*Disclaimer* I wrote the following post on January 15, 2015. There is a March 2015 update.

As of January 2, 2015 I unfollowed 97% of the hair pages that I was following on Instagram. I was trying to “Keep up with the Jones’” and try styles and products that really did not suit my hair type or preferable style but I had just had to follow them because they were “popular.” I’m officially done. On December 30, 2014 I was so hyped to get crochet braids because they were the new “It” hairstyle. I did some research, bought some hair, and went to the salon Tuesday at 9am. I showed them the hair and they said it wasn’t suitable for the style I wanted. I went back to a beauty supply store and bought the proper hair and spent 4 hours getting my hair done. Although I have a small head, I have a lot of hair. The process wasn’t as painful as box braids or senagelese twists. Everyone that came into the salon kept complimenting the hair and how the style was coming out so I was excited to see it.


So around 1:30 I was done. I looked in the mirror and I was not happy. I managed to smile, paid the money and kept it moving. I was miserable. It was way too much hair and did not look like the styles that I see on the gram. I met up with my mom and sis and did not want to take my hat off. Once I did there was a lonnnnngggg pause…then my sister said “It’s not that bad.” I said, “But it is bad though?” It was a mess. I tried to restyle it, but on headbands and I just wasn’t happy. Usually when I like a hairstyle I like it and you know it. I was not feeling confident at all. My boyfriend wasn’t a fan, my line sister said “Fix it Jesus” lol. I wasn’t upset with them because I hated it too.

Yeah...my hair did not look like this...

Yeah…my hair did not look like this…

I went to a game night on Friday January 2, 2015 and some people didn’t even recognize me. So Saturday January 3, 2015 around 12pm I cut the bulk of the hair and took out the crochet twists. I needed help because of the “closure” the stylists did at the top. It was a mess.

I went to my salon got a wash and set and now I am back to square one.

My hair is the thinnest that it has ever been. It’s not crazy thin, but I’m used to having thicker hair. The front stops around my cheeks and the back grazes the shoulders. The front of my hair is so thin and short because my ends were badly damaged and fuzzy, so they had to go. Remember a few years ago I didn’t relax my hair for about 6 months and then started to texlax for a few months, then I went back to my regular relaxers. I had 52 different textures, mainly in the front. My hair dresser did perm my ends, but did not want to over process them, so she would trim my ends often. That’s why I have two different lengths. I am going to go back to what I was doing before I was encapsulated by all of this blogging stuff: protective styles, co-washes, marley buns, texlaxing, relaxer stretches, etc. That stuff works for some people, but not for me. I’m going back to my old regimen. Wash and sets and deep conditions every week and a half or two weeks, relaxers every 8-10 weeks, trims, moisturize and seal when necessary. All of that in addition to having healthier diet and taking my vitamins.


If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. So I’m going back to my old ways.

*UPDATE  March 11, 2015*


I. AM. LOVING. MY. HAIR. Based on how my year started off, I did not expect to be saying that so soon. I stopped doing what I saw and did what was best for me. Being a blogger I would often get invites to various events and get tons of products that really weren’t for me. I would see results on other bloggers, but they were natural and it worked for them. Instead of trying to keep up with that lifestyle I went back to what I knew worked; my Dominican wash and sets and deep conditions. Spare me with the heat damage and all of that other stuff. My hair is the healthiest that it is has been in years. I am retaining length and my hair is much fuller. Most importantly, I’m happy with the results and progress.

What are your hair goals and regimens?

The lob is not new, but it has become extremely popular over the last few years. For those of you who are wondering what a lob is, it’s just a long bob. So you have the sharp cut of a bob, but with more length. I like to change my hairstyle every few months and I may get a lob. I’m not interested in cutting my own hair at this point, so I’ll probably get a weave. Here are some lob styles that I may want to try for the fall.


Look 1: Colored Lob…like Ciara, Rita Ora, and Nicole Richie, go for a style in a bold color that compliments your skin tone.

Look 2: Layered Lob…like Chanel Iman and Zoe Saldana a layered lob is great for faming the face

Look 3: Ombre Lob…I still love the ombre trend. While some people are going for blues, purples, greens, and other extreme colors, Jessica Alba’s honey tones are perfect for the fall and for the professional

Look 4: Lob with Bangs…like Kerry Washington and Naomi Campbell try bangs for a spin on this look.

I’m leaning toward the layered or ombre lob. If I decide to go through with it, I’l definitely post pictures.

What’s your favorite lob look? Would you try this hairstyle?

