Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thank You


I just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone who is following my blog. I started this blog earlier this year just as a way for me to vent and take notes regarding my journey with my hair (and a few other random things). I never really went out and “pushed” my blog or advertised it. All I did was provide a simple link in my signature on the 2 hair boards that I frequent.

As of today I am grateful to have 28 followers. That’s at least 2 new followers a month. I know I’m not writing super compelling articles or even giving out tips to miraculously grow you hair overnight. I’m just providing information about how I deal with my hair and my opinions about the products I use (or don’t use) and why, and the benefits I have seen for the routine(s) I have.

I am happy to see the numbers of followers grow and even more, I am happy to receive a message from someone who says that my blog has helped them, or given them some good information that they could take and use. That’s what this blog is all about – sharing knowledge in the hopes that I could help someone or just provide some information that someone felt was valuable.

So I humbly say “Thank You” to everyone who reads and/or follows my blog.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Update: Reshma Henna

Here I am again slacking on posting - too much going on. I used the Reshma henna and why did I love it? LOL since the Reshma comes in 200g boxes I only have to mix one for a full henna application - convenient. One thing I noticed about the Reshma henna – that stuff had almost IMMEDIATE dye release!!! I was almost afraid to let it sit because I thought I would miss the window for dye/color uptake to my hair.

I haven't been mixing my henna with honey like I should have been the past few times, so the rinse out has not been as seamless as in previous applications where I have mixed in the honey. I have just bought a new bottle of honey, and I promise to always keep some in my stash. Not only do I mix it with my henna just prior to application, but I also use it when I make my deep conditioning, and it's also a wonderful and healthy alternative to cough syrup.

I was supposed to henna last night, but couldn’t since I wasn’t going to be home. I have tonight at home, but really want to relax, so I will wait until a week from Saturday before I henna again. That will put me back on track for bi-weekly henna applications.

I gotta say though, I’m still trying to make sense of this henna thing. I see the color change in my hair from sandy brown to a cherry brown/burgundy, but I still don’t understand “full color saturation” and what it truly means. From what I thought I understood, full color saturation happens when your hair will not become any darker from the henna applications – which I’ve heard usually happens anywhere between the 3rd and 5th application. Now, understanding this, can certain henna lighten your hair? I will have to say that would be doubtful. The only reason I am even trying to figure this out is because it seems that since using the Reshma henna, my hair has a different “glow”. In the picture to the left you can see the glow really well.

I think it’s time for me to start doing a little more research on henna. I know how henna changes your hair color, but I need to figure out if colors can be altered. I mean I guess if a different brand was used it could/would cause different effects on the hair. This sounds like a good science project! Let me talk to my son. LOL

Friday, December 4, 2009

This Could Be Trouble


Hello everyone. I went on a henna run today because I am completely out! When I got to the Indian Market there was no MDH Henna at all!!! Not even one box. I could have died. I've been using that for 6 months and I love it. What was I going to do? Well, they had just stocked up with Reshma Henna and I had heard good things about it so......
I picked up a box to take a look at it. Immediately I noticed that the box was larger than my regular MDH Henna box. Reshma comes in 200g boxes instead of the 100g boxes like most boxes of henna. that is a plus because I used at least 200g per application and if I am using henna on my daughter I need a bit more.
I am actually a week behind in my henna process and I am not sure if I want to wait until next weekend to henna or henna 2 weeks in a row to get back on track. I'm thinking I'll henna this weekend and then again on the 15th and then I'll almost be back on schedule. I am anxious to see how this henna will work. I'm also a little nervous. I've had such good results with MDH Henna that it was hard to just up and buy another brand.
I think I am going to henna tonight - or at least mix it. We'll see.
...and of course I will post my results - complete with pics for you ladies to see.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

101 Protective Styles

I am posting this as an FYI. I saw this list somewhere else and decided to post it here so that I would have it readily available in the event that I needed to refer back to it. Although most if not all of the styles are not done on natural/napptural hair, you still get the idea and similar styles can be achieved.

