Monday, February 27, 2012

Don't Call it a Comeback!



Man! So many things have happened since my last post!!

The biggest is that I recently (last Thursday) did a BIG CHOP!

YEP, I cut my hair!! I can't believe it. My friends can't believe it...but I did it!! The reason that I had to big chop was because I did not take care of my hair after I colored it and as a result, the colored part was extremely dry and had began to break in several areas!

Nobody fault but my own...I went in and told my stylist to cut all of the color off and she kept asking was I sure...I told her to hurry and do it before I changed my mind....and she did!

Now, I have to relearn short hair. I miss my poof so bad, but I'd rather have healthy hair, than a big, split-end infested poof any day!!

Have you ever did a re-chop or second big chop??

Monday, April 25, 2011

National Infertility Awareness Week & the RARE SOIL Project Website

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I didn't even know such a week existed until last night, and as soon as I found out, I knew that it was something that I wanted to showcase on my blogs. This is such an issue that is near and dear to me…there are so many myths surrounding infertility...I will tackle one of those myths in the next few days on my other website, Musings of L. Michelle.

Today's post is about this great website that I was recently made aware of and had the opportunity to briefly visit.
The Rare Soil Project
For over two years, the RARE SOIL Project has been working with African-American women and communities teaching about the impact of infertility and involuntary childlessness. The RARE SOIL Project works with women to help them overcome the shame and isolation associated with infertility.

The mission of the RARE SOIL Project is to offer hope, support, and information to African American women who are living childlessness not by choice (CNBC) as a result of infertility, and raise public awareness about the impact of infertility and involuntary childlessness, through education and advocacy. 
FROM THE RARE SOIL SITE:
  • 7.3 million American women have had trouble conceiving a pregnancy or carrying a pregnancy to term
  • 1 in 8 women and men are diagnosed with infertility
The RARE SOIL Project refers to infertility broadly, including all fertility impairments:

Infertility
is a medical diagnosis given when a couple has not conceived a pregnancy despite trying for 12 months. 

Impaired fecundity is medical term when a woman experiences difficulties conceiving or bringing a pregnancy to term during their lifetime (i.e., recurrent miscarriages) 
Involuntary Childlessness is a chronic condition that occurs when a woman/couple desires to have genetic children, but cannot conceive, or maintain a pregnancy to birth.

Because I was just made aware of the site last night, I haven’t had an opportunity to through the site completely, but for what I have perused, I think it is an awesome tool.  If you suffer from issues surrounding infertility, or know someone that does, please go to this website or pass it on. I know that I will definitely be going through it more in detail in the next few days, and passing it on to some very dear blogger friends that are battling issues with conception. You can also find the RARE SOIL Project on Facebook, please click the link and "Like" the page.

Be blessed everyone and let's unite for awareness surrounding infertility!

Friday, April 22, 2011

MONIEK!!!! Hair Update

Remember my best friend Moniek who bravely let ME do her Big Chop last summer?

Well this is her update! I am LOVING her hair!! I see it several times a week and I did  not realize that it had grown out this much!

She makes me want to pick my hair all the way out to see where I am!!

Congrats Moniek on staying the course and keeping your hair natural!!!


Monday, April 18, 2011

My Fuzzy, Poofy, Natural Hair!


"Bad" Hair Day -- 4/18/11
I have completely fallen off the wagon with taking good care of my hair, and it shows! Blame the warm Texas winter and the ability to continually “wash and go”. And just me being lazy <--the real reason :( One other thing that I just thought about was that I have been working out more and when I wipe my face, I often wipe the sweat back into my hair...gotta stop doing that. 
I feel that my ends look ratty and my hair is dull and lifeless. I do know that it growing, because I have a full inch of new growth (look closely at the picture, LOL). I last colored at the beginning of January.  I actually don’t know when I will have time to do something to it. One thing that I have learned about my personal life is that I need to make short, attainable goals. So, for this week, the goal is to wash, DEEP condition, and twist my hair. Let’s hope I make it...it's Monday night...and I am sitting here. LOL
This morning my hair straight pissed me off. I have a new schedule at work, so now I have to be at work at 7:00 a.m. Which means I need to be out of the house no later than 6:30 a.m. Which means that I need to get up between 5:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Actually, I need to be up no later than 5:30 a.m., but if I take a shower at night, I can get up a little later. But this morning I realized that I have to plan for the time to do my hair. This is what happened this morning. I showered last night and when I got up this morning at 5:50 a.m., I didn’t know what to do with my hair. I decided to mist it with filtered water and then attempt to pull it back into a ponytail (yes! I can finally pull my hair all the way back!!!). This was a #fail, because I had gobs of product on it from the past few days. Gel, and Shea Moisture, Olive Oil, Tea Tree Oil and just loads of all types of stuff. So what does my hair do? Nothing, it just looks a shitty mess. At this point it’s 6:20 a.m. (usually I am OUT of the house by this time, or at least walking through picking up my purse and keys) and I am stressing, so I do like any other seasoned naturalista would…I turn on the shower and stick my head under the water and using water only to “wash” the built up products out of my hair! I didn’t use any shampoo or any conditioner and I tell ya’ll, this worked well to be a "quick fix." I styled using some Blue Duchess Curl Activator Gel and EcoStyler Olive Oil Gel. It’s a little poofy and frizzy around the edges, but for the most part, I like it. And I was out of the house by 6:32 a.m. and at work at 7:00 a.m. on the dot. Now I just need to either learn to trim my ends or schedule an appt.

