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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

My current regimen - spring 2017

Hello stranger!

I've been on a long hiatus but I'm back to document my current regimen because it's a good one.

2016 was a rough year for my hair. It was actually the year I was supposed to see if my hair could grow longer than my breaking point. But I didn't make it... 🙁

Already in June, right after filming my length check video I could see that my hair was thin. I, right away, went to my dark place and mentally accepted that I was heading towards a setback.

The months went buy and I could see my hair wasn't progressing. I was defeated... I stopped taking progress pics and stopped filming my length checks.

Six months went by and the new years had started. I had straightened my hair for my birthday in October and then for Christmas. My crown suffered the most breakage making my overall hair look thin and unhealthy.

I was devastated...

I was this close to cutting my hair and calling my journey off altogether, but I didn't. I instead went on YouTube, watched a bunch of videos on excessive shedding and crown breakage and tried to build a new regimen that was more tailored to my needs.

My previous routine was:

  • Wash weekly (mostly cowash)
  • DC weekly
  • Protein treatment (when I felt like it, which was rarely)
  • Detangle not sectioning my hair
  • Style: wash and go all the time
This routine was not good enough for me.

My new routine is:

  • Prepoo with aloe vera gel and oil mix (olive oil and castor oil) - weekly
  • Wash with shampoo (Selsun Blue) in 6 sections - weekly
  • DC with Joico Moisture Recovery - weekly
  • Protein with ORS hair mayonnaise - every other week
  • Detangle in the 6 sections - weekly
  • Style: rollerset in twists - weekly

This prepoo helps to prep my hair for wash day. It definitely helps my hair with tangles from the beginning of the process. 

I no longer cowash, especially in winter because I need to use Selsun Blue to medicate my itchy scalp.

The DC with Joico Moisture Recovery is luxurious (favorite DC ever!). The treatment is thick, smells nice and makes my hair feel really soft and hydrated for days!

I keep my hair in 6 sections the whole time to help the detangling process. I've lost less and less hair every week doing this and I'm ecstatic.

I thought for a long time that twists were never going to be part of my regimen, but last year, I came to the realization that wash and go's were no longer a staple for me. The single strand knots were overtaking my life and my tangle led to so much breakage at the crown. 

I'm still tweaking my regimen here and there to make sure my crown gets the maximum hydration with the minimum irritation and hair loss.

I also take hair vitamins but I'm not completely sure they are helping any. They are hair, skin and nail vitamins and my nails have not shown any progress since I've started taking them. 

I love my new regimen!


Monday, November 28, 2016

Mommy favorite - Canon 70D - review

I did it! I upgraded my Canon DSLR from the T4i to the 70D. I got a really good deal on it on Boxing Day 2015 and I went for it. 

In 2016, Canon released the 80D, so I'm sure that during the 2016 Black Friday, Christmas and Boxing Day sales, the 70D will be sold for a steal. If you are in the market for this camera, now is the time to shop around for it. Do. Not. Sleep. 

I have been using this camera for a few months already. Time does fly... And here is my very short review.

It is a great camera. I film YouTube videos and the reason I wanted this camera was for the auto-focus in video improvements. Boy did it deliver! My video quality has improved greatly. I can actually set the camera to face detection and it will keep my face in focus while I film my beauty videos. I can show products, while I do reviews and it will focus on the product and focus back on my face after I finish showing the product. It is great! With my T4i, I had to lock the focus and disable Servo-AF because it was so jittery and noisy. And also had to take separate shots of products to show them closer.

The main reason I wanted to upgrade was for the video improvements of the camera. It takes beautiful picture as well but my T4i did that very well too. I had no complaints in the photography aspect.

I recommend this camera even over the 80D if you can get a deal. It is amazing!

Professionals always say to get the cheapest camera that will suit your needs and spend money on glass (lenses). I agree with that. Since 2013, when I purchased my T4i, I've added a few lenses to my collection. My Rebel G lenses also work on my cameras. I'm in heaven...

One tip I have which goes against popular beliefs is to get the camera bundled with the kit lens. The newer kit lens are amazing and they give you an STM lens which is the newer technology in terms of image stabilization and auto-focusing while video recording. Even on a T4i, an STM lens works a lot better.

Once again, I definitely recommend this camera. I give it 5 stars!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Mommy favorites - Canon Rebel T4i (and my Canon collection)

OMG!!!!!  I've fallen in love all over again!  15 years ago, in my early twenties I purchased my first real camera, a Canon SLR.  It was the Canon Rebel G... It was the entry level SLR back then, it was not digital. I had purchased it with my earnings from my part-time job and I was really proud of it.

