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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Leave in Conditioner For Moisturized, Maintained Hair!

Hello everyone,

I'm heading out solo tonight to a college dance ensemble performance and I decided to do a twist out.  What can I say?  I LOVE IT!  I have a recent Twitter conversation to thank for the moisturized, highly defined do.  During the conversation, a kind woman asked me if I was using leave in conditioner (LIC).  Sometimes, right when I wash it.  But, I realized that I NEVER use LIC to maintain my styles.  Hmm.  I decided to add it to my routine.  This time around, I wanted elongated curls so once I washed my hair, I blew it dry.  Then, I used my normal Doris New York products to do my twist-out (I've blogged about this before, let me know if you want more details) PLUS I added LIC.  I left the twists in for a few days and then loosened them to reveal beautiful, bouncing curls.  Honestly, those curls usually last for a few days and then I end up with dry hair.  The solution for me!?  At night, I've been showering my hair UNCOVERED allowing the steam to mist my hair.  After getting out of the shower, I apply a mixture of DNY LIC and coconut oil.  I then retwist my hair and leave it twisted for a few days.  I may also spritz my hair with water during this time.  This evening I untwisted my hair after trying my new routine (I coated my fingers with grapeseed oil to take out the twists.  I've found that some kind of light oil on my fingers minimizes frizz and enhances curl definition).  Let me know what you think of the results.  I LOVE IT.  Plus, my hair feels like silk.  I hope this helps you.  What do you do to maintain your hair and keep it moisturized?

The picture at the top shows my new twistout.  Below, is a pic of my twistout in 9/11.  Wow, it's growing!


Twist out 4/12 

Twist out 9/11

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Natural hair meet-ups provide strength in numbers

Hello everyone,

I haven't yet planned a natural hair meet-up, but this article about a Detroit Meet-up brought a beaming smile to my face:  http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120422/OPINION03/204220311/Naturally-Flyy-Detroit-sisters-celebrate-rocking-hair-natural-?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE.

It is amazing to me to see the freedom, beauty and grace that can all come from wearing your natural hair.  Embrace yourself!


Monday, April 23, 2012

Talking to myself about my hair

Hello everyone,

Now that I've recovered from my hilariously bad hair day, I thought I'd reflect a bit on the internal process I went through as I "talked" to myself.

First, I realize that I don't have the type of hair that will clump into curls.  I can use a million conditioners, tons of oil, super moisturizing shampoos and it won't matter.  My hair will still amass into a clump of cotton. That's it, no more no less.

Second, I don't particularly like cotton as hair.

Third, I'm working on WHY I don't like cotton as hair.  I know that I've been conditioned to think that silky hair is prettier than cottony hair.  I study identity so I know that issues of race, power and status influence my thinking.  I'm still thinking that way though.

Fourth, I'm dealing with the fact that I sometimes find my hair downright difficult.  When I'm combing it and it's snapping, popping and flying in all directions I feel a bit...cursed.  That's terrible to say but those are the ratlike thoughts scurrying about in my mind.

Fifth, I am incredibly proud of myself for publicly stripping myself down in this way and conversing about such an important topic.  I've had so many people confide that they struggle with hair and identity.  Let's keep the conversation going and work toward full self-acceptance.



Monday, April 16, 2012

Bad attitude to go with my bad hair day

Hi everyone,

Today I am just going to put it out there. I had a horrible hair day and I let it put me in a bad mood. I washed and deep conditioned my hair the other day. For some crack-high reason, I thought I'd awaken with curly ringlets. Instead, I woke up with Brillo hard, prickly twine sticking out of my head. Don't believe me? This pic should back me up.

I know, I know I need to stop trippin' and embrace everything about my natural hair. Well guess what? Sometimes I just want my hair to do what the heck I tell it to: sit still, lay down, curl up, flatten out. I got so nervy, I even rolled my eyes at God , "Thanks a lot for THIS gift Jesus".

Have you ever had a bad hair day? Please share your stories.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Luxurious self-treatment

Hello everyone,

I am really working on improving my self-care. Yesterday, I had a counselling session then I had a fabulous massage. Oh my goodness! I was floating on air. Later on in the day, I hit the gym and treated myself to sushi. Then, I treated myself (yes, I treated myself more than once, that's a BIG DEAL for me!) to some new running gear (I started jogging through Black Girls Run and I love it!) In other words, I had a day long date with MYSELF! I showered myself with attention, loving, healthy attention. The love fest continued today: I cleared my schedule: no meetings, research ALL DAY! Whew-hew. Plus, I went to work in my new running gear so that I'd be prepared for my evening run.

Once I got home tonight, I washed my hair, took a bubble bath and I'm now sitting with conditioner in my hair. I plan to sleep in it overnight. Do any of you do that? I can't wait to see what my hair will feel like in the morning.

Here's to treating ourselves! :)

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