Cute Holiday Party Ponytails For Natural Hair

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The holiday’s are right around the corner and what a perfect time to go ahead and start planning out your holiday #lewks. There are so many places to gain inspiration, but isn’t hard to actually choose?! We’ve been kind of obsessed–and by kind of, we mean very–with #badass ponytails! Especially those that incorporate some sort of braid, twist or texture. Not only are ponytails a classic style, the fact that many of these ponytails are super low-maintenance and qualify as a protective style – make them a total win win. The colder months can take a toll on our natural hair and that’s why we’ve put together the cutest holiday party ponys for natural hair gals, enjoy!

All Braided Up

Pull your braids up into a gorgeous high pony and wrap the base with a braid to conceal your hair tie.


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DIY Ponies

If you don’t have time to sit down with your stylist, here are a couple ponytails that are super easy to recreate yourself! They require minimal skill and time! Yasss.


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Dolled Up With Sparkly Accessories

A lil sparkle adds a whole lot of glitzy drama.


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Vavavoom Volume

Pull up your tresses into a mega voluminous pony adorned with wire at the base


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Braided Intrigue

Baby braids and bigger cornrows is a total party pony win.


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Cornrow Corsets

Add a little flair to your braids with pretty corset detailing.


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Cornrows Into a Curly Poppin’ Pony

How gorgeous is this mega long pony with super tight cornrows and laid down baby hairs.


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Interested in more holiday hair inspo? Try Issa Rae’s Hairstylist’s Step-By-Step Chain Link Braid Tutorial




Check Out My New Show With PopSugar! Tressed Out

2018 has been a year of undeniable #growth and #manifestation!

I started the #LipstickNCurls platform almost 10 years ago to help us natural + curly girls learn more about our hair, and celebrate the skin we’re in. Little did I know, picking up a camera and figuring it all out would land me with my very own show with Popsugar!


As we’ve ventured on this journey together, we’ve had some amazing hair days — but Lord knows we’ve taken a ton of L’s too! Our tresses have a way of stressing us out, like no job or man could! LOL. But most importantly, our hair shares a story with the world, that can’t fully be expressed with words. Our hair is our crown, and for many — a source of confidence and strength. I’m so thankful to the entire PopSugar team for seeing the beauty in OUR hair tales, and helping make this dream of mine a reality. The pilot episode of my new show #TressedOut is now live, and I can’t wait to hear what you think! YOU helped make this happen, and I’m excited to continue on our #journey together.

Share your thoughts about the show with me here, or on Instagram and Facebook!

HAIR Quality over QUANTITY!

Hey boo thangs! I wanted to first wish you all a happy 2018!!

I have set many goals for this New Year and one of those goals is to be more aware when it comes to my hair! In many ways, we don’t realize how being a product junkie can really take a toll on your wallet. A $20 product here, a $15 product there, after a while you just buy to try and then forget why you even bought the product to begin with!

I am soooo guilty of this and on top of this disjointed purchasing habit, for some reason I always feel like the more expensive a product is, the better it has to be, right?


I remember learning about this concept when I was in my master’s program. In higher education, most parents think that the more a school costs to attend, the more promise and reward it has. Research actually shows that this isn’t the case. Like many things in life, we think if it costs more, there’s more value.

When it came to hair products, I felt the same way for a really long time! It hadn’t dawned on me until recently that after trying out my own DIY treatments to some of the most luxurious hair care brands out there, cost is the LAST thing that determines a hair product’s value.

I’ve been closely working with Herbal Essences for the past year and have been able to really see that  price point doesn’t always matter when it comes to quality products.  Herbal Essences bio:renew collections are my go-to for shampoo & conditioner! Now many of you probably don’t think Herbal Essences is for “our hair type”. Let me change your mind! I have been using the Coconut Milk and line for over a year and my hair has never been more soft and healthy! (That’s with coloring, too!) The shampoos and conditioners in the bio:renew collections are packed with  nutrients your hair will love, with a blend of antioxidants, aloe and sea kelp.

As a curly girl, it can get daunting trying to find what works best for our hair. At such a great price point ($6.99 a bottle!) Herbal Essences has quality products that will leave your hair manageable, soft, and smelling to die for!

Give it a try yourself! If it’s your first time trying the line – my advice is to always grab the conditioner first! ;D I know how we can be when it comes to shampoo, girl. By trying the conditioner, I know you’ll go back for the shampoo!

What are your favorite hair products that give you awesome hair without breaking the bank? Share them with me down below!


XO, Jade

My Hair Transformed My Life #LETLIFEIN

This is a sponsored post by Herbal Essences

Wow! Can you say #Inspired?! Many people don’t connect with their hair, or outer appearance in general, as deeply as the women in this video do. Even for myself – embracing my natural hair sparked my journey of self discovery. With the decision to wear my natural curls as a 19 year old, I had no idea how much that decision would completely change my life.

