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Saturday, December 12, 2009

My 1 year old niece!

My sister asked me to lock my niece's hair. She stays with us during the day so I was able to take my time. It took about 4 days to finish. It could have been a shorter time span, but no rush since she is home with us all day anyway. When we started them she was about 1 1/2 and now she is 2 years old. I have done 1 tightening and she is due for another soon. She always asks me to shampoo her hair and afterward like many of us she commences to swinging her hair. LOL These pics are from the initial installation.


Friday, December 11, 2009

Here's one more pic

How about my husband shampooed and twisted my hair. I know y'all jealous. LOL




I'd like to introduce you all to a sister that does some beautiful work. Mahogany homeschooler is her screen name on FB, but she is a true artist. I will be adding more pictures of her work, but in the meanwhile this is a picture of a simple copper piece. Here is her link http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?sterm=earths+finest&cb=8&name=hypersearch. Go check her out! You won't be disappointed.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Check these brothers out

Here are some brothers that I ran across on youtube. Even if you don't agree with every word they speak they are sure to make you think and that is the whole point. That is how we learn and discover truth...by questioning the established belief. http://www.youtube.com/user/redmoonrabbit98#p/u/0/wyRgwReHe94

Here is a link to the some tee shirts that they have created. Check them out if you like it buy it. If you don't at least pass the info on.
http://conscioustees.spreadshirt.com/us/US/Shop/

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Lock Earrings

I split a 2 headed dragon the other day. I cut one of the heads off and made earrings out of it. I am going to post a pic whenever I can get more batteries for my camera. I wrapped them in red, black, and green thread. I think they are kind of cute, although one of my clients laughed at me. LOL Anyway, I wore them to belly dance class and thought I was a little flier than usual.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Friday, September 4, 2009

Color Purple...Girls Night Out!

My Mom got us together to go see the play/musical "The Color Purple". When I tell you that it is marvelous, honey please believe me! I left the theater wanting to see it again!!! We had so much fun together. We need to do this more often. Oh and as a side note, my husband bought my outfit for me awhile back on his own and I must say...I wear it well. Big Daddy has good taste.


My sister, mother, sister-in-law eating before the show.


Me, Mama, Sister



I forgot the take pictures when the food came to the table. It wasn't all mine, but I thought I'd share. LOL


Mama, Me, Sister-in-Law, Sister


Mama and The Aunts (I have dubbed my Mom's sisters The Aunts)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Nappy Hair in the NY Times!!!

Y'all, please read this article and get back to me with your thoughts. I don't care how long your post is, I would love to know your thoughts.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/27/fashion/27SKIN.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2

Friday, August 14, 2009

New Pics!

So I washed my hair last night and used some Qhemet Biologics that a friend donated, because they didn't like it. I love it, but I don't like the smell too much. Anyway, I thought it looked really good last night, but didn't take any pics 'til this morning. Enjoy.
Of course now I see some lint that I need to get rid of either by pulling it out or by Sharpie. LOL



I don't know why I always look like a plucked chicken from this angle. I'm not going bald...I swear.


Okay, that's a better angle.



I am only 5'2" so my hair isn't that long, but just thought I'd show the length. Also notice how long my loose roots are, and that the lock has been joined. Actually, I have joined all of my locks.

Monday, August 3, 2009

The Politics of Black Women's Hair by Duron Chavis (?)

I know you all will love this. This brother is the bomb. He is in charge of Happily Natural Day, and his name is Duron Chavis. Enjoy.

Oh by the way, husband found this for us.Check him out at www.listenclosenow.blogspot.com

Late Post From Mother Day's

Sorry for being so late. These are the the earrings that I made for my Mom for Mother's Day. I didn't have much money, but I had a new skill and a mother that is a jewelry lover. She loved them. The black ones are made of wood and the other set is made of shell.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Sick Hair

I don't feel well and my hair looks like a cat has been licking it. I shampooed it and then got sick, so I didn't let it dry. Instead I just put it in an ugly ball atop my aching head. I look a mess and I don't care, because I don't feel good. *pouting like a pro, because I'm the youngest child*

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Just Curious

How long do you want your locks to get? I think I will let mine reach my waist and then I will either keep them there or cut them to mid back/bra strap length. My mom on the other hand just got her cut again on Saturday to a cute short layered look. Perhaps I'll take some pics and post them. Anyway, let me know what you think you'll do with your locks.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Wedding Hair...Well After Wedding Hair.



Now keep in mind that this is after the wedding so my hair was in a rebellion stage and my makeup was on it's last leg so forgive me.




Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Holdin' On!

I am still sticking with freeform and enjoying. I have to tighten and crinkle my hair for a wedding this weekend though. I will probably keep it for a week due to the work involved, but then back to doing absolutely nothing to my hair. .

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Freeform AGAIN!

