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REBLOG: What’s Wrong With You? – Meleey XO

I saved this post as soon as I read it the other day. Reading stories similar to my own has helped me articulate the contours of this thing called mental health. I’m sharing it because there are a lot of us that need to know we aren’t alone in our struggles. Please click through to read Melissa’s touching post on her experiences.

Hey guys, This is a very different and extremely personal post. But I feel that it is important for me to talk about my experience, maybe it might help someone else…

“What’s wrong with you?”

Four and a half years ago, I used to think completely differently to how I think now…

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New Growth: Knowledge Is the Power to Change

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Feeling Something’s Wrong

There’s a Nigerian utterance for every mood and every occasion. On the occasion that my sadness turned to lethargy, my mom would describe my demeanor to me in one such utterance, which conveyed a sense that one lacked the energy to even be tired. Doo-wehn, doo-wehn, doo-wehn. Clearly, something was wrong, but I couldn’t remember the last time I wasn’t sad, so I continued the process of becoming a zombie.

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REBLOG: Waterfall Braid Tutorial on Natural Hair — KinkyDiyctator

I was super excited to find this tutorial, as I never thought of doing the waterfall braid on natural hair. But doesn’t hers look stunning? I’ve practiced a little bit on stretched hair (I don’t use heat anymore) and I think I’ll get the hang of it, yet! Click through to watch the video tutorial.

 

 

Hey guys. I recently straightened my hair with heat and tried out the waterfall braid, which I’ve been eyeing for a while and i worked out.

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REPOST: Finger Detangling

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Some people do it in the shower. Some people do it with oil. Some people use tools such as combs or brushes. I’m talking about detangling natural hair, and everyone’s got their own technique as well as favorite products for the job.

Many naturals, though, swear by finger detangling. But when I started doing it, I just wanted to swear at someone. How were they all just gliding their hands through all those kinks and curls? And then they had the nerve to say it only took forty-five minutes, tops! I’d give up and grab my comb, but as my hair got longer, I had to face the music.

It took hours to finger detangle. My shoulders hurt. My neck hurt. I couldn’t keep organized, and my hair still felt tangled in places. Needless to say, it took a long time to tailor all the internet advice to my own technique…

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REBLOG: Cranial Combustion – MikiAshanti

MikiAshanti is amazing and her poetry is powerful, covering a spectrum of social and cultural issues with incisive language and beautiful wordcraft. You read one poem and you want to read another and another. This one happens to be about our hair, and it is fire.

The womb wove a head of wool Placenta nourished that nappiness But before hand could even hold pencil Hair that could grip one was scorched By a well-meaning maternal match Scalp scalded and wounds weeping She is told to sit straight and relax Her mane complied with this command But her soul remained restless […]

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