I Permed My Colored Hair….And It Didn’t Melt!

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Here’s the immediate before and after shots! I just love the texture of it now so much!

I’ve always had straight hair, like….painfully pin straight hair. And of course, being human, I’ve always wanted curly hair! My only issue was that since high school I’d been coloring (note that I’m the one doing the color, not the salon) it at least a few times a year, and had always been told by well meaning (and probably accurate for my hair at the time) hair dressers that I couldn’t color AND perm my hair. I was told it would melt.

Well after having melted it myself (#truestory) and growing it back out, plus the pandemic helping me keep my no color policy, I managed to have healthy hair that could tolerate a perm. Now let me clarify: I had year old color on my length and my ends had been processed twice (both times with dark color) and I always baby my hair. You can see some of the products I use here. This worked for me, but I am not necessarily recommending you go out and do it! I found a great stylist who does perms on a regular and has been doing hair for close to 20 years. I had a consult before and I recorded the last 2 years of history for my hair because yes I’m that obsessed after ruining it myself!

During the process, rocking that mask and rollers look 😎

Now my hair didn’t come out completely unscathed. I had to take some inches off that were pretty fried but we waited a few weeks to let my hair settle into its new style and then trimmed it up. Also there were a few places were my hair actually DID melt off. I didn’t notice it until they started to grow back. They were at sections where there was a part and only a couple places. Not sure why but I’ll be letting my stylist know when I go back for a touch up.

Also I gotta say, it’s very different to style curly hair as compared to straight. I never did anything with my straight hair, no styling products unless for special occasions. But with curly I HAVE to do something with it or it just looks kinda unkempt. Here’s my post on the products I’m proudly using.

This last shot is of my hair 3 months later. The curls are still very intact but have softened a bit, plus I know how to style them now! Overall I love my permed hair and I can’t see me not keeping it. It’s more work but I love how I look and I feel that these curls fit my personality.

Any crazy hair adventures you’re thinking of trying? Let me know in the comments!

Luxury Beauty On A Budget: 6 Must-Haves

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Luxury Beauty items can be so productive for your esthetic goals but so cringy to your bank account. You can have luxury without that luxurious price tag, I promise you it can be done! I’ve complied a list of 10 items that can change your self care routine and not have you scrapping the bottom of the barrel until pay day.

Sleep Mask

This is the eye mask both my husband and I wear. It’s soft, flexible, gentle on our skin, and above all doesn’t press on our eyes. It also blocks out ALL the light, I can sleep with the lights on as long as I have this-no joke! These are a good option if you’re looking for budget friendly and still high quality. If you have lash extensions however I would recommend this one. A little larger price tag, but not by much, and it gives you the room to avoid having those lashes catch on anything. Sleep masks in general help you sleep sounder and longer. If you find yourself waking in the night-try one of these out. They are life changing.

Silk Pillowcase

I’ve discussed before how amazing these mulberry silk pillowcases are, so I won’t ramble. But these are a great investment item for beauty care. They benefit your skin and hair by decreasing friction-therefore avoiding wrinkles on your flesh and breakage on your mane. If you do have the budget and want to do some serious splurging you can TREAT YOURSELF to an entire silk sheet set. That’s some #lifegoals for me though.

Face Oil

If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon that is face oils, now’s the time! Our skin craves oils that are good for it and there are so many benefits to be had from the right oil for your skin type. Pacifica’s Super Flower Rapid Response Oil is a good all around place to start if you’re new to the oils crew, as well as a personal favorite of mine. This is one of the only products I’ve used that IMMEDIATELY got rid of my redness from a reaction. It’s soothing, smells amazing, and has so much goodness pack in. If you’re looking for an upgrade though try one of these from Herbivore: Lapis, Emerald, or Phoenix. They’re spendy but by golly Miss Molly are they worth it! My favs are Lapis and Emerald-it’s a tie. Plus you can use these or any face oil with the next item on our list.

UPDATE: Use this link to get 15% off your herbivore botanicals order. They just got their jewel box back in stock and you can try Lapis, Emerald, and Phoenix oils plus 2 of their best selling resurfacing serums all for under $60. That’s not including the coupon, so it’s even lower.

Gua Sha Face Sculptor

This is one heck of a tool set I’ll tell you what! And you can see instant results when you do the technique correctly. I recommend you look up YouTube videos and seek out the professionals, there’s some great tutorials. I like this set because it comes with all the various styles for full body sculpting. If you prefer rose quartz then this is the one for you. I feel like I should mention-don’t waste your time with the rollers. 😨 There I said it! I’m sure I’ll get haters but seriously they don’t do much especially when compared to gua sha.

Micro Needling Tool

Micro needling can be a great way to get your skin preforming at its best. Basically you cause little tiny injuries that then trigger your skin to produce collagen and repair itself, also improving texture and tone. This is the one I use, I got it specifically because it has multiple heads that you can change out without having to buy a whole new wand each time. If you have a lot of scarring though you may want to look into a higher end model. People have some very successful results. Always consult with your dermatologist first.

*Warning*make sure you are practicing aseptic techniques, and change heads/cartridges’ regularly per manufacturer instructions to avoid infection.

Sunscreen

We all love a good sunscreen that does it’s job well without a crazy price tag or extra additives. Well Raw Elements gives you just that! They have an entire line of really great products that are both better for you and the environment we all share. Reef safe, non-nano zinc oxide, 95% organic, various options for application (stick, bottle, metal tin), and even a tinted version!

