Wash Day: Co-Washing

Hello lovely people! I hope your week is starting off very well!…I’m off today so you know what that means….blogs!!!

Yesterday was wash day for me so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to show you what products I use, method, and an update on my hair. The main reason I am going to be doing these kinds of blogs is really for me; to keep up with my hair journey progress.

Firstly, I would like to mention that I am going to be wearing wigs for a protective style all the way until my next relaxer. Let me tell you! I am loving this wig!

I have so many selfies with this wig lol love it!
I have so many selfies with this wig lol love it!
Marilyn the wig head wants her hair back, so I guess I'll give it back lol
Marilyn the wig head wants her hair back, so I guess I’ll give it back lol

Ok enough of the selfies lol…wash day was yesterday! I actually love wash days. It is a great time for a little tlc for my mane!I first did a hot oil treatment with coconut oil, avocado oil, and Herbal oil because I have been experiencing some dryness.I sectioned my hair this time and applied the oil to make sure all of my strands get some oil. I let this sit on my head under a plastic bag for 30 min while I did some cardio to stimulate more heat.

oils for my pre-poo
oils for my hot oil treatment
No need to go buy those fancy heated caps. Just use a grocery bag, tie two scarves/bandanas on top of the bag. Your body will provide the heat!
No need to go buy those fancy heated caps. Just use a grocery bag, tie two scarves/bandanas on top of the bag. Your body will provide the heat!

After a nice workout, I washed my hair with As I Am Co-wash. Co-washing means conditioner wash. Washing your hair with regular shampoo is very drying to your hair. Instead you should wash with a conditioner sometimes. I personally co-wash once or twice a week and wash with a shampoo whenever I feel like my hair is itching more than usual or it needs a deep cleaning.

You can use a regular conditioner or a product that is specifically for co-washing like the As I Am Coconut CoWash shown above.
You can use a regular conditioner or a product that is specifically for co-washing like the As I Am Coconut CoWash shown above.

After, I t-shirt dried my hair and on 50% air dried hair applied my deep conditioner. Again I sectioned my hair so that all of my strands get some deep conditioner on it and let it sit under the plastic bag.  I mixed all the products below and added some coconut oil to make my conditioner.

deep condBefore washing the deep conditioner out I detangled with a wide-tooth comb and then wash out using cold water (Your last wash should be a cold wash. This closes your cuticles and retains the moisture you just put on your hair) . On 80 % air dried hair I added my leave-in and continued to do the *LOC method to retain the moisture. leave in cond

*The LOC Method :    L= leave-in or liquid

O= oil

C= cream (I use Shea Butter)

To end my wash day, I flat twisted my hair because I don’t know how to corn row yet. I will sleep with a satin scarf and continue to wear my wigs!

What are some of the products you use on your wash days??? Do you use any of these products?

Check out my other hair posts to see why I cut my hair and what I am doing to grow healthy, relaxed hair. “It’s Just Hair” and “Wiggin It”

Food Prep Sundays

Simple, Simple, Simple is what I strive for when I food prep.

For breakfast I made overnight oats. (See “Overnight Oats”) This was made with oats, cinnamon, blueberries, bananas, strawberries, almond milk, and plain Greek yogurt. Very simple and I used the left over fruit to eat as a snack and with my lunch.

For lunch I made some cheese quesadillas. I melted mozzarella and cheddar cheese on top of a spinach tortilla. The quesadilla will be accompanied with sliced tomatoes, fruit, and air-popped popcorn.

For snacks I pre cut all the fruit I got for the week. This week I bought grapes, apples, bananas, oranges, blueberries, and strawberries. I will either eat this on top of yogurt and granola, by itself, or with peanut butter.

I also made some homemade granola and granola bars for a quick snack. (See “Homemade Granola Bars” for preparation).

The only food prep I did for dinner was thaw the fish in the refrigerator. I will be preparing dinner the day of. For dinner I plan on cooking fish, black beans or brown rice, with a salad.

Total spent at grocery store: $44.03

Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats has become one of my favorite new breakfast ideas. It is so easy to make the night before. You can think of this dish as a cold, creamy oatmeal. I don’t really know how to explain it so if that doesn’t sound good, try it before you knock it!!!! lol. All the ingredients are super good for you and a great way to start your morning. With a cup of coffee, you are good to go!

