17 June 2014

Summer Playlist

Summer time and summer jam-alams go hand in hand. So here are some tunes I've been jamming to lately. If you'd like to give this playlist a listen, you can check out this soundcloud playlist!

What are some songs you've been listening to lately?
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10 June 2014

Class of 2014!

Ya girl graduated from high school! It's been a week since graduation and nothing has really hit me yet. Most of my friends are going to college while I'm taking a gap year. Some have already left the country, and have I said good bye? That would be a no. It's weird. It doesn't feel like I'm not gonna see them for a while. I feel like August is gonna roll around and I'll be getting on bus 21 and going to school, but then its like JOKES you are no longer welcome on campus. #sorrynotsorry

But I have to say senior year was my hands down favorite year here in Kenya.

A journal entry from May 1st:

Nowadays, I laugh so much. I think it's a blessing to be able to laugh. To have so much joy that you can't contain it. That you HAVE to laugh. I'm not dwelling too much on the future. I'm focusing on the present and enjoying the amazing senior year God has given me. I'm excited for what the future holds, but I do not overlook the present to catch a glimpse of the future. I find it a waste of time. 

I cannot even begin to exaggerate when I say that I laughed EVERY SINGLE DAY of my senior year. I have hilarious friends that assassinate me with their jokes. It was amazing. I'm definitely going to miss the daily routine (but not getting out of bed at 6am) , walking to classes after the bell has rung because we can't be bothered, lunch times and British Literature shenanigans. I'm also going to miss my hockey team (#baddestgoalieinthegame) and some amazing teachers.

But at the same time, I'm sooo ready for what God has in store and what the future holds.

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9 June 2014

Currently | Vol. 1

Ile de Ngor , Senegal

Making / art for my room
Reading / A Suitable Boy by Vikram Sethi  & When I Don't Desire God by John Piper
Wanting /to go on an adventure
Looking / for art supplies
Wasting / time on pinterest & tumblr
Wishing / I could travel the world
Enjoying / lazy summer days
Liking / the way my blog looks
Wondering / if this summer will be different
Loving / my film camera, it's a Canon AE1-Program
Hoping / this summer is different
Marveling / at some pretty awesome blogs like Samantha's and Mariah's
Needing / a tripod badly!
Wearing / sweat pants and a crop top
Bookmarking / blogging resources
Giggling / at graduation and road trip pictures
Feeling / content

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6 June 2014

The Secret to Soft, Mosturized Afro-Textured Hair


There seems to be a misconception that afro textured hair is hard, coarse and not manageable! That's so not true. Some people at my school (but I graduated so do I still call it my school or nah?) have been asking me HOW OH HOW I achieve such cotton-candy like soft afro-textured hair. Then I commence to hyperventilate (not really) and then gush about my secret formula for super soft afro-textured hair.

 This actually took me like 4820229 years to figure out because I was such a newbie but eventually I figured it out. Well, once I figured out what hair porosity was.

Anyways, to keep things short, I'll explain what porosity is. IT'LL TAKE LIKE 3.432 seconds I promise. So porosity, Weird word isn't it?
Porosity is basically how "porous" your hair is, and how well it can retain moisture. Comprende? Si? No?
Well there are three different types of porosity - low, medium and high- I actually talked about this is my post about my natural hair meet up. Dang that feels like such a long time ago.

Once you do the porosity test, you too can figure out what your hair is all about.

 If the results point you to the land of low porosity that means your hair is not porous at all and cannot retain moisture on its own. Medium means your hair CAN retain moisture on its own (LUCKY) and high porosity means your hair is SUPER porous, probably due to some heat damage or even chemical damage.

I'll be focusing on low porosity hair, which is what I got growing on my head. Before I knew what porosity was, there I was slathering coconut and olive oil onto my locks...but were they even getting into my hair shaft? That would be a no.
In effect I was making my pillowcases oily and nasty because the oil was just, you know, chilling ON my hair strand, making my hair oily, but DRIER than the Sahara Desert. Mhm. Craziness.

Then I discovered, the one and only, the love of my (hair) life, GLYCERIN.
You're probably like "lewl whut", so let me just hook you up with my girl Glycerin. She's the bomb diggity.
What glycerin basically does is OPENS up the pores in hair strand and allows water and all that good stuff aka essential oils to actually GET into your hair strand. ITS LIKE MAGIC. but not really. Just science actually.

So what I usually do is:

1) Retrieve spritz bottle
2) Fill it up with water, about 1/3 of the spritz bottle (natural hair loves water!)
3) Throw some glycerin in there, I usually use 1/3 to ½ of a 50ml bottle of glycerin.Sometimes more.
4) Throw some conditioner in there, a few pumps of it.
5) Throw in a generous amount (6-8 tablespoons) of olive oil and some eucalyptus (it smells divine and promotes hair growth WUDDUP)

Then shake it all up and spritz it into my hair. My hair literally loves it. LOVES IT.

Everything soaks up nicely and my hair is super moisturized, and SUPER SOFT. It’s freaking softer than cotton wool yo. It's awesome. So that's it.

The secret to super soft and moisturized afro-textured hair. Try it out and let me know how it works for you!

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