Sunday, December 26, 2010

End of Year Natural Hair Wrap Up

Over a year ago my hair was something like a distant memory:

December 2009

By April 2010 I had enough hair for twists:

September 2010 I suffered my first setback after this style:

But presently, December 2010, I think it is safe to say I have recovered from my two inch trim:

So over the course of almost 365 days I think I have made a lot of progress:

I am not where I wanted to be, thanks to my setback, but nonetheless I have gained some length.  In 2011 with the knowledge I have gained in 2010, I plan to retain almost all of my length.

I have learned these things about my hair in 2010:

My hair hates protein
Fingercombing is waaaaay better than using a comb or brush.  It is my new staple technique.
Seamless combs rock my socks
Trimming hair is overrated
Coconut oil and water is the bomb detangler
I don't enjoy wearing my hair out as much as I did when I was newly natural.
Once you get rid of incomplete splits, it is sooo much easier to detangle your hair
Detangling my hair at least once every 1-2 weeks is a must!
Tangles are caused by shed hair!  If you properly remove all of the shed hair, parting is much easier (yeah, I am on the nappy short bus, I never really saw the correlation until this year. womp womp)  !

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Spread the Love

To your hair with accessories.  Merry Christmas guys!  I hope Santa has been good to you all!  He was very very good to me this year! I have a couple of things to share in the next week to help you all accessorize your fro the healthy way, an update on my personal life, and an end of year wrap up of my hair in 2010.

Enjoy the holidays, eat plenty of goodies and most of all, enjoy your family and friends.  Life is too short for unnecessary drama and you never know if the person you are mad at this Christmas will be around to share it with you next Christmas. 

"I love you, God loves you and you can't do a thing about it "-My Daddy RIP

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Frohawk for Christmas

Sweet lawdy Jesus of Nazareth who was born on December 25th- those last twists I did, I rocked them thangs for a total of TWENTY FOUR days!!!!  Twenty four days yo!  And I paid for it too!  It took me about, 8+ hours to take them thangs out! I am not lying!  My boyfriend can vouch for me on that one.  It was a hot flaming mess and I do not plan on doing that again anytime soon.

I think the problem was not the length of time I left them in, but the fact that I spritzed it with a liquid moisturizer everyday and that caused the twists to shrink and make it a challenge to take down.  My hair wasn't tangled bad, it is just that my hair is really thick and my head is really big, a hairdresser's nightmare right? 

So anyway, I did this style on Wednesday, it took me a little over 4 hours to do, not bad at all.  And this is the first time I have ever worn a frohawk/elvis wanna be 'do before!  Um, don't be surprised if you see a few different frohawk variations for a while because I think I am in love! 

I  have been wanting to do a frohawk for a hot minute, but I never had enough hair to do it!  

This side didn't come out like I wanted it to, oh well...this was my first time so not that bad:

But this side of the flat twists came out dang near perfecto:

I plan to rock this 'do for 1-2 weeks and then do something else.  No more 3 week long styles for me until the summer....

Take care and Merry Christmas!!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Don't You Love It When.....

Spin Off to: Don't You Hate It When

Don't You Love It When...
 The moon, stars, and earth all align and your planned hairstyle comes out 10 times more bangin' than you expected?!  Score one for the team!

Don't You Love It When...
Someone tells you that you inspired them to go natural!  How cool is that?

Don't You Love It When...
The naysayers who had so many negative things to say about your natural hair can't help but tell you how bea-u-ti-ful your hair is!

Don't You Love It When...
It rains?  Am I seriously like the only one who is not afraid of a little precipitation anymore?  Now when it rain's I'm singing a little SWV "Rain Down On ME," ya dig?

Don't You Love It When...
Okay, this one is so wrong, I call it the short person's revenge:  But don't you love it when you know your hair is so fierce and big and beautiful, you have to be blocking the view of the people behind you?! 

Sorry, I know I was all sorts of wrong for this big ole fro. I know it took up your whole screen just now lol!

I'm out ya'll!  See ya later!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Fro to Fro With BumKel24

Meet my homie BumKel24!

I am very happy to introduce to you all my hot off the presses beautiful, newly natural best friend BumKel24!!!  Me and this young lady right here go back to kindergarten!  How many friends do you still call friends since kindergarten?  That is true blue friendship right there!

This Picture is from my Super Sweet 16 in 2002.  Classic side eye from me and BumKel24.

Anyway, BumKel24 totally shocked me with her bc last month!  But I am so happy for her. 

