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REBLOG: Lack-olades Hurt Too

KillerCatZiller beautifully makes the point that oftentimes what we might view as trivial attagirls–sometimes not even worth typing up or voicing–can be just the right amount of affirmation one needs to remember their value. Do also check out her site. She’s a wonderful writer.

While some may think fists are brute and weapons and knives sting like a snake’s bite, there will never be any force more dire than the power of words. I’ll avoid the clichés as much as possible (and I will probably fail), but if there is anything I want you to remember, hear this: You […]

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REPOST: When To Baggie

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Shout out to OlenaRosanne, who once called deep conditioning under a headwrap going “undercover”. Loved it! She keeps it real.

Does This Thing Really Work?

If you just want a light spa treatment for your hair, then yes. It works. It’s basic science, aka, the greenhouse effect.

As a regular moisturizing routine, I found it unnecessary. Proper application of water plus my products on wash day and during the week were sufficient for me. But there are times when I can’t do a proper application, because I can’t get to all my strands. That’s when I break out the shower cap.

So When Do You Baggie?

The baggy method is useful primarily when I am in a protective style—cornrows, twists, etc.—and slathering leave-in and oil on top goes nowhere. My morning procedure is to mist with water and press that in, then spray a liquefied mix of leave-in +…

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REBLOG: World Mental Health Day 2017 — OlenaRosanne

Yesterday was world mental health day, and OlenaRosanne wrote a wonderful post on the topic reminding me that the struggle is not always visible or obvious, and that’s why mindfulness of your own well being and others is so important. Please do check out her site for more.

 

Today is World Mental Health Day 2017. If you haven’t thought about the importance of your own mental health, or of others, today is the day to take time out and do so. Many of us have seen that random person on the street talking to themselves or heard about the person who committed some…

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REPOST: Battling Knots & Split Ends

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The kinkier your hair texture, the more you have to stay on the offense when it comes to knots and splits. Yes, texture matters–with my mixed textures, I can see that my looser textures are nowhere near as knot-ridden as my tighter coils where the knot fairy army has apparently encamped. Yet, my looser textures are more prone to split ends than anywhere else on my head.

Over the last year or two, I’ve finally begun to beat back the scourge of raggedy ends, and the following are my technique-focused lines of attack.

Wash Your Hair

We all get a little lax every now and then. That’s when the enemy advances. Dirt and lint are tangle magnets–I’ve found a teeny bit of debris at the center of some gnarly knots. So keep those strands as free and clear as possible. Wash regularly. Even a cowash or vigorous rinse can remove some debris, and every…

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REBLOG: If My Body Could Talk

Head over to So AfroChic’s site to read more of her writing. I love how emotionally resonant her words are, and this one struck a chord with me. Our bodies do get so very tired, but we must never let our spirits be broken.

If my body could talk it would tell you how tired I feel, my feet have walked miles in search of greener pastures,in pursuit of the big breakthrough. My mind has been planning and thinking and going all crazy and then back to sane. My palms look and feel strong for their age and the […]

via If my body could talk… — So AfroChic!

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5 Years Natural a Photo Retrospective

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Big chop to first (successful) twistout. You can see the space (left) where there used to be damage from relaxers

18 months after going natural, a woman complemented me on my first ever twist out. I was over the moon all day. You couldn’t tell me nothin! I was ready to rock twist outs every single day, but of course my second try was nowhere near as bomb, and the travails of free hair checked me real quick…

woman with short natural hair showing mixed textues

Discovering I have swaths of multiple textures after a pick out. You can see (right) that everywhere but my crown has little visible curl definition.

She said she was natural, too, underneath, and I asked how long she’d been in the game.

“Three years.”

I thought–wooow!–that’s, like, a really long time. I couldn’t imagine it.

woman with natural hair protective styles braids and flat twists

First flat twist (left) and feeling myself! Legit plaits (top) courtesy of my momma. Getting fancy (bottom) with YouTube tutorials.

Now, here I am. This week I’ll be 5 years natural and wondering where the time has gone.

woman with natural hair updo styles

I. Love. Updos!

As far as the fro, it looks nothing like Naptural85’s hair at five years. Yeah, I said it. I watched that length check video a long time ago and secretly hoped for comparable results. We all do it!

But I ain’t mad. I’m not even disappointed. My fro is awesome and will take its sweet time being so, while I enjoy every hard-earned inch of it.

Amen? Amen!

woman with shoulder length natural hair

Nowadays, you’ll find me in cornrows or stretching my hair in twists after a wash. Take downs for detangling (top left, bottom right)are the only times I can snap a photo or two (or a bazillion) of my free hair

When’s your big chop (or gone natural) anniversary? Do you mark the occasion? Is there cake involved? Let me know in the comments. And don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe.


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REBLOG: Progress Check – 2017

The gorgeous WoefultoFrofull recently posted her natural hair progress. She at that fun and fancy free stage, y’all, and got me missing my big chop days. But everyone’s natural journey has its road bumps, so head over to read more (and put a smile on your face with her cute family photos. Really, all her photos are lovely.)

If you saw my last post you’ll know that I started a little craft project up in my hair. I’m still not sure how I feel about that but it’s all in aid of getting a head full of good, healthy hair. Progress is key, no matter how small. I will have to come to terms […]

via Progress Check – September 2017 — Woeful To FroFull