“I want to be in that number …”
“I want to be in that number …”
Seriously, I am so proud of my friends!! They are really building something of their own. Instead of waiting for someone else to finally write the stories that they want to read, the stories that made them love comics in the first place, but seem to have been lost to the void of time … they are writing and drawing them themselves. Really, I can’t wait to see what they do next :)!!
Just a quick post to say that I’ve been wearing a bun since Tuesday. I really hope to do something more creative this weekend. I love that I can throw a bun up pretty easily anymore. The hair fork is the only tool that I’ve been using and I’ve been applying the Botticelli Botanicals Flax Gelee to smooth my edges. It it working very well for that too. These pic are from Monday night though, when I was just bunning for bed and hadn’t used anything to control/smooth my edges.
Although I love the ease of a bun, I’m getting bored with it. I just haven’t had the time or energy to do anything that takes any time or thought! This is especially true now that I’m exercising again. On that note, Day 5 of PSD 1.2 is done and over. I’ve only been doing about 25-30 minutes a day due to long work days. But, the goal is 20 for 28 days straight and doing a lot more every day would definitely result in a #FAIL. So, I’m good with doing 25-30, though I had hoped to do a 40 minute kettlebell routine yesterday. Maybe Friday. Now, I just need to get my eating habits really on track since I’ve had my birthday buttercream;)! But, why did one of my co-workers buy me a bag of sweet potato chips and a huge bag of Laffy Taffy’s with plenty of banana (why don’t they make banana only bags and why does the one candy I really like have to have fat?!?)?!?! We had talked about our love of both months ago and she remembered for my birthday!! LOL!!
Well, that’s it for now.
What do you do when you get in a styling rut and are low on time and energy?
That’s me!!! That’s really me!! LOL!! In case you don’t know, one of my good buddies, Fernando Ruiz, has been an Archie artist/penciller/writer for 15+ years. Our other friend, Fabio (on the far right), inked for Archie for a little while as well. The guy on my right is Anthony, the fourth member of the Sci-Five. For some reason unbeknownst to me, Fernando didn’t include himself in the panel, although he makes regular “cameo” appearances in Archie. We also often find ourselves at a local diner which has become the Sci-Five’s “haunt.” (You can see us all in the flesh here, though not at our diner). Anywho, just felt like sharing because I thought it was kind of cool :). Gotta see if this is actually in an issue so that I can pick up a few copies;)!!
Yesterday, I told you guys that I used a new styler over my modified kimmaytube leave-in after doing a ZSC treatment on Saturday (see post here). Well, here it is, the *mystery* styler!! Botticelli Botanicals Flex Gelee!! See, I didn’t make you wait too long :)!!
If you remember, a few weeks ago I did a post about Flaxseed Gel (FSG) and shared a link to the Etsy shop, Botticelli Botanicals. At the time, I’d only read about Botticelli Botanicals via the forums on NaturallyCurly.com. After digging into the recesses of my memory to locate the thread in the forum so that I could include links in the post, I decided to reach out to the owner. I sent her a message about the impending post and asked if she had any interest in sponsoring a giveaway on Hairscapades.
I have to share portions of her response, because it was very cool and sweet:
Wow, thanks so much for your interest in my products, and for the linking to my shop! I found the post already, it looks great! Let me start by saying that normally I decline doing giveaways on blogs, because either something doesn’t feel quite right, or it’s not my target market, and it seems like the blogger is just looking for free stuff. But yours feels right to me.
So tell me, what kind of thing did you have in mind? A Foolproof Formula Gelee or Mudd, maybe? I know the blog entry is about the FSG specifically, but it would be nearly blasphemous of me to omit the benefits of the okra in the Mudd for thirsting curls. I am indeed familiar with CurlyNikki, I remember when she was just a poster on the NC.com forums like me! Oh the good old days, it’s funny the places a true passion can take you, isn’t it?!
