2015 Finale

It’s that time of year…the last day of the year to be exact.  In a way, it’s the finale of the year.  But most of the time, I think people focus on the fact that the new year is about to begin.   Today I just want to recall that it’s the final day of an absolutely amazing year.  2015 saw so many blessings for me:

  1.  My husband and I moved in to our first apartment. <3  Even though it was romantic living in hotels, there is nothing as romantic as setting up your house together for the first time, and calling it your home.  We did, and it was so special.  It was everything we had been dreaming about for the past four years.
  2. I got pregnant.  I can’t even describe how happy and even a bit surprised I was when I discovered there was a little baby inside of me.  Even though pregnancy comes with it’s ups and downs, I have to say that my pregnancy was a blessing in 2015.  Watching my baby grow (inside me!!!) was a life-changing experience and a beautiful testament to the beauty of life.
  3. Our little precious baby, Sophia, was born.  I could write post after post about the experience of giving birth…an experience like no other!  But I think what really and truly is something like no other is gazing into the tiny eyes of a little person who is the image of yourself.  Feeling a little beating heart pressed up against yours, snuggled deeply and full of trust…it’s truly breathtaking.  I discovered myself in an even greater way when I discovered my baby Sophia.  The saying about babies is completely true…love at first sight.  Dear little Sophie…your first breath took ours away.

I don’t think that 2016 will be able to top my 2015!  Then again, when 2015 began, I had no idea that so many blessings would be in store for me.  I am so excited to discover all the joys that lie in wait just around the clock.  Cheers to 2015, and greetings to a new and merry 2016!

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Wet-combing

It’s a tough decision for those of us with hair that is anywhere past shoulder-length…at what point during my washing ritual should I brush out my hair?  I’ve tried timing it in everyday possible.  I would brush my hair out before washing it, or after putting conditioner in it, or while it was still wet after my shower, and even sometimes not until it was mostly dry. Naturally, these all yielded different results.  I definitely have a preferred method, which I’ll reveal at the very end!

  • Brushing hair before the shower.  I recommend this.  It removes tangles before your hair gets hit with water and rubbed with cleansers.  But of course remember, this can’t substitute brushing your hair out post-wash.
  • Brushing hair with conditioner in it.  This is done best with a wide-tooth comb.  Using a regular hair brush (even a fabulous “wet brush”…LOVE those) can risk pulling out delicate hair that is made even more delicate by the water.  But using a wide-tooth comb to detangle hair while conditioner oozes through your locks…a good idea!
  • Brushing hair out after toweling it.  It’s the way you probably first learned.  After washing your hair, you towel off your head and then comb through your hair.  Again, you hair is wet and this is a sensitive (read: DELICATE) time for your hairs.  They are more prone to breakage when wet, so proceed with caution.  You should use a wide-tooth comb here too.  In my experience, this can sometimes pull out more hair then the brushing-while-conditioning process because the constant run of water (and silky conditioner) frees tangles better than simply combing through wet/towel dried hair.
  • Last but not least, there is letting your hair air-dry, and combing it out once it’s dry.  *Nobody would ever do this if they were using a drier, which is why this applies to air-dryers only.*  I have done this, and once upon a time it was my “preferred” method.  But that was when I was twelve.  Point in case.  I used a regular brush and dragged it through until all the tangles were out.  BAD IDEA. Also, this makes it INCREDIBLY hard for your hair to dry attractively because it dried tangled and then was brushed out.  So yeah…this is a “possibility” but definitely not a recommendation.

So, all in all, when do I recommend you brush your hair out during the washing-drying process?  Whether you are blow drying or not, your going to need your hair detangled.  And the winner is…combing in the shower!

I have found this to be my most tried-and-true healthy way to detangle my hair.  It allows me to pat it dry with an old tee-shirt (terry cloth towels make your hair frizzy) and then do a touch-up combing before putting on my leave-in products.  It feels gentler and is much easier than trying to detangle after the shower when your hair is partially towel-dried.  Honestly in the end, I think it dries better too!  If you haven’t tried combing through your hair after putting conditioner on it…grab a wide-tooth comb and watch your hair transform into a silky waterfall of luxury.  Or something like that. 🙂

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