Friday, December 30, 2011

Year end hair growth update video

Hey ya'll! I hope that everyone is enjoying the the day before the last day of the year! This year went by so fast, I can't believe it!

Well, I just created a video of my hair growth progress for this year.  Despite not trimming often and breaking 10,000 other "Natural Hair Commandments," I think I made decent progress.  In the near future, I will be creating a 2012 Winter regimen video to let you all know what I plan to do with my hair this winter.  Alright ya'll, have a safe and blessed New Year's Eve and Day!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Big Ole Chunky Twist Out

on a cool winter day.  Hey ya'll! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Today I rocked a twist out after I took down some fugly twists I wore for a day.

I wore twists for about 10 days, took them down on Christmas day, put some more big ones in two days ago and took them down today.

rocking purple lipstick since 1998! What you know about that Bonnebell

To re-twist my hair for this twist out I am now currently rocking, I just spritzed it down with a little water mixed with aloe vera juice. 

My twist out feels super soft too!

I plan to re-twist my hair again tonight, maybe experiment with a bantu knot or two to see how it will turn out, and rock another twist out tomorrow.  After that, I will put my hair back into another protective hairstyle.

Whelp, that's all I have for now ya'll.  If I don't talk to you all again before the 31st ya'll have a safe and blessed New Year's Eve! 


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Two Days and Some Change

to take my braids out!!!  I put in a set of box braids (sorry, no pics) and wore them for a total (are you ready?) of 4.5 weeks!!

I planned on wearing them a full 5 weeks but I couldn't take it anymore and had to call it quits.

Good News: 

My hair grew.

December 2011

Bad News:

My hair broke the heck off! Breakage hasn't been an issue for me since God knows when, with the exception of my edges which are weak permanently do to relaxer damage.  But I was weak when I started to notice 4-5 strands of hair all around 1/2 inch long in sections.

Urgh! My edges have never looked this bad!!!

I know hair goes through a growth cycle and a 1/2 inch long hair could be a new hair growing in under any other circumstance, but I know it is breakage because of how many there are.

Why do I believe that this happened? Because of tension.  I didn't braid too tight (I wasn't in pain from the braids), whoever, the tension of the braids was enough to jack up my hair anyway.  What ticks me off is that I worry about the ends, and then my hair breaks off at the roots! I mean really! Can't win for losing.

Busted and disgusted hairline

No use crying over spilled milk ya'll. All I can do is to learn from this setback.  Unfortunately, setbacks are apart of the process of learning your hair.  Unfortunately.  That's why I always say that if you are new to the natural hair game, it is okay if you stumble or don't get it right on your first try.  How many things in life did you succeed at on your first try?  Not many probably.

All I know is, I will never do another set of small box braids, and I will keep a close watch on my hair for the next four months and monitor the health of my hair and report back to you all.  Alright ya'll, I'm out.


PS-I'm still hot though. No lie.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Fro to Fro with Victoria of!

Tell us your name and where you are from 
 My name is Victoria and I am from Cleveland, Ohio but I am pursing a degree in Journalism in Indiana.

How long have you been natural?
                                                                                                                                         I have officially been natural for 5 months and am a little past collarbone length. I transitioned for 14 months before doing the big chop in July 2011.

What is your favorite part about being natural?      

                                                                                                                                         I love feeling free! I do not have to try to be someone I am not because what you see is what you get. I am embracing what I was given and my culture. I have friends who wear their hair relaxed and they constantly seem stressed about the appearance of their hair, which is unnecessary. 


                                                                                                                                                                                                 What is your current regimen?     
                                                                                                                                                I wash my hair every 2 weeks cowashing with Aussie Moist and then using a shampoo once a month. From there I deep condition every time with Aussie Moist and Shea Moisture Deep Treatment masque. I’ll usually wear my hair in twist for a while and then do a twist out. I use coconut oil on my scalp and olive oil on my actual hair.  


What is your all-time favorite hairstyle? 
Twist and twist out. I also like puffs!

Finish this sentence: if my hair could talk....
 It was scream “OMG, I’m growing, I’m growing..yes!”

Do you have any hair goals?
I just want to maintain healthy hair. Eventually that would bring growth. One of my biggest goals pertaining to hair is to share my story with others. I want to be someone who people can relate to.

                                                                                                                                          Which is more important to you, long hair or healthy hair and why?        
                                                                                                                              Healthy hair. I feel as if length comes with healthy hair. Length is something that I’ve always had but now I actually like my shorter hair. I see no importance in having long straggly ends that are unhealthy.   


Now, where can we find more pictures of your gorgeous natural hair? 

Thank you so much for doing this interview.  Is there anything else you want to add?

Being natural is a beautiful thing. The only thing I regret is not doing it sooner.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Your girl is on!!!!

Sorry for the looooong hiatus ya'll, I promise to give you some updates soon (my hairstyles have been pretty boring). But, but, but- I just wanted to stop in to let you all know I am the Style Icon on Black Girl with Long Hair (check it out here)! *does the cabbage patch*

I want to thank Meosha again for featuring me! You are the girl!

If you get a moment, don't forget to run over there and check it out! I gave a few tips for retaining length and I also revealed one of the biggest mistakes I made as a natural. So, if you are interested, go over there to BGLH and check out the feature!

