Ayurvedic for 90: Week 1


I have been concerned with hair health and growth since I was a teenager. Always hating that my hair would not grow more than 3 inches past my shoulders regardless of routine. Recently, I came across some videos on Youtube raving about ayurvedic hair practices that seemed promising. I’m a try-er so I’m going to attempt to create an ayurvedic routine and stick to it for 90 days. At the end, I think I’ll have worked out whether it actually works or not. If it does, I’m in for the however-long I can manage to keep it up. And maybe extend to my daughter’s routine as well.

My initial warning from research and ordering ingredients and supplies is that starting out can be expensive. Ayurvedic powders and extracts are not cheap so be prepared if you plan to do your own mixing. My cursory cart total was over $250 with just ingredients to make a sealing oil, a gloss and a tea. I went back and did more hunting- got it down to $200 including 6 applicator bottles and a scalp massager. However, the ingredients will last a while and contribute to various other recipes so in the long term.

Curly Proverbz (YouTuber) has some pre-mixed options being sold via Belle Bar Organic. They are not cheap but are definitely more cost effective if you only plan to give this a limited try or are too busy to bother with preparing the masks, glosses or teas yourself.

Gloss

I am going to start with the Cassia gloss and sealant oil for the first month with rod sets and twist-outs. I mixed both gloss and sealant oil myself. Didn’t put enough oil on my gloss so it was really grainy. I also think I could have let it sit longer to fix that. You also have to rinse really, really well. I did a normal rinse and then could see grains of powder in on my strands so I had to re-rinse more thoroughly.

Oil

My oil solidified overnight the second or third night and I had no idea why until I realized coconut oil solidifies below 76 degrees. Honestly, it was fine because from there it was similar to a hair grease but not preferable as I had not filtered out the herbs and such (which I do not want on my hair). I heated it a bit in the microwave and filtered it.

Result

My hair definitely felt stronger which is code for stiffer because that’s what people try to avoid saying but that’s the result that protein treatments provide as well. Your hair may be stronger but that typically also means that it is a bit stiff which. This is why deep conditioner and leave-in conditioner play an important role in an ayurvedic routine. I did not twist it because it was so late when I decided to wash it but wore it in a puffy ponytail all week. Will check back in about a month with some more to say on actual results.


Sale On! My first Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


This was my first Nordstrom Anniversary Sale experience– early access at that! I am generally not in the loop on sales. I get so many of those kinds of emails, I generally delete-delete-delete. Nordstrom actually happens to be my favorite store so when I head about the sale on someone’s Insta-story, I plopped it on my calendar.

So, I know a lot of people are sharing their favorite picks but I thought I’d share what I actually bought and though this was my first and I was super excited, I also had to be cognoscente of the fact that school starts in a few weeks and we have yet to do any back-to-school shopping. If not for that, I may have further lost my mind and spent twice what I did because sales, when I do catch them, are my kryptonite.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s what I had in my bag:

Items purchased from the sale.

(1) Vince Camuto Belted Down & Feather Fill Coat with Faux Fur Trim Hood / (2) Lauren Ralph Lauren Quilted Down Vest / (3) Lauren Ralph Lauren Longline Lounge Sweatshirt / (4) BP. Faren Bootie / (5) BP. Stripe Faux Leather Clutch / (6) Zella Illusion Sports Bra / (7) KNC Beauty Collagen Lip Mask Set / (8) Corso Como ‘Colette’ Crisscross Pointy Toe Pump / (9) Rebecca Minkoff Small Love Embroidered Nubuck Crossbody Bag / (10) do the twist pavé bangle

Update: I have received all of of my things. The booties are a little tight so I’m using a stretcher to work that out and the sports bra was significantly larger than the size should have been so I’d advise buying a size smaller if you happen to get this. Even if you are curvy, the Ralph Lauren dress is loose but still very cute! Also, I was missing an item originally from my shipments but Nordstrom’s customer service was stellar and they got it sent right out.