Long Hair Care

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.)

Ingredients:

  1. 1 egg
  2. 4 TBSP yogurt
  3. 2 TBSP coconut oil (or olive oil)
  4. 1 TBSP of lemon juice

Directions:

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.

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Caffeine, Coffee & Me

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Today marks day number eleven without soda, coffee or caffeine.  I like soda okay, but I LOOOOVE coffee.  I mean, I REALLY love it!  It’s what gets me up in the morning and keeps me running throughout most of the day.   You hear all this fuss about how bad caffeine is and how it’s considered a drug, but you truly don’t understand the impact (and hold) that caffeine has on your body until you try to cut it out completely.  Aside from it being a drug and addictive, it is known to trigger and exacerbate stress and anxiety (among many other things).  Stress and anxiety are two things that I am working hard to keep in check these days.

I recently ended up in a scary (to me) situation where, for days, my heart had been racing and I wasn’t able to sleep.  Looking back now, I realize that I had gotten so wound tight and so stressed that I didn’t know how to get out.  My dad explains it best by saying that it’s like you’re stuck in a pressure cooker with no release.  So, after this bout of anxiety, I came down with a fever and was in bed for days with the flu/sinus infection.  I used this opportunity to quit caffeine cold turkey.  Hey, I felt like complete crap anyway so, why not, right?  I’m not going to lie…it’s been hard.  I’ve been tired, foggy and quite moody.  I can feel my body adjusting.  I can feel my body fighting.  I’m drinking more water and I’ve replaced the coffee with some good herbal tea.  It is difficult but I will persevere.  I will push though to a better, healthier me.