Thursday, 1 January 2015

New Year, Old Me

I don't usually set New Year's resolutions. I didn't really believe in them. For me, the natural time for goal setting came as the days got shorter and colder and leaves fell and everywhere was bathed in a golden light. Time seemed to stretch eternal and seeped with hope and anticipation. Magical.

However, the other kind of magic struck me over the last two months - a frustratingly broken camera (my techno curse strikes again!), a lack of justice, a loss of hope, disbelief, the suffocating wrap of apathy around my neck. Bleak and cold midwinter clutched at me, as well as an unshakeable sickness.
My reaction?
Desperately throwing myself into my job, telling myself I'm too busy and sad to write on this here blog. Slashing at my internet ties and, in effect, my accountability.

The truth is, if I don't talk to you on here, I can easily go a few weeks not talking to anybody else properly. Plus, my soul was just too tired to talk, when it just seemed so pointless.

Anyway! Christmas, for me at least, proved invigorating and once again stoked those little embers of hope for the future I'd thought had been killed by the grey grimmness of reality. I read the feelings of others and the anger of many and know I was not alone. I crocheted and mixed up and created. I was rejected by potentially the cutest 18 month old in favour of my husband (hands off). Thins were put into perspective.

Idiots non carborundum.

I only have two resolutions really:

Consistent self-care.
You know when people say they let themselves go? Over the last three months, I've REALLY let myself go. It doesn't help that I'm married to possibly the lowest maintenance man in existence. He doesn't even scar when he gets spots, whereas I have scars that are possibly older than Methusalah. I've been using extra virgin olive oil as a body moisturiser, which is fine, but I'm tired of smelling like salad. Also, some days I work 8 to 8 and who wants to exercise at 9 in the evening? Not me!

So I want to:
  • Start to cleanse my face once everyday (no, I don't at the moment. Hence, Methusalah's age mates still lingering on my face, playing checkers and heckling runners.)
  • Treat myself experience wise - maybe once a week, or once a month. Just regularly enough that it stops me getting run down. Craft, relax, create or just pamper. Products are no fun if you don't take the time to use them properly.
  • Continue researching biodegradable / sustainable / eco-friendly teeth cleaning options. Chewing sticks remind me of my grandma, but she did have great teeth, so...
  • Give myself enough time to make what I need - no more olive oil body moisturiser! Shea butter only in 2015.

Simplify my stuff.
I have so much rubbish and I've just let it all build up. So I want to:
  1. Use up my craft hobby stash - all the yarn, fabric and cosmetic ingredients that I don't use on a regular basis to be gone by August.
  2. I am going to give away or get rid of all the clothes people have given me that I hate and still wear. And then make and/or buy some things I like and will wear with pride.
  3. Stop making excuses for not using things that work - hate the applicator? Buy a new one. Keep running out of a necessary ingredient? Buy in bulk. I've been cheap for too long, and always try replacing what worked with something else, which just wastes money. 
    Yeah, I'm done with that now. Onwards with what works!
I hope you're having a good day and a lovely week. And happy new year! I hope it is full of joy, love, peace, fluffy things, blessings, warmth and positivity. Oh, and chocolate. Which clearly fits under the umbrella of all of the aforementioned.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Anita Grant 20% Off

Yes, she still ships worldwide.
Yes, I'm only telling you because I've already bought mine.

But at least I'm sharing now. Why must you focus only on the negatives...? Jeez! Pay attention! Discounts! Christmas in less than 8 weeks! Pressies!

Monday, 6 October 2014

Wash Day - Maximum Hydration?

So, yes, I tried it. I jumped onto that Maximum Hydration bandwagon. Kind of.

I modified it - I hate jumping in and out of the shower, so I cut out all the steps that were unnecessary to me and focus on two steps instead - the baking soda cowash and the clay rinse.

This is how I seem to start every wash day:

Unleash the haystack!

1. I didn't pre-poo! I totally forgot! So I started by adding 1 teaspoon of baking soda to about 200ml (3/4 cup) of Garnier Ultra Blend Shea Butter and Avocado Oil Conditioner. I slathered my hair in it, carefully detangling with my fingers.

2. After about 10 - 15 minutes, I rinsed it out and then put on my clay mask.

Ehhh....maybe I should have rinsed better....

I used 50g micronized rhassoul clay
1 teaspooon coconut oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons of water

I had mixed it all up while I had the baking soda in my hair. It had a very light, mousse-like texture.

It's not just Aero that have got those bubbles...

I left it in for 30 minutes, making sure to cover my hair in a plastic bag since it was a little drippy.

3. I rinsed it out, then added in some more Garnier Ultra Blend Shea Butter and Avocado Oil and left it on for 5 minutes while I searched furiously for my shower gel. My hair actually seemed to drink up the conditioner a little and I definitely had less splashed all over the walls. I was working in two and a half sections - left, right and my fringe. I'd just made two braids for either side and twisted my fringe up.

4. Then I got to work. Leave in of Kinky Curly Knot Today, and then Curl Enhancing Smoothie and then Kinky Curly Curling Custard. I'd had to add in the Curl Enhancing Smoothie to reduce the frizz and increase clumping in my hair, because my fine hair was not listening without it.

Before product
With product, but no Curl Enhancing Smoothie *unimpressed face*
 At this point, I was fed up. I'd minimised my faffery by cutting out the cherry Lola treatment, since I don't have any liquid aminos, and I didn't really deep conditioning because I never do and it cut the jumping in and out of the shower business, which I am not a fan of.

