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Saturday, August 2, 2014

MY COLOR ROUTINE!

 

When I began to relax my hair, I had to find a semi-permanent color that would reduce damage and not dry my hair out! I did not want to use box color.When my beautician would color my hair, I would break my neck to see what she used. I saw her bring a silver gray bottle out of the supply room. I went to Sally`s beauty supply to find that silver gray bottle. It was Clairol Beautiful Collection advance gray solution. My hair was reddish brown, so I selected Mahogany Red Brown. The color matched that week.

From that day on, after she would apply the color, I would look at the color she had applied. I loved her, but as I noted in a previous post, I never left her salon with the same color. She would sometimes mix two to three colors to get what she ENVISIONED for my hair! I would take note of the brand and the color names! she mixed brands too! LOL!

I noticed that she would not use a shampoo for color on my hair to retain my hair color. The color would go right down the drain probably prompting here to apply color again, adding to my bill.

 After two salon visits, I took theory classes in cosmetology. I needed to know the principals behind taking care of my hair. I did not want to be a cosmetologist. I did find out there is a lot of beauticians taking short cuts when beautifying clients. I rather not put scalp and hair in their hands including mine! I went back to natural hair and embracing it! 

After Coloring your hair:





* Rinse color out of hair with cool water.
* Shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair. It    has they have UV protectants and antioxidants to prevent fading.
* Hold heat! Heat contributes to color fading.
Here is a great article on color treated hair:

 Color Treated Shampoos
  


Karacare are great products for women of color! Their shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair are great for making your color last!

I always use a leave in conditioner. Cream of Nature is a good one!

 


 Until next time!

BLESSINGS!
I

NATURALLY ME!





Ok July 26, 14 was my third big chop! I cut my locs and perm my hair after a few months. I thought the grass was greener on the other side. Why did I think that? It was the same as it was before I initially locked. The up keep was too demanding, too much time lost, no freedom and too damaging!
I`am looking to BrotherLock when I get 3" of new growth! I love locs. I combined a lot of my locks to the size of BrotherLocks.

 

I loved the size of my locs, but I do not wish to have more than 200 locs this time around. We will see how that works out when the time comes!

Blessings!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

BACK TO MY NATURAL STATE! THAT IS WHAT GOD INTENDED


 
My children always know when I`am going through a life crisis by what I do to my hair. As some of you know, I lost my mother ten months ago. That life crisis had me on the borderline of depression. Thanks to God and my husband, I`am back to my former self. 4/24/14 was her birthday. I cried a little, but realize she is in a better place. She will always be alive in my heart!




I really thought I was missing being relaxed. What my experience reinforced that I was potentially damaging my scalp. The first time a permanent color was placed on my head burned! I had not had permanent color on my hair for five years.


 My beautician relaxed my hair and I thought it was not so bad. When she told me to tell her when it starts to burn, I said this is wrong as hell! My head would be sore and tender. I realized I had sores on my scalp!

After that, I began spacing my visits from one month to every two months. Every time I would visit her for coloring, She would have a different color in my hair. I never walked out her salon with the same color! My cuts were fierce, but do I really want to go through all of that stress.

My independence was lost! I was afraid to swim, work out or get caught in the rain. The ritual I had to go through to get my hair looking decent, was ridiculous! I really grew tired of wasting my time getting "beautified!" After all, when I got up in the morning I never had the hairstyle from the salon!

I informed my husband that I was not happy with my hair and I was going to big chop and lock my hair by December. Well after watching Son of God and having a visit from "The Holy Spirit", I told my husband to get the clippers and cut my hair to the new growth!
My third Big Chop and final unless God has other plans for my life! I`am very satisfied and excited to start my lock journey as soon as I grow at least three inches of growth!

I have no problem what other women do with their hair, but I do get excited when I see women with natural hair especially those with locs! When it comes to my scalp and hair, I choose to keep them healthy and natural!

BLESSING!






 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

LIFE CHANGES AND THE END OF MY NATURAL JOURNEY!



My Life has been upside down the past three months. I lost my mother on Labor day, September 2, 2013. Two days before my wedding anniversary. My mother passed away while she took a midday nap. Her friend had checked on her at 12 noon. Mom was cooking a dish for a back to school block party. When her friend arrive to get her four hours later, she was lying on the sofa with the remote in her hand and the TV on. When her friend tried to wake her, she discover she had left this world!

I will never forget that Phone call from my sister. I never imagined the pain that I would feel. I did not get to my mothers apartment in time to say good bye. The medical examiners picked up her body in record time. I wanted to make sure she did not suffer, so I asked my nephew to take a picture of her. When I got the picture, I knew God had her! She looked like she was peacefully resting. 


My mother was my best friend, my psychologist, my teacher and my everything! After many years of witnessing to her, she told me one night she thought she was going to die.The Lord came to her and held her all nite. I began receiving inspirational text and E-mail! unknowingly my prayers came true! She had accepted The Lord Jesus Christ as her savior!



As my mothers natural hair journey ends, so does mine. The day after her death, I asked my mom why did she not visit me before she left. As I was writing her eulogy, I began to cry. I heard her tell me her story.
 

