The BEST moment...EVER!

So I was sitting at my desk preparing some documents to give to my boss for review and my phone would not stop vibrating.  I have it set for just emails and phone calls- the rest of my notifications are off so I'm not distracted.  I look down at my phone and noticed a considerable amount of texts from my amigas but I found it odd because it was the middle of the day (12:46pm to be exact).  As I slid the grid of my iphone, I noticed a tweet from Tracee Ellis Ross. Now, I absolutely LOVE and admire this woman.  I mean I have spent hours of my weekends on the sofa with popcorn watching Girlfriends and taking mental notes of her dope outfits and hairstyles.  Ok ok, back to the point -  I am a TOTAL novice to Twitter and I don't understand it at all.  So, I check my twitter notifications to see what was written and this comes up.

I really thought it was a joke until I checked my e-mail and saw this...

I finally got around to my texts (at this point I was shaking) to read all of the amazing and heartfelt texts my friends wrote - LOVE you guys!  Now with all that being said, I just have to say THANK YOU to Tracee Ellis Ross.  I know everyone has a story but thank you for reading and sharing mine.

XO,

Mel

Read the awesome post written by my curlfriend on http://traceeellisross.com/

*A SUPER BIG GRACIAS to my curlsisters Ana and Denise from Curly Essence for writing such a great article.  I am so humbled!

Wash Yo Rizos day! Dark & Lovely Anti-Breakage product review

For the most part, you all know that I LOVE the Dark and Lovely Au Naturale anti-shrinkage line.  So when I found out they were launching the anti-breakage products, I was suppppper excited to try it.  

So here we go -  below is 8 day dirty pelo.  

BEFORE

WASHED WITH PRODUCT

 AFTER

Process Time: 1 hour and 7 minutes

Products (l to r):  

Ecostyler styling gelDark and Lovely Au Naturale anti-breakage Root to Tip menderDark and Lovely Au Naturale anti-breakage Strength Restoring conditionerDark and Lovely Au Naturale anti-breakage Tension Release hair wash

Wash:  1X with Dark and Lovely Au Naturale anti-breakage Tension Release hair wash

Condition/Detangle:  Dark and Lovely Au Naturale anti-breakage Strength Restoring conditioner. Finger combed hair from ends to root and rinsed with cold water.

Style:  Coated hair with Dark and Lovely Au Naturale anti-breakage Root to Tip mender and then applied Ecostyler styling gel.

Diffused hair for 9 minutes on low heat.

Seal: (not shown)

Ella's concoctions Quickie Oil for women

VERDICT:  Thumb Up

Pros 

  • The scent- all of the products have a delightful citrusy fragrance
  • After one wash, my hair felt clean and product buildup free
  • The conditioner was thick in consistency which made it easy for detangling
  • Reasonably priced

Cons

  • My hair felt drier than normal so I had to add more quickie oil after styling
  • The root to tip mender was too thick for my texture of hair (it is fine despite the volume)
  • Significant amount of shrinkage

I really enjoyed trying out the products.  The hair wash definitely lived up to its name - the rizos were definitely squeaky clean. I would use the conditioner consistently because I really liked the slip of it and it was significantly easier to detangle. I can also use it as a deep conditioner as mentioned on the label - Score!  I would have to try using a lesser amount of the root to tip mender so my hair won't feel weighed down.  

I recommend these products.  I have not been disappointed with Dark and Lovely products and the best part is they do not cost a fortune!

Thanks Dark and Lovely!

Hugs,

Mel

Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Anti-Breakage launch

I was invited to celebrate the launch of Dark and Lovely's New Au Naturale Anti-Breakage line at the New York hotspot No. 8.  Try to imagine a room full of gorgeous women (and some men) with beautiful, flowing, lustrous manes.  From long to short hair and loose ringlets to fabulous up-do's.  It was TOTAL sensory overload - I think I'm still suffering from whiplash, LOL!  

Also, there was a special performance by Marsha Ambrosius and the delicious food was provided by Chef Roblé.  

Check it out! 

