Promoting Unity in the Natural Hair Community (Video)

Naptural85 posted a YouTube video to start out the year that I thought falls completely in line with the mission of this blog. No need in repeating something that’s been stated so eloquently. 

Hope this helps you on your journey to falling in love with your natural curls and kinks!

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Live Styles… Where to Follow

Instagram in Instagram. Also: insomnia.

Instagram in Instagram. Also: insomnia. (Photo credit: thatgrumguy)

WE DON’T ALWAYS POST… BUT WHEN WE DO, THIS IS WHERE IT HAPPENS.

I’ve attached my Instagram below so you can keep up with each style change. I use the quick vids to gauge what styles need a tutorial. If you like it I’ll make a longer video. There are two styles up as of yesterday. Check them out!

http://instagram.com/marri76

Are you following on Twitter?

I Live Tweet when LAHair is on because we all love Mamma Kim Kimble. There are also links to hot styles we find all over the net. We love Ash the Painter so whenever she’s running a special on Natural Hair Art we post. Also random tips on hair that aren’t Full Post worthy get sent here.

https://twitter.com/OohMyHair

Have you Liked us on Facebook?

If it’s longer than 140 characters, but not worth a whole post. This is where it goes.

https://www.facebook.com/Oohmyhair

I appreciate every single follow, read, like, hit, tag, link back…so keep them coming, I’ll do my best to return the favor.

 

 

Protective Styles

In the natural hair community, you hear lots of people throwing around the term “protective style”. This term has been attached to some pretty damaging styles so let’s break down what needs to be taking place to qualify.

Condition 1- Moisture is not being rapidly drained from the hair.  Synthetic hair and wood products wick away moisture from your hair.

Condition 2- The hair is not being pulled at unsafe tension levels. Pulling hair too tightly  in braids can cause the hair to fall out in the high stress areas.

Condition 3- There is not a daily duty to constantly re-style and manipulate using heat or a comb. Excessive flat ironing or combing around edges of weaves for “blending” purposes leaves your hairline still in jeopardy.

We spent a little time on YouTube this weekend and noticed that there were some tight twists, mock locs, yarn wraps and weaves being labeled as protective styles. It’s not so much that they were incorrectly labeled, as they were not accompanied with the level of information that a newbie DIY hair Diva needs to know. Moisture regimens as well as how long to keep a particular style with a particular medium (fabrics, synthetic hair, etc.) were all missing from some of the Kitchmatology  tutorials.

By no means are we saying stay away from, weaves, braids or wraps. We are saying remember why you’re getting the style in the first place. There may be instances that you have a style that you need to achieve for a certain occasion and in many of those cases you won’t keep the style for long. But if you are seeking a protective style for the purpose of giving your hair a rehabilitative break, keep in mind the points listed above. Remember you want to send your hair on vacation, not a work trip.

 

We love the style posted above by the way! Versatile, extremely low maintenance, and hair is available to be thoroughly moisturized.

As usual, ask questions when things stop 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!

The Details

The Details

We Thought You’d Laugh

Español: Logo Vectorial de YouTube

Español: Logo Vectorial de YouTube (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here at OohMyHair.com we love a YouTube comedy crew called Dormtainment. This week they posted a skit revolving around natural hair and we thought our followers would enjoy. As we don’t agree with every perspective portrayed in the skit a couple of us have been through a similar situation and thought that our readers would enjoy holding the conversation. After you watch their video we’d love to hear your thoughts on a couple of points.

Do you feel as though your significant other should influence your transition decision?

Are you avoiding “The Big Chop” out of fear of causing a commotion?

And for our vets, how similar is your transition story?

Let us know, and be sure to subscribe to their channel not everything they post is about natural hair but they provide laughs.

Leave your answers in the comments below so we can respond and get everyone involved.

Enjoy!

 

The Big Chop by Dormtainment