BumKel24 during her relaxed hair days

After you cut off your relaxed hair and looked in the mirror and saw your natural hair for the first time, what was your first thought?
 After looking in the mirror right after snipping my hair off, I hunched my shoulders and said to myself, "not bad."

Were you surprised by how your hair looked after you cut all of the relaxer out of your hair?
 I'm not going to say I was surprised. I mean, I had no idea what it would look like and didn't know what to expect, but once I saw it, I was just relieved that I just rid myself of my damaged, brittle, relaxed hair.

How did it feel to do the bc?
It felt GREAT. I felt like I was finally free. I was so happy to see what my natural hair actually looked like without the relaxed ends. It looked a lot better than I thought it would. But even if it didn't, I still wasn't going back to relaxes ever again.

Dude, every time someone asks me, "Ms-gg, why did you go natural?" I tell them about that time we were at school back in 2005 and this girl had this bangin puff and we both were oohing and aahing over it! Am I the only one who remembers that?! Please tell me you "Remember the Time" LOL!
 Girl, I vaguely "Remember The Time" lol but I do remember. Unfortunately, at the time, I wasn't ready to accept my natural hair for what it would be. And you know I was rocking that wig to death! Lol

Why did you decide to go natural (and hide it from your best friend lol j/k)?
 Haha! Well I DO recall a certain someone saying that it's best to keep the fact that you're transitions to yourself so no one can try to influence you the other way. Ahem, remember you didn't tell your best friend you were transitions, either! Lol

Ms-gg: (OKAY! She totally got me there you guys!!)

But that's another story for another day. :-) I decided to go natural because I was tired of going through the routine of HAVING to maintain a relaxer, no its, ands, or buts about it. I hate going to the salon. There was no way I could maintain relaxed hair without either going there or doing it myself. I was just tired. Tired of having damaged hair. Tired of the routine. Tired of not knowing what my hair looked liked straight from my scalp with no chemicals. I just wanted to be the me I was born to be. I wanted my hair to be curly or kinky like it was supposed to be. And if I wanted it straight, I could press it (not that I have any desire to right now!).

BumKel24 during her transition

 How long did you transition for?
 I'm quite sure I started transitioning in March. No later than March. Maybe February. So about 8 months.

 How did you wear your hair while you wear transitioning?
Well, at first I wore a sew-in weave throughout March. Around May, I just wore my own hair, straightening it after letting it air-dry maybe once a week, sometimes more. I'm thankfully hair wasn't damaged in the process because using a .lot of heat can be really damaging.

BumKel24 with her micros while she was transitioning

My hair is stubborn, too. It refuses to take to heat well. So I just brushed it. It didn't look too great. So I bought a lacefront wig for my birthday (which I wore at the bowling alley). It was too hot this summer for all of that, so, at the discretion of my friends and to the dismay of my boyfriend, I stopped wearing the wig and brushed my hair back into a fuzzy ponytail.In September, I put micros in my hair and took them out at the beginning of this month. I hid my hair under the wig for a few more days and decided I had enough and chopped it all off! :-)

Do you have any tips for someone who is transitioning right now and anticipating the bc or for anyone who is thinking about going natural and isn't fully committed yet?
My advice is to stick to it, regardless of what people tell you what you should do. Oh, they don't want you to be natural? They don't like how your hair looks? Oh well. Do they have to wear it? Are they going to pay for you to go to the salon for the rest of your life? If they will, are they going to sit in the chair for you? Probably not. Ultimately, you are doing what's best for YOU, not anyone else. And those same people who were trying to discourage you will be the same people who can't keep their hands out of your hair and can't stop telling you how much they love it. Trust me.

BumKel24 and her beautiful natural hair!

Do you have any plans for your fro, any styles you are dying to try out?

Beautiful thick, juicy two strand twists!!!

I've been wanting to try a twistout! I just need the right ingredients and the time and I will give it a try. I want to try Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding. I will let you know how it turns out!

Alright BumKel, I am looking forward to it and I am sure everyone else is too!  Your twistout will be the next followup!   Thank you again for doing the interview!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Kerry Washington wearing a TWA

I am pretty sure it is a costume wig because this still comes from her new movie, "Night Catches Us."  

To catch a look at the trailer for the movie, check out   I like it!  We need more movies like this again!

New Flat Twist/Twist Hairdo

I am sure I have already shared this already, but I am getting more and more lazy with my hair.  I wore that twist out for a total of 2.5 days.  On Saturday I washed and deep conditioned and did this flat twist/twist style here:

It took me about 4 hours or so, not bad.  Time flew by as I did it because I sat down and watched Madea's Big Happy Family (loved it!  I am a big fan of Tyler Perry's plays!) and the Good Time's marathon.

