O…M…G!!! This photo is so me!!!
I can’t grow my hair to safe my life so when I saw this meme I had to share it and my on-going confusion on why I am still struggling.
Once upon a time I could grow my hair. That was when I lived in New York where humidity is high. Now that I am in the New Mexico desert, dry heat rules, and after five years my natural hair is still trying to adjust.
Folks here say five years is not a long time to adjust to the powerful southwestern temperature. My mom said it took her more than a decade to get her hair back in check. Now with 24 years as a resident, and a lot of product experimenting, her hair grows nicely.
I hope my curls adjust a lot sooner. Permed to Natural readers please pray for me.
I really enjoyed watching this video and wanted to share it for you guys to see.
I always liked Michaela Pereira I remember meeting her when she hosted a local news show in New York. I booked one of my clients on the morning program and had the opportunity to ride the elevator with her. She was very friendly and I took pleasure in following her career.
As some of you may know I like to keep my hair in braids because of the dry southwestern climate I live in. Braids are a great protective style that holds in much needed moisture.
One day I decided I needed a good braid spray. One that was light and provided the moisture my hair craved. During my shopping search I couldn’t find a spray I thought would work so I started to look around in my personal collection to see what I could find.
I had a half bottle of Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist in my collection of hair products and thought about adding a light moisturizing oil to it to see how it would work. I had a variety of oils in my pantry but selected extra virgin olive oil to create the DIY spray.
With a half bottle of mist, I added olive oil until it was full, afterwards I spritzed my scalp and braids until I felt the moisture of the oil. It felt really good. My scalp was relieved. I could tell.
I have to shake the bottle before each use because the mist and oil likes to separate.
I use my homemade product almost daily. It’s a great way to provide moisture and seal it all in in one quick, fun, easy step.
Hey! Hey! Hey! My favorite time of the year is here!
Hot, dry, blazing weather. Just the way I like it. Summer is so fabulous! Too fabulous for words and since I was a little girl, until now, I love experiencing, longer days, shorter nights, morning hikes, backyard barbecues, sunsets, sunrises, free concerts, ice cream, snow cones, frosted smoothies, homemade lemonade, maxi dresses, sandals, sunglasses, floppy hats, bronze skin, cornrows, big afros and box braids! What more could I ask for? Well, I could ask for a lot of things, but for now I am enjoying the hot weather while it last.
I haven’t really written any hair articles lately and that’s because I have been preoccupied with so many things. I can’t talk about everything right now but one day with my lawyer’s approval I will.
In the meantime, enjoy your summer and all that the warm nights bring!
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.”
―Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
“The castle grounds were gleaming in the sunlight as though freshly painted; the cloudless sky smiled at itself in the smoothly sparkling lake, the satin-green lawns rippled occasionally in a gentle breeze: June had arrived.”
―J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
“I have only to break into the tightness of a strawberry, and I see summer – its dust and lowering skies.”
―Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye
Now that I know my hair is low porosity I recently started to use Shea Moisture’s Low Porosity Protein-Free products. This line includes a shampoo, conditioner and leave-in conditioner. For about four weeks I have used this product and have not experienced hard, dry, brittle hair. Before it was soft and manageable only just after using certain products. Now, at any given day, when I touch my hair just to feel if the softness is still present, to my surprise it is. Because I live in New Mexico that is a very big deal!
I apply the leave-in conditioner after I shampoo and condition my hair and also to twist my curls and when I wear an Afro. My mother can’t believe the change. She said now your hair is going to grow. I hope so.
While applying the product the softness isn’t there but when my curls are dry the moisture and softness is noticeable.
I didn’t want to write a post about this line right away because I wanted to wait to see how my hair would respond to the new line. Overall I am pleased and happy my hair is finally happy.
I hope this is it regarding trying different hair products.
Everything about LEMONADE is addictive.
Lemonade is one of my favorite summer drinks. I make it from scratch squeezing six fresh lemons, adding cane sugar, and water into a pitcher. The sweet and tart flavor blend quenches my thirst during the warm months. I also use lemon based soaps and creams that provide a touch of cool twang that is much needed around that time of year. So I have always enjoyed lemons.
Now … By now … I am sure everyone has heard of Queen Bey’s new audio and visual collection titled LEMONADE.
I was hooked on it the first three seconds it aired on HBO. I got HBO free that weekend and was able to watch it several times before I purchased the CD/DVD combo. Now I can play it anytime I like for as long as I like, and the Hubs is like, “Oh no not again.” But, it’s like, yes dear just one more time that normally turns into four or five more times.
Anybody who knows me knows when I’m really into something I can watch it a hundred times and not get tired of it. Ahem, such as the movie GREASE!
Okay anyway LEMONADE is the bomb. My favorite songs are “Sorry” and “Don’t Hurt Yourself” and my favorite on the visual is, well, all of them. I love the Louisiana setting.
I don’t get excited about many things but I am about this new body of work. Maybe because, just like many, I can relate. We all have experienced being cheated on or being the cheater ourselves. Then perhaps dealing with reconciliation. These songs penetrate familiar emotions whose voice people hear their own stories in, whatever the stories may be.
In memory of the Beautiful One I am re-posting an article I wrote that mentioned his natural hair. I loved it when Price went from permed to natural! I love Prince! He was amazing and will be missed.
Sleep In Power!
Happy New Year everybody!
Does anyone have a natural hair resolution for 2013? I hope to rule over dryness while living in New Mexico. HA! We’ll see.
Yep that’s Prince. Doesn’t he look good?
On news stands next week!
I didn’t understand why my hair was so dry. No products seemed to work. My curls broke off and just stopped growing. I couldn’t figure it out. When I revealed my problem on the web and on social media people reached out and said find out your porosity level.
I am old school and just tried various products and took it from there. However there is such a thing called low porosity and high porosity hair. After some research I took the hair strand test (on clean hair) using a glass of water and discovered that my hair is low porosity because my strand floated on top of the water.
Porosity is the hair’s ability to absorb and maintain moisture. Because my porosity is low my hair cuticles are closed and moisture has a hard time getting in and staying in. According to the research I did below are some of the things people with low porosity hair should always do.
- Moisturize hair when it is damp or dry. NOT wet. By doing this hair cuticles will open for moisture.
- Deep condition with heat.
- Use a clarifying shampoo. This is something I didn’t do because of the dry climate I live in.
- Rinse using warm water
- Use light oils such as olive oil or grape seed oil. This is something I didn’t do as well because of the dry climate.
- Be careful using proteins. So should I stop using raw eggs on my hair?
After some more reserch I now know Shea Moisture has a line for low porosity hair. I plan to use it quickly.