Everything I Did (And Did NOT) Do to Grow My Hair Over 25″ Long

I’ve been sitting on this post since sometime last spring.  But, here we finally are.  In a video that is currently uploading, as well as in the post below, I outline the top things that I did/do, and the things that I DIDN’T/DON’T do, to grow my kinky hair past 25 inches long.  I’m not expert on hair, but I am an expert on my hair.  I figure, since people buy weave in lengths that are equivalent to my real hair’s length, I’ve made significant progress in my growth quest.

A lot of the things I’m about to go through are going to be things you’ve heard before.  Maybe even all of them will be things you’ve heard before.  Or, some of them may be the exact opposite of what you’ve heard before.  That’s kind of the problem with advice for growing out our ‘fros, or with the videos on YouTube about caring for afro-textured hair, in general.  There will be people making points in complete opposition to one another, and it can be hard to figure out whose advice you should take.  But, that actually brings me to my first point. Continue reading

#UpYourGame 2017!

Well, here it go.  It’s January 1st.  I’m sure a lot of us are taking this day to recover.  I actually didn’t get turnt last night.  Like, at all.  I had every intention to go hard in the paint and have a classic, sloppy NYE.

But, it was really rainy and cold in LA (I’m not being a little SoCal bitch, either, it was actually decently cold– 44 degrees fahrenheit, when I checked at one point last night).  My enthusiasm for partying waned as the day went on.

By night time, I decided it wasn’t worth slick roads and drunk drivers, and I realized I would be happiest at home in sweatpants, with my dog.  I popped over to my friend Gavin’s place for a small get-together, while everyone else there was pre-gaming.  And, I was back home by 11pm.

Anyway.  Up Your Game 2017!  I teased it in the video below on why people need to stop with the whole #FUCK2016 thing, and now it’s time to get started with our fitness and health challenge, to start the year off right.

 I have to get my diet and workouts all planned out, which I’m going to do this evening.  But, I’m uploading a YouTube video as I type this blog post with all of my 2016 hair favorites, so I’ve been straight grinding with shooting and editing that all day today.  But, here are the pertinents for the challenge:

Challenge begins Monday, January 2nd and ends on Sunday, March 26th.  Yes, you read that right.  We’re going for 12 weeks, y’all!

This has two benefits.

1.) 3 months is a long time.  (Wait, is that a benefit???)  It’s certainly long enough to make significant changes both in our habits, and in our bodies.

2.) It gives people who find out about the challenge later on to still join in, and feel like they have a good amount of time to get something out of it.

Last year’s challenge rules were very loose, in that I left it up to each of us to come up with our own rule(s) for the duration of the challenge.  Mine was simply “28 in 28,” meaning 28 workouts in 28 days, which nearly killed me.

This time around, I’m setting up something a bit more specific that I think is doable for anyone, while still being scalable for your own activity level and diet.

But, as last year, the goal is to step things up from whatever you’re doing now, and UP YOUR GAME in your workouts and commitment to eating healthfully (whatever that means to you).  Rules time!

  1. 4 workouts each week, no excuses. Workouts must be challenging enough to break a sweat, and must be at least 20 minutes long.
  2. Drink a glass of water (not a puny 8 ounce glass, give me 12 or better) upon rising, before each meal and at bedtime.
  3. No added sugars. That means exactly what it says.
  4. IF YOU CAN HANDLE IT, one cheat meal per week. NOT one cheat *DAY* per week.  If you tend to go off the deep end, like I do, ZERO CHEATS, unless it is a special occasion.  (My birthday will fall during the first week of month #2, so I’m definitely going to cheat for that.)
  5. If counting calories, no going over your daily budget for the entire challenge.  If your cheat meal puts you in the red, you have to “earn it” by burning extra calories that day.  (I haven’t been counting calories for the past several months, and I have not yet decided if I’m going to start again.  I probably will have to, to some extent, since I’m finally going to experiment with tracking my macros.)
  6. Participants must designate one physical challenge/feat of strength that (s)he cannot do currently, then devise and follow a plan to work toward being able to accomplish said physical challenge by the end of the 12 weeks.

And, thanks it!  So, now the question is, who’s coming with me?

My Most/Only Requested Makeup Look EVER


Okay, so a while back, I must have nailed my makeup in a couple of my videos.  Because I had a bunch of folks asking me for a makeup tutorial, under said videos.

I don’t do makeup tutorials.  I don’t do any tutorials.  But, I finally decided to just get on with it, and do a Get Ready with Me, where I recreate the look that seemed to tickle the pickle of so many of my YouTube homies.

Below is everything that I used, to achieve the look.  Warning: I used a lot of expensive makeup.  So, you know, that’s not for everyone.  I’m just telling you what I really use/used.

Everything I put on my face, including the stuff I put on it off camera:

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer, Broad Spectrum SPF 40
Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil
Skindinavia the Makeup Primer Spray, Oil Control
Guerlain L’Or Pure Radiance Face Primer
MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter, Peach Lustre
Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation, BD60
Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation, 355 Coconut
NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow, Mona Lisa
Tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner, Black
Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eye Pencil, Black
Lancôme CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base
L’Oréal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara, Black Angel
Lilly Lashes, Tease
Callas Eyelash Adhesive
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
It Cosmetics Your Brows But Better Brow Power Skinny Pencil , Universal Taupe
Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper & Hair Touch Up, Mahogany
Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer SPF 15, 110
Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash‎
Charlotte Tilbury the Retoucher Pen Concealer, 7 Deep Medium
Kevyn Aucoin Beauty Celestial Powder, Candelight
Inglot AMC Face Blush, 88
Sonia Kashuk Brightening Powder
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, Luminous Light
Lena Lashes More Matte Than Matte Liquid Lipstick, Frederique
Skindinavia the Makeup Finishing Spray, Oil Control

The earrings I’m wearing are made by BorderHammer, one of my all time favorite YTers, and they are right here – https://goo.gl/IskjWm
And, she has them in silver now! – https://goo.gl/ioiynV

The hair hat I’m wearing is Outre “Neesha,” in S1B/30.  This wig seems to be hot shit all over the internet, because it STAYS sold out.  But, I wanted to try out a straight style, and was able to snatch one up on a restock at Elevate Styles, a few weeks ago.

On my nails: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, “Echo.”

That is all!

I’m…Kind of a Big Deal.

Obviously, I am not.  But, Naturally Curly reached out to me about doing a feature a few weeks back, and it just went up today!

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Back in 2010, when I first decided I wanted to start growing my hair to its full potential, Naturally Curly was one of few resources that were around back then.  It really means a lot to have been noticed by them, because they’re kind of a big deal!

I’m also really happy that they wanted me to talk so much about fitness, for the feature.  Health and fitness matter so much more than hair, so it’s nice to see the focus shift a bit.

I hope you guys take a moment to check out the writeup, and thanks to all of my blog and YouTube supporters.  Without you, none of this would be possible!