Photos by:  Pete Monsanto

 

Model Wakeema Hollis

The BEAUTIFUL Dark and Lovely ladies

 Chef Roblé

Natural Hair Vlogger Taren Guy

Marsha Ambrosius

Natural Hair Vlogger Jouelzy 

Host, DJ, & culture critic Amanda Seales

Mr. Pete Monsanto

This was the awesome giveaway! (keep scrolling down) 

Xoxo,

Mel

Stay tuned for the review on the hair products...

New York Fashion Week - Chantell Walters show

I am able to check something off my bucket list!  

I have always wanted to attend a fashion show and I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Chantell Walters' Fall/Winter collection during New York Fashion week.  Being backstage and seeing the preparation of the looks was absolutely exhilarating!  Not to mention, the collection was spectacular.  The models had their hair done with Dark and Lovely Au Naturale products.  

Check it out!

XO,

Mel

Recording artist Brianna Colette

Writer and fashion expert Michaela Angela Davis

Celebrity hairdresser Johnny Wright

Social Manager (Dark and Lovely) Karen Lopez

Designer Chantell Walters - LOVE her hair color!

Photos by:  Maleknaz

Chrisette Michele talks music and natural hair

Dark and Lovely invited me to stop by their booth at the 1st annual Bennett Career Institute  & C. Allan Systems First Annual Celebrity Beauty Weekend with guest artist Chrisette Michele and it went a little something like this...

No shrinkage makes us HAPPY!

The End

Special Thanks to: AriJazmin (video and photos) 

Check out Dark and Lovely on Facebook and Instagram

Abrazos,

Mel

Featured: Refinery 29!

Ok so I'm going to cut to the chase and say that I was SUPER elated when I received an email requesting to be featured on Refinery 29- one of my absolute favorite sites.  I experienced a lot of different emotions that day because to think the night before I was surfing the site searching for a new handbag and the perfect party look for an upcoming event and now I'm one of the editor's picks! 

A huge Thank You to editor Holly E. Thomas and photographer Kate Warren for capturing such ahhhmazing moments. It was a blast working with the both of you. Check out the full interview HERE

But WAIT!!!  Here are some outtakes....

Hugs,

Mel

Wash Yo Rizos Day! - Dark & Lovely Product Review

I was given the opportunity to try out the new Dark and Lovely Au Naturale anti-shrinkage Beyond Gentle & Sulfate Free Wash and Dark and Lovely Au Naturale anti-shrinkage Sheen Sealing Nectar.  I was excited to try these new products out because I have used the Hydrating Soak Shampoo and I LOVE it.   Below is 7 days dirty pelo.  Check out the process below...

 

BEFORE

 

WASHED WITH STYLING PRODUCT 

(excuse the red eyes - some soap got in them)

 AFTER

Process Time: 1 hour and 10 mins

Products (l to r):  Dark and Lovely Au Naturale anti-shrinkage Knot-Out Conditioner, Dark and Lovely Au Naturale anti-shrinkage Beyond Gentle & Sulfate Free Wash, Sebastian Potion 9 wearable styling treatmentEcostyler styling gel, Dark and Lovely Au Naturale anti-shrinkage Sheen Sealing Nectar

Wash: 1X with Dark and Lovely Au Naturale anti-shrinkage Beyond Gentle & Sulfate Free Wash

Condition/Detangle:  Dark and Lovely Au Naturale anti-shrinkage Knot-Out Conditioner Finger combed hair from ends to root and rinsed with cold water.

Style: Coated hair with Sebastian Potion 9 wearable styling treatment and then applied Ecostyler styling gel.

Diffused hair for 11 minutes on low heat.

Seal: Dark and Lovely Au Naturale anti-shrinkage Sheen Sealing Nectar. Sprayed 2x in hand and worked the product evenly from the ends and to the roots in the back of hair - it is driest part of my hair.

VERDICT:  2 Thumbs Up!  

I must say this is the best 1st day hair I have had in a long time!  

