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NY Times: The Afro as a Natural Expression of Self

4 Oct

The New York Times online edition has an interesting article  about afros i.e. natural hair as an extension of self-expression and or politics. The article is titled, “The Afro as a Natural Expression of Self” . In college  had a professor who always said. “The personal is political.” And while her statement was more so directed towards the creation of social movements perhaps it has also validity in our current natural hair trend (I don’t really think natural hair is a trend but for a lack of a better word we use it). While I do consider wearing my hair in its natural state an expression of who I am, I am not sure whether I find it to be a political statement. I don’t really feel that by wearing my hair natural I am  liberating myself from some conformist European beauty standard.  I just like my hair in its natural state.

What do you think of the article?

Are you over this whole natural hair debate?

Product Spotlight: Qhemet Biologics

2 Oct

Hi Beauties,

I know it’s been too long and so much has been going on. For one I moved to DC (more on that in a later post) !  the Also, Lola has grown significantly and while I really am going to try to blog more often I just wanted to come through and let everyone know that my love for Qhemet Biologics is real. Like really real, like, “It’s realer than Real Deal Hoyfield!” I have so far used the following pictured products and let me tell each one of them is A-mah-zing!

 

 

 

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  Cocoa Tree Detangling: First off this stuff smells so yummy.  I have used this product as both a detangler and a leave-in with great results. If you decide to use it as a leave-in make sure you aren’t heavy-handed because a little goes a long way as the texture is a bit thick.

Burdock Root Cream: I really love this product. I tend to be a bit heavy-handed since the product feels so light and it still doesn’t leave a residue and my hair didn’t feel dry. This particular product was intended for use by people with fine strands while the Amla & Olive Heavy Cream is for people with dry, coarse hair. I found that Lola responds slightly better to this product than the Amla and when I say slightly better I mean my hair feels less weighed down with this product.

Amla & Olive Heavy Cream: I like this product too however, it does leave my hair feeling a bit weighed down. I will revisit this product in the colder months to see if my opinion of it changes. For those of you with thicker  hair strands this may be a better option than the Burdock Cream.

Aethiopika Hydrate & Twist Butter (try saying Aethiopika five times fast): This stuff is thick and has a  citrus -ish scent . While I am not much of a fan of the scent I really this product.  I use this butter to seal my ends and to retwist during the week. It is very thick so definitely don’t be heavy-handed with this product. Also, the product can feel a bit grainy but it’s not something that would deter me from buying again.

Have you used Qhemet Biologics products? What did you think? 

Party Over Hair: We Are Onyx Video Chat + Twitter Party With Felicia Leatherwood

10 Jul

What are you doing later this evening say around 8 EST or 5 to 6 PST? Nothing? Well then  join celebrity natural hair stylist Felicia Leatherwood and Delali Kpodzo, founder of  WEAREONYX.com in their first ever Twitter Party + Live video chat!

 

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Submit all question on Twitter using the #ASKONYX!

Five Things I’ve Learned Since Going Natural

6 Aug

I have been natural for a little over a year but I have been growing out a  low fade since October 2011 so to some extent it feels like I am just really starting my journey. Thus, I have learned a  wide  variety of lessons about myself and natural hair in general and I have decided to create  a post about some of the more important lessons I have learned.

1. Don’t believe the hair type hype!  When I first went natural I was all about Andre Walker’s hair typing system. I was convinced that if I could just figure out what my curl pattern I would magically unlock the secrets to dope natural hair. I quickly learned that curl pattern is not as important as your hair’s properties i.e. porosity, elasticity, density, and texture. It’s the properties not the pattern which determine what products may or may not work in your hair. Which brings me to point 2…

2. Research (education) is essential– There’s an abundance of information out there to help us on our journey to healthy natural hair and it’s important to use it. Caring for natural hair is a totally different ball game than caring for relaxed hair. I had to completely reeducate myself on my understanding of hair care and I am still learning as my journey progresses. Most of what I know I ‘ve learned from natural hair websites, books  and YouTube. Naturallycurly.com is a great resource as is CurlyNikki.com  and Blackgirllonghair.com in addition  The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care and Hair Care Rehab: The Ultimate Hair Repairing & Reconditioning Manual by Audrey Davis-Sivasothy are two great book.

3. Water is your friend Water is a relaxed woman’s kryptonite but that is not so when you are natural. When you go natural water and water based products are imperative for healthy hair. You must moisturize your hair! And don’t forget to seal in the moisture with an oil or butter.

4. If at first you don’t succeed try again–  So much of this journey is trial and error. If a product doesn’t work try it again. If a particular hairstyle comes out a total fail revisit it again later. I have used products in my journey that initially did not work for me only to revisit them later with greater success. For instance at the beginning of my journey when my hair was super short I tried to use the oh so raved about Giovanni Direct Leave-In only to be let with a white mess on my head which refused to absorb into my hair. I then revisited the product at a later time when my hair had grown out a bit more and the product absorbed into my hair better. Don’t give up until you try it twice unless of course you have a horrible reaction to the product.

5. This ish ain’t easy- While I am enjoying my natural hair journey it has not been easy. For starters I  big chopped to a low fade, so there was that whole thing of people questioning my sanity (by people I mean family mostly my nana). Then as my hair first started to grow back there were the proclamations of how nappy my hair is (again my nana). Not to mention one co-worker keeps promising to cut my coils which he thinks are starter locs (apparently he is vehemently against locs on women) while another can’t stop calling me beady beads.  All the while I am trying to grow my hair out in its natural state and deal with its ever-changing upkeep and some days it’s all too much.  

What have you learned since going natural?

July curlBox vs. CurlKit

12 Jul

I did an unboxing video for both the July curlBox and July CurlKit. I am going to do a separate post listing the products that were in the box/kit and links  for where you can buy them. If you guys would like me to do a review on a product(s) let me know. Oh, and one more thing tell me what you guys think of the July CurlKit/curlBox and or subscription services in general. I would love to know!