Let me share a secret with you: when I do these flat twist/twist combos,  I never do what I planned to do.  My plan was to do a full set of flat twists in the front. Did that happen?  Nope!  I got lazy (and hungry) and settled for twists in the middle of the  two sets of flat twists.  Totally unplanned. I just noticed too that you can't really see that the flat twists are broken up in the middle by biz-zad. But anyway, lucky for me the style turned out pretty decent.

The products I used were the same products I always use for my hair with success:  World of Curls Curl Activator gel and Aloe Vera gel.  I also added castor oil as an extra sealant.   

Okay in this picture below you can sort of kind of make out the two sets of flat twists.  One set is in the front, and the other set is beside my ear on the right:

Friday, November 26, 2010

Don't You Hate It When......

Don't you hate it when......
You try to replicate a cute hairstyle you saw online and it turns out to be an epic fail!

Don't you hate it when....
Your fro shrinks up to 2 inches even though it's really 10 inches long?

Don't you hate it when......
Your hair idol goes MIA for a long period of time or breaks your heart if they decide to go back to the relaxer.  Yeah, it is their hair and their decision but you still want to pour out a little conditioner for their fro.  RIP

Don't you hate it when......
Your favorite hair product is reformulated or discontinued!

Don't you hate it when.....
People start singing a song by a singer who wears her hair natural too or say that you look like a celebrity who wears natural hair even though you don't look a dang thing like them?!?!?!?!

Don't you hate it when......
People ask you what is going on with your hair or make snide comments about your hair even though their hair looks like who dun it and why?

Don't you hate it when......
People talk to your hair and not to your face?

Don't you hate it when.......
People think you can't get a job, man, happiness, those 3 acres and a mule we been owed and a goose that lays golden eggs because you are natural?

Don't you hate it when.....
You have a banging BAA, take a real quick nap, wake up, and your fro is flat on one side, Erykah Badu style?

Don't you hate it when.....
Hair accessories snag your hair?

Don't you hate it when....
You think you are rocking the fliest hairstyle ever, can't nobody tell you nothing!  You go and look in the mirror, and there is product caked up in your hair! Urgh, I hate that!

Don't you hate it when....
Other people make random stereotypes about you?  You like Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Jill Scott, Leela James, Incense, you use Juices and Berries in your hair, Conscious Rap, and Poetry?  Okay, maybe I fit a lot of these stereotypes but I'm just saying....

What do you hate?

Thanksgiving Twist Out

Happy black Friday!  I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving! 

I enjoyed mine.  My day started when I woke up, took my silk scarf off of my head, looked in the mirror, and gave myself the stank face.  No way was I wearing those 8 day old twists on Thanksgiving! I just wasn't feeling it. Those twists had to go!

I unleashed the fro early in the morning on Thanksgiving day (is 11:30 early?). As usual, I coated my fingers with oil.  Today I chose sweet almond oil and coconut oil.  I took down each twist and separated them into the two separate parts.  I wasn't really caring about frizz as I undid them either.   After I was finished taking down my twists I then seperated each of the two sections even further. 

My mother, my sister, her friend and I were going to Golden Corral for our dinner.  My mother says she is 71 years old and she has been cooking since she was 6 and she is done!  Fend for yourself in the buffet line at Golden Coral!

The cameraman was MIA today so all I have is a shot of the print of my dress.  Yeah....*clears throat* I tried mayne.  I tried.

These heels were made for walking....

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving Weekend.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Five Tips For Your Natural Hair This Winter

Here are a few of my hair tips that you may find helpful this winter for your natural hair:

1)As the temperature gets colder, consider wearing more protective hairstyles like twists, braids, cornrows, flat twists and bantu knots.

  Try to limit wearing your hair in "out" styles such as afros, twist outs and braid outs. It is okay to wear these hairstyles occasionally, but you may find these styles to be a little bit dryer since the dew point is lower (the dew point is responsible for how much moisture is in the air).

I personally like wearing protective styles more in the winter because it makes it easier for me to moisturize my hair as needed and make sure that all of my hair is fully saturated with product. 

2)When the temperature is really cold, you may want to also start wearing some type of protective covering over your hair.  I usually wear a snood during the winter. Sometimes I leave my edges exposed and sometimes I cover all of my hair under the snood to protect all of my hair.  It just depends on the look you are going for.

