If you’re anything like me, you prefer experiences over the traditional giving of gifts. Experiences create lifelong memories that can’t be replaced; while gifts can be lost, thrown away, or even taken back. Here are a few Valentine’s Day ideas for those who just want each other’s time and presence.
Netflix & Chill– Valentine’s Day doesn’t always have to be an expensive night out on the town. There’s nothing wrong with being a homebody. This Valentine’s Day order lots of pizza and binge watch Netflix with your special someone. I mean really, what better way to spend the day than with bae chowing down pizza? And if you want to be a little more romantic, get a bottle of wine and light some candles to set the mood.
Weekend BAEcation– Hey! Let’s get away! Let’s get a room on the other side of town! Choose a place of your choice and hit the road with that special someone. Escape the hectic life at home and explore a different place together. Take it from me ladies, a weekend alone with your man will be unforgettable.
Romantic Wine & Dine– Got a little money to spend this year? Treat your loved one to a romantic evening they’ll never forget. Usually nicer hotels have a special couples package that includes an upscale room with a complimentary bottle of champagne. Order room service then hang that “do not disturb” sign on the door. After dinner invite your loved one to a midnight bubble bath soak. Turn down the lights and light soft-scented candles to set the perfect mood.
“Whether you transition or do the big chop it’s not going to come quick.” says Faith Lumbus first year student at the University of Cincinnati. Although she is currently undecided, she hopes to major in social work with a minor in criminal justice.
After her mother refused to pay for another perm, Lumbus was forced to go natural. She spent about a year transitioning, and has been natural for a little under a year. When asked how she felt about her mother’s decision to stop paying for perms she said, “I’m really glad she made me do that, because it made me be able to take care of my hair and learn about my hair and myself.”
Lumbus’ favorite hair product is Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream. She also uses Cantu Shea Butter Conditioner Repair Cream, Camille Rose Natural Curl Love Moisture Milk, Ecostyler gel, and when asked about shampoo she laughed before saying, “I am currently seeking some sulfate free shampoo products.”
Lumbus’ go to hair style is a flat twist with a side part. Her hair inspo is Aaliyah Greer (pictured above), @Hazel_Goddesss on Instagram. Faith has been following her journey and loves the advice that she gives. She claims that it has helped her with her own journey.
When asked what advice she’d give to a new naturalista she replied, “Don’t try to compare your hair to other people’s, you have to learn how to understand your hair type and don’t assume that just because a product works for somebody else it’ll work for you. It takes a lot of patience, whether you transition or do the big chop it’s not going to come quick.”
Hey ladies! It’s that time of the year, and you still don’t know what to put on your wish list that your grandma is begging you for- literally. So, I thought I would share my wish list with you all, hopefully to get you thinking and inspired!
1. Nike Juvenate, $85.00
The perfect gift for an on-the-go, yet stylish college student! This olive color is really “in” right now, so you’ll definitely be trendy with this purchase.
2. Michael Kors Quilted-Sleeve Asymmetrical Zip Coat, $94.99
With winter weather comes the need for more layers and thicker coats- this does that job perfectly! Not only is it designer, but it also comes with quilted sleeves for extra warmth! How great would it be to be warm while managing not to look like a big ball of layers? Get this look at www.macys.com
3. Kate Spade Rose Gold Metro Watch, $175.00
We all know that the “rose gold” color is totally in right now! Gift this watch as a simple yet beautiful piece of wrist wear. Every girl needs at least one fashionable watch- it shows she’s about her business, punctual, and stylish all at the same time.
4. Victoria’s Secret Fantasies Fragrance Mist & Lotion Gift Set, $21.00
This is probably one of the easiest gifts to give, and I can guarantee that your giftee will love it! With three different scents, this set comes out as a number 1 seller from the VS fantasies line. We all like to smell good, and whether it’s working or traveling, we all need to freshen up sometimes. The travel size bottles make storing these items easy, making for an overall easy and fantastic gift!
Shop this set at www.victoriassecret.com
Tis the holiday season! You might have last minute shopping to do and have absolutely no idea what to get your naturalista. Here’s my gift to you, a gift guide to minimize the holiday stress when it comes to gifting your curly haired friend or family member.