It worked with regular 35mm film and I had to pay to get all my pictures developed. I spent hours reading books on photography to be able to use my new gadget. I was in love...  I've always had an interest for photography.

Mind you, I never really pursued it. I never took classes or anything of the sort. I read books and articles and my owner's manual through and through.

When digital photography came about, I wasn't impressed. I waited years before I purchased my first digital camera. And when I did, it was a Canon...  As my first digital camera I got a point and shoot but it was a little more advance than the regular, cheaper ones. It was the Canon Powershot A95. It took gorgeous pictures.

This camera had a flip screen which is a functionality my husband and I always loved, it had 14 shooting mode with P and M included. You could film with this camera. All around, it was great!  It last us a few years but not long enough to get our money's worth in my opinion.  It worked with 4 AA batteries and a compact flash card which is much larger than an SD card.

After our Powershot started giving us some difficulty, we decided to get something I thought would be close to having a DSLR, we got the Canon Powershot SX20. I didn't really like that camera.

It was almost as expensive as the A95 which is not so bad, but the quality wasn't great. My pictures weren't impressive. Truthfully, I expected better.

After that, I got a small point and shoot, the Canon Powershot A2200. We wanted a small inexpensive Canon to bring when we didn't feel like bringing our bigger SX20.

Lastly, after 15 years, I went back to the Rebel...  We purchased our DSLR, the T4i, after I made sure all the functionalities of the camera would suit my needs and wants.

I, of course, wanted a flip screen.  I also wanted the camera to be able to record quality videos easily. I got all that and more with the T4i. I could have purchased the T3i, but mine was one sale and beating the price of a T3i at the time. However, for an amateur like me, the only notable difference between the two models is the touchscreen (but I LOVE this capability).

I love everything about my camera but specially the fact that it reignited the spark I had for photography way back when.

These days, my preferred models are my family, my kids, my nephew and niece, at family gatherings and weddings. The pictures are magnificent. And I know it's only the tip of the iceberg. 

The only thing I can say about it is that the auto-focus in video mode isn't great. It's makes an annoying sound and it is way too sensitive. Other companies have had that functionality down for years but not Canon. Shooting You Tube videos and showing products with this camera is not as great as with the Sony DSLR for example. 

Nevertheless, it's a great camera and I am really happy with my purchase. I've had it for almost a year now. But I knew I would love at least as much as my Rebel G.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

My twa routine (every day hair)

Since my big chop, I've been taking it really easy. My routine is simple.  For me, simple is best always.  If my commitment to my hair starts to take over, I know, I will no longer put real effort into it.  For every body out there, the best routine is the one that you are able to do religiously without feeling like it's a burden.  If it's a burden, you won't feel like making it a long term commitment.

My very simple routine since my big chop is:

I wet my hair every day, either in the shower, the sink or with a spray bottle (in order of preference).  Sometimes I cowash with drugstore conditioners, sometimes I don't. I rarely wash with shampoo, maybe once a month or so.

After that, if I was in the shower, I remove the excess water by gently pressing the towel on my head (I don't rub). I don't like when the water is dripping all over me but it is true that the more wet my hair is before I apply my products, the better my curls/coils look (less frizz, more definition).

On my next step, I moisturize and seal. I use a moisturizer that helps with curl definition. Right now, that moisturizer is Hawaïan Silky 14 in 1. It makes my hair soft, it helps my curls with definition, it smells good but not overwhelming. Then, I seal with EVOO. I put a few drops of peppermint oil in my EVOO for stimulation and fragrance. 

On days that I need my curls to hold (work days and Sundays), I add a styler like mousse or gel to the routine. I prefer mousse for work days and gel on Sundays because I prefer to use gel on freshly cowashed or washed hair. Also, gel makes my hair hard and I don't like that. So I don't use gel all the time. 

My hair doesn't curl easily all over. Some areas, like the back, feel so soft and curly, I just love touching. Other areas are less prone to curl like my sides and my crown (my problem area). 

My problem remains, however, my scalp is still bothersome. I haven't really found a routine that can alleviate this problem completely. Some days it's non existant but other day, it hits me so bad, I don't know what to do. 

I haven't done a deep treatment for longer than 30 minutes because of this problem. People talk about overnight deep conditioning. All I think about is how bad my scalp will itch if I do anything like that. 

I've gone the natural route with products but even doing the has not really helped in the long term. I found band-aid type ways to cope and that has been life saving. 

For now, I can cope. My routine is helping and when it's really bad, I have medicated help. So, I'm ok. 

I am really loving my natural hair and this new journey. I wish I had done this a couple of years ago. But no regrets... My relaxed hair journey was greatly educational.