Monday, August 31, 2009

3 Tips & Myths Part II

Tip # 4

Join a hairboard.

Now I know that this has nothing to do with actually doing your hair but there is a wealth of information and support on hairboards. I find that the biggest fear that people have when transitioning is the lack of support. :O( I know a few people wondered => WHY I would want to go from a relaxer to kinky hair but I made the decision based upon what I felt was the best way to go.

There is also a heap of information on the boards plus a good bit of them are absolutely free! Take your time and research which board is best for you and sign up today. I'm an active member of several boards so if anyone needs any suggestions feel free to ask.

Tip #5

Stay away from high heat.

Being that you are attempting to go natural, don't fight the kinks! The purpose of going natural is to, well, wear your natural hair. Trying to match your natural hair to your relaxed hair is a battle that you'll seldom win and if you do happen to don't know if you've caused any permanent damage to your coil pattern.

I straightened my hair a lot at first but once I realized that my hair was sooooo much thicker without a relaxer, I opted to go on a no heat regimen for a few months. I'll take a picture later today so that you can see a better pic of where my NG ends. My permed ends look a H.A.M. LOL

Always try to do styles that match your natural hair. Here's a link for some ideas:

Treasure Locks Transitioning Tips

Tip # 6

Find products that work for your hair.

This will definitely be a time of trial and error but don't overdo it. It's so easy to go out and buy every product that someone else is using only to find that your hair doesn't love it at all! Find out what your hair loves and stick with it. Don't use a bunch of new products at the same time either. You won't be able to tell what's working and what's not.

Don't become a product junkie as it will only lead you to a cabinet full of products that you don't like, can't use, or just don't want. You'll waste more money & time than you will anything. If you see a product you like....ask someone if they could send you a sample or they may even have a sample for sale. This is why joining hair boards are great too! I have gotten so many products for cheap that I would normally pay a grip for so that's a benefit for me.

Myth # 2

You can revert relaxed hair back to its natural state.

This is false. Once you've permed/relaxed your hair with a chemical treatment, you CAN NEVER revert that hair back to its natural state. Take a look at this page I found with some information on hair relaxers and what they do exactly.

The Truth About Hair Relaxers

I would post the info but it's a lot! It's worth reading also. That's it for today! If you have any suggestions feel free to leave them below :O)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Remembering Michael Jackson

Today is Michael Jackson's Birthday so celebrate by watching some of the specials on BET, E Tv, and other various channels. Good Stuff!


Today's post is obviously late but I am overly swamped with Statistics & Biology homework. :O(

I'm sooooooooooooo frustrated right now and to add these are online classes. I'm over here pulling my hair out right now (not literally, hahaha)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Transitioning Tips & Myths

Especially for you LaQT! I see ya in the comments :O) Enjoy Ladies, I added a couple of pictures of my hair showing what my texture kind of looks like. It was hard to get the pic really clear due to the web cam on hubby's computer :O/

I will be adding more tips as I go along the way along with any that you all think should be on the list! Here are the first 3 Tips & a Myth

Tip # 1

Determine why you are transitioning.

This is the most important tip that I can give. Transitioning is such a drastic change in your life. You may get negative reactions from friends & family, rude comments from people you know or even complete strangers...all of them wondering why you decided to drop your straight hair for what God gave you naturally. Be prepared to defend your decision should this day ever come and know that this journey to natural hair can be a beautiful one if you let it.

Tip # 2

Detangle your hair before washing.

Some may disagree with detangling your transitioning hair before washing versus detangling while in the shower or wet. I beg to differ. I lose more hair detangling my hair wet than I do before I wash. I part my hair in sections and gently comb from the bottom to the roots and plait each section after I'm done. This also saves me a big headache and mess afterwards. Make sure you do the method that works best on YOUR hair.

Tip # 3

Wash your hair in sections.

This goes along with Tip # 2! After detangling your hair, wash it in the same sections you braided and make sure to keep them separate by re-braiding it as you wash, rinse, and condition. This will definitely cut down on your "detangling" time once you are completely done. I can run the comb straight through my hair after I wash just because I take the time to detangle before washing.

Myth # 1

You can't comb transitioning hair everyday.

I think this is totally untrue. Everyone's hair texture is different and it takes a lot of trial and error before finding methods that work in your favor. I found that waiting a week to comb my hair led me to a lot more hair loss than when I gently combed and braided sections each night. This works for me and a couple of others that I know so it does work for someone other than me! If this is not for you...find what works! That's the exciting part of DIY (do it yourself) haircare.


Well, that's the 3 tips anda myth for today! I'll be doing this Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. sharp. I put in some work on these tips and myths so hopefully they help someone out there. Leave a comment if you have a tip or myth and I'll post it :O)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Remembering Aaliyah

You can check out more photos and videos over on my music blog: My Life, My Mind, My Music Here's a bio you can check out and please enjoy the videos. We have to remember Aaliyah's beautiful spirit along with her fabulous hair & style & dancing during her short time here with us. May she rest in peace.

Singer, actress. Born Aaliyah Dana Haughton, on January 16, 1979, in Brooklyn, New York. Raised in Detroit, Michigan, the young singer competed unsuccessfully on the television program Star Search at age 11. Later that same year, she performed with R&B legend Gladys Knight, the former wife of her uncle and manager, Barry Hankerson, at a five-night stand in Las Vegas.

