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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Crochet Braids | Outre X-Pression Cuevana Twist Braid Hair




Hey Everyone,

I recently had the opportunity to team up with Outre and try out their brand new braiding hair, the X-Pression Cuevana Twist Braid and I must say this collaboration came right on time, because it's currently Fall season which is also known as Protective Styling season for us naturalistas.

I am no stranger to the Outre Company nor the X-Pression Brand, I have used their braiding hair for many of my protective hairstyles such as updos/crochet styles/Senegalese twists just to name a few.  The hair can always we found locally at a beauty supply store, its great quality,  it has never irritated my scalp like a lot of braiding hair can, and the price point is very budget friendly.

Since I have had great experiences in the past with this brand, I was super excited to try out their new X-Pression Cuevana Twist hair, which is designed to match our own natural hair texture with a softer touch.  Cuevana Twist is lightweight and tension-free, allowing for easy installation & styling, making it perfect for creating voluminous protective hairstyles from crochet braids, twists, twist outs, & so much more.




This hair is made with premium 100% Kanekalon fibers, X-Pression Cuevana Twist Braid has a natural coarse texture, with a softer touch. This means the hair is easier to work with when installing and styling the hair. I like the fact that it did curl with ease and the curls lasted much longer than expected by using hot water to lock them in. 

I absolutely loved the results of my crochet braid install using the new X-Pression Cuevana Twist Braid hair and had to share them with you. 

As you can see below, the hair is super long and has a natural look a feel to it.  It definitely mimics my natural hair.

HAIR HAS BEEN INSTALLED AND ONE HALF OF IT HAS BEEN LIGHTLY BLOWDRIED

Style:
Crochet Set with Flexi Rods Curls
(3) Packages of the color 1B
(2) Packages of the color 950

Hair Tools Used: Denman Brush
Rat Tail Comb
Purple, Orange, Yellow Flexi Rods
Crochet Latch hook
Blow Dryer
Hair Clips
Aqua Hair Towel (Save 20% when you use code: TiffanyAquis)

Styling Time:
30-45 mins to cornrow my hair
1 hr - 1.5 hrs to crochet the hair in
45 mins to detangle the hair for a more natural look
30 mins to blowdry the hair
30 mins to flexi rod the hair
15 mins to dip the hair
*Didn't need to let the hair dry, just patted the rods dry with a towel and released the curls


FINAL RESULTS!!!



Hairstyle Maintenance:
Pineapple the hair at night and sleep with a satin bonnet or scarf or on a satin pillowcase.  You can also just put on your satin bonnet or scarf to maintain the definition. No further product should be required, you can reset the hair if curls seem to lose their definition.

Side Note: When wearing a protective hairstyle, you don't want to go no longer than 6-8 weeks with the same style, and you should definitely take care of your scalp when you are taking a break from daily styling with your own hair.

                                CHECK OUT MY YOUTUBE  STYLING VIDEO BELOW

For more information about Outre and X-Pression Cuevana Twist Braid head or to check out the other types of hair they offer head on over to (http://www.outre.com)

Facebook page
(http://www.facebook.com/outrecommunity)

Instagram (@outre_hair)



Until Next Time,
Take Care and God Bless!!!

Tiffany Nichols
Tiffany Nichols Design
Uplifting, Educating, and Promoting the Beauty of Natural Hair

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sit With Us | Check out my Interview



Hey Guys,

Recently, I was a special guest on the podcast show "Sit With Us" hosted by Kimberly Chapman and Shauntia Triplett. If you haven't heard of this extremely entertaining show, Sit With Us is a podcast dedicated to addressing current social issues, pop culture, and any other topics that tickle their fancy.

And these ladies do just that!  They address current events and issues such as Khloe and Lamar, Black Lives Matter, Halloween and more all while having a classy yet comedic take on it. I love their chemistry and definitely look forward to what the future has for them.

