Protective Hair Styles

Protective hair styles are styles that seal in moisture like braids and twist. I keep my hair in a protective style and add oils and something for hold as needed. My hair is growing good and my scalp is no longer dry. I made an oil that is unisex and should relieve itching and dryness of the scalp and give a bit of aromatherapy in one swoop. I am using it on my hair and two other family members. They have Eczema so without a protective style, they have to apply the oil to their hair everyday. Scalp every other day or two. The good thing is that I was able to try it on someone besides myself and I remember the recipe. I am running out of this oil fast but can make some more to sell or for personal use. I am thinking of trying to sell it. Keep the price really low at the beginning since I would just be selling it to friends and family. Just thinking ahead like I am about my next hair style since I braid my own hair for now anyway. I try to keep it as simple but cute as I can.

My normal protective hair style required rubber bands at the ends because my hair is thick and I like the bigger sized braids. Especially if I am doing the hair. I am now rubber band free. It has grown enough for me not to even need the rubber bands at all. I just need something for hold on the ends. I have been paying very close attention to them and they are not split or damaged anymore. They were dry too and that is no longer the case. I do not use water to detangle because I do not need to detangle anymore. The products I use speak for themselves and are in the products we use section of this sight. Most of the products I use, I order from Amazon and the rest I get in the neighborhood. Olive Oil is always the base oil or carrier oil right now. I may switch to a different carrier oil soon. You can get a starter set at a really good price and sometimes on sale. Then you start your blend. I know other ladies who are doing the same thing. We could start this business right away and really take off during the Spring.

My first tester was me. After I liked it, I tried it on my daughters’ hair. And also her scalp. Her scalp did well and so did her hair where I put the braids. She liked the way it smelled. Her scalp stayed moist for a few days. The part that I braided is still moist and it has been this way for over a week. Her father was next. He says it worked on his hair for a day or so. Before I run out of this kind, I need another females’ opinion. Men don’t necessarily care about which oil to use in their hair. My daughters’ father likes Pantene for Natural or Permed hair. It is a good product but very heavy. I like light weight oils to prevent build up and to keep it from getting so dirty so fast. Even the gel I use for my hair contains oils and is light weight.

I don’t know exactly what is making my hair grow so fast. I was doing the not using oil on your scalp anymore challenge until my head started itching and I noticed those flakes. Since I have been oiling my scalp regularly, those flakes have disappeared. My daughters’ hair is also growing and we try to keep hers braided to promote growth and seal in moisture. This is the first time I grew my hair this long and decided to keep growing it. Next month I am cashing out on hair products. I am a little behind.

 

 

Braiding with oil

When you use light products in your natural hair, it doesn’t get dirty as fast. Want you want to do if you are growing your hair like me is seal in moisture especially during the Winter. I seal moisture in from using different kinds of oils. Nothing to heavy. I have posted about them here before.

This is one off my favorite products to just rub on from root to tip if your hair starts to look dry and it is also great for blow outs.

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I oiled hair scalp and hair and redid the high pony which I am so tired of but looks really cute on her. It’s the fact that she doesn’t like to get her hair combed. She never did but she can take her own braids out now which saves me time. To re braid her hair, I used the products below.

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It came out well but her hair is really thick. It’s just as thick as mine so it is harder to comb. Once you get all the oils in it, it is more manageable. If you you have dry hair or scalp, I recommend giving this product and the ones in the other picture a try. Makes your hair shine and look and feel healthy.

Insomnia or is my sleep schedule off?

Once I started to limit my activity’s, I started sleeping all day and waking up in the middle of the night after everyone else is gone to bed. Not spending as much time with my daughter as I would like but even she knew I either needed to rest or go to Urgent Care. I decided to rest. This is day three or four days of basic bed rest. Luckily her father can make sure I have everything I need up the stairs.

The swelling is almost completely gone at this moment. The more I try to do, the more swelling I have and the pain from just a slight touch is too much for me. I can’t really even touch my own foot and my daughter stepped on it and so did her father. Of course from the sounds I made, they were very apologetic. They were accidentally stepping on it or laying on it. I haven’t really done much elevating for the swelling. I have been doing everything from the bed. It is still swollen from trying to sit up in the daytime. I am going to prop myself up with some pillows and then elevate Saturday and Sunday. I am ready for the game but have no idea what we are cooking. Living with a diabetic and a child with food allergies makes dinner a huge decision since we all need to be on different diets.

