The Real Secrets to Mermaid Hair

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Last week I got my hair trimmed, which was long(ggg) overdue.  The last time I had gotten a ‘trim’ was longer than I care to admit. Now I’ll be honest- I’m usually a complete spazz, eyeing the poor girl/guy about to barely take off an inch. However, this time I was all about getting a serious 5 inches snipped.  Yet, one question the stylist asked me was how in the world I had managed to go so long without trimming, and my hair still be healthy. This is where I’ll admit how long it had been: One year, and six months. I know, it’s horrid. Continue reading “The Real Secrets to Mermaid Hair”

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Monday Morning Madness: Birthday-Filled Weekends; Children’s Books, Cocoa Butter, and Cardigans.

Morning Loves. Hope your weekend was a dear.

This is a spastic post. Mainly because I was all over the place this weekend, and well, pretty much altogether.

For starters, my Monday morning was an early one. I’ve been up since seven and it wasn’t the most relaxing morning, or weekend for that matter. For sure.

The weekend was met with exactly three birthdays, and looking back, it almost seems I haven’t been anywhere but a car for the better part of all of them. So to the parent’s house I went, partly because one of the birthday’s included my Father’s 72nd birthday, which still seems crazy to me! I can never quite grasp he was born in 1940, but his history has made a big impact of my own life, and so for that I will forever be grateful.

However, to add to the madness, there were a lot of question marks as to what random ideas I would pull together for a gift, but, there is one thing my father does adore. Food (as any man, of course). So I found some knicks and knacks of sorts which perhaps might help you if you’re in a crunch during a loved one’s birthday, as I was;

1. Sarabeth’s Strawberry-Rhubard Jam; Which may I say I had this a.m. and it was delicious/highly recommended.

2. This fancy Grapeseed Oil for high-heat cooking, plus the company itself seems pretty awesome.

3. Oh, so salty, Capers for Fall-inspired recipes.

4. Garlic-Basil Oil for bread dipping/quick appetizers.

5. A large ice-cube tray for cocktails- it’s great because the ice melts slowly so your drinks don’t become too watery!

5. And, an awesome versatile (stove top, oven, microwave!), Italian Terracotta, cooking pan. Which also helps because it’s Green. 🙂

After the present was already given, of course, I realized a good coffee would have been another great addition. Then again, there is still Christmas’s steady approach. However, all in all, it was kind of a perfect assortment because both my Mom and Dad could use it, which made me feel like I didn’t leave her out. So that was nice. Anyhow(www)…

Even in the hectic last-minute birthday cake runs, present searching, and deciding on an either funny or serious card (another dreaded decision!), laughter filled a lot of the craziness in. Which isn’t too hard because I have one of the funniest people in the world around a lot of the time, my boyfriend (aww, haha.), but, this book made for a pretty good competition. Have you ever heard of SkippyJon Jones? My niece’s fourth birthday was this weekend and I looked high and low for a good children’s book and came across this absolute jewel. We read it on the way to their house and…hysterical. Seriously, I haven’t laughed at a children’s book since I was a child myself, and for any parents out there/crazies like me whom love funny randoms…this book is too cute and hilarious!

 He kind of reminds me of Ciel, my precious pup. Whom Liddy (my niece) is obsessed with. She was her baby for the day, below. Too precious (haha!).

 Happy (now belated-ish) Birthday!

Another high, the weather. It was a chilly cool which called for two essentials; 1. Jason’s Cocoa Butter (heart, heart, heart!) because my skin seems to be switching to dehydration mode (<—post I’ll touch on very soon!), 2. and a little more layering. I wore a light beige J.Crew chunky cardigan I bought last year and practically lived in it yesterday. It was pretty much amazing. Aside from my makeup-less face and non-strategical ‘messy hair’ look, but whatever.

On that note, this rainy morning is definitely calling for a latte. Au revoir, my beautifuls. xoxo.

Skin Trip: Dreamy Hair; Wake Up and Smell The Roses, Dears.

Bonjour loves. Hope you’ve had a merry morning, and you’re smiling at the least.

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 I’m definitely awake and smiling dolls- my fourth (horrible, I know, clearly an addict) cup of coffee tells me so.

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 Anyhow, yesterday I was browsing my local health-food store for miraculous concoctions (and by browsing, looking like a somewhat spazz on the isle floor reading ingredients). Pretty often I find myself getting bored with products I use for my hair, especially conditioner. So, I always try to keep to a somewhat routine yet play around with products I use. My hair is really long and can become a mess if I’m not using a conditioner daily, and can get super-dry, so I’ve become pretty thorough about what your hair needs. I’m super addicted to finding products that don’t stray from natural oils and of course, have dreamy smells. I figure, what’s the point in using something if it doesn’t either 1. make your hair look like Penelope Cruz’s, 2. have a seriously enchanting smell?

