I am providing a combination May/June update, continuing to work toward my goals and staying focused on the prize.
My hair loves summer. However, living in a humid, hot city causes my hair to become more thirsty and need spritzing with H2O/aloe vera juice (AVJ) mix more often. I totally drench my hair with the H2O/AVJ once a week (in doing my modified co-wash) and spritz, as needed, in between. I can’t explain it, however I love H2O/AVJ. This combination does it for me. I also notice I have been doing a modified LOC method without realizing it. L-Liquid, O-oil, C-conditioner/butter. For me, oil has to be last though. Got to have that sheen.
I am no longer diluting the Terressentials Mud Wash, just using small amounts as Naptural85 does in her updated hair wash video. I only use apple cider vinegar monthly and continue to heavily dilute this. A little scared of the effects of using ACV too often or not diluted enough.
My HG leave-in, Giovanni Direct, has changed its formula :(. I hate it when this happens. Can someone tell me how the new formula has worked for them? I realize the formula has been changed since last year, however I was able to obtain the old formula from Massage Warehouse until recently .
In my last update, I indicated I needed to decrease the time it takes to finger detangle. This will come with time and expertise. No need to stress about it. Finger detangling/combing almost means you can’t have long nails. I am meticulous about making sure my nails are short and without ridges or any means to snag, break or tear hair. I noticed a post on another forum regarding using the fingers where vinyl gloves were recommended. This may work, however I want to be able to feel any tangled areas and I am not sure if gloves will allow this. Umm … sounds like a possible experiment.
I have not been able to bring myself to do the trim I need, so I am continuing to dust with each weekly wash while my hair is wet. Shelli, you have inspired me to find someone to do this or just suck it up and do this myself. I wish I knew a stylist in Memphis, TN that could do this without trimming too much. Anyone with recommendations, let me know. Continuing with protective styling in braids as it makes things easier, especially during work days. I have not used the Curlformers or flexi-rods at this time, however I will report when I do. I will be experimenting with Bantu knot-outs and will share pics when satisfied with the results. Length checks will be provided next update (maybe). Healthy hair will lead to length and I will not stress about this either.
Health and Fitness
Love Carlson’s and plan to reorder. I am drinking more H2O since summer is here. I will be working harder towards my fitness and nutrition goals. I continue to walk 6 days a week, however I have not been doing the fitness classes 2x a week and eating consistently healthy. No excuses … I have equipment at home and can use that if I can’t attend class. I realize I can’t eat what I want once a week … maybe once a month as a treat.
Spring Cleaning … Extended
I am redoing areas of my home while participating in recycling of my electronics, paper and giving away items to Salvation Army and women’s shelters. I have not completed the discarding of clutter and will continue to focus on this. Personally, I was faced with some family issues, which brought about some negative thinking, exhaustion and resurfacing of self-destructive habits. I am constantly seeking Spiritual guidance with this, as well as staying away from toxic situations and maintaining perseverance in these goals.
All in all, confession is definitely good for the soul. This challenge and updating helps me to realize the improvements that need to be made in working toward my goals. All of you ladies participating in the 2012 GOC inspire me and I love reading your updates!!!
Blessings and Healthy Hair Growing!!!
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