With fall in full swing, it’s only a matter of time before the weather begins to get colder.  Fall and winter are the seasons where I like protective styling as much as possible.  With the air getting drier, there’s no reason for my hair to be dry too.  A quick, protective style  that I now have the length to pull off are hair buns.  For some, buns may seem a bit on the boring side.  But, I don’t always just pull my natural hair into a bun by itself.  Sometimes, I’ll jazz it up and add in some braid hair for something more elegant.  To make it even more fancy, don’t think for one minute you’re limited to a one ponytail bun. [click to continue…]


natural shampoo

Recently, I had the opportunity to review a handmade, natural shampoo bar.  Belle Vie xxx sent me their full sized Chai Tea & Flax Seed Oil Shampoo Bar.  This shampoo bar contains essential fatty acids and herbs, designed to help restore shine and body to hair that has become dry and dull.  Keep reading for more pictures and my results from using this shampoo bar. [click to continue…]



As my natural hair grows longer, I end up needing more product just to cover all of my strands.  One natural hair product that I don’t like to skimp on is my deep conditioner.  I’m talking about conditioners that are meant for deep conditioning (the ones that actually provide directions on how to use it as a deep conditioner).  But, as I’m sure you know, those “good quality” deep conditioners can run you a pretty penny.  This is especially the case when you end up going thru 1 bottle in 2-3 weeks (if you deep condition weekly like I do).  So, what’s a girl to do when she needs a lot of deep conditioner but doesn’t want to break the bank?  Keep reading to find out the answer. [click to continue…]


Healthy Juicer Recipes – Carrot Apple Ginger

by Jenelle on September 30, 2013

healthy juicer recipes


I’m always on the hunt for healthy juicer recipes.  One of my favorite juices to make is a blend of carrot, apple, and ginger root.  This was the first juice recipe I experimented with many years ago and is still a staple in my juice list.  Continue reading for the health benefits and recipe! [click to continue…]


Roller Setting Natural Hair to Stretch My Hair

by Jenelle on September 27, 2013


Some of my natural hairstyles come out better when styled on stretched hair.  However, I am not a fan of applying direct heat (by use of a blow dryer) every time I want to do a bantu knot out or a flat-twist updo.  Keep reading to see pictures and the YouTube video tutorial how I go about stretching my hair without using direct heat. [click to continue…]


Healthy Smoothie Recipes Apricot Smoothie

by Jenelle on September 25, 2013

I am a huge fan of healthy smoothie recipes.  So much so that I have several books in my office just on smoothies and juices to blend up.  One of my favorite recipes (and easiest) to make is an apricot smoothie.  Continue reading for the health benefits and recipe! [click to continue…]


Natural Hair Length Check September 2013

by Jenelle on September 20, 2013


It’s been quite some time since I did an actual length check.  I know my hair is growing but, it really helps to have pictures and videos to help you track your progress.  This is my natural hair length check for September 2013. [click to continue…]


Natural Skincare Products – Sugar Scrub

by Jenelle on September 11, 2013

Oh how I love body scrubs!  Using a body scrub regularly helps to get rid of dead skin on your body, allowing new cells underneath to get some exposure, helping your skin to look fresher and younger.  You can use body scrubs all over you body, from your face to your feet!  Purchasing pre-made scrubs can be quite expensive.  Especially when you consider just how inexpensive it is to make.  Chances are, you probably already have all of the ingredients you need right in your kitchen! [click to continue…]


Natural Hair DIY Shealoe

by Jenelle on September 4, 2013

Shea butter is a staple product to many naturals.  It’s one of the first butters I was introduced to.  Another popular item is aloe vera gel, which is extremely moisturizing to natural hair.  Now, many people will mix oil with their shea butter to make it easier to apply.  But, what happens if you mix in some aloe vera gel?

You get shealoe!  Shealoe is a great styling product to use, especially for twists.  It’s also good to use for sealing your ends.  And, don’t think shealoe is limited to just your hair.  You can use shealoe on your skin too.  Just think how well it can seal in moisture, especially when you first get out of the shower!  Nothing like a multipurpose product!

So, let’s get on with the recipe.  It’s really easy. [click to continue…]


Water marble nail art is one of my favorite ways to jazz up my nails.  With summer coming to a close, I’m trying to get as much wear out of my summer bright nail polishes as possible.  Check out my latest YouTube video where I created a water marble nail design using Sally Hansen nail polishes (my preferred nail polish to water marble with)!