My weight is up instead of down for a change. I feel better but I need a lot of stuff to take care of my health properly and it cost money. I am going to take it one day at a time. Since he quit his job, he is home all the time temporarily. He feels better as a person but taking a loss in income at anytime is hard. We got big plans but I don’t want to have to struggle. Even though it would be for a moment. Like we got all this chicken but nobody wants to eat it. Need some more recipes with chicken in them. With him here, the heat turned down and the window be open. The light be on all the time and I can barely get to this Playstation. We are adjusting and luckily he is looking for work instead of just laying around all the time. He basically quit his job when his boss replaced him with his uncle. I don’t blame him but miss the income.

I am back to braiding hair after years of retirement. I only braid my hair and my daughters’. She likes beads, what they call BoBos, and berets. I don’t do beads and if I did, I would need a beading tool that comes with the beads. My hair is already braided thankfully. Her hair is clean but sucks up moisture very quickly. And our hair is growing. Once I wash my hair and add the oils to it, it stays moist. My daughter has eczema and her hair and scalp stays dry. I changed my Twitter profile picture to the hairstyle that I want to try. But by me not using too many products in my hair, I don’t have to wash it every two weeks like I used to which makes things easier for me. I am considering adding some weave to it soon. I want some color and the person who was dying my hair is too busy. I could try to do it myself and let it come out in more than one blended color but I will wait until it gets dirty to do the dye. Plus the dye that I am going to use is a powder which makes it more intimidating. I need a list of all the stuff I need to do it and you can get the list of things you will need from the website. Why powder you ask? Because I want Strawberry Blonde and I couldn’t find that color online when I was shopping except in the powder form. Braiding my daughter hair would be easier if she would let me freestyle but at her age, she wants specific hair styles like I mentioned before. Either way, I don’t have to stand up and braid since she is a kid and I need to get her some hair products from the beauty supply store.

The reason why I was posting so much about the games we are playing was because that is all I have been doing while in the bed. Playing games and writing. I posted a few poems here and noticed that this may be the wrong place to put that kind of poetry. What they call dark and explicit. No one liked the two that I did put up but I know a lot of people that enjoy reading my poems. When I had this site the first time, I posted a lot of poetry. I am working on a book of poems by me that has a warning label on it that says Mature like these games and CD’s do. The book is coming along fine but I haven’t been working on it at all this past week which was a rough one but it went by very fast. I ran out of cigars, right after I ran out of Pepsi. Single income family now basically until further notice and yes I am on him but also giving him some time to rest and think. He is a lot easier to deal with now that he is no longer working for that lady. He is drinking less too. I didn’t realize how bad it was for him until he quit. It was like he was finally able to exhale or something. We got our worries but not that many. These bills need to be paid right away as we all know.

For the new followers of this blog, thank you and please look around the site a bit. There is a lot of missing content but not because we are lazy. Because we have been busy and now we were resting up for today. I do not feel like going anywhere but I have that appointment today and really can’t reschedule it. So while I am out today, I am going to grab something to smoke on for a week or so. I know the doctor is probably going to tell me to take them opioids for the pain in my feet but I would rather smoke which they do and don’t have a problem with. However, my lungs and heart sound good. My thyroid test should be in a few weeks because I will not over book myself this month. That’s probably where the swelling came from. Doing too much running here and there in this cold. And it is not going to warm up anytime soon. It is 10 degrees right now with snow on the ground. I have to figure out how to get my feet into a pair of shoes but they are so sore that I am scared to try on some shoes and walk in them even in my own house. I have two pairs of comfortable shoes but I am taking my house shoes with me just in case. If the doctors are worried about inflammation, they will prescribe something like Motrin or Naproxen. I prescribe myself with small doses of marijuana for this pain. Just need to get up and go. I will be sure to wear my glasses so they can’t tell my eyes are red. Good morning to whoever took time to read this. It’s going to be a busy day for me.

 

 

 

Not hot enough….

I like to wash my hair in nice warm water but my water isn’t staying hot long enough for me to do what I need to do to my hair. I had the same problem with washing my daughters’ hair and had to use a bottle of warm water to rinse the conditioners out. I forgot and shampooed my hair and by the time it was to rinse the second time, the water was too cold. You know. Warm on the skin but too cold for the scalp. So I got some bigger plastic bottles and warmed me some water up in a tea pot and it was too hot. At this rate, we can take a 30 minute shower which is good but we need a hot water tank like he said. Our water shouldn’t get that cold that fast.

