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Styles by Miss Nic dot com has officially launched.

Hey Blog lovers!! I know it’s been forever, but I have been working on a few things.  www.stylesbymissnic.com has officially launched. I have been working on this website which seems like an eternity. It’s the beginning of something great. Check it out and tell me what you think!!!

Peace and Blessings
*~Miss Nic~*

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Holiday Giveaway Winner

After reading all of the wonderful comments that you guys left. I was thrilled to know that everyone has a heart to sacrifice something for the holidays. After using random.org for the selection process. I want to say congrats to MYESHA for winning the Design Essentials Holiday Compact Accessory Bag. Please send me an email with your mailing address to elegant.edge10@gmail.com so that you can receive your prize. You have 24 hours to contact me or another winner will be chosen.

Thanks to all that entered the giveaway and I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!!! Merry Christmas!!

Peace and Blessings!!!

>Why I cut my Hair

>Hello Blog Lovers! I just wanted to share with you guys in my own words why I started to cut my hair. I know I’ve stated that I used to have long hair and that I cut it off by choice. The reason why I’m even bothering to share this is because I got a smart comment on one of my Youtube Videos. I’m learning that you are open game for jerk-offs on Youtube and you’re going to have to deal with their comments and that it’s just something that comes with the territory. The comment was “I just love the statement I used to have long hair before but I cut it off” so instead of responding in a hostile way I just responded cautiously in a whatever sort of way, but I did take some offense to it because this particular person doesn’t know anything more about me other than what I choose to share. So I felt that I should just share why I started cutting away at my hair in the first place.

I’ve always been a “free spirit” I’ve never been the type to really conform to a lot of rules. I will follow the rules for the sake of following them but I will break them and bend them…I mean honestly that’s what they’re there for..to break and bend a little right..so I was always complaining about how much I wanted to cut my hair because I didn’t like it long and it was long. We (my sister and I) were never allowed to cut our hair growing up. We could only get it trim and because my mother was a cosmetologist she was the one taking care of our hair. I haven’t strayed away from my hair regimen at all expect for the products that I used. For years to this day it was shampoo once a week followed by an instant conditioner, deep condition every two weeks, and relaxer re-touch every four to six weeks. I’ve had a relaxer since first grade so it’s been like this since the first grade. Our hair immediately took off and it was growing and growing and a lot of people were amazed at that time how long our hair actually was. I think it was because during that time (mid-late 90’s) a lot of people were shocked to see little black girls with long hair that was actually relaxed.  Now I could say that our hair grew due to proper maintenance and that was and is true however like I’ve said before in my preivious blog post Top 10 Foods for Healthy Hair we were pretty much on those foods heavy and we were skinny  because of it (lol) but I believe that contributed along with genetics.

My father has what everyone calls “Good Hair” he can just spritz his hair with water and will curl up. He keeps a low hair cut but that’s all it takes. His bothers and sisters have “Good Hair”. My dad had no problem or issue getting that natural wave pattern that all the guys want but never achieve so they use the texturizer and wear the wave caps to death. His bothers were the same way, the wave came natural. My aunts (his sisters) also have a soft texture of hair and they have always worn  it long too. My Grandmother believe it or not is half Indian. I know that’s so cliche’ but it’s true. My Granddad of course was 100% African American and he did have a “good grade” of hair as well so with all of this mixed into the gene pool it’s kind of a given that my sister and I would have no problem growing our hair. Now my mother’s hair is a different story, a whole different texture and grade, which luckily played a minor role in our hair texture (my sister and I). So with that being said genetics along with our diet played a role in our hair growth.

The reason why I started to cut away at it was because I wanted to have hair that was bouncy because with hair one length you’re not going to get bouncy hair or hair that your wear feathered and to me, hair that was mid length with layers was more appealing to me. The fact that my parents didn’t want me to cut my hair was all the more reason for me to cut it anyways. It was freeing like you know what I’m going to do this because I want to do this. My freshman year of high school my hair was so aggravating to me, it was getting caught in my book bag strap, the back of my chair, and all kinds of pestering things so I was fed up, plus I didn’t want to wear my hair in a ponytail ( I hated wearing my natural hair in a pony tail, I guess because the pony tail to me is a sign of not wanting to do anything to your hair, so I would come up with all these intricate twist up hair styles and my hair would be all twisted every kind of way just to avoid the pony tail). So my Sophomore year in high school I asked my mother to put some layers in it and she put a few in there, it wasn’t no where near what I wanted but it wasn’t all one length anymore so I was happy. That point forward I continued to take a little bit at a time off. November 2009 was the shortest my hair had ever been and I loved it! It was cute and sassy for me so I didn’t mind.

