Friday, June 3, 2016

Non-Traditional Ways To Wear Clip-ins

Hey guys! I've been taking a break from my blog and YouTube for a couple of months trying to balance a new career/job and adjusting to being out of school.

I work in the Health/Fitness industry so it's not always practical to have my hair down and flowing, and also... lets just be honest, sometimes we just get plum tired of dealing with out hair! So I've had to come up with some creative ways to keep my hair tucked away (and be lazy lol) without appearing to do so!

The last time I talked to you guys about these clip-ins, it was a "hair down in the wind" kind of situation, this time I wanted to come and share some creative ways to style clips in, while still keeping your hair tucked away and protected.

Style #1: The Fakeout-Braidout

Braidout with HerGivenHair clip-ins added to the bottom (Style: Curly Length: 20 inches)

I love this style for two reasons. 1) If you have fine textured hair like myself, braidouts usually don't come out as full and fluffy as you may like (unless you blowdry your hair, first). So adding the clip ins give you the thickness you're trying to achieve, and 2) I was able to keep 90% of my hair safely braided and tucked away, making for super quick and easy protective style that LOOKED like it took way more time than it actually did.

For a full tutorial on how I achieved this look, check out the video over on my YouTube.

Style #2: The Ninja Bun with a BANG!

I must admit, on my lazy days, a bun is my FIRST line of fire when I need to quickly look presentable and get myself out the door. But sometimes, a simple ninja bun just isn't enough. I need to add a little flare to my hair! So what's more funky than a curly bun?

Quickly add a couple of clips to the front of your hair and you have a whole new look! 

What I love about these clip-ins are that they match my hair so effortlessly, I never have to worry about "prepping" or "blending" when I want to add a little "umph" to my look. Just clip and go! So much versatility and simplicity! Which is the story of my life these days!

Have you guys experimented with these clip-ins? If so, show me! Take a snapshot and tag me on Instagram with the Hashtag #HairMaryHerGivenHair, I'd love to see!

For more info on all their textures as well as their other products, reviews, and tutorials, check out their website!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

HerGivenHair | How To Match Your Clip-ins PERFECTLY

NATURAL hair extensions are the new rave! As we begin to love and embrace our God given tresses, more and more women are steering away from the long, straight extensions, and going more for something that looks like it literally could be growing out of their head.

HerGivenHair specializes in extensions that do just that. They have 3 different textures that make it super easy to find the one that fits your hair perfectly. 

A few years back I decided I was done wit sew-ins for a number of reasons. A big reason being that I didn't like having to commit to one hair style for number of weeks, and I love my natural curls so much that I always started to miss my hair. So I was very happy to find out that not only did HerGivenHair provide natural wefted extensions, but they offered clip ins as well! 

After showing you guys how I installed my clip in extensions and how they matched my hair PERFECTLY, I got a lot of questions about how to choose the best texture for your hair, as well as some concern about choosing the wrong one. 

So I wanted to come and give you guys the solution to your problem! HAIR SAMPLES!

HerGivenHair LISTENED, and now they offer samples of ALL THREE TEXTURES for you to TRY before you BUY. 

Here's a close up of each texture, as well as a few SUGGESTIONS and facts about each texture. 

HerGivenHair: CURLY

Recommended Hair Type: 3B-3C

Facts: Type CURLY hair forms an "S" shape and stretches to almost full length when wet. 

HerGivenHair: COILY

Recommended Hair Type: 3C - 4A

Facts: Type COILY hair resembles a "spring" and can shrink up to 50% of it's full length

HerGivenHair: KINKY

Recommended Hair Type: 4B - 4C

Facts: KINKY hair resembles a "zig-zag" and can shrink 85% (or more) of it's full length

With each sample order you get ALL THREE with your purchase and I believe this is a great way to take the guess work out of something that is a major investment for most women. 

When you first receive the hair, I suggest co-washing it and allowing it to fully air dry before you make your texture determination, as the hair will soften after the first wash. 

For a direct link to the samples, you can click here, or you can visit the HerGivenHair website to take a look at their full inventory. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Product Spotlight | Naturally Vera

I know first hand how frustrating it can be when you first decide to go "Curly Girl". You want to do what's right for your hair, but it seems like almost EVERYTHING has silicones and sulfates in them. You find 2 or 3 products that work ok with your hair but nothing just wows you.

For a few months now I have been really adamant about working with and featuring Black Owned Businesses (big and small) so that we can start supporting from WITHIN, first. Which is why I was very happy when I was contacted by Naturally Vera, LLC. in regards to reviewing their line of products geared towards natural hair care.

What stands out most spectacularly about Naturally Vera is that their products are not only Curly Girl Friendly (NO silicones, sulfates, parabens, mineral oil, or petroleum), but a lot of ingredients are certified organic. The creators of Naturally Vera cared so much about the integrity of the product, after it's formulation, the products were then produced in an FDA approved cosmetic laboratory. 

Naturally Vera was created by two sisters, who in their own words, faced many of their own struggles along the way of their natural hair journeys. After figuring out what works best for their hair, much research on healthy hair practices, and listening to consumers like me and you... this product line was born!

So here's how I used these products: 

I started by cleansing my hair in warm water with the Conditioning Shampoo. I massaged this product into my roots only, and then rinsed clean. What I liked about this product was that although I prefer not to use shampoos on my hair, this shampoo did not leave my hair feeling stripped or dry whatsoever, but my hair did feel clean. 

Next I applied a light coat of the Moisturizing Conditioner. I allowed this to sit in my hair for about 1-5 minutes while I shampooed the other side of my hair and repeated the process. This product has a great deal of "slip" and also has a very pleasant, fresh smell (as do all the products).

After rinsing out the conditioner, I applied the Green Tea Deep Conditioner to my damp, clean hair. I applied this product liberally in 4 sections and finger detangled to thoroughly distribute the product throughout my hair. This was hands down my favorite out of the entire product line. While this product was very rich and creamy, the amount of slip I was able to achieve with this product was unreal in comparison to it's competition. I was able to FULLY detangle my hair (outside of the shower) with this product, in less than 10 minutes. I applied a plastic cap and let the product penetrate my hair for a total of 20 minutes before I rinsed with cold water.

The last step in the product line is applying the Aloe Vera Leave-In Conditioner. Again, a great amount of slip and a pleasant smell. What I most liked about this particular product, however, was that a small amount went a long way. I find with most of my other leave-in conditioners I have to use a great deal to achieve the look and feel I want for my hair before I begin styling, but it took very little for my hair to feel moisturized and thoroughly coated with product (I also attribute this to the complete combination of all the products).

After applying the leave-in I styled as usual with my EcoStyler gel (pink) and was again very pleased when I found I had no problems with the products blending well together. I was left with no white residue or flaking, and a head full of soft, shiny, defined curls!

Overall I cannot say enough GREAT things about this product line and would definitely suggest giving these gems a try if you're still looking for staple products that are actually BENEFICIAL to your CURLY hair. 

You can find more information about these products, as well as purchase information from:

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See ya in my next video!