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Reply #1 - Aug 28th, 2006 at 5:11pm
 
Welcome to the land of hair journals!

I'm sorry to hear about your situation.  I hope it miraculously goes away.  Think happy hair thoughts!

I LOVE the pic of your kitty.  What's his/her name?
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Reply #2 - Aug 28th, 2006 at 5:44pm
 
Hi Sakina

I definitely think happy thoughts, it's the best medicine!

My cats name is Kali.  I have 3 cats in total Kali, Kat and Bau Bau.  I definitely have to think happy thoughts as far as they're concerned, because they can be a handful sometimes.  Smiley
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I have 3 kitties, too.  Sweetie, Ziggy and Jupiter.
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Reply #4 - Aug 28th, 2006 at 8:40pm
 
Wow!  Yay for thick hair, huh?   Cheesy  Good for you to stay strong and give your alopecia the bird.

And yay for kitties!  I've got 4, but only one's a jumper like that.  Cheesy
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I LOVE COCONUT OIL!!!  Roll Eyes
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Reply #7 - Aug 29th, 2006 at 4:28pm
 
Welcome to the land of journals!   Smiley

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Do all of your cats get along?  I originally only had 2 cats but about 3 months ago my mother passed away and I decided to take her cat since my sister doesn't like animals.  
Well, they're still not getting along and I don't know if this is normal or if it's even okay to keep them all together.


Yes, it's quite normal for cats who've just been introduced to not get along.  We have 9 cats, 5 of whom are siblings from the same litter, and even they don't always get along!   Grin  Newly introduced kitties need time to establish a pecking order, to learn all about each other, and make friends.  Give them some more time and hopefully they'll have grown to be buddies.   Smiley
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Reply #8 - Aug 29th, 2006 at 5:43pm
 
Wow, 9 cats!  Well, its good to know that this is normal.  At this point I'm so attatched to the new guy I wouldn't want to give him up.  Thanks for the advice.
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Reply #9 - Aug 29th, 2006 at 5:46pm
 
Well, or they'll find their own 'territory' and not mess with each other too much.

I've had anywhere from 4 to 7 at one time, and my oldest (she's 17) doesn't get along with anyone other than me and my husband.  She's an odd duck, however.  I got her when she was 4 weeks old and just doesn't understand cat social behavior.
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Her advice for my fragille hair texture is to not manipulate it much, to wash my hair in plaits (to eliminate tangles) and to stop trimming my ends.  She is a firm believer in the search and destroy method.  Hopefully this will help me reach my goal.



She gave you good advice.  Although I don't wash my hair in braids very often, I do try to move the hair as little as possible when washing so that it won't tangle.
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Reply #11 - Sep 3rd, 2006 at 2:51pm
 
coconut oil is great
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Reply #13 - Sep 6th, 2006 at 3:26am
 
I've just decided to officially retire my jojoba oil.  I like the fact that it's not greasy but, it doesn't make my hair soft at all, so it makes no sense for me to continue using it.

I'm still waiting on another coconut oil to arrive in the mail. Hopefully, that one will make my hair just as soft as the coconut oil I'm using now, but without the greasyness.

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Reply #14 - Sep 6th, 2006 at 11:21am
 
I like the curls!

good luck on your quest to find the right oil for your hair.  I've not tried coconut oil - primarily because jojoba oil works so well for me.  But if it works for you, go for it!
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Reply #15 - Sep 6th, 2006 at 4:26pm
 
Thanks Bikerbraid Smiley  You most likely wouldn't like coconut oil because of your hair texture.  If it's too greasy for me, I couldn't even imagine it in your hair.

I'm still waiting for my new oils, I guess they're not coming today, but Fedex just dropped off my new showerhead!!!  Yay, I'm happy. I'm replacing my old shower filter hopefully for a better version.  This one claims to have 2 stages of filtering, as opposed to the regular ones that just have 1.

Once I use it, I should be able to report if it's better than the regular shower filter.

Ooooh, I'm on page 2. Grin

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Reply #16 - Sep 6th, 2006 at 5:27pm
 
I just won this beautiful handmade vintage dress on eBay.  I'm so excited, I can't wait to get it! Cheesy

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Reply #17 - Sep 6th, 2006 at 6:28pm
 
That dress is GORGEOUS!  Shocked Congratulations!
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Reply #18 - Sep 6th, 2006 at 8:37pm
 
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Reply #19 - Sep 7th, 2006 at 10:42pm
 
Thanks Bikerbraid and Sakina Smiley

I just washed my hair using my new shower filter and I have to say that my hair is noticably softer, it's not a huge difference but it's noticable.  After my shower last night I even noticed that my skin was softer too.

I was going to wait until this weekend to wash my hair but I was so anxious to try out the new filter, that I decided to do it today.  I was so excited, I didn't even bother putting my hair in plaits before the wash, my hair doesn't tangle that much anyway so it's okay.

But  anyway, just as I had finally gotten into the shower and completely wet my hair, my apartment buildings maintenance man knocks on my door ugh... needless to say I was very frustrated.  He was delivering my new dryer so, I had to get out of the shower with dripping wet hair to let him in. Then, about 10 minutes later the cable man comes I couldn't believe the timing. It seemed to take them forever to leave but finally they both finished,and I was able to finish my hair. Geesh!
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Reply #20 - Sep 7th, 2006 at 11:17pm
 
OH MY!  Sooo many visitors when you are trying to shower!  I guess I never thought about the advantage of showering in the basement - I can't hear the doorbell or the phone!  Grin  No interruptions for me!

Glad the shower filter is working for you.  I can sure tell the difference when I travel and have hard water to deal with.  I can hardly wait to get home to my softened water.  My hair and skin feel sooooo much better with soft water.
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Reply #21 - Sep 11th, 2006 at 7:04pm
 
BikerBraid - I wish I could be so lucky to be able to shower in the basement or anywhere and have no interruptions howevever, there will be no such luck for me, but a girl can always dream. Smiley

Today, I'm going to the store to purchase a few things that I read about here last night.  My list is as follows;

1. Greeen Tea Supplements

2. L-Lysine 1000

3. Glycerine

(And to make Kimberlilys Leave in Spray)
4. Aloe Juice

I'm also going to get some stimulating scalp oil from naturesgift.com

Needless to say, I'll be doing a lot of experimenting. 

My new oils came over the weekend and I can note that I do not like safflower oil for in my hair.

The new coconut oil is okay, it's not as greasy, but it doesn't soften as well as the first one I purchased. So it's either greasy and very soft or so so softness without the grease. 

When I went to the doctor about 2 weeks ago I got oil all over the bed thingy they make you lay on, good thing it had that paper on it, I would've felt even worse.  I swear I felt like that Soul Glow family with the greasy hair from the movie Coming To America.

My new dress arrived today and it looks just as nice in person, whew...what a relief.  I need to get it dry cleaned though, just to feel okay about wearing something vintage.

Alrighty, off to the store I go...

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Reply #22 - Sep 11th, 2006 at 11:25pm
 
So much for my shower in the basement..... We've been without water for 2 days now as the plumbers try to find a leak in the line outside.  Angry  Hopefully by bedtime, we will have water!)

Your shopping trip has an interesting list - good luck!
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Reply #23 - Sep 12th, 2006 at 12:36am
 
Oooh, I hope you have water too.  I've definitely been there before and know just how very much of an inconvience that can be, good luck with the water situation BikerBraid.

Yeah, I guess the list is pretty diverse.  Well so far I don't like the glycerine, it's so thick it feels like styling gel and I haven't tried Kimberlilys recipie yet, I think I need to wash out the glycerine first.
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Reply #24 - Sep 13th, 2006 at 10:19pm
 
Did a wash today using Soft and Beautiful Extend a Perm.  Was very amazed with how soft my hair was after the wash and condition, the third step however left my hair a bit hard.  I won't buy the Extend a Perm again but I will try out their regular shampoo and conditioner.

I've only been using the Biotin for about two weeks now and I'm already noticing less shedding, it's amazing!!! Maybe I'll crush some up and give it to my cat's LOL!!

Breakage is another issue but I've already known that I need a protein treatment (because of too many times at the pool this summer) I just haven't done one yet. 

I'm going to most likely do a relaxer at the end of this month.  I've got at least an inch of new growth so, I'll also measure again then too.
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Reply #25 - Sep 14th, 2006 at 6:43am
 
Okay, I was wrong about the Extend A Perm.  The directions specifically say that after the 3rd step you have to blow your hair dry and with a comb if you can.  Well, I didn't blow it on high or until it was dry, but after it air dried, I used my steam flat iron and now my hair is very very soft.  The extend a perm is a thermal conditioning treatment so it requires heat to work.  I still won't be buying this again because it defeats the purpose of having healthy hair but I guess it didn't hurt to try once.  And I'm going to the DMV tomorrow and have to take a drivers license pic so, I wanted nice hair. Smiley

Since my hair is so soft I couldn't help but play in it all night, I'm completely obsessed!!!

My new comb, A boring ponytail & Me wishing my hair was this long!!!Grin      
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A bun with metal hair sticks, And no post of mine would be complete with out my kitty obsession.  I love them so much!!!
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Reply #26 - Sep 14th, 2006 at 10:47am
 
BEAUTIFUL!

I love the bun with the hairsticks..... and the first one, with the flower comb/clip.  And of course, the kitties are darling!  Grin
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Reply #27 - Sep 14th, 2006 at 2:43pm
 
Hi La_Diosa!

How cool that you've started a journal of your own, your hair is definitely beautiful, and thick, omg!  Shocked  I hope your alopecia is getting the hint from all your bird-flipping, hopefully it'll see that it's unwanted, pack up it's bags and go.  That's a really cool pic of your cat in your first post, he/she's like suspended in mid air, what height!  I myself am allergic to cats, so as adorable as they are I must steer clear, I've got one big goofy lab at home instead!  Good luck on meeting your goal of 30", I myself would be very happy with that length.  I'm at 25 & 1/4" now, I can't seem to get past 27", but I plan to keep trying.  Grin
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Reply #28 - Sep 14th, 2006 at 2:46pm
 
Oh yeah, 2 more things...

1)  That ebay dress is awesome

2)  I just made a batch of Kimberlily's LIS for the first time, and I am really liking it.  I used moreso the water and aloe juice, with just a bit of jojoba oil, it's a perfect blend for my hair.  It's much easier to control when you're using it in spray form.

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Reply #29 - Sep 14th, 2006 at 9:28pm
 
Thanks Bikerbraid, those are my favorites too.  

Maggie: Thanks for visiting my journal, it's really great to have your support, and our hair is pretty much the same length Smiley I think I'm still at 25" even.  I may need to refigure my goal since I've been wet measuring.  I don't think 30" will look as long as I'd like w/dry hair but, I'll figure that one out once I get there.

Yeah, I hope my alopecia is getting the message too but I guess if not, the longer I grow my hair, the more hair I'll have to do a balding mans comb over style if necessary Grin LOL!!! (Imagining myself with hair like Donald Trump!) Shocked Shocked

Good luck at getting past 27", I'm sure you'll have no problem. Thanks for the compliment on my eBay dress, I'm still trying to figure out if my addiction to eBay has reached the point to where I need to do a 12 step program. Hehe!!

My husband would be so envious of you, he loves dogs and grew up having a lab.  He's being such a good sport dealing with all of the cats even though he's a major dog person. I'm sure eventually, we'll have to get another lab for him though, they are gorgeous dogs.

Hair: I still haven't tried the LIS because I tried substituting jojoba with  coconut oil and it's not mixing at all, even when I shake it, so I'm going to have to whip up another batch.

Okay, I've decide to list the things I've learned about my hair lately;

Hair serum dramatically helps with my dry tangles.

I love coconut oil, virgin is less greasy and good for use during the day.  Unrefined is more moisturizing yet, very greasy so better to apply at night.

I don't like safflower oil, jojoba oil or glycerine.

I like relaxers made for childrens hair, better than Motions.

Steam flat iron used very sparringly, is better than a regular flat iron, it leaves hair feeling soft and conditioned instead of hard, dry, and fried.

It's better to keep my hair in up do's because it helps alleviate the urge to fuss with it.

My 2 stage shower filter softens better than the 1 stage.

Biotin helps with shedding.

Green Tea and Green Tea Supplements are good for the hair.

L-Lysine may be good for my hair (haven't tt my doctor about this one yet) Whew... Smiley
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Reply #30 - Sep 15th, 2006 at 2:11am
 
Okay, I feel that I am finally ready to purchase my first pair of LL hair sticks!!!  I wasn't sure if I had enough hair to get much use out of them, or if I could think of enough hairstyles, but after more experimentation today with my cheapo sticks I feel I can finally give it a go Smiley

This one is kind of weird and to the side but, I'm sure I can make up different things as I go along.
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Reply #31 - Sep 15th, 2006 at 12:41pm
 
Oh, so you're husband's a lab lover too, how cool.  They've just got the funniest personalities, this is the first dog I've ever had, and I just love her to pieces.  She's six now, and she's just maybe starting to lose her puppy edge, she's finally starting to settle down more, but there's absolutely no hiding her excitement when she encounters new people.  What can I say, she's a lover!  Grin

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You keep mentioning that you have to use a relaxer on your hair, is this a chemical relaxer?  Is your hair only straight when you straighten it yourself?

I know you said that you don't care for jojoba oil on your hair, but maybe when it's diluted with the aloe juice and spring water it won't be so bad.  You only need a little bit of it in comparison to the other ingredients.  I only say that because jojoba is the closest thing out there to natural human oils, so I would think that it should be one of the best.  I've heard that (I think it's) sweet apricot oil is supposed to be very good too...maybe I'm thinking of sweet almond oil & it's just apricot oil, without the "sweet".  Hmm, I have to check into this now!

When you say that green tea is good for the hair, do you mean just drinking it?  Or is there something else that you do with it?  I'm thinking you mean just ingesting it.

