• Styles through the years

    I've been a loose nappy now for about eight years. Wearing microbraids for the first four years did nothing but delay my learning about how to care for, style and fully embracing my natural hair.

    It wasn't until I was forced by circumstance to come out of the cover up that I discoverd a whole new perspective on the stuff growing out of my head.

    Through experimentation with product and styles and shear determination to learn what to do my hair, I eventually got to where I am today. As a result, I'm a big fan of changing up on a regular basis in the early days of your natural journey. As long as you're careful with your hair and don't do anything drastic, it's the only way you'll get to know your hair really well, it's likes, dislikes and your own personal preference.

    It is what it is and you may as well learn from it and enjoy it. That's exactly what I've been doing for the past four years. My only regret is that I missed out of the first four years wearing long synthetic hair.

    But once I let that go, I wasted no time getting to know my hair and now, I'm glad I did.

Still on Hiatus

Dear readers and members, I hope y’all have had a wonderful winter. As you’ve probably noticed, I haven’t updated my blog in several months of Sundays. I really, really, really needed a break from blogging for a while. But with Spring approaching, I’m starting to feel renewed and refreshed and will be writing again soon. So … Continue reading

Review Update: Urban Therapy’s Twisted Sista Curl Activator

My verdict: I’m neutral. My hair, when clean, totally dry and product free looks like and feels like dry fire wood. As a result, after I wash, I usually have to apply moisturizer to my hair very generously. A good moisturizer, after it dries to the touch (but is still slightly moist throughout) should leave my hair looking … Continue reading

Update Product Review: Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue

Most definitely two thumbs DOWN! And now it’s on to trying Urban Therapy’s Twisted Sista Curl Activator. But first things first… Friday, after I went to the salon to get my hair washed, that evening I reapplied the product to my hair. Same set of thirteen twists. Tied my hair up, went to bed and the … Continue reading

Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue Product Review

Impulse Buy After more than four years of swearing by my cheapie Proline moisturizer, I can’t believe I actually broke down and purchased a Miss Jessie’s product — the Curly Meringue. It was an absolute impulse buy. I was at Target last night and was on my way to the checkout when I spotted the … Continue reading

The look on my face says it all

This is soooooo why I hate wearing my hair loose. This, I think was due to my carelessness when I was trying to take the band out. I ended up having to just break the knots out. I was not a happy camper. But let me back up a little. Every year, about once a … Continue reading

Change up is good practice for getting to know your hair

A while ago, someone started a thread on Nappturality asking if people had the patience to wear a single hair style for long periods of time. If I recall, many people said they did not. And indeed, it is not uncommon to see folks complaining up a storm that they’re bored with their hair and … Continue reading

Mom’s 80th Birthday Celebration

  I’ve just made it through a very busy weekend. My mom turned 80 this past Tuesday and to celebrate, we had family in town (my brother, his wife and two young adult sons) and took a family pic. Events culminated with a party for my mom Tuesday evening.    It was sooo nice to see … Continue reading

Jumbo Twisted Bun

  Well I got my color touched up last night, and I’m such a happy camper. Really, more than y’all will know. Not only did I have about three inches of growth that had not been touched up, the sun had bleached my hair a bunch of strange colors. Add to that the gray hair and … Continue reading

Bunning it With Loose Hair

With my mom’s 80th birthday coming up in a couple of weeks, and family due in town to celebrate and to take a family picture, I decided it was time to come out of my box braids. Took down approximately 30 of those bad boys. Seems to be I started around 7:30 p.m. and got … Continue reading

Two and Half Years Later, Relaxer Takes It’s Toll

 Niece’s Hair Predictably Not Thriving — At All I’ll admit, this was a story I was hoping I’d never have to write… It’s been coming up on three years since my niece got her first relaxer and boy back then was I was surely disappointed. She was sitting on the sofa watching the TV, and … Continue reading

Product Review: The Assistant Clip is One Great Find

The Assistant Clip On occasion, an incredibly, amazing functional invention comes along that can make our lives so much easier. That’s what this new tool is definitely gonna do for anyone who has wished for another hand when they work with hair. It’s called The Assistant Clip, but don’t let this nondescript, blah of a … Continue reading

Me + Box Braids = Heaven

After long last, I’ve finally put my box braids back in. It drives me crazy to do them cause it just takes sooooo long for me to part them they way I want. I think the key to having a pleasing aesthetic is to have parts that allow them to lay so that you don’t have … Continue reading

Break a Leg — Hopefully Mine!

 Hmmm… it’s always been a secret desire of mine to persue acting.  And my hometown is a big community theater town and lately I’ve been really supporting the John Beasley Theater. So I signed up for their mailing list and now I get notifications for upcoming auditions.   My mom gets them too. One day she … Continue reading

Whatchoo gonna do with your hair?

  True story…        If y’all in the grip of things like we are here, then hot and humid is just an understatement and so, this past weekend, I sweated my hair out in the worst way working out in the yard doing some major landscaping.        So by Sunday afternoon, after finishing up my landscaping project, I … Continue reading

Save your ends with a beautiful Faux Puff!

Faux Puff Instead of two ponytails tucked under, I’ve made six. One in the top and two on the sides. One in the middle. And two made from the nape up. They’re tucked under into the elastic band and converge in the back. Then I have one band around all of them, which pulls them together … Continue reading