Sunday, October 29, 2006

No More Lye! The after photos


Well, there is no question now - I'm Locked! I can wash and go - now that's what I'm talking about. 10 months strong! Posted by Picasa

Transition Accomplished!


these are my BEFORE photos

Today is my 10 month loc'versary. I had my re-tightening with my regular loctician, 6 days ago, and was given the OK to free myself from my troublesome permed ends. I had my good friend, Lana Smith, also, a certified loctician, cut off my permed last night. FREE AT LAST!

In retrospect, I would not have been able to initially deal with the shorter hair, and I started with permed ends for that reason. What I found though, is that I had to constantly curl and style my hair, which meant that washing it was an all day affair. After washing, air drying, braiding and or setting it on curlers would take up the better part of a day for me - not the convenience I was seeking in locs at all! Between the bunching at the point where the two textures meet, I was not enjoying my locs to the maxx. Having had to curl it so tight, it looked short anyway, and I learned to adapt to the look.

I ran into a girlfriend on Tuesday, who I had not seen since before I had the locs installed. She was surprised to see me, but stopped and stared, when I looked at her inquisitively, she said "your hair!" This was not the first time I have had that happen. To look at my hair with the permed ends, you could never be quite sure what it was I was trying to accomplish. Posted by Picasa



Comedian Ralphie May was in Fairfield, CA, last weekend at Pepperbelly's. My Sister-in-Law and I were looking for something to get into and ended up at his show. The man is hillarious - we laughed til we cried. We had front row seats and of being 2 of the 4 African Americans in the crowd, he integrated us into the show - it was all good though. Ralphie is off the hook! I had previously seen him on the Last Comic Standing and enjoyed him thoroughly, but in person was even better.

I love comedy! Hopefully Leighann will make it out to the West Coast one of these days. The sista's here will definitely show up. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Natural hairstyles vs chemical relaxers

I do realize that since I made the decision to embrace my natural hair, and have opted for Sisterlocks as my styling preference, I have become somewhat of a natural hair advocate. I am guilty of trying to convert more than a few of my chemically dependent sista's, and a few of my weave wearin sistas to also embrace what God gave them, because we all know God does not make mistakes.

I would never ask anyone to make a life changing decision based solely on my humble opinion however, maybe what these sista's from the UK have to say might fall on more receptive ears...


I'm not too big on Hip Hop music basically because a lot of the messages offer very little in terms value or the promotion of progress however, someone shared this Hip Hop video from Ghana with me and I opted to share it with you. To hear our brothers from the Motherland expressing themselves on slavery and opression somehow gave me a perspective I've never before considered. We are very familiar with the impact on us as African Americans but what about the impact to those who the slave ships left behind and the generations that would come after them...

Check it out and share your thoughts.