|In St. Kitts, November 2011|
|2001 college pic|
|With one of my older brothers. I probably was one or two here with natural hair.|
|Fast forward a few years, I'm greased up and silky straight thanks to that torturous hot comb. |
I still remember the smell of hair burning and the marks left from forehead, ear and neck burns.
Had to get those edges straight by any means necessary!
|During the early days, I didn't know how to do much,|
so I tried over-jazzing my puffs to try and create a different look.
|Here's another attempt at versatility.|
|By this time, I had gotten more comfortable and was getting a little more creative. |
You can't see the front very well, but those are flat twists leading up to the twistout on top.
|The style looked pretty good when I left home (it was still wet), so I didn't know my hair was shriveling up while it dried. I was shocked when I got home and looked in the mirror. How do you leave home looking one way and come home a couple hours later with a completely different look?? I learned the hard way.|
|I get these knots mostly with fro styles. I have to cut them,|
which is why I don't wear fro styles often.
- I have three textures that I have to deal with, which I believe are 4a, 4b and 4c. The kinkiest of the kinky
- Unstretched, my hair will shrink about 78% - 88% of its actual length.
- If I properly moisturize my hair and keep it stretched and trim damaged strands, that will likely be the only way to minimize tangles and knots but I will probably always have them.
- Most importantly, I have a new appreciation for my hair and a new level of understanding. How could I have a head full of 4a/4b/4c hair and not deal with tangles, knots and damage? In fact, I'm shocked I have as much hair as I do! This also reinforced the need for me to be gentle when handling my hair since I understand that every twist and curve is a potential breaking point and each strand of my hair is filled with twists and curves!
|Mom, me, brother and aunt. One of my proudest moments |
was seeing my mother and aunt natural for the first time.
|My sister-in-law. The newest natural in the family.|
|1st Vice President (me) with President of a national professional organization. |
Natural and professional - it's not an oxymoron.
|With friend and co-worker rocking our natural hair and red outfits.|
|Big twists can be pinned up in different ways with accessories to create various looks.|
|Same size twists as above. I shaped each twist into a circle, |
pinned them up and tied a colorful scarf around it for flare.
|This is an old favorite. Twists formed in circles (pin curls) and pinned at the top, |
but I took the bottom section down. Purple flowers are nice additions.
|Now, I love my twists. The extra length made a big difference for me. |
I also like to rod the ends to make them curly. For this style, I just
pulled up one side in a clip.
|Over time the curl loosens up a little, but I still like the look. |
In this style, I pulled up the front in a pony tail.
|Ohhhh watch out now! Gold accents with the majority |
pulled back in a ponytail. The twists that I hated are becoming a fav!
|Natural surrounded by nature. One of my favorite pics, not only because I'm wearing the |
dreaded twists (lol), but because it speaks volumes of where I am now compared to where I was.
|Twists pulled back and covered with a knit beeny thing |
(sorry don't know what that's called!). I held it in place with hair pins.
|I used to hate shrinkage. I wanted to show my length and was frustrated that I couldn't do that without heat. Now I like it. It's a trait that's uniquely ours and it helps with versatility allowing us to go from short to long if you chose to use heat or stretch your hair for some additional length.|
|I also love that by varying the sizes of the twists, you can create a fuller twistout.|
|Natural hair can be the best fashion accessory . |
Look at those waves! Who needs a wavy weave??!
|This pic is from 2008. I went through great trouble to identify a natural style (that I could do myself) that would be fancy enough for a formal party. I still love this look, but over the years, I lost interest in spending that much time on my hair.|
|Nowadays, formal to me means I pull my hair up :-)|
|If I want to get fancy, I may add a flower.|
|This pic was taken on the same cruise I referenced above. |
I usually wear a scarf with my puffs, but it looks great without it too.
|It's something about the puff that creates a regal look.|
|How can I hate my 3 textures when they come together to create this magnificent puff??|
|There were moments, I got a little bored and tried something that was a little different, |
but didn't require a lot of work. The back is pulled up and pinned like a french roll. I call it the "fro roll."
The front is from an old twistout made from large twists.
|When I posted this Frohawk on FB, I was shocked at the overwhelming response. Of all my pics, this one has gotten the most responses. I absolutely LOVE this look, but you can look at it and imagine how much trouble I had detangling it. I think I may try this again one day on stretched hair.|
|I'm anti-heat, so I created this look by doing some intense finger combing on dry hair using oil. |
I had no idea my hair would expand like this!! Our hair naturally clumps together,
so separating those strands created this beautiful monstrous sight!
|Before going to bed, I put my stretched hair into large twists. |
This was the result in the morning when I took them out.
|I love big hair, but I had to find a way to make this style a little smaller for work, so I twisted and pinned the top.|
|Still have the big hair look, but it's a little more tamed for the office.|
|Slight variation from the above. You can see some of the waves from me twisting it the night before.|
|Sometimes I surprise myself. On this day, I didn't want to have my hair out, so I just played around with a few twists and came up with this. The bottom clip is only over the very top part of my hair. Otherwise, it would have broke!|
~Loving Me Naturally