Remembering 9/11/01

American Flag

Taking a break from natural hair today and remembering those who lost their lives on that fateful day 9/11/01.  I took this photo at the Vietnam Memorial in Jacksonville, NC Lejeune Memorial Gardens ,where they have the names of countless soldiers who died in that war inscribed on glass panels.  Just before you walk into the memorial there is a piece of a beam from one of the twin towers that was sent to those that volunteered their time and service to help the victims of 9/11.  Visiting this memorial you will see lots of different memorials to different men and women who so bravely have given their lives for this country.  I thought to myself, I really need to be thankful for my life and space in this country.  Each day I say a prayer of thanks to God for blessing those people to be so brave that we may be able to enjoy our freedom.  So many died on 9/11 so let us not let their deaths be in vain, we can take time out each day to give a moment of silence, do something nice for someone else and be thankful for the things we sometimes take for granted.  I salute the men women and children who died and who gave their lives trying to save lives, I truly honor them, our true heroes.  

I’m Back! With news:-)

If you follow my blog, you know that I haven’t posted for quite sometime now.  I am still natural and loving it and my hair has grown quite a bit.  In the meantime I’ve had another child, a little boy, and my husband and I purchased a home so there has been lots of excitement goingz on 🙂 I want to share more with you about my hair and also my children’s hair since we all have different textures, I may even get my husband to let me throw in a few pics of his hair. 

Also in other Big News, my sister TheLaydi1 will be co-author of this site and will be adding lots of new topics, pictures and information! She also has a youtube channel that you absolutely must check out…. http://www.youtube.com/user/TheLaydi1/videos Her videos are awesome and she does lots of tutorials (what natural doesn’t love tutorials?!?) so check her out and leave her a comment letting her know I sent ya!

Come check the blog often and also look for posts from TheLaydi1.  as always: Rate, Comment and Subscribe! Peace

UPDATE!!!!

So sorry I’ve been gone for so long!!!! I do have some updates with my hair to share with you though :).   I have been wearing the mini twists regularly and the last time I wore them, I kept them in for a month.  I’ve noticed a lot of growth since starting this protective style and I really like the versatility of the mini twists they allow me to do many different styles.

I started using the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie to refresh my twists every other day and it does what it promises, takes away frizz and defines the curls.  I also spray my twists with a water and glycerin mix every other day before applying the curl enhancing smoothie.  Keep in mind my regimen is still the same.  The curl enhancing smoothie is used as a styling agent that also helps to moisturize,  it keeps my hair light and curly at the ends (I don’t apply much, a little goes a looooong way :). Here are a few pics of my twists in March and April.

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My Current Protective Style

I decided to style my hair in mini 2 strand twists for this month and hopefully it will last into next month.  Feb. 10, 2011 will be my 1 year anniversary being natural!! I already notice a significant amount of growth since i did my big chop last year and in order for my hair to retain even more length I’m going to continue to keep it in protective styles as much as possible.

This style was achieved on dry hair, just after washing and deep conditioning.  While my hair was still wet i sectioned it off into about 6 or 8 sections and applied my leave in conditioner plus a mix of castor oil and aloe vera gel.  Then i sat under a hooded dryer with big chunky twists that i put in after adding the mix and detangling.  My hair dried very soft and felt really moisturized.  Then i began twisting using Taliah Waajid’s Lock it up gel.  It took about 6 hours with breaks to take the baby to the potty.  The gel dried soft, no crunch and no flakes! I will keep you updated on the maintenance of this style.

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Conforming?

Where do you draw the line?

I recently saw a video on YouTube  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxMcYlmlmzE where a woman who I have been subscribed to for a while (because of her natural hair), made a video to say that she had gotten a relaxer because she was looking for a job and another professional black woman told her that natural hair was not excepted everywhere.  She claimed that she couldn’t get her hair straight enough with pressing so getting a relaxer was her only alternative if she wants to get the job she wants. She goes on to say how she doesn’t want anyone to send her hate mail or negative comments because she is not conforming, she is just relaxed until she gets a job then she is going to transition back to natural.  She says that natural hair is, “her” and that she is definitely not giving up, she was very adamant about us not viewing her as a sell out.  Check out the link if you want to see her explain her reasons and she also goes into detail about her current job and why she is looking for another.  I still like her and will keep my subscription to her channel for when she comes back, she has made really good videos in the past.  I don’t knock her for making a decision she thought was best even though i disagree.

It made me sad to see that someone whom I thought was very strong in who she is and determined to maintain her natural hair, would let her profession determine how to treat her hair.  I thought that it was indeed conforming even though she reiterated that she was going to transition as soon as she finishes her job search.  To myself, I was thinking “I would not want to work for a company that did not accept my natural hair”.  How could you lie to yourself and try to trick yourself into thinking that you are not conforming. Although I can understand her outlook and making money for your livelihood is very important, is that particular company going to respect you and keep you as an employee when you transition back to your natural hair? If a company/business can’t accept you with your natural hair, why would they respect you as a person in general and what would stop them from getting rid of you when your natural hair grows out.  Not to mention the time it takes to grow your natural hair out after having a relaxer, it takes a long time hence the “natural hair journey”.

I don’t have any issues with ladies who chose to relax because they like their hair that way, but when you are doing it for the purposes of being excepted I feel this is a problem.  What if they asked someone who has relaxed hair to go natural?  It is a degrading feeling not to be excepted because of your hair or any other part of your body.  We should not be going through this in 2010, but the reality is that people are still prejudiced and racist.  I think the only way to put a stop to it is to let it be known publicly. Take it to the newspaper and the local news and allow others to know whats going on.  There is strength in numbers.  Its time to stand up!

My question is, do you think there should be a limit as to what you should do or change about yourself personally to get a job?  Do you feel that this woman conformed?  What would you do in this same situation? Do you feel that black woman need to have straight hair to present themselves as professional?  Please leave a comment and let me know, share your thoughts and/or experiences.

These are my personal opinions and I have not been paid to express them.

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Boost Your Immunity!

Strengthen your defense naturally

  1. Eat Well– Enjoy whole fruits and vegetables for the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants your body needs to defend itself.
  2. Hydrate– Drink pure water throughout the day–at least eight large glasses.  Dehydration reduces the effectiveness of your nasal membranes, which are your first line of defense against inhaled cold germs.
  3. Get your Z’s– Getting enough rest is crucial.  Sleep deprivation can lead to a decline in the number of infection-fighting cells, leaving you susceptible to illness.
  4. Wash Up– Wash your hands often.  Cover your mouth with the crook of your arm when sneezing or coughing in order to reduce the spread of bacteria.  Frequently wash or disinfect commonly touched items such as telephones, doorknobs, drawer handles, and stair railings.
  5. Add Supplements– Consider taking vitamin C and the mineral zinc.  A recent study confirms the supportive effects of both, nothing that deficiencies can lead to impaired immune health.  Like vitamin C, antioxidant-rich vitamin E protects cells from free-radical damage.  Vitamin E may also enhance immune function.
  6. Herbal Helpers– Try supplemental garlic, which contains antibacterial compounds.  Another option is taking echinacea.  Some studies show that this herb may reduce the length and severity of colds.  Echinacea is not recommended for continuous, long-term use.

Source: Nature’s Place Magazine