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Saturday, November 29, 2008

18 Months of Sisterlocks

What I have learned?
I have learned that
1.My hair will not look exactly like anyone else's Sisterlocks.

2. My hair is messier than most with Sisterlocks. I love that; I'd like to think my hair is channeling Lisa Bonet's locks.

3. My hair is always done whether I additionally style it or not.
I should have gotten Sisterlocks sooner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What has happened since I got Sisterlocks?

I lost weight. Easy to see it in these photos isn't it? Last week, I didn't eat much as I have adopted veganism. Sisterlocks makes it much easier to get that cardio in!

My hair grew thicker and longer though not much. I had lots of shrinkage. See the difference between October 2007 and November 2008?


Then

Now


My Sisterlocks are in the teenage stage now. They are on the way to maturity. My babies aren't babies anymore.

I want to especially thank Brunsli who was instrumental in changing the way I viewed Sisterlocks. I doubt I would have them without seeing her hair. I used to think women that had looser curls/straighter hair had to have thin Sisterlocks. I was definitely, very wrong.

I also want to thank Carole . We spoke for a very long time when we met and I was touched by her gentle spirit. We also have similar hair textures and similar lock sizes. She gave me awesome advice about combining, splitting, grooming and bunching (the latter particularly affects those with a loose curl pattern.

I look forward to taking over more (DIY) of my hair journey and being more hands on with my hair. More on that later...TTYL

Monday, November 24, 2008

Danielia Cotton: Locked Beauty Inspiration

Danielia Cotton- is an alternative/rock musician with a head full of beautiful locks



If you'd like to sample her music, check out http://www.danielia.com/ . I prefer the song "Didn't You".




Thursday, November 20, 2008

Spicy Vegetarian Chili- So Yummy

I found several recipes for Vegetarian Chili. I had to make some alternations to the recipes I found. It turned out great! Here is what I used:
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 tablespoon salt
2 scotch bonnet peppers, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 (4 ounce) cans chopped green chile peppers, drained
1 (12 ounce) packages vegetarian burger crumbles
1 (12 ounce) package vegetarian sausage crumbles
2 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, crushed
4 tablespoons of chili powder
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
1 (15 ounce ) can black beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can of whatever beans you prefer, ( I chose navy beans) drained
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
1 (4.5 ounce) can of sliced mushrooms
1 dash of pepper sauce
***Serves 1 large pot
DIRECTIONS
Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and season with bay leaves, cumin, oregano, and salt. Cook and stir until onion is tender, then mix in the green bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, garlic, and scotch bonnet peppers. When vegetables are heated through, mix in the vegetarian burger crumbles and veggie sausage. Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and simmer 5 minutes. Mix the tomatoes into the pot. Season chili with chili powder and pepper. Stir in the beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 45 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms, and continue cooking 5 minutes before serving.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

My Bro's New Hair Style

OK, so for years now, my brother grows his hair out in the summer usually in an Afro. But he has tried twists, cornrows, and almost every cut know to man.

Well, he finally tried a Mohawk. I think it is too cute.



Seeing this, made me think of my Mohawk:




I so want to cut the right side of my Sisterlocks off to have a design cut in. I just love funky cuts. But on second thought, the upkeep doesn't sound like I'd be up for it. Besides, who wants to start the locking process over again?! I must say that I love Jill Scott's latest punk locked hairdo though:




Look at these natural punk styles too:


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sophia, Naturally is Lovin' Lock Loops

So today, while I was working from home at the parental units pad, on break of course, I rolled my hair. I got a head start before work. I just love the results. Don't you?

Here is what I did step by step.

1. I took 2 packages of lock loops (http://www.lockloops.com/) and wrap & roll from Jane Carter Solutions( available at Whole Foods Market).


2. Start off with clean slightly damp hair.

3. Take the package of lock loops and separate the rollers from the foam sheets.
4. Remove the foam pieces from the circular part of the roller.



An Aside: I hate the extra foam in that it is not Eco friendly. But the rollers are pretty ingenious. They were inexpensive and didn't dry out my hair. Plus, I love supporting Black owned businesses and sister Sisterlockers. I suggest everyone purchase them.