Okay, so I am trying this again. I can't even remember when I started, but I am doing better with it this time. The other day, my niece and I were riding in the car and I noticed her looking at my hair. I asked her if it was driving her crazy and she said yes, but I just laughed.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Absentee Blogger

I know I have been slacking, but we have decided to homeschool the children next year and I have had to get into some books. I have been reading A LOT! I also added another blog for that purpose. www.learningorganically.blogspot.com Feel free to check it out. I have to be honest. I might be slack for a while because I know that this is going to be quite different, but please be patient with me.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Errors on my page!

My page keeps loading with errors. I am NOT happy. Does anyone know what to do about this. My whole info bar that should be on the side is at the bottom of the page! Please help me if you know anything.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Earrings

Hey! Look what I can do! Well more like look what I did. I saw these pieces in Michael's and thought "I like those. Somebody should make that into earrings". Hope you like them, but feel free not to hurt my feelings if you don't. LOL

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Relaxers a.k.a Creamy Crack

This will be really short. The other day I had a client that had a protective style in for some time. Of course when we removed the style there was a lot of shedding, because she hadn't been combing her hair over the past few months. Anyhoo, my drain got clogged. Guess what I put in the drain last night to clear it. You guessed it. Relaxer. I got up this morning and ran some water in the sink and it was clear. It's like I have a brand new sink. Thank you creamy crack. For once it saved me some money. Oh and by the way if any of you use curling irons. If you heat them up on the low setting and apply relaxer it will clean them like new.

Monday, February 23, 2009

400 Years Without A Comb

I tried to embed the video, but I couldn't. I also put it in the video bar or quick reference in the future. Please view these videos and let me know what you think.
Part 1
http://www.rbgtube.com/play.php?vid=1660

Part2
http://www.rbgtube.com/play.php?vid=1659

Part 3
http://www.rbgtube.com/play.php?vid=1657

Part 4
http://www.rbgtube.com/play.php?vid=1656

Part 5
http://www.rbgtube.com/play.php?vid=1655

Part6 http://www.rbgtube.com/play.php?vid=1654

Friday, February 20, 2009

Head Wrap

Kay Exquisite, I am going to post the pictures tomorrow if I have the chance. I finally bought some batteries for the camera. Here are the $5 head wraps that bought from Walmart. Well, they are supposed to be worn as scarves, but y'all know how we do. LOL



So this is one of the stretchy ones that is new for me, because I haven't had one like it before. It doesn't hold all of my hair, but I like it this way because it still keeps my hair out of my face and off my back. I never thought that hair down my back would bother me, but when you are sitting (especially driving) and your hair keeps getting stuck behind you it can become quite the bother. Anyway, I know you all will let me know what you think about my new look. LOL

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Good Hair?

We have all said this phrase at least once. Being that I have always LOVED hair, I have probably said it more than the average person. I must admit, however, that my view of "good hair" has change immensely. Since I have fallen deeply and passionately in love with natural hair, I love to see thick, tightly coiled, course hair. That is the kind of hair that does exactly what I want it to do every time like clock work. I, however, don't have this hair, my hair is just weird and middle of the road. It is so strange how our opinions changed when freed from the ideals that have been presented to us in our culture. It doesn't mean that we should hate other hair textures, it simply means that whatever God has given us that is still on our heads is good.

There is a very special lady that is part of the the lovinlocs forum that I am a part of that is Caucasian and has adopted two beautiful African American princesses. She has experienced first hand the nasty attitudes that people have toward tightly coiled hair. She is one of the few, the proud, and the brave however. Many people of other cultures have a difficult time understanding what the big deal is. I was a little offended at this conversation that is so sensitive taking place in such a public forum (a movie), but then I thought maybe it will change some minds, tell me what you all think. I may post some other vids on this subject, because we all have our stories. Let me know what you think.

Monday, February 9, 2009

More Wraps

I just wanted to share these pictures with you all. I bought some $5 wraps from Wal Mart (the pink one). They are a lightweight summer fabric with sequins sewn on. The brown one that my daughter has one is more of a lightweight sweater fabric. It is really easy to wrap because it stretches so much. Anyway, enjoy.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Neem Oil Stank!

Yes, I said "stank" and I mean it. I have never smelled anything so raunchy. I see now why it is at the bottom of most ingredient lists. I put a very small amount in a skin oil that I made for my husband and it is the baseline smell in the oil. Baseline meaning that you don't really smell it at first, but it is that lingering odor after the obvious smell. It seems to be good in my OCM oil, but of course I don't keep it on my face. Just thought I would share.

By the way if you are considering buying some, it is cheaper at the garden store than if you buy it from the cosmetic section. It is the same stuff, but it is almost twice as expensive.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Head wrap pics...more to come.

Nothing special. Just wanted to post some pics of me with a headwrap. I wear them about 50% of the time. I wore them for the full year that I was engaged to my husband. I don't know why other than the fact that I God told me too. I didn't question it I just did it. I had to do it one other time to keep my hair vanity in check. I also wear wraps when I go to the movies. I am so paranoid about putting my head where other people's heads have been. I will post more pics later on when I have time. I hope you enjoy these. Y'all have Thandi to thank, because she was the one that told me she "felt strange reading the blog of someone she couldn't see" or something similar. LOL So Thandi, these are dedicated to you. LOL

Friday, January 30, 2009

Must Read!

