Winter Weather Hair Repair: Shea Moisture Review

I don’t do too many product reviews, but this one seems very necessary.  This winter has been really harsh on my hair. My hair feels dry, it doesn’t curl and I notice that even when I straighten my hair, there’s no hydration even if I go days without washing it. My hair is naturally curly, but in the winter time I straighten it more (bump with a curling iron) so I can go longer without washing it.

So, I’ve been trying different products and this one has really helped me! I bought two Shea Moisture products: a conditioner and a leave-in conditioner.

The Shea Moisture Intensive Hydration Hair Masque conditioner is amazing! I left it in for about 30 minutes while I showered and had my hair covered with a shower cap to trap some of the heat. I purchased this at Target for under $15 and it was well worth it. Here’s what the container looks like:


The second product I used after washing was the Shea Moisture Curl Smoothie.  It smells so good and is good to use for continuous hydration and shine.  I used it for both curly hair and straight hair styles.  While my hair was still wet, I used it sparingly throughout then finger blew dry my hair (meaning I used my fingers instead of my brush while using a blow dryer).   Again, I purchased this product at Target for about $10.


Here’s how my hair looked after using both products:


Nice, full, healthy big barrel curls and waves.  If my hair begins to lose moisture,  I simply apply some olive oil, but that’s rare that I need to. I’m also sure to use a ceramic curling iron.  Hope this helps!  Feel free to share your winter tricks for hydrated hair.

40 Year Old Mom Becomes Saints Cheerleader!


Now I’ve seen it all!  This is just faaaaabulous.  Kriste Lewis is 40 and a mother of two and just so happens to be making history.

A dance instructor recently fulfilled a lifelong dream by becoming a New Orleans Saints cheerleader and her age didn’t stop her. Kudos to Kriste and even more kudos to a classy organization for giving her a fair shot.

What dream will you choose to fulfill today?

Would You Live in a Van for a Couple Years to Pay Off All of Your Student Loans?

Source: Yahoo! Finance

Source: Yahoo! Finance

I found a really cool story on Yahoo and I just had to share!  Ken Ilgunas, like many of us, was being swallowed up by student loans, but he refused to live a life of being in debt.  He decided to move to Alaska and pick up local jobs and lived where room and board was paid for completely.  Ken had a $9/hr job for the first year, which helped him pay off $18,000 of his $32,000 student loan. After 2 and a half years, he was totally debt free!  Well, it doesn’t stop there.  Ken decided to go back to school, but refused to make the same mistake twice.  To avoid needing student loans, he bought a cheap van and camped out in a deserted parking lot on Duke’s campus where he lived until completing his Master’s.  How amazing?!

Check out Mandi Woodruff’s article, detailing exactly how Ken Ilgunas made a debt free life for himself.

Click Here to Read About Ken’s Debt Free Life