H A I R| souffle

Hello Good People!

Today, I decided to create my very own hair soufflé…and I think I did a decent job. This in the long run is going to be a more natural and least expensive approach when doing my hair. I like this method because I can visually see what is being used to create this little masterpiece. 🙂

 

What you will need:

4-6 oz of Shea butter

3 -4 oz of coconut oil

hand mixer and mixing bowl

Now…the ingredients on a website I viewed said that corn starch is optional and that you may use a essential oil…I didn’t use either today.

I did add about 5 drops of Jamaican black castor oil and sweet almond oil to my soufflé . I

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I warmed up my Shea butter for 30 seconds in the microwave. I put it in my mixing bowl and blended it out until it became creamy.    20160117_141627.jpg

 

I then added my coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and then my Jamaican black castor oil. I blended with the hand mixer for about  3- 4 minutes until I was able to obtain a fluffy consistency.

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Here are my results! 🙂

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I actually saved my old containers to store my soufflé in, or you can just buy cute mason jars to store it. My soufflé is cooling in a cool and dark place -the fridge…I expect it to go on really nice while I’m doing my flexi rods again.

 

Whip yourself some up and tell me how you did yours! 🙂

 

Peace and Blessings,

Random Mixed Chick

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Flexi-Rod Twist Out

Hey Loves!

Quick post with results of my Twist Out… I was clearly trying a new style…other than my normal wash and blow dry. My 3rd attempt was the best attempt with this style. The products i currently use are Creme of Nature with Argan Oil, shea butter, and coconut oil. I tried the first two times by just wrapping my hair around the flexi rod…the 2nd and 3rd attempt was when i did section of 5 parts with two strand twists. By doing the two strand twists, I was able to achieve a head full of curls. It was amazing!

 

Follow me for more styles coming soon…. 🙂

 

With Love,

 

Random Mixed Chick

 

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C H A N G E S| Journey

Hello Loves!

For those who know me personally, I am always speaking of changes and being on a Journey.

What is Change?

a :  to make different in some particular :  alter <never bothered to change the will> b :  to make radically different :  transform <can’t change human nature> c :  to give a different position, course, or direction to a :  to replace with another <let’s change the subject> b :  to make a shift from one to another :  switch <always changes sides in an argument> c :  to exchange for an equivalent sum of money (as in smaller denominations or in a foreign currency) <change a 20-dollar bill> :  to undergo a modification of <foliage changing color>

What is a Journey?

       1 :  an act or instance of traveling from one place to another :  trip
2 chiefly dialect :  a day’s travel 3:  something suggesting travel or passage from one place to another <the journey from youth to maturity> <a journey through time>
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I use to shy away from change, but now I embrace it…Never knew how to adapt to it, or at least never had the desire either.
By definition, I am on and have been on this Journey full of Changes since 2013…coming into my own person & sincerely knowing and loving me first.
The thing about change is, is that it can be invited, or it can just happen…when it just happens…it can be more uncomfortable. Being that uncomfortable can make you the best person that you’ve Never been.
So…since 2013-2014….I separated from a 5 year relationship…Began a relationship for several months in 2014-2015…it was different and fun…and i re-learned how to love and to be hurt…but i was able to simply apply it as a life experience and move on from that moment…and were still friends! I can call him whenever about anything ….2015…it had its challenges…my two loves started school(kids being kids…possible ADHD …post coming soon….) …Made some great friends along the way….this year taught me about existing friendships and taking inventory on those…You have to be with people who add value to your life and make you a better person…I experiemented with new hair styles and color…I’m loving the Red currently! I found that I actually Love EDM itself(get lost in the instrumentals y’all), Sango, Alina Baraz & Galimatias, Marian Hill, etc….I added 5 other piercings and 1 tattoo to my body…I also came out to some close family and friends(and now to the world 🙂 ) that I am Bicurious….not sure where that will lead to (its been made clear that you dont have to accept it because its my life), but i believe that you should be honest with yourself…and by being honest with yourself first, then growth occurs.Yay for Growth!! 🙂
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I believe that people live their entire life trying to please another human(s). My entire life, up until now, has been lived for someone else. How is that living, Or are you merely existing? To define your happiness based on someone elses’s life and values…For what reason(s)? For them to agree, validate, and like you more? You can be your normal self and you will still have people judge you. This Journey has taught me to judge less and to correct those who want to judge more.  Dont live you life full of regret and wishing that you could have done this ,or that…Just do it now! Of course, be within reason. We are never going to be perfect and we still may mess up, but at least we are conscious the next time that we want to be mean to someone because they seem different. Be Kind and do right by people, but dont apologize for who you are growing to be(positive of course).
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2016 will be Beautiful…judging less, more QT w/family and friends, loving myself even more, and traveling! I hope I see you on the way! 🙂
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(this is  constant reminder above, that i have in my bathroom for preparation daily, as I leave my home and set out on my Journey to be changed.)
Know & Love yourself so that you will know how to love others.
With so much Love,
Random Mixed Chick
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My Love Patches… Part 3!

