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April 26, 2012

Been a Long Time…

Sorry to have left you all hanging there. I have been working a lot, had to make a big decision about closing my business, and generally feeling like I am getting older.

And with that, I have been working on a hair regimen of Jessicurl products, alternating with ProDesign products for my hair for the last 3 months. MY hair colorist has been getting me to a slightly lighter red tone, and I think after two years we may have hit the right color. MY partner still groans about too many hair care experiments, products and such.

One thing that did happen lately was dealing with a health issue, being just this side of 50, the Gall Bladder decided to make life miserable. I spent nearly 2 months dealing with a mystery ailment, and having vampires take blood for testing. I now know that I am really healthy accept for my liver being enlarged due to the Gall Bladder needing removal.

During this experimental phase by the medical community to find out why I was in such pain when I was otherwise healthy, I went to my colorist and said, ” I am so depressed with this, can we do my hair to hide the grays. Surprise, due to the stress levels and the sudden shock of pain, hospital, and pain meds, apparently my hair had a change at the roots. This really shouldn’t surprise me, I was in shock and well, your nails and hair do tell you about your health. BUt it made my hair just go nuts with super brightness so I had serious demarcation. Luckily Amy fixed it a few weeks back and it’s much better now. It really is try that you have the health of your body reflected in the extremities.

Now I need to embark upon the getting of the skin to look healthy! Makeup for older skin! And dressing like a Business Tech teacher, all when I have to have a very expensive operation! Of course, it would not be happening without Obama Care paving the way for a People with Previous Conditions Insurance Plan. For the first time in 10 years, I have some real insurance.

April 25, 2011

This Months Experiments

Amazing, I was able to pick up products by Beautiful Curls at Wholefoods Market in Santa Rosa.  I had seen them advertised at, but, as you know, anything with scent in it can be scary. So I stood with a lovely African American woman and we chatted about curls, dry-ness, and product frustration. She had used the product before and I asked her what she liked.” It makes my hair soft!” but I don’t see the leave in. We discussed packaging, I hinted they may have changed the bottle, smell it. Ah, the marketing cruelties of the world.

I looked at the ingredients. I had read that Alaffia made the product, it was associated with the collective in Africa, and dealt in fair trade. So, socially conscience wise, it’s attractive. Of course, natural fragrances can still get you with the allergies, and dermatitis is not exclusive to man made products. But I read that it was Mango Oil, and thought, well, I love mangos. I am not allergic to them, I eat them. So, I tried it. Not bad, the price was actually a great bargain, at around $11.99 for 10 to 12 oz, when other products sometimes were running higher.

Also, it was good to try some product I would consider designed for kinkier hair than mine currently is. When I was young, I had some really kinky hair, before all the damage. I would also like to encourage those that are Caucasian with curls, don’t fear trying something that a pacific islander or person of African heritage would use. Just lighten it up a bit, and if you tolerate whatever smell is involved and it doesn’t give you an allergic reaction, it doesn’t matter what the marketing says, pay attention to the raves of others and the ingredients.

My overall use, I have tried the Curl Enhancing Shampoo and Conditioner and I like the shine. I didn’t have too much frizzing. I am interested in trying the gel as I am trying to get away from the Fructis line of products, but their soft gel gives me the light hold I like. Sigh. I did notice if you buy from the website you can buy the whole line with a bit of a discount. I tried the Curl Activating Conditioner and since it was thicker, thought it might help with the ends. One my side bits dried, the frizzy baby side sections, it was a more defined frizz I guess. I think I did better with the Curl Inhancing products.

Overall, if you are able to buy from a store, it’s good because well, sometimes the mail just doesn’t get it to you in time when you are running out.

April 9, 2011

Yeah, Out Of The Sickness Gloom

There’s nothing like being sick for 3 weeks and just wanting to wash your hair because it feels so grungy. I mean, bed head is indeed it’s worse when you are sick. You toss and turn and make a really bad rats nest.

My new found testing with the Jessicurl products has done wonders to my hair. I now have a three part rotation that seems to be working better for me and now if I can get the roots touched up again soon, maybe I can have a day out after ding for weeks with this evil sickness.

So, my latest trials were with the Jessicurl Deep Conditioner. I got home last night after a hard week of trying to make it through and being ill. I just said, get in the shower, and condition your hair! I woke up this morning with some serious springing curls. Of course, it was windy.

So, I say this was well worth it, and the pricing is better than some of the things I have gotten from L’Anza. I still have their color series products but use them that first week.

March 28, 2011

Survived the Hotel Water

So, I took the ShiKai and the extra strength condi with me and survived the hotels very treated water. But I will be glad to get it washed out and clean without any of the treated water residue.

