Target Beauty Box Unboxing

When I found out about the new Target Beauty Box from my boo @HeyCurlie, I rushed to the website so fast to order mines! This was an amazing deal that I could not past up on... 6 generous size product samples for $5 + free shipping- yes, Yes and YES!!

Here’s what I got in my Target Beauty Box:

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  1. Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner – Who doesn't love Jane Carter Products?! I remember when I first went natural, these products definitely helped me get a handle on my hair and for that, I have always been a fan. Their leave in conditioner is amazing at de-tangling all hair types while leaving the hair moisturized and soft.
  2. Dove Quench Absolute Crème Serum - I had never heard of this product, but when I read up on it, I was very curious to try it. I did use it to take down my two strand twists and I liked the way that it moisturized my hair. Next time, I plan on trying it as a styler. Stay tuned on the results....
  3. Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil – JBCO has been the talk around town from a lot of bloggers and naturally curly ladies with regards to stimulating hair growth, so I was excited to see that in this product. 
  4. Curls Crème Brulee Whipped Curl Cream – Love CURLS, so of course I was excited to see it in the beauty box. If I  use the creme brule, it's as a daily moisturizer because it does not give enough hold for my tighter curl pattern but it contains ingredients like shea butter, sweet almond milk, and aloe leaf juice to keep my curls soft and help fight frizz.
  5. Aquaphor Healing Ointment – I love their products because it has so many mulit uses- lip moisturizer, make up removal and to soft the skin (especially the fee). I love that it came in a cute travel size so that I can pop it in my purse and use as needed. 
  6. Colgate Optic White Platinum Express White Toothpaste - You can never go wrong with toothpaste! Although I haven't tried this particular brand of Colgate toothpaste, I'm curious to give it a go especially since it guarantees whiter teeth in 3 days- who doesn't want whiter teeth? 

The box also included a 20% off coupon for Dermstore and a $3 off coupon to use at Target.

I know Target has had beauty boxes in the past, but it seems like they had a special place in their hearts for us curly haired girls this time around and I'm here for that!!

The box is currently sold out, but you can head over to Target.com to pick up full size versions of everything!

9 Hair Tips To Keep You Flawless For Date Night With BAE

                                                                Wand Curls on stretched hair.

One of the most important steps of preparing for a night out is getting your hairstyle right! If you don’t take your time with it, it will end up going flat or puffy (for my natural gals) after about an hour or so - def not a good look! If you don’t cut corners, your ‘do’ can really make you stand out in a crowd and keep BAE drooling for you all night.

So I have 9 tips to perfect your night out hairstyle!


1. Research/Prep Your Style

Why not try and be a little more adventurous and find something new to try from a tutorial on the internet? Pinterest and Youtube are great places for inspiration. Pick something a little different, such as a plait incorporated within your usual loosely curled hair.

2. Practice First

If you’ve chosen something new to try, make sure to have a quick attempt first to see if it will look good on you! The worst thing you can do would be to spend so much time getting it right, only for it to fall out when you get there!

                                     Twist out on freshly washed hair w/ front pinned up

3. Use A Good Conditioner

Using a good conditioner is really important to making your hair look shiny and soft, ready for your night. I have reviewed plenty that you can choose from! If your hair is really damaged, it might be worth looking at getting a deep conditioning treatment.

4. Tame Your Hair

Spritz some anti-frizz into your locks to help when you are styling! If you are natural like me,  an oil serum would also help to keep your hair in place.

5. Back Comb

If you have straight hair- back-combing a little bit at the roots is a great way to create volume. Lift up sections of hair and back-comb underneath. Do not do it on the top! You want volume rather than a bed head!

If your natural- break out that pick and fluff and separate to create volume.

                                       Twist Out- fluffed and separated with a pick and hands.

6. Use Extensions

Extensions are a brilliant way to add some serious glamour to your hairstyle. Virgin hair companies supply some fabulously thick hair extensions that come readily waved or straight.  

                                             Virgin wavy hair extensions, loosely wand curled.

7. Dry Hair Shampoo

Dry hair shampoo can be your surprising new best friend if you have straight or very loosely wavy/curly hair. As well as removing excess grease in your hair, this product can create even more volume for your ends!

8. Do Not Use Too Much Hairspray

As bomb as hairspray is, be sure to be sparing with it. Though you want your hair to stay put, you’ll still want it to bounce and have some life to it and not leave your hair with a nasty sticky residue. Besides, the less you use, the more you’ll be able to still smell your lovely conditioner!

9. Take Spare Bobby Pins With You!

No matter what style you chose, be sure to take some bobby pins with you just in case. If you’ve decided to put some of your hair up, the extra pins will be your Savior when it comes to dealing with flyaways. If all of your hair is down, they may come in handy if your bangs are irritating your face later on in the night.

 

Sound Off: What is your go to style for date night with BAE?


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Tutorial- Bantu Knot Out w/ the Hydra Steam Moisturizing System

In this tutorial, I'm reviewing the Hydra Steam Moisturizing System from SoftSheen-Carson using my professional Hair Steamer on my friend Marissa. Her hair is currently heat damaged (mostly in the front) and she wants to transition back to her gorgeous curls. I believe this system is going to make her hair stronger and help create amazing moisture for her two textures. 


