Monthly Archives: June 2013

Ahhh Humidity … Thou Art a Heartless B@#$!!

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And for more curly hair fun, check out this Buzzfeed list Mane Man Jor-El shared over on Facebook:

31 Problems Only People with Curly Hair Will Understand

I’m sure that all of us can relate to at least one or two or TEN of these!!! LOL!!

#99problems #rollwithit #itsallgood

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First Annual Black Ivy Alumni Gala

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Hi all!!!  I wanted to share this event in which I’ll be participating next month!! Trying to get the word out to as many people as we can for this great cause to raise money to help worthy HS students in NYC go to college!! Spread the word!! Thank you!

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The Black Ivy Alumni League cordially invites you to:

First Annual Black Ivy Alumni Gala

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
6:00 p.m.

For the first time in history the Black Ivy Alumni League, in partnership with Columbia Business School 4A, Dartmouth BADA, Cornell CBAA, Princeton ABPA, will unite for a blow out celebrity fundraising gala.

Join us as we gather for an evening with celebrity guests and Ivy alumni from all over the tri-state area.

Walk the green carpet and mingle with VIPs.

Raise money for your black alumni association, student jobs on campus and ambitious NYC high school students who don’t have PTAs with deep pockets to help them get the resources they need and deserve!

Fundraising Gala Host Committee

Maisha Walker
The Black Ivy Alumni League
Calcie Cooper
The Social Broker
Jade Dean
Cornell Black Alumni Association
Juanne Renee Harris
Black Alumni of Dartmouth Association
Shelli Gillis
Hairscapades.com & Princeton University Alumna
Dwayne Jeffrey
African American Real Estate Professionals
Andrea Henderson
Columbia Business School 4A
Shyra Smart
University of Pennsylvania Alumna
Claude Fidelin
London Business School & Columbia Business School Alumnus
Jay Vix
Cornell Mosaic Board Member
BJ Merriwether
Harvard University Alumnus
Tom Ficklin
Yale Divinity School Alumnus
Renea Henry
Princeton University Alumna
Brian Peters
Cornell University Alumnus
Eric Hamilton
Around the Way & NY Web Academy
Anika Daniels Osaze
Cornell Black Alumni Association
Zachary Husser
Columbia University Alumnus
Laura Larks
Princeton University Alumna

Hosted by: Maisha Walker (Princeton ’94), Ayme Sinclair (Virginia Tech ’03, NYU ’09)

The Carlton Hotel
88 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10016
Between 28th and 29th Street, Enter on Madison Ave

RSVP: http://theleagueonline.org/events1.php

Blowout & Workout

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by Weusi

You all know Shelli has been on the fitness GRIND!!! She has worked out 120 consecutive days as of Monday!

AND … I think that you all know … I LOVE me some SHELLI. I love her alot-alot-alot.

While she has been working out consistently, I have been sporadic in my exercise “routine.” But the reminder that she shared with me kicks in every now and then. I’m paraphrasing, but she told me … “this isn’t about vanity. This is about being able to live happy and healthy lives together … forever.” CAN YOU SAY, “MOTIVATION?”

So … now I’m sitting here thinking about just HOW MUCH I LOVE HER.

I love her so much
There really aren’t any words
that explain how much

#onthespothaiku

(That just came to me! I love it when I surprise myself like that!)

And then, I remembered that I asked Shelli to send me this …

A blowout class for S.O.’s …

via ABCNews.go.com

Do I love her enough to take this class for her? Yes, I do … BUT … WILL I? NOPE! Why?

The idea was that we LIVE a long, happy and healthy life together. NOT that she KILL me because I messed up her hair trying to blow it out! So … NAH MAN!!!

INSTEAD … in celebration of SHELLI’S 120 days straight of fitness I am asking that you join her. Exercise for 10 minutes. Even if this is the only day in your life that you do it. Go exercise! She’s done it for 120 days, we can do it 1 day!

I can’t think of anything greater to wish for someone. So, I wish that you all take a step to doing so, if you haven’t already.

