Probably the grossest thing we have going on with the female body, wither its three days or seven we all dislike to see Aunt Flow come to town. Whats even more gross is how much money we spend on pads and tampons.
I am a seven day person and I have what I thought was a heavy flow. I literally purchase every size of tampon plus pads just to get through a cycle. Its disgusting to me how much money I spend on that stuff, like insurance needs to pay for at least half of the cost for pads and tampons b/c we certainly need them to get through life, am I right about it!?! Any who I remember a year or two ago a friend an I were talking about Diva Cups. during that time I was certainly grossed out about a cup and blood and just everything about it was gross even the price. Well... needless to say I tried the diva cup during my last cycle lol. Its was the grossest yet intriguing experience. To know more keep reading....
So the day I decided to use the cup I went to my local target and low and behold the cup was actually on sale! it was $4 off but $4 is $4 lol. The cups normally retail for $37 but I got one for $34. it was very easy to use. Now you have two options. Cup size 1 or 2. Cup size one is for women UNDER 30. Cup size two is for women 30+ and/or who have had children. I was very confused because Ia a little over 30 but I have never had children so I wasn't sure which cup I should get. I reluctantly picked up cup size 2 because of teh age range and I kind of wonder should I have gotten size one instead.
Straight out of the package I boiled the cup in hot water for five minutes. I of course waited before using it but when I did use it so that it wouldn't feel so rough I ran it under luke warm water to lubricate it. Insertion was very simple but removal was very traumatic for me simply because the rim of the cup is so thick I felt EVERYTHING (I used tissue to help with removal because Im a germaphobe like that). Other than that my experience with the cup was great. I will spare you ALL the detail but I did stop using it after the fourth day b/c the removal was just too much discomfort for me. Tampax is making a cup and I definitely will be trying that because they have taken all the positives and negatives of the other cups that are out on the market and have made a super cup! Oddly enough I am excited about the Tampax cup because Tampax is the leader of the period world and they do not have that suck thick rim like the diva cups.
Have you tried the Diva cup before? Have you thought about trying a cup of any kind? Maybe You use another brand of cup such as Lunette, Venus, Lena? Lets talk about your experiences below!
It been's a long time I shouldn't a left you, without a dope blog to vibe to. Lol, just testing out my rapping skills. I think I'll stick to planning events. Anyway I am sorry for leaving you hanging but I will address that in a different blog.
So lets get into why you are here Part 4 of the hair blog length retention! I am personally on a quest to grow my hair to elbow length. One thing I will say that is key in length retention is getting your end clipped and baby(ing) those ends. I went on a two year no heat hair journey and when I got my ends clipped I only lost an inch no more than an inch and a half of hair because I made sure to always moisturize my ends. I am currently starting a three year no heat journey, I will let you know how that goes in future blogs.
Next, protective styling. I use to get sew-ins, braids, twists and things like that but I began to think how is that really helping my hair grow? The tension of pulling your hair for braids that might last a month or two depending on how well you take care of your hair. Sew-In's OHEMGEE braids are tight, then sewing the hair onto the braids, then don't add the net. forget sleeping for a few days sis, lol The folks of yesterday use to say pulling the hair makes the hair grow but in reality you can get traction alopecia, from folks who are not aware of how tight they are pulling your hair. Crochets are not the best form of protective styling either BUT it is somewhat of a better than those mentioned above. This spring/summer season I am rocking mini twists with my own hair. I am loving the ease of the style from beginning to end its a two hour style and can last for maybe two-three weeks if you know how to take care of your hair.
Now should you decide to join me in a no heat journey and you want to get a protective style such a braids and stuff. After washing and conditioning plat your hair. You can do two plats or do maybe six-eight individual plats. Let the hair dry over night and pick it out the next day or whenever you are getting your hair done. Using this method will be give you the blow out look without all the heat.
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So lets just get into this! What have we learned? Listening to our hair is a MAJOR KEY and through research finding the proper products is what brings the life into our hair. So now lets talk products! Personally I only use a few products and I typically don't vary because they what work for my hair, they bring mega moisture to my hair so why fix it if it ain't broke ya know?? If and when I do change products it's because I have changed shampoo and conditioner but my main products will remain the same unless my hair says differently. So In my latest natural hair routine, this is what I use for my hair, in this order;
Pre-poo: Oil Mix + Water: I mix several different oils (avocado, grape seed, extra virgin olive, black caster, peppermint, and tea tree) I mix them in a color bottle and shake, shake, shake. Some use coconut oil to pre-poo, others use conditioner, whichever should still help you achieve the same results. I just personally like my mix. I simply section my hair into four sections, wet and detangle from ends to root, coat my hair making sure to baby my ends and depending upon what I am doing I will put a plastic bag and my bonnet on, I might do a 30 min pre-poo or it might be 12 hours, lol. It just depends on the mood.
