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DIY: Snag-Free Comb Attachment

12.28.2013
I stepped on the comb attachment that came with my Conair Pro Yellow Bird Blow Dryer and snapped a few teeth. This blow dryer is my one true love as far as hair appliances and was worth every penny. We have been together for about 2 years and it has worked like a perfect dream until stepping on the comb attachment caused this nightmare.

My first thought was to continue using it as is because most of the teeth were still in tact. But considering how the sharp edges of the shattered teeth could break my hair, I decided against it.

Here were my alternatives:

New Conair Pro Yellow Bird Dryer......$35 Too Expensive

New Conair Pro Dryer Universal Attachment from Sally's......$6 Too Flimsy

DIY on my current Conair Attachment......$0.00 Too Cool

I decided to repair the damage on my own and it was an easy do it yourself project.

All you need is a:
- Nail File
- 4 Way Nail Buffer Block

Steps:
1) File down the sharp edges with the nail file (This may take a few minutes)
2) Use the buffer block to smooth down and rough spots
3) Done! :)

Still works perfectly!

(This may even be useful with combs what have sharp edges, seams, or corners.)

What do you all think?

Anything Hair Related Nominated For The Liebster Blog Awards

12.26.2013
11 Interesting Facts About Me
1) For starters, I have a twin sister.
2) I absolutely LOVE playing Uno and its one of my favorite pastimes. Anyone want to play?
3) I am a "coupon junkie" because I love a good deal. Retail Me Not is one of my current favorites.
4) Anything dealing with design like fashion design, interior design, and art design is what I'm into.
5) No secret, but I spend a lot of my free time reading about hair. (Anything Hair Related...lol)
6) Before going off to college, I was raised by my grandmother since I was 4 months old.
7) My favorite food is Buffalo Wings. Oh yeah!
8) Frozen chocolate is my favorite snack but I don't think its good for my teeth. Lol
9) I hate the taste of water.
10) I'm a senior college student.
11) I style my friends and family hair, free of charge, just for practice from time to time. (Braids, Sew-ins, Flatiron)

Questions By Melanie
{1} What do you do? career woman, full-time student, super stay-at-home mom?? I am a full-time student and part-time blogger.
{2} What's your favorite movie? My favorite movie that never gets old is "A Little Princess."
{3} Why did you start blogging? I started blogging because I love to talk about hair, save articles about hair, and style hair. My thoughts were that I should share some of these things, connect, and learn from others on the subject of hair. 
{4} What's the best vacation you have ever taken? The best vacation I've ever taken was to the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. It's really nice.
{5} My closet has excess when it comes jeans and shoes. What's your fashion obsession? My current fashion obsession = skirts with tights. 
{6} Where do you see yourself in five years? In five years, I see my undergraduate and graduate degrees finished, my career jump started, and marriage/family. 
{7} If you could meet one person, current or historical, who would it be and why? This is a hard one too. I would love to meet Shawn Johnson. She is a retired gymnast, and 2008 Balance Beam Gold medalist. Also, she won Dancing with the Stars in 2009. In her book, Winning Balance: What I've Learned So Far about Love, Faith, and Living Your Dreams, she talks about her spirituality, motivation, and achievements. I love to be around positive, God loving people, who have achieved great things in their life. She is one of many great people, women especially, who are strong and doesn't mind giving God the glory for it.
{8} Momma's girl, Daddy's girl, or Grandma's baby? Grandma's baby hands down.
{9} What motivates you? My motivation comes from my family. They have provided me with all the strength I need, be it verbal or non verbal to run my race.
{10} Do you spend more time reading blogs or watching YouTube? That's hard. How about watching bloggers on YouTube? lol
{11} Outside of blogging, how do you like to spend your free time? I like to spend my free time with my two best friends out on the town, or lounging at home with my cell phone and a Netflix movie.

