View Full Version : What have you learned this year?

December 14th, 2009, 03:51 PM
Both Hair related and otherwise? I'll start. :)

1. It IS possible to not heat style- ever, really- and still have my hair look super nice.

2. Henna is amazing. A-MA-ZING!

3. I can cut my own hair and save a crap load of money- and length!

And non-hair related:

4. I will always find a way to make time for art. (and should!!!)

5. I feel SO much better when I don't eat grains.

6. I should question everything- especially conventional wisdom.

7. I've learned (though am still learning) to never take anything for granted. Every single moment is a gift, and I am so lucky to have those in my life that are close to me.

December 14th, 2009, 05:20 PM
Ah, reflection is always a good thing. :)

Lessons learned in the realm of hair:
1. I'm really good at misplacing my favorite hair stick... sadly, I think it may be gone for good this time.
2. I can't always count on at least 1/2" of growth per month.
3. 'Poo bars rock!

Other newfound knowledge:
4. How to get along with a roommate whose views on just about everything are very, very different than my own.
5. Steel corporations should NOT be allowed to run environmental high schools.
6. Nothing is black and white... I rediscover this every year.

December 14th, 2009, 05:22 PM
For hair:

- That with a little scrunching and tlc, my hair can have nice waves/curls without using heat or ridiculous amounts of hairspray.

- Seconding on the henna :)

- To be more aware of whats actually in a product and to read the ingredient list and know what you're using. Now i do this with everything, not just hair stuff.

Non hair related:

- Remembering everything good thing in my life. Its too easy to get stressed and upset and lose sight of all of your blessings.

- Learnt how to change a car tyre. In the pouring rain. While on the way to my very first GP placement. And that car grease gets everywhere, especially when you're wearing smart clothes and have to see patients in those clothes.

- How to make sushi rolls. Its suprisingly easy.

December 14th, 2009, 06:25 PM

- I don't need straighteners to make my hair look good.
- I don't need to wash once every other day and have clean hair!
- Hair dye does not agree with my hair at all
- After growing out said dye for about 8 months, I do actually like my natural hair colour!

Everything else:

- Not be so hard on myself. Let other's be my own worst critic, I've got to live myself, not them!

December 14th, 2009, 06:38 PM
LOL almost every thing about hair this year.

December 14th, 2009, 06:45 PM
Hair related:
1. Shampoo is not, in fact, a necessity.
2. A small amount of coconut oil can make my ends instantly softer.
3. Most of the time I don't need oil as long as I scalp massage.

December 14th, 2009, 06:53 PM
In the world of LHC

I need SLS and Cones. Its just how my hair works.
Knee length is looking mighty tempting.In Life

I am completely sane no matter what I think sometimes.
I need exercise
Lay of the dang sugar girl you get sick every time and you know it.
LHC is pretty coolio and I am glad I found it. Y'all are so nice. :D

December 14th, 2009, 06:58 PM
Hair Related -

1. My hair enjoys coconut oil presoaks...do them more often!
2. Aloe and coconut oil mixed is the best frizz fighter ever.

Non Hair Related -

1. I am much happier being true to myself than when I wear myself out trying to be what everyone else needs me to be.

Wicked Princess
December 14th, 2009, 07:18 PM
Hair Related:

1. I learned the existence of the LHC!
2. The LHC is here to help me.
3. My hair likes oils! All kinds of oils!
4. SMT = love.
5. It's okay to take my time, and enjoy the journey to having long hair, instead of rushing to get length! I trimmed roughly 1 1/2 inches of my growth off recently and my hemline is looking much better for it!

December 14th, 2009, 09:52 PM
Ive learned that cutting my hair didnt make me feel better.....:(


December 14th, 2009, 10:05 PM
I've learned so much... I finally learned how to moisturise my hair correctly, that I CAN cowash and leave condish in and have nice, soft hair instead of the brittle mess I'm used to.

