Transformation Tuesday with the Loft Hair Studio

In Beauty, Lifestyle

I am actually really excited to share this post with y’all because I feel like it’s coming of self-post. For the past three years or so, I’ve been wearing my hair in wigs, weaves, crochets, braids, YOU NAME IT! While 50% of the reason why I always wore those styles were for convenience, the other 50% was a mix of the following:

  • I didn’t think my 4b textured hair was good enough. My parents (even to this day) look at my natural hair, and they always say “You would look so good with a perm. At the age of 9, I got my first relaxer, so there’s that.
  • I didn’t know how to take care of it. Again, I have the thickest thin hair that I know. In fact, most days I legit want to cut it off and wear a wig. I didn’t have proper knowledge of the do’s and don’ts of my hair. I would simply see my hair stylist and kinda go with the flow. There was no real care for my hair underneath.

While I do not plan on giving up wigs, weaves, crochets, braided up do’s, you know the whole 9, I never really have my natural hair a chance. That’s where The Loft Hair Studio comes in. Before I tell you about the life-changing experience that I had at the Loft Hair Studio, let me give you a little background:

The Loft Hair Studio is professionally owned and managed by Sharita Payton. While the Loft Studio is equipped to do all types of styles and hair types, Sharita truly believes in the magic of your own crown. In an interview conducted by Curly Nikki, Sharita states, “The most important reason I would say I shifted my business is helping more women of color to embrace their natural textures. I feel the biggest reason we don’t is the fear of the unknown. Most of us are not sure what our natural texture is or what to do with it. I get people who sit in my chair and say they don’t even know what their natural hair looks like because their parents started relaxing their hair at 10, 11, 12 years of age. Many can only go based off of childhood pictures which is very telling of where we come from.

So when Sharita contacted me about visiting The Loft Hair Studio, I was intrigued…but not all the way sold. First off, when I usually see naturals in commercials, they have super loose and “manageable” tresses. When I look at my hair, I see short, thick, and harsh hair. I kept thinking to myself, how is this gonna turn out? What Hail Mary miracle is going to come out of this. But read on….

When she first saw my hair, I was a little embarrassed. But as Sharita started to assess my hair, she said, “ALL YOU NEED IS SOME MOISTURE AND SOME TLC.” I laughed a little bit when she said that because my hair has been through all types of damage. From prolonged weave wear with no maintenance to color and heat damage…you name it. But after all was said and done, I was IMPRESSED! I never thought in a million years that my hair could curl, look as full as it did, and it even went back to its original color.

So here’s my play by play at the Loft Hair Studio!


(super dry, kinda crusty)


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Y’all see how moist my hair is? Amazing! I honestly gave up on my curls because I didn’t think I had any!

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Sharita, the Curl Whisperer!

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She made it sound so easy! Seriously, I was so happy!

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A huge thank you to Sharita for tending to my curls and showing me that I don’t have to go through a whole big chop. If I just work with what I have now with the proper care, anything is possible!

Want to learn more about The Loft Hair Studio? Hear to their IG where you can find real-timeupdates —>

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Til next time,




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Olay Winter Skin Challenge

In Beauty, Fitness & Health, Lifestyle

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.

Let’s face it; the winter has the worst side effects on our skin. In the winter, our skin is subject to extreme temperature changes, especially when going into the cold snow then entering warm space. I tend to suffer from dry itchy skin, especially on my arms and face. Graphic, I know, but the solution is ten times better! Today I’m teaming up with Olay to partake in the #WinterSkinChallenge! This challenge is all about keeping your skin healthy, hydrated and fresh during this harsh winter months. So what’s the first layer of protection to keep my skin hydrated? Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus!

Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus

Olay’s Moisture Ribbons Plus is the latest addition to my skincare routine and it should be yours too! Unlike most of the skin care products that I’ve been using, Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus has dual ribbon technology made up of both cleansers and moisturizers. At first glance, it looks like lotion. But as you start to lather up, you can feel and smell the fantastic cleansers working on your pores.

