Hair update – straight to curly :) and back to my fave product

So a lot of people have asked about my hair pressing routine. There are so many things I do to make sure that I don’t end up with damaged hair – mainly only doing 1-2 passes for each section of hair and not touching up with heat.

But I still hold my breath on wash day! Here’s how I do it ๐Ÿ™‚

This was the last day of my press. It lasted about 3 weeks. I was over it. Idk how people with straight hair deal. Hair just shedding. Combing every day. Styling daily. Just not cool.

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Here it is with the braid taken out (ignore my sticker, I had taken Beezy to the childrens expolorium earlier haha)img_9757

Bad pic but I section my hair in four sections like I do in my normal washday routine.img_9758

I take one section and totally saturate with water. First it gets smaller and straighter than it starts curling up within like 20 seconds. Then I add my fave deep conditioner and put in a bun.img_9760

I put the 4 buns in a shower cap (flipped inside out so I always have 1 clean side to protect my hair if needed haha) and wait about 5-10 mins.img_9761img_9762

Then I detangle and rinse and add my styling product. I reached for Deva Curl decadence line because honestly, I had my hair styled by devacurl stylists over a year ago and they SLAYED. So I went with it. But it’s never worked as well for me. I have to use SOOO MUCH. And it never lasts as long.img_9763

Anywho finished product the next day. I was hype to have my curls back but not hype with the results.. I NEVER AM with that product. Yet I keep stupidly using it.img_9788

I tried spraying and redefining a few times the next couple of days and it just wasn’t working right.img_9806

So here’s my story – and I’m not AT ALL knocking deva curl. But basically, I don’t know why I kept fighting with those products when I already knew what worked for me. More details on that here.

So basically, I got tired of fighting with products that didn’t work and I reached for Kinky CUrly. It was my staple for YEARS (2009 – 2015 – from growing out to taper to growing out again). I still had some left. Yal, look at the difference in how my hair looked!

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I knew from how it looked wet – it was gonna be lit. AND it took me half the time that it takes when I use deva curl. Literally took me 20-30 mins.

But dry – girl….. POPPIN.img_0017img_0002

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it’s almost time to do another wash – but I’m happy with how this one lasted. I’ll be back to kinky curly for wash and goes for the unforseeable future haha. Moral of the story? It’s ok to try what works for everyone else. But don’t stick with it if it doesn’t work for you! Do you, boo!

And for the record – no heat damage in sight ๐Ÿ™‚img_0243img_0278

Annual hair press AKA – Get you a girl that can do both ๐Ÿ˜‚

Alright guys – it’s that time of year again where I straighten my hair. My timehop app always reminds me. I actually like straightneing my hair once a year – it gives me a chance to examine my ends and lets me switch it up. I also like seeing how much growth I’ve had.

So here is where I started at. Week old braidout.

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Here’s my toolbox:

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Natural Hair Growth

I hear it all the time. “My hair isn’t growing!” “How do you get your hair to grow so fast?” “I hope I can get my hair that long one day”

Listen, in my opinion, there’s a huge problem in the natural hair community. And that issue is that we spend however much money being a product junkie buying the finest, most organic, natural ingredients. I mean standing in the product aisle READING THE BACK OF ISH (this is me too so i ain’t mad at ya).

And then we pull up at McDonalds for a McDouble and fries.

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New Year – New You ?

Listen, I hate that phrase. It’s the SAME OL YOU. But if 1/1/2018 is what it takes to get you to care about your health and wellness, I’m all for it.

So yal know I got a group going… just like every other month. But this one is a lil something special for the new year.

  1. It’s a fitness bet. We call it “FitBet” – no you do NOT need a fitBIT to participate.
  2. That means whoever loses the highest % of their body weight wins a pot of cash
  3. Last bet was Oct/Nov and the winner lots THIRTY pounds and took home $350!
  4. You get a workout plan, meal plan, 1 meal a day already perfect and ready to go, support and accountability and coaching from ME. And I want one of my clients to be the winner (AGAIN. Yes I coached the last winner).
  5. So basically… YOU WANT in on this. But there’s limited spots.

Reserve your spot now by filling out this form.

I understand the fear of committing to and starting something new. You are afraid that it wont work. You are afraid that you will quit. Again. You are afraid that this will be just like every other time. That’s cool, it’s fine to be afraid. Do it scared, because this is gonan work. It is good nutrition and exercise. If you put in the effort, you cannot fail.

Also, there’s a new program coming out that I’ll be doing for my own fitness called 80 day obsession. THIS AINT for beginners so we will start prepping on 12/20. We go all at it on 1/15. If you want in this, email me atย shoot me an emailย at tarra.yvette@gmail.com.

