“To dream that you are climbing a hill signifies your struggles in achieving a goal. You need to focus your energies on the prize. To dream that you are standing on top of a hill suggests that you have succeeded in your endeavors. You have the necessary resources to complete the task at hand..”
– (source: http://www..dreammoods.com)
A couple of weeks ago, I dreamed that I was pushing my car up a hill by myself while my peers stood around and watched. I remember one girl in particular making a comment like, “Look at Denni driving!” to call attention to me. I managed to get my car to the top of the hill, where there was a parking lot and my only concern from then on was deciding where I should park.
It was an intense dream because I was so rattled by how real it felt that I woke up knowing it had significance.
This Friday, at hair school, I performed my first ombre. It was on a young lady with very long hair. Her hair was jet black with copper peek-a-boo highlights and she wanted a look that’s black near the roots, brown in the middle, and blond at the ends. Long story short, it took a couple hours to perform the entire process by myself and in the end, her natural hair colour didn’t lift/lighten enough to give her the look she wanted. She was gracious about it, but she was unhappy.
Thinking of trying out some Flexirod rollers this weekend for a curly look.
Otherwise, still kicking!
… roughly 550 to go! I need 1,500 beauty school hours to graduate.
I’m still trucking along over here. Balancing a full-time (hair) program, mommy life, and a relationship can leave little time for other things.
I find myself going to the gym less and less because I just don’t have the energy or motivation to work out anymore. Not only am I on my feet all day long doing hair but there are many days where I don’t get to eat lunch or even a proper snack, making me feel literally unwell at the end of the day.
I’ve gotten the hang of most of the basics: wash and sets (usually shampooing and flat ironing natural hair), blowdrying, cutting, and mixing and applying hair colour. The thing I need to improve on right now is my speed. As one of my classmates said, the speed will come with practice… The more clients you take, the faster you’ll get.
Wash and sets are pretty hit and miss with me. Someone with fine-textured healthy hair will ALWAYS leave looking great. Someone with coarser hair and dry ends will sometimes leave looking not much better than when they came in – lacking in luster with some frizzy ends. I have to experiment with tools and techniques to counteract this. One tip I’ve heard is to use a round brush to get the ends smooth rather than depending on a Denman (9-row) brush. People expect me to be a pro with kinky hair, having kinky hair myself.
1 ½ cups long-grain brown rice, rinsed
2 medium sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons light olive oil
6 scallions, sliced
3 to 4 garlic cloves minced
2 teaspoons minced fresh or jarred ginger, or to taste
1 teaspoon good-quality curry powder
½ teaspoon turmeric
1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
Salt to taste
¼ cup minced fresh cilantro, or more to taste
Chopped peanuts or cashews, optional
1. Combine the rice with 3 ½ cups water in a small saucepan. Bring to a rapid simmer, then lower the heat. Cover and simmer gently until the water is absorbed, 30 to 35 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, microwave the sweet potatoes until just done but still nice and firm. Start with 3 minutes total, then test. A knife should go through with some resistance. If needed, microwave for another minute at a time. Once done, plunge the sweet potatoes into a bowl of cold water. Set aside until needed.
3. When the rice is nearly done, peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into ½-inch dice.
4. Heat the oil in a stir-fry pan. Add the white parts of the scallions and the garlic, and sauté over medium-low heat until just turning golden. Add the scallion greens and the sweet potatoes; turn the heat to medium-high and stir-fry for a minute or so.
5. Stir in the ginger, curry powder, and turmeric, then add the rice. Turn the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring, until the ingredients are well blended. Add the peas and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes.
Source: Vegan Express by Nava Atlas
I’m still alive!
… Enjoying hair school, eating clean (well, most of the time ), and LUVIN’ my hair!
I decided to lock my hair back in January because I’ve always admired and been drawn to locks. Another reason? My natural hair was becoming a little ‘much’ for me to handle in its loose state. As a dense as my hair is, I’m still curious as to what it will lock like once it’s fully locked.
My locs were self-started with small double-strand twists, are maintained with the interlocking method, and are often mistaken for sisterlocks.
To peep some of the ways I’ve been wearing my hair, check me out on Instagram – DenniXOXO!