Thursday, November 20, 2008

My Hair

The weather is getting cooler and my hair has been working my nerves. I am not a morning person so when I wake up, my hair is not awake either. She has mood swings and does not cooperate early in the morning unless I don't have to be someplace. Go figure. Anyhoo, I sleep on a satin pillowcase that I made. My hair does not feel dried out, just uncooperative. So, I will put on some Fantasia gel on the edges and make a puff. So easy.

I really want to let the 'fro loose on a regular basis but she won't act right. I've got to try more styles like twists in preparation for a twistout. We'll see.

Overall, my hair is very healthy. I probably could use a trim but the last trim I had turned into a haircut in my opinion. That was New Year's Eve 2007. I attribute my hair's health to my hair care routine and natural products when I can. So far, so good!

Me & My Shadow

I have officially been diagnosed with Obamania! The crazy thing is that I did not have it during the campaign! I guess that was my defense mechanism. Now that it is real, I have lost it! I recently ordered a life-size Obama cut-out. It was supposed to be for my Grandmother but I think I may keep it for myself! He is kinda scary at times when I'm walking down the hallway and have forgotten that he was here! I don't think Granny needs that scare. Anything to keep the cut-out right? I know.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Online Shopping

If you know me from around the web, you will know I love to shop online. All around this page, I will show products that I use personally.

I thought that I could never get with online shopping. I like instant gratification. But as I learned to be patient, I gave it a try. After a few times, I grew to love it. There were no lines, I did not waste time and precious gas running about town looking for stuff. I just browsed, read a few reviews, placed my order and waited for the delivery man to drop it off!

How did I first find my way to online shopping? It was during one particularly busy holiday season in 2002. My aunt had died in May and those first holidays without her were miserable. My family decided to keep the tradition of pulling names on Thanksgiving for Christmas in tact.

With my person's name in pocket, I hit the streets on Black Friday to get some bargains. Child, there were people everywhere. The streets and malls were crowded with people looking for a bargain. Traffic snarled, people were rude and would not let you merge, I got the heebie jeebies. My aunt Libbey and her husband went to Wal-Mart for a computer for their daughters and were nearly crushed to death! I said no more, never again.

I turned my buggy around the first chance I got, went home to the warmth of my house, and logged on! I've been logged on ever since. I'm glad that lesson was learned because I am not a morning person anyway!

I am a PJ

Since becoming natural, I've had to get reacquainted with my hair. I love trying out the latest products on it. I have a products closet to prove it. My name is Yolanda and I am a Product Junkie, and I like it!

In this blog, I will mention products that have personally tried. There will be product reviews. If there are thing that I have learned, it would be the following:

1. Every hair texture is different.
2. What works for me, may not work for the next person and vice versa.
3. You have to try different products just to see what your hair likes.
4. PJ-ism is real.

Naturally me

After having relaxed hair for years, I decided it was time to really relax and go natural.

Unknowingly, I had my last chemical fire (perm) on August 8, 2006. My stylist was no longer making my hair sing. I was bored. A couple of months later, I let the African sisters braid me up and I was on my way to transitioning.

I transitioned for about 10 months or so. Once I had committed to transitioning, I became anxious to find out what my hair would be like underneath once natural.

I got that answer on June 11, 2007 when I took my final set of micro braids down with a mini-chop. A few days later, I could not tolerate the 2 textures and commenced to the BIG CHOP!!!

It was a little scary and I bought a horrible wig!!! After seeing how fake that wig looked, I decided to toss it and let the family and world see my TWA.

I have browsed through several websites and along the way, I have become a PJ (product junkie) trying to figure out what works for me. The natural ladies at Fotki have managed to keep me on the right track about my decision. My very southern mother threatened to whoop me when she first saw that I had chopped my hair. My mother has never ever been relaxed and still receives her bi-weekly press and curl. But after I explained to her my reasoning for being natural, I think she saw my point. I had an aunt or two to flat out tell me that they hated it and that I should not get offended when I see people staring at my head!!! I had to take them on a ride and while they were captive, I let them hear our hair anthem from India.Arie.

I invite all of you to join me on this journey. I hope that my journey will be inspirational to someone else considering taking the plunge. I am still learning my natural hair and will document it on a regular basis.

Come on and grow with me!!!


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