So, I’m sending a JUMP ROPE to (1) special friend of HAIRSCAPADES that publicly posts a commitment to exercise at least 3 days a week on the HAIRSCAPADES FACEBOOK PAGE by Friday. We’ll announce the SPECIAL WINNER on SATURDAY.

AND NO … I know it’s not much, but it’s the sentiment … and the joy of winning something!

START POSTING!

SHiNE

Flat-Ironed Hair and a Length Check

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Okay, THIS is really is going to be a quick post as I need to work on an article for … wait for it … Carol’s Daughter Transitioning Movement site!! Yup! They accepted a proposal I made for an original guest post and my deadline is tomorrow! Anywho, just wanted share some pics that I’ve shared over on Instagram and Facebook (so, if you follow me there, some of these are old news) and a few impromptu length check photos I had Wei take this morning :).

A couple of weeks ago, I flat-ironed my hair (one pass with my Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium flat-iron set at 300°) to stretch it some. Then I put it into a couple of “Pocahontas” braids for a “beach wave” love. It frizzed up by the end of the day. But, whatevs. That’s ALWAYS been my hair, even when I was relaxed. So, it doesn’t bother me much anymore.

Anywho, it looked like I had gained some decent length since my haircut in December (and it’s definitely time for a trim, which I’m getting next weekend). And, since I was thinking about it, I grabbed Wei and had him take a couple of quick, pseudo length check pics this morning.

Top: Jan. 9, 2013
Bottom: June 16, 2013

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6/16/13 length check (back close-up)

The longest parts in the back have now gone past the lines on my length check shirt! I’ll be back to at least the last one after my trim. But, on my way to tailbone length!

Okay, gotta go! Hope that everyone is enjoying their Sunday/Father’s Day!!

Curlformers Convert!!

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Okay, so I’m gonna try to keep this quick and too the point …  you know that’s a feat for me … which is why I don’t really Tweet/Twitter!! But, I gotta get ready to head out for Man of Steel and don’t have time to go into deep detail. So, here goes.

This past Saturday, I hennaed my hair, applied mix of Sally’s GVP The Detangler, aloe vera juice and JBCO/EVOO mix to my hair. Then, I twisted it … but first I attempted to set a section of hair with a Curlformer … and I very easily did it for the first time!!!! (I guess all those YouTube tutorials finally sunk in!).

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I wore my twists down on Sunday and in an updo for work from Monday-Thursday. I have an event this weekend and decided I was going to finally give it the old college try and attempt a Curlformer set. I watched Naptural85’s Updated Curlformers Technique tutorial and MahoganyCurls Curlformers on Natural Hair: My First Impression again. Then, after work, I got to it.

My hair was still moisturized from being in a twisted updo all week, so I didn’t feel a need to re-moisturize. It was also almost perfectly sectioned and essentially detangled due to those same twists. So, the products and tools I used were very minimal.

Products
Water in a small spray bottle
ORS Lock and Twist Gel (I♥ this gel and originally purchased it b/c of the GORGEOUS flexirod set KaiRox’s achieved with it.)

Tools
Curlformers (Extra Long & Wide 40 pack [20 clockwise & 20 counter-clockwise] for hair up to 22″ long)
Hair clips
My 10 Fingers

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Process

  • First I secured all but the bottom left twists of my dry hair up with hair clips.
  • Working from the back left (nape), I separated each twist and grabbed about 1-2″ sections (usually 2-3 per twist).
  • Once I had the section I wanted to set, I would prep a pink Curlformer on the wand.
  • Then, I spritzed the section of hair with water until it was slightly damp (not soaking wet) and smoothed a nice size dollop of ORS lock and twist gel down the length making certain the hair was detangled.
  • Next, I twisted the roots of the section to make it small enough to get the hook of the wand around all of the hair.
  • Finally, I hooked the wand over the root (not too close to the scalp), pushed the curler up over the top of the wand, and pulled my hair through the curler.(If the curler twisted wrongly, I fixed it to form the correct shape.)
  • I repeated this process on the left side and then completed the right side using the orange curlers.
  • The entire process took me about 1 hour 30 minutes, which wasn’t too bad given it was my first time.
  • I can’t remember how many Curlformers I used now!! But, I think it was about 38 … and, get this … there were at least an extra 6 pink curlers in my kit!!! #WINNING

