Sunday, November 8, 2020

Back the Blue

I am aware that this is currently a really hot topic. Nevertheless, I want to share my view and explain why I support law enforcement. 

I am well aware that not everyone will agree with me and that's fine. My intent is not to change anyone's opinion. I'm not writing this to start an argument with anyone, just sharing my reasons for supporting law enforcement, why we need them, and need to give them more funding not less.

My dad has been a first responder for over 20 years and I'm extremely proud of the work he has done and the lives he has saved. No, he's not a police officer. He's a firefighter. He has seen many things that I'm sure he wishes he could unsee but that can't happen. No, he wasn't risking his life every time he was in uniform but that doesn't change the work that he did. However, I'm not here to talk about firefighters.

I back the blue for many reasons. One of them being they risk their lives every day they put on their uniform. They get called disgusting names. They sacrifice time with their families so they can make our streets a safer place. They do this with little to no thanks.

They never know if they will return home to their families because of the target on their backs. And some of their supporters don't want to admit it, especially in hard times like these, for fear of retaliation. 

Are there bad apples in the police force? 

Of course, there are! 

There are bad apples in every single profession and in every walk of life. 

I'm sure there are those who will call me a racist because I support law enforcement. But that's simply not true, I don't have to explain why that's not true because it doesn't matter to me what others think. If you know me personally, then, you know I'm not a racist and those opinions are the only ones that matter to me.

Why do the police need more funding? 

Easy, it's proven that with more officers and better equipment they can make our streets safer. With better equipment, it also makes the officers safer. A good department attracts men and women who want to work for said department which in turn,  means more men and women out in our communities able to respond to more calls and save more lives. 

No one wants to work for a place that doesn't support their workers, not just law enforcement. It's like that for all professions.

You don't have to do a lot to thank the men and women who risk their lives for us. Just give them a thank you when you see them, or something as simple as a smile. Buy them a meal when you see them, donate when they hold fundraisers. I personally can't do much in way of donations because I don't yet have a steady income but they don't always need money a smile and a thank you goes a very long way. If you see a police officer or anyone for that matter in danger help them. They wouldn't hesitate a second to help you if it was the other way around.

I can't believe TV networks took down shows that were pro first responders or that toys are being recalled. It's ridiculous. Most of America supports police and we need to speak up and show America how many people really do back the blue.

Thank you to all the men and women who have served in law enforcement, who are serving in law enforcement, who have served in the military, and are currently serving. America wouldn't be the amazing country it is today without you.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Nature's Little Secret Styling Cream: A Review

I came upon this conditioner through my mom, I believe it was one of hers but she didn't like it, or rather her hair didn't, so she gave it to me.

I am really loving this styling cream. It is lusciously thick compared to the Avalon Organics conditioner that I usually use. Its fragrance is amazing and has great stay power.

As you can see in the title, this product is actually a styling cream although I have been using it as a conditioner and loving it! 

As it does come in a smaller container, I use it sparingly in my aloe mask as a thickener combined with my Avalon conditioner. 

I have also used it as my secondary conditioner in the shower and it went really well in my hair although I ended up using too much and, since it's a smaller bottle, I have decided to only use it in my hair masks.

Here are the ingredients for the styling cream: 

Water, Organic Chondrus Crispus (Irish Moss Extract), Organic Ulmus Rubra (Slippery Elm Bark Extract), Organic Linum Usitatissmum (Flax Seed Extract), Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Orbignya Oleifera (Babssu Seed Oil), Organic Persea Gratissima (Avocado Oil), Glyceryl Stearate, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin Seed Oil), Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Leaf Juice), Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu Butter), Organic Agave Americana (Agave Nectar), Phenoxyethanol and Caprylyl Glycol and Sorbic Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E, Parfum (Fragrance - Phthalate Free and Vegan) 

You can buy the styling cream here.
This is NOT my photo.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Shea Moisturizer Conditioner: A Review

A long time ago, I tried a conditioner that had Shea butter as one of the main ingredients and it left my hair looking greasy, Since then, I have not been eager to repeat the experience and, therefore, I have avoided anything with shea butter.

However, I recently reneged on my first impression and tried a new conditioner. I first tried this conditioner after my mom tried it on her hair and didn't like it as it was too heavy for her fine curly hair. She asked if I wanted to try it. Why not? Right?  

Although a tad nervous, I gave it a whirl. It turns out my hair loves it!

