July 31, 2009
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listen. if. i. wanted. to. make. a. statement. i. would. have. twitpic’d. photo shoot. ect. i. was. simply. taking. my. son. to. school.stupid. paps. took. pic. ive. had. my. hair. cut. like. this. for. two. weeks. i. was. NOT. inspired. by anyone. but. my. self. i. have. done. this. twice. in. my. life. i. was 16. i was 18. did. not care about your opinion. then. dont. care. now.dont. need. your. attention. or. your. co-sign. i am #3. trending topic. before. IRAN. &. some of you cant even locate it on a map. its sad.dont. want. a. edge. up. or a perm. because. im not trying. to make this “a style” or a statement. i. just. wanted. to. be. free. from. the. bondage. that. black. women sometimes. put. on. themselves. with. hair.this. phase. of. my. life. i. want to spend . the time. the energy. and the money. on something else. not in the hair salon.im. not. mad. at . all of you. that have made your opinions known. and have sent negative. energy. my way. i expected this of you.you. have. the right to have. an opinion.so. do. i.ONLY reason i responded to this i have is because i was disappointed to see my name more talked about then #iranelection we. gotta. do. better. people.happy. happy. joy. joy “im no soul girl quipped with no afro, im just my god given name. giggles at the word “rant”… im about to eat roscoes chicken and waffles with julezy and my buddies. not a rant in sight. http://bit.ly/gFSxo sighs.
Bravo, You couldn't have said it better than me!
July 23, 2009
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July 20, 2009
The categorizing of type 3 and type 4 hair is being used by some to divide us, create an ism that is based on hierarchy rather than individuality, this is dangerous. Visiting forums and blogs and seeing people insist on what their hair type is or asking emphatically to be told what type of hair they have is an act that doesn't help the cause but hinders the person's progress toward accepting themselves. Usually the insistence is on the type 3 hair, some want to be told they have type 3 hair as if that will diminish something unsavory they thought about themselves. Statements like "Oh I love your hair its so curly and silky looking, I would go natural if I had your kind of hair" or "I really don't like my hair, its so dry and its not growing. I think I might texturize it for it to be more manageable." Also, their is the opposite side saying "My type 3b and 3c hair is so bulky. Every time I do a wash n' go my friends say they love my curls but I don't see what the fuss is about, sometimes I hate my hair." Why do people covet other peoples curls and the person's hair that is being coveted acts ambiguous instead of telling their friends to love themselves. This may come across as harsh but it needs to stop somehow and sometime, why not now. Good hair is healthy hair, period. Obsessing over growth and curl pattern is ridiculous. You begin to buy into the notions of beauty that you vowed to challenge. A woman is most beautiful when she is comfortable in her own skin. We become caricatures of past stereotypes when we decide to become something we are not, we devalue ourselves and begin to narrow our view of what beauty is. This battle between hair types is historical, fair skinned blacks with "good hair" always got the better jobs, were perceived as more acceptable than their darker counterparts and this persist today. With the development of the natural hair movement fair skinned black women with curly hair are used in commercials to sell hair and skin products. The most popular actors on TV and the movie screen, and the most popular singers in our community are fair skinned, you don't have to look far to see where this is coming from.
I don't want this stumbling block to become an invisible barrier toward progress, I would rather be optimistic and think this is a "growing pain" rather than the development of a whole new way for us to divide our selves at such a pivotal momet in history. We have made so much progress and to let something like hair come in our way is pathetic, hair is hair, and from now on if someone ask me what is my hair type I'll just say its everything - coily, kinky and curly.
July 19, 2009
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July 15, 2009
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July 14, 2009
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- Choose a shampoo and conditioner combo by the same brand that not only clarifies but adds moisture to your hair and stick to it: For months I was searching for a perfect shampoo and conditioning set. Kiss My Face Big Body Shampoo and Conditioner really delivers for me. The shampoo clarifies but doesn't strip my hair and the conditioner adds moisture and strength to my hair with a mix of rice protein, aloe vera, glycerin and oils like jojoba, colza, and sunflower. This conditioner is great, I can use it to do co-washes, quick treatments for five minutes after shampooing in the shower and as a leave-in conditioner. My hair loves this combo and I can definitely say these are my weekly wash and conditioning staples.
- Keep it simple with moisturizers: We all love the new, newest thing especially if it boast all natural and organic ingredients. Don't be fooled, hair is simple in the sense that if you have your staples and they work than stick to it. You only need one or two moisturizers depending on the change of climate of where you live from summer to winter. I eliminated a moisturizer out of my routine because my shea butter was doing a great job along with my leave-in conditioner at keeping my hair moist, conditioned and frizz free during these summer months. In the winter I'll start adding in Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream again, until than I'm good!
