Pursuit of Natural

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Mystery Blogger Award


What is it:

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. –  Okoto Enigma

The Rules:

• Put the logo/image on your blog.

• List the rules.

• Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog.

• Mention the creator of the award and link their blog.

• Tell your reader 3 things about yourself.

• You have to nominate 10-20 people.

• Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.

• Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.


So, I’ve been nominated by Yeka over at myyeka.wordpress.com. Thanks, girl! This put a smile on my face today.

Three Things About Me:

  1. I hate bananas–the cold mushy texture, the afterthought of a flavor. I rebuke it. Give me fried plantain any day! I can’t remember ever liking bananas, but I do remember many a standoff as a child refusing to eat my “fruits”.
  2. I’m an aspiring music producer. I’ve had an on-again off-again love affair with the piano since preschool. Today, I’m pursuing a career in music production.
  3. “I’m currently learning Spanish”…has been a perennial saying of mine for the past two years.


Yeka’s Questions:

1. Would you cut your hair for $10m?

Girl, with 10 million dollars I would cut my fro and convert to product junkism. Hand pressed coconut pink hibiscus mermaid tears deep conditioner? I’ll take a dozen!

2.  What is your worst scenario of a typical bad day?

Being too depressed to eat, take care of myself, or interact with anyone.

3.  What is your biggest dream in life?

My biggest dream is to work hard enough to be successful enough to help my family ease their burdens.

4. How mischievous were you in your childhood days?

Ha! Not very. I tried it, got caught in a lie (I was never a good liar), and got my butt whooped. But those cookies were so addictive, I just had to eat the whole box.

5. Who in this world would you trade places with just for a day?

For one day? President of the United States sounds good, but then, of course, you are *trading* places.  So, no one. I don’t want anyone wreaking havoc for 24 hours in my life.

6. What’s the craziest thing you have ever done for love?

I’ve never done anything crazy for love. Draw your own conclusions.


My Questions:

  1. What is your favorite way to treat yourself?
  2. Disregarding the laws of physics, what’s an invention you could use to make your life easier?
  3. Whom in your life do you lean on most, when you are going through hard times?
  4. When was the last time you got a compliment that brightened your day?
  5. Do you remember your life before smartphones; how has technology impacted you (for better or worse?)


The Nominees!

  1. HeyMissJackson
  2. Full of Sol
  3. HealthyNappyNerdyMommy
  4. The Curly Frugalista
  5. D’apres Tania
  6. Idle Head
  7. Beinpickii
  8. Naturallynn
  9. Rhythm In Life
  10. QueenBits

Congrats to all these unique voices!

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New Series: Dear Newly Natural Me

We interrupt this midweek slump to announce: The Pursuit of Natural has joined the °Yeka team!

I’ll be doing a weekly series of letters to myself (and any other new natural) after the big chop. For advice, encouragement, and of course, humor, check out “Dear Newly Natural Me” at myyeka.wordpress.com, and lots of other great content on health, lifestyle, and relationships.

The first installment is up now!

Thanks so much for rockin with me, and please be sure to like, share, and follow.


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Bunning with NaturalMe4C


NaturalMe4c, food.com


In my defense, I had never worn a bun in my life, prior to going natural.

Also, me and my baby fro really had no business, at that length, queuing up a bunch of how-to-bun videos on YouTube. But, what appealed to me about NaturalMe4C’s technique was that she didn’t have long wraparound hair at the time either. She achieved “bun-like” greatness simply by arranging, tucking, and pinning, as opposed to shoving and cramming the hair in place. (My fragile ends cringe watching videos like the latter.)



My first attempt looked flat and wide, pictured right at the top. A couple more tries (and a couple more inches to work with) and I had mastered my bun with two extra tricks:

1. After gathering all my hair in position, I twisted the last inch or so of my ends together, forming several workable sections and securing any shorter hairs.

2. I laid each section in an overlapping spiral, rather than going in different directions, as in the demo.



Obviously, the more length you have the closer you can gather your hair, and the fuller it looks. Working with the volume of natural hair means you don’t really need a pre-formed bun donut, but I tried it in combination and it works as well.

Today, I can get away with a lot less tucking and pinning, and a lot more wrapping into the “classic” bun shape, but if you are a natural bunning novice, this technique might be easier and less stressful for you and your hair. It just might become your go-to protective style when you’re short on time and don’t want your ends to suffer the consequences of neglect.


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Naptural85’s Fro on Me

First things first: She doesn’t have my hair length, texture or, it appears, density. So I watched the vid like I watch most of her vids. “That’s cute, but not for me.”

I was taking down some twists in prep for a low puff or a protective style or something, and I decided, “Meh. I’ll give it a shot. If it’s a fail, I can just proceed to my [whatever style I was going to do in the first place.]”

Strategically-timed trial and error, FTW.

I did some things differently of course, but the main thing is carefully picking out your ends. The last couple of inches and not the whole length. Yo. It actually worked and I didn’t have to blow dry or pick from the roots. Sure, it’s a side part fro and not the perfect sphere of my toddlerhood, and my ends were a little mad at me, but it actually worked!

I proceeded to put it away and haven’t tried it again. See my previous post on fros. A smart natural has got to stick to styles that fit her life.

If you really want to rock a fro, but your mane won’t cooperate. Give this heatless hairstyle a try.


You still got questions? Hit the comments.