Well...this week I was able to chat it up with these ladies and we discussed everything from building my brand, natural hair, my recent trip to Botswana, Africa, and much more. Check out my interview with these ladies by clicking the link below.  Share it with your friends and come back and let me know what you think.

www.SoundCloud.com/Sit-With-Us
Episode 24: Black Face Bums

For more information about Sit With Us, check them out at the following locations and be sure to catch new episodes every week:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SitWithUsOnline
Email: sitwithusonline@gmail.com
 
Until Next Time,

Take Care and God Bless!!!
Tiffany Nichols
 
Tiffany Nichols Design
 
 
Uplifting, Educating, and Promoting the Beauty of Natural Hair 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Natural Hair | Twist and Curl feat. Wonder Curl


 
Hey Everyone,

Recently, I teamed up with Wonder Curl and had the opportunity to try out a few of their products to share with you. I was super excited about the collaboration because not only are the products super
organic and free of harsh chemicals and parabens and all the not so good stuff, but the owner Scarlett is super sweet, genuine, and really believes in her brand and what it stands for. She’s a one woman team and still creates her products by hand, so this is a labor of love to her. I really admired that about her and really wanted to team up. So, for the past few weeks I’ve been trying out her products and really  putting them to the test and trying them out in different hairstyles.
 
 
In my first video and review, I decided to bring you all my Twist and Curl hairstyle.  I featured the following products.


•  Detoxifying Clay Cleanser is a gentle cleanser that helps to detangle the hair while it removes dirt and build-up from both the hair and scalp. It contains Kaolin Clay which helps to revitalize dry
and itchy scalps.  It also includes shea butter, avocado butter, olive oil, safflower oil, and castor oil which are all proven to be beneficial to the hair and scalp. This product is rather thick and took me a minute to get used to, because it isn’t your typical cleanser, but it really did leave my hair feeling super soft and clean once it was rinsed out.

•  Restoring Hair Treatment is an intensive deep hair treatment that helps to strengthen the hair and provide moisture into the hair. It contains many great ingredients such as, olive oil which penetrates
the hair cuticles and helps deposit moisture, avocado which helps promote hair growth and stop hair loss, shea butter to aide with dryness and a host of other oils and hair vitamins that all helps to stimulate growth and maintain moisture.  This product is creamy and coats the hair rather nicely and helps with the detangling process as well.

•  Butter Than Love Pudding has aloe barbedensis leaf juice, castor oil, and shea butter in it.  It is free of harsh chemicals and is also fragrance free.  This butter helps by providing moisture without
weighing the hair down, so it is ideal to use when layering products and is great for wash’n’gos as well as twist-outs and braid-outs. I love the fact that it is light weight and that a little bit of the
product goes a long way.

•  Get Set Hair Jelly has organic aloe juice, pro-vitamin B5, and even contains vegetable glycerin.  It is also Paraben, Sulfate and Silicon free. This styler instantly smooths away frizz and adds shine to the hair all while giving any style great definition. This product is ideal for wash’n’gos as it will help you maintain the style for many days and is also great for twist-outs and braid-outs with the definition it provides. It will say that the product does feel a bit sticky on the hands, but once you apply it to the hair it melts into the hair and doesn’t leave any residue.  This product will be a staple for me when I do my wash’n’gos. (More to come on that a little later,so stay tuned)
 

Hair Tools Used:
Denman Brush
Rat Tail Comb
White, Blue, & Gray Perm Rods
Hair Clips

Hairstyle Maintenance:
Pineapple the hair at night and sleep with a satin bonnet or scarf or on a satin pillowcase.  You can also put the hair into chucky twists to maintain the definition. No further product should be required, you can mist the hair with water to reactive the product that has already applied before you re-twist the hair.
 
Take advantage of my 20% discount code: tnd20 that is valid until Oct 1, 2015 when used a checkout www.Wondercurl.com

                            CHECK OUT YOUTUBE VIDEO BELOW
 

Until Next Time,
Take Care & God Bless!!!

 Tiffany Nichols

Tiffany Nichols Design
Email: TiffanyNicholsDesign@gmail.com
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Uplifting, Educating, and Promoting the Beauty of Natural Hair

Monday, August 17, 2015

2015 Summer Shoe Collection | Try On


Hey Guys,

I'm really not a shoe type of gal, but for some reason I found all of these shoes in my closet. LOL!!!
I wanted to share them with you all, so I decided to make a quick video showcasing them.
Check out my Summer Shoe Collection Video and let me know which pair was your favorite.


Until Next Time,
Take Care & God Bless!!

