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lougenessis [userpic]
GROWTH!
by lougenessis (lougenessis)
at January 24th, 2012 (07:58 pm)
current location: at home
current song: i won't give up jason mraz

Hi all!
It's been a while since I coiled my hair because I've been using the Donna Marie Curling Gelly, so this weekend I decided to coil my hair again. Still took almost 3 hours, but it turned out really nice and showed a LOT of growth. I couldn't believe it, my hair was swinging. Some of my coils "after" shrinkage were still at least 5 inches long. Now I have another style with my coils by using combs instead of just the black bands. I'm really thinking about keeping them, I don't know. Oh, and by the way, a young man, a patron at my job, told the old girl that her hair was "pretty". Can you believe that, that the word pretty came from a young 20 something tattoo brother's mouth? Well it did. Made the ol' girl feel good. Here's a pic. Sorry about the giant size of my head. lol



Xerox [userpic]
Sh*t Relaxed Girls Say To Natural Girls
by Xerox (xerox78)
at January 11th, 2012 (07:04 pm)



She left out:

"Why don't you try a texturizer? It's not a real perm!"
"Why don't you try loose curls like mine?" (that requires the hair to be straightened first)
"I hope you're on your way to the hairdresser."
"Our hair just wasn't meant to be worn that way!"

itrain [userpic]
Happy Holidays, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy New Year
by itrain (itrain)
at December 29th, 2011 (06:45 pm)

Originally posted by itrain at Happy Holidays, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy New Year




Here is the fabric postcard I made for the Kwanzaa exchange. The ear of corn is stenciled
on felt. The corn (muhndi) is placed on the mkeka (woven straw mat) to symbolize the celebration
of children, community, and family. Kwanzaa, the African American holiday celebrated from
Dec. 26 through Jan 1. is a Swahilli term that signifies "first fruits of the harvest".

I love everything about the holidays. When I was a child we started preparing for Christmas
shortly after Thanksgiving. We put the decorations up 2 weeks before Christmas and took the
tree down before 12am New Years eve. Over the holidays I will be quilting the Kwanzaa top
I made for a neighbor and upstarting several other holiday projects. It is never to early
to start Christmas projects. I miss dad so very much as this is our first Christmas
without him. He loved the holidays so much and always helped out with the Christmas dinner.
Hope you are enjoying your holiday with family and friends and may it be filled with
joy and happiness.

luv 2 learn,
Angela

Don't wake me I plan on sleeping in. [userpic]
Natural Hair styles?
by Don't wake me I plan on sleeping in. (briabee)
at October 5th, 2011 (10:55 am)

Just curious if anyone knows of a site where I can view PHOTOS(not videos) of different natural hair styles.

I have a hair appt soon and I wanna give my hair guy some ideas of what I want.

I do the whole YT thing. I am not looking for videos... but like photos. Sorta like a hair magazine but online.

Thanks in advance if you have anything..

x posted to black hair etc...

lougenessis [userpic]
One Year Natural
by lougenessis (lougenessis)
at September 30th, 2011 (07:12 pm)

I've come to the conclusion that my hair type is WXYZ. lol No, I'm serious. As long as I've lived my hair in it's natural state was always thick and coarse. If I wasn't so trifling and my hair wasn't natural, I'd let it grow pass my shoulders, but it was always too much trouble to keep up so why try, plus I can't stand moving it out of the way. I've always knew pressed or permed, my hair when it got nappy, after a good combing out, I was always left me with fists full of hair. It didn't really mattered to me, because it always rectified itself by growing back and getting even thicker. I just hate so much comes out when I finger coil it, damn a whole lot. I think I'm gonna stop doing that.....maybe. I must confess, I do have a thin patch. It's in the middle of my forehead. I contributed it after getting that part shaved off for a couple of months when I was around 10 after getting a bad case of impetigo. Or hell, it might be just baldness, my grandfather on my mother's side was bald and my brother is balding. I was the master of the subtle hairstyle that hid it, that is if you weren't all in my face. Anywhooo, thank God for natural hair, it's so nappy, it's hard to see it. This September marked my 1 year anniversary being natural. I thought it would be so easy. It's not, it's hard work. But it's hard work I can do on my own and not have to rely on anyone else. I'm glad at that. My son still hates it, says he wants my long hair and that I look like a hobo....bastard. lol So to commenorate my anniversary, I tried the Donna Marie Miracurl Curling Gelly. It took me a hour and a half (thick ass hair) but I did it. It was hard as hell (still is) after the application, but I've got a head full of coils. I'm mad because my "curls" are coils, but that's my hair. It's freaking thick. I still keep a wet head. lol Gotta do the spray water and shake head dance every morning, but man, it sure looks good. So, here is a picture of my last coils for a long time and my Donna Marie. Don't be scared, I did these pics after work and I'm tired as hell.





