Don’t Worry About Dry Mouth Or Dry Hair This Valentines Day

Don’t Worry About Dry Mouth Or Dry Hair This Valentines Day

Romantic natural and protective hairstyles to keep your hair moisturized and protected in the cold.

While the dawn of a seemingly never-ending winter is still upon us, it’s hard to maintain your hair and keep it looking good all winter long. With a whopping four holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, and Valentine’s Day) that all take place in dropping temperatures you might feel as though, that by the time Valentine’s Day approaches you’ve used all your creative, cute hairstyles on the other three holidays.

Trying to figure out a way to spunk up your Valentine’s Day style for bae, your girls, or just for a reason to get dolled up all while making sure your hair's moisture and health levels don’t struggle in the process? Well look no further, because I’ve got you covered.

1. The double French braid

This incredibly cute style can be created with some attachment or braiding hair and is sure to keep your hair protected while you took your best. With the attachment hair extending past the length of your hair, your ends are protected from the cold dry air while you still look hot. This low maintenance hairstyle can also be rocked with your natural hair, just make sure to moisturize beforehand and keep your ends as hydrated as possible.

2. Box braids

This 90s inspired hairstyle has been making its comeback in the recent years and Naturalistas are all LOVING IT! This protected style goes great with any outfit and gives you a sexy throwback edge like no other. Keeping all your strands protected by intertwining them with attachment, this style gives your hair a chance to grow, and gives you an effortlessly beautiful hairstyle that lasts from the moment you get out of bed to the end of the day (and at least five weeks over!) Just lay your baby hairs, and you’re ready to go sus!

3. Faux locs

In an age of black women and men redefining beauty standards and taking back control of their hair, there’s no way this list couldn’t include Faux Locks also known as fake dreads (or real dreads for that matter). This locked style has been taking black Hollywood by storm, seen work on women of color like Zendaya and Megan Good, the sexiness these locs bring to every look is unmatched. Giving the wearer versatility, and low maintenance for weeks while the style stays fresh and keeps you edgy.

4. Crochet

Crochet!! The hidden gem of the black hair community, crochet is the ultimate protective and versatile style for any natural who loves changing up her hair and keeping people on their toes. Crochet styles range from Marley Twists, to Faux Locs, to Jumpo and Tight curls that will have people guessing if this is your real mane or hair or not, the possibilities are endless and incredibly interchangeable!

You could have a red Curly Bob this week and in two to three weeks have long black Marley Twists all in a matter of hours because the braided base of your hair doesn’t have to be redone until your hair needs a wash. Giving you the ability to change your Valentine’s Day style into anything you please while keeping it fresh as often as possible.

5. Scarves and turbans

This naturalistas go to, lazy-but-cute, life’s-a-mess-but-I-look-put-together-look, is perfect for anyone who wants a sophisticated or funky look, but just doesn’t have the time or means to get their hair done this season. Bae surprises you with an unexpected date? Covered. You completely forgot about your plans, and your girls will be picking you up in 10 minutes? Covered. You literally make a last-minute decision to go out on the town? This style has got you covered! Literally!

All you need is any scarf, leggings (Yes Really!), or scrap piece of material you can find and you have all you need to go from mess to #QUEEN. This style can be customized by spicing things up and tying a different style scarf than you’re used to or just using a funkier kind of fabric to achieve your #SophisticatedLook

Now ladies, just make sure you don’t forget to moisturize before you try any of these styles, and make sure to keep your silk scarf, bonnet, or pillowcase handy and you’re ready to slay the game this Valentine’s Day and the rest of this grueling winter with your #BlackGirlMagic.

Cover Image Credit: @blackgirlhairstyless

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11 Things You Know To Be True If You Have A Big Booty

Yes, I know you like big butts and you cannot lie.

Having a big butt has its ups and its downs. For example, I love being confident in my body and looking great in the clothes I wear, but finding clothes that actually fit is a problem. With everyone trying to look like a Kardashian, big butts are all the rage, but it's not always all that it's cracked up to be!

1. All bathing suit bottoms are cheeky.

I have to get a pair of bottoms two sizes bigger than I have to get a top. Even when I do that, the bottoms still look cheeky. Imagine what actual cheeky bottoms look like. *blushing emoji*

2. Shorts? Also cheeky.

I love a cute pair of short shorts, but no matter the size, they're just going to ride up. I'll be spending most of the time worrying about pulling my shorts down. Why can't I look cute and be comfortable????

3. Trying to squeeze through a tight area is nearly impossible.

Stomachs can be sucked in when it comes to squeezing through. You can't suck in your butt when your trying to get through. Most of the time, it's like a bull in a china shop that takes out everything and everyone in its path.

4. Shopping for jeans is a nightmare.

People complain that my jeans look painted on, but if I got them any bigger, they'd hang off of my waist. If they fit in the butt, they don't fit in the waist. And the fit in the thighs are a whole different story. You can't have it all.

5. When you finally do get that perfect pair of jeans, this happens.

All I have to say is, UGH!!!


Debatably the biggest con to having a big butt. I have to pick out a wedgie at least twelve times a day. The day I can find a pair of underwear or an outfit that doesn't get lost in my cheeks will be the day I can die happily.

7. People automatically assume you can dance.

Some girls with big butts know how to move them. I am not one of those girls. My butt size and my ability to dance are totally unrelated. I may look like I know how to move, but my lack of coordination and rhythm will tell you a different story.

