Dealing with Maskne ✨✨




Hi everyone! I’ve missed you all. This past year has been extremely overwhelming to say the least. Going from having to wear face masks on a daily basis to being inside most of the time has been a crazy change for a lot of us. I myself have been struggling with acne from stress and wearing cloth masks from around October of last year until now in March of 2021. It has been wild and frustrating and I have been getting a lot of messages from women telling me that they are going through the same thing, so this blog post is to tell you all what I did and hopefully it helps you as well!

At the beginning, I believed that using different products was the cause of my acne. I was exfoliating more to get rid of the bumps that were around my chin area, and even applying charcoal masks to try to detox my skin. I was doing that for a while and nothing was helping. I tried double cleansing, making sure my face was nice and clean and still to no avail. When I had tried literally everything I could think of, I decided it was time to go to a Dermatologist. Full disclaimer – I have never been to a dermatologist in my whole life until now lol. My skin used to never break out, only hormonal at times, so I never really saw the need to go see a Dermatologist. Upon setting up my appointment, she asked what products I was using and examined my skin. She prescribed two creams to me that would help with the acne and would get my skin back to normal.

Products I am currently using ✨

The creams my Dermatologist prescribed me are Metronidazole 0.75% and Tretinoin 0.025%. I was instructed to use the Metronidazole in the AM and the Tretinoin at night time after I cleansed and applied toner to my face. The first week or so that I started using the creams, the area around my mouth started getting a little dry which is a common side effect of the tretinoin cream. It is meant to hep the skin by irritating it at first which I know sounds counterintuitive. It helps reduce inflammation, fades dark spots, prevents your pores from getting plugged up and exfoliates the skin. Although it is my first time hearing about this cream, it has actually been used for 50 years for acne. Its similar to Retinol which I am sure most of you have heard of, in the sense that they both derive from Vitamin A but Tretinoin is most commonly referred to as Retin-A. It is a synthetic form of Vitamin A whereas Retinol is a natural form of Vitamin A and Tretinoin is more powerful. I only use half an inch or less of both creams daily. The Metronidazole cream I love because it leaves my skin not feeling oily which it usually is. It has a mattifying effect almost and glides on really smooth.

I have been using those two creams, but I also went back to using minimal products or back to basics I should say. I realized that using two many products at a time was overwhelming for my skin.The other products I am currently using are Cerave Face wash SA (Salycilic Acid), Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner (alcohol free, aloe vera formula) , Glossier’s Solution, and Steli Cosmetics Face Melt as my moisturizer. The mask I have been using that has helped with my dark spots post acne is the Gleamin Tumeric and Aloe Vera mask. I first saw it on Instagram and followed up on their website to their reviews and they were all really good. My best friend gifted me a jar for Christmas and I have been using it every two days since then. It has helped immensely! I definitely recommend it for anyone struggling with uneven texture or dark spots.

So all in all, I have been using the products I have mentioned above since around December and my skin is almost back to normal. I have also since going into the dermatologist, stopped using cloth face masks and reverted back to using the surgical face masks. The cloth masks trap humid air when you breath in the mask and although I was washing them daily, they still were not helping my acne. That plus the regimen I have been doing has helped a lot. I would say that if you are struggling with acne, you are not alone! Also try to go back to the basics and use minimal products first. Avoid using too many new products, one at. time for a few weeks. If that doesn’t work then set up an appointment with a Dermatologist to assess your skin issues and develop a regimen that works for you. I hope this helps at least a little bit and as usual if you have any questions DM me at @kandykillsss or shoot me an email on here! Love you guys and talk to you soon.


Hair Routine & Products ✨

Hey guys/gals! Sorry I have been a little MIA lately, but I’m back and I wanted to share the products that I have been using on my hair for the past 2 wash days. Below are the results from last night’s wash day and the products I used. Click the brand names in the text & next to the image for the link on where to buy each product.

Products used

emerge My Mane BFF Leave-in Conditioner,

ogx Moroccan Curling Perfection Defining Cream,

aussie Instant Freeze Gel

Let me begin by stating that all of these products are sulfate & paraben free. Not pictured are the shampoo I used or Mask. I have been having scalp flaking issues & I think it might be due to Seborrheic Dermatitis (self diagnosing lol) so I have been using Head & Shoulders while I can go to my dermatologist and it has been helping tons! The mask I used is the Overtone Colorless Hair Mask.

