I Whip My Hair Back and Forth

Thank you for all of the lovely comments on my last post. I've enjoyed finding new blogs to add to my reading list.

This post was inspired by a reader question about how I maintain my hair. I told you I didn't forget Beauty! I did a general post about my hair here but I didn't really discuss my regimen. I've been wearing my hair this way for about twelve years. I try to keep my routine as simple as possible. Well it's simple to me. You'll let me know what you think.

Step 1 - Wash

I wash my hair once a week. One week I do it myself. The following week I go to a professional who styles it after my wash. I've been going to the same hairdresser for a decade, and I take my own products with me to my appointment. I use a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner from Nature's Gate that I buy from Whole Foods.  You can also find them here and here. They retail for $5- $7 each. 

Step 2- Moisturize

After I use the shampoo and conditioner I towel dry my hair. It's still damp when I apply about a third of a  cup of one of the oils pictured above to my scalp and down the shaft of the hair and onto the ends. My hair is thick and tends to be on the dry side so I've found over the years that natural oils work best at keeping it moisturized without weighing it down. I do this right after I condition because I feel the hair absorbs the oil better that way. I will also add a small amount of one of the oils during the week on my dry hair if I think it looks a little lackluster.  I get my castor oil from Whole Foods, the almond oil from Coastal Scents and the coconut oil from Amazon. I generally always have coconut and castor oil on hand. I also use jojoba and grape seed oil occasionally. They retail for about $6- $20 depending on the size and whether or not it's organic. 

Step 3: Twist

I use Alba Botanical gel to re-twist the roots of my hair which unravel after my hair is washed. I get it from Whole Foods, but you can also find it here where it retails for $6.14. 

Step 4: Essential Oils

After twisting the roots I lightly mist the hair  from root to tip with a solution of one part water and about 3-4 drops of a pleasant smelling essential oil. I have peppermint and sweet orange in the pics above.  

Step 5: Dry

If I'm at the hairdresser at this point I would go under a hooded dryer for about an hour.  At home I loosely  pull my hair back in one, attach a towel with some hair bands and relax while the excess water drains out of the pony tail. 

Step 6: Braid

After about 45 minutes to an hour I remove the towel and put the loose hair into a big slack braid.

I fasten the end with a hair tie and let the hair air dry in the sun as I go about the rest of my day. 

And there you have it. I tried not to over think this post, so if I left anything out that you'd still like to know feel free to ask me in the comments.  After the break I have a pic I found of me before my locs, and a comparison shot I did a couple months ago. 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great Memorial Day and see you next week ! 

Sunny Days

Scarf: Target
Jacket: Target
Top: Banana Republic
Jeans: Lucky Brand
Shoes: Zara
Purse: Coach

"Clutch" aka the makeup bag I pulled from my purse: Forever 21

Hola amigos! What is that you say? You are very surprised to see me back so soon. Well, as a matter of fact so am I.  I'm trying to turn over a new leaf by blogging more consistently. I'm starting off with a goal of once a week, and Sunday evening seems to be the best day for me so far. 

I'm working on some posts, like the one you suggested about my hair Beauty, when Noah was a boy. Yes,  I know Noah is now a man who had a movie made about him, but let the record reflect I did not forget. I also am starting to get more into make up(only took several decades) so expect some posts on my new obsession- le bright lip, my day one love- nail polish, and outfit pics of course. So basically just a smorgasbord of fun. 

I like this little space here at Ofthecomely and I'll be the first to admit that I've been pacing myself when it comes to blogging.  I remember when I used to crop my face out of the pics, and then one day I showed my face, and lo and behold it didn't signal the apocalypse :)

I don't have an end goal in mind for this blog which I know is not very 2014, but I'm fine with that. Like most people my non blogging life is filled with time bound objectives, quotas and performance goals, so the last thing I need is more pressure. This is my space to just flow so I'm going to keep taking small steps towards what feels right.

I want to thank all of you who take time out of your day to stop by, and all of you who take the time to share your thoughts in the comments.

See you next week !

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Chanel Rouge Rubis

To the best of my knowledge Rouge Rubis was part of the 2013 Chanel Holiday collection.

Two coats with salon top coat
It's a bright reddish orange cream color that screams summer to me.  


These were the colors that seemed to be the most similar to Rouge Rubis in my stash. When swatched the Chanel-Dragon is a stand out as more of a blue based red and Pirate seems to lean towards a strawberry red. It's an almost tie between RBL-Dragon and Chanel-Rouge Rubis but that could just be the failing light on my old lap top. 

I haven't been impressed with the spring and summer offerings from Chanel this year, but that by no way means I'm not going to pick up a polish.....or two  :)  I'll keep you posted.

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YSL Rouge Pur Couture- Le Orange(13) & Gloss Volupte-Corail Trapeze(204)

 I'm always in lipstick in the pictures on the blog but that's not what happens in my day to day life. I've been on a mission to wear more lipstick lately, and the nice ladies at the YSL counter at Bloomingdale's were more than happy to help me on my quest. I wanted something bright but not red. After a couple swatches we came up with the two pretties above, YSL Rouge-Le Orange ($35 for .13 oz)  and the GlossVolupte-Corail Trapeze ($32 for .20 fl oz).  

YSL Rouge Pur Couture- Le Orange (13)

Le Orange is a bright creamy lipstick that is lightly scented and has an SPF of 15 per the specs. Wear time for me is about 2-3 hours but I'm always eating something so it would probably be a little more than that for the average gal. It's highly pigmented so it leaves a slight stain after it wears off. 

YSL Gloss Volupte- Corail Trapeze (204)
The sales lady suggested the gloss to "make the lipstick pop."  It's cute, and I have tried it over the lipstick as you'll see in the pics below but I'm not sold on needing them both. On its own it gives me just a hint of color on my lips. I think I need to try it over some of my other lipsticks to see if it's a keeper.

Now before you go on let me warn you that I have a big head. In retrospect I probably should have been farther away from the camera but what's done is done. Double click at your own risk. 

I told you. I'm wearing the Rouge Pur Couture- Le Orange above on its own. I think it's a nice spring/summer look. 

And here it is with the gloss. I've worn it both ways out and to work and the feedback has been positive. I hate returning things so I will likely just end up keeping both.

What lippies are highly favored in your rotation as we head in to summer?

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