3)For extra moisture, consider wearing a shower cap underneath of your winter hat.  I like doing this when I am out and about running errands.  You can call it the new school jherri curl method.  You guys remember how back in the day you would see people out and about (in public) with shower caps on their hair (thinking they are styling and profiling), trying to "preserve the curl?" Those processed curls needed that steam created from the shower cap so that their hair wouldn't peace out!  Well, if nothing else better came out of the jherri curl era, this shower cap method did!  I just make sure to still look cute while doing it though by wearing my shower cap under my hat.  Shower caps were never in style. 

4)If you are going to wear a hat, make sure that you wear a satin or silk covering to protect your hair from the hat.  The goal of wearing the hat is to act as a barrier from the elements, but you want to wear a satin or silk scarf under the hat to protect your hair from the hat as well, especially if that hat is made out of wool.

5)And this leads me into my next tip, if you are wearing a cute wool coat this winter, please make sure you are wearing a scarf to protect your hair from rubbing against the wool coat.

 If I were to wear this coat this fall, I would not allow my hair to rub up against my scarf at all, but I am really anal like that now.  However, if you were to take 1 of the 2 lesser evils I would suggest wearing the scarf rather than nothing at all with a wool coat.

These are all of the tips I have at the current moment.  If I have any more tips to share I will make sure to drop them your way!


Fro to Fro 2 with Soulsista934 ***Reloaded***

"Natural hair is great at all states, not just at waist length" Soulsista934

It's that time for another installment of Fro to Fro!  Fro to Fro is where I sit down and chit chat with fellow naturals about their hair routines and  other hair related issues, and share it with you!  Who doesn't like to here about what other naturals are doing?  Well, for the very first Fro to Fro interview, I had the pleasure of interviewing my cousin, Tymesha.   In this second addition of Fro to Fro I am honored to interview the young and talented Ms. Soulsista934!  As a side note,  I have been following her hair journey for the past few years because we both bc'd around the same time!  Cool huh?
Hey Soulsista!  How long have you been natural?Three years and five months

How long did you transition?

2 weeks, I was going to transition for a few months but I quickly realized that patience and relaxed hair were things I didn’t want to have!

Was it hard going natural at a young age?  
Making the choice to go natural wasn’t hard at all, but dealing with it during high school was very difficult. I felt like the odd one out because I chose to wear my hair a different way, I was picked on a lot and people thought I was trying to make statements through my hairstyle but the only reason I cut it was because I wanted natural hair.

Why did you decide to go natural? 
I went natural because I really loved the way it looked and I wanted my hair to look that way and I knew the only way to do that was to cut my relaxed hair off.
What are your current favorite hair products? 
I really like to watch Kimmaytube on Youtube and I currently make my version of her leave in conditioner using:

1)Taliah Waajid Protective Mist Bodifier 
2)Aloe Vera Gel 
3)Smart Choice Oil Blend (it’s a cooking oil that is a mixture of olive, canola, and soy oil, I also use it to help finger detangle my hair before I wash it)

Are there a lot of natural at your college/NC?
No, I have seen a few (three come to my mind) but not a lot, though I am glad that I am not the only one!

What are your favorite hairstyles?
Two strand twists, chunky afro (I LOVE this style but I haven’t been able to wear one without tangles since my hair has grown), and twist outs.

Do you feel like your natural hair is easier to maintain than your relaxed hair?
I do think so, my relaxed hair was something that I never understood, no matter how many hours I flat ironed my hair it was never straight. I despised the relaxing process and I only wore it in two styles. I researched how to better take care of it but nothing really seemed to help. With my natural hair, sites like helped me figure out what to do with my hair and how to take care of it. I am still learning today (I think I finally found a leave in that my hair likes!) but I like finding out how to better take care of my hair

Do you have any advice for anyone who is thinking about going natural?
Natural hair is awesome! It is different from relaxed hair so it needs to be handled differently. Natural hair is great at all stages, not just at waist length! There is also a lot of versatility with natural hair, so many styles to try!
Anything you would like to add?
Moisture + hair = :D

Do you have a hair journal that you would like to share?
 Okay, I asked Soulsista for permission to post this self portrait that she did of herself!  She is a very talented artist! 

 "The assignment was to draw ourselves like the artist Chuck Close. My teacher took pictures of us in the class and we chose one and used it as a reference to draw ourselves on an 18" x 24" piece of paper. I was pleased and surprised that it looks like me!" Soulsista934


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