Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Natural Is Beautiful.

Who says type 4 hair isn't nice?
Natural hair is BEAUTIFUL! Just a few pics I liked...

My favorite Youtuber who suddenly disappeared :/ Chisellecouture come back!


I know most of you are wondering why I'm writing a blog about natural hair...Well I have some news for you guys! But until my final decision is made, I will let you know when I remove my sew-in in a few weeks. :)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

My Heart Is Breaking....RIP Amy Whinehouse.


My favorite Soul/R&B singer Amy Winehouse has succumb to drug addiction. I was so hurt when I got the news because I wasn't expecting it. I thought she was taking a long break because one day she would return. Looks like that wont be happening *tear*...
I missed her when she was taking her long break, and now I'm gonna miss her forever because she wont be coming back. Gone too soon, at the young age of 27. RIP Amy! You will be missed!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Updates On Life

Hey guys!

Just coming on tonight to give you all some updates on whats been going on with me.

I recently just got a new job!! Yay! I start training in 3 weeks! I'll finally be working a full time job which means more money for me! More money = more shopping and trying new products! Also more money in the bank too, which is whats most important :) I'm really happy with the hours at my new job, even though I have to wake up extra early..I'm not really a morning person. But at least I get out early in the afternoon....7am to 3pm...woo!!

Moving on to my hair....

I currently have a bob cut sew-in right now. It's cute and all, but it's a lot of work. I have to wake up 30 minutes earlier every morning just to bump it with the flat iron. I cant roller set it because it would give me too much of a bump and my hair would look like a helmet :/ I only have a small portion of my hair left out on top, but I feel bad because I have to flat iron it everyday just to get it to look right and blend evenly with the weave. The hot weather and humidity has been making my leave-out look so puffy and frizzy, so I have to blend it in. I hate the idea of using heat everyday on my real hair..even if its only a small piece...arghh! But I had no idea it would be this much trouble to get ready every single morning. I feel like taking out my weave already and I've only had it in for 3 weeks. I'm gonna leave it in my hair for another 3 weeks. After removing it, I'm gonna be rocking a curly wig. I'm in love with Freetress Creta Girl and Outre Evony. Either way, I will be buying them both. I'll wear them each for 2 months at a time. I dont plan on relaxing anytime soon. I want to keep going as far as I can. Who knows, maybe it will lead to transitioning which I've been thinking about for years now. What do you think? I feel that now that I have a new job and things are changing, I should probably change my hair and see the real me. As of now, I dont plan on relaxing anytime soon.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Time For Some Summer Reading!

I always used to say that I'm gonna read more during the Summer. Even last Summer, I made a list of books I wanted to read. But for some reason, I never got around to it. Instead, I find myself spending hours in front of the computer or the TV. I always forget about books, get lazy and procrastinate about reading, especially during the hot sticky summer. I always envisioned myself laying on my bed with a book, while the AC is on full blast during the hot summer. But unfortunately, my room is the only room in the house with no AC, just a fan that isn't strong enough for this weather :( I think that's the reason why I always procrastinate.

But today, I don't know what got into me but I pushed myself out of my house, got into my car, and drove to the library for a book to read! I'm tired of the computer and TV. Time for some good reading. I didn't want to go overboard with how many books I got, because I know I'm not gonna read all of them. So I ended up getting only one book to start off my Summer Reading! Since I'm so into haircare, and understanding Black hair and all, I decided to get a book about the history of our hair. I've been wanting to read this book forever, but as I stated before, I was too lazy to do so :/

I picked up a copy of
Hair Story: Untangling The Roots Of Black Hair In America
Written by: Ayana D. Byrd & Lori L. Tharps
So far, this book is great! It's very evident that the authors clearly did their research on African American history and culture when writing this book. So much information I didn't even know about...and History is my favorite subject! I got this book a few hours ago from my local library and I'm already finished with the first chapter! I'm looking forward to the rest of the book! It basically talks about the role our hair plays starting from life before slavery till now. How we as Blacks, get treated and judged upon the texture and style of our hair. It's very interesting so far.

The next book on my list after I'm through reading this one, will have to be author Sapphire's new book which came out today! It's called "The Kid", and is a sequel to her other popular book "Push". It's supposed to be about how the son of Precious lives his life after she dies.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Summer Hair Trend: Top Knot Bun

I stopped doing boring librarian buns since last year! I admit they helped out in my journey a lot by preserving my ends. But they were just so boring and unattractive, so I stopped doing them. About a month ago, I needed a cute protective style to put my hair in while I waited to get my summer sew-in. Wigs were out of the question because I really didn't feel like buying a wig at the time. I wanted to wear my real hair. One day I was browsing the Forever21 website and noticed how a lot of the models had their hair up in cute high buns. I started to get a little interested. Then of course, I went on Youtube and researched. I found a lot of videos of girls rocking the "Top Knot" bun. It's such a cute, classy style, and also chic! I decided to give it a try. I washed my hair and air dried. I wanted my hair to have a lot of volume so that my bun will be bigger. Since my hair is thick, I actually had to put it into 2 ponytails and connect them together to form one ponytail. I made sure the ponytail sat directly on the top of my head. I took the hair hanging out of the ponytail and wrapped it around. Then I secured it with bobby pins and voila! I had a cute high bun. Pics below!

Models rocking the Top Knot bun

My Top Knot *No hair added* :)

Give it a try! I got a lot of compliments with this style. It's cute, fun, and a quick fix if you're in a hurry to go somewhere and you want to look nice. If your hair is shorter and/or thin, you can always use some weave that matches the real texture and color of your hair and wrap it around your ponytail and pin it down with bobby pins. Hope you like it!

Summer Braids

2011 seems to be the year that braids are making a comeback! Not just any braids, but Janet Jackson "Poetic Justice" inspired braids, or Patra braids. The braids have to be long waist length to follow the trend. I did a post about this trend earlier this year. Lately, Solange Knowles has been rocking these braids a lot and I believe she bought the style back. These braids are very Bohemian chic and are a perfect style to wear this summer. My sister took down her weave not too long ago and didn't know what to do with her hair next. I suggested she did her hair in long box braids. She loved the fact that these style of braids are making a comeback and quickly decided to let me braid her hair. I didn't braid her hair in the traditional fat bulky big parting old school braids. I added a modern twist to it by making the braids and parting smaller. I also burned the ends to help preserve the style since she said she plans to leave them in for 4 months. Pics below!

My sisters hair before I started the long braiding process
A couple hours later
ALL DONE! Took forever but I'm glad the outcome came out good! Waist length, medium sized braids. I used 8 1/2 packs of Zury Kanekelon fiber hair.
I did a side parting for her.
She wanted the ends burned since she plans to leave them in for 4 months.
Trying to show you the size of the parting and the braids. They're medium sized.
Side View
Do you want to change your look this summer? Give these a try!