Currently using…

Shampoo

Conditioner

Deep conditioners

Leave-in conditioner

Oil

I have been using olive oil for about a month or so now because I just can’t seem to find coconut oil anywhere…the cheap one I normally buy.

Heat protection serum

Glycerin

Gels

Lets just say that I went through a phase during which I thought I needed all these 😀 am currently 13 weeks post relaxer and the way my new growth is coming in…these gels are very handy.

Henna

And of course, Water

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I cut my hair!

My hair today. Day 3 hair always looks better.

My hair today. Day 3 hair always looks better.

I gave myself a haircut and now my hair is really short. Its at shoulder length – barely grazing arm pit length. The last time my hair was this short was back in February 2014. I don’t think I can call this most recent episode with my scissors a major trim because I took off a lot of length. Am just going to call it what it is…a haircut.

Jan 2017 vs Mar 2017 : fresh (day 1) hair is always flat

Jan 2017 vs Mar 2017 : fresh (day 1) hair is always flat

So, from the beginning right?

This past Monday I really took the time to do my hair. I washed it with a sulfate free shampoo first, then did a deep conditioning treatment. After that I applied some leave-in conditioner and heat protection serum. I then proceeded to blow it dry and then I finally straightened it using a flat iron. As I was straightening it, I trimmed off the ends section by section. I did this throughout my head and was quite thorough because my last trim was back in July. 8 months ago. I do do not recommend going that long without a trim. I went overboard with the trim but that didn’t bother me because my plan was to go shorter anyway.

Before shampooing

Before shampooing

Deep conditioning

Deep conditioning

After washing - no products in hair

After washing – no products in hair

After blow drying

After blow drying

After the whole straightening and trimming process was done. I got into the fun part. The actual cutting. I had already decided that I wanted to cut my hair into a bob hairstyle and so thats what I did. I went for a one-length long bob hairstyle because in as much as I wanted shorter hair, cutting it to neck length was not going to happen. It would have been great to cut it to arm pit length (my favourite length) but the front pieces of my hair weren’t that long to begin with so I went shorter. Now my hair is at shoulder length all round (ish) and I love it.

blunt

I love the blunt cut because it makes me feel edgy (futuristic even) 😀 It is a little harsh and doesn’t have a natural look to it so to counteract that, I bumped my ends (curled them under) for a more polished look. Yea, I can’t decide if I want to look edgy or polished 😐

bumped

I think I did a good job on my hair. I got weave checked! And my Mum said it looked professionally done (after coming to terms with the fact that I had cut my hair. She couldn’t believe how much I cut off). Its only been 2 days since the haircut and I sometimes find myself thinking about how much I cut off. Especially when am seated and realize that my hair isn’t caught between my back and the chair. Or when I can’t see it under my armpits when I have my arms raised while standing in front of a mirror (weird observation). Or when it doesn’t get caught in my towel because its hanging higher (when I wrap the towel around my body under my arm pits. Again with the underarm reference point. Yea. Like I said. Weird observations). But then I look (like really look) at my hair in the mirror and see how good it is and I have no regrets. That change in hairstyle I always wanted…I’ve got it now.

Feeling badass bold 😀

Oh, and today marks 4 years since my last salon visit!

Hello September! | Quick updates

Hi guys! I hope you’re all keeping well. I believe this is the longest i have gone without posting anything! I fell off the radar for a while but now am back (again) 🙂 I have quite a number of posts to put up so please bear with me as i get everything together. In the meantime, here are a few updates on my hair and fitness journey. I’ll go into more detail in upcoming posts.

HAIR
I relaxed my hair on August 2nd, at 11 weeks 4/5 days post so am 5 weeks 3 days post today. If you recall, i mentioned wanting to do a corrective relaxer. I did that and it went well. I also straightened my hair on relaxer day and gave myself a trim (snipped off about 1.5 inches). After about a week or so, i wore my hair curly in a braidout and then i semi-straightened it after about a week and gave myself another trim. This time i snipped of more hair…like 2.5 inches. After that, i went back curly and have been wearing my hair like that to date.

