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Oldie But Goodie!

24 Aug

 
A friend of mine tried out naptural85’s Summer Fun Curly Fro tutorial and hers turned out so well that I decided to try it too. Of course I had to modify it a bit bc I usually just have a day to do my hair & I can’t get away with a scarf at work in the office too well soooo I had to try & speed up my drying time. Because my hair is so thick, air drying doesn’t always work too well unless I have at least a full day & night to allow it to dry. So, I may use a diffuser or sit under the hooded dryer to speed up the drying time.

My sis-in-law made me some flax seed gel to use & I really liked it! It goes on smoother than the Fantasia IC gel that I usually use. The only challenge is that I didn’t get to use it all before I think it went bad (it smelled funny in the fridge…lol).

So, I used flax seed gel on freshly washed hair, followed the tutorial video below & sat w/it under the hooded dryer for about an hour, and slept in a scarf overnight. In the morning….it was still a little wet so I diffused it some to wear it like this:

P.S. My FAV part of the tutorial was something that I had never even thought of doing before but will do all the time now, she put a scarf around the front of her hair to hold it down while she manipulated the rest of her hair & that worked wonders because the front of my hair doesn’t always do what the rest of my hair does and I end up pinning the front back later, so why not start with it that way?! Genius!

     

I tried it again the next week but did more of a bantu knot than the pin curl & it turned out like this:

I think if I were to let it fully dry & did the pin curls it’d turn out similar to hers but it still will just define whatever your natural curl pattern is.

Check out her tutorial video here:

 

Enjoy!

 

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BGLH The Men of Awkward Black Girl Interview

15 Nov

It’s crazy to have such an incredibly funny & easy-to-relate to internet/YouTube series that airs once a MONTH but its fan base waits in anticipation for the show each month (that’s a long time!); the series is just THAT GOOD! 🙂

Check Black Girl Long Hair’s interview with the men of Awkward Black Girl:

Part 1 with “Darius/Baby voice” Tristen Winger & “A” Andrew Allan James

Part 2 with “Fred” Madison Shockley III & “White Jay” Lyman Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the Cast

Quotables:

1. “You all fit your roles so perfectly! Can you give us some insight into the casting and character development?”

T: “Darius was described in the script as “Quiet Office Guy” who spoke in a soft, quiet, baby voice. When I read that about my character I immediately thought about Michael Jackson’s speaking voice which was very soft and angelic… Like baby hair in audio form. ”

2. “Describe your ideal girl.”

A: “Rhianna

3. “One of the reasons we love J is that her hair is natural. Are you feeling natural hair?”

T: “Whether or not it makes it into the storyline, J is actually my type of woman; she daydreams about performing dance routines from movies, slapping the tar outta rude ass supervisors, and is an aspiring rapper. Who could wish for anything more? I definitely adore J’s choice to rock the short, natural hair. I feel it requires a ton of confidence for a woman to wear her hair short and I love a confident woman. As long as she’s confident and comfortable, we’re good.”

M: “I’m definitely feeling natural hair, always have. I think black women with natural hair exude a sense of self confidence and individualism that’s really sexy. Instead of trying to conform to a mainstream standard of beauty by using chemicals and weaves, natural haired women embrace the attributes of their hair with styles that make them look beautiful and often unique.”

4. “Are you anything like your ABG character in real life? Do you draw anything from your real life experiences to play your characters?”

L: “Am I awkward? No. “Awkward” these days seems to mean you’re not only clumsy, but also a bit neurotic. I might be a terrible dancer, but I have enough good sense not to lose any sleep over it, or worse, decide to stop dancing because of it.”

 

Next Episode Premieres 11/7/11!!!

The Misadventures of Awkward Black GirlAwkward Black Girl

 

 

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She’s Back & Now She’s Gonna Change The World

19 Oct

From the Huffington Post:

“They’ve been inspiring kids for over four decades, so it should be no surprise that Sesame Street’s latest song is a fun little groove called “Change The World.”

