Braids

Ok. I also uploaded a video about my braids after 2 weeks. Yes, I said that I would take them down, but I have not done it yet…it is getting late…and I am tired from running around for the last few hours. So bare with me. I will have these braids in for another day or too, but they coming out ASAP. You know how stuff goes.

 

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Welcome back from a long weekend! I am so glad that I had a good long break from my 2 jobs. Back to the grind tomorrow though. But all is good.

 I uploaded some old videos to YouTube today. These were some videos of me transition and how my new growth looked then (about 7 months ago). These videos are soo ROUGH. I look, act and talk like a ZOMBIE. please comment. I don’t mind if you make fun of them  (just don’t get ugly lol). But check them out if you want to.  I did have a flexi rod tutorial, which is one of the styles that I used a lot while transitioning.

I hope I can come up with some better videos with the help of my boyfriend who comes home in 2 weeks from Los Angeles. He is in film school, and we are planning a big surprise for you all….stay*tuned.

Quotes: what this one means to you.

As I was  searching the web to connect with other mujeres naturales, I came across this site. (which I had visited once before a long time ago…) I also came across this wonderful quote by Marcus Garvey:

“Don’t remove the kinks from your hair, remove them from your brain!”

I love this. I wish I was told this a long time ago, and I want to ask readers what the quote means to you?

Post a comment!

~Jamii

Braids Update

I will make a video to document how my braids are going after 2 weeks.

Stay tuned!

Good night East Coast!

 

No-relaxer Perks

Well, I know these perks may not seem that important or interesting to people that do not know what black women go through with their hair; however they are very significant to me, and I am sure they are many more perks that are significant to other transitioners and natural hair chicas. I wanted to list a few here:

1. You can walk in the rain without an umbrella, and without completely loosing a new permed style.
2. You can learn to swim, if you don’t know how (Had the throw this one in there; it relates to no.1)
3. You don’t have to go to a salon or by a boxed perm to keep the styles you want to wear
4. You can get to know my hair like it was (or at least similar to) when you were  a little girl.
5. You can utilize a variety of natural hair products that are especially for your hair
6 . You can wear your hair in various styles that do not require you to sleep standing up…yall know what I mean 🙂
7. Natural hair makes you look younger

Got “No-lye” Perks?…Post a comment to add your own!
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Women abroad think black American hair is naturally straight??

Women abroad think black American hair is naturally straight??

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Natural Hair Styles

Fellow natural hair blogger Kinjee just posted her hair journey! (Thanks again Kinjee!) She mentioned that she did not know what to do at first when pertaining to styles as she transitioned…I can relate! Now,  I think from her blog pictures, I think she has got it down! Go Chica! I thought it may be helpful to post some pictures of natural hair styles that are easy (I am a DIY fan), affordable, and still sexy! So I will start by posting some of my own, and please feel free to comment on your own! 

Fan of it?

           Flaunt it!

Muah~Jamii

 This is a flat-twist twist out. Kind of crunchy hold so it can last. Done by my old hairdresser in ATL. I miss you Star! This is a transitioning style.

15 Toxic Ingredients in Personal Care: FOTE Aloe Vera Gel

Follow the link below to find out what products to stay away from when choosing what is best for your hair.

I am posting this link because there are many people out there (including myself) who just bought a big bottle or have been using FOTE Aloe Vera Gel.

Ingerdients: Aloe Vera Gel, Triethanolamine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea

This gel works well, but it does contain UREA. (# 3 on the list: “Ureas, formally known as diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, or DMDM hydantoin and sodium hydroxymethyl-glycinate, are preservatives that have the potential to release formaldehyde in very small amounts and are a primary cause of contact dermatitis.”) The FOTE brand has this ingredient last, which means it is in the least amount, but still I don’t want to make my sensitive skin even more sensitive. Do you?

This product also contains #13 on the list. (“Chelators, such as disodium EDTA and tetrasodium EDTA, are used in personal care products to remove impurities from low-quality raw materials. They do not readily biode-grade in the environment.”) Bad for the environment is ultimately bad for you.

Carbomer…not so good either for you or the environment. # 11 on the list (“Synthetic polymers, such as sodium polyacrylate and carbomer, come from petroleum and give viscosity to skincare products. They are highly processed and their manufacture creates toxic by-products.”)

I must admit. I bought this product because it was cheap, and it had Aloe Vera as the 1st ingredient, but I should have put my money where my conscience was, and got the good stuff. Aloe Vera gel is great, but it is best to get it from an organic foods grocery store such as Earth Fare or maybe Whole Foods.

Thanks Care2

Sorry FOTE

~Jamii

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/15-toxic-ingredients-in-personal-care-products.html

WELCOME TO SO NAPPY

WELCOME TO SO NAPPY!  Looking for POSTS? Go to SoNappy Tab.

This is a new and fun blog dedicated to black women who are living (or want to live) a healthy natural lifestyle from their hair follicles to their toe cuticles.  I created this blog for women to have support as they transform (and struggle a little) with growth and ultimate care of newly natural tresses. I hope to be able also comment on how to live a fruitful, healthful, natural lifestyle including diet, product use, exercise, and stable cognition.

About a year and a half ago, I decided that I would go natural. I did my research, read some books, and contemplated for a few months. I stopped getting my perm in early Nov 2008, and I transitioned with protective styles for 10 months.  Sept of 2009, I did the big chop.  No, I did not cry.  Now I am doing what it takes to grow my hair strong and healthy. I have taken advice from YouTubers, Bloggers, and random shoppers in grocery stores. I have learned a lot about my hair by doing my own styles; I tried a non-natural hair dresser, and a natural/locs hair dresser. Both cost too much, so I forced myself to DIY! Anyway…enough with my story. I will write a page about that. This blog will allow me to give my advice to people that are going through the same struggles as I did.  On this blog you will receive useful product reviews, interesting book reviews, hot web links, sexy pictures, Hollywood-like videos, crazy polls, in-your-face surveys, and much more! I would love to hear from you all about what you like, dislike, can’t live without, or can’t live with.  Or anything else you wish to comment on. So please follow me on this So Nappy journey! The bumpier the ride the better!


~Jamii