– Love her hair! – The queen of stylin
Let me show you something –
I don’t like it.
Remember I told you I would try Whitney’s summer hair routine, and I did!.. twice! but the results were eh! And I know why! –
Before I go into ‘the why’ here is how my hair looks when I do ‘effortless’:
I also prefer it to look that way!
What I didn’t like – The Stretch
1. My hair is much finer than Whitney’s so even though my normal routine involves much of the same steps as Whitney, instead of twisting and stretching the hair I pretty much just do single braids in sections. I have pretty much trained my hair to be stretched, bet you didn’t know that you could do that, did ya? Well I believe that if you constantly stretch your hair, whether by using heat, rubber bands, wrapping the hair around your head, whatever method you choose, at some point your hair will become more susceptible to that stretch and it will get easier every-time.( At least this is how it has been for my hair)
My in the shower braid routine is all I need to stretch my fine strands so when I did my Bantu Knots and proceeded to stretch my twists Â my hair looked less defined and very stretched and I don’t like that too much.
What worked for me
I loved that she did a bit of oil rinsing in her routine, which I have also incorporated, doing it in sections has also proven very effective as well. I am an avid shower detangler, using the shower stream and my fingers is a staple and to keep my hair together or organised, a braid instead of a twist/ bantu knot works for me. Oh and the T-shirt trick, love it, I never do that even though I see it all the time!
The conclusion is, the best routine for you is always your routine, it is pretty cool to watch and try some things but more than likely you will always go back to old faithful 🙂
Lord knows I been waiting on this video!
Isn’t this an awesome style, I watch her vlogs and she straight gives me life on a daily with that hair~ sigh!
I loved this comment on her Video
Anybody else think that this is hair porn?
Why yes, we all think its hair porn!!..
I half way do this already but I braid instead of twist and I don’t stretch them around my head, I am definitely gonna try this thing!
I am a produce girl all the way, I love walking through the farmers market when I can, and if I cant get to the market, the produce isle atÂ WalmartÂ will do. Honestly I should be crazy skinny the amount of fruit andÂ vegetablesÂ I buy, juice and eat. ButÂ that’sÂ a whole other post. I was checking the other day on what items in the produce section I could focus on that are geared specifically to hair growth and overall hair health and it turns out its pretty much some of the same basic items we all know and love.
Before we get into the food choices I must highlight that the best thing to do when choosing your produce is to determine whatÂ vitaminsÂ you are looking for that is specifically geared towards great hair health. For example Vitamin C is huge for preventing hair loss, hair growth and preventing dryness and vitamin A, eat your carrots baby girl, is great for scalp health, shiny hair and healthy hair follicles.
Lets create a grocery list!
Oranges – Great source of vitamin C, used to promote hair growth and prevent hair loss. Personally I love oranges and I bought a flashy little red citrus juicer that really helps when making fresh juice and avoiding the box versions.
Grapefruits – Another great source of vitamin C but in addition to that it helps with blood circulation which is great for hair growth and over all health. If you are going to buy oranges you might as well throw some grapefruits in the cart as well.
Lemons – Lemons are a must have on any shopping list, but for hair it helps with hair loss, dandruff and itchy scalps. I like to call it the beauty fruit because it adds to theÂ beautyÂ aspect of your hair. Add lemon to your water as much as you can especially in the morning as soon as you wake up, your welcome because if you make this a habit you will be thanking me in the furture.
Cherries and Cherry Juice – Cherries are in season now and are very rich in iron which not only prevents anemia but hair loss as well. IÂ haven’tÂ juiced any cherries but I bought my first bunch this week, and I will keep buying them throughout the season.
Berries – Black, Blue andÂ RaspberriesÂ are great for circulation and helping to reduce shedding, I stay berried up because of my own shedding issues the best way to get them in is throw them in a smoothie, that way you can eat a bunch without feeling overwhelmed.
Guava – Oh how I miss thee, IÂ haven’tÂ been able to get much guavas but if you can find them, the vitamin A in those fruits promotes hair growth and overall hair health.
For hair masks and cool treatments, Bananas are a great pick, peaches also make a great hair mask and the pulp from plums is great to reduce hair loss when applied directly to the hair
Go Green – Dark leafy greenÂ vegetablesÂ are your best bet so add these to your cart
Bok Choy – Yummy! theÂ vegetableÂ contains vitamins A and C and helps your body produce sebumÂ whichÂ is your hairs natural moisturizer and oil. InÂ additionÂ toÂ vitaminÂ A and C Â Bok Choy contains calcium and iron which are needed for hair growth. If you ever have whole fish, a great way to prepare it is to stuff the fish with Bok Choy wrap each fishÂ securelyÂ with some foil paper, stick them in the oven and allow them to steam for about 20 minutes or until the fish is well done. The Bok Choy will add the best flavor to the fish and its a great way to get your veggies incorporated in the dish.