*Side note* Even when I go to the salon now, I make sure to pre-poo my hair. it just seals in so much moisture and helps with length retention.
Shampoo & Hair Mask: *Disclaimer* the products I use are a little costly but do your research! Pacifica Pineapple Curls(Curl Defining)Shampoo and Pacifica Pineapple Hydrate Curl Nourishing Mask. If you go to purchase these products DO NOT and I mean DO NOT purchase the Pacifica Pineapple Nourishing Curls Conditioner. It re-dries and the hair and makes it completely unmanageable. Personally I deep condition with every wash, some will say you don't have to with every wash, I say natural hair thrives on moisture so it cant hurt. To each her own, mmmmmmkay!
Mask #2: Garnier Fructis Smoothing Treat 1 minute Hair Mask + Avocado extract. Now, I do not use both hair masks in my hair, I use this one when I feel like it and because I'm trying to save my other mask since it was on clearance at Target and is now gone. =(. I love this product because I can use it as a two-in-one! I can use it as a deep conditioner (1 minute or longer) and I have also used it as a one product wash-n-go.
The PERFECT TWIST OUT: Here's what I use to achieve the PERFECT TWIST OUT, these products have never failed me and I believe they NEVER will! The order they are listed is the order in which I use them.
Shea Moisture Sugarcane Extract & Meadowfoam Seed Silicone Free Miracle Style Leave-In Treatment w/ Marshmallow Root + Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie + Carol's Daughter Hair Honey Mimosa.
I know you're reading this like... That's it... YES SIS THAT IS LITERALLY IT! I have used these three simple products for a wash-n-go plus some eco, twist out, braid out, bantu knot out out and most recently a roller set. The products never fail me and my hair is always left feeling moisturized and is always defined!
Part 4 Lets talk Length Retention,
RivALZ began in the fall of 2005 as Blondes vs. Brunettes®, a flag football event founded by a group of professional women: Sara Abbott, Andrea Rodgers, Kristyn Noeth, Kate Stukenberg and Meredith Riddle Chastang. The founders of the event have a personal connection to Alzheimer’s and designed the event to drive awareness among a younger audience while raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. Since the inaugural game in Washington, D.C., the event has grown to more than 40 cities, raising more than $5 million and bringing thousands of new supporters to the cause.
Alzheimer's Association RivALZ is a volunteer-driven event that engages young professionals in friendly but fierce flag football games around the country. As part of the competition, teams are organized around age-old rivalries — East vs. West, Blondes vs. Brunettes, City vs. Suburbs — that inspire fundraising, awareness and action in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.
In 2014, to accommodate nationwide growth, “Blondes vs. Brunettes” grew into “RivALZ,” empowering participants to choose the rivalry around which to organize their teams. The funds raised through RivALZ benefit the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.
We would like to Thank the ladies of RivALZ for partcipating in this months Girls Night Out! If you or someone you know would like to participate or donate to RivALZ Click the Link Below! Lets Fight together to beat Alzheimer's Disease!
Hi my name is Charlii and I am a product whore, junkie or whatever you want to call it. I LOVE HAIR PRODUCTS!!! So I had to put myself on a product line purchasing limit b/c there are just so many but I need to slow down and use up what I have or throw some stuff away so I can make room for new lovlies! I have tried so many different products, Shea Moisture, Cantu, RedKin, Curls, and Pureology, just to name a few.
When I first went natural Cantu's Leave-in Conditioner was a holy grail product for me but as my hair grew so did its preferred taste in products. How did I know my hair was out growing the Cantu leave-in? My hair was no longer feeling soft, it became hard to manage and my styles were not coming out the way they use to. This is what I mean when I said listening to your hair is a MAJOR KEY. Know when products are changing, noticing that your hair is changing, and know when its time to grade or switch up your products. I'm not saying you have to break the bank to have good looking hair but you want to love on and care for your strands so they will be happy and healthy.
Next I went for the Shea Moisture line and it also worked for a few but it too started to change and my hair was saying singing "no,no,no,no,no". I tried dang near every line Shea Moisture had to offer but it was all a no go, my hair was still left feeling, dry. That's how it ended up with all the products, I would deep condition, hot oil treat, and my hair would be alright for a minute but I found myself manipulating it entirely too much. Then I attended the best school ever, Youtube University, lol.
Pt. 3 My product finds on Youtube and how they saved my hair.
*Disclaimer: I do not use the products in the photos*
Photo Cred: africanismcosmopolitan.com
I am often asked how to I get my hair so curly, how do I achieve the Perfect Twist Out, Bantu Knot Out, Roller Set, and etc. Well I am here to give you my personal tips and tricks to a bomb twist out, healthy hair, length retention! This will be a series so be sure to stay tuned as I hip you to what I do and exactly how I do it!. I will preface this by saying I am NOT nor WILL I EVER BE a hair stylist. These tips and tricks are what I have seen work for me and I am just trying to help all my curl friends achieve their hair goals.
