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More on the Naturcolor

February 3, 2010

After removing the other Revlon color with the color oops and then re-coloring with the Naturcolor it was time to touch up the roots.  I saw people complain about these natural hair colors fading but I didn’t experience any fading.  Of course it was on top of the color opps so the real test will be when I do my roots with a darker color, to see if as time passes the color fades a little on the grays.  The Revlon faded really badly though so I had to pull it though all the hair not just the roots which is how it got so much build up. 

I still had the other half of the light colors I chose because of the porous issue after using the color opps.  So I went ahead and used them even though I knew they would be too light.  I left it on for the full 55 minutes that is the longest time it is active.  It covered my grey but is lighter than my normal color so next time I will get the next darker shades as I knew I would need to. 

I tried to capture the color but the lighting today was difficult.  I was next to a window and it was cloudy out.  In the first pic I kept the flash off hoping to get a natural color, the color is pretty accurate but it looks a little dull, when it is real shiny.

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So I broke down and turned the flash on and then of course that was too much light output and it makes the whole top much redder than it it really is but shows the shine.  I do have natural deep red highlights and using 1/2 of the natural color and 1/2 of a golden color really allows them to come out.  I think if i had used 1/2 of a red color instead of golden it would become too red.

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This one is probably the closest to the actual highlight color

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This one I was trying to show how the roots are a little lighter with the colors I used.  The color is not real true to what it is, but it does show that even that lighter color covered the dark and grey roots both.  So aside from the roots it truly is my natural color and I just need darker shades so the roots will match.  Even though the roots are lighter though it blends nicely and I don’t have an issue with waiting for more growth before I color again.

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It is soft and shiny and I really love this this product 🙂 I’m so glad not to have to use the smelly stuff anymore and it doesn’t itch or sting.  Plus it doesn’t stain anything in my bathroom!  Best of all the whole reason I started the process NO BROMIDE!

Here is the original process

https://iodinehealth.wordpress.com/2010/01/23/hair-color-bromide/

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Weigh In – Week 14

January 31, 2010

Starting Weight: 171

Weight last week: 156

Weight this week:  155

Pounds lost: 1

Total Pounds lost:  16

slow but steady

Weekly Calorie goal is always 8400 calories = 1200 a day

This week’s calories: 8384 (-16)

Still annoyed by the clothes sizing thing.  The new 14’s I got were already a little big but still ok, so I pulled out my old 12’s from about 5-7 years ago and I tried them on and couldn’t get them zipped up.  These are the same brand as the new pants Lee Rider Relaxed Fit petite.  So on Friday I picked up a couple pairs of the current 12’s and I can get them on and in a couple more pounds they will be comfortable.   Which means they changed the sizes AGAIN sometime in the last few years and my old 12’s are current 10’s grrrrrr.  I know I can’t fit into them until I am at least 148 from the past.  I also know that in 11th grade I gained a little weight and was in a 9-10 instead of a 7-8 and at that point I weighted all of 108 pounds!!!!!  So my previous comment about those who say they wear the same size they wore in high school having gained 20-25 pounds is not true.  They have actually gained 35 – 40 pounds!  That is just so disgusting I can hardly even believe it.  I will be wearing a size 8 then in my 130’s which is not even within the healthy range of my BMI.  So the healthy BMI range for my height is like a size 0 through a size 6 with the size 6 still being very heavy for my frame WTF!

Making Mineral Make-Up

January 24, 2010

Getting started

I started making my own mineral makeup about 4 years ago.  I couldn’t afford what was available at the time and the certainly wasn’t any at Wal-Mart although I wouldn’t trust it anyway because they may add all kinds of crap to it so it is only a percentage of minerals.  When you make your own you get to control what goes in it.  Some companies use Bismuth ox chloride which many people have an allergic reaction to.  It has a lovely pearl shine it it and I order a little bit a couple years back just to se if it bothered my skin or not and I am ok with it. If I post a recipe that calls for it though you can leave it out.

I use metric measuring spoons which are not so easy to find here in the U.S.  But they are the easiest way to be consistent and also make it really simple if you want to make a bigger batch of the same color.  I ordered a couple of sets from the learning tree and the set has spoons for 1 ml, 2 ml, 5 ml, 10 ml, and 25 ml.  Apparently they don’t have them any more.  Some sets have metric lines on regular spoons but that would not be handy at all.  I found this set but they say grams when it should be ml and the 2 size is 2.5

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http://www.asianfoodgrocer.com/product/metric-measuring-spoon-set?utm_source=google&utm_medium=base

Ahh here we go I found a site Basic Science Supplies with a price of 1.60 for the set.

http://www.basicsciencesupplies.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=311650&Category_Code=measurement&Product_Count=34

I also use a simple coffee bean grinder.  There have been a few times trying to get the prefect shade of foundation that I found it too small, or more to the point I started with too much of each ingredient. 

