Hair Higher Than Your Standards (cont.)

It’s back! It has been 21 days, and since then I have done the mask another time! I’m going to be honest with you, I was supposed to wait another week, but I’ve been through hell these past two weeks, and just really needed a pampering day. I’m actually very satisfied with the mask today, and have added a few new things to my routine that I want to share with you! First of all, my hair needed serious help this month. I could just feel how dirty it was, and how dry it felt by the ends. I’m coming up on needing a trim, so that’s probably why, but I’m going to put it off for another few weeks until I can spare the cash to get it done (we’ve all been there, haven’t we.) This month I have slacked on my diet, drank far less water than I should be, and have just been throwing my hair up in a holder because I am just that lazy. October was a busy month for me, especially with makeup, so I’ve been putting my skin through hell as well. I’m just not winning this month, but, like I said before, we have all been there. Today I woke up, threw on sweatpants, went to the grocery store, and then settled in with my hair mask, and video games. It was quite relaxing, honestly. It made me feel much better. The coconut oil was quite runny today so I had plenty to rub into my face, and hands as I went through my day. There really is no way to get the oil to go away other than just rubbing it in, trust me, I’ve tried. This doesn’t matter all that much, though, because coconut oil does wonders for your skin, your eyelashes, and eyebrows. If you’re trying to strengthen those face coats then coconut oil is wonderful for it! My hair was dirty today when I put the eggs in it, and I let it sit on for an extra ten minutes because I found myself preoccupied, and away from my timer. When I washed it out I shampooed, and conditioned my hair. I used the 3 minute miracle conditioner from Aussie. I only have this conditioner because I got it on sale. Three in a pack for three dollars. That’s absolutely unheard of! So, I left that in for the three minutes then rinsed it out, and all the egg was gone, and my hair was soft! So, after letting it dry I added the oils then sat, and just played video games for the entirety of the day. It was very cathartic. I washed it out, and conditioned, after 5 and a half hours, put my leave in conditioner in, and have been letting it dry for about two hours. I forgot to take a picture before doing the mask, but did take a picture on November 1st that I’m using as the before. I had actually taken it so I could write an update post, but I didn’t end up writing it, so I’m using it now! As always my hair is soft, and lovely, and my scalp feels so good I can’t even find a bad thing about it. I’d like to point something out to you, because I never thought about it until now. My hair is always very full of volume after this mask, even more so than usual. I do brush my hair before taking the before picture so that you can see it without my waves, as my hair would typically look after being washed and let air dry same day. My hair texture bounces between being wavy, and curly. I do not put heat to my hair so my hair texture is always natural in these photos, and rarely is styled. What you see is what my hair looks like when I brush it, before my waves set in again. I just wanted to point that out because the first three pictures I used I didn’t brush my hair out, but I began doing that after the last time, because I realized that with how my hair is inconsistent I need to brush it to make sure the documentation is accurate. My hair feels stronger every time, and is really hitting a good path where it feels strong everyday, and I’m not losing hair like I used to. My hair is being pampered to the max, and I highly recommend you guys do this mask. I am coming up on trimming time, but I’ll lead with that whenever I do it so that no one is confused. Okay, now that I have that out of the way, let’s get on to the pictures. As you can see the picture from November 1st (the one with the striped shirt), my hair looks much shorter, but that is because it wasn’t cooperating, and my waves were just not going away. I’d refer to the picture right before it for a more accurate depiction of growth. I swear, guys, one day I’ll take a picture with makeup on for this, and it’ll look like I went from a baby to a 20 year old in a month. To give you an idea about time frame for this I did the first treatment on September 14th, and it is November 8th. It has only been two months of this, three treatments in total, and the growth I’ve experienced has been insane! No extensions, no lies, no secrets! I’ve been completely real with you guys about this, and have absolutely no reason to try to deceive you! I try to say that every single time, because I want to be sure it is understood.

The next post I write I want to be something other than this, but I’m not quite sure what I want to do yet. I know I really need to update my favorites post, because it has changed DRAMATICALLY! I also am throwing around the idea of doing a Christmas thing for December, but I’m still not sure what I want (I know. I’m so decisive, and you guys always know what’s coming next. It’s incredible how prepared I am.) If you haven’t seen my posts before, hello! I’m Emily, and I’m consistently inconsistent, so enjoy your stay! I write about fashion, hair, costumes, and makeup! Go check out my last post, linked below! If you want to see where this all started I’ve linked to that as well! Follow my social media to see the rest of my life! As always:

Stay classy, lovelies!

