For today’s product review I will be looking at the Color Me Happy Dry Shampoo from Herbal Essences.
As a curly girl, trying a dry shampoo can be disastrous. The residue from the spray can actually worsen frizz by sucking away all the moisture. It also has the potential to make your hair look dirty from all the built up residue on the scalp.
For this dry shampoo, it accomplishes staying away from those bad occurrences. It does a wonderful job of sucking the greasy second or third day look out of your hair. By the end of the day, my hair still looks fresh and clean.
However, the shampoo is meant to be brushed through your hair, and as a curly girl we all know that is impossible. Sometimes the spray leaves a grey tint wherever applied.
Luckily, this can be easily fixed by bending over and gently massaging the scalp. The only other downside is it feels heavy on your hair. Your hair probably won’t feel as fresh and clean as it looks. It doesn’t look heavy, but by the end of the day you will feel the need to wash your hair (which is probably how it is with all other dry shampoos).
Best of all, it makes your hair smell fresh. This is one of the hardest things to find in dry shampoo. Most of them don’t come scented and your hair won’t smell rejuvenated. This dry shampoo packs a rose scented punch and hides any hint of a lazy hair day. Be careful not to spray too much though, it could take your breath away.
Overall, this dry shampoo does what it is supposed to do plus a little more. It costs only $4.47 at Walmart and I would definitely recommend it for everyone. I’m not big on dry shampoo, but if I ever feel the need to freshen up a bit, Herbal Essence’s Color Me Happy Dry Shampoo will be my go-to product.
Every curly person has gone through the tunnel of curly confusion. Some don’t escape it for years. Frustration arises. You just can’t figure out how to style your hair! Questions surround you. What product should I use? Should I leave it down? Should I straighten it? Why does every other person with curly hair look perfect? Am I the only freak who just can’t get it?
Don’t worry if you are stuck in that tunnel. There are so many other people out there who are going through it too and people who can help you! People with years more of experience (they practically have a PhD in curly styling). I’m just one of those small mentors guide you along the way to YOUR PhD.
These are just a few tips I would like to give you to set you on your way towards conquering your curls.
1. Use very little heat.
Don’t straighten your hair everyday. I know a lot of people who try to use this to mask their curly hair, but it isn’t the right way to go. Embrace your curls and don’t try to hide them! Straightening your hair everyday ruins your curls, flattening them. One day when you are older, you will want to go natural, but you can’t because you destroyed your curls!
2. Don’t brush your hair dry
Brushing your hair causes frizz and you can’t go back after you’ve committed this bad crime. Only brush your hair when it’s wet. Even if you notice a little bit of dried hair, don’t brush it.
3. Try to steer clear from products with parabens, sulfates, and silicons.
These are harsh chemicals that strip your hair of its natural oils and build up a layer around your scalp. You need your natural oils to moisturize your hair and keep it from frizzing. If you’ve been using these kind of products, do a cleansing mask for your hair. It will get rid of that layer of plasticky chemicals around your scalp and re-moisturize it!
4. Don’t use too much styling product.
I see many curlians (people with curly hair. Yes, I made that up. No, don’t call this weird) make the mistake of using handfuls of mousse, spraying hairspray generously, coating their hair with a layer of gel. DON’T do that. First of all, it ruins your hair and makes it frizzier. Secondly, it doesn’t look good. Your hair is crunchy and looks like plastic.
5. Stick to gels or creams. Don’t use hairspray or mousse.
Hairspray dries out your hair and, honestly, I haven’t seen any hairspray do justice for curlians. Mousse is usually over-applied and doesn’t spread evenly across your hair. With gels and creams, you can evenly spread through your hair by brushing it and moisturize your hair to perfection!
6. Style your hair when it’s wet.
As soon as you get out of the shower, style it. After its dry, there is no going back. Even five minutes of waiting is a big difference in curly hair time.
7. Invest in a defuser.
Most of the time, people tell you to air dry your hair. During my freshman and sophomore year in high school, I always showed up with wet hair. It looked terrible. I regret it so much. I thought I couldn’t blow dry my hair because I would end up with a frizzy fro. I was half-right. I had to use a defuser to evenly distribute heat across my hair. Without using this tool, your dryer centralizes too much on one spot and makes it poofy. The defuser avoids “the poof” and gives your hair a very natural look.