The Hydra Steam Moisturizing System is a five-part system that gives hair ultimate hydration to provide you with frizz-free curls with definition and moisture. These products contain aloe, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that help restore the pH balance in the hair.

FEATURED PRODUCTS

  • Sulfate-Free Cleanser removes build-up in the hair, helps to hydrate and preps it for your conditioning steam treatment. 
  • The Steam Masque is activated by using steam (preferably from a hair steamer) to infuse your hair with water and install moisture.
Hydra Steam Moisturizing System- The KaShonna Files
  • Moisturizing Sealing Spray is a leave in conditioning spray you use after your steam treatment that ensures moisturizing ingredients are secured in your hair for lasting moisture.
  • Curl Designing Cream gives a medium and flexible and leaves your hair with lots of moisture and definition with frizz control.

I am loving how this system makes natural hair more manageable and defining!  Have you tried these products yet?

Flexi Rod Set with Dessange Paris Oleo Miracle Collection

In this tutorial, I will be styling my hair using flexi rods and reviewing the new Dessange Paris Oleo Miracle collection that I received from Influenster to review. 

The Oleo Miracle system helps to bring over processed and damaged hair back to life using a 3 unique oil blend of Argan ( rich in fatty acids and Vitamin E to provide intense moisture and long lasting shine), Camellia (plant derived and contains anti-oxidents that help to revitalize and rejuvenate hair) and Pracaxi (extracted from seeds of the Pracaxi tree in S. America, it promotes conditioning and smoothness to the hair). This collection also helps to nourish and bring out your hair's natural beauty while protecting it from future heat damage. 

 

After using these products, I must say that my extensions and my leave out felt nourished and moisturized with a healthy shine. Although the shampoo does contain sulfate, my natural hair (leave out) did not feel dry.

My favorite from the collection is the replenishing oil because not only can I use it to protect my hair from heat styling, but I can also use it for my natural styles like bantu knot outs, twist outs, wash and go's, etc.

The Dessange Paris collection is currently available at Target stores and on Target.com.

Total style time was about 30 minutes.

Have you tried any of these products? Comment below....



Disclaimer: I received the Dessange Paris products for testing purposes from Influenster, but all thoughts are my own.

Bantu Knot Out on Transitioning Hair feat. CURLS whipped cream

bantu knot out

Happy Wednesday Loves!

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how I achieved a fierce bantu knot out on my friend Tiana's transitioning 4B hair with the CURLS whipped styling cream. 

PRODUCTS USED

  • Herbalife Strengthening Shampoo. Repairs damage by leaving the hair 10x stronger and reduces breakage by 90% in the 1st use! It contains plant-derived micro-proteins (which strengthen hair) and coconut-derived cleansers that create a reach lather. A plus (my naturalistas) is that this shampoo is color-preserving, sulfate AND paraben free!
  • Herbalife Strengthening Conditioner. This microprotein infused conditioner strengthens hair strands for a softer and silkier feel after one use. Just like the shampoo, it contains hydrolyzed wheat protein (helps to strengthen and aids in repairing the hair), jojoba seed extract (known to be chemically similar to the oils in human skin, it helps improve elasticity and moisturizes) and yucca extract (thickens hair while adding volume).
  • JessiCurl Deep Conditioning Treatment. This thick deep conditioner contains ingredients like moisturizing coca and shea butters deliver intense moisture for your hair especially when used with heat.
  • CURLS Cashmere Curl Leave in Conditioner. This leave in is formulated with cashmere extract (derived from proteins found in goat hair that condition and soften the hair), certified organic aloe leaf (plant derived and contains about 75 nutrients known to promote hair growth, soothes scalp and adds strength to name a few) and coconut milk (extracted from coconuts- it nourishes, de-tangles and conditions the hair) to strengthen, repair and moisturize hair. It also bonds to the hair shaft to strengthen 3 layers of the hair to enhance your curl pattern.

 

  • CURLS Whipped Cream. A thick rich cream that contains ingredients like sunflower oil (light oil high in vitamins A, B, D and E), shea butter, aloe leaf juice and Tahitian coconut oil & gardenia essential oil (re-hydrates, restores shine and bounce) to provide curl definition, frizz protection, moisture and sheen.
  • Pantene Pro-V Truly Natural Shine Serum + Argan Oil. The key ingredient in this product- argan oil, extracted from the Moroccan Argan tree, this oil is rich in fatty acids and Vitamin E to provide intense moisture and long lasting shine.

 

 

Are you currently transitioning from straight to curly? What are your go to styles? Comment below...


Valentine's Day Hair: Sexy Heatless Waves

heatlesswaves

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how I achieve Sexy Heatless Waves with my Arjuni Wavy A hair using Hello Curlies, CURLS and Biosilk hair products.