Growing up, I was accustomed to using soaps that not only dried out my skin, but they were also comparable to the same cleaning agents in dishwashing soap. Who would’ve known that my everyday routine was contributing to winter dry skin? Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus was formulated by Olay Skin Experts for a rich moisturizing experience with every wash so that you can reveal the natural the beauty of your skin.

Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus

My favorite scents right now are Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus Shea + Manuka Honey and Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus Shea + Lavender Oil Body Wash!

The Manuka Honey body wash deep conditioning formula is infused with shea butter, and the decadent scent of Manuka honey makes for a relaxing shower. If you’re a fan of lavender, Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus Shea Butter + Lavender Oil Body Wash is a next level feeling. Infused with shea butter and the essential oil fragrance of soothing lavender, you will feel like you just left a spa. I’m such a therapeutic scent person, so these are like heaven to me.

So are you going to join me for Olay’s #WinterSkinChallenge? Check out Manuka Honey and Lavender Oil body washes and I know you’ll become a believer just like me.

Stay moisturized,


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Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Natural Deodorant Helped Me with Dermatitis

In Beauty, Fitness & Health

Thank you Tom’s of Maine for sponsoring this post.

As women, our bodies are always changing. Earlier this year, I had major hormone shifts that caused my body to react negatively to my everyday hygiene products. Soaps that I’ve been using for decades instantly caused my skin to break out in hives. Even body moisturizer caused my skin to dry out. But nothing was worse than developing dermatitis from using aluminum-based antiperspirant deodorants. In short, Dermatitis is when your skin becomes irritated by certain allergens. In my case, my aluminum-based antiperspirant deodorants caused a rash like condition under my arms. This would cause my arms to scratch and burn throughout the day. Actually, it got so bad that water would start to hurt. Enter: Tom’s of Maine’s Long Lasting Deodorant – a natural deodorant option with no aluminum or petrochemicals.

Deodorant is the most crucial part of a work woman’s day. I begin my day at 5 am by heading to the gym, then head to my 9-5, and then finish off with grad classes or blog work until 11 pm. With all the hustle and bustle of the day, your deodorant should be the number one reason why you feel and smell fresh. When my dermatologist recommended Tom’s of Maine Deodorant to me, I was skeptical. But when my doctor mentioned Tom’s of Maine uses natural fragrances, as opposed to synthetic,  I questioned whether it would last throughout the day. Nonetheless, I was desperate, and I knew I couldn’t keep using the antiperspirant I had home. After two days of usage, the redness and swelling under my arms started to go down. Ever since then, it’s been a match made in heaven. because I’ve had such a great experience with Tom’s of Maine after my dermatologist recommended it, I was delighted to partner with Tom’s of Maine to learn more about their Long Lasting Natural Deodorant. 


So why make the switch? The naturally derived ingredients in Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Natural Deodorant not only keep you feeling fresh throughout the day, but you can avoid artificial preservatives and other unwanted ingredients from being continually massaged into your pores.  It’s unfortunate that we are exposed to all types of pollution in the air and our food, so why put them on your body?

And as someone who considers herself an athlete, I constantly have a fear of my deodorant not being strong enough. Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Natural Deodorant is a long lasting deodorant that works just as hard as you do. Interested in learning more about my new favorite deodorant on the block? Head to Tom’s of Maine to see if it’s a fit for you! Always consult your doctor when making a change to your hygienic routine.

Til next time,


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.



Dove Intensive Repair for Natural Hair

In Beauty

The summer has a way of damaging my hair like no other. Moreover, since I have a 4b natural hair type, trying to revive my after heat damage and chlorine damage from all the pool parties felt near impossible…until now. So far I have been to three tropical locations, and every time I came back to the United States, my hair would feel unmanageable and brittle. While I have hair products that aid in placating my damaged ends, it was hard finding something that would bring my hair back to life. Moreover, naturalistas, we know the summer struggle is real!

