Brillo Pad Hair

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Y’all, my hair feels like hay on a good day.  Most times it looks & feels like a Brillo pad, which as you can imagine, is super fun!  My mane is naturally curly, but not the pretty kind…it’s the kind that grows exponentially throughout a humid day (everyday in Houston, TX).

To top it off, I started going grey in college – I now have a 2″ x 2″ grey patch to the right of my part at my forehead…yea.  I get all the luck you guys!

I don’t know if any of you are like me, but my hair is naturally VERY dry & coarse.  It wasn’t always like this, but it has become the best & worst thing about my hair.

Pros:
I literally wash my hair once every 7-10 days.  This tends to weird people out!
I can buy really good quality shampoo & conditioner because it lasts for years.
Curling or straightening my hair is a once & done for 7-10 days…no hair spray required. Did I mention that means I only have to blow it dry once a week?!?!  I have a love hate relationship with my blow dryer.
My hair is super thick.  I was sick a couple years ago & lost half my hair…no one noticed but me.

Cons:
My hair is extremely prone to split ends, so bad that I get distracted by them (which is awesome in a meeting)…
I go through quite a bit of essential oils & leave-in conditioners for my tresses.
Those gorgeous, “natural” beach waves are a laughable, enviable, never-gonna-happen pipe dream. 😦
My hair basically doesn’t grow past my collar bones…damn split ends.  It tends to grow in width before length.
Ponytail holders break on the regular…I have 2-3 on me at all times (bobby pins too!).

Okay, so I’m pretty religious about my routine.  Here are the steps I use after washing my hair (I use a coconut oil shampoo & conditioner); this is for both natural or styled hair.

Step 1: straight out of the shower, use a leave-in conditioner. I like this leave-in conditioner.  It smells divine.  Make sure to use a wide tooth comb to evenly distribute throughout your hair.

Step 2: immediately use oils.  I like a mixture of this root-to-tip serum with a little coconut oil.  The root-to-tip serum is  a mixture of essential oils including lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint to name a few.  I use a 2:1 ratio & put about a quarter size amount on the ends of my hair; then I comb it through.  I feel like this step in particular helps prevent split ends.

Step 3: use a cream.  If I decide to let my hair dry naturally, I use Pillow Soft Curls.  I use a silver dollar sized amount & finger comb it through my hair while my head is flipped over (hanging upside down) & air dry.  If I’m going to blow my hair dry & style (my norm), then I use a heat protector.   For this I don’t have a product that I love, so I’m open to suggestions!

Rarely, I’ll use a hairspray for fly-aways, particularly if I have somewhere social to be but let’s be honest – I’d prefer to be at home watching Bravo.

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I’m always happy to try new styles or products, so let me know if y’all have any suggestions!

Kiss Hug,

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Conceal Those Raccoon Eyes

So, I inherited several things from my grandma, Nanny.  I got the Sherman T&A, as we call it in our family, in addition to awesomely thick hair, salt & pepper hair, & dark under eye circles.  Thanks Nanny – you could have kept some of these things!

I came across this concealer, probably on Pinterest or somewhere online.  It was super cheap, so I thought I’d give it a try.  NYX

It works amazingly well!  Color me shocked & pleasantly surprised.  With Without 2

Since it’s the weekend, I tend to wear less makeup…just a little concealer, blush, mascara (my lashes are blonde), & some chap stick.  However, multiple concealers are essential for to fulfill different needs.  I have four that I use regularly – green for blemishes under my BB Cream, NYX for under eye circles, white as a highlighter, & another that reflects light away from less than perfect areas.  I don’t use the highlighter in the typical brow area, but rather on my top lip.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a mustache but I do get a weird shadow from time to time.  Here are my favorite concealers at the moment.  Concealers

One last thing, I tried coconut gel eye treatments for the first time this morning.  I was so impressed!  These came in my POPSUGAR Must Have Mini Box.  LOVED!!!Coconut Eyes

Do y’all have any great tips & tricks?  What’s your favorite concealer?

Kiss Hug,

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