Category Archives: More About Me

Wash Day: Trying Something(s) New

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Okay, quick post to tell you a couple of new things that I tried/revisited this weekend on wash day. A full regimen update is coming later today.

My routine was pretty much par for the course:

  • Pre-poo/dry detangle and oil scalp
  • Shampoo
  • Deep condition with cool & seal technique
  • Style

Now, what I did different was this. I revisited the Aubrey Green Tea Clarifying Shampoo (if you remember, I posted here about it not working out too well for me). Well, actually, first I broke out the Terressentials Mud Wash in Lavender Garden that I’d yet to open. However, after trying to cleanse one twist, I knew it wasn’t going to work for my heavily saturated locks. So, I ditched it and decided to clarify with the Aubrey shampoo. Now, maybe it was because my hair was very stretched from the brush-out late last week, but things went much better this time. I also realized that really working up a lather created more slip than trying to prevent the shampoo from foaming. So, Aubrey Green Tea Shampoo may not be a wash quite yet … no pun intended ;).

The other thing that I tried was something else that has been sitting under my sink, mostly unused … but this one had been sitting for much, much, muuuuuch longer … since last July actually!! Goodness! Anywho, I used it once and then it went under the sink with the rest of my PJ-induced purchases ;).

I decided to layer the ORS Lock & Twist Gel on top of my modified Kimmaytube leave-in (LI) and Wonder Curl Butter Than Love (BTL) Pudding to see if it would help with hold and block humidity. I applied the LI heavily to wet (not damp) hair and then applied about a finger-full of the BTL and Gel to each section (15 total) before braiding. I sealed my ends with JBCO/EVOO and sat under my dryer for about 1 to 1.5 hours, setting the ends on rollers about 30 minutes into the drying time.

The plan is to see if I can get away with keeping these braids in for work today. Braid and twist outs always are more defined and last longer the longer that they are allowed to set. So, we’ll see. I’m writing this Sunday night and I may be too impatient to wait to see how the gel worked! But, if I’m running, like I usually am in the morning, there’s a good chance they’ll get another day to chill.

In Health & Fitness news, I completely fell off after Monday of last week. I did Cardio Max Week 3/Day 1, but that’s it :(. I hyperextended my left hamstring doing all of those lunges with Bob and all those sustained warrior poses in hot yoga on Sunday. I didn’t want to further injure myself and wanted to allow my body time to recover… or at least stop hurting, so I took off Tuesday. Wednesday, I was better, but didn’t get home until really late, because of the funeral of my church friend and a visit to my grandmother in the hospital. All of this was in South Jersey and I was physically and emotionally exhausted by the time I got home. Thursday – Saturday (yeah *sheepishly* Saturday … see, what had happened was … ), I have absolutely no excuse for not working out. I ate okay, though I was going hard on the 94% FF Pop Secret popcorn with some melted Smart Balance spread!! That being said, went to hot yoga on Sunday morning with a friend who I’d been telling about it. Hopefully, this will be our regular thing. And now, this week is a re-boot of Cardio Max Week 3. Bring it on Jillian (soooo talking trash. *lol*). Oh, and my first set of Zaggora Hot Pants arrived! I wore them for about 3 hours on Saturday. The intent was to work out. But … yeaaah … I didn’t. I just wore them. *lol*

So, that’s it.  Hmmmm … I really don’t know how to write a short post, do I? This is why I don’t like Twitter. I talk too much for it. Anywho, hope that you don’t mind too much ;)!!

Lata!

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Back to hair, have you tried the ORS Lock & Twist Gel? If so, how did you like it?

Still Rocked My Diana ….

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I told you guys yesterday in this post that I had to “control” my brushed out Diana Ross hair for work, so I put it in a couple of braids.

A couple of you asked why I coudn’t rock the big hair. So, I wanted to clarify. I still rocked huge, Diana Ross hair. I just wanted to give it a little wave action so it didn’t look like what it was, just a brush out with no styling! *lol* So, when I went to work, my  hair looked like it does in the first picture. You see, still big and fluffy, but with some wave. By the end of work though, it lost most of the wave and was even bigger and more fluffier. And, it was all good with me ;).


Alright, so now it’s time to pre-poo and hit the basement for a work-out. I messed up this week and this will only be my second day of Week 3 of Cardio Max. But, I’ll explain that on Monday.

Alright, lata ladies!! Have a great weekend!!

Going With It … Well, Not Really.

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LOL!! So, yesterday, I showed you guys what happened to my hair on Wednesday. It went from this:

To this:

… in the matter of a few hours. So, on Thursday, I pulled it back into a French roll and puff of sorts, because the ends had some curl and the back was still pretty defined (sorry, no pics). But, last night, I decided to just go with it and do something I probably don’t do any more than once or twice a year. I decided to brush it out into my Diana Ross look ;).

I worked in medium sections, first applying some Wild Growth Hair Oil Light, then gently brushing with a paddle brush working up from the ends to the roots.

Of course, I can’t wear my hair like this to work. LOL!! So, I put it into two braids, spritzed them with some water, then I smoothed  down the top and edges with a mix of Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel and shea butter. Finally, I donned another “skull cap” I picked up at Sally’s and a satin bonnet for bed.

See my workday results here!

HAPPY FRIDAY!!

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So what’s up for the weekend?

One of my good friends is transitioning, but has been wearing her hair straight only. We are planning a “hair” party on Saturday so that I can help her experiment with a textured style :).

Perfect Imperfection

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Hi guys!! Have you seen Curly Nikki’s interview with Tracee Ellis-Ross?!?!? If not, get yourself over there right now and check it out here!! What a great interview!!