These are all great things to add to your repertoire of beauty care, without breaking the bank. Plus we got to check out some of the higher end things that compare!

What Should You Be Sleeping On?

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I’ve been obsessed with my hair for years. Maybe because I envy the tresses of my youth. Maybe because I’d like to use my hair as a rope one day. Maybe because I’m trying to be a mermaid (it’s definitely this one). Regardless of my unrealistic reasons, I want long, luminous length pouring forth from my scalp. You dig? However, for someone who is so centered on the dead strands coming out of her head and the condition they may be in, I do a LOT of damage to my hair. Or at least I used to, which you can read about here.

When I realized I needed to change my high chemical processing ways and find a better solution for my hair, one of the first things I did was get a better pillowcase. When sleeping, your hair rubs a significant amount on your pillowcase. Depending on the material and quality, you can succumb to some major damage just from your bed linens. Yikes! I new I needed to upgrade. But let’s be real, I was on an extremely tight budget at this time. We’re talking single mom, living at my mom’s, going to school to become a nurse, and on federal aid kinda tight budget. So naturally I went to Walmart (’cause when you need cheap, you need cheap), where I purchased the closest thing I could find to what I actually wanted (which was a silk pillowcase) and got a red satin pillowcase. Looking back I should have done more research on actual fabrics because I would have discovered satin isn’t a fabric at all but a weave, meaning how the fibers were woven together. Satin can be soft but it’s certainly not silk and you can actually have a satin silk (confused yet??) but the best choice for your hair and skin health is by far mulberry silk.

I admit I had a lot of reservations about how silk is produced. I don’t like the taking of life and that is how the silk fibers are extracted, by killing the worms inside the cocoons before they hatch out and destroy the silk strands. However the alternative of synthetic fibers has far worse consequences and side effects for our world, so I have learned to make my peace with sustainable natural fibers and how they come to be. Silk alone is an incredible fiber, but when using mulberry silk the qualities overflow. Strong, durable, soft, microorganism fighting, and biodegradable. Really what more could you ask for!

Alas that was not the purchase I made those many years ago. I had convinced myself that I was sleeping on a budget friendly version of a silk pillowcase and that it was a great alternative. Let me just tell you right now, it wasn’t then and it certainly isn’t after years of wear and tear! I recently had noticed my hair was tangling more during the night and seemed really dry on the ends. It was becoming a battle of what products I should use to combat this and yet my problem wasn’t improving. Then I stumbled onto mulberry silk again and with my new view on sustainability I decided to purchase a set of 2. I washed them as directed, by hand, and hung them to dry then put them on my pillow for the night.

I wasn’t really expecting that much of a difference, it certainly felt like a nice upgrade but I’d been sleeping on a soft pillowcase before, right?

HOOOOOOOOOOOOMG no! It was like I had slept on a bed of clouds and awoke with cherubs laying flowers around me and angels singing Hallelujah nearby. The sun rose only to shine down on my oh so radiant hair. I had no need to comb it now as fairies had done so while I slept, imbuing it with their ethereal elegance. I was no longer mortal and no longer belonged to this realm. I was able to say “I woke up like this” and it was true. I…was a goddess!

At least that’s how it felt. And no I’m not joking, that’s literally how it felt. I had never had SUCH an amazing hair day, and it lasted all. dang. day. That was how much of a difference ONE NIGHT made for my hair! I couldn’t believe it, I still can’t believe it. I think of all those years doing my best to grow long strong healthy hair and struggling. I could have just invested in some quality pillowcases and most of the work would have been done for me! The worst (and best) part is they’re not even that expensive! For less than $35 I got 2 king sized mulberry silk pillowcases that are 22 momme (that’s how they rate the strength of silk fabric). Wish I woulda sooner*sigh*. But on the bright side now you can see for yourself and experience the softness that is next to Godliness.

Now to save up for a set of mulberry silk sheets!

What’s one swap you made for your hair that changed your life?

This Is Me!

Hi! My name’s Mariah and I’d like to welcome you to my blog! There’s a little bit (or a lot a bit) of something here for everybody. While I started this blog as a way to reach out to other parents who have “difficult to parent kids”, I also really love being able to share some of my passions on here as well! So you’ll find some DIY, crafting, sewing, gardening, beauty/hair care, and travel on this site too.

I’ve included the links below for each category. You can also find these links on the home page. Go check ’em out!

Keep reading if you’d like to learn a little bit more about me.

So you may be surprised to hear I am actually a nurse by trade, not a blogger (is blogging even a trade??). I took a leave from my career during my last pregnancy just in time for the pandemic to hit when I was planning to go back to work…yay. With everything rather chaotic I found myself questioning the field I had chosen and the safety of being a healthcare worker. On top of that, childcare was not even an option at the time. So I became an official stay at home mom (I’d been in denial about this for awhile, not gonna lie). I started doing homeschool, which was really cool but just not what my kid needed. So when he started at a Waldorf charter I had a little more free time on my hands and wanted to start something new. Enter: this blog!

I have to say I’m surprised with how much of a creative outlet it is, not to mention it feels like I’m having an adult conversation even though it’s really just my inner monolog being poured out to the internet…eek! 😬 I’m really excited to see where this will go and what will change in a year from now!

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