R&B Singer Usher In The Barbers Chair

 

 

 

 

My son was born with a light Mohawk and has officially rocked one for nearly 3 1/2 years.  I’m looking to give his haircut an update. Right now, he is growing his reddish-brown hair longer so we can can do something like what R&B singer Usher is wearing now.

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Kim Coles 9-month Anniversary

Actress and Comedian Kim Coles is celebrating her 9th natural hair anniversary this month.  I like many others have wondered how Coles was able to maintain  a healthy looking  hairline after wearing micro-braids for 20 years.  See the answer that she gave in the comment section of her natural hair VBlog:

“Folks have asked me about this. First of all, my braider was careful not to use a lot of hair at my edges. Next I did a LOT of touchups/rebraiding the area every few weeks so that the edges never got too old thereby allowing extension hair to hang and stress MY own hair. And lastly I tried not to pull too tight when i styled. My edges are not perfect, but I thankfully in pretty good shape.”

Kim Coles on Twitter.  You find me on Twitter too.

Head Wraps: If momma can do it so can you

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was on a visit to New York many years ago, that I learned how to do  head wraps. At the time my focus was on what some may refer to as the Erykah Badu wraps. Up North it wasn’t a big deal seeing a woman with a piece of fabric adorning her head. Down South I experienced  people whispering loudly, “I didn’t know Badu was gonna be here.”  Those words expressed by another concert goer like myself. Then there was the time I was in a fabric shop when I overheard something about Badu and the giggles that followed.

For a while now I have felt bored and uninspired behind the lack of hair styling options available for my short locs. I can twist them down and pin them up but I’m trying to avoid any unnecessary hair stress until I have more length.

My mom, a 62 year-old naturalista, resistant to changed shocked me recently by revealing a head wrap she’d done herself. She told me she learned how to wrap her hair via the natural hair community on Youtube.

Long story short, I have started wrapping my hair again when I feel the need for change. This may good for you too if you are transitioning, growing locs or you are someone who simply likes having options.

Head wrapping is fairly easy if you don’t over think it. I have found it frustrating at times while seeking the perfect wrap. Those time when I just grab (the fabric) and just do it, the outcome is most fabulous. Note: The fabric you use doesn’t have to cost you a lot at the checkout counter.  Experiment and use the colors and textures that make you happy.  I have read where some people wrap their heads with T-shirts and skirts.  It all depends on your imagination and willingness to try.

Naturallistas In The Spotlight: Rachelle Ferrell

Rachelle Ferrell

This blog post features singer Rachelle Ferrell. Since seeing her performance on the Apollo some years ago I have been in awe of her ability to use her voice as an instrument to make music.

If you missed the live performance. Make sure you check out the video via the link provided.  At the time her hair looked relaxed  or maybe pressed straight.

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At last check Ferrell is rocking her hair in its natural state so that is why I choose to feature her as apart of my Naturalistas In The Spotlight series.  I checked for her official website  just before sitting down to write this article.  As of now it is a work in progress.  You can go there for tour information or check her out on Facebook.

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Check out the video below.  It features Rachelle Ferrell, Ledisi (a loc rocker) and Kelly Price freestyling  in the name of music and sisterhood.  True talent at its best.  Press play now to experience the magic.

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Coffee & Black Tea Rinses for natural hair

In my search for an outlet that stocks PURE Henna I discovered most of us have what we need in our kitchen to dye our hair darker naturally.  Or cover those bothersome gray strands.   I have used Henna on several occasions.  I like the product I used however I now question its purity (maybe a Compound Henna).
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From what I have read if the Henna packaging is offering a various shades (i.e., mahogany or auburn) hidden ingredients may be included that could prove harmful to the user in the form of an allergic reaction.
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While at the same time Henna itself is a major commitment if you are someone who still wants to dabble in commercial hair dyes. From what I have read you either have to grow the hair out  and/or cut it off ( only if you have become the victim of a Compound Henna) to go ahead with a chemical process that will actually change the color of your hair – unlike Henna that only coats the hair.
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This past weekend armed with the knowledge that Coffee and or Black Tea would allow me to dye my hair a darker shade I headed to the grocery store. This method of adding color to my hair is cost effective: Coffee  $5.69 / Black Tea – $1.97 and no worries about hidden ingredients in products “claiming to be” natural.
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Instructions:
Brew your coffee and allow it to cool to luke warm.
Rinse mixture through  freshly shampooed hair 15-20 times (I held my head over the sink and used a bowl to catch the liquid and transfer it back to my pouring bowl – seek the assistance of a friend)
Leave the last rinse in your hair for 30 minuets (don’t wrap your hair in a towel as this will absorb the coffee & tea from your hair.  Squeeze as much as you can from the hair, then apply a plastic cap).
Rinse, shampoo& condition (I didn’t condition because I am growing new locs).
*Follow same steps for Black Tea (I combined the two).
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The exact amount of coffee depends on the length and thickness of your hair.  The goal is to completely saturated the hair from root to tips.
Avoid using instant coffee since it may contain additives that can damage your hair or lead to an allergic reaction.
Keep in mind Coffee and Black Tea can stain your towels & other equipment (bowls).
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Via my twitter address I tweeted links to natural hair rinse recipes follow me now to check those out and other natural tips that I come across. Find me on Facebook too.