The hotel stole my towel. I brought a micro fiber towel and they took it. Argh. I made them give me money back on my bill. Grrr.

The colors fading a bit. Makes me get really depressed.

March 24, 2011


It’s really raining here in Cali. And yes, my hair is showing it. I may have to get a row boat.

Traveling out of town and have to stay in a Hotel. I have stayed there before and well, the water is incredibly treated. Yes, you can smell it from the tap. So I am bringing all the deep conditioning goodies I have and I know I will have to mix a cocktail

March 21, 2011

Older Hair

So, I got the news that I am heading for Peri-Pause, or really, I am in it. I wondered how much effect this has had on my hair. I certainly can see it in my skin. So, along with treaing your hair better, what else can you do with the aging process?

Vitamins? Can they help? I know that gelatin is supposed to help hair and nails. Yahoo, I love Jello! But what about supplements?

B Vitamins


Vitamin E




Well, I know I have tried some supplements in the past, and had reactions to them. It even triggers my migraine sometimes when I have a multi. I have found recently that I seem to do better taking a multi gummy and every other day, then I don’t get weird reactions. Hate being so sensitive to everything.

What do you think? Have any of you tried a vitamin regimen to help with your hair and skin? Tell me your results.

March 15, 2011

So My New Product May Have Formaldehyde

Of course, a product or two I just started using has some known problems:


Immunology problems, may release FORMALDEHYDE. I just can’t win, can I. Apparently ShiKai uses this in some of their products. yet again, another natural, safe product may not be. And I was tolerating the fragrance so well. Just goes to show you. Well, at least it’s a natural form of the dangerous item, right?

March 7, 2011

Das Frizzy??

Color Reflect Intense Conditioner

Yah, is frizzy.

Saturday was huge amounts of rain. I really needed to get the gunk out of my hair from combating the humidity of the previous days. I know, we always cringe when we think, hmmm, gotta get the gunk out, but it will just poof with the rain. So I thought well, I can also try a new product I had picked up in the product wanderings of the morning.

Early am, with coffee cup in hand, I was wandering about in the pharmacy looking at what was maybe new and affordable for hair care. Well, after smelling a few bottles of things that promised to help severe damage to hair, I noticed the triggers of a headache starting. With a sigh I left. I had to go to the Health Food store for food supplies anyway, and they do have a good selection of stuff. They are not as vast as Whole Foods Market, where I must admit the personal care section is enormous, but Harvest Market in Fort Bragg California does have a very good selection of healthy natural personal care items. Now, of course, this doesn’t mean that the products don’t smell. Why, yes, some natural scents can just give me a whopper headache, and I do wish more of them would just use a food grade vanilla oil if they had to, but here goes.

I had been looking at Giovani’s line but so far had not been able to buy a bottle. But next to that on the shelf was ShiKai’s Intensive Repair Treatment. I opened the cap and was not over powered by smell. Could it be that I found something in the natural isle? I looked at the ingredients and noted that the list did not fill up the back of the tube, always a good sign for sensitive curls girls. So I bought it.

I used it as a deep treatment following the directions, then added my regular conditioner of the moment as an after rinse. After playing with duck clips and trying to tame the curls into real curls I let it dry natural. I was pretty impressed and will try it a few more times over the weeks and see what can happen. It did look great for a few hours, but the humidity was insane and it is hard to get second day curl with this humidity.

March 4, 2011

This weeks adventure in curl experiments

I think I have over loaded myself with product trials, but I really need to find the right mix of products. My allergies are up, or I hope it’s that and not getting sick. This weekend I have planned to do more research, about my hair the sponge that it is this week.

I feel the need to wander the isles at the local pharmacy, see what’s out there again. I spent my brief trip last week looking in Ulta and Peninsula Beauty Supply at hair care. Pacing the isles, hoping for a miracle that I could be like normal hair people, well those that don’t have sensitivities to smell and chemicals. I kept coming back to L’Anza because I can tolerate some of their products. Sadly, with my hair aging and getting more moisture-less, sometimes the hair care you can tolerate really just doesn’t cut it after a month or two, you gotta find a different one.

So, looking at the isles in my weekly jaunt, we’ll see what happened.

March 4, 2011

The Day’s Musings

Okay, after months of trying to recover my natural curly hair from having all the build-up stripped out, chopped, and lightened a bit, I am ready to start getting my possitive on about growing the hair out. Well, actually, let’s say hopeful anyway.

I have started this blog to help get through the months of transitions I must go through to tame the mane.