Category Archives: Hair Diary of a Natural Sister.

Confidence in Your Cut!

As females our hair can become our security blanket. No one matter tragic our life may be the one thing we always have is our hair. I know a few people who will not cut their hair past a certain length because the thought of their blanket being too short fears them. Even when our bodies get struck down by diseases there are hundreds of wigs we can choose from to allow us feel safe under our newly purchased security blanket. However, what happens when we decide it is time for us to cut past our comfort zone the very thing we have held onto to for years….our hair.

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I’ve had multiple people come to me and mention how brave I am to cut my hair. I believe one has to be mentally prepared for the cut because there are mental changes that happen. For instance, I had shoulder length hair which was very versatile. When I cut my hair I would lay in bed in the mornings and think about how I had to comb down my wrap. Then it would dawn on my that I had a low cut. Another time I found a hairstyle I liked and planned to do it once I got back home. Then it dawned on my again how I had a low cut. Cutting my hair messed me up mentally for a few months.

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I want to clear something up though. When I say cut I do not mean completely off like I have my hair. I simply mean cut past one’s comfort zone. So if your hair is to the middle of your back and you cut it into a bob cut-thats a new style which requires confidence to rock. I transitioned into my confidence. When I first cut my hair I would never go outside without earrings because I left I would look like a boy. However, last night I noticed how much I have grown by going out two days in a row without earrings and feeling beautiful.

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I do believe if I had cut my hair before I was ready to then my confidence with my cut would have been a long journey. Not only do you have to build confidence from within but exemplify your confidence to others. I had a member of my church tell me she was upset that I cut my hair and how she did not like my cut at first. However, after a few months she fell in love with the cut on me and does not want me to grow my hair back. (She is not the first person to tell me to not grow my hair back) Her comment simply results from the confident and the security in knowing how well my new hair cut complimented me.

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Overall, whenever YOU are ready to cut YOUR hair make sure you stand firm to your decision because you believe it is the best decision for you. Guess what?? If that cut does not compliment you, let your hair grow back (because it will) and cut it in a new style once its able to be cut again. No matter how your hair looks find the beauty within yourself and rock your hair to the fullest!!

~B.R.A.T. (Black, Radical and Thorough)
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I Am Not My Natural Hair.

Since I cut my hair I have had a lot of people compliment me on my cut and express their love for natural hairstyles. Occasionally afro centric individuals will approach me on the “Sista” tip assuming because I cut off my hair that I am into being afro centric. It always makes me wonder what individuals thought of me when my hair was natural yet pressed. Did they view me as another conformer to society by having straight hair. Did they feel I was wasting my time being natural if I did not want to embrace certain hairstyles?  So I pose the question ‘does having natural hair always mean you have to wear an afro or twists?

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My answer to the question is no. Having natural hair is a healthy hair choice not a lifestyle. Too often we associate hairstyles with lifestyles and that is not always the case. I know plenty of women who wear their wear straight who are heavily involved in being afro centric. On the other hand, I know women who wear afro centric hairstyles who could care less about empowering any one let alone African Americans.

 

Too often people feel the need to dress the part to show they are involved in certain things. For example, a lesbian does not have to dress like a male to prove she is a lesbian. Women do not have to have afro centric hairstyles to prove they are involved in afro centric activities. We need to learn how to embrace diversity in every scenario.

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Similar to African American women being judged on their hair in the workforce we have adapted the same mentality in our every day lives. We longer assume someone with natural hair may have other reasons for having the hairstyle other than to be afro centric. We have to start asking questions and finding out about the person instead of assuming they are a certain way based on their hair. I know for certain I am not my natural hair.
~B.R.A.T. (Black, Radical and Thorough)

Bad Weather: Great Hair

As most people know rain does not discriminate when it comes to ruining a hairstyle. Today I am here to shed some sunlight on my a quick do for my natural sisters and support to fellow natural sister who I admire.

 

The second quickest hairstyle after a ponytail is a bun. Some may believe making a bun is easy. Yet when your hair is thick and a little wild-then the bun becomes a morning project. So my friend, Huneyb Flyy created a Youtube video on how to create a Natural Hair High Bun.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLtRgY8fkRo

 

 

In her video she mentions the actual bun you use to wrap your hair around. There are a few ways to get that bun.

