Nappy Out Loud 2.0 ~ Own It!

If you’ve ever sat through a Google Helpouts session with me you’ve heard me say this before.

You have to own it!

 

What does that mean?

That means that no matter who gives you tips, tricks or advice, it is up to you to devise the best possible hair care plan that suits you best. Nobody has to live with the decisions that you make for your personal appearance and wellness but you. It’s ok to have a one track mind when it comes to digging out information that will help you along your journey.

Even among the “experts” there is room for not just misinformation but things can be passed along that can potentially cause you harm. This is not to say that people have not gained awesome advice from simply asking people that they think would know the answer. I’m just making you aware that there are very-few absolute authorities within this industry, so be mindful of that fact if you find that something just doesn’t add up.  Don’t just ask more questions, but research the independent concepts on your own.

For Example: the MSDS is available online for almost any chemical found on a label, which will  possibly help fill in the gaps and help you make your own informed usage decisions.

Instead of tossing out all of your shed hair (s/n to the international readers, in America there are some people who believe in burning it so nobody can do voodoo on you…) save a bit to test some sample products on. Shed hair is useful, especially for those of you that have been asking questions about those temporary straightener products that I shall not name. Take the theories that you gather from here and other sites and find out for yourself.

Above all else, be sure that you make style, care and any other choices with self-love in the forefront. Looks like we have a theme song people. Thanks Kendrick Lamar 😉

 

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OohMy Allergic Reaction

Here’s the link to my source on this thing that I’m dealing with. 

When you’re dealing with things from nature, and you’ve got general hay fever or allergic reactions to vegetation you have to be aware of these juices and berries we use in our daily hair care plans. This is an ongoing story as I have not identified the exact source of my allergic reaction but I’ve doubled down on the all natural products this month and thought that this is something worth sharing.

The color itself comes out amazing. Buy it a: http://reshmafemme.com

First I colored my hair with Dark Black Henna. I noticed an itching in my left eye, but thought that it was just seasonal allergies. Although I’ve not had regular bouts with allergies here in Ohio, it’s happened before so I ignored it and made sure not to rub my eye to further irritate it.

Next, I attended an outdoor event int he woods. It’s my sincere expectation to have an itch or a bite when I do anything in the woods so the additional itching around my neck came as no surprise. I played dodge ball that evening took a normal shower but since my hair didn’t feel gross, I did not shampoo or co-wash.

Two days later I was in a parade in a part of town that has nothing but trees. I had a tickle in my throat but because I was representing my Sorority I refrained from spitting while in my letters and on display. Later that evening the symptoms became unbearable. I got high on Benadryl and it wasn’t until I took Laratadine that I got some lasting relief. There aren’t any Hitch looking pictures to share but I thought I’d share my story to see if anyone else had experienced this. I used the Reshma Femme brand which I love. I didn’t have this problem when I used their Dark Brown.

Two Shampoos (read Wash Days)  later with Miss Jessie’s

Love this stuff. Buy it from: http://misshessies.com

…and all of my allergy symptoms are gone. Which leads me to believe that although I have a fresh-cut grass allergy, the culprit was on top of my head and dripping down.

Share your story if you’ve experienced the same thing OR if you know of a trick maybe a prep step to help overcome it drop a comment. The gray babies can’t stay, I’m too young for the number of sprouts that I have so I’m covering them with something. 🙂

Fall Natural Hair Trends 2014

Often when it’s time to style, especially in the early stages it’s not easy to come up with what’s next. For many loose hair naturals (not in locs) the fall presents some interesting styling options that keep our hair safe, stylish and function. The temperatures rival the perfect Fro weather that the Spring brings, but the drying air gives the protect, protect, rest routine a faster rotation.

 

I’ve looked around the web, and here are some styles that I think are on trend and will keep you on your healthy hair journey.

 

Style 1. The Twist-Out Up-do

This style provides you the opportunity to have some hair in the wind while still being able to protect your ends. The night-time care or this style should include the application of a Shea Butter based moisturizer and lightly twisting large sections to prevent matting and preserve the curl. This one can go from the boardroom to the ball which means that you can keep your hands out of your hair and still be ready for the occasion. Homecoming time, this is a win especially for the student on a budget.

Stylish Twist-Out Updo From: http://galeriasaharaui.org/

Style 2. The Roll

Retro styling is very on trend this Fall in both hair and fashion. This modern roll with braided sides is perfect for the Early natural with the assistance of Kanekalon hair, or the Vet that has enough to achieve this with her own stands. I love how this particular model was styled with a large geometric colorful earring. This is a style that yields to accessories well and from the looks of it will not fold if we encounter an early sweater day.

The Roll From : http://hairjaz.com/

 

Style 3. Goddess Braids

These are not your old school chunky braids. Long hair styling has become more multi-cultural. These braids have Celtic ties but they look amazing on every type of hair. Below is just one example but the concept is to create your own crown. If you’re a night styler like me and you prepare your hair for the next day each night, variations of Goddess Braids will provide you with maximum protection on windy days and plenty of play time at night. Not a braider? No worries, these also look fabulous as twists. Retro styling with a modern adaptation.

Style 4. Spring Twists

This is a style that works for students and mothers. A spring curl patterned extension is used to achieve this look and the length, color and bounce make this style a versatile all-occasions wake up and go style. I recommend not only this specific style but this shape of hair (When trying to explain it to my mother I called it “Body Guard Curly Whitney with a Natural Twist”). This is a fun length so if you can achieve this shape with traditional two-strand twists its still a win.

 

Style 5. The Stretched Fro

If you want to know what I love the most about being natural I’ll tell you three words sung in my best Pharrell voice *Pinapple and Go* and I’d do the beat. With very low heat and no comb you can take your curl pattern that you’ve grown to love, section your hair with your fingers, apply moisture and anti-breakage product, and blow each section individually gripping your hair and waving the blow drier achieve 2 weeks of fun! You can sweat, it can rain, you can get caught in the wind but a stretched Fro remains faithful like a US Postal Carrier. This is a great style for Vets that know how to keep their ends balanced with the proper moisture and when it’s time to twist down. Consider this the base style with multiple variations available. Styles 2 and 3 can be achieved starting with this style. When in doubt…. Fro it out!

 

 

As usual ask questions when it stops making sense. Click on the pictures to find some other great sites for styles.  Let us know if you try any of theses or if you want me to try one on my hair (Hint, I’m already stretched).

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