Learning about Bentonite Clay!

So I am currently trying a new product. It’s a grey powder that doesn’t have a smell and wasn’t too expensive at my local Sally’s beauty store. It’s bentonite clay.

Here is what bentonite clay is according to Wiki:

Bentonite is an absorbent aluminium phyllosilicate clay consisting mostly of montmorillonite. It was named by Wilbur C. Knight in 1898 after the Cretaceous Benton Shale nearRock River, Wyoming.[1][2]

The different types of bentonite are each named after the respective dominant element, such as potassium (K), sodium (Na), calcium (Ca), and aluminium (Al). Experts debate a number of nomenclatorial problems with the classification of bentonite clays. Bentonite usually forms from weathering of volcanic ash, most often in the presence of water.

Bentonite clay is used for both hair and face to detox and cleanse. It also has the ability to define curls for those who have curly/kinky hair. So it’s a natural shampoo, detox, and curl enhancer all in one! Plus it’s a more natural way of caring for your self so what’s there not to love?

Attempt 1: For my first attempt I mixed a fair, which turned out to be too much, amount of clay with my apple cider vinegar and water. A small amount of fizzing happened but not much, which led me to think that I’ve had that cider open for a little bit too long. It was a conditioner consistency but I did spread it out on my hair. I went about my hour or so with no cap, letting the clay harden before washing out. I did have some hair chalk residue in my hair. The color was lifted completely….but a day or two later I had small chunks of clay stuck in the top part of my head!!!! These chunks were tiny and dark fitting in with small bits of hair chalk instead of clay. Ooops lol! My hair didn’t feel too special and had a small whiff of vinegar that I expected to wear off. The smell lingered longer that normal from an apple cider vinegar rinse which wasn’t pleasant.

Attempt 2: Determined I decided to try the next day. My hair wasn’t really soft or hard, just wet the first time. I used warmed Aussie Moist conditioner and coconut oil, then added the clay and water. The mix was pretty thick and clumpy, even after mixing the warm water. I mixed more water than the first time but the clumps still didn’t go away. I took the warm mixture in my hand, spread evenly in my palms, and rubbed it through my damp locks. I used a plastic cap to keep the clay from drying this time and let it set for an hour before rinsing with warm water. My curls were hanging more than the first time, especially the ones in the back. My hair is fairly short but it felt softer than the first time although the mixture was lumpy and thick. I think the conditioner and oil helped with the softness and moisture.

I haven’t had a third attempt yet, but will be soon. My hair felt clean both times yet the second time was more moisturized than the first. I will probably leave out the apple cider vinegar since I do not have anymore, but if I do get more apple cider I will make sure to get the one with the mother still intact. A more natural, organic vinegar will have a more positive effect than the diluted store version. 😀

 

Is Marriage a Good Relationship Goal?

“…it’s like a workshop, for single ladies to find their Adam..”

“The ultimate goal in a relationship, romantic, between Adam (man) and Eve (woman) is marriage.” 

The day was just starting, rustic in its morning dew.It was after early service at least and some coffee was swirling in my veins. I was, at least, alert enough to pay attention and comment…even if my face said otherwise. Some of the younger single ladies were just chilling, since we didn’t have much to do.

It does make me wonder about setting marriage as the ultimate relationship goal. I don’t think its a bad goal, but it is set as the ultimate Christian goal for romantic male-female relationships.

Sure, there are some stupid relationship goals out there. Some of them really don’t make sense either. Relationships are changing especially for the younger generation(s). More young people are living together before marriage. More couples are not even getting married at all but people are still having children, buying houses, and weaving lives together. So the human race is not dying out even if marriage is on the decline.

Plenty of people have done research on the rise of single parent households. The effects of single parenthood on both mother and child, the effects of not having a father figure….and many more related things. Yet the old way of marriage and relationships were not any more perfect than the modern counterparts. People stayed together longer than some of us are alive, and with that comes many problems. Not sure if I was born in another time would I have been married for decades. It is hard to imagine being married even at my ‘youngish’ age.

As a single Christian, I have the option of marriage or celibacy in my relationships (if I’m trying to live the best chaste life possible). Chasity is out of the question as an option (I don’t want that life lol.) Others around me were of mixed feelings—some loved the idea but rather not have the reality, while others vouched that marriage is best no matter the situation.

I am still undecided on the topic. Marriage can be beautiful—but is it really needed today?

 

 

 

L’Oreal Liquid Chalk Review

Hey everyone! I am back with some color for those cold winter nights! 😀 This is my review of the L’Oreal Liquid Chalk! I did not take pics unfortunately but feel free to ask questions about how it turned out!

Previous Hair Color: Natural black
Hair Style: Two strand twists (with a right side flat twist)
For my method of application, I had my hair in mostly two strand twists with the right side flat twisted.
Product: Shimmery purple liquid (Very Violet color), thin in constancy–a bit runny.

I would use gloves to apply this product again. It does stain your fingers, but it wears off after a few washes (or about a day).It’s also really runny, so it will get down your fingers and hands. I started off applying it with two fingers, then switched to holding the ends of my twists under a cloth while letting the color drip and saturate the ends. It states on the directions that it lasts an average of two shampoos depending on how much you apply and the porosity of your hair. It lasted around two days of wear but the color did start to fade from a vibrant violet to a semi shimmering purple.

It is a good alternative to semi permanent hair dye and it cost around 7.50 at Sally’s. You will have to reapply during the week, especially with low porosity hair. I had to pour a good bit into my fingers because I have black hair and needed a bit more to see it. It does make the parts of your hair dry and a bit crunchy when it dries, but it could be because of my extra pouring. Right now I am soaking my hair in coconut oil before washing it but the color was coming out in my hands as I layered the oil. I’m sure it will wash out very quickly in the shower, especially with sulfate/sulfate-free shampoo.

Trims and Coconut Oil

Snip. Snip. Twist. Snip.

I have decided that those tangled little ends had to go. I couldn’t put off looking for a salon any longer. My split ends just had to go that day, as I was twisting my hair into another two strand style.

Snip. Snip. Snip. Snip.

The ball of hair kept growing and growing as each end of my twists were trimmed and dusted. I probably lost around an inch around my whole head, some places may have lost a little more. I’m not much of a fan of cutting my hair. I can enjoy short hair but I rather have the ends brush against my shoulder as I do a head turn. Much more dramatic.

I had slathered my hair in coconut oil before the wash, twist, and snip process. Slap on a plastic cap and sit for around an hour to burn some time. Detangling was much easier afterwards, so that’s a bit of good news.

Now to see about some color…..