FEATURED PRODUCTS

  • Hello "Tight" Curly Soft Defining Gel is a lightweight hold gel that is perfect for my loose, tight and wavy curlies as well as my straight and sleek chicas who are looking to achieve a textured style without the use of heat. This product contains Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (hydrolyzed meaning broken down into smaller units and can easily be absorbed in the hair shaft) and helps to strengthen and aids in repairing the hair. I love how the 1st ingredient in this product is water which lets me know that the product contains more of this and will help the hair retain moisture.
  • CURLS "Passionfruit" Control Paste gets my edges LAID! Since I always leave my edges out when I wear a sew in, I like to make sure that I use a product that can smooth them down as well as add sheen and moisture. I love this product because it contains certified organic ingredients like Evening Primrose (contains Omega 6 fatty acids to help with hair loss), Mango Butter (contains natural emollients to help maintain moisture and promote cell regeneration) and Shea Butter (contains fatty acids which help to seal in moisture and soften).
  • BioSilk Silk Therapy is a weighless leave in silk replenishing and reconstructing treatment that helps repair, smooth, prevent frizz and protect the hair leaving you with incredible shine. This product is created with Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, for strength and shine and 17 of 19 amino acids to aid in reconstructing and revitalizing hair.

 

This style took about 25 minutes and I slept overnight in a satin bonnet. I maintain this style by 2 stand twisting and using flexi rods at night.


What hairstyle are you wearing for Valentine's Day? Comment below....

Flat Twist Out using CURLS blueberry bliss control paste

Flat Twist Out

Since the flat twist out has been my "go-to" style since my Devacut, I wanted to try a new product to give me more hold and definition to make the style last longer. I have always been a fan of the CURLS control pastes but only used it for my edges so I figured if it's good at keeping those laid then why not use it as the styler for my flat twist out!

See how I acheived this style below.... 


On an old Bantu knot out....

  1. Flat twisted using CURLS "blueberry bliss control paste" & "whipped cream."
  2. Slept overnight.
  3. Next day took down/ separated using Shu Uemura "nourishing protective oil" making sure my hands were fully coated so I didn't cause a lot of frizz.
  4. Used a pick to add volume.

What is your "go-to" hair style? Comment below....

Holiday Style: Low Curly Ponytail

Low Curly ponytail

If you are following me on Instagram, you already know that I have been helping to get you prepared for the holidays with 6 weeks of hair style inspiration! I decided to highlight some of my favorite styles on the blog so that you can recreate them.


LOW PONYTAIL- this is a simple yet gorgeous hairstyle that is perfect for the holiday season! Very Low maintenance!

TO ACHIEVE THIS STYLE...

  1.  I co-washed my hair using Matrix Bioloage Hydrasource Conditioner.
  2.  Banded wet hair to stretch used Hello Curlies "leave-in conditioner & buttermilk moisturizer" and Aphogee "keratin & green tea reconstructor."
  3. The next morning, I used CHI "silk infusion" oil to flat iron my hair straight (I passed the flat iron only once through my hair.)
  4. Gathered hair into a low bun using the plastic elastic bands.
  5. Used 14'' loose curly hair I bought from the beauty supply and secured it around my hair with bobby pins.
  6. Laid my edges with CURLS "blueberry loss control paste."
  7. Teased ponytail for more volume.

What do you think???

Make sure you are following me on Instagram to see more looks from my Holiday Hair Guide!

Holiday Style Guide: "GIVING Thanks" w/ a flexi rod set!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I hope you are all enjoying good food, laughs and company with family and friends. 

We are well into week 1 of our Holiday Style Guide and if you haven't entered the contest yet, it's not too late to do say- well you have 1 day until I pick the winner but hey!

This week, in honor of Thanksgiving, we are "GIVING" body & style with a flexi rod set! 

This style is easy to achieve & gives so much attitude & personality because it can be styled many ways throughout the week (especially when it gets old).
 

flexi rod set

HOW I ACHEIVED THIS LOOK:
1) Starting with freshly co-washed hair I coated my hair with Jane Carter Solution "wrap foam" and CURLS "cashmere curl jelly"

2) Using small-large flexi rods & a few perm rods I took medium sized sections of hair and rolled my hair around the rods starting at the base and down (to ensure smooth and defined hair.)

3) Sat under my dryer for 30 minutes on warm/high heat to set and then air dried overnight.

4) Next day, took rods out and using Pantene Pro-V "argan oil" I separated curls.

5) Slicked edges with CURLS "passionfruit control paste."

6) For extra volume, I used a pick to fluff.

Have you tried a flexi rod set? What were your results?

Make sure you are following me on Instagram to enter to win prizes!

The Holiday Hair Style Guide + Enter to win weekly prizes!

hair style guide

Are you following me on INSTAGRAM??

If not, make sure that you hit the "follow" button because I am getting you ladies fabulous & flyer for the holidays.... and giving out weekly prizes!

RULES
1) Follow me on IG @kashon_bg
2) Repost this flyer (found on my page)
3) Recreate "look of the week"
4) Use hashtag #TheKSFStyleChallenge  

Also make sure to tag any of your friends who need holiday hair inspiration OR would like to enter the contest to win!