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Things I Learned

  • My hair is longer than 22″ in some sections?!?! Go figure. So, I had to pull a lot of the Curlformers down about an inch to make certain my ends were fully enclosed in the curlers.
  • I could have twisted the roots first so that the section out of the curler still had a wave to it (but, even though I didn’t do that, my roots were very smooth).
  • They make “Spiral Curls” Curlformers for super long hair up to 29″ now!! But those jokers are $73.95!! I’ll stick with pulling mine down from the root since that worked perfectly fine!! LOL!!

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The setting went very easily. I only had to start over on two sections because the hair wouldn’t slide through smoothly. I decided to set my hair only slightly damp with the hopes that it would dry overnight. So, speaking of overnight, let’s talk about sleeping in these. I followed Naptural85s suggestion and secured the front sections with hair elastic. Then, I split them down the back and laid on my back to sleep. Yeah … I’m a side, fetal position sleeper and didn’t get much sleep that way. So, finally, in the early hours, I flipped on my side, threw the curlers over the edge of the pillow and balled the corner of the pillow up under my chin to elevate my head a little. That worked a lot better for me.

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The Take Down

 The next morning (about 8 1/2 hours later), I removed the curlers and set my curls in buns for my morning workout following Naptural85’s technique for stretched curls.

  • Working from the front left first (pink curlers), I held the end of the curler near my roots and stretched the curler straight (this can be a little tricky as the Curlformers are firm and have a lot of “recoil” action, which help smooth the hair and retain their shape after repeated uses, I think).
  • Then, I squeezed each end of the curler to make it open and pulled the curler down the strand, keeping a grasp on both ends.
  • I “corrected” any curls that twisted/flipped by twirling/flipping them in the proper direction with my finger.
  • Next, I applied a little Shea Decadence Sweet Marmalade Pomade to my ends to seal the hair and add shine. (Yo. I’ve been using several items from Shea Decadence for about a month now. LOVE them and have to get you guys a full review soon as it is soooo overdue!!)
  • Repeated on next section. (I had one section that didn’t fully dry, so I just pin curled it and left it that way until I released all of my hair.)
  • Once I had two sections free, I combined the curls. (I did not clip the ends as my curls stayed together without one and I didn’t want my curls to stretch too much.)
  • I repeated until the left side was one big “twist” and then did the same on the right side.
  • Once both sides were done, I loosely wrapped and bunned them at the back of my head using hair pins.
  • Then, I tied my hair up in a satin scarf and donned a sweatband for day 117 of my #365daysoffitness (30 min. progressive incline walking on the treadmill … decided to not run to try to reduce the amount I sweat … yeah … I still sweat a lot. But, health over hair.)

So, yeah, I removed the sweatband, but left the scarf on my hair (and actually added a second thinner one around my edges to absorb more sweat) until I got to work. When I uncovered my hair, the scarf and my hair were still damp :(. But, I released my buns anyway and gently separated the curls. I left the roots alone to try to allow them to air dry.

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And, by the early afternoon, after it had long since dried, I played around with the part to get it more to my liking (meaning, I needed to create more volume at the front!).

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Final Thoughts:

So, what do I think of Curlformers? I LOVE them! They weren’t whistling dixie when they said these get the hair soooo smooth like a curling iron! I was also soooo impressed that even though I had to leave the first inch of my hair out, my roots still looked smooth and silky (until I worked out ;))!!! Though the curls looks similar to my perm rod sets, I think my hair is a lot smoother and more stretched. The application process went very smoothly for me, which was my biggest concern and why I didn’t try these things for 2 years!! The removal was also pretty easy, though I didn’t do it quickly to make certain I didn’t snag or ruin a curl. My hair didn’t get snagged or pulled out in the curlers during the application or removal process (I only removed shed hairs that I saw … no broken hairs from the curlers).

