My Experience at Le Fleur Salon: Dying My Hair Honey Brown with NO DAMAGE! (So Satisfying!!!)

Follow me on my first visit at Le Fleur Salon as I get my hair dyed from dark brown to honey brown with NO DAMAGE! I do not own the music in this video.

Meet the Next Breakout Artist to Watch Out for in 2019!

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Meet Jan Dready, the next breakout artist to look out for this year! Last week I got the chance to sit down with him for a one-on-one interview. In May he dropped his summer hit “Blue Face.” With the buzz from his single… he is getting attention from Hot 97 where he earned 9th place out of 100 contestants in the “Who’s Next” competition. He is also one of the top competitors in this year’s Coast to Coast lineup.  Here is what he had say!

1. What got you into music?

My uncle Roger. He was very musically gifted. He would always dance and sing around the house. He was like an older brother to me.

2. Which artists would you like to collaborate with?

Post Malone, Chris Brown, Kid Cudi, Kanye, Sabrina Claudio… there’s too many to name!

3. If you can have your fans remember one thing about you, what would it be?

How great of an actual human being I was!

4. If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Always stick to what you want and don’t let the opinions of others alter your true destiny. 

5. What instruments do you play?

My vocals and I’m currently learning guitar.

6. Which artists inspire you the most?

Kid Cudi, Kanye, and Nipsey Hussle

7. What artists have you learned from and what did they teach you?

I learned a lot from Nipsey Hussle. Mostly on how to be self-sufficient and have follow through.

8. Who are your favorite artists/what are your favorite albums?

Nipsey Hussle’s “Crenshaw” and Kid Cudi’s “Man on the Moon”

9. What advice do you have for new/upcoming artists?

Be as different as possible.

10. What do you enjoy the most about being an artist/songwriter?

The reaction of my fans and how my music affects them.

11. What next is coming in the upcoming months?

Just keeping my head down and focusing on the elevation of my brand. Also more music is on the way!

12. How did you learn to sing/write/play instruments? 

When I was really young I started going to Southend Boys & Girls Club where a lady named Demmarie noticed my talent. She formulated a group around me where I would always be front and center. We performed all over, even out of state. I learned how to sing and write on my own from that experience. And now I am teaching myself how to play the guitar.

13. What is one thing you would like to change about the music industry?

How fickle it is.

14. What is the story behind your name?

My first name is Jan (pronounced John), it stems from the French language where I have family ties. Dready comes from the style of my hair.

15. Describe your sound.

Universal!  

 

Jan Dready’s fans are all rooting to see him win the Coast to Coast tour! We cannot wait to hear his new music! Be on the lookout! His music is available on all social media platforms:

Apple Music: Jan Dready

Spotify: Jan Dready

Soundcloud: Jan Dready

YouTube: Jan Dready

Instagram: JanDready

Twitter: JanDready

 

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My Hair Journey and How I Grew Out My Hair (w/ Pics)

Like most people my hair has experienced a lot of damage over the years. Luckily I have discovered a few regimens that have helped my hair stimulate growth, retain length, and have a few tips of my own!
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My On-the-Go Look

img_4201We all have those days where we don’t have that much time to get ready. For me that’s nearly everyday. I always find myself crammed with classes, studying, and work. Luckily I’ve found products that make getting ready on-the-go simple.

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Moisturizer

I use elf’s tinted moisturizer almost everyday along with Ponds face cream or coconut oil. I love it because it’s great at covering scars and irritation. It also gives your skin a flawless finish!

Mascara

I use the Super Sizer mascara first. I like it because the brush is thin and elongates each individual lash. Then I use Falsies flared mascara. It makes my lashes really thick and also makes them look longer. The last mascara I use is Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara. It is my favorite out of all three. It makes my lashes look extremely long and gives them 1,944% more volume!

These products are perfect for trying to achieve a simple and natural look. You can purchase the elf tinted moisturizer at Target, Walmart, or elfcosmetics.com. The Covergirl and Maybelline mascaras can be sold at any drug store. Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara can be bought at Sephora or toofaced.com.

DIY Deep-Conditioning Hair Mask

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Every winter I suffer from dry, frizzy hair. I have bought deep conditioning treatments in the past which for the most part have worked well but I’ve noticed my hair doesn’t stay moisturized for more than a day. Last night after being frustrated with the dryness of my hair I decided to make my own deep-conditioning hair mask. I only used 3 simple ingredients that you can easily find in your kitchen. From watching multiple DIY hair mask YouTube videos I found that these products were the most popular and beneficial for dry hair such as mine (I have 3C curls). Today I woke up with soft, shiny, moisturized hair. After going on campus, facing the wind and cold it is still poppin!

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 tablespoon of mayonnaise

The first ingredient I used was organic virgin coconut oil. You can get this product from any grocery store. I got mine from Trader Joe’s. I love that they use 100% all natural ingredients. If you chose to buy a cold-pressed jar be sure to melt the coconut oil either over the stove or in the microwave (for about 30 seconds) before mixing with the other ingredients. Coconut oil is rich in nutrients and vitamins and great for preventing breakage and maintaining shine. It smells great and is also great for your skin! Many make up artists use it on models in fashion shows.

The second ingredient I used was olive oil. I began to use olive oil way back in middle school to keep my hair moisturized and protect it from heat. Olive oil also prevents hair loss and provides moisture to your scalp which stimulates growth and shine. My favorite thing about using it is that it leaves my hair soft and isn’t too heavy on my hair.

The last ingredient I used was mayo. I’ve done mayo hair mask in the past but wasn’t too fond of it because I couldn’t tolerate the smell. But I learned with adding coconut oil and olive oil the smell isn’t nearly as bad. Mayo is rich in omega 3 and restores your hair’s PH balance which is perfect for me because I have color and heat damage.

