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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.