Anyway, the reason I’m pointing it out is something struck me about the above picture, which was the lead for the interview. After sharing M’s guest post this morning about Hair and Self-Acceptance … and then going to the interview and seeing this pic again … I wrote in the comments:

“You know what I love about that first pic and want to point out? Look at the irregularity of Tracee’s hair pattern. There are kind of straight pieces on the left and bottom right, it’s coarser on the top with a less definitive curl …. and we LOVE it! I think we are often too hard on our own hair, looking microscopically, dissecting every single curl, expecting perfectly uniform perfection. But Tracee’s curls aren’t like this and she is the hair idol of many a natural. At the end of the day, we need to look at our hair, our selves as a whole and appreciate the beauty of imperfection. #justsayin ;)

#thatisall”

Looks like I’m having my very own Self-Concept Thursday!! Sorry for jacking your steelo Nik!! It just happened that way;)!

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Do you embrace YOUR perfectly perfect imperfection?

Miley Cyrus Big Chops!

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Okay, I know she’s not natural or curly. But, one, I love the cut and think that it’s really cute and flattering on her. Two, I love the confidence it takes someone who has always had long hair to say, “CHOP IT!!” Three, I love what she said to the haters on Twitter:

“if you don’t have something nice to say don’t say anything at all. my hair is attached to my head no one else’s and it’s going bye bye :) ”

Sounds realllllllyyyyyyyy familiar doesn’t it ;)? A big chop is a big chop, no matter  what your race, texture, status. At least, that’s my take on it. We have more in common than we know.

If that’s not a “Big Chop” smile of self-love and
liberation, I don’t know what is.

A Productive Sunday

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UPDATED w/BRAID-OUT RESULTS PICS

I’m pretty proud of myself as I managed to get a lot done yesterday! My to do list?:

  1. Hot yoga (75 min. class) 
  2. Grocery shopping 
  3. Wash/Style hair 
  4. Laundry 
  5. Watch “Inside Man” (loaned to me 3 weeks ago) 
  6. Write 

One, two, three and five are complete. Four is in progress, with two loads done and put away, one in the dryer and one in the washer. And, yeah, working on number five right now;)!

As to the hair, I decided on a braid-out. Here is the wash weekend run down:

  • Pre-pooed/DC with Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner mixed with Vatika oil.
  • Placed hair in 6 twists.
  • Shampooed in twists with diluted DevaCare No Poo.
  • Conditioned with Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm (review coming soon!)
  • Detangled under water stream with diluted Herbal Essences Hello Hydration applied directly over Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm.
  • Rinsed.
  • Applied modified Kimmaytube leave-in (2 tbsp Kinky Curly Knot Today, 2 tbsp aloe vera juice, 1 tsp JBCO/EVOO mix).
  • Used shampoo brush to do a final detangle and evenly distribute leave-in through hair.
  • Set hair in 14 braids.
  • Sealed ends with Wild Growth Hair Oil Light.
  • Lightly oiled scalp with Wild Growth Hair Oil (original formula).

I finished my hair before leaving to hit the grocery stop and made a pitstop at Sally’s to pick up this:

You see, I was wearing a hat to camouflage my braids, but was worried about the hat messing up my roots. And, I’d been thinking about getting a fitted cap to wear under my hats for a while because, unfortunately, my satin bonnet often stick out of the sides like a saggy diaper!! *lol* And, a satin scarf caused a similar issue as it has too much material to hide. So, I remembered the Dri Sweat Active Wear Style Protector Cap and decided it was time to get one. At $3.99 (or $3.49 with Sally’s Club Card), not a bad investment as I think it’ll be great to wear under my non-lined hats come this fall and winter! And, because it has netting, it’ll be cooler than a bonnet!

So, this is what I plan on sleeping in and I hope that it’ll keep my edges smooth, while still allowing airflow o that my hair will finish drying overnight *fingers crossed*!!


In other news, I’m feeling pretty good because I completed week 2 of The Biggest Loser Cardio Max program (5 days), did Abs of Steel 5 days last week, threw in a 12 Minute Full Body Blast Ketttlebell workout on day 5 and did hot yoga too. I also had a dose of Green Vibrance most days of the week and ate well, with the exception of one slip-up on Saturday. I was going for healthy when I ordered a grilled chicken Caesar salad at a local pizza spot. But … DUY!! I forgot to order the dressing on the side and they DRENCHED the lettuce in Caeser! Dang. Oh well, I think hot yoga worked it out though!! Whew!! Talk about drenched!! Wei went with me and he said he doesn’t think he’s ever sweat so much in his entire life! Anywho, I finally got past the first two weeks of the Cardio Max work-out!! Week 3 and Jillian Michaels, here I come!!

And, that’s all she wrote! Literally! Well, almost …

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Did you get to check off all (or most) of the items off your “to do” list this weekend?

Ladies Who Lunch

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I haven’t done an OOTD (Outfit of the Day) in a while … mostly because it’s a little hard to take the pics of myself in the mirror, but also because no outfit has really moved me too much lately. But, I came up with this look that I really liked. I’ve mentioned before that I love mixing patterns … I also enjoy being a style chameleon and wearing outfits that reflect different eras and influences.

Well, I’ve had this cropped cardigan and asymmetrical “tweed-look” skirt for years and never thought to put them together (at least, not as far as I can remember). So, when I pulled out the skirt today and looked up to see the cardi with the same exact dark taupe and dusty rose pink in a complementary geometric pattern … I thought, “How did I never think of this before?” I snagged a white and dark taupe tank, some pearls, a few gold and white accessories and these Vince Camuto peep-toes platforms and … voilà. Ladies Who Lunch ;)!

As to the hair. You can see that I was rocking the messy side-braided ponytail again, but this time I started it higher and braided the base more tightly.

And that’s that.

Okay, short poll time!! Aaaaaand … I’m letting you guys answer anonymously in the hopes that more of you will participate ;).