First up- Emerge My Mane BFF Leave-In conditioner. I chose to use the Emerge leave-in this wash and go because I wanted a lighter hold and feel to my curls. It is extremely light weight and has a light scent as well. This gives me a lot of slip in the shower so detangling is a breeze and always leaves my curls frizz free and hydrated due to the Pequi Oil & Shea Butter used in the formulation. It is also great as a refresher! Usually I would use my spray bottle and then scrunch some into my hair to revive any dryness after a few days.

2nd I used one of my ALL TIME FAVESOgx Moroccan Curling Defining Cream. This has been my go to because it is super versatile. The cream is not too thick and not too watery and pairs well with a lot of other products that I apply to my hair. How I make sure that the products in my line up pair well is I apply a small dot of each product on my palm and mix them together for a minute or two. If the mix looks clumpy and is not smooth, then the products will not work well together and you will have to end up washing your hair sooner than usual. The reason being that not all ingredients and consistencies are going to pair well together and to avoid having to re-wash your hair after 2 days, definitely check if the products will work well together in your hair. See below pictures for reference on how the products should look once mixed.

Last but not least! The last product I used has also been my go to gel for a few months now- Aussie’s Instant Freeze Gel. This gel has jojoba oil & Sea Kelp in the ingredients. Jojoba oil moisturizes, strengthens and can help treat scalp problems due to clogged pores. Sea kelp has many benefits. It helps promote hair growth, is made up of 46 minerals, 16 amino acids, 11 vitamins along with a high iodine content, so it helps people who have iron or mineral deficiencies that can suffer from thinning hair. It is said to regulate thyroids and treat dandruff as well. Consumption of sea kelp is the best way to get it into your body the quickest but having it added to hair products also helps. This gel definitely lengthens my wash and go’s and gives me the hold I love. Definitely recommend trying it in your hair routine.

So there you have it! These products are not only affordable (from $5.99-$8 the most !!) but they have been helping my curls stay soft and fluffy, along with the deep conditioning once a week, with the DCs I shared with you in my previous posts. If you have any questions or comments please drop them in the comment section or via my IG! Thank you for reading my posts & see you next time ✨

Rice water for your hair ✨

Hey you guys! Sorry I have been taking a little break to recharge but I am back and excited to share more with you. Lately, I have been seeing a lot of fuss from curly hair gals on using rice water on their hair and so I decided to finally try it out for myself.


Many of you must be asking, what? rice water for your hair, why? well upon researching, rice water actually has a lot of nutrients and benefits! According to a lot of articles I read, women from Southeast Asia, China and Japan have been using it for AGES. Japanese women in the Heian period (794-1185 CE) had floor length hair and used to bathe their hair in rice water. Similarly, Chinese Yao women from the village Huangluo, are known for their 6 foot long hair averages. They would tell people that the rice water keeps their hair color long lasting and their hair long in length. Some even say their hair doesn’t start turning grey until their 80’s! Rice has inositol, a carbohydrate that helps repair damaged hair and the amino acids in rice also help strengthen the hair at its root to promote stronger and thicker new growth. The people that swear by rice water also claim that it:

  • Smoothes hair
  • Makes their hair shine
  • Strengthens Hair
  • Makes their hair grow long

I made my own rice water by using uncooked rice, rinsing it thoroughly to get all of the nutrients out of it, adding 2-3 cups of water, straining the rice out and then boiling it for a few minutes with grapefruit peel for scent. After, I let it sit in my fridge for a day to cool down before use. Use it after shampooing and conditioning as your last rinse. There are two ways that you can use the rice water, fermented or plain. To ferment it, rinse the uncooked rice, let it soak for 30 minutes in 1-2 cups of water and before you strain it, leave it out at room temperature for 2 days. Once the 2 days are up, strain it into a clean bowl before use.


Fermented rice water is rich in antioxidants, minerals, Vitamins A & E as well as an ingredient that I hadn’t heard of that results from fermentation called Pitera. Pitera has the ability to promote cell regeneration and has been thought of as an “anti-aging elixir”. Fermented rice water also lowers the pH level of the rice water down to as close as possible to our hair’s pH level which is slightly acidic. The nutrients alongside of the slightly acidic pH can restore our hair’s pH level and get it back to being healthy.