After many weeks of testing and using this conditioner in my aloe mask and in my hair while wet in the shower, it seems that my hair likes it best as a conditioner and not in the mask.

It doesn't leave my hair greasy but, instead, very soft, manageable, and smelling divine for the week I don't wash my hair. 

I love the thick consistency of this product. It makes applying it much easier than a runny conditioner. 

My Hair Routine

First, I oil my hair the day before I wash my hair. Then, I apply my aloe mask (summer) or my protein mask (winter) and leave it be for a couple of hours, rinse it out, and shampoo my scalp.

At this point, I split my hair in the middle (roughly in the middle) and allow the shower water to run through my hair a little before I gently and slowly brush my hair using my favorite brush.

When this task is complete,  I squeeze the excess water out and apply three pumps of the shea conditioner for each section of my length, and two additional pumps for my scalp. I then again use my brush to spread the conditioner throughout my hair. When done, I put my hair up in a low bun held by an elastic while I shave my legs,

Lastly, I thoroughly rinse the conditioner out. 

I air dry my hair after having gently squeezed out excess water with my — really large, and much loved  — microfiber hair towel.

This process works best for me but bear in mind that washing your hair this way may not work best for you as we are all so unique.

Here are all the —  affiliate — links for the products I mentioned.

And the recipes:

Pictured below is a picture of the conditioner.

This is NOT my photo.

Friday, September 4, 2020

Avalon Organics Conditioner: A Review

Since I found out that Nature's Gate is no longer selling conditioner, I was forced to find another brand that both I and my hair liked.

My mom suggested Avalon Organics, so of course, I gave it a shot.

Drum roll please, my hair does seem to like it a lot.

I have the Nourishing Lavender conditioner. I love the scent as lavender is one of my favorite scents. It does leave my hair smelling really nice and the scent as good staying power. 

There are, however, a few things I don't care for about this conditioner. It is on the runny side. For this reason, using it as my second conditioner in the shower wasn't possible. Therefore, I use it in my aloe mask does—which makes it thinner and a bigger mess when I apply it. I have been adding a little of a thicker conditioner to take care of the watery hair mask issue.

I will continue to use Avalon—as well as a few other brands—in the future. 

I plan on trying other scents with that same brand.

Which scents are your favorites? 

Have you used Avalon before? Do y'all like this brand of conditioner for your hair?

These are the ingredients for the lavender conditioner
Aqua (water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice(1), Brassica Alcohol, Glycerin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut oil (1), Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Diheptyl Succinate, Brassicyl Isoleucinate Esylate, Gluconolactone, Cutrus Aurantifolia (Lime oil), Citrus Limon (Lemon Peel Oil),  Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender Oil), Calendula Officinalis (Canledula Flower Extract (1), Chamomilla Recutita (Marticaria Flower Extract (1), Chenopedium Quinoa Seed(1), Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender Flower Extract (1), Tocopheryl Acetate Alcohol(1), Archidyl Acohol, Arginine, Behenyl Alcohol, Calcium Gluconate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Citral, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool

PS: For those of you who care, Avalon conditioners are EWG verified.

You can get the Avalon Organics conditioner here.

This is NOT my photo.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Wood Berry Art Hair Sticks: A Review

I had been following Wood Berry Art on Instagram for a little while when, one day, he held a giveaway.

I personally never thought I would actually win but it turns out I did! That is how I ended up with this hair stick.

I love the design of the seahorse. The craftmanship on the stick is amazing. It is very sturdy and smooth so it doesn't catch on my hair. The size of the seahorse is a little bigger than I thought it would be and I completely forgot to ask for the prongs to be longer since my hair is so long but that is completely my own fault.

I can still wear this hair stick and most definitely will, but because it's so beautiful I will only be wearing it for special occasions or the times I actually dress up. 

I did get to pick out the type of wood from the selections he offered. I went with the lightest because of my hair color. I felt a light wood would compliment my hair best.   

I did receive the package very quickly for it being sent from out of the country which was really cool.

I do like some of the sticks he has in his shop and even have some of them saved for when I have some spending money. His prices range from $16-$65. I personally think they are very well priced for the work that goes into them. He also does custom orders for those of you who would want something different or special.

Here is the link to his shop.

