Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A review: Oasap - swallow pendant chain headband

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First of all.. I'm sure you're wondering what in the heck Oasap is right? 

OASAP is a global online store dedicated to high-street fashion by offering various kinds of women’s apparel, bags, shoes, jewellery, accessories, beauty products, etc. 

Recently I learned about their fashion hunters program and was sold. After browsing their site I saw that they had a lot to offer for very affordable prices. If you didn't know this about me, I'm very cheap. I like to look good for less.... waaaayyy less. lol

After signing up I ended up picking out a sweet swallow pendant chain headband because after all, birds are pretty close to my heart. I'm not really a headband wearer but I figured I could at least turn it into a necklace or a bracelet.

Because I'm not really a headband type of person, I honestly didn't know how to wear it but I think I made it work! I'm not a gold person but it also comes in gold. I absolutely love it.





See?! Worn either as a headband, a necklace, or a bracelet! That's what I call versatile.  *Told you I like birds* =D

It was pretty hard narrowing down my first choice to this because they had a lot of cute stuff to choose from. They offer free world wide shipping as well as a 30 return policy. If you're in the market for a new handbag, accessories, shoes, clothing, etc be sure to check out Oasap for their amazing selection.








Disclaimer: I received free credits from Oasap to use towards the purchase of the items from their website for review purposes. However, all opinions stated are my own.



Twist 101

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As I browse online forums, Facebook, etc I often see people wondering what is the difference between sister twist, rope twist, 2 strand twist, 3 strand twist, Senegalese twist, kinky twist and flat twist. That's 7 different types of twist and sometimes that can get confusing! I decided I'd do a post with photos and directions on how to achieve the different types in case any of you need to know the difference. I hope this post is informative and helpful. =D

1. 2 strand twist- A 2 strand twist is very simple and basic. You take a section of hair and  split it into 2 equal sections and begin to wrap them around each other in a twisting motion.



2. sister twist, rope twist, Senegalese twist, and kinky twist- They are virtually all the same thing. It requires taking a section of hair and splitting it into 2 equal portions just like you would on a regular 2 strand twist. Then you take each individual section and twist in clock wise and then twist the sections together counter clockwise. I know that sounds confusing so I have a video to show you. The only difference is Senegalese twist are typically done with Kanekalon hair and kinky twist are typically done with Marley/afro kinky hair.



sister/rope twist


Senegalese twist  image source http://www.braidsinc.com/gallery/senegalese4.JPG

3. 3 strand twist- Three strands of hair twisted together. I'm not even going to attempt to explain it because it can be confusing. I found a FANTASTIC video on YouTube showing how. Unfortunately I can't embed the video as it doesn't belong to me but I will provide you the link!



4. flat twist- Exact same concept as 2 strand twisting except it's flat to the head. Once again, kind of hard to explain so I'll link a video instead.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NVOh2cTybQ&feature=related

This is a VERY long video so if you want to just skip to the twisting part skip to 7:29.



And that is it! A full break down of the different types of twist! For all the photos and videos that are not mine, the original links are linked to the photos as well as put under them. I hope this post can be of some help!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

1st day of Kindergarten!

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Baby girl started kindergarten today and boy was it rough for me and the lil man. I held my composure as we walked her in but as soon as I waved bye to her, I couldn't help but shed a few tears. Man cried all the way to the car begging to go back and get her. =( It's sad to watch our little ones grow up. She was so nervous and I could tell she was a little timid when she walked in her classroom. I hope she's having a great day at school and I can't wait to hear about her new friends and her day.

Last night I asked her what she wanted to wear to school today and she picked out a new skirt that I made her. It made my heart swell. Out of all the new things in her closet, she picked a skirt made by mom. <3 *sigh* I sure do love that kid. Last night after she had fallen asleep I quickly made her a bow for her hair, when I showed it to her this morning she hugged me so tight and told me I was the best. 






Look at Man's craaaaaazzzyy hair. lol He's got some serious bed head going on! 

Her hair was inspired by a style on Beads Braids & Beyond and of course the circle skirt and bow are made with love by me. =D


How was your little one's first day of school? Did you bawl your eyes out like I did?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ummm do black people get lice? O_o RECAP

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Just a year ago I posted our most popular post to day "ummm do black people get lice?" The answer? RARELY. I'd say no, but some things are possible. Why? Oils. It's as simple as that. Back in the times when I had caught lice I washed my hair daily, my hair didn't have time to build it's natural oils up so it was a breading ground for lice. Lice simply can't live in oily hair, it's too slick for them to hold on to and attach their babies.

If you don't have time to read the entire post and you want to know how to quickly kill lice, I'll repeat my answer for you. OIL. It sounds really disgusting, but it's cheap and more effective than any method I've ever used. Buy a jar of cheap mayo... the oiler the better. Slather it on your head, put on a plastic bag and a shower cap and leave it on for 30-40 minutes. Comb with a fine tooth comb or a nit comb and you should be nit free.

