Saturday, August 20, 2016

Rio Olympics: A Look At The Hairstyles Of These Amazing Black Female Athletes

Dominating the news cycle, was not just highlights of Black women and their accomplishments, but also highlights of the hairstyles that many Black women wore while competing for their spot in history. One athlete took center stage, gymnast Gabby Douglas. I spoke about this situation in 2012 when she competed in 2012, and now it seems that this hair ‘thing’ won’t go away for this accomplished athlete. Let’s take a look at their hair...

Simone Biles


Simone Biles is the sweetheart of this Olympics. Showing that Black girls have a certain magic that can’t be denied. She choses to wear her perhaps relaxed hair in a ponytail, away from her face, with her signature braid in the front. Tied with a ribbon. Cute!

Simone Manuel

She looks to have relaxed but highly texturized hair. Because she is a swimmer, I assume wash and go’s are probably the best for her. Whatever she’s doing, she looks great. She has a nice length and fullness that allows for great versatility in styling choices. Swimming can be awfully harsh on Black hair but she’s doing something right! In a sport where your hair is always wet, air drying is the best way to go as again, she looks as if she’s rocking a relaxer. As long as it’s healthy! She looks awesome! She was the first Black woman from any country to win a gold medal in swimming. She’s the only Black woman in the world past or present that can claim that. 

Good job Simone.



Michelle Carter
This shot put Queen brought home Gold for Team USA! She wears her hair in a variety of styles but I’m going to assume she’s natural here by this photo alone. Tied back like the queen that she is, I’ve seen her rock braids and even straight hair. 





This is English Gardner! She is with the US Track Team for team USA! She is one of the fastest runners and helped Team USA win gold in the 4X100 relay race!
It looks as if she prefers long long long hair and we don’t blame her. Whether or not she uses extensions to get that length is not important to us here. What counts, is style and she has plenty of it. Along with a brain and a body! English is one of my favorites for those reasons.

Alyson Felix
Is this Beyonce of Alyson Felix? It’s Alyson. One of the fastest women in the World. She broke records in Rio this year and is a style icon in her own right. Whether or not she is rocking braids or her signature ponytail, what counts is her speed! She is beautiful, talented, and oh so fast! Her natural hair looks quite long and it’s possible that she has a relaxer. But nevertheless, she’s an awesome athlete!

Tori Bowie

Meet Tori Bowie! Another fast woman representing Team USA for Track and Field. She’s also won a gold medal! She can wear extensions, braids, or her own natural hair. It looks as if she does have a relaxer but her hair looks healthy and her style fierce. You don’t want to have to race this woman! She’ll win every single time!

Gabby Douglas
Easily one of the best gymnasts of all time, this little woman has had to weather unfair criticism where other athletes don’t. Her edges and patriotism have been put into question. She’s a beautiful woman and it’s clear that she’s natural. In a sport where athleticism is key, it’s not always easy to keep your edges as slick as you’d like them. She’s rocked a variety of styles from weaves to her natural hair. Who cares about that when you’re trying to win gold medals for your country? Take the microscope off of her hair and onto her ability. They don’t call her the “Flying Squirrel” for nothing.

This woman is a major inspiration to all women and that’s all that we should be talking about. Every Black woman with Kinky hair knows what happens when you sweat. So why do we hold her to a higher standard? I guess for some people gold medals aren’t enough to keep them off your back. We love you here Gabby. AS a former gymnast myself, I understand your struggle. Keep on fighting. 




This is Alicia Glass. Team USA for VolleyBall. She’s amazing and beautiful! She wears her naturally long hair in ponytails mostly when playing. I’m actually watching her now as I write this and I’m in love with her lovely locks. She’s talented and incredibly smart. 

I wished I could have included everyone but here are more pictures of the beautiful sisters that are competing in RIO 2016. Good luck to them all and thank you for your hard work and dedication. That’s what this really is about. Not what is on top of your head. White women don’t have to deal with this scrutiny and yet Black women do. Just one of the many obstacles to overcome in the future. Perhaps they’ll care what we do instead of what we look like when we’re doing what we love to do best.






I’m proud of these women! I’m proud of all of our Olympians! #BlackGirlMagic

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Throw Out All Your Products, Junkies

 This is my hair in 2008. I was happy to make neck length.
Here I am boldly claiming shoulder length. I was so happy to have hair touching some part of my body.

Here I am right after my lupus diagnosis. I was happy that My hair was growing but I was not happy that I was just diagnosed with lupus. 

This is my hair just a year or so ago I believe. I had a stumbling block with some hair loss due to my lupus. 

This is my hair growth WHILE on chemotherapy. Take that lupus.

You know what products I used to grow my hair? Shampoo, conditioner, and a little moisturizer with oil. That's it. Many of you go out and buy these expensive products. Some of them are just divine and I know you wouldn't depart with it. Kiehls has a great line of products as well. However, you don't  need to spend a lot of money to have long and healthy hair. I've achieved this length with just the most simple products, even cheapie Suave conditioners. Garnier Shampoo to clean my hair and some conditioner with Argan oil. That's it ladies and gentlemen. 

Keep your hair products if you wish, however if you don't have the money to go out and purchase expensive products that you see the hair gurus use, then don't fret. You can even have fun making your own products at home. I highly recommend that. You can have products that simply are made just for your hair needs. I did it with the minimal. There is no one road to hair growth but I am a believer in less is better. 

We spend the rent money on products that we think will be the answer to hair down our backs. Your hair will grow just as the  hair on your legs and under your arms grow. LOL. Don't worry. Just take care of it, pay attention to what your hair wants, and give it some time. Pretty soon, you'll reach your hair goals.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

What's The Deal With Aunt Jackie's?

