The Creamy Crack!!

So previously my mom says she wants to go natural and she thinks she would look really cute. Well This morning I wake up and go to her room to see her standing over a Motions box, looking like a homeless person staring at a steak lol. She says:


Mom: Victoria I can't take this no more, lol it's too damn hot!
Me: lol. yes you can!! It takes time and it's a process
Mom: No! I'll try again when it gets colder outside
Me: Smh..(walks out of the room)


Guys a tried to get her off the "creamy crack" smh...

Two strand twist Preparation

Hey Curlies,


So today I took down the two strand twist I did myself so I could go to an African Hair Braiding place to get kinky twist before school starts back up. While I was taking them down I loved how the twist out looked!! Here are some pics!







I didn't even want to wash my hair because it was sooo cute! ugh...but I had too lol Here are some of my steps:


1. Cowash hair with Aussie moist
2. Cowash again and this time detangle
3.Put on ORS Hair Mayonnaise ( I used like half of the jar lol) and some herbal oil.
4. Use shower cap for DC for about an hour and then rinse with cold water


I have to BLOW DRY MY HAIR..which I am NOT excited about because it takes FOREVER!!! But I'm going to try to avoid it at all cost and let it air dry.

Mini Twist Affair

Hey Curlies,


So today my family and I go over to my Granny's house to pick her up and the first thing she says when she sees me is...


Granny: Oh,what did you do to your hair?
Me: I cut it all off
My Mom: Yea, she's all natural now..
Granny: (silent)...well I don't like it (with a slight attitude)
Me: WELL I DO AND THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS RIGHT? (with a HUGE smile on my face btw lol)




I thought my mini twist looked really cute on me. Today I pinned them back because it was so hot but I actually turned out to like it better this way! I plan on keeping these in hopefully until next weekend before I go to the Africans to get Kinky Twist.


What I used: Spray bottle with water and herbal oil and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie


UPDATE: March 2012


Today I visited my Granny and now she LOVES my hair. She kept saying how much it has grown and how soft it is. It just goes to show that some people do warm up to natural hair. Even if they don't....forget them! lol


-Victoria

Hair Products: What to Avoid

Hey Curlies,


Here are a few ingredients to avoid when using any hair product


Isopropyl Alcohol: This will dry your hair out and as a result, cause damage. This ingredient is found in lots of cosmetics.


Mineral Oil: This ingredient clog pores which stunts hair growth. Mineral Oil is found in baby oil. This coats the skin leaving a greasy feel which will do the exact same to your hair,it locks out moisture.


Petroleum: This is found in the product Vaseline or you can buy it in a jar similar titled, Petroleum Jelly. This ingredient also clogs pores.


PEG: This ingredient strips the natural hair or its oils and is currently found in many household cleaners.

Was That a Complement?

Hey Curlies,


So I'm still getting use to my hair. It has been about 3 days since I did the Big Chop and this is how I am wearing my hair.




In anyway shape or form do I regret doing my BC, I love my new texture but I am not use to the length yet. I've always had at least shoulder length hair but I guess it's something I'll just have to get use too. Anywho! While at work today a woman said "Your hair is so cute." I wasn't sure if she was speaking to me or my co-worker, who is relaxed, but when I turned around she was smiling at me and I was excited! I am also very surprised that for the past 3 days my mom complements my hair. She says things like "Your new style looks so cute on you" or " Your hair is so pretty that way." At first she wasn't the biggest supporter when I explain the "going natural" topic to her but now I think she has really warmed up :)


-Victoria

Introduction to Shea Moisture

Hey Curlies,

Meet the the new love of my Life :)


So yes! I am now a LOVER of Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. A few days ago I went into Walgreens to get some Cantu Shea Butter and I seen the entire line of Shea Moisture. I had been hearing how wonderful it is but at the time I was on a budget ( ugh college) and $10 seemed like a lot! So today I went BACK to Walgreens for something else and I just couldn't help myself..I had to try it, my hair has seemed so dry lately. Let me tell you AGAIN how much I am IN LOVE with this, plus it smells so good! I now have braids in the front half of my head and the back is just doing its thang lol So I twisted small sections of hair with just a small amount on each with this and my twist are EXTREMELY moisturized!! No dry roots, no dry ends...NOTHING!! If you haven't tried it yet..just give it a go, I'm sure you will love it as much as I do.

