Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Natural Hair is Sessy!!! Look!

My favorite R&B group right now is Foreign Exchange.  If you haven't seen it already, I want to present to you the video for one of their songs "Take off the Blues."  This song comes off of their second studio album, Leave It All Behind.  The reason why I posted this is because there is a natural in the lead role as Phonte's love interest in the video, and I just want to put it out there that nappy hair is sexy, it is beautiful, it is glamorous, it will get you a man, it will give you your 15 seconds of fame in a hip hop video, it will get you a job in corporate America, it will give you the best feeling in the world! 

If you never take anything else away from my blog ever, I want you to know that nappy hair is not ugly, it is not homely, it is not unattractive.  It is us, and it is made in His image and therefore it is good because God doesn't make any junk!  Alright, enough rambling and preaching!  Here is the video, enjoy!



From the Lost Napps Files

I don't have too many pics from my latest big chop, but I found this one floating around my computer.  I was so shell shocked over my new cut that I didn't take too many pics, nor did I look at the pics I took.




This picture was taken on Halloween night.  Me and my boo was going out to the movies even though I should have been studying for my test.  But I said screw studying, and I hit the town and painted it purple! And I STILL got an A!!!  Yeah boi! lol

Monday, June 28, 2010

This is Public Service Announcement

This Public Service Announcement comes from my homegirl Mooks from fotki:


This idea has been circulating in the hair forums Lets take over July 4th and make it     •••   N A T I O N A L -AFRO- D A Y !!•••
We'll go to all the cookouts, firework display, and family events with our fros big and beautiful
 
 
 

Save the Date: 7.4.10

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Vintage Fro

I really really REALLY never really do this, because I know that this is napp neglect, punishable with forty years in the slammer, but I have been diggin the retro 70's vibe I get with the picked out fro lately.  I use to not really care for looking like the 70's with the fro, but lately my mind has changed drastically.



Probably 3-4 years ago, I would not like this short picked out afro on me, but the more mature I get in this whole natural hair journey, the more open I am to different natural hair looks (plus I have been on my vintage obsession lately.  Everything I am wearing is vintage from head to toe, including the 1960's purse) .  That is why I always want to tell anyone who is looking to go natural to try it out and see if you like it.  How would you ever know as long as you live that natural hair is "not for you" when you have never tried it before?  It is like if someone has a plate of collard greens, mac n cheese, chicken and hot butter rolls on the table, and someone says, "I don't like that" then after you give the person the ish face you ask them, "Why not? Are you crazy?"  then they tell you, "Oh, I don't like it because I never had any of that stuff before but I know I won't like it, it's not for me?"

And that person who is too afraid to try something new will miss out on the best daggone meal they ever ate in their entire life because they are too afraid to try new things.  Did that make sense?  I hope so because I am known to create an example and make the whole concept way more confusing than the original scenario.


Anyway, I spritz my hair every morning with World of Curls Regular Comb Out Spray, add a little shea butter for shine, pick it very very very lightly to lift the fro a little with the awesome Magic Star Jumbo Rake comb to add volume, and roll out.   All this takes less than 7 minutes.





  Like I said before, I am sick of twists right now, I wanna let my twa shine!




I am obsessed with owls right now.  I don't know why, I just am.  I was so stoked when I found this owl bag. 






Okay, hold on, wait, before you laugh at this:




this pose was soooo NOT my idea. I let the photographer (my boyfriend) do this to me. He did such a good job last time with his alley shots that I let him have creative control on one shot. But well, I let you be the judge on that pic! LMAO

You know, sometimes you have to laugh at yourself, and not be afraid to laugh at your self.  We all make mistakes, we all have flaws, and we all are not perfect.  Life is too short to be embarrassed.

