For my latest updates come to my new blog: http://vnatural.wordpress.com/
Its a fresh start for me 🙂
For my latest updates come to my new blog: http://vnatural.wordpress.com/
Its a fresh start for me 🙂
I really do like this blog and I have posted a lot of things that I can go back and check myself but I have been thinking in the back of my mind about having a new blog. I mean the main reason behind me creating this blog was to track my hair journey and right now, theres so much more going on with my life than “just hair”. Thats the main reason I barely post here but I post on my tumblr because Im at a point where its no longer about hair and Im currently at the phase where Im done with research and I’m learning about my hair on my own instead og “googling” all the answers or asking someone instead of finding out myself. So I think I will begin working on a new blog and once I get it flowing correctly with posts.
Even though Lloyd cut off his hair, he is mainly known for his long natural that he had when his singing career took off. He wore them in braids to ponytails or a full blow out even had a straightened for one of his music videos. Either way as a start off to my new midnight Eyecandy Lloyd will be my first introduction. Not only do I love his music but it doesn’t hurt that he’s sexy & has natural hair.
Well its been a long time since I have updated about my hair journey and hair growth goodness I dont know where to start or where I left off so I will just start by telling what I remember and whats going on right now.
Over the months of this year I dyed my hair 3 times. The final time in May, I finally got the results I was looking for which were red. For the month on June I basically went without my Texturemenatural products so I really was not on top of moisturizing my hair like that.
Fast forward to July I finally received my texturemenatural products and began to moisturize my hair. I then noticed that the roots of my hair were healthy but the tips would not take in any moisturizer and my hair was shedding like crazy. I mean I lost A LOT of hair! I was getting ready to take photos of my hair at the time to update my blog so I began detangling it with my wide tooth comb. Let me tell you, I have NEVER had such a hard time detangling my hair in my entire LIFE and it wasn’t even as long as it originally was. Hair was falling EVERYWHERE after detangling all of my hair it was STILL TANLGLED!! So I braided it down and washed my hair with acv (Apple Cider Vinegar). (I got some of the apple cider vinegar on my face and I broke out like a motherf*cker the very next day.) After I finished with the acv I put some leave in conditioner in my hair and the conditioner wouldn’t take to my hair either. It took to the roots but not the ends. Here is a photo of how my hair was looking.
So I went to the internet I did a little research and asked some questions. I did a little something with some tea to revive it but it did not work. At first I thought all I needed was some dusting of my ends because I hadn’t cut my hair in a looong time. But then as I began to cut my hair in sections I realized that I had dyed my hair so much that the ends had been damaged badly. The only reason I knew this because my ends were like that throughout my hair. If it were something else all of my ends would have been split or shedding so much. So after cutting my hair I began to de-tangle it again, it was simple as pie!
Unfortunately I do not have any photos of how my hair looks after the trimming but I definitely took a huge step back growth wise. I had to cut of about HALF of my hair. I went from shoulder length to mid neck length hair. Now I know that I am completely done with dying my hair. Plus the only reason I wanted to dye my hair was so that I could see how much my hair is growing and I got that. So there is no need for dying the rest of my hair. Besides by the time my hair reaches a certain length I’m pretty sure the hair that I had dyed will be gone due to me trimming my ends. So I’m not worried at all.
Right now I braiding my hair in big box braids, about 35 braids using kanekalon hair. Oh and ALSO as I was braiding my hair and sectioning it I found something out! I have more than one texture in my hair. That’s answers my question I kept to myself “Why does my hair in the middle of my head take to moisture more?” And the reason why is because its a different texture. I’m not sure what texture it is but the curls are a lot bigger than 4c. The photo I have of them really doesn’t show how curly it is…maybe when my hair grows a little longer I can show it more.
But overall I am very happy with my hair journey. Since this is just a hair journey update I wont tell about anything else I would include how I’m feeling and where my mind set is right now in another post probably for tomorrow morning.
Below are photos of ALL of my progress since November 2012. From my day after my big chop of struggling with high porosity hair to seeing growth to finding the perfect regimen for my hair and lessons learned. I can’t wait until Novermber 2013 so I can compare photos and see my growth. Even though I had to cut my hair I know its A LOT longer than what it was when I started.
