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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Rose Water Everything

I don’t know about you guys but something about rose water all over my face is so refreshing. This post is going to focus on three products that I am currently obsessed with. Honestly, if there were another word stronger than obsessed it would be that word. According the the handy dandy internet, I could have used the following words: captivated, infatuated, dominated, overpowered… yeah, anyway. Let’s move right along to exactly what these products are (click link to purchase or learn more about the product):

  1. Hydrating Rose Facial Spray
  2. Thayer’s Witch Hazel – Rose Petal
  3. Milk Makeup Cooling Water

These products have become a part of my daily routine – day and night. Keep in mind that I am not getting paid for promoting these products, I just really, REALLY, really like them! When I gave birth, I knew that my face needed some rejuvenating. My face ended up breaking out, but most importantly I was NOT sleeping with having a newborn and all. This was all a part of not losing myself and still focusing on me and my needs so I can feel alive and also not dead looking for all of my visitors (not really my visitors, my son’s visitors, LOL).

These products together have kept my face baby smooth and have also helped me resolve my blemishes quickly. I always have that fresh face look and I seriously be feeling confident enough to post a selfie without makeup. After washing my face thoroughly, I instantly use the Witch Hazel with one of those cotton pads – and this is already orgasmic, but after this I use a moisturizer and then put the milk makeup cooling water under my eyes. Lastly, I overdose on the hydrating rose facial spray. Yes, overdose. After this little routine, I’m a brand new person.

It’t not just the feeling, but these products have amazing benefits. Witch hazel alone is anti-inflammatory and has antiviral properties. If you have any blemishes or have acne, this might be a great product for you. Rose water soothes any skin irritation, redness, helps heal wounds, and it also changes your mood and can help relieve headaches. Overall, I recommend these products to anyone who loves that refreshed feeling and wants to give their skin some love.

If any of my readers try these products – let me know! I would love to know about your experience.

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

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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

 

 

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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.

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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

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Curly Hair Routine

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It took me FOREVER to figure out what works for my curl pattern. Needless to say, what works for me may not necessarily work for you. Something I’ve learned about my hair is that sometimes we need to invest in certain products to see if it will tame our lion manes. At this point, when I walk into certain stores it seems like I work in the hair essentials aisle because I am always there (ni siquiera estoy exagerando, true story). I imagine that many of you can relate.

Let’s get started ladies and gents. First, let me emphasize that I only wash my hair once a week. Some people say it’s personal preference and some experts say it can take the natural oils from your hair and make it brittle and unhealthy. I stick to once a week, not only to keep my hair healthy, but also, not overspend on products (spending can go from 0 to 100 real quick in the hair department, ahorremos lo cualto).

Step 1 

I use the Maui Moisture Curl Quench + Coconut Oil shampoo and conditioner (smells amazing). I’m not sure how long they’ve been around, but I just started using them. Long story short, my brother bought it, I stole it, fell in love and match made in heaven. I wash my hair 2-3 times with the shampoo, making sure it lathers. When you wash your hair – steer away from making the Mr. Conehead look at the top of your head, I’ve learned that this promotes frizzy hair. I lightly massage my scalp and work my way down.

Step 2

Once my hair is squeaky clean, I take a generous amount of conditioner and make sure to smooth it into every strand of hair. Once this is complete, I take a wide toothed comb to detangle. Some curly folks also recommend using your fingers to detangle. Your preference. Once your hair is detangled, rinse the majority of the conditioner out. I like to leave some in my hair as well to act as a leave-in.

Step 3

Then I dab some aloe vera gel into my hands and massage it into my hair. This adds extra moisture to my curls. I’d recommend researching aloe vera benefits! You can use it for so many things in your everyday life. I’ve seen a huge difference in the frizziness of my hair since I began using it.

Step 4

I then use the OGX Argan Oil of Morocco. This also helps with frizziness and restoring damaged and brittle hair. The saying “a little goes a long way” couldn’t be any truer. If you put too much in your hair, you’ll get that oily and super heavy feeling.

Step 5

Lastly, I use the OGX Curling Perfection Defining Cream. Side note: This cream was available in every store at one point and then I saw it slowly disappearing. The only place I know that stocks up is Wal-Mart. When I see 1, I buy all (como una lambona). Ok, back to business -don’t be shy here. I like to part my hair in 4 and smooth the cream into each part. Once I feel a good amount in there, I scrunch the hair to create volume. Repeat until every part is complete. You can then either let it air dry or diffuse.

You’re all done and ready to conquer the world! I hope you enjoyed my curly hair routine. Till’ next time curly queens.

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Can’t Commit?

Hello my curly queens. Today’s topic is whether you can or cannot commit to the BIG CHOP! You were probably reading this headline and asking why I’m focusing on commitment issues, but let’s be real – we have relationships with our hair. I want to be clear, I couldn’t commit, however, I continuously cut my ends to slowly get rid of some of that heat damaged hair y por fin (finally), the struggle ended up being rewarding. I’ve been seeing a lot of rave on curly cuts and I decided that it wasn’t my thing.

Why it wasn’t for me you say? Well here it goes: I’ve seen countless videos on YouTube where the stylist cuts the hair dry or curly, shaping their clients’ face. It looks amazing, but my fear is that I enjoy having blow dried hair once in a while. What if it didn’t look good straight as it did curly? This was of course haunting me. To calm my nerves, because clearly this caused a major issue in my life (que dramática, I know), I decided to cut my hair in a lot of layers with “long bangs”. This layered look resulted in that curly, all around the face look. I was more than satisfied. I may even go a little wild next time and shorten my bangs further. At the end of the day, getting the perfect hair requires a little trial and error.

 

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The Beauty of Curls

The beauty of curls is that every individual is going to have a different journey. That took years for me to understand. As a Dominican American female, I was always told to straighten my hair, rather than walking around with the hair and curls I was blessed with. God forbid I walked around con un pajón. I never blamed my family because I always believed they were just assimilating to the American culture and societal trends. They were not aware of the harm it did to my identity and overall curl pattern. Side note: I don’t blame you mom and tias! I know many of you have been where I was, and trust me it’s not the end. Fast forward 10-15 years, and here I was with heat damage, looking mighty confused. The top of my head curled, while my ends were straighter than I could have ever imagined. I came pretty close to going Amber Rose – just kidding!

Don’t get me wrong. I love a good blow dry, however, ensuring my curls were healthy and revived was a mission I was determined to complete. I can’t say I am 100% there, but I have definitely moved in the right direction with amazing results. Allow me to introduce my curl journey.