Wednesday, October 28, 2015

[Hairstyle] Braided Side Ponytail Using Kurly Klips

I really miss my real hair, but I'm not quite ready to give up my clip-in extensions yet. So, I'm going for the double protective style this week with another braided do.

Meet my Braided Side Ponytail (using Kurly Klips of course)!

*cue Price is Right you won a car theme music*

I love love love this style. It's fun and flirty but classy. Exactly what I look for in a protective style.

Anywhos, here's how I got this quick cute do:

  1. Create a deep side part. (or whatever kind of part you want)
  2. Dutch braid your bangs.
  3. Install your Kurly Klips, leaving a little hair out to blend and camouflage the wefts
  4. Pull all of the hair and the braid to one side, securing with a hair tie. 
  5. Smooth your edges and fluff that ponytail honey!

So what do you think? Easier than it looks right?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

[Hairstyle] Double Strand Braid Using Kurly Klips | The #WashDayExperience

Once upon a time I was actually able to do this style with my flat-ironed relaxed hair. Now that my natural hair is a whole lot shorter, I'm siced to have Kurly Klips to give me the length that I need to get'er done!

The simplicity of this style is disgusting. Honestly, I don't even think that it's completely worthy of a #washdayexperience post. But---I'm started to get bored of rocking big hair.  

I know, I know. I didn't think that that was even POSSIBLE! I just miss my simple updos, braids, and twists. *sad face*

So meet my Double Strand Braid---using Kurly Klips of course!

I started by following my usual boring regimen. (You can find it here.) After I deep conditioned my hair and applied my leave ins, I put my hair in about 20 twists then pulled then all back into a low pony tail to dry. In the morning, I haphazard unraveled the twists, split my hair into two with a heavy side part, then installed 5 two-clip wefts on each side.

Once the clip-ins were installed, I two strand braided each side. Viola! All done!

I told you that it was disgustingly simple.

But I liked it so much that I'll be testing out a few more braided styles this week. Double protective style for the win! #woot

What do you think? Sophisticated or childish?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

[Hairstyle] Headband Braid | The #WashDayExperience

I didn't think that I would have this much fun playing around and styling my Kurly Klips! But today I'm back to share another, kinda sorta #washdayexperience with you guys starring this uber cute  Headband Braid.

I started by following my usual boring regimen. (You can find it here.) I've noticed that my hair has been crazy moisturized lately. Note to self to work in a legit protein strengthening treatment soon. After I deep conditioned my hair and applied my leave ins, I put my hair in about 20 twists then pulled then all back into a low pony tail to dry. In the morning, I arranged my Kurly Klip wefts into this crazy easy style.

Here's how I did it:
  1. Separate your hair into two parts leaving about 2 inches of your hair out in the front.
  2. Install your clips as usual in the back half of your hair using the "Reverse Clip" Technique shown here to maximize volume.
  3. Start your dutch braid at your ear. Continue braiding incorporating only hair on the right side until you get to your other ear. Finish the braid and secure with a small hair pin.
  4. Pin your hair back for a mini pompadour then fluff the back half of your hair.

This style keeps my hair out of my face while still allowing me to rock BIG BIG HAIR! As you can see, I left a very small bit of my hair out so that I could blend it back. It's crazy windy today here at the beach and I just couldn't get the clips in the front to act right. Ha-ha!

What do you think? Would you test drive this style?

Thursday, October 08, 2015

[Hairstyle] 3 Ways to Style Kurly Klips | The #WashDayExperience

Steps on soap box

*clears throat*



(Kanye mic drop)

*giggles hysterically*

I'm not dramatic tho! Ha-ha! I guess that I'm just two steps past obsessed with my Kurly Klips. Please please please tell me that you're not bored to pieces reading about them!

My actual #washdayexperience's have been pretty boring. I follow my usual regimen. (You can find it here.) Then I put my hair in a bunch of random twists. At the least, I have 6 or 7 twists; At the most, I have 20 or so. It really depends on how much time I want to devote to the twisting process. I pull the twists back into a low pony tail then arrange the Kurly Klip wefts into whatever style I'm going for that day.

Which is why I say that Kurly Klips are the most versatile protective style ever. The styling possibilities are literally endless. Any style that I can do on my real hair, I'm pretty sure that I can do with my Kurly Klips.

Here are a few ways that I've been styling these bad boys over the last few weeks:

Side Swept Curls

Two bundles of Kurly Klips give this look it's fullness. Using clip-ins of varying lengths gives it a cascading layered affect. I used one set of the shoulder chic and one set of the mermaid length clip-ins from the My Fro collection. Here's how I did it:
  1. Create a deep side part.
  2. Install several two clip wefts using the "Reverse Clip" Technique shown here.
  3. Unravel a very small section of your hair to blend and disguise the wefts.
  4. Using hair pins, secure the opposite side of your hair back across your hair. Fluff and go!
Quick tip: This style is an 8/10 on the BIG hair scale. So, if you're not comfortable with BIG hair, then it's not for you.

