Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Me: Smug Look
Me: Your fingernails are "dead" also. Would you pour battery acid on them? I prefer my hair which is healthy versus anything else in this style, to each, their own.
Me: le sigh
Cashier after Realizing I Had No Weave: Oh you got good hair anyway, I need some chemicals in mines
Woman with Small Afro Peeping Out under Wig: I want to lock my hair when it gets long enough
I am finished ranting now. Thanks for letting me rave. Does anyone still say stupid things about your hair to you as if you won't be offended?
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Place of origin: Cabo de Santo Agostinho/Pernambuco, Brazil
Ethnic origin: I don't know my background - my father is black, my mother is light with green eyes - I am what we call "mulata".
How was discovered: On the streets of Recife, capital of Pernambuco, 40 min from my hometown.
Favorite things: To sing, to dance, to take pictures.
Favorite things about modeling: exciting/dangerous locations and experiences, access to different cultures, money.
Favorite subjects at school: Math and Portuguese
What you like the best and the least in NY: It is all very different for me, I like everything - Central Park is very special.
Advice for aspiring models: Run after your dream, but don't run over anybody... Be patient, if it is meant to be, you'll have your turn.
Monday, October 27, 2008
I was told by my Sisterlocktician, Martine Bernard, that I have ‘good locking hair’, it has a very tight curl pattern, for the most part. What I call ‘crunchy – I always loved the feel of my hair when it was natural, I enjoyed running my fingers through my hair, pulling a lock and feeling it spring back into a curl way before I had locks. Also, as with most peoples from the diaspora – I actually have several textures of hair – tighter curl (good and nappy) in the front and a little looser in the back – which actually my Dad tried to tell me years ago, when he shaped my first Afro!
Tell me about your first hair experiences? How did your family react and/or style to your hair as a child?
As a child I was always the one that the women in my family would look at and shake their heads over, my oldest sister had ‘good hair – a reflection of the native American and white ancestors. Although the next oldest didn’t have the good hair she had the length and an unusual sandy color and hair so strongly textured that when you pressed it, it stayed that way for a long time, and then I came along – I didn’t have the ‘good’ hair nor the strong hair, and no length whatsoever – the women just scratched their heads in puzzlement about how shortchanged I was (pun intended)!
Growing up with a Mom who didn’t know a thing about doing hair it was all about the backward plaits and press and curls for special occasions with little tiny pigtails. I have a 4th grade school picture with several pigtails and a big burn under one eye from the straightening comb….
When did you first go natural? Why? If you returned to relaxers, why did you return to that?
Growing up in the 70’s I had an afro for years which I loved, and as I transitioned into the workforce I started with the perms in order to look more professional and to be in style because Afros became obsolete and to have natural hair meant that you were “homey” or poor. – and then the curly perms until I couldn’t take the wet head any longer, then braids and perms – I’ve always been active and have never liked being in hair salons so eventually I would cut the hair off until
How did you wear your hair at different stages in your life?
afros, press and curls, perms, curly perms, braids, twists, and now S’locks.
Now that you have locks, how do you feel about coloring them? Any advice or color preferences?
I colored my hair just before getting locks, and continue to color every 6 months or so. I felt it would be a good way to accent my hair during the beginning stages of locks. I keep the color as close in tone to my natural hair color because I only color 1-2 within the year and I don’t like to see a striking difference between new growth and colored hair. No advice other than to listen to your locktician! I always stress to folk that because of the diversity of hair textures what works for me and my hair may not work for yours!
Have you had any problems with locks? What were they?
None other than lint becoming embedded in some of my locks, especially at the nape of my neck. Easily prevented by wearing a slumber cap and easily fixed by coloring!
Have you taken a Sisterlock class? How did you find it? Do you use it?
Yes, I took the SL retightening class approximately 6 months after my installation, I found it helpful because it helped me to understand my loctician’s instructions and even though initially I did not use the training I appreciate being able to tighten up my own hair if I choose.
How do friends, family, and men react to your hair?
