Thursday, September 27, 2007

That's better......twists pulled up in a puff



With a ouchless headband....here I am 17 days with my twists....and still trying to get another week or 2 out of them...maybe....I'm still debating if I want to take them out for a street festival over the weekend. I have rinsed them once and as I have learned I can only get 1 rinse out of my twist and then they are done with.
Either way, no matter how long I keep these in this will be a record for me.....



On day 16 I tried adding Home Health's castor oil into my routine and my hair is LOVING IT. My hair has felt soft and wet to the touch all day thanks to the humidity and castor oil+shea butter+curl activator


Since Jena Six I've really been on the ball...here is my new cause:




I aint even laughing at this chick anymore...the bare feet in the restroom almost gave me a heart attack (I dont even want to walk in a public restroom with my SHOES ON) and this chick is seriously on something and somebody needs to intervene...take her to church or something....
Im dead serious though...send her to see Dr. Phil or something....



look at the little beedeebeads....Ive been playin with them so much lately....as much as I am having fun playing with them they are going to have to go.....shots like this make me want to clean them up just a bit...



I think these will be in for at least another week or so...not because I really really want to...but because once I take it out, what am I going to do? Wear the twistout then twist it back up again. Im good...I'll enjoy these twists for as long as I can and take em' out before they start to loc up (maybe) :)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Prepare to be Amazed



Can you say WOAH! This is a 9 month comparison shot and I am absolutely stunned at how much thickness and length I have retained in this time. Good gracious. And yes those were twists on the left as well....no comment

Sept 26 2007 (Exactly One Year Natural)





Here I am on my 1 year nappy anniversary. I am driving but I'm being a good girl this time. Boyfriend took this picture :) Twists are 11 days old here.

Oh yeah, excuse the green jacket but I had just left golden corral and you know how it is after you get done piggin out on ice cream :) *shivers*

Swangin my Old School Beyonce Weave



Good Lord. Can you believe I wore something this hideous and actually thought I looked cute? Ewwww...nevernomore. I'll leave the long strangy weaves to Beyonce for sure.

Anyway, I threw the wig on along with the scarf just to see how I looked with straight hair since I have not seen myself with it since I threw my mommas wig on earlier this year. I DID NOT leave my house. Heaven's no.

*My neck nor any horses were harmed during this experiment*

Saturday, September 15, 2007

My Daddy and I :)




God is good. He isn't ready for him yet. He may not be able to get around like he use to but my papa is still here. God knows he is always in church everyday, active, very active, but God has slowed him down tremendously and it hurts him a lot not to be able to do the things he once did or feel the way he did, but he is still here. And that is more important than anything to me.

**Edited*  *
June 25th 2010:  Sigh, brings back good feelings and bad feeling to repost this post from my fotki album.  Good feelings because I remember taking this photo with him and bad feelings because he died August 22nd, 2008*


Now for some activism:



No Justice No Peace!

I didn't realize how many people where unfamiliar with the whole Jena 6 ordeal. But almost all of my friends had no knowledge of the events that are taking place down there. If you don't know about the Jena 6 PLEASE take an opportunity to read up about it....this is 2007 and they are still functioning like Jim Crow South days down there...and I don't know about you...but if this can happen in Jena...this can happen in Richmond Virginia or anywhere. No Justice, no PEACE.
You know what Bush said today? He said that the events in Jena "saddens him." What the heck is a "sadden hims"??? Saddens him doesn't release the six young men who are sitting behind bars for a high school fight on charges of murder. He is so worried about Iran and other things happening in other countries that he can't even deal with the issues and injustices of our own. What kind of crap is that? Where is Johnson? Where is Kennedy when we need them? They were the presidents that took action and made efforts to to help us. They were for the people. Bush is for himself.
Anyway...let me stop before Secret Service shows up at my door tonight....if they do I'll tell them to take their raggedy butts down to Jena. Visit www.colorofchange.org/jena and donate what you can. Every and I do mean EVERY little bit counts. Even if it is a dollar, that is a dollar less that these families have to pay. All I had in my pocket at the time of the rally that I went to was three dollars so guess what I gave? Three dollars. If I had 20 they would have gotten 20. This is our generation, our future, our country, our cause. Cause when one of us is done wrong we ALL are done wrong. Who says that they cant use the convictions from this trial and try to use it in future cases against more black men and women if they are convicted of murder in Jena? Then it will be your son, your cousin, your friend facing murder for a school fight. We cant sit up here and accept this. Stand for something or you will fall for ANYTHING.


Can You Please Just Take the Picture!



That's why I look like that ya'll...ya'll know how it is when your boyfriend is messing with you and you trying to get your pose on and he is acting a fool. I'm tryin to be peaceful today ya'll...I'm TRYING







Throwing up the six I guess?  Other than that I don't know what he's doing....



Me and my hair....because that is what you came here for lol...I found out the humidity was suppose to be 90% today so I took full advantage and juiced my hair up like some jerry curls with some curl activator.....went outside and let nature do the rest.....

I also added a flower to my head to pick up the white in the tee...other than that...nothing special :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

You Got Me Twisted Over Yeeew!

This is my routine for doing my hair permanently. I have washed my hair then let it air dry without stretching it out, and now I'm suffering. Shrunken fros are a heck no for my hair. Single strand knots and multiple strand hair knots out the ying yang.




