Ok, so juicing has been the fad the last few years and for a variety of reasons. Anything from cleanses, detoxes, diet alternative, etc. Me, on the other hand, does it because it keeps my face really clear of acne and I like to get a healthy dose of vegetable nutrients I know I don't get on a daily basis (you don't have to worry about taking those multi-vitamins either).Read More
Now, I would like to start out by saying that I am not a fan of live theater. I suffer from this diagnosed thing called ADHD you see...I countdown the minutes/songs/scenes/acts until an intermission...I think about what street taco/bacon wrapped hot dog stand I am going to hit up after any evening show. I am just not cut out for being an audience member of live theater, plain and simple. My sister who is a professional (I say that with seriousness) actress stars in many plays and I have been privy to see her perform and be her viewing-pal in seeing other live theater performances. I have seen a vast range from everything like the wildly dynamic The Adding Machine and the onstage, intimate (and nude) scenes of Bonded (a story about Black male slaves in love in the South). I have even seen my fair share of abstract performances (too abstract even for me actually) when one performance had various characters faux-vomiting into a bucket throughout the whole performance...I still to this day didn't know what was going on but at least I got some street tacos in the end.
Knowing my disposition toward theater and god forbid...musicals, when my mom randomly suggested we go see The Scottsboro Boys on father's day weekend I grudgingly obliged (besides she was buying the tickets!). I went, saw it, L-O-V-E-D IT! Could not shout higher to the heavens how much I loved this play. The seamless interplay between history, race, music and satire was unbelievably well crafted that I wanted to kiss the foreheads of the play and song writers (John Kander and Fred Ebb who did Chicago, Cabaret).
I find it hard, even in today's supposed 'post-racial' society, to convey a sensitive historical issue that is both racially charged and unblinkingly sad. Most people, including Black people, don't want to be reminded of things like that - yet in still 90% of the audience was non-Black at the performance.
Jim Crow laws mandated racial segregation and put African-Americans on a 'Separate-but-equal' status, mostly in the American South.
Despite my mother being raised during Jim Crow in the rural countryside of Virginia, I had no prior knowledge of who or what the Scottsboro Boys were (and African-American studies was my minor in college!). Was it after MLK? Before Rosa Parks? I had no context in which to place them and I think the lack of familiarity is what keeps the audience tuned into the story and eager to know the outcome. We all know what happened to MLK and Rosa Parks but what about these boys?
I think telling the tale of the Scottsboro Boys within the framework of a Vaudeville and Minstrelsy show greatly helped to dampen the harshness of the reality of what happened to these boys and in general, violence toward black people during the 1930s and onward i.e. a lot of references to lynching. There is comedy but it also has its fair share of strong silences and drama drenched monologues. If you get the feeling you should be laughing at the end but don't feel its right to do so - you got the right feeling - the uncomfortable-ness, irony and sadness gradually weighs in.
Minstrelsy was an American entertainment consisting of comic skits, variety acts, dancing, and music, performed by White and later, Black people in Blackface makeup.
I don't like to reveal too many details because I think going into the play with a clear mind is the best way to go, even if theater and musicals are not your thing. I just know that Trent Armand Kendall who played a motley of distinctive and memorable characters (mostly comedic) from the LA cast was exceptional!
www.nappiology.net I stumbled upon this website, which is also a non-profit, dedicated to celebrating and embracing natural hair! It is especially informative for anybody considering transitioning from chemically treated hair to natural hair.
I especially love how the site touched upon black women, hair and exercise. I'm the biggest advocate for working out in some way no matter what type of hair style you rock. You shouldn't put your health at risk because of the hair on your head!
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As I have settled into rocking a weave, I sometimes wonder in various situations...do they know I am wearing a weave?! This odd paranoia bordering my own curiosity about people's thoughts comes out in various situations. Situation 1: At club talking to a guy. His eyes are constantly wondering to the top of my head. At first I think maybe he is admiring the awesome short bowl cut I have, but then I break into a sweaty, uncomfortably fear - he is gonna find out I have a weave! *yelp* quick, run into the darker recesses of the club!
Situation 2: In the gym locker room while I peel the sweaty clothes off my body, ruffling my hair in the process. I take the blow dryer to dry out the front and back parts. I catch a side-eye from an octogenarian on a cane - *dun dun dunnnn* granny knows!!!
