I've been taking full advantage of the lower humidity in recent months. This means lots of curly hairstyles that don't require heat to last all day.  Last week, I played around with setting my hair on large drinking straws and loved the result.  That day, I pretty much swore off flexi rods forever!

The next day, a video came into my life that reignited my love for flexi rods again.  Our nasty breakup lasted only 24 hours thanks to fate's divine intervention.

One look at the video's title and I knew I was in for a treat.  YouTuber NaturallyChea promised to show us how to achieve the perfect "heatless wand curls."  You might remember how I recently expressed my love for wand curls.  The end result is just so perfect.  Sometimes flexi rods are a hit or miss, but I can always count on my wand curls to come through for me.

Creating perfect waves (without heat) is now possible if you follow Chea's flexi rod technique.  Her tutorial is short and to the point.  To hold the curl, she uses Shea Moisture's Curl Mousse and Curls Blueberry Twist & Shout Cream.

Chea's technique is ultra precise as she rolls her hair around the rod.  Pay close attention to the movement of her wrists because that's a major key.   If you can master that motion, you can achieve the most beautiful flexi rod waves of all time.  I've applied her technique and loved the results.

Check it out.



I'm a huge fan of flexi rods. They're easy, convenient, and super versatile.  Pretty much any type of curl is duplicatable simply by switching up the technique used to set the hair.  And let's not forget how these bendable curlers are a healthier heat-free option.

There's nothing bad I can say about them.  Yet, deep down inside, I still have lots of love for the almighty wand curl.  I took the plunge and acquired a curling wand set a couple of years ago after watching video tutorial.

My first experience was darn near perfect.  As a leftie, I had to first get comfortable with holding the wand in a way that creates my desired outcome. Once I got that part down, it was smooth sailing from then on.

The curls came out beautifully, but it was what happened next that blew me away.
I remember it like it was yesterday.  Prior to enjoying a mini-getaway to South Beach, I decided to use my curl wand for the very first time.  The curls came out flawlessly (smooth and defined)and I didn't have to use a high heat setting to get the results I wanted. I also noticed that my curls seemed to have extra volume, which I absolutely loved.

More importantly, these magical wand curls perfectly held up to the sweltering heat and the 100% humidity of a Miami summer.  I was stunned. That morning, I created beautiful curls (using no holding products) and by evening, my hair remained very much in tact.  Although I didn't use any holding products, I still remembered to implement my heat styling healthy hair protocol.
Curl Wand Set on Shorter Hair
Flexi Rods could never give me similar results.  Sure, the curls might look decent after styling, but it doesn't take long before humidity starts to compromise my hard work.  Curling wands, on the other hand, have the ability to seal the cuticle layer, preventing moisture from transforming my beautiful, luscious curls into a frizzy mess.

My curling wand won't let that happen and that's why I love it.  Plus....curling wands differ in design from flexi rods.  The tapered shape of the curl want creates a slightly different result.  In my opinion, the tapered design provides a more looking natural curl. Exibit A is the image used at the top of this post. If you look closely, you may notice that her curls shrink in size at the ends.   It's not a huge difference but I notice it.  Flexi rods tend to give you a uniform sized curl throughout.

 I still tend to reach for my flexi-rods more often than not.  I'm fully aware of how easy they are to use and they're truly a healthier styling option.  Logically, flexi rods make complete sense. Which is why I shouldn't be so conflicted.  But, the truth is, wand curls will always have a special place in my heart.




In 2016, I vow not to neglect my hair as much as I did last year.  One thing I'm famous for is putting my hair away in an uncared for bun and forgetting about it until wash day.  Even though I'm still lazy when it comes to my hair, that doesn't mean that I can't put in a little effort to look presentable.

So I'm compiling a short list of cute "lazy girl" hair styles to rock when lounging around.
I stayed away from cornrows for a long time because of a misconception that they weren't feminine enough to flatter my face.  Truth is, I never took the time to do them right.  But then I changed my strategy.  I started paying attention to the details, making sure the braids were hydrated, edges neat, and I accessorized the look with cute earrings & makeup.  Because of my efforts, cornrows became a great go-to summer protective style and I've not looked back.
Goddess braids are a favorite of mine because they can be dressed up or down. I love this variation with a couple of loose, soft ringlets.  Whenever I wear this style (braided or twisted) I enjoy a head full of waves after the take down.  That's two hair styles in one.  It's a lazy girl's dream come true.
And who can forget the ultimate cute look with little effort....the top knot.  Moving the topknot forward makes it a bit more casual and effortless.  The bigger the top knot, the better.  
I'm a huge fan of creating two braids or twists to keep hair away from the face.  It's a small effort but the final look is really stylish and feminine.  
I love this alternate version of creating two twists on each side just to make the look a bit more interesting.  
Today, I think I'll experiment with this half top knot with larger ringlets.  Shouldn't take long to recreate. Just throw on some flexi rods and wear 'em while I clean up around the house.  If I don't have time to wait, I'll mist them lightly to help the curls set.  The sleek top knot creates the perfect balance to the giant waves.   Not only is this look effortless, but it's a great 2nd or 3rd day style post braid out or twist out.