Ingredients

1/3 cup of oats

1/3 cup of plain Greek yogurt

1/4 cup of almond milk

a sprinkle (lol) of granola and flax seeds

handful of any fruit you like (I used blueberries, strawberries, and banana slices)

dash of cinnamon

overnight oats

Instructions

Add all ingredients to a small bowl and mix well. EASY, EASY, EASY! 🙂 Let sit overnight and enjoy. (TIP: if you want it more creamy add more almond milk or yogurt)

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mixed ingredients
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Banana Oat Pancakes featuring Peanut Butter

On my off days I like to cook breakfast because 1, I have time in the mornings and 2, I like to eat a bigger breakfast. This Saturday, I knew I had a busy day ahead, so I started thinking of something that would keep me full for awhile. I came up with this VERY simple protein-filled breakfast and it came out delicious! (fyi: I didn’t really measure anything but I will try to give you estimates of measurements)

Ingredients:
3 bananas
2 eggs
1/2 cup oats
dash of cinnamon
1 Tbs peanut butter

Instructions:
Start by mashing up your bananas with a fork in a bowl. While the skillet is getting warm, add the 2 eggs, oats, cinnamon, and peanut butter and mix together. Depending on how big you want your pancakes, pour a small amount to the skillet and let cook on one side, then flip. (I yielded about 6 pancakes which I shared with my sister)

I had trouble flipping the pancakes because the batter wouldn’t set while in the skillet. Next time I will add more oats and peanut butter so that it will stick better.

After they were all done, I melted a little bit of peanut butter in the microwave and spread it on top of the pancakes. (As you can tell, I love peanut butter!) I scrambled some eggs to accompany the pancakes for some added protein.

Banana Oat Pancakes ft Peanut Butter…sooo good!

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Homemade Granola Bars

This was my first time making these but I thought it would be simple enough…and it actually is!

I had most of the ingredients already in my kitchen so it was easy to put together. The great thing about this recipe is that you can easily change the ingredients. You may want pumpkin pie spice (what I’m thinking on doing next:) ) , raisins, different kind of nuts, coconut…the combinations are endless.

Ingredients
1 1/4 cup oats
1/2 cup nuts of your choice (I used walnuts)
1/2 cup of peanut butter
hand full of dark chocolate pieces
hand full of dried cranberries
1 Tbs honey
2 dashes of cinnamon

Instructions
At 350 degrees toast oats and nuts for about 10 minutes.

nuts and oats

While that is toasting, melt peanut butter in a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients to the peanut butter. Next, add toasted nuts and oats to the mixture and mix together very well. Put parchment paper in a pan and add the mixture to the pan. Let set in the refigerater for about 20 min…

With the measurements above it only covered about half of my 7 by 11 baking dish so I made another batch. This time I didn’t toast the nuts/oats and didn’t add chocolate. It resulted in setting more like a crumble or granola which I love just as much as the bars. I will sprinkle this on yogurt and fruit.

If you are going to add or subtract some ingredients, make sure you have enough sticky ingredients so that it will stick together better.

Sooo yummy and not processed like your normal granola bars that you buy from the grocery store. Try it out!

homemade granola

“Wiggin It”

Sooo you probably could tell I was off today since this is my 3rd post of the day lol….

I just have so much to tell you guys!

I wear a protective style 99% of the time. Whether it is putting my hair in a bun, marley twists, marley bun, or wig–anything to tuck my ends away! Well this coming fall/winter I have decided I will be wearing either wigs or braids/twists to let my hair grow. (since I just cut all my hair off 🙂 see previous post!) I bought 2 wigs today. I only have a picture of one of them but will update my blog once I start wearing the other one. Here is the 1st one I am going to wear.

wigI am not ashamed to say I wear wigs. It is a great protective hairstyle because I still can moisturize my hair underneath plus I like to change up my hair all the time. I love wigs!

It’s Just Hair!

Soooo hair update!! I’ll just leave this here…big chop

Yep, I cut it all off! If you read my 1st hair post, you would know I was transitioning to texlaxed hair. Texlaxed simply means underprocessing your relaxer. Well when you transition, you have three different textures in your head which is prone to breakage. I had my bone straight relaxed ends, my texlaxed hair in the middle, then my new growth toward my scalp. I was tired of dealing with the 3 different textures so I mustered up enough courage and cut it all off.

Let me tell you, it felt so good to cut the dead ends off!

big chop side viewIt looks like I am natural, but I am not. I am texlaxed. There’s different stages of texlaxed. I decided to texlax my hair to where it was close to natural, hence why I look like I’m natural. I love it! The main reason I texlax my hair instead of going fully natural is for the manageability and for the simply fact I am not ready to go natural.

Wash Day of the “Big Chop”

Used Shea Moisture's Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo and VO5 Conditioner
Used Shea Moisture’s Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo and VO5 Conditioner
Deep Conditioned with a mixture of Queen Helene's Super Cholesterol Deep Condition, Shea Moisture's Coconut and Hibiscus Conditioner, Herbal Oil, Coconut oil, and Red Pimento Hair Growth oil
Deep Conditioned with a mixture of Queen Helene’s Super Cholesterol Deep Condition, Shea Moisture’s Coconut and Hibiscus Conditioner, Herbal Oil, Coconut oil, and Red Pimento Hair Growth oil
Loc Method (liquid, oil, cream): L=Elasta QP Leave -in Conditioner; O=Coconut oil; C=Shea Butter
Loc Method (liquid, oil, cream): L=Elasta QP Leave -in Conditioner; O=Coconut oil; C=Shea Butter

I am very happy with my decision and love my hair at whatever length it is. My goal is to have healthy, thick hair. “Health over Length.”

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