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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Kayla's Hair Rules

I've been natural for a while now, and I've come to learn what my hair hates and loves. Don't get me wrong, this is still a learning process but below are my best tips & tricks to achieving healthy looking hair!

1. You must moisturize your hair before washing. This means that your hair must already "feel" moisturized before you hop in the shower & begin to shampoo or condition. If you don't use an oil to saturate your hail like Coconut, or have really moisturized hair going into the wash, your hair will feel brittle when you jump out the shower. You have to coat your strands and protect them!

2. Detangling will make your life easier!! I made the classic mistake of shampooing my hair before detangling! Yikes! The results were plenty of knots and a few matted ends! Don't do it guys! Take the extra step to detangle, it will be worth it in the long run when it's time to set and style your hair!

3. Stick with what works!! I know that there are so many products out there on the market, that you've probably been dying to get your hands on, but if you've already found a routine and a starting lineup of products that are working for you, stick with them!! Don't switch it up until you see a change in your hair or desire a different look.

4. Low porosity hair requires more attention! It is more prone to breakage! Therefore, we have to keep our hair moisturized. After washing, I do the LCO Method. Liquid (water), Cream (Shea Moisture Curly Pudding), and Oil (Castor). My hair loves Castor oil, it keeps it feeling soft & hydrated!

5.  Take your time to twist your hair, in small to medium sections. This way each strand is coated with product!

6. Trim your hair when necessary. I can look at my ends and tell when they need a good trim. But ladies, don't get too scissor happy or hold on to the damaged ends. Do just enough to create healthy ends that coil with the twirl of the finger!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Wow. I know that's it's been a long time--an extremely long time. I've missed this. But I guess a part of the reason why I haven't posted in a while is because I haven't been doing many creative projects that I thought were exciting enough to share on here. 

Wooden Creations is the name of the 5-day class that I taught to a group of rising 2nd/3rd graders. In my class they learned both the names and functions of important tools in a workshop, created wooden crafts such as a treasure box, picture frame, chalk board, and fan. To top it all off, my students created a traditional birdhouse, which seems to be the traditional staple of any woodshop/ woodworking class.

This was both the best class and first class that I've ever taught and planned completely on my own. However, I couldn't have done it without the support of Ms.Rachel, her neighbor, Mr. Sylvester, Ms.Nicole, my landlord, my parents, and my boyfriend. Because quite honestly, by taking on this class, I bit off more than I could chew. It took sleepless nights, crying fits, and physical pain to successfully see this class through. By the end of it, I was sad that it was over. This was the biggest and best challenge that I ever could have ever taken on. This is what I stayed in DC for this summer-- it was in this week that I became a better teacher and hopefully, overall, a better person. A colleague, who I respect a great deal, told me that I should be really proud of myself. And I am. I now appreciate and embrace the mistakes, random mishaps, and student conflicts that happened. So, to end the most perfect nerve-racking week of my life, came a visit from my parents. I guess it just keeps getting better. :)  

The Treasure Box. 

Step One: Paint Wooden Craft sticks using water colors. 

The students will create a pattern by layering the sticks on top of each other. 
Each student should have 60 popsicle sticks.
12 for the top. 12 for the bottom
36 for the actual box. 
The finished product displayed from a student who opted not to paint hers.
The Bird House.

What You'll  Need: 
Any 5 or 6 ft fencing. 4- 9-inch cuts (2 of these should be cut at a 45 degree angle)  [angled cuts are for front & back, regular cuts are for the roof 
2- 6 1/2-inch cuts [side walls] 
1- 7.5 inch cut  [floor] 
7 pieces total 
 Nails (1 1/2 inch)
Perch (wooden dowel/ stick) 
Hole Saw 

Begin by sanding your birdhouse.

Use a hammer to put the pieces together. With my supervision, the kids were able to do this step by themselves.

Prime your bird house by painting it white. 

When it's dry, add your vibrant paint colors.

Add designs/ finishing touches and let it dry overnight.

Next day: Use your drill and hole saw to create a hole for the birds to get in. Add a perch & you're done!
 The Name Plates.

Using scrap wood, students painted their initials to create name plates. 

More pictures from the Showcase. 

The End!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Friday marked the start of my elective class called DIY! It runs until June 10th and I'm extremely excited to create more awesome things with this K/1st class. The students began by sketching what they wanted their design to look like around a charm that they chose. I'll be documenting each session that I have with these wonderful kids. More to come soon xx