And this one's not a question, just a general comment about Lysine.  It seems to be good for a lot of stuff, I take three every day, it's great for the immune system and fighting against infections.  Particularly good for cold sores, too.  I choose natural remedies as often as possible, I'm not one much for meds unless there's no other way (which there usually is  Wink).

Last thing- That new dress you got, is that one you actually plan on wearing, or is that one of those things that's meant to just be displayed?  Hopefully you get to wear it, it's too beautiful not too!
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Maggie: I can only imagine how much fun having a dog would be,
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I tried the aloe juice, jojoba
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Reply #34 - Sep 17th, 2006 at 2:13am
 
Ooh La La!!! My hair has been so wonderful today!!!
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Reply #35 - Sep 17th, 2006 at 2:44am
 
I'm very sorry to hear of your mother's passing.  I cannot imagine your loss.
Sounds like you and I have more in common than wanting long hair and loving hair toys.  I have a sister and we are as different as night and day.
People who know both of us can hardly believe we're from the same family.
My sister lives on a farm in Michigan raising cattle and has 3 kids.
I live in the dessert, teach yoga and have 3 cats .
I'm not sure we've ever agreed on anything, our POV's are so different.
My sister and I didn't get along until after I moved out of the house.  I only speak to her occasionally.

I hope this doesn't sound harsh, but what other people think of your spending habits or earnings is none of your business.
So what if they think you spend too much.  That statement is about them, not you.  I've also been in this situation with relatives and as a child I felt guilty over it.  I think we want everyone to be happy like we are, and if they're not we feel bad.  Again, its their problem.  I'm not saying to not be compassionate for others, we all make our own choices-with or without awareness.

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Okay, let me just say that I'm really in love with my hair. Kiss
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Reply #39 - Sep 18th, 2006 at 1:07pm
 
Hi La_Diosa!

Sorry I'm only responding now, I usually try to stay off the computer over the weekends, I kind of forbid myself to use it.  The weekend...by weekend I mean Sunday, which is my only day off (usually), anyway, I always try to allot myself some "freedom" time to be creative and away from technology.  Usually I'll paint or read a book, or like yesterday, spend lots of time outside with my pup.

I'm glad to hear that you like the LIS, it works so wonderfully on my hair that I've been using it every day, at least once a day.  I like it even better than just applying the jojoba oil straight to my hair, it seems to have a nice effect when it's blended with the aloe juice and water.  So, aloe juice tastes like crud, eh?  I thought about drinking it too, it's very good for you, especially for healing stomach ulcers.  I couldn't get myself past the smell, maybe it wouldn't be so bad mixed with juice?

You remind me of my grandmother (don't shriek!) when you talk about wearing dresses for no special reason.  That's her to a T.  She's 83 & a knock-out, and she wouldn't be caught dead in anything but a dress or a skirt, coordinating jewelery from head to toe, and matching heels and purse.  You know, she still gets asked out, even wedding proposals!!  I pray to God that I age like she did!

About the Lysine, yes, I started taking it on my own for an immune system boost.  I really do not bother with medical doctors if I don't have too, so I went out on my own to get it.  I bought it at my health food store, I always make sure that what I take is pure, vegetarian friendly, and has no chemicals or other crap in it (like GNC products).  To be honest, I really don't know what effect it has on hair or hair growth, I will look into that.

As for gelatin, I suppose it is good for hair and nails, but being vegetarian I would/could never take it.  It's actually pretty gross stuff.  Lips Sealed

My sister and I are like yours and Sakina's, definitely night and day (me being night  Wink).  I'm tall and thin with brown straight-ish hair, she's short & thin with brown/black wavy to curly hair.  Our attitudes, tastes, styles & choices in life are so dramatically different.  Like you and your sister, when we are together ppl cannot believe that we are related, let alone sisters!  They think we're putting them on!  She did and continues to do the college thing to get the prestigious job, loves lots of shiny gold jewelery and jewels and dresses to be socially accepted.  Me?  Not so much. Tongue  I gave college the bird (as you did your alopecia  Wink) and decided to go out on my own, make my own job.  I wear little to no jewelery, not even my wedding or engagement ring.  And as for what I wear, it's whatever my little heart desires, society can kiss my grits when it comes to acceptance.  It's funny, you said you usually end of modifying your clothes to get what you want, I do that too.  I often buy something not because I like it as it is, but because I see potential in it.  Out come the scissors, needle & thread, safety pins, or whatever it takes to get the job done.  My trash is forever filled with denim scraps, straps from this shirt, a collar from that shirt, and sleeves from a few others.  My husband has come to expect it by now!

(((Hugs))) I'm so sorry about the loss of your mother.  I can't imagine what that loss feels like, it must leave a hole in your heart.  From what you said it sounds like she was lots of fun, I bet you have a million good memories of her.  Thank God for memories, huh?

Boy this is long, I'll stop taking up all this space in your journal now.  Bye!  Grin
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My hair was doing so great over the past few days but today, it decides to be uncooperative. Angry  It became very crunchy and remained that way no matter how much oil, serum or aloe spray mixure I gave it.  After trying everything I could possibly think of, in vain,  I decided to do a CO.  My hair is air drying and feels better now, I'll have to see how it is once it's dry.

YAY!!! After having my brand new elliptical sit in the box for over a month because Sears dragged their feet about sending someone out to install it, they finally came yesterday.  They installed it in all of 4 hours, I have no idea why it took so long but after waiting 6 weeks for them to show up at all, I didn't even ask.  It works great, I've really been feeling the burn!!!  I definitely like working out on machines than without them, I just can't get an intense work out otherwise.






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I'm going to try the Lysine too, I just haven't got around to buying it yet.  
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Reply #42 - Sep 20th, 2006 at 4:59pm
 
Actually, you spelled acupuncture perfectly.  Smiley  There's a very good possibility that your alopecia could be helped.  Acupuncture has cured my SIL's infertility, she became pregnant within 4 sessions, it has made my MIL pain free from her three herniated discs.  That one is really miraculous, she was in so much constant pain, she was nearly ready to dump a bottle of pills down her throat and end it all.  Not really, but she got to the point where she said she understood why people in chronic pain often purposely OD.  She is now 99% pain free.  It was also greatly helping another loved one of mine who suffers from severe anxiety, depression and alcoholism, he was making leaps and bounds but then made the devastating decision to stop going.  What a mistake.  Anyway, if it could do all that I believe there could be hope for you too.

Me and my sister, who knows why we're so different!  Just different genes, I guess.  I still love her and on some level we are a little the same, but definitley from different planets!  It's wierd because my brother and I are like one in the same.

Flowy dresses....love flowy dresses!  There are so freeeeeeeee!  Grin  I am quite comfortable in a flowy dress and a pair of sandals, I have a very earthy side and this suits it just fine.

I don't think gelatin has anything to do with sharks, maybe you're thinking of shark cartilage.  I'll still spare you of what that pretty jiggly stuff really is though.  Lips Sealed

You've piqued my curiostiy with the alopecia/acupuncture thing, I'm going to look some info up when I get time.  Ha!  When I get time, I'm so funny!
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My hair is feeling quite wonderful this mornin' Cheesy

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Oh, I finally got my butterfly dress
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WooHoo!! The sites back up!!  Smiley

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AARRGG!!!!  I WANT SPINACH!!!!!  Angry

About 2 days before contaminated spinach outbreak, I asked my husband to go to the store and get me some spinach because I was running low.  I don't know why he didn't get it for me, but then the recall came. I was fine thinking okay in a few days I can have a salad but, still no spinach!!!  I know, I'm like a friggin' rabbit but I love spinach salads!!!  I was in the store with my mom when I was a teen and she told me I could only get one snack.  We were already at the checkout counter and I was seriously having a hard time trying to decide between a bag of lettuce and a lemon cream pie.  The clerk thought I was completely crazy but, I love my salads and now I'm having serious withdrawal Cry

Okay, my hair is fine although I did do a little mini trim because I straightened with a hot iron and thought that maybe the trim would stop any damage before it starts. Smiley   Smiley
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Reply #47 - Sep 28th, 2006 at 7:59pm
 
I feel your pain regarding the spinach.  I usually eat a spinach salad 4 or 5 times a week.  I too miss my spinach.  Cry  Hopefully it won't be much longer before we can have our favorite salads back!
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The recall is over, folks. Now it's just down to how trusting you are.
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I didn't know it was over, I still can't find any locally.  I'm pretty trusting at this point.   After this fiasco I feel they'll do their best to make sure it doesn't happen again, well at least not anytime soon. Undecided

I ordered my first pair of LL hair sticks yesterday!!!  I'm so excited!!! They're a special order so, it'll take a while for me to get them but I've been experimenting away with hair styles so, when they arrive I'll be ready.  Smiley
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Congratulations on ordering your first pair of LL hairsticks!   But be VEWY, VEWY CAWEFUL!!!  They can become addictive!  Grin
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Don't I know it.  I don't even have one pair yet and I'm already eyeing 3 more pairs!!  Smiley
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I just finished a modification to a new belt I purchased.  It was a minor modification so it didn't take long, even though I did it by hand.


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I really liked this belt but thought there was something missing so I added some lace.  It's hard to tell in the pic but just adding a little lace made a huge difference.  I'm much happier with it now.


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This coat is my next project: I'll replace the old collar with a new ruffled satin collar (the one in the pic's actually much more puffy in real life and it's kinda scratchy).  The sleeves are shorter in person too, so I'll have to extend them by adding more layers of ruffled satin.  And I also purchased some pretty onyx buttons from eBay to replace the old ones with.  I think it'll turn out nicely when finished. Oh, and this will all match my new black and sterling hair sticks that I'm so excited about!!
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Nice addition to the belt.  Your changes to the coat are ambitious.  Good luck!
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I love the belt.  The coat is gorgeous-I love the sleeves!!
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Nice work on the belt, La_Diosa.

I recognize the coat as being from Newport News. Love them!! They have such wonderful gothic items in the fall/winter!!  Grin

Good luck on the project & be sure to post pix when you finish!
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Thanks Bikerbraid I know it is quite ambitious, I'd rather take it to my seamstress, it's just that I still have a few items at her shop that have been there for a while because she's really backed up, so I'm not sure when she'll be able to get around to it.

Sakina, I love the sleeves too.  Hopefully when done, the collar will be just as nice.

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Reply #57 - Oct 1st, 2006 at 9:49pm
 
I was getting really bad dry tangles and pesky tiny little knots so, I finally decided to do a wash using my Pantene Ice Shine.  I like it.  I did my typical low heat, blow dry til damp, detangle thing and the comb just glided through my hair. I didn't have 1 knot or tangle.

I applied safflower oil prior to washing and it made my hair softer. I'm thinking of alternating my coconut oil with safflower oil from time to time to see what results I get.  The only thing is that the safflower oil doesn't smell as yummy as the coconut, I'll have to add some essential oil to change that.  

I ordered some more of my favorite perfumed hair spritz from eBay.  It's moisturizing and is mainly oil, water and fragrance, but they have so many scent selections.  I tried vanilla this time, pretty much thinking it would smell like extract but I was surprised that it had more of a baked goods smell to it like cake or cookies.  It smells so good with my coconut oil, it's definitley my new favorite.  I'm going to try chocolate next, I think that might smell good with coconut too.

Oh, and tonight I discovered a cool way to speed my hair drying along...rollerblading.  I decided to accompany my husband as he went on his nightly jog, the cool breeze felt so good going through my hair.  I felt like Leonardo DeCaprio in Titanic, I couldn't help but raise my arms in his "King of the world" pose, it was so nice.  Smiley

I did another measure and am now thinking that I cut off more on my last trim than I previously thought.  I got 24 1/4 inches, dry Undecided    Last time it was at 24 3/4 so I don't know.  My ticker even changed today to 9 months even til 30 inches .  I hope I at least come close to meeting that goal.
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Oooh, cool belt and jacket, me likes!  Verrrry sexy!
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Okay, maybe I need to lay off of the measuring for awhile because the inconsistency is making me crazy.  I measured again today out of disbelief of my last measurement of 24 1/4", and this time I got 24 3/4" and then right after 25". Undecided I'm thinking that maybe my hair was a little poofier the last time (since I didn't flat iron) which made it seem shorter but even now, my measurements aren't consistent.  I am confident though that now my hair is at least 24 3/4" which is good. Smiley

Yesterday, I mixed up my beloved coconut oil with 1 part saflower oil, I'm estimating maybe 1/4c of hair serum and 1tsp of vanilla extract.  After I apply it, I use my vanilla hair spritzer stuff and my hair seems to really like it. It's soft but not oily, and it smells good.  I'm just waiting to see how long it takes for my hair to get crunchy from the serum build up, or if it even gets crunchy at all before my next wash.
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Hey there!   Cheesy  Nice to "meet" ya! 
About the measuring deal...When I started growing out my hair last year, I was measuring faithfully every month.  I had a chart all made out and recorded the numbers...all that crap.  Well, before long, I got so hung up on the numbers (my hair didn't grow half an inch this month--*gasp*  how come?!), that I started stressing over it.  I was focusing on the wrong thing, instead of simply trying to take care of my hair and letting it do its thang.   Smiley  Now I measure infrequently.  Maybe every 3 months or so.  Anyway, just wanted to finally drop in and say howdy, and let you know you're not alone in the "measuring makes me crazy" club.   Grin  Take care!
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Nice to "meet" you too Trisha!!!  Smiley  Thanks for letting me know that it's not just me thats getting a bit unnerved by the measuring.  You're right, the health of our hair is definitely more important than the length. I'm just so anxious for length RIGHT NOW!!! Grin But, I'll definitely focus more on whats important, and in the meantime...my hair will grow. Wink  And yeah, I was actually thinking that spacing out my measuring every three months would be a better idea.
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I'm so sorry your new neighbors are causing  you so much stress.  Hopefully you can get out of your lease without penalty.  But in the meantime.... Cool

Since they are up so late, making noise, you can assume they like to sleep in.  But wait... isn't that when you vaccuum?  Wink  and do other LOUD cleaning chores?  If you have your washer/dryer in the hallway near them, you could wash and dry your tennis shoes..... early in the morning.   Maybe you could take up the drums and practice in the morning?

