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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tis the Season! For Rollers?

You would think something as innocent as a "white elephant" gift exchange would go seamlessly and have nothing to do with hair at all. For those who don't know, the point of a white elephant exchange is to have fun. You can snag someone else's gift rather than selecting randomly from a table of gifts. In our work gift exchange, there was a $10 maximum.

Back to the story, so after watching toiletries, candles, stuffed animals, and the ever popular Snuggie being exchanged, it was my turn to pick.

Guess what I got?

A chia pet? No

The clapper? No

I got ...some rollers, hard plastic rollers that were tiny.

I was appalled. I know it was a joke, but I might as well have selected a brush and comb set. ;p

Because my gift was voted as among the most horrid, I was allowed to swap. This is what I got:

I am happy with the exchange!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Being Black & Chinese in China

Lou, the Black Chinese girl, in this American Idol-esque competition has been the subject of national scrutiny regarding her complexion. People have written that she is not Chineses and needs to get out of China. China is not the melting pot that some places in America are. Although they have over 50 different ethnic group, the gene pool there is primarily Han.

It has been a shocking ordeal for someone who says she always considered herself just like every other Chinese girl."Sometimes people on the street would ask me, 'Why do you speak Chinese so well?' I'd just say, 'Because I'm Chinese!'" Lou said.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Best Hair Tie Sale Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Includes any item on!

What? Buy One (Yes Any Item), Get the Second One for Half Off (Item must be priced equal or less than the first item); Oh Yes! And with free shipping.

Why? Because I have too many darn hair ties! I have around 60 online and way more stored at home. I'm adding more daily!

How? Go to, select the items you want, and e-mail me your order at I will send you a neat little invoice showing you your 50% discount for each additional item you purchase. E.g. You purchase 2 hair ties that are regularly for $9.99 each. Then, you get one for$9.99 and the other for $4.99! Oh and don't forget about FREE SHIPPING!When? NOW until January 1st!

Thank You,

Friday, December 18, 2009

Interview Hair

I had an interview recently but didn't get the job. I thought, but only for a second well 10 minutes, about my hair. I pulled it in a bun per the recommendation of some close friends with locks. I am glad I did. Here is how it turned out.

I have been trying to convince myself ever since that I did not get that job because it was not for me and that they chose the right people for that position giving me a better opportunity somewhere else. I do wonder though, just a tad, if my hair were straight would the outcome have been different. Afterall, they told me that I would fit in so many places there...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Hair Haters

One of the reasons I have this blog is because it is an outlet to discuss reactions to natural hair. Recently, I have been experiencing some very negative comments about locks I'd like to share.

First Comment (from Black Male co-worker): "My mother would say why would you deform yourself like that intentionally?" He was referring to people that choose dreads/locs.

Second Comment: I was on my way to the airport with a guy friend. My mom was dropping us off. My mom who had not seen this friend in over 10 years decides to ask him, not about himself or what he's been doing, but about my hair. She says, "Do you like Sophia's hair?". He says, "no". I cringe and he continues, "She discussed it with me when she was considering them back in the day and I told her not to...". My mom just kinda smiled with satisfaction and was quiet the rest of the ride. I just laughed to myself.

My reaction: I think when people tell me they don't like my hair or natural hair, I see it not as them rejecting or disapproving me and/or my hair but their very own Blackness. Your judgments don't define others, they define yourself. The most important thing about your hair is how you feel about it. See above pic; I feel damn good!

Any Thoughts?