Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hair Regimen

Happy Saturday! I hope your Saturday has been well! Yesterday I washed my hair, which was the first wash after getting it relaxed. The results of my hair came out differently than what I expected. I guess my hair did not need the ORS deep conditioner. I think it may have been too moisturizing. Hopefully my next wash is better!

I wanted to share my go-to personal hair regimen this week. So here it! 

With the help of my sisters I have a few products that work well, and I feel confident using on my hair.

Shampoo: 
I use the Giovanni Smooth As Silk Shampoo. I love using this because consists of  organic ingredients! And is not to harsh on my hair. It does not give it the over stripped feel. It is also sulfate free! They have this at Target I believe, and you can also purchase it on Amazon, The Vitamin Shop etc. I shampoo about 2 times, to really get the past products out.

Conditioner: 
I use the Trader Joe's Brand, Tea Tree Tingle. This one really cleans my scalp, but also moisturizes my hair at the same time. After shampooing it leaves my hair soft, and moisturized. It contains no laurel/laureth sulfates and is suitable for all hair types. 












Deep Conditioner:
I use the ORS Deep Penetrating Conditioner, if my hair really needs moisture, and is feeling drier than usual. 
For me personally, this is the most moisturizing deep conditioner I have ever used. I bought this at Sally's Beauty Store.











Or I will use the Aussie  Moist 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deeeeep Liquid Conditioner, 8 oz. I actually really like this deep conditioner. It always makes my hair feel super soft, and moisturized. I love the feel of it when I put it on my hair as well as when I rinse it out. I'll deep condition for 30 minutes with a heater. After rinsing it out, I will do a Tee-Shirt dry for my hair. I leave it on for about an hour, and then apply my leave-in. You can actually buy this at a numerous places, such as CVS, Target, Walmart, Walgreen's etc. 











Leave In Conditioner:
I use the As I am leave-in, my sister's bought me this for Christmas. I was actually surprised with this one, because I always feel like I never got a good leave- in conditioner for my hair. It leaves it soft and moisturized throughout the day. You can get this at Target and Sally's Beauty Store. 












Sealant:
As for a sealant, I like using cocoa nut oil, and olive oil. Olive oil in the winter helps keep the moisture in, especially for my ends. I'm looking for better and stronger sealants, so if any of you have any suggestions I would really appreciate it! 

Feel free to comment and share your favorite products!
                                      -Miriam Ouedraogo

Friday, April 4, 2014

Goals- Hair, Body and Mind

Happy Friday!
It's my very first post! And first post of the month! You know what that means! New goals for the month. I have a few that I want to share with you guys. I want to set new goals not only for hair, but for all aspects of life. Mental, Physical and emotional! I made this so it could also help you guys with your own goals and give you some tips.

Hair:
  • Extend my post week to more than 16 weeks!
    • Deep condition every week with the heater 
    • Find a good shampoo, that really moisturizes and cleanses it at the same time 
    • Invest in a good sealer, such as Jojoba Oil, and grape seed oil
    • Try new hair styles, because sometimes buns get a  little boring!
    • Master how to roller set my hair by myself!
Physical:
Mental:

  • Write down good things that happened everyday. Sometimes we forget the simplest and smallest things are what can really make a day. We seem to forget the small things and focus on the bad, negative things. Make a memory jar. This usually is suppose to start on New Years day, you simply place it in a jar and when the year is over, you reread all the good things that happened, it really makes you appreciate the simple, small things. 
  • Do at least 15-30 minutes of yoga to relax the mind, sometimes that is all we need. Its a perfect stress reliever and is awesome for clearing your mind. At the end of the day our bodies go through so much that all we really need is time to relax!
  • Make small goals for each day! Instead of cramming, make a list of small things you want to accomplish, it will make you feel much better and good about your self
Oh in case you're wondering what I look like!
I'm going to leave you guys with some posts that caught my eye! 
                                             Miriam :)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Blog Take-Over

       Seriously readers, I still don't want to bore you with my hair atrocity (so dramatic). I really loved my Senegalese twists, they came and went after just two weeks. O_o I was DYINNG. I had to give my scalp the cleansing I've been accustomed to. I Bantu'd the first week without twists and this week I'm bunning. Hopefully I will self install twists in the near near future. I'm 9 weeks post. I plan to be 12 weeks post, then 16, then I don't know. However, relaxers and I are no longer friends.

        The blog take-over, my sister girl Miriam will be taking over for the month of April. She is stylish, cute and smart. Her workout schedule is crazy and her hair is LAID! I asked her a few questions so you all can get to know her a little.

When and why did you start your hair journey?
       "I started my journey at the end of middle school. My hair was a little above my shoulders, and i finally accepted the fact that it was breaking off really easily. My hair was worse before that, but it was beginning to revert back to the way it was, damaged! I wanted fuller, healthier hair, that not only was long but healthy!"

What does your regimen look like?
          "My regimen consists of washing my hair every Friday or Sunday. Usually exactly a week after I washed it. I am a fan of Giovanni, their ingredients are great and don't contain sulfate which seriously drys my hair. After I shampooing and conditioning my hair with Giovanni, I use ORS deep conditioning which makes gives my hair a lot of moisture. I apply it and sit under my heater for 30 minutes. When I rinse it out I then t-shirt dry my hair. (Thanks to my sister Aku!) and wait about an hour to apply leave in. I use the As I Am leave In Conditioner and use the Wild Growth light oily moisturizer for my ends, or sometimes olive oil, or coconut oil. After I let it air dry and simply put a scarf on and wrap my hair regularly the next day. Every night I make sure to moisturize my hair, especially my ends!"

What or who has helped the most during your hair journey? (Blogs, friends, forums)
        "My two sisters taught me the basics of what I really need to do in order to obtain healthy hair. They have helped me a ton! I don't know where I would be without them. Reading information about how to really take proper care of my hair has really helped. And also looking at what other hair bloggers regimens are and trying it out. But really it all has to help for your hair, they just give me a general idea and I continue on from there."



Fresh touch-up. Before the trim


"I am not my hair" what do you do in your free time?
        
After trim
"I most definitely am not my hair! Ahah I like to go to the movies actually, I enjoy watching it with usually one other person. I like action/drama filled films. My favorite film is actually Mulan, even though it is not action nor drama. I also enjoy reading on my free time, which has been decreasing lately, but this summer I hope to increase it again. I'm a fitness junkie, I enjoy working out and eating right. It helped me know that I can really do anything if I out my mind to it. I also love making smoothies! Playing around with what fruits to use are fun and awesome!"
Last relaxer: March 26 
Longest stretch: 16 and 1/2 weeks

Peace and Love

Friday, March 14, 2014

Working Out With A Cold

      OMG, my workout schedule has declined severely. Last week my hair took a lot of time and before that I was super sore. Excuses, excuses I know! This week the weather was beautiful, so I took advantage and started back on my old route of 1.2 miles around the neighborhood. By the second day of running, I felt winded, hours later, I had common cold symptoms. Throat, cough, congestion blah blah blah.
      I really didn't want to dip back into not working out, so I figured Yoga would be helpful. Lo and behold, there were plenty of YouTube Yoga videos for people feeling under the weather.

She keeps talking about lymphatic drainage, ew!

 

         The second video was long and my attention span is not long when it comes to working out over YouTube. But overall, it felt good. The dropping of the head was really nice. I hate doing anything when I'm even a tad bit sick (I'm a huge baby) but the Yoga felt good. I didn't get my cardio up too high but I don't think I could have handled that yesterday or today, maybe tomorrow. Okay time for some fresh ginger green tea. 


Peace and Love
Aku

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Jumbo Twists in a Pompadour!

        The Pompadour is a popular hairstyle from way back when; to see it on black hair is refreshing. The style was reintroduced to me on YouTube and again this morning on Saving Our Strands (very helpful tutorials). I thought man I would totally rock that style if my hair was out...DING DING DING I have more than enough hair to pull it off. I forgot to take a picture of the back, please forgive me.
       I've come to a new understanding of protective styling. These twists I have going on, I never gave them a second look, I thought it was just a trend and my hair was doing pretty well by itself. But since its demise, I get the importance of all long term protective styles, even if they are trendy. I just never imagined pulling off a hair style like this. It reminded me how versatile black hair is. 
      The manipulation my hair endured on a daily basis has ceased. No more shed or broken hair all over my bathroom floor (I'm sure when I take the twists out, that'll be another story). My avocado oil and water mix is used everyday, not sure if I want braid spray (further research shall be done). Today I incorporated a little ACV in my spray bottle and really focused on my scalp. Six days in, I usually wash my hair at this point. Two more weeks till take down, maybe 4? Who knows!

