Two weeks ago, I made the best decision with my hair, ever. I’ve done Japanese hair straightening (aka thermal reconditioning). “Straight hair” was never in my vocabulary when describing my natural hair. When I was younger it was wavy and somewhat manageable. It didn’t matter then, anyway, because I was a kid. Looking back before puberty, I wish my hair would’ve stayed the calmer wave it was from about ages 6 to 14. Throughout high school, I spent literally hours straightening my hair for it to be perfect for only two days and then redo it all over again. It was a vicious cycle. Even after high school, I continually straightened my hair throughout my semesters of college and summertime. Realizing it was too much to continue doing to myself and to my hair, I did deep research. I’ve tried keratin treatments, Brazilian blowouts, at-home conditioners and nothing has worked besides making my hair super shiny for a day or two. After committing to a more permanent solution, I learned about Japanese straightening. This method straightens the hair by breaking the protein bonds that give hair shape and grows out along with new hair growth. I looked at reviews and countless YouTube videos to see coarse, curly hair turned into the silky, straighter hair I’ve always dreamt of.
This hair procedure isn’t done anywhere. There are many “fakes” out there who do this Japanese straightening with the wrong chemicals and wrong knowledge and guarantee amazing hair for a cheap price. Unfortunately, people who go to those places have an awful experience and end up getting their hair seriously damaged. I was lucky to find a great place with a stylist who took this very seriously. So, if you want to get this done, make sure to know who is doing your hair and previous customer experiences!
The Procedure: I was first taken to get my hair washed. After I was brought back to the chair, they applied the first chemical to my wet hair from root to tip. It was left on for about 15 minutes. After that, I was brought back to wash it out and back in the chair, where it was dried with a blowdryer. At this time, my hair was already noticeably straighter. But, it was not done. After it was dried, a straightener was used to completely straighten it and another chemical was put on and left for another 15-20 minutes. For the last time, back to the sink to wash. Once more, my hair was blowdryed and straightened. To start off my hair more healthier with the treatment, my stylist trimmed my hair and took off any split ends. This was the result:
I would definitely recommend this hair treatment if, like me, you struggled with curls that you cannot tame and spend too much time on straightening! This really changed my life, saving me from hours of straightening and tons of dollars on hair products, straighteners, and salon visits.
Last July, my boyfriend and I both decided to delete our Instagram app. We both got into a deep discussion about how annoying and controlling it got in our lives. I hated mindlessly going onto the app to see a bunch of photos of the same selfies, landscapes, and animals (even though the animal pictures were consistently cute). Instagram is a great app, don’t get me wrong. Out of all social networks, I think it serves the most purpose. However, I think a break from things like such are needed. We both deleted our Twitters in October 2016. I never had much to say. I didn’t care to see people’s public complaints or random sentences. Also, too much drama. Today, I still stand by deleting my twitter and never really miss it. Snapchat, I still have right now. I see that as different from Instagram and Twitter, as it is not as public and you don’t have to do much or uphold a profile. However, since I have told myself I want a lot of my life documented to look back on and to reminisce, I miss Instagram in a way. As I think of my decision, I am taking a different approach. I will post more and all of what I want. Have more of an aesthetic, including things I have done, things I like, things I’ve created, and where I’ve gone. If I were to, I would make it much more unique and well, more me. But who knows? I am enjoying myself without it as of right now. Bottom line, time-outs with social media are definitely essential in my book.
Just yesterday, I logged back on to my Instagram account. It was weird being on for the first time in about a year. I saw the changes of people I know, what they were doing, where they were, how they looked. So yes, it was still the same old stuff. Yeah, I missed it because it was easy to just scroll for awhile, looking at all the different posts and being “back in the loop”. However, I sat there and thought “do I really care though?”. I knew if I kept it I’d just always be on it and scrolling through the endless posts. Well, I ended up deleting again soon after. As of right now, I am on the fence with it, but it’s staying off my phone until I decide.
THIS. This is my holy grail moisturizer. When I was purchasing this product, I did not know what to expect. I’ve heard great things about Cocokind, but did not know where to start when ordering their stuff. I got something I usually always start with and need; a moisturizer. I figured you can’t go wrong. I ended up buying Cocokind’s Organic Matcha Face Moisturizer.
I was so excited when it came. I opened immediately and discovered it being solid, not creamy. Different, but I liked it. Note: the consistency does change with temperature! It states right on the jar that it’s free of parabens, preservatives, chemicals, gluten, alcohol, GMOs, fragrances, and cruelty. I was sold.
Results: My overall skin tone is much more even and generally healthier looking. The matcha in it helps my under-eye bags and took away any redness. There is zero irritation with this product, or complaints either. It’s an all-around great moisturizer and I definitely recommend. I use this every night, and I have been ever since buying three months ago. It says use for dry skin or PM use- I use at night and after showers. My skin is moisturized more than ever and I love the dewy look it gives me. Not to mention, the scent is pleasant. I don’t don’t feel greasy or weighed down, it really is just what I was looking for. Since you do not need to use more than a few swipes of it, the 2oz jar has lasted me since March (with about a month and a half still left!) and is so worth the price. I definitely recommend to try it for yourself!
Since it is summer now and I want soft, glossy skin, I need something that really works and something I could always have easily at my disposal. I didn’t want to keep using the same products because I know how they all work. That being said, I of course, took it upon myself to make my own lotion. I’m a dedicated user of coconut oil for my skin and sometimes hair, so I wanted to incorporate that for sure. I didn’t want anything that had too many ingredients because I wanted to keep it easy and simple. After looking up the kinds of vitamins that are beneficial to skin, I decided to use vitamin E as well. Vitamin E blocks free radicals from the body, which slows down aging and wrinkles, as well as help moisturize dry skin. When making the lotion, it’s important to use a small ratio of the vitamin E to coconut oil. As good as it is, vitamin E is very heavy and can cause breakouts quite easily. It’s better to find liquid vitamin E if you can, but for the sake of convenience, I grabbed the first bottle of capsules I saw.
I take about 3-4 tablespoons of coconut oil and put it in a jar along with 3 capsules (I punctured them with a pin and squeezed the liquid out). If you’re using straight liquid, I would put in 1 1/2 teaspoons of it in. Remember, this is all about preference and it depends on how sensitive your skin is and how it reacts to it. For easy mixing, I made sure the coconut oil was semi-soft and room temperature. With a spoon, I mashed it together and mixed it, leaving the consistency thick yet loose enough for easy rubbing.
***If you want to add a scent to your lotion, any essential oil would do the trick! I’d recommend a lavender or peppermint (1/2 teaspoon).
I had the idea to start to work on a blog in January 2018. Now, here in June, I thought this was the perfect time to get myself going. Follow me as I discuss many different topics. I plan to log many writings on my life/life in general, well being, food, skincare, adventure/travel, my thoughts and words, and just anything that I have going on! Here it goes…