Friday, August 26, 2011

As Seen on TV; "Bijules for Becks Greenbox Project"


Jules Kim is the creative mind behind EVERY piece of jewelry you have ever admired in a music video. Adorning the likes of Katy Perry, Kelly Rowland, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Drake, Leona Lewis, Rihanna, etc., etc. ad infinitum...

Recently she contacted me to collaborate on a project for the Beck's Green Box Project; an opportunity for artists to facilitate a public experience of their art through digital media. Located in Hollywood, a specific location will have a mobile app activated to view a video featuring Jules in makeup I designed to coincide with the overall experience. Check out the above interview for an understanding of her views behind beauty and adornment or check out a preview of the project and how it works on your iPhone.





Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Breaking News; "Sam Fine joins Fashion Fair"


Celebrity makeup artist Sam Fine is reknowned the world over as the premier makeup artist when it comes to women of color. The Fashion Fair label of products was born of a lack of a shade range that appropriately addressed the needs of women of color. A match made in cosmetics heaven.

At the top of the call list for super models Iman and Tyra Banks to Academy Award nominee Mo'Nique, Sam has lent his talents to every event where women need to look their most fresh and glamourous. In addition to red carpet events, he has also traveled the globe giving instruction on makeup application and doing press events for product and collection launches for the likes of MAC, Kissable Couture, Revlon and Covergirl. Though you can still purchase his how-to videos, most of his time and creative energy will be focused as he takes on the role of Creative Makeup Director for Fashion Fair including consulting on shade formulation and making in-store appearances.

"In his new role as Creative Makeup Director, Fine, a 20 year makeup artist veteran, will apply his accumulated artistic acumen and fuse it with Fashion Fair’s brand DNA, to advise on the creation of new products, enrich its color palette and make in-store appearances. In 2012, Fashion Fair will unveil Sam Fine for Fashion Fair trend collections, starting spring 2012.

“ 'There’s no place I’d rather foster my creative energies,' said Fine. 'Fashion Fair was a barrier-breaking cosmetic line since its inception 38 years ago and remains a leader in prestige cosmetics for women of color.' "




Field Trip; "MAC Greenwich Village part deux: Drag Makeup Workshop"


When last I was introduced to the "smallest MAC store in the world" my eyes couldn't believe the clever use of negative space and a staff that was prompt to accomodate. Upon my return, I found that even in a lack of square footage, there were no lack of big ideas.

Tim Pearson is part of the MAC management at 353 Bleecker Street but has a history of drag excellence that he's opted to share with his staff. Having conquered the world of competitive drag competitions as his counterpart "Cookie Von Douche'e", Tim drew on multiple inspirations and tricks learned in the field to translate into a basic understanding of drag makeup application... using me as his model.

With a captive audience, he first discussed the evolution of drag providing images of past and present stars of the scene including nightlife staples Hedda Lettuce, Drag Race stars Nina Flowers and Bebe Zahara Benet and, of course, the original MAC girl and drag icon, RuPaul. After pointing out differing interpretations of drag, he shared revelations about repurposing found items to create drag looks and unorthodox inspirations for accessories as well as drag names. Once a course syllabus was distributed, outlining the step-by-step process, each participant watched an example of application then was asked to duplicate on one another.

The first step was covering eyebrows using, of all things, a glue stick, then creating a base all around the face using Studio Sculpt Foundation and color-correcting areas where facial hair would show through with Studio Finish Concealer and setting with Select Sheer Loose Powder.

After creating a clean base, Tim used Full Coverage White Foundation to mimic the kind of highlights that would show under stage lighting to recreate the face in a more feminine shape. After that, multiple tricks with bronzers and eyeshadows to contour cheeks, eyes and chins then the introduction of vivid colors to add warmth and vibrancy. Detailed application advice for each brush stroke was relayed to the artists with occasional check-ins to ensure consistency but always nurturing their own personal spin; where one artist would highlight lids, another would black them out completely.

Fostering an individual perspective, every artist was able to create looks that express their own interpretation within the parameters that were laid out for them. Moving about the small "classroom", he could guide each of them through tricky steps and flicks of the brush while recommending small alterations for more efficient results. After we all had a chance to check out the finished faces, no one could deny that this little shop held some pretty big talent.







Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Product Review; "Lubriderm Men's 3-in-1 Lotion"


My father has never been a tremedous proponent of skin care. The concept of facial cleanser, eye cream and moisturizer are foreign and the term "skincare regimen" would be considered a profanity.

Lubriderm has always produced emollient based products that boast curative benefits to all skin but opted to narrow their focus when it comes to men... specifically, men like my dad. Using a formula rich in moisture binding elements, Lubriderm Men's 3-in-1 Lotion is the one step item that could coax even the most stubborn guys into taking care of their skin.

I would characterize it as a "starter product" even though it has dense hydrating properties and soothing elements like Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract that nourish tired dry skin. But it also has some ingredients that wouldn't get past a more savvy skincare afficianado. For one, Mineral Oil is right up at the top of the list which isn't really such a big deal, though it is synthetic, the "slip" value is lessened by the presence of more valuable emollients like Vitamin E and Cetearyl Alchohol; both designed to extract moisture from the air. However, in a more miniscule amount we also find Petrolatum which is another synthetic that can also give a bit of slide, but when combined with essential minerals like Zinc, Copper, Potassium and Magnesium doesn't get greasy.

Because the ingredient list contradicts the feel of the product, you can use it over arms, legs, body and even face to give parched, neglected skin a basic introduction to much needed moisture. As an added bonus, the nourishing quality triples the use as a valuable, irritation free after-shave. But of course, the best part is that it's only 1 step. No need for multiple products that can be intimidating to the novice in your home, and can be used multiple times throughout the day as needed without building up. But I say that as airly as possible, wouldn't want anyone to think this was a "regimen".


Lubriderm Men's 3-in-1 Lotion; $8.49



Product Review; "Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Tailor Made Bronzing Powder"


Enriched with PURE GOLD this lightly milled bronzer continues the tradition of Guerlain's international acclaim when it comes to the look of sun-kissed skin.

Terracotta 4 Seasons Tailor Made Bronzing Powder is an incredibly light-weight pressed powder with rich floral notes that dissipate almost immediately leaving behind a haze of fragrance. Applied with a natural hair brush, I find that it also leaves behind only the faintest of texture.

Practically melting into skin or over foundation and powder, it is milled to appear on camera as nothing but a perfectly sculpted complexion. And where most bronzers include shimmer, the pure gold process in the formula only hints at reflection and is described by the company as matte though, it never looks or feels "dry". Instead you have 4 seperate shades to blend, layer, mix and match to suit your natural tone for shape and form that can hint at sun-exposure or can boast full-on bronze.

However, both color options, Blondes and Brunettes, are best suited for fair to medium skin tones but the shades available in each compact can be suited for either yellow or pink undertoned skin. If one combo looks a bit too ruddy, each offers a slightly lighter version that can perk up seams and brighten highpoints. A little bit of blending may be necessary, but I like the formula enough to go pretty heavy-handed with it. But it doesn't really matter how much you layer, it will never build in texture, only density of tone. And even that will only look light a deeper kiss of sunlight.


Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Tailor Made Bronzing Powder; $74.00



Product Review; "Nicka K HD Eyeshadow"


Available at any local beauty supply, including the one on my block, New York based cosmetics firm Nicka K is one of those brands I am accustomed to seeing but rarely think of as a destination. "Why" seems to elude me. Particularly with pricepoints that rarely induce sticker shock.

Nicka K HD Eyeshadow is a very smooth feeling powder product that has a slight, well, not moist feel, but almost creamy texture. It applies easily with a brush of any fiber be it synthetic or natural hair and can also double as a subtle highlighter if used sparingly. Some tones are available in lighter reflective formulas but most are very shimmery with denser flakes than a finer milled department store brand. Though, not such a bad thing, these shadows are perfect for using as a base before you begin creating dimension in the crease or a smokier effect.

The base ingredients are Paraffinum Liquidum which creates that smooth feel and Kaolin that dries out any excess moisture to keep the pigments in place. Added to the mix, of course, are the usual color makers Titanium Dioxide and Iron Oxide.

Unfortunately, there are a few more items in the recipe that aren't so great for staying power but for the most part, I appreciate them for the color options, layering benefits and opportunity for a bit of experimentation. Especially when it comes to price, the investment is surely worth paying attention next time I head to the beauty supply store.