Starring the always happy Muppet who first announced her love for her hair — in the appropriately titled “I Love My Hair” — back in 2010, the song encourages young ones to follow their greatest dreams, whether that means being a doctor, an astronaut or even the President of the United States.

The song is written by Joey Mazzarino, the show’s head writer. He penned last year’s “Hair” song for his then-five year old daughter Segi, whom he and his wife adopted from Ethiopia when she was one. The character is clearly inspired by the little girl, and it’s touching to see a father give his daughter such a great pep talk in such a creative and public way.

“Sesame Street” just started an anti-bullying campaign, too, working to encourage kids from a young age to be accepting of everyone.”

 

Too cute! I like this one better than the “I Love my Hair” video for some reason.

This next one is cute too!

“There’s nothing we women can’t be!!!”

(The doctor muppet says “I used to sew fancy dresses, now I sew people too! LOL, too funny.)

 

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“J2MR Anthem”

6 Oct

Kimberly Gray

If you haven’t seen & subscribed to the Journey to My Roots YouTube Channel you need to!!! Listen to her new hair anthem (it’s too cute & the beat had me jammin’!)

Check the lyrics:

“Ya hair dying/‘cause you a new girl to hair dyeing
Yo, I’ma show you the steps/ Right down to air drying
Gotta quench the thirst/ And anything less will have you lookin’ worse
Got time for a trip/ Let’s take a journey to my roots
And whatever you try/ Know it’s easy to apply
You want that, need that/Long strands, real healthy
Men agree/Natural defines sexy
To get there/Who says you got to be wealthy
Your hair can look diamonds/For the price of rhinestones
Ya friend rock that other ish/That heifer mind gone
Natural turn ‘em around like a cyclone
You can do weaved, wigged or braided
Them old naps/You know it’s time to update it
Journey to my Roots have ‘em on they hair like Beyonce
Let me upgrade ya/Finally lookin’ like somebody pays ya
Instead of D***! I guess they going through some major hard times
Make you claim ya love one/”They mine”
Join the ranks of the fine/Leave that other…..behind

***Music and lyrics copy-written by Kwende Lutaolo and Inknovative Music

You inspire me to learn more about my natural hair; keep educating everyone on your natural hair & keep rockin’ it girl! 🙂

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Corinne Bailey Rae on Curlynikki.com

4 Oct

If you didn’t get a chance to read this article yesterday on Curlynikki.com take a look at Corinne Bailey Rae the sultry singer & sassy natural hair DIVA!!

Corinne Bailey Rae – “I wanted to Start a natural Hair Site!”

 

Oooooo and maybe I’m late but Corinne did a remake of the CLASSIC Prince song, “I Wanna be Your Lover”
Girl you better go head and recognize the musical genius that IS Prince! lol

 

My fav points:

“So when I went to University, I had this natural hair style- like a tiny afro, really, really short hair- and I’d always wear jeans and a leather jacket and everyone thought I was a Black Panther.”


“What I do now is wash it, put the conditioner in and detangle it with a big paddle brush which takes 40 minutes… it takes a while. I do it from the ends to the roots and then I put it in 4 or so plaits– I plait the front section and then one in the crown and two at the sides. I leave that for a day or a day and a half…. it has to be a day where you’re just hanging out at home. When I take them down, it’s in those loose kinks from the plaits, but it’s still a bit wet, so then my natural curl kind of comes back in a bit and it’s a combination between those kind of kinks and my normal curls. That’s my staple style.”

“Obviously eating well and drinking water helps. It’s also a myth that Afro hair can’t grow long and it can. You just have to give it time, plus it’s growing in a spiral and it’s takes a bit to show length.”


“I really like that website Lecoil. I think she has some really good pictures on there and it’s really inspiring as well. The thing I found most depressing about that Chris Rock documentary Good Hair was that lawyer. She had this very beautiful afro and the other black girls were like, ‘I think your hair is cute and all but when you become a lawyer no one is going to take you seriously because of your hair’, and she was like, ‘yeah I know I’m going to have to change it when I become a lawyer’. So, so sad. So the thing I love about Lecoil is that when you click on a picture, you find that this person is the CEO of a company, or a journalist, or the creator of a website! I think it’s really important to show more and more people in influential positions that just let their hair be.”