I’m also the type of person where if something happens in my life that is “devastating” or a “disappointment” and causes me to make a change emotionally or spiritually, a physical change will occur on the outside (i.e. my hair). It’s almost like becoming a different person literally (hopefully you’re understanding me). The most drastic thing that I’ve done to my hair was put blond highlights in it and I did that on a sparatic moment, after I was done I was like OMG what in the world did I just do because I knew that my hair could go off the deep end once I did it, and my mother was pissed!!! She got so mad she just gave me a hard long look like if I could beat your tail I would.

Overall whether my hair gets back to it’s first original length or not it’s okay with me, because my hair doesn’t define who I am. I could cut my hair off today and not be upset or worried because I’m still the same person and I don’t mind being one way today with my hair and another way with my hair tomorrow.  Long hair all the way down your back is pretty and it’s appealing to many but long hair doesn’t make you sexier or more attractive than the next person. Some people may feel that they don’t want to grow their hair because of the change that will take place and they are initially scare of change and I’m not one of those people so I love my hair the length that it is and it’s growing and I don’t really think I will cut it again but it’s not ruled out as an option. It’s all about self love and loving yourself and who cares what others think of you…it’s not your business anyways.

I don’t have any digital pics of my hair my freshman year of high school, I only have pics of my hair after I started to cut it and when it started to grow back. If you want to see pic check out my Youtube Channel for the video where I show my hair back in the day.

 Thanks for Reading! Tell a Friend! Leave Comments! ~♥ Miss Nic ♥~


>Dsquared Spring RTW 2010 Fashion Show

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Okay I just had to share this for my fashion lovers. I was browsing Style.com and I was looking at the Spring/Summer 2010 fashion shows and I just had to check up on my favs.  I love a lot of designers but I absolutely  love Dsquared the twin designers on Bravo’s Launch my Line. I’ve followed their work for some time now and they are a true inspiration. Their fashion shows are everything but boring and they hold your attention with their fashion shows, music, and the very hawte designs. Not to mention that the models are rocking the side braid! Just looking at the show just makes me want to go camping!!! Here are some of my favorite looks as well as the show itself!
 
 
 
 
 
I ♥’z it! Check it out!

>Hair Extensions: Excellent Quality Human Hair for Budgets (My TOP 5)

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Happy New Year!! This is my first blog for the New Year of 2010 and I must say that I am very excited about this year. I’ve been contemplating and trying to come up with topics to discuss and cover for this year as well as a new look for the blog itself. I was visiting a friend last night and we started talking about hair extensions and what kind to buy and which one’s were good quality. Last Summer June 2009 I discussed Outre Hair Extensions. It was my second time purchasing their brand of hair and I loved it! I think the main thing that you want to consider when purchasing hair extensions would be (1) The Style (2) How long you wish to keep the style (3) The application (how you plan on adding the hair to your hair..sew-in or bonded) (4) Your Budget and how much you would like to spend.
When I go shopping for hair extensions, if I decide to try something new I always pull the hair out the bag (in some places they don’t want you to do that but I do anyways because it’s my head, my money, and it’s all good) just a little so I can feel the texture and how it feels when I run my fingers through the hair. I even go as far as to smell the hair…I do this because if it smells like Barbie doll hair it’s not even going to work, despite the fact it says that it’s human. “Barbie Hair” will tangle and matte up even if the packaging says that it won’t and after you wash it, it’s a wrap. The last thing that you would want is to end up with hair that is hard and feels totally different from your hair texture. I would highly recommend that you do this…even if you have to do it front of the store clerk before you buy it. If you don’t shop alone have your shopping buddy to place the hair up against your hair to see how it will blend. Keep in mind that you want to purchase hair that is closest to your hair texture and color. The lighting in the store is different from the lighting outside. Another thing that you may want to consider is that when you go to purchase the hair…purchase one for length and one just for finishing…This will save you money. Say for instance you want to have 14″ hair on the bottom for length you can purchase a 12″ or even a 10″ hair to finish it off. There will be a major difference in price.
I have tried several different types of hair extensions and I really couldn’t remember them all to make a TOP 10 list but when I go back to the hair store I will write down the brands that I have tried in the past. However, I was able to make a TOP 5 list and I also have a add on (which will make it 6 but you get my drift).
  1.   Outre: http://www.outre.com/
    • They have all kinds of hair ranging from Human Yaki Hair, Human Premium Hair (Finer texture than Yaki hair), Indian Hair (Velvet Remi).
    • They offer various lengths ranging from 8″ to 18″ 
    • They come in various styles from straight to different curly textures
    • They also have various colors to match you natural Hair Color as well as Neon Colors that are great for those who love to live on the edge and for even creating EMO hair styles
    • I have tried the Outre Duby wrap and the Human Premium Hair (“Quick Weaves 101” and “It’s Out if it’s not Outre”). ♥’z it!!!
    • It’s easy to maintain, it doesn’t shed, and it doesn’t tangle
    • This hair is little more expensive that the one’s that I will discuss. I believe I paid $80.00 for two packs of 14″ hair. The Duby wrap is probably the cheapest.
    • They have a new line called the Supernatural Premium Human Hair that mimic’s Michelle Obama’s Hair Style ♥♥♥♥ I will be trying this next! It comes with a starting piece and a finishing piece.
        Check out the Tutorial Below at the Bottom of the Page :Outre First Lady Tutorial

