31 December, 2010

Advice: Stretching Hair Short Notice



I’ve found that stretching your hair with short notice IS possible. After I attained a little length I soon learned that your hair has got to be prepared before you go to sleep to make your routing in the morning a breeze. Otherwise you will be dealing with a squashed/matted mess. I wouldn’t say that I am a shrinkage-hater, BUT for the most part I do not like it. It makes my preparation just that much more drawn-out if you ask me. It’s that same aspect of natural hair that actually allows us so many styling options, hold, and structure….so I can’t complain too much about it really.  However, if someone says to you at 3:00 let’s have dinner at say..8:00 (& your hair is a little drawn-up), but you don’t get off of work until say 4:00 – THERE IS HOPE. You can still achieve an “out” style.



NOTE:

*This has got o be done on previously DRY (second-day hair at the freshest – for kinky girls).

*You will need oil/water combo spray, a cream moisturizer, some gel, a detangling comb, a tali-comb with wide teeth and a blow-dryer



STRETCHING HAIR WITH SHORT NOTICE:

*Mist your entire head with the oil/water combo just to dampen it(DO NOT OVERSATURATE)

*Rub a nice amount of moisturizer in palm and distribute as evenly as possible (This should make hair moist, but not “wet“

* Apply some gel to a section of hair an detangle section by FAT section.

* Let those fat twists set for a while (do your makeup or find what to wear…)

*When the direct surface of the twist feels dry (which should not take long if you used all products in moderation) GENTLY UNRAVEL the twists

* Grab the blow-dryer and use the “cold shot” button on the warm setting.

*DO NOT let-up off of the ‘cold shot’ and go over entire head

*Take each unraveled twist stretching it and drying it with the blowdryer.

*Leave the slightest bit of moisture in your hair (I mean SLIGHT or your hair will shrink at dinner)

*Gently apply your oil…I use EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)

*Then seal with whatever you normally use (I love CASTOR oil)



There you have it – stretched hair…with short notice.

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Natural Inspiration: Cree Summer

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30 December, 2010

02 November, 2010

BLessed.

The fear is so unbelievable.  It is like an epidemic – I can’t believe I too was caught up in it.  I’m so happy to be natural.  I am so happy.  I am so grateful.  I’m entering my 6th month as unbelievable as that sounds.  For the uniqueness that is my mane of hair.  I’ve had hair that lays down..blows in the wind, and goes down my back.  Even if it was by artificial means and I’m here to say I’ve never felt more beautiful to myself than I have the past 5 months.  I really owed this to myself.  I owed this to my creator and I am forever grateful for this experience.  I’m grateful that God never gave-up on me when I unknowingly doubted his omnipotence.  The love I’ve found for myself and return the love I’ve found for my people in no way negate that of other peoples.  I’m just saying.  It’s a beautiful thing.  It’s only hard if you make it hard.  It’s only ‘messed-up’ if you hate your own texture.  I’ve embraced mine and I love playing with it.  I love confusing the hell out of WP who don’t understand ‘stretching’ and ‘shrinkage’.  I love love love my hair! 

13 October, 2010

30 July, 2010

It's a wrap!

Erykah Badu
I've always loved Ms. ERYKAH BADU, especially when she first came on the scene in the 90's. I really loved her style, I still kinda do. I guess it depends on the way she decides to do herself up.


Anyway I digress..

I picked my hair out last night as today marks the last day of month 2..yay!! It's definitely bigger than it was the last time I combed it out! I want it bigger -- I'm not even playing around with this 'microphone' hair..lol It's hard to shape and it's not big enough!! I'm having kind of a hard time now, bc finger styling it isn't as easy as it used to be, but I'm not ready to premier my true afro.



Which brings me back to Ms. BADU (you see it all ties-in)...

SCARVES!! My new best friend! I threw on a creme colored sparkly one today and went to work..

My boss told me she thought I looked cute -- which came as a surprise to me!



Anyway, my style inspiration right now...ERYKAH BADU circa 1996...and some other wild stuff here and there. I'm loving the scarves..




I'm all about HUGE fros and PRETTY scarves!



Badu inspired...

26 July, 2010

Hermit Mode.

Sometimes I wonder if something about me just screams to be led or something...


I think it's so weird because I'm not a follower. I may be reserved when I want to be, I may be honest to a fault, and I may be non-judgmental at present time -- but I've never understood why people desire to lead me so damn much.

It's crazy that when a person isn't available for me, I just get over it. For some reason when I am not available to others they blow a gasket! Why is this?? This goes for friends, family, co-workers, and boyfriends etc..

It just doesn't make any sense to me. That's why I try to keep my life simple. I've pretty much come to terms with how people see me in that way..but that doesn't make it any less draining on me. It forces me to let people fall by the wayside because the upkeep is too demanding. I am only one person. Here I am trying to renew friendships and they end-up burdening me before it can completely blossom again. Sometimes it's just better to be alone.

22 July, 2010

AIDS is a BLACK disease..

Make no mistake, this is in no way meant as something derrogatory towards our community.  It's the truth, this is what we are dealing with.  I have no doubt in my mind...that it's no coincidence that black rank #1 in practically every disease known to man.  This is genocide.  Stay informed.  Be aware.

http://www.seattlemedium.com/news/Article/Article.asp?NewsID=104347&sID=3&ItemSource=L

20 July, 2010

Change.

First it was my hair (as random as that was)...and now it's me.

I have no idea what is going on with me, but things that were once were blurry are now crystal clear. Things that were once fun are now foolish. Things that were once deep now appear shallow. Is it because I cut my hair or did I cut my hair because I was changing?? All I know is I am evolving at breakneck speed. Whatever that means. If you've felt the same please let me know..



In this game the lesson's in your eyes to see
Though things change, the future's still inside of me
We must remember that tomorrow comes after the dark
So you will always be in my heart, with unconditional love
Tupac

17 July, 2010

Protein Treatment!

After having found a few hairs on my hand after distributing my conditioners. I decided maybe it's time for a protein treatment of some kind. Apparently I do not have coarse hair as I'd once believed. I thought I did but I don't. Turns-out my chemically unaltered hair is very fine. I just have a lot of hair in density. It's also brought me to the conclusion that this journey is going to be a little harder than I'd expected. Now I'm more worried about length retention -- especially when I get to a point where I'm actually styling my hair more.
Since I'm not yet to that point in my journey I've decided to start feeling my way through this situation while my hair is still short.

I did a protein treatment with an egg and a cheapy conditioner for 20 minutes yesterday (didn't have time to finish) and 15 minutes today. Right now I'm trying to balance that with a deep condition (2 hours). I want my hair soft, but I also want it strong. No wonder it's been so fluffy :(
It needed some protein. I'll edit this post later with my results.

08 July, 2010