“But you know what, I have stages where I just put Vaseline in my hair if it’s dry. I put the Vaseline in it and comb it through. I remember after using it for a while, I went to my hairdresser and she said, ‘your hair is in really good condition, what have you been using?’ and I told her! She couldn’t believe it. I like to put essential oil in it and it gives it a really nice smell. It’s cheap and I think that’s a myth… that you have to use really expensive products and you don’t. You can add stuff like Olive Oil, Almond oil or things you just find in the health food store to help expensive products last longer. Experiment is what I say. What works for one person may not work for you.”

 

LOVE her hair & this article! What’s your fav Corinne Bailey Rae song?

My new fav is this Prince remake, “I Wanna Be Your Lover”!  and her song “Closer”

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“Effortless Beach Waves” Attempt, Fail & Recovery

2 Oct

I watched this YouTube video by Naptural85 (<3 ❤ ❤ her hair) called, “Effortless Beach Waves” (sounds oh so easy, fun & pretty right…?!)

Easy & B-E-A-UTIFUL right?!?!?!

 

So, I followed the video, put in my twists/bantu knots:

          

Wrapped it with a scarf & took it out in the morning (I did sit under a hooded dryer for 1 hour): 

   

Then by the time I got to work it looked like this….

where's the beach....the waves???

effortless......?

My husband's response, "It's different..." ...smh, that's never a good response.

I wasn’t too happy with it, put it up in a puff & decided to regroup later that night.

Apparently, my hair wasn’t fully dry and came out frizzy. I don’t do well drying overnight; I usually have to sit under a dryer for at least 2 hours & can’t wrap my hair with a satin scarf at night so it can continue to dry by the morning (but I know that about my hair and thought that this time would be different….b/c I watched this video…smh).

 

ATTEMPT #2:

  • I did 4 flat twists down the back half & 4 flat twists on each side of my head (total of 12 instead of her 5 in the video)
  • I sat under a hooded dryer that night for 1 hour, wrapped in satin scarf overnight, sat under hooded dryer for 45 minutes that morning bc the bantu knots were still wet…

 

 

 

The take out results of attempt #2:

“womp womp…” it looked the same as the day before so I re-twisted it at work and pinned it all up to the top of my head:

My thought was that I'd leave it pinned up half of the day so it can continue to dry...

I should have just kept it like this all day at work...

The AC was not working at the office this day & it was HOT...

Then the final take down midday:

 

SO….IT’S NOT EXACTLY, NO, NOT AT ALL EFFORTLESS & LOOKS MORE LIKE A TWIST OUT, WHICH IS FINE…BUT I DIDN’T HAVE TO DO ALL THIS WORK FOR A REGULAR TWIST OUT…LOL.

OH THE JOYS OF NATURAL HAIR & EXPERIMENTING WITH NEW STYLES…

So, where do you think I went wrong…? I think Naptural85’s hair is magic…that’s it…lol, LATER!

 

 

 

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New Episode of: “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” is Back Next Week!

1 Oct

If you haven’t heard of the show, Awkward Black Girl yet on YouTube, you gotta:

1st: catch up on the past 8 episodes

2nd: watch the new episode this Thursday! It’s sooo true & so funny.

Episode 9: “The Happy Hour” premiers this Thurs., Oct. 6th!

From ridiculous moments at work to crazy hair drama & of course relationship issues…you will find something on ABG that you can relate to and laugh at all of her crazy situations!!

Follow the show on facebook: ABG

What’s your fav scene/episode so far?

 
 

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Fierce Hair & Fierce Prayers…

28 Sep

My Aunt sent me a link to this video and I loved it so I had to share it with you all.