Nicka K HD Eyeshadow; $1.49



Product Review; "Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm"


Lip balm is lip balm is lip balm... except when it's more than lip balm.

Neutrogena has other moisturizing lip products on the market and has had them for quite some time with success, so what's so different about this formula? The base ingredients are among the usual suspects; Petrolatum (synthetic emollient that locks in moisture), Shea Butter (fatty fruit extract that nourishes skin), Candelilla Wax ( an organic thickening agent for smooth application) and Carnauba Wax ( palm tree extract that makes creams richer).

All fine and good. Still haven't seen anything I haven't seen before... until my eyes spied " ion2complex™ " a mix developed for Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm that "...works in tandem with the product's existing moisturizers to create a positive electric micro-current - instantly giving lips a fuller, more defined look."

In case you missed it; ELECTRIC micro-current. A lip balm that offers your pout shock-treatment. Utilizing base elements Titanim and Copper to chemically interact with eachother creates a sufficient, yet miniscule, electrical reaction that stimulates cellular function and creates swelling that forces circulation. With all that activity, dulled color is transformed and texture is improved.

Available in 6 colors, from pale shimmer to rich sheer burgundy, each will mimic the flush of a healthier smile until lips, over time, become naturally fuller and more radiant. It feels like any other balm, only a bit more creamy and the flavor is quite nice (similar to cherry Jolly Ranchers) and the tube is easy function. If I didn't know my lips were being electrocuted, I'd think it was like any other balm. Personally, I would have thought I'd feel some kind of sensation when I rubbed my lips together like you do with a lip plumper, but, nope, nothing. No tingling, no burning, no irritation at all... kind of shocking, actually.


Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm; $8.99



Sunday, August 14, 2011

As Seen on TV; "NARS Larger than Life Longwear Eyeliner"



NARS Cosmetics celebrates it's launch of Larger Than Life Longwear Eyeliner with a collaborative video created and directed by Fabien Baron. Though not specifically designed to be applied by mechanical surgeons, this;

"...rich, creamy color glides on smoothly with a completely budgeproof finish. Incomparable 12-hour wear with no smearing and no caking."

The product line comes in 9 dense colors for $23.00 each. Robot arms not included.



Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Product Review; Clean and Clear Advantage Popped Pimple Relief Gel Pen"


Why would you pop a pimple?

No, seriously, why?

WHY I ASK YOU, WHY?!?!?

Well, even though you know you SHOULDN'T... I guess if the deed is done, you may as well try to lessen the damage. Fortunately it's Clean and Clear to the rescue!

Clean and Clear Advantage Popped Pimple Relief Gel Pen, a gel based fluid with a whopping 2% Salicylic Acid, a potent BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid), delves just deep enough into postules and removes any and all bacteria that causes inflammation, redness and irritation. The result is skin that is relieved, relaxed and more apt to replenish healthier cells for a smoother complexion.

The applicator tip is rubberized in a slant position that cups over marks to deliver just enough product to null inflamed skin and the wind-up wand clicks into position keeping you from over-use. Of course, if you did happen to use too much, the formula won't over-irritate skin since it dissipates rather quickly. I found that it's best after bathing when the surface is most supple and if you tap the affected areas just after moisturizing, you can keep sensitive skin from over-drying.

As an added benefit, the formula also boasts Citric Acid and Portulaca Oleracea Extract, two more effective anti-inflammatories used in the prevention of postules. Which means you can use this product on areas you think you may potentially develop pimples. Then you won't have to pop them... because you know you shouldn't.


Clean and Clear Advantage Popped Pimple Relief Gel Pen; $6.99



Product Review; "Benefit Cosmetics CORALista Blush"


When I'm considering a blush, I almost always consider the color the way I would consider the color of a concealer. Even though Benefit Cosmetics offers multiple shades of their boxed blushes and bronzers, CORALista Blush has the kind of agreeable finish that masks imperfections and highlights bone structure.

Though "coral" is right in the title, this blush reads as a rosy pink in the box and can seem a bit too bold for novice makeup enthusiasts. Using the accompanying brush, made of natural hair bristles, to "... sweep blush lightly across the apples of your cheeks, starting from your hairline and working in" blurs the vividness of the shade and defines the contours of your cheek. While the remnant of product over the apples will create a flush that romantically frames the face.