Situation 3: At the Chiropractor as the doctor takes an 'ultra sound' of my neck. The doctor mentions, "I love your hair, it reminds me of Demi Moore from Ghost". I say, "ha, thanks". OMG she is close enough to see my tracks from under my hair! This compliment is a lie!!!
These situations all occurred within the first month of my weave wearing experience. Now I have evolved into openly scratching my head and fixing parts of my weave in public...and in front of my boss, my co-worker, the Nordstrom's Rack Sales Clerk... having little regard for what they see, what they think, or what they eventually want to say. and I kinda like it that way!
I'm happy to say I am paranoid free and more comfortable with walking around with my short do. I wish I took this 'who cares' attitude earlier - it would of saved me a lot of time deep in thought analyzing something out of nothing.
So ever since I finished reading, Textured Tresses: The Ultimate Guide to Maintaining and Styling Natural Hairby Diane Da Costa, I have been kind of obsessing and wishing for a hair steamer. I really enjoy taking an hour on my sundays, glooping tons of deep conditioner on my hair and sitting under a hair dryer (soft bonnet) thinking how all those moisturizing agents are making my hair softer and easier to manage as time goes by! Hair steamers from what I have read seem to do the same thing in terms of deep conditioning, but you can also add essential oils and other ingredients to help with scalp issues, according to Da Costa. Coming from the perspective of a drier texture of hair, I would LOVE to get my hands on one of these to try it out since I feel my hair is always thirsty! If it doesn't wind up wrapped in a box under the xmas tree, I think I will mostly likely purchase Secura S-192 Hair and Facial Steamer through amazon for $79.99. According to reviews, the amount of water it can hold steams for about 15 minutes. The steamers that are actually on stands run into the $100s and above. My reasoning is that I will try it out to see if I like it first before investing in a pricier version - plus this version allows for facial steaming as well to clear out all those clogged pores.
It shouldn't be all that surprising quite honestly, but I think weaves sometimes get a bad rap in the natural hair community because it is the antithesis to natural hair, but is it really? Especially if your hair is natural and cornrowed underneath the weave cap, you are still technically natural right?? What about weaves being a medium for hair growth, just like braid extensions?? That was my primary motivation for getting a weave (along with always wanting to rock a short hair cut!). Check out a photo below of the salon I went to get my weave installed and check out the results of one client who wore her hair in a weave and achieved tremendous natural hair growth!
"One year ago this clients hair was unhealthy and broken. By protecting her natural hair with a weave, DreamGirls Stylist Tonya Thompson transitioned this client out of her weave and back in to wearing her healthy and natural hair! This look is freshly out of a weave with a keratin treatment applied. Transform your hair and book now! Los Angeles: 310-313-2000 Elk Grove: 916-686-5030" DreamGirls Hair Salon, Los Angeles, CA www.dghair.com
So it has been about 12 days since I had my first weave installed and I have to say I am more upbeat and positive about it! Maybe because the cornrows have loosened up and I actually got to wash my hair this past weekend which felt sinfully amazing! Cool water going in and out of my cornrows, followed by some diluted shampoo I put in between my tracks with an applicator – lets just say I definitely paid more attention to my hair underneath than what was sewn on top. I did follow up with a deep conditioner because I want to keep my hair underneath as healthy as possible! Unfortunately I forgot the type of conditioner I use I think is tailored more for thicker and coarser hair types to provide intense softening and conditioning – it actually took me longer to wash it out of the weaved in hair than I was expecting.
After about an hour of sitting under a hooded hair dryer to dry my tracks as much as possible (I’m so scared about getting a scalp infection/moldy hair after what my hair stylist told me about wet tracks!), I really liked the light beach waves effect of the hair after it was dried. I liked it even better than the straightened hair style!!! For one I don’t have to worry about re-straightening my bangs every time I work out at the gym! I also found that it suited my personality better because I am rather a fan of more volume and of course natural waves and curls – even if it’s not the real hair on my head that is naturally wavy! :P
www.cushcosmetics.com A product line that holds true to its holistic mission in using all natural and organic ingredients. They even mention how their products do not contain the dreaded phenoxyethanol (a carcinogen) which I tend to find in products that market themselves as natural and organic but always contain this one foul ingredient. Many people complain about small product sizes (~4oz) but I usually find that a testament to the freshness of the products and lack of preservatives. Definitely check out their body care line as well!
www.healthytextures.com A membership based site that gives quality reviews and how-to tutorials customized to your own preferences and needs. A particular focus on maintaining healthy hair in all states, transitions, and styles.
www.32afros.com The google for natural hair! A search engine that is specifically designed to deliver you results related to everything natural hair! Launching soon but be sure to sign up to be one of the first users of this unique tool for navigating the ever expanding world of natural hair.
