Today is the 1 Year Anniversay of Simply Clarke and I have teamed up with 13 other bloggers to help her celebrate by giving away $300 CASH to one lucky winner! Hope you are having a great day and that you hop on over to Simply Clarke and tell Marquis congrats, as well as thank the fabulous co-hosts below!
We all have a love/hate relationship with our hair. What I love about mine is how thick it is. What I hate about it, is that it is really, really thick. As in, blow drying my hair completely dry takes me an hour. Literally.
Because my hair is so thick and coarse, if I plan to wear my hair down I cannot get away without heat styling it in some way to smooth it out. Otherwise, I end up with triangle head. Consequently, my hair can get pretty damaged if I'm not careful about what I use on it.
After trying many different products throughout my life and having varying degrees of success, I have finally found what works for my insanely thick hair, and what really doesn't. Here are the top 5 products that have made living with thick hair a happy thing.
1 // Organix Repairing Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo + Conditioner: From the first time I washed my hair I could tell a difference--it was smoother, softer and shinier. After styling it the next day I was incredibly impressed by how smooth it stayed all day. Aside from the way it helps my hair be more manageable, I absolutely love the smell. To. Die. For.
2 // Knotted Elastic Hair Ties: Any of you ladies with thick hair probably have the same issue with regular hair ties that I do: they break. All. The. Time. I usually break 60% of the hair ties in the Goody Ouchless package the first time I try putting one in my hair. The others I can use for about 2 weeks before they get so stretched out that they no longer hold my hair tight enough. These knotted hair elastics solved all my problems. They don't break and they don't stretch out. Added bonus? They don't leave dents in my hair. And they are just plain cute.
3 // Redken Real Control Crema Care: This is hands down the best styling product I have ever used in my hair. I usually work a dime sized amount into my damp hair after showering, then I let my hair air dry overnight. This product tames my frizz and softens and smooths my hair. Occasionally I forget to put it in my hair after showering, and boy can I tell a big difference.
4 // Redken Iron Shape: A good heat protectant is a must, and this one fits the bill. I spray it all over my hair and wait a few minutes for it to dry. Then I brush through my hair before heat styling. I haven't had issues with it leaving film on my iron or my hair like I have with other heat protecting sprays, and I have far fewer split ends and breakage than before I started using it.
5 // Phillip's Teaze Brush: Thick hair means heavy hair. This is the only brush I have ever used to tease my hair that has given me long lasting lift. If I tease with this bad boy and give my hair a quick spritz with a good hair spray, I can usually rock some good volume all day long, depending on my day's activity level.
What's your love/hate relationship with your hair like? What products do you use to tame your mane?
As bloggers, we have some pretty silly tendencies. Almost any decision concerning our little spaces on the internet has the same gravity as a life or death situation. I think a lot of it has to do with the blogging guilt. We have these crazy high, super-human expectations of ourselves. For the most part, cracking out a post per day isn't a big deal. But seriously, we only have so much creative juice in our brains. Eventually it gets tapped out and we fall into a blogging rut.
When I hit this rut two months ago, I was crazy busy with design work. I didn't have enough creative energy to bang out beautiful designs and killer post content. I would sit down to write a blog post and want to shoot myself before I even started. I wanted to stop, and yet every day found me at my computer staring at an empty title space and an empty post field on my Blogger.
It took a lot of convincing myself before I finally stopped sitting down to write a post that wasn't there or surfing the internet, willing myself to be inspired. It just wasn't coming and I had to accept that. Was I worried that my page views would suffer? That I might lose a few readers? Totally. But for the sake of my sanity and for the overall benefit of this blog, I was going to have to get over it.
It was kind of a scary decision (how silly! But remember that life or death gravity?) to step away from my blog--especially since I had no idea if or when I would come back to it. I was worried that I would completely lose the desire to blog if I stepped away for too long--but that had to be okay because I was in desperate need of a creative vacay.
For a while, I didn't have any desire to return to blogging. Not worrying about posting, optimizing, sharing, responding to comments, lather-rinse-repeat was...nice. Surprisingly nice. I actually got to sit down and eat my dinner without staging a photo first!
Eventually, the fire came back and I wanted to get back to blogging. My creative energy was back and I came back to blogging with loads of post ideas and a lot of excitement.
It's okay to take a break from your blog if you're feeling burnt out. Don't let the blogging guilt get you down. If you need to, take a step away from your creative space and focus on re-energizing yourself. Give your brain a rest, because you deserve it.
Do you feel the guilt if you don't post daily? Have you ever taken a blog break?