Monthly Archives: July 2011

Today Hair

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I did a wash and go today and I think it turned out petty nice. A good day for a wash and go too 😉

I Know I’ve Been Changed

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I love this spiritual.  Reminds me of being at my grandmother’s church.  Anyhow…thought I would share! Hope you all N.Joy 🙂

 

Venting

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I just want to take this opportunity to vent.  Hopefully if I get this off of my chest I will stop waking up upset about it.

So, I went to get my hair straightened and TRIMMED (please note TRIMMED is the key word here) and came out of the salon with a CUT!!

See picture of me smiling on the outside:

Before I went my hair looked like this:

This above picture was taken 2 days before I went to the salon. Now, I did ask for my hair to be trimmed if needed, but for some reason that sounded like cut to her! I am so upset. I have been going to the same person for almost 8 years and she knew that I was growing my hair out, but why would she cut it? I just don’t know. I am sooo upset soo upset.  About 2 inches is gone from the back.

On the bright side, it is in a cute little style, but 2 inches is almost 4 months of growth gone down the drain. The top part has about an inch that has been cut, so it’s not horrible.

I know this sounds vain, but to me this is what we call a SETBACK because curly girls we know that we work hard for our locks to retain length and the effort it takes to wash, co-wash, condition, detangle is all such a tedious that when something like this happens it hurts the heart because all our hard work is literally being thrown in the trash.

So, now I have a new growth challenge and that is have my hair (the front at least) back to the length it was pre-CUT by September at least and the rest back to normal length by November. I will admit, after she cut the ruff ends off my hair (which is what I was going to get done to begin with MAYBE  a half an inch) my curls fall so lightly and they are more defined.

I know that I will ONLY be letting her flat-iron my hair from now on and I am going to be searching all over youtube for instructions on how to cut my ends!!! I tell you, you only get one chance to mess up on my head!! ONE CHANCE!! But she has been good a long time, so I will go back–but no more scissors for her! 😦

Have you ever experienced a setback? How did you handle it?

Hair ID 4

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I love taking little “get to know yourself” quizes.  Not the love ones because I think they are full of crap, but the fashion and style ones or the hair ones.  They are just fun and at the end they meet you with a wonderful surprise of new items-dresses, sunglasses, nail polish and shampoo 🙂 to try out.

I found a new quiz on Hair Liberty that will tell you your hair-type (as many of us curly girls are naturally obsessed) and the products that will work best for you and you can then purchase them right away via amazon (as many of you PJ’s, I’m sure will find very convenient).

Here are my quiz results:

If you don’t already love your hair, you’re about to start! Medium to thick strands are the easiest to maintain. While women with finer hair are trying to achieve more volume, you’re probably trying to keep yours under control.
With the right products, your hair can be relatively low-maintenance and the styling possibilities are endless.
The biggest mistake for your hair type is rough handling. Your hair may seem strong and invincible, but it’s not. All types of African American hair are sensitive to mechanical damage, so be careful when you comb and brush your hair. Split ends will make it difficult to achieve longer hair.
Heavier products and moisturizers can give you soft, defined curls. Thick, curly hair requires LOTS of product. Use a little more than you think is necessary until you find the perfect amount.
I’m totally against becoming a PJ (no offense) it’s just not up my alley and I just don’t see myself spending tons of money on hair products in hopes that it will magically define or loosen or whatever my curls only to find out it’s not all what it’s cracked up to be. However I do want to try the Curl Enhancing Smoothie. It’s sold at Target now!!!
-NJoy

Beauty Must Haves

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10 Beauty Must Haves: 

  1. Jojoba Oil
  2. Organic Whole Milk
  3. Epson Salts
  4. Tea Tree Oil
  5. Green Tea Bags
  6. Honey
  7. Eggs
  8. Lemons/Lemon juice
  9. Apple Cider Vinegar
  10. Vitamin E Capsules

This video surprised me! It was a must share. I know all of you natural beauties will appreciate it! However, this will come with a warning:

THIS CHICK CAN BE A LITTLE ANNOYING!

If you look past all of that giggles and random, awkward movements…she actually does have really good information!

How I Ended Up Here!

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So, I’m coming up on a year since I last permed my hair…

A brief overview of my ADVENTURE:

  • I decided to transition following a really bad weave/hair loss situation. Wanted to give my hair a break.
  • Started thinking about going natural after several people told me that giving my hair a break would make it not only healthier, but it would grow.
  • Looked into the possibility of going natural through youtube videos, natural hair sites, forums and fotki
  • Got super duper excited and decided to give it a try
  • Thought I would transition for a year, but ended up doing my BC after 7 months

Outcome: 

  • Went to the salon a week ago and my stylist told me my hair was extremely healthy (a huge compliment coming from someone who has been in your head for almost 8 years now). She did cut it shorter than I would have liked her to, but I guess I’ll get over it in another 3 months or so
  • Lots of compliments
  • More confidence
  • Healthier lifestyle- continuing to workout, eat healthy and I feel empowered ~ you know, Angela Davis-like LOL
  • Hair that always looks good-rain, sleet or heat my style is always sleek 🙂

There are the haters though: 

  • The un-naturalfied chicks still addicted to that crack will make little stupid remarks like:

“Girl, I just put a perm in my hair it feels sooo good”

“You make me wanna go into the Color Purple song ‘me and you will neva part'”

To those comments, I just shrug them off as jealousy and more or less the fact they must not be comfortable with what they were naturally given.  And move on. I have received more compliments and support than anything!

It’s been awesome! The best decision I have made so far…

And the saga continues 🙂

Angela Davis Look-Alike?!?

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Today my boss told me I look like Angela Davis.

“Well, you don’t really look like her, but your hair looks like her but in a cute way you know,” she says to me.

I just laugh!

She continues “I hope you don’t think it’s a bad thing, I just think it’s sooo adorable. You pull the fro off well, just reminds me of the 60’s and 70’s.”

I just continue to laugh and say “No, it is a compliment, thank you!”