Sunday, December 19, 2010

YouTube Vid on My Hair Progress...

I just wanted to make a short video about my hair progress.  I've been natural since the end of the July, so it's been five months total.  You can see my previous post on my BC to show where I started and where I am now.  So, enjoy the video and be nice because it's my first (published) one. 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

QT: Stretching for Bed

I'm currently wearing my hair in a twist out, in order for my hair to not shrink into oblivion I decided to do some quick and dirty flat twists.  I call them that because I parted with my fingers and didn't comb or detangle my hair at all.  These are not meant to be pretty, only functional.  In the morning I will take them out and shape my hair and throw on a headband. 

Consider yourself lucky that you are seeing me in such a state! LOL! Here goes nothing!

Inspire & Desire : Waist Length 4A/B Naturals - #1 Sera

My ultimate goal is waist length natural *Lord God hear my prayers* and I know some people erroneously think that 4a/bs cannot get to waist length.  Well, lemee tell you something, chile!  We Can and We Do!  Now, that's not to say it's not work, but it happens.  So take a few cues from the following natural 4A/B waist length ladies.

#1: Sera

If you are natural and you haven't heard of her you must not own a computer.  And if you don't own a computer how the hell are you reading this? LOL!  In five years she went from a TWA to Waist Length, don't believe me?  Check the vidjo!

And check out the fotki album!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Protective Styles: Sexy Up Dos

This is a post on Kinky Curly Coily Me! that I wanted to share with everyone on how to do various up dos with natural hair.  I've always thought up dos were sexy and wore them quite frequently when I was relaxed.  I can't wait until I get a bit more length so I can rock some, especially now that it's winter! 

These styles in this post would be great for a holiday party, going to work, or even just out and about with your girls.

Here's one that I really like:

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Quick Tip

Quick Tip (QT):  When I want to give my hair an extra boost of moisture, I wear a plastic shower cap at night under my satin bonnet.  When you wake up your hair will be damp and moist.  However, it dries quickly if you're worrying about wet hair before you step out the house.  You can do this with loose hair or wearing a protective style.  Note: This process will lead to some shrinkage because of the moisture, but your hair will thank you for it!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Make Up Haul, e.l.f

I am trying to incorporate a quick and easy makeup routine into my life.  Usually I don't wear any makeup at all, mainly because I was never taught how to apply it.  But I think that makeup can make you look polished and just enhance your natural beauty.  So, tonight I went out to Target and picked up a few products from e.l.f (eyes, lips, face) I chose this brand because it is CHEAP!  Most of their items are only $1!  I have a lot of MAC products and I swear I only wear them about once every two months or so, so I didn't want to spend a lot and not use it much. 

So, on to what I bought:

I got the Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Maple Sugar & Pink Lemonade.

e.l.f. Essentials Luscious Liquid Lipstick

therapy is here. Intensive hydrating agents along with natural pigments leave lips with long-lasting color and moisture. This luscious liquid lipstick creates wearable color that flatters a multitude of skin tones and looks.

The color payoff is minimal which is why I guess it's flattering to a multitude of skin tones.  I'm not mad at that though because since I'm not a regular makeup wearer it's neutral enough for me to pull off everyday and it doesn't scream MAKE UP!  The Maple Sugar is a nudey bronze color and I like it a lot.  The Pink Lemonade is a sheer pink that's like my natural lip color pumped up.  The only downside with the first use you have to turn the applicator A LOT of times for the lipstick to come up to the applicator.  A plus is that it smells lightly of mint.

I also bought the e.l.f. Essentials Hypershine Gloss in Honey.

Hyper, glass-like shine infused with micro-mirror technology to reflect light. Smoothes lips on contact with a conditioning shine that lasts for hours. Create that natural lip stain of color that's sheer, subtle and beautiful!

What's funny about this, is that it's got more color payoff than the so called lipsticks.  I love this color it's a browny-gold that always looks great on my skintone and I buy it in like every brand that exists at least once a year.  There is a MAC lipglass that this is a dupe of that I will NOT NEED TO BUY ANYMORE because it's EXACTLY like it.  This also has a vanilla smell that I love!

For my cheeks and eyes, I bought the e.l.f. Essentials Shimmering Facial Whip in Toasted.

Multipurpose, on-the-go whipped colorant is vitamin B, C and E packed to instantly brighten and sooth skin with no greasy after-feel.

I have yet to try this out so I can't give a review yet, on here it looks a little lighter than it looks in the package.  I thought it would give a nice UMPH to my eyes and cheeks, so I'll try and give a review later this week.

Last, but not least I bought the e.l.f. Essentials Regular & Waterproof Mascara Duo in Black.

Revolutionary Liquid-Flex™ Technology – Long-Lasting, Smudge and Smear Proof. One side is regular mascara, but turn over this tube, and the other side contains waterproof mascara so you are prepared for any occasion, place or type of weather!

Will review later.