December 15th, 2009, 01:17 AM
Hair stuff I learned:

Henna rocks!
How to S&D
What the protein-moisture balance is.
Whole ton of stuff about product ingredients.
Catnip tea is great.
How to CO wash.
I invented my own hybrid wash.

ETA: My 300th post! 3/10ths of the way to go until I get my MINIONS. Muah ha ha...

December 15th, 2009, 01:25 AM
I have learned to use less shampoo, and more conditioner.

Captain Nikki
December 15th, 2009, 02:52 AM
OMG i have learned so much this year about hair care! I'll just list a few things that i can think of at the moment.

My hair can & will grow! (After 15 years struggling to get anywhere).

My hair can look quite good without straightening it.

Aloe Vera is a great hairspray alternative. In fact i may never buy hairspray again.

Shampoo is not necessary & CO washing works great.

Cones - only cones i knew about previously were the ones you smoked, lol.

Adding a little oil to dry hair helps immensely.

You don't have to get the ends trimmed every 6-8 weeks like hairdressers would like you to believe.

Other people S&D too! I thought i was the only person with this obsession, lol.

December 15th, 2009, 03:09 AM
1. I'm great at rbeaking my favorite accessories
2. I'm far to impatient with my hair
3. I hsould be thankfull it;s not falling out.

Other newfound knowledge:
4. I need to stay at home mroe often.
5. I need to get my act together with attendance
6. I've finaly learned how to budget myself in regards to food.

December 15th, 2009, 05:15 AM
1. Coconut oil soaks are The Way
2. Some expensive products are enormously better than the best cheap products
3. Updos feel awful but really do protect hair
5. Baby those ends, baby
6. The sun damages hair - wear a scarf or hat in the summertime

1. You CAN change
2. They CAN change
3. Where there's a will, there's a way. Where there is NO will, there is NO way.
4. It is incredibly pleasurable to forget good table manners occasionally and really rip into a a piece of meat on the bone with your fingers and get the juices dripping down your chin, etc (in private of course).
5. Never stop (a) being curious and (b) experimenting

December 15th, 2009, 05:43 AM
1. There is no "perfect" hairstyle.
2. Shampoo/conditioner makes my hair flatter and it gets "dirty" quicker.
3. Dr. Bronners and baking soda are excellent alternatives to shampoo.
4. Vinegar is the best rinse.
5. If I keep cutting my hair, it will never get longer :brains:

December 15th, 2009, 08:14 AM
Ive learned that cutting my hair didnt make me feel better.....:(


I've sadly learned this lesson a couple times, haha... :rolleyes: Never again!

December 15th, 2009, 08:16 AM
That a hair product I formerly hated is now the ******n best thing ever--which I discover after it's been discontinued. :wail:

December 15th, 2009, 08:38 AM
* SMT & LHC has changed my life!!:cheese:
* to be more paitent with my hair, and treat it with respect:D
* I think I like my natural hair color*the color of Henna is sooooo tempting (together but seperate on purpose;))
* I dont need tons of styling products and heat to make my hair look "good":cool:
*a "small trim" can equate to a whole year worth of growth:rolleyes:
*to use less shampoo and more conditioner:eyebrows:


Captian Nikki - what is a smoked cone?

December 15th, 2009, 09:15 AM
Hair related:
-That it grows faster than I gave it credit for.
-That it looks pretty awesome with a red/orange glow (thanks, Henna!)
-That the "cheap" conditioners actually work pretty well.
-The more pricey shampoos and conditioners aren't always better.
-I'm not as incompetent with updos as I thought, I just needed proper instruction, time, and practice.

Non-Hair Related
-That I'm a lot more patient than I give myself credit for.
-That I need to learn to calm my a%^ down.

December 15th, 2009, 09:22 AM
Captian Nikki - what is a smoked cone?

Ahahahahaha... a joint?

What SLS and 'cones' are
How amazing henna can be
How amazing any herb can be
Castor oil really works for my hair
Baby shampoo makes a very good body wash
It's okay not to brush your hair!
My hair sheds a lot in the winter... scary fact that I didn't know before
Learnt how to braid: french and dutch

I'd probably never finish adding to this list, so I won't bother starting :p

December 15th, 2009, 10:50 AM
Exercising like a fiend in and of itself will not result in impressive weight loss.

