Tuesday, August 4, 2009

What is Up!

Well, it's late and I don't feel like sleeping just yet. I guess I am experiencing a little anxiety about school beginning. I guess I talk about my hair since that seems to be the biggest change in life lately.
I have spent too much money on trying to find products that is best for our hair. Right now we are using Mane and Tail shampoo and conditioner. I also made a mixture of olive oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, lavender oil, lemongrass oil and water which provides a ton of lasting moisture. Of course the water settles at the bottom (it smells of lavendar and lemongrass) and the oils float on the top. I like that because most times I don't need the oil, so I spray the scented water on my hair so I can make it easier to style. Anywhoo, when I do need the oil, I just shake it up and spray. I also use Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding, gosh it is so expensive. I found that Cantu Sheabutter Leave-in Conditioner has the same effect as the curly pudding, but it has massive buildup and I can't use it with the oil mixture. It does not mix at all with oil! The one time I did use both items, I had to rewash due to gunk (ewww).
My hair is really growing, I can actually pull it up and back to form a puff ball. I really cannot wait until it really grows out.
On youtube and other blogs many people state that we (black people) really don't know what our hair is capable of being. At first, I did not understand. All I remember as a young girl was getting my hair washed, my mom platting it into ponytails to dry and then getting it hotcombed (falling asleep, slobbing and getting burned -lol). However, now I see that I have different textures of hair and a natural curl pattern (truly defined curly locks). I thought it was the products I was using, but I see the curl pattern after I wash. The trick to keeping the curly locks is to keep it moisturized and to trim the dead ends. The back does much better than the front, it seems to hold moisture longer than the front. The front, omg, I have to make sure the moisturizer goes on thick, if not, I get that fro!
My daughter, I place her hair in two strand twists. They are really cute, especially when I take it down. It resembles a straw set. I wish I could do it to my hair, but it takes practice and the hairdresser costs too much. Well enough about hair, I will blog later.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Committed to Blogging and Natural Hair

I have not blogged in months...that's not good. Now that school is starting back, I am going to make an effort to blog at least once a week. Well, I did do the BC in April, the Tuesday after Easter. My 9 year old and I did it together. I have had a lot of mixed reactions from everyone, but I have embraced it. I basically carryon as the person that I have always been and not really focus on not having the length of hair that I used to have. I actually love my hair! My mom continuously ask if I will get my daughter's hair or my hair hot combed, I state no. She is like in shock about that, but we have accepted our hair in its natural state and love it. My boss is considering going natural and I say go for it. I hope others see me, the transition I am going through and decide to do it too. I frequently speak with others about going natural and I hear excuses such as 'I don't have the face for that' or 'I don't have good hair' or 'I need a perm'. You know what, I had those same excuses. I have learned (through this experience) that ALL hair is good, if you take care of it.
I think my daughter has been my biggest inspiration, too. She is confident in whatever she does. Her beauty runs within and I believe that is why she is so confident (with and without a perm). Well, this is my blog for today!

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons was SOOO Good! And other miscellaneous topics

Ya'll need to see this movie! It is a bit different, scenes are clean and violence - none really. It is kind of amazing seeing a persons life in reverse. It is a true love story. It is difficult discussing this movie without really spoiling it for you, so I will shut up.
So I am getting ready for the new year. Our plans are to go to Watch Meet at the church, eat, maybe pop some fireworks.
Christmas got a little out of hand this year, so we are feeling the recession. We are really going to have to cut back this year. My new years resolution:
1. Spend more time praying to and worshipping God
2. Spend more QUALITY time with my family
3. Spend less money on fast food and cook more (healthier, too!)
4. Speak my mind, when necessary
5. Have fun!!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Hair Issues

This is my first time having my own blog! I am so excited. Anyway, I think this is a good way to let my inner voice OUT! For starters, my daughter and I are going natural, but we are going through some tough times with our hair right now. We cannot seem to find a comfort zone with our hair.
I'll start with me first. A fourth of my hair is new growth and the remainder is permed hair - enough said. I bought the maxiglide about a month and a half ago, it's okay, but I think if I use it too much it will really do a number on my hair. I viewed the creative lady's blog and other web sites, it listed many products that could be used. I particularly liked the Miss Jessie's site, her products seemed interesting, but expensive. I have a few items in the cart there, but haven't really made up my mind just yet.
Now, my daughter's hair. OMG, nothing works and it is consistently breaking around the edges. She had a perm, but after her severe burns in June and over processing in July we are cold turkey on the perms. I have been using Keri Ker products on her hair, washing, pooing, maxigliding... nothing works. I guess it doesn't help that she sleeps under the covers and sweats out the edges. She also has severe allergic reactions to products with strong perfume, egg and use of peanut products. She also battles with eczema and a dry scalp. I am constantly oiling her scalp, she even has dry scalp after her has been washed!
I just don't know what to do. This is why I believe the natural style would be the best alternative to healthy hair.
Well all of my blogs will not be about hair. That is just the issue for the moment.