“Lurkers” … I’m Calling You Out!!!

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8/3/12: I had so much fun reading the comments on this when I first posted it in July,  October and then January, figured I’d “paste” it to the front page again and see who else reveals themselves!! Won’t you play along ;)?!


LOL!!!! Over the last week or so, I’ve seen quite a few new names around here and some have specifically admitted to being “lurkers” for a while (the Hairscapades GOC seems to be responsible for bringing a few out of the shadows;). I totally respect that and have lurked myself!! Kimmaytube has no idea that I visited her leave-in recipe many times over the last year (I don’t think I subscribed, liked or “favorited” any of her videos! Yeah, need to take care of that;). However, now that I have my own blog, I realize that comments, likes, shares, twitters, favoriting and subscriptions to a site, posts, Youtube video/channel, etc. help one understand if their content is desired and enjoyed. Plus, I just wonder who else is out there regularly visiting the site, but just hasn’t felt inclined to reveal themselves yet. I’d really like to understand what content you like the best, if you like the site at all, if you come back often … so, if you are enjoying what you are seeing and reading and feel so inclined, please come out of the shadows;)!!!! Don’t be scared. We don’t bite=).

And to all my regulars and those newly revealed readers, thank you SOOOOO much for your support!!! I wouldn’t be doing this without your encouragement and interest!!! Please continue to visit and comment!

You guys rock!! 

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  1. LOL. You’re so cute.

    I have no clue on my blog either. Nobody ever comments 😦

    Oh Rece, you know I visit your site and comment and the comments never show up so…

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  2. Hello! Here I am! Lurker#326 revealed! And I prefer the title “undercover reader” ;D Since I’ve come out of anonymity, please show my blog some love too by reading and hopefully “following” 😀 I’ve had only 5 followers for forever! But I get lots more daily readers than that! I think it’s undercover reader karma! I need to make an announcement on my blog as well! Thank you for the idea!

    Imogen ~*~*~*

    Et maintenant en français: je suis ici! Je m’appelle Imogen!

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  3. Hi, my name is Miche’al (michelle) and I post under the name of blessingmycurls or Ms. M sometimes (crazy wordpress account) . I did not follow you on GOC, but I was apart of that too. I have seen you on youtube and Curlynikki, so I was quite excited when you started this blog. So, I from this point on call myself a “follower”! LOL

    Blessings

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  4. My name is Miche’al (pronounced Michelle) I have visited your blog several times in the past days. I post under Ms. M or blessingmycurls (getting use to word press). I didn’t see you when I was on the GOC challenge but yet I was barely there. However, I have seen you on curlynikki and youtube. I am a teacher and I have my own blog dedicated to sharing ideas with other teachers and parents). I guess you can say I am an official “follwer” of hairscapades). I really like your style and ideas and can’t wait to see more.

    blessings

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  5. Hi, I’m a lurker.. :/ lol

    Not sure how I found you but your hair and what you use keeps me lurking back. Currently I’m full bsl attempting full mbl by end of year so it’s possible I’ll be joining your multi challenge.

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    • Well glad you found me and kept returning! Excited that you might be joining the challenge. I’m going to post a chart for those setting length goals because I don’t know if everyone refers to current length and goal lengths consistently. But, based on the chart I have, I have absolutely no doubt you’ll reach your full MBL goal.

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  6. I am a recent follower. I have posted under blessingmycurls or Ms. M. My name is Miche’al (Michelle) and I was on the GOC but I did not follow you there. I recently saw you on curlynikki and youtube and I looked up your blog. I like your style and ideas. So I subscribed. (I think I posted this before but I don’t see it.) I can’t wait to see what you have instore!

    Blessings

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    • Hi Miche’al! I saw you post on something else. For some reason, this comment got spammed, so I had to “release” it! I had, like 115 spam mails today!!! I’ve had, maybe 6 total prior to today! I don’t know what the heck was going on! Anywho, the spam filter did “spam” a couple legitimate comments, including yours. Thank you so much for the support=)!!

