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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Happy Loc anniversary Darina!!!

Q. How long have you been natural? Tell us about your journey.
I have been natural since I was born. My mother didn't believe in relaxing my hair, even on bad hair days. 

Q. What products do you use on your hair. What is your hair regimen?
Mostly Jamaican Mango & Lime(JM&L) products. I've experimented with Murray's Black beeswax once. Usually I oil my scalp daily with Doo Gro Stimulating Growth Oil, Africa's Best Ultimate Herbal Oil, or JM&L "Sproil" Spray Oil. After I oil the scalp only I apply the JM&L Cactus Leave-In Moisturizer to the locs themselves for a bit of shine before styling. My locs are twisted biweekly by my usual loctician or myself. They're washed biweekly with anti-dandruff shampoo the day before re-twist and no conditioner is used immediately after the shampoo.

Q. What do you love most about your hair? What's the biggest challenge?
I love the knots of course, haha. It amazes me how each strand can intertwine with such curiosity to form such beautiful locked hair. There were times when I didn't think my hair would lock because of it's texture and I thought it didn't look right so I hid it under a cap at times.

Q. How has being natural and having locs affected you overall?‬Being natural has always been natural to me. Having locs gives me a sense of individuality and empowerment to go along with it. It has helped me understand that people aren't conditioned by the outside, yet my locs are a reflection of my true heart, sturdy, versatile, and limitless.

Q. What would you tell someone who wants to loc their hair?
Be patient. Don't listen to negativity. Joy is nothing without a bad day, so expect them. Q. Anything else you'd like to share with the readers?Growing locs for whatever reason truly is a journey. You may start out thinking you want locs as a fashion statement and as people see you transitioning comments will be made. Not all good, not all bad. Your reaction may alter your perception and path. This is why being a dreadhead is a lifestyle. This is why we're versatile and distinct. Good luck on your loc path. Stay inspired.Feel free to include links to any blogs, websites, etc that you may have.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Natural Haired Beauty...Hafsa Kadree

Allow me to introduce my muse...Natural Haired Beauty Hafsa Kadree :)

All photos by Jhavia Nicole

Q. How long have you been natural? Tell us about your journey.

I have been natural for most of my life save for a few years between the ages of about 8 and 10. I've been tempted on many accounts to either keep my hair straightened or perm it simply because it would cease the seemingly never ending commentary from my peers, however, I love the versatility of my hair as it is too much to change it. It has taken me a long time to appreciate my hair, though. I, for many years, felt like I got the short end of the stick within my family as far as hair texture goes as eldest sisters always had beautiful long fairly loosely curled hair. But as I got older and learned how to better take care of my hair, so grew my love and appreciation for it.‬‪

Q. What is your favorite hair style and why?

My favorite hair style is rather simple: picked out, possibly with a headband and free.‬‪

Q. What products do you use on your hair. What is your hair regimen?

I've recently been using more natural products and am on the search for a non-expensive sulfate-free shampoo. I've usually wash my hair about once a week or so, unless I work out or go swimming, etc. I condition my hair twice a week and, when I remember, I braid it into plaits and tie it down at night. I moisturize it everyday prior to styling.‬‪

Q. What made you decide to color your hair and what product did you use to dye it?‬‪

It was actually rather spur of the moment. My sister just dyed her hair that afternoon and had some extra hair color left and asked if I wanted to try out a new color, so, I did and I loved it! I believe I used Dark and Lovely permanent hair color.‬‪

Q. What do you love most about your hair? What's the biggest challenge?

The thing I love the most about my hair is it's versatility! I love that I can have it picked out one day and have it in twists the next or straighten it then have it in braids. The biggest challenge is that I feel it takes much effort to maintain as I want my hair to be healthy, but that is a challenge that I am happy to face.‬‪

Q. How has being natural affected you overall?‬‪

I feel that being natural, especially with my texture of natural hair, has forced me to have more self-confidence than the average. I've had to deal with people making fun of me for having what they define as "nappy" hair, or being told that I would be "so much prettier" if I would just perm my hair, and other such things. It's kind of thrust me into loving myself despite not being what one would typically call a beautiful woman and as I got older helped me be proud to stand out from the crowd instead of feeling uncomfortable about not blending in.

Q. What would you tell someone who wants to go natural?

I would say go for it! But, you must keep in mind that it does take work to maintain healthy natural hair and one must have patience as well as understand that your hair texture may not come out as you expect it to.‬‪

Hafsa, thank you for answering my questions! :)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

My hair May 2010

Shoot first, ask questions later..

My hair, October 2009

Shoot first, ask questions later..

The future of Natural Haired Beauties

I will be featuring other lovely women with natural hair on this blog, as well as updating you all on my loc journey. Stay tuned and thanks for following!