My Cowash Routine

Have you kicked your shampoo bottle out of the shower? I certainly have. Does shampoo dry your hair and scalp out? Are you ready to ditch laurel any and sulfate any? Co-washing just might meet your needs.
This post will cover my cowash, routine and a few secrets I have that optimize my routine.

Personally I have no shampoo bottles in my shower. I stopped using shampoo, because I shed massive amounts of hair. And I especially lose the most hair when washing out shampoo. I have tried a few cowash brands, some are definitely better than others.

I have made a look t of changes to my personal hair care routine. I cowash my hair once every 5-7 days. If there is a lot going on for me, I’ll wash every 3 days. Let’s dig into my techniques.

Once you have your favorite cowash, follow these steps.

STEP1: Wet your hair

STEP2: Section your hair from front to back and ear to ear, that 4 equal quarters.

STEP3: Apply cowash on the on the hairline parts.

STEP4: work each quarter by applying the cowash to hair in 1 in partings.

TIP: Apply cowash only to hair new growth. leaving the length with no product

STEP5: Allow cowash to sit on scalp for 3-5 min.

STEP6: Massage cowash through hair or massage scalp if needed.

TIP:Apply a 1/2 cup water and massage hair as of using shampoo.

STEP6: Rinse thoroughly

and that is it your done.

Occasionally if you feel obligated add conditioner just to the ends after step4 and then follow with step 5.

This has changed my hairs life. I lose less hair, I do not go through product as quickly, and I am able to buy a higher quality cowash, because I saved money. Other noticeable benefits my scalp stopped itching on the very next day.

I hope this tutorial was helpful. Let me know your tips, thoughts, questions in comments below.

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Hair Colour Analysis

Do you have virgin hair? What is porosity? What types of hair colour are out there? These are just a few questions anyone would have before colouring their hair for the first time. Join me;as I help you navigate the massive, and often confusing world of hair colour. Know your options, know your hair, own your vision. This article will help prepare you to be your best advocate.

When you are ready to consider enhancing your hair style. An important first step is to own your vision, your expected results. Allow me to define a hair vision. A hair vision is a clear target. A clear vision of end results. I use target as a metaphor for vision,so that just like a target, you can gauge, where and what your expectations are. Hair colour is not an exact science. Hair colour is based on colorology, and that is why it is so important to know your options.

When drafting your hair vision having knowledge about the service offerings and product options will help you shape your final vision. Have you asked your self if you will colour your own hair or head to the salon? Where you plan to enhance your hair style will affect the product types available to you.

There are tons of hair colour product options. The brand list is at least a mile long. The following is a list of hair colour types you might use: permanent colour, semi permanent colour, demi permanent, temporary, lightner,or box color. Whether you will need to apply a combination of these products or just one, all depends on your desired results. Here is a list of service type options these products enable: Highlights, Lowlights, and all over colour. All of these services can be applied by various techniques such as: baliage, foiling, caps, baths,or partial and all over applications. Having a vision will help you or your stylist know what products, services, and techniques apply to you.

Once you have a feel for what you want your hair vision to be, and how your going to do it; you’ll need to choose products. Knowing your hair will have a huge impact on all areas of your hair vision. If you choose to head to a hair salon, your stylist will do this for you in a consultation. However you can help your self by knowing the following: your past service history if any, any allergies you might have, your hair texture and porosity. Wether at home or at the salon, to prevent any shocking results or allergic reactions a porosity and patch test need to be preformed.

Preparing for hair colour is intense, but it is worth the effort. Own your vision, knowing your options, and knowing your hair, will set you up for successful and realistic results. Applying these tips will empower you to be your own advocate at the salon or beauty supply store. You and your hair will be glad you spoke up.

What tips do you have?

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The only ribbon i am wearing is my Bow-Tie!!! Chevy Volt 2017

Bow Tie, that’s correct. This year Charmingguru has officially nailed the whole go green thing, and reviewed a Chevrolet Volt 2017. Although the Volt has competitors the 2017, will have Tesla model 3 owners and Prius 2016 owners envious. This time round, lets knock down the following topics: Gadgets, Appearance,and Performance.

