8 Tips For Keeping Dyed Hair Vibrant & Bright
Nothing like have a brand new hairdo and having the color fade out immediately. Want to learn how to keep the color? Hair dying is something some people do once a year and others every few months. Red colors fade quicker than browns, blacks and blonds due to its large color molecule. Besides redying often, there are some tips from hair dressers and other people that regularly dye their hair on how to keep the colors vibrant, bright and to reduce fading.
- When you dye your hair, dye it when it is dirty. Yes, crazy, but clean hair does not hold the dye as well.
- Wash your hair less. By reducing the frequency of washing it will reduce the color being rinsed out.
- When you wash your hair use shampoo less. Either just wash with water or use conditioner and not shampoo (I do this to rinse and detangle my hair). You can even try dry shampoos for in between showers.
- By shampoo and conditioners that are Sulfate-free. I like Soapbox products that are color-safe and Paraben-free and have yummy coconut scents.
- Wash hair in cold water.
- Reduce amount of heat to hair by blowdrying less and let hair dry naturally or towel dry.
- After you color your hair don’t wash it for 24 to 48 hours. This will help the dye set better and last longer.
- Use a shampoo for colored hair. If you use ones with colored pigment in them they will help keep the color fresh.
For me, I dye my hair to cover the grays the like to come in on my hair line and drive me up the wall!
Don’t forget not all hair products are created equal. It is important to buy quality dyes that do not burn or dry out your hair. I like buying my hair dye, gloves, developer and reusable bottle at a beauty supply store. They have great prices and employees that are familiar with hair products and how they are used. If you aren’t good at coloring your own hair, go to a salon and get it done and then learn how to do touch-ups. I also like to use Gray Magic (I added a few drops in the bottle with the dye and developer). It helps color over gray hairs and keep the dyed hair color bright and long lasting.
7 Products You Need For A Greener 2017
Going green isn’t as easy as it I want it to be. Everyone wants to be greener but it is something that is always a work-in-progress. I try but there is so much more I can be doing. I don’t use one-use plastic water bottles, I recycle, I try to grow a lot of my own vegetables and buy at local farmer’s markets. But what about the small things? There is always room for improvement, right? Here are some new items I’ll be adding as a regular stable to my household this year to try to reduce our carbon footprints and do just a tiny bit more.
For The Household
1- pHur System Kit. This is a set of cleaners and disinfectants that are made from two ingredients. Water and salt. That is it! They are safe but clean well as all-purpose cleaners. Countertops, showers, car seats, high chair and more. They have no other ingredients so there are no toxins, chemicals, dyes, scents.
2- Fresh Wave products. Fresh Wave has all natural products for your home. Just a few: Odor removing laundry booster, odor removing vacuum beads and odor removing candle. These and a large variety of other products are odor-free, made with natural ingredients and have no harmful ingredients. They are made with water and plant extracts. Clean up smells of stinky shoes, pets, gym bags, diaper pails and more naturally.
For Your Body
3- Exercise at home or the park. Save money and gas and skip the gym! Aurorea Aqua Yoga towels are great for a yoga at home or on the grass at the park. They towels have microfiber for maximum absorbency too. You can do all sorts of exercises at home and be more green! The towels are big enough to use at the beach or pool too. Each towel is 32″x68″ and has beautiful color blends.
4- The DivaCup. This is something either you know about or you don’t. I’ve tried to explain it to some people and they have never heard of them! This is seriously something that is a win-win. Good for your body and good for the environment! The DivaCup is a menstrual cup. It is something that is used instead of tampons or pads. Why? Well, pads leak and tampons are not healthy. They have toxins in them and are going into your body. They also are one-use items that are going into our landfills. The DivaCup can be reused so it is eco-friendly. It comes in two sizes and is leak-proof protection.
5- Hard Candy Cosmetics. I don’t wear makeup daily but when I do wear it I like to make sure I have products that do not have harmful toxins and are not tested on animals. Hard Candy has all sorts of eye, face and skin products that last all day and I can wear with confidence.
Foundation, Eye Brightening Concealer and Hydra-Prime Primer Lotion. All meant to last all day with continual coverage.
Rich & Famous satin eyeshadow collection with ten colors and a compact mirror.
