Quick & Easy Smooth Style Featuring Cantu & Big Chop Hair

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Is anyone else going through the growing out phase? I'm currently letting my hair grow out. I've been cutting it for the past three years and I finally decided to just "see how big my fro can get!" I'm kind of over it already, but I've committed to it so you know how that goes. I have super thick hair and sometimes I just don't want to deal with it at all. Well if you read that last sentence and said "yes girl, yes" then keep reading because I have a super cute (and easy) smooth style for natural or even related hair women on the go, featuring Cantu Beauty and Big Chop Hair!

Ready to jump right in? 

Step one: This style can be done on freshly clean or old hair. I used Cantu's Cleansing Cream Shampoo & the Hydrating Cream Conditioner

Step two: Remember, I have super thick tightly coiled hair so the next step will be to blow the hair out so that it's stretched. I made sure to use a heat protectant and mild heat when completing this step. 

Step three: Moisturize! Make sure you moisturize your hair before pulling it back into your ponytail. I decided to go with Cantu's Smoothing Leave-In Conditioning Lotion

Step four: Smooth with conditioner, add your edge control (Cantu's Edge Stay Gel is LIFE) and then brush. Use your brush to get hair into a comfortable ponytail then tie a scarf around the hair to set the ponytail and lay down.

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Step five: Now it's time to add your hair. I used my Corkscrew Curl Big Chop Hair clip-ins and wrapped them around my already secured ponytail with about five bobbypins. All you need is about four clip-ins to make a full pony. 

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This is THE perfect style if you're a girl-on-the-go like me and you're in the in-between stage when it comes to hair growth. It's great for a date night, hanging out with your girls, the gym, and any last minute plans where you need to get cute quick. 

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If you're looking for new hair products to use try Cantu. You can find them at your local Target, Walmart, Sally's, your local beauty supply store and pretty much everywhere else you can think of. Cantu's Global stylist Maria Antoinette has an amazing video on how she does this same style, check it out!

P.S. - If you purchase any big chop hair use code "MELISSCHANEL" and receive 15% off your purchase. It's only the month of August so HURRY.  

XOXO,

Melissa 

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The Best Picnic Everr: Charlotte, NC Recap

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On Saturday, I packed my picnic basket and headed to Freedom Park in Charlotte, NC for The Best Picnic Everr! This year Janae and I decided to do things a little different. Our schedules were super busy this summer so two picnics on the same day and at the same time was more doable. Cool right? We even called each other on facetime at 6pm so everyone could say hi. This was my first event in Charlotte since returning to live here last August and what a great turn out it was. My peeps at Cantu Beauty and Big Chop Hair were sponsors so everyone that attended received a goodie bag with samples. I was able to have 9 giveaways of full-sized Cantu Beauty products, bundles of Big Chop Hair, and a Gold 'n Hot blow dryer, so you can image the huge smiles that were on the faces of those in attendance. 

I was able to chat with my Charlotte followers, see some old faces, play tons of games, jump rope, and enjoy some family time. This picnic was perfect and I'm so thankful the weather was on my side. Ready to see the photos my brother (One Deep Photos) captured from Saturday's picnic? 

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Here are two photo galleries filled with pics from Saturday. Click the arrow to the right to scroll through. 

And the winner is.......

Well, we had 9 winners! Here are 8 of them smiling with their goodies, (one got away).

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Thank you soooooo much to everyone who came out and supported Janae and I on Saturday. I was so excited to meet all of you, chat, and hang out for a few. Great times, great times.... until next year! 

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XOXO,

Melissa Chanel

Louis Vuitton Card Holder Unboxing

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Happy Late Birthday to ME! I've been eyeing  LV card holder for months soooo I  mentioned to my mom that it should be my birthday gift (in a sweet voice, lol). I had no idea she took me serious, but I'm glad she did! 

