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Naturally Nspiring

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101LadyT’s youtube channel is such a pleasure to watch for all of you natural curly girls out there.  She is just so genuine and her videos are so nicely put together.

I will be 18 months natural in July of this year and she is def. my nspiration 🙂

Check her out!


🙂 N.Joy

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Wishlist Wednesdays

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First, I just want to first give mad props to all those bloggers who blog everyday.  I was on a real bloggin roll and one day I said I would take a break…that day turned into 2…now a week and a half later I am back.  For non other than Wishlist Wednesday’s.  I’m tempted to double it up (the wishlist) because I missed last week! 😦

WTH it’s my blog.  I think I will do just that 🙂

HAIR

I Naturally N.Joy my hair…. first before I tell you what I wish for, just look at these curls!! I did a twist-out and put my hair in a pony/puff and it came out soooo pretty 🙂

OK, yeah I know it’s hot! LOL! No, but for real…so here are the two hair items on my wishlist:

First is terressentials organic hair wash it’s a pure hair wash.  There have been some really good reviews on this product and it is supposed to get your hair the cleanest that it can possibly be.  I really do want to try this soon.  

I would also like to have the hair therapy wrap.  It would be great for deep conditioning or hot oil treatments. I hate sitting under dryers.

Beauty

Nails nails nails!!! So, I saw a girl with this nail polish on and I absolutely loved it. I have been looking for it in stores everywhere, but it looks like I’m gonna have to go ahead and order it before spring! It’s from the OPI Muppet line and it’s called  Rainbow Connection.  ❤

oooh and purple lip glass

 Fashion

Now this is a jumpsuit.  I love the polka dots.

The glitter on this dress is amazing

Home

This is something I will probably never get, but I love the idea of having one of these, especially for my son’s room.  A display-it storage from Pottery Barn.  It just seems so practical.

I really need a sitting area to do my hair and makeup so everyday when I wake up to get ready,  I start off like a princess (with the exception of my styling squad) and will hopefully walk out the door looking like one too 🙂 ahhh…

Other

I saw these watches and I fell hard; my heart skipped a beat.   The La Mer Collections, all of them, are incredible. Aren’t they?!?!! The leather bands and the bracelet look is just wonderful!

Hope you  🙂 N.Joy

Funny Friday :D

Video

OH KAY confession! So, I get lost in the world of youtube.  I go just to look around and OMG 3 hours later and I’m still watching videos…umph umph umph!

Some people are just so funny. I just have to share my njoyment..after all the purpose of this blog is to have fun!!!

Hence the creation of “Funny Friday’s” cause by the end of the week we all could use a good laugh!

Today’s Funny Friday is brought to you by @Tracemae she makes my day every time I go to her channel!!

🙂 N.Joy

Wishlist Wednesdays

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Today is Wishlist Wednesday!!! There are so many things that I want and so many other things that I think I need!  So many, in fact, I know my blog will continue to have content based on this fact alone!  LOL.

Hair

 The Huetiful Hair Steamer.  I hear such good things about steaming not only your face, but your hair and this great item does both.  Steaming your hair helps with breakage and split ends and honestly it just seams like it’s very relaxing. 

Beauty  

Sigma Makeup brushes.  I have been longing for these for a while.  I really need new makeup brushes and the Essential Kit is perfect for me.  I like to wear makeup, but I’m no professional but quality goes a long way.  For those of you who are professionals of the like…the cool thing about the Sigma is you can also build your own kit

Fashion

I love these Toms!  The great thing about Toms is that if you buy a pair of shoes, they give a new pair of shoes to a child in need.  Walk in comfort knowing that you have given back! What a way to strut your stuff! HA!

Home

First off…this picture, to me, is every bit of awesome.  I love the color and the simplicity.  You can purchase this lovely work of art from Susie Harris she has great ideas and I just love her work.  One day, one day I will be able to create things half as lovely.  In the meantime…I will purchase this for my house one day soon (my wish).

Other

Ladies this purse is fabulous. The BCBG Sophia Leopard clutch complete with leather trim and a detachable metal shoulder strap.  It even has a smart phone pocket.  <sigh> I love it.  It compliments any going out look.

It’s a New Year! Change is Here!!!!

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It’s a new year and I am exited about what is to come. Although I really don’t know what is ahead, I do know that I am making some new commitments and I am really exited to see them play out.

One thing I want to do new this year is projects.  I have found myself surfing the web a lot lately and reading a lot of magazines with creative ideas that I want to try.  I consider myself someone who is crafty, but not because I come up with ideas myself, but because I am inspired by others to create things.  So, this year I’m going to take the ideas that I have been saving on bookmarks and pintrest and bring them to life.  Living it up in the real world. Books on my “read list” will be cracked open.  I just want to do a little more.