Hey lovelies,

I’m here with my review of the Herbal Essences Naked Collection Volumizing Kit. Below you will see my video but just a review of what the Naked Collection Volumizing Kit has:


Naked Volume Shampoo & Conditioner
– Restores hair’s natural body.
– Made with zero heavy residues, dyes, and parabens.
– Light weight shampoo provides a clean luscious bounce.
– Conditioner keeps hair detangled, nourished, and maintains full volume.

Naked Volume Dry Shampoo
– Great for days when you don’t have time to wash your hair.
– Refreshes your look for lightweight, clean hair — even on days when you don’t wash.
– The natural tapioca formula absorbs excess oil and transforms lifeless, oily hair into fresh hair.
– Delights senses with the crisp essence of citrus and mint.
– How to use: Gently spray on and work into roots, brush out as desired.

Naked Volumizing Souffle
– Weightless, volumizing styler gives you a lift for fullness that lasts.
– Delights the senses with a boost of grapefruit and mint.
– How to use: Gently work mousse through wet hair for volume.

Check out my video with my results


My Thoughts
I did not use the soufflé (mousse) because my hair has been straight for the last few weeks and I only use mousse when I am wearing curls. I used the shampoo, conditioner, and dry shampoo. The shampoo is a great for clarifying, but what is great about it is that it is not drying. The shampoo did not leave my hair hard like some clarifying shampoos. The conditioner was very moisturizing. It was easy to detangle my crazy hair since I am in the process of transitioning to texlaxed/texturized hair. My hair was very soft and my hairdresser was able to roller set my hair with ease. The dry shampoo is something that I just recently started using a few months ago. The dry shampoo removed a lot of the oil buildup and gave my hair more life and bounce. I think the volumizing kit gave me great results. My hair had lots of body and movement. It was very moisturized and I was very pleased with my results.

Recommendation: 4/5 I would recommend this kit. I would not use the shampoo each week because it is clarifying, but it works great and the conditioner is very moisturizing.


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Disclaimer: The thoughts in this post are my honest opinions. The Walmart gift card to purchase these products was provided by Herbal Essences.

Hey lovelies!

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Can you believe that 2014 will be here in three days?!?! I feel like 2013 went by so fast, especially with everything that has been going on in my life. I’ll save that stuff for another post this is all about my personal style and hair! So here are my top fashion looks from 2013. I realized that I post more of my outfits on Instagram than I do here on the blog so follow me on Instagram (@HerGoodyBag)  for more of my personal style looks!




From these collages you can tell that I like heels, bright colors, prints, and red lips. I tried to be more feminine and lady like in 2013 and I think I accomplished that. I wore a lot more dresses and skirts and I took risks with bold patterns in my shoes, skirts, and tops. I tried to “push the envelope” with how I put looks together. This may be safe for some people but I know the image I want to portray through my clothes and I accomplished that. I have never really embraced prints as much as I did this year and I want to continue to embrace prints in 2014. I think next year I will try to mix prints (wish me luck). I have feminine looks and sporty looks. I didn’t stick to a basic style or uniform, I have textures (fringe bag, leather and pony hair shoes, crochet cardigans), prints (skirts, pants, shoes, tops, and dresses), and I have lots of bold colors! I was definitely loving my style this year and I continue to see how my style evolves as I evolve.

Now for my hair….. lol

My sister made this collage for me on my birthday and posted it to Instagram. I sent her a text like wow I had this many hairstyles lol. Take a look at my 2013 Hair Chronicles


Here’s the written timeline of my Hair Chronicles

  • January-Early March– my regular doobie wrap. My hair was about shoulder length.
  • Mid March-May– I had a weave. I was hooked up by my friend from Day Care Cee (@YouCeeMe) and my 18-inch peruvian loose wave was on point. (See pictures in my favorite outfit collages)
  • May-June- I had what I called the half-n-half. I had half cornrows and half-weave. My hair was done by African Hair Braiders. (See bottom right pic in collage)
  • June-August– I went back to Keira (hair braider) and got waist-length box braids. I wanted them shorter but my hair had grown so much from the other protective styles I had to get them long.
  • August-September- I rocked a faux natural Marley bun (See 2nd collage in the printed dress) and then I did my first 2013 texlax. I will update more about this process in 2013
  • September-Now-  I did my 2nd texlax in November. During the last 4 1/2 months I have been wearing my doobie wrap, clip-in extensions, or flexi-rod curls. I alternate between the doobie and flexi-rods the most. I only did the clip-ins for a short period of time. I trimmed my ends recently, but the last time I did a length check, I was probably a 1/2 an inch from APL/BSL (Armpit Length and Bra Strap Length). It depends on what you are using to measure.

Well this is my review of my fashion and hair for 2013. Stay tuned for my 2014 goals!