Friday, September 27, 2013

Hair Growth

Hey! I hope this post finds everyone well. I wanted to share something natural-hair related with you all.

This past May, I did a second BC (big chop) - for many reasons. I've been enjoying the new journey and look forward to healthy hair growth again. In July, due to the humidity, I started installing Marley Twists again as a protective style. It made life so much easier for me as I didn't have to style/twist my hair daily or worry about frizz. I decided to wear my hair out again this week since it hasn't been humid anymore. It has been 4 months since my BC (so I'd estimate about 2 inches of growth which is average, though I haven't measured). I noticed that my hair is "bigger" so the growth was apparent.

I'm happy with the health of my hair now and I am still enjoying the cut and how it is growing out :) I don't plan to do another BC, but just regular trims to keep healthy ends. I want to my hair to grow out again and just enjoy the process.

Here is a comparison shot -

Saturday, September 7, 2013

CurlFormers for Sale! -- SOLD!

UPDATE: They are now sold. Thank you for your interest :)

Back in 2011, I had purchased some CurlFormers from Sally's Beauty Supply. So many naturals were talking about them and I was so excited to try. I blogged about my CurlFormer's experience right on this blog back in August 2011 (see post here). I loved the initial results, but my hair doesn't hold a curl well. After a few hours my nicely defined curls were a bush (maybe I could have used a better holding/setting product, IDK). But, I haven't used them since then!! My hair is usually in twists and when it isn't, it's a lot shorter now b/c of my cut. So, I'm selling these. Being that I've only used them once and paid $70, I am going to let them go for $40. I will ship them to you, all the curlformers and the hook to use with them. (U.S. Shipping only)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

FYI - I'm Still Here!

Hey, everyone!! It's been a crazy summer, but I am still here! My posts have been lax but I've been working on A LOT. For one, I created a blog specifically for Skincare and my Health/Wellness business. I won't be posting to this one as much anymore, but I will keep this online for reference and for random hair (or anything else) posts.

My focus is mainly skincare and health and wellness. My new blog is: Skincare by Keeta .

I've also moved this summer (I'm still in MD) and have just been busy with life, in general. But, all is well :-)

Please be sure to stay connected via the following:
Insta: @keetaray, @wrapped_fabulous
Pinterest: Markeeta Y.
Twitter: @1KeetaRay, @KeetaEsthetics
Health/Wellness products:

I hope you all have enjoyed your summers and are having a good start to the fall season! Take care and chat soon.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Beauty | Summertime Faves

I wanted to share a few of my favorite summertime beauty items! :)

It has been super hot and HUMID lately here in Maryland. So, I've been skipping foundation and came to LOVE MAC's BB (Beauty Balm) Cream. My shade is Dark Deep. I apply it with a stipple brush and it blends right into my skin. You can also use your hands (clean, of course) or a sponge.
What is a BB Cream? Many beauty lines carry them now. Basically, think of it like tinted moisturizer on steroids. The MAC one has SPF 35, which I love. It brightens my complexion and evens it out but gives light to medium coverage. It feels very light on my skin and I haven't had to use concealer in addition to it. Go to your local MAC store/counter and try it out! Also available online :)

A great eyeliner to try - especially if you have oily eyelids even with primer - is by Stila (Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner). It doesn't fade, smear, rub off - it's perfect. To remove, just use an eye makeup remover before washing your face for the night. It will come off easily.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Natural Hair | More Protective Styling

Hi, Everyone! I hope you're all enjoying your summer so far. We've had a rainy start here in the DC-metro area but the past week has been good :) Anyway, I wanted to share my protective style with you all. It isn't new for me but it's still a change especially since my 2nd BC in May. I love my hair short and have been enjoying it. However, this heat and humidity isn't allowing my hair to be so great, so the marley twists are BACK!! They are my fave protective style. I did them about a week ago - I woke up on a Saturday and thought, I don't feel like doing my hair for awhile, I'm putting my twists in. And officially had more hair to grab in the back where it's shortest, so it was on! Lol As usual, it took me about 2-2 1/2 hours to complete them.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Natural Hair | Staple Products

It has been 4 years since I did my first big chop, making that transition from relaxed hair to all-natural/no chemicals. In that time, I have experimented A LOT, learned A TON, and finally have realized that my hair likes simplicity. The less I do, the healthier it is and the better it looks. That being said, I thought I'd share some of my simple staple products/accessories. My product junky days are ceasing - I've given a lot away and have been sticking with what I know works for me. 

- Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-In Conditioner (moisture)
- As I Am Twist Curling Cream (styler, moisturizer)
- Spray bottle with water or water/vegetable glycerin mix (moisture)
- Coconut Oil (sealant)
- Jamaican Black Castor Oil (sealant/assists with thickening & regrowing my edges)
-wide tooth comb (only used 1-2xs per week)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Natural Hair | Randomness

Hi, All! If you've read my blog or followed me on social media the last week or 2, this isn't new to you. But, I posted a vid on YouTube (finally) about my hair. Check it out and be sure to Subscribe if you're on! :)

More updates to come.

Thank you for watching!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

INSPIRATION | Big Chop to Stop Cancer

I'm so excited to see this, but sorry that I didn't see it prior to Sunday when I cut my hair. I definitely would have participated. If you're thinking of cutting your natural hair or know someone who is, PLEASE READ!

(via ZuriWorks - Andrene Taylor)

The Big Chop to Stop Cancer invites women to use their hair as a statement that goes beyond personal aesthetics. We invite women to “big chop” to take a stand for the health and well being of their mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and sisters. We invite women to be fearless and big chop. Each big chop promotes lifesaving cancer screening and early detection.
All women, regardless of race, ethnicity, and hair type, are invited to participate in the Big Chop to Stop Cancer Campaign.
Our hope is to unite women for the greater good – saving black women’s lives from cancer.
Stylists, salons, and individuals across the country are invited to participate in the Big Chop to Stop Cancer with ZuriWorks, Johnny Wright, and other celebrity stylists.
Find out how you can help women who face the challenging road ahead of cancer treatment and recovery with dignity and joy.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Natural Hair|The cut AFTER the BC

I've decided to cut my hair after my last post. For several reasons.
1. I needed a change
2. My hair was growing out in an awkward way where I couldn't wear it completely out w/o looking like I had a mullet.
3. I had breakage from over-doing it with protective styles last year. (I didn't take a break for 6 months)
4. I've been seeing so many fly hair cuts lately!
5. I'd rather have healthy, short hair over broken and unhealthy long strands, any day.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Natural Hair... WOES??

Hey, ladies 'n gents.

I'm coming to you today in the most honest way: I'm so over my hair. Yes. It's true. No, I don't regret being natural and no, I don't want to relax or straighten (I've been natural for 4 years now). What does this mean? I'm not sure, but I think I am really just BORED with my hair. It is in a weird grow-back stage where the length is awkward (really long in the back, shorter in the front). I got my hair cut in layers last Sept/Oct and initially it made my hair fuller and yielded great twistouts. I also got color then. However, now it's growing out and not laying right and every twist out turns into a high puff because I'm never happy with it. Smh Over it, I tell you! Another thing: I think I have become dissatisfied with my hair after wearing so many protective styles over the last 1-1.5 years. Now, I'm brainstorming ways to "keep it interesting" and am strongly considering cutting in. I don't even know how I want it cut but I need a major change. And the sooner, the better.

April 2013