Thursday, May 30, 2013

My Simple Hair

I'm slightly obsessed with my hair. Ever since I first discovered hairspray in 5th grade, I've spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about and fussing with my hair over the years. You'd probably never know it by looking because I don't really care about looking fabulous. I just don't want to look like a mad scientist, which is pretty much how I assume I look 90% of the time.

Lately, I've been trying to rid myself of the obsession. I want to be bohemian, damn it! I've always wanted to be product-free, aside from normal shampoo and conditioner in the shower. I'm getting closer. Here's what's working for me:

1. Using a cleansing conditioner (no shampoo at all) or using a shampoo without sodium lauryl sulfate. Hair One from Sally Beauty Supply is nice (but runs about $12), and for shampoo I like Renpure and Organix. 

2. Cleansing only about every other day. The other times, I either keep my hair dry or I rinse it thoroughly using only water and then add a little conditioner. If I'm using the cleansing conditioner, then I still try not to use it every day and just keep my hair dry. 

3. I usually don't use post-shower product on days when I haven't cleansed my hair (it gets too greasy and gunky). On days when I have shampooed, I use a tiny amount of two products: a styling paste and an anti-frizz syrum. Admittedly, though, even when I do cleanse, I probably don't need the product (I use so little of it, it's hard to imagine it's doing much), but I'm not quite ready to give it up. 

4. Blowdrying or pinning back my bangs. The hair around my face tends to be dry, wiry, and kinky. This is a quick fix for that one problem area. Everything else dries the old-fashioned way.

Here's the evidence! This was a cleansing/light-product day, and I might add that it was after grading papers for a couple hours, getting dinner prepped, and helping to clean up an overflowed toilet. 

Of course, special occasions change the rules, but this works for everyday wear. My hair looks fine--again, maybe not fabulous--it's soft, and above all else, I feel lighter and freer. And sometimes, when I get up in the morning, my hair still looks decent enough to pass for not-bed-head.

There you have it. So, tell me: How do you keep your hairstyle simple? Do you have a beauty routine you can't give up? 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

8 Good Things

1. Getting a summer-maybe-into-fall job to supplement my income. I'm going to be working at a gourmet food shop that specializes in nuts and dried fruit. They seem like nice people there, and I have to get to take a tour of the farm!

2. Yarn bomb! It wasn't me, but I think it's great. If you haven't seen yarn bombing, Google it.

3. A cute new meeting place for my knitting group. Someone in the group suggested it and we checked it out last weekend. It was perfect for us and such a neat spot. It might become our regular hangout.

4. The semester coming to a close! Two of my classes are ending this week, and one more ends on Tuesday of next week. I'm really looking forward to a little break and a fresh start this summer.

5. Trying this painting/crafting project. I royally goobered up the first attempt by using letters that were way too small, but I'm happy with the way the second came out. I used some cheap, garage-sale paintings I bought a couple years ago that needed something fabulous to happen to them.

6. Some really nice, unsolicited notes from students in one class. I didn't think I did a very good job with them this semester, but they apparently felt otherwise. Warm and fuzzy indeed!

7. The Happy Herbivore cookbook. Finally, I have some recipes to jazz up my repertoire!

8. The start of one of my favorite farmers markets in the area. I like it because it's smaller and quieter than the others, so I can get in and out quickly.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

8 Good Things

Hi, folks. I've revamped my On the Eights posts, stealing an idea from the cutest bloggers ever with a list of good things going on in my life.

1. Juicing. I'm becoming a believer in juicing. Yes, I still think it's good to eat fruits and vegetables, but juicing is easy and it makes me feel so good. I get now why juicing people act like they're in a cult. You mean haven't tried juicing? Here, drink this! It'll change your life! Wait! Don't run away!

2. Fisherman Pants. You need to buy a pair right now. That is all.

3. Handstands in yoga class. If you haven't done a handstand since you were 10 years old, you should really give it another try. They're addictive! Also, I did a seated forward bend and actually grabbed my toes for the first time!

4. Helpful, supportive colleagues at work! I'm having a rough semester, you guys, and it was nice to hear that people are rooting for me.

5. Wedding plans (!) starting to come together. Sort of.

6. Be Excellent at Anything: "The best model for how we ought to operate as adults may be the way we did as young children: alternating time spent actively learning with naps, playtime and gym periods, recesses and snacks--as well as with long periods of sleep at night."

7. Caras felizes (happy faces). Or, what I called them by mistake: Caras de felicidad (faces of happiness).

8. Some job prospects for the summer. I was assigned a light teaching load this summer, so I'm on the hunt. I might be selling nuts and/or teaching ESL to 10-14-year-olds. I'm also looking into caregiving. And for fun I might be volunteering at the museum of natural history. Random? Yep. I'm just thinking of it as material for what will certainly be my best-selling book: How Many W-2s Does One Woman Need?