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 Someone once said the key to having perfect skin and hair is to do the most itsy-bitsy-est amount of straying from its’ own balance. Basically, usually what your hair (and skin) need is closest to what it already has. Our imperfections are often born from our imbalance of something we absolutely have, but aren’t always treating correctly. Everything from products we use to our diets, greatly end up illustrating if we are balanced, or imbalanced.

This got me thinking yesterday, so what to do, dears?

 I often get asked what I use for my hair, so I figured I would offer up my own routine, and perhaps get some feedback. More times than I’d like, when I tell people what I (don’t) use- I’m pretty much some crazy cave dweller who obviously doesn’t even know how to spell her own name. I can hear the Southern drawls already chanting, ‘Bless her heart’, in their mind.  Well…I’m not a cave dweller, for one, I can spell my name, for two,  and three, my routine is probably a lot cheaper as well.

 Here it goes;

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 (The only decent picture I could find that somewhat shows my hair at the moment, I’m left, best friend, right, too much to drink…everywhere.)

 1. don’t use shampoo; it’s pointless, it strips away our natural oils- every. commercialized. shampoo. does. this. I don’t know why people feel the need to use it, or argue that they need it. Ever hear, “My hair is super oily, so I can’t use any oils and can only use shampoo.”

 It’s because when you use most of today’s shampoos, they instantly strip your hair. So, the imbalance begins. Your hair then tries to (super-women-esque-ish) produce oil to replace it, and often over-produces to try and balance itself out. Which, then just becomes a circus of elephants and tigers galore because we try to wash it away, and again, our hair produces more oil. Ironically, the end result becomes over-processed, brittle, super-dry, hair.

 2. When my hair is feeling a little oily, I use Alaffia’s Unrefined Shea Butter in Vanilla Mint. It’s amazing, and don’t freak, it’s technically a ‘body wash’, but it rehydrates my hair and therefore, oil production slows. Plus, obviously it doubles as my body wash, face wash, and love of my life.

 3. Oil, oil, oil, ladies; the absolute, hands down, BEST, idea you’ve ever had for your hair. Don’t be afraid. When you hydrate with natural oil at least once a week you get amazing results and benefits from it. Mostly importantly, your hair will become way(yyy) stronger and therefore, glossy.

It may take your hair a little getting used to at first, because as I said, it probably is a little imbalanced if you follow SAT (Standard, American, Techniques, as I like to call it.) It’s nice to remember all the lovely cultures around us, and how naturally gorgeous they are because the lack of processed, synthetic, perfumed, crazed products we see our way.

 I use oil on my hair everyday single day, but if you’re a little ify at first, try the once a week idea. You won’t regret it and the circus will definitely be hindered.

 Shea, Jojoba, Avocado, Almond, Coconut; Are my loves. They are the oxy-morons of oils because our hair and skin soak them up pretty quickly, even with some of their heaviness. Olive, to me, tends to get a little on the greasy side- so I have separated that into my, ‘FSO-for skin only’, category.

 Feel free to blend the aboves together as you please. Just make sure you are getting the best oil you can find from a trusted source. Sadly, this whole ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ train has, and is still, becoming pretty popular and easy for some companies to jump on without the right…let’s say, morals. Aka…they put cheap filler oils in with the more expensive ones, for a quick and painless profit. Check those ingredients, ladies, it only takes a moment. 

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 4. Stay light with your conditioner routine if your hair isn’t used to oils yet the first week; If you’re using my love, Alaffia, or going to give it a whirl, you are in the know and good to go…you can skip conditioner all-together the first week.

 5. I’m working on my own conditioner at the moment, which was Rose-and-Vanilla-Mermaid inspired yesterday. I obviously felt a little ‘ehh’ about the conditioners I came across pondering about.

 Either they smelled pretty…um…not so lovely, yet had some ahh-maz-inggg ingredients! Or, smelled a bit like heaven(nnn) minus the essential ingredients for my very driven and constant search for Mermaid-hair.

 I got to thinking I may as well put my expertise to use. Definitely trial and error in the next few weeks, but I’ll hopefully have it available through Etsy by October-ish.

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(Gorgeous Keira Knightly gracing Harper’s Bazaar UK, Tom & Lorenzo)

xoxo.