The Award! 
Word around the Blogosphere is that “Liebster” means favorite or beloved in German, and this award helps to draw attention to blogs that are not too well known.
The Nominees
Kathy from Blutiful Blaq Hair 
Alexis from My Hair-Obsessed Ego 
Tia from Angel Ringlets 
Candace from My Hair Is My Hobby 
Kendra from Natural with Kendra 

Questions By Shelia
  1. If someone asked you to give them a random piece of advice, what would you say?
  2. Do you have a hair crush?
  3. What is one of your personal goals for the New Year?
  4. If money was no object, what would you do all day?
  5. Do you prefer towel drying, blow drying or natural drying your hair?
  6. What's your favorite quote?
  7. If you could create your perfect hair product and sell it to others, what would this product promise to do on the description label? (Example: Hair Wonderland: Keeps hair moisturized for days without reapplication)
  8. Do you have anything on your hair wishlist?
  9. What did your last Tweet/Facebook post say?
  10. In a movie about your life, which actor or actress would you like to play your character?
  11. What's your favorite iPhone/Android app?


I want to thank Melanie from A Desired Beauty for nominating me!




Updated Wash Day

12.23.2013
A few things have changed in my wash day but not a whole lot. I still shampoo with the Moroccan Argan Creme Shampoo from Organix, as well as deep condition with It's a 10 miracle hair mask. Next I follow up with I'ts a 10 miracle leave in conditioner (the bomb.com), and It's a 10 silk smoothing balm for straightening. Currently, I still straighten my hair about every 2-3 weeks but it's subject to change.

As for the Pre-Poo, I now use VO5 Strawberries and Cream Moisture conditioner instead of the Giovanni's Deeper Moisture Conditioner.

I love the Giovanni, but I ran out of it. Giovanni has great slip and the price is around $8 a bottle. I find that VO5 provides just as much slip and it's only $1 a bottle so I can afford to use a much as I want.

Seen toward the back of the picture, in front of the VO5, are two small bottles. One is an applicator bottle which has coconut oil in it and the other bottle with the pink pump top has olive oil in it. (Lol I have to refill it.)

Also, I still use honey and that awesome paprika mask I purchased off of Amazon for scalp stimulation. Check out my review HERE.

I combine all of these products inside of the empty Aussie Bottle pictured in the photo. I find that it less messy and easier to apply with the pump top. As for the measurements, I just eye ball the right amount. I use more conditioner than anything and only about a teaspoon of honey. (Its sticky)

The other change I've made, which is a fairly new one, is the tea rinse. I recently posted about it so I won't ramble on. The link is HERE. Bottom line is that it's lovely, I like it so far, and I haven't had any itchy scalp since I started it.

My current combination is chamomile tea with sprigs of rosemary. I want to try out black tea as well. Also, a reader suggested to add green tea and aloe vera juice, so I am really looking forward to that.

Other than this, everything is pretty much the same. Check out my last wash day post HERE.



Natural Hair (Texture Shots)

12.21.2013
Here are a few texture shots from my last wash day on December 16th 2013. Disclaimer: My hair is weighed down with products from my Pre-poo and does not look the exact same way without product.

Product Review: Aphogee 2 Minute Reconstructor

12.20.2013
Purchased at: Sally's

Price: $1.29

Details: Aphogee Intensive Two Minute Keratin Reconstructor is a concentrated blend of keratin amino acids, botanical oils, and vitamins that does wonders to restore strength and softness to hair that requires a deep, penetrating treatment.

Directions: Gently shampoo hair with Aphogee Shampoo. Rinse thoroughly and towel as usual. Squeeze 1/2 ounce into palm. Using fingertips, work evenly through hair and into scalp. For maximum penetration, cover hair with warm towel, or plastic cap, for two minutes.

Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Behenamidopropylamine Behenatem Stearolkonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cocodimonium Hydrolyzed Hair Keratin, Hydrolzed Mucopolysac Charides, Sodium Coco Collagen Amino Acids, Wheat Germ Fatty Acids, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Arachidonic Acid, Squalane, Avocado Oil, Acetimide MEA, Panthenol, Wheat Germ Oil, Jojoba Oil, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sulfur, Amodimethicone, Polyquaternium 10, Linoleamidopropyl PG Dimonium, Chloride Phosphate, Tallowtrimonium Chloride, Nonoxynol 10, Cocoyl Sarcosine, Sorbitol, Fragrance, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

My Thoughts: I decided to try this product out since I've been straightening my hair about every 2-3 weeks. I thought maybe I needed it but oh how wrong I was. I've used the Aphogee 2-Step Keratin treatment in the past and I loved it (When I was transitioning). However, after my last wash day with this product, my hair was slightly stiff. I think I may have experienced minor protein overload. Needless to say, I was shocked at this change. For the nights that followed, coconut oil was my best friend, and was used to combat my stiff hair which finally softened by day 3. No more protein for a while for me guaranteed. I still think that this is a great protein treatment from Aphogee and most people who review it raves about it. Hmm maybe I missed it. 