8. Don’t go to bed with wet hair.
This squishes your curls, giving a flat look when you wake up. Wash your hair in the morning. BUT wash your hair every other day so you won’t have to wake up early everyday to wash your hair.
Please don’t give up on your beautiful hair! Ask others for advice and experiment with different ways to style it. #EmbracetheCurls
What tips can you give to people stuck in the tunnel of curl confusion? Leave a comment or send me and email!
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I am going to be going through a reading challenge this year. I want to see how many books I can get through on my reading list in 365 days. This is no easy feat. I am expanding my literature to authors that I normally shy away from: Shakespeare and Dickens. These past few years I have found a new love for classic literature by reading authors ranging from Jane Austen to Tolkien.
In high school, reading Shakespeare was a pain. Especially since my senior year teacher was terrible about being enthusiastic for literature. I felt like I couldn’t understand what the author was trying to convey or even what the characters were saying. Reading “Great Expectations,” by Charles Dickens, my freshman year was exhausting. However, I was victorious through “To Kill a Mockingbird” in both sixth and tenth grade. I actually enjoyed the book and then I moved on to Tolkien, loving every moment of the world he created. Then I fell upon someone a little different: Jane Austen. I watched the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice and fell in love with the story, and even the character’s speech. It was so elegant and nothing like what I was used to. The characters were proper and the love story was realistic. I had only watched the movie and I already was enamored with Austen’s world. My fascination grew even deeper as I read Pride and Prejudice 5 times within three years (this is a big accomplishment as I take a bit to finish books).
I thought I was terrible at reading and that I couldn’t enjoy the older, more appreciated authors of the world. I thought I had failed with Shakespeare and Dickens and that I could never become a book connoisseur. I believe I have gained a new form of confidence by getting through one of the most beloved authors on the earth. Mind you, her books are not always easy to read. I always have a dictionary nearby to help better understand the language. But, as I read each of Austen’s books, the writing becomes easier to read and my reading comprehension grows.
I feel like I have accomplished more on my own through reading Austen than with my English teachers. That is why I have created a reading list of classic literature and aim to read as many as I can within a year. Some of these books I have already read, but I want to re-read them without the perspective of them being required reading. I want to take my time and enjoy the book instead of dreading a pop quiz on chapter 6 and cramming it in the morning of. I welcome you to join me on this journey and keep track of your progress by contacting me, following me on Instagram, following my Reading Challenge board on Pinterest, or commenting on this post. Don’t grow discouraged if you have a tough time understanding the language! Grab a dictionary and let’s discuss the books together! We can get through this!
I’m adding a twist to my reading challenge. I’m going to put pieces of paper in a jar with each of the book titles on my list. In another jar, I am putting all of the books of the Bible. I will pick one paper from each jar and can only pull another book from my reading list if I completed reading both books from the jars. ** However, If I don’t finish the book on the reading list before I finish the Bible book, I can choose another book of the Bible. BUT I have to finish that second Bible book if I finish reading the book on the reading list before I go to another literature book. Make sense? Okay get going on your challenge!
**My reading list is so big that it is hard to keep up with finding all the books, so I will only add a book to the jar if I come across it in a store (specifically a thrift store).
I want to balance out my reading of secular literature with that of my spiritual food. I don’t want to become too caught up with reading books and abandon the book that is most important: The Bible. I have never completely read through the Bible and I think this would be an awesome way to grow closer in my relationship with the Lord and reading literature through the lens of scripture.
Here is a list of all the books on my reading list. Contact me if you think I should add more! I will be adding throughout this journey!
Emma by Jane Austen * Completed July 13, 2016
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte*
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen*
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Lady Susan by Jane Austen*
Love and Friendship by Jane Austen*
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell*
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
O!Pioneers by Willa Cather*
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte*
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan*
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare*
The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde*
Bleak House by Charles Dickens*
The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde*
The Illiad by Homer
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Simmilarion by J.R.R. Tolkien
Common Sense by Thomas Paine
Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo*
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle*
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (The WHOLE 1000 pgs.)*
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott*
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Julius Caeser by William Shakespeare
The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
*In my possession.