I have used a video for reference which I will link below. I am so excited to share my results with you after a few weeks, and in the meantime,I will be making more hair posts for you guys. Please share with me your results or any questions/comments you have for me! Drop it in the comment section or DM me on my IG – @kandykillsss

Deep Conditioning your lovely tresses ✨

Hey everyone! I am back and as promised on my IG, I will be sharing with you some of my favorite deep conditioners and telling you why it is so important to deep condition your hair. Deep conditioning isn’t just something that people who choose to wear their hair natural can do, it helps all types of hair health. There are a lot of ways that you can deep condition your hair, some people like to do it prior to washing and some like to do it while in the shower. I have tried both methods and for me, deep conditioning after I have washed my hair with shampoo and conditioner works best for me. If you are using a DIY deep conditioner that has oil mixed in to it (i.e Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, etc), I believe you should apply it to dry hair before showering so that you make sure to wash out all the ingredients and not have to worry about build up or an unclean scalp. When you deep condition you are not only helping your scalp’s health but you are also bringing lots of moisture back into your hair. Wether you just dyed your hair or just haven’t been really caring about your hair lately, deep conditioners are your saving grace. Below I will list the deep conditioners that I have been using and love and will number them from 1-5, 1 being my ultimate favorite.

#1. One ‘N Only – Restorative Mask with Argan Oil

This is my go to mask that I have been using to Deep Condition for YEARS now. The first ingredient is water and has shea butter for moisture as well. This mask is said to be “an intensive treatment to penetrate the cuticle and reconstruct the hair shaft, rebuild strength and restore elasticity”. I can vouch and say that I use this hair mask when my hair feels weak, when I haven’t been taking care of my hair, and especially after a day at the beach. It helps with environmental factors, heat stress and chemical or color treatments so for those that have dye in their hair, this one is safe to use. For even more maximum penetration, you can use a shower cap and/or go under a hair dryer. Only need to leave on for 7-10 mins. Price point is super affordable at $8.99 at https://www.sallybeauty.com/hair/hair-care/conditioner/argan-oil-restorative-mask/SBS-001611.html

#2. Overtone – The Remedy Colorless Hair Mask

Ever since I started dying my hair I searched for solutions to maintain my color looking vibrant. I stumbled upon Overtone and with their pigmented conditioners, I was able to stretch my days to months with my color. The best part is, that it is safe for natural hair and does not include ammonia, sulfates or parabens! This hair mask, just like their conditioners, is used to help restore moisture and repair damage in between color applications. They utilize plant based ingredients like avocado, olive oil, coconut oils, as well as shea butter. Both avocado and coconut oils prevent future damage while encouraging hair growth and strengthen the hair and shea butter conditions and provides anti-inflammatory benefits to your scalp. The price point is a little on the higher end at $27 but take it from me, a little goes a long way and it lasts a long time. You can purchase and read more about it here: https://overtone.co/collections/shop-all/products/the-remedy

#3. DpHue. – ACV Hair Masque

If you haven’t tried using apple cider vinegar for your hair, this is a great way to start. ACV can be used to cleanse your scalp and restore life back into your hair. A lot of naturals use ACV rinses for this purpose when their hair is feeling weak and their curls are lacking luster. This mask is great because not only does it not smell like ACV at all, instead it smells amazing & it infuses Sunflower Seed Extract, Rosehip and Avocado Oil. The benefits are listed as “Repairs and strengthens damaged hair, restores elasticity, protects color and reduces frizz/increases shine.” I was using this when I first dyed/bleached my hair and this got my hair back to being soft and shiny. The price point is on the higher end as well at $42 but its worth it if you feel that your hair is severely damaged and needs something strong to bring it back to life. https://www.dphue.com/collections/best-sellers/products/apple-cider-vinegar-hair-masque

