Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Big Chop Number 4

I decided to make a fresh start. My ends were fried from the hair color and I really didn't like the way it was feeling. Besides, I figured a new year is coming and it would be easier to keep track of my growth over the upcoming year. I am still taking GNC's Hair, Skin, and Nails and MSM.

Thursday, December 06, 2012


Before 3rd Big Chop
I've been away for a very long time and decided to pop in and post some updated pics and let everyone know where my journey has landed me.  As you can see, I am sporting a very close cropped cut (TWA).  I cut my Sisterlocks off August 2011 and grew my hair out for about 11 months.  I was loving the adventure; however, I went against my better judgement and went to one of those African Braiding shops to get Senegalese twists in June 2012.  The braider cut my hair while she was trimming the twists!  By the time I got home that evening, I knew I had made a mistake.  The twists were too long, heavy, and extremely tight for my delicate, cottony-soft hair.  I took them out two days later, and of course, I lost my edges and a lot of volume due to them cutting my hair while trimming the twists.  I was so mad and disappointed with myself for not listening to my intuition.  So, my only recourse was to big chop once again (3rd time to date) and start over.  Well, I loved this look so much that I sported it throughout the summer.  As the months have begun to get colder, I am now ready to start growing it out again.  I am not a big fan of V-blogging, as I'm a bit old-fashioned, and simply love to write.  So, I will be documenting this journey, as I have done previously when I initially big chopped in 2004 and when I started my SL journey.  My new goal is to have bra-strap length by the time I'm 50yrs old (4yrs 10 months).  I think this is very doable.  My only foreseeable hinderance is my impatience.

New Regimen:

I will be taking GNC's Hair, Skin, and Nails, 3 MSM capsules, and conducting scalp massages with Strong Roots Red Pimento Oil at least 2-3 times weekly to stimulate blood flow to my hair follicles.  I plan to wash with Yes to Carrots natural shampoo and conditioner.  I sooo love the fragrance!  Additionally, I have purchased approximately 15 wigs to help me combat my desire for change and my weakness for impatience.  However, I am not sure if anyone else has experienced this but wigs start to hurt the back of my scalp (nape) after about 4-5 hours of wearing them.  I've even cut out the combs out, loosened the straps, taken off the wig cap--you name it; I think I've tried it!  I'm at wits end.  I need to insert some type of cushion.  I am open for suggestions.  Anyway, wish me luck and encouragement on my newest journey.


Monday, August 15, 2011

Loc Free

Pre Cut: 05 August 2011

Hair Still Wet; Hair Products Still Visible

Lovin' My Curls

Half Gone! Yikes...No Turning Back

All Gone! I Need To Lift the Black Dye ASAP!

Yep, I did it! After 6.5 years, I cut off my sisterlocks! Although I'm still adjusting to the shorter length, I LOVE IT! Every day I awake to learning new things about my natural hair; what products and conditioners work well and what doesn't! I must say, that since cutting my locs, I have discovered that I have more 4A hair than I originally thought. 4B hair generally resides in my nape and front hairline; however, 4A hair is located mostly on the crown and sides of my scalp...very interesting indeed! My hair length is approximately 1 - 1.5 inches in length. Quite naturally, it's longer at the crown.

I actually have a confession, my son that you see behind me in the picture cut most of them off. I was exhausted after cutting the first section! So, thank you Brittan! I cannot tell you how good it felt to have someone rub their fingers through my scalp..he put me to sleep-lol! It's been over 6 years since I've had a comb touch my scalp! Wow, how amazing! We were both surprised at how soft and baby fine my natural hair felt.

I ended up going to a hairstylist who help me lift the black dye out of my hair and she put a bronze color on top. I could tell she didn't have much experience with natural hair as she shampoo'd with regular shampoo and proceeded to put products on my hair that just sat up there and stared back at her-lol. As soon as I got home, I cowashed with Herbal Essence Hello Hydration to add back the moisture to my hair that had been stripped by the shampoo. I immediately followed with Knot Today by Kinky Curly and the Kinky Curly Curling Custard (KCCC). I was amazed at how my curls popped and were defined by those products! I also used a little EcoStyler Gel along the hairline for a smoother look. I did have to learn the hard way that using too much of the KCC products will definitely leave a residue upon drying...yuck!

My daily regimen thus far includes taking Nzuri hair elixir vitamins (will post more on this phenomenal product at a later date), http://www.buynzuri.com/ I cowash with either the Herbal Essence Conditioner (mentioned above), or Yes to Carrots Conditioner, or Wen Conditioner products. I haven't determined which conditioner will be my staple conditioner yet. While hair is dripping wet, I apply the Knot Today and the KCCC, with a little EcoStyler Gel along the edges. That pretty much it. I'm sure as my hair grows and as the weather gets colder this regimen will change drastically. In the meantime, I am still happy to be nappy and I finally feel totally free!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Beginning A New Journey

Starting A New Journey
It's been close to year since I've last posted. Since that time I've done a lot of soul searching about life (i.e, my career, relationships, and hair). I've finally been accepted to the nursing program at a local community college and I will be leaving my employer after nearly 11 years. It's time for me to reinvent myself. I haven't been happy, not even content at my job in the past 4 years and I've discovered that instead of waiting for them to change, perhaps it was me who needed to change. So, with that said, this fall I will be walking away from the corporate world.
Additionally, for many of you who have followed my blog, this next piece of news may be earth shattering for some of you. I am ending my Sisterlock journey! Tomorrow, Sunday, June 12, 2011 I will start to the tedious task of taking down my sisterlocks! No, I have not lost my mind, but I have a new desire. I've toyed with ending my journey over this past year. I had hoped that when I cut my locks it would curb the burning desire, but it hasn't. You see, when I started my natural hair journey over 7 years ago, I had the intention of discovering and exploring my natural hair and learning how to take care of my own hair without the dependence on another or on relaxers. I achieved half of what I set out to do. I want to experience natural free, flowing, and loose hair. I've realized that for me, locking my hair, kept me in bondage and it kept me away from rediscovering my true, free flowing hair pattern. Don't get me wrong, I do love Sisterlocks and I've enjoyed this wonderful journey, but I am ready to take off the training wheels and fly!
I do realize that the task I'm taking on is tremendous and it may take me possibly months to accomplish, but nonetheless, I will accomplish it! It is my goal to have my locks freed by my birthday in October. I hope I will be able to take at least 5 locks out a day; at least 5 days a week. I hope to be able to document this new journey as I have done with this one. Stay tuned..

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Cold Winter Months

A 67' Classic

Last month I turned another year older- 43...whew! (and wiser). I am still enjoying the shorter length. I have noticed that it's already starting to grow back. Will I allow it to grow as long as previously? I'm not sure. Anyway, Happy Holidays to my blogger family.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Summer Ending

September 2010
5 yrs and 5 months lock'd

The end of summer is almost here! I've had a great summer. Let's recap... in nearly 6 years, I finally took a trip back East to visit my family, added more tattoo's, cut my hair, and now, out of my 4 children; 3 have graduated and moved on, and now I have one remaining in high school. I'm still working out; toned and lost the winter weight, and still taking classes to exercise my brain. I may be rare in that I will miss the 100 degree temperature here in Texas. It did nothing for my electric bill or my grass, but I absolutely love sunshine and heat! My hair has been short for almost 2 months now and I don't miss the longer locs (so far). I am curling it a lot more, as I suspected I would. Til next month..

Saturday, July 31, 2010

My First Cut in Over 5 Years

I Finally Did It! After months and months of deliberation; I got the nerve to cut my hair! I am so glad I did it. I feel like I've been freed again (if that is possible). I remember how I waited with anticipation for my hair to get long enough to put into a ponytail, or to even feel it on the back of my neck. However, the things I didn't consider would later turn out to be the reasons for cutting. The length began to weigh me down. I began to notice headaches when I'd wear ponytails because of the tension and weight. I would wake in the mornings with neck pain from tying my hair up and night. I could not keep a good shower cap that would last or even cover my hair. I also noticed that I stopped curling my hair because of it would take nearly all day to do and the curls would eventually drop because of the weight. Ultimately, my overall attitude towards my hair began to shift. I wasn't as thrilled about my sisterlocks like I used to be, but now all of that has changed! While longer locks may be okay for some, in this journey I discovered that it's not for me; at least not anymore. And who knows, this too, could change...but that's what journey's are all about...growing, discovering and changing. I embrace it wholeheartedly!