Weavie Wonder

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Time after time, the Nat-life Gurus go on a witch hunt in search of the next thing to shame people about. (You know it’s true, last year it was hair color).

So now the proverbial “Big Bad Wolf” is Weave!

Are there valid concerns as to the overall health of wearing a weave?

Absolutely. As I have always expressed an improperly installed weave can be devastating to your growth journey or scalp health.

Are there some people who lose themselves in Euro-centric standards of beauty?

Every day.

But, here are the benefits of a properly installed “Weave”

1. The ability to play with texture and color without causing any permanent change to your own hair. Versatility is a wonderful thing.

2. The remedy for hand in hair syndrome. You can get your flatiron fix on the fake hair and not wake up bald. This is especially true when none of your hair is out along the edges.

3. If cared for property hair inside of a weave can retain consistent moisture, which aides in growth and health. Moisture and protection from harsh conditions (extreme heat and cold) are part of a complete balanced hair routine.

You were able to see in a previous journey gallery that fake hair doesn’t have to be harmful nor does it have to play into any stereotypes and can actually ease you into embracing your own hair along the way.

Don’t let the internet bullies define your style. If your hair is protected, that’s a Protective Style.

Have you been wondering about this? Share your story in the Comment Section below.

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Concentration on Hydration

Česky: Pitná voda - kohoutek Español: Agua potable

Česky: Pitná voda – kohoutek Español: Agua potable (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s getting cold and I’m starting to get inquiries about products that help keep moisture in harsh cold conditions.

IT’S NOT WHAT YOU PUT ON, IT’S WHAT YOU DIDN’T PUT IN!

We all forget to drink enough water when it’s cold outside. Dehydration trends among people of all ages are at their highest in the holiday season. We increase the sodium in our diets and partake in punches and cocktails when we would normally have water. It’s common, it’s not the worst thing in the world so don’t you dare feel bad about it. So here’s what you do:

1. Start and End the day with a full glass of water.- We’re grown now, so drinking water before bed is not a recipe for disaster and it will give you an appointment with your water. If you make it a habit you can avoid missing out completely.

2. Switch from coffee to tea in the winter. I’ll never try to separate a woman on the go and her caffeine, but the tea will ease you into remembering to get some water. Preparing the hot water gives you a chance to refill your cold water bottle.

3. Drink room temperature water. Sometimes it’s too cold for an ice-cold water. Enjoying your water at room temp in the cold months means that you’re not drinking stale tasting hot water and you’re not causing your body temp to drop with a cold beverage.

Trust me when I tell you, you’ll notice the difference in your hair if you concentrate on how much you hydrate.

As always ask question when it stops making sense. Enjoy!

Perception Deception (don’t believe the hype)

Nobody prepares you for the spectacle you may become the further into the natural journey you travel. I remember my first month natural, people talked about how they were surprised that my hair was essentially a bunch of ringlets, I still can’t imagine exactly what they were expecting.

There are some people, even African-Americans that hear the word “natural” in reference to hair and their mind drills down to a picture from National Geographic from the 1970s. Honestly I had hopes that my hair would spring forth and declare without words my African roots and serve as a symbol of pride in my ancestors that arrived in South Carolina on a boat from Ghana and from those three sisters I sit in a boardroom like fearless and “reppin’ my people”. However, my lineage, as most pre-1800’s lineage African-Americans, is much more complex and with that I’m left with a head of hair that boasts cowlicks  and whirls in the midst of my ringlets and waves.

It is that fact that caused me to seek professional assistance along my hair path my first few years. Because all of the passed down information and the few YouTube videos out at the time I found myself lost when people started giving curl classifications and assigning DIY styling instructions based on 3c, 2b, etc. and noticed that I’d have to change techniques from one section of hair to the next. When I took time away from wearing a styled afro and took what I call a braid break, I’d get one price when they looked at my hair, and about halfway through I’d get a new quote for the next time because my shrinkage would hide not only the length but how full my head of hair was at the time. This would incite a gathering of the braiders behind my chair and a few of them reaching in to touch a few different spots in my head and discuss it among themselves in French.

The most notable part of my past journey revolved around the curiosity that my hair created, in others as well as introspectively. It will take time to get used to exactly what your hair is going to look like so use the words, videos and instructions as a baseline to formulate your own techniques.

Just a bit of fortune cookie wisdom. Enjoy!

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