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Naturally AWOL

Man, I can’t believe it’s been nearly two months since my last post! Yikes! I’ve been swamped at work and sick on and off with a cold, thanks to my 17 month old son, Bryce. But of course through all this time, my hair has remained at the forefront. I was featured on curlynikki’s Show & Tell Fierce Friday a few weeks ago and found a pic of myself from my blog recently as I was googling for new hair style ideas. It was funny because I didn’t recognize myself from the thumbnail. I was like, wow, she has the same style as me, nice. LOL!

It’s growing–Bryce no longer has the longest hair in the house (well we also cut his down some 🙂 and I’ve been rocking blow outs, cornrows, frohawks, finger coils and more. Right now I have cornrows that costs me only $40 at a local African braiding salon, but came along with a 2-day headache, no matter how many times I asked the braider not to braid so tight. Oh well! I like them and they are done well, but let’s face it, I still have only a few inches of hair! So I just got it braided straight back. I feel a little ghetto and a little like Cleo. My friend, who has longer hair but gets the same braid style, said she often wears a lot of make up and or accessories with this style so she doesn’t look too ghetto or Cleo-ish (from Set it Off).

I haven’t really tried any new products lately. What’s the point? If what I have is working, then I keep with that. I did do a henna gloss treatment, thanks to my friend Kelley. She’s a new Henna addict! LOL! She did curlynikki’s henna gloss recipe and had some left over so she shared with me. I can’t really tell the difference on my self yet, other than that it colored my 2-3 greys, but it looks really good on her. She has lots of natural shine and her color is now a pretty reddish brown.

I got a long way to go still before I get out of TWA stage. Long way! And I’m really tired of searching TWA styles and coming across pics of chics with hair like 5-6″+ talking about they’re rocking a TWA! That’s misleading! When is it no longer a TWA? Anyways, I’ve really been missing my longer hair, but in due time–hopefully about 2 years–it’ll be nice and long again. I’ve been reading and hearing about a few baturals who actually have a texturizer. Funny because one of my friends got one recently after 7 years of being natural and said she absolutely loves it! Told me to get one and not to tell any body! Haha! Well I am NOT a natural hair natzi–so whatever works, works and to each her own. In the end, I just wanna be able to have a twist out or cornrows one week and then blow dry and flat iron it/wear it straight a few weeks later. There was nothing like my long straight hair to me, which I can have whether natural or not, in my opinion AND experience. I just want it healthy and thick.

Well time for bed. I will say, having the cornrows, whether plain or in a frohawk, is so easy to maintain and sleep on! I am not looking forward to having to re-twist my hair at night like my friends do with their natural sets. Hopefully someone will come up with a new routine by the time I cross that bridge! Toodles!

Some recent pics…

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Settin it off!

I’m setting it off with a frohawk, not robbing a bank like Cleo! But I decided to stop counting the number of times someone made a comment to me about my hair and saying “Set it off” like the movie. I guess that’s what comes to mind whenever you see a woman in short cornrows maybe. Hmm…Anyways, I haven’t written in a month! Yikes! But I’ve definitely been trying new styles and products on my hair. I switched from Herbal Essence’s Hello Hydration conditioner to HE Totally Twisted for my co-washes. I like how it smells better, and I do think it makes my hair curlier, but otherwise, it’s about the same. I also ventured out to make my own conditioner one day. Ahn…I can do without that. It was messy and stank and above all else, I saw no difference in my hair. I mixed some coconut milk with honey and jojoba oil, doing a deep conditioner treatment under the dryer. It was very messy and I won’t be doing it again! But perhaps I may add some honey (which I read is good for shine) and jojoba oil to some of my existing store bought products. I also finally gave in and bought my own jar of Kinky Curly Curling Custard. I ran out of the sample my friend gave me. I went to two different whole foods stores before finding and buying it in the smaller $17.99 size. But they didn’t have the Knot Today leave in detangling conditioner. The custard still works without it, but not as well. It gave me teeny curls and not really all over; whereas when used with the Knot Today, it gives a more defined curl pattern. But it is getting cold and I just can’t see myself doing a wash and go too often, so I’ve only used it about 2-3 times since buying it. My coworker uses it for twist outs, so once my hair grows longer, I’ll try it that way.

But I am sooo excited that my TWA, which is still quite teeny to me, is long enough to braid! I’m currently rockin’ a frohawk and loving it! I think this may be my signature style for a while. And it was free and easy! My girl friend cornrows the sides–nothing fancy but just right, then I twist/coil the rest. The first time she braided it–just 4 braids going straight back on each side–I finger twisted/coiled it using Paul Mitchell’s foaming pomade, which I absolutely love for my coils. It gives them hold, softness and shine. BUT it doesn’t last long, just a few days before getting messy from me sleeping on it, even though I wore a satin bonnet. Well this time I got it braided a day or two after using Mixed Chicks leave in condition, which I think I really like. I like the softness, soft shine and tight curled afro it gave me. I didn’t have to pick it or do anything to it. For once, I was cool with rocking just a plain afro. Originally I was going to keep the middle section in the afro with the cornrows, but it didn’t look so hot! LOL! So I decided to do some finger twist/coils, but not all need and perfect. I just started grabbing large sections  and twisting/coiling it. I also decided to use some Tessentials Cocoshea (a blend of cocoa butter, shea butter and olive oil in a nice true butter consistency, not creamy, etc.) as I fingered it section. To my surprise, it worked and smelled well. My friend makes the cocoshea for skin use and scented this batch pineapple. But it works well on hair!

At any rate, check out some of the latest pics. In addition to the braids and frohawk, I’ve been trying various headbands too. It’s really growing and I’m glad! I did NOT wanna have to get some microbraids or a synthetic protective style for the colder season.

Plain headband

Flower Power

I think I used KKCC this day, but not Knot Today.

Absolutely hated this look. Felt like Angela Davis. But I needed something different that day.

Same basic look, but double headbands

These are my new fav earrings though. Only $1 at the ghetto neighborhood beauty supply! I've been coming upon some good finds in jewelry there!

First cornrows with twists

Frohawk. Pretty good for first attempt!

Love this side view/profile!

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