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    • Awesome!!! The more the merrier=)!! Maybe you’ll remember to submit your story during the challenge=)! I read that you’ve tried henna but have been worried about the curl loosening in some areas with repeated use. Have you read my “Henna and Me” HairStory? I only henna my roots now for about 3-4 applications and either do a gloss or just conditioner on the length. Maybe you can try that? Thanks again for coming out of the shadows=)!

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  7. Hi there! I’m lurker # 327 a.k.a Icela. I’ve recently started following your blog after seeing you on CurlyNikki I believe. I’m looking forward to participating in your hair challenge! Feel free to check out my blog as well . . . http://www.shapelyalterations.com.
    I particularly love your style ideas (I’m all thumbs with my own hair) and your natural hair spotlights (very inspiring), so definitely keep those coming! Thanks! ~ Icela

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    • LOL! Thank you so much and thanks for “unlurking;-)!!” I’ll definitely check out your blog=)! And wow, you have AWESOME legs!! That’s the area with which I struggle … I hold my weight around my boo-tay and upper thighs. Get it girl;).

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  8. LMBO! You ‘Rock’ 2 Ms. Thing! LOVE your blog. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. I am looking forward to the hair challenge and to growing long, strong, healthy hair! Keep up the good work…I am a fan…and dare I say…I so have a ‘hair crush’ on your gorgeous mane of hair!

    Etoile
    http://www.curvealicious.blogspot.com

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  9. Hello it’s your girl stef/ cocochava just letting you know you have an awesome blog, I read every word and practically study every picture… wow I have never put this in words, just dont want you to think Im weird. But your hair is one of my #1 inspirations so Im on your blog site or youtube channel all the time making sure im not missing out on anything. You for sure have my support and I tell my family members and friends about your site all the time especially if they compliment me on a style that was compliments of you of course. You get all the props of any hair related compliments. I follow other blogs and channels also, I thank God for all the information that can be learned from all you awesome bloggers!!!!! My hat off to you!!!!!

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    • I don’t think you’re weird at all!!! I did the same thing with CurlyNikki and I think many of us find ourselves “stalking” and “hair crushing!!” Thank you so much for the support and I’m soooo happy that the styles are working for you!!! You have to send me pics!!!! I love to see how the styles turn out when others try them!!! I’m hoping all of you will send starting pics for the GOC so we can put faces with names and journeys=). Thanks again Stef!! Comments like yours make my day because it makes the late nights writing posts and the attempts at making videos all worthwhile!!

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  10. I love the blog…I found you through the banana clip bun tutorial (which I CANNOT do BTW. I broke my banana clip!),that was posted on Curly Nikki’s site. I love love love all the info you provide, and I am loving your regimen. Tried it out, and had great results.

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    • I’m sorry I made you break your banana clip Mia=(! LOL!!! I’d love hair thick enough to do that;-). Did you have one like mine (the thin one)? I saw a thicker one at Sally’s recently, like a hard plastic, tortoise shell looking one. But, I always wonder if those are too thick to conceal. However, if your hair is so thick it’s breaking banana clips, that’s probably not a concern! LOL!! And, when you say you tried out my regimen, which aspects?!?!? I posted hair, diet and exercise. Do you mean the hair one? You’re doing the steps I have outlined? OMGosh, I’m so happy if my regimen is helping you!! As I said above to Stef, that makes all of my efforts on building this site feel so worthwhile!!! Thank you so much for the feedback!

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      • I tried one just like you had, the skinny kind. I had it on and started folding my hair over and it snapped! Grrrrr… Oh well!
        I tried out your hair regimen last week and my hair was happy happy happy!!! For the first time on my natural hair journey I was able to achieve 4th day hair!!!! Thanks girl!!!

