Alright STOP what you’re doing!

…cause I’m about to ruin the image and the style that you’re used to.

A little Digital Underground for you, but seriously. I need you to check all your hair care products RIGHT NOW. Right now.

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[Hair Journey] Week 4

Wash Day
– Shampoo: Creme of Nature Pure Honey Moisturizing Dry Defense Shampoo
– Deep Conditioner: Creme of Nature Pure Honey Repair Mask
– Moisturizer: Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream and Water (5%/95%)
– Leave-In/Detangler: Creme of Nature Pure Honey Leave-In Detangler
– Styling Cream: Creme of Nature Pure Honey Moisture Whip Twisting Cream

Upkeep
– Moisturizer: Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream and Water (5%/95%)
– Styling Creme: Pantene Truly Natural Defining Curls Custard

Yes, I realize that the Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie is NOT a styling cream. However- it does work well as one, and my hair has not fallen out yet. But I did finally read the proper instructions, and in Week 6- I use it as it was intended.

I added the Creme of Nature Pure Honey Repair Mask. It doesn’t seem to make much of a difference. It’s an okay hair mask, and I intend to find out how it stacks up against the regular Pure Honey Conditioner soon.

[Hair Journey] Week 3

Wash Day
– Shampoo: Creme of Nature Pure Honey Moisturizing Dry Defense Shampoo
– Deep Conditioner: Nature Republic Argan Essential Deep Care Hair Pack
– Moisturizer: Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream and Water (5%/95%)
– Leave-In/Detangler: Creme of Nature Pure Honey Leave-In Detangler
– Styling Cream: Creme of Nature Pure Honey Moisture Whip Twisting Cream

Upkeep
– Moisturizer: Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream and Water (5%/95%)
– Styling Creme: Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie

Yes this looks like the same as last week, but the difference is that I used the detangler and the twisting cream TOGETHER this week. They work BETTER together, and you will get better curl definition by using them together.

Also, yes- I realize that the Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie is NOT a styling cream. However- it does work well as one, and my hair has not fallen out yet. But I did finally read the proper instructions, and in Week 6- I use it as it was intended.

I’m also giving up on the Nature Republic Argan Essential Deep Care Hair Pack. I think my hair just DOES NOT like Argan oil. Every time I use it- my hair is very dry and feels brittle. Although I can use some products with Argan oil in them (just like I can with products containing coconut oil)- I think my hair is sensitive to large amounts of argan oil,

[Hair Journey] Week 2

Wash Day
– Shampoo: Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo
– Moisturizer: Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream and Water (5%/95%)
– Leave-In/Styling Cream: Creme of Nature Pure Honey Leave-In Detangler

Shampoo
Lord, WHY did I use my hubby’s shampoo? This stripped my hair soooo much! No more clarifying shampoo. Next time I will make the effort to get out of the shower and grab my regular shampoo.

Conditioner
If you didn’t notice- there was no regular conditioner, OR deep conditioner. Basically I was afraid. I had planed my deep conditioning routine to be once every two weeks, so it was not time to deep condition. And the only regular conditioners near me (in the shower) were my hubby’s clarifying conditioner (NO! We saw what the shampoo did to my hair, I’m not letting the conditioner finish the job!) And the second conditioner was a protein colored hair conditioner that my hair doesn’t like much anyway. So I decided to rely on the leave-in as my only conditioner. THIS TIME. I don’t plan to make this a habit.
My routine: I generally shampoo and condition, then once my hair is damp (not soaking wet)- I section my hair, apply the moisturizer, then the detangler/styling cream. Then I twist. My twists usually last 2-3 days before I take them out. The twist out usually lasts 2-3 days. Which leaves one or two days of just throwing it back in a ponytail or two French braids. The twist out could probably last longer, but by the second or third day of wearing my hair down- I’m tired of hair on my forehead, so I’m usually itching to pull it back anyway.

 
Upkeep
– Moisturizer: Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream and Water (5%/95%)
– Styling Creme: Creme of Nature Pure Honey Moisture Whip Twisting Cream
– Styling Creme: Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie

Yes, there are two styling creams this time around. I did a twist out just using the detangler this week. That didn’t work too well, so on day three I did another twist out, using the twisting cream. That worked a bit better. However- the detangler and twisting cream work better TOGETHER.

[Hair Journey] Here you go

Here you go!

Umm… Talya… what is that?

Oh! That’s a sandwich bag full of hair.

Okay… but why are you showing me a sandwich bag of hair?

Because that is what used to REGULARLY come out of my head, whenever I used to sit down and fully detangle my hair. Now, granted- I would only detangle my hair… about once every three or four months. Yeah- I hated detangling, so I would put it off again and again. Until my hair would loc up and force me into action.

That is also about the amount that was coming out in my brush, comb, and in the shower, every time I washed my hair. Seriously. It looked like I murdered a Wookie every time I washed my hair.

