Oh, Glorious Healthy Hair!

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

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“Healthy hair, healthy hair,” is all I seem to hear these days! At first I was slightly annoyed by the movement, but that was only because I was frustrated and completely unsure of how to achieve…healthy hair! Well, I have come to discover that it is not as difficult as I thought it would be.  The hardest part of the process is simply making the decision and committing to it! With lots of advice and recommendations from various “hair” friends, I have been on the journey of achieving healthy hair since the end of May!  I have seen tremendous growth and couldn’t be more excited to see where this process takes me. With all of that being said…I wanted to take a moment and share some of the wondtacular products and tips that I have been using and that can be used for a variety of hair types to help you achieve glorious healthy hair!

Great Hair Products You Should TRY!

  1. Simplicity Hair Oil – Where do I even begin? This oil blend is pure awesomeness in a bottle. Not only does it smell great, but it actually produces awesome results. The all natural blend helps unmanageable hair become manageable! Whether it is dry, slow growing or just plain dead..this product revives! Mine is a daily go to. Some would consider it pricey…but I am hear to tell you, it is well worth the investment. Oh yes, they will be releasing a shampoo and conditioner very soon…cannnot wait!!
  2. Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Shampoo – Where would the hair world be without dry shampoo?! lol. Just a super easy and quick way to make those oily roots not so oily. Although this is a hair washing life saver, it is important that you follow the directions…so please read them for optimum results!
  3. Silk Elements Megasilk Olive Heat Protectant Spray – Well, it is no surprise that I have an African American hair texture…lol. So for black hair it is SUPER DUPER IMPORTANT that we use heat protectant spray, considering how fragile our hair is from chemicals. What I love most about this particular heat protectant is that it has an olive oil base. So not only is my hair protected, but it is also being moisturized. Double product bonus.
  4. Organix Moroccan Sea Salt Spray – Looking to achieve that effortless, yet messy beach wave curl? If so, then this is the product for you. You can spray it on wet or dry hair and it works beautifully.  With this product I would have to say that less is more…so only use a little bit!
  5. Ojon Restorative Finishing Spray – Every woman wants her hair to have that nice glossy shine. If your hair is anything like mine, that beautiful shine typically last from 1 to 4 days after I’ve had a visit to the hair salon or just washed it myself. With the Ojon Restorative Finishing Spray I am able to achieve that “shiny hair” look more often! I really enjoy using this product on the days that I use Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Shampoo (aka dirty hair days!). It really helps me achieve that look of freshly washed hair!
  6. Nutrilite Natural Vitamin B Complex – When shopping for the perfect hair vitamin, I would encourage that you look for a “Vitamin B Complex.” As you may already know, the different Vitamin B’s are pretty awesome vitamins by themselves, however when all of the various B class vitamins are grouped together they become a POWERHOUSE. Vitamin B encourages hair growth, thickness and shine.
  7. Lots and Lots of Water – As we have heard for most of our lives, “You need to drink more water!” Although you may not want to hear it, this is indeed true, especially if you want to increase hair growth! Lack of water will cause the hair growing cells to not reproduce as a result of hair dehydration, which will then cause the natural hair growth cycle to either slow down tremendously or stop altogether!  With that in mind, always try to drink at least 1.9 liters of water per day. It takes discipline to say no to the sweet tea with lemon or the ice cold coke cola, but you can do it! The results of drinking water is so worth it. Not only does it increase hair growth, but it simply is better for your body.

And there you have it my friends…just a few hair products that have proven themselves to be amazingly awesome! Give them a whirl and please share your results!

Get The Look Thursdays: White Jeans and a News Stand

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Until about 4 years ago, I followed the “No White After Labor Day” rule and was super strict about it. I would basically gag if I saw someone wearing white before Easter. haha. However, when I began to explore the wonderful world of fashion, I soon learned that the rule had become null and void. However, we all know that old habits die hard…so I still struggled with the white experimentation for the fall and winter seasons. Per the usual, one random day, the fashion lightbulb finally went off! The key to wearing white after Labor Day is to pair it with different textiles (ex. suede, wool, leather) and darker colors! With that thought in mind I was able to make my white jeans (as well as other white items in my closet) more fall/winteresque, rather than bright and summery. Here is a little inspiration for ya..

White Jeans and a News Stand

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Get The Look Thursdays: Rainy Day Fashion

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Prior to moving to New York City, I would often sing “rain, rain go away come again another day” after taking a peek outside of my window to see a sky that was nothing but gray! However, while living in NYC when it rains you have no choice but to face it, because the fast pace city does not slow down just because Mother Nature shows up with a torrential down pour (in which I cannot decide if that is a good thing or a bad thing…always being on the move that is)!  The first couple of times it rained in the city, I found myself amazingly frustrated as it ruined my wardrobe plans  and as you probably already guessed…yes, I’m that girl who picks out her outfit the night before. So I learned that I just had to embrace the rain as another opportunity to be more creative in my clothing.  I decided to make a few investments… a trench coat (I will show it in a later post), an awesome singing in the rain umbrella and Hunter boots!  Seeing that I live in West Virginia now it is important to tone it down just a tad and make it a bit more practical hence the reason why I am not wearing the trench coat! Anyways, this is how I do rainy day fashion in the small town of Parkersburg, WV…

Rainy Day Fashion

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Get The Look Thursdays: Casually Sophisticated

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

I’m that girl who happens to have a “love hate relationship” with graphic tees.  They are fun and cute, but there is ALWAYS  a BIG FAT BUT for me…LOL. I always buy them and end up giving them away during my annual closet purge.  However, there is one that I just cannot seem to part with…I purchased it maybe 5 years ago while at a major blowout sale at Burlington Coat Factory with my mom during the Christmas holiday.  Well, this $7 Breakfast at Tiffany’s graphic tee has seen the light of day maybe 4 or 5 times since I purchased it.  So, just the other day while attempting to organize my t-shirt drawer (which is a never ending process), I decided it was time to challenge myself and make this stinking graphic tee a wardrobe staple! And I just think I may have succeeded…

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October Desires

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Fall has officially arrived! I don’t know about you, but there is something about the changing of seasons that just screams “SHOPPING!” Ha. And I just completed 30 days of “No Shop September,” so my desire to purchase a couple of new things is pretty intense…the list is quite long and slightly unrealistic.  A girl can dream a little, huh? Anywho, here are a few of my October desires!

October Desires

  1. Zara Leather Ankle Boots $129
  2. Ray Ban Clubmaster Sunglass $195
  3. Rebel by Mac Cosmetics $15
  4. H&M Dark Green Handbag $49.95
  5. ILY Couture Mint Crystal Botanica Earrings $52