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  11. I too am a lurker on your site, which I absolutely love and am inspired by, yet I have never commented simply b/c I am clueless when it comes to social networking and the likes. I found your site through CurlyNikki and your hair is very similar to mine so I have begun to follow you and have even tried a few of your hairstyles. I would like to participate in the GOC and gain a few inches of healthy length and reach WL by the end of the challenge. I look forward to exchanging tips with my fellow natural haired sisters. Great work Shelli, and congrats on your success.

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    • Awwwwww=). Thank you Tierra=)!! I’m so excited about the GOC and am now so glad that I did this post because I’m getting to “meet” all of you guys!! It just hit me yesterday that August 1st is barely a little over a week away and that the NC.com Kim Coles’ GOC will be ending and this one will be beginning! I gotta get this post with the “groundwork” done this weekend because I’d like everyone to do some “pre-work” before it starts=)! Thank you again for your kind words and encouragement!

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  12. Wow, straight calling me out (just kidding). I had been a lurker until last week. You are doing an awesome job helping me love my hair. I especially love your Henna testimony. I’m actually getting ready to deep condition after a Henna Treatment. I have a blog as well just not on hair although I’d like to incorporate some element. Check it out when you have time http://www.savvysavingdiva.com.

    Keep up the good work and I’ll try to post more frequently.

    LaDonya
    Savvy Saving Diva

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    • Hahaha! See you guys who were revealing yourselves last week for the GOC here is what inspired me to do this post=). I’m so happy when my story, successes and challenges help helps others. Shoot, that’s the whole reason for me doing this. And I’ll be checking out your site too because I LOVE to save=)!!

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  13. Hey ya’ll, I’ve been replying to comments right after each person’s entry. Do you get notified that I’ve replied to your comment? If not, does that makes the responses confusing? Should I just reply at the end of the entire thread? I just want to make certain I’m replying in the place that is the easiest for you to find/see. Thanks again to everyone!!! The responses on this post made my day=). Though, I didn’t get any new subscriptions! LMBO!!

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  14. LOL..Lurker? Who me? I’m Kenisha aka Natural Panamanian. I found your blog few weeks back from CurlyNikki. I’m very much inspired by your DIY flower clip. Even thought my hair is very thick, I loved the hairstyles you made. Thanks for the tips.

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  15. Okay okay – here goes! Yet another lurker revealed LOL!! I actually discovered you and your blog via the Curlinikki FB site. I guess I should take this time to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. I lurk on a few sites, and comment only when I feel particularly compelled to do so – which is like my real life personality. I don’t talk just to talk, I have to feel like I really have something to say. Okay back to the point, I find that a lot of sites and video blogs are overwhelming for me because there is just too much information, sometimes even too preachy. I love your blog because you keep it simple and to the point, while sharing your expereinces, tips and tricks. That really appeals to me. Oh and I’m in Virginia so I really hope to attend your DC meetup. Wait one last thing (I have a lot to say now that you’ve called me out) – I am a long term transitioner and I still feel like there’s so much I can’t do until I do my big chop – hence another reason that I lurk. Keep doing what you’re doing though – thoroughly enjoying it! Beautiful hair too btw!!

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  16. Kenisha, you’re not a lurker!! You’ve commented on more than one occasion=)! I’m glad you enjoy the site and the flower tutorial!!

    nJoynMe, thank you sooo much! I’m glad I came up with a post that was compelling enough to get you to “reveal” yourself. I also thank you for all of the kind words. They make doing this worthwhile and I hope that I can fill a niche in this big universe. As you said, this whole thing can be overwhelming and I try to balance providing enough content to keep people engaged, but not so much as to be mentally exhausting!! I also try my best to provide it in a clean format. I find some sites visually off-putting as they have too much going on for my old eyes. So, I try to be sensitive to that and use a style that is organized and easy to navigate without being boring. Comments like yours make me believe that I’m on the right track. Thank you again and I hope you can make the meet-up. In fact, I’m hopeful that a lot of people who participate in the grow out challenge (transitioners are more than welcome … hint, hint;-) and live in the area will attend!!

