Pure and Utter Hair….Confusion

First off, let me start by apologizing for my blog invisibility. As you know, I am a full-time student and I’ve been glued to my books due to the devastating thing that we call midterms *insert crying emoji.* Thank God that’s over!

Now that you all have forgiven me, I wanna talk about this stuff on the top of my head called hair. Since beginning my natural hair journey, I have been extremely positive and optimistic, but lately that has been decreasing.

I think one of the hardest things about going natural is the fact that you’re completely starting over. Everything you thought you knew about your hair is no more. You have to figure what kind of hair you have, change your hair routine, and most importantly you have to figure out what your hair likes…which is what I’m struggling with.

About three weeks ago, I began to feel my hair getting dry and rough. I naturally have thick coarse hair, but this was on a whole ‘nother level. It felt like no matter what I put in my hair, it just wasn’t maintaining any moisture so I started doing research on why this was the case. During my research, I ran across the term of protein sensitivity. For those of you that have never heard about protein sensitivity, it is when hair overacts to protein in the hair. This makes the hair feel brittle and dry and more prone to breakage. People that are said to have protein sensitive hair either have enough protein or high levels or protein.

Being the hypochondriac that I am (self diagnosed of course lol), I immediately felt like that was what was wrong with me. So immediately, I started to change the products I was putting in my hair. I still used products with protein, but I definitely cut back on using a lot of different products. Once I stopped my product junkie ways, I began to feel my hair getting better.

There are some people out there that believe protein sensitivity is a myth, but I’m not sure. I DO agree that all hair may not like a lot of protein, but I’m not sure if I believe it’s a permanent thing or that it means that you can’t add any protein to your hair. I think sometimes it is simply mixing too many products that causes “protein sensitivity.” During the month of November, I am going to begin using protein free products just to see how the state of my hair changes*

I am now getting out of my product junkie phase and beginning to find out what MY hair likes. Just remember, your hair will not be the same as mine, or your cousins, or any other naturalista lol. Figure out what works for YOU!

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Do you believe in protein sensitivity? Are you struggling to find out what your hair likes? Let’s talk about it!! Comment below!

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True Life: I’m Addicted to Nail Polish

Everyone that knows me, knows that I have a serious addiction…..to nail polish. I was never really big on nail polish until I got to college. Before that, I used to get acrylic sets, so I never really purchased my own nail polish. But during my freshman year, I made the decision to stop getting acrylics and start growing my own nails, which meant I needed to buy more polish.

When most people start a new “trend,” they want to buy every single product on the market for that trend, and baby, I was no exception. So I bought, and bought, and bought more nail polish like a typical product junkie. I am just now at the point where I don’t feel the need to purchase every new nail polish, but if there is a color that speaks to me, I will get it!

Right now, I am storing my large (100+) polish collection in my Caboodles Ultimate¬†Organizer. I purchased this case about two years back from Ulta ($45), which is still available if you’d like to buy it. Unfortunately, I have outgrown this case and cannot fit all my nail supplies inside, so I am now looking for alternative storage.

Below, I will post a few pictures (Please excuse the poor image quality) of my polish collection and storage. All of my nail polish isn’t pictured because they couldn’t fit into the set up of my picture (haha), so there about 35 polishes that are missing. You’ll see a tiny plastic bag in my box as well. It contains mini OPI polishes that I’ve received as gifts so I don’t lose them or over look them.polish

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If you have any DIY projects or ideas of what I could use to store all of my fantastic polishes, I would LOVE hear them! Comment below with your tips and tricks! ALSO, if there is a polish that you would suggest for me, let me hear it! Help an addict out!