Promise to be back soon,


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Twist Out

Hey ya'll! Hope all is well on your side of the computer screen.  This week I had enough of some of the most ratchet looking twists so I took them down on Monday night:

I used raw cocoa butter and Oyin's Burnt Sugar Pomade to help me take down my twists.  My hair smelled like chocolate syrup! Lol

I think my hair is on the grow ya'll! Length check is definitely on the way.

I plan to wear this hairstyle for at least 2-3 days before I take it down.

Well ya'll, my next post will be an update to my current regimen.  Even after being natural for 5 years and thinking I have a solid routine down to a "T," there is still room for improvement. 

And that is something that I hope that all new naturals realize-it may take some time to get a solid routine figured out, and that is okay.

There isn't a race or contest (that I know of, don't make me a liar lol) to see who can get a solid routine down the fasted.  Most of us naturals had to figure out all that we know through trial and error.  So if you are still struggling to come up with a winter regimen, that is okay!  Nothing is wrong with you.  Okay?

I'm out ya'll.  See you later on this week.


Friday, October 14, 2011

Five Things I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me Before I Went Natural

FIVE: My transitioning hair is NOTHING like my natural hair. 

Nothing like it at all! And better yet, my new growth between relaxer treatments were nothing like my natural hair.  For some reason, the new growth seemed like it was the most unmanageable hair in the world and I wanted no parts of it if I had to deal with a whole head full of that!  But once you are fully natural with every inch of your relaxed hair gone, it is a completely different story.  

FOUR: Hair typing is horse crap.

Finding out I am in the Type 4G nappy network didn't make anything easier for me.  It wasn't like after I found out I was a type four I was handed a hand written sacred regimen that was only given out in the underground natural hair network to other type fours after a secret initiation ceremony.  Nope, didn't happen.  I still had to test out products on my hair like everyone else.  No shortcuts. And just because me and someone else were in the same hair category, didn't mean anything either.  Nope, nope, nope.

THREE:cNobody gives a damn.

Really, nobody cares that much about my hair.  I wasn't laid off, the earth continued to rotate around the sun, the birds continued to chirp, what goes up, still came back down and life moved on once I big chopped.  Yeah, of course I got a few negative comments but I also got a few positive ones too.  Other than that, nobody cares enough about my hair (or me for that matter) to give my hair a second thought.  Really. 

TWO:  The big chop is not that bad.
Yeah you will be shocked at first and it may take you a while to adjust to the new you, but really, as soon as you cut off your hair, you will wonder why you didn't do it sooner.

***And drum roll please***

 ONE: Natural hair is the ISH!

I mean really, why didn't naturals tell me all the fun they were having with their natural hair while I was killing my hair softly with the perm?  If I would have known that I had so many different options with my natural hair other than a Flawda Evans fro or locs then I would have went natural a long time ago!  And this is not a diss to either of these two styles.  But back then, over 5 years ago when I was considering going natural, those were the only two looks that I knew about.  Oh, and afro puffs, who can forget those right?

  But other than those three looks, it really didn't seem like there was any other choices.  Then I discovered the underground world of natural hair on the internet and I was instantly hooked on natural hair. The versatility seemed endless and even 5 years later, there are still many hairstyles that I haven't even tried yet.  With natural hair, your hairstyle choices are only limited to your own creativity. The possibilities are truly endless. 

What do you wish that someone would have told you before you went natural?


Braid Outs and Twist Outs on Short Natural Hair

A lot of new naturals who have recently big chopped ask if they can do braid outs and twist outs on short natural hair.  The answer?  Uh huh!  Why not?  I know the feeling.  It seems like your options are very limited when it comes to really short hair but the truth is it isn't.

Here are a few pictures of my hair, 5 inches or less in a twist out or braid out:

rinsed twist out 2007

Braid Out  2007

Braid Out 2007

braid out 2007

braid out 2007

braid out 2007

Twist Out 2007

Twist Out 2007

Twist Out 2007

Twist Out With Flat Twists 2007

Summer 2007

Easter 2009

Thanksgiving 2010

Spring 2011

There are plenty of hairstyles that you can do with short natural hair.  Your choices are only limited by your own imagination.  See a natural hairstyle or even a relaxed hairstyle that you like on longer hair?

Then modify it so that you can wear it on your shorter hair.  Don't let the length of your hair hinder you from wearing a hairstyle. Just make it work for you!


Thursday, October 13, 2011

New Nail Design

Hey ya'll! Nails are quickly becoming my new obsession, right up there with natural hair (I think my hair is jealous 0_0)! 

I just wanted to share with you my new nail design:

^This is my right hand.  Down below is my left hand:

For this look, I used Ulta's Sun-sational (on sale for $2) and L.A. Colors Art Deco in black.  I don't really care for the Ulta polish by itself, hence the reason I did the design over it (too streaky), but it makes for a pretty base coat for art design. 

And as always, I am a big fan of the L.A color's nail art paint.  You can't beat $1 for a good quality nail art color! You just can't!

And yes, I will be making a hair update soon! LOL! I know I am beyond trifling! I haven't made a post in a whole month! Trust me, you haven't missed much :/


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Big Chunky Twist Out

I put in a set of big twists after I detangled my hair last week and after wearing them for about a week, I've had enough! So I took those friggin ugly twists out and wore the twist out!


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Just Some Quick Twist Pics

I went from this:

And broke em' down to this:

I should be seeing APL in the back by December! Currently my hair is right around 7.5 inches. Alright ya'll! Check ya later!


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