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5 Summer Travel Hacks

Summer Travel season has officially began and many of us can’t wait to pack our bags and go someplace. Traveling is fun but all the steps before you reach your destination can make traveling stressful. Here are 5 Summer Travel Hacks to make life easier.

1. Membership clubs. Many airlines and hotels have a points based membership for their customers. Most of those programs are free and can help you earn things such as travel miles, discounts on tickets or discounts/deals at participating restaurants, hotels and more.

2. There’s an app for that. Seriously. Get the app corresponding to your flight provider, hotel and airport. That way you can do things such as check-in, get a digital boarding pass, access to maps of the terminal you are in and get up to date information on flight and room status.

3. Pack smart. Today’s current luggage fees are expensive. Packing just a carry-on for a short trip is economical, but then you have next to no space for your entire closet. Use all your space wisely by doing things such as tucking clothing into shoes and bringing outfits that can mix n match. Your also allowed a personal bag, you can carry an over-sized purse or tote and shove more clothes and accessories in there if needed.

4. Be Early. Speaking of packing smart, it may seem crazy but it’s good practice to aim be fully packed a week before your trip. This way you will know if everything fits,  and what additional items you may need to add.
Arrive at least two hours early to the airplane terminal, those TSA lines are predicted to be even worse this travel season, you won’t have to do a gladiator run to catch your flight.

5. Be healthy. Travel on a full nights rest if possible. Pop a vitamin c, bring hand sanitizer and stay hydrated. You will be breathing in recycled air and around a ton of people, it’s a good way to avoid picking up their germs.

What travel hacks will you use for your next trip?

3 Natural Hairstyles Perfect for Wedding Season

Spring and Summertime is the peak of wedding season. For Memorial Day weekend, I had the pleasure of being part of a wedding with my college friend to an old coworker. I had no time to style my natural hair the way I wanted because I was busy, so I ended up doing a wash and go.  :-/ If I did had time, here are three styles I would consider that are perfect for wedding season.

3 Natural Hairstyles Perfect for Wedding Season

Style on Textured Hair

Check out my quick and easy faux-bun with front pompadour tutorial below. This is the style I originally planned on wearing, but I forgot to bring the Marley hair for my faux bun. :'(

Style on Twist Out

If you have a kinkier texture, here’s a style from Vashti from VeePeeJay on 4C Hair.

Style on Curlformers

This hairstyle worn by Naptural85 works well for those with longer hair

Here are some other styles I’ve worn in weddings past.

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Where do you find hairstyle inspiration for wedding season or special occasions?

How To Maintain Straight Natural Hair

This is not a sponsored post, but does contain some affiliate links.

I don’t straighten my hair often, but when I do I keep it straight for almost a month. I know I’m getting a major side eye, but it’s true. The fact that getting my hair done is so expensive, I want to get my money’s worth. Even though I don’t follow my regular regimen, having straight natural hair doesn’t mean I neglect my hair fully. Here’s how I keep my hair straight for more than a week.

how to maintain straight natural hair

Wrapping

I really hated wrapping my hair when relaxed, but it definitely helps keep straight hair “maintained” at night. I never perfected it, but you can add pins to keep your hair in place.

Condition Daily

To keep my hair moisturized, I use a leave-in spray or mix a leave-in conditioner and water in a spray bottle. My top leave-in conditioners to use when I have straight hair are:

Scalp Massages

I usually wait a few days, but I massage my scalp with a light oil in the morning or evening. Scalp massages stimulate the hair follicles promoting growth. Using a light oil like coconut or jojoba oil for massaging are good because they contain properties that reduce bacteria in the scalp.

Rod Setting

If I’m tired of the straight look, I opt to using perm and flexi rods to curl my hair. I am hope to perfect flexi rods because I’m horrible at them, but here’s a perm rod method I used the last time I straightened my hair.

Because of rain, humidity and having a kinkier hair type, there never is a guarantee with natural hair staying straight. If you’ve tried these methods with straight natural hair, let me know if it has or hasn’t worked for you.

Billion Dollar Brows

Billion Dollar Brows: Universal Brow Pencil – Review

Billion Dollar Brows is a brand that gives you great quality products that can style your brows without spending a fortune, the universal brow pencil does just that. Here’s what Billion Dollar Brows states about their Universal Brow Pencil: Formulated to work beautifully with most skin tones and hair colors, this amazing eyebrow pencil goes on smooth and natural. Plus, the Universal Brow Pencil is automatic—it never needs sharpening and it comes complete with a spoolie brush on the opposite end for effortless blending and a perfect finish.

The Universal Brow Pencil has a smooth formula that applies well and blends in easily. The spoolie on the pencil is one of the best I’ve used on a brow pencil. You can apply the pencil lightly if you have lighter hair or apply it darker to match your brow color or to make it a more dramatic look. The packing is sleek and the pencil which doesn’t need sharpening rolls out easily. Overall I really like the universal brow pencil, I like that it quickly defined my brows ending in a fantastic defined look. Peep the pics below for my before and after.

