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5 Tips On How To Stay Motivated During Your Fitness Journey


If you prep you meals ahead of time for the week or even a few days, you'll have no reason or excuse to have those morning doughnuts in the break room. You're already set up for success!


There has to be a reason "why" you want to liv a healthier lifestyle, so figure out what it is for you. Whatever your "why" is, be sure to love yourself exactly where you are at this moment
while working to become a better version of YOU.


As we all know, we NEED water to survive. It helps flush out toxins, clear skin, and it is essential to live. Sugary drinks (sodas, juices, etc.) DRINK MORE WATER. Its recommended that you drink half your body weight in ounces daily.


Practice thinking positive thoughts. Write down positive affirmations about yourself daily. If you go into anything with a negative mindset, chance are the outcome won't be pleasant. Life is truly what you make it, so make sure that the glass is always half full!


Just have fun with it. No, seriously!! Don't be so caught up in being strict that changing your lifestyle feels like a chore. Do Workouts that you enjoy doing, eat things that you like, just be sure that they coincide with your goals.

DevaCurl’s New Curly Treatment Masks

I got my hands on the NEW DevaCurl Hair Treatment Masks! Lets get a closer look at the Melt Into Moisture & Deep Sea Repair Masks. Both of these deep conditioning treatments were designed specifically to cater to the needs of wavy, curly and super curly girls. Both products help bring moisture and strength back to extra-dry curls.

What it does: Restores and revives curls that have been damaged from chemical treatments or heat styling. 
Key ingredients: Seaweed, Sea Lavender, and a vegan protein blend.
Fragrance notes: Sea Lavender and White Tea.
What it does: Gives a blast of moisture and softens to extra-dry curls and waves.
Key ingredients: Matcha Green Tea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, and Beet root extract.
Fragrance notes: Matcha Tea and Sweet Almond.

Explore our DevaCurl Review video:

Disclosure: I received these products complimentary for testing purposes, however all views are my own.

How To Get A Longer Lasting Twist-Out

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You followed the YouTube video to the T, wrapped your hair up and dreamt about rocking your new style, In the morning you unravel each twist and discover your hair came out perfectly. You get to work with compliments left and right.  But by the time lunch rolls around, your beautiful twist-out looks more like a frizzy blow-out. So, what went wrong?

How to make your twist-out last longer

Pick the Right Products

Before you turn your twists into a twist-out be sure to begin with products that provide some type of hold. Look for a moisturizing, alcohol-free formula with a medium to firm hold. Many gels and puddings offer moisture and hold, but if you can’t find one that works for you, you can always combine products.

Our Product Recommendations

·      CURLS Blueberry Bliss Twist-N-Shout Cream
·      Eco Styler Gel
·      Flaxseed Gel

Size Matters

In this case, smaller is better. Smaller twists will give you more of a defined look and will take the hair longer to expand throughout the day. It may take longer but the results will be bomb!

Twist-Outs Take Time

The longer you leave your twists in, the longer your twist-out will last.  If you normally set your style  try setting your style overnight or even a couple of days. If you just don’t have time, set your style with a hooded dryer for fast results.

Preservation is Key

Be sure to preserve your style by pineappling or retwisting your hair before bed. Be sure to use a silk bonnet, scarf or pillowcase to lessen frizz. In the morning, before take down, a spritz of water will help refresh and moisturize your twist-out.

5 Natural Hair Salons In Connecticut

Are you a curly girl in Connecticut looking for the best natural hair salons to help you care for your curls? Scroll through for some of our favorite salons in Connecticut (Greater New Haven Area) for natural hair!

1. Luvena Leslie Salon


Luvena Leslie Salon in North Haven, Connecticut, is a natural hair salon specializing in all kinds of hair, but specifically cutting and coloring curly hair. Luvena Leslie (Daymaker Extraordinaire) was raised in New Haven. She received her cosmetology license at Aveda Institute in Charlotte, NC. She is trained in all kinds of hair, but is specifically talented with curly hair textures. Being of bi-racial descent, Luvena has developed a strong understanding of the intricacies of unique hair types.
Luvena trained professionally at Devachan Salon in NYC. She worked at Jo Bruno Hair Salon and served a client base in the New Haven area consisting mostly of wavy to curly haired people. Luvena is warm and friendly, and makes you feel like she’s known you forever!


