Pursuit of Natural

life, levity, & the pursuit of natural


One Year Later and a Hiatus


Happy B-Day, Blog!

I launched this blog on my big chop anniversary. That means next week I’ll be five years natural and The Pursuit of Natural will be one year old. I thought, like with most blogs, I’d be writing into the void from my little unseen corner of the internet. I did not anticipate how my words would connect and those connections would become meaningful.

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Liebster Award


The fabulous OlenaRosanne nominated me. Y’all. She’s awesome and I’m humbled to receive this award from her. If you aren’t subscribed to her already, go do that and come back. I’ll wait. You can find her at olenarosanne.com. She blogs, vlogs, tweets, and ‘grams about natural hair & beauty, and she still finds time to show support for others.

Thank you, Queen!

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Thank You


Recently, WordPress notified me that I had reached 50 followers on this blog, alone. It’s a modest milestone, but a milestone that I felt should be celebrated nonetheless. Because that number represents months of personal growth and some really wonderful people in this corner of the blogosphere.

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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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Ophelia Debelia Fixes Her Scrunchy

Happy birthday to me! Today, I turn growner. Let’s have a tutorial to celebrate, shall we?

I wish I remember where in the community I saw a comment to the effect of “scrunchies are the only things that hold my hair, but they’ve gone out of style.”

To that I say: In-style or not, you’ll pry my scrunchies from my cold dead hands! And even then, while the rest of the herd is shambling after survivors who are clearly too fast to catch, I’ll be the one zombie “Thriller”-dancing off to the beauty supply store’s long-gone-out-of-business sale.

But about my scrunchies. For me, being natural has meant being crafty and creative about hair care. Sewing is a big part of that effort. (¡Gracias Mamá!)

Please remain seated. I’m aware not everyone was taught the Ancient Arts—all that measuring and cutting and pinning and threading. Good news! This tutorial requires no sewing.

Here to help demonstrate how to fix a scrunchy is Ophelia Debelia. (Professionally-lit photos? What blog have you been reading?)


Collect the following items:


You’ll, of course, need your sad scrunchy.

STEP 1: Rip open the seam of your scrunchy


Once you’ve got it open, remove the old elastic.

STEP 2: Feed your new elastic


Clip the safety pin to one end of the elastic and use the pin to push through the scrunchy casing.

No, you don’t need to measure length, with numbers and junk like that. Just make sure it’s long enough to go all the way through. Then cut off the excess and knot the ends together.



STEP 3: Hide the evidence…

If you ripped open the seam more than a little, like a lot, and it is now flapping open all ugly, just glue it shut. I prefer hand-sewing it because I’ve been told many, many, many, many times by mi mamá to be neat, okay?

That’s it. Your scrunchy is back from the dead. It’s alive!



(P.S.: Happy holidays and a merry new year!)

You got questions? Hit the comments section.