So Monday I made a very spontaneous decision to cut my hair and I don’t mean just a trim either I mean 5+ inches to lob off. With summer approaching and just the desire to have a low maintenance hair, while also making sure I keep it healthy I decided to cut it off.
As you can see the ends were a lot lighter which is the result of various dye jobs. The ends were also split and because I had some layers it was all uneven. I also kinda just wanted to start fresh, sort of like a blank slate for my hair. My natural hair color is just a mousy brown, which I don’t usually like but while this sort of natural ombre was nice it kept getting tangled.
While the stylish went shorter than I asked and went a bit too liberal on the layers in the back, I’m old enough to know that hair grows back and to not be upset. I actually like it now that I have had a couple of days to really get used to it and make it me. I think I look funny with bed head because my hair literally sticks up everywhere.
I’ve heard great things about Batiste Dry Shampoo that when I needed to buy more after I ran out, I immediately knew I wanted to try this. When I saw they had a special shampoo just for brunettes like me I almost jumped for joy. Yay, to my hair no longer looking like I accidentally dumped baby powder in it. Well, that happiness did not last after the first use. The spray is brown and it does blend into my hair, but the finger I used to spray the shampoo with turned brown as well. The formula for this is also hard to brush into my hair, it made my hair look dull and feel nasty.
I was so disappointed, running my hairs through my hair I would get what looks like dirt all over my hands and my hair felt so stiff and powdery. I think maybe I should not have gotten the brunette spray. I will give this another try, perhaps just the original one, as I don’t want to completely write this brand off.
I want to use more cruelty free products and in searching for new shampoo and conditioner and I discovered Grace & Stella Co.
They have Argan Oil, Jojoba oil, Macadamia Seed Oil, Shea Butter, and Aloe. Which Promotes hair growth, Healing, Moisture and hydration, reduce flakes, and promotes shine.
I have got to say that it does almost all it states it does. I have not used it enough to see if my hair has grown any faster than it usually has, but my hair is shiny and soft. It seems to be repairing the damage I did earlier. The down side is that my hair seems to be holding a lot more static than it normally does. It bothers me a little, this of course won’t be a problem once winter passes. This is an annoyance none the less.
Like I said in my Not Your Mother’s Pump for joy review that I’ve really been trying new things with my hair. I picked up this Shampoo and Conditioner because The weather has really done a number on my hair. Split ends seemed like it was in my very near future. This was Cruelty free and vegan friendly so I immediately wanted to try it.
I will say one thing it packs so much moisture into my hair. The shampoo is thick and has the texture of slime so that was a bit off putting at first. also it was really hard to spread and it produces very minimal suds so I feel like I use a lot. The conditioner is much more creamier but it flies out of the bottle and I get a lot in my hands (and floor)
My hair has been much more moisturized, maybe too much honestly, it feels thicker and much more healthy than it normally does. The smell is also amazing, almost like guava. This would be a great shampoo and conditioner for winter, but seems too much for spring and summer. maybe I’ll store it away until then.
I’ve always had trouble with flat hair, but I’ve never really done anything about it. Now I am starting to be more adventurous. I’m 30 I can’t be afraid to take risks. When I saw this at my local drugstore I decided to try it out and I have not been lead astray by Not Your Mother’s products before. Sadly this didn’t really do anything, besides it smelling good and being easy to blend into my hair it still fell flat. I tried it while my hair was dry and damp and it was still the same results either way. I keep using it though, I guess I’m hoping that it will some how mysteriously work?
I am so disappointed, you were suppose to be my go to hair products!!!
Okay maybe I’m being a little harsh, and it was not really that expensive so I am not too hung up about it. I just want my hair to have some volume and doesn’t look like I’ve been wearing a beanie all day.
I seem to be using dry shampoo more and more these days, as I just can’t seem to get my hair straight. One day it’s limp and oily, the next day full of fly-aways and dryness. I don’t wash my hair everyday to try to preserve it’s life, so sometimes that limp and oiliness makes me look unwashed. That’s where dry shampoo comes in.
Not Your Mother’s is on of my favorite drugstore hair brands. Not only is it inexpensive but cruelty-free as well, they even have recently come out with a line of more natural products that I cannot wait to test out. Considering how much I love using Not Your Mother’s products I decided to try out the dry shampoo.
The Clean Freak Dry shampoo boasts instant results of Absorption of excess oils, No residue and a Matte finish. I can tell you that 2 out 3 of these claims are right. IT does immediately absorb the oil in my hair and leaves it looking I didn’t wash it the day before, The matte finish as well can be claimed as try as my hair is not overly shiny. However it did leave a white residue in my hair after I used it, which I need to immediately brush out so as I don’t look like I am going grey.
