4 Ways to Restore Your Curls After They Die

When it comes to my hair, I’ve always been free in experimenting with different cuts, colors, and styles.

When it comes to my hair, I’ve always been free in experimenting with different cuts, colors, and styles. I’m pretty much fearless; I’ve cut my hair when people told me not to, I’ve colored my hair on my own whenever I felt like it (even though I have a sister who is a hair stylist). I’ve been fearless and, for the most part, it’s worked out well for me.
thumbnailvv
Right around the holidays I decided to color my hair using a brand from Walgreens. It was a decision made from pure boredom and things went completely wrong. My curl pattern changed drastically, and my hair became extremely dry and thin. The worst part was that this disaster happened hours before my friend’s baby shower.
thumbnail   mjj.jpg
Before/After
After a few days in complete distress over my decision, my sister and friends gave me some helpful tips to get my curls back.
Step 1 – Accept What Is
I looked at myself in the mirror, cried, and reminded myself that its just hair, and it’ll grow back. Honestly, acceptance of my present situation helped me to become receptive to the helpful information that was given to me after. In the beginning, I was in denial and just wanted someone to magically make things better. The more I realized that the curls weren’t coming back on their own, the more frustrated I got.
Step 2 – Trim and Protein Treatment
I woke up the next day, after crying most of the night, and called my barber to schedule a cut ASAP. He took about an inch off, and then I ran to the nearest hair supply store for a protein treatment. My friend recommended the Two-Step Protein Treatment by ApHogee.
After washing my hair, I applied the treatment and sat under the dryer. When the treatment is dried into the hair, the hair becomes extremely hard, so do not comb hair. Once my air was dry, I rinsed the treatment out with warm water, and then applied a balancing moisturizer, left it in for a few minutes, then rinsed the moisturizer out.
I remember stepping out of the shower super nervous. I looked in the mirror and my curls were back. Not as defined or full as before, but they were back.
Step 3 – Leave-in-Conditioner
I applied Cantu Argan Oil Leave-in Conditioner,  like I usually do after each wash, to seal in moisture that I knew my hair was lacking. This stuff just works for me and my hair loves it.
Step 4 – Protective Style
I spent a few days rocking my hair in big braids under my head wrap until I was able to get some box braids. At this point I think my hair was probably more drained than I was. I rocked braids for about three months and when I took them out, the amount of recovery my hair experienced impressed me.
thumbnailnn
Sneakers: ASICS, Jeans: Fashion Nova, Coat: Vintage, Top: Jcrew
Honestly, I don’t think I’ll color my hair for a long time, especially not on my own. So if you see me, and you wonder what happened to that big, awesome, curly fro I once had, just remember that the summer’s near, and that afro is set to make a huge comeback.

Dressing These Curves

Hey, I’ve come to the realization that I’m not a size 4-6 anymore. These days I’m more focused on how I feel, than what the scale says. No truly (seriously?)! I know most woman say this but don’t really mean it. Honestly, weight has always been a touchy subject for me. Growing up I was always the skinny girl. I hated when people told me I was skinny, especially when I did my best to put on weight.

thumbnail
Dress by London Times

Boooobsss … yes I said it; you can’t miss them when you see me coming.

thumbnail1

If you’re anything like me, finding the right dress can be challenging. Do like I did in these pictures, go find you a flattering wrap dress. They look great on curvy woman and on other body shapes. Like I tell my clients, don’t be afraid of color! Find a wrap dress that matches your eye color or skin tone. When it comes to accessorizing, less is more. If you rock big hair like me, or long straight hair, simple stud earrings and a nondescript medium size clutch will do.

thumbnailg

I’m a true Cancer so I dress according to my mood. A little tip I use to put me in the best mood before heading out; do your hair and makeup first, then get dressed. If you need to get dressed first to avoid getting makeup on your clothes, cover yourself up with a robe, then ditch it for the final reveal. This way you look much better when stepping into your dress. You’ve concealed all those dark circles, acne scars, and your hair is lying just like you want it (or close to how you want it at least). You’ll have less to nag about and your significant other will thank you for being on time.

With Red

I’m gonna stay true to what feels right. You should do the same.

thumbnailvvv.jpg

Hello 2018! I’ve decided that I’m not wasting my time on crazy New Year resolutions that I can never seem to never keep up with. Instead I will continue to just be happy. I’m smiling in this pic because, lol, 2017 was great to me and my feet.

In 2017, I decided to stop forcing myself into uncomfortable shoes, especially high heels. I’ve always had a hate love (that’s right) relationship with high heels and now they really just don’t fit into my lifestyle. So just like my feet, I’m gonna stay true to what feels right. You should do the same.

nnn.jpg

Here’s a quick styling tip for wearing red pants; consider opting for a light top and a dark coat or jacket. Have fun by mixing prints and textures, and to finish off the look, pair with some dark shoes or fun kicks with black and white graphics.

Happy New Year!

Let Me Help You

Just like that the holiday season is here. If you’re one of those people who hate shopping for gifts, can’t stand long lines at the mall, or would like to revamp your style I’m here to help just shoot me an email at nat@nathaliefanfan.com.

Screen Shot 2017-11-26 at 10.24.47 PM

Give the gift of looking good with a gift certificate available here www.nathaliefanfan.com. It’s the perfect gift for a new mom, husband, or anyone who wants to show off their best style. Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

Love, Hate, Fitness

Right around the time I turned 30 I realized I really hated “working out,” which made it really hard for me to stick to any exercise program or regimen long term.
 
The feeling of walking into a large gym aggravated me. That type of gym where men gawk at you for every squat rep, the showers are dirty, and being the only woman in the free weights section gives you an uncomfortable feeling.  It always turns me off. I enjoy boutique gyms but they’re way too expensive. Yoga is great, but after a stressful day or week, I just can’t seem to turn my mind off enough to be relaxed and benefit from the classes.
 
So now, I have boxing.
thumbnailvc.jpg
I always enjoyed watching the sport and am fascinated by the people who dominate it. So one day I decided to give it a try. I fell in love with it right away.
thumbnailjj.jpg
It’s my stress reliever after a long week and my go to place for alone time (even though I’m not alone). According to my trainer I got that natural snap and a mean hook. I’m a work in progress.