I work in one of the industries heavily affected by the virus. For the first time in at least a year I had a job I loved going to, a company I believed in, and an industry that I’ve always wanted to work in. I loved my team and I felt like I belonged. Now, I’m furloughed, stuck at home until who knows when. I know it’s only temporary but it still sucks. This pause has forced me to do something I hate doing, to slow down. I hope you and yours are staying healthy and taking this time to focus on the important things: each other. Stay strong.

I work in one of...

Slowly working my way back to that “influencer” life. 🥴

Fun fact, I always HATED being called that. It often gets used synonymously with people that are shallow or are just self-centered, only caring about how things looked. I’ve been there. I’ve been where I planned on what to do based on “how it looks.” I’ve been depressed when my posts didn’t do as well as I thought they should. I spent money on outfits that I’d wear once, or plan outfits to wear in public based on what I’d be posting. I took it personal when I saw my follower count decrease. Eventually I’d had enough of my mental health tied to social media. I cleaned up 15000 “ghost” followers, people that followed me for giveaways or other reasons and didn’t ever actually care about my content, leaving people that I thought actually cared (and still lost about 1k). I’m definitely still learning the balance, and I often just lean towards not posting anything, instead of posting to have a post for the day or keep my content on your feeds. If you notice long gaps between my posts, that’s what’s going on. Quality//Quantity ☺️

Slowly working my way back...

Apparently between me, KP, and Dončić, only one of us will be showing up to the Mavs//Hawks game 😂 (swipe right) #MFFL

Apparently between me, KP, and...

Don’t let the shoes fool you, I’m still 5’1(ish)”

Don’t let the shoes fool...

The person who wrote this clearly hasn’t experienced the magic of a nap 😂

The person who wrote this...

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I’ve heard I’d look good with a nose piercing but I’ll just keep adding holes to my ears 😝 hopefully I’ll find time to blog about this (and my previous) piercing experience soon!

I’ve heard I’d look good...

Dallas, you were fun, but I’m definitely glad to be back in my own house.

Dallas, you were fun, but...

Is that a jumbo jet or are you just happy to see me? (It actually is a B747) ✈️ Safe travels to everyone hitting the road, sky, or rail! Swipe to see my new travel buddy!

Is that a jumbo jet...

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Calling All Curlies!

Have you been blessed with springy, bouncy, sometimes rambunctious hair? So have I. After years of being told by father to “brush out my hair because I looked like a mental patient,” and straightening my hair to oblivion, I finally convinced him (and myself) that working with my natural texture was the way to go (it was his curly hair I had inherited after all…).

Here are my top 5 tips to owning curly tresses:

1. Know your curl pattern. It’s important to know what your curl pattern is so you can know the best products to use for your hair. You wouldn’t shop for shampoo or conditioner without keeping your hair type in mine (dry, oily, etc.), and it’s equally important to curlies.

Find out more about your hair type here.

 

2. Delicate drying. What’s the fastest way to mess up your curly hair before it’s even dry? Using a traditional towel. Substitute a microfiber cloth (I used the kind you can pick up in the automotive section), or a t-shirt for reducing frizz. (Here’s a “science-y” explanation).

I use this method, especially if I showered before bed. It keeps my hair out of my face, and preserves the curls for the next day

Curly Hair Technique: "Plopping"
Curly Hair Technique: “Plopping”

3. Keep it conditioned. Curly hair generally needs more moisture. Avoid washing hair too often (try for 2-3 times a week, max) and using shampoos that are too harsh. I use a clarifying shampoo once every 2 or 3 weeks, if I have too much product build-up in my hair or right before a deep conditioner. On regular wash days, I just use a conditioner to wash my hair. You may be thinking CONDITIONER TO WASH HAIR? INSANITY! Fun fact: Conditioners have a low amount of surfactants – the same ingredients found in higher amounts in shampoo to get your hair squeaky clean – so your hair is still getting clean without completely stripping your hair. If you must shampoo, look for something without sulfates. This is also important if you color your hair, as sulfates can fade hair color faster.

Can’t afford the more pricey “cleansing conditioners”? Not to fret, there are several drugstore conditioners that have captured the hearts of myself and other curlies: Aussie Moist, Herbal Essences Hello Hydration or Moroccan My Shine, and Suave Coconut, just to name a few.

4. Hands off! Once you style your hair, DON’T TOUCH IT. The oils from your hands will make your length frizzy and your roots greasy. BLEH. Also avoid using a brush or fine tooth-comb once dried. It’s best to gently comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb while wet. Any handling past the damp-stage will increase the chance of your hair poofing up into a face-eating cloud (you know what I’m talking about).

5. Experiment. Everyone’s hair reacts differently to different ingredients. It’s important to experiment and figure out how your hair handles products. Examples are protein sensitivity and over-conditioning.

Bonus tip! Are you ever in a rush after a shower and want to blow dry your hair but can’t? Traditionally blow drying your hair will disturb your curls. I highly recommend investing in a diffuser attachment. Even if you mostly air dry your hair, a diffuser can help cut drying time. I usually diffuse dry my roots and hair about 50% and let my hair air dry the rest of the way. And of course as with all heat styling, make sure you use a heat protectant.
Be fearless,

J.George

Live fearlessly,
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