XOXO

EM

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The Devil is in the Details

Hair Higher Than Your Standards

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The Devil is in the Details

I was the devil for Halloween! I made those wings myself, so if you would like to know how I did it than leave me a comment, and I’ll do a post on just the wings alone, but right now I”m going to focus on how exactly I became the devil for a day! (My exes might say I became the devil way before this, but we’ll ignore them!) I ordered this red bodycon dress from Forever 21 because it was on sale, and the silk one I kept trying to find just never crossed my path. This dress was $20, but I did leave the tags on and return it because I hated the fabric. I just needed it for one day, and I was strapped for time (and cash) so I did end up returning it after taking these pictures, and going with a red skirt and black top I already owned for the real party. Anyway, I already owned the tights, and I meant to wear a diamond chocker necklace that I owned as well, but forgot to! That’s the real disappointment here. The horns were three dollars at Walmart, and they have sequins on them, and I actually bought them way before I decided to be the devil for Halloween. (Refer back to the joke about my exes.) The wings were the most expensive part of this costume(although they were under $50 to make), and also the most impressive! The makeup for this was also really easy, but I think it pulls the whole look together! I will also do a full makeup tutorial if you want that as well! I used the Modern Renaissance palette, and an Urban Decay eyeshadow for my eyes, and a dark blood red Too Faced liquid lipstick to add just the right amount of drama. My thinking was this: The devil was once an angel, and is inherently beautiful, and tempting. That’s what I was thinking when going in for this look. I wanted wings so big and beautiful that it would be tempting to touch them, and a costume that screamed “I’M EVIL DISGUISED AS EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED!” I really loved this costume, and this makeup look is something I would wear as an everyday look, but I would probably swap the lip for a less dramatic color since the eyes are so bold, or vice versa. All together the entire look cost me about $43 (since I returned the dress, and ended up using things I already had.) Like I said before, if you want to know how I made the wings, or if you want the makeup routine please leave a comment below, and I will do posts on those things for you! Hope your Halloween was as spooky as mine was!

Stay classy, lovelies!

XOXO

EM

We Never Go Out Of Style

Hey guys! I’m back with another look, and this is one of my favorites for fall! The most expensive item in this outfit would be the sperrys, and they are just plain dark brown ones. You can use any boat shoe, though. The top is a striped crop top from H&M. I bought it on sale for $5, and have loved it to death since buying it. I got the skirt at target for $15, but any denim skirt would be fine! I also go at the sweater at target for $24.99. This was way more than I usually pay for clothes, but I liked it a lot so I bought it! I like this outfit because it I see very outside of the color pallet I typically use, and I found it looks nice on me! This outfit is comfortable, and wearable. I wore this all day, and was never wishing I could go home and change.

Spooky Month

Happy Halloween, everybody! Well, Halloween is in a little under a week, but I’ve already done some work on creating a costume, and becoming a character! I like dressing up as a character, taking pictures, and living in their mindset for awhile. I’ll do 4 this year, and I would really like to be able to put the pictures here for you guys to see! The first one we have here is Little Red Riding Hood, but with a twist! Little Red knew exactly what she was doing when she let the wolf in, and once she got him where she wanted him there was no way the wolf would escape. If she got a few scratches in the process what really is the big deal about that?

This costume is easy! If you really want her to wear a dress than any white dress will do. I wore black leggings, combat boots, a white button down, and a red hooded sweater. I wanted Little Red to be a bada*s! The scratches are made from three strips of glue that I then let dry almost completely, then took a tooth pick and put a stripe down the center. I then proceeded to cover the glue in foundation, and took red face paint to put the bloody line down the center. I spruced up the wounds with some black, brown, and purple paint to make them look more realistic. I have this special sponge type thing that makes it look like blood spatter so I used that too. I also gave myself a black eye using yellow, purple, and black face paint. I’m allergic to latex so that’s why I used glue. This took awhile, and I didn’t have long enough to let the glue dry fully before putting my makeup on so it isn’t as realistic as I would have wanted it to be, but I’m happy with the result.

