Monday, September 27

Blowdried My Hair

It has been a decided chill in the air, more so at night, which led me to think about blow drying my hair to avoid a wet head all night & probably part of the next day also.  I didn't want it too straight though, so I decided on using my old blow dryer instead of the new one.
I sectioned it into quarters then each quarter into quarters, then using the dryer I got my hair about 75% dry ( focusing on my roots) & let it air dry the rest of the way in a bun.

I wore a bun most of the work week, so I had a pretty low maintenance hair week :)

Sunday, September 26

Fall = Glazed Spelt Pumpkin Scones!

With the drop in temperature, I am feeling like fall already. Foodwise fall equals chili, hot apple cider, slow cooker soups, Sunday morning homemade cinnamon rolls, and pumpkin scones!
This morning, I decided to make a batch of pumpkin scones, I am sort of watching what I am eating, so I decided to make them a bit healthier.  Now spelt flour does give a different texture than regular flour, but it is a whole grain & even has a bit of protein.

Here's my recipe:
2 1/2 cups spelt flour
1/2 cup unbleached flour
9 tbl sugar
1 tbl baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
7-8 oz canned pumpkin( 1/2 of 15 oz can)
1 egg
4 tbl almond milk
6 tbl cold butter
sugar, for sprinkling on top, optional

1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbl milk

Combine all dry ingredients in large mixing bowl.  Cut butter into cubes, add to bowl and beat into until the texture of coarse sand.  Add in pumpkin, egg & milk, fold in just until able to form into a ball(you may have to add more flour or milk to be able to do this).  Separate into two sections.  Pat out each section on a floured surface into a 1 inch thick circle.  Cut each circle into 6 wedges & place on a parchment lined baking sheet( I usually sprinkle some sugar & cinnamon on top also) .  Bake in 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes until begin turning a light brown.  Remove & place on cooling sheet. 
While cooling, prepare glaze by mixing all ingredients until smooth.  I like to pour the glaze over scones while still warm so glaze melds into top layer of scone.

Get a mug of Hazelnut or Vanilla Caramel Coffee and try not to eat more than one.....

Saturday, September 25

Twistout results

I wore my hair in a high bun(twists) for the rest of the week.  It is so nice to just get up in the morning and not have to concern myself with any hair manipulation at all!  And my hair still feels moisturized, when I grab it, even the ends, it is springy, soft & able to be squished, not crunchy or stiff like it sometimes does by Day 5.
I took the twists done on Day 5.  Here are some of my twist out results: I wore it down some and in a ponytail too.  It was really defined at first, but I kept playing with it , so I lost some of the definition in spots.  Oddly, I actually prefer my twist outs to be on the messy looking side vs just taking the twists a loose and leaving them neat.

Monday, September 20

Back to my twists

After a week of free & loose hair, I decided on twists for the week.  They are so easy, carefree & offer multi styling options.
After shampooing with Giovanni Tea Tree (my new fav poo):
  • DC'ed with ORS with heat for 30 minutes.
  • BWC leave-in conditioner for a leave in
  • Sealed with castor oil
  • Applied a generous dab of Aussie Moist conditioner to each twist section prior to twisting
  • Placed twists on large rollers to keep hair stretched out
  • Air dried in rollers overnight
When I took out the rollers my hair was curly, swinging & bouncy!  I decided to wear the twists loose to work the next morning.  I got many compliments, which was kind of unexpected, given the freeform state it was in.

Sunday, September 19

Possibly More Coils?....

After shampooing my hair, I definitely had more defined coils.  Does using the curlygirl.tightlycurl method ensure more hydration & moisture perhaps, which equals more definition....My hair did feel more moisturized, even on Day 6, by which day my regular twistout can normally be leaning towards feeling dry.
These are pictures of my hair after just shampooing with Giovanni Tea Tree (love the fresh feeling!), no conditioner yet:
I will definitely be trying the method again....granted I did do a modified version.  Can you tell a difference?

Monday, September 13

Hair this week - Tightly curly method trial

I decided to DC overnight with my new fav conditioner Aubrey Organics, Island Naturals Replenishing Conditioner, Dry Frizzy.  Coconut milk, aloe, shea & jojoba butter, my hair just loves it, it coils & curls with happiness.  This smell is nice to me, kind of spicy(allspice is in it); I just enjoy reading the ingredient list and knowing how it is hydrating my hair hmmnnnn!

The next morning I didn't know what to do with my hair yet & I had to make a run....yes with a head full of conditioner.  At first it wouldn't do anything reasonable LOL.  But I spritzed it really good and it started cooperating, I managed to get it back into a bun and put some gel on the front to smooth it down.
This gave me time to figure out what to do this week...I was really curious if the curlygirl/tightlycurly method would do anything for my 4a/4b I decided to do a modified version of it to my hair.

After conditioner washing & sectioning into 4 quarters, I took smaller sections and applied Fantasia Frizz Buster Serum, Castor oil & finally a generous amount of Aussie Moist conditioner.  Then I ran my Jilbere comb thru the section, then smoothed the curls with my fingers....OK I WAS A BIT AMAZED by the definition!  Anyways, I proceeded to do my whole head ILIKEY!!! Here are my results, can you tell a difference?

And for my sister who wondering how it will hold up, I took these AFTER  my P90x cardio workout:

Sunday, September 12

Naked Hair Pictures

When I check out someones hair pictures, I always want to see how their hair looks without any product or manipulation, just after rinsing out the DC...naked hair!!  Few post them, but I just love to see the starting point, otherwise it is hard for me to tell how good a product review actually is, or if it something I am interested in trying for my 4a/4b hair.
So without further ado......

Friday, September 10


I had my hair in twists all last week, so I am craving to do something fun to it. Twists are great- low maintenance, versatile styling, looks good, can be easily accessorized.....but afterwhile, I just get bored with them!!! Adding headbands, scarves, crochet flowers & hair bling helps....

Wednesday, September 8

Got my camera back!

I got my camera back from Olympus!! YEA!!!
They replaced the lens & some kind of board & shipped it back UPS 2nd day air.  It is working perfectly fine once again.....I am so happy!