Sunday, January 13, 2013

Liebster Award Nomination

I've have been nominated by Tathiana from Poundcake for the Liebeister Award.  Me being the newbie that I am, I am super excited.  Thanks so much Tathiana!  Here goes...

How the Liebster Award works:
1. Each person must post 11 random things about themselves (optional).
2. Answer the 11 questions that the tagger set for you.
3. Choose 11 bloggers who you would like to give the Liebster Award.
4. Create 11 questions for the bloggers you have tagged with the award to answer.

Tathiana's Questions:

1. What is your favorite fashion trend?
     For the winter I am loving leggings and cute leather boots and a cute tunic 
2. What is the most drastic thing you've done to your hair?
    I got it cut shorter than it's ever been last spring.  Completely different for me, i would never let a pair of scissors
    near my hair unless it was ABSOLUTELY necessary. LOL!
3. What is your greatest accomplishment when it comes to your hair?
     My greatest accomplishment, I guess i would say learning and elimating all the things I was doing wrong before (i.e.
     not moisturizing and sealing, not using heat protectant, blow drying soaking wet hair(I never realized how bad that
4. Do you have any New Years resolutions?
    Continuing to improve on the health of my hair and body oare my goals for the year
5. What is your favorite nail color?
     I used to buy this copper/gold color that looked great with my skin, but I can't find it anymore :(
6. Where is Waldo?
     No clue. LOL!
7. Juice or Soda?
    It depends on my mood or what I'm eating, but most likely soda.. shame on me :(
8. What languages do you speak?
     Just English, but have take some Spanish classes (not fluent at all) 
9. Do you have any hobbies? Share them.
   Blogging about my hair is my new hobby 
10. Who is your hair idol?
      Do I have to name only one.... I adored Aaliyah's hair(miss her much), Keisha Knight Pulliam, Kerry Washington,
      and so many more
11. Why did you start bloogging?
       I started blogging to document my journey to long healthy relaxed hair and to become a part of a community of
       women with the same goals.  I have learned so much from so many of you and just want to say thank you!
I don't quite have 11 to nominate but I would like to nominate:
Lydz from Crowning Glory
Ebony C Princes from Longing 4 Length
Bebe from HairAusforderung
Blutiful Blaq from Blutiful Blaq Hair
My Questions
1. What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
2. Where are you from?
3. What was your favorite subject in school?
4. What is your favorite movie?
5. What is your favorite season?
6. Do you prefer cooking or eating out?
7. What is your favorite part of your hair regimen?
8.  What is your goal hair length?
9. How long have you been on your HHJ?
10. If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?
11. What's your favorite color?

Saturday, January 12, 2013

I'm In the L4L Protective Styling Challenge

L4L protective styling challenge

After a bit of consideration I have decided to go ahead and join Ebony C Princess's L4L Protective Styling Challenge.  My fear was that I've just started my HHJ and am a newbie at this.  I have no idea what I am going to do to my hair and have no protective styling ideas, AND I'm still not the biggest fan of protective styling.  However, now is a better time than any to start protecting my hair not only because of the harsh cold winter elements, etc. etc., but also because I am a newbie and I just need to be doing this! Ha!

Here's how to enter:
(1) Post your starting photo for the challenge on your blog and link on the first post of the challenge (which will be titled sign-up).
(2)  Have either the L4L Button (found at the bottom of this site) and/or the official Protective Styling Badge posted to your blog.
(3) Update monthly on your blog and link up here on the official update posts.
(4) Post a final length/progress comparison to your blog at the conclusion of the challenge and link up here on L4L within a week of the end of the challenge.

Click on the link above (the L4LPSC button) to see the official details for the challenge..

My most recent wash day was on Thursday.  I am at about 6 weeks post.  I blow dried my hair on a cooler temp setting and tried my best to get my roots as straight as possible to take my starting pic. Blow drying took FOREVER. lol.  I used my length check tee that I purchased from to mark my starting point.  It may not be very accurate as my roots are not 100% straight.  I also know I'll be needing a trim at my next touch up so I hope this doesn't set me back some in the challenge.  Anywho, here's my starting photo.

Here's what I was working with as far as my roots.  There is some new growth and some tex-laxed going on here. My hair is still damp in this photo.  I'm not quite sure where the texlaxed texture starts. I'm guessing maybe a half inch or so of new growth. No idea....

I'm kind of excited about this challenge.  I thinks it's going to be a lot of fun and I'm really interested to see what kind of styles I can come up with.  I'm going to try and force myself to be a little more creative. Here goes nothing!

Is anyone else doing the L4L Protective Styling Challenge?


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Today's Hair - Kind of Messy

Okay, so I'm trying to get this protective styling down.  Not very good at it as far as variety.  I usually will wear my hair down the first couple days after my wash, and then when it starts getting oily I just clip it up in the back. Very BORING.  Now I'm starting to get quite a bit of new growth and it is becoming unmanageable.  It's not even 6 weeks yet and I'm worried that I'm going to cave in and abort my relaxer streatch.  Last night I thought maybe doing a wavy look would help my length kind of match my roots.  I braided my hair (messily) in cornrows and used a little hair spray.

The next morning I took the braids down for a messy wavy style.  I think it turned out okay.  I still ended up pulling it back in a clip, but it gave me a different look to try.  I may try this again, but man putting cornrows in your own head can be tiresome. LOL!

Does anyone else know of any simple and easy protective style ideas to try for medium length hair?

Thanks for reading,

Andrea :)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year 2013

I pray that everyone has a wonderful and happy new year in 2013 filled with new beginnings and new goals to accomplish.  I want to start working on the many goals I have for myself in 2013.  I am really hoping to see positive results in my hair goals, as well as my school and career goals, and my goals for my body and health.  I want to put a lot of focus in these areas and pray that they all come together. 

 I never really took new year resolutions seriously or really set any real goals for changes in my life.  I usually just take it day by day as usual.  This year will be different.  I want to focus my energy in these areas, and maintain a positive outlook on my future. 

1. My hair goal is to reach BSL by the end of the year, but hopefully before.  This is my ultimate goal, and I think I would be happy to stay at this length.

2. I'll be done getting my hours to sit for the CPA and hope to pass all four parts by the end of the year.  It's going to take a lot of focus and studying hard to get that done.

3. Hopefully getting my CPA will bring me more opportunities for advancement in my career.  I definitely want to network more and work on my skills to make myself a desirable candidate.

4. My health and body are also a big goal.  Visiting the gym and working out is always an on and off thing for me.  I want to make sure to make time for all of this.  I also want to make healthier choices in what I eat and just improve my overall health.

I know this blog is about my HHJ, but I just wanted to mention a few of my other goals (just to see them in writing for myself). LOL! None of these are really new year resolutions, but life long choices and changes.  I guess really the resolution is to start these life changes and keep them up.  I have some other goals in mind as well, but I guess time will just tell on those.  Anyway, I've got most of my goals down and now it's time to start planning.

Wishing everyone the best in accomplishing their goals for this year!

Thanks for reading!
Andrea :)
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