5. Apply a bit of the foamy Wrap & Roll and begin rolling from the ends up to the scalp.
6. Secure the rollers by locking the groove part of the roller into the circular part. There are two grooves. So for tighter curls, lock them into the first groove.



6. Continue rolling until your hair until your head is complete. I used sections.


Another Aside: I used approximately 50 lock loops. Depending on your density, how much hair you put on the roller, and length it may take more or less.

7. I left the rollers in for about 6 hours until my hair was very dry from the dampness of the foam and water.

8. I took the rollers out in the order I put them in. Voila! A nice curly look:

Monday, November 17, 2008

WTF!? Proud to Be Plus in Boots


Ok, this post might read as a rant. I apologize in advance.

Now, I am a pleasantly curvy girl that has packed on some pounds lately. Basically, I went from a 16 to a 12 back to a 14. I think it is because of the hormones the doctor prescribed mainly.

I digress, I was on a fashion site that is like a message board group online. And someone made the comment that women with big legs or women over a size 10 in clothing or shoe shouldn't rather don't need to wear boots because their legs look like "tree trunks".




WTF!?



Here is a recent pic of me in over-the-knee high boots ( I own 2 pairs). I must say I think I look fab!





There are many, many beautiful women who fall in an "obese/overweight" category according to the charts doctor's provide, yours truly included. I passed a fitness test there and swam a mile just this past weekend. The point is not everyone who is skinny is healthy. Not everyone who is fat, plump, or plus is unhealthy.



Concerning the matter of fashion, I think all boots that are knee high or higher can be worn in a tasteful or tasteless way. It's not about who's wearing it but how it is worn. I personally love all fashionistas in general and celebrate women who model and are not a size "0". There is nothing wrong with being a zero mind you, but that size is represented as the norm in media and fashion which could and does often undermine the average size woman's self-esteem.


For the record, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, the average size American woman is 5'3.8" and a size 14. Here is some more data complied in 2004.



The Ladies:


of the SizeUSA survey, 64 percent of women are pear-shaped, while 30 percent are "straight," which means they have little perceptible waist. (I have seen surveys with the opposite result.)


Black women have larger measurements than other women, but they are most likely to have the classic hourglass shape.


Women over 36 are the most likely to have bigger hips.

Black women older than 55 have smaller hips than those ages 45 to 55.

The fashion industry assumes these standard measurements for a woman: 35-inch bust, a 27-inch waist, and 37.5-inch hip. In the real world, women ages 36 to 45 actually average:

White: 41-34-43

Black: 43-37-46
Hispanic: 42.5-36-44
Asian: 41-35-43


So, as we all know, what the fashion industry hands down is usually unrealistic. But occasionally, they get it right. Just look at Tocarra Jones, also a size 14. How can anyone can deny her beauty or proportions?


My hope is that if there is a plus out there contemplating boots reading this, that they will buy a fabulous pair . If there is another garment that you have been told that you are too fat, too skinny, too old, too dark, or too light to wear, hopefully, you will wear it proudly after considering this post. If my aim is too high, I hope all will feel just a tad bit better about their style and their body.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

I Dyed My Locks Again

This journey started out as a quest to dye over the lint, build-up, and follicles in my locks. If you look real hard and squint, you can see some of it especially around the scalp. See!

So, my beloved H.D. (Heartbreaker Decepticon) helped me dye my hair. The color I chose on the box was supposed to make my dark brown hair slightly lighter and cover the lint. Naturtint is an awesome brand that has no ammonia and no parabens.


It comes with a delightful conditioner that gives your hair a nice sheen without adding the heaviness of most wash-out conditioners.

I mixed the developer and H.D. did the application. It did not give me the result I thought it would. Boo! Last year, the color took completely when I Dye d it a nice jet black color. This year, it gave me a little sheen and NO color. It's like the color didn't take at all. It did kind of condition it.

The end result, it looks almost exactly as it did before but with a little more sheen. The lint is still present.