Tiffany Nichols
 
Tiffany Nichols Design
 
 
Uplifting, Educating, and Promoting the Beauty of Natural Hair

Thursday, August 13, 2015

How To Straighten Natural Hair | The Mane Choice


Hey Everyone,

I don't know about you, but when I straighten my natural hair I can't seem to get it as silky and straight as a hair stylist or blow out specialist would if I was to hand over that $150. LOL!  You guys know I am all about DIY Hairstyles, so when I tried my hand at flat ironing my own natural hair in the past, it just doesn't seem to flow and definitely doesn't have the lasting power to withstand humidity or a straightened naturals most feared nightmare "The Rain"!!! 

Well....I hadn't straightened my hair myself in over a year, so I was thinking it was about time and was recently able to collaborate with www.TheManeChoice.com and try out their do it yourself/at home 5 Step Thermal Defense Silkening Collection. I must say that I was honestly impressed with how well my hair straightened with only (1) pass of the flatiron, but I ended up doing (2) and I was excited that my hair didn't start reverting back as soon as I finished.  The collection is full of products that are designed and formulated to help prevent premature reversion of natural hair and helps to maintain the sleek look for longer without achieving damage *if used properly and used with the correct amount of heat was used for your hair*

This is certainly not a hair straightening system as it doesn't promise to elongate your natural hair after use and nor does it permanently straighten natural hair, but it is a collection that will help you achieve maximum results should you chose to flatiron your natural hair.  This collection in conjunction with the Give It To Me Straight Collection and the Green Tea & Carrot Deep Conditioning Mask are a win win combination. The results speak for themselves!!!!


 
 I USED THE FOLLOWING:

  • Give It To Me Straight Moisturizing Shampoo is infused with Morrocan Argan Oil for incredible shine and frizz control and citric acid to remove build-up and restore pH balance to hair and scalp. This shampoo is safe for all hair types including color-treated hair, it lathers up easily with just a small amount, and it smells really nice and fresh.

  • Green Tea & Carrot Deep Conditioning Mask is packed with nourishing, healthy hair necessities like organic aloe juice, castor oil, sunflower oil, hydrolyzed wheat protein for strength, broccoli seed oil, which is great for frizz-control, coconut oil, green tea extract for protection and carrot seed oil, to treat the scalp, prevent breakage and protect from outside elements. It also has great slip allowing the product to coat the hair and detangle with ease.

  • Give It To Me Straight Leave-In Detangler is a lightweight mist infused with chamomile matricaria and aloe leaf juice for ultimate hydration, wheat amino acids for strength, sage extract to reduce shedding and enhance natural luster, and many other key ingredients that help keep the hair
  • moisturized and easy to detangle.
     
     
     
    According to http://www.TheManeChoice.com this is "A complete collection of thermal styling products, especially formulated to help shield your hair from heat appliances so you can enjoy your styles with confidence. Do not let the pretty in pink packaging fool you. This thermal defense silkening collection has a professional grade quality and packs a lot of power. No more than a dime size per product is needed to thermally protect your hair and give it that sleek professional salon finish we all long for."
     
    The Steps Include The Following:
    Step 1 - The Heat Silencer is formulated to strengthen hair, protect hair from heat applications, and repair damage.
     
    Step 2 - Glisten To Me is formulated to protect hair from heat styling, smooth hair for ultimate shine,
     temporarily straighten the hair, and repeal humidity.
     
    Step 3 - Strand By Strand is formulated to, straighten & smooth strands, helps silken & glide while blow-drying, and helps reduce frizz.
     
    Step 4 - A Silky Protection is formulated to add a silky brilliant shine, control frizz, mend frayed & frizzy ends, and provide extreme heat protection.
     
    Step 5 - Let's Finish It is formulated to smooth frizz & flyaways, add an instant shine, and Finish your sleek & luscious look.  It also leaves your hair smelling amazing!!!


    Hair Tools Used:
    3-4 Hair Clips
    Denman Brush
    Gold'n'Hot Blow Dryer
    Chase Comb
    Flatiron

    Hairstyle Maintenance:
    Wrap the hair up at night with a satin or silk scarf.  You could also add large rollers or flexirods to the hair and sleep with a satin bonnet for heatless curls.