But more seriously (however everything I've mentioned HAS been done - and was quite effective, I might add), if your landlord doesn't do anything about the noise, how about the police?  It sounds like they are disturbing the peace.  A knock on the door by the local authorities just might be what it will take to get them to realize they are not living alone in the country.

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Reply #68 - Oct 7th, 2006 at 12:26pm
 
Wow!  That really sucks.  I like BB's suggestions.

What a horrible intrusion on your life.  That sure would make me mad as hell, especially becuase the management won't do anything about it.

Add alcohol and get instant a**holes.  I would respond like you do, try to suck it up and be the better person.  However, you have rights and they don't have any more rights than you do.

I think moving is a good idea-it is empowering to take action that will benefit you in the long run.

I hope you find a new apartment of your dreams with awesome, kind, likeminded neighbors.  Your soon to be old neighbors will probably burn the place down.  If that happens, will you let me know?  Thanks!
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bikerbraid wrote on Oct 7th, 2006 at 9:48am:
Since they are up so late, making noise, you can assume they like to sleep in.  But wait... isn't that when you vaccuum?  Wink  and do other LOUD cleaning chores?  If you have your washer/dryer in the hallway near them, you could wash and dry your tennis shoes..... early in the morning.   Maybe you could take up the drums and practice in the morning?


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Reply #70 - Oct 8th, 2006 at 12:07am
 
I just did a nice relaxing hair wash and 20 minute deep condition under a hood dryer, and I had great results without ANY assistance from my blow dryer Shocked  I've finally decided to totally give it up.  I felt that as long as it was on the low setting and that I didn't use it to get my hair completely dry, that it was okay.  

Tonight after my wash, I decided to comb my hair out, and then let it air dry in two plaits.  I used serum to help the comb glide through my hair while detangling, and I noticed that when I was done I hardly had any breakage.  Usually, when I "blowdamp" I get a lot of breakage on the ends which I'd just chalk up to me needing to deep condtion more.  I had no idea the blowdryer ON LOW HEAT, was contributing to my breakage.  Well, now that I know,I'm done with it.

Also, I took a look in my bathroom cupboard and found some Fructis Long and Strong.  I purchased it last year used it once and into the cupboard it went.  I realized after it began to dry that the reason I stopped using it was because it makes my hair feel a little stiff but, I solved that problem by applying this hair lotion stuff that I have right on top of it and it was fine. I'm planning on using the Long and Strong after every wash from now on hoping that this stuff will live up to it's name, for all I know it all ready has, maybe it was the reason that I didn't have so much breakage.  At any rate, I'm still done with the dryer though, because I've come to realize that I can live without it so I will. Smiley

Oh, and I've also realized that I don't like the Pantene Ice Shine.  After I washed I noticed that my hair wasn't as soft as it usually is so I did another wash using my Kerastase Nutritive shampoo and that made a world of difference so, I'm done with it too.
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Reply #71 - Oct 8th, 2006 at 1:02pm
 
Good job not using the blowfryer anymore! Those things are awful! Well, for hair, at least! They're great for drying paint or glue, or warming up a bed in the winter!  Grin
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Reply #72 - Oct 8th, 2006 at 4:41pm
 
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Reply #73 - Oct 9th, 2006 at 5:46pm
 
It's been 2 days since my wash without my blow dryer and I still like my hair and it's actually much better than it usually is.  

I LOVE curly hair so, from time to time, I'd use hot rollers to achieve a curly style, I know really bad.  Well, since I let my hair dry in plaits this time POOF!!! Instant curls!!! Smiley  AND I didn't use any heat!! Wink  I used to dry in plaits years ago but, since I did so many plaits, I simply got lazy and stopped doing it.  It's so easy to only do two plaits (as long as I get the part straight) and everynight I've been adding a moisturinzing lotion, my coconut oil/safflower oil/serum mix and replaiting before bed and when I wake up, it's so nice!!! Smiley  I don't know why all of my pics are blurry nowdays. Sad


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Reply #74 - Oct 9th, 2006 at 9:46pm
 
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Reply #75 - Oct 9th, 2006 at 9:55pm
 
Thanks Sakina.  Except for the color, it kind of reminds me of  the style I've seen you do but with 2 sticks that cross like an X.
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Reply #76 - Oct 10th, 2006 at 9:05am
 
Wow! awesome hair!!  I love the kitty kats too! Smiley
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Reply #77 - Oct 10th, 2006 at 10:05am
 
I love the braid waves!  Great picture.
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Reply #78 - Oct 10th, 2006 at 6:06pm
 
Awww...thanks you guys!!!  I'm just happy I can now do my hair without any heat! Smiley
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Reply #79 - Oct 11th, 2006 at 1:40pm
 
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Reply #80 - Oct 12th, 2006 at 11:17pm
 
Thanks Trisha Smiley

Well, I ordered these really pretty jeweled metal French twist holders.  I finally got them in the mail today and realized they're not going to be good for my hair.  The clamp isn't smooth which can cause snagging and probably breakage so I reluctantly have to get rid of them...they're soooo pretty...sigh.  Oh well, I have to do whats best for my hair right?  Did I mention how pretty they are? Cry

I saw that Bath and Body Works make a scented moisturizing shampoo and conditioner called Warm Vanilla Sugar.  I figured it would smell really good and decided to buy some online, but after getting out bid on eBay (by someone who for whatever reason decided to buy them for more than they are worth) I had to go to B&BW today to get some.  I'm glad I didn't win it on eBay because once I smelled it, I realized I didn't like it, but I did love their mango.  I bought some of that and will most likely try it the next time I wash but, I still want a vanilla scent.  Vanilla just seems more appropriate for the colder weather than mango.  

I even purchased 20 Strawberry scented candle tarts on eBay as well because I got them at a good price, but they're just so summery smelling.  I guess I need to pony up the moolah and get some season appropriate ones.
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Reply #81 - Oct 16th, 2006 at 6:26am
 
Well, I did my usual Sunday wash and deep condition.  I used my new Bath and Body Works mango shampoo and conditioner, it smells so good, the smell reminds me of Pop Rocks.  Anyway, the conditioner is great, it makes my hair really soft but I don't like the shampoo.  It's a moisturizing shampoo but it's not enough moisture for my dry hair type, my hair felt more like I'd used a clarifying shampoo.  So, I'll no longer use the shampoo but, I will continue to use the conditioner ( I just paused to sniff my hair again...hmmm!).

I also have to admit that I used my blow dryer too Sad  I just couldn't detangle without it.  I tried and tried thinking okay, maybe if I add serum I'll be able to get the comb through and that didn't work so I kept trying this and that to the point where it was just getting silly. Then finally I relented and got out my blow dryer, and just like that it was detangled in less than 10 minutes.  It seems weird but, I honestly believe it has something to do with the heat. I simply cannot get a comb through my hair when it's wet and cold.  I can't even do a cold rinse after conditioning because afterwards my hair just doesn't cooperate.  I don't understand why, but history has taught me that in order to detangle my hair, I have to either use a blow dryer or make sure my bathroom is sufficently warm.  Next time I'll take in my space heater and see what happens.

I just remembered that the last time I washed prior to this, I also did a hot oil treatment.  That could've had a hand in making my hair more managable post wash as well.  I think I'll get some more from Sally and see if that makes any difference.

Oh, and if anyone is interested in some Pantene Ice Shine shampoo and conditioner and the bottle of Bath and Body Works moisturizing mango shampoo let me know.  I've only used each one time and can mail the rest out to whoever may want it.Smiley
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Reply #82 - Oct 16th, 2006 at 6:42am
 
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Reply #83 - Oct 17th, 2006 at 9:32am
 
[I'm hoping that it's only the change in the weather
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Reply #84 - Oct 17th, 2006 at 11:13am
 
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Humans are just like every other mammal out there - we go through seasonal shedding too!  I know you've got cats, so I'm sure you're dealing with the excess cat hair and wondering "Where does all this come from?  They should be bald by now!"   Grin

Right now I'm shedding like crazy - I feel like I'm in a competition with my cats about who can leave more hair about the house!  
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Reply #85 - Oct 18th, 2006 at 3:14am
 

Now I'm exhausted and about to go to bed, nightie night Smiley
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Reply #86 - Oct 21st, 2006 at 10:51am
 
I just love the way it smells.  

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Reply #87 - Oct 31st, 2006 at 8:03pm
 
my hair has finally surpassed bra strap length.  It's not that much longer mind you, probably about a half an inch but it is clearly longer so of course, I'm very happy.

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Reply #88 - Nov 1st, 2006 at 1:26pm
 
Congrats on all of your hair achievements--yay rah for you!   Cool
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Reply #89 - Nov 1st, 2006 at 4:42pm
 
Thank's Trisha and a Yay Rah to you too for reaching BSL!!

Last night I decided to reward myself with some new hair toys.  I was looking around and decided to purchase a bun cover which I guess is more of an accessory than a toy.  Anyway, I've never used one before so I can't wait to try it out.  I ordered it on eBay so I don't have it yet but, it's crocheted with black metallic yarn.  I was hoping the metallic yarn would dress it up a bit, as I have a fear of looking like a lunch lady in it. Undecided  I'll take pics when it arrives.

Also, I'm considering a leather stick barret.  I want it to hold a bun as well but I'm having trouble deciding between a medium and a large.  I think the medium will be too small and the large will be too big so, maybe I'll have to hold off on the barret until my hair grows longer
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Reply #90 - Nov 2nd, 2006 at 9:27pm
 
WOOOOHOOOOO!!!!  I DID IT AGAIN!!!!  

I was able to detangle my hair again without the blow dryer! This time, I began gently detangling in the shower, usually I wait until after I get out.  Afterwards, I patted my hair with a towel, easily re-combed and then put my hair into two damp plaits.  I'm not sure if combing my hair in the stream of water helped or if it was because I did it very quickly while my bathroom was still steamy. I did use a different shampoo, that could've been it too.  I don't know if I'll be able to do it again but I'll always make an attempt before resorting to the blow dryer.

Oh, and I found a home for all of the hair products that I felt didn't work for me after only one usage.  I sent them to my sister and her kids, they can't wait to try them.   So I'm happy that, that made them happy and I'm glad the products are not going to waste. Smiley
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Reply #91 - Nov 2nd, 2006 at 10:06pm
 
Congrats!  I vote for combing your hair in the shower as the method that helped the most.  That's how I detangle my hair.  Grin
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Reply #92 - Nov 2nd, 2006 at 10:29pm
 
Thanks Bikerbraid!  I guess I actually stumbled onto something good!  I'll try detangling in the shower from now on, hopefully it will work for me everytime. Smiley
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Reply #93 - Nov 5th, 2006 at 8:31pm
 
I was feeling so great today.
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Reply #94 - Nov 6th, 2006 at 9:00am
 
Hang in there!  You will have your long hair with time.  Keep taking care of it and it will grow to be long and beautiful.  Smiley
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Reply #95 - Nov 6th, 2006 at 11:15am
 
Hang in there women!  Bikerbraid is right, it just takes time.  What I would do when I started was put up my hair and not look at it. Even now I don't measure anymore and it has grown! Smiley
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Reply #96 - Nov 6th, 2006 at 6:46pm
 
Thanks ladies for the advice.  I know it just takes patience, patience, patience and of course good care!  

bikerbraid wrote on Nov 6th, 2006 at 9:00am:
Hang in there!  You will have your long hair with time.  Keep taking care of it and it will grow to be long and beautiful.  Smiley

Ahhh...I'm visioning my own long and beautiful hair *sigh* Smiley
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Reply #97 - Nov 17th, 2006 at 3:45pm
 
if only Michael Jackson would do a show, then I'd be REALLY happy!!
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Woooooot!! Another MJJ fan! You rock, sistah! hehehe  Grin

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Angel Spun  Yay for MJ fans!!! Grin  

Yeah, Prince is wicked on the guitar.  I can't wait to see him again.

Last week I almost had a major dissapointment with Michael though.  I heard that he was going to perform Thriller last week in London at the World Music Awards. I was desperately looking for tickets for the show, but couldn't find them.  Now, I'm SOOOO glad that I didn't get the tickets because he didn't even perform, it was just a rumor!  Geeze, I would've been so upset to fly all the way to London for nothing.

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I took my plaits out and to my surprise, detangling wasn't that bad afterall.  I did experience some breakage in the process however, but I'm sure that was inevitable. I just hope I remember to detangle in the shower going forward, I shouldn't have any breakage that way.  

This colder weather seems to be really hard on my hair, it's definitely more fragile and brittle, but I'm doing my best to combat it. One thing I'm trying is going oil free for a while, I'm thinking maybe until the spring. Oil is just not making my hair as soft as it used to and I think it may be because the cold weather is hardening it in my hair or something.  Anyway, I'm going to stick to my lotion type moisturizers which still seem to be working fine used alone.  

Also, I think I'm going to give myself a trim soon.  I'm not certain but I'll know for sure after I do my relaxer touch up in a week.  I may want to even my edges that may be a little uneven looking due to the breakage.  If I do trim, it won't be more than half an inch.  Although a half an inch is a whole months growth so, I'm leaning more towards not trimming.

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My dermatologist treating my alopecia basically referred me to someone else.  He said that the doctor he's referring me to is a hair loss specialist so maybe it was the best thing to do.  My alocpecia is pretty much the same.  No hair is falling out but I'm not having regrowth in those areas either, it's basically at a standstill.  It could be looked at as bad and it can be frustrating, but I always have to be grateful that it's not worse.  It's still not noticable and my hair is still really thick. There are some people with alopecia who are totally bald or most of their hair is gone,when I look at it that way, I can't help but feel really lucky and grateful.