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  17. I lurk… Everyday… I love this site!!!! This is my go to help for products… Ummm so I guess I should subscribe now… *heads back to front page to subscribe* LOL

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    • I think this is another one of those things that I can’t do on my WordPress. There doesn’t appear to be any way for me to add anything other than what is available through the widgets that come with my theme. Are you self-hosted?

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  18. Well… I need to read the post again to see what it all involves. I think I’m already doin my own GOC and didn’t realize it lol… But I think I should I haven’t participated in a challenging before. I’m currently apl and I want to add 4 inches to that by years end… Now I’m excited 🙂

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  19. Um sorry.. I have been lurking havent I? LOL! your an inspiration! I am starting a blog! I think.. I may need you help and some of your followers lol. BUT GREAT WORK! thanks so much for all the info! lol

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  20. I am a lurker, not that I am trying to hide, I do comment on occasion but many times I do not have a comment, although I do enjoy the content. I visit mainly for the posts regarding hair. Thanks much for taking time to do this blog.

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  21. I’m definitely a lurker.. .*holds head down in shame* I don’t have a website or anything but I have been transitioning since late Feb/March of this year. I am on ALL natural hair sites ALL day and I just LOVE the content I read! By discovering these websites my transitioning has definitely became quite the journey! I have about 3 inches of new growth and I’ve done that successfully because of these blogs! Keep up the good work because I’m definitely lurking!

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    • Hahahaha! Hi Monieke! Thank you for commenting! I am so happy to be able to be part of the community that is helping you to transition!! If you are so inclined, I’d love your transitioning HairStory as I’m sure there are others who need the moral support, encouragement and advice/tips offered by those going through similar journeys!!

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        • Okay, so here’s the thing … I don’t have specific transitioner questions. So, you can look at my other HairStory interview questions and pick and chose OR … be really bad and jack questions from another site that does transition stories! LOL!!! CurlyNikki has a lot of transition stories. Some of the specific questions I think would be helpful to other transitions is knowing how you manage the two textures, how long you’ve been transitioning, if you are planning on being a long-term or short-term transitioner, what your staple styles are, why you decided to transition to natural, when you received your first relaxer, what your regimen is, what are your holy grail and staple products, what are your biggest challenges and how are you contending with them … shoot, I just wrote the interview questions here, didn’t I??? LOL!! So yeah, just start with a blurb about yourself (100 words or less) and then have at it!! 🙂

          Oh, and most importantly (not really, but it’s my thing;), PICTURES PLEASE (5-6 is good)!!! LOL!! I love pictures and think most people do.

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  22. Hello I am a big fan of your website and I love everything about it. I visit everyday but I never leave a comment (*hangs head in shame*), now that I know how much it means to you I will comment often. Please keep the info coming, I am doing research on zizyphus, sadly I suffered from extreme curl loosening with henna also. Again great job with the blog =)

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  23. I’m a lurker. I love your website its so witty and fun, I visit everyday but don’t comment. But I love how you mix your natural journey with your life. I also like Wei’s post its interesting seeing his take on the natural thing. Keep up the great work!

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  24. Ashley, haven’t you commented previously? Or maybe that’s another Ashley? Either way, thank you so much and, if you decided to give zizyphus a whirl, let us know how it works for you! Take before and after pics!! 🙂

    Jackie, thank you so, so much!! I’m glad somebody appreciates my silly humor:)! LOL! I have another Wei post coming next week, so stay tuned:)!!

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    • LOL!! Thank you “confessed lurker” ;)! And, OMG, so you know that style I posted this week with the picture tutorial? Well, the same pininterest person had a book cover up with these styles!!! I saved it to my hard drive … but realized it was a book that I would have to buy!! I didn’t know there was a site for the styles!! So, you just did me a huge favor because I was already going to try to figure out how to do a few of these … or a reasonable simulation … based on the cover image! Awesome:)!