December 15th, 2009, 11:05 AM
Hair related:
1. My hair does not appreciate being bleached. Or highlighted....AT ALL!
2. To stay away from said bleach
3. It IS possible to have volume without having to blowdry!
4. I don't need hair products to banish my frizz after all
5. I could have saved thousands of dollars on those damn hair products:mad:
6. My hair hates shampoo. So does my scalp...ANY shampoo no matter how natural!

Non hair related:
1. I'm not quite as dumb as I thought I was in high school....just lazy! :hmm:
2. It is possible to eventually become friends with someone you initially hated.
3. Forgive and forget is a good thing
4. I seriously need a :chillpill: pill!

December 15th, 2009, 12:14 PM
Let's see...

If it ain't broke don't fix it. Experimenting will just make my hair strop. CWC with sulphates and cones.
S&D is only worth the time if you have very little S to do before you need to D some splits.
SMT is fabulous
Cassia can be fabulous I think, it's hard to keep up in the cold weather!
LHC Meets are fun!
Dye can be fun

Non Hair
I'm not a bad wife, apparently
It's always worth bullying someone into giving you a job if you really want it and know they'd want you if they knew you
You learn from everything sooner or later
Money spent on boots is always worth it
I'm not as attatched to my home city as I thought

December 15th, 2009, 12:20 PM

- How to use coconut oil correctly - and why it is amazing. :)
- Patience. (Still learning.) It will grow at its own pace, give it time.
- Self-trim means I actually like my hair after it's cut; no awkward hair-dresser small talk, no similarly awkward refusal of product/blowdryer/straightener, and no cost!
- My overdraft is not for hair toys alone. Rent and food comes first! ... most of the time. :p

Non-hair related:

- Moving house is a giant pain in the behind.
- My main motivation for getting a job is actually so I can, 1) get my own place, 2) 'own' cats. :o
- In a year, I will be worrying about completely different things; and that worry doesn't help.

hanne jensen
December 15th, 2009, 12:37 PM
What have I learned this year?

Hair related:
1. The most important lesson: Know my hair's likes and dislikes
2. I've learned about coconut oil
3. I've learned about dusting
4. I've learned the importance of keeping my hair up most of the time.
5. I've learned how handle my hair gently.
6. I've learned to love my hair.
7. I've learned about monostat.

Non hair related:
1. I've learned here at the LHC about Miracle Whip facials.
2. I've learned also here at the LHC to not be afraid to experiment and try new things.
3. I've learned about FLYLady.
4. I've learned about No S diet. Thanks Spidermom for posting about it!

December 15th, 2009, 01:03 PM
hair related...
1. my hair is actually wavy if I don't straighten it
2. I can go without the straightening iron and have much better hair
3. I actually like my natural hair color
4. hair does grow, no matter what you do!
other stuff...
1. my ex boyfriend is and will always be a jerk!
2. how to manage my time better
3. How to manage my money better :)
4. oh and that LHC is the best place on earth!!

December 15th, 2009, 01:37 PM
Ahahahahaha... a joint?

ohhhhh, i see, lol never heard them called that before..ive heard everyname but that (and the others i havent heard yet either, lol

sorry to hyjack the post...back to your regularly schedualed programing

December 15th, 2009, 05:26 PM
Hair related
1. No heat styling again, ever. especially the ghd.
2. My natural hair, 2nd day with a smidge of avg is the best it's ever looked
3. I am the bane/scourge of mothers everywhere "mammy, can I have pink hair like her"
4. lhc! what a place. I think I've spent around 400euros on hair related items since I found it, easily. bye bye discretionary income

non hair related

1. I am not apolitical as I had originally thought, but finding no pary to affiliate myself with
instead I shake my head disparagingly and make sad noises when "the voice of god" aka the news is on about some horrible thing or another to do with the recession...I am fed up of hearing about the recession.