Tips To Help You Embrace Your Curly Hair

June 4, 2015

As long as I can remember, I’ve hated my curly hair. I’ve been called “Medusa”, and I was regularly asked, “Did a rat make a nest in my hair the night before?” I was the only curly-haired curl in my immediate family, and no one really knew how to tame my tresses. Honestly, if a product like the Dyson Airwrap had existed when I was a kid, my childhood may have been a lot easier. When I was younger my mom would try to tame my hair by braiding it after I washed it, and it was terribly uncomfortable to go to bed with damp, braided hair. Nowadays, it is a lot easier as you can just use specific hair products for curly hair. Back then though this wasn’t an option. Straightening irons weren’t readily available until my latter years of college, so my freshman year of high school I cut my hair off out of frustration. I kept it short for many years. Today I’m sharing some tips with the help of Dove, to help keep your curly hair looking its best and to help you #LoveYourCurls.

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A Solution For Thinning Hair?: Nioxin Giveaway

March 13, 2015

I’ve spent the last 3 years attempting to let my hair grow. When I was pregnant and nursing my now 5 year old son, my hair fell out by the hand full. I tried multiple supplements, hair masks and treatments, and cut back on using styling tools to straighten my naturally curly hair. I continued to lose hair, and lose sleep over losing my hair. Most southern women love big hair, and I’m no exception; I think it’s one of our super powers. Eventually, I discovered hair loss geeks who had put all the work into reviewing all the hair loss products out there just like aloe vera gel so that people like me could benefit and finally get back to normal. I was excited at the prospect of following their advice, then I had even more luck when the One2One Network approached me about taking the Nioxin 30 Day Challenge and being part of the compensated #NioxinChallenge campaign, I was eager to participate. I wanted to see if Nioxin would make my hair feel thicker and look fuller.
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Please remember although I received compensation for participating in the challenge, all opinions of this product are totally honest. Make sure you read the entire post, and enter to win a Nioxin haircare system kit.

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PinkLouLou Hair and Makeup: Wedding Wednesday

May 21, 2014

Last week, I blogged about my experience wedding dress shopping and winning a giveaway from Twirl Boutique. The giveaway included a hair and makeup session from PinkLouLou Design Studio before I tried on wedding dresses. It might seem silly, but it really helped in the decision making process. I felt more confident, and I could picture what I would look like on my wedding day.

Allison, the owner and “Director of Glitter” after she finished my hair and makeup

I wish I had taken a photo of myself before I walked in. My hair is naturally curly, and I blow dry it as infrequently as possible. I took a shower, applied some hair product, and left with a damp head of hair. Allison is really a miracle worker. I was absolutely amazed at how flawlessly she styled my hair. I rarely wear my hair up for formal events, and I decided to let her try something different.

I’m amazed, that is actually my hair.  

After she finished my hair but before she started my makeup.
I didn’t give her much guidance with my hair or makeup. I was in the mood to try something different, so I let her work her magic. 
Allison was sweet and genuine. We chatted while she “dolled” me up. I discovered she is a blogger too, and was even part of American Blogger. Her personality made the experience so much more enjoyable. It can be awkward when someone you don’t know is doing your hair and makeup for the first time, she helped make the experience fun.  

It was the first time I ever had airbrush makeup, and it made my skin look as flawless as possible for a 33 year old. I don’t wear tons of makeup, and Allison gave me a very natural look.

I would not hesitate to hire or recommend Allison for any special occasion that would require hair and makeup. She is located in Lexington, Kentucky, but services most of Central Kentucky. It was a wonderful experience, and I loved meeting Allison.

Here are a  few hair and makeup tips for your big day:

  • Don’t try out any new facial products or makeup in the weeks leading up to your wedding. You could have a reaction and it can take your skin time to adjust to new products. You don’t need a break out on your big day!
  • Hire someone to do your hair and makeup, or find someone reliable to do it for you. You shouldn’t stress about doing your own hair and makeup on your big day. You deserve a little free time to enjoy being pampered. 
  • Don’t try out new hairstyles or makeup on your wedding day. My sister paid someone to do her hair for her senior prom, it turned out horrific. I drove down to redo her hair and makeup (along with several of her friends), it was a stressful experience for both of us. If you want to try something new, make sure to do a trial run several days in advance. 
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with new hairstyles or makeup trends BEFORE the wedding. Pinterest is a great way to find hair and makeup ideas. Find something that flatters you and your dress. 

Any suggestions for upcoming Wedding Wednesday pieces? I would love to hear suggestions.

Happy Wedding Wednesday,