Daily Archives: February 1, 2012

African Pride: “My Pride. My Way” Black History Month Giveaway! *CLOSED*

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African Pride Hair Care continues the conversation surrounding the brand’s nationally charged My Pride. My Way campaign just in time for Black History Month.  My Pride. My Way is a national campaign celebrating the individual style, innovation, and beauty of all women because When it Comes to Hair, We Write Our Own Rules.  Join us as we celebrate healthy hair, celebrate your individual style and beauty, and celebrate your African Pride.

Olive Miracle Deep Conditioning Hair Care helps provide moisture and nutrients the hair & scalp desires, because it helps replace the moisture and elasticity lost to styling and environmental factors. Naturally rich in vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants, African Pride Olive Miracle Deep Conditioning Hair Care helps restore and retain hair and scalp’s health, vitality and natural luster.

African Pride Olive Miracle: 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner
RET: $4.99

African Pride Olive Miracle: Miracle Creme
RET: $4.99

African Pride Olive Miracle: Growth Oil
RET: $4.99

Want to enter the African Pride: My Pride.My Way Giveaway and earn a chance to win all three products above?

  1. Like Hairscapades on Facebook.
  2. Post a photo of you and your fabulous self on the Hairscapades wall with the caption, “My Pride. My Way.”

Deadline: February 29, 2012

I’ll randomly select one winner in the first week in March!

And don’t forget to check out African Pride at www.african-pride.com, on Facebook at MyAfricanPride and on Twitter at @MyAfricanPride.

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Hairscapades Meet-Up (Washington, DC): The Reboot!

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Saturday, February 18th
1 – 4 pm

Tap & Parlour
2001 Eleventh Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20001

T#: (202) 299-0800

OH YEAH BABY!! THAT’S RIGHT!!! IT IS ON!! LOL!! As many of you may already know, I was originally planning a meet-up last October to bring together some of my comrades-in-blog from the Curly Nikki Presents Kim Coles’ Grow Out Challenge and my new friends from Hairscapades. Well, Hurricane Irene decided that she wanted to ruin those plans!

Now, we have reached the end of our first Hairscapades GOC and I thought, “What better time to resurrect the meet-up?!”

With that being said, I would like to extend an invitation to all readers, GOCers (old and new), kinky, coily, curly, transitioning, contemplating transitioning, big chopping, lurking 😉 and/or natural hair enthusiasts to the Hairscapades Natural Hair Meet-Up!!

So, come out and hang with me in DC on the 18th!! Meet fellow naturals, talk about products, techniques, styles and accessories. Also, bring your unwanted, never opened, partially used products, tools and/or accessories for the Product Swap Meet!! You’ll get rid of those “#FAILS,” in order to make room for that item (or two or ten … PJs, you know who you are) that you always wanted to try!! Lord knows y’all probably don’t need to bring anything as I’m sure I’ll have a box or two (yup, I’m one)!! LOL!! Oh, and maybe … just maybe … I might have a goody or two up my sleeve;)!  So, come out and admire the rainbow array of wonderful kinks, curls and coils that will surely be on display!! You’re sure to make a new “curlfriend” or two … or, ya know, twenty!!!

Please view the EVENT for the Meet-Up on the Hairscapades FB page and RSVP as I’m trying to get a head count. And, spread the word ;)!! Can’t wait to see you all!


January GOC Update: Carla

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by Carla (Tenth Wave)

It’s been a while since I updated my GOC!

This past December, I realized that my hair sheds a lot. It’s not that it hasn’t been shedding for years already; I guess I was in denial before. It’s way more than the standard 100 strands a day. I saw my doctor about it in early January and she confirmed my worst fear. I was referred to a dermatologist and will have my appointment early February. I will update when I get some answers.