I'd had to go into the shower twice so far and even after all the hair I'd removed with the baking soda cowash and the mask in my hair, I was losing more hair and I could see from the small length of some of them that it was breakage.

Bearing in mind, I've already shed my mammoth ball of hair by this point.
I was tempted to quit after only the first section but I plodded on.

My wash and go was starting to look exactly like it did in the summer, when I'd done similar steps, minus all this silly fussing and ARGH I'VE JUST BROKEN THE ONLY PLASTIC CLIP I HAVE LEFT!

Furious, I finished my hair and contended that, when it tried, if I hated it, I could just wear a bun.
Then I waited for it to dry and shrink up as per usual.


Guys, this is my hair 80% dry. It didn't shrink! Like, at all! Apart from the shrinkage necessary to create the curl, of course.
I'm gobsmacked because I was not expecting this in the least.

Also, it turns out I have two other plastic clips, but they were hiding in my drawer.

Friday, 3 October 2014


Oh look! Beautybyzara have got the entire As I Am Range! Only £2.99 shipping?

Oh my goodness! I wonder if they have it... Gidore's been out of stock of it for a month already! I've always wanted to try the Coconut Cowas -


Guess I'm not the only one...

*Twiddles thumbs as she impatiently awaits the restock.*

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Oh Dear...

Remember that wash day when I said I was leaving my hair in twists to get the best of both worlds, styling-wise?

And that I was hoping it would turn out like that faux wash and go I had, that was actually really awesome?

Yeah, no.

I left it 4 days, and by that time, my hair's most haystack-like tendencies had set in. Maybe I should co-wash more....


My highlights are actually high lights. High above my head.

If you need me, I'll be sporting a bun. 
Maybe under a hat.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Wash Day

1. I mixed together about 1.5 tablespoons of Vatika Oil and third of a cup (80ml) of Aubreys Organics Glycogen Balancing Conditioner in a bowl, having melted the Vatika Oil previously using a roughshod bain marie.

 I applied it to the thicker half of my hair first (rookie mistake) and promptly had to mix up another batch because it wasn't enough.

2. I put on a plastic shower cap and waited it out for an hour while I did some work.

Wonder Thing: *marvelling* All of your hair doesn't even fit under there!
Simple Thing: *stubbornly ignores him*

Before Deep Conditioning/ after deep conditioning

2. Shampoo - 1 tablespoon of honey, teaspoon of Shea Butter's black soap and half a cup of hibiscus tea. I applied it to my scalp only.

3. Then I did an ACV rinse - I always forget/neglect to dilute it, since I reckon I'm rinsing it out anyway and with how hard my water is, a little bit of strength won't hurt, right?

4. I followed that up with Garnier Ultra Blend Shea Butter and Avocado conditioner.

5. I wanted to try a different leave in, so I pulled out the Camille Rose Coconut Water Leave In Treatment. Um, I looked for slip and it was lacking, Cue me quickly jumping ship straight back to Kinky Curly Knot Today to finish off detangling and moisturising the rest of my hair.

6. I tried to use Eco Styler olive oil gel with the Camille Rose Naturals Leave In but when I switched to the Kinky Curly Knot Today, I left it out. If they can't play nice, then they just can't play together at all.

7. I twisted my hair and then left it! I'm kind of hoping that I can leave it for a couple of days (ooh, protective styling!) and then release it for an awesome faux wash and go (ooh, awesome styling!)

Monday, 22 September 2014

Wash Day

1. As per normal, I pre-pooed overnight with Vatika Oil, but then I discovered some Greek Yoghurt in the fridge, so mixed four tablespoons of that with 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and slapped then on my head for good measure. I left that on for half an hour.

2. I rinsed my hair with warm water, quadrant by quadrant. After I rinsed each section, I applied Garnier Ultra Blend Shea Butter and Avocado Oil on each section and twisted it up. I rinsed after a minute or two. I wrapped my hair in a very thin towel for about half an hour.

3. Then, I worked on each half section of the twist. I applied Kinky Curly Knot Today as a leave in, detangling with my fingers and then sealed with Anita Grant Café Latte.

4. Then I split that section into smaller sections that I could easily fit them into the Curlformers.
Yep, I got them back. Well, kinda.
The Littlest Sis got me some new ones for my birthday. I feel she may have been overly-optimistic/mistaken, because she got me the extra long and wide ones.

*Sings* "Meet me halfway-" "Eh, not even doing that at the moment!"

It took me a little over 2 hours to put them in, because detangling took so long. It was a nightmare. My failed attempts at keeping the set of my faux wash and go resulted in lots of shrinking and tangling at the very root of my hair.
EURGH. Not a good day concerning how much hair I lost.

I'd wanted to use my hooded dryer to speed things up and so I didn't have to sleep on the Curlformers. But at ten to midnight, using a hair dryer/hooded dryer is plain aggressive as far as the neighbours are concerned, so I dealt with it. It was actually okay sleeping on my back, until my contrary self decided to roll over to sleep on my side. Erk.
20 Curlformers in my face was definitely enough to wake me up!

I took the Curlformers out in the morning, and it felt like some parts of my roots were still damp. They were probably just a bit cold, but I was in a sleepless fog. The results on one side were definitely better than the other >.< . I am definitely hood drying next time.

All of this just went into a bun. After last week, I just wanted stretched, low fuss hair!