Hair Higher Than Your Standards (cont.)

I did it again! I did the mask today, and have several reactions that I would really love to share with you! First of all, I noticed about 90% less hair coming out when I washed the oil out today, which is amazing! I have super thick hair so I always experience quite a bit of fallout, but that has changed drastically. It is good to note that I did dye my hair a month ago, so fallout, and breakage should be pretty prevalent, but I’m not really experiencing that. My hair is so soft, so shiny, and has grown much faster than it ever has before. My hair feels strong, and I can’t believe that just a month of daily changes has made me feel this much better about the state of my hair. typically hair only grows half an inch every month, but as you can see in a month it has grown much more than that. Another thing I have noticed is that my skin looks so much better now that it did before, and my nails have grown much quicker than usual. I took a picture immediately after waking up, and brushing it, right before I put the egg portion in my hair. If you have kept up on these post, you know exactly what I’ve been doing. I recommend doing these things if you want to see a major difference in your skin, nails, and hair:

Eating right. Eat lots of greens, and vegetables. I tend to make sure I get a serving of vegetables at every single meal. I also have been cutting back on meat, and replacing meat with protein in smoothies, and in my vegetables.

Drinking water. I drink a 16 oz water bottle then fill it up about three times throughout the day. I also drink things like hot tea, and coffee. You should typically get 60 oz of water daily, but I’ve found that drinking 48 oz has kept me hydrated, helped my skin, and made my body feel better.

Oils. DO NOT WASH YOUR HAIR EVERY DINGLE DAY.ย I can not stress this fact enough. I wash my hair every three days. If my hair is particularly clean I’ll stretch it until it is absolutely necessary to wash it. You want to brush your hair at night to spread those oils through your hair. your natural oils are great, don’t neglect them! Use coconut, and argon oil occasionally. I use it about every other wash day depending on how my hair feels. If my scalp needs some love I definitely use it. Make sure you wash it all out. Leaving some in will make your hair look oily, and dirty. If your hair demands extra moisture then try not washing it out as thoroughly as I would. If your hair just soaks up all the oil it can find then it probably is dry, and desperately in need. Let it live!

Conditioner. I condition my hair every single time it is wet, and that is not negotiable. I also use a leave in conditioner after washing. My hair is thick so it needs that moisture. I use It’s A 10 leave in potion plus keratin. It is pricey, but I can’t function without it. I ran out about a week ago, and ordered some online, and my hair has been different without it. I swear by this stuff.

I have tried my best to keep things as natural as possible in the pictures. That’s why I don’t use makeup to cover my dark circles, or imperfections. I want to show exactly how doing this effects you. I wouldn’t recommend these methods, or keep up on this series of posts if I didn’t believe it really worked. My issue with watching other people do this is that I always had trust issues, thinking that they were lying to me. I wanted to know for myself what everything really did for you. This is why I started this. I wanted an honest, in depth, description of everything. The truth of the matter is that this method is not the only thing that helps hair growth. This method, plus all the little things I do daily to help my body produce hair in a healthy way, is why my hair has grown, and looks so much healthier. This isn’t just about forcing hair growth. This, from the very beginning, was about making my hair strong, and healthy, so that it could grow. My senior year of high school I became obsessed with growing my hair, and used tons of shampoos, and serums that damaged my hair beyond repair, and I grew my hair out to the middle of my back, but most of it was completely dead. I really hurt my hair back then, and have spent a lot of time trying to repair it. It truly started back in May when I cut all of my dead hair off, and fell in love with my short hair. It felt healthy, and looked strong. I wanted my hair to grow back stronger, and keep it healthy. I’ve ranted for awhile, but it has been a month long journey, and I just wanted to write a longer post to celebrate how much good one month can do! Trust me, I wouldn’t lie. It works! (The inversion method isn’t my favorite thing, but adding it in can help your scalp, and all that! I just don’t like to do it, personally.

Anyway, thank you for sticking with me throughout this process, and we’ll see what the next few weeks brings!

Stay classy, lovelies!

XOXO

Em

 

Hair Higher Than Your Standards (cont.)