The 2017 volt basic model is LOADED with apps. The instrument Panel has a touch screen that boots up to Chevymylink which is geared towards Apple users,but keenly Chevy did not leave out android users,but no Wi-Fi connection to the car for you. The large GUI houses radio options like a free pandora and few other select radio stations. An energy gauge, An onstar trial,that does not only offer navigation downloaded right to your car, but turns your car in to a 4G LTE wifi hotspot allowing up to 7 devices to connect, and enables a mobile phone experience right on your instrument panel. The Onstar trail, give you a taste of the self diagnosing VOLT and sends you a personalized performance report. This car’s reporting is nothing shy of awesome. The volt learns your daily routine, and will begin to remind you of you next departure and arrival timings; additionally the car will remind you of the time you usually charge at. The Volt its self has Teen Driver Software, that does things like: control radio volumes when front seat passengers do not have their safety belts buckled. Alerts that the driver is speeding are visual and audible. Speed limits can be pre set by parents. Did I mention Google maps is compatible with the Volt software through Android Auto, so you can have the latest maps, and harness the power of google rerouting algorithms. That is just the Instrument panel GUI.
Here are a few negative points to all of the technology. If you call onstar, and you don’t manually press buttons, the a/c stops until the call is finished. It’s 101 degrees in the shade in Texas, and the A/C shuts off. Huge irritation, but just hit the controls and it is on while you talk, but it took a few times of learning the ropes to figure it out. Another inconvenience, is the on board phone is not free.You have to pay for minuets. At least the volt is Bluetooth ready. Chevy did not give electric seats to the basic model, which seems like a joke, after all features this car has.

Aside from all dazzling things my car can do, let’s talk about how she looks.
Let me just say this gal looks and feels almost as great as how much you spent. The factory paints are pretty decent, but leather interior, premium paint and, any other premium features are about a grand an ask! We decided to keep our Volt basic,but she is as awesome as they said.

For the parts of this review that discuss performance, my dearest friend who wishes to remain anonymous has written the following.

Suspension
The suspensions in Chevy Volt are superior in performance. In maintaining the chassis to equilibrium status without many jerks and vibrations. The volt reminds me of a gyroscope stability with levitating performances on any kind of roads. We tested our volt on: country roads, city roads and on regular highways; and it’s the same experience even at various speed ranges. On certain roads there were no posted speed limits and we tried to drive from the speed limit of 30 – 65 and we hardly noticed the vibration at lower speeds which is unusual for country roads especially on unpaved roads with potholes.

Engine
I hear that Volt has a 1.5L gasoline powered Generator which supplies the additional electric power in case of the battery running out of its threshold charge levels. With fully charged car, I can drive up to 50 – 53. Once the car runs out of electric juice the control system kick starts the gas-powered generator and will mobilize the vehicle by supplying the required power/torque which depends on driver speed level and the inclination angle of your car with respect to the surrounding terrains. The transition from Electric to Gas powered is unnoticeable. And so quite that you hardly notice the transition except when you step out of the car while in parking mode, you can hear the Generator noise. When Volt is in Electric mode it’s noiseless and silent to the core (Except during AC operation)

Power/Torque – Electric Vs Gas
Performances/Power varies with different driving mode and with appropriate drive mode selection. which ranges from Turbo(Sports), to mountain(rarely used). The marvelous features is the way GM architected the whole design of Extended Range Electric Vehicle which operates as an electric vehicle without kicking in the gasoline range extenders as it maintains the usable energy in its battery backup. As you know a lot of energy will be wasted in fighting the inertia of the car. The volt design is smart to depend on electric mode to start rather than the huge potential needed to mobilize the car using gasoline range extender. Thus improving the efficiency on an enhanced distribution of power using a well designed control systems and planetary gear synchronous system to power the wheels.
Again based on various speeds and torque requirements the car will extract the power from its available source. While testing on a service road in a night-time I have to accelerate the car to 60 mph and it took me like 7-8 seconds to reach that speed. Which is very impressive, again that is the power of electric motors compared with gasoline powered engines to drive that kind of acceleration/torque overcoming the huge inertia. So far I am very impressed at the way these designs are engineered

