I've been so busy in the past 2 weeks with planning the upcoming event "Wonderfully Made" Natural Hair Meetup in Pontiac, Michigan on September 13, 2014. Also, I have successfully developed and ready to implement a youth program in our community. So my plate is definitely full!!! BUT I haven't forgotten about my curl friends.....As a matter of fact today right in the midst of preparing a presentation for a Professional Criminal Justice Conference, I realized its been exactly 2 years since the inception of Natural Diva. Let me just say I'm so appreciative of these past 2 years, not only did this blog provide information for naturals, I also learned along the way....My hair is not perfect, I'm not a hair professional...I'm just like every other natural, on a journey to having healthy hair through trial and error. For the past 2 years you all have been with me through my journey from good hair days through the second big chop, I'm so humble by your continual support. If it was attending my events, sharing an email of encouragement, posting on the blog, stopping me in the store for curl talk...You inspired me....Thank you.
In May of 2013 I did a product review on AS I AM Twist Defining Cream (click here for the review). I didn’t care for the product because my hair felt very sticky. However, the results were nice (pictured below) but didn't last long.
Anywho, Since my hair is much shorter now, I decided to re-visited this product. Even though products may not work the first time, I will re-try them. I have found sometimes with different techniques or application the product works like a charm.
Now, I know... I said I wouldn't purchase As I Am Twist Defining Cream anymore because it cost way too much, but I had a Sally's coupon :)
I used the product for a two-strand twist…….and this happened…..
I think I like it……. This time I used a lot less of the product and I noticed my hair didn’t feel sticky. I have been wearing these twists for the past 14 days (after day 7 I washed my hair with the twist still in). To maintain this style, I spritz a little water on my hair, add a quarter size of AS I AM Twist Defining Cream and go about my way….I love it…. Probably time to take the twist down, but I’m enjoying the cuteness and convenience! 14 days and still counting! Who said natural hair can't be managed.....Get Outta Here!
I found this article on BET.COM and wanted to share it with fellow Naturalistas. The article is very interesting and sheds light on Naturals embracing all textures of hair rather it be kinky, curly or relaxed. I actually agree with significance of this article. It gives a slight solution in this natural hair vs creamy crack debate. Very good approach to addressing some of the division among naturals and straights .......
When we hate on folks' hair for no good reason.
By C. Achebe, BlackDoctor.Org
Posted: 07/30/2014 12:35 PM EDT
In today’s climate of expert advice and expert opinion, there has been an ever increasing wealth of opinions surrounding what is and what is not acceptable for natural hair. This influx of “expert” opinion has given way to a new term bouncing around in the natural hair community, “Natural Hair Nazi.” The Natural Hair Nazi can be described in short as a know-it-all; one who has to be the authority on all things natural. If you are a newbie natural or a carefree, long-term natural, the Natural Hair Nazi will always have much to say.
If you embody this term or if you aren’t sure if you’ve encountered one of these “experts”, here is a short checklist of ways to tell where you land (all in love and fun, of course).
—You detest relaxers and weaves and consider them the natural hair devil.
—The only color allowed is what comes naturally from your gene pool or the sun.
—Your “curl friends” lack diversity. (“No New Friends, No Straight Ends” Drake Remix recorded by you is your ringtone)
—You throw shade at straight hair naturals and have great disdain for flat irons or pressing combs. (If you have an Angela Davis fro ‘sis’ raise your fist here.)
—You are a natural hair #hashtag queen! #startedfromrelaxernowimhere #teamnatural_fa_life #realliferealnatural
If one or all of these five points apply to you or someone you know, take heart. The first step to change is awareness.
What should you do with this newfound revelation? Remaining true and authentic to your natural hair journey involves a commitment to self inside and out, but be willing to connect with that natural part of you and know her so well that you become your own expert of what is right for you and your natural hair. Releasing judgment will open up an opportunity for self-love and community love for women whether they are natural or not.
Remember, it’s not about natural hair, relaxed hair, short hair or even long hair. It’s about HEALTHY hair.
Read more about being a natural hair Nazi at BlackDoctor.Org.
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Actual article can be found at BET.COM