I have too much lint for a Sharpie and too much build-up for a Tweezer.

I am deciding between a stronger dye or using the lint method Amba prescribed. She said that if you spray your hair with oil and work the lint down to the ends, then you can wash it out or pick it out and it will travel to the ends.

I may force myself to sleep on Satin pillows, but I refuse to sleep with my hair covered

Any Suggestions? Any Comments?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Atlanta Sisterlocks Meet-Up: Best One Yet


This was an amazing meet-up despite the fact it was really cold and windy this weekend.

We meet at Tin Drum Cafe in Atlantic Station, good food in a great location. Only half of the women that RSVP(ed) for the event showed up. Well, in this case less was more.


All of the women were treated to an all natural gift bag of organic products for the skin and a separate bag of samples. We received samples from Jane Carter Solutions, Talijah Waajid, and Jamaican Mango & Lime, and Arbonne's.


I must thank all who attended and give a big thanks to Jemese Cox who presented and sold the Jane Carter Products.



Monday, November 10, 2008

Miriam Makeba


Miriam Makeba passed today. She died on stage doing what she loved. How many people get to live and die their dream?

Instead of giving an overview of her life, I am only going to express how I feel this day.

I know she has transitioned to the place her Creator has for her. But, perhaps selfishly, I wish she was here still.

If she were here, maybe I could break away from my 40-45 hour a week job, friends, commitments, and house chores/repairs and ask her what 75 years of being both African and Black is like for one who has danced through Apartheid, lost an only child, married a revolutionary, and lived all over the world. How does one age well and remain as relevant as "Mama Africa" has?

If she were here, maybe she would smile back and tell me that
"Age is getting to know all the ways the world turns, so that if you cannot turn the world the way you want, you can at least get out of the way so you won't get run over. " ~Miriam Makeba



Update: 11/18- I think I will forever be working on this lesson.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Nerissa Kamoy, A Locked Beauty Inspiration


For this week, I chose some true locked inspiration. Nerissa Kamoy is a locked empress from Jamaica. She has done some print work and photographs so beautifully. From what I can tell, she has had locks her entire life.




Wow! I appreciate her as she is short for a model (a mere 5'6"), and I have the feeling she would not change her hair for modeling. How cool is that?!



For more information on her, visit her myspace page Goddess #19 and for additional photos go to Model Mayhem.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Now Is The Time to Open Your Heart


I bought the book several years ago and told myself I would read it at the right time. Now, so it seems, is the right time for both reading the novel and ironically opening my heart/spirit.

I read Alice Walker's aforementioned novel in one week; it's quite the page turner. It was an easy read despite the difficult subject manner. It read like an essay that was a tad preachy. I find the older I get I prefer my preaching in actions rather than words.

I digress, the book is a novel in loose terms; it could be read as her memoir. The main character has some of the same attributes as Alice Walker. Specifically, Kate, Alice's mirror, is a widely published author in her later years with bisexual tendencies, left-wing ecologist politics and dreadlocks.




It seems the author is focusing on the ethereal and spirituality far more than the sexism/racism that are seen in her earlier work like the Color Purple. Although, of course, sexism, racism, colonialism, and womanism are all shadowed every chapter in this novel. She creates characters that are all affected by these 'isms in ways that prevent from functioning to their highest potential ( greatest good), as we all are to some degree.

Not unlike myself, Kate, the main character, has a series of dreams involving rivers. Except that, her river has run dry. She goes on a couple of pilgrimages during the journey. Her journey has a new beginning at the end of the book; I appreciated that. After she has an adventure with nature in the Colorado River and with a shaman in the Amazon, she has worked out her internal issues with "Grandmother", the Creator/ most high Goddess.

What was significant, in my opinion, is that her journey parallels her lover's spiritual quest albeit unintentionally in the novel. It makes me think about "being equally yoked". I think it is highly important that your partner shares/accepts your view of the Divine. Anything else is just too much work.

Oh yes, Ms. Walker, is just as relevant in her writing as she was 30 years ago. Although it appears she has less to say, maybe if she keeps saying more of the citizens of the world will hear it.