- Know your oils: Some naturals hate oils while others like myself love them. I have three main ones other than my shea butter that I use. Extra Virgin Oilve Oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Neem Seed Oil are used for a variety of things like sealing my ends (evoo & castor), adding them to my deep conditioning treatments (evoo, castor & neem), hot oil treatments (evoo, castor & neem), and scalp messages (evoo & castor), which oil I use or if I combine them depends on my mood and the needs of my hair. My go to pomade is Qhemet Biologics Amla Oil Nourishing Pomade for smoothing my hair, adding shine and conditioning, I love this stuff!
- Check out your kitchen: simple kitchen stuff like honey, mayonnaise, cooking oils like olive oil and grape seed oil, baking soda, molasses, eggs, crisco, and yogurt are used by many naturals to maintain their beautiful tresses.
- Buy in bulk and/or make annual orders from online: This will save you mon-ey! I buy my shea butter by the pound and that means I only buy it twice a year if I buy a pound at a time. You will also save alot of money by buying large quantities online to last you the whole year instead of doing multiple orders and each time paying ridiculous shipping charges.
- Stick to what you know works for your hair: I say this from experience. Don't buy every product that another natural professes works in their hair. I did it a few times and I can certainly say that most of them didn't do nothing for my hair but make it more dry and damaged. Most of the products that are my staples is because I did research on the brands that I use by looking at the ingredients. My hair loves herbs in products like sage, burdock nettle, coltsfoot ....etc., my hair loves oils and a moderate to small amount of protein if any. So I know if I give a product a try with these general guidelines my hair just may think its okay or love it.
- Choose key styles and mix them up: My key set that I use is bantu knots. I can do so much with my hair when I set it at night and let it out in the morning. I can seperate it and fluff it for a curly fro, bun it, half up and half down, banana clip it, do a cute chignon or I can french roll it, the list can go on and on.
- Buy locally: If you can get an item like shampoo, shea butter, coconut oil, etc. locally than why order online? As consumers their is a wealth of variety for us to choose from. If you are having difficulty finding a product visit places you may not be accustomed to like your local flea market and/or health food stores to find simple products that are staples for many of us.
July 8, 2009
July 7, 2009
- Carol's Daughter is mainstream. You can find them at Sephora both online and in store or at one of Carol's Daughter stores in the United States. At HoneyFig in Toronto and other various salons in the city. Also, you can just order from their website. So no one has any excuse not to buy their products, they are here , there, everywhere!
- People like the 'new' thing. Exclusivity reigns supreme when it comes to setting trends with natural hair. We see our selves as leaders, rebellious and non conformist. We go against society and challenge the establishment. That means also being ahead of the game and not taking what is given to us. Many naturals love finding that new product and telling their friends about it and slowly that company gains loyal consumers and the previous company becomes stale, passe.
- Some brands are just better. I love all natural and organic brands. The more the better, I am sensitive to scents and certain ingredients. The more straight forward and simplistic the ingredients are the more likely I am to try it out. Many naturals can attest to this. The harder it is for us to pronounce the ingredients or the more we have to reference the encyclopedia to know what is in the product the easier it is to back away from trying it and use another product that is simple, straight forward and gives great results. Thankfully, today their is no shortage of brands that deliver in all these categories.
- Many naturals think they sold out. Let's face it, if you have investors than money becomes the main game and cost cutting becomes the means. One of the first things to change when a hair company becomes ginormously successful is the quality of ingredients. In order for Carol's Daughter to be in so many retail stores in North America and Europe the shelf life of the product must be extended some how, some way and you know they figured out a way. I have heard of naturals speak of when Carol's Daughter first came out and you had to buy online and wait a good while for delivery, than some of the products had to be refrigerated to keep it fresh, not anymore.
- Too much hype. Myself and my cousin heard so much hype about Carol's Daughter that we thought wow this must be 'it'. After trying it we both agreed it was good but nothing to call home about. I have yet to read on a Fotki page, forum, You Tube, or blog of someone telling anyone that will listen to run and buy a Carol's Daughter Product. They either say it was okay, indifferent, or they hated it. Nothing life changing.
In a sense I do feel I was taken. Like a virus that spreads I was got too. But I didn't let the bug consume me. It was okay and that is it, nothing special. My hair looked the same, I didn't get amazing growth, and it didn't make me look at life differently. With all that said you must give respect where it is due. Lisa Price was the first within the natural hair movement to take an idea to use natural hair products on naturally kinky, coily and curly hair mainstream. She has been very successful at it and I will not hate on a sister who has her hustle right.