Monthly Archives: February 2011

Inspiring Sistas

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This is my inspiration for the day! These girls are fabulous and I love their style! Check them out…they are sisters and they are FABULOUS!! (I think I said that already)

If I hadn’t already made the decision to go natural, I would’ve after watching this video ❤ ❤ ❤

N.Joy 🙂

 

http://www.youtube.com/MyNaturalSistas

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First Length Check

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Hey Yall,

I’m so excited to do my first real “length check”

My personal goal is to have my hair touch the tip of my nose by July. I really think it is possible.

Anyways…

I was here in December

Length Check

I am now here

 

Length Check #2

back of my hair length check

 

NJoy 🙂

Working it Out!

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Well, many of you know that I did the BC and I wasn’t too happy with it. As a matter of fact I was kinda feeling like this chic… LOL! I mean, I’m laughing, but I am for real serious! I just kept thinking my hair was doing so well and everyone told me that I shouldn’t cut it, but I was like “No, I want to be 100% natural I have transitioned long enough…besides I’m going to cut it off eventually anyway.” Like I said before, I was ready to do the big chop, I guess I was in shock at first. For a while, I was second guessing my decision and was wondering if I should have listened to everyone else!

I wasn’t quite ready to give in because I knew I was ready to do the BC.  So, I just kept playing in my curls and thought of all the reasons I knew I had made the right choice–and I really liked to play with the coils!

Thanks to the lovely natural hair community, I have found so much inspiration and so many cute styles for my TWA. I kept looking at all of the beautiful pictures of all of the lovely naturals out there. It was the confidence that inspired me the most.  Confidence that I wasn’t sure that  I had. So, after a week of wigs and hats 🙂 I woke up and looked in the mirror and finally saw it in me and decided to let it out! Why not?!  And surprisingly, I’ve had so much support and I’m loving my hair.

I am learning so much about myself and I really feel as though I am growing as an individual. Making lifestyle changes and thinking more about what I want for myself. It’s funny that it started at my hair…but I guess that’s why we all have roots! 🙂

I still have a ways to go but here are some of my styles. I will share some of the how-to videos soon.

Happy to be Naturally Njoyable!

I Finally Did the BIG CHOP…

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Well…the results

How I feel?!? I wish I would’ve waited! Yes, I said it…I def wish I would’ve waited a little longer! But it is what it is. If you would like to read more about my B.C. you can head over to Naturally Curly I’m participating in the Grow Out challenge. Hopefully it keeps me cool and motivated and it is something exciting to do with the curly community. The first couple of days I covered my hair every time I left the house. I’m hoping to get use to it soon, but right now….it is what it is and I honestly don’t fancy it to much.

I woke the last two nights wishing I would’ve waited, but I think it will be OK.

What I like about my BC:
1. I did it when I wanted to

2. I can see and feel my curl pattern

3. Very easy to maintain

day 2 twa

I’m sure I will think of more reasons to like my TWA as time goes by. I just have to get use to it that is all.

6 Months

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I have reached my 6 month mark.  I am absolutely proud of myself to getting to this point successfully. Just think…6 more months and I will have reached my 1 year mark!

I know that this coming Friday is supposed to be my BC date, but because of snow days in O-HI-O I have had to change some things around in my schedule. So the new date will be February 4th! I’m ready for it though!

What I have learned during my transition:

1. Patience, is indeed a virtue

2. Be kind to your hair and it will be kind to you

3. Yes, your diet does matter. What you put into your body def. shines outwardly

4. Take the time to read and understand your hair strands.

5. You don’t have to break the bank to enjoy healthy and beautiful hair.

6.  Stick with a product through its entirety in order to get a true feel of how your hair reacts to your current product versus the new product. I suggest this as a way to steer away from product junkism and as a way to really get to know your hair.

7. When you find something good. Stick to it!

8. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!!!

9. Protect, Protect, Protect

10. Comb only when wet!

While you are transitioning, you really get to know your hair and if the whole natural process is really right for you. If you continue to think that you need to put a perm in your hair because you can’t handle the “naps” then you need to go ahead back to the crack cream because you are not ready for the change. You end up doing more harm to your hair than good when you constantly use heat and products to “stretch” your curls or gels to lay your hair flat. There’s no point in all of that.

During my transition I have noticed less breakage and less dandruff.  Gone are the days when I had to sweep my bathroom floor every other day because of all the hair that had fallen out after a combing session.  My hair itches less and there is less dandruff most likely because there is far less irritation to my scalp. I owe it all to the use of better products and really treating my hair with care.

Misconceptions that I have gotten over. My hair is not as strong as it looks.  When I handle my hair, I handle it as if it is fine china.  Very durable, yet fragile at the same time. You have to keep it clean, protected and moisturized.

My favorite lesson is that MY HAIR IS NATURALLY CURLY (or wavy) and it is GOOD HAIR!

Attention Transitioners: How to Make Your Braid-Out/Twist-Out Last

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OK, now many of you probably already know the secret…but I have only discovered it this week! SMH! So, for those of you that might be a little bit slow on catching on to certain hair maintaining tips (such as myself) here is a little trick on how to make your twist-outs and braid-outs last!

So…first here is a picture of my hair on day one of the twist-out

Now here is a picture from day four of the twist-out

I still look hella fly, if I might say so myself 🙂  So what did I do?

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Day One:

Hot oil treatment

Co-washed hair

Detangled with leave-in conditioner

Divided hair into 4 sections (this works wonders I advise anyone who is detangling and/or styling their hair to divide your hair into sections and work one section at a time. It is less painful and it makes the job a lot less stressful)

Twisted hair with coconut oil and kinky-curly knot today (or styling gel of your choice) starting with the back section.

Then roll the ends with the perm rods.

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Day two

Take a spray bottle filled with water and vegetable glycerin and work re-twist hair (the hair is still pretty conditioned from the previous day so there was no need to put extra conditioner in the hair. When I re-wet my hair, I could feel the conditioner coming back to life.)

After twist, then I put the perm-rods at the end

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Day 3

I used the spray bottle with the water and vegetable glycerin mix and twisted each section. Today, as I twisted I rolled it up right away because I found that the ends were a little scraggly after taking the twist out this morning and I think it was because they were not as tight because I didn’t totally re-wet my hair, only spritzed it. No conditioners were used.

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Day 4

Took my twist out with a little jojoba oil on my fingers to give it a little more shine. Perfect! The entire day!!! Looks good as the first day!

So, What was I doing before? LOL! I would just wrap my hair up in a silk scarf or bonnet and the next morning my twist-out would be so flat and dry and life-less. In order for my hair to get the life and “freshness” back I would have to co-wash and re-twist or braid my hair again. So I was literally doing my hair (washing it) every other day. In the winter it was too cold to do all of that, so I would just braid my hair back and wear a wig which kept my hair filled with moisture and my ends protected.  It worked for me too, but not like this! I don’t know why I haven’t been doing this all along, but I wish I had been! I guess I was thinking that the twist or braid-outs wouldn’t turn out as nice if I were to do it over while it was dry.  I was thinking that it would come out looking weird because the hair would have different patterns. But, that’s obviously not true and me knowing this before would’ve saved me a whole lot of time. At the same time, trail and error only gives me the opportunity to learn more about my hair! Likes and dislikes.

Hope this helps you out 🙂

P.S. Day 3 is the best way to go!