Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Curly Girl

After reading all about the famous book I finally bought a copy myself at Barnes and Noble today! I am armed with sticky notes, highlighters in my favorites colors lol I will let you know my thoughts when I finish reading :-)
Now on my wish list is another book "Thank God I'm Natural"by Chris-Tia Donaldson.

A new favorite hairstyle.....

Drumroll please.......I have found my new fave style: a single afro puff/ponytail. My main issue with wearing my hair out is always how the back sticks out because it is much longer than the sides and the middle of my hair. With this look I am able to bring my hair up so I can't tell about the irregularities in the length anymore. I love it!
I used my regular hair band (scuncii I think is the brand)and Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding. The only thing I am not too crazy about is having to brush the hair so it can't be something I do all the time.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

My beautiful mother and her first twist-out

Although she has been natural for a very long time (and several times in her life lol) I recently shared the twist-out technique with my mommy and she absolutely loves it. Here are some pictures of her first twist-out. She kept her 2-strand twists for 3 days and then did the twist-out. She used castor oil in her spray water bottle and KKCC on each strand. I love her hair and can't wait to achieve such fullness <3

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Old Friend :-)

I am talking about none other than "Ms." WATER :-) Yes, an old friend that I have been getting reacquainted with since I started my natural black hair journey! The relationship between water and my hair during my relaxed days is totally different now that my hair is completely natural. Now my hair craves water and it seems to be good for my strands. So I keep my little spray filled with that good H2O with a bit of Kinky Curly Knot Today and it has done wonders for how moisturized and overall strong my hair feels. Before, it was a bad idea to detangle my hair while wet now it is the opposite because I only detangle my hair while it's wet and most time I just use my fingers.
Watch out for "hard water" which is basically water that is "high in dissolved minerals, specifically calcium and magnesium." Luckily we don't have hard water as I test it every year during a water testing lab with my science students and bring my own sample from home as well. You don't have to be a science teacher or work in a lab to test your water there are several inexpensive kits you can purchase to determine if you have hard water (check your local Home Depot or Lowe's or online at Amazon for the strips).
Hard water is bad for our hair because of mineral buildup which causes the conditioner not to penetrate the hair properly.