Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thursday Rant with True Inner Beauty

AGGGGGHHHHHHH! So my spa experience was not the best yesterday! Well I should say about half of it wasn't the best, the hair portion. So I had a gift certificate for a really nice, higher end salon and spa (which will remain nameless) that Joey gave to me for Valentine's Day. (isn't he the sweetest man...makes me all smiley!) I decided to book an appointment because I really needed to get my eyebrows done (I cannot for the life of me do my own eyebrows and I am seriously scared of tweezers) and I also thought that I would get my hair trimmed and thinned out because the ends were very dry and my hair was just very thick. So long story short, I made an appointment and at first it was GREAT...I walked in and the lady at the front desk was very nice as she walked me in the waiting area. They had mini Italian cookies with tea, coffee, and water to enjoy while you waited for your specialist to come take you back to the room. Overall I had a great vibe and it had such a relaxing decor and ambiance. I met the woman who was going to do my eyebrows and we went ahead and had those done. After, I was escorted to the salon portion of the building...this is where I feel things started to go down hill. 

My stylist told me right off the bat that she was called in today and wasn't even "supposed" to be there and she conveyed how unhappy she was about that (this already had me worried...'great' I thought...'she doesn't even WANT to be working on my hair'). She then told me what I already knew, that my ends of my hair were dry and that my hair was very thick. I was starting to get nervous, but I'm no professional and I had confidence that a higher end salon would have hired experienced stylist that have worked with many hair types. (Okay...this is getting long... sorry!) Well needless to say my stylist broke every rule in the rule book when working with curly hair...1. She brushed my hair...BRUSHED IT! Are you crazy!?!? You never really "brush" curly hair. To detangle you should use a very wide tooth comb and comb through with that or your fingers. 2. She cut my hair a bit shorter then I had asked...too short of hair when it is curly can result in FRO looking like hair. 3. When she was done with my hair (after like 20 minutes...only 20 minutes? what could she have possibly done in only 20 minutes) she defused my hair, which is fine, EXCEPT that she used her fingers to comb through it WHILE diffusing it... NO NO NO! You are supposed to let the diffuser do the work, no touching the curls!

Soooo...are you wondering the result? I was a frizzy, fro mess! The only good thing about this experience was my ends are now trimmed so hopefully they will grow faster and that I picked up a few products!
I don't normally pick up products from the salon when they try to get you to buy them because they just normally want to get commission off of them, but I could use my gift certificate for these so I didn't mind spending the money. I picked up a recommended shampoo to help with my dry ends. This is called Pureology and it does not contain any sulfates like most shampoos that you can buy at a drugstore. Sulfates do the most damage to your hair and many people wash with them all the time. So I picked this up to try it. 
Then I got a Moroccan  Oil Curl Defining Cream...
I had heard about these products before and they have all been positive reviews so I figured I would try it (plus I love the smell...). This cream acts as a defining cream, deep conditioner, and a frizz controller all in one. You can apply it to toweled dry hair and also use it during the day on dry hair to help refresh your curls. Sounds good... I hope it has some good effects on my hair. They have a whole line, of what seem like, really great products! Check out their site:

So I guess getting a few products at the salon triggered a mini haul in skin care because I went to Target to get two things that I have been wanting to try :)
You all know that I RAVE about the Yes to line! Well I have had some bad break outs lately and I wanted to try the Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin line that they have. The Yes to Tomatoes is for acne and I thought  the scrub would be a good face wash to try and review.
Then finally I wanted an over night face cream. I have talked to a few older people with really nice skin and also have heard among the grapevine that one of the secrets of healthy looking skin is a simple over night cream (doesn't have to be the most expensive product) so I picked up one from Olay.

Inner Beauty...

Soooo after my rant about my hair yesterday I felt a bit convicted. Not that I shouldn't be a bit sad about my hair not working out the way I wanted but because really what is beauty?

"Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised"
-Proverbs 31:30

Beauty is only for awhile. And while God enjoys to see has happy about some of the joys of makeup and hair products (that He has given those knowledge to design), it should not consume us nor prompt us to take our eyes off the Lord.

"The Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart"
-1 Samuel 16: 7

This verse struck home with me because at times I feel that I focus more on what people (man/the world) thinks or sees when they look at me...whether it be how I dress, the makeup I wear, my physical appearance, or judge me on the monetary things I have or don't have (job, house, car, etc.) I will admit that I tend to have some insecurities on a few of these things, in particular having a good job, in which there was recently a shrewd comment made to me. At first I let my insecurities get to me but then I was blessed with that above verse...(God is so good).

You see, the Lord does not see as man sees (or how the world sees) and while we are in the world, we as Christians are not of the world...I go to this verse... 

"If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you"
-John 15:18-19

So to remind you, the Lord looks into our amount of makeup, hair product, or skincare line will be able to mask the ugliness that is our hearts. Jesus is our ultimate primer, concealer, foundation, and our daily pore scrub...the difference is that Jesus does not just cover up our blemishes He wipes them away all together... I pray that Jesus takes a daily scrub to my heart to wipe away the ugliness in my heart and that he would apply a foundation that allows me to live like Him and shine my inner beauty through; an inner beauty that shows the agape love of my Savior Jesus Christ.

The Lord looks at my heart and that is the only judge whose opinion I care about. Once again, like that song I mentioned in a previous blog from Kari Jobe (such a powerful song) You are For Me.
I know that God is for me and I invite Him every day to write upon my heart so that I am reminded who He is!

He is my heavenly Father and He knows our every move. I want to make my every move for His glory!

Such a blessing to be the daughter of THE MOST HIGH GOD!

Happy Thursday!

1 comment:

  1. Katrina,

    Nice writing! I liked your beauty analogy. Love you!