If you’re anything like me, I cannot stand the detangling session on Wash Day. So much so that sometimes I skip it altogether #judgeme #idc
But the other day while scrolling through the explore section on Instagram, I found @askproy. She’s beautiful and without a doubt, my new BFF in my head! 🙂 I began clicking through her photos and of course I had to take a peek at her blog, Steel Feather Lace Elephant. The blog is lively, adorable and full of natural hair info. I clicked on a post titled, Everything You Need to Know About Natural Hair and discovered a God Send!
The TANGLE TEEZER. When she mentioned it and its price I immediately (like told the bf to watch the kids, Ill be right back) ran out to Sally’s Beauty Suppy to purchase! It comes in a variety of colors but purple is my favorite so I chose this one!
The Results: PHENOMENAL! I no longer dread detangling my hair. With a little help from a detangling product this baby will glide straight through and help cut down the time. And the shape allows for it to fit perfectly in your palm for easy control.
I highly recommend every naturalista to purchase! Thank me later! 😊
If you are in located in the Northeast area of the US like I am, you understand that Mother Nature has not been to kind to us in the last couple of weeks. The up and down temperatures along with record breaking lows, ice and blizzards have left searching Timehop for sunny days and wondering if we’ll ever get back to that happy place again. Not only is this weather depressing to the psyche— It can also be depressing for our hair.
While it is very important to keep your hair moisturized in these harsh temperatures, you also want to give it a break every once in awhile. I have three protective styles that are fun, versatile and so I have heard are very easy to install on your own.
There are tons of YouTube videos and visuals floating around the internet on how to do these styles. They may take some time but since we’re all pretty much stuck in the house anyway— why not try these out!? Lol
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:
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,
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!
So I have the daunting task of searching for a new job. Anybody that has been in this position knows that this can be nerve racking! The idea of waking up each day and checking your inbox to see if anyone has gotten back to you. Or applying for hundreds of jobs that you think you may qualify for but not one of those companies gives you a callback. The process can lead you to drink. Seriously.
When I started, I was faced with a number of questions: How will they react to my hair? Should I straighten it? Push it back with a headband? Do I wear a wig? Will my hair affect me not getting this position? Will I catch them looking at my hair? And YES! All of these questions flew through my head at the same damn time.
I quickly pushed all of these thoughts out of my head because:
1. I LOVE my hair.
2: Theres no way Im going to apply heat to my hair everyday especially when Ive been on a no heat strike since July.
3. I dont have any extra money to buy a wig- not a good one anyway! Lol
4. My resume speaks for itself. If I can be passed over for a position because of my hair then I wasnt meant to work for that company anyway. (Cocky much? I guess. Lol)
In other words, the answer to all of my questions: I dont care. No. No. No. I dont care. I dont care. Lol
Let me hear from you! Any others have reservations about how their natural hair affects their professional appearance? I wanna know!
Not at all close to what my mini Fro looks like but just as a reference… lol
Since going back natural, I have read that sometimes your hair can change in texture. Just as soon as I was getting used to being a cool 4C. I discovered that its actually changing into more of a 3C/4A/4C with a couple of annoying 2A pieces in there. Im not too certain on whether this has something to do with my change in regimen or my experiment with new products but I may as well embrace it!
Whats your hair type or types? And have you been experiencing any changes? Please share!
The LOC Method has been proven over time to help your hair retain moisture. In my previous post, I said that once you Big Chop your hair can become very dry. The LOC Method is a sure-fire way to keep your tresses moisturized. I practice these steps in the morning when I wake up and repeat these steps before I go to bed.
The Lis for LIQUID. I keep a spray bottle filled with water. So Im ready to spritz at any time of the day. And when Im at work, everytime I use the restroom, I throw some water in my hair. Lol
The O is for OIL. I am a firm believer that my Ancient Secrets Hair Oil is whats giving me the tremendous growth on my hair. And until you’ve seen what my hair looked like before as in comparison to now- You cant tell me ANY different. The ingredients in this magical mixture include: Aloe Vera, T- Tree oil, Jojoba, Ginger, Organic Coconut, Egyptian Basil, Egyptian Fennel and Olive Oil. Each of these essential oils is broken down to prevent any irritation or burning to the skin.
The C is for Creme or Cream. This can mean many different things to many different people. Ive found what works for me and is Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding. Just a dollop of this on my hair will leave it feeling soft and lightweight all day! Not to mention it smells great!
Using these three things daily has made an impact on the health of my hair and the way it looks and feels. If practiced regularly, you can begin to see the difference too.
Any of my fellow naturalistas follow this method? What products do you use? Please share!
So last night, I grabbed my scissors and started chopping away!! Just at the sides and bit off the top. I havent quite refined the style yet but I will show you pics when Im done. Anybody else having a hard time staying away from the scissors? Lol
Whenever you decide to revert back to your natural state of hair- You have to make a choice. Either you decide to Big Chop or Transition. Personally, I felt as if I needed to Big Chop in order for my hair to grow and flourish the way I wanted it to. It wasnt a decision that I thought long and hard on. It was literally a day when I got up and said, ” Im going to do it today.”
I understand that others may not be as a daring or decisive as I was at that time. So here are a few things to help you with making the decision.
1. Make A List
Since the new year has come upon us I have been making tons and tons of lists- For EVERYTHING. Its helps to keep me organized in my otherwise scattered brained life. List the Pros and Cons of Natural Hair. Challenges? Goals?
2. Will you have the Time?
Some people believe that once you return you hair to its natural state, the haircare regimens stop. This is not the case at all. They actually become more tedious and time consuming. If you are a person who would rather wake up and throw your hair into a ponytail then this lifestyle may not be for you.
3. You Will Be Shocked
Please refer back to my post “I Am Not My Hair’ — Most of us have never seen or do not ever remember seeing what our natural hair looks like. You will ask yourself over and over again for 24 hours ” WTF did I do!?’ Your hair will NOT look the way you thought it would. It just wont. Most of us have never seen or do not ever remember seeing what our natural hair looks like. After it happens.. Remember to breathe. Lol
4. Water is Your Best Friend
Aside from the fact that drinking water is essential and good for your health. Its also going to be essential for your hair because it will be extremely dry. You can dump a whole gallon of water on it and use a tub of moisturizer and within the hour it will be dry again. Refer to my post, the LOC method and keep practicing this daily and you’ll start to notice the changes. Look at it this way, you’ll never need an umbrella. 🙂
5. Consider Your Journey
We’ve all seen the pictures of the girl with the big curly luxurious fro and we want that! BUT you will not do your hair any good if you think your hair will look like that in a month, year or even two years time. Everyones hair grows at its own rate. And yes there are millions of products out there that promote quick hair growth, but you have to consider that this may NOT be your journey. And thats okay because without a doubt your journey will still be beautiful.
I hope that these things give you a general idea and help you in your decision to either big chop or not. And as always I love to hear your thoughts. Please share them!