Not Your Mother’s dry shampoo also gives a slight volume boost to my hair so that it does not fall limp, this lasts about half the day but I am assuming it’s because I tend to play with my hair more than I should making it fall flat. This is unscented, which I don’t know if I like but at the same time I don’t know what I would like it to smell like considering.
They also have a tapioca dry shampoo that I really want to try out to see how that works. This is only $7.00 which I love because I have seen half this size run for double that with other brands.
So Today I want to talk about a new shampoo and conditioner I’m using. Not Your Mother’s Way to grow Long and Strong Shampoo and Condtioner (Wow That’s a lot of words). I picked it up recently because I’m trying to grow out my hair while not sacrificing the quality of my hair.
Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Long and strong shampoo and conditioner promises to make your hair stronger, healthier and longer.
So my hair does feel strong and healthy however, is my hair longer? Eh, most likely not, at least I don’t see a bog difference in length. I really like the smell of this stuff and even my husband compliments the smell. however, The one thing that bothers me is I feel like this stuff runs out quick. Maybe I’m just using too much?
Anyway, I do recommend this product for anyone that needs a shampoo to strengthen their hair.
Sit down, relax and get comfortable. Let me tell you about a love affair that has lasted 27 years. Now cats, let me warn you this post might be long and I’ve thought of how to put this love into words and it has been incredibly difficult but now I think I can finally literate the feelings.
27 years ago we met, I was new to this world and did not quite know what to make of it. To be honest I barely knew you existed, I mean I’ve seen you around was a little curious but I didn’t know what to make of you so I didn’t bother. My mother actually introduced us, at the time I think she liked you more than I did. She would always play with you, try new things with you while I just sat there and looked on not knowing what to do or say. It was a couple of months later when I realized how gorgeous you are.
You were blonde with curls and oh so soft. I remember petting you, I also remember my mother smacking my hand away. It didn’t matter I knew you were mine and I would sneak off just to play with you and ‘experiment’ most of the time I would get in trouble because I would try cutting you with scissors or coloring you with a marker. I think one time I even poured chocolate sauce on you.
One day my grandmother cut you away, as I watched the blonde curls fall I mourned the loss sobbing relentlessly. A couple of years went by and you eventually turned darker yet I still loved you, you were so full of life and bounce I couldn’t let you go. Others fell in love with you as well, but I knew they couldn’t have you. Once a girl in class got jealous and tried to hurt you, she would tease me horribly about you but I wouldn’t give up, I wouldn’t give you up.
As we grew older we experimented more, you were dyed purple and I had cut you myself. I then bleached you of your color. It was a blast I don’t think we’ve ever had that much fun, I don’t think I could have loved you more. I remember taking you to the beach, and you had sand everywhere! I don’t think I’ve ever see you have that much sand and I had to wash you multiple times because the sand just wouldn’t be gone. I’m laughing now just thinking about it, that didn’t stop us though did it? I think we went to the beach every day that summer and as my skin got darker you just kept getting lighter and lighter.
Before I knew it we were both adults, the years had turned to decades and yet you were still by my side. You seen me through the ‘What did we just do?’ to the “How Amazing is that?’ and I just knew we could never be parted. You’ve never judged me just stayed near, offered to be the blanket when the awkwardness got to much and my friends disappeared. When I thought I was all alone and that I had no one to love me, but you love me.
You were one of the reasons I started this blog, you inspire me. You make me want to be a better woman, a better person.
But lately there’s been something wrong, I can tell. Somehow along the way, we lost touch with each other. We didn’t get along, we frustrated each other to no end. I thought that maybe it was me, maybe it was something I did, maybe I had upset you in someway. Whatever it was it drained you of life. You were limp and dry, literally breaking at the ends and I didn’t know how to stop it. I bought you things, tried to force life into your breathless body, but it didn’t work. Finally just feeling hopeless, I did something I have never done since I was little girl, I let someone else play with you. I let someone else decide how to treat you. I was nervous and I felt tears bite the back of my eyes, but it was the only way. The only thing I had yet to try.
I think it worked. You feel more alive than ever and the love that I thought was diminishing blossomed again. For the first time in a long time we are both happy and I feel that grief lift off my shoulders, that black hole that was slowing growing get filled in. I love you hair, I love you so much and I know that well be okay.
So in other words cats, I got a completely new haircut for spring. This is the first time in a long time that my hair has been this short. what do you all think?