One thing I’ve been doing these past several weeks is shampooing my scalp more often. My scalp has been itching quite a bit and I can’t help but to wonder if it’s related to my shedding. After about the 4th day, my scalp is killing me with the itchies! I take whatever shampoo I’m going to use (these days Trader Joe’s Tree Tea Tingle) add lavender and basil oil to it and apply it directly on my scalp, massage, leave it on for about 30 minutes, wash it out and condition. I’ve been doing this twice a week and my hair and scalp loves it. I’m also still using henna on my hair. I’ve slacked off for a bit, but my goal is to do it twice a month as time and supply allows. I’m primarly using natural products on my hair and that makes a big difference too.

So far my hair is doing well other than the shedding. It’s difficult for me to take photos of my hair solo, but here are a couple. I wish I could do a length check, but I doubt my hair has grown much since the last time I did one. I’ll do one on my next update. My hair is BSL and has a lot of shrinkage, but I’m OK with that.

In terms of the health and fitness challenge, I’m doing quite well. I’ve stepped up my power lifting and continue to challenge myself in the gym. For example, I’m up to 100 lbs on the dead lifts, 365 lbs on leg press and so on. My diet is still very much Paleo with a lot of added vegetables. My mother recently sent me a video about a doctor who treated her multiple sclerosis with the Paleo diet and nutrition. It’s good to know I was already on a similar path as this doctor. Weight training has helped me tremendously when it comes to fitness, mobility, fatigue and so on. This is my third year since I’ve been diagnosed and I’m doing better than I was three years ago.

I’m curious, does anyone shampoo as often as I do these days, or at least once a week? Co-washing is great, but I think it causes too much build-up on my scalp.

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I’ve co-washed regularly in the past with lots of success. However, I now use a sulfate-free shampoo on a weekly basis. On occasion, I’ll go two weeks between shampoos, but that’s usually the max and I don’t even have scalp issues. So, I don’t see a problem shampooing that often as long as you are using a sulfate-free shampoo and/or diluting a sulfate shampoo and/or “buffering” with a conditioner or oil pre-poo first! So many options, right?

Hope that your visit to your dermatologist pays off Carla and that you get your shedding under control. I know how stressful that can be!!

Carolina: Natural in the Dominican Republic

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Who are you and from where do you hail?
Hello everyone! My name is Carolina and I was born in the Dominican Republic. I lived most of my life in Boston, Massachusetts, but I am back in the DR and have been living and working here for over 2.5 years now.

What do you like most about your homeland?
I have to say that the beaches are my favorite part of my country. I also love fresh tropical fruits like mangos, coconut and papaya because, of course, I put them on my hair! The weather here is fantastic, especially since I grew up in one of the coldest states in the US, I really enjoy the heat!

What is the hair norm for Black/Brown women where you live? If natural hair is not the norm, is it becoming more prevalent?
Natural hair is definitely not the norm, quite the contrary. Relaxers, weaves and straight hair reign in the Dominican Republic. Natural hair is becoming more and more popular for sure though. When I went natural a few years ago, I remember seeing maybe three other naturals walking around the city. Now, when I go to the movie theater, the malls, the super market, everywhere I go, I see a natural head and I love it!

What was your hair like during your childhood and teen years? How did you feel about it? How was it perceived by others?
This is a really interesting question because I grew up in the US and my hair was perceived different there than it is here. During most of my childhood years and throughout my teenage years, I rocked relaxed hair, which was perceived by most of my African-American friends as “good hair.” I remember feeling like my hair was always a lot of work, but actually never questioned why I got relaxers, it was such a normal thing.

If you relaxed your hair at some point, why did you (or your guardian) make that decision? When and how long were you relaxed before you decided to go natural?
My mom decided to relax my hair because she claims it was too difficult to manage. I do have a lot of hair and if you are never taught to work with natural hair, the only known solution is relaxing it. I relaxed my hair for over 15 years until I decided to go natural.

