Monday, May 31, 2010

This is how I go out to work




I washed my fro earlier and let it air dry. It is still a little damp in this picture. But once it dried, BOY did it get dry. Ugh!






Only when my hair is still able to be classified as a twa do I let my hair dry into a shrunken state. This would never happen if I had 6 or 5 inches of hair. My shrunken twa days are numbered.








Yeah, so dude mayne didn't quite let me finish posing...


Since it was hot as HELL outside I decided to keep it easy breezy and rock my vintage tube dress I bought way back in January but never got around to wearing...




Yes I was channeling Gabby Sidibe in this pic...




why I don't know...I shouldn't have....I love Gaby, just not her or my pose lol!


The twists lasted for a total of 26 days, not bad at all if I do say so myself. This fro is not going to stay long, I am going to twist it up before Thursday, I can't stand fooling with my hair everyday...well, I hope everyone had a blessed Memorial Day. And don't forget to thank our troops, because if it wasn't for them, Lord knows where we would be.


Well, a sister girl is TIRED, BEAT, and all those other adjectives...take care everyone! Be safe and blessed!



DEUCES

Jesus Be a Beautician....

Alright, here is the dilemma: My mother wants me to put a relaxer in her hair












Yeah, you know that stinky stuff that makes your eyes water and your nose dry up and your hair to fall limp? Yeah that stuff. I hate that stuff and I don't want to go near it ever again. I have put color in her hair before, and I almost died from all the fumes that crap gave off then. Now she wants to kill me by putting a relaxer in her hair!

I am not as militant as I was when I first started my journey, but there are some things that I just do not feel comfortable doing, and this is one of them. We do not know that much about relaxers and what side effects they cause, or how dangerous they are in general. But my mother doesn't care... she wants her fresh relaxer.

She is having surgery tomorrow and she wants to put the relaxer in just in case she has to take her wig off. I tried to tell her she doesn't need it, but she doesn't want to hear that, she wants her fresh relaxer.

I don't want to give in, but I don't want to be "mean" either by not doing it, knowing nobody else is going to do it for her, and she is my mother and you only get one. What would you do in this situation?

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Wowzers!

Check out the growth!!!!



I shaved my hair off for a second time within a 3 month time period a few days before Thanksgiving 2009. I took the picture of my dang near bald head in December 2009. And the twists are from May 2010....look at the progress! I am going to be back to having a BAA in no time!

And for anyone that is scared to do the big chop to cut off their relaxed hair, I want this to be proof that hair does grow back! As the advertisement says from the national Save a Strand Foundation, "What you scared for? Cut. It. Out."

And yes, I shaved my hair off myself! I went to Wal-Mart, bought a $10 pair of hair clippers, and shaved my hair off....without the guards on! I was gangsta with it! You can get gangsta with it too....Cut. It. Out.

You know, for 24 Days...

it really doesn't look that bad:




I thought my shrinkage was off the chain, but it really wasn't that bad now that I see the comparison pics.





I might just ride it out and make it a month long style...I am washing it today though, just because I haven't washed my hair since I did these and since I want to stay dandruff free, I better get to rinsing my scalp.











Take care ya'll, I'll be back with a new style soon!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

And now a word from our sponsors:



What You Scared For?





Be Natural. Be Happy. Be Free. Cut It Out!






This was a public service announcement from the Save a Strand Foundation. You can now return to the regularly scheduled program.

Fat Tootsie Roll Twists (spring 2009)



I am all about simplicity when it comes to my hair. I have learned over the years that the less you do to your hair, the healthier it is. And I don't know about you, but I live for healthy hair. Healthy hair looks good. Raggedy hair looks like ish. That may not be politically correct, but I know it got the point across!




This is a throwback style from the spring of 2009, I don't feel like putting it in its proper place, because, well, because I can do that...lol




I used world of curls curl activator gel and fruit of the earth aloe vera gel to twist my hair with on damp, stretched out hair via braids.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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Just installing a code, so don't mind me everybody :) But you can follow me with bloglovin, I won't be mad lol.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Hair Can't Live Off of Oil Alone

Hey everyone! I hope you had a fabulous weekend! I know I did at the ole plantation where I spend almost all my weekends. Anyway, today I just want to discuss something that a lot of new naturals, get confused about because they are use of working with relaxed hair: oil is not a moisturizer by itself.

If you were like me, and did the big chop (bc) from relaxed hair, then you are probably use of mainly using oil based products on your hair. Hair grease and oil sheen were probably your best friend too. Shoot, I had the nerve to grease my hair almost every other day with coconut oil grease, then squirt olive oil in it, then put oil sheen on top of that! Yeah, hair suicide.