I also have to say that I love the fact that your fiancee writes for your blog as well – it’s so refreshing to see male perspectives on a hair blog, which is so often sequestered in the female population. I never understood that – I mean, guys have hair, too, and I see SO many guys with unruly frizz that could be awesome, healthy curls if they just half tried! But alas, I’ll get down from my soap box, I just think it’s neat that he interjects some testosterone into such an estrogen-soaked market.
Thanks so much for thinking of me, Shelli!
I was soooo psyched by Erin’s warm response, genuine interest in the site and enthusiasm!! I wrote her back immediately and we started to discuss what to giveaway and the entry guidelines. However, before announcing the giveaway, Erin insisted on sending me a sample of one of her products to try first. She really wanted to send the Mudd, because of its moisturizing properties. But, after my FSG article was published on CurlyNikki, she was all out of it!! LOL!! So, since she wanted to get something in the mail to me, she sent the Flax Gelee instead.
Customized Flax Gelee:
First, let me explain the selection process. When Erin decided on the Gelee, she asked me about my hair goals, what ingredients I know my hair likes and dislikes and what types of scents I prefer. This information would allow her to customize a blend for me! I think this is very smart as we all know many products aren’t one size fits all. So, this enables one to “build” a gelee or mudd to one’s own specifications. However, Botticelli Botanicals also offers a standard Foolproof Formula with agave and grapeseed oil and a scent of your choice.
Anyway, I told Erin that I like a gel that provides hold and moisture, that I avoid coconut oil in stylers and love fruity smells, especially berries. Other than that, I was relying on her expertise! Now, I don’t know what “extras” Erin added to the base formula of spring water and organic flaxseed extract. But the scent?!?! She chose Blackberry Sage and, let me tell you, it is HEAVENLY!!
So, after doing a ZSC treatment followed by a DC on Sunday, I blotted my hair with a Hair Cloth until it was damp. I allowed it to air dry for a few minutes until it was just very barely damp. Then, I applied my modified Kimmaytube leave-in (2 tbsp KCKT, 2 tbsp Aloe Vera Juice – Whole Leaf, 1 tsp EVOO). I finger-combed/raked the leave-in through my hair in four sections. Next, I started applying the Flax Gelee in the same manner, finger-combing/raking it through my hair one section at a time. Now, the thing about FSG is that it is very viscous. Remember “Slime” from back in the day?
Okay, no!!! It’s not that bad!! LOL!! But it does have that type of viscosity, just not so thick!! Anyway, I applied about two quarter-sized squirts of gel for each section. This was enough to ensure coverage and hold, but light-handed enough to achieve maximum volume with definition. And that was it!
Well, that was it until it dried (mostly – there was a section in the crown that was still damp when I did this last step). After that, I used a little JBCO/EVOO to “fluff.” I won’t even say that I “scrunched out the crunch,” because my hair wasn’t hard. It was pretty soft, despite using a gel. However, it was more piecey than I like. This is to be expected when using a gel as firm hold helps ensure that the curls have “set.” So, my last step was smoothing and sealing with a little oil. This simply involved spreading a pea-size drop of oil on my palms and smoothing my hair back as if I was putting it in a ponytail. I then repeated with a little more oil, focusing on the ends the second time. And then, that REALLY was it:)!
I was pretty pleased with the result (ya think? ;)! So, on Sunday night, I loosely bunned my hair with a hair fork and donned my big, old lady bonnet. After showering on Monday morning, I released the bun and wore my hair down for the day. This is a shot I took with my iPhone at the end of the work day.
There was no flash and it’s not the best quality photo, but you get the idea. As my goal is always volume, I didn’t apply a lot of gel and I was loving how big my hair got!! But, I think I’ll experiment with using a little more next time to see if I can get more curl definition without sacrificing hugeness. In fact, I’ll probably be seeing how the Flax Gelee fares, sans a leave-in, after using the Terressentials Mud Wash!! Yup, my order arrived yesterday!!