Am currently not following any strict hair regimen. I just make sure that i wash my hair once a week. I simply shampoo and condition it in the shower. I haven’t done a deep conditioning treatment in weeks. I did a henna treatment 3 or 4 weeks ago and plan on doing another one next week or the week after…not really sure when.

I repurchased 2 hair products over the weekend and there are 2 other products that am thinking of trying out (budgeting woes). I know that i’ll end up buying them sooner or later so keep an eye out for a mini-haul post 🙂 Feels like i haven’t shopped for (new-to-me) stuff in ages so this will be quite the treat.

FITNESS
I finished doing the Insanity max:30 program! *throwsconfetti* 😀 Seriously though, that program wiped.me.out! Still, i learnt a few things from doing it (as well as from the main Insanity workout program) so am glad i took the time to do them.

I’ve now shifted my focus to running. I run 3-4 days out of the week (well, actually, i should be running 4 days a week with no exception). Remember the 5K personal challenge i presented myself with? I still can’t run a 5Km distance…i haven’t tried. Am following a training program though and every week the distance i need to cover increases. Am slowly building up to 5Km and by the end of next week, i should be able to cover that distance! *excitedmuch*

More tea?

Earlier today

Earlier today

The Kenyan winter is fast approaching and am all set for it with…more tea 🙂 Remember my tea collection post? Yea, am a bit of a tea lover. I wanted to try out some new teas and so i picked up these two packs a while back…

Tea

I haven’t drunk them much but since the temperatures are now beginning to drop, am going to make good use of them. I love that they are spicy teas, which i think is perfect for this season. I, of course have been drinking green tea on the regular. I also decided to try out green jasmine tea, didn’t quite enjoy it at first but like with all herbal teas, its an acquired taste and so now am all over it!

Tea

And then there’s this pack of Nettle tea that i picked up by accident. I was actually going for Neem tea and somehow wound up with this one. I already had another pack at home so now i have two and they taste horrible! Nettle tea has numerous benefits of course but i just can’t get past its taste. Usually, i only add water (and sometimes lemon juice) to teas but with this one, i need to add some honey if i expect to get it past my lips.

Tea

My cousin suggested that I try out Moringa Oleifera so am going to pick that up soon along with that elusive Neem tea!

Life lately

Hi guys!

Hope you’re keeping well. First things first, am 30 years old now! Yup! 30! In the months leading up to my birthday a line that kept coming up in my conversations was, “am practically 30!“. I was excited about turning 30.

Anyway, a few days to my 30th, I fell ill. Nothing serious, just a continuous cough that often left me feeling exhausted and like I was about to cough up a lung! I also had the sniffles (quite annoying I might add). To top it off, I developed a sore throat 😦

On the D-day, I felt particularly poorly that I assigned myself to bed rest. That sucked because I like to be awake for as long as I can on my birthdays i.e. I wake up very early and go to bed very late…its just something I do.

I’ve never been much of a birthday person (I don’t remember what I did for my 29th, but I remember going for a movie on my 28th), and so my birthday came and passed without much hullabaloo this year. Still, this time round I had plans, like running a 5K at 6am – without stopping. That was the one thing I wanted to do on my birthday, although to be quite honest, I still can’t run a 5K without stopping. Picking the months of April and May to train was not smart because it rained most mornings (hence the missed morning runs…its still raining).

I’ll keep training and complete my (incomplete) 30 by 30 challenge list (maybe I should rename it? 30 before 2016? I dunno).

So, how does 30 feel so far? Not so different really. Am constantly reminding myself that am 30 though. Seriously, my age is always on my mind nowadays. The other day i did something stupid then intuitively reminded myself that “am not a teenager anymore. Heck, am no longer in my 20’s either, am 30!

People say there’s something special about turning 30. For me, i just happen to have made a lot of friends in the past couple of weeks. As a result, my social life is buzzing right now and am happy about that because, lets face it, i’ve been spending way too much time indoors typing away at my computer (working from home). I’ve come to know some very smart people and associating with them has challenged me to really live my life and go for what i want.

