Afros…I want revenge & Natural Hair Inspirations

Everytime I think of an afro my mind automatically goes toΒ the movie Hollywood Shuffle when Robert Townsend/Jimmy says “afros I want revenge”.http://youtu.be/5pK9ZJpsQL4

So anyway last year I saw that there was a woman who made it into the Guiness World Records for having the world’s biggest afro. I felt so inspired !!

http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2011/9/record-holder-profile-aevin-dugas-%E2%80%93-world%E2%80%99s-largest-natural-afro/

Angela Davis

See I grew up in an era where afros were cool & ‘black is beautiful’ was IN. My earliest inspirations for being a natural happened in childhood.

Jackson 5 (RIP Michael)

Pam Grier

Don Cornelius(RIP)

So I decided that I might not get a Guiness World Records afro, but I’m sure gonna try LOL. My first time seeing my hair in an afro since going natural was in January 2012. I blew out my hair with a blow dryer on a cool setting.

I’m one of those naturals who doesn’t like heat so I use it sparingly. So anyway I’m on YouTube one day (well who am I kidding, I’m on the tube everyday). One of the vloggers I started following this year is ToyaBoo Tresses. Well she did this afro using no heat. I was like ‘I’m gonna try this’.

http://youtu.be/dPcbQvwIkmo

And here’s my results…

washed hair & put in twists on Friday..this is pic of hair on Sunday

after taking out twists

all made up

next day at work (high puff)

Thank you ToyaBoo πŸ™‚ I have never worn my afro outside. After seeing my fro this time around I’m like ‘it’s time’ ( it’s gotten bigger–yay). So stay tuned for me sportin my afro outdoors LOL

My First Giveaway !!!

So in my last blog post I mentioned how YMCMB lead me to the natural hair world…well uh not exactly but I’ll talk about my inspiration to go natural later. I want to hear from you first !! So as a part of sharing our stories of inspiration I want to share some love. I have two Curl Junkie Daily Fix Cleansing Hair Conditioners that I want to give away !!

There will be two winners. Each winner will receive 1 conditioner and product samples from various lines.

Only two things are required: subscribe to my blog & share what/who inspired you to go natural.  That’s it !!!!

The winners will be selected randomly. The giveaway is closed June 16, 2012 12:01 a.m. EDT. Sorry only open to residents of the U.S. Winners will be announced June 18, 2012 here on my blog πŸ™‚

Givin a shout out to Tyga from YMCMB

So I’m on Twitter one day in August 2011 after I had recently joined & was tryna figure out why I joined in the first place…back then Twitter had top tweets listed across the top of the page. There was some dude name Tyga sayin somethin like ‘I like to give a shoutout to all the women who wear their #natrualhair’. So I heard of Lil Wayne’s YMCMB crew..I mean who hasn’t but never paid attention to individual members (not in my age bracket lol).

So this young man Tyga from YMCMB followed up his tweet with another tweet sayin he was serious to all those who thought he was jokin in his first tweet. God bless you young man. Here he is with another member of the group..you know who she is lol

So why I have never listened to Tyga’s music and no offense don’t plan to I respect that he gave a shout out to the natural hair world.  What I’m sure Tyga did not realize was that this was for me a life changing moment in my journey. Out of my curiosity I clicked on the natural hair hash tag in his tweet (by the way up until this point I had no knowledge of a natural hair movement/trend, info on natural hair care, etc) I saw all of these people tweetin about natural hair.  I was shocked. I was literally in a world by myself up until that point. There were young, old, women, men, white, black, etc. all with one thing in common..natural hair. It was like the heavens parted and Tyga dropped the tweet from the sky (ok so that’s dramatic) but you get the point. Anyway now I got to see bloggers, website info, natural hair product info, everyday people just like me.  Thank you Tyga. Thank You !!

The first natural hair product line I learned about was Miss Jessie’s. I went to their website and loved their background story and that they put tutorial videos on the site. I liked that I could go to Target to buy their stuff and not have to order online. My first natural hair product was the Curly Pudding and I learned how to do my own hair (two strand twist out). 

The woman’s hair in the tutorial came out looking like this

My hair came out lookin like this

Ok well not exactly but my hair was a complete & total frizzy dry disaster** but Thank You Miss Jessie’s for putting that YouTube tutorial on your website. It lead me to…you guessed it YouTube videos on natural hair. My Journey was well on its way…

**no offense to the model depicted in this last picture or her hairstyle (dem just jokes)

So what do I do now ???

After wearing wigs for six months from December 2010 to June 2011 while letting the perm grow outta my hair I never knew what I would do with my hair. I knew I didn’t want locs so until I figured it out I went to a hair salon & let somebody else do the figurin for me πŸ™‚ I had my hair colored (honey blonde) cuz I wanted to start this whole big reveal of my hair (no wigs) with a bang lol. The first style I got was a rod set. I had to adjust to not having all the ‘hair’ from a wig and just having my hair..a little fro πŸ™‚ By the time I got home & looked in the mirror I loved it.

This style lasted less than a week lol. Since I had no idea of how to maintain my two-textured hair (perm & natural) I went to another salon in June 2011 where I had comb coils done. I had the top cut down because that was most of the straight pieces from the perm. I knew nothing about natural hair products, how to care for natural hair, etc. So sitting under a hot dryer, using oil sheen spray, hair spray for hold, gel, etc. was the routine at that time.
I continued to have comb coils for about two months until I saw the natural hair hash tag on Twitter which lead me to Miss Jessie’s, which lead me to YouTube, which lead me to learning how to style my own hair….

