Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Length Check: 23rd Months Transitioning

Hi all :) I did this length check on July 10th, but just getting around to posting the video on the blog. I do my BIG CHOP this month!! Yay me!

Stay Tuned for my Big Chop video in the next couple of weeks (2 to be exact lol).

As Always, Stay Positive!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Long Term Transitioner: Bliss


When was your last relaxer? 
Some time in 2004.

Why did you decide to “go natural”? 
A combination of reasons, but mostly for health. At 16 I became seriously ill will complications from appendicitis and I vowed to treat my body better. I didn't do anything to become sick of course, appendicitis kind of creeps up on you, but I wanted to be sure I had a grip on what I COULD control. That meant doing away with harsh chemicals for the sake of having straight hair. 

How long did you transition and why didn’t you Big Chop (BC) right away? 
Just under a year I think. I'm unsure because one day I just kind of stopped going to get my hair done, then later made the conscious decision to be in it for the long haul. I didn't chop it off right away because at the time I was extremely self conscious (ok, still am sorta, lol). I was 17 and thought the only thing I had going for me was my long hair, and to top it off I didn't know any naturals and wasn't sure if I could handle it or not.

(her hair stretched to her butt)

What and/or who helped you through the transitioning period?
Luckily I'm a fairly bullheaded person and when I set my mind on something I try my best to do it. With that said, if anything, everyone I ran into tried to change my mind, teased me, etc. It was very difficult mentally. I mostly relied on natural websites for help and inspiration. 

What were your favorite transitioning styles?
I kept it basic, ponytails and such.

How did you know it was time to BC? 
I was super irritated with dealing with multiple textures, for one. I'd also developed a sense of boldness, probably from all the negativity surrounding my decision. Overall I just couldn't find a good enough reason not to go for it. 

What advice do you have for people currently transitioning? 
Stick it out! I've been natural 5 years and I've had my ups and downs, but it's all worth it :). 

Any extra words/thoughts about your experience? 
Only that the best way to deal with natural hair is to go with the flow! Remember, most of us only had/have experience with it straight so don't force it to do anything. For example, because of my texture I can't do afros. Luckily I've never had any burning desire to wear one, but if I wanted to I would have to do a lot--including potentially damaging it--to get it so it just doesn't flop over. Take time to really learn your hair :). 

How can readers contact you? 
Twitter: @bharperdavis

I hope this feature helps transitioners, as well as ladies considering going natural :)

As always, Stay Positive!

Monday, June 27, 2011

2 Styles in 1

If you follow my blog, you know I am ALL about protective styles. However, I don't mind letting my hair out every once in awhile. I was bad and didn't wash my hair this past weekend. So, I decided to rod my braids and do a curly braid out in the back. The following pictures show the 2 different styles.

First Look:

Side View:
(those are flat twists on the side)

The Back:
(there's 4 braids in the back and I did a cross-cross design with bobby pins)

2nd Look:
(Curly Braid Out)

Back View:

 Overall Look w/ Outfit:

Hope you enjoy!

As Always, Stay Positive!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Cute Transition Hairstyle

This style came about because I was trying the banding technique... it came out so-so. (I'll try banding again after I cut my relaxed ends.) So I decided to do 2 flat twists and a bun in the back. Enjoy the pics :)

Overall Look:

Side Views:

Back View of Bun:

Overall Look + Outfit:

Hope this look gives you a new hairstyle to try!

As Always, Stay Positive!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Why I Am NOT Excited to BC

Think of this as my little "Transition Journal" entry. It's like a mini visual documentation of what is currently going through my mind during these last 3 months of transtioning before my Big Chop...

Did you have any frustrations while transitioning or currently? What did you do to get over them?

As Always, Stay Positive!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Hair of the Week 5-1

I wanted to do something different but the style didn't want to "work right"... so this is my end result :)

Hairstyle: 2 flat twists in the front with medium sized 2 strand twists put into...

Pig Tail Buns!!

Front View:

Side Views:

As Always, Stay Positive!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

My Love of... Bentonite Clay

My best friend, Chelsea,  introduced me to Bentonite Clay a year or so ago and I loved it after first use! I only used it once last year and again this month. I don't know why I stopped using it (maybe from pure laziness). However, I've come to my senses and will be putting this in my regimen.

I plan on using bentonite clay once to twice a month.

Here are some benefits:
~ an internal cleanser
~ a detoxifier
~ cleans hair without leaving the hair feeling striped (literally draws out impurities from hair and scalp)
~ can cure acne and skin rashes
~ can aid skin and scalp with eczema, psoriasis and fungal/bacterial infections
~ (at least for me) makes my hair SUPER Soft and makes my curls and waves POP

Info from here.

My Mix:
1/4 cup Bentonite Clay
1 1/2 cups of water (give or take... w/e gets you to pudding/yogurt consistency)
5 drops of Neem Oil
10 drops of Peppermint Oil
(this is my mix... For Now. I always change things up... just what I do)

Here are some pictures from my experience with Bentonite Clay:

Bentonite Clay in my hair...

After Bentonite Clay - No Product...

For those of you who are afraid to use Bentonite Clay...
1. 100% natural... can't hurt you (unless you're allergic to volcanic ash?)
2. It's MUCH easier to wash out than Henna (Much, Much easier)!!!
3. To avoid possible dryness, apply EVOO to damp hair first.

Any other concerns? Just ask.

As Always, Positive!