Deva method of cutting hair


33 Bernhard Road
North Haven, CT 06510




(203) 745-4834


Tuesday 10pm-8pm
Friday: 10pm-8pm
Saturday: 7pm-1pm 

2. Jo Bruno Hair


A boutique salon in the heart of New Haven offering serious hair artistry through their love and knowledge of naturally textured hair. Their unique culture blends comfort and inspiration along with warm smiles and curl-persuasion to highlight their DevaCurl trained stylist’s individual experiences and talents. They aim to provide a curl-changing experience in a casual yet indulgent atmosphere resulting in the ultimate Great Hair Day! 

Deva method of cutting hair
Color using the patented “Pintura” hair painting technique


Jo Bruno Hair
One Whitney Ave
New Haven, CT 06510




(203) 787-9171


Tuesday: 11am-8pm
Thursday: 11am-8pm
Friday: 10am-7pm
Saturday: 10am-3pm

Sunday: 10am-3pm

3. Hair's Kay Beauty & Barber Salon


Renowned for exceptional haircare, Hair's Kay Salon remains a leader in the New Haven area. Hair's Kay Salon offers clients a truly unique experience with many of have formed long lasting relationships. Each client that receives a service from our haircutting team will be treated to a personalized consultation, shampoo and conditioner treatment, relaxing wash scalp massage and blow dry. Complimentary beverages are available.

Chemical Services


320 Ashmun Street
New Haven, CT 06511




(203) 389-7282


Tuesday: 11am-5pm
Thursday: 11am-6pm
Friday: 11pm-6pm
Saturday: 8am-3pm

4. Maximum Care Beauty Salon

The talented stylists at West Haven's Maximum Care Beauty Salon provide guests with fast and friendly services. This salon features talented stylists that offer hair care services for men, women and children. Whether you're sticking to a cute classic or cutting outside of the box, know that your hair is in good hands at Maximum Care Beauty Salon.


560 Forest Road
West Haven, CT 


(203) 397-5412


Wednesday: 9am-12pm
Thursday: 9am-5:30pm
Friday: 9am-5:30pm
Saturday: 6am-12pm

5. Sharon Joy Salon

At Sharon Joy Salon they empower women with hair styles that suit their individual character. Their expert hair care professionals consult with you to apply a hair style that will make you look good and feel fabulous!

Chemical Services


222 State Street
New Haven, CT 




(203) 789-8551


Tuesday: 9am-6pm
Wednesday: 9am-6pm
Thursday: 9am-6pm
Friday: 11pm-6pm
Saturday: 8am-3pm

Have you visited any of these salons? What are some of your favorite salons in Connecticut?

3 Trendy Styles for Box Braids/Twists | QUICK & EASY

This braided hairstyle gives your hair a break from daily styling, but that doesn't mean you can't add some style to your protective style! Watch the video below to check out these three trendy ways to style box braids.

The Natural Hair Dictionary

Common natural hair terms and their definitions.


Aloe Vera Gel: Conditions the hair adding moisture and shine. It is also known for aiding in hair growth for people with hair loss. Aloe gel can replace many gels that have bad ingredients.

Almond Oil: Moisturizes and softens hair. Softens dead skin on the scalp, making the skin easier to remove.

Amla Oil: This is part of the Ayurvedic regimen. The oil comes from the Indian gooseberry and is very nourishing for the hair and scalp. It strengthens the hair, adds shine, and is said to promote hair growth, prevent premature graying, and hair loss.

APL: Arm Pit Length hair in either shrunken or stretched state.

(ACV) Apple Cider Vinegar: This is diluted with water and used as a rinse to clarify the hair and scalp, removing build up and preventing dandruff. ACV also corrects pH balance of the hair, which closes the hairs cuticle, making it smooth with less frizz and giving you ultimate shine. For your ACV mix you will need 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar and 2 cups of water.

(ASL) Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate: Found in most shampoos, and is an ingredient to stay away from because it is very drying.

Ayurvedic Regimen: This regimen uses all natural Indian products to grow healthy, thick, long hair. Some of the products include: Amla oil or powder, Henna, Neem, Vatika, Brahmi, Shikakai, Marshmallow root.


BAA: Big A** Afro.

(BC) Big Chop: When you decide to go natural and cut off all your hair to transition.
Bagging: You can use a shower cap/ plastic cap, or plastic bag to do deep conditioning or deep treatments.

Brazilian Nut Oil: Contains linoleic acid, vitamins A and E which protects the hair and scalp. It also contains protein that prevents hair breakage.


Carrier Oils: These oils are known as base oils and are often used to dilute essential oils(EO). They are thicker fatty oils derived from plants. They have many therapeutic properties and have huge benefits on the hair and scalp. Some carrier oils are, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, castor oil, grape seed oil, sesame oil, and shea butter.