  2. Milky Way
    • Milky Way has over the years expanded the types of hair that they offer. They carry the Yaki Human Hair all the way to the Remy Hair (SAGA Remy Hair). You name it they Got it!
    • I would also say that they are neck in neck with Outre on my list because they offer the same types of hair styles (straight, beveled, curly and even course yaki types)
    • They have a version of the Duby Wrap called the Milky Way Ole’  (Quick Weaves 101)
    • They are cheaper in price as well. I have paid as little as $9.99 on a pack of hair depending on the location.
    • They have various colors including the Neon Colors as well.
    • It’s easy to maintain,it doesn’t shed, and it doesn’t tangle.
  3. Sensationnel-Premium Now Human Hair
    • They offer various lengths 8″ to 18″ 
    • Various styles straight and curly textures including Remi Hair (Goddess Remi)
    • Various Colors
    • They have a version of the Duby Wrap style as well called the Bump (Quick Weaves 101)
    • Easy to maintain, doesn’t shed, or tangle.
    • Price Range in the hair store varies depending on the length and color. I would say that it’s cheaper than Outre but a more than Milky way.
  4. Enstyle
    • I have used this type of Hair on maybe one or two different occasions and I like it. When it comes to this hair to me you have to pick the right texture they have different types of human hair textures. I love the Micro Perm Yaki over the European Yaki it just seems coarser in texture and I don’t really like to blend it in with my hair if I’m going to use bonding glue
    • This hair is a little cheaper than the Sensationnel Human Hair
    • Various Styles and lengths 8″ to 18″
    • Easy to maintain, doesn’t shed, and it doesn’t tangle
  5. Urban Beauty
    • I’ve used this hair by default simply because I was going through my mother’s hair collection at her salon and I just used a small piece for my bangs.
    • Soft in texture and it blends very good
    • It’s easy to maintain ,doesn’t shed or tangle
  6. Satin Yaki
    • This hair is convenient and affordable. 
    • It is not 100% human hair but it is an human hair blend
    • It comes in lengths from 8″ to 14″ 
    • You can curly and style it as you would any other type of human hair and it keeps the style just as long
    • I wouldn’t recommend this type of hair for a sew in.
    • Great for wefted styles and quick weaves.
 I just wanted to let you guys know that you find all of this and more at: http://store.goldenmartbeautysupply.com/index.html and even http://www.hairsisters.com

    >Oh My Thinning Hair

    >Hello my blog lovers. I wanted to touch on the subject of thinning hair. It’s an issue for most of us and it’s a concern for us all. Sometimes it’s a medical condition, hereditary issues, or over doing your daily hair regimen. Sometimes you will notice that one side of your hair is thinner on one side than the other and as I’ve stated before in a previous blog the side that’s appears to be the thinnest is usually the side that you sleep on. There are other factors that cause thinning hair and there are ways that you can stop it dead in it’s tracks before it gets way out of hand.

    Over-Processed Chemical Treatments. For those of us that are addicted to the Creamy Crack (The Relaxer). It’s crucial that you don’t over process the hair. Leaving the relaxer for long periods of time will thin the hair out. Some relaxers don’t take long to process. If you are quick applying your relaxer (I usually apply and comb through within 10 to 15 minutes) application and comb through at least one time (I comb through for good measure) the hair is more than likely going to be straight enough and won’t need to be left on any longer. Make sure you follow all directions for your relaxer and make sure that you use the correct strength for your relaxer. I discussed this in the blog,  To Relax or Not to Relax that is the Question. If your hair is already damaged and breaking you should not apply a relaxer.
    Styling your hair too tight. Too much pulling on the hair causes tension (hair loss) which is not good for the hair. When it comes to styles such as braids and weaves we tend to think the tighter the better but the tighter it is the more tension you will have as an end result. If you’re going to wear braided hair styles alternate and switch up styles in between to give your hair a break.

