When my hair is feeling really dry and limp (or after I dye it) I like to do a coconut oil treatment. I used to use olive oil but coconut oil is protein rich and high in vitamin E so it has more healing properties, plus the smell is pure heaven.

What you’ll need:
coconut oil
hair clip
plastic sack
clean towel

To do the treatment:
1. First, I put on a clean shirt that I don’t mind getting a little oil on and wrap a towel around my shoulders.

2. Next, I get all my supplies ready.

3. Then, I tip my head over so my hair is upside down and I’m leaning over the bathtub. This helps with any drips and mess that the oil will make. (this isn’t shown because I couldn’t angle the picture by myself)

4. I start applying the coconut oil to my hair until it’s thoroughly drenched.

5. Then I squeeze out any excess oil. There should be some since the oil applies as a solid/liquid and then will melt once your head warms it up.

6. Next, I wrap my hair up on top of my head and secure it with a clip.

7. I finish by wrapping a plastic sack around my hair, securing the ends by tucking them back up into the sack. This will keep the heat in and imitates a hair salon chair and heater.

8. I leave this on for 30 minutes; meanwhile, wiping up any oil drips in the bathtub. It’s important not to let any oil clog up the drain. If you’re in a time crunch you can put a blow dryer to it and shorten the time to 10 minutes.

9. I finish by jumping in the shower and shampooing my hair twice. This is important to remember. The oil won’t all rinse out with one shampoo so it’s helpful to do it a second time. Then I condition as usual.

10. When I finish drying and curling my hair it feels softer, fuller, and noticeably softer. Proven by the compliments I’ve gotten this morning at work!

Good luck! Let me know if this treatment works for you!

German Pancakes
[about 6 servings]
1/4 cup butter
 1 cup all-purpose flour
 1 cup milk
 6 eggs, lightly beaten
 1/8 teaspoon salt
ยผ teaspoon of cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Melt butter in a medium baking dish.
In a medium bowl, mix flour, milk, eggs, cinnamon and salt. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
Bake on center rack in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until golden brown.

[adapted from this recipe]
I could live on breakfast foods.

I know this type of thing has been done and redone but the beauty of these is that you can do all of them with a center part. I often wake up with the urge to switch to a middle part and with growing out bangs this can be tricky to do. I started doing some research and didn’t really find anything that focuses specifically on growing out your bangs while maintaining a middle part. Thus it only seemed proper to do one for those who are growing out their bangs but wanted to stay dedicated to parting their hair in the center. 

Learn how to highlight and contour; it’ll change your life.

When I discovered highlighting and contouring it changed my life. It was only about a year or so ago that I learned about it. I knew I was supposed to wear bronzer and blush but I didn’t actually know the reasoning behind it; now I can’t go a day without it. I notice it now too in movies and tv shows. “Oh she’s got on a cheek stain” or “I wonder what product she’s wearing for that contouring.” It’s a little crazy. I just try not to talk about it out loud to AJ or he might think I’m moreย loonyย than he already thinks I am.

Products I Used:
Angled Contour Brush :: similar
Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Deep Coral [new addition since this post]
Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Radiant
Benefit Cosmetics Benetint
Benefit Cosmetics High Beam

I’m also wearing:
Make Up For Ever Iridescent Eyeliner in Navy Blue
MAC Eye shadow in Mythology

I was out and about one day when I saw a girl and the longer I looked at her the more I realized there was something different about her. Her entire face was the same color. I mean spot on, one color [I applauded her ability to do this] but kept thinking and thinking “there’s something not right.” Then I realized, there wasn’t any highlighting or contour to her face. Highlighting and contouring your face helps it look natural. The sun brightens the bridge of your nose and your cheek bones; the hollows of your cheeks are naturally darker along with your jawline. This girl had accomplished an “even” skin tone, but there was no “natural”-ness to her look.