Archive for January, 2010

One Month Natural w/ Length Check (Video)

Bonding Over Natural Hair

Mom and I had a great conversation about being natural.  We didn’t always have much in common as I was growing up, but as I get older and gain more insight about the world, we have more common ground.  She and I have polar opposite views of hair:  I love to DC and baby my afro.  Mom just does the basics.  It’s always been this way, but we do agree on several positive aspects of having natural hair.

  • Not worrying about relaxers!  No-Lye or Lye?  Box or Jar?  Texurize or bone straight?  Oh, it burns (but that’s good, right?)  Now where did I put that neutralizer?
  • Simplicity!  I like to DC, but it’s nice to know that I can just spray water on my hair and add a little leave-in and/or oil and the curls are POPPIN’!  I just love rubbing my hands over my fro.
  • Don’t fear the Raper…uh, I mean the Weather!  We had rain for a week here in the desert so it was of course humid.  Nice not to have to worry that my hairdo is going to revert or fall limp.  My hair is thriving with water.
  • Stronger, healthier hair!  My husband can play with my hair and I’m not hearing “pop, snap, pop” fearing that I’m going to find enough broken hairs that you could mistake for a small animal.
  • Surprise length!  Making people who think that you’re bald-headed with your TWA swallow their own faces when you stretch a curl LOL.

The list could go on.  Of course it varies according to whom you speak.  I can say for myself that for now–natural is where I want to be.  Next stop:  gray hairs (nature’s highlights)!

Experiement for Hair Growth

Since I cut my hair down to the natural curls, I have been surprised by how much new growth I got since my last relaxer in May ’09.  When my hair is compacted down, it is a TWA (Teenie Weenie Afro), but when I stretch some of the curls, they are about 3-3/4 inches long.  The longest part in the back is already almost to my shoulder and the front area just touches my eyebrows.

I have been using MT/OCT/MSM and just added Bee Mine to the rotation of growth aids I am using.  I would like to see full shoulder length by December of this year.   What has been working for me so far is the regimen I am going to follow for the time being.

  • Co-wash 3-4 times a week
  • Use shikakai bar once a month
  • Deep condition after each co-wash/shikakai wash (mixture of protein and moisture)
  • Trim every 2 months
  • Scritch my scalp at least once a day
  • Apply growth aid after scritching (i.e. MT/OCT/MSM one night, Bee Mine the next night and so forth)
  • Drink hot green tea with stinging nettle powder and honey at night in the winter and spring, iced in the summer
  • 5Grams Biotin each night before bed
  • be-Beautiful vitamin powder with MSM during the day
  • Baggy as needed

It may seem like a lot, but I have become accustomed to this regimen, and it appears to be working for me, so I’ll keep on keeping on =)  I’ll be checking in about every six weeks to see what’s up.

Vid of the Big Chop

So, after some obstacles to overcome, I finally was able to upload the edited version of my live recording of my Big Chop.  I was so nervously excited, I was just yakking away not really saying much.  I’m so glad to be natural again; I’m having so much fun!!

Big Chop Completed!!

Well my wonderful readers, I have finally made the leap to natural!  On December 27, 2009 I did a live broadcast of myself cutting the rest of my relaxed ends off.  It was such a freeing feeling to not have to deal with damaged chemically treated hair any longer.  As I write this, I am uploading an abridged version of the live broadcast to YouTube.  I was so nervous (with excitement) while I was snip snip snipping away!  Because of my nervousness, the original broadcast was longer than I planned, and I jabbered non-stop.

I just love playing with my curls and coils without the limp straightened hair in the way.  I went to Vegas the day after the chop, but I wore a wig to protect my hair from the elements (it was cold in Vegas last week—brrrr!)  Since it’s been pretty warm here back home in Palm Springs, my hair has been allowed to be free and wild.  I gave it a really nice, deep conditioning treatment yesterday, and my hair is thanking me non-stop LOL.  Right now my hair is just to the bottom of my neck.  My plan is to have my hair be at least shoulder length by December 2010.  I think that if I make sure that I don’t do too much my hair will flourish and continue to be healthy and gorgeous for years to come.