My adventures as a blogger in Southern California.
I enjoy writing about books I have read, cooking, my art and photography projects, and the editing process of my first novel. From time to time I will be updating this blog with my musings on writing, and my love of home cooking, which allows me to save money as a writer.
Christmas theme fashion can be quite affordable if you are on a budget, or just do not see the point of purchasing expensive accessories for only one season. Today I decided to create a Christmas ribbon braid with some ribbons I purchased at the Dollar Tree.
The video shows the creation of the Christmas tree braid from start to finish.
I used to enjoy conversation about all topics that interested me, but lately, I feel like sometimes I want to talk less about certain subjects. I told a friend about something that excited me, and the friend wondered why I would even be interested in this. It made me realize I should have kept the excitement about this topic to myself. I value this friend’s opinions, but I knew they would not be interested in how I felt about something. The revelation about this was I am beginning to realize that things that pique me do not always have to be shared with those who might not agree or understand why I am interested in a certain topic. In the age where we have to put everything on social media blast, I am going to remind myself to not always mention things that are on my mind. I can have a diary and tell it about what I am thinking. If you feel at all hesitant about sharing something, go with your intuition. It is probably best to just write about it in your diary and not tell the world about everything on your mind.
Usually I apply both henna and indigo to my long dark brown hair because I was always afraid that henna alone would make my hair appear too red, but this time I put just the latter on my tresses. In the sunlight my hair does have brilliant crimson highlights, but the appearance in regular light is far more subtle.
Watch the video to see how I applied the henna to my hair. I only used USDA organic henna, which is called Lawsonia inermis (henna) leaf powder. This henna has nothing added to it, which can compromise the quality. Usually I also add Indigofera tinctoria (indigo powder), but this time around I thought my hair did not look much lighter doing only the henna application. To mix my henna I add eight ounces of hot water and a fourth cup of coconut oil, and stir up the mixture until it is smooth. I let it sit for four hours, and then apply the henna to my hair, cover it with several plastic shower caps I pick up at the dollar store, and allow this sit on my hair for four more hours.
At the end, I rinse out my hair with a natural coconut conditioner, and do not wash my hair for a couple of days to allow the henna color to develop on my tresses. Actually, I am trying more co-washes these days (washing hair with only conditioner), and just washing my hair with shampoo once a week. I noticed my hair has felt softer since I started doing this. Some people just do water rinses and use baking soda and apple cider vinegar to rinse their hair a couple of times a week instead of using shampoo and conditioner, but I just find using more natural shampoos and conditioner, and using the shampoo less frequently works for me. Also, henna is a natural conditioner, and makes your hair appear thicker after application.