Family and friends were taken aback at first, but I and my children had been on a natural hair journey for some years before I installed my locs – so folks were used to be being “different”!! Now of course, family (my mother especially) can’t believe how long my hair is and most friends acknowledge that the style suits me perfectly.
Attitudes like natural hair are contagious. How many people have you inspired? Any stories?Me, my sis, and her daughter above:
What do you like best and least about Sisterlocks?
There is pretty much nothing I don’t like about Sisterlocks – sometimes I feel my locs get WAY too much attention in inappropriate venues (i.e. during a business conference I attended with my boss – a white male – 2 sisters came up to us and started asking about my hair.....
What are some future things you’d like to do with your locks?
Now that I have enough length I would like to have it styled in an updo – but I have to stay the free and loose style works perfectly with my lifestyle.
Would you ever cut the Sisterlocks off in lieu of a new do or style?
Yes, I’ve decided that upon reaching a certain age milestone – I’m going for the close shaven look – I’ll have a ceremony! But right now, as someone who was told all my life that my hair would never grow, I’m finding it fun to watch it grow longer and longer and longer and to hear family and random strangers comment on the length. In fact, my mother now kinda likes the hair and admits its because of the length. And one of my sisters can’t stop touching it – especially when I twist it and it has this nice wavy look as it cascades down my back…
What is the one best thing about Sisterlocks?
FREEDOM!! I love the natural texture of my hair and feel this has been the most flattering style I’ve ever had. The bonus is the statement this makes to people about my life philosophy – I love being a woman of color, I like my naps, and I take care of my body without artifice… I feel that its not just a hairstyle, it’s a lifestyle and my lifestyle is becoming more and more free of the artificial – and more inclusive of substances that a re holistic and natural. I love the way I am starting to dress to fit my locs!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
I think the one above and below are my favorite photos of her.
Do any of the other 2 people that are avid readers have any comments? LOL!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Here is the After the Retightening Pic:
I hate the grid looking newness after I get it retightened. I prefer the before look. It looks more natural and locked. The after looks like micro braids in a way I dislike. Good thing it's temporary.
Retightenings are apart of the maintenance of Sisterlocks, a necessary evil. Locks spoil you so that you are so not concerned with hair that when you have an appointment, it's like a hassle in my opinion. I don't look forward to it. Partially because my head has become more tender headed from not being manipulated , second the expense, and also because my weekend time is valuable. I am selfish with that time. I want all my weekend time to go to me and it is impossible to get to my consultant during the week in time for a retightening. Do any of you feel that way or is this just me complaining over fake problems?
Do you ladies tip your consultant? I do, usually about 10-15%. She is really accurate (never missing a lock) and lightening fast; I told you I value my time. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to retighten my whole head again. But it just wasn't worth it to give up my weekend as I am so slow. I was speaking with some women who never tip their stylist; or if they do, regardless of the service, it's the same amount. Will any of you admit to doing that? I mean I am not judging because a tip certainly is not always warranted, nor is it required. But it makes me wonder what other clients do. It also makes me think of how, if at all, the recession has affected retightening prices or tips.
I'd love to read your retightening stories, anyone care to share their experiences?
Friday, October 17, 2008
Polycystic (pah-lee-SIS-tik) ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health problem that can affect a woman's menstrual cycle, ability to have children, hormones, heart, blood vessels, and appearance. With PCOS, women typically have:
-high levels of androgens (AN-druh-junz). These are sometimes called male hormones, although females also make them.
-missed or irregular periods
-many small cysts (sists) in their ovaries. Cysts are fluid-filled sacs.
Because of going un/misdiagnosed for several years, my doctor had bad news. Earlier this year, I was told I had a uterine polyp that had to be surgically removed. I was so upset! I hate taking medicine; so the real prospect of surgery was frightening. I took the meds my doctor prescribed and I must say I am ecstatic that it caused me to shed the polyp. The doctor also confirmed that not eating high sugar, starch foods causes a reduction in cysts. This is something that wholistic healer Queen Afua told me months earlier.