First and foremost I listen closely to my hair. This is a MAJOR KEY ALERT! Do you hear what your hair is telling you? Do you know what products your hair hates vs what it loves? I have high-porosity hair. Meaning products do not just sit on my strands they completely soak up water oils and whatever else I put in it. I also touch my hair, not in a manipulation sense but I touch my hair a few days after washing to see how much oil is still left on my hair before it starts to feel unbearably dry. This tells me when I should touch up my hair so it can remain soft and manageable, because lets face it.. who wants dry brittle hair??
I am a product junkie. I do my research on what products work best for my hair type and porosity. You have to be okay with the possibility of wasting money BUT if you do your research right you wont have to worry.
Part 2... Products
Stay Tuned ANGELS!! XOXO
I was at my usual nail appointment last week and my nail tech and I were talking our favorite subject FOOD! She mentioned this place named the Shack. She exclaimed the shack is hands down THE BEST BREAKFAST SPOT IN KC. Well... being the breakfast connoisseur that I am I made up in my mind that I had to try this place out asap! So I went on Saturday at 1:30, they close at 2 but they may as well stay open until 3 as people were still coming in waiting to eat. You know how we get down over here Read below for me review!
Rating: 15/10, all I have to say is I will request to sit in Jessica's section every time. Not only was she attentive but she made sure we understood how our order came prepared, what the items came with and just made our experience very enjoyable.
Food: House Smoked Salmon, $12
Now this is possibly an acquired taste. This delectable meal comes on a piece of rye bread with with tomatoes, red onions, capers dill creme fraiche, smoked salmon and a sunny side egg on top. I am not a sunny side person so I subbed that for egg whites. This meal came with a side of strawberries and blueberries. This was perfection, I have had a variation of the smoked salmon on my cruise to Alaska and this meal took me right back to the cruise. Simply put this meal was De-Damn-licious and I cannot wait to try what else the Shack has to offer!.
Polga, the art of completing yoga exercises while using a pole. Let me start by saying... POLGA KICKED MY ASS! It was partly my fault because I didn't eat enough and I also did not drink a lot of water during the day. I went in thinking that I work out frequently so I should have the stamina to do an hour of polga. GIRL NO! Carla Frankoviglia-Mock Gilfry is a B-E-A-ST with the Polga moves, the photos above are just a few of the moves we completed in the hour long session. In semi completing the polga class I definitely learned I need to go back every Monday because I am not doing enough at the gym and this is also a shock to my body and releases more of the nasty toxins through stretching. Her class is every Monday 6pm-7pm for $9. The class very intimate, the participants are nice and welcoming, Carla is a lot of fun, a great encourager but most of all patient. I encourage everyone to try Polga at least once, you will thank me as you will be hooked! Check out her studio Fimb Wellness at 6133 Blue Ridge Blvd in Raytown, MO.
Be sure to tell her Housewives sent you!
"Communication is the key to life. Communication is the key to love. There's over a thousand ways to communicate in our world today, and its a shame that we don't connect." -TLC Fanmail Album
Who remembers the days of talking for hours on the phone, gathering up your friends to go to the mall, writing letters to your friends about you day and learning origami just to fold the letter in a cool way to give to your friend during passing period.
The days of physical interaction appear to have faded into a dark past. Growing up people use to go outside and play tag, hopscotch, jump rope, ride bikes etc, that now has been replaced with social media. It is so easy to talk to a person over a computer because you can be whoever you want to be and have the confidence you never thought you would have, but what about when you meet face to face? when you face-time, google duo, or attend a social gathering are you able to provide that same communication? Are you able to CONNECT outside of the internet? Are you capable of having live human interaction?
Lets discuss, Do you think social media has caused a downward spiral in communication? What about restoration how can we bring back interaction and connection?
Valentines day is tomorrow and of course there are Valentine events going on all around the city. My family members and I recently visited two of these events. They were nice but the one thing that was missing and that always seems to be missing is the eligible bachelors. The bachelorette's come out in the masses making it about 10 women to 1 man, literally one good looking, standing out from the rest man. The lack of men at social events leaves you to wonder is there something wrong with the city or is the city man-less?? I mean why aren't more single men running to single events? Is there a lack of appeal, not emotionally ready, never meet anyone, weather, its a laundry day, just what is it exactly?
I've often wondered about what makes men come out in droves, then I thought of an event I frequent on the first Saturday of every month. Its always packed and I wondered where were all these men at the last event? Then it hit me, maybe its because there no incentive for the men, yes I know you would think women would be enough but.... Women get free be fore 11, $5 before 10 and drink specials. The first Saturday event is always free before 10 and $5 after. It stands to reason that maybe appreciation should be shown to both so the homie/lover/friend seekers will have greater chances.
Lets talk about it, comment down below your thoughts.... Is there something wrong with the City or Is the City Man-less??
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