Please feel free to join me on my journey and add or change the books on the reading list. If you want to stick to one reading list and not do the books of the Bible, that’s okay! Tailor the challenge so that it fits YOU! Good luck and please let’s talk soon!
I want to see how your progress is too! Post a picture of the book you are reading and tag me, @curlywcf, and add #UltimateReadingChallenge. I can’t wait to see how it goes!
It’s the day before the Fourth of July. You forgot the hot dog buns. You head to the nearby Target and you enter into the jungle of people. Everyone and their brother forgot their hot dog buns. Carts are running into each other, people are cutting you off, how do you control this mayhem!? You stop and think to yourself, ” if only we had rules for shopping like we do for driving…”
Guess what? Your answer is right here! In a world of shopping catastrophe, we need a bit of guidance when it comes to pushing our carts and turning into different shopping lanes.
Traffic Rule #1 Leave your cart aside, away from where you need to grab an item.
Your cart is not an extension of your body. It seems like so many people like to take their carts to the exact spot they need to grab hot dog buns. What they don’t realize is that because they take their cart with them, they are blocking the whole bread isle for everyone else who needs hot dog buns. Please leave your cart in an inconspicuous spot.
Traffic Rule #2 People on the main isles have the right of way.
These shopping isle highways have people who are on a mission to get to the other side of the store the fastest way. These people are the speedsters of the shopping road. Just like on a normal highway, you should get out of their way when merging into their lane. Wait for these speeders to pass. You don’t want to break their momentum. It’s just annoying.
Traffic Rule #3 Do not stop in the middle of these highways.
Find a friend from church or work? A neighbor? Long lost sister? Get out of the way! Would you stop your car to talk to another driver in the middle of a highway? No, you wouldn’t. Go off to one of the side roads (or aisles in this case) and pull to the shopping curb to talk. It’s just inconsiderate to block the speedway.
Traffic Rule #4 Give the vendor workers space.
With my dad being a food deliverer for 30 years for many grocery stores, I understand the frustration the workers have for shoppers who get in the way. These hard workers are on a tight schedule with their bosses breathing down their necks. No overtime. Deadlines to meet. You don’t help if you stand in their section as they are trying to restock. Step to the side and wait until they are finished (don’t worry, they are fast) or politely ask them if you could grab what you need quickly. Don’t stand in the way like Traffic Rule #1 states.
Traffic Rule #5 Pedestrians (those without baskets) have the right of way.
These people are also the speedsters in the road. They don’t have a basket slowing their pace, they just go for it on the aisles and probably are just making a quick trip to the store. They want out of there, FAST. They only need one or two items being that they don’t have a cart. You with a cart are going to be there for a while anyway, so it won’t make a difference to let the pedestrians have the right of way.
Traffic Rule #6 Those with a lighter load at checkout should be allowed priority above those with a full cart.
Let the person behind you with a couple items go in front of you if you have a full load of groceries. Again, #5 states that they are a pedestrian and want to get in and get out. Be considerate and let them go first.
Traffic Rule #7 Look both ways before crossing or turning to another aisle.
Don’t cause a cart accident. There could be casualties. Look both ways like your mama taught you and make sure no one else is coming your way.
Traffic Rule #8 Always yield the right of way when you see a person coming and are crossing or turning to another aisle.
No matter where you are, yield to the other shopper like a nice person. And do the whole “you go first” “no, you go first” “oh no, please, you go first” “okay, thank you” thing. It will all work out and the kindness of one of you will eventually crack and one of you will be selfish and decide to go first. This avoids sudden collisions on the roadway. If anything, it will be a slow and polite collision that causes no injuries, physical or emotional.
Traffic Rule #9 Naughty kids are banned to the sidelines.
If your kid is acting up, try to get them to one of the side aisles, off the the shopping highway. First of all, it’s embarrassing for everyone to see your kid screaming. Secondly, it makes it easier for you to get them under control. Thirdly, it’s just nice to get them out of the way so they aren’t blocking other shoppers.
