Monthly Archives: January 2014
One of the things I really love about myself is my long, thick, curly hair. I was in denial about it for years, and flattened it to no end since high school. In my late 20s, I got tired of fighting who I was and learned to love and embrace it. Here’s what I learned in the past 3 or 4 years about keeping curly hair looking good.
1. An amazing haircut is essential. Go to someone that specializes in curly haircuts and has them on the list of services at the salon, a Deva trained stylist is even better. You really need the proper layers to help those curls have optimal bounce.
2. Sulfate free shampoo followed by a great shampoo. I used to use all Deva products, but in an effort to cut down on costs, I found Shea Moisture Curl & Shine sulfate free shampoo at the drugstore. The one thing I won’t scrimp on is quality conditioner, which is why I have the DevaCurl One Condition pictured. My hair loves this conditioner, and plenty of it. This is also the part that I use my fingers or a wide tooth comb to detangle. Outside of this, I never brush or comb my hair.
3. After the shower and before even reaching for a towel, I distribute a healthy amount of alcohol free gel to my hair, bend over, and scrunch it in. This prevents that crispy crunch thing that can happen with gel when you put it in when the hair is too dry. I also like to put some styling creme in after this step. I really like Living Proof’s Styling Creme. Expensive, but it helps with the frizz and it lasts a really long time.
4. Do not use the terry towel that you dry yourself off on your hair! That creates a whole lot of frizz and mess. Bending over again, scrunch with a microfiber towel. In a pinch, I will use a T shirt for this step. In the summer, this will be the last step for me, and I will just air dry. If I need to dry it in a hurry or it’s cold outside, I’ll use a dryer with a diffuser. Thick hair requires an investment in a hair dryer that packs a punch. You’ll be surprised how much quicker your hair will dry with the right tool, plus they last for years. I love the Twin Turbo series of dryers.
Here I am pretending to sail, curls to the wind
So, hey there! It has been ages since I’ve written something here. I had this intention of what my summer was going to be, and then we were taken for quite the loop when finding out days before my husband’s 30th birthday that we would be expecting. I have to be honest, I wasn’t exactly thrilled the first few days. I realize that the reaction isn’t what people would envision for someone in my situation, but I want to put it out there because that was my reality. I am such a planner, and this was not supposed to be in the cards for at least a little while. Not only that, I got really overwhelmed about the idea of being a mother. I have never really been around babies, how could I possibly be a good mother? Yeah, I freaked out. But then I took a big breath, put my big girl panties on, and figured out how to go forward.
That meant going HAM on what all of this was going to entail. I embraced what God had in store for us, and accepted, and then I read. I spent my days reading about pregnancy. How the baby grows and what changes to expect physically and emotionally. After I did that, I started to read up on what to actually do with the bundle of joy. WTF was an umbrella stroller?? Heck, even the basic, what do you need for a diaper change??
So instead of updating my blog, I just threw myself into this. Youtube was super helpful to start off with. I can’t even tell you how many of the CloudMom videos I watched. The lady has 5 kids, she must know what she is talking about! Videos led into Pinterest, and mommy blogs, and now a much more confident, excited mom to be!
I’ll be documenting here things I read up about along the way and how everything is working, in addition to all the other interests I had pre baby. Less than a month to go, cannot wait!