Daily Archives: June 12, 2012

Reflections

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I just had to share this pic that I saw on Facebook yesterday and posted on my page. This picture just makes my heart swell with joy for two reasons. First, I always love seeing a little girl who adores her daddy and a daddy who adores his little girl.

But second … and this is what inspired the title of this post … look at Sasha’s hair. Which one of us doesn’t have a similar pic of us playing at some time, some place, hair everywhere … and having the time of our lives? To see this captured moment … the daughter of the President of the United States of America, not perfectly coiffed, but looking just like “every little black girl USA,” shoot, “every little black girl” period … no facades … no pretense … no dolled up, whitewashed version of a black family that is “safe” for public viewing … feels like a really existential moment in time. I feel it in my bones. I feel it in my soul. There’s about to be a paradigm shift mannnnn!!! We are here, we are black, we are women and we are worthy just the way we are!!

That is all ;)!

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I’m Serious with Mine

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This one goes out to all my ATLA homies!! LOL! In case you didn’t know, we’ve been having a serious discussion in the comments thread over on Korra: The Legend So Far … . So, it hit me that I never shared some of my prize ATLA possessions, which I purchased several years ago at Nick Universe here! It’s the BoomerAang Gang!!!! (Minus one :(. For some reason they never made a Toph, who is the most AWESOMETASTIC of all!! *boooo hissssss*). Anywho, Appa is so soft and cuddly and he’s almost as big as me ;)! For this last reason, he is generally relegated to the second bedroom with the rest of the gang, except Momo. But I brought the gang all together to get this shot.

Oh no, I’ve probably said too much. *lol*

WnG: Rake & Shake

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As you know, I’m planning on revisiting the Wash and Go for the summer. So, I thought I’d share a pic of my hair from 2006 when I first discovered LaBella Lots of Curls and Ouidad’s Rake & Shake technique for applying product, defining, clumping and encouraging curls. Tameeka, a Ouidad trained stylist, used a very similar technique to do my hair on Sunday (she just dropped the “shake”). So, I figured I’d share a video of Ouidad herself demonstrating the Rake & Shake.

A few things about my WnG technique:

  • When I do my hair and Tameeka did it, I apply the styling products section by section and not to my entire head.
  • I use Infusium 23 or the Sally’s GVP version as my leave-in.
  • I mix any gel that I’m using with Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter first before applying. I just mix the two in my palm and apply.
  • The gel with butter gives me  hold and moisture with little to no crunch.
  • I primarily air dry (never touching hair until completely dry, to prevent frizz). I may diffuse if I can’t wait for it to air dry, but that is very rare. Diffusing gives me more voluminous day one curls and I love the effect, but it just takes too long, so I rarely do it.

So, these are the techniques and products that I plan to revisit when I do a WnG this weekend. However, I am interested in the Tightly Curly Method and may have to investigate that a little more. Any suggestions on a great tutorial for that technique? I think I’ve read that MahoganyCurls has a good one and her curls are GORGEOUS!

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How do you Wash and Go?