Yeah, as you can see, I am pretty much keeping it simple with my hair right now.  It is that 10% of the month wear I get to enjoy wearing my hair out.   Even though I am not doing "protective styles" in the traditional sense (braids, twists, etc etc), I am still keeping the amount of manipulation  I do to my  hair to a minimal, even though I pick it out a little in the morning.  The reason why I believe that it can be somewhat beneficial (it is still not a good idea, so don't go telling nobody Ms-gg said a picked out fro is a protective style lol!) is because when I comb my hair, I am distributing the spritz and Shea butter through my fro.  So right now, it works for me, and I'm going to do it until I get tired of the vintage fro.  Hope you guys have a happy Saturday!  See ya later :)


Deuces

Monday, June 21, 2010

Out and About

took these flicks out and about with my boo.  I am trying to take more pictures of my hair in different scenery than my bathroom and around my house.  All that repetition makes for a boring blog/hair journal, ya know?














 


Yus Sir! It's here!

*Does the Cabbage Patch* 



I was cheesing like a kid on Christmas!  My Magic Star Jumbo Rake comb arrived today! And Imma tell you right now, this comb is the bees knees!  I ordered it Thursday from the website Hot Combs. Here is the link for the comb just in case you are interested in it too: http://www.hotcombs.net/products/Magic-Star-Jumbo-Rake.html

I got bored with my hair last night so around 12:30 AM or 1:30 AM I started taking down my twists.  The twists lasted a total of 17 days.  Not bad.  They could have lasted another 2 weeks but I was ready for a change.  Here is how my hair looks  now after I have been picking through it with my fingers, discovering my dear old friends Single, Strand, and Knots all over the nape of my neck  Right now my hair is about 3/16th of an inch short of being 4 inches long, which sounds about right since I shaved my hair off for the last time a few days before Thanksgiving of last year.    Anyway, here is the fro:

 

It is so sticky from all of the glycerin from the World of Curls Comb Out spray!  That is one reason why I wanted to take the twists down so soon: to wash this mess!  And to play with my new toy, who am I fooling?



Alright, now back to the comb.



It came all wrapped up and official!  I couldn't wait to tear that package open and feel it!


Gesagte Kamme aus Naturakautschuk:  that's German for, "Built Ford Tough Even for Your Nappy Hair!"



This comb feels like quality.  The teeth are so smooth, I know it will do right by my napps and not forsake them!  I will warn you that  it does have a real strong rubber smell though.  But I don't mind it too much "right now" while it is still fresh out the box, I'll holla back at you in a few months on that one.

 

Excuse the bird daky, I didn't do it.  But yo, look at how wide the teeth are!  That is what I am talking about!  When I want a wide tooth comb, I want a wide tooth comb.  And these are some gaped teeth here!  Very napp friendly if you ask me.

 

And the seal of quality.  That Sagemann stamp of approval.  I frickin love it!  I am so giddy right now!  So you know I couldn't wait to try the comb out right.  So yes, I did try raking that comb through my dry napps *smacks hand* Bad GG!  But naw, since my hair is so short, it really wasn't that bad at all!  That comb glided through my napps so smooth and easily!  No snagging or pulling!  I am sold on this seamless comb.  Hands down the most friendliest comb I have ever used, and I have been through a lot of combs in my day.  A lot of them were cheap and the cause of my damaged hair but I didn't know any better then.  One thing about a quality item is that if it was well constructed it will last a lifetime.  And I know for a fact that I will get my $19 (the cost after shipping) worth out of this comb!  So my final werd on this Magic Star Jumbo Rake Comb is that it is a must for anyone who is looking for a napp friendly comb.

Why I love this comb:

*It has almost 1/2 inch spacing inbetween the teeth, which makes it easier to comb through your hair

*It is seamless, which means that your hair will not snag up against the seams in between the teeth of the comb, causing damage to your strands.

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 Now for the new products!

Yesterday I bought another jar of this Mane and Tail Olive Oil Cream again.  I remember I liked it a few years ago but I don't remember why I stopped using it.  So I bought it again to find out lol.  I remember saying it was a bit greasy, but none of the ingredients of it jumped out at me as particularly bad ingredients so I said what the hey and bought it again.