For Your Health
6- Family Flora Probiotics and Prebiotics. Great for Travelers (all those germs in airplanes and hotels). Bring these with you to have a balance with your gut and body. Each box comes with 30 on-per-day sticks. Small enough to fit in a purse or carry-on. Each ones contains quality prebiotics and live probiotic cultures formulated to support GI tract health. Easy to mix with your favorite drink.
7-Frieling Fry Pan. This is small in size but can do so many things! It is a stainless nonstick 8″ pan. Yes, stainless steel and nonstick. Plus scratch resistant. Can be used on the stove, with a hot plate or induction cooker, even in the oven up to 500 degrees. I love that it is built so well that my food cooks evenly and I know no harmful chemicals from the pan with get in my food. It is PFOA-Free and has a lifetime warranty.
Choosing Between a Toy Drone and an Enthusiast Drone for Kids
Drones are one of the hottest hobbies in the world right now: they are fun, fairly easy to use and very affordable. The best part is, people of nearly any age can join the growing number of people taking to the skies.
Even kids can get in on the fun, although if you’re thinking about buying your child a drone, there are a few things you should consider first. The are really two types of drones out there: one for die-hard enthusiasts and one for occasional hobbyists. Both can provide fun, but the better the drone is, the more expensive it is, so you need to figure out which to buy your child, Here’s a quick guide that can help you.
Know Your Child
Owning and flying a drone can be as serious or as occasional as any hobby, so you need to figure out if your child will be deeply involved in flying, or if they just want to take the drone out every so often when they have a friend over. Either way is fine — there are plenty of cheap drones at sites like Dronethusiast drones for kids if you think they won’t use it that often.
The reason you should figure out what your child will do with the drone is so you can narrow down your choices. If you think they will really take to it, you can start with a better drone with more bells and whistles: this will cost a little more, but your child will get much more enjoyment from it.
What Do They Want to Do?
Ask your child what they want to get out of their experience flying a drone. Do they just want it as a curiosity? Or do they want to get into it seriously? Sometimes, the age of the child will make a difference. The best thing to do is to ask them directly. They may want to get into aerial photography, or maybe they saw The Drone Racing League on television and want to learn how to race. These will require high-quality drones that will cost much more than a drone built for short flights in the back yard.
Pick a Drone
Once you understand what your child wants, you should have no trouble narrowing down the type of drone you should get. If they are just curious, maybe you could start out with a small drone for under $60 that flies for a few minutes and is built for indoor use.
Otherwise, if they seem very enthusiastic, you could spend anywhere from a couple of hundred to thousands of dollars. Of course, if it’s their first drone, you should stay at the low end, just in case. Either way, there are plenty of drone options out there, so figure out what your child wants to do with it and go for it.
Drones can be a lot of fun for everyone, even kids!
Peter Lynch works in a store that stocks electronics and tech/gadgets such as drones and 3D pens/printers. He makes it his knowledge to know the features and pro's/con's of each brand so that he can better inform customers, as well as an online audience.
Celebrating Valentine’s Day As A Single Mom
Valentine’s Day means something different being a single mom. It is not a sweetheart romantic day of candles and wine but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. Kids bring Valentine’s to their friends, right? So why not have fun at home too. Since my kids were little I’ve done fun things for all holidays with them. Not all necessarily mean high-priced gifts that break the bank. But I like to make them fun, meaningful days for them to remember as they grow up.
Valentine’s Day Breakfast
This can be as fun and elaborate as you want, or a simple. I like to add red to a few foods. Heart-shaped pancakes with a little red food coloring in the batter. Strawberry smoothies. I’ve tried to be creative and make red eggs but they kids didn’t want to eat them (just shows how much food is about appearances for them to eat it).
I also give them some gifts for Valentine’s Day but if there is chocolate or sweets they can’t have them until after lunch, or after dinner for dessert. A card is always a great gesture and I love giving the kids flowers. This year I got flowers from BloomThat. I was able to enter my zipcode and pick from a variety of flowers. Delivery came in two days. I love beautiful flowers. Why wait for a boyfriend to get flowers? I believe happiness comes from within. So, if I like flowers, I buy them. On the same token, I don’t mind buying a guy flowers. My kids might think I’m crazy sometimes but they loved receiving the flower delivery!
Valentine’s Day Lunch
Lunch we have sandwiches with the bread cut into heart shapes. Heart-shaped Garden Veggie chips by Sensible Portions. The whole lunch-sized chip bag has mini hearts. They are great for kids to give as Valentine’s Day Cards too, since the bottom-front of each bag has a To: and From: on it with a space to write a friend’s name. Best thing about them- the chips have no artificial flavors or preservatives and no trans-fat. I like finding food with ingredients I can pronounce and recognize.
