|From salon visit: July 10, 2012.|
|Other side view.|
|Swirly back! I love it. :)|
|Curl pattern from a braid out.|
|Drinking almond milk & loving the twists.|
|Getting a little big.|
|A wink for the masses!|
|July 21, 2012. Taking down of braids that were in for almost 2 weeks.|
|After 1st time washing hair with karite soap, feels squeaky clean, & look- length is coming!|
|A great etsy shop for vegan natural hair products here: Vital Goods|
|Team Natural! Woot! Now off to do the olive oil treatment. It's an every other night thing.|
|7/22/2012: Curlier twisties....|
|Enjoyed with a Black Cherry Almond Clif Bar! Yum!!! :D|
|7/30/2012: Wash day. Trying to look gorgeous. Not working....|
|8/1/2012: Play sleeping. One never lays down without a scarf wrapped tightly.|
|8/3/2012: First Friday night fro! Why yes, I did put on tights. Never leave without them. :D|
|8/13/2012: Healthy twists!|
|9/6/2012: Hair wash day.|
|9/8/2012: Clean hair parted and braided in a simple twin Grecian style.|
|It's my favorite hairstyle obviously.|
|But I'll get better with these. Braiding takes a lot of time & finger patience.|
|9/16/2012: Hair wash day pout face. Personally love this photo...|
|Ready to be washed.|
|9/17/2012: Miracle homemade cream! A blend of raw shea & cocoa butters mixed with olive & coconut oils.|
|9/29/2012: Shameless workout progress insertion! Always keep my sweaty hair covered.|
|10/10/2012: Continuing to experiment with braiding creativity. Not very easy.|
|Raising my hand for aide!|
|More progress coming soon! :D|
|Hair style- twisties that were curled up in hair rollers after last night's shampoo & conditioner. Added a bit of my raw shea & cocoa butter, olive & coconut oil hair concoction for a touch of shine & softness.|
|A texture close up.|
|I just love, LOVE this whole entire look! It's quite festive.|
|12/15/2012: Making myself vintage.|
|With a touch of nerdy appeal!|
|Looking subdued. A twist out with two messy fat braids on the sides.|
|12/17/2012: A full on twist out! Love these curls, but alas, it is a Shampoo/Conditioner Day!|
|Pre pick out.|
|December 28, 2012: Looking the quirky artist tonight in side braids, bold red lipstick and yellow ducky tie, floral printed blouse, black/gray cardigan, & patterned denim skirt!|
|The tie is awesome.|
|January 9, 2013: Using a spray bottle to keep hair moisturized.|
|Hair Confidence? Yes!|
Oh well. Feel free to scroll down and walk throw hair memory lane...
|Circa 2005: Hairdressers loved giving me relaxers and "Halle Berry" cut.|
|Circa 2007: Kinky braids to coincide with natural journey.|
|Unbraided most of it and hid badly itchy scalp under a hat!|
|2008: Straight backs with extensions. Not a good idea.|
|Fall of 2008: First and last sew in.|
|March 5, 2009: Strange straight back extensions for Paris trip.|
|2009: Sure thought I was something.|
|I love this owl shirt. That is all.|
|May 15, 2010: Had a lot of new growth after braids were taken out...|
|May 15, 2010: Unfortunately due to hair shame, I went and got these terrible braids for graduation. |
|June 2010: More braided extensions for 3 months in Denver.|
|After the braids more covered hair shame for rest of the year.|
|As of right now, I still only wear my hair out at home.|
Natural since 2007 and never sticking to one proper formula, I have made a lot of unfortunate mistakes and experiments along the way.
The above pics illustrate what I've done wrong.
Starting off with one of my last relaxers first of all....
Hidden underneath hats, scarves, cotton bandannas (bad! bad! bad!), wigs, braids, and sew ins, it took me quite a while to realize why the length of it never grew out how I wanted.
It was always a bit behind the ears.
Never farther than that.
Back to back extended braids are never a good idea, especially when they are super duper tight, but I kept going back to the African braider because I liked how they looked. Though she complained, always saying, "you need to get this nappy hair straightened."
Thankfully, I no longer visit her.
The braids I am giving up on for the time being.
Though they did make it grow out a lot!
In between rounds of trying to cover up dry, damaged locks that broke off like crazy, I wore a bandanna or hat to cover the shame.
This year, I'm going to change all of that.
So far personal olive oil treatments have been helping my badly damaged locks.
I'm seeing a hair dresser soon!
Hopefully she'll allow me to take pictures! :)
Picked out and massaged with oil, I thought I was well on my way somewhere- you know, towards the world's biggest fro?
Sadly, I'm still at the same length.
Likely due to cotton bandannas and wearing hats for twenty four hours a day.
Just started a new regiment of shampooing, adding an apple vinegar diluted with water rinse, and then conditioning. After t-shirt drying, I rubbed in olive and coconut oils and made tiny twists!