Now, the cost of Curlformers may be prohibitive for some at $50-$75 for most complete kits. But, if you can swing them, I would definitely recommend!!! Sally’s carries them on the ground, and you might be able to catch them on sale and use the 15% discount if you are a rewards member. Oh, and if your goal is to grow your hair long, I’d suggest getting the longest ones you can afford so that you don’t outgrow a shorter set and have to spend more money for longer kit. In the alternative, if you just can’t see yourself spending that much on “rollers,” I know that there is a knock-off brand called Magic Levarag. It’s sold on eBay and Amazon for at least half the price. However, that brand doesn’t have the length options that Curlformers have and I’ve read mixed reviews, so I’m not co-signing on it at all and would suggest that you do your research first.

Alright … it’s obvious I don’t know how to write a short post! I started this yesterday an hour before heading to the movies (BTW, I HATED Man of Steel) and had to finish it this morning!! Oh well … at least I’m thorough … right (humor me please ;))?!?!

To wrap this up … Curlformers get four hearts out of five (I took one off for the high price tag ;)).

♥♥♥♥

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Have you used Curlformers? What do you think of them?

Serious … For Real This Time.

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weusi on steps with bookby Weusi

I am a regular dude. I am kinda not telling the truth. I’m really more like a super-powered mutant in human form. Yep. I have super powers. But, I stay in my incognito, “Clark Kent” mode so that my secret super powers don’t attract too much attention.  No … I’m not telling you my power! I just said that it was a secret! Would Clark Kent tell!?! Anyway … With this being said, I am not from Krypton and super strength is not my secret super power. So, if I was attacked by a large group of individuals, that would not be good. Not good at all. 

Now, some of you may already know that Cipriana from Urban Bush Babes has been writing about the beat down that her boyfriend and his twin brother took from a cowardly group of 10-12 individuals over the Memorial Day weekend.

It was serious. In addition to the abuse incurred due to the racial epithets that were hurled at them as they were getting jumped by this mob, there were facial bones fractured and internal injuries sustained.

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Due to Cipriana’s diligence, not the NYPD’s, there was actual footage of the attack obtained on video

I am writing this not only as a show of caring and support for a Significant Other within our natural hair community, but  also so that we hold the NYPD accountable for making sure justice is carried out against the perpetrators of the crime.

The more people that are looking at the video and know about this tragedy makes the entire community accountable because now you know … and with knowing comes a certain responsibility.

There is a petition to put pressure on the NYPD to see the case through here. And here is the most recent update on the case.

cipriana's boyfriend and his brother after recoveringA recent picture of the brothers (Cipriani’s boyfriend cut his hair after the incident).

If you didn’t know about it NOW YA KNOW …

Speaking of knowing …

  • Are you aware that they have started the jury selection for the Trayvon Martin case … more info here and here
  • AND on a brighter note, although I’m not going to tell you my super power … you can go see SUPERMAN/MAN OF STEEL this weekend and learn all about his!

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Be Safe! Have a great weekend!

SHiNE

*** Cipriana & S.O. … We got your back!***

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curlformers … At Last We Dance

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So … after owning a set of Curlformers for two years … I’m finally trying them for the first time. I’ve watched Naptural85 and MahoganyCurls tutorials 50 gajillion times and finally successfully and easily installed a Curlformer this past weekend. So, since I have an event to attend this weekend, I decided I’d give them a try!!

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22″ Extra Long and Wide
Too short?!?! When did my hair get longer than 22″??!?!
Shoot, when did it get to be 22″?? I thought it was 19-20″!!!

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to make certain my ends were fully covered.

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Hopefully my hair will dry overnight and survive my morning workout (I don’t think that I can run with these in my hair, so I may just do some incline walking instead). I’ll be back to report the results tomorrow hopefully (Man of Steel is going down tomorrow night … so I can’t make any promises) … the good, the bad or the ugly. And then I’ll share what I did, what products I used, what I’d do differently next time and what I think of the much lauded and reviewed Curlformers!!

Lata Gatas!!