What am I eating right now?

The most amazing scrambled tofu:

In wok fry:
Organic extra-firm high-protein tofu
Organic shiitake mushrooms
Curly kale

At the end add:
Scallion

Put into bowl and add generous amount of curry powder
Sprinkle in some fresh-ground cumin
Celtic sea salt

Bliss out!

Organic stir-fry scrambled tofu. Love it!

Really loving this shampoo

Redken Curvaceous Lo-Foam Cleanser image links to mfg website

Got a sample of this shampoo a couple days ago and am really impressed by it. I normally don’t like to even use shampoo most of the time, just conditioner, but this shampoo is really gentle and moisturizing.

I also like the fact that the main ingredients are coconut-based.

Hair: Fishished!

So today I think I may have actually arrived at my final destination with my hair, which has taken many months. When I started out I was using 6GC but then one time after doing a root touch-up I saw that the color didn’t take on my roots very well.

Rather than do another treatment to try to darken the roots I decided I wanted to lighten my hair. Instead of just lightening a little bit I decided to go as light as possible to get close to my root color.

That was the beginning of a long process. In that time I’ve learned about how to bleach hair. Something I had never done before. I’ve also learned a lot about hair porousity and how that affects the coloring process.

After multiple treatments and adjustments to my hair I think I’ve arrived now at where I want to be.

The last treatment I wrote about was doing a root touch-up with 9N. That treatment also didn’t take very well on the roots so yesterday I went back to my beauty store and, with the help of a really cool person there who has been one of my guides, decided to try 8G.

8G, my new color

6GC, my starting color

This morning I have just applied the 8G and it is looking good. My hair is still drying as I’m writing this, but I can tell that the color is better now than it has been in months. The roots did absorb the color. It seems that I have to use colors a little bit darker to get my roots to aborb well, so the actual color on my roots is not 8G but probably somewhere between 8 and 9 G.

I also did two spot treatments of bleach on some resistant patches of hair the past couple days which really helped a lot in evening out the color.

After all this time I think I’ve completed the process of transition now and my hair is substantially lighter than it was before.

One nice thing about 8G is that it seems to take fairly well onto my roots. I did not leave the treatment on that long – maybe around 20 minutes.

It’s worth noting that I first started with 10, then 9, and now have settled on 8. Also, when bleaching my tendency has always been to be safe and under bleach than over bleach. I’d rather err on the side of caution.

So it’s taken a long time because the process has been gradual, but I’m actually glad I took the time, learned a lot in the process while being as gentle as possible with my hair.

Poison oak honey

In some areas around where I live there is a lot of poison oak. It is one of the hardiest, most well-adapted plants to this area. Sometimes on an otherwise barren hill there will be no other plants growing except for some poison oak tenaciously clinging to the soil and rock.

One thing about poison oak is that it tends to look very similar to blackberry which grows in similar habitats. So for an avid berry-picker like me that can be dangerous.

Unfortunately I’ve had a few very serious cases of poison oak skin poisoning over the years which required medication. I am a wanderer and was naive about poison oak and only after having had it all over my arms and legs did I come to fully appreciate it and watch for it. Once you’ve been poisoned by it you will learn pretty quickly how to identify it.

Yesterday I was at the farmers market and the honey vendor actually had poison oak honey. I just thought that was so cool. I decided to get a jar to try it. It’s a deep-colored honey and kind of like molasses but not as bitter. It has a very unique flavor.

It just amazes me that the flowers from this toxic plant can produce sweet honey.

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UPDATE

I went back and spoke with the honey vendor.  After reading about poison oak honey online, some people claim that what many vendors sell as poison oak honey is actually blackberry honey since both plants can be found in similar habitats.  Also, after reading that, I do notice that the poison oak honey has a slight berry taste to it.

I asked her about it and she affirmed that this honey is definitely 100% poison oak.  She said the honey is from plants on her land and that there is only poison oak, no blackberry there.

 

INTERESTING FACT: I was just reading about the Toxicodendron genus and in Japan traditional candles were made from a waxy byproduct of the manufacture of lacquer from a Toxicodendron species.  I love the idea of candles being made purely from plant products.  The wax is not actually a wax but fatty compound which burns smokeless.

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