Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Weekend Washday!

I'm back with another wash day post! Some of you may have noticed that I did not post any wash day related posts for 2 weeks, but I have good excuses! The first of those 2 weeks I did a bantu knot out and it was awful! so awful that I had to re-wash my hair in order to bring it back to normalcy. The second week I went to the salon and it was my birthday. Anywhoodle I'm back with a fabulous wash day and tons of pics! As of lately my wash days have been on Fridays. I normally wash my hair after leaving the gym or immediately after I get home from work. This allows my hair to be fresh for the weekend without actually spending my weekend washing my hair :). Here's how this weekend's wash day went:



  • Detangled with my Mane N Tail Detangler.
  • Applied Keracare Humecto conditioner and sat under my Gold N Hot cap for about 20 minutes.
  • Rinsed and shampooed with my Shea Moisture Retention Shampoo.
  • Rinsed and applied a bit of the generic version of Matrix Biolage Detangling conditioner.
  • T-shirt dried my hair for about 15 minutes.
  • Applied my usual leave ins using the L (Chi Keratin Mist) O (GVP Smoothing Serum) C (Kimmaytube Leave In) 
  • Sat under the dryer on cool setting for about 30 minutes.
  • Moisturized & sealed with Giovanni Direct Leave In & Coconut Oil
  • Massaged JBCO into my scalp and sealed my ends
Style: Saturday was the honey's birthday so I decided to do a caruso pin curl rollerset. I seriously adored this hairstyle! *Sidenote* Can we just take a moment to disucss how my makeup was BEAT *two snaps*! On Resurrection Sunday I decided to recreate my side curl updo. Unfortunately by the time I could snap a picture the wind had disrespected my curls and turned my hairstyle into a bit of a mess! Either way I totally enjoyed my hair this weekend. For the week I'm back to my soft fluffy buns!

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How was your wash day? If you haven't already check out The Washday Experience Linkup!


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Monday, April 21, 2014

Product Review: Roots Only Applicator Bottle

Ever since Jeni of Just Grow Already reviewed this product I've been itching to get my hands on it. Fast forward months later and I finally got around to getting myself 1! I'm sure most of you have heard about this product on either YouTube or on some of the hair boards. The reason it took me so long to get this product is because I didn't see it as an immediate need seeing as though I own several applicator bottles, BUT what I didn't know was how much this product would change the oil application game for me!

Price: $6.19

Place Of Purchase: Sally's Beauty Supply


Promises:
  • No Mess! Just comb and squeeze to apply solution
  • Solution flows through hollow teeth directly to scalp and roots
  • Distributes evenly; Easy to apply in hard to reach areas (back of head)
Roots Only Applicator is indispensable for applying any solution to your scalp and roots. Use less solution; No waste. Save money; Salon professional results at a fraction of the cost! Reusable; Buy once and use it again and again.

The Roots Only Comb Applicator is ideal for applying hair color, conditioning growth oil, hair conditioner, medicated shampoo, anti-itch medication and other hair treatment solutions to the scalp and roots. The Roots Only Application System comes packaged with our patented, 10-tooth applicator comb and a 4oz squeezable bottle.

My Thoughts: I seriously love this little gem. It makes applying my JBCO to my scalp 1000 times easier. Recently I'd been slacking on my JBCO applications because I just didn't feel like being bothered with the process (not that it was really hard). This roots only applicator bottle turned a 5 minute process into about a 1 minute process. Because of the comb like applicator tips it applies oil to the scalp easily and quickly. Now that this process only takes about 1 minute I've started incorporating scalp massages into my regimen again. In case you couldn't tell I'm totally smitten with this product and am well on my way to falling head over heels in love with it. I'm so thankful to the healthy hair obsessed person who saw this applicator bottle and realized it's potental beyond just touching up your roots!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Fitness Fridays | Detoxing My Way Back!

Well well well, it's time for another Fitness Friday post! On last week I celebrated my 26th birthday (woop woop!) and thoroughly enjoyed myself including indulging in some deliciously unhealthy food! I knew that with my birthday week coming up my clean eating would wane. Well the birthday celebration is over and it's time for me to get back on track. While enjoying a lovely pinning session on Pinterest (Click Here to follow me!) I discovered various detox water recipes. I thought to myself what better way to get back on track than with a detoxifying drink to help rid my body of all of the yucky stuff I've been consuming lately.