" Don`t cry for me. I`am free! I felt like a trapped bird in a cage on Earth. I lived my life and suffered the consequences for some paths taken. Now I`am soaring free like a dove on the right hand of God. Please do not cry. I`am free"

Six weeks ago, I began talking down my locs. I felt a load lifted off of me! Four weeks ago, I went into the salon and came out with a short, colored and RELAXED doo! I LOVE IT! 
I`am taking cosmetologist classes because I want to be knowledgeable with taking care of my own hair. From what I learned in my books, there are many cosmetologist taking short cuts, mine included! 

 

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 I loved my locs for the time they were here! They taught me to love myself and they taught me lots of humility. They also taught me how to care for my own hair and pay close attention to how cosmetologist care for my hair!

I`am not finished! I`am beginning a new chapter!

BLESSINGS!














 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

ONE MONTH BABY LOCS!



It took me three weeks to complete my baby locs. Since I do not have SISTERLOCKS! I will not be counting how many locs I have! I do know I have more locs than I had when I was sisterlocked. This was not done intentionally. As I started parting my hair in the front, I have large and medium locs. Towards the back, they are small and medium.

 
Not perfect parts. That`s OK with me!
   
I did not seal my ends like my SisterLock Consultant did five years ago. I had enough length to leave the ends open. My hair is as unruly as it were the first time I locked. My hair is not neat. It likes to slip and slide. Hair strains like to come out of the patterned loc as they did five years ago! The only difference is that I can take care of my own hair. When my locs slip, I can re-tighten. If a loc comes out of pattern, I`am equipped to place back in to pattern.

 My hair loves to be locked! My scalp is abundant with sebum. My hair is never dry. I do not have to worry about placing anything on it. My new growth is salt and pepper. More salt than pepper. I`am tired of chasing gray. I may just let it be! We shall see!
 
Gray scalp.


God is so good! I have learned so much during my first loc journey! I wear my locs with pride, gray and all!

" All the days of the vow of his separation there shall be no razor come upon his head: until the days br fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the LORD, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.
                                                   Book of Numbers 6:5 KJV 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

MY NEW DREADLOCK JOURNEY!



My three months of loose hair became boring very quickly! I thought of perming again, but then I would have to be at the mercy of a salon. I wanted to maintain a short do.  Then I would begin the vicious cycle of hair mutilation. That thought left quickly! I also thought of texturizing my hair. Again that would lead to hair and scalp damage. I thought, If I place a texturizer in my hair, I will have to have another big chop to lock up my hair. 

I love my wigs, but they do get hot! I could not wait until I got home to pull the wig cap and wig off so my scalp could breath!
 My wigs have allowed my hair to grow and stay healthy. I plan to wear them until my babies begin to lock. I will continue to use them as fashion accessories.


I`am going to Barbados for vacation and to unite with cousins I never met in October. The first thing I thought about is my hair. How the hell could I possible swim in a wig? Yes, I could get braids. Then I would have to deal with the soreness of tight braids and potential damage to my scalp.

Why would I waste time and money on micro braids, when I could re-lock my hair!

I wanted traditional locs, so I twisted my loose curl textured hair. When moisture hit it, they began to unravel. That stressed me out! I decide to interlock.
 I found my self going to the SisterLock web site searching for consultants and trainees in my area. I really did not want micro locs. I wanted my locks smaller than traditional locs. I don`t give a shit about perfect grids and lock uniformity. All I want is neat looking locs.
When I thought about paying $600 + for someone to install my locs because of my laziness and impatience, I said to my self, WTF!! You can loc up your own hair!

With the help of two mirrors and my husband helping me straighten my parts that I can`t see, my babies are being born! Thanks to my wigs, I birth a few babies at a time! When I get tired, I stop. I place my wig mesh cap on and keep it moving!

BABY LOC CARE:

Wash locs with a clarifying shampoo. NO CONDITIONERS!
Remember to braid and band new interlocks. If you can`t braid your short locs, group them together and place small rubber bands at the ends.

SHAMPOOS I USED:
Knotty Boy Shampoo Bar: Baby loc stage.
Bronner`s Pure Castile Soap: Unscented Baby Mild.
Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo. 
Beauty Without Cruelty Shampoo: Rosemary Mint Tea Tree 

TO PREVENT ITCHING: 
 1 tbs- Sweet almond oil
5 drops Tea tree essential oil
5 drops Peppermint essential oil
5 drops  Rosemary essential oil



I apply this oil to my scalp only. To keep my developing locs moisturized, I use Jane Carter Leave in conditioner. It does not make the locs unravel. To rid bed head, I spritz with water. WATER IS YOUR FRIEND!

MINIMAL MANIPULATION OF LOCS ARE KEY!

Until next time, stay blessed! 










Saturday, May 11, 2013

HARLEM 125: JU322 (KATE) WIG REVIEW

HERE IS ONE OF MY WIG REVIEWS. LOVE MY WIGS! THEY ARE GREAT FASHION ACCESSORIES FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO TRANSITION FROM PERMED HAIR TO NATURAL HAIR WITHOUT THE DRASTIC CHANGE!

I`AM USING WIGS TO PROTECT MY NATURAL HAIR UNTIL IT GETS TO A LENGTH THAT I COULD STYLE.
LIFE IS TO SHORT TO WORRY ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE THINK ABOUT HOW YOU SHOULD WEAR YOUR HAIR! DO YOU! HAVE FUN! LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO RESTRICT YOURSELF! 

 




KEEP YOUR HAIR HEALTHY NO MATTER HOW YOU CHOOSE TO WEAR IT!

BLESSINGS!