 

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Get your Billion Dollar Brows – Universal Brow Pencil today. Available in-store at Kohl’s and online here: http://kohls.com/beauty

 

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Women in Business ft. Self-Care Enthusiast Tara Jefferson

Type 4 Naturals highlights women entrepreneurs who own their own company and have a story to share. Today we introduce you to self-care enthusiast Tara Jefferson. She has a passion for helping women to put themselves first. Founder and Chief Curator of The Bloom Beautifully Box, Tara shows us that we can’t be our best selves if we don’t care or treat ourselves with a priority with encouragement and clarity.

Women in Business Self-Care Enthusiast Tara Jefferson

Tell us about your business.

The Bloom Beautifully Box is a bimonthly self-care subscription box for busy women. Each box contains 4-5 of #LifesLittleLuxuries that tend to your mind, body and spirit. We’ve carried everything from art journals to bath bombs to specialty teas! Every box is like a deep exhale.

Please tell us what being a business owner means to you and why you became an entrepreneur?

I became an entrepreneur because I just didn’t fit in at the traditional office setting. I wanted to be able to come and go as I pleased and have more flexibility in my life for my two children. I adore having the freedom to craft my own future. It’s scary at times, but I’m learning to ride the wave instead of fighting against it.

Women in Business Self-Care Enthusiast Tara Jefferson

What or who has been your greatest influence in business and why?

My peers inspire me so much. Myleik Teele of CurlBox is a big inspiration, as she was one of the first black women I saw having successful in this market. My friend Charreah Jackson, an editor at Essence magazine, is always on the go, inspiring women through her travels around the globe. I adore her.

What would you say is your greatest professional accomplishment to date?

Launching a national self-care retreat in 2015 (with my second taking place this year)! It was the scariest thing I’ve ever done. What if no one bought a ticket? What if they got there and it was a dud? Luckily both of those fears went unrealized and we had a magnificent time. Demand is high with the second one.

What one thing have you learned as a small business owner that has served you well over the years?

It’s taken me years to learn that I have to take the long view. Overnight success simply isn’t a thing. It takes time to hone your talents, perfect your marketing and churn out must-have products. Put the work in and your effort will not betray you.

Women in Business Self-Care Enthusiast Tara Jefferson

Do you have any new projects coming up? If so, please tell us about it.

Right now just about all my focus is on this subscription box. My goal is to make each one better than the last and that the women who receive it feel like each shipment is Christmas!

What is a goal you plan to accomplish over the next year?

I hope to continue to grow this business and perhaps expand the line into maternity boxes, new mom boxes, a “BFF” box, etc. The sky is the limit, which excites me so much!

What do you do for fun/relaxation?

I like to travel and bring along a good book. I also love to bake but I have to give away the finished product or otherwise I’ll eat the whole thing!

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

That a self-care subscription box is the perfect present to self 😉 Interested readers can use code TYPE4NATURALS for 15% off for their first box and shipping is always free!

Women in Business Self-Care Enthusiast Tara Jefferson

How well do you take care of yourself? Take Tara’s quick self-care quiz to know if you are indeed treating yourself like a queen.

Enjoyed reading about Tara and her self-care subscription box? Find out more about her by following her business on the blog, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Twist Out Using Uncle Funky’s Daughter

I was sent complimentary Uncle Funky’s Daughter products in exchange for my honest opinion.

I think a twist out was the first natural hairstyle I attempted back when I transitioned. Five years later, it is definitely my second go-to style after a wash and go. I had some leftover Uncle Funky’s Daughter products from Mini and Me, so I decided to do a twist out style for wash day.

Uncle Funky's Daughter Products

I started out with freshly washed hair and used the Rich and Funky Moisturizing Cleanser. This shampoo is sulfate free, but gives a light lather. It contains ingredients like kelp, willow bark and water and left a slight, refreshing tingle in my hair when done.

After doing an oil rinse with coconut oil, I mixed the Supercurl Miracle Moisture Creme and Extra Butter Brilliant Shine Creme together in a bowl to style my hair. These products combined helped with detangling, controlling frizz, slightly reduce shrinkage, add shine and moisturize.

This is the end result:

Uncle Funky's Daughter Twist out results
I did a slightly different method to the regular two strand twist and left a hanging Bantu knot on the ends so I can have a slight curl when taken out.

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You can see my full process in the video below.

I’ve also used the Curly Magic Curl Stimulator on another occasion for a wash and go. At the time, I didn’t own a blow dryer so I couldn’t diffuse my hair, but I did receive a lot of compliments at Mini and Me from attendees.

Uncle Funky's Daughter Wash and Go
Photo Credit: C. Carre Photography

Overall, I really liked the Uncle Funky’s Daughter products for my hair. Main ingredients in most of the products I used are shea butter, coconut oil, water, aloe, and vitamin E. I haven’t had and of the gels or curling solutions cause my hair to flake and the styles left my hair moisturized at least 2-3 days later. Uncle Funky’s Daughter products now available at Target or you can use the store locator on their official site to find a store near you.

Uncle Funky's Daughter at Target

Have you used Uncle Funky’s Daughter products before?