Outre Nadi

I have always been a fan of short hairstyles. I love a nice pixie cut or bob. However, I have never had the desire to cut my hair. Fortunately for me, there are ways around that. I have worn a variety of wigs over the years that enabled me to get the short look I wanted without actually cutting my hair.

Well Summer is quickly approaching and I am thinking about short cuts instead of braids this year.  I decided I wanted a short wavy look.  I glanced at a few styles online and decided to start with Outre Nadi.  It took two days for Nadi to arrive.  I was so excited to try her on.  That excitement left quickly.  Actually as soon as I pulled her out.  This is what I was expecting.

This is what I received.

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It looks like two doll scalps sewn together; two doll scalps with two different textures.  I immediately stuffed it back in the box after sending a picture to the seller.  It gets crazier.  The seller didn’t see the problem.  I was sure I received a wig with a manufacturer defect but the seller said they all look that way.  So in short, if you were considering purchasing Nadi; don’t.  I sent her back.

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Wigtorials Coming Soon

Everybody knows I love wigs. I change my look often. I like to keep my hair natural. My wigs allow me to achieve all the looks I want without having to apply excessive amounts of heat to my hair or chemicals. I love the freedom of changing my color, texture, and length daily if I choose; all while knowing my natural hair is healthy and free of damage.

I am old fashioned in the sense that I like to buy my wigs in-store.  That’s about to change though.  So many people buy wigs solely online and with good reason, cost.  Purchasing wigs online will result in average savings of 40% compared to what you would spend in a store.  That’s all I needed to know.

I’m preparing to make the switch to online wig shopping.  There is something that is bothering me though.  When it comes to wigs, I like to try before I buy.  Someone suggested that I pick out my wigs online; then try on the wigs in a store before placing my order.  That sounds like a good idea but it has been difficult.  The stores rarely have my selections in stock.  My next option is to watch video reviews.  That’s the next best thing to trying it on myself, right?

That brought me to my next problem.  I have a short attention span.  I am easily distracted.  Everything I want to know about a wig can be communicated in 60 seconds.  I do not want to sit through a ten minute video of someone stumbling over their words to get the answers I need.  I don’t want to be cross sold on other products either.  I just want to know if the wig is right for me.  Since I am not getting the answers I need I will just take a gamble and place an order.  Once the order arrives I will do my own video review.  It will be the kind of video review I would like to see.  It will be short and to the point.  We need short and sweet video reviews for people like me.  I accept the mission.

Effortless Weightloss

Every Fall I decide that I will start working on my Summer body  in the Winter.  This Fall I put together a detailed workout plan.  That’s about all I did.  I never actually started.  Last month I noticed that I was losing centimeters around my waist.  Of course I was not complaining but I did wonder how.

I spent days off mostly in bed.  The dropping temperatures made my bed irresistible.  I wasn’t working out.  I wasn’t stressed.  Sometimes stress will cause me to lose weight.  That wasn’t it though.  I was actually unusually content.

I continued to go over my actions and  inactions in an attempt to figure out the cause of this welcomed weight loss.  Then it hit me; breakfast.  That’s what I had been doing differently.  I was eating breakfast mostly every day.  Some days it would be as simple as fresh fruit or cereal.  Other days I would prepare a hot breakfast but I ate breakfast mostly every day and I lost weight without an exercise plan. Imagine what I could accomplish if I actually start my exercise plan.  I am still working on that.  In the meanwhile I am thrilled with my effortless weight loss.

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What I’m Loving Now – Drinking Vinegars

I recently attended the Natural Products Expo East.  What a grand experience! Four floors of wall to wall natural products.  I spent three days visiting vendors from all of the world.  In those three days I managed to visit hundreds of vendors; however, I still missed so much.  There was everything from specialty foods to supplements to health and beauty products.  Although the expo was weeks ago, I am still sampling products I received.   Right now one product that is standing out to me is drinking vinegars.

I have fallen in love with drinking vinegars by KeVita and Suja.  Before the expo I had no idea the product existed.  Over the years people have shared with me that they would drink small amounts of apple cider vinegar to promote weightloss.  What I have discovered in these drinking vinegars is so much better than taking a shot of straight vinegar.  The drinking vinegars come in a variety of flavors so you don’t just tolerate them.  You actually enjoy them! Of course they support digestive and immune health but more importantly, they taste good! I rerecommend the Meyer Lemon by KeVita and the Strawberry Balsamic by Suja Juice.


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Your Hair IS Good Hair

If you happen to run into me over the coming months there is a good chance you will see me in a wig.  Why do I wear wigs? Simply because I want to.  That’s it.  I follow the natural hair community and I am still amazed at some of the assumptions I see made about people based solely on how they choose to wear their hair.  To me it is truly absurd.  You know what else I think is absurd; the thought that some hair is “good hair.”

As far as I am concerned all hair is good hair.  It is not limited to solely long or short or kinky or curly or straight.  It is all good.  The sooner we all really start to love ourselves and our attributes, the better we all will be.  Self love is a necessity.  That brings me to my next point.  To assume someone is hiding something, or lack of something, under a wig or weave is ridiculous. (Even if they are, how is that your business?) To assume things about a person’s character based on a hairstyle, also ridiculous.  However, I see it all too often.  Really what is the point? To those people I say, “worry about yourself.”  Figure out why your focus is on someone elses choices. Perhaps it comes from a place of self-doubt or insecurity and possibly a need to deflect.  Let me remind you, your hair is good hair and self-love will prevent you from tearing down others.  Start with that reminder and see where it takes you.

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Rollers You Can Actually Sleep In

I have been doing this since I was a teenager. Don’t ask me why I am just now sharing it with the world. Over the years I have tried nearly every sort of roller. I even still have my lock and rolls.  Remember those? Different rollers, curlers, or rods have different purposes. They are made of different materials. They come in different sizes. They produce different curls. There is one thing though that they all have in common. Sleeping in them is unbearable.
The good news is many years ago I found away to sleep with a certain type of curler in my hair. The not so good news is it only provides one type of curl and it isn’t effective on every hair type. It works for me though. Maybe it will work for you too. My secret is paper. That’s right paper.
Let me demonstrate. I start by tearing paper into rectangular strips. Then I roll the paper like so.

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I can now use this paper to curl the ends of my hair.  I typically use this technique for a twist out or braid out.  I wrap the end of the braid/twist around the paper like so.

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Then I bring the two ends of the paper together and twist.

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Voila!

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Healthy Decor

Fresh flowers are one of the easiest ways to brighten a room. Nearly five years ago I made the decision to always keep fresh flowers in the house. Not only did the flowers transform every room they were in but they also put me at peace.  Even the upkeep relaxed me; changing the water, trimming the stems and leaves.  I kept this up for a while.  Then life got in the way as it tends to do.  I didn’t always make time to purchase flowers.  When I didn’t I could fall back on bouquets that were occasionally gifted to me as well as my garden; depending on the season.  That too came to a halt.

That’s when I realized I could get the same satisfaction from something that is always in the house, fruit.  I filled my crystal with fruit and put it on display.  Just like the flowers, the fruit brightened the room and improved my mood.  Red or green apples, tangerines, mangos, lemons, or limes; whatever was in the fridge went out on display.

Additionally, the decor encouraged me to eat fruit rather than cake.  For me it was a win win.  There are no candy dishes in my home.  However, my guests are welcomed to whatever fruit is on display.