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Contemplating Going Natural?

Thickmadam

OHHHHHH YEAHHHHHHHH!!
To Loc or not to loc? My daughter has a really full head of thick, nappy hair. I've been fixing them mostly in afro puffs because the last time my sister braided the hair, it was too tight and the hair on her hairline pulled. So I decided not to plait or weave it anymore but just leave it as afro or fix those cute afro puffs with colourful hair bands. But it's time-consuming and when I leave it as afro, I get so many questions even from complete strangers about why I didn't plait her hair.
So now, i'm contemplating locking her hair as I have no plans of cutting it because she has such beautiful hair. I need your opinions, is it advisable to lock an 11 month-old baby's hair?
I wouldn't loc the baby's hair.
Afro puffs are perfect and anybody wey no like am tell them to close their eyes so they wont have to see her hair.
also you can try two strand twists, verrry loose o so they don't pull her hair.
but she's not one yet and afro puffs are absolutely perfect.
some nice baby colourful barrets or hair bows...
 

bluestocking

Well-Known Member
I wouldn't loc the baby's hair.
Afro puffs are perfect and anybody wey no like am tell them to close their eyes so they wont have to see her hair.
also you can try two strand twists, verrry loose o so they don't pull her hair.
but she's not one yet and afro puffs are absolutely perfect.
some nice baby colourful barrets or hair bows...
TM, took your advice and tried some 2 strand twists. I've uploaded some pics on FB, tagged you in one. Feel free to remove tag if you want to, just wanted to show off my handiwork.
 

NTB

Well-Known Member
Had a fresh bob style haircut on Friday, added cocoa brown and light golden brown colors to it. No more twisting just rocking my natural hair :music-smi
 

ssergit

..still The Drama Queen!
Ladies, I discovered something.
if I apply eco styler olive oil gel to my hair (in small sections) my curl definition is out of this world.
Seriously????? Does it clump up thick? I thought you do locs, TM? Abeg, let me know.
My texturized hair only looks really cool when I wash and leave it wet. All the yeye activators and curl gels end up making my hair as thick an afro wig! And it is getting longer...so, I need tighter curls so that i can clip the back up and let some curls drop down.
 

Thickmadam

OHHHHHH YEAHHHHHHHH!!
Seriously????? Does it clump up thick? I thought you do locs, TM? Abeg, let me know.
My texturized hair only looks really cool when I wash and leave it wet. All the yeye activators and curl gels end up making my hair as thick an afro wig! And it is getting longer...so, I need tighter curls so that i can clip the back up and let some curls drop down.
I decided not to loc my hair. more versatile that way, for me.
just apply a little bit, actually what works best for me is to two strand twist my hair when it is dry, then in the morning untwist and it holds. I usually do it Saturday evenings, then slap a cute hat on if I have to run errands on sunday.
don't clump it in there, pea sized amount for a pencil size width hair will work.
you have to play with it to see what works for you.
you tube has some great videos for natural hair, and TWAs. don't know how long your hair is.
kinky curly didn't do it for me, I might give it a chance but not in the near future.

if you don't have time to twist the hair, apply in small sections, from root to tip.
 

ssergit

..still The Drama Queen!
I decided not to loc my hair. more versatile that way, for me.
just apply a little bit, actually what works best for me is to two strand twist my hair when it is dry, then in the morning untwist and it holds. I usually do it Saturday evenings, then slap a cute hat on if I have to run errands on sunday.
don't clump it in there, pea sized amount for a pencil size width hair will work.
you have to play with it to see what works for you.
you tube has some great videos for natural hair, and TWAs. don't know how long your hair is.
kinky curly didn't do it for me, I might give it a chance but not in the near future.

if you don't have time to twist the hair, apply in small sections, from root to tip.
aha. I think that is where I may be messing up. I kinda fill my palm and rub over whole hair. I'll try with small sized amount.

I cornrow sometimes with get, but when I loosen the rows, the lines are hard to hide, no matter how much I pick them close.

Anyway, I go try other ways, cos I already bleached my hair dark blonde, and I am aiming for platinum blonde by next month, so, relaxers are way out of the question, I have to get this curling thing right.

whatever happened to those tiny jerry curls rollers they used back in the day that gave some badd tight curls????
 

Thickmadam

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yeah I used to do it that way but it wasn't producing the desired effect so I looked on youtube.
had to experiment quite a bit to get to where I was happy with it.
is your all natural or straightened with something not a relaxer?
not sure it works with other than natural hair.

when I untwist I get the lines showing but I separate the hair as much as I can.

aha. I think that is where I may be messing up. I kinda fill my palm and rub over whole hair. I'll try with small sized amount.

I cornrow sometimes with get, but when I loosen the rows, the lines are hard to hide, no matter how much I pick them close.

Anyway, I go try other ways, cos I already bleached my hair dark blonde, and I am aiming for platinum blonde by next month, so, relaxers are way out of the question, I have to get this curling thing right.

whatever happened to those tiny jerry curls rollers they used back in the day that gave some badd tight curls????
 

Thickmadam

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hmmm I discovered the joys of blow drying my hair!
normally I don't blow dry my hair, but my hair dresser told me I could do a lot with my blow dried hair.
I am so excited to see what I can do wth my hair.
but she did caution me not to use heat often on it, so as not to change my natural coil/curl pattern.
 

ssergit

..still The Drama Queen!
Hmmmm.... i was just thinking about an hour ago as I got back home, and took off my short-hair wig that it is time to cut my hair AGAIN! I fixed straight human hair last month, and was enjoying the thonging, flat-iron etc...and then, I decided to shampoo and condition the hair! The platinum blonde conditioned well, but the auburn part (front section) just jumbled up like a dreadlock! Silly weave! So, i had to cut the whole thing off as I was due for a show that day, no time for salon!