I've found that it looks pretty much the same over every skin tone from very-light to medium-dark since it has a large dose of Mica in the formula that creates a glowing sheen that almost fades away imperfections and bouncing light to the highpoints of cheeks.

Used just after powder and before any other blush shade will mask any ruddiness or uneven skin tones and make skin glow in even difficult lighting situations. Almost like a deflector that manipulates angles to mask anything you don't want to be seen. Just like a concealer.


Benefit Cosmetics CORALista Blush; $28.00



Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Product Review; "Tarte Cosmetics Provocateur Amazonian Clay Shimmering Powder"


I had this eyeshadow that was the right color for highlighting pretty much all skin tones and thought to myself, "someone should really put this into a larger compact"... provided it was the right texture, tone and finish.

Tarte Cosmetics is one of those brands that offers color cosmetics from the perspective of a health concious consumer who wants beautiful products minus heavy synthetics. The problem with such a search is that most common pigments and ingredients that create coverage are... heavy synthetics. But with the advent of new technologies and widespread awareness of "healthier" formulas, I've been recently introduced to Provocateur Amazonian Clay Shimmering Powder.

Amazonian Clay (othewise known as Kaolin) is being touted as "Nature's Most Perfect Ingredient" for it's incredibly nutrient rich properties and ability to nourish all skin types be they dry, oily or combination. Thrown into the mix are Vitamins A, C and E making this one of the better products for someone looking to maintain sensitive skin's balance.

Fortunately, available in two shades; Champagne and Rose, both options have a very light but recognizably luminescent sheen that reflects just enough surrounding light to give the illusion of higher cheekbones, brighter eyes and full lips. Champagne has a beige-golden tone that replicates warmth and light without any stark or overpowering brightness. It blends almost completely away on top of foundation, powders and eyeshadows to make edges disappear seamlessly. Plus the formula is so light-weight that you can layer and layer and layer for added brilliance without shocking up-close gazes.

Perfect for ALL skin tones, a light dusting will reflect immediately but the deeper the complexion, the lighter of a hand you should use. Fortunately, the texture is so forgiving, the tone is so subtle and the finish so minute it can be manipulated in many ways to suit any skin shade. And I won't have to reach for that eyeshadow again.


Tarte Cosmetics Provocateur Amazonian Clay Shimmering Powder; $30.00



Product Review; "Neutrogena Healthy Skin Custom Glow Bronzer"


Best known for being "... a worldwide leader in premium, dermatologist-recommended skin, hair and cosmetic products..." Neutrogena creates color cosmetics that coincide with their overall reputation.

Made with a triple antioxidant complex, Healthy Skin Custom Glow Bronzer was designed to maintain skin's natural balance without detrimenting it's condition and appearance during wear and once product is removed. Not only is the formula lightweight in texture, but it has components that boast elements you'd expect to find in skincare. Ingredients like Cornstarch, Soybean Seed extract and Vitamin E create a formula that blends effortlessly and can even contribute to clearing up difficult complexions.

This may seem like a god-send, but let me clarify; it's not that the product will cure acne, per se. It's more the idea that it will do nothing to make your acne worse. This is the kind of property that would be considered "non-comedogenic", though, unlike most products, this one actually seems to do the job.

Though, it's not all rave reviews... unfortunately, I find the color choices to be a bit off if you are particularly pale. Skin tones in the very-fair to fair range with pink undertones may find this product a bit too ruddy on skin. The amount of Mica that creates the anticipated "glow" with bronzers is a gold-tone so it reflects beautifully off of yellow-toned complexions that are more medium to medium-deep in color. Everyone in the darker range will find it a great contour powder and even highlighter when in conjunction with other powder products like foundation.

Of course, you can always use more of a light-hand if you're particularly light-skinned. With the blend of beneficial ingredients, at least you know your skin will look great even after taking your makeup off.


Neutrogena Healthy Skin Custom Glow Bronzer; $12.99



Product Review; "Aveeno Daily Detoxifying Scrub"


"Scrub" is not a term that I like to use. Unless it's in reference to my kitchen counter-tops. The word conjures up images of aggressive motion intended for immediate results and the delicate nature of skin is not so easy to comply. Though Aveeno opts to use that phrase to market a creamy, slightly hydrating, daily exfoliator, it has to be the only part of the packaging that makes me cringe.