I also bought a new conditioner from Kroger's grocery store called Mirra Deep Moisture Conditioner.   It claims it is infused with Pomegranate and those darn Acai extracts that everyone is going coo coo for cocoa puffs over.  Meh.  I'm looking for a new conditioner so I figured why not for $4.


 
So I'm going to try all this stuff out and give a more in depth review of it later in the future. ...

Alright ya'll, thank you for stopping by, you are the bestest and you know I love you like play cousins!


Deuces

Sunday, June 20, 2010

This Day Just Keeps Getting Better and Better!!!

My buddy over at Nappturality.com Missgee (gosh she has a wonderful name!) just pm'd me a little while ago to let me know she finalized her feature on me in her online magazine, Afro Glitz Magazine today too!


 http://hair.afroglitzmag.com/gone-natural-ms-gg/


What a great day this has turned out to be!  If you haven't checked out her magazine, PLEASE run over there quick fast and in a hurry!  It is all of that and then some!  One of my favorite features of her site is the history of our hair. She has wonderful rare pictures of natural hair dating all the way back to the late 1880's.  

And I want to thank all of you for stopping by and checking out my hair blog.  You all are the best!

DEUCES

OMG!!!! I got chosen as a spotlight on Motown Girl!!!!

A special thanks to Motown Girl, a true veteran in this nappy hair thang for the love!  If you haven't checked out her site, you are missing out!  Thank you so much again, you are the bomb! 

Forreal ya'll, this makes me feel so good because I was down and out a little because today is of course father's day and I lost my daddy to cancer almost two years ago in August.  So this brought a smile to my face.  How awesome!  Have a great day you guys and if you still have a daddy, hug him, kiss him, even the dead beat ones because truth be told, if it wasn't for them and God and your mama, you wouldn't be here today.

God bless,

Ms-gg



http://motowngirl.com/index.php/mg-spotlight-ms-gg.html

Texture Shot

My hair is damp and freshly detangled here (this is an old hair shot too that I fumbled across while looking at my fotki album:


This is why I always say my hair looks like a month old twist out lol.  Because I think it does.  And this is also why I don't do the whole hair typing thing on the Andre scale with all that 4a and 4b mess because my hair doesn't neatly fit into any of those categories. I always preferred the  LOIS hair typing scale because it more accurately describes my hair pattern.  My hair is not uniformed and has like a thousand things going on at one time.  That is why I think I have a hard time detangling my hair when it is longer (it can take anywhere from 4 hours to 10 or more on a bad BAD day), the multiple hair textures+ having porous hair which means my cuticles are not laying flat, which encourages my hair strands to be rough and intertwine....I just have a lot of factors working against me and not with me.

But anyway, on the LOIS scale, my hair is a mostly O and S patterned, with L's sprinkled  in there too.  I borrowed this from http://www.tytecurl.com/v02/hairtypes.htm.so you can figure out your hair pattern too:



Find Your Pattern:

L - If the hair has all bends, right angles and folds with little to no curve then you are daughter L.

O - If the strand is rolled up into the shape of one or several zeros like a spiral, then you are daughter O.

I - If the hair lies mostly flat with no distinctive curve or bend you are daughter I.

S - If the strand looks like a wavy line with hills and valleys then you are daughter S.

You may have a combination of the LOIS letters, possibly with one dominant. If you cannot see one letter over the others, then combine the letters. Example: LO or IL or OS..


You can't tell me that this isn't easier?

Flax Seed Gel Part One

I tried making flax seed gel for the first time late last year after hearing so many good things about it on Nappturality.com.  But with barely one inch of hair, it was hard to tell just how moisturizing it was for my napps. So this week I made a brand to new batch to test the stuff out again.



Womp Womp.  This was the best picture of the stuff.  And of course the dag nabbed camera was dead when I went to take pictures while I made it, so I am going to add the last few pictures that are missing later on when I make another batch sometime in the near future.

