Friday, December 28, 2012

Out with the old and in with the...natural?

Hello.  My name is Elisa and I am/was hooked on weaves

For my wedding, I really wanted to have long beautiful curls. I should have known I would get hooked and keep weaving it up for months. Well last night I was finally sick of it and took it out *snip snip* (well actually my mom did). 

Messy poof.  Post weave removal.  Pre wash.
My hair is in pretty good shape. It's not dry at all. My ends look great because I just got a trim before my last install. But I freaked when I got all the weave was out. Why, you ask?  You know the saying "out of sight, out of mind"? Well this saying truly applies to my alopecia situation. I stopped taking my medicine back in September (that is another blog post in itself) and figured that letting my hair rest would hopefully keep my hair loss to a minimum. I don't know if my alopecia has worsened or if I am in shock because I haven't really seen my hair since June, but I am definitely feeling some kind of way. I do have some edge breakage but I am pretty confident that I can get them back on track. 

All in all, I really missed my natural hair and I am so happy to see it. I have been lusting after beautiful 'fros, twists, and poofs and now I can have all of that again.

Cleanser: Wen Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner
Deep Conditioner: Wen Sweet Almond Mint Re Moist Intensive Hair Treatment
Detangler: Kinky Curly Knot Today
Twisting Agent: Organic Root Stimulator Lock & Twist Gel

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

I need to stop being lazy...

So finally my life is starting to get back to normal.  I finished my MBA, moved to California, started my new job, and the wedding planning is wrapping up!  In the midst of all this transitioning, I did whatever it took to minimize the time it took to do my hair.  Yup, basically, I got lazy.  Real lazy.  So today I decided to not cut corners and to mix up a great deep conditioner.

And with that. I rediscovered my love for shea and avocado oil.  After I washed my hair with SheaMoisture Yucca & Aloe shampoo, I coated my hair in a mixture of shea and avocado oil and massaged it in.  Then, I applied the SheaMoisture Yucca & Aloe deep conditioner and slapped a plastic cap on my head.  I accidentally fell asleep with a towel on my head (don't ask) and when I woke up, my hair was super soft.  I easily detangled my hair with the mixture in it.  After that I used a heat protectant and used the blow dryer to dry my hair.  I changed up my two strand twist method and if it comes out cute, I will post again tomorrow with pictures and instructions.

So I am making a promise to myself (putting it in writing so I will actually be held accountable) to really start doing my hair like I used to!

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bio-Oil - Is it the real deal?

Well hello Lovelies!

My wedding is quickly approaching (less than 6 months away) and I am trying maintain my skin care regimen.  I have been doing very well with my face regimen (I haven't had a breakout in more than 6 months) but now I am starting to pay more attention to my overall body.

A few years ago, I was about 50 pounds heavier (thankfully I have managed to lose that weight and keep it off).  I put on the weight pretty quickly, so I have stretch marks.  Luckily for me, my stretch marks aren't terribly noticeable, but I want to be as close to perfect as possible when I am lounging in sun with my new hubby on our honeymoon in Mo'orea!  With that said, I have heard about Bio-Oil for years, but never bought it.  Mainly because of the price tag - about $14 for a 2 ounce bottle. But after doing some reviews, I decided to bite the bullet.  Many black women have seen success with Bio-Oil, so I figured I would give it a shot.

The key with this product seems to be consistency.  The instructions on the bottle say to use twice a day for at least 3 months... woah.  I will definitely report back in 3 months to see if I have started to see any results.