In 1994, at the age of 15, Aaliyah catapulted onto the R&B charts herself with her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing But a Number. Produced by the successful singer R. (Robert) Kelly, the album quickly sold a million copies and eventually earned platinum status based largely on the success of two hit singles, "Back and Forth" and "At Your Best (You Are Love)." Later that year, tabloid reports surfaced claiming that the sultry teen singer had married the 27-year-old Kelly, but Aaliyah denied the union and the marriage was reportedly annulled.

While a student in the dance program at Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts (she graduated in 1997), Aaliyah released her sophomore album, One in a Million (1996). Helmed by the well-known pop producer Timbaland (Tim Mosely) and featuring rap performer Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, One in a Million portrayed the 17-year-old singer as a sultry hip-hop chanteuse with a self-confidence well beyond her years. The album garnered favorable reviews and sold two million copies.

Aaliyah gained even more recognition in 1997 when she recorded "Journey to the Past," the Academy Award-nominated theme song to the animated feature Anastasia. She also performed the song for the Oscar telecast in 1998. Her next soundtrack effort, "Are You That Somebody?" for 1998's Dr. Dolittle, starring Eddie Murphy, went to No. 1 on the R&B charts, was a pop crossover hit, and earned Aaliyah her first Grammy Award nomination.

In 2000, Aaliyah made her acting debut in the surprise action hit Romeo Must Die, starring opposite martial arts star Jet Li in a Romeo and Juliet-inspired story set in modern-day Los Angeles. She was also an executive producer of the movie's soundtrack and performed the hit single "Try Again," which netted her a second Grammy nomination as well as two MTV Music Video Awards for Best Female Video and Best Video From a Film.

Her third album, Aaliyah, was released in July 2001 and reached No. 2 on the Billboard album chart. Also in 2001, she played the title role in Queen of the Damned, based on the bestselling novel by Anne Rice and set for release in 2002. She scored a major casting coup when she signed to appear in two upcoming sequels to the blockbuster sci-fi thriller The Matrix, starring Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne.

Tragically, Aaliyah was killed on August 25, 2001, when a small Cessna passenger plane carrying the singer and her video crew crashed and burst into flames shortly after takeoff from Abaco Island in the Bahamas, where they had just completed work on a video. The plane was headed for Miami, Florida. Aaliyah and seven other people, including the pilot, were believed to have died instantly, while a ninth passenger died later at a Bahamian hospital. Aaliyah was 22 years old at the time of her death. She is survived by her parents, Diane and Michael Haughton, and an older brother, Rashaad.

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Transitioning Tips & Myths

Okay, I've decided to get back to the main point of my blog>>>HAIR! Since I'm transitioning and there are soooo many other women out there contemplating on whether they should go natural or not, I've decided to develop a list of tips and myths that I've seen since beginning my journey.

Now, everyone may not agree with what I say but that's what the comments section is for! Post your opinion and let me know what you think also.

I'll be doing double posts today to make up for yesterday and Saturday. One will be definitely featuring the beautiful Aaliyah in honor of her memory. Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Inspirational Black Women

I want to take the time out to acknowledge some of the Beautiful Black Women that inpire us all. Please take time to share a comment with everyone about someone you admire, someone that mentors you, or just someone you have had the chance to meet that has truly changed your life.

I'm working on mines right now as I type this up! If it's a long post, just email me so I can post it separately. Let's do this!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Dominican Salons...Ye or Nay?

So, while I was over on LHCF I ran up on a thread with a video showing a Dominican blowout. Now, there were lots of mixed feelings about the actual process b/c of the high heat that is used to straigten the hair.

I loved the results though! I can't really say I saw any damage caused just by watching the video....there is a lot of smoke but I believe it was the products combined with the heat. Let me know your thoughts!

Monday, August 10, 2009

What's the word & Product Review

Hey guys! This is a quick update and an unexpected product review Smileys since I happened to pick up the wrong conditioner, SMH.

My internet connection is not working at home and we're gonna try to switch to cable internet (???) and see if the connection is faster. My computer is slow as bricks and I got classes coming up next week for Fall and I need my speed. Smileys

Now, on to the product review....

Now, to your left you will see my beloved Mane & Tale Condish that I've sooooo grown to love, however, I was totally oblivious to the fact that that is the DEEP Moisturizing Condish that I've never used!! When I started pouring it out the bottle and it was BLUE....yes, I was pretty much like "What in the world did I buy?????"

So, I added it to my Shikakai Co-Wash (which I'll never do again) and let's just say my hair still has grit and grain all throughout. I DC'ed with this condish as well and I just really liked the Regular Moisturizing better. *sigh* Oh well, I guess I'll be re-cowashing this weekend. Sorry about the pics but I'll have plenty Saturday of my results. I've really had some major growth over the last few months!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


WATCH IT HERE ON STEVE HARVEY'S WEBSITE (in the corner on the bottom of the home page)

Steve Harvey

Leave a comment after you watch and tell me what you think!!!!!!!!!!!

Ya'll know I luvssssssssssss some Maxwell. Oh, and is he married now???