(Can you imagine the fortune that Chewbacca must spend on conditioner? Or did his people develop some uber conditioner that the Empire never knew about? That’s the REAL treasure, right there! Forget the Force!)

So that is a visual representation of what I want to accomplish. Healthy hair that doesn’t break off excessively. And to stop killing Wookies in the shower. Sorry, Chewie.

[Clothes Journey] Gwynnie Bee

This is not a paid review.

I have a hard time finding clothes to fit me. Curves are not something that many designers plan for; and since people come in ALL shapes and sizes- unless you are a Size 0, or making clothes to fit YOURSELF- you have to make do. As a plus size girl- I know that clothes are not going to fit me like I like them to. Clothes generally hug my frame like an overzealous lover, or they fit like a circus tent (usually equally as colorful). Because I have an ample amount of cleavage- anything with an empire waist will not fit me. Generally the “waistline” lands somewhere around my nipples, when it is supposed to lie gently under my breasts (and no amount of coaxing will get it to stop riding up). Because I have a decent amount of butt- I have to be careful about the pants I get. Skinny anything usually becomes low riders, and regular pants sometimes land mid calf, simply because my butt is taking up more fabric than the designer envisioned (and my legs are apparently longer than the standard size). If I go up a size (to gain butt space), I usually end up with extra fabric around my crotch, which makes me look like I’m fluffier than I actually am, OR that I have a penis. Not a good look.

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[Hair Journey] Product Review: Nature Republic Argan Essential Deep Care Hair Pack

First off- this is not a paid review. Second- this company has good reviews on Amazon. Also- many people on YouTube seem to like it.

I picked this as the first deep conditioner of my journey, because Nature Republic is a Korean company. And it is very easy to find all over Japan. I’ve tried this hair pack two ways- just putting it on in the shower, and letting it work while I clean other parts of myself, and also with a heat cap on, letting the heat permeate the product and, in turn, my scalp. Umm… I’m not really sure what to expect, since these were the second and third times I have deep conditioned in my entire life. It wasn’t impressive. I was expecting my hair to be softer and more manageable. My hair was not soft. In fact- whatever softness that was imparted by the shampoo- it felt like the hair pack took that away. My hair also felt dry.

I’m not sure if the Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie had anything to do with that (if I was getting too much protein), or if I am maybe sensitive to Argan oil, but I was not a fan of this one. I plan to give it one more chance on Week 6 Wash Day, as I have weened myself off of using the Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie as a Styler, so this will be the real test. Then we will revisit this review with a final decision.

Now- I should mention that I am low porosity, and I have medium density hair.  Not sure if that makes a difference, but if you are in the same boat and want to give this hair pack a try- let me know if you get different results.

[Hair Journey] Week 1: 6/10 – 6/16/18

Wash Day

– Shampoo: Suave Professionals Rosemary and Mint Shampoo

– Deep Conditioner: Nature Republic Argan Essential Deep Care Hair Pack

– Moisturizer: Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream and Water (5%/95%)

-Leave-In/Detangler/Styling Cream: Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk

Upkeep (if needed, throughout the week)

– Moisturizer: Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream and Water (5%/95%)

– Styler: Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie

Thoughts:
I really can’t tell the difference between regular Suave and Suave Professionals. I’ve tried pretty much all the regular Suaves, and a few Suave Professionals, and the only difference that I can tell, is that the Professionals line has more “grown-up” scents. That’s it. They all pretty much work the same (in my experience). The reason I chose this one, is that while visiting relatives in another state- the hotel my Hubby and I stayed at had this as the complementary free swag. It smelled pretty good, so I went out and bought a full-sized bottle.

This is also the first time I have deep conditioned in many MANY years. I’ve heard good things about the Nature Republic, AND it is a Korean brand (and a brand easily found in Japan), so I thought I’d start with this one.

Please note: I realize NOW (at the time of posting this), that the Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie is a hair mask, not a styling cream. So my deep conditioning results on this and the next few wash days may have been tainted by the over-conditioning of my hair. I know this NOW, not at the time. At any rate- I have proved that you can use the smoothie as a leave-in, because I haven’t had any adverse effects to leaving it in my hair. Also- this is my SECOND jar of this, as I have been using it for awhile.

Product reviews to come!

[Fitness] I started!

I started working out today. It was just about 25 minutes on the treadmill, but since I have not worked out in about 2 years (maybe 3)- it is best not to overdo it.

Oh, and this exercise high that people talk about? I’ve never experienced it. I’ve worked out for several months STRAIGHT and never experienced it. I mean I get that your blood is circulating at a faster rate, so you FEEL better. That part I understand. But I’ve never actually gotten a high from exercising.

I also have a 2 month subscription to the Daily Burn app. We’ll see how that one works on the days I don’t feel like trudging over to the fitness center, OR on the days when it is extra crowded.