Coils



Don't wake me I plan on sleeping in. [userpic]
re-introduction and friend requests?
by Don't wake me I plan on sleeping in. (briabee)
at September 26th, 2011 (01:01 pm)
bouncy

current mood: bouncy

Hey All!

My name is Brianna and I am just open inviting for some new LJ friends. I will be more inclined to write if I have some actual readers(I hope). At least that was the case years ago when LJ was boomin! So add me and I will add back. My LJ is uncensored so please welcome randomness!

Anyways May of 2010 I COMBED(not cut) my locs of 15 yrs out. It took exactly a month! I did it cause I recently lost a lot of weight(the old fashioned way) and felt the locs were attached to the weight. So I shed the weight and the locs. Pics of both changes below!

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Cousin Moki [userpic]
Um...
by Cousin Moki (xayeidemon)
at September 25th, 2011 (02:17 pm)
confused
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current mood: confused



She's kidding with this, right?

I mean, a paddle brush? Really??Collapse )

ETA:

the kind of beauty that moves [userpic]
whip my hair back and forth...
by the kind of beauty that moves (papertigers)
at July 25th, 2011 (01:49 am)
contemplative

current mood: contemplative

anyone know a good place in Metro DC (or Baltimore, as a backup) to get my hair trimmed? my hair's grown a lot since I cut my locs off last year, but it's seriously uneven.

Aubrey Organics Naturals
by cenamen (cenamen)
at July 22nd, 2011 (08:57 pm)

 Okay, so Im feeling a bit alienated/ confused. It seems to me that everyone likes the Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose conditioner. Everyone! It was last year I think, right before I did my BC, I went and bought it from Whole Foods. I was watching the natural hair videos and hearing people rave about it and I thought it would be a good product to have in my arsenal once I was completely natural. I was dead wrong, this stuff did not work for me AT ALL! It felt like I was putting body lotion on my hair, it did nothing. and when I rinsed it out my hair felt exactly the same, as if I did nothing. I was wondering if I could find other any other naturals who were not satisfied with this product. I cant be the only one :(

JAe M. [userpic]
I want to try this!
by JAe M. (churel)
at July 16th, 2011 (07:27 pm)

http://youtu.be/PQD5vt5-3AI

jules ♥ [userpic]
Help!
by jules ♥ (wachstum)
at July 10th, 2011 (06:13 pm)
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Hellooooo everyone.

I'm new to this comm, so I thought I'd introduce myself: I'm Halima, almost 22 years old, and have kept my hair natural for nearly all my life.

But my hair is a stupid cow.Collapse )

bowl_of_glow [userpic]
Hair Petting
by bowl_of_glow (bowl_of_glow)
at July 10th, 2011 (08:31 am)

Have you ever had people touching your natural hair without asking for permission first? How do you react when that happens?
I’ve recently started to let my little mane free (long story short, technically I’ve always been natural, but I’ve only recently started to free myself from misconceptions and unrealistic expectations about my hair, which is why only now I can show my hair for what it really is without feeling deeply uncomfortable).

So, the first time I went to school rocking two-strand twists, all my classmates went “Oh, how beautiful!” and “Aww how cute!”, which was nice, and they all started to touch my hair, which was… not.
“Feels like wool!”Collapse )

(Crossed posted at naturalhair and longhurrs).

abarbiestory [userpic]
Giovanni Direct Leave in
by abarbiestory (abarbiestory)
at July 3rd, 2011 (03:55 pm)

Hey all

I was wondering if anyone knows where I can buy Giovanni Direct Leave in Conditioner in 33 oz(1 liter). I've been looking around and can't find it, thought someone on here might know. Thanks in advance!!

Xerox [userpic]
Pool safe dye?
by Xerox (xerox78)
at July 3rd, 2011 (03:35 pm)

I've been thinking about dying my hair because that one gray hair I've had since I was 19 has recently turned into four or five gray hairs and I'm only 32. I go swimming about once a week and I always wear a swim cap. Is there any dye that's good for natural hair and won't come off or change color in the pool?

recovering undercover over-lover. [userpic]
introduction + product questions
by recovering undercover over-lover. (helders)
at July 1st, 2011 (02:20 pm)
current song: The Go! Team -Huddle Formation | Powered by Last.fm

 Hello, everyone!

My name is Yoli and I am a 20-year-old collegw student living in the midwest. I went natural for the first time in '07, but then I grew my hair out and got a relaxer. Big Chopped again in the summer of '09, and after rocking no hair for a bit, I grew it out with kinky twists for about a year and I have been locking for 3 months. I love my hair more now than I ever have in my entire life, and it's such an amazing journey.

I originally was just going to ask what products works best for your hair type, but since I hadn't made an introduction I decided to toss that in as well.  For me I've noticed it's a super simple regime: after I get my hair washed and retwisted (ugh, it still hasn't locked yet!) I use shea butter once a week + herbal essence holding spray. Once my hair locks I'm going to wash it myself instead of just going to the salon, and I was thinking about using the Yes to Carrots brand. I can't really afford fancy stuff for my hair (herbal essence is cheap and shea butter is 5 bucks at the farmer's market) and Yes to Carrots is in my price range and I know a lot of naturals seem to like it. Any reviews? Or other inexpensive recs? Thanks!

