Thursday, 19 April 2018

Packing for sun

Looking forward to warm weather and lots of sunlight on Tenerife!

For my hair, I'm packing Stuhr hair protection spray which packs some serious SPF, and L'anza leave in protector which had the highest amount of sunscreen inrgedients of the two L'anza leave ins that I checked up on.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Today's hair

Slightly messy from sleeping on the braid, but the bun looks fine.

Also it seems to have developed some more shine overnight?
I guess the cuticles needed some time to settle after the deep conditioning.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Deep conditioning finished

Yep, that actually seemed to work. 
Now that it's dry, it seems completely back to normal.


Funny how things that works for you still manages to just slip out of your routine-rotation?

Deep conditioning part 2

Well, the hair was seriously pissed off after the protein.
I really hope it calms down after this.


Saturday, 14 April 2018

Deep conditioning part 1

I'm free tomorrow, so I'm doing an overnight deep conditioning with protein in it.
Tomorrow I will follow up with a protein free conditioner for the entire length. 


Hmm. This is something I haven't done in a while?
It was one of those first really good hair advice I found on LHC: To do a protein treatment first and then follow with moisture, because it should make the moisture penetrate better.
Will be fun to see if it actually works as well as I remember it...

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Follow up from the other day

I've had my meetings with both bosses and I got what I wanted!
Boss at work #2 immediately signed on it (I guess since it actually favors her more this way) but the boss at work #1 took a little more work. The condition for me grouping my work days together more was that I had to accept more hours. Not a lot: just two more a week.
I accepted.



Monday, 9 April 2018

Product showdown

Continuing my product showdown:
I usually buy my conditioners following the rule "Whatever is on sale", and then just grab one of each line out of the brand. So now I have a lot of conditioners from the same brands, but different lines. So I was thinking that maybe I should do a comparison for all of those "doubles" so in the future, I will only get the best one at the next sale.

Barnängen Normalt balsam
Barnängen Pärlglans balsam

Interesting fact
Barnängen is a former factory area in Stockholm (Pointless fact: Close to where my mother in law lives) and the brand goes back to 1868, so this year it is 150 years old!

I'm going to compare them on a few different factors:
  • First impressions
  • Effect: Shine and manageability
  • Ingredient analysis and interesting ingredients such as "actives": Oils, fruits, keratin, sunscreen

First impressions
Barnängen Normalt balsam
Smells sort of creamy and milky? It's this sort of "general soapy, fresh and clean smell" that so many conditions have. Texture is fairly thick and doesn't drip easily.

Barnängen Pärlglans balsam
Has almost the same smell as the other one, but with a hint of something fruity in there.
Same texture.

Effect
Barnängen Normalt balsam
I'm very pleased with the result from this. My hair felt smooth, soft and well moisturized. It also did  good job of cleaning my scalp.
I did get that "irritated" reaction o  the length from having protein so high up on the ingredient list. That's a shame though, without it, this could have been a really good sort of workhorse conditioner for me. Except for the protein and a single extract, this has some good, simple stuff and COSDNA doesn't give a lot of warnings for the ingredient list.

Barnängen Pärlglans balsam
"Pärlglans" means "pearl shine" in Swedish and this did actually leave my hair rather shiny. Points for actually delivering on that claim!
Also, part of it means something...different... in Danish. Like, a certain part of the male anatomy. Ahem.
My dirty mind aside, this was a pretty good conditioner: It left some shine behind and it did a good job of cleaning my scalp. I did get some protein-overload tangliness on the length, but that was to be expected for a product with proteins so high up on the list.


Ingredient analysis

Barnängen Normalt balsam
Aqua, cetearyl alcohol, hydrolyzed keratin, glycine, panthenol, hydrolyzed collagen, nymphaea alba root extract, isopropyl myristate, beheneoyl PG-trimonium chloride, VP/VA copolymer, citric acid, phenoxyethanol, behentrimonium chloride, sodium methylparaben, parfum, hexylene glycol, polyquaternium-37, isopropyl alcohol, dicaprylyl carbonate, propylene glycol, hexyl cinnamal, linalool

Applying the Beauty Brains "First five ingredients rule"
Aqua, cetearyl alcohol, hydrolyzed keratin, glycine, panthenol
Based on the first five ingredients on the list, this is a heavy reconstructor and moisturiser. Having hydrolyzed keratin so high on the list would mean this could be a problem for my coarse hair though. Cetearyl Alcohol as the second ingredient means it also has the ability to clean.