So heres a little recipe. I’ll be posting more recipes according to what I buy weekly. I am trying to eat healthy more so when I go shopping I buy what I like then when I get home I just look up recipes I can try to match the food I bought and if that fails I can just eat the food by its self :D. Its better than following a list of items and then going shopping to find something that matches and it saves me money because I know what I like.
Avocado, Watermelon, & Cucumber Salad
2 avocados, pitted and sliced or cubed
1 seedless watermelon, cut into 1 inch cubes
2 cucumbers, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup freshly chopped cilantro
salt and pepper to taste
In a large bowl add avocado and drizzle with lime juice and olive oil and gently stir to coat. In a separate large bowl, toss watermelon and cucumber together. Add the avocado mixture on top of the watermelon and cucumbers. Sprinkle with cilantro and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Credit to: http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/2012/04/avocado-watermelon-cucumber-salad/
1. Replace a meal each day with a detoxifying smoothie.
2. Turn to organic foods when possible.
3. Get a good and intense massage.
4. Drink far more water.
5. Replace the morning coffee with green tea.
6. Get in more exercise and sweat it out.
7. Try acupuncture for a truly balanced body.
8. Eat more fiber in its most natural form.
9. Try fasting for a day or two.
10. Get in more sleep each night.
11. Avoid obvious environmental toxins.
12. Turn to probiotics to get rid of the bad bacteria and welcome in the good kind.
13. Try yoga for a new type of exercise and meditation.
14. Learn to incorporate superfoods into each meal.
15. Cut out simple carbohydrates, white sugar and flour, and any fried foods.
16. Learn to properly manage your stress.
17. Turn to home remedies for illness rather than antibiotics.
18. Adapt to a truly healthy lifestyle and try to eliminate daily medication wherever possible.
19. Increase circulation by massaging pressure points and skin brushing.
20. Promote elimination through proper diet and hydration.
21. Opt for a diet rich in whole foods that are free of additives and preservatives.
22. Learn to meditate and incorporate this into your life each day.
23. Eliminate common sources of toxins such as excessive caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and processed foods.
24. Turn to natural herbs and holistic medicine to give your body what it needs.
25. Become a juicing expert and incorporate key nutrients into your day through this process.
26. Perform a full body cleanse every month to get rid of any toxins that have built up.
27. Avoid second hand smoke or any other harmful toxins that you may come into contact with.
28. Learn to truly take care of yourself and listen to your body when something is or is not working.
Click the following link to learn important details about each of the 28 ways to detox… http://bembu.com/natural-ways-to-detox-your-body
I’ve Always Been The Oddball & Always WIll Be.
Something that I has been present throughout my life. Stares from people in disagreeance with my opinion or perspective. I’ve been in rooms full of people that have looked at me in disgust just because I’ve stated my opinion and they disagree with it. Until recently I’ve come to the conclusion that, that is just something I am going to have to live with throughout life. I refuse to be a victim of people not accepting me. I am who I am whether someone likes me or not.
All throughout High School I could never make any black friends because I was too “different”. And yes they literally did say that. They liked my appearance and everything then as soon as I open my mouth and its something different from what everyone thinks then they all back off. As a result I had a lot of Hispanic friends and I’m happy I did because I made some true friends.
It happens other places to on and offline. At work I’m not that highly liked because I choose not to gossip or eat the food that is offered to me and I’ve said so to an extent. On the internet, I get attacked all the time because half the time I disagree with what someone is saying and I state it. I’m not with agreeing with everyone else. I always do things outside the box and I like looking at BOTH perspectives of something.
One thing about me, I’m not afraid to say whats on my mind. I do not care who you are, I will say it and it will be the honest truth. When I say something I stand by it and if I’m wrong, I apologize and/or admit it. BUT if you come at me with negative energy or without a respectable presentation justifying why you disagree with my opinion then be prepared to be handled with facts and a strong fist. I don’t sway under pressure when I truly believe something. I think that may be one of the reasons that this natural hair journey has taken such a strong stance in my life. It shows that you embrace who you are, its a journey to loving you no matter what others think. I like myself and I’m not afraid to say I love myself, I value my opinion while valuing others. Thats just how I am
So in the words of my friend who taught me some valuable lessons, “Fuck em.”