We didn't use too many water based products regularly because those products would cause our hair to nap back up, and we didn't want that. We wanted that silky, smooth relaxed look. But as a natural, water is our best friend! Our hair cannot get enough water. Some people co-wash (conditioner wash) their hair on a daily basis, some of us spritz our hair with water based spritzes one or more times a day, and some of us use water based puddings and creams to moisturize our hair with.

In most of the creams and puddings, water is listed as the first ingredient, or some other moisturizer such as aloe vera gel. The oil is listed somewhere after the moisturizing ingredient. The reason why is that the oil acts as a sealant to the moisturizer, to help hold in the moisture. That is why some people do not find shea butter, olive oil, or many other types of oils by themselves moisturizing. Many people mix shea butter with aloe vera gel and another oil and find that more moisturizing than aloe vera or shea butter alone.

And remember that some oils are heavier than others. For instance, olive oil and avocado oil are very heavy oils, while coconut oil, sesame oil, and jojoba oils are lighter oils. So if olive oil is too heavy for your hair, try jojoba oil, which mimics your hair's natural sebum. Do not make the assumption that because one oil does not work for you, then none of them will. That is not true! You have to experiment with different oils and figure out which one is the right one for you.



DEUCES

Saturday, May 22, 2010

I Got That Good Hair

I got that Indian Afrikan in my family!



Love your roots, don't destroy them

Fro to Fro 1



Hey everybody! I hope that everyone is doing well. I am starting a new feature to my blog, a segment where I interview other people about their hair . The purpose of this segment is to just show other awesome fros and chit chat about hair and share it with you all! So lets get it started!

The first person that I am going to sit down and chat with Fro to Fro is my lovely cousin Me-Me


Besides having a beautiful fro, Me-Me has a beautiful voice as well. She was once apart of my family's musical group, "The Lewis Family" but after the death of my cousin Walter in 1996, the group disbanded. But Me-Me still sings solo at her church and at various gigs.

Hey Me-Me! How long have you been natural?
I've been natural seen 2004.

Why did you decide to go natural?
I decided to go natural because chemicals didn't work for my hair.

What styles did you wear during your hair transition (if you transitioned or just cut it all off)?
I wore wigs and sew ins.

What are your favorite products right now?
I use Just Natural organic care products.

And thanks again to Me-Me for being apart of my very first Fro to Fro interview!

I am actively seeking new people who would also like to be featured! Hit me up and let me know if you want to be included!

DEUCES

Thank You Black Love Poster!


Click to see entry at Black Love Poster

For featuring me and my boyfriend in your blog!

Black Love Poster is a new blog that features pictures of "black women in love." How cute is that concept! You too can submit a photo and be featured! Go on now and show off your honey!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Dang, Facebook shuffle read my mind:

There will always be people who strive to make others unhappy..and there will always be KARMA to bitch slap them back in their place!





I tip my hat to facebook shuffle. You are the shiznit for that status!

Alert! Public service announcement: Ms-gg does not condone violence.

This right here is why I don't like Wally World

I don't know if it is all this crazy weather, or whether they have been putting some act a fool juice in the water, but negroes have been losing their damn minds lately! I mean, check this out alright, so I'm minding my own business, just getting out of my car when a crowd of ghetto loud girls are about 20 feet away from me, laughing about how crazy and loud and ghetto they have been acting in the store, like that's cute.

Who does this? I glance at them for a quick second, wondering why grown people are acting a damn fool in the middle of a parking lot. As I proceed to walk towards the entrance, the next thing I know, I hear the ring leader of the ghetto black side circus yell to her side show bob act: "Imma do yo hair like dat. Look. Imma do yo hair like dat". All loud and ghetto in the middle of the wal-mart parking lot. The crew of hyenas then proceed to cackle. Woo chile, that was hilarious to talk about someone while they can hear them and right in their face.



Mind you, I was the only female in the parking lot, the closest to them and you know when someone is talking about you. I am caught off guard, and surprised by their boldness. Like, who does this? I am a grown woman, 24 years old, not 13 years old in middle school. I have never experienced anything like this since I have been natural. I had someone try to talk about me on the sly before about 3 years ago, but nothing as bold and as in your face as this.

Maybe I have not experienced nothing like this before because usually, when I am in public, I have that "don't mess with me" look on my face. But today I was feeling good, walking with my head high and confident. Maybe they felt the need to try and make me feel as miserable about myself as they felt about themselves?

