Saturday, August 27, 2016

Hair Tracker Part 19: August 2016

Hi everyone! Hope you're all doing well. I thought I'd post an update of my hair! I measured today at 39.5"! Looks like my original goal of 40" by the end of 2016 is TOTALLY feasible, considering we still have 4 months left to go! :D

I'm starting to see classic length in my near future! And then...who knows?

Until next time!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Product Review: Selkie Herbal Hair Detangler

Hello, hello! Hope you're all having a great summer! I sure am. And yep, my hair's still growing along. I'll be posting a fun update soon showing my growth progress! 

Today, I've got a review for a product I picked up on a whim that's become a real staple in my haircare routine- it's Nightblooming's Selkie Herbal Hair Detangler.

-The Lowdown-

I have somewhat fine, tangle-prone hair that tends to do best with coney conditioners. This herbal, cone-free and mineral oil-free serum promises to deliver smooth, detangled hair. Does it deliver? Let's find out!!!

-The Ingredients- *

(From the Etsy page)

Distilled water, Marshmallow root, slippery elm & fenugreek seed herbal infusion, Aloe vera gel, Apple cider vinegar, Argan Oil, Borage Oil, Camelina Oil, Vitamin E Oil, and the essential oils of Catnip, Cedarwood, Lavender, Lime, Petitgrain, and Sage

-How to Use-

You can use this detangler a couple of different ways. You can use it on damp, wet, or dry hair, depending on your preference. Spray it and coat the hair lightly and then detangle with a comb or your fingers.

-My Thoughts-

This is a strong-smelling, but delicious leave-in. The scent is very noticeable - it is very sweet and almost candy-like with a hint of celery. I personally love the smell, but some people may not care for it!

Does it detangle? For me, sadly, not really, and not as well as even my regular old conditioner. I think my hair just does better with more conventional detanglers and tends to scoff at herbal and oil-based detangling products.

HOWEVER! That does not mean this is not a staple in my routine. Why? It makes an amazing hydrator.
The texture. Watery- slightly slippy.

When applied to damp, towel-dried hair, this stuff leaves my hair incredibly soft and shiny after drying. On dry hair, it doesn't do much for me, so I usually apply this after my shower, then enjoy having hydrated, soft hair for the rest of the day.

I'd like to think of this product as a hair toner, much like how I use hydrating toners for my skin. It's a fantastic leave-in, and will more than likely stay in my routine as long as Nightblooming is selling it. 

If you have hair that needs a bit more hydration, give this leave-in a try!

* I have recently read the product was reformulated because some people didn't like the smell, and that the amount of catnip was causing some people's cats to go absolutely nuts. I can definitely attest to that second fact, for sure! :P

Catnip is supposed to actually be pretty good for preventing the formation of split ends, so taking it out would have been obviously counterproductive, but I believe the concentrations were adjusted so the smell wasn't so powerful.

You can pick it up at Nightblooming's Etsy shop. She offers a sample bottle, full 8oz bottle, and a refill pouch. 

I hope you all have a great day! 


Monday, August 8, 2016

Hair Update- A picture of my banded ponytail

Hey everyone! Hope you're all having a great summer (Or winter, for all my southern hemisphere-dwelling friends!) I thought I'd give you guys a little look at how my hair's doing lately, since it's been a while. I've been super busy, but I always like to take some time every now and then and really appreciate how my hair has grown, grown, grown!

Today, I thought I'd post a picture of a hairstyle that I've really come to love- The Banded Ponytail!
It lets me show the full length of my hair off, just like a real ponytail, but keeps the hair restrained so it doesn't tangle or get in the way! Have a look!

To do this, I typically like to prepare my hair by CO-washing the night before, then following it up with a coney, smoothing conditioning treatment. This ensures I don't have much frizz, and my hair will lay flat and neat.

Then, I pull my hair into a ponytail, then tie off sections of my hair all the way down.

It's an easy, fun, and really great way to wear your hair! And for other longhairs out there, this is a safe and relatively painless way to show off the length!