Hello Beauties!!

Hope you all have been well since I have last posted!

I wanted to do an update post of my love patches aka Alopecia Areata today. It has grown so much since my last update last year. I have little sprouts and a even a baby curl! Who would have thunk it?!? I am continuously using my Rogaine for Women, steroid shots from my dermatologist, Jamaican Black Castor Oil,  using the Vitamin E capsules(… make a small incision and apply it to the spot..i use 2 capsules per spot), and even praying over my spots.

In February, I actually got a Ion brand hair dye applied to my hair as well(Ion black cherry). I don’t see any damage, so if it works for you- even with Alopecia Areata, go ahead and get a summer color going for yourself! My stylist was able to even trim my new growth spots, so that it could grow even more.

So, I’m really happy and 80% stress free nowadays. Stress was the key for me that I believe initially had my hair falling out. I do my best now to take deep breaths, rethink how I’m going to handle the situation moving forward, and pray.

Here are some Before and Current pictures!

Before(Mid 2014)

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After (April 2015)

Top                                                 Back (See my little curl 😉 )

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These are some products that I’m currently using as well ….

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Peace & Blessings,

Random Mixed Chick

My Love Patches….Part 2 <3

Hello Beautiful One’s

So, Im still showing major love to these “love patches” of mine! 🙂

I definitely wanted to keep my lovely readers up to date with my hair growth progress. I went back for my 2nd dermatologist appointment yesterday and …..1/3 of my spots are gone!! The injections and Biotin vitamins( I failed to mention this on the first post). 

Only 2 more spots to go.....Yay!

Only 2 more spots to go…..Yay!

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I was given more injections in the last two spots. Also, I was prescribed Rogaine for Women, so that my hair growth isn’t delayed. Im so excited for the new hair growth. 🙂 I was assured that even though this is an autoimmune disease,  I wouldn’t always have Alopecia Areata….as long as I avoid stress. I am super psyched for more hair growth because I want to try highlights again…a little change never hurt anyone, right?

I am due back in one month and will definitely keep you all updated! 🙂

How do you avoid stress? If you have it, how do you handle having Alopecia? 

Drop me a comment in the box below 🙂

 

Peace and Blessings,

Random Mixed Chick

My Love Patches….an Alopecia Inspired Post <3

Hello Blessed One’s,

I have battled since i discovered my “patches” about sharing this portion of my life’s journey. But…because everyone knows that i connect through “over-sharing” some things, I decided that I wouldnt live in fear of what others may think, or say.

Here goes…I have Alopecia.

According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation,

“Alopecia areata is a common disease that results in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. There are three types of alopecia areata; alopecia areata, alopecia totalis and alopecia universalis.

Alopecia areata, the most common variation of the autoimmune disease, presents itself as round, smooth patches of various sizes.

In all forms of alopecia areata, the hair follicles remain alive and are ready to resume normal hair production whenever they receive the appropriate signal. In all cases, hair re-growth may occur even without treatment and even after many years.

Alopecia areata occurs in males and females of all ages and races; however, onset most often begins in childhood and can be psychologically devastating. Although not life-threatening, alopecia areata is most certainly life-altering, and its sudden onset, recurrent episodes, and unpredictable course have a profound psychological impact on the lives of those disrupted by this disease. But there is hope. In all cases, hair re-growth may occur even without treatment and even after many years.”   National Alopecia Areata Foundation

I found out that I had a bald spot one night at the beginning of July 2014 when I was combing through my hair. I thought I was going a little crazy at first because i had never had spots before in my head. I kind of came to tears and began to panic. I began texting pictures to friends and family..which they told me to calm down about. I asked if this was lupus, even cancer…because i just didnt understand how hair could just go missing. I did the only thing I heard and knew how to do. I “laid hands” on my bald spot. Now…. to non-spiritual people, “laying hands” would seem silly, but from where Im from its common. I figured if people could pray over other people, then surely prayer could help a bald spot. The next few days I make a dermatologist appointment with the sweetest doctor I know( Shout out to Dr. Love of Montgomery Al.). In my free time, i began inundating my mind with different websites and videos..trying to self diagnose myself before my appointment. I was sure it had to be the hair products I was using even as a natural. I made up my mind that no matter what I had inflicting my scalp, that I would try to make my own natural hair products, just in case.

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Mid-July arrives when its time for me to meet with Dr.Love. She and the nurse examine my scalp….as im waiting for the news. She lets me know that I have Alopecia Areata. Also, she alerts me that I have two other spots in the back of my head With a raised freckle(she cuts it from my scalp to test for cancer…results came back..and it is non cancerous). She explains that it is an autoimmune disease and sometimes it can come when the person is under severe stress. I started to think ” hmmmm….I have been under a lot of personal stress lately…”. She told me try to eliminate the stress, get a massage, and go forth with receiving the steroid injections to stimulate my hair growth. I wasn’t scared about a needle going into my scalp because 1.) Im a diabetic and 2.) I want my hair to grow back. I did it. 🙂

It is now mid- August, my hair is sprouting some new hair and im excited! She said it would take at least 3 months for hair to begin growing. For a few weeks I was fearful to wear it down. I was on a trip to New Orleans and asked my sister to do a “bald spot check” periodically. I was nervous that my “spots” would go noticed. Sometimes, people can be vicious and say mean things.

