Feature of the Day: Natasha

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Hello my name is Natasha. I was 16 when I transitioned and bc’d. I transitioned from may 09 to dec 09, that was 8 months of craziness. I dealt with the growth pretty well. Over the summer I got braids so it would be easier to manange my hair. After school started I couldnt stand the growth and permed hair. It was all driving me crazy. So the day after christmas I decided to BC, which my mom did it for me, after my bc I immediatly went and got some kinky twists the following day. I kept those in for 2 months and then got some braids.
I know you’re probably thinking..you didnt wear your hair out at all.
Surprisingly no I didnt. I just kept it hidden till my 3 month mark. I then got a lace front wig but it started getting hot out and the wigs werent my thing… I finally felt comfortable wearing my hair out. So i went to school the following Monday happy and proud, but as most highschoolers are mean and ignorant…I was laughed at and talked about. I felt good but then I felt hideous. After a month or so my hair truely started changing and doing its own thing. And now I’ve been 4 months and Im almost 5 months and I love my hair. It isnt the length I would like it but It is growing so fast, that I cant complain.
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May 1st I got my hair flat ironed and trimmed…well it looks but lol. and I can see how healthy and pretty it is. I really just wanted to see my hair and how much it grew and oh boy it grew alot. I honestly dont have anything bad to say about my transition or after my bc. I think that things like this are good for us because we learn to love ourselves more and more and we see our inner beauty. I truely love myself now. I dont think im any less than the permed girls with the long hair, only because I used to be one of those girls and I didnt even feel pretty then. I feel that going natural changes your whole mindset and look on life and just being 17, I have learned so much.
This month marks my 1 year for not putting any chemicals on my hair. I will be one yr from my bc in dec and I cant wait. Since this whole change, I have made a youtube page in which I talk about hair and my hair and even though Im young I think I actually help some people. If you enjoy my newly natural story please check out my youtube channel : tasha32793 and my blog :[email protected]
Being natural is the best thing God could have done for us women. We truely are beautiful without all the makeup and weave and all the excess stuff we put on ourselve
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Feature of the Day: Ebony

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I had been having my hair chemically treated in one way or another since I was ten years old- either Jheri Curls or a relaxer.
I never ever had known my own hair texture, because even before I got the chemicals, my mother would press it with the hot comb. Every Saturday, she would wash my hair, plait it and the next day, Sunday she would call me in from outside (in the summer) or away from my brothers (winter), to the kitchen, turn on her dusties (which was the beginning of my love affair with music, but that’s another story) and get to pressing.
So after a few years with the Curl, I decided I wanted straight long flowing hair, since I was told that the Curl made your hair long. Much to my painful surprise, see, no one told me never ever scratch before you get a relaxer, I found out that it was actually the opposite. I woke up daily for 6 months with my hair on my pillow, which is traumatizing to a 12yr old. My hair was so short I was using baby doll rollers-seriously. And on top of that every 5 weeks I was going through that painful burning process, even though I didn’t scratch. This went on for the next 20yrs of my life barring the times I wore braids.
I tried maybe twice to go natural, but gave in because I wanted instant gratification-long luxurious hair. So, in July of 2009 after a really bad perm which left scabs in my scalp for almost a month, I gave up. I simply stopped relaxing.
I wore wigs and braids, and even attempted to straighten it-and ended up with a burned forehead and fingers, not to mention ears. So I just made up my mind that this was the time to do it. I had been going through some emotional changes and getting to know Ebony. I finally realized that my 15yr relationship had breathed its last breath, and I was really on my own. I wasn’t afraid, but looking forward to whatever life brought my way. And I simply wanted my outward appearance to reflect my inner self- a Strong, beautiful woman who was going back to the basics in her life.
So Saturday, March 13,2010, much to the amazement of the women in the shop I frequented, amongst the relaxers, marcel curlers and spritz(ugh) I proudly stated that I wanted her to cut off my relaxed hair, which at the time was reaching my shoulders. The elder ladies shook their heads at me, the young women rolled their eyes and claimed how they just cant live without their lace fronts and perms, and how “brave” I was. I agree… I was being brave, because I had no idea how people would perceive me, but I did it anyway. And Hello Ebony!
I love the way I look and feel! People are saying now that I’ve done it, that gives them the courage to try it as well. I really hope my 15yr old daughter follows suit, but I’m not pressuring her… she has to come into her own just as I have.
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I have Alopecia Areata

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I just came back from the dermatologist and he told me that I have Alopecia Areata. I had been losing hair for some time around the crown and I figured just as much. It affects perfectly healthy people and is pretty rare. I was given a few injections in my scalp to help stimulate hair regrowth. I have to go back in four weeks. I’ll update again soon.