I’m giving a biweekly update on how things are going, and I just have to say that I’m loving this. I’m seeing so much less fallout, and breakage. My hair feels soft, and taken care of. It also appears to have gotten much longer than it was before. Honestly, guys, I’m adoring this, and will continue to do this for quite awhile. One thing I do think I would change is that I wouldn’t use the coconut oil every single time you wash your hair. At least, don’t use as much as you do during the mask. Use, at most, a tablespoon (that’s with argon oil as well.) Here are the pictures comparing all three images. Keeping it up to date with the hair growth process! One side of my hair appears longer than the other because one side of my head I see having a thing where it is way curliest than the other. I don’t know why, but I’m just going with it! Next week I’ll be doing the hair mask again, and I’ll take pictures before and after doing that then write a post, and you’ll be able to see what happens!

Stay classy, lovelies!

XOXO

EM

We Never Go Out Of Style

I’m so excited to do this, you’ve got no idea! If you didn’t read my first post about this you should totally go do that beforehand. So I’m going to start off with something I wear very often. Whenever I want to be comfortable I go ahead, and grab this outfit. It’s perfect for running errands, or going to amusement parks. Pair this with a plaid shirt, or sweater, and tights, and you could wear this in the colder months.

I got the overalls at Old Navy for $19.99, the shoes for $3 at Goodwill, and the shirt at Target for $6! (The smile was priceless by the way ๐Ÿ˜Š) I’m a sucker for a good sale, so most of the time my clothes are pretty cheap. It takes me awhile to build a functional wardrobe. ย This is a great spring time outfit, and it’s functional for those days right before fall really hits when the weather is freezing in the morning, and you’re sweating by lunch! I like this outfit because it makes me feel good about myself. I don’t find myself tugging at it, or feeling insecure. Old Navy makes great overalls, and I recommend trying them on in store before buying them. I sized down because the ones in my size hung off of my body in a weird way. I know overalls go in, and out of style like nobody’s business, but I think they are a cute, and functional part of anyone’s closet. They come in a variety of colors, and styles, and you can do yard work in them as well as just romp around the town! I’ve never worn overalls before this year of my life so this was so different for me, but I ended up loving them! I bought a pair from modcloth that were gorgeous, but were way too tight. I felt squeezed into them, and just plain uncomfortable. Old Navy makes a good stretch overall ย I like to call their style “Mom Chic.” If you’ve never tried overalls before go ahead, and try them out! Try something new! Clothes are meant to be fun, and express who you are! Wear what you want, and have fun!

(I wear this outfit more than I would like to admit.)

Stay classy, lovelies!

Xoxo

Em

We Never Go Out Of Style

Hey guys! So, fashion has not always been the easiest thing for me. I have body issues, and have ever since I was a little girl, and I used to use clothes to hide my body. Not there’s is anything wrong with wearing only T-shirts and shorts when you can, but I did it because I was ashamed of myself. ย I made my mom buy me clothes two sizes too big for me, and hide my body for the longest time. I always felt ugly, and I still am working on my body issues, and I’ll talk about that in another post sometime, but I wanted to start a new thing here, and am just kind of announcing it with this post! I want to start posting outfits that I think are super cute (and tell you where I bought them), and just having some fun experimenting with clothes. About three years ago I started taking more time, and paying more attention to how I dressed, and I have come a long way since my t-shirt days. I feel like this will be fun, and it would be nice to give some advice about clothes, and finding a style that works for you! It would be cool to have someone who hasn’t been a fashionista their whole life giving advice on how to find your style, even as a young adult just starting out. Things I hate about makeover shows on tv are surrounded around shaming people for dressing comfortably, and making it seem like it has to be a fashion show every time you leave the house. ย That won’t happen here. I wear casual clothes just as often as I dress like a fashion blogger, and that’s okay. I’m just going to show you my style, and you may not even like my style, but it works for me. Maybe you’ll find a piece that would really work for you, and maybe you won’t. It’s all for fun, everybody! Anyway, I’m calling it “We Never Go Out Of Style” because that’s a great Taylor Swift song. If anyone has any cool shops to find clothes, or has any ideas for something that might look better with a piece than what I’ve paired with it go ahead and comment! I’m here for constructive criticism because I am still learning. I love getting comments from people about how I could step up something in my life! It helps us all grow as people if we help each other. This post got super lengthy, and all, but that’s okay. See you all next time with an outfit!