Hope you all have a great day!


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Hair Tracker Part 18: May 2016

Happy May, and wow it's been a while!

But good news- I have temporarily resolved my camera situation and can take some photos- YAY! They may not be too good, but, well, it's better than nothing, I suppose! Since my last update, wow, the time's really flown, huh?

And I'm measuring in at 37.5"! Yes!

What a fun shot. I'm getting to the point now where I've had to change my location where I take my photos because it's hard to really grasp just how long my hair is getting without comparing it to the rest of my body! :P

I had an opportunity to give the Crea Clip a shot, and, well, I think it'll be a staple in my haircutting arsenal for sure- it gives a really excellent, neat, crisp hemline and I'll definitely use it again!

I'll see you guys again soon! Hopefully, I'll have a bit better of a camera then. :P

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Sad day

RIP my camera.

I guess I've dropped my phone one too many times, and despite its protective casing, my phone's camera is pretty much wrecked. This means- well, sadly, no pictures for right now. I'm not sure what this means for me at the moment- I've had to delay many weeks of hair photos because of this. It's also made it a real pain for me to take photos for some of the product reviews I've been planning for a while now.

I may have to finally bite the bullet and buy a point-and-shoot camera- something I've been meaning to do for quite a while now, but this may be the push I needed.

On the upside, my hair's still growing like a weed. I'm now in TBL territory and I should be there pretty soon. I am always so amazed to see just how long it's grown!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Hairstyle of the Week Part 3: Hawser Braid

Hi, everyone. Hope you're enjoying your weekend! I've been test running some new products, which I hope to get to do in-depth reviews for.

This week's hairstyle of the week is a fun one- the hawser braid.
In order to do the hawser braid, you should know how to rope braid.
It's accomplished by rope-braiding 2 rope braids together.

This is a really cool braid- it's basically a mock 4-strand braid, and I find it's actually much faster to do than a true 4-strand doesn't tire out my fingers as much, either! (And that's always a good thing, haha!)

It looks really neat, always gets a ton of compliments, and eats up length! I've found that with some of these combo braids, shorter hair will feel stiffer in them. As your hair gets longer, you'll be able to do these more easily, and they won't be as stiff.

I think around waist is when I began doing this one, though I like how it looks much more now at just-past-hip-length! :)

First, we'll start off with a ponytail, like so:

I like scrunchies! This is a silk scrunchie- much gentler on hair than regular elastics.

Then, split the ponytail into two sections and rope braid each one. Make sure the rope braids are both going in the same direction! Tie those off.

 Next, you'll rope braid these two braids together together tightly- and...

You have the hawser braid! Just tie it off at the end and enjoy!
You can see that this is a great braid to shorten the hair with. It takes my nearly TBL-length hair and brings it up to just below waist.

Here's a closer shot showing it a bit better:

I hope you enjoyed this week's Hairstyle of the Week!

If you'd like to keep up with these, you can check out this page for my previous updates.

See you next week!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Hairstyle of the Week Part 2: 2-strand Rope Braids!

Hey everyone!

So this week's hairstyle of the week is one of my go-tos. It's a simple, quick, and easy braid that can serve as a base to a lot more complicated, intricate styles! It's the rope braid.

You can also see that, due to the twisting involved, this braid can eat up quite a bit of length! This is useful if you, for whatever reason, wish to shorten your hair. I like to start with a ponytail to hold this one, as it serves as a secure base to make sure it doesn't untwist. In this example, I'm using a silk scrunchie!

I like this style- it's fast, easy to learn, and it looks really cool, too. People really like this one, and I get lots of compliments wearing it this way!

I like it more than the other 2-strand braid I know, the herringbone braid. This one doesn't take more than about a minute to do, tops, and holds just fine.

The 2-strand rope braid is useful to learn- it can be used in buns, and it is also involved in more complex braids, one of which I'll be covering next time. :)

I hope you guys will check out next week!