I am having a total brain fart and do not remember the names of the nail polishes I used for this one. All I know is that they’re both Essie (of course, lol). Honestly, I was unable to finish this manicure because my boyfriend was rushing me (we’re in the process of moving still!). But what I was trying to go for was a more intense, milky white all over the nails and was going to place 2 more stars on my ring finger nail. I’ll try to post the complete look once I have more time.
Apparently though, my boyfriend’s favorite nails on me is when I do neutral colors (think french manicure types) like this one. It’s my favorite too! I do bold colors lately for fun, but my all time favorite look is a delicate french mani.
A few days ago I was looking through some old pictures on Facebook and realized I’ve had many different hair lengths throughout the years. I think all of them look great on me, but my favorite is definitely my long hair…especially when it was bouncy and softly curled. Here is a timeline of my hair as of the last few years of my life!
This was my hair back around 2005. I dyed it light brown and added tons of highlights. What I like the most is how it was layered. I love layered hair. It was a fun style, but extremely damaging to hair. When I got tired of the upkeep and the dryness, I gave up dying my hair all together, dyed it one last time to a jet black (so my natural color blended in better) and I have not touched a hair dye since!
I don’t remember taking many pictures from my highlighted hair transition, so we’re jumping to May 2009. I think this is the healthiest my hair has ever looked/been. The above picture shows exactly how I’d love my hair to be all the time. I enjoy the straight look, but I like bounciness and soft curls, as I mentioned before. The shine was also on point!
Two months after the last picture, I snapped this one. My hair was growing super fast! Here it was absolutely straight. It had tons of body and it was slightly layered. Again, the best era for my hair!
In the months following the July 2009 photo, I went through severe depression and sadness. I lost a lot of weight and was not eating properly. The above picture was taken in January 2010 when I began recovering. My hair was still pretty, but I began to see the damages that depression had left behind. It was easily falling out when I brushed or combed through it and it had lost a lot of shine and volume. It also started to look scarce at the ends due to breakage. This was making me mad and sad all at once so I decided to…
CHOP IT ALL OFF! The attempt was to go “natural” and slowly transition into my natural hair texture.
I wanted my hair to grow back soooo bad. During the time that it was short, I made the mistake of straightening it almost bi-weekly with a flat iron. Flat irons are the devil!!!!! The effort I had put into keep it healthy while it was short was lost with all that heat.
By August 2011, I saw some progress in the growth. Not dying my hair since 2005 has helped it tremedously. Relaxing in itself can be damaging, imagine also dying and bleaching it with highlights. Whew! I dunno how I still have hair on my head! :D
This photo was taken at the beginning of this year. As you can see here, the sun is bringing out my natural hair color, which I absolutely LOVE. I will never go back to dying it, unless it’s some type of henna or something that isn’t damaging to the hair.
The most recent picture of my hair can be found in my relaxed curled hair post, but the length cannot be seen as it actually is because it’s wavy. Today is hair day, so we’ll see in the next few days what it’s looking like health and length wise!
Looking at the different stages of my hair has been fun and inspires me to try to get it back to how it was in 2009. Perhaps I should go back to using ECRU hair products, since that is what I remember using back in those days!