Are Hair Extensions Right For You?

In my early 20s, I got my hair professionally cut into a cute bob. I LOVED IT. I wish I'd taken more pics of my hair back then. : \ I don't really have any pics of that cut. After I got bored with that, I soon found a girl to install half-a-head weaves aka hair extensions into my hair. One of my friends even said to me, "So you cut your hair JUST to put a weave in it??" What can I say! I get bored very easily with my hair. Ya'll know this! And I'm impulsive. If I want to change it, that's exactly what I do. I have fun with my hair! For me, it's just another accessory. :D 

The weave game sucked me in. I got tired of having to chase my "weave installer" around, so I learned how to sew the hair in myself. I prefer sewing because in high school I had a very bad experience with hair glue. I ended up losing A LOT (to me) of hair. Lesson learned. I had an unhealthy addiction to weaves because it was my access to long hair which at the time I thought I would never truly have. If you've been following my blog, you know those feelings are a distant thing of the past. ;-)

Quick Tips if You're Considering Hair Extensions 
 
1. Have fun with them! There are so many styles to choose from. 
2. Don't become attached to them. Think of them as an exciting, but temporary change. 
3. Genuinely get to know & love the hair that's growing out of your scalp. A weave will never replace that.


Weave days....



So how do you find the right hair extensions? Find out the Philip James way. Read on!

 

A Guide To Hair Extensions
There are many things that you can do with hair extensions as they can serve many purposes in regards to your hairstyle. Hair extensions not only add length and volume to your hair, but they also provide a means for experimenting with different looks and styles for your hair. There is a wide variety of different types of hair extensions that serve different purposes and made for certain types of hair, so it is important to figure out which hair extensions are the best fit for you and your hairstyle.
The hair extensions experts at Philip James Salon in Chicago have created this guide to hair extensions that is a visual resource that helps to identify the different types of hair extensions and why they might be the right type for your hairstyle. I like how you can see the breakdown of the different types of extensions side by side to really compare the different options you have in regards to choosing hair extensions.  Below is some of the more interesting information that I found useful from the graphic below.  
What information did you find to be most interesting?
  • There are so many options for hair extensions including fusion, micro link, braidless sew-in, skin weft and clip in and clip on extensions. 

  • There are hair extensions that are meant for long term use that can range anywhere from 2-4 months and there also hair extensions that are not advised for everyday wear.
  • All hair extensions require some sort of maintenance.  Most require some sort of daily brushing where others require a higher degree of maintenance to ensure they last.

  • Hair extensions like micro link extensions and sew-in extensions fit just about all hair types. If you have damaged or over processed hair be sure to try fusion extensions

 
 

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             The chart & guide can be found here:

 
     
    This is a sponsored post & I was compensated. As always, the opinions are my own.


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#DemoDiaries: My Work Week Featuring U By Kotex! (Sponsored)



"This is a sponsored post for U by Kotex through The bLink Marketing Network. U by Kotex provided me products to review. You can get a free sample from U by Kotex too at www.ubykotex.com/get-a-sample and Do the Demo. All opinions shared are my own."


Let's talk periods! LOL. Seriously, I feel like I've been waiting my whole life to talk about my cycle. I was actually excited when I was offered a chance to try out U by Kotex. I actually told my husband, "Finally, I get to talk about my period!" There's not a month that goes by that I'm not talking my husband's ear off about my cycle. He knows everything about it, but I always want to talk about it! lol, Aunt Flo & I have had a love-hate relationship since I was 10. That's the age she came into my life for good. I went to the bathroom to pee before church one morning & wallah magic. There she was.

At 31, I'm still not acclimated to having a period. Crazy right? I honestly don't think I'll ever be all the way adjusted to loosing insane amounts of blood every month accompanied with unbearable cramps, attitude, bloating, attitude, well you get the point. Not even after 21 years.  In a way, they have become easier for me to handle though. I don't hate her visits like I did as a child. I don't look forward to them either! But, I have realized that she's not as bad as she seems.


Good Things About My Period
1. Khloa, my baby girl. :-) She came from my unwavering ability to menstruate each month.
2. My husband gives me period presents! I usually forget so it's like an unexpected surprise.
3. They're become shorter as I've gotten older. #YES


(last week's period present :D)


Ok so I started my cycle on a Monday morning this month. Oh, joy. The beginning of the work week.

When choosing my protection, I opted for the U By Kotex Sleek Super Plus Tampons. Super Plus tampons are vital for me on the 1st couple of days of my menstrual cycle. Extremely heavy flow time. It's important for me to have something that I can depend on & that allows me to move around. A normal day at work consists of me moving around a lot so I can't afford to have any accidents. Besides, I'm too old for that. Although, I use both pads & tampons, I'm definitely more of a tampon girl. They definitely provide me with better mobility than a pad. Let's check out the packaging!


I really liked the box. So cute & tiny.

Cute, discrete packaging

Easy grip middle. It keeps you from dropping it & aids in correct placement!

I'd never seen this before. This was the easiest tampon I'd ever opened. Just follow the arrow & tear off the top.