Stay Classy, lovelies!

XOXO

EM

Hair Higher Than Your Standards (cont.)

So I have several feelings about this little treatment I did yesterday. For one: my hair is now really really soft, which is great. I’ve measured a few separate pieces of my hair to see if it grew any, and I have to say that it actually grew a tiny amount. It wasn’t the inch that it promised, but it still does appear to be longer. I can especially tell by my roots. Since I did dye my hair I can see extra growth that wasn’t there the day before because of the color difference. Next time I may take pictures closer to my roots as well so that it might be more apparent whether it worked or not. It was a long, boring process, but I have to say I think it was worth it. I don’t really know if it worked the way it said it would, but I’ll let you guys look at the pictures, and decide. I do have to say that with all the oils I put into my hair that day that it feels a bit weighed down, which may contribute to it looking longer. My hair is really thick, so I never have a problem with it appearing slicked to my head. I did just get it thinned out when I got my hair cut because it was reaching uncontrollable thickness territory, and thinning it out a bit lets it grow into itself a bit nicer. Anyway, enough about my weird hair preferences. Here’s the pictures I took:

The first one was taken the day before the treatment. Dry. The second one was the same day of the treatment. Dry. Ignore how ugly I look, please. I basically look like terrible, and angry because A) It has been a really long few weeks, and I’m just over it, B) I’m not wearing any makeup bc it was my one day off this week and I didn’t want to, and C) I was trying to keep my expression neutral so I looked pretty much the same in both photos, and my neutral expression makes me look like I might be a serial killer. Check out my instagram to see more attractive photos of me: http://www.instagram.com/emily.marieg/ (slipping in that promo like a damn pro… ignore me) Aaaaanywaaaaay I’ll continue doing the inversion method, and stuff I described in my first post about this. Should I update on this biweekly? I feel like weekly might be too much, but biweekly might be the right number for this. For the next three months at least you’re stuck with this journey, and we’ll see how this turns out.

Hair Higher Than Your Standards

That title is aggressive, and has nothing to do with what I’m going to do. Typical. I do remember letting you guys know that I am the Dan Howell of blog posts. It has been a few months, but I saw something that I really wanted to try, and rather than trying it, and seeing if worked all by my lonesome I decided I would post results here!

So here’s what’s happening: I chopped my hair off in April. I loved it, and the summer months were great with 14 inches of my hair gone. Now, though, it’s at a bit of an awkward length, and I put highlights in it, which was an ill thought out decision, but I’m growing to like them if I’m being honest. Mostly because the toner my stylist put in it makes it look exactly like my hair did before (I’m a wreck, sue me). I looked for natural ways to help my hair grow in healthy, and strong, that didn’t involve taking a pill or putting on a serum. What I found was a lot of youtube videos claiming to have found a way to grow your hair 1 inch over night. Complete bs if you ask me. I was so curious about it that I decided I should try it. I took a picture of my hair yesterday while it was dry, and measured it this morning before doing the treatment. My hair is a little less than 9 inches long when measuring a piece from the back. I’ll upload the pictures, and write a reaction to the treatment sometime within the next few days so that you can see the pictures side by side.

The treatment (which, if you’re trying to grow your hair out, you’ve probably seen already, and maybe tried) is two eggs, three tablespoons of oil, and a tablespoon of honey (optional). You take that mixture, and rub it into your scalp, then throughout your hair. Leave it in for 25-30 minutes, then wash out with cold water. I used two tablespoons of olive oil, one tablespoon of argon oil, and I didn’t use honey. After washing it out take two tablespoons of warm coconut oil, and massage it into your scalp for 6-10 mins, then rub it throughout your hair all the way down to the ends. Leave it in for 8 hours, then wash out. And like magic your hair is now an inch longer.