My First Henna

Henna is no joke !! I purchased Yemeni & Indigo from Hennasooq.com It got to me in a short time. I had an expectation that the henna would be double packaged in the way that indigo was but oh well.


 

 I mixed 75% of the henna with a little less than a cup of warm water.

 The henna was lumpy so I used a hand mixer that I use just for hair stuff to mix it up and it smoothed out the henna. It smelled like spinach..yum

The time release for Yemeni henna according to the directions said 3-4 hours but I let mine sit for a little over 4 hours on top of my fridge covered in plastic wrap.

I mixed 25% indigo with a little bit of warm water.

Directions for indigo release was 20-30 minutes.  I let mine release for 30 minutes.  

While letting it release I shampooed my hair.  This is my hair before the henna process. You can see all my wisdom a.k.a. gray hairs πŸ™‚

This is the shampoo I used (purchased from Whole Foods)

Before mixing my henna & indigo I made sure I had my gloves ready since both dyes were fully released & I wanted to protect my hands.

I also protected my bathroom πŸ™‚

I mixed the henna & indigo and applied to my hair starting with the front (hair in sections). Before applying I rubbed petrolatum jelly on my ears, my forehead & the nape of my neck to protect my skin from staining.

After I packed on the henna/indigo in my hair I wrapped my hair three times with plastic wrap then covered with a plastic cap for three hours.
My hair after taking off my plastic dome lol.
I co-washed three times in my kitchen sink with this conditioner (purchased from Whole Foods). Then I followed with Bask Yam Nectar as a deep conditioner for one hour with my head covered with a plastic cap.  I would have deep conditioned longer but it was 10 pm by this time so didn’t have time 😦

I rinsed out my deep conditioner & did my usual wash day pampering routine; used a leave-in (Koils by Nature shealoe), sealed with jojoba oil, followed by a moisturizer (Qhemet Biolgics Burdock Root Butter Cream). I detangled my hair in sections & put in big twists.  I could feel the grittiness and little twigs from the henna….ewwww. I was kinda grossed out.  I knew that the henna had stems from watching the Henna Sooq video on YouTube but dang lol.

Next morning I untwisted my hair & misted with my Oyin Juices & Berries and put my hair in a puff. This is me on my way to work. I love the red in the sun πŸ™‚
I could see that my gray hairs were orange but overall I love the red color in my hair.  Also I notice how dry my hair was but I wasn’t surprised & was expecting that.  Before & after pics
That evening I blew out my hair on a low setting (misted my hair with water and sealed with grapeseed oil as a heat heat protectant). I put my hair in twists using Qhemet Biologics Aeothiopika Hydrate & Twist Butter.  As I was twisting my hair I felt no grittiness or twigs. I guess the blow dryer must have blew them all away LOL. My hair felt moisturized that night & the next day. So henna’s drying effects were short term for me πŸ™‚
Final Impressions
I would not order the Yemeni Henna again due to the twigs πŸ™‚ I definitely will continue to henna.  I like the color and definitely want to continue to cover my wisdom hairs πŸ™‚ I will continue to order from Henna Sooq due to great customer service and YouTube videos.  I have not noticed a change in my curl pattern but then again this is my first henna πŸ™‚

Wiggin out

So I’m going back & telling my story from 2010 until now…a lot to tell. I wore wigs from December 2010 to June 2011 while I let the perm grow out of my hair a.k.a. transitioned.  I had no idea what I would do to my hair once I stopped wearin wigs. All I knew was that I did not want to return to relaxers.  I had no idea that there was a natural hair trend/movement & I never saw the movie Good Hair (which coincidentally I just saw today but missed the beginning 45 minutes..movie was funny but deep). Anyway for those who are transitioning & like wigs…here are some half & full wigs that I wore

Some products that I used while transitioning because I knew absolutely NOTHING about taking care of my hair was Suave Naturals shampoo & conditioner. I washed and conditioned my hair every two weeks and used Garnier Fructis leave-in and let my hair air. That’s it.  As my hair grew nappier I used Organic Root Stimulator Shea Butter Hair Softening Lotion which I found in the beauty supply store. 

I would put a lot of this in my hair and gently comb through my hair (I did not use a fine tooth comb). At the time I did not realize what I was doing was called detangling.  When I finished working out all the kinks then I would shampoo & condition my hair followed by the leave in.  I continued this method all the way until June 2011. The back of my hair that was shaven in June 2010 grew in…

Why I Created This Blog

I have had people question me about why I went natural. I have some naturals ask me where can they go to get some of the styles done that I have done in my hair. I have had people make fun of my hair. I have had people ask me how can they go natural.  So I created this blog as a way to put all of my journey into one place cuz I got tired of my pics floating around everywhere on FB & twitter πŸ™‚ Also I created this blog because there aren’t too many naturals that I have seen with websites, blogs, on FB, YouTube, etc with fine natural hair.  Most of what’s out there from what I see are naturals with thick hair & they get all the attention. Now I’m not throwin shade I’m just stating what I have observed.  When I try to find info on fine natural hair what I get in return is stuff about hair loss due to medical conditions or people complaining about their thin/fine hair.  Well I happen to embrace/love my thin hair because it is genetically me.  My mother had thin wavy hair and my father has thin coarse hair. I have a combination of both. My hair is wavy in the back & coarse every where else & thin all over & I embrace & love every inch of it πŸ™‚ So most importantly I created this blog for any natural who loves his/her hair and has accepted it’s thinnes or any person who wants to go natural and knows that their hair was not thick when it was permed so it probably won’t be thick as a natural.  If I can help just ONE PERSON feel inspired, encouraged, etc then good. Even if I just need to keep inspiring my own self LOL

Peace,

NaturalKesha