I loved the sleek ;-) design of the plastic applicator. Never tried the cardboard ones so I can't compare. Minimal trouble inserting. It was a little uncomfortable at first. The Sleek tampons enabled me to keep my tampon in longer during my heavy flow days. I kept going to the bathroom to check for possible spotting & I was pleasantly surprised that there wasn't any. (Note: I wear a pad with the tampon on my heavy flow days for double protection.) The protection was incredible! In turn, I didn't have to use a lot of the tampons for a regular day at work. I normally go through a bevy of super plus tampons in one day.


Also, this tampon demonstrated great absorbency too. My heaviest flow was  completely absorbed by the Sleek as opposed to the extra "flow" just sitting on top of it. That alone made a HUGE difference in the take out process. Where has this tampon been all of my life?? A big step up from what I'm used to. I'm happy I was able to try something new & the icing on the cake is that it actually works! This turned out way better than I expected. I will definitely be buying some for my next cycle. They're truly great tampons. Thumbs up for U by Kotex. #DemoDiaries
Other Tidbits About U By Kotex Sleek Tampons
·         A full-sized tampon with PerfectTouch Grip that’s easy to hold on to for “just right” placement
·         Slim size applicator with smooth tip for your comfort
·         Available in Regular, Super and Super Plus absorbencies
*Wanna try it out for yourself? Just click on the link below to get your free sample!*

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I wrote this review while participating in a content series through The bLink Marketing Network on behalf of U by Kotex, and received products to facilitate my post and compensation for my time to participate.
  
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African Pride #FreeToBeMe Giveaway!

I'm back! This time with a giveaway. Which ya'll know I love! I've teamed up with African Pride for Black History Month to gift 2 winners a full set (3 month supply) of either the African Pride Olive Miracle or the African Pride Shea Butter Miracle collection by telling us how you embrace freedom when styling your hair. Ya'll down? ;-)
Just tweet the hosting media outlet, @myafricanpride & me @thehairgurl and use the #FreeToBeMe hashtag on how you embrace freedom when styling your hair. More info below.
African Pride:www.african-pride.com
 facebook.com/MyAfricanPride
Twitter/IG @MyAfricanPride


The last day to enter is February 28th!

Good luck ladies! :-)
About African Pride Family of Brands:  
African Pride Hair Care helps provides moisture and nutrients the hair & scalp desires, because it helps replace the moisture and elasticity lost to styling and environmental factors. Naturally rich in vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants,African Pride Deep Conditioning Hair Care products helps restore and retain hair and scalp's health, vitality and natural luster. African Pride's Family of Brands consist of: African Pride Olive and Shea Miracle formulas, Dream Kids Olive Hair Care and Back to Natural Hair Care Products. Each brand in the African Pride family of brands will put you on the right path to healthy tresses with a silkening, feather-light formula containing the finest oils and African herbal extracts used to strengthen and protect www.african-pride.com
  

About Strength of Nature Global, LLC:
Strength of Nature Global is the choice manufacturer of innovative hair care solutions that specifically address the critical hair care needs, styling, and desires for consumers of color. The company's brands including African Pride, Elasta QP, Soy OYL, Profectiv, Relax & Refresh, GrowthRenew, MegaGrowth, SmartPerm, Soft & Beautiful, TCB, and Pro-Line Comb-Thru Professional are sold primarily at beauty supply stores and leading food, drug, and discount retailers. Strength of Nature has offices in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia. For more information visit www.strengthofnature.com. 
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Modern Design Tungsten Ring Review!

I'm baaacckk! This time with a Modern Design review. "Modern Design is an independent jewelry company based in Los Angeles. We've been a manufacturer and wholesaler of diamond jewelry since 1978
and we're a proud member of The Jewelers Board of Trade."

A few weeks back Modern Design contacted me about doing a tungsten ring review. I went on over to their website to check out their selection & I liked what I saw....except tungsten rings are generally advertised as mens rings. I immediately thought of my husband! :D So I asked Keith if he'd be interested in reviewing a tungsten ring. 

Him: "No. I'm not really into rings like that."

Ok, granted I figured he wouldn't be interested because like me he only wears his wedding band. But I thought it'd be cool for him to try something different! I knew he would look good in whatever he chose too. ;-)

So he FINALLY agreed after me asking him over & over (lol) & after perusing their selection, he picked the Black Men's Wedding Bandhttp://www.moderndesigninc.com/mens-rings/tungsten-rings/titanium-ring-160.html


Face timing with Khloa while he was in Austin for a conference. He received it the day he left & he wore it the whole time he was there. He really likes it!


Here are his words about the tungsten ring: 
I really like the ring. As I told you at first I had to get comfortable with it, and now I am. It appears to be easy to clean, and looks really nice on my finger. Even though it appears easy to clean, I find it easily attracts 'white stuff' to it, but can easily be wiped off. The picture on the size was a great depiction of seeing it in person. It's smooth, slightly heavy, which is good, with just enough shine but not too flashy. If I wanted to buy a similar ring in the future I would definitely consider the same site.-Keith
There you have it! He still hasn't take that ring off ladies. My work here is done! ;-) #upgradinghim

Check out Modern Design's tungsten rings here: ModernDesignInc.com
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Note: This tungsten ring was sent to my husband for free from Modern Design, Inc. However, the opinions are my husband's. 