And you know, I could have chosen to entertain their short bus circus but why? What would that have proven or solved? Not to toot my own horn, but I think my short nappy twists are the sh*t. And a group of ghetto hoodrats aren't going to steal my sunshine. Yeah I said it, and I will say it again, a group of ghetto hoodrats cutting up in the middle of Wal-mart in a white area, proving every stereotype about black people. I won't let them have that kind of power over me. I know who I am and I am comfortable with me.

They can laugh it up about my short twists, but boo boo and them don't know my hair is short and nappy BY CHOICE. Unlike them, I didn't have to go to the beauty supply store and buy silky yaki #2 because my hair has been chewed up by the relaxer. I am comfortable with my nappiness. I don't have to imitate the hair of another race to feel pretty. I got african in my blood and I am proud of it. And I don't go around trying to hide it, nor am I embarrassed about it.

Maybe four years ago I would have been deeply disturbed by this. But once again, not to toot my own horn, but I am in a place in my life where I frickin love my hair, I don't think my nappy hair is ugly whether it is short, long, or any other length. My nappy hair is beautiful, all nappy hair is beautiful. So I'm sorry that they don't love themselves and have to project their insecurities with themselves onto me.

So I hope boo boo and them got their self esteem boost for the day that made them feel so much better. They can go on and try to clown Ms-gg all they want to. Ms-gg is still high stepping, letting the wind blow through her fro, and loving her napps. Good-bye haters you mean nothing to me.






How you doing?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Random Nappy Question 1

I have a question for you: I have heard rumors that they are making a pill that will alter someone's natural hair texture. Don't believe me, google it!

On the real, if this pill was approved by the FDA, was tested, and proven to be more safer than Flintstones chewable tablets, would you take them? If there were no risks involved at all hypothetically speaking, would you take a pill that would turn your napps into straight hair?

Alright, now check this out: what if they had several different strengths right. The low dose is called Curligen and this would be taken once a week, and this would loosen your hair texture slightly.

The highest dose would be straightigen and this would be taken once a day, and this would give you straight hair.

And like I said, this would all be approved by the FDA with no risks whatsoever! Would you do it? Discuss

DEUCES

Take a minute to really think about it, and post it on up!

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And here is a snippet of an article I found on the pill that they are working on:

A bad hair day may soon be easily fixed with the pop of a pill, London's Daily Mail reported.

Australian researchers at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research have discovered a "curly hair gene," which could lead to new hair treatments that don't involve using damaging hot irons.

The trichohyalin gene influences the hair follicle's devolpment, and is also responsible for making curls. The gene's variation determines if a person will have curly or straight hair.

Scientists said the gene could also help refine DNA kits used by forsenic pathologists to determine if a suspect has curly or straight hair.


http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,579900,00.html

Little Bow Peep

Yo, Yo, Yo, Yo, Little Bow Peep/Ain't got no sheep/ gotta jar of lanolin and a wool coat that's pink

Oh! Don't hate on my rhymes, you ain't know? Imma a baby Tupac in training ;)

*Sigh* Let me stop playing with ya'll and show off my new hair accessory:





This animal print bow was originally on one of those plastic headbands with those scary teeth on it. But I refused to put that contraption on my naps after I almost dang near shaved my head bald so that I could have healthy hair...no ma'am, so I carefully took off the bow and then reinserted it onto a smoother polyester headband.



I also added a little netting to the headband to jazz it up a little bit. It's still a little too plain for my liking but it will do for now.

In the future, I plan on making some extra bow headbands and fashion accessories because I just LOVE jazzing up the fro...who said nappy hair can't be cute and funky fresh...hmph! They haven't seen Ms-gg yet!






By the way, my twists will be officially one week old tomorrow (Wednesday May 19th). They still look pretty darn good to be 6 days old if I do say so myself. The key for me is to manipulate my hair as little as possible. No satin bonnets, satin scarves, molesting my hair, looking at it...nothing! Just let it be. I spray it everyday with World of Curls Comb out spray and roll out. Keeping it simple will not only keep your hair looking fresh, but it will also keep it on your head!





The more you mess with it, the more stress you cause to your strands, and that stress can potentially lead to breakage. But only you know how much your hair can tolerate. And this is learned through trial and error.

Personally, I have learned over these past years that I have to manipulate my hair as less as possible if I want to have healthy hair. Hopefully you will find that right balance for you and your hair.




DEUCES

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Give The Baby Some



Natural hairstyles and young children.  Trying to find appropriate natural hairstyles for toddlers can be difficult.  I often volunteer to do my goddaughter Li Li's hair for her mother (my bestie), continuing to experiment on cute hairstyles for her other than puffs and pigtails.  Besides, I love doing hair.