    CHECK OUT YOUTUBE TUTORIAL
    BELOW FOR THE RESULTS!!!
     


    Until Next Time,
    Take Care and God Bless!!!

    Tiffany Nichols
     
    Tiffany Nichols Design
     
     
    Uplifting, Educating, and Promoting the Beauty of Natural Hair

    Tuesday, August 11, 2015

    Natural Hair | Voluminious, Soft Curls with The Mane Choice


    Hey Everyone,

    I've been a huge fan of The Mane Choice product line for quite some time.  I especially love their Green Tea & Carrot Deep Conditioning Mask, Doesn't Get Much "Butter" Than This, and of course the Manetabolism PLUS Hair Vitamins. Their products are designed with the health of your hair in mind and contain a lot of natural ingredients and key ingredients that help to promote and stimulate healthy hair and growth. Their products are ideal for all hair types and work for both naturals and those with relaxers.

    In this video, I decided to use the shampoo and conditioner from their Give It To Me Straight Collection, as well as, the Doesn't Get Much "Butter" Than This hair butter. 




  • Give It To Me Straight Moisturizing Shampoo is infused with Morrocan Argan Oil for incredible shine and frizz control and citric acid to remove build-up and restore pH balance to hair and scalp. This shampoo is safe for all hair types including color-treated hair, it lathers up easily with just a small amount, and it smells really nice and fresh.

  • Give It To Me Straight Moisturizing Conditioner also has Morrocan Argan Oil along with Panthenol to make hair softer and more elastic, and other key ingredients such a lemongrass extract to help reduce excessive shedding, aloe leaf juice for moisture, and Matricaria Chamomile to soothe and treat the scalp. It has an a lot of slip that aids in detangling. The smell of this conditioner is consist with the shampoo.

  • Doesn’t Get Much “Butter” Than This has avocado and mango along with shea butter, vegetable glycerin, coconut oil, castor oil, broccoli seed oil, carrot butter, and grapefruit and orange essential oils. This combination of ingredients helps to lock in moisture, add shine, and will aid with simulating growth.  This butter is not only great for your hair strands but has been proven to help grown back balding areas on the scalp if applied to those problem areas few times a week.

  • Hair Tools Used:
    3-4 Hair Clips
    Denman Brush
    Gold'n'Hot Blow Dryer
    Small Perm Rods

    Hairstyle Maintenance:
    Pineapple the hair at night and sleep with a satin bonnet or scarf or on a satin pillowcase.  You can also re-flatwist the hair at night or put the hair into chucky twists to maintain the definition. No further product should be required, you can mist the hair with water to reactive the product already applied.

    CHECK OUT YOUTUBE VIDEO BELOW


     


    Tiffany Nichols
     
    Tiffany Nichols Design
     
     
    Uplifting, Educating, and Promoting the Beauty of Natural Hair

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015

    Cate & Chloe VIP Box | Unboxing




    Hey Guys....I was super excited to bring you all this unboxing video because this isn't your typical box.  Cate & Chloe is a monthly subscription box for high end, high quality jewelry. So, if you are a jewelry lover then this will be the box for you.

    If you are unfamiliar with Cate & Chloe this monthly box comes with (2) jewelry pieces each month, but if you sign up and become a VIP member you will receive a 3rd item, which is super nice. So, this month I received the May VIP Box which included the Evangeline "Pleasant" Bracelet, Kiera "Powerful" Necklace, and the Drew "Wise One" Ring.

     
    I love the fact that the items come packaged in this cute boxes, which is ideal for storing and keeping the items safe. The extra gift that I received came in a cute black sleeper bag, which was cute and came embellished with the Cate and Chloe Name.
     
     
     
    I really did like the pieces that I received especially the bracelet.  I have already worn it a couple of times. If you are interested in signing up to receive your 1st Cate & Chloe box, use this link to sign up and use Discount Code: TND25 to save 25%.

    CHECK OUT MY UNBOXING VIDEO BELOW:

     
     
     
    Until Next Time,
    Take Care & God Bless!!!

    Tiffany Nichols
     
    Tiffany Nichols Design
     
     Uplifting, Educating, and Promoting the Beauty of Natural Hair