8. Your butt is always used as a pillow.

I've come to terms with the fact that my butt doubles as a comfy lying place for people's heads. I'm glad that I can be of service.

9. Bodycon dresses are a blessing and a curse.

You definitely have the Kardashian look going on in a bodycon dress, which is a major plus. That is, until you try to bend over or lift your arms at all. Then, you give everyone in the room an all access pass to Flashville. Sorry to all the people who have seen parts of me they might not have wanted to when I've dropped my phone.

10. You know every word to songs about big butts.

From "Baby Got Back" to "Fat Bottomed Girls" to "Bootylicious," lyrics about big butts are so relatable. You can catch me rapping/singing every word when one of these songs come on.

11. How you feel knowing big butts are finally the trend...

My whole life, I wanted to be the skinny girl with the perfect body because that's what everyone thought was beautiful. I spent years hating my body, specifically my butt, because I wasn't shaped like the girls in the magazines. Finally, society accepts girls with bodies like mine and I couldn't be happier! But, what I've learned over the years is that all shapes and sizes are beautiful as long as I'm happy with myself.

It's a blessing and a curse (but mostly, a blessing). IF YOU GOT IT, FLAUNT IT!

Cover Image Credit: Jessica Edwards

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My Hair Journey After Box Bleaching My Hair

Although it may seem cheap and easy, the reality of box bleaching your hair is disastrous. Professionals, this article is dedicated to you.


In 2017, I made the disastrous decision to box bleach my hair that I am still paying for today.

It seemed cheap, easy, and was something fun I could do at midnight. Little did I know, this would be a choice that I would still be regretting to this day. Besides the awful reality of box bleaching your hair, such as the chemicals in store hair dye already being disastrous for your hair, if you don't know what you're doing you not only run the risk of damaging your hair, having your hair fall out, but could also seriously hurting your scalp.

Follow me on my hair journey over the past two years and use this article to look back on if you're ever bored and in need for a change. Wait to go to a salon!

May 23rd, 2017.

Nichole Doty

I like to call this moment the calm before the storm. Back in 2017, I had long dark hair. I loved my hair and was very proud of how long I grew it. This is the longest my hair had ever been at this point in my life, and I absolutely loved it.

July 31st, 2017.

Nichole Doty

This was the day that everything changed. I made the terrible decision to not only box bleach my hair but to add box pink hair dye on the underneath of it. Not only did it look terrible, but it was also an irreversible decision that was made that I would have to live with for the next few years to come.

August 12th, 2017.

Kasey Bauner, (kasey_bauner via instagram), who works at Jay Marie Salon and Spa in Schereville, was able to save my hair in a beautiful way.

Nichole Doty

HALLELUJAH! My hot mess was fixed! Through hours and hundreds of dollars later spent at the salon, they were able to salvage my hair without shaving all of it off!

December 9th, 2017.

Nichole Doty

A few months later, after some length came in, that's when the roots started to appear. After the first glace at the outgrowth, I knew that I would have to keep chopping my hair until the roots fully grew out.

January 5th, 2018.

Nichole Doty

This was the first big chop I had to do since the box bleach disaster I did to my head. I knew that I didn't want to dye my hair back to its original color, so this began my repetitive cycle of hair growing out, getting a drastic chop, and growing it out again.

July 5th, 2018.

Nichole Doty

In July, my hair started to show more length since I had to originally chop it. My roots were starting to come in the dark so I had to try and wear hairstyles that would discretely cover how much my hair had grown.

August 31st, 2018.

Another big chop when school started in the fall of 2018. There's something so disappointing about having to keep growing out your hair just to chop it, but unfortunately, that's what I signed up for when I got myself into this mess.

November 29th, 2018.

At this point, my roots looked terrible. From the back of my head, the roots were growing towards the middle. I had to keep reminding myself that I couldn't see the back of my head so I could gracefully ignore how terrible it looked. Aside from this awful outgrowth I had going on, the color in my hair was starting to settle into a yellow mess.

January 31st, 2019.

Nichole Doty

As if I didn't learn my lesson from the first time, I started to experiment with different colors. I used the L'Oreal Colorista Semi-Permanent dye. I will say, though, this really is the most Semi-Permanent dye I have ever used as it would fully wash out in two weeks without any traces of color left behind.

April 25th, 2019.

I felt as though if I added different colors to my hair it would make the roots look more natural. As it did, I do NOT recommend the Kiss Tintation hair dye. This was the most patchy dye I have ever used, although I did love the blue.

May 12th, 2019.

Nichole Doty

As of just a few weeks ago, my hair was a big green mess. The dye would not leave my hair, so I started to panic that I really messed up this time. I could no longer wait at this point as I felt the frantic need to chop my hair.

May 23rd, 2019.

Nichole Doty

Here we have it! At the end of my journey thus far, I have managed to almost have all of my natural colors back! Although there are some green strands still left behind, I am mostly back to a full head of hair being the same color.

Overall, I want this article to serve as a warning to those who are like me and don't think through decisions properly. I'm the type of person when I want something I want it at that exact moment no matter what. My rash decision has led to poor self esteem and issues throughout these past two years. Am I being dramatic? Maybe. Maybe I'm like you who feels as though your hair is a big part of your identity and who you are as a person. Thank you for following my hair journey and remember: ALWAYS think through big decisions properly and wait to go to a salon to get your hair done!


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