A Splash of Salt: Review

Hey chicas (and chicos)!
How has the first part of your week been? Mine’s been a little up and down with a returning bout of anxiety. But after class today, I’m feeling a little more back to normal – I passed my perming assessment and trimmed some mannequin hair – doing the things I love however small definitely does that.

Today I’m going to give you a review of a product I’ve been trying over the past few weeks: label.m Sea Salt Spray.
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It’s a lovely light sea salt spray – it doesn’t dry out the hair like some salt-based sprays can. And it has a very mild smell – a little synthetic, but it’s inoffensive and fades quickly.
My favourite way to use it is to spray it over my curling cream (currently using Styling Cream by DevaCurl) when I style my hair after washing. It just gives an extra oomph of hold without being.
I didn’t notice the Sea Salt Spray do much as a texturiser on dry hair – maybe I didn’t use enough? And I also didn’t notice much of a difference when I used it on its own or with a leave in conditioner. I think that may be down to me trying it out in winter when my hair tends to be dryer. I usually prefer using salt sprays in summer when my hair is naturally more springy due to the humidity.

Reading the ingredients, they’re almost all natural and there are no silicones so if you follow the Curly Girl method, this product is a-ok. However, there are a couple of parabens (methylparaben and propylparaben), so if you like to steer clear of those this product may not be for you. And for those who have protein sensitivities, there is wheat protein towards the end of the list.

Overall, I really like this spray – especially the non-drying factor – and I’m looking forward to trying it in the warmer months when my hair doesn’t need as much hold.

If you’ve tried this product, let me know what you think in the comments. Or if you have a favourite beachy texture spray, tell me what it is, product junkie to product junkie 😉

Love and waves,
Astrid

Choices and Pop Music

Good morning readers. I’m taking a detour from Monday Memes this week for two reasons: I haven’t found any memes that made me laugh this week; I had a bit of rough weekend with anxiety and wanted to write about it here.
If you read my blog last week, you know I had my first day as a salon assistant at a new salon on Saturday. The six hours passed and after the shift I found myself sitting in the back office filling out the employment form. And there was that little section at the bottom of the form that I’ve seen on every employment form in my working life: Ailments/Illness. I had a choice to make.
In the past I’ve never put anything there. Although I’ve had asthma my entire life, it’s never affected my ability to work and I’ve got it managed. But there’s another thing that I had to decide whether to put down – anxiety. My anxiety has never affected my work either, but it affects my private life and personal projects. I take medication for it.
I stared at the lines on the page with the pen gripped in my hand. I put the pen to the paper, hesitated, and lifted it away again. After this went on for a few minutes, I wrote down asthma and anxiety. The reason behind this decision was that I want to start at this new workplace completely open place. My anxiety is something that of course I could have kept private. But I would much rather have the option to talk to my new boss without springing something like this on her as a prelude to whatever else I might need to discuss. I wrote asthma more because I decided that if I was putting anxiety, I supposed I should put asthma (it’s a more understandable ailment after all).
For the rest of the weekend my mind would wander to what might come of this admission. The most likely scenario is that my boss won’t even bring it up and I’ll continue working there like normal. However, I couldn’t help thinking about cases where people were discriminated against for their mental illness (it’s weird to think of my anxiety and depression as a ‘mental illness’ but I guess if I’m taking medication for it and it affects my well being then…). The latest one that comes to mind is mentioned in the September issue of Women’s Health Australia, page eighteen if you’re curious. It says a woman was not hired in the UK because she told her employer about her history of depression. However Australia is not the same as the UK and the same article says that some people actually have more support and find it helpful when they are up front. So, we’ll see.

And what have I been doing to distract myself? Listening to pop music! I’m never up to date on music, especially pop, but I was drawn to Taylor Swift’s new single Shake It Off by blogger and YouTuber Rebecca Kelsey. And I love it! Not only is it a catchy tune, but I’m always down for some daggy dancing (go watch the video, you’ll know what I mean :D). So I’ve been listening to the playlist mix for Shake It Off all weekend. There’s some great upbeat tunes to dance and sing along to there.

What do you do to make yourself feel better my lovely readers? Let me know in the comments.

Love and waves,
Astrid

Weekend Inspiration: Motivation

Hi guys! So this video would probably work better for a Monday – a beginning of the week kind of thing. But maybe you have some weekend projects that you need a little nudge to get working on (I hope that made sense).
I love Cristen from Stuff Mom Never Told You and if you enjoy this, you should definitely go check the rest of her videos out – I adore her energy and attitude.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of motivation 🙂

Love and waves,
Astrid

Jittery Happy

Hi guys, how are you today? I’m doing well – I have some exciting news 🙂
This morning I went in to talk to the boss at the salon where I trial led last Saturday. She wants me to come in on Saturdays as a trainee, and I have access to the salon on other days to practice my skills.
I’m jittery with the opportunity, not to mention the location of the salon – Bondi. It’s a great place because there are all different types of people who hang around there: backpackers, hipsters, beach bums, yuppies and yummy mummies just to name a few. Also, I may or may not be daydreaming of summer swimming after my shifts.

I hope your Tuesday is going well, readers.

Love and waves,
Astrid

Monday Memes: Dreaming of Summer

Who of you lovely readers is in Sydney today? Because today’s meme says it all: I wish I were somewhere sunny. It’s been raining for upwards of two days straight and this afternoon when I was walking home from the bus stop, my umbrella broke in the wind 😦 By the time I got home, my hair was damp and frizzy, I couldn’t see through my glasses, and my jeans were wet. Wet jeans are the worst!
And it’s supposed to be like this for the rest of the week.
In a more positive light, it’s the perfect weather to be home, warming my hands on hot chocolate and… studying. Yes, I plan to begin that once I press the Publish button.

What’s the weather like where you are? If you’re in Sydney, how are you handling this gloominess? I hope you’re keeping warm!

Love and waves,
Astrid

This image came from the Facebook page of one of my favourite cafes in Bondi – Gertrude and Alice (you don’t know how I nerded out when I found out at uni it was named after Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas).