Monday, July 28, 2008

My New Hottness

I just started using black soap and I love this stuff and it smells so good. I saw some at the store this weekend and thought that I would try it. There are so many brands to pick from and different labels to choose from. I have very sensitive skin and using regular soap gives me issues with dry or itchy skin. Soaps that have dyes, perfumes or added unneeded ingredients are not good for the skin when water is added anyway. I've been using it for my face and body so far and I smell like a walking piece of sweet butter.
I'm three days in and loving it so far, has anyone else tried or use black soap to wash daily?
Skin Care Tips for Black Soap
Showering & Bathing - Lather up with our natural black soap. Use our
Shea moisturizer or Shea Butter to moisturize your clean lustrous skin after a shower or bath.
For your face: You can just use our natural skin care black soap for just your face if you wish. You can wash your face once or twice a day. Or you can give yourself a facial with our black soap. It's simple. Get a small towel, dip it into some warm water, squeeze out and place the towel over your face for about 10 seconds or until the towel goes cold. Repeat several times. When you are done, wash your beautiful face with our black soap. Don't forget behind your ears, under your chin and your neck. Rinse with warm water. Moisturize with our
Shea Moisturizer. OooooHH! Your skin will do back flips!
For your hair: That's right! Before there was shampoo, there was black soap. Since centuries ago, Africans have been washing their hair with this amazing soap. Don't take it from us. Try it yourself.! When you are done, use your regular hair conditioner and of course don't forget your
Nasabb Kelechi Hair Oil. You need to feed your hair too.
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Monday, July 21, 2008

Retightening Appointment Story

I just went in on Friday for my third retightening at four months locked and it is unbelievable how I forget the tightness feeling that comes with getting it done. Me and my Specialist decided to switch to every four weeks instead of six for the next three months. The time will lessen my amount of new growth and the time it takes to retightening me each time. While at my appointment a women came in with her daughter. She was a white women with a mixed race child and she wanted her hair to be braided for a trip. My first reactions was to be shocked at the amount of damage to this little girls hair. Being with a different race means taking the time to listen to others who know how to do what you don't. Black hair needs moisture and to be washed and conditioned and so does the skin. To be with a black person you should know to ask questions and listen to input. When I asked about the little girls hair her mother preceded to say that she, the child does whatever she wants. That she twisted her own hair prior turning them into dreads and then decided to cut off her own hair last year because she saw someone else do it. I thought wow, because I was shocked that a child would have that kind of freedom with their hair and person. Me as a mother would never allow my female child to willingly do whatever, not care for her hair myself. Or take her to someone who knows what they were doing and not let the damage to remain on a child's hair.

I had to share that story because at the time it pissed on off! :-)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Loose Hair vs Locked Hair

Loose Before Locked.............................. Locked 4 months

Almost daily I get asked about my hair, about how long did it take to do, what they are or asked if I curl my hair daily. The questions get a quick answer and the third one gets a hell no, cause I'm to lazy to curl my hair everyday even if I had to. Sisterlocks seem to be changing to norm of what people thought locks should look like. Sense they look more like loose hair and less like locks to most individuals who thought of locks as being done and looking one way. At this point I find myself noticing the amount of locked sisters I see weekly. I also pay attention to the style, sizing and differences of each person's hair I see. Are they neat, is each lock the same size, is it a hair style or a "I don't give a shit look". Then there are the loose hair women that look wonderful in their own style. Rocking added colors or even a weave or my personal favorite a hair cut that's unique to them. I have always felt that if the hair is broking or it is stressed from combing, then cut it. Nothing looks more wonderful then healthy hair, no matter how long your hair is. Even with seeing loose haired women, I no longer wish to go back at all. I'm sure like most who have done it. The thought of, why didn't I do this sooner pops into your head. I think of the times like when I went to the dentist office last year. My hair was pulled back into a bun, it was not good for trying to relax at all. Saying, "put your head back", would kill me because my hair was in the way. Sleeping is different for me also because if I had something cute going, even though I did it myself, I did not want to mess it up. I was also a slave to hair gel, I put it on my edges everyday. The frizz was cute on the top and sides but the edges I felt had to be smooth. All these things I have had to retrain myself to think differently in the last four months.

Going back to pressing, combing, fearing wind, and sleeping on my elbows is for the birds, I can't do it. So now I look at loose hair and wonder.....why? :-)

Anyone else feel this or feel they would like to turn back to being loose?

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Locking Process

Today I have been locked for four months now, funny now time flies when your not combing your hair. At this point I'm in need of a retighting like yesterday. I'm still trying to figure out ways to style my hair after about two weeks out from being retightened, craziness starts. After two weeks has pasted I start to look like Oh My, what happened to your hair. LOL. Sense getting loced my hair has went though many different stages. At first it was so soft that I could not touch it or wash it really. After the first month it got better and I was able to pull it up and do alot more styling and fixing. Month three my hair took on a stiff curl that released at the end of the third month. Now four months out I'm back to the softness stage with a lot of stinkage and curl. I've had a lot of growth, more in some spots then others for some reason.

I'm just sitting and waiting on my fifth month to see what will happen next.

Share your locing stages with me ladies, what stage are you in?