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1. They sell them in beauty supply stores

2. Use 2 old socks (more socks depending on how big you want your bun)

– Cut off the toes of the 1st sock

– Now continuously flip the sock in and out until it makes a little bun

– Take the 2nd sock and wrap it around the 1st sock

– Continue the 2nd step

– Lastly take a knee high the color of your hair (just in case the bun shows it will blend in with  your hair

– Wrap it around your socks the same way you did for your socks

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Tweet us pics @afromadu to show us how well Huneyb Flyy’s tutorial helped you out.

 

In order for us as a people to become united as a race we must support one another. Please support my friend Huneyb Flyy:

 

Website: huneybflyy.com

Twitter: @huneybflyy

Instagram: @huneyflyy

Youtube Channel: Huneybflyy1

 

 

~B.R.A.T. (Black, Radical and Thorough)

 

 

 

 

Quick Tip: Split Ends

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It is hot! How many styles can we put in our hair to stay cute, cool, and cunning to make our hair grow? There are dozens yet one thing most people forget after washing their hair between styles is to clip their ends.

 

Clipping one’s ends helps hair to grow strong and healthy. Similar to grass, if one does not cut it the grass will get long but it will look stringy and unhealthy. Our hair is just like that. If we do not cut our ends then our hair will look stringy and unhealthy-that is one style you do not want for the summer.

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Recommendation: Get your ends clipped every 6 weeks or at least between hair styles that you keep in for months. This way your hair will grow and flow once the winter comes around.

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http://blackgirllonghair.com/2012/08/7-ways-to-prevent-split-ends/

http://healthveda.com/how-to-get-rid-of-split-endshome-made-hair-packs-and-useful-tips-1376

Beauty of Braids

The process of becoming natural after having a perm can be extremely hard. The journey is long and tiresome at times. Many attempt, but only few survive. I’m here to help increase survivors during this transformation of weather.
There are plenty of sites which give advice for transitioning between perm to natural hair. One suggestion given is to use eggs, vinegar, and mayo to help grow out of a perm. According to a cosmetology teacher, the best way to grow out a perm is to get braids.
Types of braids:
-Box Braids
-Corn Rows
-Senegal Twists
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Styles while your braids are in:
-bun
-if you have micro braids with human hair you can wash and set your hair to have flowing curls
-up-dos
How to take out your braids:
When taking out your braids do not immediately comb out your hair. Have you ever noticed that nasty little circle of dirt that is between your hair and your new growth? If that isn’t combed out properly it can break off your hair.
Once all of your braids are taken out put conditioner on your hair (recommended brand: Cholesterol). Let the conditioner sit for a few minutes then begin to comb out your hair. Remember to always start combing at the bottom and work your way up. After you have combed out your entire head then proceed with rinsing it out, shampooing it, and conditioning it.
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Maintenance:
If you keep your braids in for 2-3 months (or longer) you must trim your ends after each time. Additionally, if you would like to use a leave in conditioner during this journey the best leave in is “placenta. Placenta (contains after birth) has natural nutrients which helps hair grow strong and healthy.
Keep an eye out:
1. If your hair begins to look matted together this is an indicator that your braids may be in too long.
2. Be extra gentle with micro braids because they can pull out your edges.
3.  Keep your hair moisturized while in braids-your hair still needs moisture.

 

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Miss Jessie’s: Product Recommendation

During our preparation for finals I decided to try a few products by Miss Jessie. As most know, Miss Jessie’s is on the expensive side of the natural hair care products. However, as I was browsing around on their website I noticed they had a “Free Samples” tab. Everyone loves free samples-especially college students. I clicked on the tab immediately and discovered I could select two different products for free (you have to pay for shipping and handling which is $1). In addition, they will let you try their new shampoo “Super Slip Sudy Shampoo” for free. I selected the famous Curly Pudding and Curly Butter Creme. 

 

Curly Pudding

39_mj1As the instructions stated I washed my hair (I use KeraCare Shampoo and Conditioner) and while it was still wet I applied the Curly Pudding. The instructions recommends for it to dry naturally or use a diffuser (fancy name for blow dryer) for quick dying and added volume. This particular day i had a meeting to attend and inserted the Curly Pudding about 30mins before I needed to leave-it did not dry fast enough naturally. So I had to use a blow dryer.