I'm also trying to get into better shape before my Las Vegas trip.  I've been eating pretty healthy except for my recent sugar free vanilla wafer obsession which I had to stop.  I was literally eating whole packs of 27 in one day.  Theres no sugar, but theres still so much fat!  I've been exercising more on my elliptical,doing yoga and belly dancing.  I actually feel really great about exercising and good about my food choices.  I feel really good after a healthy meal of salmon and grilled vegetables as opposed to eating... well, I was going to say Mexican but just the thought of it now is giving me a craving. Cry  Oh well, once I get into the shape that I want to be in, then I will be able to have my Mexican (and my Italian and my Indian and my Greek) again, but only in moderation.

Just thinking about food is making me hungry, I'm going to go have a healthy snack now. Adios! Smiley
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Reply #100 - Nov 24th, 2006 at 1:20pm
 
I couldn't wait until Sunday to relax/wash my hair.  I was going insane because it simply felt like crap.  I know now that my problem is not oil, but the lotion stuff I was using so much of lately.  The whole thing does make sense now that I think of it.  I was using it prior to plaiting every night to 'set' my waves so I guess it had to make my hair somewhat hard/stiff to hold the wave pattern all day.  When I first began doing this however, my hair felt  soft and nice but it seems the more I applied the lotion the stiffer/harder my hair gets.  After my wash last night, I put my hair in a bun prior to going to sleep instead of plaits, using oil and laying off of the lotion, and I awoke this morning to soft hair for a change.  It's so weird because I don't know whats in the lotion that is making my hair hard and it didn't feel bad in the beginning. **shrug**

I decided not to trim, but decided to measure to get a jump start on my December measurment. Somehow it's exactly the same as it was in the beginning of this month 25.5",  I'm not sure how that's possible but, I'm not showing any new growth.  Maybe between now and the first I'll have a growth spurt and gain a half inch.Roll Eyes

The last time I washed prior to this, I felt I didn't do such a good job either washing or rinsing out my conditioner because I had flakes in the strands on the right side of my head.  Last night I had them even worse and noticed that my scalp is flaking really bad where I have alopecia, it looks like psoriasis.  This has happened before, I think it may just be that time of year.   Only thing is that the last time I recall this happening, I lost hair.   Hopefully I won't lose much or any hair at all this time.  I'll definitley be watching very closely.
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Reply #101 - Nov 26th, 2006 at 12:16am
 
I gave in and trimmed my hair.  I trimmed an inch, but it actually wasn't much hair at all.  My hair had broken off so much that the ends were very thin, so I cut them off.  I realize it was a set back since now I'm at 24.5 inches (just below bra strap) but at least now my ends are thicker and not just scraggle that I'm hanging on to simply to claim an extra inch.

I finally got my crocheted bun cover in the mail and I don't like it.  They even sent an extra one since they took so long to ship. Now have the task of finding someone to give them to.  I did see a gold one and I'm wondering if I'll like that one instead.

Oh well, I'll go reset my ticker now.

I was wondering what this does...  Pretty cool!! Smiley
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Reply #102 - Nov 26th, 2006 at 2:08pm
 
Now that you've had your trim, be sure to oil those ends and take care of them!  Hopefully you can go a long time before your need to have another trim.

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Reply #103 - Nov 26th, 2006 at 2:31pm
 
bikerbraid wrote on Nov 26th, 2006 at 2:08pm:
Now that you've had your trim, be sure to oil those ends and take care of them!  Hopefully you can go a long time before your need to have another trim.


Yes, my plan is to not do another trim for a LONG time.  Oiling and wearing my hair up more will benefit me greatly.   I think part of my problem was experimenting with too many different products that weren't good for my hair.  I need to keep it simple and stick to what I know works, like oil.  And on the plus side, not experimenting with everything I see will save money. Smiley


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I was just looking at the Hair Product ingredients thread and realized why some people are so anti cones.  I had been using them a lot pretty recently and although I did notice build up, I didn't realize they could keep moisture out.  I stated before that my hair hadn't been geeting soft after my washes anymore and I wasn't sure why.  I'd stopped using a moisturizing hair lotion thinking that it (although it doesn't have cones or alcohol) was the reason for my recent crunchyness.  Now I see that it wasn't the lotion or the oil (which I had also stopped using briefly, thinking that it was the cause) but my hair conditioner which I didn't use only because I ran out of it.  My mango conditioner from Bath and Body Works made my hair unbelievably soft at first, but the more I used it, it no longer had the same effect.  My hair had become crunchy and brittle.  I didn't read the lable to see that the conditioner had cones and that was the reason for my build up and brittleness.  Whew, am I exhausted!


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Reply #104 - Nov 27th, 2006 at 4:31pm
 
I just clarified today for the first time in maybe 2 years.  Even though I had product build up, I was afraid to clarify because the last time I had a loss of elasticity afterwards and I'm not sure why.  Anyway, I gave it a go once again, and everything is fine.  I also made sure to deep condition afterwards and I had an effortless detangle.  I'm on a roll with this no blowdrying thing, I LOVE IT!! But I'm still afraid to throw the blow dryer away.

I'm going to see how my hair does without using any cones.  They're always good at first, but then the build up that is sure to follow drives me nuts.  If I can go without them then I will but if not, at least now I have a good clarifying shampoo.
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Reply #105 - Nov 28th, 2006 at 7:28am
 
Don't throw the blow dryer away - it still has a purpose...... you can use it on the plastic window coverings to winterize your house.... you can use it for various crafts that require heat such as heat shrinking plastics..... you can use it to power a hovercraft toy.... it dries paint really fast...etc, etc, etc.

I've not used a hair dryer on my hair in probably 10 years, but I still have one!  Grin
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Thanks Bikerbraid, I'll try and keep those other uses in mind, especially the hovercraft who woulda thunk? Grin

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I haven't used my blow dryer in years, but it still lives under my bathroom sink, "Just in case". 

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WOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!!  I JUST MET PRINCE!!!!!  YAY!!!!  He invited my husband and I to dance on stage with him to my favorite song!  He also gave us tickets to tomorrows show because he wants us to dance again but unfortunately, we're leaving in the morning so I can get back to my kitties because I miss them.  Although now my husband is going on and on about how he wants to stay so who knows.

It was such a nice time that afterwards I couldn't help but cry.  I'm sure that people thought I was crying because I was excited about Prince but I was so sad that I won't be able to share tonights events with my mother she'd be so excited for me.

On another note I was really horrible to my hair.  I curled with an iron instead of my molecular rollers because they broke the day before I left. Cry  Oh well.
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WOW! That is fantastic!  You are one lucky couple!   Shocked
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Yeah, it was so lucky!!!  I'm back home now, I just got in.  We decided not to stay but sent Prince a bouqet of flowers and a note thanking him but declining the invitation.  The concert was great and the whole time in general was very eventful, I'll never forget it.

We didn't get the opportunity to go house hunting while there, the houses that I saw online weeks ago were already rented by the time we arrived but, I still don't think I want to live there so all is fine.
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Sorry you weren't able to take advantage of the 2nd show,  but what an experience!  I hope someone took a picture for you.
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How cool! And how nice of him to invite you back - that's awesome. Some stars just truly know the value of good P.R.

Glad to hear that you had such a good time. Maybe you can go back & see him again soon.  Smiley
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I think we may return for either New Years or my birthday.  I was just entirely too tired to stay in Las Vegas another day.  We arrived on Wednesday evening and pretty much hit the ground running.  We went to a concert and then right after, saw another band play and they also had me up on stage dancing.  It was all very exhausting.

There aren't any pictures although I did read a blip about it on one of his fan sites.  Prince doesn't allow pictures to be taken at his concerts.  But thats fine with me, I'll always remember it picture or not.  I used to have Prince posters on my wall as a kid and his music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember so it was very surreal to have him ask me to dance twice (the first time by myself and the second time with my husband) and also hold my hand.  He even invited us to a private after party which he decided to cancel due to his being tired, so I guess I wasn't the only one.  Yeah, I'll never forget that night. 


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Just got back from my new dermatologist and of course they decided to completely change my meds yet again.  No more clobetasol, or steroid injections or retin A.  This time I've been prescribed tar.  Yes, some sort of medicated tar.  I'll have to apply it once a day and it's supposed to stimulate my scalp and promote hair growth.  Apparently, it has a high regrowth success rate, taking only a few months to work.  We'll see...

Also, I have a few small pimples on my forhead and the dermatologist recommended that I stop using oil in my hair.  YIKES!!!  As soon as I found something that works for my hair it breaks out my face.  Oh well, I think I can live with a few tiny pimples.
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I've been paying more attention to my hair lately of course and noticed that although my hair can be thick, that the strands are not.  So, I began looking around and found a few facts about my hair type that have kind of cleared things up a bit for me.

Type 4 hair appears to be coarse, but it is actually quite fine, with lots and lots of these strands densely packed together.
I had been under the impression that my hair was coarse but when I looked closer at the strands, I began to question this because my strands are thin.  Although, I do have some coarse strands, overall they are fine.  All of my hair that sheds is fine and the breakage tends to be coarse which doesn't really make sense to me, I'd imagine that the coarse hair would be stronger.

Type 4 hair has fewer cuticle layers than any other hair type, which means that it has less natural protection from the damage you inflict by combing, brushing, curling, blow-drying and straightening it. The more cuticle layers in a single strand of hair, the more protection it has from damage. Each time you damage your hair – fire up the curling iron, fry it with chemicals – you break down a cuticle layer, robbing your hair of much-needed moisture. Shocked
I guess this is why my hair tends to grow longer the more I keep it up and the less I do to it in general.

Generally, this hair is densely packed to give the appearance of very thick however, fragile hair.
And it does look very thick when air dried after a wash however, when heat is applied and it is straightend then the hair no longer has a thick appearance but a thin and flat appearance which amazes me that the hair can go from one extreme to the next.
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Type 4 hair has fewer cuticle layers than any other hair type, which means that it has less natural protection from the damage you inflict by combing, brushing, curling, blow-drying and straightening it. The more cuticle layers in a single strand of hair, the more protection it has from damage. Each time you damage your hair – fire up the curling iron, fry it with chemicals – you break down a cuticle layer, robbing your hair of much-needed moisture. Shocked


I'd been thinking about my fragile hair all night and day.  My hair has been up ever since I read about the properties of type 4 hair, I think I've been scared straight.

I've also been getting what I call the itchies.  My scalp itches when I don't get my injections which the doctor took me off of and I haven't gotten my tar medicine stuff yet because my pharmacist had to order it.  Hopefully, it's in today.  The itchies are driving me nuts!
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Reply #121 - Dec 7th, 2006 at 5:38pm
 
Well, I've applied my new medicine today.  I was supposed to start with a 10 min application on the first day and by the end of the week be up to 60 minutes.  It's supposed to be a gradual process because the "tar" (which is actually a white cream) is supposed to sting (so I was told) and stimulate hair growth.  Well, today was my first time using the medication.  I put it on a little over 50 minutes ago and I've yet to feel even the slightest tingle.  I'm going to call my doctor tomorrow to see if it's working although there is no tingling involved.  I hope it's working.  These doctors change my meds so frequently that it's really expensive.  I was only on my last medication for a few weeks before I was instructed to try something new.  I have so many half used medications that I could open my own pharmacy.

I have been experiencing some new growth though as well as new hair loss however, it's not much loss, and seeing new sprouts of hair always makes me happy. Smiley  I have been eating more protein lately and drinking slim fast with protein as well.  I wonder if that has anything to do with it?  I've also been exercising more lately that could be it too, who knows.  Oh well, time to rinse this stuff off of my scalp.
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Reply #122 - Dec 8th, 2006 at 8:54pm
 
My hair isn't feeling so great today.  I haven't washed (my hair*modified) in about a week. I was trying to see how long I can go but I'm thinking of giving in already.  Because I use oil daily, I'm beginning to get the impression that I won't be able to go that 2 weeks that I'm trying for.  My hair doesn't smell or feel gunky, it is beginning to feel crunchy though.  I'm starting to feel that I may need to come up with a whole new product regimine so that I can extend my wash cycle from once a week to once every two weeks.  I feel that the less I wash, the better off my ends will be.  And speaking of my ends, I have been keeping them protected basically all the time in a braided bun in an attempt to sheild them from the harsh indoor  heat.

*Modified- Dec 15th, 2006 at 8:07am I just realized that on the 8th, I was already 3 days short of 2 weeks post wash, not 1 week as I'd thought. Roll Eyes
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Reply #123 - Dec 9th, 2006 at 4:10pm
 
Last night I actually had a nightmare.  I dreamed that I cut my hair into a very layered bob with big swingy curls and I really like it!  I liked it so much I kept swinging my head around.Shocked  I know I've been struggling lately with the thought that I'll never reach my goals, but giving up and actually cutting it?!?  Nope, ain't gonna happen.  My hair has never gotten much longer that BSL in my life and before, I never thought (or cared) about the reason for it.  My hair is very dry and I'm learning how to take care of my ends so that they don't dry out and split, so I'm definitely going to continue going for it.  I want long flowing hair. I just hope that I don't have anymore nightmares!  That was scary!
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Reply #124 - Dec 9th, 2006 at 7:02pm
 
I just rinsed my new medication from my scalp and am now convinced that this stuff is apparently doing something.  I guess because my pain threshold is so high, I dismissed the tiny bit of tingling that I now get from the medication as no big deal.  This time I looked at my scalp afterwards and was completely shocked to see how red it has made my skin.  Like, REALLY red.  I don't think I'll be going past one hour (as recommeded by my doctor) anymore because wether it feels like it or not, it's definitely irritating my scalp which is the plan.  If it works, my doctor said I can see results in as little as 2 month. I'm so glad my doctor recommended me to a new physician.  I was going to buy some peppermint oil to stimulate my scalp, but theres no way that peppermint oil can compare to this stuff.Smiley
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Reply #125 - Dec 9th, 2006 at 10:56pm
 
Have you heard of "Curly Girl" by Lorraine Massey?  Its a great book-she has great advice for taking care of curly hair.  Her own hair is corkscrew curly and looks great. 

