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 (click name for Amazon). 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

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 on Amazon here.
  2. Thayers Witch Hazel on Amazon here.
  3. Milk Makeup Cooling Water Stick on Amazon here.

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

Find it on Amazon here.

As I Am Leave-In

Find it on Amazon here.

I Promised Makeup

Donde empiezo? When I created this blog, I didn’t want to limit myself to just my hair – I am a Jane of all trades and have the ability to provide insights on makeup as well. So, here it goes. As a teenager I went through the stage of wearing heavy mascara and eyeliner that was so uneven and out of the place that I couldn’t dare call them sisters or cousins, it was more like ex- best friends. That’s the only way I could describe each of my eyes; however, with practice came swift drawn cat eyes that I became very proud of. As social media describes, my eyeliner has the ability to CUT you, slice you, or whatever la juventud calls it nowadays.

It wasn’t just my eyes. I had uneven tones all over my face, a lack of color and to top it off, I was blessed with a cowlick in my left eyebrow – I know what you’re thinking, and trust me, I’m over it. Anyhow, growing up I always read that symmetry meant beauty; therefore I spent thousands of dollars (over the years, I’m not rich so this wasn’t 1 day) becoming my own makeup artist – self-taught. Visit my IG for some photos: @enidcarolyne

Here goes my current everyday look process:

  1. Moisturize and Prime face. Currently I am using the Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer and ELF Cosmetics Hydrating Face Primer. Did ya’ll know that ELF stands for Eyes, Lips, Face? Mind Blown.
  2. I always start with my eyebrows first because it takes the longest – thank you cowlick, I appreciate it. I never steer away from Anastasia Beverly Hills, I just feel like she is the queen of brows and it has worked for me for years. I use the ABH Brow Definer in dark brown. I first outline, fill in and brush out to ensure it looks as natural as possible. I then use NYX concealer in 04 to clean up and give it a more defined look. Lastly, ABH Brow Gel to make sure my brows don’t smudge.
  3. The third step is to work on my eyes. I really like the natural colors here; therefore, I am loyal to the Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte palette. First, I put some of that NYX 04 concealer and then I get to work. My go-to colors are ‘super mom’ and ‘free spirit’ for the base and lid and then a mix of ‘force of nature’ and ‘wanderer’ in the outer edge and crease. Yes, that’s all folks, I am basic as f***.
  4. Let’s finish off that eye with Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner and Better Than Sex Mascara. I do not put on eyelashes for my everyday look. I am way too lazy for that.
  5. I am OBSESSED with Fenty Beauty’s Foundation – I dab it all over my face. Side note: YASSSS RiRi! Then I use Kat Von D’s Lock-it Concealer Creme and draw a triangle under my eye. With anything in the makeup community – blending is highly important. I then do a little baking with Laura Mercier Translucent powder.
  6. By now – I look like a complete ghost; therefore, it is time to put some color back in my face. I use the ABH Contour palette to enhance my cheek bones, but also to cover up my massive forehead. Then, I use my NARS Bronzer/ Blush Duo palette to finish off the look.
  7. Highlight that face girl – for this step, I use BECCA Highlight in Opal or Champagne Pop. I normally put it on my cheeks, tip of the nose and my cupid’s bow (lip).
  8. My everyday look lipstick is either MAC Teddy or NYX Suede in Sandstorm (07).

This was a super lengthy post – if you would like to see a quick video on how I apply these products. Please visit my IG. Don’t forget to comment and like.

For kicks and giggles – how I calculate the cost of my face:

  • Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer: $16.99
  • ELF Primer: $6
  • ABH Brow Definer: $23
  • ABH Brow Gel: $22
  • Tartelette Palette: $46
  • NYX Concealer: $5
  • Better Than Sex Mascara: $23
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner: $20
  • Kat Von D Concealer: $26
  • Fenty Beauty Foundation: $34
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Powder: $38 Purchase here!
  • ABH Contour palette: $40
  • NARS Duo: $24
  • BECCA Highlight: $19
  • MAC Teddy Lipstick: $18

Just know that when I walk out my house, I am walking around with $361 worth of makeup on my face. LOL #depressing

xoxo

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.

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 

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

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 here.

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

Xoxo