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Calling all St. Louis Naturals!

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Highly Textured & Co. (a merger of the minds between Erthtonez.com and Nappy and the City), will be hosting a St. Louis Natural Hair Forum!

Many women are choosing to wear their hair natural, but need support along their. Whether you have locs, a fro, newly natural, transitioning, have natural children, or are thinking about going natural, this is the place for you!! Here, you will learn about healthy hair tips, styles, and more! This is an event for you to meet women and men with like minds and become support for the people who need it! Are you scared to go natural because of what others will think or because you don’t have the support behind your decision? Well come, and hopefully leave inspired to love the natural you!

BE SURE YOU BRING MONEY BECAUSE THERE WILL BE:

  • Product Giveaways (from some of our sponsors like Darcy’s Botanical’s and Chris-Tia Donaldson, author of Thank God I’m Natural)
  • Drink specials
  • Vendors with great products
  • An ALL YOU CAN EAT buffet of scrumptious, authentic West-African Cuisine.

Admission is FREE. Tickets for the buffet is $16 if you purchase online. Purchasing tickets in advance ensures your chair…they will sell out fast!!! If you purchase food tickets online, hold on to your reciept and bring it to redeem your meal. No refunds unless its our fault. Purchase your tickets by visiting Erthtonez (www.erthtonez.com/htc) or www.nappystl.com (and click on the “purchase tickets” banner on the right side).

See you there!

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A Transitioning Story

My name is Alaina, or Alaina bee (because I’m hyper and free like a bee!), and I’m currently transitioning (waaaay long term, now about ten months, and I plan on doing my BC after my spring break in March). I am so excited to be writing here, and sharing the knowledge that I’ve gained in just a few short months from the caring community of beautiful natural women like you. I first decided to go natural for financial reasons – I, as a broke college student, couldn’t afford to spend $60-80 a month on a relaxer, and I was also going away to school in a place where black women and salons and stores that cater to them are few and far in between (beautiful Santa Barbara).
So I kept stretching relaxers until I realized that the excessive amount of hair that I found in the shower was not natural, and certainly not healthy. I was doing so many things wrong, and not properly caring for my hair, and the chemicals that I was putting into my hair to relax it were certainly not helping. I, unwittingly, began to transition, but I still wasn’t deep conditioning or properly moisturizing my hair. It wasn’t until about three months ago that I was turned onto this site by a friend, and my mind was blown! I immediately bought a deep conditioning treatment and conditioner and moisturizer, and well, went on a bit of a rampage (beginning product junkie status!), but three months later in December, I see so much of a difference in my hair. It feels so much healthier and thicker, and I’m so happy with it. I know that being natural is really for me. Now all that is left is to trim off those thin, straight ends that are hanging on for dear life.
I’d like to begin my stint here by briefly talking about the psychological effects of transitioning and well, I like to say “returning” to one’s natural hair. I’m in my second year of college, and I’m still discovering myself – my likes, dislikes, what I want to do with my life, and things like that, and I feel that stumbling upon all these wonderful natural hair care sites such as this one, is a huge part of this process. I’ve always struggled with loving my hair – mainly because I did not know how to take care of it, so it rebelled and broke off, and became depressed, really. I believe that life is a journey to figuring out oneself, and for me, especially since I am so young (nineteen on December 11th!); I know that I have so far to go. Now in the final stretch of my journey to natural hair, I finally feel like I’m finally being true to myself and my hair.
With natural hair I can be my wild self, switching styles up daily, or I can dial it down a bit if I need to be professional, or just desire to look different that day! I am constantly getting compliments on my different styles and it just encourages me to try out more things. I feel that working on my hair is an extension of working on and bettering myself. Do you all feel like that? Learning about me and the things that are good for my body and my life can be challenging, but it’s so fun. I have so much to learn, and college has really taught me to do my research and to learn from others.
I can’t wait to learn from you all, and hello again!
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Alaina “Alainabee” Roberts, is a second-year college student at the University of California Santa Barbara. Working towards her B.A. in History, Alaina hopes to go on to write historical articles and historical fiction novels as well freelance. You can find more about Alaina’s hobbies, hair journey, and college experience at http://alainabee.tumblr.com. Her home is in the Bay Area, and she enjoys running, reading, and getting As in her History classes.
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Feature of the Day: Ieisha