Below are pictures of the hair stick and of the stick in my hair.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

My Hair Journey, 2008~2020

I have always loved long hair—although not necessarily the "long hair" you may think of when I say "long hair." Therefore, what do I mean when I say long hair? Very long hair.

Allow me to share my story of growing my hair from shoulder length to classic length over the course of about eleven years—I will share tips I learned along the way.

Many years ago, I didn't take care of my hair properly and I ended up with dreadlocks that neither I nor my mother wanted.

On the other hand, I also wouldn't allow said mother to brush my hair or help me. At this point, she gave me a choice: "Take care of your hair or I'll cut it." 

She cut it.

My hair was about waist length and I was about 7. 

After the big chop, I grew it out to about bra strap but then, I made the choice to cut it again back to my shoulders. That was the last time I cut that much off my hair at once.

After my second chop, I decided I was going to grow my hair to my dream length which is classic. It took many years, a lot of learning from a lot of different people, and trying various things to finally figure out what my hair likes and doesn't like—it's like having a pet, just kidding, kind of.

Dealing with Dandruff

I guess I will start with learning to deal with dandruffs. At the time, I was washing my hair every other day, which is common and fine for a lot of people.

I have since learned that my hair is a lot healthier, softer, and thicker since washing it once a week —although I do a scalp wash in the Summer mid-way to my next wash.

 When I was dealing with dandruff, not washing my hair for longer than two days would make my scalp itch like crazy. In hopes of getting rid of my dandruff, I tried various shampoos, conditioners, scrubs, rinses, and even oil with garlic in it—can you say stinky?

Lo and behold, I wash finally able to solve the dandruff issue with a homeopathic remedy.

Wash Day

After lurking long hair groups and hearing that many longhaired gals only wash their hair once a week. I decided to give it a try and see how it would work for me. 

There was definitely a learning curve as it took a little while for my hair and scalp to adjust to a new schedule. 

I have been following this method now for about two years and I wouldn't go back to washing my hair daily or every other day.

Since washing my hair only once per week, my hair has thickened and I feel like it has grown faster as well.

Hot Hair Tools

I have been aware for a long time now that using heat on one's hair is damaging.  Although I am not trying to convince anyone not to use heated hair tools, it's common knowledge that their regular use will cause damage. When one wants to grow their hair out, this situation creates an uphill battle to healthy long tresses.

I personally have never used a flat iron. Although I do not personally own a curling rod, I used one for a wedding I was in once and I did notice some damage I used a curling rod on a couple sections of my hair and I did notice damage afterward.

Diddo for hair dryers.

I always air dry my hair. 

I have also never dyed or permed my hair. 

Hair Products

Over the years,  as you can imagine, I have tried out a lot of hair products.

Many shampoos left my hair feeling very straw-like. After many trials and errors, I finally found products free of cones which leave my hair feeling soft. Yay.

Over our very hot Summer months my hair needs moisture and no protein whereas in the Winter, it needs more protein and less moisture. S

My Summer routine includes a simple aloe mask and, in the Winter,  I simply add some protein to that same mask. 


All year long, I oil my hair 24 hours before washing.

I have heard a lot of women say they need to use a lot of oils on their hair or in their hair care. In saying this I think it is very important to know if your hair soaks up oils or if the oil just sits on top like it does for me—know your hair porosity.

Here is a video to help you out.

My hair happens to non-porous. Finding an oil I could use on my hair that could moisturize while not giving me a greasy look was not simple. After trying many different oils, I found that Righteous Oil and a custom oil blend from Nightblooming are the two that work best for me.


The ends of my hair are thinner than the rest of my hair and I am slowing working on that issue by doing micro trims. This method enables me to grow my hair at the same time as dropping its thickness throughout my length. 

Note: I will attach two photos below showing the progress in using this method.

I did have a salon disaster a few years ago when I went in for a trim and unfortunately, instead of only trimming my hair the hairdresser ended up chopping a minimum of two inches. 

This hiccup did slow down my progress a bit but I think in the long run it ended up helping because a lot of what was cut off was damaged. 

I have done more than just trims over the years but besides that one salon trip, I don't think I ever cut off more than an inch.


The last few months before I finally reached classic, I started eating regularly and more often for personal reasons and this actually caused my hair to grow at a much faster pace.

Over the course of the eleven years, it took me to grow out my hair to classic length, I learned a lot from a group on Facebook called Longhair4life. Not only was I able to ask my questions and have them answered but I also finally learned how to style my hair.