As far as my natural hair adventure, I am rolling strong.  I have found what works for me and I continue to see so much progress.  I absolutely love my hair.  I can remember being a teenager wanting my hair to be as healthy as it was when I was younger, but no matter what I did I could not obtain  the health or the length that I wanted.  I will continue to grow in this area as well and record my progress and share what I stumble upon with all who may be interested.

Basically what I am getting at is this:

I am evolving and as a result the purpose of this blog is going to evolve as well.  I love to write, but I want to make sure its fun, interesting and relevant to those that stop by.  I want you to have as much fun looking through my site as I do writing,  As I discover and try new things that I find, I will share with all of you and hopefully you will NJoy as much as I do.

What you will find here are lots of fun crafts, inspiration and ideas on everything from hair, fashion, beauty and style.

Welcome to Naturally NJoyable

🙂 NJoy

Year in Comparison

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So, just a brief overview of my “hair story”:

  • In July of 2010 I decided I would stop perming my hair
  • In February of 2011 I decided to BC
  • I have been fully natural for 10 months now

I don’t have a regimene… really I have learned to just connect with the needs of my hair at the time.  I shampoo whenever I feel it necessary; sometimes 2 times a month sometimes once a month.  I deep condition and pre-poo only when I shampoo.  I co-wash every week and seal with coconut oil (I love coconut oil).

I love eco-styler gel, hello hydration conditioner, Carol’s Daughter shampoo, coconut oil, olive oil (pre-poo), cream of nature leave-in conditioner.

That’s pretty much it!  I know I probably owe a lot of how-to post (that I need to stop promising) but I just don’t even have the time.  I do good putting post up when I do.  I am really glad that I have kept track of this adventure it’s really cool to see comparison pics.

Check them out!

This is from my BC to Nov. 2011

 

It is crazy to me that my hair is where it was this time last year when I was transitioning. My hair was shorter than this when I started transitioning and it had been at that length for about a year and a half!!!

My Puff is big. It was my go-to style for a while!

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

Long Time!!

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The style I rocked today. So glad I can do more with my hair!

I don’t post very often…so I guess I’m not a “go-to” blogger! Mainly my blog is my own personal hair journal and a way for me to look back on the growth and the strengths and weaknesses of this process. I was so unsure about going natural in the beginning, but now I realize it was the best decision I have made regarding my hair and my lifestyle. It is so funny how my healthy hair challenge has become the roots of a tree that has spawned branches into other healthy life-style journeys including eating habits and excercise. I have never felt happier and more confident.

Honestly, in order to rock it, you must own it and in order to own it, you must rock it! I am rocking it and owning it and I have become bold and confident because of it. I have learned not to care what other people think of me and my choices. This is my life and I’m living it as best as I can according to the plan and the purpose I was destined to live. I have grown so much as an individual and I am so happy right now and in love with myself 🙂

Anyways…there is my spill! Now fun part! Here are my pictures of my 3 month afro!! I’m pretty darn proud of the growth! You can’t really tell until you do these kinds of comparisons…but I love it! It’s fun and I never have a bad hair day…not even in the rain. I don’t worry about messing up my hair anymore and it’s growing so thick and healthy. OK so here are the pics:

My 3 month 100% natural afro 🙂


The day of my big chop! Compare that to the pic above ❤


This is my hair from the side shortly after the BC


Here is my side shot now 4/22/11

For 6 wks I wore yarn braids. I did them myself! First time ever braiding my hair 🙂

My yarn braids again!

Hope you all njoy! Please let me know if you have any questions 😉
Thanks for stopping by…take care!

Genie Locks/Yarn Braids

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I know, I have not been very good at keeping up with my blog. I’m mostly disappointing myself because when I’m ready to look back on my progress, I won’t have as much to look over 😦 o’well.

Anyways, already I miss length. I didn’t have very much to begin with, but it was enough to style-do twist, bantu knots, braid outs etc. Now, there is not very much hair for me to manipulate so as I started looking all over youtube (as I do very often) I saw someone do some yarn braids! YARN BRAIDS?!? WHAT IS THIS???? I was totally intrigued. I searched the subject and found 100 different videos on the subject (wouldn’t expect anything less from my very informative natural hair community 🙂 ). After research and a great tutorial I was ready to try them for myself.

It has been 2 weeks since I first put them in and I have to say I really like them. It was my first time doing any kind of extensions in my hair and it was really easy to do. I wanted to put some kind of braid extensions in my hair, but I was afraid to let anyone else do them for me because every time someone does them for me they always pull my hair too tight. It always looks good, but my scalp and hair end up suffering in the end. I was prepared not to do any kind of long-term protective style-besides a wig here and there-until I came across the yarn braids.

Before doing them, the night before I did a hot oil treatment, washed and deep conditioned my hair. Everyday I spritz it with water, glycerin and conditioner mixture to keep them moisturized. Here are my results:

If you are interested in trying them too here is a great video I found it gives before, during and after tips!
Have fun! 🙂