Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Much To Do About Hair

This is an interesting article about hair straightening, culture and race written in the Miami Herald from 2007. Here are a few quotes from the article:

"Nearly all Dominican women straighten their hair, which experts say is a direct result of a historical learned rejection of all things black."

"I always associated black with ugly. I was too dark and didn't have nice hair," said Catherine de la Rosa, a dark-skinned Dominican-American college student spending a semester here. "With time passing, I see I'm not black. I'm Latina."

"A walk down city streets shows a country where blacks and dark-skinned people vastly outnumber whites, and most estimates say that 90 percent of Dominicans are black or of mixed race. Yet census figures say only 11 percent of the country's nine million people are black. To many Dominicans, to be black is to be Haitian. So dark-skinned Dominicans tend to describe themselves as any of the dozen or so racial categories that date back hundreds of years -- Indian, burned Indian, dirty Indian, washed Indian, dark Indian, cinnamon, moreno or mulatto, but rarely negro."

Read the entire Black Denial article here

Monday, December 20, 2010

Braid Down!!!

I lost one of my kinky twist My husband was like "what is that on the floor?" Luckily I knew exactly which twist it was because the extension had pulled away from the base of my scalp. Y'all know I moisturized the hair, threw the extension in the garbage and twisted that hair right back up...LMAO Luckily it's in a spot that camouflages well. I'm not taking these bad boys out for another 3 weeks, so I gotta keep it moving ;)

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Perfect Winter Headgear for Naturals

For curly girls looking to protect their tresses from the harsh winter weather, headgear is essential, but wool and acrylic hats can dry out your hair and pull and snag on your ends causing breakage. The answer to protecting your kinky curls is stylish silk and satined lined hats which can be found at HATSOME. I just picked up these two stylish and practical hats to get me through the brutal Minnesota winter.

I will let everyone know about the quality of the hat once they arrive.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Got Locks? From Natural to Locks

Are you thinking about locking your hair? Check out how starter locks are done and the techniques used.

Check out the finished look

Monday, December 13, 2010

Curls Products on Clearance at Target

I was just at Target and found several of the Curls products on clearance. I poked around and didn't see any of the other "Curly Girl" products Target has been carrying recently. Not sure if they are getting rid of the "Curly Girl" products all together or if it was just this location getting rid of the products due to poor performance. Regardless, I snagged the coconut curladda conditioner, the lavish curls moisturizer, and the goddes curls. Interestingly enough these specific products do not appear on the Curls website. What I mean is, the specific names mentioned above do not appear on the Curls site. Products with "similar" names appear but not the products I purchased at Target specifically. Feels a little suspect, but I got all 3 products for around $16 and read the ingredients list before purchasing and they are all free of parabens, mineral oil and petroleum. I'll give a product review once I have used the products which make take awhile since I'm keeping my hair in protective styles during the winter months.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Transisitoning Tips

Diane Decosta author of Texture Tresses talks transitioning from relaxed to natural. She provided a very "PC" answer when asked about hair texturizers.

Thursday, December 2, 2010 Tips for Flat Ironing Natural Hair

For you curlies who like to mix up your hair game and rock a straight style from time to time, here are a few tips. I have to admit I find it a bit suspect that ol'boy didn't say a word about using a heat protectant or the dangers of heat damage when flat ironing natural hair.

The process..start to finish.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Time to Wash My Extensions (kinky twist)

Time to wash my twist. Though I miss wearing my hair "out" I'm sticking to the winter hair challenge...1 month down, 5 more to go...YIKES!! Here's a helpful video on washing your hair while it's in a braided style.