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 :/



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