There is debate about using the nano size particles (micronized)  and where in the body they can end up and if the body can get rid of them.  They offer the most sheer coverage but I would stay away from them.  Be aware that  TBK mixes the natural mineral colors below with other cosmetic colorants that are not minerals in the same section of their site.

Basics colors

I got different colors from the companies below based on who was the cheapest for that color,  or in a couple cases I got brown from more than one supplier because they had different shades of brown.   All the companies now have lots of color blends made up for you but it is not always clear what is in them, with the exception of essential wholesale they list all ingredients.  Some colors cannot be used on lips and all that information is stated when buying the colors.

I’ll be putting some recipes under recipe & cosmetic in the categories of the blog.

Titanium Dioxide (white flat)

Sericite Mica (white flat, smooth silky)

Iron Oxides:
Black
Browns; light , medium, dark
Orange, Red
Yellow – plus I see TKB has an ochre color now that I don’t have.

Ultramarine:
pink, violet  & blue
The Conservatorie has two versions of the violet blue violet and red violet

Ferric Ferrocyanide
AKA Prussian Blue (blue)

Greens:
Chromium Oxide Green (mid color green)
Hydrated Chromium Oxide Green (teal)

Maganese Violet

Carmine (deep pink)
Carmine is an animal product made from a beetle so a vegan would likely not want to use this color

From Essential Wholesale
http://www.essentialwholesale.com

Aloe Vera Powder
Allantoin
Kaolin Clay

FromTKB Trading
http://www.tkbtrading.com/

Z-cote Zinc oxide (white flat)
Velvet Mica with some titanium dioxide (white sparkly)
Peal Powder (white)
Silk Powder (white)
Carmine (pink)

TKB now has a wide selection of colored clays if you wanted to mess around getting the right color into a foundation for oily skin.

From The Conservatorie
http://www.theconservatorie.com/

Boron Nitrate- Three Kinds; Boron Coverage, Boron Veil, Boron Glow (white)
Magnesium Myristate (white)
Bismuth Oxychloride (White pearl)

Affirmations – Weight Loss

January 24, 2010

My ideal weight range is ___________ pounds
Your ideal weight range is ___________ pounds

I am always able to maintain my ideal weight
You are always able to maintain your ideal weight

I am happy about sharing my essential self with others
You are happy about sharing your essential self with others

I am comfortable, confident and at ease in all social situations
You are comfortable, confident and at ease in all social situations

I am beautiful, and that beauty is reflect back to me
You are beautiful, and that beauty is reflect back to you

I release heavy emotions
You release heavy emotions

I release all fear, depression, and anger
You release all fear, depression, and anger

I am a creature of peace, courage, and joy
You are a creature of peace, courage, and joy

I let go of other people’s emotional pain
You let go of other people’s emotional pain

I release all energy that I am carrying for others
You release all energy that you are carrying for others

I release my need to carry stress for other people
You release my need to carry stress for other people

Every cell in my body is filled with energy
Every cell in you body is filled with energy

I am fully nourished by the foods I eat
You are fully nourished by the foods you eat

I am losing weight now to achieve my ideal weight range
You are losing weight now to achieve your ideal weight range

I love how I feel as I make progress in my fitness goals
You love how you feel as you make progress in your fitness goals

I love the food that makes me thin.
You love the food that makes you thin

Achieving and maintaining my ideal weight range is effortless.
Achieving and maintaining your ideal weight range is effortless

I enjoy being healthy.
You enjoy being healthy.

My body is getting stronger, slimmer, and healthier every day.
Your body is getting stronger, slimmer, and healthier every day.

I am developing a new relationship with food and incorporating exercise in my life to change my lifestyle so that I am healthier, have more energy and feel better about myself.
You are developing a new relationship with food and incorporating exercise in your life to change your lifestyle so that you are healthier, have more energy and feel better about yourself.