I am on a PCOS diet now in addition to taking my meds. This means I no longer eat bananas, watermelon, pineapples, white rice, corn, white flour products, processed food, cake, candy, simple sugar, or white bread. I am also a vegetarian and have been for years. So the prospect of a no meat, low glycemic diet seemed hard at first. But now, I am a pro at it. What I haven't mastered is cutting cheese out of my diet. I do now only eat organic cheese that has less than 1% milk fat.
I plan to cook more now because it is so limiting to eat out with no starch AND no meat. If I start to post food, please humor me. I want to share recipes and receive them. I just went grocery shopping for all live foods. I have way more energy than I used to have eating lots of carbs.
Another part of controlling PCOS is to have regular exercise. This has been the hardest thing to incorporate into my busy life although I have lost weight and inches. I am encouraged, inspired, prayerful, and thankful!!!
I am off to fill my prescriptions now. TTYL!
I hear the following vegetarian restaurants are participating in Atlanta's vegetarian week. You can get a 3 course meal at the participating restaurants for $15:
Cenci's Vegetarian Lounge
404 627 0533
1259 Glenwood Avenue,S.E. in East Lake Village
Atlanta GA 30316
404 287 5104
910 York Avenue in West end Atlanta
Lovin' if Live
404 765 9220
2796 East Point St.
East Point GA 30344
Sid's Gourmet Vegetarian Cafe
770 389 9181
1445 Rock Quarry Road
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Soul Vegetarian Restaurant
404 752 519
4879 Ralph David Abernathy, Blvd
Atlanta GA 30310
Soul Vegetarian Restaurant
404 875 0145
632 North Highland Avenue
Atlanta GA 30306
678 518 8649
6125 Covington Highway
Lithonia GA 30038
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Toni Morrison, my favorite author, is profound as always in this novel which explores the many faces of love. Not only the pretty faces, like when you send roses (cliche but nice) as a gesture but more along the lines of when you fight your loved one tooth and nail just to be close to them. It explores the separation, stillness, and manipulation of love.
When asked about her motivation for the book, the author replied in an interview, "I was interested in the way in which sexual love and other kinds of love lend themselves to betrayal. How do ordinary people end up ruining the thing they most want to protect? And obviously the heart of that is really the effort to love."
I know some don't appreciate the spiritual quality that exist in Toni Morrison's books or her thought provoking language; but if you can read the meaning behind those elements, I am sure you'd enjoy this novel.
I also saw the movies below in the past month. I must say that for the first time in a long time, I enjoyed every single one.
Tropic Thunder- a star filled comedy mocking Hollywood, Robert Downey Jr. steals the film, by playing an actor who undergoes a transformation to become African-American. I thought it would be offensive. But it is hilarious (on the surface at least)!
Eagle Eye- this is a film about the ultimate Big Brother Watching You. It is definitely a thriller and has an unpredictable plot. I felt it was worth the money spent. Plus, I just love who has a major role Rosario Dawson in the film.
Pineapple Express- this is a silly, stoner movie. You will really like or dislike this movie. If you like moves like Half Baked or Cheech and Chong, you will enjoy this. It was very funny to me.
Miracle at St. Annas- GO SEE IT! Please go see this movie like right now. Like power down, leave work, or whatever you must do. I just love Spike and the direction he chooses to go when making movies now. This movie will make you want to do research after seeing it. It was beautifully well done and socially conscious.
Nick and Norahs Infinite Playlist- This movie is too cute. It makes me want to read the book that spun the movie. It was a simple cute story that kind of revolves around music loosely. It reminds me of a PG-13 Almost Famous (2000).
The Family that Preys Together - I liked the movie. Some said that it was to predictable and contrived. But I am a sucker for any Alfre Woodard movie (Crooklyn especially); I loved her performance. I also appreciated the story line, the plot, and actresses Robin Givens & Kathy Bates. I say go support Tyler Perry!
And yes all my close friends have natural hair. It must be birds of a feather :)