So, want to know more about that Botticelli Botanicals Giveaway? Then stay tuned for the announcement later this week!
“Because every day should be a good hair day.”
As you know, I’m trying to get back on the health & fitness path as I fell off of the wagon in February and the majority of March. But, I’m 2 1/2 days down in our 28 Days of Exercise Challenge and my body knows it! OooohWEEEH!! That Full Body Blast kettlebell routine really kicked my butt! I was a’huffing and a’puffing at the end of each 12 minutes (I did the routine twice)! And my thighs? Whoah! They are a’burning!!
Anyway, I’m also trying to get my eating habits back in order too, although Saturday was a wash! We won’t even go there. But, I did hit the grocery store on Saturday evening to pick up the rest of ingredients that I needed to make the green smoothie recipe that I posted here. And, you know what? It was goooood!! At least, I liked it and won’t have a problem drinking it first thing in the morning!!
So, after I made my smoothie, I took some pics to share on the FB page. When I saved the pics to my computer, I had to do a double take.
One of these is my green smoothie and one is zizyphus!!! Let’s just say, you don’t want to mix these up!! My hair probably wouldn’t be too much worse for the wear, but my stomach?!?! Bleh!!!! LOL!!
That is all.
I decided to do my second ever treatment with Zizyphus Spina Christi (ZSC) this weekend. You see, my curls were looking far more like waves and even those were pretty lackluster.
So, with my Terressentials order not yet arrived, I figured I’d dig up the remaining 50g of ZSC I had stashed in the cabinet to see if it would rejuvenate some of my volume and curls in the interim. It really worked the last time that I used it (see here and here), so I figured, “What the heck?”
Last time, I mixed about 50g of ZSC with a cup of water and it was far too much. So, this time, I started with 25g and 1/2 a cup of water. ZSC doesn’t mix as quickly as henna; the powder kind of beads as the water is introduced and stirred into it. But then, when it does begin to absorb the water, it more than doubles in volume and becomes thick, like the consistency of melted marshmallows! It also foams, due to the saponin I learned this weekend. However, despite the increase in volume, I didn’t think that I had enough to coat my hair, so I added another 1/2 cup of water. The instructions indicate to mix it to the consistency of yogurt, my yogurt was a little watery;).
I left it to sit for a few hours (the online instructions indicate about 2 hours, but it ended up being longer than that by the time I got around to applying it).
So, I finally got around to applying the ZSC late Saturday afternoon. I had finger detangled my hair on Thursday night to put it into twists and wore the twist-out in the second picture to work on Friday. So, I didn’t finger detangle prior to applying the ZSC. I also didn’t feel like pre-pooing this weekend, so I applied the mud to dry and dirty hair. First, I sectioned my hair into four and secured three of the sections out of the way with round-tooth jaw clips. Then, I squished the gloop through my hair section by section. By the time I got around to the last section, I realized I was going to run out of the paste. So, I quickly made a little more and finished coating all of my hair (figured I’d have to live with applying it freshly mixed to the last section).
I felt like I could see my loopy S-curls popping already! I clipped my hair up and covered it with a baggie (you don’t want this mess drying in your hair). Then, I went about my business for an hour or two. Oh yeah, and during that time, I revisited this post on Newly Natural and read in the comments that the Somali call Zizyphus Qasil and use it to cleanse the body as well as the hair. The commenter also indicated that Qasil is mixed with eggs and sesame oil to make a hair treatment that leaves hair soft, shiny and bouncy. You know my PJ senses were tingling … cleansing, protein and moisture?!?! Let me find out. But, I digress …
Z-Rinsing and Conditioning:
This mug is a b@#$ to rinse out!! Ughhh. I mean, I knew it was … I didn’t forget … shoot, that’s why I hadn’t done it again since September. I was flicking twigs and flakes out of my dry hair for three or four days after my last treatment. Anywho, I hopped in the shower and commenced to rinsing with hot water. I continuously ran my hands and fingers down the length, slowly detangling and loosening the hair to allow the water stream to get into all the nooks and crannies. I guess I was at it for about 15 minutes.