The latest product to hit the shelves.

There is so much to be said about these products.
First off, the comparison to Miss Jessies must be noted. Many of the products are very reminiscent of Miss Jessies, however the price tag isn't as high.

For some reason, Miss Jessies, tends to go as high as $50 at Target. I guess they figured that Black women will spare no expense for great products. They thought wrong with me. I've never cared to even find out. However I get a tepid response about Miss Jessies with my readers.

Aunt Jackie is different.

The products smell wonderful and they are not as expensive. There are many products to chose from, my personal favorite is the moisturizing shampoo and the curl elongated gel. It does wonders. Stay tuned for more information. I have a few products that I am going to do a review on.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Tales From A Bald Headed Black Chick

I have to wear a mask due to breathing difficulty. And the fact that I'm on chemotherapy.

 

I was a bald headed black girl. I thought I needed weave in order to feel and look beautiful. I wore so much of it that it damaged my hair. One day I wore so much glue that I realized that I ripped my hair out and that I didn't have enough to cover the tracks. I cried and cried because I hated the way that I looked.


I didn't think that I could ever look beautiful without hair attached to my head. And I thought that I had to be mixed for my hair to grow.

Now I know that my hair can go to great lengths and that I don't have to have mixed ethnicity to have long hair.

I'm proud to say that I'm APL but that Bald headed black chick still lives inside of me...somewhere she is there. I keep her as a reminder that if you want to change something about yourself, the first step is to make the change.

You can do it.

It took me some time. I started on my journey in 2007 and there were some heavy lumps and bumps and failures among the way. However, I'm getting there.
My goal is to be BSL or even Tailbone length. Waist length? Who knows. I'm at the point now where I've thrown away the hair measuring shirts and just enjoy watching my hair grow.
And it is. It's doing something that I never thought it would do. Who knows what else I can achieve if I just put my mind to it? Who knows?
This is where I am..
This was where I began...

Friday, July 8, 2016

Wig Summer

this is how I'm wearing my hair this summer.




Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Vixen Sew In

This is the Vixen Sew In, one of the most undetectable sew ins out there. It was created by a genius. I’m not sure of it’s origins but the idea caught on like wildfire. 


The genius of the Vixxen comes down to the braiding pattern and the amount of leave out. You want small braids that lay flat on the head and an amount of leave out that will cover the tracks and the netting used to create this look. If you don’t use enough leave out, it won’t allow for versatile styles, especially parting the hair in fours and then wearing it like that. You could get away with a high ponytail or bun but if it’s not done right, you won’t get the desired look.

Pintrest and Instagram is filled with pictures of this style of varying degrees. Some are good tries, others are a horror show, but many are simply perfection. With Prom Season 2016 coming up, you may want to wear your hair in this style. It’s important that if you get a vixen, you need hair that will match your texture so that you can wear it in versatile styles. 

My daughter is wearing this for prom this year and I will post pictures.


What hair should I get?

You should get hair that will match your texture perfectly. I prefer virgin hair for the longevity. However, get hair that matches.

Should I perm my hair before getting a Vixen?

It really depends on your texture. If your hair is bone straight that you’ve purchased, I don’t agree on getting a perm before putting your hair in a weave. Your hair doesn't have to be in optimal condition for a sew in but it should not be weakened either. If you can, get  a relaxer two weeks before you get a Vixen sew in. This sew in is not as heavy as a full sew in, where all of your hair is braided up. With this sew in, a lot of your hair will be left out. 

What else?

Make sure you have enough hair to put your hair in a Vixen. You will need at least enough hair to cover your sew in so that you can wear the versatile styles. If you don’t have enough, then this style isn’t for you. You have other options thought like a full sew in or even a lace front wig style exactly the way you want it to be. 

Dirty Hair Grows...

....said many wrong people.

I used to hear this statement all the time and I worked in a hair salon as a shampoo girl for many years. One girl, whose hair stayed stagnant at the same length didn't come to the shop for three months.

After three months, she came in, and her hair was noticeably longer....and stinkier. I had to cover my face when i washed her nasty smelling hair. I was so flabbergasted that this otherwise, pretty black woman wouldn't wash her hair. When prompted, she told us that she was so busy and didn't wash her hair until she went to the shop like many women of color.

But her hair was longer and she was convinced because it was dirty. But there are TWO KEY THINGS that caused her to retain her hair.

1. SHE kept her HAIR IN A BUN the entire time.

Because she wasn't getting her hair done, she kept it in a bun. In that bun, she would go to work and school and not really touch her hair. BECAUSE of this, this was a low manipulation style. Low manipulation kept her hands and fingers out of her hair. This encourages hair growth. When you leave your hair alone, it knows what to do.

2. SHE DID not CUT it.

She only let the stylist cut her hair. For some reason, some stylists cut hair at every visit. Since she came to the salon every two weeks faithfully, her stylist cut her ends faithfully as well. With this, her hair was able to grow. They didn't need to cut the ends every other week but she would do it to make sure her hair that blunt cut.


These things caused her hair to grow. Not the dirt. In fact that opposite is true. When the scalp is clean and free from anything obstructing it, the hair will grow better than if the hair was dirty. And big dirt flakes came out of her hair as I washed it. It was disgusting and fascinating at the same time. She thought that her dirt was responsible for it. If I could just shake her today and let her know that it just wasn't true.

I hope she is washing her hair on a regular basis. If not, I feel sorry for her significant other that has to deal with that. Please wash your hair. We may not have to wash our hair often, but it still needs to be taken care of like everything else.

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