Yesterday I was working on something that I HAD to finish so I didn’t get a chance to blog. This morning, I’m blogging around a rather talkative three year old, and a rather rambunctious dog who really loves the rather talkative three year old! Where there’s a will there’s a way right?!
So, I’m always on the lookout for things to better my appearance. Well, let me rephrase that. I’m always on the lookout for things to better my appearance that require no effort! It’s not like I want to have to sweat or go without the foods I really love?! Idon’t want to be uncomfortable!
Lately, my hair has been kind of wonky. Sort of *pubish for lack of a better word. I’m sure it’s hormones ugh :-/. I just love the signs of aging! *extreme sarcasm! I mentioned this delima to Lajuana (and everyone else I came in contact with) and she sent me some information on an alternative, natural technique for shampooing your hair. You shampoo your hair in baking soda and water, then for conditioner you use apple cider vinegar diluted with water. I’ve been doing that for a couple of weeks now and it’s made a huge difference in my hair!
After the first few days I thought to myself, “If this is so great for my hair, then it should be great for my face as well!” So I washed my face with the baking soda then splashed on the vinegar. Suddenly my face was on FIRE! I felt the stuff bubbling! Panic set it! It was bubbling so hard I could actually hear it! I thought “Dang! My skin sure is sensitive!” What in the world?! This stuff is natural for cryin’ out loud! I couldn’t get my face rinsed quick enough! I just knew that when I looked in the mirror I’d see something that resembled a character in a horror film. I very much expected to see a raw, blistered mess! Much to my surprise, my skin actually looked great! Could great looking skin be worth that kind of pain?!
I called Lajuana later and told her what happened. She said, “Oh, I guess I should’ve told you that mixing the two caused a reaction.” No CRAP! That would’ve been helpful information to have! Why didn’t anyone tell me that mixing baking soda and vinegar caused a reaction?!? A rather painful reaction at that!
When I called my mom to tell her about my terrifying experience, (because if anything happens to me I feel the need to tell everyone in my circle) she said, “I thought everyone knew that when you mixed baking soda and vinegar it caused a reaction. Didn’t you know that’s what they use to make those volcanos?” “Um…NOOO! Would I have put myself through such torture if I’d known?!” For the love!
The truth is, if I thought I’d get unbelievable results, and it might make me look younger, I just might! We live in a vain, self centered society. We put way too much emphasis on how we look. We compare ourselves to others way too much and it seems we can never be happy with how we look no matter what. Too fat. Too skinny. Butt too big. Butt too small. Hair too long. Hair too short. Boobs to big. Boobs to small. Lips too big. Lips too small. Shaving. Tweezing. Waxing. Bleaching. Whitening. Shoes that hurt and damage our feet. Wearing things that make us look ten pounds lighter, that are are so tight they could cause permanent damage to ourinnards. You name it, we’ll do it if it’ll make us look better!
How crazy and vain does that make us sound?! God made us all beautiful! Why can we just embrace aging and be thankful that we’re alive!? Why can’t we be satisfied with the way our Creator created us?! Of course as Lajuana would say, “God didn’t make my butt this big! I did that!” Yes, we should try to be healthy. But come on y’all! Let’s try and let go of some vanity! At least just enough to not torture ourselves! Let’s face it. Every old barn needs a new coat of paint every once in awhile! A little maintenance don’t hurt anyone! And believe me! I’m preaching to myself! I’ll leave y’all with this.
What matters is not your outer appearance—the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear, the cut of your clothes—but your inner disposition. Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in. The holy women of old were beautiful before God that way 1 Peter 3:3-
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30