07 October 2012

the devil laughs..

I have figured out the astonishing unemployment rate in America.. its those damned assessment tests!!

How many times can I be asked the same question?? I hate filling out applications for that very reason. his one was really creative with video clips of scenarios, plus the 118 question "which describes you better" section.. who came up with this evil? the devil is laughing now at every other unemployed person completing an online job application right now..

I better get a damned job soon, and when I do it is the last job I will take before I get this business thing started again.. now that I am flustered, time to finish folding laundry before we (me and my son) head home for the night.

well, no hair tonite. oh well. got nothing but nothing to to do tomorrow.

yogurt? yep.

Since I'm on the topic of hair, I want to mention yogurt..

Like I said in my last post, I don't buy hair products.. Well, let me back up - I don't buy expensive hair products. I'm definitely not against lab created hair stuff. I still don't really understand what silicones are, but apparently they make my hair really soft. Why take that away? lol. Anyway, yogurt has become a staple in my semi non existent regimen. I use it as a prepoo-protein-deep-conditioning treatment (gotta love the all-in-one).

I don't really remember why or how I came across the idea of using yogurt, but somehow I was led to this website: Lipstick Masala.. Yogurt apparently has some type of antifungal and antibacterial properties.. its also good for probiotics, which i will assume does some good for my hair too lol. Well, the yogurt, in all its wonderfulness (except its taste, cause that's just gross) has some cleansing powers as well. A clear, healthy scalp means healthy hair growth, right? Welp, at 3 bucks for a gigantic tub, I was sold. I don't even have to eat this stuff to reap some benefits. YES!

Yogurt also offers protein which is great for hair too.. I don't really know all the ins and outs, and scientifics behind using yogurt, I just know it works for my hair..

Now, to the cut: For my hair mask I mix a few good scoops of full-fat yogurt (and yes, it needs to be full fat), 1 egg, 1 banana, and some olive oil.. blend it up really well (to avoid banana chunks) and smooth onto dry hair starting at the scalp.. I like my masks to be good and thick, so I add just a capsule or two of fenugreek, which coincidentally also conditions my hair and adds a lot of slip to the mixture. I'm terrible about detangling, but this is a good time to go ahead and do that part.. Anyway, wrap your hair up in some type of plastic (I use a Kroger bag), then a towel to create more heat and leave on your hair for 30 minutes up to an hour (2 in you skipped the fenugreek).. then rinse, shampoo and condition as usual.. with the fenugreek though, you may find that you don't need any additional conditioner. TIP: let the yogurt reach room temp, or your head might get really really cold lol.. TIP 2: if you use the fenugreek, don't let it dry on your hair, or you'll have powder chunks in it.. they come out easy though, so I've read.

the fenugreek really softens the hair so I do NOT recommend leaving it on for very long or using it more than once a week, or even bi-weekly (I'm still working out the kinks).. the first time I used it, I added way too much and left it on for nearly 3 hours.. well, now I'm experiencing some breakage. before you FREAK out, I'm not going bald and thankfully I noticed early enough to make some changes. I emptied like 10+ capsules into my mix along with Dove conditioner and some other things.. chances are I just over moisturized my hair. Don't be afraid to experiment. Just know your hair, your ingredients, and your time.

Anyway, I will probably be using this again tonite. Since its getting to be winter time though, I'm on the hunt for a not so cooling hair mask. Any suggestions or tips? I'd love to hear them.

product junkie? um, no.

looking at my last blog entry, apparently the enter button does not make a line break from my phone.. my bad.

I really just want to talk about hair for a minute.. as I mentioned in my last entry, I'm transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. for those that don't know what that means: I'm growing out my nappy roots.

I'm a lazy, penny-clamping DIY type of girl.. Standing in Target in the "ethnic hair" care section proved that. All the different products, names, ingredients... this one is African, that one is organic. This product contains olive oil, while this one over here has coconut and hibiscus.. then there's neem, carrot, mango, etc..some from Jamaica, others from Haiti (but all manufactured in Texas?.. hmm) I was overwhelmed! Last time I was in the black hair aisle, my choices were: blue magic, doo gro, and motions lol. OK! maybe it wasn't that long ago.. haha.

When I saw a tiny bottle of some randomly named "natural" shampoo for 30 bucks, it was in that moment I knew I was NOT a product junkie, nor was I going to be a product junkie. I quickly turned around, grabbed some L'Oreal Reconstructive Sulfate Free shampoo and conditioner and headed for the register.

I want to, for just a minute, talk about the ridiculousness of all the natural hair product hype.. that probably doesn't make much sense lol, but I know what I'm trying to say. I have been getting away with using "white" hair products for years. Yes, yes, I know I'm still going thru the transition so most of my hair is still straight, but I just can't bring myself to spend 40 dollars on a 2.5 oz bottle of shampoo. I looked at the Carol's Daughter Transitioning Kit.. Nope, couldn't do that either. Comes in pretty box though..

I did try the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie in the pink tub, but that stuff made my hair so hard.. It smelled bad too.. I've since read a ton a good reviews for it since trying it though. its kind of a shame it didn't work for me, but I did save myself 10bucks.

Hmm, originally I just really wanted to talk about my hair, but somehow this turned into a product review lol.. Alright, I'll go with this..

I've tried the Cantu grow strong, pomade, and intensive leave-in before I was consciously transitioning. Meh, they were ok, but probably not something Ill get again. Kinda made my hair feel dry and greasy at the same time.. The pomade worked great for when I was blow drying and flat ironing my hair. Yes, it has petroleum in it, but hey, there is no perfect product lol.

I'm no naturalista or whatever (at least I don't think I am (whats a naturalista again?)), but I think the best natural products are just regular old oil and water. My family has been using that base and they all have long luscious hair. I don't know my hair type and got tired of trying to figure it out, but I find castor oil, olive oil, and jojoba oil all work great. mix in some water and aloe vera gel and BAM! you've got a moisturizer, detangler, and sealer in one.. YAY for the lazy girl! The more aloe vera, the better detangler.. add more castor oil for heavy sealing, and more jojoba and water for something lighter.

Hmm.. another blog entry!