I decided to try a recipe that includes readily available ingredients (i.e. I can get it from walmart). The recipe that seemed the most simple to me is the Lemon/Lime/cucumber recipe. Basically you get yourself a pitcher, fill it with water, slice up the ingredients, and let it steep over night. Sounds simple right? Here are some of the benefits of this easy detox water:
  • Lemon and/or Lime juice helps to stimulate and regulate the digestive track. It also helps boost your immune system while cleansing the body
  • Cucumber is excellent for rehydration and also contains anti-inflammatory properties
While this isn't the tastiest thing in the world it has such great benefits until I don't mind!


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Source: http://everydayroots.com/detox-drink-for-cleansing
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pause!...Things I've Changed About My Hair Regimen

Spring is FINALLY upon us! For me that normally brings about a few changes to my hair regimen. Some things that work for me in the winter aren't necessary in the warmer months and some things...well they just aren't working at all! In addition to putting some techniques on hold I also brought back a few that my hair is totally digging right now!







Pause/Stopped

  • Midweek Cowashes - Winter was ROUGH on my hair. The constant wind, snow, & below freezing temperatures left my hair always feeling thirsty! Between the harsh weather conditions and my daily dates with the gym I added midweek cowashes in addition to my weekly wash day to keep dryness and breakage at bay. Now that the weather is warming up and I've discovered an awesome conditioner that keeps my hair moisturized for longer I'm able to get away with 1 washday a week! However if I see where my hair needs that midweek cowash I will definitely add it back into my regimen 
  • Tea Rinses - Quite frankly I've tried to make tea rinses work for me, but I don't see where they do much for my hair and I hate the way they make my hair feel. Since this was a no go this was an easy step to eliminate from my washday. 
  • In/Out The Shower - For a while on every wash day I found myself hopping in and out of the shower 2-3 times. I soon realized that for me that's annoying and time consuming. By slightly rearranging the order of how I do things or just doing in between steps with my head over the sink or tub I was able to eliminate that. I'm LOVING it! 
  • Being a Mixologist With Conditioners - I used to really enjoy mixing oils and conditioners together to create a magic concoction for my hair. Currently I'm so not feeling it! Right now I enjoy conditioners that can be used on my hair with no add ins, but still give me great results! 
Started/Resumed:
  • Deep Condition on Semi Damp Hair - Somewhere along the way I started DCing my hair after shampooing. I'm not sure why, but eventually it dawned on me that it's not only easier, but my hair responds better when I DC first on semi damp hair. 
  • Detangle Prior to DC - I used to do this and stopped because the detanglers that I was using would leave a yucky film on my hair. Well ever since I've discovered Mane N Tail I no longer have that problem. It melts my tangles like no other and makes my wash days so much easier. 
  • Messy Buns - As my hair continues to grow my messy buns keep getting better and bigger. The bonus is that it's a super easy low manipulation daily protective style. 
  • Weekend Hair Break - During the winter I was protective styling practically 100% of the time because between the wind and the harsh materials that winter clothing is made of it seemed best. However now that winter is gone I'm back to protective styling 5 days a week and enjoying the heck out of my hair on the weekend (usually with a dry flexi rod set or caruso steam rollers). I'm all for length retention, but a girl's gotta have a little fun too! 
Have any of you taken a pause on some things within your regimen? 



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Monday, April 14, 2014

It's My Birthday!!! Reflecting on Turning 26!

By the time you guys see this post I'll officially be 26! I have so many things to be grateful for. God has blessed me beyond belief so first of all I want to give all glory to him! As I sit back and think on this past year I realized that I've made some great strides in becoming a better person both spiritually and physically. Although not perfect and always trying to improve I am the healthiest I've ever been in my adult life. I have been more focused on clean eating and consistent exercise. I've finally reached the goal of Arm Pit Length (unofficially) and I have a wonderful family, boyfriend, friends, and blogger family. I truly enjoy blogging and am so thankful for each of you who takes the time to read and comment on my posts. So during this time of reflection I'm thankful and ready for year 26!


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