Product Haul, Taliah Waajid Products

I made a product haul this past weekend, since I hadn't seen my natural hair in a minute and I was all out of my usual stuff.  I decided to purchase mostly Taliah Waajid products because a natural stylist used them on me before and I really liked them then.  Also, Taliah Waajid  is really the Mother of natural hair products, not Carol's Daughter as some might like to think. 

So, I bought her Total Body Black Earth Shampoo, The Great Detangler, and Protective Mist Bodiphier.

Total Body Black Earth Shampoo
Total Body Black Earth Shampoo is excellent for normal to dry, damaged, or over-processed hair. Total Body cleans while softening and making hair more manageable.
This shampoo made my hair nice and moist and didn't feel stripping at all.  I believe I will make this my staple shampoo.  I used it after having twists for 7 weeks with minimal initial detangling and it made my hair feel as if i didn't even need any conditioner.  In fact, I only used a leave-in conditioner afterward.  I've also used this on my sons' hair, one is a 4A and one is a 3B and it worked great for them as well.  I highly recommend this shampoo for all kinky and curly hair types!  ***** 5 STAR RATING!
Protective Mist Bodiphier
  • Moisturizes & Conditions
  • Coats hair, Stops Breakage
  • Softens for manageability
  • Detangles, Removes braids

This is a spray that almost feels like an oil instead of a water based liquid.  This is a good thing because it moisturizes withouth giving a lot of shrinkage.  This is a good spray to refresh a loose or protective style as well as a good spray to use while detangling.  I have used this on all of our hair as well and I'm a believer.  I also really like it's light coconut smell.

The Great Detangler
Eliminates tangles on contact. Softens hair, defines curl pattern. Stops breakage while combing curly, kinky, coily and wavy hair. Hair Detangler is rich with moisturizers, protein and conditioners. Coats and protects hair while softening.

I didn't use this on myself, but on my son.  He has curly hair that I detangle every morning from his wild sleeping and this worked well on his daily tangles.  I will give this product a *** 3 STAR RATING for now, but only because I haven't used it enough to give it a thorough trial.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Long time, BC, and updates.

Well, I made an EPIC FAIL of my transition!  But do not be scared; I failed because I just did a BC instead, so still no relaxer for me!  YAY ME!  I ended up doing the BC on July 29th, so I didn't transition long at all.  Here are pics from the big day:

Since then I got my hair put into kinky twists on the weekend of October 1st and I just took them out last weekend, Nov. 20th.  These are pics of the week before I took them out:

Now, I felt weak this past weekend and almost relaxed my hair, but I DID NOT! I took to the net and visited BGLH (my go to site for fly natural hair nowadays) and was inspired to keep on keeping on.

So, after taking my hair out this weekend I was flummoxed as to what to do to my hair next.  I kind of want twists again, but a different kind, but I decided to give my hair a break and rest, so my hair is out.  I wore it out in a puff to work this week, but today I decided to put it into twists.  I went to my "go-to-style" which is flat twists in the front to the side (secret: I do it to the side that I'm better at twisting on, my left) and two strand twists in the back.  I will post pics later, my camera is on the fritz, plus I need to do a product review on my latest natural products.

See you soon and I promise not to go this long between posts again!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


*Twist & Puff circa '09

I've been surfing through my old pics and natural hair sites for inspiration and here's what I've found:

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Inspire & Desire


In Transition...

Main Entry: tran·si·tion

Pronunciation: \tran(t)-ˈsi-shən, tran-ˈzi-, chiefly British tran(t)-ˈsi-zhən\
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin transition-, transitio, from transire
Date: 1551

1 a : passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another : change b : a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to another
2 a : a musical modulation b : a musical passage leading from one section of a piece to another
3 : an abrupt change in energy state or level (as of an atomic nucleus or a molecule) usually accompanied by loss or gain of a single quantum of energy

Right now, in so many ways, I am in transition.  This will be new for me, this will be challenging, like any transition, there will be good parts, bad parts, easy parts, and hard parts.  But I will emerge different, new, and hopefully better.  Let's raise a glass to transitions!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Loc Update

I washed my hair today with Bee Mine Peppermint & Tee Tree shampoo. I've used it while I was loose, too. I generallylike it, love the smell, love the tingle, and it cleans well without stripping. I also liked that it rinsed well, no errant foam and what not in the locs. This is my first shampoo since starting, but I've rinsed two other times in the past week and a half. I believe that water HELPS the loc'ing process. Yes it will increase fuzziness, but I'd rather have fuzzy clean hair, than stinky neat hair. I'll take a pic on Friday when I plan on rinsing again.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Loc Style Vid-jo!

I love this style and have just subscribed to this lady's youtube channel!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Locs Again...

I'm starting my locs again, by two strand twists again. I will not give up this time; I am already mad at myself because my locs would have been a year old had I kept them. Here's a pic of my start (started them on 12/24/09 I rinsed them on Wednesday, 12/30/09 already):

I will be updating with my progress and routines! :)
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