I am developing a new relationship with food and increase the level of exercise in my life.
You are developing a new relationship with food and increase the level of exercise in your life

I am ready to be thin and strong again
You are ready to be thin and strong again

I feel good with a toned torso, butt, arms and legs
You feel good with a toned torso, butt, arms and legs

My body is powerful and strong
Your body is powerful and strong

I create an abundance of energy when I work out
You create an abundance of energy when you work out

I love working out with weight training equipment
You love working out with weight training equipment

Exercise gives me a good feeling about myself
Exercise gives you a good feeling about yourself

My fast results motivate me to continue with my fitness program
Your fast results motivate you to continue with your fitness program

Taking care of my body gives me great confidence
Taking care of your body gives you great confidence

I am willing and committed to doing what it takes to meet all my fitness goals
You are willing and committed to doing what it takes to meet all your fitness goals

I deserve healthy food and a healthy body
You deserve healthy food and a healthy body

I will succeed at creating the body I have always wanted
You will succeed at creating the body you have always wanted

I enjoy wearing clothes that show off my incredible body
I enjoy wearing clothes that show off your incredible body

Every time I exercise I enjoy it more
Every time you exercise you enjoy it more

Every day I notice positive changes in my mind and my body
Every day you notice positive changes in your mind and your body

I am grateful for the ability to be active
You are grateful for the ability to be active

I nurture myself by living a healthy lifestyle
You nurture yourself by living a healthy lifestyle

I sleep soundly and wake up refreshed and energized
You sleep soundly and wake up refreshed and energized

I love the way my renewed body looks and feels; lean, firm, and strong
You love the way you renewed body looks and feels; lean, firm, and strong

People notice how young, attractive and fit I look
People notice how young, attractive and fit you look

As I strengthen my body, I strengthen my confidence and self-esteem.
As you strengthen your body, you strengthen your confidence and self-esteem

I am willing to change.
You are willing to change.

I can achieve every goal and desire
You can achieve every goal and desire

I have the power to change my life.
You have the power to change your life.

I eat only what my body needs.
You eat only what your body needs

I choose to eat healthy foods.
You choose to eat healthy foods.

I am committed to my goals.
You are committed to your goals.

I effortlessly stay on track.
You effortlessly stay on track.

I eat foods and portions that support my new weight.
You eat foods and portions that support your new weight

I eat like a thin person.
You eat like a thin person.

My body is the temple of my spirit.
Your body is the temple of your spirit.

I release the emotions and fears that caused me to hide behind my weight
You release the emotions and fears that caused you to hide behind your weight

I am getting stronger, healthier and more vibrant each and every day
You are getting stronger, healthier and more vibrant each and every day

I choose foods that truly nourish me.
You choose foods that truly nourish you

I eat only to nurture my body
You eat only to nurture your body

I respect myself.
You respect yourself and other people respect you

I am worthy of being treated with respect.
You are worthy of being treated with respect

My body is beautiful.
Your body is beautiful

My body becomes more beautiful with each day.
Your body becomes more beautiful with each day.

I accept myself unconditionally.
You accept yourself unconditionally and other people accept you because of that.

I choose what I eat wisely and I listen to my body.
You choose what you eat wisely and you listen to your body.

I look amazing
You look amazing

I am fit, healthy and attractive.
You are fit, healthy and attractive.

Every day I get closer to my ideal weight range
Every day you get closer to your ideal weight range

I attract only healthy relationships
You attract only healthy relationships

I love to exercise daily and look forward to this time
You love to exercise daily and look forward to this time

My body is blessed with a radiant immune system and a healthy metabolism
Your body is blessed with a radiant immune system and a healthy metabolism

I have the perfect hormone balance to achieve and maintain my ideal weight range
You have the perfect hormone balance to achieve and maintain your ideal weight range

I awaken and unleash my inner athlete
You awaken and unleash your inner athlete

It is now easy for me to stop eating when I have eaten what my body needs to attain and maintain my healthy weight.
It is now easy for you to stop eating when you have eaten what your body needs to attain and maintain your healthy weight.

It is automatic for me to stop eating and push my plate away when I recognize the first signs of satiety.
It is automatic for you to stop eating and push your plate away when your recognize the first signs of satiety

If I am full I leave food on my plate
If you are full you leave food on your plate

Feeling the need to clean my plate is a past behavior and thought pattern I have now overcome
Feeling the need to clean your plate is a past behavior and thought pattern you have now overcome

It is natural for me to package up excess food or just throw it away.
It is natural for you to package up excess food or just throw it away.

It’s now easy and comfortable for me to bypass emotional eating.
It’s now easy and comfortable for you to bypass emotional eating.

I only eat when my body is hungry
You only eat when your body is hungry

Food no longer controls my life.
Food no longer controls your life.

I eat to live, not live to eat.
You eat to live, not live to eat.