I remind myself daily that my testimony and my journey isnt just for me, but it is for someone else. I cant Not share my experience ,because someone else may be about to go through, or is going through what I am going through in life.

This is my first step to accepting that Im going to HAVE to LOVE my 3 patches…because their now an extension of me. It is also a reminder to not put energy into pointless places, or people.

If it feels like stress….SLOWLYYYYYY back away…no actually RUN away. You dont have to subject yourself to a stressful situation-EVER.It doesnt matter if its a job-Pray and Fast for a new one, if its a spouse- try to work it out, but dont kill yourself doing it, and if its family/friends-love them from a distance, etc.

I will give an update towards the end of the month about my progress.

PS. Olive oil and/or Jamaican Black castor oil works well and is a natural way to help with Alopecia. Also, water/lavender essential oil is great for growing hair, I’ve noticed, and it makes your hair smell Awesome!! ❤  Rosemary apparently helps with Alopecia, too.

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Peace and Blessings,

Random Mixed Chick

Bye Bye Flat Iron’s and Creamy Crack & Hello Olive Oil and Water

Natural hair is trending as of now!

I can now say i have been relaxer free since December 2011 and the last time  i flat ironed my hair was for my undergrad graduation in May 2012. I like the way my hair looked and felt being straight but i had a “coming to Jesus moment with myself” and truly looked within and asked “Do i really want to continue damaging my hair with harmful chemicals?” and “How am i going to set examples for my daughter to feel comfortable wearing her natural hair?” I had to make a change.

I remember the first time that i wanted a relaxer was for my 8th grade Valentine’s day dance in middle school. I was confused on how i should wear my hair-being that i’m biracial.  Should i wear my hair curly, a gel-downed forehead swoop  look with a up-do, maybe some crochet braids(yes-they were in when i was a kid)? As you can tell, i had some self-identity issues going on. I didnt know my self so well, let alone how to style my hair and still fit in with everyone else. In high school and college i was in between wearing my hair straight and curly. Going from one extreme to the other, maintaining my grades, and keeping up with a man in college(which you should hardly ever do-that’s another post for another day honey)..my hair began to break off and then i had to chop some off.  I still continued to wear my hair straight and relaxed.

So…ive gone on a little journey. Not until my last year of college did i really want to just go curly/natural and put down the flat irons and creamy crack. For me , it took taking courses from professors and reading books like “Brainwashed by Tom Burrell” that helped me with my self-identity.  I read in various books that Black people started to loathe their hair back in the day from slavery and it started with the slave masters beating ideas into their head- that unfortunately still exist today minus the physical slave masters. To be seen as equal yo,u have to conform to make other people comfortable-ummm…really? I would figure that African people would love their hair and adorn their head with pretty items instead of  straightening their hair like the majority of us continue to do each day.

Im going natural and educating other people because i feel like its my duty. I must say, i really love at the same time entertaining comments about hair. For  example, I was in a store just in June and the cashier asked me why i was buying coconut oil dressing for my hair? I simply told her that i loved the way it smells and my curls seem to dry out easily if i didnt use something with some grease in it. She began to say(and she was a Black woman-which is sad because she was way older than me and no one educated her about her hair while living in the home of the Civil Rights Movement) that “you dont need that in your hair, thats for folks with nappy hair and if you stay in here long enough you can see some of them walk in with it.” I just had the blankest expression on my face of embarrassment for her. She didnt get the privilege of hearing my professors speak about loving yourself and you hair. I had to inform her that no one’s hair is “nappy” and everyone had beautiful hair. Also, i told her thats what we are conditioned to think about our hair. I entertained it for a minute or so, but some people are too set in their thoughts to change their mindset. By continuing to wear my hair natural/ curly, im making a change  and setting an example for those who want to be natural and those who are not yet. I want to be an example for my daughter and others.

There are numerous benefits to being natural like being able to exercise without my wrap on, i can enjoy dipping my head in the water without fear that im going to look crazy,  i can walk in the rain without the fear in my mind of looking like a chia pet gone wrong, and now i get to try out natural hair products that my hair will benefit from. In the words of Djimon Hounsou in Amistad “Give us Free!” Were are chained and shackled to the idea of what society wants us to look like. Love your hair! 😉

Are you on a journey with your hair? Is your hair more healthy straightened, relaxed, or natural?

I love fresh perspectives, so please Like and Comment for sure.

Peace and Blessings,

Random Mixed Chick

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