“Cutting Off My Hair Felt Like I Was Cutting Off That Past Person”

Taking a leap into the journey of self-discovery is not a light-hearted decision. It takes COURAGE to say “I am no longer pretending to be someone YOU want me to be. I choose to figure out who I am and live MY truth.” I find any person who does this as an inspiration because it is seriously one of the hardest things (if not THE hardest thing) to do in life.

“You Can’t Have Your Hair Like This – It’s Too Edgy”

When cultures and social norms control so much of our behaviors and personalities – it’s hard to break away from that security and comfortable place. Fitting in is comfortable. Standing out is hard…but once you see past that fear – you recognize that the happiness and self-love that flows from that is unmatched. It will literally change your life.

“Liberating Myself So Everyone Can Be Free”

Herbal Essences is a brand that wants to encourage and support those of us on a path of self-discovery and those who need courage to take the leap. Creating products that understand and support how transformative hair can be is one of the biggest reasons why I connected with the brand.


Through 2018, I will be partnering with Herbal Essences to not only show you how the products work but also how the hashtag #LetLifeIn can influence so many aspects of your life – hair and beyond.

Check out these two videos to see my experience with the Herbal Essences bio:renew products and stay tuned for more 🙂

How to STAY in Your Lane


I live and work in this so-called “social media” space and honestly, it’s like living in a separate reality than my close friends and family.

I am constantly balancing my own moments in life between moments that are curated for my job. In common place, having work-life balance is crucial to maintain a healthy psyche. I totally believe that ideology. The hard thing is, when your life IS your work. That’s when things can get a little grey.

Some days, I can see where that line is. What’s for me, and what’s for “the brand”. There’s a sort of moral compass you have to have in order to not get blurred into thinking the curated reality online is exactly that, curated.

For me, balancing life and work is a day-to-day challenge. Some days I am a BEAST at it, while others I am a sheep. A sheep to the allure of anything aesthetically  pleasing and self-gratifying.

I give credit to God + the universe for putting me through experiences in life that have shaped me to not fall for the ol’ okey-doke when it comes to how people try to influence you via social media.

And because I have a sense of self, I have the ability to see through a lot of the BS I come in contact with on a daily basis. That sense of self is also why I create the genuine and sincere content that I do…

My challenge to those of you struggling with the feelings of inadequacy and comparison,  find your moral compass. Find your sense of self before hopping into your careers, relationships, even your new goal(s) for the month. Figure out what your “niche” is so you never loose sight of your path, or lane. What’s for you, is for you. NOTHING can change that. The only thing that can influence that is you. What is your intention? What is your goal? When you can answer those two questions thoughtfully and sincerely, you’ve got what you need to stay in your lane – and the key to unlocking the happiness that waits for you there.


XO, Jade

Photography by Deanna Rae Photo

Get Your Skin Ready for Fall #MomentForMe

This post is sponsored by AVEENO®

Can you believe it’s almost #FALL already?! Wow, feels like 2017 is seriously flying by!

One thing I made time for this summer was “ME” TIME! In the summer months its pretty easy to find time to relax and catch some sun. But for many of us, Fall means back to school, work, or just back to our crazy regular routines.

Then somehow we wake up and we haven’t had a moment for ourselves in WAY too long. Don’t fall haha, get it 🙂 for the “too-busy-for-myself” trap this year!

In the summer time, it’s all about glowy fresh skin and FUN! But, as we start to feel that cool breeze sneak in, we’ve gotta make sure we don’t loose the moisture + “me” time the summer months brought us. It’s time to get your skin ready for Fall. Que AVEENO® Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion, please!

The ACTIVE NATURALS® Triple Oat Complex in the AVEENO® Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion is comprised of oat oil and the formula features natural shea butter that has been clinically shown to relieve and soothe extra-dry skin. It’s also fragrance-free, steroid-free, and gentle enough for sensitive skin.

The AVEENO® Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion is the perfect remedy to this transitional weather and cooler temps! With long lasting effects that leave your skin feeling moisturized and healthy – this lotion will keep your largest organ at its best!


As with every seasonal change, don’t forget to change up your beauty routine! Along with skincare, make sure you’re adjusting your hair and makeup routine for the new season as well 😉

You can grab this lotion at Walmart or at!

PS – if you still want to get in some “me time” Aveeno is hosting a contest and is giving consumers a chance to win the ultimate “me time” wellness retreat! Enter the #MomentForMe contest before it ends on August 28th! Details here:

Happy (Early) Fall Everyone!

XO, Jade