SLEEK & SIMPLE (for long hair, some for short/med hair):

- Classic Bun (http://photos.essence.com/galleries/photos_buns/image/34532#34621)

- Bun w/ Sideswept Bang (http://photos.essence.com/galleries/updos_/image/8861)

- Bun w/ Chopsticks- Bunned Pigtails

- Chignon (http://z.about.com/d/beauty/1/0/f/E/chignon7.JPG, http://photos.essence.com/galleries/...ns/image/34542)

- Unique Chignon/Bun (http://photos.essence.com/galleries/updos_/image/8861#8882)

- Textured Chignon (http://photos.essence.com/galleries/updos_/image/8861#8892)

- French Roll/Twist (http://photos.essence.com/galleries/photos_buns/image/34532, http://photos.essence.com/galleries/photos_buns/image/34602, http://photos.essence.com/galleries/beauty_its_a_wrap/image/15132, http://photos.essence.com/galleries/updos_/image/8862)

- French Roll w/ Pompadour (http://photos.essence.com/galleries/updos_/image/8862#8862)

- Braided Coil Updo (http://www.hairstylescut.com/articles/holiday-updo.htm

- scroll to Beyonce)- Roller/Flexirod/Curlformer set & Clip up the hair- Flamenco (http://www.longlocks.com/flamenco.gif, http://www.longlocks.com/hairstyles.htm)

- Elegant Gibson (http://www.longlocks.com/elegantgibson.gif, http://www.longlocks.com/hairstyles.htm)

- Braided chignon (http://photos.essence.com/galleries/braids/image/9852)

- Retro Pompadour - Romantic Bun - Ringlets with Headband (http://photos.essence.com/galleries/updos_/image/8862#8912)

- Bun with Headband (http://photos.essence.com/galleries/...les/image/2072)

- Sophisticated Bun (http://www.essence.com/essence/photo...3897-6,00.html)

- Quick Updo - Event Updos (http://photos.essence.com/galleries/...on/image/85822)

SINGLE-TWISTING IT:

- Bantu Knots (http://images.inmagine.com/168nwm/rubberball/rbv013/rbv0130053.jpg)

- Finger / Comb Coils (for short natural hair)(http://www.naani.com/contents/media/dreamypisces029.jpg, http://www.naani.com/models/photos/a0/98/66/a098662b826cd94.jpeg)

DOUBLE-TWISTING IT:

- Twist Updo (http://cache.viewimages.com/xc/57172304.jpg?v=1&c=ViewImages&k=2&d=17A4AD9FDB9CF1939847EC77F5F8D1CEBBA218850D491E14A40A659CEC4C8CB6, http://photos.essence.com/galleries/photos_buns/image/34532#34582)

- Twists into Bun (http://photos.essence.com/galleries/photos_buns/image/34532#34592)

- Twisted Ponytail- Twisted Ponytail into Bun - Twisted Buns - Chunky Twists- Tiny Twists- Flat Twists (http://www.aolcdn.com/aolnews_photos/0d/07/20050426160009990011, http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f323/phillyflower/DSC01452.jpg)

- Senegalese Twists (http://www.braidsinc.com/gallery/senegalese1.JPG)

- Kinky Twists - Spring Twists- Gypsy Twists (scroll down: http://www.khamitkinks.com/twists_locs.html)

- Baby Curl Twists (scroll down: http://www.khamitkinks.com/twists_locs.html)

- Loc Extensions (http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd85/mushiyasmith/0150-921-davadreadupdo.jpg)

- Loc Updo (http://photos.essence.com/galleries/photos_buns/image/34532#34552)

BRAIDING IT:

- Single Braided Ponytail- Single Braided Ponytail into Bun/Updo (http://photos.essence.com/galleries/braids/image/9852)

- Double Braided Bun (http://www.longlocks.com/hairstyles.htm)

- Sideswept Fishtail (http://photos.essence.com/galleries/...ls/image/13591)