For drinks I have a few sparkling waters from Cascade Ice. I can choose the flavors that are red and serve them in a clear glass. I love the variety of flavors in these drinks and they are zero calories, zero carbs, no sodium, no caffeine and no sugar. Adding more red or hearts to lunch is easy. I can cut strawberries into hearts, add some red apple or plum slices and even make heart-shaped cookies.
The kids also made Valentine Cards with treats for their friends. Right now Welch’s Fruit Snacks have a ‘To/From’ on them so they can be shared with friends and loved ones. Here is an adorable one that was made for me. The fruit snacks are heard shaped and are great for kids to hand out at school or park days.
Valentine’s Day Dinner
I love making spaghetti with a red sauce, of course! The kids enjoy it and it is a quick dinner. Adding a salad with cherry tomatoes and garlic bread complete the dinner.
Valentine’s Day Dessert
Chocolate covered strawberries are always fun to make and eat. I like buying fair-trade chocolate from Honduras Chocolate Company. They have a range from 65-80% cacao and are nut and soy free, vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO.
Here is an awesome recipe from Anyonita Nibbles that are gluten free.
After the kids are in bed and asleep it is my ‘me time.’ Time to get some things caught up around the house, go through emails, watch some tv and relax. I also get the opportunity to try out an awesome new drink called Gold Apple from Strongbow. This is a delicious hard apple cider with real apple juice in it. It is lightly carbonated and very tasty. Perfect adult time after a busy and productive day.
What are some of your favorite Valentine’s Day activities to do with your kids or by yourself?
Celebrating An 80’s Birthday Party
We just celebrated a really fun 80’s birthday party for my 45’s birthday and it was an absolute blast. My BFF helped (a ton) with the decorations and created a dessert table in theme that is fabulous. I’m not one for decorating much but with the help or Oriental Trading I was able to get some supplies. Others (like the dessert table) were online from Etsy or Amazon plus some candy was from an 80’s Decade Box from Old Time Candy.
Here is a side view of the dessert table. I love the neon glasses and bracelets. The centerpiece holds cupcakes on the top of it.
Some 80’s candy:
Skittles, lemonhead, Wax Lips, Mike& Ike, Hot Tamales, Jolly Ranchers, PopDrops, Airheads, Sugar Daddy, Cry Baby bubblegum, Atomic FireBall, Gilliam candy stick candy, Sixlets Chocolatey Candies. All in the box from Old Time Candy.
This cassette tape table skirt from Oriental Trading was the perfect length to fit the front and side of my counter top. I ordered food and dessert plates (top of the counter top) in hot pink, lime green, turquoise and orange from the same place. Candy dish made of a record with a slinky surrounding it and a cassette-tape stand below. Instead of a cake we had cupcakes with 80’s pins and mini Rubik’s Cubes on top. The cupcake wrappers are tape cassettes too.
An original Light Bright with some 80’s foods from Hostess. My friend brought these too. Inside is a mini battery operated light (good for Halloween pumpkins too).
How 80’s Are You?
Let’s not forget the dress up! I was laughing to learn a lot of friends dug deep into their closets to find clothing for the party! From side ponytails to feathered earrings and more. Plus (not in photo) layered socks, leg warmers, Zip-Arounds, mis-matched earrings… We made some ‘frames’ to hold up behind the curtain as a ‘green screen’ for photos. Each frame had 80’s bands written on it. Sadly the green screen idea didn’t work. The curtain isn’t green enough. But we still had fun posing for photos! Note my Pink Floyd shirt. An original from a 1989 concert, Momentary Lapse of Reason. I got it from a bootlegger at the freeway offramp on the way to the concert. My cousin is sporting a Bon Jovi shirt and a mini-jean jacket. Her daughter looked like Sandy in Grease. My brother was dressed as Top Gun. The outfits were all amazing and creative! Some Ceiling Decorations from Oriental Trading.
All in all, the party was a great hit! If I had to do it again I think having an 80’s trivia game would be fun and maybe have a costume contest. I wouldn’t have been able to pull this off without all the help from my BFF and am so glad I had all the help.
What is your Favorite 80’s Clothing Style?