I no longer eat out of boredom or for emotion reasons.
You no longer eat out of boredom or for emotion reasons.

I enjoy the tastes of healthy foods over processed foods.
You enjoy the tastes of healthy foods over processed foods

I am allowing people to see the beautiful person within.
You are allowing people to see the beautiful person within.

I am strong enough to limit my occasional treats
You are strong enough to limit your occasional treats

Cravings do not control me.
Cravings do not control you.

I am able to treat myself without going overboard.
You are able to treat yourself without going overboard.

When allowing myself a treat I stop before overindulging
When allowing yourself a treat you stop before overindulging

I love myself as I am, regardless of weight.
You love yourself as you are regardless of weight
Other people love you as you are regardless of weight

I choose to be slim and healthy
You choose to be slim and healthy
I now see myself as being slim and healthy.

Everyday I get more control of my weight.
Everyday You get more control of your weight.

I think positively about my body.
You think positively about your body

I feel awesome after I exercise.
You feel awesome after you exercise.

I feel healthier when I work out.
You feel healthier when you work out.

I have more energy when I exercise.
You have more energy when you exercise.

I am a divine spirit capable of attaining any goal.
You are a divine spirit capable of attaining any goal.

I am beautiful and sexy no matter what my size.
You are beautiful and sexy no matter what your size

I can recognize when I am full and stop eating.
You can recognize when you are full and stop eating.

I can handle any stressor that comes my way without eating.
You can handle any stressor that comes you way without eating.

I have great coping skills that don’t require food
You have great coping skills that don’t require food

I am a strong empowered woman (man).
You are a strong empowered woman (man).

I allow myself to feel my emotions without needing to eat to quiet them.
You allow yourself to feel your emotions without needing to eat to quiet them.

I am an athlete.
You are an athlete
People see you as an athlete

I will devote time every day to exercising my body.
You will devote time every day to exercising your body.

I choose to work out everyday
You choose to work out everyday

I am active and fit
You are active and fit
People see you as active and fit

Body fat melts off me like ice in the hot summer sun.
Body fat melts off you like ice in the hot summer sun

I am an efficient, energetic, healthy, fit woman (man) who can handle anything that arises today.
You are an efficient, energetic, healthy, fit woman (man) who can handle anything that arises today.

I eat only to fuel my body when needed
You eat only to fuel your body when needed

I appreciate and love my body
You appreciate and love your body

I have a very Strong, Ripped and Healthy body
You have a very Strong, Ripped and Healthy body
People see me as Strong, Ripped and Healthy

I get hungry only for the foods my body really needs.
You get hungry only for the foods your body really needs.

It is natural to me to feel great.
It is natural to you to feel great.

I am reaching my ideal weight range and body composition
You are reaching your ideal weight range and body composition

I am buying new clothes to show off my new lean body.
You are buying new clothes to show off your new lean body
People think your new lean body looks great in your new clothes

I am refining and sticking to my workout plan.
You are refining and sticking to my workout plan.

Affirmations

January 24, 2010

Last year I started to put together a whole lot of affirmations, I searched high and low on the internet and old self hypnosis tapes I had, and made up a bunch myself, I figured I would share them in different categories.  I’ll start with weight loss since this is weigh in day. 

Each one is first from the I am perspective, and then from the you are perspective, as all the research shows we really need to change both points of view.

I think it is good to record them in your own voice so you can listen to them while you are doing other things are going to sleep.

Weigh In – Week 13

January 24, 2010

Starting Weight: 171

Weight last week: 157

Weight this week:  156

Pounds lost: 1

Total Pounds lost:  15

slow but steady

Weekly Calorie goal is always 8400 calories = 1200 a day

This week’s calories: 8704 (+304)

First goal is 153 to be into the overweight range of the BMI
Second goal 127 to be in the healthy weight range of the BMI
Final goal to be at my optimum weight range of 99-104

At this point I am taking my goals by the 10’s,  just focus on getting into the 140’s from the 150’s right now, then when I am in the 140’s, Ill focus on getting to the 130’s, that seems to help to not feel overwhelmed by how far I have to go.

Yesterday I  dumped the jeans I couldn’t get into when I started.   I was wearing sweats because I had nothing that fit at the beginning.  Then I got into my jeans  and now right on out of them YEA. Currently in New 14’s with my 12’s in the closet waiting, cause the 14’s are not exactly tight they won’t be around long.

