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2013 Hair Resolutions!

First Wash Day 2013! Naked Fro
First Wash Day 2013! Naked Fro

Happy New Year Curl Friends! Welcome to 2013!

As with every new year, my personal resolution is to become better; smarter, more kind, more tolerant, patient, and to love better.

This is the beginning of my first year fully natural.

This Sunday was my first Beauty Day Sunday and as I sat with my clay wash, I decided to plan a few hair goals for myself.

Journey to Natural: Then & Now

Today is Oct 31, 2012 and after a 2 year transition (June 2010-June 2012), I am now 28 months post relaxer and 4 months post big chop (BC). I decided to reflect on my journey thus far and think about my hair goals for the future.

Recently, I did a length check:

Stretched Hair: 4 Months Post BC
Shrinkage…

When I was transitioning, one of my favorite protective styles was the big high bun. 

21 Months Transitioning: March 2012
Close Up

 Recently I was able to replicate the style on my fully natural hair.

SKYDIVING and Afros: We Survived!

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I love my fro and her shadow.
Enjoy the pictures!

Tandem Gear On

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I got to Skydive Hawaii at 8:00 am. 4 hours later, I suited up for my jump

What is Transitioning?

Transitioning: 20 Months

Two years ago, when I began transitioning, the definition of the word “transitioning” was completely different then what it’s grown to mean today.

Back then, transitioning was the process of growing one’s relaxer out, either for a short or long term. I chose the long term route; will be two years on June 30th.

Currently, I’ve seen it from many different perspectives. The filmmaker Zina Saro-Wiwa presented an Op-Doc on black women’s decision to embrace their naturally kinky hair, rather than use chemical straighteners for the NY Times. In this awesome short documentary, Zina big chops (BC) and shares the mental aftermath.

DIY: Silk Pillowcase

Thrifted Silk Scarf 33X33

All naturals know that a silk pillowcase is essential for your arsenal.

Why?

Your hair rubbing against the fabric of your pillowcase  (most likely cotton) throughout the night, dries your tresses and ultimately causes breakage.

The solution? Cover your pillows in silk!

This will also help preserve your sexy if you’re sick of the silk scarf, and are feeling froggy!

This weekend, I went to the Goodwill Boutique here in Winter Park, FL and purchased a few 100% silk scarves for $3.99 each,  that I planned to use to make silk pillow cases for friends.

Beauty Day Sunday: 20 Days Until the BC

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My Deep Conditioning Headwrap Disguise

#Excited!

It’s also been 2 weeks since my last wash. I have decided that since I will be traveling next Sunday to Kentucky, I am going to change my Beauty day next day week to Saturday ensure that I get my wash in before I leave.

Last night, I pre-pooed with alma oil, covered with a plastic bag, scarf and hit the hay!

Protect Ya Ends Challenge Results

At the beginning of this year, I signed up for the Protect Ya Ends Challenge, hosted by Black Girl, Long Hair. Here’s how I did:

January 2, 2o12, starting stats and goals:

  1. Ending Point: 19 months into a 2 year transition. Total length of hair between 9-11 inches
  2. Crown Length: 7 inch new growth, 3 inches relaxer, Back: 7 inch new growth, 1-2 inches relaxer, Front-Side: 7 inch new growth, 3 inches relaxer
  3. Goals for March 31, 2012: Growth, Moisture, and Length Retention, and hopefully to achieve more creative protective styles

P.Y.E Week 9: The Big Chop Heebie Jeebies!

High Bun

It’s week 9 of the challenge and I’m still on travel so I’m still rocking my bun…I love it though!It’s full and big and easy; certainly not a style I have to sleep pretty to maintain. Tomorrow I plan to re-moisturize, seal and braid up my hair.  I am really excited about the end of the challenge. Normally, I wear my hair in protective styles, but I like having the freedom to wear it out when I want to.  I am getting the big chop  heebie jeebies! June 3o is right around the corner and I can’t wait to

DIY: Flax Seed Gel for Natural Hair

Happy Fierce Friday!

Last week, I blogged about the benefits of flax seeds for the hair.  Being the DIY-er I am, I decided to try to make some for myself. When I was relaxed, I never used gel simply because I thought it made the hair hard, flaky, and would dry the hair out, which would eventually mean breakage, so I’ve never used gel for the most part. Since I’ve started my transitioning journey, as my hair has grown longer, my styling options have increased. I can do high buns, which are an easy go to protective style for me, however, my fine hair makes it difficult to achieve a sleek bun without the addition of styling aids to combat the fuzzies, as I call them :).