Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I'll be back in two weeks

I'm away on my Jamaica wedding/vacation. I will post again in two weeks and show you how to Rock Your Natural, island style.

Plus, stay tuned for pics of my natural hair style of choice for my wedding!

Stay tuned!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Your hair is cute...but not for your wedding....

About two posts ago, I told you a story about my soon-to-be husband loving my natural hair and embracing the idea of me rocking a natural style for our upcoming wedding. While hubby loves my hair, I've gotten more than enough rude comments from my girlfriends.

This comment tops the list, "Don't wear your hair natural to your wedding, its cute for a nice day at the park, but not your wedding!"

HUH? Where did we as black women go wrong? Who told us that our hair wasn't "glamorous" enough to rock during important events? Why should I have to put a weave in my hair to be gorgeous at my wedding?

I noticed that all of my friends that made such negative comments rock weaves constantly. I have no idea how their natural hair looks! They literally hide behind those weaves and feel that they are an absolute must have to be gorgeous. As I said before, I don't condemn weaves, I used to rock them too and still might (I haven't had one in almost a year), but I certainly don't think I need one to be beautiful.

For those of you who are about to jump the broom or for those looking for some inspiration for hairstyles to rock during important, upscale events check out the Khamit Kinks Blog for tips.

How do your non-natural friends feel about your natural hair?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Taking the Big Chop to the Next Level


Britney Spears made headlines when she did it! Newcomer, Amber Rose made it fierce and singer Cassie followed suit. Kelis even had her own stylish variation that preceded this new trend. I'm talking about shaving it all off! Rocking a "baldini" is daring, but would you have the guts to do it? It certainly would minimize styling time and there would be no need to be a product junkie. A little bit of oil sheen and you're out the door!


Amber Rose

Would you do this Big Chop?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

What does your man think about your hair?

So, the other day I had an epiphany! I was somewhat stressing about what I'm going to do with my hair for my upcoming wedding. Since its in Jamaica, I immediately started thinking of protective styles, such as a natural weave (i.e. weave using naturally curly/kinky texture). Since I big chopped again, my hair is not the length I desired it to be for my wedding and I wanted to enhance the length by adding a natural looking weave. While I was asking my soon-to-be-husband what I should do with my hair (in a somewhat frantic voice), he says "Wear it just like that". I said, "Like what?" He says, "The Twistout, it looks nice just like that. I don't want to see any weaves or any extensions, I want you to wear it just like that!" Relieved, but yet somewhat puzzled, I say "Well, what about when I go swimming, I don't wanna have to deal with my hair on the trip." He goes, "You make your own products, slap on some of that curly stuff you make and rock your naturally curly look or just twist your hair back up for the rest of the trip." (Yes he knows the meaning of a "twistout").

I absolutely love my natural hair, but always feel like it needs super protection when I am going somewhere that includes water activities, but water isn't cryptonite for natural hair! As a matter of fact, water is your natural hair's BFF! I had to realize that I don't need to enhance my hair for a glam look for my wedding, my hair at its current length and state is good enough. I knew this already, I guess I just needed a reminder.

What a relief to know that my man truly LOVES my natural hair!

What are your thoughts? What are your man's feelings about your natural hair?

Monday, June 8, 2009

Rock a Twist out!

I am finally getting around to actually doing my hair and decided to do the old faithful...twistout! Now that my hair is growing back from my second big chop I can learn to appreciate it more.

I used: Donna Marie Lock and Twist Pudding (but of course...wink)

Here are my results:

I LOVE twistouts, because they are so versatile. This style works great in any setting including work, a dinner date, an upscale event, and you can easily pull it back to workout and fluff it back into shape when you're done. At night, I sleep with a bonnet on and spray my hair with my new MiraCurl Moisture Mist (launching July 1) in the mornings. The Mist keeps it shiny and moisturized, while pumping up bedhead, making it easy to get up and go.
Video tutorial to come....stay tuned!

Surprise! She's Natural!

Next up in "Surprise, She's Natural" is someone we've all gotten to know and love since she was a little girl playing Olivia on the Cosby Show. Yes folks, Raven Symone is a NATURAL!!! Her hair is absolutely gorgeous. Check it out:

Raven with the straight look

Raven Rocking her Natural
I vote for the natural look. She even rocked it on red carpet, something you RARELY see! Go Raven.
Thoughts? Anyone?

Friday, June 5, 2009

Different Textures on the same head!

Some of you may remember in a previous post where I stated that I big chopped again because I wanted to see whether or not I was suffering from heat damage due the front of my hair being almost straight. Well, it wasn't a huge big chop, but my hair was almost to the middle of my back prior to the cut and I cut it just below my ears, so you be the judge. My hair is all natural. Here is my hair after the second Big Chop:

My hair has grown quite a bit since the "second big chop" (pictured above) (my first one was in 2004) but the front of my hair is still very straight. There is a slight wave to it, but its pretty much straight. You can see it in the picture above. The front of my hair now stretches to my bottom lip and it is still STRAIGHT from the root and I have NOT straightened my hair since I big chopped almost 7 mos ago!

Also, I noticed, that my sister and my aunt also have the same issue. Many of us already have more than one texture on one head, so its no surprise that the front of my hair may be a different texture than the middle or the back, but STRAIGHT???? I didn't go natural to embrace my "straight" hair.

I can't stand it because it ruins my twist-outs and wet-n-gos, two of my fave hair styling options. I have to roll up the hair in the front to get it match the rest of my hair. People constantly ask me if I permed the front of my hair (what purpose does that serve?).

Perhaps, the years of perming my hair has caused it to be straight in the front, although, there is no evidence to support such a claim. Perhaps it is simply genetic since my sister and aunt both share the same identical "problem". My other sister and my mother both wear locs, so I cannot tell if their hair behaves the same.

What do you guys think? Do you have straight/loose wavy hair place sporadically throughout your kinky curly head? How does your multitude of textures affect your styling options?