Ive been there. Im probably in that place now. Ok. For certain Im in that place now. Ive mastered the art of keeping my hair moisturized and have perfected my sleep regimen. I have an abundance of products- some of which I have not opened. Ive tried every style in my now a little bit longer than an TWA fro and yet Im still bored!
For the past week Ive been rocking a twist out and figured that I would just let my hair do what it wants to do. And guess what? Its working! Who says that you have to style it everyday. I dont have time for it. I have teetered on the line of maybe getting it chopped into a tapered cut. But on the other hand- I want to get braids again.
All in all, Im figuring on just letting my hair does what it wants to do. Low manipulation, twist outs, water and oil. Thats it. Not to mention these prenatal vitamins are without a doubt aiding in the growth process!
While searching on YouTube, I found a cute tutorial on some easy styles for short natural hair (since Ive passed the TWA stage-Yipee!)
Check it out Below:
Guess what!? Im am expecting!!! Super excited and blessed to be becoming a Mommy once again! Unlike, my first pregnancy where I wanted to feel as little to no pain as possible AND get it over with as quickly as possible— Ive been toying with the idea this time to go ALL NATURAL. Crazy, huh?
Some may ask why put myself through that pain? Do you understand what it was like the first time? You MUST be crazy! But in all actuality I cannot remember half of what went down the first time around. It was all a blur. I received an epidural. The nurse had to stick me three times before finding the right spot. And each of these sticks/pricks contained meds!
I was so doped that the process seemed quick, easy and painless (not quite but compared to others–i just felt a bunch of pressure) when in all actuality, I was in labor shy of 24 hours. Going in and out of sleep to finally be rushed to the OR for an emergency c-section. I met my son with tear filled eyes after he was ripped out of my lower half and placed in front of my eyes before i dozed off again (keep calm-my mother never took her eyes off of him) and woke up in a cold, dark room which they called “recovery.” I cant even remember if the reason for the c-section was because he couldnt fit through my pelvis or because of the fact that I had just been in labor too long and was not fully dilated– See what I mean? I have alot of unanswered questions and I really wish that my time in labor, I could have been more alert.
During my most recent prenatal visit, my doctor informed me that my baby is breech. Yikes. However since I am only in my 29th week of pregnancy, there is still time for him to turn around. This may complicate things a bit more considering I am leaning towards the idea of a natural birth. Also coming into play is the fact that after you have a c-section, it can be difficult but not impossible to deliver vaginally.
Have any of you moms out there had a successful vaginal delivery after a c-section? What are some thoughts on natural birth versus epidurals etc?
SO its been a year now since I took the leap and did my BIG CHOP!! AHHHHHHHH! I still remember back to that day. Even though I would like to forget sometimes that it ever happened- it did and it changed me forever. This year has been and up and down and sometimes stagnant roller coaster ride for me on a physical and mental basis. I have learned so much about my hair and most importantly- MYSELF.
Needless to say, I have not been very active on here or any other social media sites. Ive totally fell off with updating but lets just say that Ive gotten a bit of motivation in the past few weeks and IM BACK. And Im back with a totally different vision and direction for this site. Please stay tuned for a major revamp and maybe even a name change in the very near future. Ive come to the conclusion that life is way too short to not do what you want. There is no certain niche that you have to stay in. No lane- Pave your own. And thats exactly what I intend to do.
In the meantime, I am going to continue blogging, reblogging, FB’ing (yea…that) and IG’ing (and that..) about everything Pretty and Natural. Whether the changes are subtle or suddenly, Im hoping that each of you (yes I still see the steady stream of visitors each day- THANK YOU!) stick along for this ride.
Until next time,
Ive touched on this topic before in 5 Things to Consider Before You Decide To Do the BIG CHOP!. But I see alot of people who comment on my Instagram page and lots of others about how they cant wait until their hair gets to a certain length. Its great to be inspired and aspire because that is what this blog is all about. But to be honest, having natural hair and maintaining it is a lot of work. And if you’re a natural then you know this is true!
I dont know about everyone else but Im enjoying every bit of my texture and every bit of each stage. I have found the perfect oil to keep it moisturized during the day and I have FINALLY mastered the art of PROPER detangling. I love trying out new products to see what works for me and experimenting with new ways to style my TWA. I CAN wait to reach that lengthy stage because in all actuality I feel as if Ill be learning my hair all over again. And its taken me almost a year to perfect this stage. LOL
Im saying all this to say-Embrace YOUR Textured Journey. Learn what works for you hair and perfect a regimen thas good for you.
On April 16th, 230 African girls between the ages of 12 and 17 from their boarding school in Northeast Nigeria were kidnapped while taking school exams and taken to be sold as brides. The young girls were kidnapped by the extremist al-Qaida-linked jihadi group Boko Haram. 43 of the young girls escaped and were able to return but their are still over 150 young Nigeria girls bring enslaved. Its a shame to say that like the rest of the world, my first time hearing about this horrific event was just yesterday. In efforts to alert the higher chain of command of the US. Please sign this PETITION. While something should have been done weeks ago- Im hoping that something is done soon.
Lupita Nyong’o has signed on as the New Ambassadress of Lancôme! Her year is not only proving to be very noteworthy but also LUCRATIVE. There is no doubt in my mind that in the last few months she has had a number of beaty, fashion and dacting roles to choose from. Her elegance, grace and style have been a forced to reckoned with- setting a new standard in the beauty world.
Nyong’o released a statement by the French beauty house, “I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancôme, a brand with such a prestigious history that I have always loved. I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself.”
Ads are set to be released in September. And I can bet that this is not the last that we will see from her. Im truly excited for her and cant wait for more to come from this beauty!
Not one but three fearlessly natural beauties are gracing the May covers of Essence magazine! Erykah Badu, Ledisi and Solange Knowles- all of who are amazing artists- are honored with three separate covers that hit the newstands on April 1st! Not only are the covers stunning but they capture each artist rocking their natural hair. These are for sure collector’s issues!
Below are the behind the scenes action for each of the ladies: