Friday, June 27, 2014

{Confessions of a Product Junkie}....Curly Hair Products Update

Hello blog readers!  It's been a awhile!  I have just completed my 3rd week of a 5 week summer term where I am teaching 2 classes, which equates to being away from everything for approximately 20 hours a week between Monday-Thursday.  Couple that with my law practice, and well, that's where I've been for the last bit.  I think I have some exciting adventures to share this summer, so don't go anywhere!

Today, I'm giving up update on my hair.  Not that any of you care about MY hair, but if anyone has curly, wavy, or even knows someone with either of those types of hair, hopefully this post can help you too!

I wrote last summer about my own personal hair product apocalypse when most of my go-to products were discontinued and I was forced to find something that would work for my curly hair.  It's definitely been an example of where "one door closes, another door opens" or "all things happen for a reason" (or insert your preferred cliche here).  You may recall that I decided to go all in, and embrace the Deva Curl system.  I had never been a "system" girl, but desperate times call for desperate measures!

Today I thought I would give you an update on my thoughts after approximately one year with Deva Curl...

HERE ARE MY GO TO PRODUCTS

{shampoo}
Deva Curl Low-Poo
They also have a No-Poo, which I enjoy the smell of better than Low-Poo, but I like the small bit of lather that the Low-Poo gives you, which is missing from the No-Poo.

{conditioner}
Deva Curl One Condition
Like most curly haired people, dry hair can be a problem for me.  My hair lady thinks my hair has been in its best condition ever since I started using Deva Curl.  I haven't purchased or used any of their more deep conditioning treatments, because it hasn't been necessary, but keep in mind they are out there.

{styling product while wet}
Deva Curl Ultra Defining Gel
A huge change from my before Deva Curl days...I only use one (ONE!) styling product while my hair is wet.  That may not be a big deal for you people who don't have to tame the beast that is curly hair, but take my word for it, this is a BIG DEAL!.  I use Ultra Defining Gel.  I have also tried a sample of a spray product that I liked too.  But I got this one first, it works, so I'm sticking with it.

{styling product when dry}
Deva Curl Styling Cream
Again, I only use one styling product once my hair is dry!

{hairspray}
Deva Curl makes hair sprays, but I haven't ever tried it.  I still use the same hairspray I have used since 5th Grade!  So I guess I haven't totally adopted the system.

{other products}

I starting using the Microfiber towel.  
This is highly recommended by "experts" because it is suppose to keep hair from frizzing.  I have the Deva Curl towel, but have also bought cheaper ones at places like Tuesday Morning (in the kitchen towel section).  

I really was curious about the Deva Curl Hair Dryer, but never $160 curious

Then they came out with just the diffuser, which at $45 was much more pocket book friendly. 
While it looks like a giant Shrek hand, and is a little different to get used to, 
I do think that I like it a lot.

Finally, the last "ingredient" into my year long experiment is a Silk pillowcase.  Again, this is suppose to help with frizzing issues.  I see a huge difference on my second day hair (and maybe even third day on occasions!).  I ordered this Spasilk one off of Amazon.  It is pretty inexpensive, and has held up well.


Note:  Do not confuse Satin pillowcases with Silk Pillowcases.  Satin is easier to find at all the major stores.  Silk is a little harder to find (thus my order from Amazon).  Satin can actually make the frizzing worse, not better!


HERE IS MY PROCESS

(1) Shampoo & Condition in the shower.
(2) I comb out my hair when I get out of the shower, clip it up with a big clip, and then usually put on my makeup.
(3) I then lean over the sink and re-wet my hair with COLD water.  I get it soaking wet.  I squeeze out a lot of the moisture, but still leave it pretty wet (it would still be dripping at this point).
(4) I add the gel, and then use my microfiber towel to kind of scrunch and squeeze out some of the excess water.
(5) I dry my hair with the diffuser.  I dry my hair until it is completely dry (a little controversial in the curly world, but it works for me).
(6) I use the style cream
(7) I spray it with hair spray.

I think that you have to find what works for your hair, but I do think starting with hair that is too dry can be a problem, and I would think this is a universal problem. 

MY DEVA CURL REVIEW

I have really liked my year long venture into the Deva Curl world.  I think for the most part I have had pretty good hair days (more good than bad, so that's what really counts).  I also love that my hair has been in good condition.  

I have had some friends try it and they only had slightly wavy hair, but it has given them really good results too.

I find myself wanting to recommend Deva Curl to people all the time!  But I bite my tongue because how do you really say "Um, you know what would really make you hair look tons better?  Deva Curl!".

{note:  this is NOT a paid sponsor ad by Deva Curl, but oh how I wish it was!  I could use some free Deva Curl!}

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Emily Giffin Book Signing {2014}

Every couple of years, Emily Giffin writes a new book, and I attend her book signing in Dallas.  This year, it was at the University Park Library.  It was a nice venue for an author talk and book signing, and really much more enjoyable than it was at Barnes & Noble.

Emily always give out buttons for her book events...


If you haven't read any of Emily's books..... what are you waiting for?!?  Start at the beginning and work your way through them all:

Something Borrowed
Something Blue
Baby Proof
Love the One You're With
Heart of the Matter
Where We Belong
The One & Only


Vanity Fair has described her as the modern day Jane Austen...



In an effort not to give too much away about The One & Only, here is the blurb from Emily's website which describes the book

Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.
 
But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she’s chosen is really enough for her. As she finally gives up her safety net to set out on an unexpected path, Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most—and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears, and secrets.

 

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