Anyway, here is the bag of flax seeds I used:



Arrowhead Mills Organic Flax Seeds.  I bought them at Krogers for less than 5 bucks.  Since I have made a few batches and have the hang of making the flax seed gel, I really don't measure anymore.  I used about 3/4 or 1/2 cup of flax seeds and 1-2 cups of water.  I put both ingredients in a small saucepan and let the water boil on high like so:



Um, yes my 70 year old mother still preserves bacon and chicken grease in a cup on the stove despite my protests on how nasty that is.  God only knows how some of us lived to see 20. Eeewww.

Any-who, after I get the water to boil, I turn the stove back to about medium or simmer: whatever allows the stuff to still boil  but not too fast.


This is how my pot of flax seed gel looks like when it is cooking.  As you can see, the mixture is not boiling over, smoke and steam isn't bursting out the pot, and it looks kind of tasty too (naw I'm just playing).  I let it boil for about 20 minutes, stirring every now and then like so:



You don't want it to boil too long though, nor do you want the water too get to low.  You want the texture of the stuff to be slimy, and not too runny, and sort of like the consistency of snot.  When it gets slimy and snotty you are pretty much done.  As the snot mixture cools, it will start to thicken up.  If you let it thicken up too much as you cook it, it will be very difficult to extract the slim from the seeds.  If this happens, try to add more water and turn down the heat.

Now this is where I am lacking pictures.  I used a big wide metal strainer to dump the mixture into.  I have tried using metal tea leaf infusers, and a couple of other methods, but this has been the best for me.  The other methods have been a lot more messier, and I lose a lot of the gel in the process, and those teeny tiny seeds end up being mixed into my gel, all over the counter, all over the floor, all in the sink, all on the stove....you get the picture.  That's definitely not cool dude.

I put the gel in a storage container like so:


Note: I added a few drops of olive oil to mine, that is why it is yellow.

And put the flax seed gel in the fridge.  This stuff has to be refrigerated or else it will go bad.  You can make it last longer by adding essential oils to yours.

After you are done, here comes the fun part.  I still have these twists in my hair so I really haven't played around with the stuff much.  I am still waiting on my trusty dusty Magic Star Jumbo Rake Comb I just ordered on Friday.  But here is a shot of what it did for my hair.  A lot of people rave about how it is a good gel for defining curls and such, and  I am going to experiment with that next week and I will report back on that along with the new hair toy.




Please excuse the brows mayne, forreal, I know it is unacceptable lol.  And the chipped polish...*shakes head*   But yeah, try to concentrate on the ashanti sideburns.  It does do a very good job of defining curls, and at a fraction of the cost of Kinky Curly Custard.  It did however, leave my hair DRY DRY DRY.  But please remember, my hair is extremely porous and there are not too many products outside of glycerin based ones that give me moisturized hair.  So take my product reviews with a grain of salt unless you suffer from really porous hair the way I do.  I am going to experiment with this snot stuff some more, and add some glycerin to it and see what happens.  Maybe I have found my new holy grail product, I HOPE.  *fingas crossed and toes too*

And let me add a disclaimer here, and this goes for this gel and any gel or product: if your hair doesn't curl naturally, there isn't a product in the world that will make curls appear out of nowhere except a hot curler or some curling rods.  It ain't happenin' captain.  Not even David Blaine can make that work for you.  Not trying to be mean but I am just telling it like it is.  I ain't trying to get Tracee Ellis Ross type curls in my hair cause that is never going to happen in this lifetime.  All I can do is achieve Ms-gg's nappy coils and be happy.  Werd to yo mama. 

Anyway, take care ya'll enjoy the rest of your weekend and stay cool.  It's too hot to even be moving around right now!

Deuces


Oh wait wait wait....before I go, let me show you this beautiful gift bag I saw in Dollar Tree of all places.  I thought it was so frickin cute!  I just had to take a picture of it, it was that dang cute!



Yes the mommy and baby are rockin fros!  How k-yute is that!!!

Alright, I'm gone forreal this time!

