Not Totally Off Topic: Karen’s Curried Brown Rice Salad

OK, so, what goes into your body affects what comes out of your head, so this isn’t totally off topic ūüôā

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I had some brown rice in the fridge to use up and some of one of those cranberry, walnut, almond salad topper stuff you get in a package and it also needed to be used soon. So, looking at what I had on hand, and because I adore curry above all other spices this is what I made and it was SO good I had to pass it on.

Karen’s¬†Curried Brown Rice Salad

1 cup brown rice, warmed up
3 baby carrots, finely chopped
1 radish thinly slice and then sliced in strips
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
1 scallion, thinly chopped or sliced
1/2 orange, chopped
1/4 to 1/3 cup cranberry walnut type salad topper mix

Dressing:
1 1/2 TBSP olive oil
2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp curry
2 teaspoons honey

Mix rice, veggies, fruit and nut fruit topper together. Mix dressing and pour over the rice mixture and mix. I think it would be best slightly warm like this but I would not hesitate to eat it refrigerated either.

This was just super delicious.

A Wavy Nation Minute: Living Proof Curl Enhancing Styling Mousse

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This is the inaugural Wavy Nation Minute! I’ll bring you one minute videos on products, techniques or hair musings.

I had to show you guys how awesome this mousse is! I’ve never found a mousse yet that did what I expect it to do…until now! ¬†Smell is light, lemony (but not like Pledge!). It foams amazingly. I’m just super happy. If you have questions ask me! I’ll do my best to answer.

This has been a Wavy Nation Minute!

Wavy Nation: A 2nd Refresh with Briogeo and Camille Rose!

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Hello Nation! So many people wonder about 2nd refresh routines. There are many ways to handle second day hair but this is the type of thing I most often do. ¬†I like it because I can get close to Day 1 results in about a quarter of the time. Now, of course, when time is a real premium (like I have hit snooze one too many times), I’ll just try fixing what The Pineapple has delivered, which for me then means a fairly “beachy”look. All well and good, but sometimes we would like a more completed routine look, right? So this video is for you!

The products used here are probably my favorite combo. Briogeo Curl Charisma Leave In¬†Cream, which I purchased with points from Birchbox, but you can find other online locations too. And Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker, which I adore!!! ¬†You can find it at any Target that carries Camille Rose or Target.com, Camille Rose’s site or CurlMart.com. ¬†Look for those shipping sales and give it a try.

Please comment here and on the video, share if you know anyone who would like it. And feel completely free as usual to offer your own tips and tricks!!! ¬†What works for one person doesn’t always work for another. As I like to say, it’s always great to have more tools in your arsenal!

Next week, we have an interview with a fantastic wavy/curly who has done a tremendous job of transitioning to the Curly Girl method and has some great videos and tips for you! Stay tuned!

Clipping for Volume

Nation, we wavies often have trouble get root volume. Some of us have trouble getting volume everywhere but especially the roots. Even very wavy hair may poof out, but doesn’t poof up.

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One of the best tools you can use are clips. Clipping your crown before it dries can shape it the way you need to help frame your face.

You’ll probably need to experiment with the clips that are right for you, but everyone generally at least has some jaw clamps around and that is a good place to start. In general, think of your hair as “moldable” and push and clip it into the general shape you want to end up with.

You can see in these  examples how I have pushed each clump and clipped it so the general shape is going to be a lot fuller looking than my hair would be without letting it dry without the clips. It also holds the clumps out which assists with drying clear to the scalp.

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Shaping with clips.
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Clips hold hair out for shaping and lifting clumps for better drying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have to clip in a very exaggerated way because my hair will de-puff quite dramatically through the day because of my weakness of wave. But it will always retain more volume than if I hadn’t clipped at all.

Here I clipped in a very exaggerated way.

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Exaggerated Clipping

Then, sometimes, I notice it’s still a little flatter along the part than I like. ¬†You can do a couple of different things. Once you have taken out your clips and see that you want some lift right along the part you can take a long duckbill clip like this.Lift and pinch the clumps along your part together and slide it in along the part.¬†This has a slightly Pebbles look, but it works!

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Or you can use a medium jaw clamp and just lift the area you want raised and clip it.

Basically you can kind of mold your crown clumps in a way that at least pushes them into a shape that is more framing.

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There are a few videos on YouTube if you look up clipping. I encourage people to watch them all. You never know when you will see something that works for you. Here is the detailed video I made, where I show you several kinds of clips you can use.

So don’t be afraid to clip! Experiment! You’ll find something that works for you.

Scrunch out the Crunch: Frizz reducing alternative

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Nation, do you ever go to scrunch out your clumps and everything comes apart?  All your great looking waves that you know are waiting just fall apart? Or are you a frizz prone wavy or curly and scrunching out crunch creates frizz so you stay away from the crunchy products that will actually set your waves and curls better?

Then here is an alternative way to SOTC (Scrunch Out the Crunch) method for you. Over on the Wavy Hair Community¬†Wendy, from the Science-y Hairblog and the fabulous Etsy hair analysis shop GoosefootPrints, presented us with an idea that I, at least, have seen no where else. It’s called rope scrunching. I made a short video to introduce you to it. ¬†It really does help SOTC without destroying clumps and curls and might be a great thing for you to add to your arsenal of hair techniques.

Take sections of your crunchy hair and without pulling on it, twist the section, kind of pressing as you go. The crunch will come out, but it won’t be going against the clump like bottom scrunching does. Here is a little video demonstrating it!

Isn’t that brilliant?

Edit: Wendy pointed me at this Ouidad video where they show twist/rope type scrunching. Still brilliant and I’m leaving my plugs in.

Short Diffuser Tip

Hola! Wavy Nation, I realized I have added a new little technique to my diffusing. I tend to think of my hair as something I am sculpting. I’m not as good as my friend Wendy over at Science-y Hair Blog at molding waves, but I do think of hair as something you can manipulate. I realized the other day when diffusing that after a first go through in setting waves, I then begin to section my hair so that, whether using a regular bowl or the Deva hand defuser, I can get up close to the scalp and get that area the same 80% or so as dry as my length. I think that helps prevent pull out. Curlies, with stronger patterns and lighter, finer hair don’t have that issue, but we wavies kind of fight a battle between a ration of of water to wave. You need the water for the pattern to appear but once you have put in your products, it’s a timing tightrope you tread in getting hair to dry evenly so that the wave doesn’t pull out. Products matter but so does technique. I think this helps and I hope you find this little video helpful.

Also, I pointed out my little spot on my face that they shaved off to test. It was indeed basal cell carcinoma. If you think that little spot stands out, check it out now that they excised it. WEAR YOU SUNSCREEN. If you have kids make them wear sunscreen. We get something like 85% of our lifetime sun exposure by the time we are 18. I know it will heal but it’s no fun feeling like Frankenstein.

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