Then, I hopped out of the shower and applied my DC, which was Shea Moisture Raw Shea Deep Treatment Masque mixed with about a tablespoon each of honey and EVOO. There were definitely flakes in my hair still. But, I baggied it anyway and threw on my Hair Therapy Heat Wrap for about an hour/hour and a half. It was probably around 10 p.m. by then, so I ended up going to sleep with the DC in my hair (I really want to stop doing that, but it was late and I was so tired again!!).
The next morning, I got the last bit out of my HE HH by adding water to the bottle, shaking it up and pouring it over my DC. Then, I rinsed with warm water, then cool in the kitchen sink using the sprayer. I rinsed for another 5-10 minutes, I guess, to try to get the remainder of the ZSC out of my hair.
I allowed it to air dry to barely damp and finally styled with a modified Kimmaytube leave-in (1 tsp or so of oil instead of 4) and a new styling product that I’ll reveal shortly *evil laughing* … “BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!” Once my hair was dry (ummm … mostly … it just takes soooo long), I used a little JBCO/EVOO to seal and soften it. And voilà!
I was pleased with the results and these pictures don’t even do the volume justice. It’s big! LOL! Also, although I do see a speck here and there, I don’t look like I have a bad case of dandruff this time. Keeping my fingers crossed that I won’t be pulling an Ally Sheedy making it snow at work tomorrow!! LOL!
Now, although I get good results with ZSC, I don’t have any plans on re-upping just yet. I’m hoping that the Terressentials will be just as effective without the half hour rinse cycle and pesky twigs and grit! Anywho, here is a slideshow with some additional pictures.
Now, I’ll probably be wearing my hair out today, but hope to put it into twists tonight. We’ll see if I can squeeze that in between putting together posts for Tuesday!
How do you get your curls popping when they are barely peeping ;)?
As I indicated in The Big 4-0, yesterday, Project Scale Down is back in effect. Since the first project wasn’t entirely successful as I missed two days, didn’t eat the best and completely fell off the wagon once the 28 days were done, I’m calling this Project Scale Down Version 1.2 aka PSD v. 1.2 ;).
For each of the next 28 days, I will do at least 20 minutes of exercise. I was inspired by Chy’sCurlz, who has continued to maintain a daily workout schedule , increasing the stakes from 10 to 20 minutes of activity a day. Again, I will be training with kettlebells, treadmill and the Brazil Butt Lift (BBL) DVD series. I’ve also added a few other DVDs to the workout library: The Biggest Loser Cardio Max, Jillian Micheals Ripped in 30 (which I haven’t even opened yet) and Kathy Smith’s Cardio-Kickboxing.
As I mentioned yesterday, I will post when I complete my workout each day on the wall of our 28 Day Workout Challenge Facebook group. I’ll probably limit the posts on here to weekly or bi-weekly unless a lot of you indicate that you like to see them here every day.
But, I am posting Day One, so that you know that I did get it started:)!
Now it’s 3 pm and time to hit the shower (ya think?) and then the grocery store to pick up the rest of the ingredients I’ll need for that green smoothie!
Saw this on Bryan Konietzko’s Tumblr on Wednesday! Then headed on over to one of my favorite, All-Things-Avatar sites, AvatarSpirit.net and learned that The Legend of Korra debuts on Nickelodeon on Saturday, April 14th at 11 a.m.!!! Aaaaannnnnnd, I checked out a couple new video clips on the Korra Nation Tumblr, including this cute one of a young and talented Korra!