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Sakina wrote on Dec 9th, 2006 at 10:56pm:
Have you heard of "Curly Girl" by Lorraine Massey?  Its a great book-she has great advice for taking care of curly hair.  Her own hair is corkscrew curly and looks great.  

Good Luck with your new medicine!


No, I've never heard of this book before. I probably would've been a little skeptical of it had I stumbled upon it on my own, seeing that the chapter devoted to black hair is titled "You Go, Curl!" Undecided
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Reply #127 - Dec 10th, 2006 at 8:43pm
 
So, I was doing my daily oiling and medication application when I began playing in my hair.   I haven't had the chance to do this much lately, since I've become more strict with myself about doing up do's.  Anyway, I flipped my bang which usually hangs over to the left, to the right and it looks so much better! 

I've been growing my bangs out since I cut them for the last and final time about two years ago. My bangs are cut asymetrical with the shortest part falling at chin level, and the longest part about 3 inches past my chin.  Growing them out has been a pain because it looks so drastic.  I have the longer hair and then out of nowhere is a chunk of shorter hair, it's not gradual at all.  But simply changing my part helps tremendously.  I still don't like the bangs enough to keep them at this length of course, but enough to where growing them out shouldn't seem so horrible going forward.

When I was a teenager I wouldn't leave the house without bangs and as an adult, I've experimented with them from time to time only to become completely annoyed by them and regret cutting them, yet again.  So now, although I sometimes still get bang envy when I see someone with really nice ones (I've NEVER had nice bangs btw) I've learned to just let it go.Tongue



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Reply #128 - Dec 10th, 2006 at 9:21pm
 
I noticed an older thread about favorite hair flicks and I decided to list my favorites here, for a little inspiration and I thought it would be fun. Cheesy

...The Kama Sutra A Tale Of Love - I Love This One!  Not Only The Elaborate Hair Do's But Also The Costumes That They Wear In The Movie.   I Think That Any Bollywood Movie Is A Great Hair Movie. The Actress Shown Is Indira Verma (She's Also In The HBO Series Rome)

Of Course I Love Memoirs Of A Geisha (No Image Necessary) But, I Know I Could Never Get My Hair Straight Like That And Have It Remain Healthy. Oh, And The Story!!!  I Was So Rooting For Her And The Chairman To Get Together.  I Was So Obsessed With This Movie When It Came Out, I Also Had To Read The Book Too.

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Reply #129 - Dec 11th, 2006 at 12:33pm
 
I love those movies too! Smiley  The bollywood movies are awesome and not only great hair flicks but some are so funny!  My favorite funny one is "Dude where's the party?"  A ROTF good time!  Have you ever seen in these movies when the ladies purfume there hair with incense? I do this every once in a while with indian rose incense, it smells divine!
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I've never seen Dude where's the party, I'm gonna have to look out for that one. Smiley And now that you mention it, I have seen women perfume their hair with incense I was just never aware that, thats what they were doing.  I've seen them wave the incense around the hair and body but I wasn't aware that they were simply doing it for the purpose of "perfuming".  I always assumed it was just some sort of Indian custom or spiritual ritual. Grin
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Reply #131 - Dec 15th, 2006 at 7:58am
 
I was able to hold out, and it's been almost 3 weeks since I've washed my hair.  I know it may sound gross but it smells fine.  It just doesn't have that soft, just been washed feel to it because of product build up.  It's funny, because I honestly didn't even realize how long it had been since I washed last.  I'd been wearing my hair up pretty much all of the time lately, so I guess it was easier to ignore.  I'm going to wash/clarify my hair sometime over the weekend and try going totally cone free.  I'll see how eliminating cones works out as I go along.  

I didn't want to speak too soon but I'm so excited!  I really think my new medicine will put my alopecia into remission!  I've only been using the medicine for about a week now, but last night I saw even more hair regrowth in the areas where my hair had fallen out.  I hope I continue to see more growth in the days and weeks to come.  I'm very optimistic and excited!!! Cheesy

Oh, I also received an email that my first pair of LL hair sticks have been mailed and are on their way.  They are a special order, so it seems like forever since I ordered them but I shall have them soon. Smiley

I was reading over my journal entries to see where I started.  My hair was at 24" when I first began journaling here. ( My first journal entry states 25" but that was a wet measure.  I now only measure dry)  My hair had gotten to 25.5 but recently I trimmed, and am now at 24.5 so I've only gained 1/2" since I started Cry I've gotta do better in '07'.
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(whispered) yay! (whispered)
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(whispered) no we don't want to frighten it, Yay!!! Grin  *hugs* Trisha
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Yay!!! I got my hair sticks today.  I ordered them a while ago and since then, I began to assess my spending and felt that maybe I shouldn't have spent so much money on a hair accessory, but now I'm glad that I did. They're beautiful and I purchased black (with sterling accents) which goes with pretty much everything so I know I'll get alot of use out of them.  Also, because I now have 2 sticks, I can do a nice and secure bun without using bobby pins or putting my hair in a ponytail first!  So when I remove the sticks, my hair falls loose and I can shake it out like they do in the movies! Grin

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Congrats on the new sticks.  I look forward to seeing a picture of them in your hair.
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Reply #136 - Dec 17th, 2006 at 3:26am
 
Thanks Bikerbraid Smiley  Are those your hair sticks in your new avatar? Shocked

I typically do a simple doughnut bun but since getting my new sticks is such a special occasion (to me Smiley) I've decided to experiment and attempt to be a bit creative.  Sorry about the quality, I can't seem to take a good picture these days.  

The last pic was my first go at the midevial bun. I didn't do such a good job, so I decided to cheat and make it look better by bobby pinning a brooch to the center. The last pic also provides a clearer view of the sticks.


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Reply #137 - Dec 17th, 2006 at 7:46am
 
Wow!  Your new sticks look lovely! Smiley
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Reply #138 - Dec 17th, 2006 at 12:38pm
 
Beautiful sticks!  They are perfect in your hair.  Cheesy

I love your different hair styles with them - you do a very nice job with your hair and the sticks.

[and yes, those are some of my hairsticks - that picture was taken a year ago.... I hope to update it soon.]
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Reply #139 - Dec 18th, 2006 at 4:55pm
 
omg, La Diosa, what beautiful updo's! And beautiful hairsticks!
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Reply #140 - Dec 19th, 2006 at 10:54am
 
(((hugs))) Thanks everyone! Smiley
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Reply #141 - Dec 22nd, 2006 at 8:35am
 
I'd been feeling under the weather for a few days now, just waiting on the cold that I was positive was sure to come.  I'd been suffering from an upset stomach, a scratchy throat and fatigue.  It wasn't until yesterday when my cold still hadn't come on that I realized that it was acid reflux.  I'd been on medication for this since the spring however, I ran out last week.  I decided that I didn't need to renew my prescription because I had been feeling fine, not figuring that the only reason I was fine was because of the medication.  It had been so long since I suffered from the symptoms that this time, I couldn't identify them.  So, I got my prescription refilled and I feel a lot better.  So much so, that this morning I decided to clean my entire apartment and mop all of my floors.   Now my only ailment is a headache from the fumes. Undecided

My hair has been doing fine.  Other than oiling, I've been keeping it in a bun and just letting it grow. Keeping my ends tucked away is working out to be really good for my hair.  It still looks fresh from the trim and my ends aren't the least bit dry or brittle.Smiley

My second Caruso hair setter (this year, I've been purchasing Caruso hair setters since I was 17) conked out on me after only a few months so I decided to purchase a different brand.  I bought Revlon ionic steam rollers but I don't like them.  The rollers seem to get unnecessarily hotter than the Caruso rollers and the rollers are smaller so I can't get all of my hair wrapped around them let alone clamping it.  I think it may be cheaper to sell them on eBay than to return them.  Hopefully, I'm not stuck with them long and can use the money to buy a new Caruso hair setter.  Even if they don't last long, at least they are effective when they do work.

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Reply #142 - Dec 22nd, 2006 at 9:32am
 
wow your updos are so thick! Yours so blessed!!! the sticks are barely visable with all that hair lol. Youf hair looks fab with sticks.

Hope u get better soon and are able to return the rollers
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Reply #143 - Dec 22nd, 2006 at 10:04am
 
Awww, Thanks Rainbow. Smiley
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Reply #144 - Dec 22nd, 2006 at 7:06pm
 
What are you taking for your acid reflux?  My husband was originally prescribed Prilosec which is now an OTC.  He takes it every day, and will remain on it forever due to a medical procedure that was performed on him that has left him without the muscle that closes off the esophogus (and keeps the acids in the stomach).
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Reply #145 - Dec 23rd, 2006 at 7:02am
 
Bikerbraid I take 40mg of Protonix once a day.  I've taken Prilosec OTC as well but only for a day or two.  I've never taken it long enough to know if it's as effective for me or not.  How does Prilosec work for your husband?  I have the feeling that I'll be on medication for acid reflux forever as well, although I don't know the cause of mine.  I like spicy foods which I still eat and as long as I take my medication, the foods don't bother me.  Is your husband on a special diet?
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Reply #146 - Dec 23rd, 2006 at 1:21pm
 
Today I clarified.  It's been 3 weeks and 5 days since my last wash.Shocked  It was easy to do because I kept my hair up pretty much the whole time so it was easy to ignore. 

Anyway, I am now officially cone free.  I'm going to try it out for awhile to see if it works for me.  I attempted it before, but I took it for granted that my leave in conditioner was cone free but it wasn't.  So, I CCC to remove any left over cones, detangled with my creative 3W comb, applied coconut oil and did my hair in 2 plaits to air dry.
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Bikerbraid I take 40mg of Protonix once a day.  I've taken Prilosec OTC as well but only for a day or two.  I've never taken it long enough to know if it's as effective for me or not.  How does Prilosec work for your husband?  I have the feeling that I'll be on medication for acid reflux forever as well, although I don't know the cause of mine.  I like spicy foods which I still eat and as long as I take my medication, the foods don't bother me.  Is your husband on a special diet?


Hubby has been on the Prilosec for several years now and it works great for him.  You might ask your doctor if Prilosec would be an option for you.  My hubby eats whatever he wants - spicy foods are a favorite.  But even on a bland diet he would have trouble without the medication.  The sphinctur muscle at the end of the esophogus is what keeps the acids in the stomach - hubby's did not open all the way before and food would not be able to pass thru to the stomach (a very uncomfortable situation).  So the doctor stretched it open, but that lets the acid come up into the esophogus, so he takes the medication.  It's a case of it being easier to treat the heartburn than the contractured muscle, so they intentionally damaged the muscle.
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Reply #148 - Jan 3rd, 2007 at 4:03pm
 
BB- I may ask my doctors about the Prilosec OTC in the future but the Protonix is working well for me so I'll stick with that for now.

Hair - I haven't had much to report lately hairwise.  I've decided that I really am going to wait longer in between measurments.  Instead of every month, I'll measure every other month or every 3 months.  I think doing this will help me obsess a little less about my hair and reaching my goal.

I've been very protective of my ends keeping my hair up pretty much all of the time.  I did purchase some new black satin scrunchies and a wide tooth horn comb which I now love.  At first I was dissapointed with the comb because it wasn't as smooth as I expected it to be, but once I filed it, it turned out to be very nice.

We decided not to go out for NYE, I really wasn't in the mood.  Instead we bought a bottle of white wine (I don't like champagne too much) a cake, and 2 numeric candles, a 0 and a 7.  At midnight we blew out the candles and had a toast.  It was a nice quiet evening, much better than going out. Smiley
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Reply #149 - Jan 4th, 2007 at 12:42pm
 
Aww, your nye celebration sounds perfect.   Smiley  Hubby and I have never gone out on new year's eve; we usually don't have the money to blow, and all the idiots seem to come out in full force on that night!  (besides, it's WAY past our bedtime!!)
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Reply #150 - Jan 11th, 2007 at 1:15am
 
Did a CO today, no biggie, nothing else going on hair wise.  I did purchase some shea oil though.  I'm not sure if I like it yet, I'll know after a few uses I guess.

Finally took my moms cat (now my cat) to the vet.  I'd had him for months, but I'd put off taking him because I had been wishy washy as to wether I'd keep him or not.  Well, of course I still have him and I don't have any plans of giving him up so, we went to the vet today and I was shocked at the bill.  He needed a check up and shots so today's visit was 200.00 and we'll still have to pay another 600.00 for his appointment next week.  He needs a few teeth pulled and he needs groomed.  Owning pets is very expensive. Cry
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It certainly can be!

My family is kind of in the same boat with the whole cat/vet situation. One of the neighbourhood strays adopted us, so we've been looking after him for a few months. He needs a lot of work and is, erm, not the most well-mannered cat we've ever known. That's for sure!  Tongue  So who knows what we'll do with him, really...

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Reply #152 - Jan 12th, 2007 at 10:15am
 
Yes, pets ARE expensive.  Dogs are worse than cats, and big dogs are worse than little dogs.  (Everything seems to be based on weight!)  Horses, of course are even more expensive.... I don't even want to think about them!

But, pets can be wonderful.  I guess that's why we spend the money.  Wink
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Reply #154 - Jan 14th, 2007 at 2:35am
 
I washed my hair again today.  CO's just never do it for me.  For whatever reason, my hair needs shampoo to feel soft and clean.  After CO's, my hair is always hard and crunchy so I'm finally done with them.  I'll just continue to make sure I dilute my shampoo prior to washing.
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Reply #155 - Jan 14th, 2007 at 11:16am
 
My hair's not as curly as yours, I have discovered that I need to shampoo about once every 2 weeks or else my scalp gets sore.  I wonder why your hair would get crunchy with conditioner...maybe cut back on the amount you're using?

Does the relax treatment dry out your hair or scalp?
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Reply #156 - Jan 14th, 2007 at 11:43pm
 
I use a protein conditioner so maybe it could be that I'm really not sure, but I do use a ton of it. 