For the sake of full disclosure, this group may have also spurred a hair jewelry addiction.


And most importantly, I want to acknowledge my mom for helping during the elven years it took me to reach this milestone in my hair journey. 

She was my reminder of how long it took me to where I was when I felt like cutting my hair, letting me know what style I shouldn't do, and supporting me in growing my hair out. She is the only person I trust to cut my hair and not take more than I ask. She has found all the products I use in my hair.


Here is a list of all the products I use in my hair, the tools I use for my hair, the places I have hair jewelry from, and the videos I use to style my hair.


If you have any questions you can comment below and I will be happy to answer as many as I can.


Below are two photos, the first one is the last picture I have after cutting my hair short and the second one is a picture showing that I finally reached my dream goal after ELEVEN years.

Now that I have reached my goal lengthwise, my intention is to continue trimming my hair every month in order to maintain the same length and allow my thickness to drop to my ends. 

After my ends are as thick as I want, I am going to continue growing my hair to mid-thigh and then decide if I want to go longer or shorter.

This is October of 2008

This is June 20th of 2020

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

DIY Dry Shampoo

A couple of years ago, when I went from washing my hair every other day to once a week, in the middle of the week, my scalp would become greasy. Instead of shampooing it, I wanted a dry shampoo.

I am rather picky about what I put on my hair and body, therefore I wanted to make my own if possible.

I searched Google and I discovered a DIY recipe.

I have been very happy with it and I will now share this awesome—and easy—recipe which not only works like a charm but is also safe of any chemicals.

A batch of the original recipe lasts me a long time as I seldom use a dry shampoo—I will, therefore, include directions on how to make a smaller amount.

1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder for dark hair—omit if you have fair hair
Depending on how dark your hair is, you may need to add more cocoa powder until you are satisfied with the shade.
5 drops of the essential oil of your choice or none at all

Smaller Batch:
2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder or cornstarch
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder—omit if you have fair hair
5 drops of the essential oil of your choice

Mix all the ingredients until well combined, that's it.

I use an old makeup brush to apply. I liked to section my hair and put it all over my scalp but that is optional. 

You may also just apply it to your problem areas. I

It is perfectly acceptable to use this dry shampoo on a daily basis.

Yes, I keep my mixture in a plastic bag

This is just a simple makeup brush

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

A Dressy Hairstyle

I love doing dressy hairstyles. 

I will do them for fun when I am at home as readily as when going out for a special occasion. I especially enjoy them when they can be cute, dressy, comfortable, easy, and hold well when I am doing a variety of activities. A tall order!

It is really hard for me to choose just one hairstyle so I am sure I will do more posts like this.

The hairstyle I am featuring in this post is one of my all-time favorites because it is everything I listed above.

With this hairstyle, you can do it in several different ways as well as different accessories to dress it up or down. It can also be done on shoulder blade length to knee length—my hair is currently at classic length.

For this style you will need:

Here is the video on how to do the simple basic style.

As I already mentioned above, you can dress this style up to the hilt with all kinds of accessories or just leave it plain—which is usually what I do for day to day things. 

In order to spiff this hairstyle, you follow the ideas in this video

I do like to add a headband by Lilla Rose, after I  have flipped my ponytail. Then I tug at parts of my hair to loosen it and give it a softer look. I have not tried the second look—in the video—but I do plan on trying it some point.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Cross Stitching on a Jean Jacket

I have wanted to do a Cross Stitch pattern onto some clothes for a while now—especially a jean jacket. 

I own one but it's a tad too large for me. I have been keeping an eye out for one that fits me better and that would be easy to stitch onto without success so far.

While I was in town looking at boots—cowboy boots of course—with a friend of mine, we came across a jean jacket of thinner fabric that fit my friend to a T. Long story short, my friend bought the jacket, found a pattern she liked on Etsy (linked below), and I found myself starting to cross stitch all in a space of one day.

I am really please with how this project turned out. The jacket was easy to stitch on which was the plan.

To accomplish this project, I pinned some waste cloth using small safety pins onto the jacket. I then found my center and started stitching. 

The entire process took me about eight days. 

The pattern my friend selected had multiple color themes to choose from. The Etsy shop has some amazing patterns and I will be purchasing from this owner again. 

