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Lice? Not nice.

11 Mar

The dreaded letter came home from our kids’ elementary school.  You know the one.  Printed on pink paper so you won’t miss it.  The one announcing a lice problem at the school and what to look for.   When I saw my best friend go through an outbreak at her kids school last year I knew I was in trouble if that ever happened to us.  After she found a couple of lice eggs in her daughters hair, she slathered mayonaise on everyone in their family, TWICE, just to be safe!  The word alone gives me the heeby jeebies.   That would lend to a very stale day, having to wash everything in the entire house for fear of lice spreading rampantly through 7 people.  Oh, and a dog.  Do dogs get lice?

Luckily, the secretary at school, Ms. Dye (had a fond place in my heart for her the very first time I heard her name)  eased my anxiety a bit when she told me that the the best way to prevent lice was to use hairspray.  OH YA!  I fall short in a lot of places, but that is one place I am not lacking, the hairspray department!  Kenra #25 (you know, the BIG can) has been and will yet remain my number one choice of arsenal in my fight for good hair around here!

For information on what lice and nits (lice eggs, yick) look like and how to treat, click here.

I’ve gotta stop now because my scalp is itching!  Bye!

If you have guts….

22 May

Buying professional product is a dilemma many of us have faced.  “To buy or not to buy, that is the question!” When it comes right down to it, spending over $12.00 vs. $2.00 on a can of volumizer seems excessive when you only consider the price.   But, do you have GUTS????

Redken Guts is just one example of a professional product that will change your life. I have used this for over 10 years now.   Why?  Because it it gives me incredible volume when I round brush.  If you have a volumizer you swear by, please share!

Five reasons to use professional haircare product sold by a professional:

1.  You only have to use a fraction of the amount, so it will last longer than store bought product.  (I am having flashbacks of the Aquamarine shampoo I used as a kid.  It was so watered down a handful would be wasted as it ran through my fingers.)

2.  It’s water soluble so your hair will not have build-up and will thank you every day by being SO much easier to style.  If you could only see the gunk I have had to scrub off of bathroom doors after moving into a new place.  That, my friends, is cheap hairspray and I assure you that Kenra #25 wipes right off!

3.  Sure, department stores carry name-brand salon products, but those are called “diverted” products. They are not much cheaper than at the salon and who knows how old they are.

4.  Even my mom is hooked and cannot go back.  She is not someone to spend money unnecessarily either!  I also have a friend who recently changed from using Herbal Essences (I could not comb through her hair when I cut it) to a professional product and she said it has made a HUGE difference in how her hair feels!

My advice if you are nervous about taking the plunge into the world of haircare products is to start with just one or two things.  Shampoo and conditioner are basics.  Ask your stylist to recommend something for your hair type.

Here are my favorites at the moment:

  • Amplify Shampoo and Conditioner #2 for color treated hair
  • Peppermint Scrub Clarifying Shampoo by Paul Mitchell  (ONLY use once a week.)
  • Redken Real Control Deep Conditioner
  • Aquage shine drops and Redken Guts (I use these after washing my hair, before blow-drying.)
  • Kenra #25 hairspray, the BIG can!

P.S. With all this said, I know there are many of you out there that have a non-professional product you use and love.  If you use it I will still be your friend!   I want to hear what works for YOU!

Tweezers Are a Girl’s Best Friend

17 Apr

I don’t know if this only happens to me, but having toddlers in the house causes things to come up missing.  Some things I can forgive and forget. But when I went to get my tweezers the other day from the spot I ALWAYS keep them and they weren’t there, I had to gasp and then take a deep breath!  OK, OK, I should know better than to put valuables two feet off the ground, even if they are in a drawer.

Luckily for everyone this turned out for the best.  I went to Walgreen’s to find another pair of tweezers and after looking at my options I decided on the Revlon Expert brand (mostly because they were on sale).

I have been so happy with these that I am afraid my eyebrows are getting a little thin!  These babies make for precision plucking.  Some may be asking, “Why don’t you just wax?”  Call me crazy, but tweezing is like therapy!

Watch this video for a tutorial on shaping and plucking eyebrows and let the fun begin.  I still do not have the razor she uses, but if you end up using it, you have to let me know how it works!

Madly Truly Deeply

28 Feb

Three words to describe how I feel about my flat-iron! I currently use a T3 Narrow Duality  that I stumbled upon at a Marshall’s for $50.  That was a good hair day!  With so many flat-irons on the market, which one is for you?  Check out folica.com and if you have any more questions, feel free to ask me!

I love this little beauty even more now that I took the time to clean it.  It glides much more smoothly now, imagine that!  Cleaning your flat-iron is simple and I would recommend doing it once a month, not once every 4 years as was my record.  All you do is take a Q-tip and dip it in either warm water, alcohol, or multi-purpose cleaner.  (I had to use the later seeing how filthy mine was.)  Rub until clean!  “Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy” as Judy Moody would say…..she is on the brain since my first grader just finished one of her books.  If you want to liven up a dull day, read a Judy Moody book, or even better, have your first grader read it to you while you flat-iron her hair!

Before the cleaning

Before the cleaning.

After the cleaning.  Good as new!

After the cleaning. Good as new!

 

“Why isn’t this tight?”

16 Feb

“Why isn’t this tight?”

If you have heard those words coming from your children after doing their hair, then you and I can relate.

My latest “why isn’t this tight” remark actually caused laughter instead of tears (from both parties!) because my daughter happened to say it as I was rinsing my mom’s color out in the bathtub over Christmas.

We were doing acrobatics with my mom upside down under the tap and me twisting in crazy fashion trying to reach her forehead when my six and a half  year old daughter walks in yanking at her ponytail and in aggravation says, “Why isn’t this tight?”

I was thinking that this was probably not the best time for her to say that because I have shampoo all over and am trying to hurry so as not to stain the bathtub and the baby will be crying any moment to be fed and who knows what havic my son is causing.

My mom started laughing though and she says, “Your mom used to say that all the time.”

I told my mom “sorry” right then and there because I now know how annoying it is when you have slicked and pulled and hairsprayed and you just can’t get that hair tight enough. She started laughing even harder and said, “Don’t say sorry because that is what got you here today, and me for that matter!”

So we were laughing and my daughter forgot about her ponytail and that was that!

If you have any tips on getting ponytails tighter, I would LOVE to hear them! Braids I can handle, but ponytails and pigtails are tricky for me……