April 30, 2012

Attempt 2: Bikram Yoga 30-Day Challenge

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A lovely reader emailed me and asked me about my Bikram Yoga 30-Day Challenge that um, never happened. Why you ask?

Well, remember when I got sick? Yeah. That happened and I basically was not doing anything for a couple weeks. But now I am back on my game and going to buy a monthly Bikram Yoga pass. I will force myself to go everyday granted I don't have a work event that night.

I have firmly decided that I am putting my health first because I absolutely hate my CPAP machine (blog post to come about why I hate that thing) and need to drop my excess weight so sleep apnea is not a problem of mine anymore.

Oh, You CAN'T Sweat Out A Perm?

sweating out a perm

I went to the salon this past weekend to get a perm since I thought I sweated it out. When I sat in the chair, I proclaimed to my stylist that I lost my silky smooth roots to the dance floor. He laughed and said, "There's no such thing."

Track stop. WHAT?!

He then explained that I just really needed a perm because of my new growth.

The real reason it might look like you lost your perm after sweating at the gym (or on the dance floor) is because the salt from the perm is making it look like your relaxer reverted, when it really didn't.

To solve this, wash your hair right after you had your sweat session and your roots should return to looking smooth.

April 25, 2012

NAILS: China Glaze Riveting Polka Dots

A closer look:

I recently got my hands on The Hunger Games China Glaze collection. While I am not a fan of the movie or books, I am a fan on the nail lacquers! I thought this fiery, yet glittery orange color would look cheap. Boy am I glad it doesn't. I added polka dots on my middle fingers so that when I give people the middle finger they'll have something cute to look at. Ha, just kidding. I thought it was a different take on polka dotting. It's like a little surprise! Try it and send me pics!

April 24, 2012

Do you take women-specific vitamins?

vitafusion womens daily multivitamins

I recently decided to switch up the multivitamins I take. Obviously, you guys know I love Vitafusion gummy vitamins. So last month on my regular grocery trip to Target, I noticed VF had new vitamins that were specifically targeted for Women and Men. The Women's Daily Multivitamin Formula offers more bone and metabolism support. Bone support is definitely something us women need because we are more likely to get Osteoporosis.

That being said, I can't help but wonder if my new choice in vitamins aided my weight loss. Hm...

Do you take women-specific vitamins?

April 23, 2012

WTF: I Sweated Out My Perm!

new growth roots after sweating out a perm

This is the first time this has ever happened to me. Before this, I have never been one of those black girls that was afraid of "sweating out her perm."

To those who don't quite understand, let me break it down for you. Women with kinky roots (mainly black women), who desire easy-to-manage or relaxed hair, get a perm (relaxer) every six to eight weeks.

I can blame this catastrophic hair situation on my friend. It was her birthday celebration earlier this month and I broke it down on the dance floor (as I always do). But, that night I was a little extra on the dance floor. The DJ was playing my divas Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé and I couldn't resist! Pouring sweating, my makeup stayed intact, thanks to my great primer. But by the end of the night, I noticed that my straight roots were kinky and I knew I sweated out my perm.

Too soon to get a relaxer, my hair has been in a high bun for the past couple weeks. I will say I do enjoy using my new growth as a way to give my bouffants a little voluminous bump.

But to my ladies who have done this before, what did you do?!

April 16, 2012

Zoya Paz - The Perfect Hot Spring Day Shade!

zoya nail polish paz

Holy hot weather! It is going to be in the 80s today and I can't believe it. Seriously. I'm not ready. I'm not a fan of hot weather...especially spring weather (ah-choo!). I have seasonal allergies. Anyway, I feel like this nail color called Paz from Zoya is perfect for today's weather. It's got such a vibrant and warm hue that screams, "BITCH, IT'S HOT!"

What's your favorite nail lacquer to wear on a hot day?

April 14, 2012

I Repaired My Dry Hair With A Deep Condition

black hair deep condition

Like I said in my previous post, I went to the salon to get a deep condition. I love my hair dresser. He always makes me look good. I only trust him when it comes to my hair. Seriously. When you find a good hair dresser, hold on to them like they are GOLD.

Anyway, my hair is looking replenished. I am now only going to use Head & Shoulders for one wash cycle the next time I shampoo.

April 13, 2012

Head & Shoulders Made My Hair Super Dry

dry hair

I've been a bad girl. I've been using Head & Shoulders shampoo without the proper conditioner. My hair dresser warned me that Head & Shoulders would dry my hair out and that I would need to use a moisture rich conditioner.

Don't get me wrong. I love Head & Shoulders. It really gets rid of my horrible dandruff. But talking to a girlfriend Wednesday night, she confirmed what my hair dresser was telling me. "It'll make your hair stick straight," she continued. "Try combining it with another shampoo, only using it for one wash and the other for the second or third." Trust your girlfriends ladies.

I am going to the salon this Saturday to get a deep condition to fix this super dry hair problem NOW. Ultimately, if you are going to use Head & Shoulders, don't use it alone. You need a moisture-rich shampoo and conditioner as well.

April 12, 2012

TMI Thursday: I Went On Birth Control & Love It!

aviane birth control

And I'm back! Turns out I had Bronchitis and didn't have energy to blog.

So as you know, I went on birth control to combat my heavy flow caused by my Polycystic Ovaries. Freakin' ovaries. Before I said how my flow was still heavy, but it's not that bad anymore. It's actually bare-able! I can predict when my period will come and it only lasts for four days. Sure beats the FIVE MONTH period I once had!

Cue church bells.

That's not all that's great about being on The Pill. Here's why I love it:

I lost 15 pounds. What?! Yeah. I didn't actually think I could lose weight. Now that the number on the scale is going down, I'm going to work to make the number decrease. You know, now that the doc says I need to lose weight because of my Sleep Apnea.

I feel balanced. The one thing all my doctors told me was that I had higher levels of testosterone (thanks to all my years of sports?) and Aviane has boosted my estrogen levels. Man, I feel like a woman!

I have bigger boobs. Ok, this really isn't that much of a plus for me. I really enjoy having small lady lumps and big ones scare me (I have friends who went through breast reduction). However, it is nice to have a front that matches my big 'ol back side.

All in all, I can't believe I didn't go on birth control sooner. My Gyno recommended it to me when I was 18 because she foresaw what was to come from my irregular periods. But hard-headed me thought I would never need it. Man, if I could go back in time.

Are you on birth control? Do you like it?

April 2, 2012

Got A Sinus Infection - Taking A Blogging Break

We'll see if I can actually stay away for a week because I do love blogging. But, I have a serious sinus infection that has rendered me with almost no voice. All I can do is whisper. It's pretty sad. Welp. On that note, see y'all in a week.

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