine. Well, let me tell you that deep conditioning can smooth the hair shaft and drum roll please, you guessed it – get that shine and luster back.
  5. Keep color from fading. Many of us love to be spontaneous and color our hair. Instead of feeling guilty for bleaching or adding color to your hair, deep condition to prevent damage and keep that color from fading.

Personally, I deep condition every other wash. I know some folks who deep condition every wash day or even once a month. Listen to your hair (y tampoco somos locos, I know hair can’t speak, but you know what feels right or wrong for you).

My current favorite deep conditioner is pictured above: Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioner (Try it out here!)

A few reminders:

  1. Deep condition for 15-30 minutes. No more than 30 minutes, you will defeat the purpose.
  2. Don’t be afraid of a little heat. Get under a dryer or use a heat cap.
  3. Focus on your ends and then work yourself up.

Xoxo

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Damage Control

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In my DevaCurl post, I mentioned that after using their products my hair fell out significantly. I literally thought I was balding every time that I washed and detangled my hair. Of course I immediately stopped using the shampoo and conditioner; however, I was on the hunt for a product that would save my curly locks. I went straight to the wizards of all things natural and magical: my mother, aunts and cousins. I don’t know about you, but when you have a Dominican or better yet Caribbean family member, you have hit the jackpot because you can easily find the answers to all your problems.

I kept hearing a variety of solutions, but the common theme between all of their ideas was cinnamon. Yes, that little stick that adds an amazing flavor to your coffees, teas and your arroz con leche. This was going to be my savior. The only obstacle in my way was my laziness. How was I going to find the time to come up with a concoction that would stop me from having weekly burials for the handful of hair I kept losing? Just know that I struggled for weeks because I just never got around to it.

So when did I lock eyes with my knight in shining armor (also known as Capilo, the product pictured above)? I went to visit my brother in Queens, NY and my cousin and I decided to take a stroll in Jackson Heights. We saw a beauty supply and of course had to go in because we’re bougie like that. We originally fell in love with some Morphe makeup brushes, but got a bit curious when we saw the many hair product aisles. For those of you also into beauty, I will leave the Morphe brushes story for another day. So I start reading ingredients and each bottle’s mini mission statement of what their product would achieve, and there it was, I stumbled on a picture of canela, yes, cinnamon. This product called my name and to top it all off it was for hair loss control. Yes, you guessed it – I bought it and was super excited to try it out.

Capilo Suela y Canela was not a miracle worker overnight. Nothing is and it’s just the life we live in, but after about 3 washes my hair stopped falling out. If I was a bigger drama queen than what I already am, I probably would have cried profusely with tears of joy. Instead, I continued washing my hair with Capilo a few more times to let my hair know I was serious about it staying put! I live in Boston; therefore, I probably won’t head to Jackson Heights to find this product again, but luckily the combo is available on Amazon Capilo Suela y Canela for purchase.

To put the cherry on top – Capilo is manufactured in the Dominican Republic.

Xoxo

Curls, Curly Hair, Natural Hair

DevaCurl

 

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Photo: DevaCurl results, April 29, 2017

Hello Curly Queens,

Grab your cafecito, get comfy and get prepared to dive into my DevaCurl experience.

If you don’t already know, DevaCurl is a product line- up that consists of originals, such as No-Poo and One Condition. They also have creams, stylers, and different tools, which all target curly, super curly and wavy girls. I must say it’s marketing genius. It makes curly consumers feel like they have hit the jackpot for amazing, defined curls. Visit DevaCurl for more information on their products.

Let’s begin by saying that social media is hella advanced nowadays. I had searched it in Google and voila here it was plastered all over my Facebook and Instagram. Of course, I’m a pendeja, because 3.2 seconds later I was back on their website thinking about my hair and what products I wanted to purchase. I was ecstatic to try a product that was geared towards my type of hair.

DevaCurl is bottled in bright colors that are enough to catch anyone’s attention – the packaging alone was enough for me to invest. As I was browsing their website, I noticed that their products were a bit pricey. The No-Poo, One Condition and Ultra Defining Gel package goes for $88. I also decided to try their Super Cream Coconut Curl Styler, which is $28, yes you read that correctly, $28. It’s no secret, the product itself is expensive and I have a bad habit of correlating price to high quality, which is mistake numero uno.

I bought it and approximately 7 days later I was ready to wash my hair and try out this product that so many people rave about.

Keep reading, it gets good … 

Pues si, I put a little No-Poo in my hand and started massaging my scalp and running it through my hair. This is a VERY different experience. It does not lather, which was already throwing me off; therefore, I put a lot more in my hand so I can feel like it was doing it’s job. The website states that this type of shampoo doesn’t strip away natural oils and keeps your curls moisturized. Once I rinsed the No-Poo, I turned to the conditioner to detangle – pretty self explanatory and the products smelled great. I left a bit of conditioner as a leave-in (I do this often with any routine).

Next up was the Curl Styler. In four different sections, I smoothed the cream into my hair and scrunched as described in my Curly Hair Routine post. My hair looked great and it dried even better. I have never seen my curls so defined before. I turned into one of those raving consumers who wanted to tell everyone about their results and how amazing the product was.

What you’ve been waiting for …

After 3 uses, I noticed that my hair was falling out. I don’t mean your average hair that falls out when you detangle because that’s normal, but a handful of hair. I was able to roll it into a ball. At first, I blamed it on stress, but it didn’t get better. It had to be DevaCurl! A product that was working so well for my curls had come disguised as a blessing, but was truly an awful curse. I immediately discontinued use, and began the damage control journey.

Our hair is such an important part of who we are and here it was falling out uncontrollably. I started reading reviews (mistake number two) and noticed that many consumers also had the same experience, while others were ecstatic about their results with no issues. It goes to show that what works for others, may not work for you and it’s up to us to learn what’s best for our hair rather than falling into the trap of high priced items with great advertising.

Until next time.