I don't know about you, but there is something therapeutic and relaxing about doing hair.






Because I was on a time crunch (I had to go to work), I did a simple hairstyle for my Li Li, some braided roots and twisted ends, and diagonal flat twists in the front.





It took a little over 2 hours, only because I made a few mistakes that I had to correct, and well, she is a baby (about to be 3 next month!) and she got a little distracted playing with her plush pooh bear and chit chatting with the cartoons lol. But honestly, she is a really good, well behaved baby and she sat still for the whole 2 hours! Most grown adults can't do that! lol





As you can see, I did diagonal parts in the front, and the braided roots twists in the back. I braided her roots so that the style would last a little longer.

The theory is that with twists, the parts start to get fuzzy after a short while but with braids, the parts last longer. Hopefully it can hold up for a week or two *crosses fingers*






For the flat twists in the front, I used fruit of the earth aloe vera gel with naturals. Her hair LOVED it. It made her hair really defined (she has really coily hair) and it made the best flat twists! I was very pleased with the end result! So was Li Li! Look at that smile :)






Li Li has very soft and fine hair, very VERY different from mine. My hair is really coarse and dry. So I could not use the same amount of products on her hair as I do my own. Where my hair normally needs a lot of product to make it even FEEL like hair, I only had to use a little bit of world of curls curl activator gel to twist her hair with.

But for her twists, I mostly used shea butter. I have a feeling that shealoe would be her holy grail product. Her hair loves shea butter a whole lot.





As you can see, I did brick pattern parting. This parting mimics the way bricks look, where each braid or twist is not directly on top of one another. If you ran your finger down her parts vertically, you can see that it goes in a stair step pattern. To get it to look like bricks, you have to make sure that the parts running vertically are not right on top of each other. The best way that I have found to prevent this is by making the part that is right below or above a twist or braid directly above or below the center of the one that it come beneath or above. That is what creates the brick pattering. If the braids and twists were stacked right above each other, they would not look like bricks.

Since this may sound like a foreign language, I promise to add a diagram of how to do brick pattern parting in the near future!  Edited in 2011: Here is a post about it here!

This type of parting is good for thin hair because it helps the hair to look more fuller, since the braids or twists are not directly on top of each other, leaving huge gaps on the scalp.





While braided the roots, I made sure to braid very loosely. I tend to be heavy handed when I braid, even on my own head. Since she is a baby, and she can't really verbalize if her hair is too tight, I tried my best to make sure that I did not hurt her.

No hairstyle should ever cause you pain to the point that you need to take aspirin to stop your head from throbbing! But that is a different post for a different time!



More shots of Li Li's hair...

Look at her giving me the side eye. lol



























After the ice pop it was all good for Li Li


























Li Li had enough for the day, she gave me the universal stank face. And on that note, that's all folks!


DEUCES

Friday, May 14, 2010

Do You Poo?

If you do poo, how often do you poo? I poo once a month, sometimes even less than that. I don't like to poo that much, it's not good for you.

No I'm not talking about doing "number 2," I am talking about shampooing your hair, or more commonly called on hair boards, "poo." I was a no-pooer for a while because I didn't really use products that caused build up on my hair, and therefore, it was not necessary to poo that often. To be honest, I think the only reason I do it now is because it is a habit. I don't use mineral oil, oils or anything like that, so I am really just doing it to just do it.

Are you like that? Do you have some habits left over from your relaxed hair days that still carry over now as a natural?

When I do wash my hair, I cowash. If you don't know, cowashing is when you just use conditioner to wash your hair. All of the ingredients I use are water soluble, so I do not need a harsh surfactant to remove any product from my hair. The conditioner and water is enough to remove all of the product from my hair. Plus, poo is very damaging to your hair. It removes the very important sebrum from our scalp and hair strands and can leave them feeling brittle and hard. Have you ever noticed that squeaky clean feeling after you shampooed? That is because the shampoo has stripped your hair of every bit of moisture that it once had! Then you need to do deep conditioning to restore that lost moisture.


I use 10 drops of Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap in half a cup of water when I do poo


Honestly, unless you are using really heavy products, or are like me and just do it to be doing it, you probably could get away with only using shampoo about once a month. And never go for that squeaky clean feeling! All you need to do is lather up your hair one time and that will suffice.