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Your name/username:
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Where are you from?
Originally Chicago, IL but I’m living in the metro Detroit area for law school.

How long did you transition?
I did the BC on October 13, 2009.

Tell us your hair story. Why did you decide to go natural?
I used to keep my hair short. Always. And then my BFF decided she was getting married so in true maid-of-honor fashion, I was growing my hair out so she could have some versatility with the styling. So for over a year, I grew out my hair and kept relaxing it. The result was longer but weak hair that was not healthy. It was thin and stress was causing it to break off even more.

August 2009, the wedding got called off and I didn’t go in for my touch up. I was tired of my hair breaking off and shedding every morning. So since I didn’t have to grow it out for the wedding, I decided that instead of having long hair, I wanted to have healthy hair. I went to a salon for a consultation (Transitions Salon, aptly named) and the owner took the time to walk me through what I’d expect over the next year as far as the stages my hair would go through and what styles I’d be able to wear. The salon carried natural hair products (Carol’s Daughter and Miss Jessie’s) so I wouldn’t have to go searching for products to use in my hair. She carried smaller, sample sizes of everything so I could buy it and try it before committing to one outright. My experience at the consultation appointment went so well that I made my actual appointment for a week later and on October 13, 2009, I did the BC.

What have you discovered so far in your natural hair journey?
I have discovered a few things in my short natural hair journey. One, relaxed women are living vicariously through me. They always are commenting that they wish they could do what I did. Two, natural women welcome me with open arms and giving me tips on how they tackled their journey. Three, white women say my hair is ‘sassy’ which I found to be an interesting word to describe my hair. Sassy? Natural hair is sassy? Ok, I’ll buy that.

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But most importantly, I have discovered how much self-esteem and confidence I REALLY have! When I first did the BC, I thought I had made a HUGE mistake. I told myself that I shouldn’t have been so rushed to cut off the relaxer. I was going to look like a boy or a cancer patient. The drive home, I kept thinking about my boyfriend’s reaction. Is he gonna be attracted to me still? Will people mistake me for his little brother? I had all kinds of insane thoughts!

But when the dust settled on the third or fourth glance in the mirror, I realized that my beauty was coming from within. I know that is so cliche but it is SO true! I took the time out in the morning to fluff my TWA and to put on makeup and to pick out accessories that would compliment my hair. And it showed. I get people telling me that I look healthy and that my skin is glowing. A stranger in the grocery store even commented that he liked my hair natural.

My journey thus far has also proven to me that natural hair can be professional. In a law school setting where I’m constantly networking and competing, I’m able to portray myself and I think my hair now matches my personality.

What technique has helped you the most?
In this initial grow phase, deep moisturizing has been imperative. I never knew what cowashing was until I did the BC. Now I live by it and will cowash once or twice a week. I use a carrot oil for extra moisture and I’ve fallen in love with Miss Jessie’s Buttercreme. I don’t plan on using heat until I’ve gotten six inches of growth.

Your advice to the readers:
Going natural is not a step but a lifestyle. It takes a commitment to something bigger than just kicking your ‘creamy crack’ habit. By going natural, you’re going to have a better understanding of who you are and that can only be great for your personal growth. As for your hair, condition & moisturize, condition & moisturize!

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Hair of the Day

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Special thanks to Lola for directing us to this ever-so fly gallery from Essenceentitled Street Style Tributes Michael Jackson. Check out the gallery for more naturals!

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Let’s Talk: Your Hair Problems

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It’s been a while since the last discussion so let’s start one today!

What hair problems are you going through? Dryness? Length retention? Breakage?

Let us know what your hair problems are!

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