After all my travels and finally settling back in at home in Charlotte, NC we took a little trip to South Park mall where the service in the LV store is amazing and purchased my "birthday gift!" I'm not one that likes to carry a huge wallet especially after living in New York for three years. The "city wallet" as I call it was much more convenient. So I decided to upgrade from my Kate Spade and get the Louis Vuitton Monogram Card Holder, thanks Mom! 

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My drivers license, debit card, credit card, insurance card, and my cash all fit comfortably inside of this card holder. I decided to go with the monogram because it matches my first Louis Vuitton bag I purchased two years ago. The card holder is canvas with cross-grain leather lining, it's 4.3 (length) x 2.8 inches (height), and has two outside slots for credit cards etc and one middle opening. This card holder is easy to fit in anything from a over-sized purse to small clutch or pocket. 

I quickly switched all my cards and cash over to my new card holder/wallet and couldn't wait to add my new LV to my collection. The price of this card holder was $205 and it's an item that I'll have for a lifetime. 

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Have you ever thought about purchasing a card holder vs a wallet? They're my new found love. I'll never go back to a regular sized wallet again. 

XOXO,

Melissa 

Melissa Chanel X Big Chop Hair

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If you follow me on Instagram you already know I've been rocking new hair! Yup, since July I've been wearing my Big Chop Hair wig made by my blogger boo Maria and I can't get enough of it. This hair is PERFECT, it's light weight, I can wash it and blow it dry or let it air dry, just like my hair. We all know how much I love to switch up my look so this wig was right on time!

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I've received sooo many questions since rocking my new hair and I'm here to answer them all in one blog post. 

What type of hair was used and did you use a closer? The hair is spiral curl and yes a closure was used. 

Who made your wig? My wig "Stacey" (yes I named her) was cut, custom colored, and made into a wig by THE talented Maria Antoinette

How many bundles did you use? Maria used 3 bundles of the spiral curl when making my wig. 

How did you fit your hair under the wig? When I wear my wig I always single twist my hair in about 10 twist and cover it with a wig cap I purchased from Sally's Beauty. 

Is the wig hot or heavy? My wig is not hot or heavy at all. 

How does it stay on your head? Maria was able to sew three clips and a trap onto the wig cap that I can easily tighten and/or slide the clips into my hair. I have two clips on each side and one in the back. I can shake and move without worry.

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I can't seem to take this wig off my head and so you'll be seeing a lot more of "Stacey" here on the blog! 

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Are you thinking about purchasing some Big Chop Hair? Because I think you should & I'm always trying to think of a way to hook my readers up! Use code MELISSACHANEL at checkout to save $10 bucks on your purchase! 

XOXO, 

Melissa Chanel

30 Lessons Before 30

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We all know I just turned 30, right?! If not, I'm really okay with celebrating again. I've been on a two-week vacation in the Bahamas and I enjoyed every bit of it. I head back home today to get back to my daily grind, kinda. I decided to upload a quick 30 lessons before 30 blog post as well as share birthday pictures OneGShot captured about a month ago. 

Now some of these lessons/tips are fun and silly and some of them are serious. Let's jump right into it. 

