Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year! Hair Tracker Part 21: January 2017

Happy New Year, everybody! I hope you all had a great one!

I'm excited to kick off this year right- by posting and showing you all how long my hair is!


Left- 11/2016 at 40.5"
Right- 1/2017 at 41.5"

I'm very close to reaching classic length- probably not more than a couple of months. Classic length on me is somewhere around 42~43". 

I hope you all have a nice day!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Photos: Hair on a Sunny Day

Greetings, everyone! Hope you're all doing well!

I've decided to post today to show some really great pictures that my wonderful boyfriend took for me of my hair in the sunlight!

 It's been kind of dreary outside, but today was nice and sunny, so we decided to do a little impromptu hair photoshoot! I hope you guys like it!

Usually, I don't get to take very many photos of my hair outside! So this was very much a change from the ordinary for me.

I was really taken aback at how bright and vibrant my hair is in the sunlight!

This was very much impromptu and "on-the-fly". My hair's got some very pretty soft braid waves in these pictures because I had just taken my hair down from my usual braided bun!

My hair in these pictures is quickly approaching classic length, and is a bit over 40.5".

At these lengths, it is somewhat of a challenge to wear my hair down without a bit of planning!

I hope that you guys liked seeing these pictures!
I hope to do more of these kinds of shots of my hair in the future as it gets longer! Thanks a lot for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Tidying up the blog

Hey, everyone! Hope you're all having a wonderful day!

I've added a new page to my blog that more easily organizes my product reviews by category.
It's looking kind of sparse in there right now, but keep your eyes peeled for a fun new product review coming shortly!

Have a lovely day!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Hair Tracker Part 20: November 2016

Hi everyone!

Wow, busy times. I had meant to post a little while back for October, but life got in the way. So, I thought I'd update with my current hair length!

Left- August 2016 at 39.5"
Right- November 2016 at 40.5"

I'm now at 40.5"! Which was my original hair goal for 2016! Hooray!

I've been trimming to keep a blunt hemline, which I prefer as I do not have particularly thick hair. This helps give the illusion of having thick hair, and as a bonus, my braids are less messy and don't have as many little stray hairs sticking up everywhere.

You guys may also notice a demarcation line in both of those pictures. Wonder what that's from? Last year, I did a hair experiment to try and bleach over some henna that had gone too burgundy. As you can see...well, it worked- that's for sure! ;) Check out that post here, if you're interested!

So where am I growing now? Classic length, which, on me, is about 43"

Until next time!

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!