Tuesday, June 2, 2009

It has been forever

Okay, I know it has been like forever since I last posted. They were kidding when they say a baby changes everything…LOL!!! Motherhood has been a joy and I am so blessed beyond measure that mere words would not be able to articulate what God has done.

Regarding my hair, it is holding up very well. I am not sure if I can call them sisterlocks anymore because I have been a DIY’er for a while now. And I do not regret my decision at all to take on the challenge. My retightenings have been getting faster and faster, although I haven’t actually timed it because I fit it in when I can. I can just tell a difference in how much I can get done in a short amount of time.
I’m not sure if you can see in the picture that my hair is starting to get some hang time and it has thickened up, especially compared to installation. I look back and I realized I looked like a little “plucked chicken” LOL!!! And I loved every minute of it :-) In this pictures I am rocking a twist out. It's amazing that I can get this outcome just using water and twisting my hair. As far as products, I don't use anything but water on my hair. No oil at all. I wash my hair with diluted Selsun Blue and that's it. I probably need to do another ACV rinse soon, but my hair does better without all the products that are out there.

Again I will say, I wish I locked my hair a long time ago. Funny how I went from never doing the “nappy hair” thing, to loving my naps! It made me really think because recently I was visiting with family and I was spending some time with my niece who is bi-racial. She made the comment that she wished she had “white” hair and I almost fell out of my seat. But then I had to realize that I used to be the same way at her age (11 yrs old) and she has even more pressures than I had when it comes to the way she views herself, namely her hair. I just pray that I will be able to help her in her own self-awareness of what true beauty really means. Regardless of if your hair is straight or nappy.

Here are a few pictures of my little angel – Kaleb Joshua. It’s hard to believe that he will be 7 months old already. I am learning to cherish every moment, they go by so fast. He's killing me with those ears...LOL!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Labor of Love

It has been forever....once again since I last posted. A lot has changed since then. I am now a mom!!! Kaleb Joshua was born on November 11th. It was the the most amazing experience. I had him naturally in a birth pool. Everyone thought I was crazy to forego drugs, but I figured women have been doing this for years and nothing is impossible for God. I won't say it was easy, but it was worth it and I believe I will do it again, God willing.

As far as my hair goes, Sisterlocks are great for labor!!!Honestly, I was able to retighten my hair a week before I went into labor and the thought of not having to worry about hair was such a good feeling. As black women I know it is hard sometimes not the think so much about hair. But it's great when you don't have to worry about sweating out a perm or having braids installed that are too tight in efforts not to look a hot mess.
In the meantime, I hope to update with more recent pics since I will be home on maternity leave for a while. Thanks to those who were praying for a safe delivery. God has truly blessed my husband and I with the miracle of life.

Monday, July 14, 2008

It's Official - I've joined the DIY ranks

I'm so excited!!! Due to having some serious back issues with this pregnancy, I felt like sitting for 5-6 hours in my consultants chair was not going to work. I ordered my nappylocs tool and figured this would be the time to experiment. Well I think I did a pretty good job :-) I didn't keep track of how long it took me, but at least it was on my own time and I feel so empowered that I can do it myself.

Thanks to Kalia and Saabira for the information and the boost of confidence! I'll have to do better with keeping up the posts, but please know I haven't fell off the face of the earth.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Still loving my hair

I know....I know. I am the biggest slacker ever!! Blame it on the baby :-) So I have finally experienced what it is like to go through a first trimester of pregnancy. I can't say that it was bad, but I had no energy or motivation at all, and food was not my friend. Although you can't tell by the way my belly is looking, I actually lost 7 pounds!

The problem is, why couldn’t I lose the wait this easily before I became pregnant??? Oh well, God knows best so let me just go with the flow. I’m just excited about the whole experience.

My hair is growing and I can finally see some length. I was hanging out with my line sisters not long ago and I took a picture of a twist out that I did. I think it came out okay considering I only had it twisted for like 30 minutes before I had to leave. Hair is so easy now. I love the way it just sticks out really funky so I am enjoying this phase.

One major breakthrough was my consultant made record time on her retightening - 5 hours!! I know, to me it is still a bit much. But it is at least improving. Thanks to those on Lockitup who ensured me that as she gets more clients, her speed should increase.

I know this picture is not the best on clarity, but you get the point. I’ll try to update with more pictures soon. Thanks for those checking up on me, you are the best!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

It's been a long time

It's funny how I thought I would be totally on top of this blogging thing and here I am the biggest slacker....LOL!!! I still need to update new photos. My MBA program has been taking up a lot of my time so I will be happy if I can just do an update every month :-)

I am still loving my sisterlocks. Besides my retightening times being still ridiculously long, I have no complaints. I just had my locks retightened on Monday and it took 6 hours this time. So it looks like I will be looking into the nappylocks tool here soon because I won't be able to have that type of time to just sit there after I have been at work all day. Not only do I work full time and go to school, I am 7 weeks PREGNANT!!! Yes, it is official. God has blessed us beyond measure and we are expecting our first child or children, depending on whether not I'm having twins. Soon enough, I will know :-)

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Another Year!!

I have so much to be thankful for coming into this new year. Not only is it a new year, but I just turned a year older on the 4th. So Happy Birthday to me :-) I feel like I have learned and experienced so much in my 27 years of life. And yet I have so far to go. Well this is a short post as I am more in a contemplative mood right now. But I do have a couple of new pictures from Christmas and from New Years Day.

Monday, December 24, 2007

1st Retightening

As to be expected, I had lots of slippage in the back. But as I keep hearing patience, patience, patience!! Here are some pics after my long extended re-tightening session.

Initially my scalp started going crazy with dryness and all the drama that comes with it - flakes and itching. But I have determined that the sisterlock starter shampoo just isn't going to work for me. It actually felt like it was burning my scalp whenever I used it. I am down to washing my hair only weekly now with a natural shampoo. I can't quite remember the name of it right now since I am not at home, but it has been working so far. Hopefully this will help with the slippage since I am not washing so frequently.
I am in Greensboro, NC right now visiting with my husband's family for Christmas. I have to admit that I married into a wonderful family and that is a blessing itself. But thinking of blessings brings me to my next thought.
Warning: Non-hair topic
Lately, I have gotten so excited just to hear people say Merry Christmas. That's crazy that the true meaning of this season is getting lost in all of the "Happy Holidays" and "Seasons Greetings". There would be no season if there were no Jesus. I'm in no way trying to be politically correct. It just makes me so upset that people are afraid to say "Merry Christmas". The greatest gift that I could ever receive is the gift of life that Christ gave me. I can be free, and salvation is a gift. People spend so much time spending money they don't have, for things they don't want to buy for people they don't even like. What sense does this make? Now I understand that I am making a very general statement. However, the meaning of what Christmas represents is so lost nowadays. It is the celebration of Christ's birth, not the celebration of Santa Clause. I run the risk of being a "scrooge", but I do not want to lose myself in what people consider to be important in this season.
I am so thankful for Christ and the gift that he gave. It is not only for me, but for all who acknowledge Him as Lord and Savior. I want to encourage everyone to really think about the real reason you celebrate Christmas. Then maybe we won't be so timid to say....
Merry Christmas