  1. Read, a lot. Create a summer/winter/fall/spring reading list, subscribe to a magazine that you love, grab the newspaper, look up articles, whatever you like...just do a lot of it. 
  2. DANCE. Have parties, attend parties, go out on the weekends with friends and dance the night away. 
  3. Network your butt off. Look up networking events in your area and attend them. It's okay to go alone, introduce yourself to as many people as you can. You never know who you'll meet and what impact they'll have on your life! 
  4. Save.  If you have the opportunity to stay with your parents do it and save all you can. Save your money so that you can take the next step when you're ready. That step may be to purchase a car or house with a good cushion in the bank. 
  5. Find a hobby. Find something you like doing and do a lot of it. Maybe it's DIY'ing, blogging, writing, reading, teaching, cleaning, working on cars, etc. Whatever it is, do it, a lot! 
  6. Date, a lot. Meet new men or women. Go on dates, let friends hook you up, online date for a while. Enjoy it. Don't rush into anything. Take your TIME! 
  7. Laugh. No really, laughing is good for you. Trip out with your family and friends, find funny memes, make jokes, just laugh! 
  8. Self care is a MUST. Take care of your body, regular doctors and dentist appts are a must. But also treat yourself to manicures, pedicures, hair trims, massages, facials when you have the extra to squeeze it in. 
  9. Explore. Travel. Go out and see the word. Don't get caught up worrying about what others are doing. Take time to see the world. That can be local road trips to nearby states or traveling around the world. 
  10. Heartbreak will happen. It's okay to love, but it's also okay to get your heart broken. It' happens to the best of us. If heartbreak happens, surround yourself with those you love, talk to friends, put your energy into a hobby or something you love to help you cope. I promise you'll love again. 
  11. Visit NYC. The city that never sleeps. You must visit or live in NYC in your 20's. I promise my New York experience turned me into a woman. Best. Experience. EVER. 
  12. Find a Mentor. Find a mentor. This can be an older friend, family member, someone you admire. But talk to them and create a plan. This person will help you through the hardest years and keep you on the right path. 
  13. Ask Questions. You will not have all the answers Sway, lol. If you don't know the answer, ask questions. It's okay to not know or not think like you know. 
  14. Hang out with people smarter than you. Because who wants dumb friends, lol. No, but always surround yourself with people that know more than you. You'll always learn something. 
  15. Try different career paths. College may not be for everyone, but if it's not for you find a trade. Try different career paths until you find a career you can't stop thinking about.
  16. Listen to your parents. Please don't roll your eyes. I promise they have tons of experience and knowledge on a lot of things you DON'T KNOW. LISTEN and don't speak. 
  17. Write out your goals. Purchase a journal and write out your plans and goals. Look at them every day, create plans, read them over, and don't stop until you have a check mark beside them. 
  18. Social Media is only the highlight reel. Don't get so caught up in social media. People only show you what they want you to see. Focus on you. 
  19. Don't spend all your money on STUFF. What will you even do with all that stuff? Want new clothes, have a closet sale and then purchase them. Save money. Take care of what you already have and invest in great quality pieces. 
  20. It's okay if you're not married by 30. Believe me, life goes on. Spend your twenties learning, exploring, loving, dating, laughing, I promise your time will come. 
  21. Workout. Start getting serious about your daily exercise. Create a plan and try to stick with it. 
  22. Pull all nighters. Stay up all night brainstorming, emailing, being an overachiever. It's okay to be excited about your future. 
  23. It's not about what you know, it's about who you know.  Meet new people, make new friends, go places alone. 
  24. Spend time with family. Love on them and enjoy them. Attend family functions, learn about your grandmothers, mother, mother. Ask them to tell you old stories. 
  25. Learn something new. Don't know how to swim? Take classes. What about skating? Go to a rink and learn. Try new things and don't forget to document them. 
  26. Talk to your friends. Schedule dates with friends where no phones are allowed. Talk to your friends ask them about life, give advice, take advice. 
  27. Take yourself out. Go to the movies alone, on walks alone, bike rides, spend some time with yourself.  
  28. Try different foods. Try new things, broaden your palate! I'm always the first one to say I don't think I'd like something but when I try it I fall in love. So the last year of my 20's I spent a lot of time trying different foods. 
  29. Some things you just have to learn on your own.  It's all about finding your own way sometimes. You can do it. Focus and never give up. 
  30. JUMP, Leap. Faith is all you need. Create a plan and stick to it then JUMP! Do what you want to do and if you don't like your career, create one.
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Those are just a few lessons/tips that I've learned along the way and I hope this list helps as you grow. My 20's were a lot of hard work and determination but I got through them and ended them with a bang. You'll laugh, cry, have fun, and work hard, but I promise it'll be all worth it. 

So cheers to my 30's. I'm ready to make new memories, learn new things, and bring you guys bigger and better content! 

XOXO, 
Melissa Chanel