- Box Braids (w/ real hair/extensions)- Individual Braids (extensions)- Micros (not too tight)- Tree Braids (http://www.spoiledsalonandspa.com/im...eBraid_001.jpg)

- Cornrows (w/ real hair/extensions)- Cornrows into ponytail (http://photos.essence.com/galleries/braids/image/9852#9791 )

- Plaits- One French Braid (http://photos.essence.com/galleries/...es/image/20342)

- Two French Braids- French Tuck (http://www.longlocks.com/hairstyles.htm)

- English/Dutch Braids (http://www.longlocks.com/how-to-braid-hair.htm, http://www.dreamweaverbraiding.com/Braiding_Tips.htm)

- French/English/Dutch Braid(s) (w/ extensions)- Victorian (http://www.longlocks.com/hairstyles.htm)

- Edwardian Braid (http://www.longlocks.com/hairstyles.htm)

- Braids into Updo

- More braided styles: http://www.dreamweaverbraiding.com/Braiding_Tips.htm

MIX N MATCH:

- Cornrows in front; Twists in back- Cornrows in front; Box Braids in back- Cornrows in front; Bun in back- Flat Twists in front; Twists in back- Flat Twists in front; Box Braids in back- Flat Twists in front; Bun in back- Bantu Knots in front; Twists in back- Bantu Knots in front; Box Braids in back- Bantu Knots in front; Bun back- Braids into Bantu Knots (http://www.worldofbraids.com/upload/page_files/58.jpg)

- Twists into Bantu Knots

COVER IT UP:

- Cornrows under Wig- Weave / Sew-in- Micros / Sew-in Combo- Lace Front / Lace Wig- Phony pony- Phony puff- Bun/Cornrows/Twists/Braids under HeadWrap (http://www.bilaldesigns.com/ProductI...blackgauze.jpg)

- Bun/Cornrows/Twists/Braids under Tam (http://www.curlyhairsalon.com/images/cotton-crochet-tam.jpg, http://pyogazel.free.fr/img_blog/kinky.JPG, http://evilbeetgossip.film.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/yaya2.jpg)

There's No Place Like Home


With the holidays last week I know many people traveled to a place that they fondly call “home”. Often times this “home” is a smaller town/city where they mother or grandmother lives – along with various other family members. Anywho…


I went home to Tuscaloosa, AL over the holiday break and I had a really good time. I always look forward to spending time with family that I don’t get to see often. My children get to visit their Grandmothers and Nanas. We eat at places that we don’t have here in the ATL, and life is just a little more relaxing.


Well, while grocery shopping at Bruno’s, a lady (with relaxed hair) came up to me and just struck up a conversation about my hair. Here’s how it happened:


Lady: Hi, how are you?
Me: I’m fine, and you?
Lady: I’m good. I just wanted to let you know that your hair is pretty and I really like it.
Me: (smiling) Thank you.
Lady: How did you get it to look like that? Did you twist it first?
Me: No, I just washed it with conditioner and added some gel and went on my way.
Lady: Well, it’s really pretty. Do you get it done locally?
Me: No, I do it myself at home.
Lady: So you did nothing but wash it and it looks like that? Mine wouldn’t do that.
Me: Yep, all I do is wash it and add some gel. I had to get rid of my perm before it would do this though.
Lady: I don’t think my hair would do that. I guess we have different textures and that’s just the texture of your hair. Well, it’s very pretty.
Me: (smiling) Thank you.
Lady: See you later.
Me: Ok, bye.
(my husband walks up to me)
Husband: Who was that lady? Do you know her? What did she want?
Me: She wanted to talk about my hair.
Husband: Uh oh. I can hear you now: You got the African drums in the background and you talking about how you use natural berries in your hair and henna. “Child, I use Kinky Curly…”
Me: Shut up! LOL

I got 2 other compliments on my hair during my visit home. I was really shocked because Tuscaloosa is a small town and I see a few naturals there, but it’s nothing like the natural community here in Atlanta. T-town showed me and my fab hair some love over the holidays, and it truly made me think:

…there’s no place like home.