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Best Travel Hair Dryer For Curly Hair

Are you a curly haired girl traveling for the holidays? Are you ripping out your curls trying to figure out how to pack your hair products and tools? I totally get it. I have two trips coming up for Thanksgiving and Christmas. A flight to Indiana and New Hampshire. Each one is an extended stay and will require a wash day. That means I’m going to need a travel hair dryer and diffuser. In the past I’ve traded in space and weight to bring my trusted BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Portofino full size dryer. However, it weighs almost 2 pounds and makes packing awkward. I also worry about it breaking during transportation. With a $100+ price tag, I’m done with taking that risk! We like to travel. Whether it’s a road trip around the states or internationally. My goal was to find a mini hair dryer and diffuser that would give…

How To Deep Condition Curly Hair With A Heat Cap

Are you struggling with dry, frizzy curls or lifeless, weighed down waves? I have experienced both in my curly girl journey. This past week, I discovered that I have low porosity hair. In short, this means that moisture does not easily penetrate the hair strand. Heat is your friend in this situation. It aids in the moisturizing affects of your curly hair products. Specifically, deep conditioners. This week, I decided to try using a microwavable heat cap to deep condition my hair. FYI: This post may include affiliate links, but all thoughts are my own! The Tifara Beauty Heat Cap The Tifara Beauty heat cap has over 1,000 customer reviews with a 4 out of 5 star rating! The instructions are simple and easy. Wash and rinse hair. Ring water out of hair. Comb through deep conditioner. Heat deep conditioning cap for 90 seconds in microwave. Wear for 10 minutes. Rinse…

2018 Fall Foliage Map: Blue Ridge Mountains of NC

Leaf peeping isn’t just for out-of-state tourists! Last weekend, we enjoyed a two night getaway in the mountains of Asheville. It is one of the best places to travel in October. Our whole goal was to watch and photograph the sunrise over the Blue Ridge Mountains. We had heard, via the fall color forecast, that peak foliage could be found at 3,000-4,000 feet elevation in the southern Pisgah National Forest. These fall colors would be most brilliant from October 18th to October 28th in the Brevard area. The town of Brevard is about 45 minutes southwest of Asheville. To help you out, I have made a simple fall foliage route that will provide amazing views of the mountains and cozy, tucked away waterfalls. It’s an easy loop that will take you about 4 hours with the stops and activities I suggest below. Half the foliage portion of the road trip…

5 Must-Visit Gluten Free Restaurants in Asheville, NC

We just returned from a romantic weekend in Asheville, North Carolina. This was our second stay in downtown and we were surprised at how easy it was to find new gluten free places to eat. We sampled a variety of foods from Western Mediterranean to Mexican to American Burgers. Here are 5 Must-Visit Gluten Free Restaurants in Asheville, NC. I’ve included photos that will make you want to hop in your car and take an impromptu drive to the mountains. 1. Posana Asheville We walked into  Posana Restaurant having spent 8 hours in the car. This included our travel from Charlotte to watch the sunrise over the Pisgah National Forest and a leaf peeping adventure through the Blue Mountain Parkway. Thankfully, Posana serves their brunch menu until 3:00 PM. If you are Celiac or gluten sensitive, this contemporary American restaurant has a 100% dedicated gluten free kitchen. My husband couldn’t…

My Top 5 Pumpkin Recipes for Fall 2018

We are officially two weeks into the 2018 fall season. Everyone in our neighborhood is decorating their homes with pumpkins, mums, lanterns and string lights. The days are getting shorter, the leaves are just starting to change color and we are hoping to experience cooler weather in a few days. Everything about fall makes me want to bake! Here are my top 5 pumpkin recipes I am enjoying this season: 1. Gluten Free Pumpkin Scones These gluten free pumpkin scones are the perfect addition to breakfast with a cup of tea or coffee. They are moist, yet flaky. The combination of maple, cinnamon and pumpkin are a sweet, yet not overpowering blend. 2. Paleo Pumpkin Nut Bars If you are looking for a crowd pleasing dessert or even an afternoon snack, these paleo pumpkin nut bars are the perfect choice. Combine a crunchy cinnamon almond topping and a fudge-like pumpkin…

My Latest Curly Hair Wash Day Routine

Are you struggling to make it through seven days before washing your curly hair? For a healthy scalp, it’s important to have at least one wash day a week. This latest routine is the first combination of curly girl method products that has given me beautiful, soft curls all week long with minimal refreshing. If you want to skip all the details to see my results, just scroll to the bottom! (Full Disclosure: Some of the product links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission. This helps keep my blog running!) 1. Co-Wash I have found co-washing to work best for my 2c/3a curly hair. If you’ve never heard of the term before, it means to wash with a conditioner. When getting my hair ready to co-wash, I do the following: Turn the…

Hurricane Florence Travel: Evansville, IN

It’s been one week since Hurricane Florence touched ground on the coast of North Carolina. Thankfully, we live inland near Charlotte. Normally, this would have comforted me. However, the weather channels were all saying that the storm could be quite devastating for the western part of the state. We decided to prepare the house for the worst and hop in the car for a road trip to Evansville, Indiana. My husband’s family lives in Indiana and the hurricane gave us a chance to visit and see more of the area where they live. Below are a few of our trip highlights including where to eat gluten free, find the best coffee, shop and exercise . Gluten free options Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano Unfortunately, Evansville does not have many restaurant options for the gluten free, dairy free customer. We enjoyed a double date night at Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano. I had the gluten…

Only Curls London Hydrating Curl Creme and Enhancing Curl Gel

A few days ago I posted about my Only Curls London delivery. I fell in love with how feminine the entire package was. I was a couple days away from my wash day so I impatiently waited it out. Thankfully, my wash day just happened to fall on Labor Day Weekend! I had plenty of time to try out the products. Here’s a little info about the company…Only Curls is located in, you guessed it, London! Their goal is to provide curly hair products that have natural, nourishing ingredients to hydrate your hair. Every product is curly girl friendly, contains no sulfates, parabens, mineral oil or paraffin. wash day The first action I take when testing a styling product is to smell it.  If I don’t like the scent, it doesn’t touch my hair. Upon opening the Only Curls London creme and gel, I was met with a sweet aroma.…

Only Curls London Delivery Day

A bright pink package showed up on my doorstep today. I knew immediately it was my special delivery from Only Curls. Any package postmarked “Royal Mail” gets me excited! I put together this informative blog post to show you what you can expect when you open your order from Only Curls hair products. (Note: This is not a sponsored post. I follow #curlygirlmethod on Instagram. There were so many reviews of Only Curls from curly haired women that I just HAD to try these products!) Unfortunately, I did not have the chance to photograph the original hot pink wrapped package. We had purchased the products using my husband’s credit card. His name was on the package and he opened it. However, I managed to jump in and save the rest. ha ha! The packaging is clean, feminine and thoughtful. I love how every detail matches the branding of Only Curls.…