Yes, the relaxer does dry out the hair afterwards, I have to apply a moisturizer to it.
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Reply #157 - Jan 16th, 2007 at 2:09am
 
Since I washed my hair a few days ago, I've yet to put any product on it.  No leave in conditioners, no oil's of any kind, no moisturizing lotion and I still love it.  I'm beginning to realize that I may not need to use styling products because it feels so much softer without them at least so far.  I'm going to cotinue this for a while and see what comes out of it.

I'd been wearing my hair parted down the center with 2 braided plaits on each side and I love it.  It's fun and I like that when I take the plaits loose, I can make 2 wavy pigtails out of each one.

Oh, I got my cat back from the vet today.  I don't know why I agreed to getting a lion shave.  He's a boy cat but now he looks like a weird fru fru poodle.  I'm sure he must feel quite emasculated.   I just can't wait until his fur grow back becasue the current texture is weird, he was cut down so low he feels like suede and more like a mouse than a cat.  I miss all of his cuddly fur. looking at him now is so weird because in a way it's as if he's naked.

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Reply #158 - Jan 16th, 2007 at 7:53am
 
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Yes, the relaxer does dry out the hair afterwards, I have to apply a moisturizer to it.


When proteins build up on the hair, it will get crunchy.  When doing CO washings, it is usually recommended that you avoid proteins and cones since both build up on the hair shaft.  A vinegar rinse will usually eliminate the buildup.
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Reply #159 - Jan 16th, 2007 at 9:10am
 
Thats really good to know, thanks Bikerbraid. Smiley

I've decided to apply some Aveda light elements to my hair this morning.  It's a very light spritz of a water based moisturizer.  So far I like it it's so light my hair still feels product free just a little softer.  So far, I like the feel of not having products in my hair.

Also the BIG thing that I'm excited about is that my alopecia spot has filled in and my hair is really growing!  I'm very happy about this!Smiley
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Reply #160 - Jan 16th, 2007 at 5:08pm
 
That's fantastic!!  I'm so glad to hear your spot is filling in.  WONDERFUL!
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Reply #161 - Jan 16th, 2007 at 10:07pm
 
La Diosa that's great! Smiley
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Thank you ladies. Cheesy

Here's my poor naked kitty before and after.  I can't even let him sit outside now because I think he'd freeze to death. Sad

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Reply #163 - Jan 17th, 2007 at 9:24am
 
EEEEKKKK!!!!  Shocked Shocked  Do they really do that to cats intentionally??
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Reply #164 - Jan 17th, 2007 at 1:03pm
 
Yep, unfortunately so.  It'll take 6 months for him to look normal again. Cry
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Reply #167 - Jan 24th, 2007 at 3:49pm
 
Today, I washed and conditioned with Sunsilk Hydra TLC.  It's the first time I've used this product.  It wasn't as moisturizing as I thought it would be but my hair turned out fine.  

I didn't realize how long I was in the shower, and the water turned cold before I could get all of the conditioner out.  I did a rush job and thought I'd gotten it all, but after scratching my scalp I realized that I didn't.  I'm just going to let it go.  I don't think leaving some conditioner in should be a problem.




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Reply #168 - Feb 2nd, 2007 at 12:30am
 
I've been using Giovanni's direct leave in conditioner for about a week now and I really like it.  The directions say to apply it after washing but, I've been using it as a daily moisturizer instead of oil which hasn't been working too well for me lately.  I was looking for something like this at my local Wild Oats store with no luck, but then I saw it mentioned here in the product reviews and thought I'd give it a try.  It's really keeping my hair moisturized nicely even with the indoor heat.  I've also been using humidifiers but they only seem to do so much.

Anyway, even with my hair up most of the time, I'm noticing that my ends are tapering again even though I trimmed an inch off about two months ago.  I only stopped using my blow dryer this past fall, so maybe I'm still having breakage due to all of the prior years of abusing heat.  I refuse to trim again though.  Not that its that bad yet, but if I'm just going to wind up with tapered ends even after trimming I might as well just let the trimming go.

It's been so cold here lately (just as it's been everywhere else).  I hate the cold so I've pretty much holed myself in my apartment like a hermit, going out as little as possible.  I did venture out so that my youngest kitty could experience snow for the first time, but to my surprise she didn't like it AT ALL.  This was as far as she'd go. Sad

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I love Giovanni products, and had good results with them.  I just can't afford them right now.   Sad 
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Cute kitty!  I love the boots your wearing!  I too am holded up like a hermit myself due to the cold.  I've never tryed Giovanni before, I like Jason.  I would love to try Ojon Tawaki but man is it's not cheap!
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I'm going to try the Giovanni 50/50 Shampoo and Conditioner next.  I really do hope I like it because it really isn't cheap experimenting with product after product, but at least my sister makes out.  I mail her the products that don't work out for me.  At this rate, she'll never have to buy shampoo and conditioner again.

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Reply #173 - Feb 6th, 2007 at 7:40pm
 
Well, I decided to go ahead and relax my hair today instead of at the end of the month as I'd planned.  My roots were getting really thick and poofy due to my new growth and I had gotten tired of it. 

I was also wanting to trim soooo bad because my ends seemed to be tapering and thin looking, but after washing and relaxing, my ends actually turned out to be fuller than they initially appeared although I'm not quite sure why that is.  Since my roots were no longer poofy, I took a measure and got a little over 25.5 inches.  I was really shocked that it was only 25.5 inches because it looked so very long (for my hair) but I guess it only seemed so long because lately I'd been wearing my hair wavy which takes from the length.  25.5 makes sense though because at my last measure after my last trim 2 months ago, I was 24.5 inches.

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Reply #175 - Feb 7th, 2007 at 11:10am
 
AHHHH!!!!  I wish there was an undo button.  I just accidentally deleted my entire post!  I meant to hit enter and I hit delete Angry  Oh well.

Sakina:  I've been through so many products that I don't even recall a pine based one, so whatever it was no, I guess it didn't work out for me. Undecided

Hair: When I'm washing out my relaxer, I tend to scrub like a maniac to make sure I've removed all traces of the chemicals so in doing so, I typically tangle it up pretty good.  Yesterday when I finished washing, I was only able to detangle enough to put my hair into two plaits but this morning when my hair was dry, I really had a job ahead of me.  It took me about 5 hours to get through it all and get all of the tangles out. Shocked  Surprisingly, it didn't seem like such a long time though.  I had my iPod going the whole time and I was singing along to the music and dancing while I was going through my hair, so basically I had a detangling party.  I haven't applied any heat to it (and of course I'm not going to) so right now my hair looks huge like Diana Ross's but I'm happy with it.  I'm just glad that I won't have to do this again for another 2 or 3 months. Cool
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Reply #176 - Feb 7th, 2007 at 12:15pm
 
5 HOURS?!  Oh my stars and garters, girl!   Shocked  I have a new respect for what you must go through to have long hair.  I don't know if I could do that, and I'm an extremely patient woman.  *hugs*
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Reply #177 - Feb 7th, 2007 at 1:30pm
 
Now, I've heard people say "Oh my stars" but "garters" is a new one for me, although I do like it! Wink

I remember the first time my hair ever got that tangled. I began sobbing like a child because I thought it would be absolutely impossible to detangle and I was certain that I'd have to cut all of my hair off but my husband came to the rescue.  He sat there with me all night long helping me to detangle and he even showed me how to do it so that it doesn't take as long.  I know that 5 hours is a long time but it sure beats all night long, especially when you have no clue as to what your doing.

My hair doesn't get that tangled after a regular wash, only after I apply relaxers (chemical straighteners) and I'm really scrubbing to remove them.   As long as I don't manipulate my hair much while washing, the tangles aren't bad.

But at the same time, as I was detangling I did wonder if I'd be able to keep this up with hair that's 10 inches longer than it is now.  Oh well, only time will tell, but until then I'll keep on truckin' full steam ahead to grow my hair longer. Smiley
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Reply #179 - Feb 9th, 2007 at 8:56pm
 
I just got this flower leather stick barrette in the mail today.  I love it, but I'm going to wait until spring to wear it.
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This is my hair from last year around this time.  Because I've cut so much hair off last year (I figured about 4.5 inches) I currently don't have much more length than this.

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Reply #180 - Feb 10th, 2007 at 1:24am
 
Egad, sorry about your horn comb, La Diosa.  Sad

Your hair looks great, though!  Cheesy
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Reply #181 - Feb 10th, 2007 at 3:23am
 
My mother used to say "Oh my stars and garters" all the time.  She still does, but not as much. 

What my grandmother used to say, that I have heard NOWHERE else, is "There's more ways to kill a cat than choking him on butter." 

I used to say it too, but I got too many weird reactions.
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Reply #182 - Feb 10th, 2007 at 3:33am
 
wow i love your hair, thats just what i want. In the second picture you have really nice layers, and length. Im guessing you hair type is 1b/c/iii  Wink.

Sorry about your cat, i am not really keen on animals, i know people get close to their pets but i really am scared of pets, even fish, apart from on my plate.

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Reply #183 - Feb 10th, 2007 at 5:00am
 
Angel Spun: Thanks for the compliment and for offering your condolences for the loss of my comb. Smiley

TexianTraveler: I'm guessing that the puzzled look on my face as I read the line about the cats may also count as a weird reaction. Grin  I really love animals so I don't think that'll be a quote that I'd use either.

Rainbow: Nope.  My hair type is 4a/f/i.  My hair is chemically relaxed, which means it lightly loosens my very tight natural curl pattern and it makes it much easier to manage.  Most people think that type 4 hair is course, but the strands are actually fine and very fragile, unlike coarse hair which is strong.  It's just that type 4's have so much hair, that the assumption is that it must be coarse.  

I love having animals around.  At every stage of my life I've had some sort of pet either cat's, dog's, birds, and fish. I couldn't imagine my life without them because I love them so much and they are very loving in return.

I appreciate your show of concern for my cat, even though you're not so fond of them.  This evening he's been making weird hacking noises, so I may take him to the vet as soon as Monday.
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Reply #184 - Feb 10th, 2007 at 5:19am
 

Wow your hair looks in great condition! Are you sure your not a iii because those buns you posted were huge!!!

I can understand your love of animals i know people who are very attached to their animals and they love them like a friend, for me i cant get over the fear they might bite me. I was never bought up with animals that is why i cant connect, for you who have animals at every stage of your life can then understand animals and enjoy them, i wish i could to coz they are so cute and fluffy, i would love a bunny but i am to scared to hold one so its not a good idea.

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Reply #185 - Feb 10th, 2007 at 6:01am
 
I'm sorry Rainbow you are right.  I had to go back and re read the fia hair typing chart.  I had been  under the false impression that iii meant thick strands.  So yes, I am 4a/f/iii.  I'm glad you pointed that out to me or else I still wouldn't have realized my mistake. Smiley

I have to admit that I am afraid of very large dogs, you know the ones that are as big as ponys.  When I go to Petsmart some people bring in these very large dogs and I'm always hoping that the dog doesn't become mad and start attacking people.  

My cats do bite but they only do it when playing so they're very soft bites, they come no where close to being painful yet alone breaking the skin.

In the past, I'd never thought I'd need pet insurance at this point.  I felt that with young cats it would most likely be an unneccessary expense, but lately I have been looking around at different carriers.  It would make life so much easier on me though if my husband could just add the cats as dependents on our health insurance we get through his job. Cheesy
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Reply #186 - Feb 10th, 2007 at 8:52am
 
lol that would be good insurance for all the family and pets, you may have started a revolution here lol.

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Reply #187 - Feb 11th, 2007 at 9:06pm
 
Well, my husband surprised me this morning with yet another cake.  It'll be a long while before I'll even want to look at another cake again.  At least this one was tiny, enough for 2 servings, okay maybe 4 but we each ate half. Roll Eyes  This time, instead of just having 2 numeric candles, this tiny cake had a whopping 32 candles! Shocked  There was so much heat that the candles melted very rapidly creating a wax layer on top of the cake!  

The card he got me was just as sweet as the cake.  It reads... My Sweet Wife, I wish you could see what I see.  You're always fussing about some this that's too big or some that that's too small, but everything looks perfect to me.  You are sexy.  You are beautiful.  Just look into my eyes and you'll see.  Awww!!!!  I love him so much!

Look how my hair looks as though it's about to go up in flames!  Oh, I had to give myself a little pastie because I was still in my night gown.  I hope this pic isn't offensive to anyone.

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Reply #188 - Feb 12th, 2007 at 1:14am
 
How about this for something. This morning my husband was staring at his computer and out of nowhere began screaming obscenities.Shocked  Quite startled, I told him okay already, I'll change the channel.  I was watching a pretty horrible Prince movie at the time and I thought he had become so fed up with it, that he just snapped.  He said no, it wasn't the movie that had gotten him upset.  He said that his Powerball numbers hit. Yes, his numbers hit, the very one time that he didn't go out and play them because he felt that it was too cold outside.

A few nights ago he came in a put a powerball ticket on my desk.  He told me to make sure I checked the numbers for the next drawing that was on the 7th.   The next day I checked, and just as usual he didn't even get 1 number. His numbers for 2/07/07 were 2  11 16 41 8 and 16 as the PB.

After all of the comotion, I pulled the site up on my computer (cause I had to see it for myself to believe it).  It was very shocking to see the same numbers (with the exception of one )from our ticket on the screen right before my eyes.

The PB  numbers for 2/10/07 were 2 11 16 41 42 and 16 as the PB. Shocked    
He always plays the number 2 because both our birthdays are in Feb.  He plays 11 and 16 because those are our birth dates.  He also chose 41, the age he'll be in a few days and the number 8, which was one that stumped me.  He picked 16 for the  powerball, again because thats his upcoming birthdate.  

I remained surprisingly calm, trying to calm him down as well. I kept saying there was nothing we could do to change things, so no point in getting upset about it.  Yet, all he wanted to do was to continue cursing out his computer.  Although I must admit, that inwardly I too was screaming "THIS ISN'T FAIR, THOSE ARE OUR NUMBERS!!!" I just couldn't get over the chances of this happening!  This man plays both Powerballs every week and very rarely just gets a single digit and now this!?!  

