Random Thoughts – Frizzy Hair


September 17, 2012

Happy One Year “Dating” Anniversary to Scott and I! Had to say it. 🙂

OKAY now with the good stuff. Got my FITNESS magazine back in June or July. It’s the July / August 2012 issue. Going through it and started reading the Smooth, sexy hair article. I know most of this so wanted to share my little secret and the FITNESS magazine’s tips and tricks.

My hair is BLACK – well dyed black. I have gray hair. Sheez! I admit it! I’m 39 years old and have gray hair. My favorite hair dye that comes in a box (on a budget people!) is from AVON. They started carrying this a few months ago and they had an introductory price of $5.99 and thought why not? I’ve used ALL kinds that you can get at Walmart, Walgreens, Rite-Aide , etc like Clairol, Garnier, L’Oreal, Nice ‘n Easy – you get the point.  I bought the Avon but I didn’t use it until I knew I was going on an interview. WEEELLLL, I’m on a budget! I don’t mind my gray hair until I start looking like a skunk or I can’t handle it any longer.

Normally, I need two boxes because of the length of my hair but I only used one box. Most of my greys are on top of my head so I use most of it on the roots. What makes this one different, you apply a protective cream to dry hair FIRST before applying the dye. For some reason (well I think it does, it can be all in my mind), this color outlasted all the other over the counter boxed hair dyes. I do recommend this hair dye and has made my hair look black.  My sister Joyce stated that my hair is SUPER black when we were in Miami and looks unnatural. She was born with dark brown/black hair and she dyed her hair caramel / blonde. I was born with super duper dark brown, even black hair. Not blue-black – now that’s fake and looks good on porcelain white chicks but not on Asians. I normally use soft black color or dark brown. It made my hair soft and manageable. So, that’s my first recommendation.

OKAY, what does really have to do with hiking? For all the girls out there with LONG, ASS hair – what do you normally do? I put my hair UP! I still want to look good when I take it down when I have to take that shot for the blog — he he. So essentially, this is what I do – occasionally.

Here are a few pics of my hair:

So when I hike in HOT weather or warm weather, my hair HAS TO BE UP! Off my neck, off my face, etc. It drives me NUTS! I have to use those cloth type hair bands.. I have these no slip rubber bands that I picked up from Walmart – NEVER EVER will I buy those. So tip #2 – Don’t use those non-stick rubber rubber rubber bands. If they have a little rubber and cloth, that works. It hurts to take them out, especially when your head is sweaty and gross. Now when it’s cold, my hair is like an extra blanket. Keeps my ears warm. Pics of my hair up:

OKAY – now here is a tip I learned on FITNESS magazine that I will HAVE to start trying. Here is a little bit of what the article states and Tip #3:

Just as you slather on sunscreen to shield your face and body when you go outdoors, you need to protect your hair.  Ultraviolet rays can damage strands, stripping them of their moisture and color, says Peter Lamas, a stylist and the founder of the Peter Lamas brand. To defend your do, combine two teaspoons of SPF lotion with one cup of water, pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spritz it all over damp hair before styling. Then mist a small amount on your palms and massage it into your scalp. Tote the solution in your backpack (well the article says beach bag) and spray it on when you reapply sunscreen to your skin.

Great tip!

Did I mention that my hair is black? That sucker gets hot especially on the trail and there is no shade. I can touch the top of my head and it’s HOT! It sucks because then it makes me sweat like a pig (do pigs really sweat?)

OKAY Tip #4: FRIZZZZZZZ! My hair doesn’t really get super frizzy but my daughters hair does. A trick that I learned awhile back ago AND its on this article, is after I shower, wash my hair, I turn the water super COLD and rinse my hair with it. Of course, I bend down and flip my hair so none of that cold water doesn’t touch my body because that would make me scream. Not only that it helps with FRIZZ but it makes my hair shiny. After getting out of the shower, I will take my leave-in conditioner and put in my hair. Here are the two items that I use:

Another thing I do – I AIR DRY MY HAIR! It doesn’t take that long. My hair is not super thick so it’s pretty easy to dry. Especially in Central Oregon since it’s dry any ways out there. Now, my daughter Alesia has super thick hair and she follows the cold water treatment and it turns out super shiny and frizz controlled.