1. Decorative bobby pins or clips
You cannot go wrong with a beautiful hair accessory like these from Elle’s line at Ulta. These make for the perfect touch to almost any hairstyle whether it’s a wash and go or a twist-out.
2. Kinky Curly Gift Set
This Kinky Curly gift set from Curlmart is perfect for winter. This time of the year, hair can become dry and brittle without proper care. Curlmart’s gift set is the perfect winter concoction; it was designed to lock in moisture while the tempetures are cold.
Headwraps are the perfect protective style for the winter. The Wrap Life provides a wide range of wraps coming in many different patterns and colors. There’s also an array of video tutorials on the website, as t the many different ways you can tie up your scarf. Wraps not only will protect a naturalista’s hair, but it’ll also keep her head warm during the winter!
4. Satin Pillowcase
A natural hair must! A satin pillowcase will protect any naturalista’s hair throughout the night. Natural Hair Shop has a nice selection of colors to choose from that any naturalista will appreciate.
5. Naturalista T-shirt
Dearnaturalista has the perfect t-shirts for naturalista’s. The t-shirts boast phrases such as “DON’T TOUCH THE HAIR” or “BIG HAIR BIG DREAMS.”. This gift will be great for any naturalista; you simply cannot go wrong with a t-shirt.
Once again, winter is approaching and that means that hair is at risk for becoming dry. Why not buy conditioner? Whether you know your naturalista’s favorite conditioner or not Target has an abundant supply or hair products made specifically for African American hair. Find the African American hair aisle and have a ball!
7. Oils, Oils and more oils!
Coconut, lavender, chamomile, rosemary, tea tree, and many more oil options! I’m sure any naturalista would appreciate some oil for their hair. Just be sure to look into the benefits of the oils before you gift this gift. You would not want to buy your naturalista myrrh oil if he has extremely oily hair.
Hair Flair’s Curlformers are a good way to achieve curls without heat. The Curlformers come in an array of sizes and types of curls.
9. Bobby pins
Naturalistas go through a lot of bobby pins, so why not buy them more? You can never have too many bobby pins! Sally’s beauty supply is a good place to go for some quality level bobby pins.
Another “can’t go wrong,” gel would be well appreciated. More specifically Eco Styler gel. It is affordable, plus there are multiple kinds to meet different styling needs!
Hey ladies! Just because it’s starting to get a little chilly out doesn’t mean you can’t keep it cute. You can never go wrong with a simple high-neck sweater paired with high-waisted jeans and sneaks. This is definitely a go-to look for me. I like to keep my makeup and accessories very simple, especially when I’m on campus. And what better way to top off the outfit than with a trendy (and warm) oversized coat?
Want even more style inspiration? Follow my Polyvore account: ayeyomel.polyvore.com for low-to-high end outfit ideas.
Shop the look:
Coat (zara.com – $129)
Striped top (zara.com – $30)
All black top (wolfandbadger.com – $175)
Jeans (hm.com – $60)
Shoes (puma.com – $225 / $120)
Bag (zara.com – $60)
Lipstick (narscosmetics.com – $32)
Lipgloss (target.com – $10)
Curly Q of the month is the name of a new monthly feature of a curly haired gal or guy on the University of Cincinnati’s campus. We’ll look into all types of curl patterns, learn individual’s tips and tricks, possibly find some new style inspiration! If you’d like to be featured, please email the Editor-In-Chief of UC Curly in College, Niyah Jackson at email@example.com.
Diamond Benford, who also happens to be one of my close friends, is an 18-year-old, first year student at the University of Cincinnati, majoring in Psychology.
Diamond has been rocking her natural curls for a while now, and uses Cantu products to keep her hair nice and healthy.
“I especially love the Cantu shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, heat protectant, and curling cream,” Diamond exclaims. “It gives my hair a soft texture, and a natural shine.”
“I love how low maintenance my hair is. For example, I don’t have to do anything to it for a few days, and one day be able to wake up, put some moisturizer in it, and it looks great!” Diamond also states that there’s some struggles to having such luscious curls. “I think the hardest part of maintaining my curly hair is how thick it is, and how easily it gets tangled.”
A couple of Diamond’s go to hairstyles are flat twists to curl her hair, or simply rocking two puff balls. “Curls are life!,” Diamond declares with a flip of her hair.