1/30/18 Hair!- Hair Journey Year 2

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! BEGINNING MY HAIR JOURNEY YEAR 2! My first post of 2018! I am so excited about this last leg of the journey! My patience has really tested me in this last year! But I can say that my hair length is only half way where I want it to be! Before I started this journey I never would have given much thought to how fast my hair could grow or what it really needed to stay healthy. Had I been through beauty school and knew the basics of hair? Yes! But that didn’t mean that I would know exactly what MY hair needed!

Starting this year I am adding some new products to my routine and will be talking about those in the coming months. I don’t want to introduce them to you just yet because I want to give my hair time to adjust to the new products and see how they help my hair.

Some of the products I will be continuing to use are not only good for my hair but all of them are cruelty free!

  1. Function of Beauty– I am continuing with this shampoo and conditioner because it is personalized to my hair type and what I want to achieve! It’s hand made but also cruelty free, sulfate free, paraben free, and toxin free. The best part- the most expensive it is is $35! I changed my formula a little bit from last time but can’t wait to see how this helps my hair in the new year!
  2. Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin– This leave-in conditioner is by It’s A 10 which is also a cruelty free brand. The Keratin is a protein that your hair naturally produces but the added Keratin in the product strengthens the hair as it grows. This product is a little pricey depending on the oz you buy. Although it is more expensive I’ve found that the 10 oz has lasted me almost a year and I use it every time I wash my hair. It can be also found at Ulta and some drug stores.

These are the only two products I’m starting my year with! But I will be adding to it as 2018 progresses! Are you still on this journey with me???

:-* MMB

10/30/17 Hair

TEN MONNTHS IN! I hope you all will have/had a safe and fun Halloween!! I have to say (and I think I say this every month) that I am shocked I have gotten this far without cutting it! But it shows I can do it haha. I’ve stopped using supplements and started taking really good care of my hair. But for everyone that process is slightly different. For me, taking care of my hair means washing it every 2 days with the FUNCTION OF BEAUTY shampoo and conditioner. It’s a brand that makes shampoo and conditioner specifically for your hair and its needs based on what you tell them in their online quiz. It’s a little pricey but it’s been working wonders for me. To protect my hair against damage I’ve been using the IT’S A 10 MIRACLE LEAVE IN CONDITIONER WITH KERATIN which I have mentioned before. Keratin is a protein your hair naturally produces so the added keratin in the product helps to boost hair growth and slightly slows down the aging process of each hair strand. Focus any leave in hair treatments on the middle to ends of your hair, focusing on the roots can cause damage to the new hair growth.

I try not to use heat to often but in these photos to show you the growth I did use a straightener. If you are going to blow dry or use any kind of iron on your hair, PLEASE use a heat protectant spray! It’ll protect your hair from heat damage and make split ends less frequent! Lastly, on the days I don’t wash my hair it can get very dry, especially in the colder months. I like to use the littlest pump of the PAUL MITCHELL AWAPUHI STYLING TREATMENT OIL. This stuff smells amazing and just the tiniest bit changes my hair from dry on the second day without a wash, to revived and fresh. You can use these products if you wish and all the links go to where you can purchase them, but find one that works best for you! And I can finally announce…… I WILL OFFICIALLY BE CONTINUING THIS JOURNEY THROUGH 2018! IF YOU’VE BEEN FOLLOWING ALLONG I LOVE YOU AND IF YOU ARE JUST STARTING, I’D LOVE TO HAVE YOU CONTINUE ON THIS JOURNEY WITH ME!

:-* MMB

2/24/17 Hair

So guys… its been a month since I started this Hair post idea! I’m not posting a photo on here this time because my hair hasn’t changed much yet. Today I wanted to talk about vitamins to take that will help your hair. For some, one good supplement is called “It Works: hair, skin, & nails”. I used to take this supplement to try and help my hair grow but unfortunately I didn’t see much improvement after three months. I don’t know if that is due to the fact that I had bleached the ends of my hair right before trying it or the fact that I was constantly trimming it because of the bleach. If you try it and it works for you, that’s awesome! Give it a try! But be warned- the product is pretty pricey but can be found on amazon. I’ve recently come the learn that I don’t like swallowing whole vitamins every day. I find reasons not to take it, I wait as long as I can before swallowing it, or I honestly do forget to take it. But I have started taking Vitafusion gummy vitamins. These are easy to take because they are chewable and they taste decent. I take a women’s multivitamin for my health and I also take a biotin supplement as well (both gummies by vitafusion). I take two of each once a day and I’ve only been taking them for a month. But I’m already seeing a change in the look of my hair and especially the length of my nails. If you are trying to grow out your hair like me, first understand that it WILL take time and start by taking vitamins that are specific to the production of hair growth.

#Change

It has been an exciting week!  Not in the sense that I’ve done anything incredible or even all that interesting, but based on the fact that Wednesday was Peace Day and Thursday was the first day of Autumn(!!).  I had been trying to find the time to write something about each day, but alas, here I am on Friday, finally making the time to say a little somethin’-somethin’.

fall

If the fall season were to have a hashtag, I would argue that it is “#change.”  Yes, there is a valid point to be made that “#pumpkinspicelatte” or “#sweaterweather” could be the true autumnal hashtag, but that wouldn’t give me much to talk about that hasn’t already been criticized by a buzzfeed author or sorry-not-sorry’d by every proud autumnophile (I’m not sure what the real word is for someone who harbors a burning passion for all things fall, and I don’t care to look it up).

Change

Today is a day for it.  I began a post on Wednesday in honor of Peace Day, but I found my thoughts unfocused and a little confused, to be honest.  I wanted to draft something about picking up the pieces on Peace Day– see the word play and alliteration?  I am one of those classic millennials who, although I’ve been given every opportunity and have even taken advantage of those opportunities (I’ll be a 25-year-old lawyer in November, if all goes well!), feels like their body and mind have been spinning out of control for the past 10 years.  To put it plainly and in too many works, my mind and body have been a royal wreck for the better part of my adult life.  When I learned it was Peace Day, I was inspired to take the time to reflect on the phrase “peace of mind,” to both honor the holiday and argue that the phrase has become another unobtainable standard in today’s low-attention span society (I mean, let’s be real.. who’s even still reading this).

Peace of Mind

What does it really mean?  Because, surely, it doesn’t mean self-compassion, love, and acceptance.  Why does it seem like, in this world captivated by looks and coolness, that the new trend to watch is a balanced lifestyle?  And yes, my heart wants to cheer for the women who are making oatmeal and walking meditation cool, but my head is telling me that “peace of mind” and “balance” have been swallowed whole by the big beast that is capitalism.  How can I love, care for, and accept myself if there is now a standard of how to love, care for, and accept oneself?  There are whole lifestyle blogs (quite like this one), instagrams, and brands with the public message of “ladies, you can all have this beautiful smile, this perfect skin, this rockin’ bod, AND be your true happy self,” but all my insecure mind registers is that “this woman will always be happier and more at peace than you.”

My point is this: because having peace of mind is now a requirement of the perfect woman, and because the perfect woman does not exist beyond airbrushing and edited words on a photo or page, finding balance has become a heart-breaking exercise in failing to meet an unobtainable standard. When, in reality, I think peace of mind would be to abandon the active search for such balance.

Which brings me to my first point about the autumnal hashtag being #change, because that’s what I am pledging today: to change.  Just as the perfect guy comes along once you stop looking for him, I hope that peace of mind will come along once I stop trying to attain it.

#Change

❤ EM