I didn't know where to begin with this post since it has been so very long since I have posted here! But, I figured a start would be step in the right direction.
Life lately has been a mix of incredible life-changing memories coupled with a busier than could be imagined career. I will begin with my newest adventure - that might I add was long overdue! I finally tried a twist out on my natural hair! I know?!? If you have been following my journey online since it begin in 2011 then you know...wearing my hair natural has always represented this huge awkward 'unknown' for me. Every time I tried over the years, it felt like a failure almost as though I thought the failure into existent. It wasn't until I made the decision to really try and accept whatever the results would be that I truly embraced this journey. It has been nearly 30 days since my hair was straight and I can admit that I haven't missed it at all. Not to mention, it is a lot easier to work out not having to worry about if I will sweat out my hair.
The twist out also provided me a lot of versatility in styling if I sweat out my hair. My go to styles in between twisting my hair again have been a high or low bun. The high bun I have pictured below has been my favorite style to date when I am in between washes. I love the textured, yet polished look.
My other obsession as of late has been running! I am not sure if you remember me talking about how I experienced chaffing while running, which discouraged me from running again since college. Well (crosses fingers & toes), I am past the chaffing! I have overcome. Whereas before I would begin chaffing after running less than 1/4 of a mile, I can make it through 2 miles easily without experiencing any chaffing on my hips or thighs. This is MAJOR! So, I now run three times a week. I am up to 2 miles straight and working on improving my per mile average before I increase to 3 miles.
My last noteworthy obsession other than reading The Shack (which I hope to finish this weekend) has been NexGen nails. I tried NexGen looking for an alternative to gel because I know the chemicals over time can be harmful for your nails. While I hadn't experienced any damage from gel, I did take notice to how dry gel polish made my cuticles if I didn't use cuticle oil. I am NexGen all the way now! I had my second NexGen manicure done last night and even went with a bright coral.
Ended up getting coral this time around, as well as cutting my nails short! The removal process for the #nexgen went really well. My nail tech soaked my nails in a cotton ball with aluminum foil for about 15 minutes. The powder turned into a jelly like texture and slid right off. The nail tech than used a soft texture bit with the drill to clean my nail bed and prepare for the dipping process. He applied three coats and then used a more hard textured nail bit to smooth & shape the powder. Very pleased with the entire experience and my love of gel has been replaced by NexGen. 💕 would most certainly recommend if you're in the market for a healthier replacement for gel.