Anyway, thats a little life update from me.

12 weeks

Am exactly 12 weeks post relaxer today!

Current hairstyle

Current hairstyle

ponytail

ponytail

French braid

French braid

I haven’t been following a strict regimen or any regimen really. I just wash and deep condition my hair whenever i feel like…usually once a week, sometimes i go slightly over a week without deep conditioning and sometimes i cowash in the middle of the week. My wash days are pretty random to say the least. The hair products i’ve been using are also different…

produits

Well, they are different in that they are not my regular/staple products. Am sort of running out of the regulars so right now am just using what else i have in my stash. I need to do some shopping.

Due to all these inconsistencies, my hair feels different…and not in a good way. Whenever i wash it, it feels light and soft but it doesn’t retain moisture for a long period of time. It becomes dry very quickly and now i have lots of split ends that need to be snipped off.

I didn’t do a henna treatment last month so that accounts for how light my hair feels. I don’t know if this makes sense but when i do a henna treatment my hair feels heavy, and i like that.

The lack of proper moisture retention is probably due to product buildup. You see, i’ve been using mild shampoos (sulfate free and 2in1 shampoo-conditioner combos). These don’t get all the dirt out of my hair. I even went no-poo (not using shampoos) for a bit. I’d just rinse my hair or do cowashes. Doing so actually left my hair soft because its natural oils were not stripped off. However, the buildup i have now has formed a barrier preventing any products i apply to my hair to penetrate the strands. Thats why my hair is dry.

The way forward is to thoroughly cleanse my hair using a sulfate shampoo, do a strengthening treatment (henna) and trim my hair. I’ll also need to do an oil treatment at some point. I don’t remember when my last wash day was, probably a week or so ago (not good). I’ll get back to washing my hair on specific days that way i can keep track of things – new regimen coming up.

Lets talk about the trim. My last trim was in January. I didn’t like how my ends looked so i went ahead and gave myself a very light trim. I was afraid of snipping off a lot of hair like i did last year. Lets just say that my light trim was rubbish because i still had split ends after i was done. I have to get another trim soon. Am thinking of getting it professionally done – I haven’t had my hair done in a salon in 2 years.

…and March is almost over

(Shout out to Mresh…you know yourself 😀 )

Its been a month since my last post and while i’d like to blame that squarely on my broken phone and crappy internet connection, life and a little laziness on my part take a greater share of that cake. Now that thats out, lets get into some randomness 🙂

Am 9 weeks post relaxer!

See how loose it is?

See how loose it is?

Bunning. Thats what am doing nowadays. I decided to take a break from these tight ponytails i’d been rocking…

ponytail

I keep having this overwhelming feeling to do something different with my hair so maybe i should add that to my 30 by 30 list…

#19 Change my hair

Going through this list is turning out to be an uphill task! But am trying. Take Monday for example, i went out and bought a pair of running shoes in readiness for my Tuesday morning run (training for a personal 5K challenge). And guess what happened? It rained that night, and the following morning! What the heck?! It hadn’t rained in forever! Don’t get me wrong, I love the pitter-patter of gentle rain outside my window in the morning but not when i plan to go out for a run.

Tried them on again before my workout today

Tried them on again before my workout today

Anyway, I figured buying black shoes was a good idea given how dusty part of the route i’ll be running is. And these were the only all-black shoes they had. When i got home i regretted buying them because they seemed bulky especially when worn with my workout tights. They are also heavier than my cross trainers. If i don’t warm up to them by Monday, i’ll take them back to the shoe store to get them exchanged for another pair since i haven’t used them yet.

Since we’re talking fitness, i’ve been purposely avoiding this topic because i got off track a while back. I actually went for a whole month without working out and indulged in not-so-healthy meals. Lets just say that that ‘best-shape-of-my-life-by-May’ goal i’d set for myself…not happening anytime soon :/

Am back to working out though and right now i’d best describe my activity level as moderate because i workout 3-5 days a week (mostly 3). Since Insanity is my drug, thats what am doing (i only did 1 month of T25 – till end of January).

That is all. For now.