No more excuses....go do something cute with your hair.



In 2016, I vow not to neglect my hair as much as I did last year.  One thing I'm famous for is putting my hair away in an uncared for bun and forgetting about it until wash day.  Even though I'm still lazy when it comes to my hair, that doesn't mean that I can't put in a little effort to look presentable.

So I'm compiling a short list of cute "lazy girl" hair styles to rock when lounging around.
I stayed away from cornrows for a long time because of a misconception that they weren't feminine enough to flatter my face.  Truth is, I never took the time to do them right.  But then I changed my strategy.  I started paying attention to the details, making sure the braids were hydrated, edges neat, and I accessorized the look with cute earrings & makeup.  Because of my efforts, cornrows became a great go-to summer protective style and I've not looked back.
Goddess braids are a favorite of mine because they can be dressed up or down. I love this variation with a couple of loose, soft ringlets.  Whenever I wear this style (braided or twisted) I enjoy a head full of waves after the take down.  That's two hair styles in one.  It's a lazy girl's dream come true.
And who can forget the ultimate cute look with little effort....the top knot.  Moving the topknot forward makes it a bit more casual and effortless.  The bigger the top knot, the better.  
I'm a huge fan of creating two braids or twists to keep hair away from the face.  It's a small effort but the final look is really stylish and feminine.  
I love this alternate version of creating two twists on each side just to make the look a bit more interesting.  
Today, I think I'll experiment with this half top knot with larger ringlets.  Shouldn't take long to recreate. Just throw on some flexi rods and wear 'em while I clean up around the house.  If I don't have time to wait, I'll mist them lightly to help the curls set.  The sleek top knot creates the perfect balance to the giant waves.   Not only is this look effortless, but it's a great 2nd or 3rd day style post braid out or twist out.


No more excuses....go do something cute with your hair.



Not long ago, I expressed my intention to experiment with heated rollers.  Within 48 hours of writing the post, I was standing in the aisles of Target looking for a set of ceramic rollers.  Although I was dead set on only purchasing what I came in there for, something else immediately caught my eye.

For the past few weeks, I was on a mission to replace yet another claw clip sturdy enough to hold my thick hair.  Unfortunately, most claw clips snap like a twig whenever they're tasked with having to secure the bulk of my hair.

Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a tiny package of the weirdest looking hair pins I've ever seen.  Apparently they were bobby pins that were designed to perform differently than your traditional hair pins.

Can we talk about my love/hate relationship with bobby pins for a minute?  Every quarter, I make a run to the beauty supply store to stock up on hair pins.  Without fail, every hair pin I purchase either gets lost, is stretched out of shape or becomes worthless after losing one of the plastic tips.  And, honestly, the typical hair pin isn't strong enough to hold my hair anymore.

The new bobbie pins sat on my dresser for over a week as I contemplated whether I should return them like I did the hot rollers.  I couldn't tell by looking at them if they were going to snag or pull my hair.  Truthfully, I was intimidated by the design and thought I had wasted my money yet again.

Then, I decided to overcome my fears and just go for it.  I put my old hair pin down and grabbed one of these "black bobby slides" instead.  The bobby slid into my hair with such ease.  And, best of all, it really secured my hair, not just pinned it in place.  Normally, a hair pin will loosen its hold on my hair as time goes by, but not these bobbies!  Once it's in place, it's in place!  And I seriously doubt that these bad boys will ever lose their shape.

And the very best thing I love about this ingenious pieces of art is how they slide out of the hair just as easily as they go in.  No snagging, no breakage.  They may look intimidating, but they're really a snap to use.  The only qualm I have about them is that the colored coating chips a little too quickly for my taste.  But, aside from that, these bobby slides are a God send.

Goody bobbies are far superior to hair pins when it comes to recreating hair styles.  Yesterday, I wore my hair like this with the help of the magnificent bobbies.  Once I pinned everything to one side, my hair stayed in place all day and looked amazing.   They are, by far, one of my favorite hair accessory purchases of the year.