So here is what I did this go round. I detangled with Paul Mitchell's The Detangler (uh oh...getting fancy with it now lol), then after each section I immediately braided them up and let them air dry overnight. That detangle/braid/wash routine took about 2 hours. The next day I split those braids up into the ones you see in the picture so I looked "halfway" decent for work (yes I rocked it and didn't care)...when I came home I began working on the twists which took tooooooooooo long.



total time:
   erh......7-9 hours.....needless to say I dont care if each one looks like a fuzzball...these janks are going to be on my head till the end of the month. Im tired of twisting/retwisting my hair and I want a break from it.












I have some teeny tiny hands and these twists are smaller than my pinky. If I get that bored I might just count how many of these thangs I got. Im sure it is at least 100.



This is how I twisted these bad boys:

Took multiple sections down, parted across the rows once hair was well moisturized and detangled ( I used elastic qp mango to moisturize with and combed through each section) then just carefully grabbed and twisted from there. About 1 inch from being done I always dab a little aloe vera gel on the ends as Im twisting and I dont just immediately let go of each twist when I get to the end. I release a little tension from the end of the twist and my hair starts to spin around and around from the twist just loosing up a bit (I hope Im making sense to somebody) As it is doing this my ends are coiling around each other and then I keep moving on to the next one.



The pic on the left is from right before I cut my hair in late June, and the pic on the right is currently (Sept 07)
Not bad progress if I say so myself. I knew that color was hindering my growth!

Also I notice my hair is thicker. The picture on the left is of hair that was just grabbed and twisted. The hair on the right is of hair that was parted....and in which picture do you see the scalp in? Uh huh...yeah...color is the DEVIL.



from left to right:
B4 2nd chop (June) immediately after 2nd chop (July) and then currently (Sept) The left and right are stretched twist but the middle is basically shrunken twists so I don't think it is accurate to use it in a "comparison" picture but that's all I have so oh well :)




BIG BIG BIIIIIIG difference. It is the whole reason why I cut it off. My ends look 100000% better. I used the same exact technique to twist with in both pictures (seal ends with aloe vera gel). Once again, I will reference back these pictures if I EVER EVER EVER think about putting color/heat/perm or any other harsh thing in my hair.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

One Year Natural!!!

Can I believe it?  No.  I never knew I had to courage to cut my relaxed hair off and rock my hair the way God intended me to.  All I knew was relaxed hair.  All I did was wrap it or what have you.  I am surprised I went from hair below my shoulders to 3 inches of nappy hair because I am not the type of person to do something as drastic and daring as that.  But after 1 year natural I'm going back to the perm.  I mean, I just cant take it anymore ya'll.  The detanglin, the styling sessions, the fotki updating....gee its just too much....



Okay I'm full of it...I love my hair too much and I am amazed at how much my hair has grown, even with the obsessive cutting every week in the first couple of months and the major haircut in June, my hair has still grown more in these 12 months than it has ever. 
I am enjoying this natural journey and lookin forward to more success in the future.
Thank you all for your comments.  I read every single one, and I appreciate all of them.  Although I may not have time to respond to all of them just know I do love them and you all too!

Dilemma:  I am kinda missing my color.  I guess after having colored hair for 6 years it is kinda hard to let go.  But I'm keeping a promise to myself to stay away from color forever because it is the devil for my hair.  My solution is to use henna as a safe way to not only color, but to give my hair a treatment at the same time.  So once I complete my research of which brand of henna to try (I am always open for suggests too *cheeses*) I plan on having my hair hennaed by the end of the month.

















Yes, the earrings are apart of my own creation.





hahaha... I was talking to one of my niece's friends mother (a permie) and in the beginning of the convo she was like "Do you mind me asking, is that your real hair"
Yes.
She said a couple of things I was surprised to hear her say, she said we didn't need straight hair and it was all in our mind that we got to wear straight hair...but she had straight hair so I was confused. I wanted to ask her was she thinking about going natural the way she was talking lol....

So later on in the convo she asked me how I got my hair like this I said, well I had braids in my hair about 3 days ago and yesterday I took them out. Then she asked me...."so do you have to do anything to it the next day to get it like that" or something along those lines. I told her no, I just go to sleep wake up and roll out. Then she TOLD ME "Naw you GOT to do something to it to get it to look like that...you don't twirl it with your fingers" by this time I'm looking kind of confused because Im standing here with my niece and her two high school friends and I just told her I don't do anything but roll out of bed and go " Naw, seriously I don't, I just wake up and go...its like this because I just took braids out the other day"

I should have told her natural hair is so versatile that you would be surprised what you can do with it but that's life, you always think about what you should have said after words.



Getting My Pose On:




lol...I tell you...my neighbors must get a kick out of me taking pics of myself....I dont care...I do me



Forget the Thinking Man....



this is the thinking nappy woman! I was having fun mellowing out sitting in the grass...I think Imma do this more often....well, until I see a bug or something then I'm ghost!

Hippie!



I swear I look like a hippie....


Why do I keep making hair promises? This is my intentions...ride this braid out until the wheels fall off...that means a week of braid out fro then a week of braid out puff then detangle, wash and twist. Is this likely to happen....hmmm....maybe. We will see...my nappy anniversary is on the 23rd of this month and I got to have something fly by then so we will see :)




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