For us, this was actually the second chance that we had to become millionaires (the first time is a very long story that happened about 11 years ago.  Remember all of the IPO's that were going through the roof around the new millenium?... we were so close! *sigh*) and now it has again slipped through our fingers.  Eventually, my husband alerted me to the fact that since he was off a number, our winnings would've been $10,000.00 and not millions as I had thought.  I definitely know that 10 grand is nothing to sneeze at, but to know that it wasn't actually millions was a huge relief to me.  HUGE!  

I do understand that money doesn't buy happiness, but having thought that we missed out on millions just by missing one day of purchasing a ticket was a horrible horrible tease.  But at any rate this whole thing just seems so freaky and mysterious to me.Undecided   He threw out the ticket right after finding out he didn't win but I now wish he would've at least kept it as a souvenir.


Oh, and the 8 represented the month that his son was born. duh! Some Stepmother I am. Tongue
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Reply #189 - Feb 12th, 2007 at 7:06am
 
Holy Crow!!!  Funny how things work out sometimes.....I guess a better way to look at it is that he and you were alive and healthy enough to even see the numbers!!  I know not much of a consolation,but I'd be hollerin too,if that makes ya feel any better! Tongue
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Reply #193 - Feb 12th, 2007 at 6:59pm
 
Wow, look at that flaming cake!  Grin

Hope your birthday was awesome, La Diosa!

Sorry about the numbers. That's a real let down. But there's always next time, right?
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Yeah, hopefully next time he'll actually remember to  play and then get ALL of the numbers right!  I mean really, five out of six numbers!?!  What's his problem??  LOL!!!
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Reply #195 - Feb 14th, 2007 at 2:18am
 
Tonight I got on the scale, simply because I do that every once in awhile just because it's there.  Well, somehow I've gained 8lbs!!! Shocked  I didn't even notice, and have no idea how!!!  Well, now that I think about it my husband has been baking lots of chocolate chip cookies lately and with all of that cake...and ice cream...and all the candy that he bought.  Okay, now I really am mad at him! lol  Typically, I eat sugar free but lately he's been feeding me all this sugar loaded junk!  I think from now on I need to do the cooking...and start working out more.  Now, I'm actually at the "correct" weight for my height however, I've naturally been a few pounds underweight all of my life, so seeing those numbers on the scale really freaked me out!  And apparently, it's not healthy weight gain (like muscle) because I gained it all from eating junk food.
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Reply #196 - Feb 14th, 2007 at 12:17pm
 
Yep...sugar will do it every time.  It's EEEEEvil   Angry 
But I must add the statement that, judging from your recent photos, you look fine as wine.   Wink
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Trisha wrote on Feb 14th, 2007 at 12:17pm:
Yep...sugar will do it every time.  It's EEEEEvil   Angry


It sure is Smiley,  I'll be avoiding it like the plague!


Trisha wrote on Feb 14th, 2007 at 12:17pm:
But I must add the statement that, judging from your recent photos, you look fine as wine.   Wink



Thanks for the sweet compliment, Trisha!  I just have really skinny arms though.  My weight gain goes directly to my midsection, thighs and bottom. Even at a lower weight, I have to work out to keep those areas firm or else.  I began working out already so hopefully I'll be back to normal soon.  And today, I've cooked all of my own meals so far Smiley
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Yay, it finally came today!!!  
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Oh my stars and garters!  Is that you in both photos?
 
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Yes, the first one was about an hour ago.  
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Reply #201 - Feb 15th, 2007 at 2:51pm
 
Shocked Shocked Shocked Oh MY!!!  We have a star amongst us!  The headdress looks lovely on you. 

You made a very convincing Cleopatra.  That is too funny about the people taking multiple pictures with you.  I guess I never really thought about there being jobs specifically for wearing costumes and playing a part in Vegas.  It must have been rather interesting.  What other costumed parts did you do?
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Reply #202 - Feb 15th, 2007 at 3:53pm
 
A star!?!  Puhleeze! Grin  Thanks for the compliment though!

Yeah, I guess they have jobs for everything.  They do the same thing in LA  in front of the Manns Chinese Theater.  The last time I was there, I took a pic with a fake Michael Jackson.  

I worked as a wine bearer also at Ceasars, a belly dancer at the Aladdin and at the Venetian I was a "sexy elf", which was hilarious to see on a pay stub.  The other costumes weren't as beautiful and elaborate as Cleopatra.  Although, it was pretty cool getting paid to play dress up and stand around chatting and taking pictures for a few hours.  They even gave us free meals!
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Reply #203 - Feb 15th, 2007 at 5:43pm
 
wow that must have been so exciting!
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I think you win for the most unique job!  What fun.
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Reply #205 - Feb 16th, 2007 at 3:45am
 
It was cool yet odd at the same time, knowing that the pictures I was in, could be looked at for years to come commemorating a fun and exciting time in the lives of people from all over the world.

I've had lots of jobs in my 32 years.  I'm a hopper!  I've sold clothes, shoes, was a paper girl in my early teens, worked in several banks, was an executive assistant, a receptionist a few times over, woked in call centers...and the list goes on. With my very long resume due to an unstable work history, I began to get shocked that people would continue to hire me. Tongue  Typically, when I first start a job (no matter what it is) I really love it for maybe a year, and then I'd get bored and end up looking for something new.  It's as though I have ADD or something.  Modeling and working through the talent agency was perfect because with every assignment I could do something new and fun.


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Reply #206 - Feb 16th, 2007 at 11:10am
 
Your job hopping sounds exciting and wonderful to me right now.  I'm very much stuck in a rut right now.  I probably should have switched jobs about 5 years ago but chose to stay where I am comfortable.  Don't get me wrong; I love the people I work with.  They're like a second family to me, and that's probably part of the problem.  I have only 5 more years working at the university before I can retire with full benefits, so I really can't leave--that would be utterly stupid.  I could, however, switch departments if the right job became available.  But still...*sigh*  Okay, sorry, didn't mean to hijack your thread, La Diosa!!   Smiley
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Reply #207 - Feb 17th, 2007 at 6:03am
 
Um No, I don't think leaving your job now would be such a smart decision. Wink

Changing departments sounds like a good idea for a change of pace if that becomes an option.

My god mother has worked at the University of Buffalo since graduating high school I think somtime in the 60's.  It's so weird to me when I hear about people only ever having one job like that.  I could't begin to imagine what that would be like.  The movie Ground Hog Day tends to come to mind.  This is her last year before retirement.  She's happy about it but at the same time it's all bitter sweet.

She and my mom who had been best friends since elementary school, were planning to move in together after her retirment and I guess do a Golden Girls type thing, but now with my mom gone, I'm not quite sure what she's going to do.  I'm sure my sister and I will make more frequent trips to Buffalo to make sure she doesn't get lonely.  It's so weird how when one person passes, the people that were in their lives have to grow closer together in an attempt to help fill that void.  My last birthday was an example of that.  On every birthday since living on my own the only people who called to wish me a happy birthday were my mom (ALWAYS at midnight btw, she'd never say hello she'd just burst into song singing happy birthday and completely off key mind you) , my sister, whoever I may have dating at the time, and maybe a friend here and there but thats it.  This birthday, I was flooded with calls from so many extended family members.  It was a little weird but I felt it was thoughtful.
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This woman is my idol.  She was on Oprah a  few weeks ago and when she revealed that she was 70 years old my mouth dropped!  They were showing clips of her daily life.  She rollerblades, does pilates, rides a bike walks alot, eats healthy and it's paid off because she looks great and most importantly she has a great attitude.  I think there are good and bad ways to age, I think she is definitely aging well.  I'd say she treats life as though everyday is a gift and to honor that she lives every day to the fullest.  I just cannot not admire that.
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Reply #209 - Feb 18th, 2007 at 10:39pm
 
I know I decided to stretch my washes out a bit but, I couldn't wait to try my new Giovanni shampoo and condtioner!  Curiosity and excitement got the best of me because I washed with it today and now... Ahhh.... I'm in love! Smiley  My hair not only came out very soft but *GASP*  tangle free!!!  I was able to glide the comb down my strands, it was simply heaven.  I looked at the bottle and thought, hey lover where have you been all my life?Kiss  Every Giovanni product that I've used so far has been an absolute dream.  I'm experiencing some fear though because things can change.  Experience has taught me that a product can work well for awhile but something changes and then it just doesn't do it for ya anymore.  I'll have to keep my fingers crossed in a hope that I continue to get the same wonderful results everytime.  Next on my purchase list is Giovanni Nutrafix Renconstructor.  

Oh, and I got a brand new wide tooth comb to replace my lost one and then the broken one.  It isn't seamless so I had to file it down.  Now it's feeling a bit rough so I'm going to have to get a nail buffer and hopefully that will work in making it smooth.  
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Reply #210 - Feb 19th, 2007 at 11:38am
 
Ugh, I miss my Giovanni shampoo and conditioner!!   Cry  All right, that's it...when all these "guests" finally move out of my house, I'm going back to Giovanni!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Trisha: I feel for ya!  Hope you get your Giovanni fix soon! Wink



HAIR: I'm going to wash in a few days but I'm very low on my leave in so I'm trying to ration it until the new one arrives.  Today, my hair is feeling soft but would be softer if I had more condtioner in it.  Yesterday I couldn't get over how nice and bouncy it was!!!  I don't recall ever having "bouncy" hair!! Smiley It's so great!

I was belly dancing all this morning and gained an extra motivation to take care of my hair and grow it long.  Watching myself do hair flips in the mirror really made me desire the waist long hair that the belly dance instrutors on my dvd's have.  

I'm noticing that my hair is oxidizing which I find weird.  The top and sides of my hair are turning a lighter shade of brown. I'm not outside in the sun much, not that it's been very sunny lately and I have a very good shower filter.  Hmm... not quite sure whats going on here. Smiley

I've been able to whittle down my product usage and I feel that I finally have the best products for my hair.  

Hair Polish or Glycerin work well prior to washing to help me detangle prior to and post wash.  I may need to use a clarifier every so often because of this though.  
Giovanni 50/50 Shampoo And Conditioner work very well for me.  I still haven't used the reconstructor but I feel it will help with breakage and to stregthen my hair.
Giovanni Direct Leave In Conditioner for after washing and applied daily to dry hair for additional conditioning.
Coconut oil, I had given oil up for about two weeks only to reincorporate it into my regimen again.  I really don't feel that I need it for hair health, but I do like the shine that it provides.  It's the only product that I've found with the ability to make hair shiny that doesn't have cones.
I've also made the decision to only dust from here on out.  It's somewhat of a miracle I suppose, but I can honestly say that I'm done trimming.  I just need to purchase a new pair of good hair scissors.

I've also learned that I can't "play" in my hair too much.  I like experimenting and trying out new styles but I realize that all of the excess combing and manipulating is causing breakage.

BODY: I've been working out everyday since I discovered my weight gain.  I've lost a few pounds but also realize that I'm gaining muscle so I may not be as light as I originally was which is fine.  I'm loving the exercise, it's making me feel really good about myself.  Not just for asthetic reasons but I feel good that I'm being active. I feel as though I'm accomplishing something.  I hope to adapt my exercising into my way of life from now on and not have it be something thats only temporary.  Working out also motivates me to eat healthier.  When you're working out so hard, it's really difficult to be comfortable with eating junk.
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Reply #212 - Mar 6th, 2007 at 4:46pm
 
I just had a wonderful wash day!  My replacement water filter cartridge and my Giovanni conditioner both arrived in the mail today.  I had to buy a few bottles of conditioner, this time I can't run out in between shipments this way I'll always have some in stock.

I decided to do an experiment to see which method I like better either washing my hair loose or in plaits.  First, I applied glycerin to my hair and then proceeded to detangle with a wide tooth comb.  Then, I parted my hair down the middle as usual, but this time I plaited one side and let the other side be. 

I began to wash and loved the fact that the plaited side was just so neat.  My worry was that I wouldn't get the plaited side clean but I continued on only taking the plait out to apply conditioner and then I replaited.  After 10 minutes, I took the plait out again to rinse then I applied leave in, detangled (very easily), and again replaited.  It was a dream!  The other side wasn't as tangled as it appeared however the plaited side was definitely easier to detangle.  Of course, I will be washing this way from now on.

I forgot to mention that I used a turbie twist to pat my hair dry.  I loved the softness of the turbie twist and I also liked how effective it was in drying, it's actually unbelievable that that little thing did such an efficient job.  When I was finished, the turbie twist itself even felt pretty dry, absolutely amazing! 

I happened to catch a glimpse of my hair in the mirror while I was in the shower and I couldn't believe how much longer my hair looks when it's wet than it does when dry.  It appeared to be about 3 inches longer. Huh
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Reply #213 - Mar 9th, 2007 at 5:32pm
 
My husband noticed that his naturally very dark hair is also changing to a lighter brown.  I'm convinced now that it's the humidifiers that are oxidizing our hair.  Fortunately, very soon it'll be time to put them away.  I'll have to decide what to do about it by next fall though.

My left knee has really been bothering me since I began working out.  I'd rest it for a day, maybe but then I'd be back to my 20 minutes a day on the ellipical regardless of the pain.  I've tried Tylenol but it doesn't work.  My husband recommended that I rest my knee for an entire week.  I've decided to try that out but it's killing me not to do the elliptical.  I've still been doing dumbells and leg lifts though.  In one of my yoga magazines they listed some poses that are good for the knees so I will try those out in the mean time.

In just the past 2 months I got news that my neice and youngest sister are both expecting babies. Shocked  I was shocked and didn't know what to say.  All I could do was wish them well.  Hopefully, everything will be and they'll find happiness in their choices.
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Sometimes that's all we can do--even, or especially, when we don't agree with their choices!   Grin
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Reply #215 - Mar 13th, 2007 at 11:12am
 
You really shouldn't mess with knees - I agree with your husband - time off would be a good thing.