Once you have all your ingredients mixed, apply it to your hair in small sections. You want to be sure you moisturize each strand from root to tip. Leave the treatment in for as long as you desire. I recommend leaving it in for at least an hour. I left mine in over night (leaving my hair in two french twists) to be sure my hair absorbed as much moisture as possible. You may want to wear a shower cap while having it in. This mask is great to use as a monthly deep-conditioning treatment. I am hoping that it stimulates my hair growth being that my hair tends to grow at a slow pace. I am also taking multivitamin and biotin tablets daily. I have heard of other treatments (e.g., Hairfinity) but I am super skeptical of products that are not 100% natural. I have heard mixed reviews about the popular ones and do not recommend them at all! I hope this mask has helped you get a better idea of how to achieve natural, beautiful, healthy hair!

Favorite Pinterest Finds of the Week

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I am in love with the gold accessories in this outfit.

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This is one of my favorite outfits. It casual, chic, and edgy all in one. I love the striped pattern and fit of the crop top and high-waisted capris.

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This is a perfect example of my casual style. Basic top, joggers & sneakers. Not to mention the big hair.

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One of my favorite trench coats that I’ve found so far! I love the soft pink color. Looks really good with the light denim and tan used to complete the outfit.

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The styling of the dress is perfect. I would personally wear this.
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Perfect summer fit. Inspired to buy a high-low shirt dress and knee high gladiators.

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I love everything from the all black to the hair style. Rihanna slays every time. Very grunge/chic.

Daily Natural Hair Regimen

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Ever since I began college I began to wear my hair natural a lot more. Although it’s healthier for my hair and I’ve began to like the style more, my daily hair regime tends to be a little more time consuming and pricy. After trying out endless different products I found that these products work best for my hair and if you have thick, curly, coarse, moisture-seeking hair like mine these products should work great for you too!

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I begin my process by hopping in the shower, rinsing out all product and residue from the previous day. Also, since I am biracial and have very complex hair I found it easiest to style my hair while it is wet. After fully rinsing out all product and combing out my hair with my fingers (using an actually comb ruins my curls) I use one of the two conditions that you see above. I enjoy using the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioning Treatment because it is very cheap and gives my hair the moisture it needs. I’ve tried other department store conditioner like Tresemme, L’oreal, and Pantene but I’ve found that Aussie does the best job at providing and maintaining moisture. It also smells amazing! I typically buy it from either Target or Walmart where you can buy the 8 oz. bottle for $2.97 – $2.99+tax. I usually chose to use it one days that I plan to wear my hair slicked back or up. On days that I plan to where my hair down I use the DevaCurl One Condition Ultra Creamy Daily Conditioner. It doesn’t smell that great but it does an amazing job at defining my curls! Not too many stores sell it but you can buy it online from DevaCurl.com or eBay where I bought mine for just $12.13 plus shipping for a 12 oz. bottle. I only use the As I Am Coconut Cowash Cleaning Conditioner about once a week when my hair is due for a wash. When having thick, coarse hair it is not good to wash your hair more than one a week because it will dry out your hair and make it brittle. I bought my 16 oz. cowash for $8.99+tax at Sally’s. Since I have A LOT of hair I tend to go through each bottle as fast as two weeks to a month. That is always why I like alternating between them.

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Once I make sure all of my hair is conditioned and fully rinsed out I then begin to style it. This process can take me anywhere between 10-20 minutes depending on how well my hair behaves. I DO NOT dry my hair or wrap it with a towel. While my hair is still fairly damp I add the Granier Frustis Sleek & Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream. I bought my 10.2 oz. bottle from Walmart for just 2.96+tax. I love this product because it is also very cheap and helps tame my frizz really well! It also smells amazing so much so that people think I’m wearing perfume. Once I spread out the conditioning cream throughout my hair evenly, I apply the Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner. This is my favorite product out of all of them. It gives my hair shine, and keeps my curls in tact without leaving my hair hard or sticky! I’ve realized that when I don’t use it my curls don’t stay as well. The only thing that I don’t like about it is that it costs $19.99+tax. You can also buy this product online but I personally by mine from Target. On days that I feel my scalp is dry I apply a little bit of coconut oil down the middle of my scalp. There are coconut oil products sold in the beauty aisle at majority of stores but I’ve found a cheap $5.99 16 oz. jar at Trader Joe’s that does the job just as good. I also use the coconut oil when I straighten my hair along with a heat protecting spray because it keeps my hair sleek and moisturized. I initially bought the Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Creme from Sally’s (for $8.29+tax) to use as a leave-in conditioner but I found it to be really thick and sticky so I mainly use it to slick my hair back and for edge control when my hair is down. This product out of all the ones I use smells the best! Sooooooo good that you will just want to smell it all day! My actual edge control, ORS Olive Oil Edge Control Hair Gel also smells really good and works great at keeping my edges laid. The only thing about it though is if you don’t rub it in well or use too much it will turn white. So every time I use it I go over the applied area with a bristle brush. I bought mine from Walmart for just $3.24+tax. And my last product, Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Volume Hairspray is what I only use on very humid days. I don’t typically like to put hairspray in my hair for the simple fact that it makes my hair hard and sticky but it is very useful on hot, humid days when I just can’t tame my frizz. I also bought this product from Walmart for just $3.97+tax for a 14 oz can.

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The finished result! Sleek, shiny, moisturized, and tamed. And not to mention that you can smell my hair from a mile away! I hope my daily regime was useful to a lot of you. Feel free to ask me an further questions.