Spinach, Swiss Chard – Same benefits as above, and in addition to adding theseÂ vegetablesÂ to fish and salad, I like to juice the Chard and I add spinach to smoothies, these are must haves on any hair growth shopping list.
Carrots – Like I said before, eat your carrots, they are one of the best sources of Vitamin A out there and your hair will be conditioned, shiny, growing and healthy if you get them in your diet often. Personally I hate carrots, I cant lie I always have, so now I juice them and theyÂ aren’tÂ so bad I add ginger and lemon to mask the taste.
Red Bell Peppers – Great source of Vitamin C and is best when eaten raw, so add them to your salad and eat up! They are a bit Â pricey especially in comparison to the green ones but every now and then I will buy the red, orange, yellow and the green for variety.
Avocados – IÂ couldn’tÂ decide if this was a fruit or aÂ vegetableÂ but in any case it is a great source of vitamin E which is important for hair growth and healthy hair. Oh and its a great hair mask ingredient as well!
I think its a fruit because it has a seed Â *shrugs shoulder*
There you have it, your hair growth produce grocery list, feel free to add to the list because B vitamins are great for hair health and growth as well which are found in other food other than just produce.
There might come a time in a relaxed girls life where she might decide â€˜You know what boo I aint perming a daggone thing no more, its been real I think its time to transition to natural hair, long termâ€™.
TheÂ decisionÂ to leave what you have been used to for many yearsÂ isnâ€™tÂ easy but once your have decided to cross over to the natural side, thatâ€™sÂ half the battle already.
The other half usually sets in a couple seconds after the decision,Â â€˜Just how can I make this happen easily!â€™Â Not too many of us are brave enough to start out with aÂ TWAÂ so suddenly Google becomes number one on your list of priorities for answers.
Well if you are reading this post, then you are in luck! Here are 8 of the most powerful tips you can use when you plan onÂ transitioning to naturalÂ in the long term with as little hair loss as possible.
How many times have you seen a simple invention and slapped yourself silly in your head thinking, dang I could have invented that!
WellÂ donâ€™tÂ say weÂ donâ€™tÂ ever give you any ideas that could potentially make you rich, maybe!
Here are some products naturals wish somebody, anybody would just invent already!
We had one of the hottest days of the Spring this past Saturday so the hubbie and I decided to take my 6 mth old to the pool for the first time. IÂ didn’tÂ jump in even though I desperately wanted to, we justÂ splashedÂ around and allowed him to kick his legs in his now giant bath tub. I decided to wear my hair in the highest bun I could manage to create and made sure not one drop of chlorine hit my hair, because I did not prepare my hair at all for our day at the pool. I wont be making this a habit though because one things for sure, this summer will be all about the pool, the munchkin loves it and I was practically born in the middle of the sea so its about to be on an poppin! Here are a few ways that I pool proof and summer proof my hair
1. Get your Hair Wet Before you Get to the Pool
The idea here is that if you hair is fully soaked the strands will have absorbed all the water it can so that when the water from the pool hits it Â your strands there is no more space for anything additional. I don’t know how fool proof this idea is but scientifically it makes sense so I always head to the pool with an already soaked head of hair.
2. The old conditioner Trick
This is probably the only time I would actively look for a silicone filled conditioner, because Â I want to create a make shift barrier between my hair and the chlorine in the pool. Again this is not fool proof, but anything that will protect my hair even a little bit from the harshness of chlorine from the pool is worth a shot. The same trick can be applied if you happen to head to the beach, sea water can dry out your hair something serious due to the salt, I don’t care how fabulous your hair looks after a romp in the sea, trust me you do not want that dryness.
3. Prevent Sun Damage with Regular Sunscreen
This is a little weird but if you plan to be exposed to the sun for a long period of time just take your regular sunscreen lotion that is paraben- free and sulfate free and use it on your hair. Protecting your hair from harmful UV rays is so important because the sun can breakdown the protein in your strandsÂ causing damage.
4. Amp up the Protein Treatments
What the sun taketh away I will try my best to put back, so if proteins in my strand are at risk, then my only course of action is to use protein and use it often to keep my hair healthy. Protein treatments can be as simple as using Greek yogurt as a pre-poo, Mayo is a another option or a protein conditioner for a quick deep condition.
Do you have sun, beach and pool plans this summer? How do you deal?
For my girls who have been asking about different ways to utilize the left over pulp from our juicing escapades, I found a fewÂ recipesÂ we could try that will help with the guilt of throwing all that good stuff away:
Whole Wheat Fruit/Veggie Pulp Bread
1 1/2 cups zucchini or 1 1/2 cups carrots, grate
1/2 cup oil or 1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup honey or 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup nuts, chopped
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Beat together oil and honey, then add eggs, vanilla and zucchini.
