Girl Like That

Feet Saver

I was sick of not being able to wear heels for more than 15 minutes without wanting to throw them across the room!

So I went ooking for nice insoles.

What I would was a probuct called Superfeet. I looked them up on Amazon and saw that they have darn good reviews! It's a hard piece of plastic that you can put in your heels that makes it so your heel is on a much flatter surface in your shoe.

Kind of hard to explain how it feels but it has higher ratings than any other insole type thing and has allowed me to go out in some shoes that were totally unwearable previously. They come with velcro, so you can attach them to a strappy pair of shoes too. I've worn them with a number of different style but they kept sliding out the back because I didn't use the velcro.

You can't reapply the velcro to other shoes though, but can wear them without the velcro just fine in pumps.

Nail Stamping

I just started stamping (so excited!!), and have bought three stampers.

The clear one which is sticky arrived first. My next was Konad since I wanted to start with the original instead of a knock off. Oddly, I LOVE the clear, sticky one better, as it is much softer.

And I have simply been practicing.

As in, stamping an image 10 to 20 times on paper before I try it on a nail. I pulled out 8-10 colors that would match my base color on Saturday, and then just spent more than an hour practicing stamping, to see which polish worked better, which stamper, and which image.

Love to hear what others have to say!

To Use Different Shampoos Or Not

I also had super oily hair too, but I still was flaky.

I realized my scalp was dehydrated (just like my face!) so I found a conditioner I liked that I could rub into my scalp and not have it weigh down my hair. I forced myself to not wash on the 2nd day(I was an every day washer back then) and to use dry shampoo. It took my about a year of doing that, I can't remember exactly, about a year though is when I really looked at my hair and realized I didn't need dry shampoo any more on that second day.

I have anywhere from 2-7 shampoos that I use on a regular basis. I pick what my hair and scalp needs when I wash my hair that time.

It was the same with my face too, super oily, starting using good moisturizers that work well(usually gel instead of cream) and using a ton of moisturizers. Now my face isn't an oil slick when I wake up in the morning!

I don't trust any shampoo that is clear; its always too drying. What type of conditioner do you use? Do you ever deep condition?

I'm Not Natural

You might not know it when you look at me but my color is enhanced.

Sulfate-free shampoos are best for color-treated hair.

I'm going to have to say that I don't know a ton about hair products, but I'll try to share what I do know. The best sulfate-free shampoo that I've found for my oily scalp is L'oreal Oleotherapy (in the sunshine colored tubes!). As far as this goes, I've been using a couple of deep scalp cleansing shampoos and they haven't been stripping my hair color too much.

Since this is your first time (I'm assuming?) with hair dye, it's important to note that you'll definitely need to condition your hair regularly now. Only use conditioner on the hair that's not touching your scalp. Like, just the mid-shaft and ends.

As for your scalp in general being oily, you might want to look into a scalp scaling treatment like this Lador one. Product buildup from shampoo, conditioner and any other things you might use can clog up the follicle and also leave a kind of waxy coating on the hair itself, which makes your hair look and feel greasy. Scalp scalers and buildup-removing shampoos can help eliminate that problem.

They're not great for colored hair, but I do them occasionally anyways because washing my hair every day is much worse for my colored hair.

Also make sure you're not washing your hair with super hot water for the same reasons ABers recommend not washing your face with hot water. Remember, your scalp is basically just an extension of your face covered with a mane.

If you need something on greasy roots, use a little dry shampoo or baby powder to mop up the oil.

Once your scalp gets used to not being scrubbed every day that should slow down the oil production a bit. Also, spearmint and evening primrose supplements are good for managing oil on the face, so maybe worth a shot for the scalp?

I always rinse the conditioner out last to give it a little more time to do its magical conditioning goodness.

He Knows His Curls

I searched for him forever, the elusive curly-knowledgable hair stylist.

I recently had my hair cut by a guy who really knew his stuff and he mentioned that curly hair naturally has more protein and lacks moisture. This combo of too much protein and too little moisture is what will cause it to become brittle and snap off. So, get some moisture in there! Honestly, regular conditioner probably won't cut it- what I've been doing is using a moisturizing leave in treatment whenever I wash my hair (which is once or twice a week- its winter at the moment).

I'm getting less frizz and my curls will form back together far nicer after being tied up instead of quickly becoming a hot mess.

It'll gently wash away the sweat and oil after working out, and add moisture to your curls to prevent breakage.

I have pretty thin wavy/curly hair and I had tons of breakage and frizz from putting my hair up in a messy bun at night because I hated hair touching my face while I was sleeping, but avoid washing in the morning and only using shampoo a couple of times a week helped sooo much, and the amount of breakage is definitely down because my hair is starting to get annoyingly thick like it used to be before I started putting my hair up at night.

The Big List

The Basics

Nail polish removal:

  1. Make nail polish remover that is moisturizing.
  2. Foil method to remove glitter polish.
  3. School glue as base coat for easy removal of glitter polish.
  4. Target "dip it" acetone remover. There's a scary looking hole in the middle with teeth like projections. You immerse your finger in the hole with acetone and move it back and forth. The brushes will make polish removal very easy.
    • Cuticle Removal: Video on using cuticle remover and cuticle cutter. Blog on what is safe to cut/remove.
    • Cuticle and Nail Moisturizing: Blog on what to use and how long and often to do it.
    • Nail Strengtheners and Hardeners: Blog on which ones to use and why to use them. Just applying nail hardeners won't make your nails healthy. Overdoing it might actually cause your nails to be brittle and break easily. Eating healthy and/or taking supplements like biotin will help nails too.
    • Filing Nails: Use a glass file and only file in one direction. The FAQ has a very informative tutorial on what to do and how to file nails. Loodieloodieloodie's various enteries on nail filing.

One thing I'm going to have to un-learn from my years of blogging is how to properly file the nail. Apparently, the one direction technique you always hear about in the blogosphere is technically incorrect. In fact, our textbook instructs us to file from corners to center. So one side of your nail will be filed one way, and an invisible, vertical line down the middle divides the other side of your nail, where you'll file the other way. Who knew?

  • Learn how to Apply Polish and use an angled brush to clean up.
  • Polish stain removal: Lemon, chlorox, Hydrogen Peroxide, baking soda, toothpaste are some things that will help with stain removal. (Always, always use a base coat.)
  • Applying Top Coat: When you put your top coat on, make sure the brush doesn't touch your polish. So put a drop of top coat on the bottom of your nail and just drag the brush without it touching the polish. This way your design doesn't smear.

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