If you are about to spend like $240+ YET AGAIN for a year of gym membership you ain’t gonna use – come with me instead, sis.

Because I’m gonna annoy tf out of you until you do right.

-Tarra

I Quit my Job to be a WAHM

From the first second I held my son in my arms I knew I’d never love my job again.

I had a “good” situation in America. I took off 12 weeks after my c section. And then I started paying someone (someone amazing) to raise my beautiful son. I have a chemistry degree and I knew it was time to leave the lab (career ceiling without going for a PhD, chemicals all in my aura while pregnant). I loved the lab, and then I loved regulatory.

And then i held my son. I’m dramatic af. And I’m not judging moms who aren’t as crazy or weren’t depressed over going to work. It just wasn’t for me.

But I was the bread winner. I started my career in pharma in 2012 after earning a bachelors in chemistry. I’ve always had a salary and benefits and done well. Our family has benefited for sure. We have had some rough patches but all and all for a family our size at our age we have done well.

I thought I couldn’t quit and be home with LB. So I went back to work. And I cried. And I tried. And I hated everything about it.

When he was about 10 months old I decided my time at my first company was done. We relocated back to my hubbys old town and I found a new job – still in pharma. Yal, I was bomb at this job. Customer facing and I basically managed the quality end of around 14 companies products manufactured at the site. I started to gain some confidence. And I decided to extend that to working on me – so I started Beachbody.

I lost the weight I needed to lose.

I took charge of my health and became a coach. And you know what I discovered?

I’m good at a lot of things other than chemistry and pharma. I’m a good motivator. I’m encouraging. I make a way out of no way.

I’m good.

I started to think “maybe I could make this my full time?” I set a goal for end of 2018. And around August – I got scared.

I got another job offer from a local company. It was more money, more opportunities… I was on the fence for awhile but I took it.

I started right before the leadership retreat in October. And I learned something at that retreat.

Those women there who are now home with their kids while they work – they’re just like me. They’re not cut from a different cloth and they don’t have super powers. They just believed in themselves and put the work in.

So I did the same. I busted my butt. At the same time – bae had just gotten his career back on track (that’s a story for another day but lay down with dogs and get fleas). We ran the budget a zillion times.

And it worked.

So after freaking out for 4 months – i did it. I have prayed, I have cried, i have talked to countless friends about it, I have wondered if I was crazy. But I feel at peace now.

Here we are taught this idea that we should spend 13 straight years in school, then get a 4 year degree, then work for a major corporation until death. And I’ve done it and I was successful financially. But I wasn’t happy. I wanted to be home with my son. I wanted to enjoy my whole life – not just Saturday and Sunday. I am tireddddd of selling hours away from my son for $35 a pop. And i don’t have to.

Here’s a secret – you can really actually do anything you want. Just set your mind to it and GO.

Of course there will be changes. I won’t be making both incomes anymore, just 1. But I am excited to see how my business flourishes with more time to focus on growing into the person and mother I want to be. I feel like always pushing towards my “assigned goals” that society nudged me towards stunted my growth as a woman. I’m excited to explore who I am while living a life by design.

So it’s a risk and it’s new and it’s scary but I’m doing it. I couldn’t do any of this without first of all God (of course). Close second is hubby – who finally recognized how bomb Beachbody has been for me and actually is the one who suggested I finally dive in.

I also have to give a shout out to every single person who supports my dreams (this includes my 3400+ followers – Yal are the BEST and i love yal so much), my extended family (especially my sister) And of course my beautiful supportive sponsor coach Maria (and hers, Misti) and each and every wonderful woman who has given me the chance to help them along their path to a better version of them. Omg I love yal. I can’t hardly believe this.

I lived someone else’s American dream my entire life.

Now I’m going to go live mine โœŒ๐Ÿพ

TL:DR – I quit my job to be a Beachbody coach full time.

BTW – I’d love for you to join me.

if you feel anything like I felt, let’s talk about if coaching could be for you. OR something else even. What’s your dream?

Tarra.Yvette@gmail.com ๐Ÿ˜˜

I Trimmed My Ends

Alright guys – I know yal hadn’t told me – yal be tryna be nice. But my ends were THROUGH. I have known for awhile bu t last time I did my hair, I couldn’t even unravel my twists without snagging at the end of everyone. Which creates frizz. Which makes me mad af. Day 1 of a twist out I usually have beautiful coiled end. Look at these:

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Natural Hair and Working Out

So I’ve been getting TONS of questions on how I manage my hair with working out basically every morning. This post will be disappointing for yal because truth is – I don’t do much.

But now that i think of it – there are some things I do that make it easier for my hair to keep on flourishing. Here’s a real quick list. Continue reading “Natural Hair and Working Out”