I've heard grease, olive oil, vegetable oil, Listerine, and Vaseline all work really well too. When school starts back I grease baby girl's scalp daily with tea tree oil and coconut oil. I'm almost 100% sure she won't get lice when the epidemic breaks out. =D






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you like that title right? i knew it'd pull you in and i'd get your attention. ;) while i'm not technically all black (my mom is white, my dad is black) i'm still asked this question ALL THE TIME, especially since it's back to school time. sadly, i've had lice 3 times in all my years. twice from the same girl and once when i worked at a day care. i remember the first time my mom had to cut off my hair to shoulder length because my hair was soooo thick, getting the nits and lice out was a nightmare. why did i get the lice? not because i was dirty because that myth is completely untrue! i got it because my hair was "extremely clean". i washed my hair every single morning. my hair didn't have any natural oils or added oils so it was easy for the lice to hold onto and lay their nasty lil babies. *shudders*

if you google any home remedy for lice you'll find that almost every single remedy involves some type of oil. that's because lice can't survive in oil. they can't cling to the hair shaft. imagine if your whole body was submerged in oil.. you'd probably die right? (haha, probably a bad analogy but you get what i'm saying) 

you can always buy the chemical NIX and that scary little comb but i personally HATE that stuff. my mom always used mayonnaise for me. yes, it stinks really bad, yes as it heats up it's probably going to start to run, but that's why you tie your hair up in a shower cap or plastic baggy. leave it on for a few hours and when your done, voila! all lice should be dead! Vaseline also has the same effects as mayo but man.. it's a pain in the butt to get out so that would be the last thing i'd try.

for you ladies who like to make a mix of oils, i have a nice recipe that i found while browsing the web.

You will need:
5 teaspoons of olive oil or coconut oil
5 drops of tea tree essential oil
5 drops of rosemary essential oil
5 drops of lavender essential oil
5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil

according to the recipe it says you can add a little bit of regular shampoo to this mix and shampoo your hair as normal, but i bet you can use it sans shampoo with the same effects. whoa, this actually reminds me of the homemade shampoo made by Nikki over at Intermittent Babbling, her recipe is very similar.

the recipe says to leave it on for an hour under a towel or tight fitting shower cap and then rinse. it says that the olive oil and coconut oil kill the lice by dissolving their exoskeletons and other oils don't have the same effect.

there's a lot of useful information on that site so i'd check it out. 

you could technically use that recipe sans shampoo as a moisturizer for the hair.

trust me folks, you nor your kids want lice. it's a pain! i mean really do you really want these nasty things living in your hair feeding on all your good blood?! *gag*


yea, nasty right?

i also found this information from the website i got those picture from:

"" Head Lice (Pediculus humanus capitis)    

Head lice are external parasites (blood feeders) of people, particularly children of school age. Lice glue their eggs (nits) to hairs, which can only be removed with a thorough combing with a fine-toothed "nit" comb. Adult lice live about a month and spend their entire life cycle on the host. If separated from the host, lice do not live longer than 48 hours, therefore, it serves no purpose to treat schools to control lice. Females lay 50 to 100 eggs, which hatch in 5 to 14 days. It is very important to realize that only 90% of the eggs hatch after 9 days. The life cycle, egg to sexually mature adult, normally requires about three weeks to complete. Lice are spread from person to person mainly through physical contact, sharing clothing (especially hats) and beds. 
Control of lice is achieved only through the diligent and persistent insecticidal shampoos and creams, baby or mineral oil, nit combs, short hairstyles, and by avoiding infested persons. Daily laundering of clothes and bedding for the first few days after the initial treatment will eliminate lice that have fallen off their host and prevent them from re-infesting family members. 
An effective non-chemical method of controlling lice is baby oil or mineral oil. Simply saturate the hair with the oil at night, wrap the head with a towel to avoid staining sheets and pillowcases, then in the morning, and shampoo the hair to remove the oil. The oil must remain on the head for at least 8 hours to be effective. Even though it is very likely that a single application of the oil will kill all stages (eggs, nymphs and adults) of the lice, I recommend retreatment about 7 days after the initial treatment. I believe that a second and third treatment is necessary to insure control of lice. There is a huge difference between killing every egg and killing just some of them. All it takes is a few eggs to survive and the lice will reappear, over and over again, in a few weeks time. Also, it is very important to treat every member of the family and an earnest attempt should be made to have other families, whose children play with yours, treat their children as well. I have used NIX (Permethrin) and baby oil when my children have had lice. I treated them, as well as everybody else in the family, with NIX. Treatments of baby oil were repeated every week thereafter for three consecutive weeks.   This eventually got rid of the lice. 
Be sure to read and follow all instructions and safety precautions found on the label before using any pesticide. ""

the bottom line is you want to be prepared, so what are you waiting on, get to oiling them babies scalps up!! =)



** a big thanks goes out to Char from Charlotte's Avenue, without her i wouldn't even have thought to do this post, go check out her own post on the nasty lice! ** 



Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: fro-py

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fro-py  /fro-pee/

Noun:    Commonly known as an afro. =)


Thursday, August 2, 2012

New styles

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Hi y'all! Just wanted to add a few of the newest styles we've done in case you haven't seen them on our Facebook




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