Flat Twistout using Cantu Coconut Curling cream

Last week I bought the As I am Coconut Co-wash and the Cantu Coconut Curling Cream. It was my first time using both products and I was eager to see how they worked out for my hair.

collage 2Pics on the left: Flat twist style. I had this style in for a few days.

Right: Working those curls (sort of). My mother asked me: Is that how you are leaving the house? I’m like: Yeah! (LOL)

 

I used the co-wash then air dried a bit.  I applied Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in conditioner diluted with a little water. Then applied a mixture of coconut, avocado and castor oil.  Afterwards I did a flat twist on the sides leaving a little hair out on the top which I twisted in to get some curls.

The Cantu Curly cream has a very nice scent.  I don’t think it gave any extraordinary definition in my curls.  I’ve done flat twists with just the leave in conditioner and got basically the same results. My hair tends to be frizzy and I always seem to end up with more of an afro rather than any real curl definition.

I’ve also noticed that my hair is breaking.  I’m not sure what I am doing that’s causing the breakage. I had alot of little knots on my ends a few weeks ago and I clipped those and I have been moisturizing and detangling only when wet but still I have alot of hair on my fingers when styling.

Any tips on combating breakage? What’s the best way to get some curl definition? I’m still trying to work this one out.

 

In other news:

I voted today!

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Jamaica here I come…(I hope)

Earlier this week we received an invitation to my younger cousin’s wedding in…(yep, you guessed it) Jamaica.  The wedding is in October.  Even though I’ve been to Jamaica before I would love to go back; not only to see my cousin get married but to experience the place as an adult.  The last time I went I was on a school trip for our 4H club.

The wedding is going to be at the Jewel Runaway Beach and Golf Resort.  The hotel is all inclusive, of course and tad bit expensive (at least for me) given that the rates are in US dollars and an exchange rate of about $2.70 Eastern Carribean Dollars (the currency used here in Antigua & Barbuda) to $1 US.  So we would be paying almost three times what he and his family would be paying for the same trip.

For the past few days I’ve been trying to figure out how I could save enough to make the trip in the short space of time…because I really want to go. Really!

My options include:

  • sticking to Ramen noodles for the next few months (FYI: I hate noodles.)
  • robbing a bank (Uh, no!)
  • getting a loan (which I would rather not do)

Then I remembered the 52 week money challenge, one of my Pinterest finds.  If you Google it you will get a bunch of sites that explain what to do, which isn’t exactly rocket science anyway.  The essence of it is basically you save increasing amounts of money every week for the 52 weeks.  So week one you would save $1. Then week two, $2 and so on.  At the end you should have saved $1378.00.

Source

But then the wedding is in about 5 months. The challenge is 52 weeks.  So I asked myself how could I make it work? And self screamed, condense it!

Call me crazy but for the next 52 days I am going to attempt to save $1378.00.  In the past I haven’t done particularly well with condensed timelines, my Camp Nano attempts (here) should be proof of that but I’m going to try it anyway.  The amount would only cover part of the trip’s cost but everything counts.

So my 52 day money challenge will run me from June 6th to July 28th.  At the end of the month, which is roughly the half way point, I’ll update my progress.

Wish me luck!

 

 

Book Review: The Girl with all the Gifts

Title: The Girl With All The Gifts

Author: M.R. Carey

Genre: Science Fiction

Rating:  ♥♥♥♥½

The title of this book led me to believe that it was a sort of fantasy but then I found it listed under science fiction in the Kindle store. Either way it’s a fitting title.   The title comes from the main character’s, Melanie, favourite story.  Melanie is sort of the golden child.
The author did a very good job of keeping me guessing about Melanie and the other children that are in the school.  Their unusual habits and the detached, almost fearful way the adults dealt with them made me wonder what kind of gifts these children could have.
Melanie thinks daily about why they are in their school and what it could mean for them after school is over.   She tells herself stories and fantasizes alot.  None of the children are aware really of their ‘skills’ and it’s only after one incident in the classroom between Melanie’s favourite teacher and Sergeant and one of the other students that you figure out exactly what makes these children special.  The revelation is scary and it hooks you even more.
The book is short but well written. I couldn’t put it down for too long.  I wanted to find out who or what the children really were and what their purpose was. Then when I did I was eager to know how it was going to play out.  There’s a bit of medical jargon that I didn’t understand a word of but that didn’t take away from the story for me.  The ending was the icing on the cake.
I won’t say more than that.  I’m afraid of giving away too much.  I will say, however, that it is a great book to read. Worth keeping in my library.