Right now I have washed and used two conditioners. Now I am doing the first deep treatment. I like this Cantu product a lot and it is the only one by them that I use. It’s in the Natural Hair – Products we use section. It has to stay on for thirty minutes but smells so good. If you can’t see the label in that picture, it is called Cantu Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque which you can get a Family Dollar sometimes. It cost around $9 but will last you a while depending on the lenth of your hair. I cover it with a plastic bag rather than a shower cap because I have so many plastic bags in my house, I might as well make some use of them. Everyone says I am cheap but why go buy some shower caps when the plastic bags do the same thing?

After I rinse the Cantu out, I have added another quick Masque just to make sure my hair is well conditioned and looks healthy. I use Eden Body Works Natural Hair Masque Treatment. It is also a deep conditioner. You leave it on for just 15 minutes unless somebody is in your way. I would say thirty minutes at the most. I also agree that you should never leave any product on your hair for more than an hour. I have done this and the results were terrible. Made it less manageable. Eden Body Works is Paraben and Sulfate free and both products are water based meaning the first ingredient on the label says water (Aqua) and in fact, all the products I use are water based products and 90% all natural. I always look for Paraben and Sulfate free products for my hair that are water based and add moisture not grease or heavy oils. I try to use things that are light on the hair to prevent build up and make whatever I am doing to it last longer.

I have like 10 calls to make this morning mainly for me a my daughters’ appointments. We have a lot. I have one Thursday and one Friday. Not making any more for January. I don’t want to over book and wear myself out. No matter what I do or say, I am still disabled and functioning at half of my abilities. I do my own hair still and will as long as I have the strength. I don’t rely on help from others because I am on a time schedule even though I can no longer work. Best way to put it is that my job now is to make sure I keep, make, and reschedule appointments for my house hold and to go to the doctor regularly. Specifically regarding my eyes and my thyroid. My ankle being swollen is from me doing too much but the eye thing I don’t understand yet and I don’t believe it’s just my allergies. The next time it is swollen I may go to urgent care if I have enough time.

I know these post can get weird on Twitter. Meaning it’s posting while I am on there. That is because I schedule them too. That way I can keep new content here daily. It is easy to add content so through out the day, as I run across new information or find something interesting, I just share it either on here or on Twitter which by the way I still love but I accidentally unfollowed someone. I feel kind of bad but in a way, it’s not like I knew them or anything. I don’t know anyone on Twitter. I just like how fast I can get information about health and the news. I am also on YouTube but only the sick part. I never made a video of me well but I am going to do so after I do my hair. I will add the link to it even though I don’t maintain my YouTube channel. My handle is Twistteddollface. On PS4 I am kushkola313 and BlackWhiskey313 but I don’t really play online. My husband does. I will add all this to the menu too. Contacts are important for business right now and we are running two websites and he is passing out fliers. He ended up smoking and thinking about how his boss was treating him and quit yesterday. We are trying to go into business for ourselves. Self-made. He won’t be sitting here playing the game all day and neither will I. We got too much stuff to do. Generate more money until he can find a better job or continue doing what he does best. Drive and grow. Making plans for a garden but we have a Pitbull in the yard. I hate when they pee on the fruits and vegetables.

In my window in the kitchen has enough room to start growing some herbs. I used to put the little baby plants there because of the sunlight. They did good. Mine. The ones I got from someone else must have gotten stressed and they did very poor with that amount of sun and water I was giving them. My cousin is growing some of everything but lost her plants because the Christmas tree was blocking the light. The ones she got left I can get a piece of and finish rooting them in water before we plant them in the dirt. We are also looking into edibles. I get quite a few good recipes from Leafly that I haven’t tried yet. Cookies are okay. Ribs would be a lot better. I did a Pepsi rib that actually tasted like Pepsi because it was marinated overnight. So tender.

I am using the phone to post today because everyone is sleep. I didn’t smoke before I went to bed and woke up cold because someone decided it was too hot and opened the window. Yes it is warmer outside for now but not so warm that you need to open your windows yet. I have on my hoodie again for this reason. His blood pressure must stay high or he just like cold air when he sleeps. I know it makes me stiff so if I can’t move, it’s his fault. And he is going to have to get me something to relax my muscles and get rid of these aches and pains. Shop opens early so I should be fine. Hot water is better now. It could be because it hadn’t been used all night. I don’t know but I do know that I need to start pricing hot water tanks. We are going to need one right away.

Meeting the PCP

Why did we make two appointments in the same day around the same time? Desperaty. Me and my daughter need to go to all of our appointments. Especially these kind. But she was late and I have to reschedule hers but she did make it to the dentist. They had to pull two of her teeth from all that sugar she like. She said after this, she will never eat or drink sugar again. By the time I saw her, she couldn’t even talk from them numbing her mouth. And she had guaze to stop the bleeding. It is a good thing she was late for her other appointment. She needed urgent dental care. Her tooth had been hurting and it was getting worse. After the numbness went away and I woke up, she could talk again. Her pain medicine wasn’t ready at the pharmacy yet. He has it now and she went to bed fine. After the Tylenol.

