Daily Archives: July 6, 2011

25 Random Things About Me (#11-25)

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Continued from 25 Random Things About Me (#1-10):

11.  One year when I was in high school (maybe junior year?), I watched either Little Shop of Horrors or Just One of the Guys every single day after school. I memorized every single line (and song) and could act out those entire movies, much to the annoyance of anyone who tried to watch them with me.

12.  I’m fascinated by time travel.  I think it started with Voyagers. Remember that show? Phineas Bogg and Jeffrey? Quantum Leap is also one of my all-time favorite shows.

13.  I wore glasses and braces in high school and suffered the ultimate shame. I had to wear head gear at night. Told you I was a nerd.

(I think this was before the braces.  My teeth were always pretty straight, just had a significant overbite. Had to wear head gear because I didn’t have any room for my teeth to move.  It was either that or pull four teeth.)

14.  I don’t have any children, but want at least one.

15.  I’m single, but in a long-term relationship. He is my heart=).

16.  I’m a teacher’s pet, but not an obnoxious one.

17.  I don’t like being wrong. But when I am, I can admit it.

18.  I’m very competitive, but hide it to a certain extent. I hate to lose, but can do it gracefully as long as someone doesn’t trash talk me. Then I get mad.

19.  I’m slow to anger and quick to forgive.

20.  I was only grounded one time in my life. I would skirt my household duties and go into the attic and read romance novels. My mom said, “Don’t let me see you with a book in your hand this week!”  Yup. Grounded off of books.

21. I went on my first date and experienced my first kiss at 16 at my sophomore semi-formal. The kiss did not go well. It was French and I was grossed out. I only went on one other date the rest of high school, my senior prom. And that was arranged … at a track meet … by my mom. My friend from church also didn’t have a date and she suggested that we go together. “Good idea!”

22. On many Saturdays, I hang out with my three buddies who are all cartoonist and comic fans. I met them while I attended a Saturday class at a comics and cartooning school. Two are teachers and one was a student. We call ourselves the Sci-Five. Yup, there it is. Although there are only four of us in the Sci-Five, the name was too cool to pass up. So, the fifth is an alternate spot.

(The Sci-Five, minus one. You thought I was kidding, didn’t you?) 

23. I was a thumb sucker until the age of 9, hence the overbite requiring braces. My aunt told me that a keloid that I had on my thumb was a worm under the skin and that I would eventually suck it out. I stopped sucking my thumb right then and there.

24. In college, my four best friends and I made up our own sorority, LAVA! LAVA was an acronym of our middle initials except for our one friend, who doesn’t have a middle name, was missing. Her surname begins with “Ex,” so she became the exclamation point at the end. We had a hand signal, call and step dance. *LOL*

25. I grew up with horses (my dad’s love) and was essentially a farm hand until I went away to college.

Did you get more than you bargained for?!?!?!  LOL!!!  Hope you were at least entertained=)!

What random things would you like people to know about you?

Henna and Me – LaShonda’s HairStory

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How long have you been natural?
I have been natural since September 2001. 

How long have you been using henna? When did you start?
I have just been using henna for a few months. I felt that something was missing from my natural hair regimen and I was searching for something to make my hair a bit more healthy and something that would promote growth. I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for, but I knew I needed to make a change.


What made you begin using henna?
I remembered a few of my friends talking about using henna. I had never heard of henna so I was curious. I immediately sent my new friend, Shelli, a quick message and her reply changed my life! She answered every question I had about the henna process and I have been hooked on henna ever since.

How would you describe your first experience with henna?
The first time I conducted a henna treatment I was overwhelmed! It was extremely messy and I got it everywhere! I honestly thought to myself that it would be my first and last time using henna. But, to my surprise, my hair turned out so soft, manageable and healthy.

What type of henna do you use? What is your mix? What is your process?
I use Reshma henna. It is the brand that my local Indian market sells and I love it! I use CurlyNikki’s recipe. I mix one box of Reshma henna with 2 cups of cooled green tea and a couple of tablespoons of honey. I have spoken with a few other henna lovers and they also mix in a few essential oils in their mix. I haven’t tried this yet, but I do plan on experimenting with this in the near future. I followed Shelli’s advice and sit with the henna mixture on my hair for 4 hours (2 of those hours under a drier). After rinsing the henna from my hair I do a deep conditioning treatment. After it is all said and done I apply the kimmaytube leave-in conditioner recipe (another great recommendation from my girl Shelli!!).

How often do you henna?
I love the results so much that I now do a henna treatment just whenever I feel like it.

How has your hair changed with henna?
Everywhere I go people ask me what is my natural hair secret and I have to reply – henna! Henna has truly enhanced the health of my hair. It is stronger, softer, and I love the bit of red tint. 

What advice would you give someone who is thinking about trying henna?
The only advice I will give is wear gloves!! If you do not wear gloves your hands and fingernails will be orange for days after using henna!

Post 1st Henna Treatment

Post 4th Henna Treatment

(Okay, seriously, I didn’t put her up to the shout-outs! But, you know I had to solicit some of my first HairStories from my natural friends!;-)

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