Available in a easy to use squeeze tube, Aveeno Daily Detoxifying Scrub is oil and soap-free and instead uses a combination of Glycerin and Rice Bran Wax to create an emulsion that glides over rough complexions. The tiniest of beads composed mostly of Coconut Fruit and Luffa Extract replace the usual suspects to abrase surface skin cells and lightly buff them away. Being so light in texture and agreeable to skin, you'll find that exfoliating on a daily basis will eventually lead to a milder, softer look that also improves circulation.

On damp skin using a gentle (GENTLE) circular motion, an amount the size of a dime in the palm of your hand is more than enough to address the entire face. The reason I stress the word "gentle" (GENTLE!) is to basically counter the term "scrub". Though it's probably pretty unneccessary since you can't really over-use this product. The emollient factor is pretty dense and the feel is similar to an extra thick lotion that doesn't absorb. After a few moments of use, you might notice tiny flecks that begin to raise off rough spots. Those are excessive dead skin cells being released revealing newer, more hydrated skin underneath.

And you didn't even have to "scrub".


Aveeno Daily Detoxifying Scrub; $6.99



Friday, August 5, 2011

Product Review; "Bumble and Bumble Classic Hairspray"


The best part of going months without seeing your barber is the bed-head. Sounds like a contradiction, but it isn't always. However keeping tussled hair looking more chic and less messy does take even the most miniscule of effort.

Dusted over the crown and around any style, be it long and kempt or shorty and shaggy, Bumble and Bumble Classic Hairspray has just the right amount of flexible hold to maintain spontaneously mishaped looks in place. Using Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein to create minimal shine, this key ingredient also creates a reparative effect lessening damage as well as adding a moisturizing and conditioning property.

However, "moisturized" doesn't necessarily mean "wet". This light mist, even at full strength, coats strands, short and long, with an airy quality that is dry to the touch even seconds after application. You can even use fingers to scrunch and pull errand pieces into place before the product sets leaving your look well held and perfectly disheveled. Especially for hair is that is just barely long enough to take on accidental styling.

Once a perfectly shaved cut grows out to wild, coarse unmanagable locks that refuse to be tamed, Bumble and Bumble seems to be the only other option for control, besides your pillow of course.


Bumble and Bumble Classic Hairspray; $22.00



Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Product Review; "KohGenDo Cosmetics Maifanshi Moisture Foundation"


Supremely weightless and even more invisible, Koh Gen Do's star product Maifanshi Moisture Foundation was created to look like a cream foundation with the texture of a liquid.

Utilizing a ratio of 60% water, 30% highly refined oils and 10% powder, this unique blend of ingredients harmonizes the effects of traditional makeup into a chilled souffle-like texture that dissapears on contact with skin. In it's wake you find a slightly dewy yet satin-like finish that cleverly disguises uneven patches and blurs signs of wrinkles and darkness. All this with little-to-no texture... or less. Much like the feel of a tinted moisturizer, you'd almost suspect there were no product resting on your skin if you applied it all over with wild abandon.

Best used with a foundation brush, apply to half your face and see for yourself the dramatic change in tone, texture and luminosity your skin possesses without even remotely looking like you have anything on at all. The chilled sensation from the water will melt into your skin leaving the emollients Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Aloe Leaf Juice to hold together 2 kinds of powder properties that both fill lines and filter light to create smoother-feeling and smoother-looking complexions.

However, coverage is not complete. Though it does create a tremendous improvement in the look of all skin types, be they dry or oily, you will get only medium coverage from this foundation. Which is actually quite enough. Since it weighs so lightly on skin, it's perfect for sweltering Summer heats and will protect skin during frigid Winters without compromising finish or luminosity. But if you still feel as though you need more coverage, you can set it with a foundation powder, mineralized powder or even concealer and foundation without breaking the integrity of the product.

Though I caution you, do this in small steps. Since you get such immediate perfection, adding other products can easily look heavy. Remember, on it's own, you get the coverage of a cream, the texture of a liquid and the tone of effortless perfection.


