Friday, November 13, 2015

The Curly Girl Method - Three Weeks

Here's my hair three weeks after I began the Curly Girl Method. Check it out!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Curly Girl Method

The Method

Recently I decided I was brave enough to try the "No-poo" / Co-wash / Curly Girl Method that a lot women with curly hair use as a technique to make their hair soft and their curls more defined. I was skeptical at first, because giving up shampoo was terrifying. What if my hair got greasy? What if I can't stand not washing my hair every day? What if my hair looks worse?

I had a lot of questions, so I went to YouTube and Google to see how to try it out. Here are some of the best websites and videos I found that explain the method:



So here's what I did:

  1. I went through all of my hair products to see if they contained sulfates, silicones, and drying alcohols. If they did, out they went. New flash - most of them did. That meant bye bye Garnier Fructis and Tresemme products.
  2. I made a run to Target and got some of the products recommended in the videos listed above: Suave Essentials ConditionersL.A. Looks Hair Gels and Alberto VO5 Conditioners.
  3. I shampooed for the last time to make sure all of the hair products that contained sulfates, silicones, and drying alcohols were removed from my scalp and hair.
  4. I conditioned really well with my new conditioner.
The next time I was in the shower:
  1. I followed the no-poo method, as described in the videos above with my new conditioner.
  2. Once I was out of the shower, I lightly dried my hair with a microfiber towel and applied leave-in-conditioner spray and gel.
  3. Then, I plopped my hair in a long-sleeved cotton t-shirt.
  4. I let my hair dry and removed the t-shirt.
Between washings:
I made the Coconut Hair Mist and spray it on my bed-head each morning between washings.

Here's what I found:

  • Your hair may look worse before it looks better (see my "beautiful" before photo below). Sulfates, drying alcohols and silicones strip your curls of much-needed moisture and can do significant damage to your hair and scalp. In my research, people say it can take up to three weeks to see major changes, depending on how dry/damaged your hair is.
  • Your scalp may itch a bit between washings. This is normal. It means your scalp is healing. Shampoo strips your scalp of its natural oils which causes damage.


Before: This was after my first co-wash, day 2. It was looking pretty rough. Despite the smile in the photo, I'm not gonna kid around, I was scared.

After (Approximately two weeks later): You can actually tell I have curls!

Final Thoughts

My hair is so much softer than I thought was physically possible. Before, my hair was so dry it felt like straw. Now, it actually feels soft and I can't stop touching it! This method is easier than I thought it would be and costs less than when I used salon products. If you want to love your curls, I highly recommend trying this out.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Entry Way - Final

Our entry way is now finished!

I love how it turned out! It's the perfect height and location (right by the basement stairs). The sign makes my heart happy and I hope it makes visitors happy and welcome as well.

Here's another picture of the entryway, with jackets, so you can see scale a little better:

One project down, several to go!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Cruise Tips for Beginning Cruisers

What I wish I'd known before going on a cruise, by Adrienne

1. Eat breakfast the day of boarding and bring snacks! Lunch can be super late due to the amount of time it takes to board.

2. Reserve a seat at the breakfast and lunch buffets before you get your food, so that you have a place to sit when you come back. It's super competitive around the common meal times of  9-10 am and 12-1 pm.

3. There is a lot of time waiting - tendering, excursions, dinner and event lines. Be patient and remember that the staff are doing the best they can.

4. Haggle at port(s).

5. Bring cash. I missed out on several items because the vendors did not take credit cards and there were no ATMs around.

6. Watch your portions at breakfast and lunch. The plates are platter size! Thankfully, dinner is pre-portioned and on the smaller side.

7. You don't need to pack towels of any kind. The cruise will generally provide you with bath towels, which are expected, AND beach towels for the pools.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Entry way project: Part 1

Hi everyone! Since it's the beginning of the New Year, I have decided to become even more organized by focusing on our practically non-existent entry way. Our floor plan by the door is an odd one - the door opens directly into the living room. The walls on either side of the door fall into the living room and the landing to upstairs.

We determined that based on this weird layout, the best location for entryway items would be on the opposite side of the upstairs landing, in the area leading down the basement stairs.

Here's the plan:

So far, we've hung the LEKSVIK coat hooks we purchased from IKEA:

We've also purchased the picture ledge and three baskets for the large shelf to wrangle hats, scarves, and gloves, which will be hung shortly:

Tonight, we are planning on purchasing the large shelf to hold the baskets, along with matching brackets from Home Depot:

Check back to see progress!