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Hair Me Out!

Since the disintegration of her parents marriage, she’d only loved two things: The first was her long dark hair; the second was how easily she could cut it off… and feel nothing.

For some particularly strange reason, when I decided to write a post sharing my hairventures, this line from 5OO Days of Summer popped into my head. I have been cutting my hair since university, however,  I’ve never cut my hair and not felt anything; instead it is always like a lovely continuation in a great series for me!

I love hair, because it is so diverse and such an easy way to express oneself! You can perm it, curl it, straighten it, wear it it’s natural form, lock it, sport an updo, or crop cut…the possibilities are endless.

Being a restless soul, changing my hairstyle is something that I have done often over the years and I sure do enjoy it! In the past five years (random number), I’ve had so many different hairstyles that it’s a little uncanny! I’ve gone from dreds to a short perm! Below is a little lookbook of all kinds of phases and stages (I have a hardcopy of me sitting in a barber’s chair, that I will one day share)!!

To me it’s really cool that I can express myself and what I’m feeling through my hair and that it doesn’t have to be permanent.  After all, we only have one life to live – I say we need to do what makes us happy!

Photo Shoot Fresh; Looking Like Wealth – I’m bout to call the paparazzi on myself!

It’s been over a week since I’ve been on vacation and although I haven’t planned a fabulous getaway and had to spend a day indoors because of good ol’ Sandy, I’ve been having a good time!

I’ve been listening to lots of music (can you tell by the title of the post?), running around tying up loose ends, getting  some shopping done and looking like a million dollars while I’m at it! 😉

But really though, the best part of my vacay so far is that I get to fully express myself and be ME! I don’t have to wear a wig – so my natural hair is all out and I decided to be adventurous and do a mohawk (frohawk – as I see it being called)! And I’ve been getting soooo many compliments, that I’m quite surprised!

Unfortunately, I can’t snap myself to show off some of theoutfits, but I managed to get a few photos – and I’m gonna invest in a tripod really soon!

p.s. My heart goes out to all those in the Caribbean and US who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. And I hope those of us (in her wake) who were spared the worst of her wrath, are truly grateful!

 

Kinky = Bliss!

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I constantly read and hear things that reinforce a widely accepted idea that kinky hair is unacceptable, more difficult to style than any other hair type, unattractive and should be avoided as much as possible. These comments and ideas irritate me. Really badly.

You want examples. So I’ll mention Oprah’s stylist Andre Walker, who, in an interview stated that kinky hair is the only hair type he recommends chemically altering due to its limited styling options. Then there was the time my aunt, who is natural, told me that no one (among some people with whom she’s familiar) wanted to do her hair because they said it was too short (we’re talking hair that is at least six inches in length here)! Not to mention the teenager in a soon to be released documentary (I forget the name) who says in disgust how absolutely gross it is to wake up and see your natural hair in the morning! – These kinds of comments which range from showing a lack of self-love and appreciation to pure ignorance are what I’m talking about!

So let me just say kinky hair is fabulous! There are more than plenty styling options, and as with anything in life, being natural requires that the ‘wearer’ spend some time and put effort into making the hair look wonderful. But don’t be deceived. It can be done! The widespread use of social media and increasing tolerance for natural styles among many in society make going/being natural even easier.

On YouTube there are numerous videos for people with all types of kinky hair and they range from maintenance to step by step styling options. There are also myriad blogs and websites from which to glean a lot of information and garner support as sometimes feeling good about kinky hair (in this world) can become challenging.

Above are a few pictures of women with kinky hair whose hairstyles range from locs to fros and are proof that there’s a lot you can do with kinky hair and that being kinky does not compromise your beauty!

Many thanks to Akilah White, Victoria Thomas, Tiaundra Shirley, Zakiya Stanley, Sheena Gayle & Claudia Gardner for photos!

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