April 26, 2017

5 Things I am Thankful for this Month {April}

Things I am Thankful for this month

This year I'm trying to focus more on the positive, because lots of times we get consumed with complaining and negativity, and forget to pay attention to the positive things that happen in our lives. Big or small, it doesn't really matter, they all count, and I want to encourage everyone to pay a bit more attention to them. It will definitely make you happier.

1. The weather

Spring & Summer are my favourite seasons because the weather is warmer, flowers start to bloom and the days get longer meaning I can do some photography after work. And if you didn't know, I've got an Instagram & Facebook page as a photographer, and I would love you to support me there as well.

2. My partner 

This month marks 8 years I've known him and we've been together. We aren't perfect and we have our ups and downs, but we love each other and he supports me. In these years, we've changed. We've both grown into adults, moved to a different country and have much more responsibilities than before. I'm looking forward to the 90 more years we spend together {soz for the cheesiness}

3. My Dog Candy for being so understanding

We recently got a kitten and candy has been such a good and understanding pup in regards to this. She grew up with a cat so it wasn't totally new to her but he's still a kitten and always wants to play with her, and she's already 6 years old so doesn't find it as interesting. I'm sure Leo pisses her off sometimes, but she loves him anyway.

4. New adventures

I'm learning how to skate with a longboard. It isn't easy and I'm scared of hills and uneven ground, but I'm getting better and more confident. So far, I have fallen once. I can't wait for next month to get my own board and practice some more.

5. Family & Great friends

Between an allergy reaction to feeling bad about my photography, I had some down moments this month when I doubted myself. All through this, my family and friends supported me and made me feel a lot better. I appreciate having such amazing people who care about me.

Tell me a couple of things that you're thankful  for this month, big & small?
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April 18, 2017

Natural Hair Growth Journey: Start

Natural Hair Growth Journey

It has been over 2 years since I started my transition to natural hair. If you're interested in my journey so far, you can check out my posts on why I decided to go natural, the struggles I faced, how it felt to be newly natural and some tips on transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. I love my natural hair and my goal is to grow it as long as I possibly can. I would like you to join me on that journey as I document it all on the blog.

I'm starting off with a length check and a list of products that I am currently using. As time passes, I will change some of the products and I hope to be able to keep you updated every 3 or 6 months, to see how much my hair has grown and what I have been doing to achieve the results.

Natural Hair Growth Journey: Length Check, Products and more

Current haircare schedule

I moisturize my hair daily using water and leave-in conditioner if my hair isn't in a protective style such as braids. Once or Twice a week I cowash my hair to get rid of the dirt and add moisture to my hair. If you don't know what cowashing is, you can find all the details in my post on cowashing. I also try to deep condition every weekend with a moisturizing hair mask or a protein mask. Once a month, I prepoo and then shampoo my hair. This usually depends on how much product I have been using lately and how dirty my hair feels.

Current products being used

I was hoarding a bit on the product end as I'm always looking for new products to try in order to find my favourites. So I do have quite a few variations of certain products (I think I may have too many oils). Recently, I've been trying to stay away from buying lots of hair products which serve the same purpose in the hopes to use up the ones I have.

Some of the products I am currently using include:

Treatments  - DIY Protein mask, Novex Coconut Oil Deep Conditioning Hair Mask 
Oils - Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Jamaican Mango & Lime Black Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Dabur Amla Hair Oil.

Now moving on to the length check. I think it's more difficult to do length checks on curly hair due to shrinkage, but I've done my best to show the current length. I'll be using the same stripped t-shirt so it's easier to track the difference between the pictures.

Hair Growth Journey Start Length Check

What are some of your tips for hair growth? I'd love to include them in my journey.
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