Chai! I didn't know that when I was cutting off the weave, i yanked off my own natural hair in the cornrow! now I have me a short hairs in the middle!

All I wanna do now is cut my hair bald! BUT....it snowed here yesterday!!! Cold weather and bald/short hair are sure not friends!
*Sigh! I have to get more wigs!

Or, I might as well short it short and return back to my blonde curls.....hmmmmm..... NOT a bad idea! [The wigs are always there for quick-change-in-looks grinning:]
 

Thickmadam

OHHHHHH YEAHHHHHHHH!!
didn't know where to put this, but i am so pissed off right now.
was having lunch with a couple of ladies, one of them was complaining at how "tore up" her hair looked this past weekend and how bad it was, and she said she looked like somebody from the motherland.
i was livid.
excuse me? how do WE look, those of us from the motherland.
and she said, girl you aint' from no motherland, you were born in _____________.

i had to get up and walk away before i insulted a 50 year old woman.
so because i wasn't born in nigeria, i am not african? ARE YOU FRIGGING KIDDING ME?
and so because your hair looked bad, you automatically equate the bad hair to AFRICANS?!
i was so livid.

phew!
had to get that out before i go and say something to her that i might regret.
 

Abike

Well-Known Member
Ignorance is sooooooooooo not bliss!!!! I work in education, and you can't even begin to imagine what EDUCATORS say at times....so shocking, its not even worth repeating nor do some of them deserve retorts before a fight starts...lol!



didn't know where to put this, but i am so pissed off right now.
was having lunch with a couple of ladies, one of them was complaining at how "tore up" her hair looked this past weekend and how bad it was, and she said she looked like somebody from the motherland.
i was livid.
excuse me? how do WE look, those of us from the motherland.
and she said, girl you aint' from no motherland, you were born in _____________.

i had to get up and walk away before i insulted a 50 year old woman.
so because i wasn't born in nigeria, i am not african? ARE YOU FRIGGING KIDDING ME?
and so because your hair looked bad, you automatically equate the bad hair to AFRICANS?!
i was so livid.

phew!
had to get that out before i go and say something to her that i might regret.
 

toammyb

Born to lead and follow
Right, my hair is fab, it grows great, so I don't really have problems with my hair as such. Usually, I do corn rows, hold that for two weeks, then I twist for another two weeks, rock a fro for a few days and then straighten my hair with good old hair straightners and rock that for another week or two before I wash again and go back to my corn rows.

I have gone round online and read on making home made hair conditioner, simply because, my hair is usually dry, I mean crispy dry, it's not fluffy like I want, so I made my own hair conditioner using the following:
a bit of water
coconut water
hair conditioner
glycerine
almond oil
lemon
tea tree oil
vitamin e oil
shea butter.

I have used this mixture for about a month now and my hair hasn't made any progress. I just need to be able to comb my hair without breaking sweat. It's hard to comb, especially after wash and when I comb every morning, it's like I haven't comed it for weeks. Is there something I'm doing wrong? (except the straightening, of course :D)
 

barbarellanoir

Well-Known Member
Right, my hair is fab, it grows great, so I don't really have problems with my hair as such. Usually, I do corn rows, hold that for two weeks, then I twist for another two weeks, rock a fro for a few days and then straighten my hair with good old hair straightners and rock that for another week or two before I wash again and go back to my corn rows.

I have gone round online and read on making home made hair conditioner, simply because, my hair is usually dry, I mean crispy dry, it's not fluffy like I want, so I made my own hair conditioner using the following:
a bit of water
coconut water
hair conditioner
glycerine
almond oil
lemon
tea tree oil
vitamin e oil
shea butter.

I have used this mixture for about a month now and my hair hasn't made any progress. I just need to be able to comb my hair without breaking sweat. It's hard to comb, especially after wash and when I comb every morning, it's like I haven't comed it for weeks. Is there something I'm doing wrong? (except the straightening, of course :D)
you can use a combo of kemi oil's oxy oil conditioning spray, and procidic spray. one detangles, and the other conditions. The Kemi rep was at my godsis' salon maaaany years ago, and she told him i'd never had a perm, he handed me two full size bottles of each. You may be over conditioning, and need to wash some of the products out, so what's needed can penetrate the hair shaft. I know that happened to me, when i was making/using my own conditioner for months. When i finally made it to my godsis's salon(she's natural), she was like daheyull???? she took a comb, and ran it across a section of my hair, which looked dull, and all these products were caked on. it took about a month of me using keracare's first lather, and then their shampoo to remove the excess, and then she gave me Natures blessings hair oil, and that helps a great deal. It's 100% oil, but it looks like a pomade, and lasts a looooong time. This is just my opinion. Some folk aren't fans of products that are commercially available, especially the newly "minted" folk..I've never had a perm, i'm not a natural nazi, have NO problem with ladies who wear weaves,wigs,ANYTHING at all....It's hair, do whatever allows you to be great..
 

ssergit

..still The Drama Queen!
The stress of combing a natural hair that is nappy is no longer funny! It hurts!!!! Reminds me of childhood before mumsie resorted to light perming to 'soften' the hair!