 

As the first day went on my curls looked amazing. Actually, for the next few days my curls looked amazing. However, I did not like the way my hair felt. It was soft but not as soft as my hair would be without any products. Curly Pudding for me gets a 4 out of 5. I loved the curls but did not like how long it took to dry and the difference in the texture of my hair.

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Curly Butter Creme

Once again I followed instructions (I do that well). This time Curly Butter Creme instructs to insert the product in one’s hair either wet or dry and can be used as a daily moisturizer. After I washed my hair and dried it the best I could-I inserted the Curly Butter Creme. This product has a minty smell to it. While applying I felt a cooling sensation (please let me know I am not the only one to feel this sensation). However, once the sensation went away my curls looked amazing once again. I was a little nervous on the first day that I would smell extra minty. So Curly Butter Creme gets a 4 out of 5 from me. Yet again I loved the curls but did not like the uneasy feeling of smelling extremely minty all day.

 

History on Miss Jessie’s

Unknown-11Miss Jessie’s was founded by two sisters, Miko and Titi Branch, in 2004. They named their product after their paternal grandmother, Miss Jessie, who would use an egg and mayonnaise treatment for their curly natural hair. In 2000, the sisters decided to open a natural hair care salon together. While the salon was becoming a success, Titi realized there were not any products that catered to their clients needs. So she worked hard and created Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding. From there multiple products came about, such as Curly Butter Creme, Baby Butter Creme, and Curly Meringue. The products have been featured in multiple magazines and received numerous awards. Miss Jessie’s has sustained a prominent place in the hair care world and it plans to stay there for years to come.

 

My Recommendation

Of course every product compliments every texture of hair differently. As African American women our hair naturally curls up (some call them n**** naps). If we allow our hair to fall into its natural state before placing multiple natural products then we would not have to buy products to make our hair curly. If wanting to enhance the already natural curl I would recommend Curly Butter Creme. Despite its cooling sensation, the product left my hair much softer than the Curly Pudding. Would I use Curly Butter every day like the package suggests? No. However, I would consider using it once a week. Lastly, please support Miss Jessie’s (www.missjessies.com) even if it is ordering their free samples to see what works best for you.

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If you are a Miss Jessie’s fan or just trying it out for the first time-let me know how it compliments your hair.

 

~B.R.A.T. (Black, Radical and Thorough)

III Sisters of Nature: Product Recommendation

           Growing up I never had to worry about doing my hair because my mom is a cosmetologist.  So whenever it was time to do my hair she would use the products she had in the house and I never thought twice about it. Well there came a day when I was all on my own. It was February 2012 in London, England and I just cut off all of my hair. I had to experiment and find products to get my hair to be healthy. While looking in different beauty supply stores for a natural hair care product  I came across a contanier that said Once a Week by III Sisters of Nature. I thought God sent it to me from heaven because you guys know I do not like doing a lot of work when it comes to my hair. I took the product home and began to use it once a week. I noticed  a major difference in my hair.  

            III Sisters of Nature was created by three real sisters with a lineage of women who have created hair care products. Their goal was to create products for their three different natural styles without any harsh and unnecessary chemicals but with a reasonable price (only $12.99). Their products do not contain alcohol, waxes, silicone  petrolatum, mineral oil and plastics. Overall, the product line consists of two conditioning creams, three styling creams, a sulfate-free shampoo and leave-in conditioner.

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This past week I washed my hair with Once a Week and paid close attention to how my hair reacted to the product.  Once a Week is meant to coat, protect, and repair dry, fragile, and damaged hair and strengthen curls. When I first cut my hair off the texture of my hair seemed to change overnight. Finding this product meant it may repair my fragile hair. Over the past year I’ve noticed some changes with my hair however this week I noticed a shine to it. I continued throughout the week to run my hand over my hair to make sure it was still soft. 

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            Overall, III Sisters of Nature has my vote as a great product to try for your hair. Additionally, it is great for any financial situation because the products cost $12.99 and sometimes they come with a smaller container attached to it. At times I feel like I am never going to finish my container so you will be able to get your money’s worth. Lastly, please support these sisters by checking out their website and trying their products. Let me know how III Sisters of Nature compliments your hair.  

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http://www.3sistersofnature.com/