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.