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

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Down By the River

Today was a beautiful warm day and I took a solo trip down to the canal walk at the James River to take a few outside hair shots.  If you haven't realized by now I love outdoor shots :) 

The outside shots at this location weren't hitting on nothing.  I looked up and saw this small pedestrian bridge under the freeway: 

So then next I got this bright idea to go up on this bridge and take a few pics overlooking the James River.  As you can see in the pic, the bridge is held up by those rope things that are attached to the freeway, and only those rope things.  Um, did I tell you I was afraid of heights?

In the pic below you can really get a good glimpse of this bridge. How did they do that?


Here is another shot of that bridge.  Yeah....

At this point I was feeling weak and nauseous. My life flashed in front of my eyes.  I remembered that bridge collapse a few years ago where a few people died in Mississippi. And then I had the nerve to look and take a picture of those rope things (yeah, I feel safe and secure):


After that I couldn't get back to the ground quick enough!   People were riding their bikes and going on lovey dovey strolls and this fool right here is scared for her life!   So much for that idea!  I saw this pretty bush/tree and settled for that:


Next I moseyed on down to the Canal Walk.  They had these cute little signs up explaining what happened in Richmond during the Civil War.

There were more but you get the idea.

Alright, now for the hair pics!  Last Wednesday I put in a fresh set of twists, so they are about 6 days old in this picture.  To preserve them I just wrap them up in my silk scarf every night and let the mist from the shower wake them up in the morning.

I know variety is the spice of life, but right now I am just really digging my two strand twists right now!  Next styling session I am going to try to do something different to make things more interesting for you guys.  I know these two strands are getting kind of played.

Well anyway, I hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving!  Love ya and take care :)

Throwback March 2009 Part III

I got tired of those flat twists

....after 2 weeks. So I cowashed my hair with a whole bunch of conditioners mixed up in a plastic cup and added about 1/4 a cup of organc ev olive oil. My hair loves it. Only took 3 years to figure it out. I am a little uneasy using it though because I have been going easy on the oils lately and drinking more water to get rid of this dang acne and don't want any set backs. But I have heard olive oil doesn't clog pores so we will see with time...

I left the back in the same twists.....

and just cowashed it too. I can't remember ever leaving the back the same and just doing a fresh set in the front. It doesn't bother me because I can't see it anyway lol...but I don't think it looks that bad in person (I hope!). I tried to blend the old with the new by twisting my hair towards the back starting about 3 inches from my forehead. But hair does what it wants to do so most of it has worked its way into a funky bob shape that I am diggin....

Can you see the hint of color?

I did a frosting on my hair (where you put a frosting cap over your hair and pull peices of hair through). took an hour just to pull the front through the cap so I said to heck with the back. And most of the color I did put on my hair was done by me taking color, putting it on my gloved hand and applying it to small sections of hair.

I love love love the color and once it was all done I wished I had just went ahead and did my whole head. I am sure it will be okay as long as I keep it moist. The color I used by the way was Soft Sheen and Carson's 379 golden bronze.

Probably next year I will do my whole head because I really like this color alot.  (Update 2010:  That would be big a negative! Ain't happening captain!).

Throwback March 2009

I watched the wire season 4on dvd courtesy of Circuit City GOOB sale and twisted my hair up...I wasn't feeling the fro, too dry and crispy....(um yeah, so this pic sucks really bad!!)

New style:

So after a braid out or two (sorry, my camera was acting a fool!) a color highlight (um yeah....we can talk about that later lol) I did flat twists in the front with a braid out/twis tout (depending on my mood) in the back. Something different....

 After I flat twisted my hair and twisted the ends of my flat twists, I then flat twisted the loose ends of the flat twists and held them down with a small butterfly clip.

Later that week:

the back is all twisted up.  I also removed that little butterfly clip and gathered all the ends of the flat twists and secured it with a rectangular black clip.


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