Monday, July 14, 2008

Week 3 and sporting a new do

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Friday, July 11, 2008

2 weeks and going

I'm not sure if it is growing but there is definately some curl stuff going on in places. I dont know what I should do about these ends. My hair is still pretty straight in the top when it is wet.

and look...a new style...almost...LOL.....either way I love it. I think if I can put a barrett in there or something it might look cute. Potential at last!! I tried to put aloe vera and the curls whipped cream to hold down the front. It didnt really work but maybe if I try to tie it down tonight.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

I loved saw this and loved it

“I want to know my hair again, the way I knew it before I knew that my hair is me, before I lost the right to me, before I knew that the burden of beauty—or lack of it—for an entire race of people could be tied up with my hair and me.” - Paulette M. Caldwell

Quick update

I'm sorry I've been MIA. My baby boy has left to go to summer session at NKU this week. I am trying to adjust. Then my brother showed up in town after being mia for 4 months needing a place to stay after leaving his no good wife. I am still keeping up with the cowashing and the spritz. I am feeling the need to cut my relaxed ends off. Its making me feel very Grace Jonesish. I cant tell if its grown or not but then its only been two weeks so probably not. I have not succumbed to the instaweave yet. My 20th high school reuninon is in August and I'm not sure I can go au naturale. I have only taken a few pictures but they look the same. I definately have some different textures going on. Im not sure how to handle that. I got a little elastic headband but my hair isnt long enough to actually hold back yet so I am still just wash and going.

Posting pictures is harder than I thought. I never have the camera ready when I need it or I dont think about it until after the fact.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

How I felt this week

I dont know. Alot of things. To go from having alot of hair to no a HUGE emotional adjustment that I don't think I appreciated before I did it. I know it will take time. While I have not been tempted to wear any of my instaweaves I do yearn for the money to have some braids put in while I least until my TWA grows enough for a headband. I know all this stuff is in my head an baggage passed down to me but its there none the less. I'm a girlie girl and even with big earrings and full makeup I don't feel it yet. It doesn't feel feminine.

I am proud of myself for doing it. I don't regret doing it. I don't think I look AWFUL but.....I don't feel pretty either. I feel like a bruising bulldog truth be told. Sigh...maybe next week.

What I learned this week

I have survived the first week since doing the big chop. I made it without reverting back to my instaweave. I went to lunch with old coworkers and went face to face with my daddy and other family members. Y'all just don't know how hard that was. I haven't made peace with the way I look but I am trying to accept it.

I am so excited, I have learned so much. This whole natural hair thing is like uncovering ancient ruins or something. The best thing is the whole notion of co-washing or only washing my hair with conditioner. I've co-washed 3x this week mostly because I have putting so much stuff in my hair but I want to do it every couple of days or so irregardless. I cant believe the difference it makes. I have washed and conditioned with Keracare shampoo and Humecto conditioner and it left my hair brittle and dry. The co-washes leave my hair so soft and manageable its just crazy. Who knew???

The 2nd best thing is this conditioner/glycerin/water spritz. Man oh man. Now every cell in my brain is screaming at me that putting water on nappy hair is a one way ticket to hell but my hair was never this soft or moisturized when i had a relaxer. The best part is it's all natural and I MADE IT ALL BY MYSELF!!!!!

I got the Curls Whipped Cream and Souffle I have used the WC once and man did it curl my hair....relaxed ends and all. I think it made everything curl in tight. I'm not sure if it what they call shrinkage but my TWA shrunk. (For Lisa:TWA is short for teeny weenie afro). It also left my hair alittle bit harder than just the spritz but it is still soft. I will post some before and after pictures.

The bad thing I learned....if you can call it bad is Tea Tree oil is some STRONG stuff!!! I felt like Nutty Professor so I decided to add some Tea Tree and Jojoba oils to my glycerin spritz. The more the merrier right?? Yeah well....Tea Tree Oil is, for those like me who aren't exactly sure what Tea Tree oil can be used for:

Tea Tree Oil Healing Powers
Tea tree oil has been proven to be a powerful yet natural antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal medicine (essential oil).

It is being used as a very effective first aid remedy and against countless skin ailments, infections, cuts, scrapes, burns, insect bites and skin spots etc.

Tea tree oil is effective against nail fungus, ringworm, athlete's foot, dandruff, acne, blackheads and many types of infestations including lice, mites, scabies and mosquitoes etc... (For humans and animals alike)

Tea tree oil is not just soothing and disinfecting, it is capable of penetrating into the lower skin layers with its anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, analgesic (pain-killing) and cicatrizant (wound-healing) qualities.

It has a diaphoretic effect - It promotes sweating - which enhances the body's own natural preventative response when threatened by infection.

Tea tree oil exhibits expectorant and balsamic characteristics, which are especially beneficial in the case of throat or chest infections, having a generally soothing and clearing (mucus-expelling) effect on the entire respiratory tract. It is also effective against head colds.

All that means if you put more than just a few drops....your head will be on fire all night long!!!
LOLOL....I know...that's what my crazy azz gets. LOL

Ok so I've made a new spritz with conditioner, glycerin, jojoba, and vitamin E. I'm gonna use that this week. I'm also gonna use it on the girls hair and see how that works. I'm also gonna keep trying the Curls stuff to see how I like it as well.

BUT I visited the site Coup de coeur who says she loves Karen's Products and man that stuff looks great there are alot of fragrances including Sultry Sandalwood and Egyptian Musk!!! I'm gonna have to order their sampler just to see. I'm not usually a product junkie but I am afraid I am becoming one VERRRRY fast.