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    • Hey girl!!! Did you see my reply to you over on the PJ list?? You remind me of my sister:)! Thank you for being a lurker:)!!! Hey, you have a site, you know we live for ratings, comments and likes;)!! Come out of the shadows a little more often;)! LOL!! I think I’m going to have to do a post to BEG for ratings so I know what posts readers like the most:)!! It’s been slim pickings around here lately and I want to make sure people are still enjoying the content!! Thank you for the comment:). I really appreciate it and everyone who visits often:)!!

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  26. Did someone call out the lurkers?? Here I am! A dedicated daily lurker since day 1 of your blog. I love it. Keep up the good work. I only come out when you summon the lurkers…Except for the one time I surfaced after reading the post where I thought Weusi proposed to you 🙂 Lol!! *turns to go back to hiding place*

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  27. lol I confess! I confess! I am a lurker! I ‘Rate’ things but never comment 😀 Just so you know, this is one of my favourite blogs. I enjoy everything. Not just the hair related posts (which is how I initially found you) In fact, I got into ‘The Legend of Korra’ because of you!! So thank you n keep it up!!! I’ll stil be coming round!! 😀 Gonna work n my ‘internet voice’ tho, lol

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    • I’ll take the ratings Fenilia!! But, it’s always nice to get a comment with a rating every now and again;)! And thank you so much!!! Wait, you got into Korra BECAUSE of me? Were you reading how I was ripping it up?!?! LMBO!!! Forget Korra, watch Avatar The Last Airbender!!

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  28. Hello. I guess I have been a lurker for almost a year now. Love love love your site. It helped me in my decision to move from a twa to longer hair. I have been natural for almost 2 years but never thought about going beyond a twa until I came across your site. So far it’s going great. So a big thank you. You have a loyal fan here in beautiful Barbados.

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    • Yea!!!! Hi Dale!!! Thank you for coming out of the shadows;)!! And thank you so much for the kind words!! Barbados in the house:)!! You know I love to learn about readers around the world!! Good luck on your journey beyond the TWA! You know that I would love to eventually hear more about that:)!!

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  29. Lurking and proud…well, not sure if I qualify cause I won a contest before, but I rarely comment…I check out the website daily.

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  30. Hello I am a lurker, I have been lurking since I decided to transition in December. I have recently done my BC July 21. I love your site!!!!!

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    • Awwww, hi Telly!!!! Thank you so much and CONGRATULATIONS on your Big Chop!!! Wishing you all the best on your journey and I hope that you continue to find lots of helpful information and inspiration on the site:)!

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  31. Hey, I was a lurker. Then Shelli put the survey out about what we would like too see on the site, and I decided to start commenting and rating stuff. I wanted to encourage her and the GOC participants.

    I visit this blog 3-4 times a week, and love the information. Shelli is very thorough, and I love it. Being a mechanical engineer, I think about things in steps and algorithms a lot, and so although our hair textures differ, I have been following Shelli’s hair care regimen for the past 3 months! I remember the Aphogee post, loved the details. Thanks Shelli for your attention to detail and your dedication to this blog! I am going to continue to make an effort to rate, like and comment more.

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    • Yeah RazzyYazzy, past tense lurker;). Speaking of that survey, I should whip that one out again soon too. And thank you so much for encouraging the GOC participants! I know that they appreciate the feedback and support. I really admire all that they do and their willingness to share their journeys! So, I always want them to get lots of comments and ratings:)!!

      LOL!! Omgosh, you’re another engineer. I think my “thorough” … verbose … way of writing appeals to a lot of the scientific ladies!! I know I have a few more engineers who follow the site!! And, the funny thing is, I think of myself as very right-brain … I was not a fan of the sciences or mathematics … always and art and English/Literature type person. But, I also have a teacher type personality and I think that is why I tend to try to explain things in a comprehensive manner. Glad that it works for you guys:).

