Ramblings of a Sick Person

I have been seriously under the weather the last few days. Nauseous, throwing up, dizzy, shaky, headaches – the works. There are a few things that make me feel better when I am sick, or at least mentally they make me feel better!

Hot Chocolate

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But obviously with a thousand more marshmallows. I usually don’t even drink all the hot chocolate, I just eat all the hot chocolate soaked marshmallows and what’s around those. Once the marshmallows are done, I’m done with the drink.

Archie Comics

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There is nothing like an Archie Comic. I cannot remember a time when I didn’t read them. When my sister and I were little our Dad would take us to the Wee Book Inn and we would trade all our Archies for ones we hadn’t read. Whenever I am having a bad day and feeling sorry for myself, I buy an Archie Comic. Betty and Veronica Double Digest is obviously the best. I know I’m thirty years old but they just make me feel good. I will force them on my own children for sure.

Shopping Online

This is especially fun because you can do it sitting on your ass in sweatpants, and you don’t have to talk to any sales people or try anything on when you feel crappy. Sweatpants are up there with things that make me feel better as well. I am starting a new job in a week and a half (really excited!) and it’s business casual. I have a lot of dresses and skirts that would be appropriate but I will still be doing a lot of skills (this new job is in home care) so pants are definitely in order. I’ve been browsing a lot of that kind of work stuff, but mostly bags, shoes and accessories I really can’t afford right now! Some of my fav sites are shopbop.com, revolveclothing.com, saks.com, asos.com and I think I’m on neimanmarcus.com in this pic. Did you know Saks is coming to Canada? The Bay bought it.

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Migraines

I really can’t remember a time when I didn’t get migraines, I’m just really prone to them. When I was going through puberty I would get them once a month. Anyone who gets them knows there is nothing like the pain of a migraine. Usually when I get sick a migraine comes along with it, and yesterday was one of those days. I get really, really bad and intense aura before the pain comes and sometimes I think that is worse then the actual headache. It starts out as a kaleidoscope effect in my right eye and gets bigger and bigger until I basically lose all my vision in that eye and part of my left. I get really confused and I just become so out of it.

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The only thing I have found that ever truly works for me to get rid of a migraine is this analgesic called Mersyndol. It’s got codeine in it and I’m pretty sure it’s part muscle relaxant part pain killer. It knocks me out almost immediately, but when I wake up the migraine is gone. I haven’t found anything else that can get rid of it. Yesterday I took one and slept for three and a half hours. The last few times I have had a migraine I’ve been getting this pre aura aura. Like I get this weird sensation an hour before that something is wrong, and a wave of like, sheer panic. Is that prodrome? Has that ever happened to anyone other migraine sufferers out there? Thoughts?

On a happier note, I have a couple current obsessions.

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I don’t know where this stuff came from or what it’s deal is, but I LOVE it! I got it for $2.50 at Save on Foods (that only got me two applications though).  It’s a deep conditioner, and since I wash my hair so infrequently I almost always deep condition. Just make sure to really rinse or you wil have issues with build up. This made my hair really soft and managable, and smells good. I would definitely recommend.

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I used to really dislike Victoria’s Secret lotions. I thought there were cheap and not moisturizing. But I tried their ultra mosturizing ones and they are nice and thick and lock in moisture. I don’t know if these are new or I just discovered them but I’m sold. This Grapefruit and Red Lily is my current favourite. They also have a Lemon Escape scent that I am a fan of, but I love citrusy smelling lotions.

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IN LOVE!!! This is Chloe’s Marcie Medium Stud. I love the size, the colour, the saddle shape, the studs, everything! It’s in my dreams.

I don’t know why I insist once a year in dying my hair brown, I never, ever stick with it. I always go back to blonde within two months max. You’re a blonde Alex! Deal with it! So, clearly I’ll be going back to blonde at my appointment next Saturday. But I have really been having the urge to cut it. I’m really fickle when it comes to my hair, nothing ever makes me happy. I think a long bob would be so cute and fun, and it’s not that big of a change. These are the babes that are currently inspiring me.

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Back to nursing this sickness, being a baby and generally feeling sorry for myself. Writing this post actually took a lot out of me!

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Can’t be Tamed!

I have some seriously wild hair. It is curly, coarse, long, thick, dry and basically has a complete mind of its own. The minute I get into some humidity it immediately poufs. As soon as I hit puberty my hair just went completely off the deep end. I used to just let it go curly and leave it because it was so much maintenance to straighten but I dreamed of having hair exactly like Alicia Silverstone as Cher in Clueless, which is probably still my favourite movie to date. Image

It was so silky smooth all the time, never a curl or frizzy spot, I absolutely yearned for this hair! I used to make my Mom literally iron my hair straight while I would kneel beside the board. I much prefer my hair straight but it has taken many trials and tribulations, cuts, damage and pretty much blood, sweat and tears to get a good system. Here are my go-tos and tips and tricks.