ClassyCurlies

Natural Hair Style: TWA Flexi Rod Set

Hey Curlies,

I just took the rollers out before work and at first I was like "ugh." Some curls were crunchy and others were soft (my fault for too much gel lol) but overall I thought it looked dry. Once I pulled it all back with a head band and some gel, I thought it was kinda cute, but I defiintely need practice lol.


twa flexi rod set


flexi rod set on short natural hair

Overall I think it's cute, just some getting use too. My hair has never been this short.

Natural Hair: I Just Big Chopped

Hey Curlies,

So I got tired of my sew in and finally got it out! (It was funny watching my Mom and I try and take it out for the first time lol). I washed and conditioned my hair and I big chopped.

Here are some photos:

my big chop
After wash and condition...see those bad ends?!

After I chopped


I also did a roller set using Eco Styler gel and herbal oil...I couldn't just leave my hair...lol

Roller set using flexi rods

natural hair big chop

Will show results soon!


Big Chop!

Hey Curlies,

I've been thinking a long time about whether or not I should big chop. Now I think I'm ready!!! I have been transitioning for 14 months and I just want to rip out this weave and see some progress lol. This Friday I plan on taking down my sew in and finally big chop. I will definitely post pics.


Misconceptions of Natural Hair

Hey Curlies,

So a coworker and I were talking about hair and I told her I have a blog about natural hair and she looked "surprised." She asked exactly what it was about and I told her it was all about the "transition"...she said "what transition"? So once I started explaining things to her it seemed like she  understood a little more and this showed me  some people are very ignorant when it comes to this topic!


**Fast Forward to later that day**


An African woman walks in with a huge puff  and I was say, "wow, she has so much hair".. I honestly LOVED the way it looked. The first thing my coworker said was..." its fake." I didn't understand why she would make this assumption so I asked why. She said simply because the ends of her fro were kind of "curly." This is where I sort of got defensive..lol (didn't mean too) I said "Have you never seen a natural with curly hair? That's what being natural is,curly hair." Anyway, lol I just thought I would share this, I found it so silly that she would say that. 

How do you feel about this topic?


3 Tips for those Transitioning to Natural Hair

Hey Curlies,

The decision to transition to your natural curls can be exciting, but it can also be challenging to relearn how your hair operates. It can also be difficult if you don't have any support to help you along the way.

As I've been natural for over six years (this post was written right before my big chop), I've updated it with some much needed tips for transitioners.

RELATED | I just Big Chopped, Now What? 

Following you'll find 3 tips for those transitioning to natural hair.

natural hair transitioning tips

1. Avoid all heat appliances as much as possible. I know it's really hard when you first began to transition because natural hair is something you must adapt too and accept. Flat irons and blow dryers not only fry and dry our hair out it can also cause heat damage and breakage. This happens when too much heat is applied to the hair follicle and the original curl pattern dissolves. I do use a hooded blow dryer on warm heat while doing roller sets but the less often the better! Try air drying a roller set if time isn't an issue.

2. Moisture is key. This statement is very important because our hair seems to be more drier than other cultures. Moisture is the key to retaining length and growing longer, fuller hair. I moisturize my hair at least once a day, sometimes two. You can use a conditioning cream along with an oil to seal, such as coconut or olive oil. Try to avoid creams with petroleum or mineral oil because they only clog pores which slows down hair growth.

3. The most important tip is to accept yourself and your hair for what it is. Do not compare what you have with someone else. Some people become upset when a specific style or product doesn't work for them the same as someone else. Be patient and confident!

Your hair is beautiful!



I'm back!

Sorry it's been sooo long since my last post! But I am here now to finish where I started! I am now 13 months into my transition and it has been a wonderful journey thus far! I am currently in college which makes it sort of hard to find the time to get together the right styles, but here is one of my first roller sets on dry hair! (about 5 months ago)


This is also a twist out from a while back while at a party. I used about 7 bobby pins to pin it back. This is before I got about 4-5 inches of hair chopped off.




I am still using Cantu Shea Butter conditioning cream, my hair LOVES this stuff! lol I actually need to buy another jar! Now that I am home for the summer and it is hot as all get out, I have had a sew in since the beginning of May. I plan on getting it removed in the next two weeks. Yea the sew in does make things a little easier to manage but I am SUPER pumped to see my actual roots,new growth and ready to try some new styles. I am thinking about a wet roller set with flexi rods. It will be interesting to see since I have gotten a 4-5 inch chop around Easter. Will update when I try it out..pictures will come!