My Poor Damn Hair + the 4th of July Spill

Howdy there! Happy Independence Day!Β  I’m in the mood to reminisce about my hair today. My hair has been through a LOT. It’s endured an ED, a shaved head during a drunken and manic night, and lots of store-bought hair color.

My hair started out as very long, and it had been that way since high school. My long hair was my pride and joy, y’all. I kept it well groomed, naturally colored, and enjoyed braiding and curling it. Here I am circa 2005 with my mom’s Shih Tzu, Toby.

This is me in San Diego circa 2007. This is probably close to the longest that my hair has ever been (it’s hard to see because my hair is brown, and I’m wearing a brown top). Then I got CRAZY DRUNK AND MANIC one night in January of 2012, and I shaved it all off! This is the only pictures I have of me with my shaved head as I was horribly ashamed of it, and I didn’t allow my picture to be taken.

We wed in 2012, and my hair was still too short to receive a proper haircut, so I just spiked it with some gel and went on my way. Despite my short hair, I love this picture so much. After I shaved it off, it did grow quickly at first … I had it cut and styled into a pixie, and it was cute enough, but I ultimately missed my long hair.

But then I got stuck in a short phase that I absolutely HATED! My hair did NOT want to grow, period. It was hard to even pull it up in a ponytail, as you can see below.

Between 2013 – 2016, my hair stayed about the same length – shortish! I colored my hair at this time, and I even went blonde in the summer of 2016 … not the wisest choice for my brown hair with the bleach. My hair did *not* like that development one bit.

Thankfully, my hair has begun to grow again, thanks in part to taking Biotin and eating more protein. I can finally pull it up into a proper ponytail!

This is a current pic of my hair. I’m vowing to never color it at home again (professionally done is fine, but I’m taking a break from getting it colored and am enjoying my natural color, which is mousy brown!), to keep the length long, and to keep trying to grow it out to reach as long as it used to be. I’m getting there for sure! πŸ™‚This Saturday (July 1st) was a HUGE milestone for me, y’all. I’m 6 MONTHS SOBER and am proud of it! Luke let me order a few cute things from the Anthropologie Tag Sale (with an extra 30% off … man, I love those sales!) as part of my celebration:

I also ordered the Isla Top in Pink from Brooke and Em Clothing (I saw it on someone on Instagram and fell into love) with some of my allotted monthly allowance, and it was 20% off regular price for the 4th, so I was thrilled:I can’t wait for my goodies to arrive (I’m always anxious that they won’t fit properly … man, that’s just part of not having a brick-and-mortar Anthropologie store around here, but I’ve always had good experiences with Anthro … I’m a bit of a recovering Anthro and Free People addict, and ordering from them is a special treat now … I’m hoping that my pretties all work out!). And yes, I’m a bit of a neutral-clothing wearer. The pink Brooke and Em top is departing from my darker neutrals, so I’m happy about that, but my Anthro goodies ring true to the neutral theme.

Now onto my 4th of July eats! Truly they’re nothing special today as we didn’t get out (Luke had to work, and our city stupidly celebrated the 4th of July on the damn 1st of July for some odd bureaucratic reason), but I always enjoy documenting my meals on here, so here we go! πŸ˜‰

Breakfast today was pretty straightforward – an Ambrosia apple (about 6 1/4 ounces) and two cups of coffee with stevia and almond milk. I’m trying to break away from using creamer in my coffee, and although I like it black, I enjoy a bit of creaminess to my morning brew, so I like to add almond milk. Yum! My breakfasts have been pretty scant lately, but I do enjoy my apple in the morning. I eat around 10 a.m. and seem to do pretty well with that (coffee is first thing in the a.m. though!).

Lunch was a simple sammie! I rarely have sandwiches, but Luke and I had burgers last night, so we were left with some delicious potato buns that we need to eat up. I toasted up a potato bun and spread it with a bit of spicy mustard, 2 1/3 oz. of smoked turkey breast, 1 slice of pepper jack cheese, and had a cup of roasted broccoli and a bit of carrot with fat-free ranch on the side. (My bun got a little scorched, but it tasted yummy!)

Snack #1 was celery sticks and salsa …

… and my second snack today was a new-to-me kombucha! I’m trying out a new variety that’s a little less expensive than Synergy, and so far, I’m enjoying the different flavors – it’s Raw and Organic Live Kombucha, and this flavor today was Culture Cola. To me, Synergy’s kombucha flavors are much more pronounced in the fruity category while Raw and Organic tastes like actual kombucha with a hint of flavor. Culture Cola tasted like a ginger beer to me, so I was pretty happy about that! It’s truly like a cocktail without the alcohol. πŸ˜‰

My third snack was half of a cucumber and 2 tablespoons of Roasted Pine Nut Hummus. Dinner was 6 oz of honey soy baked chicken with about a cup of roasted zucchini and a cup of yellow squash on a bed of spinach with two tablespoons of fat-free ranch (can you tell that I like fat-free ranch yet? I do! It tastes pretty similar to regular ranch dressing but with less calories, which I appreciate).

Alrighty, that’s my spiel for the 4th! Hope you have a fun and safe night! πŸ™‚

~ Mandy


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