      Okay, now, how is the regimen working out for you despite having a different texture? Are you making/have you made tweaks based upon your hair’s needs? Inquiring minds want to know;)!!

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  32. Hey all I’m definitely a “lurker” of multiple sites lol!!!! I’ve probably only joined about two of my “lurking” sites lol but I just realized I have your blog address memorized so that makes you pretty important in my brain!!! I do thoroughly enjoy visiting your site so here I am for the world to see!!!!

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  33. Hello, I am a lurker or “undercover reader” as another posted. I just want to say I love the site, and the information, and I definitely own a banana clip now because of you :-). Oh, and I absolutely loved the review on Dark Knight Rising. I could agree more. Okay so back under my bush I go. 🙂

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    • LOL!! Hi Reese!!! Awwww, thanks for peeking out from the bush for a minute;)!! As to DKR!! IKR?!?! I’m saying … my friend says this might be like when The Phantom Menace came out and everyone was initially saying it was great … just wanting to believe. But then, they eventually admitted the truth … it was a hot mess. I’m hoping people will start to realize the error of their ways ;). LOL!!

      Oh, and do you love your banana clip?? Whodda thunk? Right??

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  34. I don’t know that I’m a “lurker” per se, since I comment on your posts more than any other site that I visit. Honestly, I just think the quality of this natural hair site is better than most. However, I’ve never submitted a story eventhough I qualify for several… I’m currently transitioning, I henna on a regular basist, and eventually I will big chop. LOL!

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    • Hahahaha! Hi Joi, nice to meet the name that goes with the finger!! Now we just need the face ;). LOL! Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere. You’ll get the nerve;).

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  35. I guess I am considered a lurker. I found you on YouTube which led me here to your blog. I like your hair, videos and your blog. Its very inspirational. I check at two to three times a week and never posted anything until today.

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    • Awwwww, thank you Tee!!! I keep saying I need to do a new video … but those things take a lot of work!! The set-up, the filming, the uploading, the editing, the uploading again!!!! Not enough time in the day! Plus, half the time I don’t do much with hair anyway … too busy writing for the blog ;)! LOL!!

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  36. Wei….you’re totally awesome!!! I love how involved you are in Shelli’s passion for hair!!! I do lurk sometimes but that’s because I’m not able to post all the time do to the lurkers at my place of business around me:)…..I’ll definitely find/make the time to post more. Shelli you’re doing an amazing job and I’m so proud of you!

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  37. Lurker?!?!? Me?!?!? Why yes, yes I am/was!! I subbed sometime ago but I’ve only commented on two posts since I came from under my rock. I intend to stay from under the rock, it was heavy and hot under there!! LOL!! Keep up the great work Shelli !!!

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  38. Okay, I’ll de-lurk… I love your blog, very inspirational and quite entertaining. You and Wei are such a lovely couple and I wish you much success in the future!

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  39. I guess I’ll step out of the shadows too! I believe I found your blog after browsing Curly Nikki’s site. I love the site, hoping it can help me achieve my goal of waist length hair.

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  40. Ha! I guess I’ll go ahead and introduce myself, since I have never commented but count you as my hairspiration! I sooooo enjoy the site! You and your information have been instrumental in helping me on my healthy hair journey. One year in and I see such progress, I must Thank YOU! Hopefully, now I’ll have enough courage to go to a meet up! 🙂

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  41. You have alot of lurkers out there! Including ME! I have learned so much from your blog and a few others and am grateful for the encouragement to continue on my natural hair journey. I only wish that this existed when I was in high school! Thank you for all that you GIVE.

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  42. LOL…I may as well just confess also. 😀 You blog is awesome and I enjoy lurking every chance that I get. I’ve learned so much from you and am turning into a complete henna head. I’ll chill on the lurking a bit, stop being antisocial…and comment every now and then while dressed in an inconspicuous generic black lurking hat.

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