Normally a girl likes to wear her hair in it's natural state. Partially because she is too lazy to blow it out, partially because it's healthier and partially because she can get her dose of power out to the people. Sometimes though, when she's feeling a bit saucy, she likes to let it flow. Maybe she feels saucy pretty often ;) (maybe twice a month). When this happens, the last thing she wants is some damn sweat from her daily workout messing with her swag. After praying day and night for her swag-saving hero, it has finally arrived. Thanks to Nicole Ari Parker (the wife of super cutie Boris Kodjoe), women everywhere can rejoice for frizz-free hair after workouts. The Save Your Do head wrap prevents us creative hairstyle chicks from using any of the following excuses for why they cant work out ever again: 1. I just got my hair done! You know I need those five days. 2. I have a date tonight, I gotta keep my kitchen in check. 3. Oh no, I am not trying to sweat my hair out, I just flat ironed this last night. Now ladies, Save Your Do (SYD) is not 100% perfect, don't get too TOO excited. If you take no prisoners at the gym and are an aggressive sweat-er (like me) then your edges may still curl up a tiny bit. Honestly I was a little p/o'd upon discovering this. BUT....with a little balm before using SYD and a quick, light blow dry on those edges I was good to go! Don't take my word for it though, visit Save Your Do to check one out for yourself. Oh and, for all of us princesses, they do come in pink. Let me know what you think!
Love, Veggies and Sweat, Brocollete
So I was tempted to write a review about my favorite deep conditioner today but I was more excited at the moment of composing this post about something else - something many people consider the anti-thesis and arch nemesis of natural hair, the self-identity destroyer, the bank robber - the weave... When some friends and I put together everythingcurly.com we made it with the intention of not only celebrating natural hair and natural products but to also acknowledge the diversity of textures and styles natural hair can embody.
I have been natural all my life and it has not been easy as an ex-swimmer with 4a and 4b classified hair. Chlorine, sun exposure, and general negligence wreaked havoc on my poor hair most of my life (I am 25 now). Not only did the volume of my hair decrease but I was the dreaded once a year, 5 hour in the salon chair client, with the beautician tirelessly cutting away at 4 inches of splits ends. The strenuous academic schedule I endured cut down on time that I actually spent thinking about when and how I should care for my hair (I sometimes would wash my hair once every two weeks after swimming everyday in the sun for 14 days! eek!).
In recent years I have come to understand the importance of caring for the strands I have left on my head. I understand that I am not going to be one of those people who wake up in the morning run a comb through it and go on my merry way. Natural hair or any hair care for that matter takes time, energy, and sometimes some extra bicep strength to comb through those back kitchen parts.
You would think after reading this personal story, how can this be a post having to do with anything about weaves?! I am actually wondering that myself lol. What started as a "excited to share post" has evolved into more of a personal reflection which is necessary to understand my position on weaves. My ultimate philosophy in life is "Do whatever makes you happy" long as it doesn't endanger you or others around you. This philosophy also applies to weaves despite what critics have to say about how some women have their identity and whole being wrapped up in what is sewed on their head and flowing down their back. Although that might be true of some unfortunate souls who are "slaves" to the weave and equate self-confidence and beauty with their hair - for those of us that aren't concerned with that, there is no harm in trying a weave out! Which is exactly what I am doing!
While talking with the my beautician today as she was blow drying and trimming my ends, I confessed how I always wanted to rock an awesome, halle berry inspired, edgy, swaggerific, attitude-toting, short hair cut. She was kind of confounded about what was stopping me and I was equally as confused as well. I can do anything with my hair if I want to spend the time, energy and sometimes the $$$ to make it happen! I felt so empowered not because I was scheduled to get my first weave, but because I now had the time, energy, and a little mullah to do what every makes me and my tresses happy.
Check out some of the styles I am running through my head below!