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Thanks for stopping by my post and tolerating all these annoying pics :D

bowl_of_glow [userpic]
Oprah's hairstylist thinks the only 'solution' for kinky hair is chemical straightening
by bowl_of_glow (bowl_of_glow)
at June 27th, 2011 (11:40 am)

I've just read this interesting piece of news on Black Girl With Long Hair, and strangely I found it more amusing than annoying.

An article on ELLE magazine contains an interview with Andre Walker, Oprah hairstylist, who said:

“Kinky hair can have limited styling options; that’s the only hair type that I suggest altering with professional relaxing.”

Limited styling options?
Man, do you even know what you're talking about?

Excuse me, I'll be in my room, laughing.

Link to the article on the blog: http://bglhonline.com/2011/06/oprahs-hair-stylist-believes-all-kinky-hair-should-be-chemically-altered/

Ninasafiri [userpic]
styles?
by Ninasafiri (ninasafiri)
at June 20th, 2011 (01:12 pm)
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I have to admit, I'm not really into the video tutorial community. I'm not a huge youtube fan so I don't frequent to site all that often.

That being said, I'm in need of some style guidance. My hair is type 4, now about jaw length on the sides and nose length in the front. It's super thick and needs to be stretched to avoid some serious knots and tangles :(. I don't know how to do flat twists or cornrows just yet, but I'm willing to learn lol.

Twist outs have been fine so far (my hair didn't like the braid out) but since my hair is shorter and thicker, I have to put in a lot more twists and it really isn't a redo overnight kind of endeavor. Most of the videos out there seem to be for much longer hair and when I look for short natural hair styles they aren't anywhere neat my length :/.

Could anyone direct me towards some styles/video tuts?

Love, Beans [userpic]
Vinegar hair rinses
by Love, Beans (chocobeans)
at June 16th, 2011 (02:22 am)

So I've been reading up on ACV rinses and wondering if anyone had used the distilled white vinegar because it was readily available or because of what they might have read? I looked up people said about the two as well as seeing whether or not they have the same pH level. I've gotten consistent results on both things. Should I just use ACV to be safe or is vinegar just vinegar, distilled white or apple cider?

cross-posted to black_hair_etc

Don't wake me I plan on sleeping in. [userpic]
2 in 1....detangling AND moisture.
by Don't wake me I plan on sleeping in. (briabee)
at June 14th, 2011 (01:19 pm)
curious

current mood: curious

Hey all my natural sistahs!

I am looking for a spectacular detangling and moisturizing conditioner?

I am tired of using more than one product in my routine.

I've used these products(not all at once):

Oyins Leave in Condtioner- my hair does not like aloe vera gel. This product leaves my hair dry and crunchy. NO BUENO.

Giovanni's direct leave in mixed with olive oil. This works well for right now, but I really want something I should not have to mix.

healthy hair butter cd- the ingredients leave me less than happy. I prefer ALL NATURAL!

Shea Moisture hair smoothie- I was disappointed with this, left my hair dry.

Oyins Whipped Shea Butter- this one works the best but I was looking more for a condtioner or something. I don't know!

Any recommendations?

I have a feeling my dream product does not exist! LOL

Extremely dry hair!!
by cenamen (cenamen)
at June 13th, 2011 (06:47 pm)

As the title says I have extremely dry hair. Its not just dry, its really rough too. I know most people probably think that I am just not moisturizing my hair enough or Im not DCing my hair enough, but thats not it. I DC my hair probably 1-2 times per week, and I moisturize it very often, but my hair just will not absorb the moisture Im giving it. My hair is almost never soft, It never feels moisturized. When I put the conditioner on my hair, it doesn't feel like my hair is absorbing it, its just sitting on my hair. The same goes for the Shea butter. When I DC I will leave the DC on overnight, Ill wake up in the morning hoping  my hair will finally be moisturized or conditioned and it doesn't. I am spending all this money looking for a conditioner or DC that will moisturize my hair and I still havent found anything.I even started thinking that maybe my hair was just rough like this and that my hair was never going to be softer and that it was getting the moisture it needed. I was wrong, because now not only is my hair dry and rough feeling, its also starting to shed like crazy.  I am getting really discouraged because shedding was the main reason I went natural, my relaxed hair used to shed so badly. Once I went natural I thought I wouldn't have to worry about shedding anymore. I thought shedding was a 'relaxed girl' problem. I really want to stick with this natural thing, but I dont know what to do. Its like my hair is starving and Im offering it food but it wont take it, and is now slowly dying. If someone has had this problem in the past and found out what to do, please tell me what you did. 


Thanks!!