Peace and Love
I am a Bob Marley fanatic beeteedubs. 
Aku

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Protective Styling Over Here- Too Many Meltdowns

That whole bottom left, just gone, SHOT!
       It seemed I had a hair meltdown at least twice a week. Usually the day after I had a wash day. Unnecessary tears, lots of things not getting done, lots of frustration. My hair was taking over. It had to stop, seriously, hair should be enjoyed. 
       
         I would never call myself adventurous when it came to hair, a cut here and there but that's about it. One late night it hit me and I decided to install my own protective style. Of course there were blogs and videos for days on the topic. I learned so much about twists, Marley twist, Havana twists, Senegalese twists. I scrolled through endless pics and fell in love. 
       
         Originally I wanted Havana twists, read the cons and then decided Marley twists.i wanted instant gratification but when I got to the store they only had 100% Jumbo braid hair. "Don't fret Aku, we can use this for jumbo Senegalese twists." I bought 5 packs and I finally purchased my Beautiful Texture Curl Control Defining Pudding(you guys remember that twist-out in New York, LAID).

       All month I've been focusing on moisture, moisture, moisture. I did do one protein treatment I believe, I don't know who's tracking? I green housed a lot. The night before the installation I clarified with ORS Creamy Aloe. I did an overnight DC with ORS Replenishing Pak. I wasn't heavy handed at all because I don't want any build up. Washed it out with some ACV to be more thorough. Moisturized and sealed. Cool-air tension method and detangled. The night before I also sprayed the extensions with one part ACV and one part water, I read the extensions have something on them that makes people itch like crazy. 

          After hours of researching I learned two ways to put the twist in and how to feather the extensions. I didn't think featuring was necessary and I was so eager to begin, I ended up doing those parts over with better feathered hair. I like the invisible method for installing the hair, It took hours to perfect though. Tuesday I worked on my hair for 10 hours. Wednesday another 5. This duration will never happen again, it was my first time so I was okay with how long it took. 

For the installation I used-

  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Beautiful Texture with water
  • Water and Avocado mix
       Wednesday was definitely better than Tuesday. I got the installation down much better so I redid a lot from the day before. 
       Slacking on my work-out routine but I won't let these jumbo twist stop me. The researching late at night and installing late at night, not my best working out week at all. 








            I was so eager to put this post up, mistakes and all, poor pictures I know I know. I didn't want to pull my camera out. But I will be back for more updates. 

Peace and Love
Aku



Friday, February 21, 2014

Does Anyone Else Find Gyms Intimidating?

      Le Sigh, it's not that I am scared to work out but when I walk into a Crossfit gym filled with bars, weights, weird machines not found in other gyms and other people who clearly know how to use these items, I get a sense of "perhaps I should've worked out at home." BUT NO! I do know how to use the machines.

      I found kickboxing class a little scary because I was so concerned with keeping up with the others. But it is not a competition (only in my head) and you really get out what you put in. My last kickboxing class is sometime next week, I'm not that sad but working out with others really motivates you to keep moving. The voice in my head that tells me to keep pushing is going to have to be a little louder once class is over.

       Last week I went back to CrossFit and brought out my yoga mat at home. I lost some flexibility, the little stretching I do before working out is not enough for me. I started with this yoga video then went on to a stretching video.

Dead-lift old max 170 lbs brought it up to 180 but I'm back
at 170 now
       I finally went to the weight-room at my school. I haven't done CrossFit for so long now, I tried to go in and do what I normally did but I lost some strength. My favorite CrossFit exercise is called a dead-lift. That was the first thing I proceeded to do and went straight to my max; the bar didn't budge so I took it down some. It's all good because it motivates me to get back to where I was.
Can you see the definition?!

Typical look before heading out to the gym
       My goals include:

  • Put on at least 10 more pounds of muscle
  • Develop a killer bod (even more than it already is, I kid, lol)
  • Increase my strength 
  • Increase stamina and endurance
        I want to feel energized and far from lazy. Overall, I want to be healthy, with health everything else falls into place. The closer I get to my goals, the less intimidating the gym will be. Another goal is to participate in more runs/races. I am so excited for things to come this year, I see many random runs/races in my future.

HAPPY FRIDAY
Fitness Friday

What is your favorite workout/exercise?
What are your goals?

I wish peace and love to everyone xoxo