Sift dry ingredients and add to zucchini mixture.
Add nuts last.
Bake in a greased 9″ loaf pan at 350F for 45 to 60 minutes.
Source – Realsimple.com
Â½Â small onion
1Â clove garlic
1Â cupÂ raw vegetables (any combination of carrots, fresh spinach, zucchini, broccoli)
2Â tablespoonsÂ olive oil, plus more for cooking the pancakes
kosher salt and black pepper
your kidsâ€™ favorite pancake mix (enough for 10 to 12 pancakes), plus whatever additional ingredients are called for in the directions
Â¼Â cup or 1 ounce gratedÂ Parmesan
sour cream, for serving
Other Ideas – Source
Mix it into some cream cheese
1 block of cream cheese + 1 bowl of veggie pulp = delicious sandwich spread
Spread it onto a tortilla and roll it up
Cook it with your chicken broth.
Add it to soups and stews
Pinterest is great for more recipes as well, so no more wasting, we have options
Oh and check out this video:
A few months ago I told you guys how I was shedding like no bodies business, wellÂ I’mÂ happy to report that I am still shedding like a mutha. I reallyÂ haven’tÂ worried about it too much,Â I’veÂ pretty much been amazed at how much hair I can lose and still have hair on my head. Truthfully me edges have suffered the most,notice the slight thinning:
So while that is happening in the front, I have another problem happening in the back. My problem has a name, he is 14 pounds and has Â a death grip all wrapped up in a small two inch fist. I never ever have my hair out when I am around Jonross because he has aÂ fascinationÂ with yanking and pulling on my hair, and when my hair is out it seems like he gets so excited and cant decide what part to pull out of my head. So I have always put my hair in a super high bun keeping it out of his reach and out of my way! Now my loving son reaches around and grabs my nape area, even though there is no loose hair, he finds a way to grab an entire section and pulls until there is hair in his palm. Lord have mercy!
Needless to say IÂ haven’tÂ figured out what to do about him other than catching him before he can pull, because I can never catch him before he actually places his hand back there.
OH – funny story
He was having aÂ particularlyÂ bad night so his dad and I decided to take him out of his crib and have him sleep between us, whichÂ ordinarilyÂ never ends well for me. The kicking on my boobs is relentless, why he drifts to my side is beyond me when his boobless dad is right there too! So anyway we slept and IÂ didn’tÂ wear a bonnet that night but I had my hair braided in a couple of braids, two in theÂ frontÂ as usual. Jonross apparently woke up first and decided it was either time for me to wake up or that he had free access to this amazing string like jungle gym that was in front of him and he was not going to lose this opportunity. So naturally he wiggled his way to one of my braids, and gave it the yank of his life. I woke upÂ immediatelyÂ to a laughing baby! REALLY! Â – I had to smile,Â I’mÂ not gonna lie his laugh melts my heart, but my hair I thought I lost oneÂ that time.
Small Regimen Changes
I assume my shedding wont end until around the end of the year, so I have updated my regimen to incorporate less manipulation. For me this means, washing once a week, co wash weekly and shampoo/deep condition/prepoo every two weeks. IÂ definitelyÂ have been using alot of castor oil, oil rinsing weekly and bi-weekly and using it for my edges and sealing too!
Another thing I’ve been doing is not detanglingÂ and setting my hair nightly, that sounds really bad, but for one, sometimes IÂ don’tÂ have the time and my hair stays in a bun because of baby brat. If I do wear my hair out, I just kind of fluff andÂ separateÂ and go, it looks kind of organic, no set, like a twist and curl using rollers and other gadgets. I do braid my hair whenever I wash so that it can dry in an organized fashion, but that’s about it, whatever I get after that is what I get! – This might change when I have more time, but for now keeping it moisturized has helped me to be able to wear it without setting it.
I think probably the worst subject I ever took in school was Statistics. I hated everything about it, and what made it worse was that no matter what level of education I made it to, I always had that class and it was always mandatory.
Even though I hated stats, as IÂ affectionatelyÂ called it, I understood why it was necessary and I understood the premise behind all the drama ofÂ Standard Deviation. The thing is, the way our brain works is that we need to prove that a phenomenon exists by using variables and techniques to justify it.
So if you ask me, â€˜Is hair important to black women?â€˜, my answer would be a firmÂ yes. And if you asked me to prove it, well for that I would have to go to the stats.
Dear Till Family:
As a recording artist, I have always been interested in word play. My lyrics often reference people, places and events in my music, as well as the music that I create for or alongside other artists.
It has come to my attention that lyrics from my contribution to a fellow artistâ€™s song has deeply offended your family. As a father myself, I cannot imagine the pain that your family has had to endure. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge your hurt, as well as the letter you sent to me via your attorneys.