While searching for products that specialize in natural hair care, I stumbled upon  Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner. Now, I know that my fellow naturalistas may think I am kidding, but it works! In the past, I have spent over 30.00 dollars in trying to find products that repair my damaged and ends and brittle hair. However, Dove’s Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner does the trick, and it is very affordable. I am usually against using products that have sulfates, but this duo has an ingredient that helps with softening damaged hair: Nutri-Keratin Repair Actives. Keratin is an essential protein that combats frizzy, dry ends. It is every natural girl’s best friend! Kudos to Dove for adding an important ingredient that helps support our tresses!

Since I have purchased the product, I have used it about three times, and the Intensive Repair Conditioner is a perfect co-wash. I live for products that are multi-functional. With today being the second day of a heat wave, I feel at ease about jumping into the pool. Since Dove Intensive Repair works to repair hair and stop 90% of hair damage before it happens, I am ready to enjoy the rest of my summer and my luscious locs!

What are your thoughts? Ready to try Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner? Let me know what your results are!

Until next time,

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Book Review: The Bomb Life by Claire Sulmers

In Beauty, Body Positive, Fashion, Inspiration, Interviews


It was the first week out of school, and I was anxious to delve into something that has NOTHING to do with Urban Policy. Enter: The Bomb Life.

Two weeks ago, I attended Claire Sulmers’ “Conversations with Claire.” And while the conversations were fruitful and the drinks were flowing, I wanted to learn more about the Fashion Bomb brand and how Claire rose to be the force that she is today. At the time, I wasn’t curious about being a boss, bombshell, and beauty–but after reading her book, I realized that I have potential to be someone/something more. Also, since I was featured on Fashion Bomb Daily in the past,  so you already know my interests were piqued before attending the event. Before we get into the book, just wanted to give a little bio on the Fashion Bomb Daily:

Created in August 2006 by journalist Claire Sulmers, Fashion Bomb Daily provides daily doses of chic to savvy stylistas. Recognizing there were few print and online sources for multicultural fashion, Claire took her interests in style and writing to create the number one online destination for global chic seekers with a penchant for all things fabulous. Readers log on to The Fashion Bomb for its fresh takes on fashion news and stories, along with its boutique spotlights, exclusive editorials, magazine scans, fashion show reviews, trends, wardrobe advice, celebrity looks for less, and tips on how to break into the industry from the best in the business.With 2.4 million monthly visitors, The Fashion Bomb made Ebony Magazine’s 2011 Power 100 List, while Claire was named Black Blogger of the Month by Black Enterprise, and was dubbed Blogger of the Moment by Teen Vogue. Well respected in the industry, The Fashion Bomb has been referenced in New York Magazine, featured in Glamour, and quoted in Time. Claire is a regular contributor to and

BOSS right? Now, I know that this life isn’t for everyone. In fact, I am starting to realize that this life may not be for me, either. But, if there’s anything that I learned from The Bomb Life, it’s the power of hard work, sacrifice, gut instinct, and playing the part! In this stunning memoir and self-help book, she tells what she had to do to get to the top, and offers aspiring bloggers and digital influencers tips on how to monetize their sites, build an audience, and ultimately live the Bomb Life.

-Sets the scene-

When I first picked up the book, I was commuting to-day 1 of my Fair Housing Training in Washington, DC. Eager to finally read something that didn’t come from a course catalog, I immediately started to flip the titles of The Bomb Life. I saw that the book wasn’t lengthy so I committed myself to two chapters a day. The first chapter immediately hooked me in. Claire’s life reminded me of mine. Not only is she Haitian, but her parents worked hard to send her to private schools. Claire’s humble beginnings show that she was brilliant and stayed true to who she was–much like myself. She had her fair share of bullies, over-wore her “most popular” item in her closet and had to deal with parents who were “anti your creative dream”. I know this all too well because my mom loved her some bargains and still doesn’t know why I blog. Suffice to say, they usually come around.

As I continued to read, she started to find out who she really wanted to be. She went to Harvard and killed it; she persisted in finding opportunities to advance herself in the field of journalism, and then she took the leap of faith that I still have yet to carry out: the move to NY. From there, she landed a gig as an intern for a well-known publication, but still faced the issues of working in an “it’s who you know/who knows you” industry. But the endearing part of it all is, that never stopped her. She kept working hard!