Mileage/Efficiency
To get the best mileage purely depends on the driver and the other factors like temperature control, terrains, and speed/acceleration. I noticed when I drive on L instead of D on normal mode setting I get the best mileage. Usually I set my AC/heater to Eco mode and with the driving speed of 53-55 mph I can drive longer distance (more than 8 miles) compared to Ac at Max mode and with the speed range of 65-70 mph. I tried to accelerate smoothly to make use of the gradual acceleration to mobilize my car rather than inducing sudden increased power packed acceleration. (Which might drain your battery quickly) But on a full charge/tank both electric/gas I can drive up to 400 miles at a speed of 60-65 mph. In my recent long distance trip(Texas to Indiana) I hardly stopped at gas stations. On the way back from IN to KY I stopped twice to fill the gas tank. But while returning back from KY to TX I drove at a speed limit of 70-75 mph. I hardly made a few stops at the gas stations compared to other kinds of cars I drove in the past.

Charging ( 8/12 Amps)
I am happy with the factory supplied Charging cords. Though I have the provision to install super chargers (240V) in my garage. I do not want to risk inducing huge stress on my battery backup. As the efficiency will drop when I start using a 240V super charging station. On a daily basis I prefer to charge my car on 8 Amps option. Sure it might take longer to charge,but it’s the efficient way to prolong your battery life. In cases where I want to hasten recharge. I would choose 12 Amps to quickly charge my car and it takes 11 hrs. My power company delivers free power from 9 PM till 6 AM so I prefer to use 12 Amps just to fill the battery from an empty level. I don’t have to spend a dime to charge my Volt. I rarely charge my car in day time though I have free power through my Solar panels. So far I have not had to use any Gas stations in Dallas TX since I bought this car (feb 2016)

Braking
So far I counted 4 kinds of brake system in my Chevy Volt. Let me list down my observations. There is a regular old-fashioned paddle break system which can be used in 2 ways – Hard Stop or Soft stop where one involves the electromagnetic mechanism (which converts your kinetic motion into electrical power and feeds the battery backup)as your brake. There is a Parking brake. Which I rarely use and a regenerative on demand paddle behind the steering wheel(do not use while accelerating) – brake on a steering wheel, trust me it works like a soft brake and its fun! Just in case you can’t remember all these options, remember the old fashioned brake peddle which always works.
When braking I feel a lot safer in L (ow) mode compared to D mode as it stops my car slowly. If I don’t press on the gas (electric) pedal, it works best on downhill and it’s lot safer(than Toyota). The regenerated power refuels back to the battery pack so it’s good for my range extenders.

Safety
The car feels a lot safer compared to its competitors. I had test drove a few of the other ev brands and I feel Chevy rocks. It is rock solid and heavy. Even the car doors are heavy and majestic feeling when I open or close them. I never felt I am handling a tin foil like Toyota Prius /Nissans Leaf/ BMW i3. The T shaped battery backup adds up the weight/stability to the car and it reduces the center of gravity lower and thus keeping the car safer. Honestly I feel safe and which is very important for your family.

Thanks dearest, back to me to wrap this review up.

This car is so much fun to drive.  Acceleration is so fast and so smooth.  It took a few days to get used to electricity powering my get up and go. I would say I don’t enjoy driving on the converted gas  to electricity. The speed of the car, is much less easy to control when gas is being converted to electricity. If you are on a long stretch of highway and can use cruise control, it’s not a big deal, but if you happen upon traffic its a bit irritating.

Really my bottom line is, I love my volt, I have named her charmingguru.The 2017 volt is amazing, spacious, fast, green, and a hot spot. I wrote this review hoping to help buyers as there is hardly an insight out there about it. Genuine, smiling, glad hearts and faces here, especially when we are in our volt. Feel free to comment like share.
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Tribal or doodle?-MAC Eyeliner Review

I am constantly reviewing products and scanning the world wide web for tutorials, and information for my daily beauty cravings, as well as opportunities for my blog.  This week, thanks to CATCHY FREEBIES, my quest for an eye liner to review was full filled.  As per my usual style let’s talk packaging, product quality, and how easy is this to use.