“It’s called, ‘I Will Wait For You’ by a P4CM Official Poet Janette…ikz shares a beautiful piece during Lyricist Lounge 4 on “Waiting”. Check out www.P4CM.com for more poems…”

My first reaction when the video started was… “oooo her hair is FIERCE!”.  Then when she opened her mouth I said, “wow…I can relate to sooo much of that…and so many people need to hear this piece to gain a new perspective or refresh their memory on how to…wait, on God, love, the spouse that he has ready or even waiting for you.”  Everything is in His perfect timing, although we may not understand it all, God’s definitely got a purpose & a plan for all of our lives, trust Him (I’m still working on that…let go, let God, ya know)!

I love the flow of her poem and how she went back & forth referencing scriptures & the Word while talking to God & to her mate-to-be.  Hope you enjoyed this piece too, take a look at some more of her work (and make sure you peep her beautiful natural hair!):

Passion 4 Christ Movement

Genetics = Janette…ikz

Pure Path Interview

*Quotable*:

“…he had a form of Godliness, but…not much…I mean he’s close….enough”
 
“…arteries so clogged with MY will it blocked HIS will from flowing through me. So, I thank Christ that His blood pressure gave this heart an attack that flat-lined my obscured vision, put me flat on my back, through my ignorance He saw, so through my sternum he sawed & cracked open my chest to transplant Psalms 51:10.  A new heart & a renewed right spirit within. So now I fully understand, better yet, I thoroughly comprehend how much I need to wait…for You.” 
 
“I will no longer date, socialize, or communicate with carbon copies of you to appease my boredom or to quench my thirsty desire for attention and short-lived compliments from sorta kindas.  You know he’s sorta kinda right, but sorta kinda wrong…his first name Luke, his last name Warm.”
“…who flirts with the ideology of “can you just tell me how much i can get away with and still be saved”
 
“I will no longer get weighted down from so-called friends and family talks about their concern for my biological clock, when I serve the AUTHOR of time; who is not subject to time, but I am subject to Him.  He has the ability to stop, fast forward, pause, rewind at any given time…”
 
“1+1+1=3 which really equals 1 if you add Him.”
 
“I wont need to identify you by any special Matthews or any special Marks cause His word will be tatted all over your heart.”

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“…the Politics of Free Hair” Response

19 Sep

So I read this article over the weekend by: Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care: a blog by a Caucasian mom that talks about her natural hair care for her adopted African-American daughter (she’s soooo cute by the way!)  Anyhoo, in her article, “A Vanilla Perspective on the Politics of Free Hair”, she talks about the challenges & comments she  receives when her daughter wears her hair in its “free state” afro, natural, just out.  (She has another post showing how she did her daughter’s hair for “Afro Independence Day” (I never heard of it either…lol) check Boo out )

 After reading the 1st article though I thought it was impressive & very important that this mom is taking the steps to make sure her daughter embraces her hair in any/every style she wears it.  What is really great is that she’s starting this with her at such a young age.  It’s hard being a kid as it is, then add-on being African-American, wearing natural hair, being adopted…most kids just want to play & have fun with their friends, they’re not thinking about all of this other mess but can still be hurt by the nasty words of so-called friends.

From my own experience I’ve heard all kind of negative names about my hair from when I was a child “horse hair, coffee beans, cotton, sponge, blacky-locks, mop…” the list goes on, but as a kid I don’t think I realized the lingering effects this had on me & my thoughts about my own hair.  Even now, I usually don’t wear my hair “out, in an afro/its natural state” I’m still, even at age 27, not used to wearing it that way because it’s so big, different and people aren’t used to it looking that way.  I really don’t want to deal with anyone’s comments, crazy looks or any nonsense because my response may not be so nice.  So, here’s my pledge: I will love my natural hair through the good & bad days, nice or not-so-nice comments and will continue to rock it day in & day out!

I believe this is an important and very ‘real’ topic amongst African-American women and it probably has deeper roots than just the surface that I have touched here. So share your thoughts or comments too, I have so much more to say about this but it will have to be said over many posts…

(I hate & love this video at the same time…lol. I get what they’re trying to do but….idk, smh.)

Happy Monday! 

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