April 8, 2014

Hair Reveal and A Tasty Treat

I'm linking up with Holly today because I tried some new things.

First and foremost: my hair. Those of you who follow my blog know that I was searching for a more affordable method for coloring my grey hairs. In addition, I had the problem of my ends being much darker than the hairs closer to my roots because they were just saturated from years of dye.

Based on advise from many of you as well as some expert tips I read online, I decided to start by stripping my hair with Color Zap. Actually, if you want to get technical, Joel did all this for me. We only applied the Color Zap to the length of my hair, as instructed by the nice stylist who cut Joel's hair earlier in the day. Basically, this product will remove any hair dye and lighten your hair a shade or two. Mine turned out kinda orange, which was what I expected.
After the Zap, we went straight into the DIY color. I bought Ion Color Brilliance in "Dark Mahogany Golden Blonde," which is really a deceiving name since it's a dark reddish brown color. But the name totally made me nervous.

And the result? Well... I'm not 100% happy, but it's good enough for now. I think next time, I will try a darker shade, as it's still looking a little orangey to me. The color Zap left me with somewhat of an ombre look, which I wasn't aiming for but will gladly accept. I probably would have destroyed my hair had I done this intentionally.

Anyway, here's the final product. Please ignore the silly face I'm making... this was originally a text to Alison while I was still trying to decide if I should keep it or run back to the store for more hair dye. What do you think?

I also want to add that I did a 3 hour coconut oil hair mask to repair some of the damage from the stripping and coloring. It made SUCH a huge difference in my hair's texture. 

My second Tried it Tuesday was a recipe from Skinny Taste, which is one of my favorite websites for healthy recipes. My coworker brought in these flour-less chocolate brownies, and we were all in shock when she told us they were made with a base of black beans. And then when she rattled of the rest of the ingredients, I was incredulous that this tasty treat was the result.

What finally sold me on trying these myself, I'll admit, is that you make these brownies by throwing everything in a blender. Yep... I can do that kind of baking!

The consistency of these brownies is more cake-like, in my opinion, but that's a fair trade considering how much healthier they are! Joel, my dad, and my brother gobbled them right up without complaining... even when I told them the secret ingredients! :)


  1. I have this picture of you saved as your contact photo! It makes me smile! I still think the ombre looks cool! What did the people at school think? BLACK BEANS in brownies? This I must try! I can totally do blender too...or my new Nutri Bullet!!!!!! XOX
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. Very, very cute hair! You look like you are ready for summer!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  3. After all the back and forth emails I was expecting something so much more dramatic or crazy looking, I think it looks really awesome and the curls look amazing. This is just a reminder that I need to coconut oil my hair...or dye it..or cut it...I have that itch now.

  4. I LOVE using coconut oil on my hair! Isn't growing older fun?? I've run into weird hair stuff the last few years too. I keep blaming it on my babies :)

  5. Your hair looks awesome and good for you doing it DIY. I'm too chicken and spend way too much at the salon. Those brownies sound intriguing. Are they like actually healthy then?!? Lol. Thanks for linking up, friend! :)
    Fourth Grade Flipper