As you all may or may not know.. MAC cosmetics are apart of the Estee Lauder cosmetic family.  We can think of MAC as the high fashion sometimes rebellious child in the family.  So had I not received this via CATCHY FREEBIES, my eyeliner would have come in a box pretty standard of the family line.  So lets talk packaging of this product.  This is the BLACK, EYELINER, it is waterproof and also has vitamin A and E, in the formula.  The pencil, comes in a sweet plastic click/turn style pencil with a lid.  You can give your sharpener a rest, but keep an eye on your lid, it does not slide on to the bottom of this pencil.

This is the label. Notice with Vitamin A&E
This is the label. Notice with Vitamin A&E

Moving along to product quality.  I personally loved this formula and tested it with two separate looks, one of which i have shared in this post. The MAC eyeliner is so creamy and so easy to smudge.  It is a standard shade of black.  I personally would like to see it darker, but I loved the results. Overall I am going to give this a 5 star rating on quality.  This is my first click pencil department store eyeliner to use ever, and it is better than I have ever experienced.  Did I mention this little piece of awesome is WATERPROOF? It is.  If I had to mention a demerit it would be the white printed label on the pencil.  I foresee this rubbing off with use, and that may make it hard for me to be a repeat customer, however not a deal breaker.

So I can hear you asking me, “was this easy to use?”  YES.  The formula seriously glided on my eyelids, like lipstick, a thousand times better than any drug store click pencil or pencil.  I would say that some other formulas pencils such as smash box would compete, but this beats the regular pencil on the points of water proof.  My biggest eyeliner pain point, is that my eyeliner rubs off onto my brow bone or the crease in my socket, and i feel like a raccoon.  This pencil hardly rubbed off. A HUGE plus for me. If I had set this eyeliner with powder or used a primer, I foresee that I would not have experienced this issue.  After 2 test scenarios, one a heavy dramatic night look, the other a lighter kind of smokey office appropriate look, I would recommend this and I am not even a paid MAC consultant.  I can feel you wondering was there any dirt to this?  No!!! I was able to wash this formula off with a make removal wipe, and didn’t have to lose eyelashes or have huge black under eyes afterwards.

In conclusion, this formula fit my needs, I loved how easy this pencil was to smudge.  I love how easy it was to layer for deeper dramatic effects. My false eyelashes stuck so easily to it.  This is the benchmark for my future eyeliner trials.  Thanks CATCHY FREEBIES team.

This is a photo of my finished look for the office.
This is a photo of my finished look for the office.
This is what the eye looked like. This is a great base for packing on pigments or powders for a dramatic look. PS Apology for the crazy eyebrows, i am working on them.
This is what the eye looked like. This is a great base for packing on pigments or powders for a dramatic look. PS Apology for the crazy eyebrows, i am working on them.

 

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A PERFECT SHIRT

 

Recently I purchased a beautiful shirt online, and wanted to share this purchase in the form of a product review/fashion inspiration post for CHARMING GURU .  I recently had the wonder of an awesome life event just happpen.  This life event in its after glow, along with the natural change of seasons, and the catchy product offering title that hooked me with “Slimming”: beckoned me to a Spring treat. What first attracted me to this shirt was ; the way this top made the model look beautiful in a perfect,polished, and lady like appearance. The next detail to catch my eye was the shirt’s demure color. When shopping online the color we see in the product offering tends to be slightly off when we receive it. Fortunately this shirt color was equally pleasing in person as it was in the online offering. Almost spot on. Finally I loved, the way the pearls were secured to the fabric ( which is a light cotten) and the elegant applique Rather than drone on about the purchasing experience I have decided to share an inspiration board.  On the DAY TIME DEMURE, inspiration board, i have added the basics.  Some Jewelry would be a great way to add a personal touch, or a swap of any of the basic pieces would dramatically change the presentation style.  How would u wear this or, what would you add to this board to really bring out your personal style?

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