Using waste cloth makes stitching onto fabric very easy although it can also be a bit of a hassle as well. The removal process is tedious and not much fun. It took several hours to remove the entire waste cloth once I was finished stitching. I must say one this task was accomplished it makes the final project look very sharp.

To complete the project, I spray the jacket with a fine cool mist to help close the holes my stitching left in the fabric. a little where the pattern is to close in the holes from poking the needle through. 

The stitched jacket will require some TLC to wash. I suggest you wash the jacket on the delicate cycle with a mild detergent and in a laundry bag if you have one. As an alternative, you could also hand wash it in the sink. 

If you ever have to iron such an article of clothing that has —with a cross-stitched a pattern on it—don't put the iron directly onto the pattern as it can result in some fading of the colors. For this reason, always iron the back of your project only. 

Here is the link for the Etsy shop I bought the pattern from.
Here is a link for the waste cloth I used.

Pictured below are pictures of my work after I finished each day.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Cross Stitching onto a Linen Shirt

I was asked to do a cross stitch pattern onto a linen shirt by my mom. This project was a first for me. I had done jean jackets, skirts, and baby onesies but never linen. 

I was both nervous and excited about how it would turn out.

To ensure the project would not be off-center, I first ironed the shirt and performed the same process I had  used in the past with the jackets. Then I pinned the waste cloth with small safety pins so it would remain in place.

The pattern my mom had selected is from Vladaxstich on Etsy. I loved the blend of a butterfly with flowers. 

I slightly altered the pattern and used metallic white in place of another floss to add a little sparkle, and my mom selected a light pink for the daisies in place of a light blue.

Once my hoop was in place, I started from the center and moved outward. All of the patterns from Vlada come in PDF. For this pattern, I had to print four different pages. Therefore, it took a little figuring out to find the center although once I had it the rest was really easy.

I found it easier to stitch onto linen than denim. Jean jackets are much heavier and, over time, my hand and fingers would grow tired and sore. 

On the other hand, it found it more difficult to maneuver the hoop around a shirt rather than a jacket. 

I believe it only took me about a week—give or take—to finish this project.

Once I finished stitching, I followed the same final steps as with my previous projects. I wetted and removed the waste cloth. This was rather difficult as the surface area was large and removing the pieces of waste cloth fiber is a tedious process. 

Once not one length of waste cloth remained, I once more ironed the shirt—inside out—to remove moth of the wrinkles.

Lastly, I gently and slightly sprayed down the stitched area to "close up" the holes I had made with my needle.

I recommend washing such projects either in a lingerie bag on the delicate cycle or by hand. Furthermore, I don't recommend putting any cross-stitching project in the dryer.

Below is a picture of the finished project.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Aloe Vera Hair Mask

About a year ago, I tried out an Aloe Vera hair mask and quickly realized that my hair really liked it. The astute observer will notice that this mask recipe is eerily similar to my protein hair mask recipe.

This new recipe is not mine. I found it on YouTube and it belongs to Haartraum. I have modified it a smidgen to tailor to what my picky mane favors. 

You can follow the directions to the original mask here.

I follow a lot of what "Haarrtraum" suggests in the video. I do dampen my hair before applying the mask but, unlike her, I put the mask on my scalp as well. 

I recycle a plastic bag—instead of using a shower cap— which I cover with a bandana since I don't have a beanie.

Keep in mind that these measurements are for my hair length (classic) and will cover all my hair including my scalp. If you have longer or thicker hair, you may need to add a little of everything. Likewise, if you have shorter hair, you may need to do a little less of everything. In short, tailor this recipe to your needs. Remember that it may take a few tries to figure out your soft spot and that's okay as it is all part of the Journey.

What you will need:

  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • A couple drops of oil
  • Conditioner to thicken

  • In a small bowl. combine the aloe, honey, and oil together.
  • Once you have a smooth mixture, add the conditioner—I recommend only adding a little at a time—until you have a consistency you like. 
  • Separate your hair into two sections and detangle so that no knots remain. 
  • Dampen your hair and spread the mixture throughout your hair. I start at my ears and go down then use the leftovers on my scalp. Because my ends are still thin, I don't need to use a lot of the mask in that area. 
  • After you have used all of the mask, take your brush or comb and gently brush threw your hair to distribute and spread the mask evenly throughout your hair. 
  • Once you are done brushing, put your hair up in a bun and secure it with an acrylic hair stick. I then cover my hair with my plastic bag—you can use a shower cap—and my bandana—you can use a beanie. 
  • Leave the mask on for a minimum of 1 hour—you can leave it on for as long as you like.
  • Washing this mask out is very easy. Simply rinse it out with water. You can then continue your hair washing routine. DO NOT USE any products with cones to wash out! Using cones after this mask will make your hair considerably unhappy.

