Monthly Archives: November 2010

Hair straightening

So I tried to straighten my hair for an evening out this past Saturday night. I did a wash with Head & Shoulders and then a 10 min condition, followed by blowdrying and then a tip of product to flat iron. The result, it was pretty but poofy and thick. I had to take a tip from Essence stylist by using a comb to comb through with the flat iron directly following behind.

Here are a couple shots with results. Oh and no, my hair is not uneven lol it just happens to look that way from how I positioned my hair.

My ends were just trimmed, so next time I would use a different product like Aveda or Paul Mitchell pomade to help control the frizzies.


Natural Hair Expose

Funny story, the other day I was blogging on this very story on my Blackberry– until whoops!! The damn thing shut it self off … There I sat on the train with my mouth open, as the man across stared at me as if to say, “wow whatever happened, was really messed up.” So here I am again… let’s try this again on my Mac book Pro.

Basically, I was just thinking how liberating natural hair is. I applaud the women who have left weaves natural and synthetic for the embrace of their short kinky coily hair. Something about the BC forces a woman to consider all aspects of her well being. Wrinkles are more visible. Acne is definitely more visible. Dark under eye circles are more visible. Your face is totally exposed, your neck, chin, collar bone, chest — it’s all facing the world. There is no synthetic bang to hide yourself from the world.

Somehow we walk a little taller, speak a little clearer, engage a little more, floss a more, wear a tad more mascara — only to give a little more presence to our bare eyes. We have to be that much stronger, fighting colleagues not to grab our hair yet educating them on why our hair has 3 phases. There’s the wash n go kinky coily, the 2 strand twist out that’s smoother and longer, finally the press– omg how did you get your hair so straight??

Through this journey, I’ve been frustrated fighting with my hair some mornings b/c it just can’t seem to lay right and then I just add 2 sprays of water a rub of olive oil and walk out! My hair defeats me lol but all in all I wear my hair as a tribute to my mom who passed away in 1998. She never permed or pressed her hair a day in her life. I wear my hair as tribute to her, her spirit, her blackness, her fearlessness to defy conventional definitions of what a black woman should be or should look like in my hometown of Des Moines, Iowa.

She was truly fearless & I can only try everyday to live that way. Unafraid of what people think of this afro on my head. It’s just hair. This short blurb is dedicated to my fearless sisters out there — unafraid, never settling for the norm, challenging the mainstream, sticking to their guns. I ❤ you!

I blow dried my hair, used a touch of coconut oil, then a "french braid" aka "cornrow" out & let the wind breeze through my hair.


Ok it’s November :-)

I’m shamed to see that I’ve not posted all this time!! Nothing much exciting was happening with my natural hair to tell the truth. For the summer, I used 1/2 wigs as a protective style. But I’m b(l)ack! I’m Oriental Black by Bigen. At first I thought to get some highlights, but really didn’t want to put bleach to strip my hair. Although, I have a fantastic stylist whom I trust with my life– no highlights for me right now. But I’ll probably be begging him for some in the summer … who knows how that will work.

So here’s my twist out. First, I washed with Head&Shoulders shampoo+conditioner.
Second, After rinsing all the Head&Shoulders out. I mixed 3 (yes 3!!) Bigen Oriental black powders together. Because I couldn’t find my hair/painters brush, a tail comb was it’s replacement.

Third, I started to apply the Bigen to my hair, left it in for 40 minutes. Start to finish; not apply to whole head & then wait 40 minutes.

Lastly, rinsed out & combed through.

I used DooGro leave in spray conditioner + Motions Shine Enhancing pomade for about 15 twists.

See the results!

This is the blackest black & exactly what I was looking for!

It's hard to capture with my bberry phone, but I hope you get the idea 🙂

Ok so there's the full head of twist outs after Motions Shine Enhancing pomade & Doo Gro leave-in conditioner

Here's a side view, again with my bberry phone