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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Star Struck at the 18th Annual World Natural Hair Show



Aevin Dugas is known for having the world's largest afro.

 April from vh1's Sorority Sister TV show came out to support the event.  She was not scheduled for any appearances, but I recognized her walking around, and she graciously agreed to take a picture with me.  I absolutely loved her on the Sorority Sister TV show.  She was the best dressed; had the best hair; smart, lively, theatrical, and one of the classiest divas of the show. I just loved her!!!!


 22" of natural hair weave by Curl Genetics.  Their longest length is 28 inches. The black hair is the model's own natural hair.  The brown color is the weave.  The company's focus is on texture.

Jane Carter Solution

Design Essentials

Taliah Waajid looked awesome in red.  I did not get a picture of her, 
but this was my first show attended of hers and I just loved it!!!!  A great day trip!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Color Addict Alert: New Color Scheme for 2015

 OMG!  I could not wait to color my hair again!  So here's my new custom color look.  
Color placement by Benita Blocker.

Side swept with some Jamaican Mango and Lime Island Oil.
I needed a moderate weight oil to balance all the clarifying shampoo that I used to get the other color out.

 I attempted to pre-blend the liquid chalk colors, but they did not mix well.  So I colored small pieces at a time.

 I got the color bug; however, I am using 
no bleach, no hot irons, no henna, and no relaxers.  
Of course, I am trying to justify why it is okay for me to be a haircolor addict.

Before the new color scheme, I wet set my locs with Design Essentials Honey.  
This is my 33 months loc-versary.
  Will I ever go back to black?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Update: Liquid Chalk Removal and Wet Length Check-in

I have good and bad news.  The good news is that the L'Oreal Technique Liquid Chalk Intense Hair Makeup last for an average of 2 shampoos according to the "peel back" label.  The bad news is that with coarse, porous hair like mine, it took 7 (seven) back to back clarifying shampoos to get the majority of the liquid chalk out.  As you can see in the picture, I still have some remnants left.  I liked the color so I will probably add it back in.

 I wanted to wear the "pink/magenta" color too,  but I would want a more short term look.  I do not want to work so hard to get that color out of my locs again.

I was excited about learning how many shampoos will the liquid chalk last.  The answer for me seems like the liquid chalk can be almost permanent without use of clarifying shampoos to strip it out.  I also had to towel rub some.  It was quite a bit of work for  a quick 5 minutes of application.

Well, I am three days before my 33 months loc-versary.  This article serves as a wet length check.  I lost a few pieces of relaxed hair from off two of my ends.  I am okay with it.  I was a little rough with my locs trying to rub that liquid chalk out.  It comes with the territory.  I will not be able to mend the pieces back on because they are partly straight.  I believe all the clarifying shampoo lathers made my relaxed ends weak. I did condition a few times.  Once after the third lather and another after the final lather.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Two Other Liquid Chalk Colors Results

L'Oreal Technique Liquid Chalk "Bronze Baby"

 "Bronze Baby" shows up "gold" on my hair.  You can see it pictured right above my finger on one loc.  It is a little too avant garde for me.  The golden color looks like rust and does not enhance my skin tone.  Someone with more yellow undertones will probably like this color better.

L'Oreal Technique Liquid Chalk color "Pink Pop"

The "Pink Pop" color delivers more of a purple, magenta, and some fuchsia coloring on my hair.   I like it enough to do for a full week.

Sally's Beauty Supply stores have these L'Oreal Liquid Chalk color on sale "Buy one get one free" for the month of April 2015.  

Friday, April 17, 2015

Temporary Color: Day two versus Day Four


Day Two versus Day Four

Through three days of rain, the L'Oreal Technique Liquid Chalk is hanging in there.  
No mess.  No dripping.
Still Intense Color!
Lovin' It!!!!