The significant difference I noticed in using the Beyond Gentle and Sulfate Free wash was that my hair was easier to detangle and it was not as dry as when using the Hydrating Soak Shampoo.  I also noticed more of the "anti shrinkage" benefits which was a huge plus for me.  As for the Sheen Sealing Nectar Spray, I really enjoyed it!  It smells absolutely amazing but I would not use it as a spray because a little goes a long way - which is why I sprayed it in my hands to apply.  

Thanks Dark and Lovely!

Hugs,

Mel

DC Family Weekend - More like #TBT

Sometimes Skype and FaceTime are not enough when you miss little sister and nieces - so I convinced her to come visit! We couldn't have planned it better.  The weather was absolutely beautiful so we headed out and enjoyed every bit of it.....

Meet Zoë

Meet Sanai

We had a picnic by the Jefferson Memorial

 Zoë was up to something..

 Uncle Sheldon came and Zoë started a handstand contest! 

Sanai was showing her skills...

 

 and Uncle Sheldon got a "A" for effort! 

Xoxo,

Mel

P.S. For those who inquired about my nieces hair care regimen, here it is:

Sanai

Wash: Dark and Lovely Au Naturale anti shrinkage shampoo

Condition:  Dark and Lovely Au Naturale anti shrinkage conditioner

Style: Dark and Lovely Curl Defining Creme Glaze

Zoë

Wash: Dark and Lovely Au Naturale anti shrinkage shampoo

Condition:  Dark and Lovely Au Naturale anti shrinkage conditioner

Style: Shea Moisture Curl Organic coconut & hibiscus curl enhancing smoothie

 

**Hair was air dried

 

Wash Yo Rizos Day!

The weather has been very humid here in VA so I have had to embrace my shrinkage.  While prepping to wash my hair, I noticed that I am experiencing major breakage in the front AND the back of my hair - Shhhhucks!  So I decided to do some damage control and steam my hair.  Picture not included but I used my Huetiful steamer.  Below is 10 day dirty pelo (hair).

BEFORE

SHRINKAGE SIDE SHOT

STEAM PREP

AFTER STEAMING

AFTER

PRODUCTS USED

Process Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes 

Wash: 2X with Dark and Lovely Au Naturale anti-shrinkage Hydrating Soak Shampoo

Condition/Detangle:  Dark and Lovely Au Naturale anti-shrinkage Knot-Out Conditioner.  Finger combed hair from ends to root and rinsed with cold water.

Steam/Deep condition: (for 20 minutes) Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp & Tamanu (with Bamboo, Manoi & Garlic Extract) Grow & Strengthen Treatment Masque and a quarter size amount of Cococare 100% Argan oil from ends to roots.  Rinsed with cold water.

Style: Coated hair with Sebastian Potion 9 wearable styling treatment and applied Ecostyler styling gel.

Diffused hair for 11 minutes on low heat.

My hair felt super soft and well conditioned but I'm a little worried about the amount of hair I shed and the noticeable hair breakage....Time to start preventing and experimenting!

Hugs,

Mel

Wash Yo Rizos Day!

If you have ran across or follow me on Instagram (@rock_yo_rizos), I used to post my routine there but I figured posting it here is sooooo much easier on the eyes Hahaha! 

Any who, today is the dreaded day of washing my hair.  I know you curly haired folks know exactly what I am talking about.  Urrrrrrrrgh!  Below is 8 days dirty hair.  Gross I know... but check it out!

BEFORE

WASHED WITH STYLING PRODUCT

AFTER

PRODUCTS USED

Process Time: 40 minutes 

Wash: 1 X with Dark and Lovely Au Naturale anti-shrinkage Hydrating Soak Shampoo

Condition/Detangle:  Dark and Lovely Au Naturale anti-shrinkage Knot-Out Conditioner.  Finger combed hair from ends to root and rinsed with cold water.

Style: Coated hair with Sebastian Potion 9 wearable styling treatment and applied Ecostyler styling gel.

Diffused hair for 15 minutes on low heat.

I swear by the Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Line!  Not only does it smell absolutely amazing (it contains mango oil and bamboo milk- Yum!!) but I don't experience much shrinkage after my wash which is a huge plus for me and the conditioner is extremely hydrating.  I totally recommend trying it!

Hugs,

Mel