Please! Please! Please! Read your bible. I had to say that first, before I say this. Please! Please! Please! Read this book called "The Shack" by William P. Young!!!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Issues and Creativity

Okay first let me point out what happened to my skin when I put down the OCM. I stopped it for a minute, because I thought "My face looks so good". Then, I had a breakout. It makes sense, because my face had plenty of oil and then...nothing. So it panicked and made a bunch of extra oil. Add to that I am a picker and so that would explain to two marks on my face. My picking problem subsided because there was nothing to pick. Make sense? Okay. Let's move on to greener pastures.

I made a mixture of horsetail, nettle, chamomile, and sage tea and used it as a rinse. Immediately followed by jojoba, grapeseed, rosemary, and lavender oils. When I tell you that my hair is soft and the cornflakes are gone...honey the NAPS ARE BACK! It looked so good and felt so good that I didn't twist it. I am so happy!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Back

I realized that I didn't have a pic of my hair from the back. Please excuse the glow from my shirt. I tried to adjust the picture on the computer, but this was the best I could do. Funny, I thought my hair was longer than this. LOL

I am ashamed.

Okay, so let me go on and admit my guilt. I twisted my hair. Now, let me be clear. It was because I was unable to keep my hair moist and I started noticing breakage. My hair is not very thick to start with, so that last thing I need is breakage. Well, maybe breakage is a little dramatic, but there was shedding and as a long time locker I am not accustomed to seeing that. It made me quite uncomfortable. I will, however, give this another shot in the spring, summer, and fall (I am a descendent of a tropical people, so my genetic code is for warm weather. LOL). My intention is to twist when the weather is cold and freeform when the weather is nice. I know, it sounds a little indecisive. Maybe even a little double minded, but there is a method to my madness.

WARNING: Whining is about to begin.

I do not like my hair twisted. I liked my puffy roots. I liked my hair doing whatever it pleased. I don't like this at all. Look at my scalp. I look bald. Probably, because I haven't seen my scalp in so long, but still. The "Plucked Chicken" look is not sexy. I feel really stuck right now. I know that a lot of people are going to be really happy to see what seems to be a change of mind, but WAIT! It's not so. I will be a nappy headed little black child again. My hair apparently hates winter, and this is simply a protective measure.

Okay, I'm finished. Now comfort me in my time of grief at the loss of my roots.

Oh, and as for the blemish on my forehead. I am a picker. I indeed made a mountain out of a mole hill. It was a teeny barely noticeable bump...until I noticed it. I messed and wasn't satisfied until I had a mark on my face. After I made the mark, I felt like an addict that just fell of the bandwagon. Y'all pray for me, I need help. Now, we can see if this stuff (OCM) helps to get rid of marks too.

Okay, now you may resume comforting me.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Pics

Okay, no matter how hard I tried the pictures ended up looking kind of goofy so grant me a pardon this time. The first two just give you a sense of what others see. It's not like my hair is standing on end, but somehow my hair is still really offensive to some. LOL I have to admit that this journey is really interesting to me, because I am learning so much about how to do nothing. Sometimes I wish that I had twice as much hair so that they could be bigger, bushier, and fuller. Anyway, the second set of pictures just show how my hair is doing up close. My hair is weird, because the front will go straight if I wear a headwrap even if it's not tight. It seems that my perimeter is a crinkle and not a coil. My hair seems to change into a coil as you move toward the middle of my head. Go figure.








OCM/PMS

So this is my first cycle since I started cleaning my face with oil. My face is clear with no blemishes at all. This is exciting because it never happens. That mark is even gone from my cheek. I am so excited. I feel wonderful and my skin is getting better and better. That's all just wanted to let you all know how things are going, because the method is so different than what we are normally taught. It's working. I feel fabu!

Freeform Pro and Cons

So far I have noticed some pros and cons to freeforming that I feel inclined to share with you all.
Pros
  1. I don't have to do a thing but shampoo and go (maybe a little dryer time, but not much).
  2. I love the look.
  3. I love the feel mentally.
  4. I am learning to not to be moved by the opinions of others about "the way locks should look".

Cons

  1. Because I suffer with HIHD I still want to twist every now and again.
  2. I notice shedding sometimes and I am not used to seeing that. It makes sense though because my roots will behave more like Afro hair as they are not in a *protective hairstyle.
  3. People always have something to say.

*A protective hairstyle is one that keeps your hair safe from the cold in winter (or other harsh environmental issues to include heating systems or extreme dryness). If you have an Afro for example, I would suggest that you keep your hair in 2 strands, braids, or plaits through the winter months. These style help to maintain moisture and keep you from combing your hair. Obviously I am not combing my hair, but the moisture is being zapped. To add insult to injury my steamer broke. That made me just a little angry to say the least.

All that to say that I am wondering about twisting in the winter months and leaving it be in the other 9 months. I just can't seem to control the dryness and that is my main issue. Let me know what you think.