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Great Expectations Inspired Video Fashion Shoot by Joey Oso

Hey guys!!! :D Long time no write! I missed ya'll & I missed blogging! : ( I've mostly been posting from Instagram & Facebook these days. It's quick & easy, but I'm easing myself back into blogging. Even though I haven't been blogging, I'm still contacted regularly by folks for product reviews, etc. I usually decline, but I recently was asked to share a very special project by Joey Oso, Good Morning America & L'Oreal Professionnel Freelance Hairstylist. He's put together a very cool project named "Into the Dark" inspired the movie, Great Expectations, that'll be in theaters in a couple of days. I checked out the video & loved it. It really shows raw creativity. I love seeing a true vision become reality. So inspiring. His excitement about the project is refreshing too! It made me excited to check it out. :-)-K.D.

Check out his words on his short movie below!

"It started out with an idea. This idea came to me in Sept 2013. I would think of this idea over and over for a few days/week to see if it even made sense. I also watched the 1999 movie of “Great Expectations” during my mulling over process. Once I put it all together in my mind and it made sense to me, then full steam ahead. Making sense meant the story line I would come up with had to be entertaining. So, I proceeded with the leg work.

The final story line, as you can see in the mini movie, is Romance mixed with Darkness, I like to push the limits. To see such beauty and elegance all around the video and then to add darkness to it, I feel it adds such a beautiful twist to it. Confuses the minds of those watching. I thought real hard of what type of team I wanted to assemble for this video shoot. I searched far and wide for my perfect team. I finally put together this great amazing group of artists! An amazing super experienced, super talented team and I’m totally happy with the end results. Thanks Guys and Gals!"

The Mansion: This Van Cortlandt Mansion House Museum was built in 1748 by Frederick Van Cortlandt. It’s the oldest house in Bronx, NY where it resides. The Surrounding Park was used as a wheat plantation which Frederick owned. The House was used in the Revolutionary War by George Washington. The Van Cortlandts owned it till 1889 from which it was then sold to the City of New York and made into a Public Parkland. The Process of Creating this shoot from scratch continued. Once The Mansion was secured for Oct 1st, 2013, Ideas for props to use during the video shoot were popping up in my head. I ended up, the day of the shoot, with a Jeep Trunk filled to the top with props.

Props included: Furniture I rented (no one was allowed to sit on any furniture in the mansion), an antique real knife I rented, real fruits, real flowers, vintage clothing I rented from this amazing costume store in Yonkers, NY called Beyond Costumes (914-963-1333) and a ton of other trinkets I brought. Including a case of water for the crew. The day of shooting began at 8am, beautiful perfect weather day for an outdoor shoot. The models were from Red Models and Adam Models and they were amazing. They were so cool and collected. The day of the shoot, I had the story line written down, scene by scene, a total of 9 scenes as my blueprint. The models and talent did an excellent job helping me execute each scene I had written throughout the day. They did so with great joy! No egos. The team was already told how this video shoot would pan out the morning of by me and everyone was super excited to see this unfold, So was I! The video shoot ended at 5pm with all smiles on our faces.

Makeup:
Guys; Embryolisse Laboratories Lait - Cr'eme Concentrate Moisturizer L’Oreal True Match Foundation Carmex lip balm Girl; Olay Active Hydrating Beauty fluid Make Up Forever High Definition Primer Cinema Secrets Concealer L'Oreal True Match Foundation Cover Girl Pressed powder Cargo Cosmetics HD-Blush NARS India Song eye shadow Ben Nye Cake Eyeliner Make Up Essentials Human Hair Lashers L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara Shirley & Josephine Lipstick Berry (first look) Plum (second look) Hair; Guys; L’Oreal Professional Architexture, Blowdryer for direction, where I wanted the Hair to end up.

Girls: (First Look) Her hair was already with a great texture when she first walked in, which was needed for this look. I took a 1 inch curling iron and just curled 1 inch sections just how they fell. The sections started from the top of the ear down. I pinned each section up & then hit them with a cool shot from the blow dryer. Took down the pin set and made three large sections of hair with all of her hair, one to create the curl bun on the very top of her head and the other two for each side of her head, by her ears. For the top section, I realized there was not enough hair to create the final look I wanted, so I placed a donut cushion on the top of her head and wrapped her hair around it. Bobbi pinned it all in place. (Second Look) I dropped down all the hair and it pretty much all fell into place with a little movement by me and some minor pinning and she was ready to go!

The Team:
The Photographer; Kristy Leibowitz www.kristyleibowitz.com
Hairstylist; Joey Oso www.joeyoso.com 347 558 3086
Makeup; William Marshall www.kenbarboza.com
Videographer/Video Editor; Schmirk Pictures
Agnes from Adam Models- 212-944-8870 Justin from Adam Models- 212-944-8870
Harrison from Red Models- Tim Klein 212-785-1999 ext 202

Now that you've got the background, check out the video below!
 



For more information on "Into the Dark", you can catch up with Joey here:
Site: joeyoso.com
Email: joeyosohair@gmail.com  


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