What’s going on with your hair these days? Did your hair survive the winter?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

My Ode to Walgreens!

Partial store display at Capital Plaza Walgreen's::Austin, Texas
Dear Walgreens,
Thank you sooooo much for recognizing that Shea Moisture is a great product and choosing to carry it in ALL of your stores. With your buy one, get one free sale this week, I have probably gotten enough Curl Smoothie to last me a few months. You surely came out with a vengeance! Target has messed up now!!

Sincerly,
L. Michelle

Did you go to Walgreen's yet to take advantage of the BOGO on Shea Moisture??? If not, WHAT are you waiting for??? If they don't have it on the shelves yet, ask the person at the beauty counter if they will be getting it in. Usually (in my experience) they have it in the store and are willing to show you what they have and let you make a purchase, they just haven't adjusted the shelves to put the product on it. I've probably stopped at every Walgreen's that I've come across and they all have it! WOOT!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

My Best Advice About....Co-Washing

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Spring is finally here!!

With the warmer weather, this means that we naturals can take advantage of sunny days and rock fresh wash and go's or if you want a new style mid week and don't have the time for a full shampoo, condition, detangle sessions, a co-wash is most assuredly the way to go!

Here's a few tips that I have found helpful when doing daily/weekly co-washes:
  • Cheapie conditioners can be your friend. Yesterday, I told you all what my favorite "go-to" conditioners are. I have been using the V05 Free Me Freesia for the past four years and I love it. Some of my other favorites are Herbal Essences Hello Hydration and Organix Coconut.  These conditioners are generally a little more watery (with the exception of HH), which works well when you are in a hurry. All of these conditioners are affordable and can generally be found at Target, Wal-Mart, or even the grocery store. When I say cheap, I mean less than $5.00.
  • Every co-washing session does not have to be time consuming.  That's the purpose of co-washing....well at least it is for me. I co-wash in the morning before work, after working out, or any other time that I don't have time to shampoo, detangle, and deep condition (SDD). Usually to do the SDD, it takes me at least 45 minutes, but co-washing only takes however much time I chose to spend in the shower.
  • Ditch the towel and start using an old cotton t-shirt. I have found that this one technique has caused my hair to not be as frizzy and I don't get the drippies. I generally wrap the t-shirt around my hair as soon as I get out of the shower and then proceed to do whatever else I need to do bodywise (about 5 minutes). Once I remove the t-shirt, my hair is still damp but not dripping. LOVE it!
What advice do you have regarding co-washing?? Or have you found that co-washing is just not for you??

Monday, March 21, 2011

I've Been Featured!

One of my favorite blogs, (and last week's Wordless Wednesday) Robyn's Nest featured me today in a non-hair related post. For those of you that didn't start from the beginning of my blog, you may not know that I am a Breast Cancer survivor. Robyn gave me the chance to tell my story.
Please click the link below to be taken to her blog and my story of survival!

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Robyn's Nest Blog

Conditioner!

What is your "go-to" conditioner?

You know, the one you reach for for those daily/weekly co-washes?

As the weather starts to heat up, I find that I love co-washing my hair every few days.

My go-to conditioners are either V05 Free Me Freesia or Suave Naturals Coconut. These products are cheap, smell good, and great for my spur of the moment co-washes. I do have millions of other conditioners that I use for specific purposes: detangling or a little extra conditioning (not deep conditioning...there's different stuff for that..LOL)

So, what's your "go-to" conditioner and why do you like it?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Hair Inspiration

The beautiful Robyn of Robyn's Nest
Great blog and GREAT HAIR! Check her out ya'll :o)
Robyn's Nest: A Personal Journey