Other Things to Consider:
  • Recommended for relaxed, bleached, or tinted hair
  • Contains Sulfur and Wheat Germ oil which may soothe a troubled scalp
  • A little product goes a long way
  • Smells like Coconuts (smiley face)
  • This particular pack comes with 2 applications (Break away a pack for later)
  • Creamy and Rich Consistency
  • Cheap/Affordable

Keep It or Toss It: Staring at the other packet in the corner...fearful. Any suggestions?

Featured on Saving Our Strands

12.19.2013
I'm sending a very special thank you to KLP and Keyda for featuring my Hair Care Share post, about winter hair treatments, in their weekly Healthy Hairology Medley. The Healthy Hairology Medley highlights handy tips and tricks from hair bloggers every Sunday (If I'm not mistaken...). A sweet treat indeed if you like searching for hair tips the way I do.

Check out some of these other posts from the Healthy Hairology Medley below that were also featured:

DIY: Hair Rinse

12.17.2013
I absolutely love this scalp treatment. It's a nice hair rinse that I mentioned in my Hair Care Share (<--Link) about winter scalp treatments. The ingredients are simple and very cheap.


Ingredients:
2 sprigs of Rosemary
2 tea bags (Chamomile)

Place the ingredients inside a pot filled with water. Depending on how strong you want the tea to be, increase water amounts for tea that is less strong, or decrease water amounts for tea that is more strong. Normally, I just take a bottle of water and use it as the amount needed to put in the pot.  

Once the water comes to a boil, I pour the entire mixture (tea bags, rosemary, and water) into a jar and allow the tea to cool completely.

 I leave my tea in the refrigerator for about a day so the tea will be stronger. In order to use it in the shower, I simply transfer the tea back into a water bottle, and take it to the shower.

After shampooing and rinsing with faucet water, I rinse my hair again, this time, with the tea rinse. What's so great about it is that you can instantly feel the cooling effect of the Rosemary on your scalp (feels like how peppermint feels on the scalp except chamomile is milder). Also, Rosemary is is known to stimulate hair growth and chamomile soothes itchy scalp, which is an added bonus. 

Next, I put my deep conditioner on top of my tea rinsed hair, sit for 30 mins, and continue my wash day as normal.

Hair Care Share

12.09.2013

1. The Hair Doctor Hair Treatment for Hair & Scalp by Lush - The Hair Doctor by Lush is a 20 minute, deep-cleansing, herbal hair treatment for hair and scalp. I used a sample size of the Hair Doctor last year and it soothed my scalp like nothing else. The ingredients alone in this product makes it a winner. Some of the ingredients include: peppermint oil, chamomile oil, rosemary, extra virgin coconut oil, jojoba oil, and almond oil. This treatment is definitely worth a shot in the colder months for troubled scalps.

2. Tree Tree Oil + Olive or Coconut Oil - This combination is another treat. Tea tree oil is great for scalp irritations because it is an anti-fungal, antiviral, and antibacterial. In order to use tea tree oil, just mix a few drops with your favorite oil (Olive, Coconut, Jojoba, etc.) and apply it directly to the scalp for 30 mins. (If you purchase tea tree oil  that is an essential oil, dilute it with a carrier oil.) 


3. Elucence Volume Clarifying Shampoo - A clarifying Shampoo can be good to use when trying to settle a troubled scalp, because it can rid the scalp of build up (Which may be causing the problem). Also, this particular shampoo has Salicylic acid in it, which can lift away dead skin cells. Also, other soothing ingredients include: sage, chamomile, and green tea. This was my favorite clarifying shampoo during my transition to natural.


4. Rosemary Sprig + Chamomile Tea Bag - Lastly, this scalp treatment is a tea rinse that can be applied to the hair and scalp after shampooing. Simply add water, a few sprigs of rosemary, and a few bags of chamomile tea in a pot and boil. After the tea rinse comes to a boil, turn it off, and let it cool. Once cool, strain it and use it on a wash day to rinse your hair. (Another tip would be to add your deep conditioner after the tea rinse and sit for 30 mins.)