Picture Creds: Comme Coco

From gatecrashing high-end fashion shows to walking around the streets of Paris to find the most stylish people for, Claire was on a mission! I found her passion for fashion, her reasonable application of life’s lessons, and even her lust for creating her own lane inspiring. Even when reading about her love story gone wrong, it made her seem more REAL. Once you’ve read about her drug dealing ex-boyfriend, you might instantly start seeing similarities lol …not that I dated a drug dealer…I’ll shut up now.

All while Claire launched her blog Fashion Bomb Daily, she was still working her way to the top. She multi-tasked, wrote blog posts until wee hours of the night/morning, faced the backlash from other bloggers, took rejection from MANY people in the industry, put herself out in the mainstream, and to this day, SHE’S STILL ROCKING IT! Knowing me, I probably would have stopped.

Pic Creds: Fashion Bomb Daily

Because this is a relatively short book (or maybe it’s short for me because I am used to reading 1500 pages a week for school), I kept the synopsis short and sweet! I really urge you to buy the book and read it on your own. Why? Well here are five reasons why reading The Bomb Life is GOALS! 


Any book that includes even a bit of prayer/trust in God GETS ME! Even though I am trying to figure out who I am today, I am grateful for the lessons that God teaches me along the route. I know that everyone doesn’t ascribe to a specific faith, but I honestly don’t know where I would be without HIM.

Letters to Younger Self

At the end of the book, Claire writes letters to her younger self. Those letters are POWERFUL! No, they aren’t written in prolific conundrums or use crazy rhetorical devices, but instead, her letters give clear examples of how to learn to love yourself better, learn to wait for love (my biggest challenge) learn to trust the process and learning that the world is yours for the taking.

Blogging/Digital Influencer Advice

To be honest y’all, I’ve been sitting on the fence with this whole blogging thing. Social media is double-edged sword. On the one hand, you can make your coins, connect with others around the globe, and even gain valuable knowledge or today’s news. But on the contrary, you can feel really shitty about yourself. You subject yourself to developing low self-esteem, the feeling of having to keep up the Joneses, and I’ve been in positions where social media has affected my relationships. Scary right? But Claire provides a positive spin on social media. From tips on a establishing your domain to ways to marketing yourself better, Claire drops two chapters of gems SPECIFICALLY to social media + brand building.  But, if you read the book from cover to cover, you will see the book is just oozing with gems on how to build your brand OVERALL.

Personal Appearance Advice

Every time I see Claire, she looks AMAZING! One time I saw her on the plane at 5 am and she looked like she just came back from a hot date! Admittedly, I looked like a hobo, so I didn’t even try to say hi. However, in her novel, she speaks on how she consulted with image consultants and brand experts to refine her look. She gives advice on how to play up your features and to always be “ON” because you never know who’s watching. Who knows, if Claire looked the way I was looking that day I saw her at the ATL airport, I probably wouldn’t have noticed her. So what am I doing now? BUDGETING–budgeting my wardrobe, hair, makeup, and nails. For a while, I was trying to dress sexier so that my love interest would lust over me like all the girls he fawns over. But in the midst of that, I failed lol. I tried to be sexy with a hint of who I am at the core. So imagine Blair Waldorf meets a BBW entertainer? YEA! To that end, in the next few weeks, I’m going to take you on an interactive journey with my image consultant.

Staying True to You

In Claire’s book, she gave so many examples where she could’ve been petty, foul, and even threw a wad of cash in people’s faces. But, that’s not who she is. From sleuthing interns to over zealous bloggers, Claire maintained her composure, didn’t have sleep with anyone to get where she is, and kept it pushing! It’s hard to maintain who you are once you enter an industry. I’ve watched bloggers and models who were so down to earth become some of the most unpleasant people to be around. In fact, one of them is —oops, Claire advises against talking bad about others…nothing but bad karma ensues.— Don’t let the fame and fortune get to you.

I give this book an A+! 

For content, readability, real life application, and complete honesty! If you haven’t already bought her book, head to the website to check it out!

Until next time,