My washing out routine is as follows: 
  1. I rinse my mask out with warm water, shampoo my scalp —only—using Grandpa Soaps shampoo and my scalp scrubber, and then, rinse out the shampoo letting it run through the rest of my hair. 
  2. I then separate my hair into two sections and allow the water to flow through my hair and then very slowly and gently brush my hair starting at the ends moving up to my scalp. 
  3. Once my hair is free of tangles, I apply a little conditioner through all my hair including my scalp. Once again I brush my hair to spread the conditioner throughout the length. I allow the conditioner to sit in my hair while I shave so my hair has time to soak it up. 
  4. I then wash the conditioner out of my hair, towel dry my hair a little with my microfiber towel and then allow it to air dry.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Frontier Hardware Cross Stitch

I had actually bought this cross stitch kit a couple of years ago on a mother-daughter trip.

I fell in love with the vintage theme and the fact route 66 goes through Arizona. Plus, the coupon helped... 

If you know me either personally or have read the about me section, you know that I love old trucks so I am actually really excited to finish this project and get it framed!

I started this cross stitch a few times and each time I had to start all over because I kept messing up and I could not figure out how to fix it.

Finally back in June 2019, after my mom injured her leg and was on bed rest, I purchased my new cloth so I could start all over once more. 

Since then, I have been religiously working on it almost every day with small breaks here and there. Otherwise, I have been consistent and intent on finishing it. 

This has been a hard, but also fun, project.  I think this is my biggest project thus far. I did do one piece that was about as big but it wasn't as filled in. 

I have made over a dozen—literally—mistakes but this piece is for me personally and the mistakes in it make all my pieces unique and beautiful. When you think about it, it's what also shapes us as people as we are also all unique.

You can buy your kit here.

As you will see below, I have attached photos of my progress. The last photo is of my project finished, washed, and ironed.

I will do an update post once I have it framed. As you can see I didn't take a picture before I started—my starting date was in early June 2019.

August 18th, 2019

September 4th, 2019

September 12th, 2019

October 8th, 2019

October 17th, 2019

October 28th, 2019

November 16th, 2019

November 26th, 2019

December 31st, 2019

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Micro Trims for Thickness

In this post, I'll be sharing how I was able to increase my hair thickness—in the bottom length—and grow it out to classic length at the same time.

I can't remember exactly when I started doing micro trims on my hair but I believe it was at the beginning of 2016. Below I will show pictures of my hair in July of 2018 to this year 2020 so y'all can see for yourself how much the micro trims have helped the appearance of my bottom length.

Keep in mind that the micro trims are not the only thing that has helped thicken my hair. I also started taking better care of it around the same time. I know that, for me, without doing the micro trims it would have taken a lot longer to thicken my ends and grow my hair at the same time. Doing these trims also helped me get rid of a lot of the split ends I had from old damage.

The micro trims I did—my mom actually did them—was simply to even my hair out on the ends so that they were always straight. About once a year, we did a bigger trim of about an inch at most.

I trust my mom 100% to trim or cut my hair because she understands how much I've wanted to grow my hair out. She has helped me a lot with my journey to classic length. I actually never really told my mom how much to trim each time as I had complete faith she wouldn't cut too much.

About once a month, we would even out my hair. I did this for a while before I realized that my hair growth was slowing down a little at the same time my ends were getting better. At this point, we decide to trim every two months.

By following this method, I have seen the thickness in my ends drop from the middle of my back to the ends. My hair still isn't as thick as I would like it to be at the end but I am getting there. I plan to continue using this method until I have reached the thickness I want at the end of my hair.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Righteous Oil: A Review

I guess Righteous Oil is quite popular in curly hair circles. I started using it at the advice of my—curly-haired—mother who suggested that since it's very light, it may work well with my non-porous hair.

For those of you who may not know what porosity means when it comes to hair, I suggest you watch this video here. Being knowledgeable about your hair porosity will make a huge difference in how you care for your hair.

I ended up trying Righteous Oil a few months ago and I am loving it. It is indeed very light even though it does have some coconut oil in it which is usually too heavy for my hair. It also smells really good.