DEUCES

Saturday, June 19, 2010

I Know Sometimes We Naturals Just Can't Help It!

But we have a tendency to gravitate towards any celebrity that embraces their natural hair texture, and feel some connection to them.  Or maybe we just look up to them for going against the grain in the entertainment industry by wearing their hair natural, which we know is so far left from the status quo.  Well, some of you may have already heard her sing background for Mos Def's song "Roses," which was one of my personal favorite tracks on his last album Ecstatic, but Miss Georgia Anne Muldrow has her own material too.  And she is a nappy too!



If you like good soulful songs, then you should check out this song called, "Run Away" which reminds me of that good ole 90's neo soul music that would leave you with a warm feeling right after listening to it. And the video is very cute!  Afros and bell bottoms galore lol!  Check it out, I am sure you won't be disappointed.  I can't stop playing it! I think it's my new favorite song this summer!


Friday, June 18, 2010

I bought my magic star jumbo rake comb!!!

I am so stoked!  Last night, I opened up my wallet, clicked that "buy" button and bought that Magic Star Jumbo Rake Comb I talked about last month.



 A little after my fortyleventh big chop in September of 2009, I got mad and threw out all of my seamed combs so that I would have no other choice but to buy new combs in the future.  I did this because I had a hunch that those dag nabbed seamed combs were doing more harm than good on my hair. If you run your fingers down the sides of a seamed comb than you can feel just how rough and brutal some of the are!

It is almost like combing your hair with a knife really.  And then we wonder why our hair is damaged and breaking off!  Hello!  You are combing your hair with a cheap comb that is poorly manufactured.  

So I am hoping that this new wider tooth seamless comb will be more gentle to my napps.  We'll see.
It cost me about 19 bucks after shipping and everything, and hopefully it will be at my doorstep by early next week so I can test this baby out! I bought the biggest and widest seamless comb they had.  Fine teeth comb make my head hurt just thinking about it!  YOUCH! lol...

Don't worry, you will get a FULL review on this comb.  By the way, I ordered it from this site:

http://www.hotcombs.net/products/Magic-Star-Jumbo-Rake.html

Come on Rake Comb!!!  Do you own a seamless comb?  Let me know down below!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I'm Officially on Youtube!!

Not even ten minutes ago I uploaded my very first youtube video that I have been putting off for years!!



Click to access my youtube page

Wooo hooo!!   Lol. If you have been riding and dying with me for a while, or if you have been poking around my blog or fotki album, a lot of it is going to seem like deja vu because the video is a collection of my favorite natural hair pictures over the past four years.  And a special shout out to my boo Gallon for the beats!  You are the best!

  But anyway, thank you all for stopping by my blog, you all are the best and check ya later!!!  I really appreciate you stopping by, listening to my rants and listening to my crazy tail (I know sometimes you wonder if I'm touched)!  Right now though,  a sister girl is hungry and I'm about to crush a plate of broiled porkchops and rice and veggies.  YUMMY.

DEUCES

Monday, June 14, 2010

I Just Entered Into My First Picture contest on Leave in the Kinks

http://www.leaveinthekinks.com/2010/06/summer-styling-entries.html

The contestants are suppose to show off their best summer hairdos and I chose one of my favorite pictures of a twist out with a pretty red flower:



Anywho, I will let you know when the contest actually begins!  Wish me luck you guys!!!

:)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Wow, Solange is weird?

The website bossip.com called Solange and her group of friends weirdos? 

Yeah, I'm just as confused as you are Solange about this one. smiley emoticons

I swear, if you don't fit into the label that society wants to box you in, they automatically throw shade your way.  I wonder what makes her or her friends so weird?  Because most of them are natural and they were having fun?  Sigh....more pics I borrowed from their site.


Look it's Kesh!


Aww, whatever to bossip...I think Solange and her friends are just living it up....now let me go pull out my granny hat.....

link to article: http://bossip.com/254074/solange-gets-a-weave-and-kicks-it-with-her-little-weirdo-crew-for-memorial-day/

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