For those of you who HAVE to blow dry your hair, the helpful tip this article states: you have to have it 100% completely DRY. Don’t flip your hair upside down, use a round brush, and even make sure under the hair – has to be dry or you will be frizz head for sure!

Well that’s it. It’s 9:00pm and I need to just start winding down, do a little stretches, and call it good. Happy READING! If you have any tips that you do for your hair for outdoor activities, please let me know!


Opal Creek Wilderness – Nasty Rock Trail #3356


Opal Creek Wilderness Nasty Rock Trail

September 4, 2012

Info:  From the Forest Service Land site (http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/willamette/recreation/hiking/recarea?recid=4255&actid=51). The official portion of this trail is 1.6 miles long on Forest Service Land. The trail aggressively climbs toward the ridgeline to the northwest. Once you reach the ridgeline, the trail turns more northeasterly traversing on the ridgeline towards Nasty Rock. This portion of the trail is not officially maintained by the Forest Service, therefore will likely be extremely challenging to navigate.

Directions:From Salem, travel East on Hwy 22 to milepost 23 at the Swiss Village Restaurant. Turn left on North Fork Road, which is marked “Little North Santiam Recreation Area”. To access Nasty Rock Trailhead, travel about 20.5 miles on road 2209 and keep an eye out for the post with hiker symbol on the left. Parking is approximately 100 feet before trailhead on the right at a dispersed camping site.

Jenn’s View: Hot diggity dog this trail was hard. 🙂 It was a steep incline from the very beginning to the point where we had to turn back. It reminded me of Henline Mountain Trail. I actually did that trail 3 times but each time I hit snow. Besides, I was in better shape last year so it wasn’t too hard. Tons of switchbacks on this trail, I thought I was gonna die. he he. I can’t find good information about this trail. Probably because its OK. There’s not really any great views of the mountain range. One site I did find, states that you would be able to see the Little North Fork Valley, Elkhorn Ridge, Henline Mountain, Battle Axe Mountain, and Mount Jefferson. I didn’t reach that area. I guess you are suppose to be able to see Nasty Rock. Not sure if it looks like a pile of rocks and they just call it Nasty Rock or that it looks like a mountain/hill and call it Nasty Rock. I found this trail on my map and thought, “Why Not?”. It’s a trail that I haven’t hit and was looking for something short to do. Just wasn’t expecting it to be that hard. There are two Nasty Rock. I was just looking at it. Maybe the one area is the actual “Nasty Rock”.

Makaila went with me and she was telling me WHY she doesn’t like to go with me. I’m trying to kill her. hahahahaha. What a dork. There’s not much to talk about this trail other than it was hard. It was a perfect day but prefer it to be a little bit colder. I took pictures of the rock boulders thinking may be one of these maybe Nasty Rock.

Makaila started shaking so I think her blood sugar level was low and I gave her my banana and ate my hard boiled egg. Normally, I would have a cliff bar or beef jerky or trail mix with me. Some times a Subway Sammich. We had to turn around approximately more than 1/2 way through our hike. We had to get back to Alesia’s first game! 🙂

Nasty Rock Trail 3356

I thought this was a mushroom growing off a tree but when I touched it, it was hard as a rock so I don’t think it is.

I would recommend this hike if you are looking for something short to do and not really caring if you don’t see much of anything. Saw the BLM guys and talk to them for a second or two just asking how far the trail goes to and they asked how far I wanted to go. Oh geez. They were no help. They were running down the trail and “whoop whoop” down the way. he he. Fun fun!