Hair Color & Bromide

January 23, 2010

Dealing with detoxing the bromide is a pain the ass but avoiding new sources of bromide seems to be even harder.  It is just everywhere.  The hair color I’ve been using for years, colorsilk,  has bromide as most hair colors do, not to mention a host of other nasty chemicals.  While there is no way to color your hair completely chemically free except body art quality henna and indigo which is an art unto itself, I decided to research a little into the “natural” hair colors at the health food store.  My intent at this point really was to stop putting more fricken bromide on my head every month. 

I considered just going gray and to hell with it.  My hair is probably 50% gray its hard to tell at this point when the roots grow out.  They are actually silver like my dads but while he has a whole head of lovely silver hair I seem to be following more in the salt and pepper pattern of my mom.  She was still salt and pepper well into her late 60s.  The problem is other than shaving your head or having long horrid roots for a long time there is not way to really transition to gray.  It is easier if you started out blond then you can get some color magic at a salon to blend highlights and lowlights while it grows and it is less noticeable.  But when your hair is dark brown / bright silver that just isn’t going to happen.

While I have been using the same color a long time, it has kept getting darker.  They have made color gentler over the years, but if you get a color you like, it fades and if you go darker it inevitably turns so dark it looks black.  So I had a lot of color build up and I figured there was no chance of a natural alternative helping this.  I had used a product called color fix to remove build up many years back but it was very drying.  With a lot of research i found people preferred color oops extra strength and they have it at walgreens so I wouldn’t have to order online.  I decided to do my mom too so we would both go to a more natural product.  Her hair was not as dark and much shorter so we got one box for her and I got two for myself.  I figured as long as I have been coloring the ends would likely need a second go round.

After looking through all the natural colors I was thinking herbatint but neither of the health food store in Durango had that so I decided to go with naturcolor.  We got a very light color because the color oops leaves your hair very porous and I didn’t want it black again.  We both got two colors to mix, the darkest natural blond, and the darkest golden blond (which are both really light brown shades as far as I can tell).  I have red highlight naturally, that is what is now silver, but if I use a red it gets really red and the natural alone is usually too bland so I decided to go 50 /50 with a golden tone.

 

 

I did the first color oops application before bed and it took out the majority of the color and I applied the second box to the ends the next day.  My hair then was at a base color, kind of a medium brown/reddish, not a bad color actually, it went well with my eyes(except for those roots that were showing LOL).  My mom did her color oops and then colored later the same day.  Her hair came out a light – medium brown with the blondes we mixed, and it was the most natural color she has has for MANY years.  In fact I would say it likely was her natural color.  I waited a day to color.  I was going to wait a week or so, so that the porous issue would be less of an issue, but seeing my mom’s hair made me to decide to just go for it.

The color process is really gentle and there is no smell at all.  Because of the color opps I only left the color on 10 minutes. .  When I got out of the shower my hair was my natural color!  It was a bit amazing, the color I had at 20, lovely dark brown with mild red highlights in the sun.  It was not flat and it was the most natural color, I was really impressed.  Because the roots had been exposed to the color opps (the color of them wasn’t changed by it though) I assume they were more porous and took more color than they would normally.  They almost covered in the ten minutes even with the blonde colors. 

So now the trick is going to be finding out how dark to go with this company to match the roots just right.  I’ll go ahead and use the other half of the blonde mix I got next time for the full 40 minutes just to see what happens.  Then I’ll get two darker shades of natural and golden next time, and if necessary go to the two darker after that.  I would rather not  quite have root coverage temporarily, than choose a color too dark, so I guess it’s going to be a gradual process.  My hair came out much darker than my moms using the same colors so I attribute that to the color opps removing all the artificial color, then each of our hair took the new pigment and used it differently.  Well mine was darker after the color opps too because my base color is darker.

I am very happy with the naturcolor and so is my mom, my hair is really soft & shinny and the color is so natural.  I guess they named their product well! 

My hair was not damaged by the color oops either even with two applications.  The color oops smells horrible but it felt good to get all that old color out it was like a purification.  Many people who have reviewed the color oops obviously can’t read.  They think it is like bleach and you will see your hair lightening.  It is not bleach though, it shrinks the color molecules so they can be washed out and the most important part of the process is the washing and rinsing.  It is all chemicals LOL but I don’t think I will ever need to use it again. 

So goodbye gray, goodbye too blackish and hello dark brown with lovely red highlights with no damn bromide exposure!

The naturcolor box has no photos which is a little odd not that the colors ever turn out true to the box on any hair colors anyway.

Herbaceuticals Inc. All rights reserved 2009

http://www.naturcolor.com/

Extra Strength Hair Color Remover

http://www.developlus.com/products/coloroops/index.html

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