    Incorrectly timing your color treatments. You have to treat any form of chemical processing the same. Just as relaxers you have an appropriate time for application and re-application. If you are applying color or re-applying color to the roots of the hair only. You want to make sure that you apply the color two weeks after a relaxer application or do it two weeks before a relaxer application. It’s also important that when you are retouching hair color that you just retouch the roots only unless you had improper color application the first time around. Even with that you need to be careful
    Abusing your styling tools. When it comes to your styling tools you want to make sure that you are using the proper tools and that you are using them correctly. When it comes to heat styling your hair, first and foremost always use a heat protectant, make sure that you use the correct heat setting for your texture of hair as well as the condition of the hair. Do not use a high heat setting on thin hair or brittle hair. U should try to roller set your hair to alleviate the amount of heat styling that you do on a daily basis. The same thing applies to brushing your hair. Make sure that you use a paddle brush with rubber tips so you won’t damage the cuticle of your hair while brushing. If you just have to have a bristle brush for your edges find a soft bristle brush. Make sure that you use the right styling product on your hair as well. Use the right product for your hair type. Avoid products that contain alcohol because this will cause the hair to dry out.
    Your Lifestyle. You are what you eat! What goes in will come out! When it comes to your hair you want to make sure that you eat a well balanced diet and stay freshly hydrated. Maintain a stress free life because stress will cause a lot of health issues as well as your hair to fall out. Medications will also affect you hair in a negative way. Try hair vitamins and healthy regimens to keep you hair up. If you take care of yourself your hair will take care of itself with the proper attention from you and your stylist.
    Do’s and Don’ts for thinning hair
    • When styling your hair choose a style that will try to disguise your thinning hair. Avoid hair styles that will agitate the thinning area
    • Choose volumizing shampoos and conditioners to add a boost to thinning hair and choose product that contain panthenol
    • Do not choose wigs and weaves as a permanent solution for hair styling. If you decide to wear them on a temporary basis take care of the hair that is underneath.
    •  Do not put tension on the hair with ponytails and braids. This will cause stress and breakage to the hair.

    >Must Have Styling Tools

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    When it comes to styling hair or styling your own hair you must make sure the you have the necessary tools ready and available and trust me you can’t go wrong with these tools.

    Rat tail Comb
    • You can use a rat tail comb to tease the hair. Starting by creating a base and at the roots of the hair in  quick succinct movements draw the comb upward which will create volume and lift.
    • A rat tail comb is good creating sleek parts and sectioning the hair. If you use the tip of the comb you will never have to worry about crooked parts.
    Hair Pins
    • Hair pins will allow you to create quick and easy sassy up-dos. Simply curl you hair and go from there by taking small sections and creating a new look that fits you.
    • When it comes to choosing a hair pin, choose the ones that are coated, this will prevent hair breakage, and it’s a lot more comforting to the scalp.
    Pencil-width curling iron
    • Small curling irons are great for short hair.
    • If you want tight spiral curls choose a small curling iron, this will create a bouncy tight curl as well body.
    Hair Pick
    • This is the tool of choice for those who rock the afro. Use the comb from the root to the tip to create volume all over. 
    • You can also use a pick to created full bodied curls.
    >>>>>Hot Rollers <<<< 
    Tool of the Week
    • Hot rollers will create soft bouncy curls that won’t go lymp. Be sure to top the hair off with a lightweight hairspray after removing the rollers
    • Wrap the rollers from the tip to the crown to create an even curl pattern all over. If you just want body on the ends curl on the bottom sections and then pin the roller into place.
    Large Flat Iron
    • Great for long hair to smooth the maximum amount of hair.
    • You can use this flat iron to sculpt soft waves.
    • Spritz the hair with a heat protectant spray to help prevent heat damage.
    Small Flat Iron
    • Choose this size if your hair is on the shorter side. The smaller the iron the closer to the roots you can get.
    • You can use this small flat Iron to create flips in the hair.
    Wide-Tooth Comb
    • Great for detangleing the hair when the hair is wet. Since the teeth of the comb are wider they are less likely to snag the hair and break it. To detangle the hair simply section the hair starting at the back of the head and in small sections start that the ends working upward towards the roots.
    • This comb can actually break up individual curls and imbues uniform volume throughout.
    Blow Dryer with a Diffuser
    • Don’t forge the heat protectant. This forms a barrier so you hair is protected from the heat
    • Using a diffuser on the hair will allow to have well-developed ringlets. Simply start at the roots and direct the air in a circular motion
    • For extreme volume try drying you hair upside down, the the roots fall away from the scalp.