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I always use a flat brush to blow dry. First I do a general blow dry all over while finger combing, then I section it off in layers (that’s where the clip comes in) and dry with a flat brush.
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I know its so annoying of me, but I can only use the Chi. I have tried other straighteners and nothing gives me the results a Chi does, they are expensive but I think it’s worth it. You will also need whatever blow dryer you prefer of course.
This is what it looks like post dry, pre straighten.
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Yikes.

So then the hard part begins – the dreaded straightening. I do wrap around layers instead of sections because that way I never miss any pieces. Starting with the underside and working my way up until the crown. In the crown I do it little piece by little piece so I can set the part. With each piece that I straighten I first comb it with a fine skinny toothed comb (basically a mustache comb) so it is smooth before putting the heat of the straightener on. This is what I mean by straightening in layers.

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The crown is always the hardest part because it is the thickest but I always straighten my bangs forward then style them. I don’t know if that makes a difference in styling, but I had blunt bangs for a long time, so that is what works for me. With each layer I use a hand held mirror to look at the back and fix any pieces I couldn’t do by feel.

Products

I completely swear by Redken products for shampoo and conditioner, I think they are far and away the best for us curly-q girls. Right now I’m loving the All Soft line.

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It does what it says it will – it makes my hair really soft. I have also used the Real Control line and liked it, and I have used the the Anti-Snap from the Extreme line as well from time to time. Next I think I am going to try their new Smooth Lock line which is supposed to do what All Soft does plus help control frizz.

For heat protection and to help control the frizz, I am in love with Moroccan Oil.

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Since I started using this product my hair is a lot more manageable and way smoother post straighten. Before I usually wouldn’t have a decent straight hair day until I had slept on it at least once, but now I’m ready to go the day of. I put it in when my hair is wet before blow drying, then again before straightening. I use quite a bit, like at least a toonie size amount each application, but if you don’t have really coarse curly hair, then scale it back because it is straight oil. I always think it’s hilarious when bottles say “use a quarter size amount.” Yah right!! When I condition my hair I literally use a third of the bottle.

For shine I have found this Organix gem and now I live and die for it!

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It is so super light and smells delicious, I do a thousand spritzes to finish off my hair. It makes my hair shiny but not ridiculous and its not oily, plus it is totally affordable – you can get it at any drugstore.

Fini!

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Other Hints

I always complain about my curly hair but it does have some benefits. When I straighten it, it is really thick and full, I have never back combed it in my life and it holds a style really easily. I can also do pretty much any braid, bun, twist and turn because I have so much hair. Also, I wash my hair very infrequently. In the span of two weeks I usually wash it three times. I know that seems gross, but it really helps the health of my hair and straightening takes about an hour and a half so I will only do it once a week. But I will admit my husband notices it starts to smell like dirty hair around day 4 or 5 (but I’ll still sneak in another day or two).

I once had my hair platinum blonde for a long time and it completely wreaked havoc on my tresses, I had to cut it quite short and it took a long time to get it healthy again. The hardest part was growing it out. If you want to grow your hair and get it healthy these are the things that work for me.

Infrequent washing – I know this is not a reality for a lot of people but try to stay away from washing everyday, you want your natural oils. Don’t be afraid of braids and buns, and wearing a fedora, it’s cute!

Once it’s straightened, it’s straight – Try to stay away from heat, if you straighten your hair on Monday, don’t take the straightener to it again on Tuesday if you haven’t washed it. If some of the under pieces or the roots have gone rogue, you can cover it with the higher layers or wear it up. Don’t keep taking heat to what is already straight, you’re damaging it.

TRIM! – I can’t emphasize this enough. I know it seems counter intuitive but the more you trim the more growth you will notice and the better your hair will look. Your hair is not actually growing more, it just isn’t breaking. You will notice it getting longer and it will look a million times better. I trim about every 5-6 weeks and a couple times a year I get a full cut. I had a lot of blonde in my hair leading up to the wedding so I just had it cut, it’s a bit shorter than normal but feels way better and is a lot more manageable.

Leave it alone – Try to cut down on the dying, keep it as close to your natural colour as possible. When you’re at home leave it down natural, the ponytail elastics pull at your hair and cause breakage. I wear a ponytail all the time, but very rarely at home and never to bed. If you need to pull it back to sleep, do a loose braid and use a scrunchie or ouchless elastic at the bottom.

Deep Condition – You don’t need to go out and spend a bunch of money of conditioners. Try mixing coconut oil, argan oil, and bergamot essential oil. Put it on your dry hair and leave it on for like, 5 hours. Wash it out really well and your hair will be soft and shiny. It is extremely greasy so you really need to wash and rinse well. Coconut oil is the gift of the gods! It comes solid though so you have to melt it between your palms to apply. If you want an extreme deep condition then apply the mixture, put a shower cap on and apply heat all over with a blow dryer. The heat will open your strands and they will suck up the oils.

Good Luck!

Also, I know I said I wanted a big hair change but I think I’m over it. Every time I see someone with pretty blonde hair I get hair envy. The grass is always greener!

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Blonde vs. Brown – the ultimate debate!

Also, how cute is my Nana?!?!