KohGenDo Cosmetics Maifanshi Moisture Foundation; $49.60



Product Review; "Clean and Clear Finishes Mattifying Moisturizer"


Ideal for anyone who is concerned with counteracting excessive oily complexions for a truly soft, matte finish, Clean & Clear has developed their Finishes Mattifying line of products that are;

"clinically shown to combat shine...with an exclusive long-lasting mineral+ complex that attracts and captures oil while controlling shine all day..."

True. Actually VERY true. Though somewhat water-y, Clean & Clear Finishes Mattifying Moisturizer sits on skin for seconds before absorbing oil and sinking into pores with little effort and blending. Applied to the t-zone (forehead and bridge of nose) and blended outward before foundation makes the need for shine-controlling powder less necessary. Though I would still recommend setting any cosmetic product with a finishing powder, you'll find that you can use a lighter hand in areas you would usually coat for shine control. Plus, it does have a really light moisturizing property that would be ideal for someone who has excessive oiliness and still needs optimal hydration.

However... (uh-oh)

The mineral complex, while incredibly adapt at holding shine at bay, has a really noticeable whitish cast that is pretty noticeable on deeper toned complexions. Blended with fingers, it seems to dissipate pretty easily, but there's still a small semblance that can't be ignored. Octinoxate and Titanium Dioxide (the main componenets of the mineral complex) have excellent SPF properties that guard against both UVA and UVB rays effectively but are also thickening agents that are responsible for that same whitish hue.

Usually found in ALL cosmetic products from foundation to lipstick, that white property is generally counteracted with pigments and other hues. However, this product has no other pigment so it's a bit more noticeable.

My answer to this problem is simple; blend. It's literally just that simple. The pigments in your powder or foundation will rest on top of the product and create a more even complexion with a subtle brightness about the high points of your face. If you're wearing blush, bronzer or foundation powder, use the same brush and swirl lightly over the deep points of your face to make sure all products are blended properly and graze over the high ones. Not only will skin stay dry throughout the day but highlights will make skin look brighter and glowing... never shiny.


Clean and Clear Finishes Mattifying Moisturizer; $6.99



Tales from the Beard...


I opted to continuously grow facial hair after my most recent trip to Touch-Ups Barbershop. Though Luis is a masterful artisan when it comes to whipping a straight razor across my scalp, I felt as though it was time to step away from my usual high-and-tight even for just a short amount of time.

At first, the scruff developing around my crown, above my lip and down my jawline had that sexy, 5 o'clock shadow thing that itched a bit but was worth the trouble when it came to slacker-chic. But a few days in I realized maintanence was becoming more necessary. Around the edges of my ears and just around my sideburns were easily scaled back with my CONAIR Men's 2-Blade Trimming System as well as just over the ridges of my top lip. A bit of slight fixers didn't seem to do much to change the shape of my face, but did keep it looking more scruffy than mangy.

At dinners, events and bookings, no one seemed to really take too much notice since it's not uncommon to see a fresh haircut grow out. However, I did keep from too many (what I call) "fashion kisses". You know what I mean;

"Darling, how are you! Muah! Muah!".

Too much face to face contact could result in surface burn; my burgeoning stubble might end up causing rashes. Fortunately, I'm a master at the air-kiss.

But a few weeks in, those same looks eventually evolved into quizzical stares. Though not the hairiest of dudes, my face and head do possess the rapid growth rivaled only by Chia Pets so pretty soon, I was sporting more than just sexy scruff. Usually when I get this far in, I reach for my Wahl Peanut Hair Trimmer to keep lengths more tidy looking, but the notion of a full, dense, manly beard became too consuming and I opted to nix that breadth of upkeep.

Instead, I managed to keep stray or even unruly patches of hair under control by rubbing a bit of Bumble and Bumble Sumo Wax through it and brushing it into place using a plastic hand comb that I could fit into my pocket and (discreetly) whip out anytime I felt I needed some quick clean-up. Or to remove anything that may have strayed into the now consuming beard that has become such a prominent form of my wardrobe.

The only problem I've seen with having a beard is that it really doesn't have much versatility in the "growing" stage. While nothing much can be done to change the shape, scope or degree of growth aside from shaving or trimming, I've grown curious to find out what happens when left to it's own growth cycle. If I go a few more weeks, will it curve? Will it lighten? Will it get long enough to braid?

I guess that short amount of time will have to be extended a bit longer to find out. Sorry Luis.

...to be continued.



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