Warning: Wait until you are comfortable with blending your hair with the clip-ins before attempting this style, otherwise you might not get the desired look. In other words, you'll look like a hot mess. I'm just keeping it real with y'all.


Again two bundles of Kurly Klips give this look it's BIG BIG hair look. This style is completely protective as no hair is left out. Here's how I did it:
  1. Install your clips as usual.
  2. In the bang area, install several two clip wefts horizontally to your hair line using the "Reverse Clip" Technique shown here.
  3. Shape and smooth the hair in the bang area back, forming a pompadour then secure with hair pins.
  4. Smooth back the sides and secure with pins for a tighter look. 
Quick tip: Twisting your hair into very large twists under the clip ins is the secret to this look. If you install the clips correctly, using the reverse clip technique, the volume from the clips creates the illusion that the clips are actually growing from your hair.

Warning: This style is extremely editorial. It's big. It's bad. It's fabulousness is off the charts. So, it's not really a "go to the store or run errands" type style. I mean, unless that's your level of daily fabulousness. If so, WERK IT GIRL!

Angled Fringe

I adore this angled fringe because again, you don't need to blend any of your real hair with the clip-ins. Plus it's beyond adorable. Here's how I did it:

  1. Create a side part. 
  2. Install your clips as usual. 
  3. Pull the bang area towards your face, gently form the hair into a roll. 
  4. Secure the very end of your rolled fringe to the side. Fluff your hair and go. 
Quick tip: The key to this look is volume and lots of it. So don't be afraid to go bigger. Use as many hair pins as you need to secure the fringe area. Just make sure that your fringe is very "plump."

Warning: This style is sure to become a favorite. You probably won't want to wear your KurlyKlips any other way!

Which style do you like the best? How was your #washdayexperience?

Friday, October 02, 2015

The Best Products For Your Natural Hair This Fall | The #WashDayExperience

This fall I'm continuing on my quest to revitalize my curls and I'm also focusing on keeping my hair uber moisturized yet strong. In my part of the world, fall pretty much denotes our rainy/hurricane/flood season. Which basically means that I need to keep my hair up, ends tucked, and enjoy the humidity before the air gets cold and dry.

Here are 5 products that are making sticking to my basics a whole lot easier. A few, you've seen before and I really do owe you a real review on the others. Until then--here are my fall favorites:

Trader Joe`s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner ($3.99)

One of the most exciting things about our move last year to the beach was that THERE'S A TRADER JOE'S NEAR! #happyfeet I've had Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle conditioner on my try before you die list forever and I'm sooooo glad that I tried it. I've been using it to co-wash my twists after really sweaty workouts. The tea tree and peppermint refreshes my scalp and I find it really soothing to the areas of my head that are a little irritated from the clip-ins. At $3.99---It's easily my new favorite co-washing/pre-shampoo treatment for the fall.

Related: The Best Co-Washing Conditioners Under $10

Kurly Klips Clip-In Extensions ($179-199)

I just can't say enough about these clip-ins! The install is a breeze, it actually looks natural, and it lets me have loose hair without damaging my real hair! They are definitely an investment but totally worth it! If you're not really about that "not having access to your real hair while in braids, weaves, or extensions" life---then Kurly Klips are your solution.

Related: How I Protect My Hair Under Kurly Klips | The #WashDayExperience

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditioner ($11.99) 

I really wanted to love Shea Moisture's Co-wash conditioner on my real hair but I just couldn't. It just wasn't quite moisturizing enough to use on it's own without having to follow it up with another conditioner. BUT using it on my Kurly Klips has been a DREAM. It's pretty for detangling and gives the clip-ins a fantastic scent.

Related: How I Wash My Clip-In Extensions 


Camille Rose Curl Maker ($22.00) 

Curl Maker is hands down one of my 2015 favorite products----and it's only September y'all! It's multi-functional. I use it to smooth my edges. I use it in wash and gos I use it to curl my ends when I do a twist out. It defines my natural coils perfectly, leaves my hair moisturized and offers a medium hold. I've even used it on my Kurly Klips to refresh the curls. #winnerwinnerchickendinner

RelatedThat One Twist Out That Was EVERYTHING!

L'Oreal Advanced Total Repair Extreme Reconstructing Conditioner ($4.99)

I don't want to over moisturize my hair, so every two weeks or so, I like to use this conditioner as a pre-shampoo treatment on my hair. I love how thick, rich, and creamy the consistency is. Plus, it's full of ceramides and proteins that strengthen the hair. The price is totally right for me...but it does have mineral oil in it. So, be careful. 

What products are you loving this fall?