Interesting ingredients
  • Cetearyl Alcohol is an emulsifier which means it can dissolve oils and be used for cleansing
  • Hydrolyzed keratin is a protein
  • Nymphaea alba root extract sounds nice and all, but there are no explanation on what "extract" really means. There is an episode of The Snailcast where Shell of Holysnails talks about how a supplier to her webshop offered her ruby extract to add to her products. Which is completely nonsensical, but explains a lot of what extracts can be. It can be something good, but it can also be a root quickly dipped in a bucket of alcohol...
  • Panthenol does maybe-maybe not penetrate and strengthen hair
  • Hydrolyzed collagen is a protein
  • Polyquaternium-37  is a quaternium ammonium compound and will bind to the damaged areas of hair


22 ingredients in total
2 marked as a "2" for acne-trigger. 9 %
1 marked as a "5" for acne-trigger. 4 %

1 marked as a "1" for irritation-trigger. 4 %
1 marked as a "2" for irritation-trigger. 4 %
1 marked as a "3" for irritation-trigger. 4 %
1 marked as a "4" for irritation-trigger. 4 %

15 marked as "green" for safety. 68 %
5 marked as "yellow" for safety. 22 %
And one marked as "green-yellow" for safety. 4 %

Barnängen Pärlglans balsam
Aqua, cetearyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, hydrolyzed keratin, glycine, panthenol, prunus armeniaca kernel oil, litchi chinesis fruit extract, morinda citrifolia fruit extract, isopropyl myristate, citric acid, phenoxyethanol, stearamidopropyl dimethylamine, parfum, isopropyl alcohol, glyceryl sterate, sodium methylparaben, polyquaternium-37, glycerin, dicaprylyl carbonate, propylene glycol, butylphenyl methylpropional, limonene, hexyl cinnamal, linalool, lauryl glucoside, CL 17200

Applying the Beauty Brains "First five ingredients rule"
Aqua, cetearyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, hydrolyzed keratin, glycine
Based on the first five ingredients on the list, this is a heavy reconstructor. Having hydrolyzed keratin so high on the list would mean this could be a problem for my coarse hair though. Cetearyl Alcohol as the second ingredient means it also has the ability to clean.

Interesting ingredients

  • Cetearyl Alcohol is an emulsifier which means it can dissolve oils and be used for cleansing
  • Hydrolyzed keratin is a protein
  • Panthenol does maybe-maybe not penetrate and strengthen hair
  • Prunus armeniaca kernel oil, Litchi chinesis fruit extract and Morinda citrifolia fruit extract sounds nice and all, but there are no explanation on what "extract" really means. There is an episode of The Snailcast where Shell of Holysnails talks about how a supplier to her webshop offered her ruby extract to add to her products. Which is completely nonsensical, but explains a lot of what extracts can be. It can be something good, but it can also be a fruit quickly dipped in a bucket of alcohol...
  • Polyquaternium-37 is a quaternium ammonium compound and will bind to the damaged areas of hair
It's pretty interesting how these two products are so different in ingredient lists. Often two products i the same line just have the "token" ingredients/selling points swapped out, but these two ingredient lists are very different. Sure there are some similarities like that they're both silicone free and have a lots of proteins, but they're still very different.


27 ingredients in total
1 marked as a "1" for acne-trigger. 4 % 
2 marked as a "2" for acne-trigger. 7 %
1 marked as a "5" for acne-trigger. 4 %

1 marked as a "2" for irritation-trigger. 4 %
1 marked as a "3" for irritation-trigger. 4 %
1 marked as a "4" for irritation-trigger. 4 %

17 marked as "green" for safety. 62 %
6 marked as "yellow" for safety. 22 %
1 marked as "red" for safety. 4 %
And one marked as "green-yellow" for safety. 4 %

Lady Igor says
It's very close, but I will have to go with Barnängen Normalt balsam for having panthenol higher up on the list, and less extracts.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Throwback Thursday


This was from the second Göteborg-meeting, back in April 2011. I have a bunch more pictures from the first meeting, but this is the only one where I have a hair-lineup.
I miss the meetups a bit... This is what you miss out on when you don't go on the forums!



Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Rant warning for the post ahead

Some time ago, two acquaintances had some really bad health related new in the same week. It freaked me out quite a bit because they're both my age and working the same type of job and everything. So it left me with some soul searching and wondering about how I can prevent this from happening to me too.

The main problems are that 1) I work too much, 2) so I don't exercise at all and 3) therefore I don't always get a lot of sleep. I try to stay under 50 hours a week, but...Yea, not doing so well with that.

Hubby and I started consciously eating a lot better and healthier last year. That's good.
We also started doing what I call "The Team effort" for cleaning and generally tidying up. 

Slight detour on the way to my point: I love the forum Get Off My Internet. Although it has its problems, I love how it picks apart the ridiculous pinterest-style of life and double standards that a lot of those social media/bloggers have. I find it ridiculously inspiring to read about the healthy living bloggers that just cannot lose weight and are picked apart on the forum for faking it and their lies upon lies. Before and after pictures where you just suck in your gut on the after? Fail. Instagram and blog telling two different stories? Fail. Same dirty sock on the floor in pictures supposedly two weeks ago? Yuck and fail.
It's really inspiring to see how people cut through that kind of bullshit. It actually helps to keep me from lying to myself about how little I actually move. Or what I eat. 


It has helped to bring healthier food for work (Here, a delicious grilled salmon, cream cheese and avocado sandwich on high fiber bread) instead of being tempted to getting takeout with my coworkers. I appreciate that.

Anyways.
I tried to find the thread I'm thinking of, but haven't been able to. In this particular thread, a poster says something along the lines of "Eat a vegetable once in a while, get some fresh air and clean your home some time". So simple, but yet so awesome. It puts all the weird, crazy "diets" and "get healthy quick!"-self help books to shame.
I brought it up to Hubby and had him read some of the thread too. We put a little more effort into things like cleaning, and it evolved into these little exercises where we clean together. One of us grabs the vacuum cleaner and starts from one end off, the other starts airing out, disinfecting our work surfaces, sorts and takes out the trash, changes the bed sheets, cleans the kitchen or whatever else needs to be done. Then when we're done, we high five and feel really good about ourselves. 
It's pretty awesome actually.

Back to the point. 
Everything that I could do better right now, points back to my work load. If I worked less, I would probably bother to train, I would sleep more hours and I would have more time to relax or even have a hobby.
The thing is, I don't want to lower my hours/workload at the moment. I love Work #1 and Work #2 and they're great for my career.
So, what can you do?
I have asked my bosses at both works for a meeting each to discuss changing my work days around a little. Basically I want more work days in a row, to free up more days off in a row. When I only have one day off, I usually just end up doing chores and preparing for the upcoming work days. Not really something you relax with.

Please cross your fingers for me that I can get my way with this.

But. We have also made another change...


Hubby and I got Fitbits. 
I have the Alta HR and Hubby has the Charge 2. I have some really conflicting opinions on these though.

On one hand it really helps by tracking how much you move during the day. Which is great! No more "Oh, I think I did pretty good today?", now we know for sure. It also tracks my sleeping pattern and helps me put more effort into getting a good nights sleep. It makes it a lot easier to adjust our diets, because now we know how much we burn.

But. But...
These things absolutely refuses to sync calls, texts or calendar entries up from any phone or tablet in our household. 
Which #¤%& pisses me off, because this was the claim that made us pick fitbits to begin with. I hate when companies lie to you like that! And I hate when their customer service representatives only respond with "Have you read the FAQ?" or something similar when you contact them about their stupid product not working as promised.
If I had know the claim had been a fat lie, I would have picked another brand. 
Of course we could have returned them but we ended up keeping them. They just only have half the actual functions we were promised. Not cool. I/we will replace them as soon as I find another brand and model I/we want.

I do not recommend anyone getting a Fitbit ever due to the product not working as advertised and the customer service being so condescending and useless.

It's still good for something though. And I feel it helps me stay on track.


Badass.

Anyways. Does anyone have a recommendation for me?
I'm looking for a smartwatch with activity sensoring or an activity band that can synchronize to other devices.
Requirements:

  • Not Apple
  • Not Fitbit
  • Small and slim design