My appointment went very well. My doctor is the same age as me and all natural. She had enough hair to make a bun. The office was tiny and your phones didn’t work is my only complaint. The wait time was fine. She had one person in front of me. She had all of my history and meds I take in the system. That is good. She only had to ask a few questions about my family history. The usual but this was a consult to become a patient. Almost like a job interview. My eye was what I was worried about. Why is it swelling? Only when I am sleep and only the one eye. She said it could be a stye or it’s my allergies and wrote me a prescription for Zyrtec. It should bring the swelling down if it’s allergy related even though I take allergy meds daily. She said I may have grown used to the one I am on and to rotate the allergy meds. I will try the Zyrtec the next time it swells.

As far as my blood pressure being high and me needing to take medicine for it, I still have to take it until further notice. It was a bit low before I took my medicine. This can make you light headed or dizzy which is what is happening. She wrote a prescription for a monitor so I could keep track of it at home. I have to write it down daily and bring it to my next appointment. Which will not be a problem.

She did a very quick and basic exam and made two notes. Vitamin deficient and thyroid. She noticed from my medical information that I was low in VitD and I told her I was low in other vitamins too. So she ran the blood work to make sure and we will go from there. I particularly asked about magnesium. She checked my breathing which is normal. Then she noticed the way I swallow and checked my throat and used the word enlarged. My mother had a very serious thyroid condition she had to take medicine for. If she didn’t have the medicine, she would start to have problems. She only could go without the medicine two or three days. We used to go get it for her. I believe it is hereditary. I could have it and not know. So she is doing an ultrasound on my throat. I have to call and make an appointment but at a different location. Still close to home though.

The appointment went great. I turned the flu shot down as usual but I am able to change my mind. I really don’t want one right now. I feel good and don’t want to spoil it. I will be scheduling that ultrasound as soon as possible and getting my monitor for my blood pressure. This doctor is recommended almost. I will be able to say more as I go to visit the office, which is really small and was crowded when I got there. I got my prescriptions and went out in the cold to smoke of course. Way too cold and windy for me so I walked, yes, walked across the street to the bakery and got a sandwich and a drink. Nice bakery too. Hoping my next appointment with this doctor goes as smoothly as this one did. I will let you all know.

Appointments

Strangly enough me and my daughter have appointments on the same day. Her hair still looks good. My cousin did a good job. Both me and my daughter are seeing new doctor’s today. Got to thinking about how much we have to do today. I want to go to her appointment but would miss mine. I need to get established with this doctor and the Hospital right away. Especially with my eye swelling up during my sleep last night. It has went down to almost normal thanks to warm compressions.

I am not that cold but am still shaking. So, occasional tremors is an understatement. I have them daily. The PT noticed it when he was checking my vitals. Tremor in the right arm. And now in my index finger on my left hand. All this is new. I can’t hold the phone and take good pictures. I take them but it is really hard. Luckily I am right handed. I wrote all this out during my hair break so it would be easier to post. I can post via phone, tablet, or laptop when it is available. But for typing out the post and proof reading it, I need the laptop. The tablet would be my next choice. We have a Samsung Galaxy 4. I like it but it is time for me a new one soon. After I pay off the ones my daughter broke.

I have 8 more braids to do and then I can take another nap. If it’s not too windy, I will wear it out. Otherwise, I am still wearing a scarf. I will just put the scarf in my purse until my head gets cold. I decided to rebraid the same way I did when I posted about my hair. Peppermint Oil and Jane Carter’s. It feels and looks really healthy despite the fact that it needs to be washed. I have been growing it for over a year and started with brush waves. I bought products that were good for our hair and have been using them regularly.

I post as much informative stuff on here as I can and as time permits. The blog hasn’t even been up a week and I am enjoying it again. Today I decided not to talk too much about Dystonia. It doesn’t define me. I have it and I know but it is not who I am. I still have to get up and function the best I can every day. I take morning meds, night meds and other meds through they day to do this. I don’t take as many as I used to but I know I am not taking too many medications. I feel better and better each day with bad days in between. The Pepsi gives me energy, but is bad for my health and I smoke a lot which is also bad at 40. I am doing good though. And I am happy with that. I can care for my child without too much help when her father is at work. I like this because I get to spend more time with her. Especially on a good day which I hope today is for all of us. Wondering what we are doing this weekend. My hair will still be done either way which is comforting.