Traffic Rule #10 Be patient and kind.
I know you may be tired, stressed, and bothered, but keep your cool and treat others the way you would like to be treated, just like Jesus commands us.
Please do us all a favor and follow these rules. It will make everyone’s shopping experience so much better.
Do you have any shopping catastrophes you would like to share! Please tell us and leave a comment at the top of the page!
Just like straight haired people, we curly people must have tools to help tame our hair. Now, our hair NEVER turns out the same each day, but these tools will help you reach a better hair day.
1. Wide Tooth Comb
This is the number one thing you need. It is IMPOSSIBLE to brush your hair with a brush, unless you want to tear out chunks of hair out of your head. Having a wide tooth comb is so much more gentle and should only be used when hair is wet, and preferably with conditioner. You aren’t tearing hair out and it separates curls easier to evenly spread conditioner and styling products.
2. Microfiber/ Cotton Towel, Rag or Shirt
Using either one of these decreases the chances of frizz. A non-cotton towel sucks out the moisture in your hair and takes all of the hair products with it. A cotton shirt or microfiber towel absorbs EXCESS moisture without completely drying your hair. Your hair will still keep the moisture it needs. This is just a way for you not to have soaking, dripping hair while you get ready, while retaining moisture.
For those mornings you HAVE to dry your hair, this helps keep the heat from the blow dryer away from centralizing on one spot and drying out all of the moisture, causing frizz. The defuser evens out the heat distribution and allows your hair to retain moisture, which is what all of us curly people are about! However, don’t defuse your hair too often. Even with the even distribution, your hair could receive damage over excess heat usage.
4. Satin Pillow
Okay, we ALL wait to wash our hair until the third day, or even later. But the issue we have is FRIZZ. We move in our sleep and our hair rubs against out pillow causing static, which means the frizz storm is coming. A satin pillow decreases your chances of a frizzy mess. It is softer and gentler on your hair. Invest in a satin pillow and you will be happy.
5. Nylon hair tie
This trick can be used for BOTH curly and straight hair. We ALL get the ponytail dent. Once we put our hair up, we commit to it all day long. Take a pair of old nylons and cut a small circle out of them. Use the circle as your new hair tie! It doesn’t stretch a lot so that means it doesn’t stretch then shrink, closing in on your hair, causing the dent. It’s loose, and you will have to loop it around your hair multiple times, but no more dent!!!
I know lame. Curly people shouldn’t curl their hair! We don’t have to! BUT on those special occasions where you notice that a couple of your curls have failed on you, use a wand to curl them again. A wand looks more natural as it follows your curl pattern easier than a curler or straightener. Again, use this sparingly as over-usage of heat can damage your hair.
7. Bobby Pins
We are lucky that one bobby pin goes a long way with our hair. The ratio of bobby pins a curly hair person uses to a straight haired person is 1:10. One bobby pin can hold our hair in a bun for hours. Invest in these little things and you can do so many different styles to your hair!
8. Half up clip
I use this ALL THE TIME. Sometimes I don’t want my hair all the way down, but I don’t want it all the way up. So I pull out my hand dandy clip and put my hair half up. It’s beautiful and so useful. You must get it!
9. Shower Cap
Second day hair = no washing. You still have to wash your body though! Get a shower cap and save your hair from getting wet and then having to redo it again. I forget sometimes that I have my hair up and if I don’t have my shower cap on, my hair gets soaking wet. Great, I have to actually wash it now. Shower caps =life saver.
Everyone needs scissors for your hair, but we REALLY need it. We have lots of hair and split ends. Sacrificing our months of growing hair one inch to a hair dresser for a “trim” is not ideal. Practically no one knows how to properly cut our hair and a “trim” ends up being 4 inches of hair cut off. It’s easier to cut a split end ourselves if we see one. No use going to a hairstylist with one or two split ends. Also, some hair ties are impossible to take of, so we need scissors to cut it off. Scissors have saved me many times.
What other tools do you use for your hair? Leave a comment at the top of the page and share your wisdom!
Want to know how to manage your hair with tools like these? Click here to check out my post “How to Manage Curly Hair.”