I watched so many videos on this, and it “works” for some people, and doesn’t for others. I looked up some science behind it, and found that eggs, and oils are great for hair growth, and strong hair! Someone said that the oil helps the hair slide out of the scalp easier (weird sounding, but sciencey I guess.) I watched a youtuber who seemed trustworthy, and she swore up and down that it worked for her. Me, being a try it or live not knowing type person, needed to see it for myself. I’m currently sitting with the coconut oil in while writing this, so I’ll be strapped in for the next 6 hours and 22 mins according to my timer. I’m going to write a disclaimer that I’m not leaving it in for a full 8 hours because I have somewhere to be tonight, and have to be washing this out by 4:30, so it’ll be in my hair for a total of 5 hours probably. I don’t know how long it’ll end up being until I get there so I’ll let you know exactly how long I left it in when I write the reaction post.

Now, I have my doubts about it growing a full inch, but I will say that from everything I’ve read this is an amazing mask for your hair. Doing it once or twice a month is PLENTY to help your hair be healthy. Even if it doesn’t show major growth results it’s still great for your hair, so I’m going to do things a little bit different than other people have.

I looked up a bunch of tips, and natural tricks to help your hair grow faster, and what I’m going to do is add these tips into my life for about three months. Here’s what I”m doing exactly:

The inversion method. Every night before I go to bed I’m going to be flipping my head over, and massaging my scalp for 4 minutes. On days I wash my hair I’m going to massage with coconut, and argon oil, and then leave it in for an hour before washing my hair. I’m only going to be washing my hair every three days. So if I wash my hair on a Monday I won’t wash my hair until Thursday. I’m also only going to do this hair mask once a month, because protein overload is not a good thing for your hair’s health! I’m also adding foods into my diet that promote hair growth. I’m adding things like almonds, oranges, spinach, sunflower seeds, almond butter, chia seeds, and at least one egg a day. I’ll also never be going to bed with my hair wet, and will be braiding it before bed. I saw a lot of pills you could take, but I really wanted to try to see if there was a solution that didn’t involve taking a pill twice a day. Someone even said prenatal vitamins help hair growth, but that seemed excessive to me. I’m just trying to make my hair super healthy, and add some length to get past the awkward length I’m at now.

In conclusion I’m not only going to do this mask once, and shut it down, or build it up. I’m going to do this mask once a month, do the inversion method, and eat foods that promote healthy hair growth. Every month I’ll update you guys on how much my hair has grown. I’ll post pictures, and the measurements so you guys can know I’m not lying to you about whether it works or not.

Let me take you through what I did today, and how it felt. I got up this morning, and spooned out two tablespoons of coconut oil. I boiled water in the kettle, and put my oil in a small glass, then put that glass into a bowl. Then I poured the boiling water around the cup so that the heat from the water melted the oil naturally without compromising any of its make up. DO NOT MICROWAVE THE OIL. It breaks up some of its healthy minerals (from what I’ve read.) Then I got to work making my egg mixture. I put two eggs, two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, and one tablespoon of argon oil in a bowl, and beat the mixture until it was completely smooth. Then I went to my bathroom, and bent over the tub, massaging the mixture into my scalp before rubbing it through my hair. It was very sticky, and definitely didn’t feel amazing on my head, but I put the shower cap on anyway, and strapped in for my wait time by watching an episode of Supernatural. Luckily I only had to keep it on for 25 minutes. Then I went to the shower, and conditioned it out of my hair so I could be sure all the egg was out. A conditioner is completely fine to use. Then I let my hair air dry for 20 minutes. Once my hair was only slightly damp I took my now melted coconut oil, and massaged it into my scalp for ten minutes, then I rubbed it all throughout my hair. I made sure to use all of it, completely soaking my hair. Once that was done I wrapped it up in a shower cap, and am now watching some more Supernatural, and will probably cook, read, and play The Sims 4 for awhile to pass the time.

It’s really rainy outside, and I picked a great day to do absolutely nothing with my life, but sit here with coconut oil on my head. I will say that when I washed the egg mixture out of my hair I could have sworn I already saw a difference, but it could just be my hope for it. Like I said before, even if it doesn’t really work, I know I’ll be doing this monthly because it’s amazing for your hair’s health. After the three months I’ll be showing you, hopefully, the difference three months of some rules made to my hair’s thickness, health, and growth.

I’ll update you all soon, and wish me luck!

Stay Lovely

XOXO

Em