Nail Update!

Here’s what my nail look like after about 30 hours of cooking, cleaning, trying on clothes, writing, typing etc.

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Note that where the beads have fallen off, they have left behind a dot of colour so it still looks nice and colourful!

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Nail Caviar: pretty, impractical

Long before I was a hair girl, I was a nail girl. I almost NEVER had professional manicures but reveled in the ritual of choosing one of my many colours, shaping and buffing my nails applying strengthener and painting away. It was a rare day when you saw me without some screaming hue on my digits. Sometimes it would take forever. I was so meticulous and would have to start over if a damp nail brushed up against some fabric.

Since then I have become a bit more practical about my nails: taking more shortcuts and letting my nails breathe more between colours (an important duty for their health). When I saw the new Ciaté nail caviar on lacedinleather’s blog, I knew there was nothing practical about it…and I wanted it anyway. Last time I went to Sephora it was staring me in the face so of course I got it.

Here’s the good:
It did not take as long to do as I expected. The pink base coat dries so quickly. And of course it looks pretty and fun (like ice cream sprinkles for your nails lol) The instructions are also very clear and helpful. I was worried about the beads rubbing off when I went to bed but they more or less stayed put. My nails still look great.

The bad:
It’s fine when you’re just walking around with your hands swinging but if you squeeze your hand into a small space or rub your hands against anything like a towel (have fun washing your hands) be prepared to feel little beads cascading off your fingertips like ants. Next, God forbid you spill the things. Spilling nail polish is always annoying but spilling the world’s tiniest beads–trying to get them back together is like herding cats. These things roll everywhere and even if you use the tray to collect them some will, inevitably, bounce and roll onto the table.

Tips:
1) DO NOT SPILL THEM
2) Apply fairly quickly. The colour base is like mascara in that it dries and sets soon after applying.
3) Let the first coat dry a FEW seconds before applying the second but as soon as you apply the second coat, pour the beads. Do not make the mistake I made: I thought I would let the second coat dry slightly to get a bit tacky. However, when I did this, the beads did NOT hold as well.
4) This is common sense (you’d be surprised) but read the directions before starting and then, follow them as you go.
5) Take their advice and put a thin top coat on- but only at the tips.
6) I like the look but it shortens my nails. I think it would look better if my nails were longer.

This manicure is only supposed to last about two days I think so I will probably just use it for certain occasions. I want to get the white beads and the violet as well. I know it’s not practical and I will see how well they hold up at my job: I wear many hats there and today I have to do a cooking demo. :/ This nail set is like that pair of impossible heels. You know you can’t do much or last very long in them but dammit! They’re so pretty you just don’t care!

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Xoxo
D&A

A new way to wash?

It’s a wet day in Prince George’s county, MD. I hope I remembered the veggie glycerine last time I filled up the spray bottle.

Lately, I have been washing and deep treating my hair less and less. This time of year, I am not sweating too much and the dry flaky scalp of winter is gone so I can go longer between washes for a little bit, at least.

Going longer between washes is fine. It’s certainly cheaper. However, Angela misses her deep conditioning. When I have washed, the last few times I have either just shampooed and conditioned or used the condition-wash-condition method.

Last night I decided enough was enough. Despite my best efforts to moisturise and seal, when I put my water/EVOO spritz on my hair the water seemed to be quickly absorbed by my thirsty strands, leaving them with nothing but an oily feeling. My scalp was also feeling a bit dry so I decided to put my EVOO, Greek yoghurt mix on (with a little tea tree oil for the scalp).

What I did differently was braid each section of hair after I applied the yoghurt mix. I had about five or six thick plaits sitting under a warm cap for half an hour.

In the shower, I unbraided a section, shampooed it, conditioned it, ran a comb thru and braided it back. I repeated the steps all around my head and let the conditioner sit in my plaits a few minutes. Then I took them out and rinsed.

This method is widely known among natural hair bloggers. The pros of it? Manageability. I combed through my sections in one or two sweeps, no single strand knots- Angela’s greatest known enemy- and less hair being pulled out, which makes for less mess in my shower. The manageability could, however, be due to my detangling before adding the yoghurt, though. Who knows?

The cons? This was time consuming. I felt like I was racing to get out of my shower before the hot water ran out. Usually I turn the water off if I am shampooing or soaping my skin but if it’s off for too long I get cold. Next time I will try fewer plaits and see if that helps.

My hair feels great now. Yoghurt always makes my strands smoother. It dried more quickly, indicating it had enough moisture. It was also much more manageable due to both the deep treatment and the braiding. Angela is BACK!

Fellow curlies, do you shampoo in sections?

Wedding Bells!

Fun things are happening for my friends in the world of hair. First up, my bestie from college just big chopped and went all natural! Hopefully I can get her permission to show you guys a pic. She looks great (IMHO).

Second, my bestie from middle/ highschool just got engaged. She and her fiancé are making the wise decision to have a longer engagement since they are in the midst of moving back to Trinidad and job hunting. So it will likely be a year or two before I get to be a bridesmaid but I am already looking up dresses and hair with her. I’ve found some great inspiration already on Afrobella These may be of help to some of you since it is wedding season.

The look I choose will largely depend on the dress, however and it will be a while before we pick one, I’m sure. My bestie is someone I trust to not make me look like a clown and I am going to be experimenting with different up-do’s and wedding styles! So look out for those on my blog and my twitter.

Still to come: info on an upcoming play on natural hair. If you are an actress in the Washington DC area and are of African descent (doesn’t matter your hair texture) this may be for you!

Ciao for now,
D&A