Sharing is caring!! *lol*
So, I did it!! I finally ordered the Terressentials Mud Wash! Back in November of last year, Adrienne raved about it in her GOC Update. In the comments on that post, Chy’s Curlz shared her favorable review of the wash from her blog, which she then allowed me to re-post here. The comments that the wash was cleansing, moisturizing and made detangling a breeze, eliminating the need for a conditioner, had me seriously intrigued.
Well, given that it was close to Christmas and the wish list in my department for Secret Santa was being passed around, I wrote down one thing …. “Gift certificate for Terressentials.com!” And that’s just what I got! But, I hemmed and hawed about ordering … that is, until yesterday. You see, I read a lot of great reviews about the mud wash, but I’d also read comments about a weird film and/or tackiness after using the wash. I’d also done some research on the Terressentials website and believe that undesired side effects might have potentially been a result of not following the detox recommendations, which indicate that the wash should be used every day for seven days in a row. The site also indicated that only natural products should be used afterwards as synthetic products would render the benefits of the product moot (I’m paraphrasing here ;)). So, my PJ senses were tingling as I contemplated giving up all my other products for this purported all-in-one. Aaaannd, I was wearing my winter protective style, Afro puffy twists. So, I had no use for the wash at the time.
All that being said, I never got around to using the gift certificate. Then, yesterday, Ebony wrote this comment on my post, Wash, Twist, Seal ‘N Go:
Ok, so I did the Terressentials detox…and OH MY….nothing has EVER cleansed my hair this way without stripping it. I’ve been natural for 3 years, my hair is big like CurlyNikki’s but long like Shelli’s. But over the years and trying this product and that product, my hair started to get stringy and weighed down. I no longer had the volume I had and I was blaming henna because it did loosen up my curl pattern ALOT after 5 full treatments. But see thru-hair? Oh no, I don’t even flat iron, I might blow dry once a month, so what gives? A case of extreme build up over the years. So…the detox, I noticed a huge difference after the first day, but by the third day I started oiling with Vatika after the wash and let it air dry. I also started diluting it on the 4th day. By day 4, my hair was fuller, bigger, shinier and my curls were springing back up at the ends … so imagine day 7! And no more see-thru hair!!! I love it, I can do a twist out with just oil and water, with MAJOR hold. I guess because my hair is so clean. Sorry for the long comment, but I think you would absolutelly LOVE the terressentials, I used the lavendar like naptural did. It does seem like a lot of work to wash your hair for 7 days straight, but it is worth it!
Um … yeah. SOLD!!! I wrote my reply to Ebony and, immediately after hitting “Post Comment,” headed right on over to Terressentials.com and placed my order! I decided on one 8 ounce bottle of Lavender Garden and one of Left Coast Lemon. Someone previously recommended trying a couple of the “flavors” as one may work better than the other. I’m really super excited to try these now and hope that they don’t take too long to arrive! Grrrrrr … I hate that the wash is not readily available on the ground and that the shipping ($8.75) is almost as much as a bottle of wash ($10.75 for 8 ounces)!! If I end up loving it, I’m definitely gonna have to hit the store in Frederick, MD the next time I’m in DC to stock up!!
Anywho, of course I’ve started doing my research. I’d previously watched (and shared) Naptural85′s video review on the product wherein she sang its praises. Now that I bit the bullet, I was ready to watch her tutorial on using it for the detox.
*Wash Technique Demonstration/Tutorial*
So, I’m pretty sure that I’ll follow Whitney’s method of diluting the product with water to extend it further given the cost. Rather than following the instructions in the Terressentials FAQs that indicate that 3 successive washes should be performed on the first day, I plan on thoroughly cleansing my hair and scalp as demonstrated by Naptural85 and then letting the wash sit on my hair for an hour or so prior to rinsing. We’ll see how it goes. You know I’ll keep you posted!
Question of the Day to all of the self-proclaimed and unrepentant Product Junkies :
If you could find that one miracle/holy grail product that did it all, would you be willing to give up your stash and PJ ways?