I recently considered cutting my hair off. I tend to consider this from time to time but I was a bit more serious than usual almost to the point of making an appointment. Instead I decided to try a homemade shine mask for my hair first to see if I could bring a little health back to the ends. To my surprise the shine mask worked. I think the reason I was so surprised that it made a difference is because it is made with ingredients from my kitchen. Since this is so easy and worked so well, I thought I’d share it with you. Enjoy!
(By the way, I decided not to cut my hair… for now. Hopefully it sticks for a while. I tend to get bored and want to change it but I really do want super long hair.)
4 TBSP yogurt
2 TBSP coconut oil (or olive oil)
1 TBSP of lemon juice
Crack egg into a bowl and beat extremely well with a whisk (to the point where the top layer has bubbles). Add in the yogurt, coconut oil and lemon juice and whisk once again extremely well. Massage into dry hair. If you have a dry scalp then massage mask into the scalp. Otherwise avoid getting the mask on the scalp and concentrate on the length of your hair. Let sit for 20 minutes (clip up or put into a shower cap to avoid dripping). Rinse through with water only. Shampoo and condition as normal.
One foot of hair chopped off! I knew it was the right decision when the hairdresser chopped off that long pony tail and my first reaction was, “thank God!”. It was time; time to lighten the load. Time to get rid of the extra weight. Time to unload the burden. It just feels great!
My hair grows really fast; actually an average of one inch per month. I made up my mind about a year ago that I really wanted to grow my hair down to my waist. Now, I’ve “decided” this many times in the past but have never been successful since 4th grade at least (my hair was literally down to my knees in elementary school). I think I managed to grow my hair down to my bra line a couple of times in the past before I totally got sick of it and chopped it off. I love change and typically get tired of everything fairly quickly.
This week, I happened to walk by the large glass doors in my house and stopped dead in my tracks. Luckily I was by myself because I spent a ridiculous amount of time checking myself out. I couldn’t believe it; my hair was actually down to my waist. I did it! And the surprising part is that I’m not sick of it, I have no desire to chop it off and I actually still really like it.
At the end of July I decided to bite the bullet and get some blonde streaks in my dark brown hair (you can see the post HERE). Well, I liked it so much that I decided to go back and add more. I never, ever blow dry my hair because it takes way too long. My hair is down to my waist. But, my hairdresser always blow dries and straightens it. I haven’t washed it yet, so I’m eager to see what it will look like when it’s wavy as usual. So far, I can say…I’m in love!
I’ve never really played around like hair color, at least in a salon anyway. I’ve done a few box colors here and there but because my hair is very dark, it is difficult to get any box color to take to my hair except for maybe a black color. I decided to take the plunge and go to the salon for a color. I was shooting for the ombre look initially. Once I got to the salon, I told my very trusted hair dresser that I wanted the ombre look but was looking for a more natural, beachy look.
Remember, I have never gotten a salon color done before. Let’s just say that I have a big head of hair to say the least. Because of this and because my hairdresser applied color to my hair in very tiny pieces, I spent over an hour in the chair just getting the color and foils applied. The entire process; color application and set time, rinse, toner application and set time, rinse, brush and dry took about three hours! I was very surprised by the length of the process but I really like the ladies in the salon so it all worked out.
Because I typically let my hair air dry I hadn’t planned on getting my hair blow dried but my hair dresser insisted so that she could assess the color which made complete sense. The results ended up a bit different than I expected. I expected a more drastic look but since I asked for something more natural, I did end up with the beachy highlighted look. Even though it wasn’t what I expected, I really do like it. Now my next decision will be whether or not I’ll end up going more drastic or sticking with the natural beachy look as it is. I’m excited to see what it looks like once I let it dry wavy. I’ll definitely be ready for the beach!
I am a product junkie by nature. You name it and I’ve probably tried it; hair, make-up, skin care and nail products. I’m rarely wowed by a product so when I do find something remarkable, I have to talk about it.
Let’s just say, I’m pretty cheap so buying salon products is a rarity for me unless it is on clearance. Living in a very high humidity area can do a number on even the best of hair. I have naturally wavy and somewhat thick, course hair but the summer heat and humidity had gotten to me making my hair poofy and frizzy. It had been about 9 months since I had been in a hair salon. On a whim, I asked my hair dresser (who knows my hair well) if she had anything that could fix this problem. She immediately went to the shelf and pulled out a shampoo and conditioner by Matrix labeled “sleek” promising that it would get rid of the frizz and make my hair smooth and tame. I’m always hesitant because I’m somewhat of a naturalist. I do not blow dry, use much (if any) product, or even use a brush. I purchased the shampoo and conditioner after getting a very minor trim. In the back of my mind, I knew that after using this product my hair wouldn’t just dry tame and smooth.
PROCESS & REVIEW :: I shampooed and conditioned my hair using the Matrix sleek products. After towel drying my hair, I added a nickel sized amount of Biosilk Silk Therapy (since I already had at home) throughout my hair distributing it evenly using a large wide toothed comb. From there I simply let it air dry. The results – perfectly smooth and tame waves; no frizz and no poof. I paid a salon price but it was worth every penny. Wash, comb and go. What more could you ask for? I give these products 5 stars.
In the past, when searching for a new hairstyle or haircut, I would spend countless hours going through magazines and doing Google image searching to find the perfect cut. I would print out or put on my iPhone this perfect hair pic that I found. Sometimes this process would work out great and sometimes not so great.
This time, when trying to figure out what in the world to do with this mop on my head, I decided to go through my own past hairstyle pics. Why in the world didn’t I think of this before? It’s brilliant. Honestly, what was I thinking with using celebrity hair pics anyway? I will NEVER come out on the other side looking like a celebrity. I have my own color, hair type and face shape. Going this route means that my hair will be the best me I can be.
The search brought me to this collage. I’ve chosen to get a trim in order to grow my hair out to look like the pic on the bottom left. It’s by far my best hair yet.
My friend was given this cute pink crocheted headband and wanted the same pattern but in another color. My first thought…my mom can easily figure it out. She’s a crochet whiz! Sure enough, she did and improved upon it. The original headband is the pink one and the copied ones are the white ones and the blue one. We’re getting the pattern written down on paper and there will be more colors and patterns to come. These are so cute!
* this is a general pic as my daughter refused to have her picture taken.
I will preface this post with saying that my husband is a work from home/stay at home dad.
Yesterday while at work, I find out via a Facebook notification that my teenage daughter and two friends have walked to Wal-Mart to get hair dye and are in the process of dyeing each others hair. My daughter and one of the friends chose to use a dye that included a bleach process first. I come home to two girls with what I would call “zebra hair”. NEVER allow 15 year olds to dye each others hair.
This fiasco was was followed by one in tears, another in trouble with her mom and a very regretful dad. There is a reason that moms typically stay at home and not dads.
Dad – don’t allow girls to do extreme things to their hair, body, etc. without mom there.
Daughter – don’t ever dye my hair at home unless my mom does it.
Me – school just let out. This is going to be a loooong summer.