Castor Oil: Has anti-bacterial and anti fungal properties of Ricinoleic Acid, this prevents scalp infections which can cause hair loss. It is also a humectant, humectants draw moisture from the air. Contains fatty acids which nourish the hair and prevent dry scalp. Softens hair and moisturizes. Great for generating new hair growth. Best time to use it is in the winter season or colder weather, because it is the thickest of the oils.

Clarifying: Ensures that you will remove any dirt/oils and product build up from the hair using shampoos or natural products that are said to clarify. FYI, not all shampoos clarify and can put further build up on your hair, so make sure is says “clarifying” on the label.

Coconut Oil: Its molecular structure makes it easier to penetrate the hair shaft. It has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties; rich in vitamins and minerals. Contains protein which prevents hair breakage and loss. Softens the hair and conditions the scalp. Using it as a pre wash conditioner can get rid of dandruff.

Cones: Are silicones, an ingredient in some hair products. This ingredient is not water soluble and leaves a film on the hair strands. When using products with cones one must use shampoo to get rid of the build up it causes.

Co-wash: This is when you use conditioner to wash your hair instead of shampoo.


Deep Condition (DC): Is when you use a leave in conditioner on your hair for a longer period of time, either with heat or no heat. Depending on the conditioner you use, this can aid in adding protein or moisture back into the hair.

Dusting: Slight trimming of the hair. The hair should look like dust falling during the trim.


EO (Essential Oils): These are liquids derived from flowers and parts of many plants. Known for their healing properties and aromatic scents that have therapeutic benefits. Great for maintaining a healthy scalp. Some essential oils for the hair are, tea tree, rosemary, lavender, lemon, ylang ylang, chamomile, myrrh, basil, sage, and peppermint oil. This can be mixed with carrier oils.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO): Is ultra hydrating and softens hair. It improves elasticity of the hair preventing breakage.


Green House Method:


Honey: Is a humectant , which means it draws in moisture from the air. Its a great way to add moisture and shine to your hair.


Jojoba Oil: Non greasy; moisturizing hair oil because the molecules are small enough to penetrate the hair cuticle. This oil is closest to your natural hair oil and closest to sebum produced by the sebaceous gland. Develops new hair cell growth.Uses:treats dandruff, dry scalp, has antibacterial properties, adds shine, prevents split ends, removes sebum and other oil build up.


No-poo: When a person chooses not to use shampoo in their routine.


Oil Rinsing: Is a step that you do in between shampooing and conditioning. You add your favorite oil to wet strands and leave on for about 5 minutes. This step helps to detangle and adds extra moisture to the hair.


Pre-poo: This is done before you shampoo your hair. Oils and/or conditioner are applied to the hair the night before or right before you shampoo. This process helps hair to retain moisture after being shampooed, and also softens and helps detangle the hair.


Regimen: Is a step by step process of what products you use on your hair.
Rosemary Oil: This oil is said to stimulate hair growth. Its great for dry hair and prevents dandruff.


Sealing: The first step is to apply a leave-in conditioner and/or a moisturizing cream; these must contain water as an ingredient for it to work. The last step is applying a bit of oil or shea butter all over, or just on the ends of the hair. This process seals the moisture from the leave-in or cream into your hair strands.

Shea Butter: Comes from the nut of the shea tree, and is rich in vitamins A and E. It restores moisture and prevents weather damage on the hair. It is great in preventing dry scalp and does not clog pores. Shea butter is great for sealing the ends of the hair.

Slip: Refers to the feeling of your hair when conditioner is in it. If your fingers, comb, or brush can slip through your strands with ease, then you have found a winner! If a product gives you great slip, you can get through tangles easier preventing breakage and hair fall.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): Found in most shampoos, and is an ingredient to stay away from.


Tea Tree Oil:Unclogs the hair follicles which leads to stimulating hair growth. It can free the scalp of bacteria and fungus.

TWA: Teeny-Weeny Afro.

Transitioning: Means you have made the choice to transition from relaxed hair to natural hair. You can choose to transition by doing a big chop and cutting off all your hair, or you can gradually cut the perm off.

Twist Out: Is a two strand twist worn loosened out or untwisted. This style manipulates and sets the hair in a certain pattern.


Vatika Oil: Is all natural ingredients made of coconut oil, amla oil, henna, and lemon. The henna coats the hair preventing oxidation; lemon controls sebum flow on the scalp; the amla oil strengthens the hair.


Wash and Go: Is when you wash your hair, apply your products and leave as is letting it dry. No manipulation is used, you just wash and go!


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