Keep in mind that due to the coconut oil content during the winter or cool nights the oil may thicken a bit or solidify. There is an easy fix: sticking the bottle in hot water.

When I apply this oil, I split my hair down the middle to make this easier for me, then I take about two drops of oil, rub it between my palms,  and start applying the oil at the ends and work my way up to about my ears.

I then take my boar bristle brush and gently brush through my hair from my ears down to help spread the oil through the rest of my hair. I then repeat this process on the opposite side.

Here are the ingredients for the oil. Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut), Ricinus Communis (Jamaican Balck Castor Oil), Oleaceae Oil (Olive), Persea Americana Mill Oil (Avocado), Vitis Vinifera Oil (Grapeseed), Sesamum Indicum Oil (Seasame), Mentha Piperita Oil (Peppermint), Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil (Tea Tree), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba), Argania Spinosa Oil (Argan), Rosemarinus Officinalis Oil (Rosemary)

You can purchase the oil here on Amazon or their website.

Here is a before and after pictures of my hair with the Righteous oil.

In this photo, there is no oil in my hair.

Here only the hair on the left (yellow) has oil the right (pink) doesn’t.

This is how much oil I use on each section.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Scalp Wash

I have mentioned "scalp wash" on previous posts and I expand on this notion: the benefits and how to do it.

In the Summer, and on a few occasions in the Winter, my scalp gets "grimmy"—as in really nasty—after sweating or working outside which attracts a lot of dust and dirt. I only wash my hair once a week in order to keep my length healthy. A scalp wash is great way to wash my scalp while leaving the length alone. It is really refreshing during the hot Arizona summers for this outdoor type of girl.

In order to have a successful scalp wash, your length needs to be long enough to secure out of the way. I do this is by loosely braiding my hair and slipping it down the back of my shirt and under my bra strap.

I then get a cup and dump water over my head at the bathroom sink until I feel like my scalp is wet enough. I then get my scalp scrubber, wet it, add shampoo, and wash my scalp.

The scrubbing feels amazing by the way.

I then get my cup and thoroughly rinse the shampoo out.

I squeeze as much water as I can from my scalp, get a small towel, and dry my hair by scrunching the towel to my scalp and squeezing a little.

I then take my hair out of the braid, split it into two parts, brush it out so the wet and dry areas blend a bit and so that the little hairs around my scalp don't stick straight out of my head.

Here is the difference in my hair after doing a scalp wash.

This is my scalp before washing

Washed and unbrushed, as you can see my hair is a little crazy

Washed and brushed

Dry and brushed

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Nail Polish Decorative Stickers: A Review

I have wanted to try nail polish decorative stickers a while as I do enjoy painting my nails once in a while and I am not gifted enough to do any kind of nail art.

My mom bought some at Christmas as a stocking stuffer. The brand was Piggy Paint and the style was the flower style. I, of course, couldn't wait to try them out!

I was able to use them shortly after the Holidays combined with some Acquarella's nail polish—in the color Fightmaster with the Conditioner as a topcoat.

In order to first prep my nails, I cut, filed and, then, washed them with soap. I would have loved to use a buffer because I am under the impression it does help the polish last longer. However, I don't own one.

I then applied two coats of polish and allowed them to dry a little before applying the stickers: one on each of my thumbs and ring fingers.

Because Acquarella is water-based it does get ruined in water—this only happens when I paint my fingernails and not my toenails.

I was very pleasantly surprised at how long the flower stickers lasted. I did have my hands in water many times and this did not cause any damage for a week before they started to peel. I must preface that when I say water, I mean water and suds—as in doing the dishes.

Also, you must understand that I am far from careful when I have my nails painted. This tidbit of information implies that one week, for me, is quite significant.

I am so pleased that I do plan on buying more patterns.

The available styles are listed below.

Here are the pictures of my nails after I had finished them.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Boar Bristle Brush

You may be wondering what a boar bristle brush (BBB) is. It's easy and exactly what it sounds like. It's a brush made of boar bristles—or boar fur/hair. Why you would want such a brush?

Back in the "Good Old Days," these brushes where used by all women who used to gently stroke their mane one hundred times a day. It was believed that this practice made hair healthier and grow faster. Is this true?

I can't speak for everyone. My personal experience is that it isn't true.

