My hair is all the way greased up (pre-pooing with some Vatika oil in prep for a wash), but I’m about to head to a cookout for Memorial Day weekend, and I didn’t want to rock a turban today. So, I de-bagged my head, bunned my oily hair and added some old Havana Hair around my bun to beef it up.
I was inspired by the Chic Natural’s old video on her “turban bun.” I didn’t position my bun as close to my forehead as she did, but I’m pretty pleased with the result, since it took less than two minutes to do, and has me looking fairly presentable.
Now, I just have to focus on enjoying myself at the party, instead of dreading my detangle/wash session later tonight. Ugh.
I have had ZERO interest in dealing with my hair the last few months, so last week I finally had a long overdue wash day, and then threw it in two sloppy flat twists. Seriously, the “part” down the middle, if you could even call it that, looked like a river. It was nowhere close to being straight.
Anyway, I wound up wearing those two flat twists all week, because did I mention that I’m in NO MOOD for my hair these days? Then, I took the twists out and was left with a fluffy, full puffy mane with some hints at definition. I kinda liked it, except for the flakes I had from using too much product when I put the twists in. Whomp.
I have some bootleg Curlformers that I got on eBay, but I’ve been too scared to try them. Something about that hook just looks like trouble! But, I do want to give them a shot someday, and I’ll definitely post some photos and/or video when I do.
I don’t find it hard to maintain, but I don’t wear it often at all (usually because I don’t have my hair in flat twists or another style that *lets* me wear the wig without it looking crazy). I would just say that if it seems dry, spritz it with some water or a light leave-in. It is human hair, after all. Just don’t use anything heavy. Let me know how you like it!
Sooooo, in an attempt to stretch my hair more than I can do with twists or braids, I went ahead and tried my first ever roller set with magnetic rollers (these exact ones). That’s what it was looking like after the rollers had been in 5 or so hours. I had to take them out before my hair was fully dry, because there was no way I’d be able to sleep in those things. Even though my hair was still a bit damp, I do have to say it was a pretty good, heatless, stretch.
As you can see, for the most part, my texture is still intact (again, since it wasn’t fully dry, and I didn’t roll my hair super duper tightly), so it’s not as stretched as a blowout would be. I haven’t blow dried my hair since early 2010, if you’re curious. I also didn’t use any combs to do the set. I wasn’t stressing out about getting my hair straight or anything, I only wanted to see what would happen with this, as opposed to my usual stretching methods.
I will absolutely be playing around with this method of stretching my hair more, but will do it earlier in the day, so that my hair can be completely dry before I have to go to bed. FYI, I wound up putting my hair into a bun for bed, in an attempt to keep it from shrinking up too much as it continued to dry.
Any of y’all ever tried roller setting/air drying to stretch (rather than doing it to set some curls)? Let me know your tips and experiences.
As part of my new rules for living, there’s going to be a lot more green in my future. I started experimenting with green smoothies a lot more in November and December of last year, and figured out a recipe that I really like (and even crave, which is kind of awesome). So, to keep things simple and plain, this will probably be the green smoothie I do most of the time, to stay in line with my promise to myself.
It’s pretty dope to be able to do something that I know is really good for me, that is also pretty easy and tastes really good. I took inspiration from a couple of awesome ladies on YT to come up with this concoction, so check out India’s video here and ynotkeeb’s video here, for more ideas.
And, if you’re interested in what all is in my giant mason jar in up there (which I am sipping from as I type this), here it go:
a shit ton of spinach
some kale (sometimes, I use broccoli)
parsley (for smoothies, I like the curly kind)
light coconut milk (you can use regular, just don’t use too much)
half of one fresh (or half a bag of frozen) pineapple
a pinch of coconut flakes
a tablespoon of flax seeds
1/2 teaspoon of maca root powder (learned about this from HeyFranHey!)
1.) Put the flax seeds in your blender all by themselves, and blend for about 60 seconds. [Note: I do this because, in order to absorb the beneficial omegas in the flax seeds, the cell walls must be broken down PRIOR to ingestion, otherwise our body won’t be able to digest them and it’s a big waste of time. You’ll need a high-powered blender to break down the flax seeds sufficiently. If you have a kind of crappy blender, you can get flax seeds pre-ground at the health food store. I just prefer to do it myself.]
2.) Fill the blender 2/3 to 3/4 of the way with the spinach. Then add in your kale (or broccoli, or whatever your second green is for that day, if you have a second green). Top it off with about a handful of parsley.
3.) Add some coconut milk, maybe half a cup. And then add some coconut water— enough so that there’s enough liquid to be able to blend all the vegetables. I probably use a cup or so.
4.) Blend that shit up. Once all the vegetables have blended down for the most part, shut off your blender.
5.) Add in your pineapple, coconut flakes and maca.
6.) Blend it again, until it looks like a smoothie.
7.) Drink it.
8.) [Optional] Tell all your friends on Tumblr.
That’s pretty much it. Just be careful not to blend your smoothie too much, because that’ll increase the rate at which oxidation occurs.
Sometimes I’ll add in the juice of a lemon, or use different fruits (pineapple + mango, peaches, etc.). All in all, though, this is the basic framework for a smoothie that tastes pretty damn good— to me, anyway. And, it lets me get in waaaaay more greens than I would ever take the time to eat. I’d be sitting there for an hour or more, trying to chomp on all that spinach. NO THANKS.
Let me know your favorite green smoothie recipe, and/or if you try this one.
1.) Work out 3x/week [AT LEAST. Seriously, getting in only 3 days of workouts will have to be a shit ass muh fuggin week, but still something I can and will live with because 3 is very doable and certainly well more than ZERO days/week— esp since I tend to oscillate between 7 days a week and, uhm, no days per week… (Sidebar: I think I should really just resolve to be less extreme, this year…)].
2.) Drink green smoothies or juice(s) 3x/week (AT LEAST, and not necessarily on the same days that I get my sweat on, which I promise to do above, separately. This is just a means to get in more green, nutritional goodness in a consistent and long term way. Besides, I figured out a green smoothie recipe that I really like, so why not enjoy it more often?)
3.) Make sure my man knows I luh him and that he is appreciated for every ounce that he deserves. We had some rough times this year, due to
mesome hormonal imbalances (read: birth control pills…I’m not on them any more…more on this later, since it is an entire blog post— nay, a series of blog posts…).
4.)Post to my YT channel 1x/month. Srsly. Once a month is not that much. WHAT
ISWAS MY PROBLEM?!
5.) Be happier. Even though I’m putting this at number five, it really is my number one thing.
See, the ordering of these things is pretty arbitrary. The only thing that I have resolved for 2014 is to be happier, and everything that I have outlined above is a means to that end. I know the things about my life that I would love to improve upon (and now you do, since I just told them to you fairly explicitly); and, in improving upon/acomplishing these things, I will be loads happier.
So, there you have it. These aren’t “resolutions,” since something about the very wording and concept of new year resolutions makes me queasy. But, it is a set of intentions.
Or, perhaps just a plan I’m stating aloud, to satisfy one overarching intention. In case you weren’t paying attention, that intention = more happy! Wish me luck.