Growing LOCS: I know more now.




In the second month of growing my locs I have learned a few things about my hair and how I plan to maintain it.  If you have some pointers please feel free to post them.

1. Less is more when it comes to oil application for my hair.  I have decided to add my oil mixtures immediately after the shampooing and twisting process.  I discovered anything extra seems to weigh my hair down and make it feel “not so clean,” during the week. Especially after working out or something.

2. Hair clips are out the window in my styling process.  I never really liked using them or the time it took to place them in my hair during the twisting process.  Call me lazy.  While watching a video on Youtube I discovered twisting, grouping and banding a few all in one bunch for the drying process (see the video below).

3.  Flat-twist styling is the way to go for the minimal hair styling I do now.  I’ve done some twisting like braiding (close to the head) during month two.However, that technique left my new locs looking supper flat and stressed after removal.  The flat-twisting seems like less stress on hair that is still going through the locking phase (new locs).  Plus it is easier to roll from one style to the next without looking like I’ve been zapped by lighting.

4.  Aloe-Vera gel really is a friend to my hair.  I tried the Lock-N-Twist gel on my twist.  It serves it purpose but I find no matter how little I use I still experience some flaking and that itchy feeling as the days go by.

5. No color for me (for now).  I used henna a while back.  I wanted to go brighter.  The only way I can do that now is to cut my hair (the sections with the henna) or proceed and risk damage.

Naturally speaking

I was watching the Tyra Banks show the other day.  The topic was hair and how to style it.  The featured guest said that longer hair started with coils for locking tended to loc faster or something along those lines.

I started my first set of  locs on short hair.  Every time I washed (once a week) my hair would unravel into a soft Afro.  Then one day my tiny coils remained intact after my cleansing ritual.  I didn’t know anything about growing locs.  I was learning as they grew.  So it shocks me now to watch video’s with women and men celebrating the fact that they have made it two and three months without cleansing their scalp and hair  (not a good practice at all).

This time around when I coiled my hair and shampooed a week later the ends of my hair remained intact and only fluffed at the roots.  Leaving me to believe that a bit of length might be better than starting super short.  But then again, growing locs is different from one head to the next.

I’m quickly approaching my two month mark.  I will be posting a new video that highlights my progress.  Via the video below you can find my YouTube Page and subscribe now for future updates.

Today’s video is a day in my life after shampoo.  Click play.  Rate, Subscribe, comment and enjoy.

Growing Locs: My hair journey

My natural hair journey has taken a ‘twist’ and turn since my last update.  I have officially decided to grow my second set of locks.  From an earlier post I mentioned when ever I styled my hair in baby coils I found myself thinking about locking my hair again.

When I wore locks I truly enjoyed them.  Why did I cut them off?  Well that is a story in itself.  One I may share later on down the road. Including the little known fact that I paid to have my cut locs sewn back on shortly after I chopped them off.

May 27th will mark two-months since I have been on my new loc journey .  I admit this time around is testing my patience because I have knowledge of the (end) result (so to speak) and now I workout  a lot so the hair care is really an issue in terms of my coils unraveling at the root.

Some have suggested  interlocking.  I not sure that’s for me or my hair. Time will tell. Below I have posted a video highlighting my decision to grow locs again and products used.

Questions for you ????

1. Have you grown locs before and cut or took them down later?

2. What methods are you using to keep up your locs?

Let ’em talk – Rock yo’ natural hair.

Not long ago I met a young woman who is a wig wearer.  She told me that the hair beneath is in its natural state.  After seeing her a few more times I asked when she was going to reveal her natural hair.  She confessed she isn’t ready.  I have empathy for black women that act like something is wrong with their hair or they have to build some Super Woman strength to just be themselves.

Teaching us to hate our hair, facial features and anyone with a shade of black that was too dark began many years ago.  Then of course within our own families we have men and women that frown when we choice to wear our hair in its natural state ( Afro, twist, braids  and locs).   Self-hate is just like a disease eating away at our spirit and mental being.

The wig wearer has also confided that she has a daughter that has questioned her about her hair choices.  I wonder if it is hard for a mother to teach her daughter to love her hair (herself) when she is displaying some self-doubt.

Some might say I’m being judgemental and hair style is a choice and nothing more.  This is not  an argument against someone who wants relax, weave, bleach or wave it.  I agree it is a choice at the end of the day.  The problem is when the person making the choice feels and acts as if there is something wrong with the hair God blessed them with.

The other day I saw this same sista’ wearing a black head wrap.  She look awesome even though she hadn’t worked up that nerve to let her natural texture see the light of day.  During our conversations I got the feeling that she felt as though I was judging her and that is far from the truth.  Bottom line if someone wants to talk natural hair with me, I get excited.  It is not my intention to offend or convert others to the natural hair team.  However,  if the door to the conversation opens I will gladly step through and share my experience of how and why I journeyed back to my natural roots.

You can’t work here with that hair …

Singer Goapele

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The word lawsuit kept entering my mind as I watched this video.  While at the same time it makes me wonder how many  people are  denied advancement in the work place because they have decided to wear their hair in its natural state.

Celebrating the beauty of the black woman's natural hair, mind & body.

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