A while back I used a BBB on my hair for daily brushing but my hair was too thick so it really didn't do anything.

What I did notice is a lot of breakage when I used it like a regular brush. Therefore, I do encourage you to not use it as such.

I do think a BBB is great for is spreading oils and smoothing. I personally use my BBB about once a week maybe more depending on how many times I apply oil to my hair.

When using oil, I separate my hair down the middle into two parts. That way my hair is thinner and the brush does its job a lot better.

I have also used it to smooth down some crazy hairs after I have styled my hair and it does work really well for that purpose.

I recommend that you clean your brush regularly as it will pick up a lot of hair and dust. You can just pick the hair out. You can also clean it in order to wash the oils out.

Why would you want to wash the oils out?

I recently started using different oils and didn't want them mixed on my brush. I want to know which oil my hair likes best and cleaning it between oils helps me to make that determination.

Moreover, over time the bristles can get pretty gross.

This is the cleaning process I use:
Get a bowl that is the same height as your brush so when you fill it with water none of the wood will be in the water. Fill the bowl with warm water and add a tiny amount of shampoo. Allow the brush to sit for ten minutes then rinse thoroughly and allow it to dry completely.

This is NOT my photo

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Pin Curls on Long Hair

I have a crush on the old style of the brushed out curls women did back in the 40s and 50s. My problem is that this style was always done with shorter hair—not tailbone length.

I was really curious to discover if it would work on hair as long as mine.  Would it be comfortable to sleep with that many pins?

I tried it one night.

It wasn't as hard as I thought it may be to roll my hair. It just took a long time and I used a lot of pins. I used small sections since my hair is so long and I didn't roll them as high as I would have liked.

I sectioned my hair starting from the bottom and I smoothed my hair with a BBB (boar bristle brush) on which I had sprinkled a little oil. I then wet my hair and applied a small amount of mousse made by Giovanni.

My hair doesn't care for that mousse. It leaves my hair with a yucky feel once my curls are brushed out. However, it does hold the curl really well.

As for sleeping with that amount of pins in my hair, it should not have been a concern. I slept amazingly well.  I found the pins far more comfortable than the Sleep Styler because the stylers are so much bigger than the pins—which lay flat on my head. Also of note is that the Sleep Styler also gives fatter curls compared to pin curls.

The curls did hold really well so I left them alone for a while. However, I was curious to find out how they would handle being brushed. Not well.

I ended up with a large curl clump leaving my hair very dry and tacky.

I can't wait to wash my hair in a couple of days.

Overall, I really like the look the curls gave me as well as how defined they were. I think if I want smaller bouncy curls, I will use this method again. Moreover, if I want/need them to last for a long time, I will use the mousse. Otherwise, I don't intend to use any mousse.

Here is the video I used to learn how to roll my hair.

Below are pictures of my hair before curling, after curling, and brushed out, as well as the curls I get with Sleep Styler.

Sleep Styler curls

Before pin curls

After pin curls

Brushed out

As you can see with the pin curls, I lose a lot more length than I do with the Sleep Styler.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Nature's Gate Conditioner: A Review

I have gone through a lot of different hair products. It seems my hair is as picky as I am—who knew?

For this reason—because my hair and I are so fastidious—it can be hard to find suitable, affordable products.

I have been using Nature's Gate conditioner for a few years now and I really like it. It leaves my hair clean and smelling amazing. Most of all it doesn't weigh my hair down at all. Additionally, one 18 oz bottle lasts me quite a while.

I really like all the scents in the Nature's Gate collection although favorites are the floral scents, for instance: Awapuhi Ginger/Holy Basil, Jasmine/Kombucha, Lavender/Peony, Aloe Vera/Macadamia oil. I think the Jasmine and Awapuhi ones are my two all-time favorites.

Some of the ingredients are different with each scent.

Water (Eau), Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Benzyl Alcohol, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate/grenade) Fruit Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower/tournesol) Seed Extract, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Sclerotium Gum, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Borago Officinalis (Borage/bourrache) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbic Acid, Aspalathus Linearis (Red Tea/thé rouge) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape/raisin) Seed Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail/prêle des champs) Leaf Extract, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow/guimauve) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage/sauge) Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Viola Tricolor (Pansy/pensée) Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula/souci) Flower Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat/avoine) Kernel Extract, Stearalkonium Chloride, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Fragrance (Parfum)

Picture of the products below.