Until next time


DEUCES

Trying to be as Seamless as Possible

Speaking of damaged hair, I believe that one of the biggest contributors to my hair damage was the hair tools I was using. I think that the seams in my comb helped to rip up my hair strands. This go around, when I am able to start combing my hair again, I am going to buy this comb:



The Magic Star Jumbo Rake Comb. I need a comb that has really wide teeth and that is really big. I have so much hair that anything else will not do. The last comb I used for detangling probably is the main culprit in my damaged hair, I mean, look at this plastic strand torture contraption:



It was called The Afro Master. No really, look closely at the comb! Lol. Everybody and they momma had one of these combs when I was younger. Anyway look at those razor sharp teef! Scary!

And the seams were rough inbetween the teef too! I think they were responsible for roughing up the cuticle of my hair. Old devil master! I freed my strands and threw this comb in the trash a few months ago.....hmph!


I plan on getting this Jumbo Rake comb soon because I can tell I'm going to need to start removing the shed hair from my fro very soon because it is no longer shedding on its own. It cost 17.50, which if you think about it, it really isn't that much considering it will last me for the rest of my life! Cheap combs break, quality lasts!

Link to the site for the Magic Jumbo Rake Comb (I have never personally ordered from this site, but if I am not mistaken, some people from various hair boards have, so I would do my homework before ordering from this site):
http://www.hotcombs.net/products/Magic-Star-Jumbo-Rake.html

Let That Damaged Hair Go!

I touched on this subject slightly last month but I want to reiterate something that may have been lost in the post: if your hair is extremely damaged, if you have splits in your hair that make your strands look like wishbones, chile let it go! One thing that makes hair look very unattractive is damage. See through ends, twists and braids that are thick for the first few inches, then half way down they get real thin...you ever seen that before? All of these things take away from the aesthetic appearance of your hair and in the end (no pun intended), I think most of us strive for healthy, beautiful hair.

And you want to know a secret? Not too many people seem to know this but, hair grows back! I swear it will! You don't believe me? I'm going to try to prove it to you, look see:




As you can see, the picture on the left is of July 2007. I cut my hair off because of color damage, or damage done by my transition to natural hair. Let me set the picture for you:

During my transition to natural hair in 2006, I dyed my hair several times. The reason why was because in 2005, my former beautician dyed my hair a very very bright neon yellow and orange. But this is a different story for another day. To combat this, I kept dying my hair with semi permanent colors every week or few weeks so that I could keep that nasty dye job at bay.

Then sometime in the summer of 2006, I dyed the front of my hair for the heck of it. As I grew my natural out after I cut off all the perm, I noticed how drastically different the front of my hair was from the back of my hair, which wasn't colored. I thought that that was just how my hair was. What did I know? I had never seen my natural hair before, so I had nothing to compare it to.

But I knew something wasn't right. Look here:



Do you see how busted my colored ends are? Yuck! This is June of 2007. My ends look dry, and they felt hard and crispy. They had to go! So I said eff it and cut as much as my colored hair off that I could:




This wasn't all the hair I cut off, but I sure wasn't digging in the trash can to get it!



This is after the cut. The time period is July 2007 My hair looks SOOOO much more healthier....



See the difference again? Those colored ends would not coil up at all and whenever I would pull my hair back with a clip in the front the ends would be fuzzy and nasty looking...and they would hardly ever hold.... And I knew my hair was not like that because it wasnt doing that in the back...

Now, remember I did this in July of 2007. Now, once again, lets take a trip back to the end of 2007:



The picture above was taken in December 2007. What the french toast sticks? I can't believe my eyes, in 5 months, my hair grew back and then some! Well I be darn! And it looks much more healthier too doesn't it?





Even between June and September 2007 there is a BIG difference in not only the fullness, and aesthetic appearance, but it grew right back! The June 2007 picture is right before the cut, and as you can see, by September it was almost back to the same length it was before.

Alright, alright, okay! I'm going to leave you alone-for now! But I promise I am going to be back to convince you to let go of those damaged ends. I am a big ole front row cheerleader for healthy hair. And I am determined to convince you to let go of those damaged ends if that means I have to sneak up behind you with my shears and do it myself!


And if you want to know a little bit more about my decision to cut my hair, more pictures of the damaged ends, why don't you check out my June 2007 fotki album:
http://public.fotki.com/ms-gg/firstyear/june-07/

For more pictures of my hair right after my cut, check out my July 2007 fotki album:
http://public.fotki.com/ms-gg/firstyear/july-07/

And for more comparison pictures of my hair growth throughout the years, check out my comparison album:
http://public.fotki.com/ms-gg/texture-shots/comparisons/



Until next time,

DEUCES

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