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

 

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

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, 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.

Curls, Natural Hair, Uncategorized

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.

Curls, Uncategorized

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.