Moving forward, I will not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in my music, especially in an inappropriate manner. I fully support Epic Recordâ€™s decision to take down the unauthorized version of the song and to not include the reference in the version that went to retail. I will not be performing the lyrics that contain that reference live and have removed them from my catalogue.
I have tremendous respect for those who paved the way for the liberty and opportunities that African-Americans currently enjoy. As a business owner who employs several African-American employees and gives philanthropically to organizations that help youth to pursue their dreams my ultimate intention is to uplift rather than degrade our community.
Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.
Who is Emmett Till? -Â SourceÂ
Emmett Louis TillÂ (July 25, 1941Â â€“ August 28, 1955) was an African-American boy who was murdered inÂ MississippiÂ at the age of 14 after reportedly flirting with a white woman. Till was fromÂ Chicago, Illinois, visiting his relatives inÂ Money, Mississippi, in theÂ Mississippi DeltaÂ region, when he spoke to 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, the married proprietor of a small grocery store there. Several nights later, Bryant’s husband Roy and his half-brother J. W. Milam arrived at Till’s great-uncle’s house where they took Till, transported him to a barn, beat him and gouged out one of his eyes, before shooting him through the head and disposing of his body in theÂ Tallahatchie River, weighting it with a 70-pound (32Â kg)Â cotton ginÂ fan tied around his neck with barbed wire. His body was discovered and retrieved from the river three days later.
Till was returned to Chicago and his mother, who had raised him mostly by herself, insisted on a public funeral service with an open casket to show the world the brutality of the killing. Tens of thousands attended his funeral or viewed his casket and images of his mutilated body were published in black magazines and newspapers, rallying popular black support and white sympathy across the U.S. Intense scrutiny was brought to bear on the condition of black civil rights in Mississippi, with newspapers around the country critical of the state.
“Beat the pussy up like Emmett Till,” Â –
I wanted to step away from hair for a second because this issue is pretty telling. I must warn you, thisÂ commentaryÂ is pretty raw so if you have sensitive eyes then click away now.
Honestly IÂ don’tÂ even know where to start, perhaps I should start with the lyric. Wayne, in all his artistryÂ referredÂ to a woman’s son who was brutally murdered as a reference point to how he beat pussy up!… seriously? Sometimes I wonder what ‘a NIGGA’ is thinking when he sits down and composes something that is has the utmost disrespect to a family, to a dead son, to a martyr , to our history and to how lucky HE is to be here today. How is that art?
I am so happy that he lost his endorsement deal with Pepsico, because that gesture shows that we will hold individuals accountable for what they say especially when they have such a huge Â voice in this country and the world. What I don’tÂ know is, at the most personal level as a father is it enoughÂ to just ask him, ‘How would you feel if it were your son, eyes gauged, swollen body, gone at 14?’ Â He has a son, so itÂ couldn’tÂ be that he cares too much about the ‘what if it were me’ sentiment, clearly when he imagined his own son in that scenario all he could think about was the last pussy he banged and how he beat it up.
You see in this day and age, rappers and artists like Wayne feel as if they areÂ entitledÂ to say whatever the fuck they want to say in spite of and despite who they hurt. They have no respect for the social boundaries we have set as human beings because if they did that then they would have nothing to rap about. They dare to push the envelope and much like Buzz Lightyear go where Â ‘NO NIGGA’ has ever gone before in the name creative genius. The truth is they are lazy because a true artist does not have to rely on being the ‘ludest, rawest,most disrespectful’ to gain recognition for who or what they are, a true artist can respect boundaries and make hit records while taking a stand for something positive.
Some people say that the Tills are looking for a payday and that they are probably blowing things out of proportion to ensure that they get what they deserve. If they were looking for monetary rewards from this scenario then shame on them, but it is even more shameful that the issue was brought to the fore front from ‘an artist’ who has no firm understanding of the value of his history and not enough remorse to say point blank – ‘I am sorry’
I look at my son everyday of his short five month life, and as he goes through his motions, turning over only from his tummy to his back because he cant seem to master the opposite direction, or making weird noises to indicate happiness or sadness, or learning to situp and smiling at me because he did it for a full 10 seconds that time, looking to me and his dad as his ultimate protectors. I hate to think that I will not be able to protect him all the time, that this world can be that evil where someone can take my boy from me without batting an eye. The truth is, it happens everyday and though we stay in prayer for the protection of our children, someone out there hasÂ experiencedÂ that hurt before. I cant imagine what it would be like to lose a child and now that I have one, I really really cant imagine it. We are so desensitized to human life, hopefully we can continue to hold people accountable for what they say and do by not supporting or endorsing bullshit. IÂ don’tÂ know what is worse, losing a child, or losing a child and then listen to some dumbass tell the world that it was kinda like the last bitch he slammed.
These days I hear Wayne is recovering from yet another seizure, he says he has epilepsy, he just never talked about it… Hmm.
Get well soon Dummy!