#4. Eva Nyc – Therapy Session Hair Mask

I just recently started using this mask and wow! Another color safe hair mask that smells wonderful. I seriously cannot get over how good it smells. Ingredients include Argan Oil and Seabuckthorn extract. Argan oil is rich in Vitamins A and B and is an antioxidant as well. Seabuckthorn is something that I’ve been seeing circulate in social media and has been used for years. It is a shrub that sprouts fruits and seeds has a lot of benefits for both skin and hair. Also rich Omegas, Vitamin A and E, it helps with scalp circulation and supports hair growth. I recommend reading more about it because it has over 200 properties! This mask has definitely helped strengthen and repair my strands all while leaving my hair extremely soft and smelling great. Price point is $14.99 and can be found at Ulta via this link https://www.ulta.com/therapy-session-hair-mask?productId=xlsImpprod5160075

#5. Not Your Mother’s Naturals- Matcha Green Tea and wild Apple Blossom Butter Masque

Another good one! This mask smells amazing as well and uses 98% derived ingredients! This means that the ingredients have been unchanged from their natural state and have not undergone processing. The 2% left are the synthetic ingredients to help ensure shelf life. This mask is meant to detoxify your scalp with the matcha green tea and the wild apple blossom as antioxidants. No use of sulfates, parabens, silicones, dyes, and gluten free as well. Upon using this mask, my scalp did feel clean and moisturized and all it took was 2-5 minutes! The price point is Super affordable at only $8.99! Run dont walk to get this at https://www.ulta.com/matcha-green-tea-wild-apple-blossom-nutrient-rich-butter-masque?productId=xlsImpprod16891017


So there you have it folks! I am so happy to share some of my favorite deep conditioners with you and if you have any comments, questions or give any of these a try let me know how your experience goes! Leave a comment in the comment section at the bottom of the page. Looking forward to sharing more with you guys in the upcoming weeks! ❤️

Get to know me

Before & After

Hi everyone, my name is Tiffany. I am Dominican, born and raised in New York City. I have decided to start this blog because of all the positive feedback I have gotten when speaking to people about how to get their curly hair healthy again. Growing up I didn’t really understand my hair that well and did not really get much support in that area because growing up in a Dominican household, straight hair was just what was deemed “pelo bueno” or good hair. As I grew older, in high school I was mistreating my hair using flat irons and blow driers on greasy hair and it completely broke my hair down from its original healthy state (refer to the above picture on the left). Since then I have realized that I should be proud of my natural hair and vowed to get my curls back to curling again and most importantly, healthy. Fast forward to around 6 or so years since high school and my curls are in the best shape that they have ever been (picture on the right). In this blog I will share with you all of the tips and tricks I have learned regarding my hair, favorite products and reviews along with skincare tips as well. I hope that you guys can achieve whatever hair care goals you are seeking with the guidance of my content. I can’t wait to share with you what I have learned!

What is Low/High Porosity?

When I first started my natural hair journey, I was using products that had ingredients that were harmful for my hair. I didn’t understand why my hair was still not improving or would feel stripped constantly. I was using products that have sulfates/parabens. These chemicals are responsible for making your shampoo foam up and are meant to cleanse your hair but in turn can also strip away the natural oils from your scalp and make your hair dry and brittle. You have to experiment with products to know what your hair type can handle because some hair can tolerate sulfates/parabens, so it isn’t always a bad thing. To be able to figure out which products to use, you first need to figure out what your hair porosity is.

Hair Porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb and hold moisture. You can follow this link from one of my favorite curly hair pages to know more: xhttps://www.naturallycurly.com/texture-typing/hair-porosity

Low Porosity hair usually rejects water or won’t let it penetrate as well so in turn you have to make sure that you choose products that will hydrate your hair well. I have low porosity so when shopping for products I choose the ones that are sulfate free so that my hair won’t be more dry than it usually is. My hair is also prone to product build up since the products sit on top of the hair instead of penetrating it. A good clarifying shampoo is key. I have been using Carol’s Daughter Wash Day Delight and it leaves my scalp squeaky clean. Since low porosity hair usually doesn’t allow product penetration, I cocktail my products or layer them so that it is well moisturized. I apply leave-in conditioner and gel usually on damp hair and depending on the product might even add a cream. Be mindful of the way that you apply products onto your hair as some products like thick creams can also weigh your hair down if your hair is fine. Also, deep conditioning is key! I will share some of my favorite deep conditioners in the next post. Try out the float test below for yourself and let me know which porosity you are!