Feels incredibly soft and moist like cake!
Though, I need to work on the smell. Hahaha!
February 10, 2012: Salon Visit
I absolutely love it!!!!
Got my hair shampooed, conditioned, and cornrowed this morning using Carol's Daughter products (which I am running very low on!). A soft, smell good fro updo that I hope will last for a week or so.
Didn't get a big blow out, but maybe that's for the next visit!
Also, had more hair than originally thought.
My daily routine: massaging and gently brushing in pure coconut oil twice a day on the stray baby hairs and around the scalp to keep it softened, shiny, and itch free and having a satin cap on at night for bed.
I do plan on taking them down before next Friday and looking forward to showing off a new style.(Praying hairdresser will give me a blow out!)
Stay tuned! :)
Bad news: there were like 30 tiny black rubber bands in there. DO you know what that means?
Lots of hair breakage and ugly end knots! Boo!!!
Ugh, the back is growing towards the center of my neck, but the rest is still up top, with the middle being the thickness supreme.
Sheesh, those rubber bands got me hot, angry, and filled with anxiety man.
But I did wash, condition, and coconut oil this sucker!
Maybe that's just my imagination....
Back to twisties- no harm, no foul and thankfully- no rubber bands!
I'll curl these up with hair rollers for Monday's hairband day.
But braids for the next time. No cornrows, I'm hoping......
I actually like this style more because for one thing- takes less time!
Leaving these in until tomorrow.
Shampooing and conditioning- may make fatter braids?
Until then, psyched for my upcoming art show on April 6th- hairdresser day, I suppose. I'm drawing up a special hairstyle for that.....
Kind of okay isn't it?
I should have taken her advice and waited for the hair to stretch out a bit more, it's harder to grip tightly curled hair that's clean and a bit too moist.
Still. A fun do to try!
It'll be better next time......
Here's the tutorial from xxbeechbarbeexx's channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY3YiC1RdhI&feature=related
*goes back to study more natural Youtube video gals*
April 6, 2012: Salon Visit
Seeing that these pics are taken five days later, this hairstyle can last me a good few more weeks or so.
I've appreciated every last compliment on the streets!
It's so sophisticated and elegant! :D
|May 4, 2012 Cutesy Mini Twists!|
Salon Visit: May 18, 2012
|This sketch was all Lynette went on and she rendered it perfectly!|
After a shampoo, got a deep conditioned treatment of conditioner mixed with olive oil and sat under dryer for ten minutes. Hadn't gotten one of these since last year and hair felt even softer!
Always a nice plus if you ask me.
The idea for the style was for front, sides, and back to be braided up into one thick braid.
End results: such an elegant updo if I say so!
The back is so very beautifully crafted, especially with the addition of bobby pins holding thick Grecian inspired braid in place.
A perfect wedding style too.
I could stare at this all day...
Ma's Do- May 24, 2012
Mom didn't exactly enjoy the scraggly, stray hairs and wanted to redo them.
How could I say no?
It was her birthday.
Now while she was doing my hair, I didn't have any hair oil or creamdress on handy, but she kept saying that it was much too dry. I have been putting shea butter, coconut oil, and/or olive oil from day to day.
Sounds like my hair may need more than that and more often too.
Plus the reason for stray hairs and loosened braids was due to my scarf not being on too tightly while I slept. Yes, I admit there were nights when it slipped off and I was too tired to put it back on....
Solemnly promise to take better care of my scalp and tendrils.
They are too lovely to keep destroying.
My beautiful hair and I- we're going to continue on this enlightening path of healthy gracefulness together!
May 30, 2012
|Pouty due to irritating itchy sensation. Burns like a bad perm.|
|But it's kind of cute.|
|The middle grows faster than the sides as apparent here...|
|Freshly washed, conditioned shrunken violet.|
|The gentle stretch pull....|
|Not feeling simply fantastic.|
|Yes! I am the curly fantastic.|
I suppose that's a while, but according to a close friend of mine braids are usually supposed to last up to three weeks.
The longest I've held so far- a week tops.
Last night, took them down due to extreme scalp irritation- hurts as painful as a relaxer and causes my fingers to rub excessively hard to keep from scratching.
Believe me- a decent night's sleep didn't occur. :(
|Hair Goodies with one missing product.|
An hour later- hair though not itchy, is not as moist as it should. At least it's shiny.
Now coconut oil is fine.
Shea butter kind.
Yet it's olive oil that usually has my hair softer than its ever been (used it as a replacement for conditioner a few weeks ago & hair felt incredible!).
Sadly, I happened to use the last few drops on Monday and must add it to this week's grocery.
As of right now, strands feel somewhat manageable and a bit oily.
Gonna have to fix this dryness issue ASAP.... :(
May 31, 2012
Yes!!!! I received olive oil.