What prompted your decision to go natural?
I was seriously just curious at first. I was also tired of going through that process every 2 months. I hated the hair salons, still do. I was ready to accept me for who I was, naturally. It was also an identity thing for me. I wanted to acknowledge and celebrate my blackness and wearing my kinky afro was one way of doing that.

Did you transition or big chop or are you currently transitioning?
I transitioned for less than 2 months and then got a BC. I couldn’t handle the two textures. There was a war in my head and the curls won!

What has your natural hair journey been like? How has your decision been received by family, friends and people in general?
I have to say that my natural journey has been really amazing! I have learned so much about myself and, most importantly, I have learned to love all of me. I have also met lots of interesting people through the different natural online networks. It is incredible, but I have “curlfriends” in Sweden, Brazil, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Columbia, Peru, Canada, USA, India, seriously all over the world!

My friends were super supportive, my family not so much. Some of them still think I’m either crazy or that I am going through a phase and will eventually get a relaxer!

What do you see as the challenges of being natural? Are there any things that you think are unique to where you live? If so, what and why? How do you think they can be overcome?
The most difficult part about being natural here in the DR is the constant harassment I face from complete strangers in the street to colleagues in my field. I have learned to choose my battles wisely and correct people when they say something disrespectful. The other day for example, a colleague noticed that I had flat-twisted my hair and said, “Oh, so you decided to comb your hair today.” I responded that the day my hair was out in a fro it was also “combed.”

Every so often, I talk to random women that say that I have “bad” hair and get them thinking a little about where it came from and why we still use that term. I’ve had some pretty amazing conversations with many different people about hair.

What is your regimen? Do you use/prefer commercial or natural products? Are the products that you like and want to try readily accessible and affordable? Where do you purchase them?
I don’t really have a set regimen, because I am constantly trying new products and new styles. I usually wash my hair twice a week, once with a sulfate-free shampoo (my favorite one right now is SheaMoisture the yellow bottle) and once with either a cleansing cream (CURLS) or co-wash (Tea Tree Tingle Trader Joes). I usually do twist-outs and Bantu knot-outs, but about twice a month I’ll rock a wash and go. Love natural oils and butters. At first, it was almost impossible to find natural hair products here in the DR, but now I run a small store and a few others are distributing different hair products.

Are there salons that cater to natural hair where you live? Are stylists trained in handling natural hair? Do you go to a salon?
Sadly, I don’t really know of any that work with natural hair and keep it in the natural hair form. I know of salons that work with straightening natural hair, but none that will give you a twist-out or natural hairstyles.

What do you enjoy and/or love about being/going natural? Has the journey taught you anything about yourself?
I enjoy so much about being natural. I love being able to embrace the rain, to shower without a shower cap, swimming in the ocean and pools and being able to love what I once thought was a bad hair day look. I have learned to really take care of all of me through this process. I usually put on my hair the same things that I put in my body and to me that is very important. Finally, I think this is an ongoing journey and I really hope to get the opportunity to write about being natural with grey hair from a personal view!

Do you have a Hair Crush?
I have so many hair crushes. Ok for one, YOU! Seriously, I love your buns and how you incorporate so many cute accessories into your styles. I think I have too many, but here are some of my fave blogger’s and famous people’s curls … DailyCurlz, HeyFranHey, Solange (natural wigs and all), Naptural85 (love her texture), Izzy (fearless Elle from Questfortheperfectcurl) Chescaleigh (love her locs), Esperanza Spalding, Lola (Cassidy from naturalselectionsblog) and my friend’s Tasmy and Paloma curls (Gringa Loca Productions).

Who do you follow online?
I follow everyone and their mommas! I follow a lot of the women I mentioned above. If you would like to follow me I’m everywhere too …on Twitter: @Miss_Rizos; on Facebook: Miss Rizos; blog: www.missrizos.com.

You’ll also find my co-hosting every so often on Nappturalite Radio!

Anything else that you’d like to share?
Just embrace you, all of you, straight hair, curly hair, just start loving yourself!