Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year, New Monthly Hair Advice

Well, January is nearly here, and I've decided to start something new. For those who don't know, I've been a licensed cosmetologist for almost 5 years and have had a lot of people approach me with similar hair troubles. Each month I am going to post some practical hair advice that you can use at home without buying any extra fancy gadgets or creams.

January's Hair Advice:
Dry Hair, and Fly-Aways

Winters in Utah can be brutal on your skin and hair, and moisturizer is almost required! Conditioner is like moisturizer for your hair. But you need to use it correctly to get the most out of it. Here are my tips:

1. Run the conditioner through your ends first.
             A lot of people fill their palm with conditioner and plop it right on top of their head, rubbing it into their scalp. Your scalp does need moisture, but if you use the majority of the conditioner on top of your head, your hair might feel limp, you'll have a hard time getting "lift" or volume, and you might feel a little bit greasy. Also, your ends need the conditioner more than your roots do. I place the conditioner right where I would start to gather a ponytail and then run my fingers through the ends.You really want those ends to suck up most of the moisture. Then, I go to the scalp and gently run my fingers through once or twice. The conditioner left on your hands should be enough to moisturize the scalp and roots. 

2. Rinse with cool water.

Heat opens the hair cuticle. So when you have the hot water running on your hair it looks raised, like the cuticle on the far right in this picture. This is also what happens when hair dye is put on the cuticle. The chemicals raise the exterior of the hair strand, in order to get to the cortex which is located beneath it. Sorry to get all technical with you, but it's the only way I know to fully explain why this is important. When you run cool water over a raised cuticle in closes up, like the cuticle on the far left in the picture. So the best way to keep the most moisture in your hair is to shampoo and rinse with warm water, put in your conditioner, and then rinse with cool water. This will lock in the moisture and keep your hair feeling smooth. 

3. Don't completely rinse out the conditioner. 
This rule is hard for people to follow. I think they might be concerned about their hair feeling greasy if they can feel any conditioner still in their hair after rinsing. If you follow tip #1, this won't be the case. When you are finished rinsing, your hair should still feel a little bit slick. This is easier for people with water softeners. And that's where tip #4 comes in:

4. Wait until the end of your shower/bath to condition.
The reason I am telling you this tip, is  because it makes numbers 2 and 3 go a little smoother. You won't have to freeze in the cool water, and you won't be in for long enough to risk rinsing all of the conditioner out of your hair. 

If you are following all of these tips and still having problems with fly-aways or dry strands, I would recommend picking up a leave-in conditioner that you can use after you wash and condition your hair. And remember, concentrate on the ends. Thats the area that really needs the moisture. If you blow dry and flat iron your hair often, make sure you are using something to protect your hair. You can find inexpensive heat protecting sprays and creams and most drug stores. (Dove, Suave, Pantene, Aussie, Nexxus and Herbal Essences, just to name a few) Make sure you look at the ingredients though. Alcohol dries out the hair so avoid sprays, creams, gels etc. that have alcohol in the ingredients, or you might be making your problem worse.  

I hope this helps get you through the dry season without having to deal with pesky fly-aways! 

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas Orders!

Hi Everyone!
Just a reminder:
All Christmas orders need to be in by tonight, Wednesday, December 15th. 
Any orders after that are first come, first served. I will do my best to get your order sent to you by Christmas.

Here's what's new:

Beanies with snowflakes and flowers. Any color!

New Character hats! 
Big Bird


To order your custom crochet item please email your request to:

Leave a suggestion for my next project in the comments section below! 

Some secret projects are coming soon! I can't disclose them until AFTER Christmas. :)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

I apologize for the late post, I've been going all day!

The giveaway winner is: (drum roll)


Congrats! I can wait to hear what kind of hat you want!

Monday, December 6, 2010


Since it's Christmas time and I figure whoever wins probably already has something in mind, this giveaway will be:
A hat of your choice! 

What will it be

To enter: 
Follow the blog,
Share this giveaway with someone else,
Become a member of the facebook group: My Sweet Somethings,
and finally,
Leave a comment below with a favorite Christmas tradition or memory. 

The winner will be chosen RANDOMLY this Friday, December 10th at 11:59pm MST

Good luck to everyone!

**Note: Crochet question mark and photo credit goes to "Bananagans" from

Larry, Snoopy, Piggy, and Panda!

Forgive the poor quality of photos... they were taken from my phone.

Here are a few of the latest creations! 

Larry the Cucumber
(From Veggie Tales)


Miss Piggy

Panda Bear
(with ear flaps and ties)

To order, contact me by leaving a comment, or by email:

You can also check out my facebook group HERE

Until next time....