Sunday, February 20, 2011

What a Week!

This past week has been quite amazing! I won't get into too many details, but it's awesome how happy another person can make you feel! I know I talk about the weather a lot, but it can reflect a person's mood as well. Being able to share the beautiful weather with another person has been pretty great, too. The week started out last Sunday, because you know technically that's the first day of a new week; however, I always consider a new week to start on Monday. On Sunday,  I took Duncan to the dog park in the morning to get some of his energy out.
He found this football and would not go anywhere without it!
Love him!

A couple hours after the dog park I got to enjoy a beautiful walk with Duncan and a special someone along the Chattahoochee River. It was a lot fun! There were some parts of the trail that required some thinking on how to get from one point to the other. I love a challenge.

It's great to know you can still be in Atlanta and experience this.
 The remainder of the week consisted of delicious meals and good company! Duncan made a new friend, too! :) Needless to say, I'm a pretty happy girl right now!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Curly to Straight...Back to Curly

Most of you who read this blog know me as having curly hair who decided to get it chemically straightened. For those of you who know me as only having straight hair, you might be surprised! When I tell people I have naturally REALLY curly hair, I don't think people understand how curly my hair is--- See below!
Natural Hair
I actually got very fed up with my hair and made the big decision to get it thermally reconditioned (AKA Japanese Straightening). The first time I did it, I LOVED it! I did not regret it at all, and still don't! Unfortunately, the cost is out of control. Because of this, I decided to go to a place off of Buford Highway that I had heard of from an acquaintance. Little did I know there were different "strengths" of the product that was used on my hair. The first time I got it done, the hair stylist didn't use the top strength, so I still had some wave in it. Well, the person on Buford Highway used the complete strength because it was stick straight!! I actually didn't mind it at all because it only took me about 5 minutes to blow dry it and I didn't have to straighten it as opposed to about joke! The picture below shows my hair at its straightest.
Super Straight!
I have had my hair straight for about 4 years. I have absolutely loved it, but I am really missing my curls. About a year ago I decided I wanted to go back to my roots. Since the Japanese straightening just grows out, I figured that would be really hard to do- half super straight, half very curly...hmmm? My hair stylist recommended Keratin. It is a product that takes away 50% of the curl, all of the frizz, AND it washes out after about 4 months! It has been the "easiest" way to do it. However; my hair is about 2/3 of one texture: wavy and it is annoying!! I'm going to let the following pictures do the talking!

This is what my hair looks like when it air dries. Interesting...right??

I don't normally get it this straight. This is about 25 minutes after sectioning it off, drying and then straightening each section. Ugh!
 I am SO ready to get back to my curly hair! Unfortunately, I don't think my hair will ever be as curly as it was before, but if I never have to pay $$$ to get my hair done again, I will be HAPPY! I was thinking, is it easier to go back to your natural hair color or texture?? Definitely color, because going back to your texture is annoying! I cannot wait to get the last bit of straight cut off! Hopefully by summer I will have natural beachy waves! :)