I'd focus on upper body work for a while, maybe do some low-stress restorative yoga poses to keep the flow going.
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Reply #216 - Mar 13th, 2007 at 4:42pm
 
berkanna wrote on Mar 13th, 2007 at 11:12am:
You really shouldn't mess with knees - I agree with your husband - time off would be a good thing.


You're right.  My mother had really bad knees so you'd think I'd know better.Embarrassed  

I've read that stretching the knees first is necessary before doing workouts and doing that has really helped me.  That may be common knowledge to most, but I did not know to do that.  I always stretched afterwards.  Now I do yoga poses that are good for my knees before and I stretch again afterwards, and so far so good.   I'd felt that since 30 minutes is such a small increment of time out of an entire day, that I could work my legs 7 days a week but I guess not.  I've decided to only do the elliptical 4 or 5 days a week.
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Reply #217 - Mar 15th, 2007 at 3:14am
 
I've finally had a successful CO.  First, I applied the last of my Hydra Silk TLC conditioner to my dry hair and I let it set for about 20 minutes and then I rinsed.  Then I conditioned again with a combo of Giovanni's 50/50 remoisturizing conditioner and their nutrafix reconstructor.  I let that sit for about 5 minutes then I rinsed again, dried with my turbie twist and then applied my leave in so all in all it was actually a CRCRC. Wink  I decided not to do my normal plaits as it dries because I may be going away on Monday and if I do I want my hair to be straight and not wavy.  It dries so much faster when it's loose and right now it's so soft, I'm very happy with it! Smiley
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Reply #218 - Mar 17th, 2007 at 7:36pm
 
Okay, so yesterday was not a good day.  I had to take my cat to the vet early in the morning, he's fine just a bit of sneezing.  Anyway, we had to get going and I couldn't find anything to wear.  I put on my size 2 khaki's and I could NOT get them fastened.  That has never happend to me before.  I've had my pants be too tight but never to the point where I couldn't fasten them! Shocked  So then, I got my size 4 jeans (jeans that I purchased last summer to be my "fat" jeans) out of the dryer and they were sooo tight.  So my husband is like well just put on some sweats.  So, I'm looking all over and can't find them and he's looking in the laundry room for any pants with an "elastic" waist, of course now I'm feeling great! Tongue  All the while my husband keeps trying to explain to me that my metabolism isn't going to be what it used to be because I'm getting older.  Now I'm feeling wonderful! Roll Eyes  In the end, I just put on a roomy dress and off to the vet we went.  

I've been working out like mad for over a month now, I can't believe I'm not getting any smaller.  I am firmer though, but I want to be able to get back into my size 2 clothes.  I'd tried on my other pants and I could get them fastened but they're all too tight to be comfortable.  I refuse to give up though, or else I'll have to get rid of alot of clothes that I love.Cry

On another note, at least my hair is doing okay. Roll Eyes
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Reply #219 - Mar 17th, 2007 at 10:32pm
 
1.  Yes, your metabolism does slow down as you get older.
2.  Many of us would love to have size 4's as our "fat" size!
3.  The body stores fat during the winter months, but with exercise and eating right, you will lose your "winter weight" once again.

Hang in there!  (and I'm glad your kitty is OK).
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Reply #220 - Mar 18th, 2007 at 4:31am
 
Yes, everything you said is absolutely true bikerbraid.  

I think I'm either PMSing or having a pre midlife crisis or both.  

I've been natrually a few pounds underweight my whole life which was something I had to come to terms with (because of teasing and such) and accept it as a part of who I was, so now putting on weight is such a radical change for me.  I'd always expected to take after my mother and her father who remained very thin even into older age without dieting or exercise, but I guess I'm now beginning to take after my fathers side.  I know it sounds weird me complaining about not being able to fit my size 2's, but in a small way I feel as though I'm losing a part of my identity. My hope is that it is just winter weight which will fall off with a bit of exercise.

I visited the optometrist last month and she mentioned that eventually my (now just about perfect)vision will deteriorate and I will need glasses all of the time in order to see. Shocked   And I know that my first gray hair is right around the corner even though I still feel so young.  I'm not afraid of aging, but I will admit my fear of oneday looking in the mirror and not recognizing myself anymore.  I always looked at aging as as being sooo far off but now here it is.  I just have to get used to the idea of it happening now thats all, but there are more important things going on in the world right? Wink

Thanks for your concern about my kitty.  He is clearly allergic to something in our apartment yet we have no idea what.  We left him at the vet all day so that they could monitor him and he didn't sneeze once.  As soon as we brought him home he began sneezing again immediately.  We'll have to put him on antihistamines if it doesn't clear up in a week, which I doubt will happen.

He's been through so much but, I'm so glad I have custody of him.  My mom hadn't taken him to the vet in years and he really was long overdue.  Now his teeth are great, his coat is shiny, he no longer has bowel problems, he has other cats to interact with...now all we have to do is get this sneezing under control and he'll be the happiest kitty!  He's such a sweet boy! Smiley

Oh and I gotta thank Berkana again for reccomending the FURminator!  I soooo love it!  It removes SOOO much fur and an unexpected bonus is that my cats feel so much more soft!  
My cats have a chair that only they sit in and my husband and I go through maybe 2 of those tape lint rollers things a week to get the fur off of that chair, our clothes, and our other furniture.  Now my cats hardly leave any fur behind.  This thing will definitely save us money on lint rollers.  Those things are about 4.00 ea and buying 2 every week really adds up!
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Reply #221 - Mar 19th, 2007 at 10:38am
 
Yay FURminator!   Grin  I'm also glad your kitty is OK.  You can test kitties for allergies, the most common feline allergies are food-related.

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Reply #222 - Mar 19th, 2007 at 3:18pm
 
I really need to get a FURminator!!  If you do get some build up of shed hair on the cat chair, use a rubber glove to remove it!  Just a plain glove like for washing dishes will do the trick-just put it on your hand and wipe the fur away.  I don't know if it works on clothing, but for sure on furniture.

BTW, I completely understand what you're saying about identifying with your size.  I, too, was naturally skinny & underweight (and all the teasing that goes with it) until I was 21.  Then I had a super bad accident and have been gaining weight since I couldn't exercise like I did before the accident.  I slowly went from a size 4 to an 8 where I seem to be kinda stuck.  I had to take some prednisone and went from a 6 to an 8 overnight!  OMG!!  I cried and had to send my mom to the store to buy me some pants so I could got to a doctor's appointment.  I don't feel like this size is me-and I can't wear so many of what I consider my cute clothes.  Totally depressing.  Good luck!!

I hope you find out what's making your kitty sneeze.

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Reply #223 - Mar 19th, 2007 at 8:11pm
 
Berkanna: My vet didn't recommend any testing, I'm not sure why.  They just offered to put him on medication.

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Reply #224 - Mar 20th, 2007 at 11:49pm
 
Sakina:  Sorry my response was so short, I'd been going through a funk the past few days and didn't really know what to say.  I was glad that you could relate to what I was feeling, but at the same time of course, not happy at all to hear about your accident.  What happened?  Is that why you began yoga?

Exercise: When I first began working out I did loose a few pounds, but then I put on pounds and felt that I was fighting an uphill battle.  I realize now (well I'm almost 100% sure) that what's going on is that I'm gaining muscle which is making me heavier, but I'm not loosing enough fat to offset it.  So basically, I just need to do less strength training and do more cardio which I've already implemented yesterday.  Also, I gave up my low fat dip that I had been snacking on a lot lately.  Regardless of anything, I do need to learn not to let such things get me down.  I still have my health and all else important to me so, there you go!. Smiley

Hair: Doing really well.  I tried trimming it up a bit the other day.  I didn't take off much, I just wanted to even it a bit so the side where I lost hair (from alopecia) doesn't look so much shorter than the rest.  I trimmed off an inch, but that side is still about 2.5 inches shorter than the rest, I usually just tuck it behind my ear to get it to blend better.  I'll even it up gradually, I could't bear to do it all at once.  Anyhoo, I'm back at 25 inches long, it seems as though I'm never going to let it grow longer with all of my trimming but, we'll see.  I don't know if I'm going to continue reaching for my goal or if I will just let it hang around this length as I even it up.  So far, I've been doing the latter.

I'm still waiting on the cassia to arrive in the mail, I can't wait to try it.  The only thing is, I'm wondering if I should've purchased 2 bags instead of one.  I hope it's enough.
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Step out of that funk, girl, it's the first day of Spring!!! Cheesy  *hugs*
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Trisha wrote on Mar 21st, 2007 at 1:25pm:
Step out of that funk, girl, it's the first day of Spring!!! Cheesy  *hugs*


Grin LOL!  I'm out of it, I swear! Grin 
I didn't know it was the first day of spring but it was beautiful out!  I sat on my balcony and went for a walk, I really enjoyed the day!  Thanks for the hugs! *hugs you back* Cheesy
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Reply #227 - Mar 26th, 2007 at 8:23am
 
Okay, so today is the third day in a row that I've washed my hair.  My cassia arrived in the mail so I needed to wash and dry my hair before using it.  

Well, yesterday was the day I applied it to my hair and it was definitely an experience.  I mixed it with orange tea and was surprised at how much paste it made.  Initially, I didn't think that the one small packet would go very far.  So, after letting it sit 15 minutes,  I applied it to my hair in sections unil it was all over.  All over my hair, all over me, thank goodness I put paper down first because some had also splattered on my floor and my sink and counter top.  Needless to say, it was a mess!  Anyhoo, I put a plastic cap on and did a thorough cleanup job of my bathroom as I waited the instructed 30 min to an hour before rinsing.  I decided to go the full hour and then I rinsed.  I knew that it would take a while to get all of the paste out of my hair but everytime I got out of the shower I'd only realize that I still hadn't gotten it all.  This was the most difficult part.  When I do henna, I will have my husband help me rinse.  After about 4 rinses and a condition, I'd given up thinking that maybe I could comb the rest out after my hair dried.

As my hair air dried, I noticed it becomming hard even though I'd applied a leave in.  So that was my hair all day yesterday, too hard to get the rest of the cassia out because the hardness made it somwhat brittle.  The after effect of the cassia was similar to a protein treatment.

I couldn't take the hardness anymore so first thing this morning I did a shampoo.  Shampooing helped soften my hair and helped to get the rest of the green bits as well as the cassia smell (although, the smell wasn't bad, it smells like grass).  

Aside from the mess, doing the cassia was somewhat like a day at the spa but overall, I haven't noticed any benefit from it.  I won't be doing this again however, once I begin to notice grays I will try a mixture of henna and indigo to cover them up.  Hopefully, that process will be better. Tongue
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Reply #228 - Mar 27th, 2007 at 2:55pm
 
Today, I detangled my hair from my last wash.  I'd put it through so much lately that I didn't really feel up to detangling until now.  Anyway, I can definitley notice the effects of the cassia.  My hair looks shinier/healthier but it feels coated.  As of now, I'd say that I don't really care for the new texture of my hair but maybe I'll get used to it. 







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Reply #229 - Mar 27th, 2007 at 4:39pm
 
That's a shame, to go through all of that process and not like the results.  Maybe it'll improve with time...?  (hopefully)
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Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Reply #230 - Mar 28th, 2007 at 9:53am
 
Yeah, I'm hoping that will be the case.  I must admit that today my hair feels a little better than it did yesterday.  I think the "coated" feel will wear off after awhile.  I don't completely dislike it though, my hair does look healthier at least and it's not as dry as usual.  Since I did the casia I haven't had to apply leave in conditioner to my hair as much as I had to before.
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Reply #231 - Mar 31st, 2007 at 12:57pm
 
The jury is still out on my cassia 'situation' Tongue  It conditions really well but it also gives my hair a stiffness that makes it hard to manage.  Lately, I've been thinking that the stiffness maybe what others may refer to as "body" so in that case, it wouldn't be a bad thing but my hair naturally has lots of body, so I think thats why the stiffness is coming into play.  

I feel that I will try cassia again, but at a time when I am in most need of body like after a relaxer.  

On another note, a few days ago did another trim.  I still would like to have long hair however, my need for even hair is superseding my desire for length at this time.  I waited to post about my trim in order to wait for any remorse to kick in but it hasn't.  Overall, my hair still isn't as blunt or as super even as I'd eventually like it to be, but it is 'more' even now and I like it much better.  At this time, I'm thinking that I will trim an inch perhaps once every 3 months until it gets even (my right side is the issue, it's a few inches shorter than the rest of my hair due to past hair loss) and then I will move forward with growing it out.  At this rate, I'm thinking I will put off actually reaching my hair growth goal until next year and I'm fine with that. At least now (unless God forbid my alopecia decides to act up) I know when I reach my goal it will be all even (which looks much healthier) and in great condition. Smiley

I didn't measure my hair and won't do so until May 1st,  but right now I'm satisfied regardless of the number of inches that I have.
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Reply #232 - Apr 2nd, 2007 at 6:15pm
 
I applied hair polish to my hair and surprisingly, it made a world of difference!  I'm really liking it, it's way more managable now.  I decided to do spirals using steam rollers, here are the results! Cheesy
 
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Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Reply #233 - Apr 3rd, 2007 at 10:37am
 
Wow your hair looks gorgeous! Wink
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Re: LaDiosa's Journey to Longer Lengths
Reply #234 - Apr 3rd, 2007 at 11:37am
 
Thanks Lisabelle!  It looked great yesterday but unfortunately, I can't say the same for the way it looks now.

I took a walk to the store today and although it's very windy out, I decided not to put my hair up.  Big mistake, my hair was everywhere!  I had bags in both hands so the best I could do was try blowing my hair out of my face or flipping it, but neither worked, I couldn't see and I felt like cousin it! Smiley  By the time I got home, all of my curls were gone and my hair was all a big poof.  Oh well, I've learned my lesson.  When going out on windy days, I must contain my hair. Roll Eyes
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