Category Archives: Newly Natural

Tapered Fro| New Hair, New Attitude!

Before & AfterI love the versatility of having natural hair! Since I did my big chop, I’ve only allowed scissors to come in contact with my hair every 3 months or so for a trim, until almost 2 years ago when boredom led to the decision to do a big mini chop!

I had them fade the back and sides, and for a while I was happy; after all, my cut was fly! I became frustrated with having to maintain the cut due to the fact that I was never able to find a barber that

My Hair Tragedy | 3+ Hair Colors in One Week

I was recently asked:

Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?

Cicely Tyson: “My Natural Hair Inspired a Movement” | Natural Icon Throwback

Who doesn’t love Cicely Tyson? A woman who has a career that has spanned five decades; an ageless beauty, an actress, and humanitarian! I recently came across a video where she says she set the off the Natural Hair craze during her time as a TV actress.

Shortly after appearing on live TV with her new haircut, Tyson was asked to audition for the series “East Side/West Side.” She landed the part of secretary Jane Foster, and kept the natural, short style. “That is what created the natural hair craze,” Tyson says. “I got letters from hairdressers all over the country telling me that I was affecting their business because their clients were having their hair cut off so they could ‘wear it like the girl on television.'”

Fierce Friday Gratuitous Post | Family Photobombs, A Picnic, & Curly vs Fluffy Bantu Knot Out

Sisters
Sisters | Photobomb | Family Cookout

It was great seeing my family!

PicnicTwo weekends ago, I attended the 2nd Annual Picnic for a group I’m a member of called “Black Women Who Want More”. I had a great time! Check the scarf! I decided to rock the scarf simply because I had twists in my hair that hadn’t been in long enough to set my hair.  I recommend scarves, turbans, and/or headwraps when you’re in a bind! They are beautiful and versatile, while adding a pop of color and style to your outfit! Additionally, If you’re not on meetup.com, you’re seriously missing out!

Knotty Natural News!

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“Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.”
–Maya Angelou

As I approached the 3rd year writing this blog, I decided to change the site address to a name! Although initially the name I chose held significance to me, I wanted readers (old and new) to associate the site with natural hair.

Saving Our Strands | Natural Hair & Swimming PT 2

Hello ladies and thanks for tuning into part 2 of my Natural Hair and Swimming series. This post will review the LYR Lycra Swim Cap, my brief stint wearing two swim caps at once, and focus on tips and tricks for maintaining your hair while swimming or visiting the beach.
I left off introducing the LYR Lycra Swim Cap, which was  designed to keep your hair out of your face while you swim, and protect from the chlorine in the water.

Cause I’m (Scissor) Happy!

I couldn’t help myself; I started out faded, then I felt like I needed something else…SHAPE (or something)! I couldn’t leave my hair the same length on all sides, so I decided to visit the salon for one more cut!

90DegreeCut
90DegreeCut

 

My Inspiration

When I showed my BFF (a licensed cosmetologist) an image of the cut that inspired me, she advised me to request a 90 degree cut from whomever executed the cut. A 90 degree cut will basically result in a layered look. Going from arm pit length (APL) to whatever the resulting length was going to be, was like entering the unknown. Mind you, I’d never met this stylist before so I didn’t have any idea of her level of expertise or if she had any talent cutting hair. I haven’t decided if the move was bold, crazy, stupid, or all three!

Saving Our Strands | Natural Hair and Swimming PT 1

I love the summertime! Here in Florida,  it feels like summertime or at least early spring most year around.  I also love the water so lucky for me, there are many local beautiful beaches! The only issue is that I can’t swim! Almost 30 and can’t swim; pitiful right? I have never let the fact that I can’t swim hold me back from the water. I’m a pretty efficient doggie paddler and I can swim on my back with the best of them, but real underwater swimming terrifies me. It came to a head 2 years ago when I was in Hawaii on the beach and I saw children taking surfing lessons; I decided that if they could do it, I could do it! I instantly wanted to be a surfer but a precursor to surfing is swimming, so I had to learn how to do that too! After looking around, I decided that the least expensive route was my local YMCA, which I ended up joining.  As a member, I paid $125 for a total of 8, 30 minute sessions. Not bad considering a lot of freelance swim instructors wanted $50 an hour! I’m some where in lesson 5 or 6; myself and my instructor have lost count :)

Wednesday’s Word | Pretty. Period

Picture it, 2005; I’m walking the beautiful campus of Florida A & M University, on my way to work.  The sun is shining but there’s a slight breeze, and approaching me is a beautiful chocolate man.

Funny Hair Petting GIF

howtobeterrell:

Look at how disgusted he is by the very notion that she could touch his hair too without permission

Pay close attention folks.

VERY close attention folks.

This is the nature of everyone else vs. black people’s hair summed up in two gifs.

You touch ours willy-fucking nilly but are repulsed when someone DARES to invade your precious boundaries. I see you double standard, I fucking see you.