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Loc it up Thursday

Hairstyles are courtesy of

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Why I Write

Wow, it’s funny how things happen and make you think and realized your true gifts & talents. I had been having a debating with myself about picking up my blog, dusting it off and get back in to it. I hadn’t posted in months, mainly because I’d gotten bored and ran out of things to talk about. There are so many blogs available; I didn’t think 1 more blog with pretty much the same information you can find anywhere/everywhere would be missed. BOY WAS I WRONG! I started my blog to share my experience, journey, joys, and lows with natural hair. I’ve went from TWA, Loc’s, to a full afro during the course of my natural hair journey. I hadn’t really received many comments about my blog postings, so I didn’t think that anyone was interested in what I was blogging about. I began to get emails, DM’s (tweets), and FB questions regarding natural hair do’s and don’ts and product suggestions. I’ve realized that although I may not have gotten a lot of commentary regarding what I was posting, my followers did enjoy my postings and felt I could speak intelligently on the natural hair care subject. Over the past few months, I’ve been contacted by several PR agencies to do product reviews, and offer giveaways, I’d been wrestling with the thought to host a natural meet up in DC (I’ve never attended one nor am I sure how to conduct one), and I wanted to include a segment on my blog about my skin issues and whether or not my hair and or products were the culprit. Then today I was tagged in a post by @coilyEboniqueMe WOOOOOWWWWWWWWW!!!!!-ok, HINT is taken and I’m bringing my blog back to life!!
I’ve always been a writer. My notebook and a blue Bic pen were my best friends when I was young. Growing up the youngest of 6 children, I was often left alone to entertain myself (my siblings are 15-20 years older). I always wrote stories, poetry, and was awarded several awards in high school for my writing abilities. I recall being teased for loving to write L. I allowed the teasing to stop me from growing as a writer, and I feel that over time, I’ve lost my “style”.
As CoilyEboniqueMe has stated on her blog (http://coilyeboniqueme.wordpress.com/) “So when it comes to my natural hair, I write to TEACH people about what I have learned myself during my journey. I RELAY the message that they are not alone in this process, and last but not least I write to COMMUNICATE with others.” My writing is meant to be taken as conversations and lessons between sister- friends.

Three Peals of Wisdom

  1. Don’t be afraid to share your experiences- the Good- the Bad- the Ugly.
  2. Embrace the power of writing and words.
  3. Relax.. Relate.. Release ( whooosah!)

@ CoilyEboniqueMe Thank you for tagging me 🙂 Ya’ll please check her out http://coilyeboniqueme.wordpress.com/and with that I tag @AuNaturalle85, @curly365, @bossygirl1980, @silverlips, @deepqueendiva (tag! you are it!). Ladies please tell us in a post, Why You Write? Please also tag 5 others and offer them 3 pearls of wisdom for other writers/bloggers 🙂

Thanks for reading 🙂

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My Free-Style Loc Updo


Thanks to the extreme summer heat here in DC – hitting near 100 degrees, I had to figure out how to stay cool with this hair. My locs are now shoulder length and they are HOOOOTTTTTTT!!!!!! I’m still a virgin when it comes to loc styling. I started playing around with a few looks, and got frustrated- so I decided to just “free style” it. No real technique, no dryer, no curlers, nothing complicated.. Just let it do what it do…

Things You’ll Need:
* Styling Gel ( I used Pure Aloe Vera)
* (6) small rubber bands
* (1) large rubber band
* Large straight pins

Instructions:

1. Section hair into 2 sections ( you should be able to make a pony tail in the back, and a pony tail in the front)

2. Gather the back pony tail together- pulling all the locs straight down- take 2-3 locs and wrap them around the pony tail ( you are using the locs to make a pony tail holder) secure the ends with a small straight hair pin or tuck loose pieces into the pony tail. ** You can also use a rubber band or a pony tail holder to make a pony tail and wrap the locs around the rubber band to hide it-if desired**

3. After the pony tail is secured- take the ends (loose locs) and gather them together, put a rubber band around the end ( if some of the locs fall out of the pony tail – its OK-you can secure them later)

4. take the pony tail and roll it under- secure with a couple of hair pins ( I used
(1) on each side and (1) in the middle)- the back is complete

5. (Front) section locs and make flat twist ( I did 6 flat twist going back). Secure the twist with the small rubber bands

6. Once all the twist are created and secured- freestyle and twist- which ever direction it went ( or felt comfortable) is the direction I twisted.

7. Tuck locs as you roll, and secure with hair pins ( I used a total of 7 hair pins in the front)

8. Apply a little Aloe Vera gel to your edges to control any fly aways

9. Wrap hair at night with a satin scarf/bonnet, and oil scalp as needed.

**Note**

This style took 15 minutes to complete.

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No Lye! The African American Womens Guide to Natural Hair Care


Hey Queens,
I shamefully admit I haven’t read many publications on growing natural hair. I’ve recently started researching “must have” books on natural hair. I came across this book- ” No Lye” written by: Tulani Kinard. Have any of you read this book? I just ordered it from Amazon.com. Below is a brief description of the book, and a bio on the author. Feel free to add any comments or offer other “must have” books.

Description::

For years, African-American women have relied on harsh chemicals and relaxers to “manage” their hair–which more often than not did more damage than good. Improper braiding techniques have also contributed no small amount of harm, resulting in frail, damaged hair and even pattern baldness in women.

No Lye! offers a safe and easy alternative. In this hair-care and styling guide Tulani Kinard reveals the secrets to obtaining and maintaining beautiful healthy hair–naturally.

Discover… The art of making braids, terrific twists and lovely locks Easy recipes for products that clean, strengthen, and condition the hair Ways to heal damaged hair Painless methods of caring for your children’s hair Fast, easy styles for all lengths and textures of hair The pros and cons of using hair extensions

Ask me your hair-care questions…I’ll tell you No Lye!

Tulani Kinard is the owner of Tulani’s Regal Movement, a natural hair-care salon in Brooklyn, New York. She has worked as a contributing editor to Blackstress and Black Hair Care magazines and her hair sculptures have been featured in everything from Essence to The New York Times. She is co founder of the International Braider’s Network and former president of the National Braider’s Guild.

No Lye
The African American Woman’s Guide To Natural Hair Care
by Tulani Kinard

ISBN: 0312151802
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: 1997
Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Book Type: New

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My Attempt at a basket Up Do- Yikes!!!!




I’m determined to learn how to “style” my loc’s. I’m getting bored with the “same ole same ole” look of rocking a pony tail from day to day. I’m not ready to folk over mad cash to go to a stylist for an up do-so Ive been stalking You Tube for the past 2 weeks. Let me tell ya-them chicas are bad (Fauren, Golden Goddess,Chelsea locs, and DC Church Girl- are my favorites- they demonstrate REALLY slow for us challenged individuals)- LOVE IT! They make trying new styles seem easy, quick, and effortless. This is my latest attempt at a basket up do- I did it 5 times Sunday night- and this is the best out of 5 attempts.. I didn’t like it too much- but my arms were so sore I didnt have the energy to do something else. I created this style using, Lemongrass Spritz (Distilled water, EVOO, Lemongrass EO), jumbo hair pins and two-strand twist on one side. Take a look..Leave a comment *Be Nice* lol..lol..

BTW: I’m on a NO TWISTING DIET- its killing me softly..I was twisting way too much, and I was too obsessed with the “neat-freshly-twisted look”. I’m learning to let them do what they do, and appreciate the look and texture of my loc’s. ** cheering to my inner self- you can do this.. you can do it**
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