Hair Swap Challenge

Time for another random post! This one is kinda long…🤔

Sooooooo, some of my friends have been bugging me about participating in some of the hair swap challenges. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this challenge, it’s when you swap your hair care routine with someone else’s hair care routine. With that being said, my friends want to take this hair swap challenge a little further by actually doing their hair care routine on my hair. Oh hammercy geezus no! I’m not able. Keep reading and I’ll tell you why…

Many of you who have been following my blog know that I have four textures of hair. Kinky, curly, wavy and straight. In addition to that, my hair is really long. I usually wear it in a high puff with my hair wrapped around several times that’s neatly folded and tucked. These friends of mine who are non-Black have been wanting to wash and style my hair for years. I guess I make it look fun and not only that, they are in love with my hair’s length. I must say, my hair is pretty awesome!

Here’s the thing: Afro textured hair is very different from what they are used to and not only that, the products used are on a different scale. So no, and they know Nita is not about to let that happen. I did agree to let them apply my favorite conditioner and masque to sections of my hair that I’ll already have detangled. The products below are the best in my opinion and smell sooooooo good! 🙌🏾 🙌🏾🙌🏾

Who knows? I may even let them rinse it out LMBO. Seriously, they would love that! 😂 They know I got nothing but love for them and they fell out laughing when I told them I was going to blog about it. Chile please! Friends. Gotta love them! 🤗

Until next time, enjoy your weekend!

Black Salon Problems

Good Morning, Good Morning! I hope to find each of you doing well. I was tasked to blog about my own personal experiences regarding the popular hash tag memes #BlackSalonProblems. This is basically where Black women gripe about their unpleasant experiences in some Black salons.

Lord have mercy. Black salon problems. I only have a few that I can personally relate to because I rarely go to the salon. However, when it comes to #BlackSalonProblems, here are my gripes:

Seeing how I have tons of hair, you’d think they’d give me enough towels to wrap around my hair. My hair holds water for goodness sakes. Geezus!

I don’t play when it comes to pressing combs and flat irons because I’m terrified of them. I’ll let you slide with that first bump of heat, but after the second one, you will be dismissed. Sorry, not sorry….😐😭😫😡

Now I know it takes my hair a while to get dry, but dog bite it, you’re not going to keep telling me my hair ain’t dry after I been under the dryer for 2 1/2 hours. Quit it! 😡

This next one kills me. Some Black salons try to be slick by throwing out an extra charge because my hair is thick. Nope, we’re not going to go there because I told you from the get go! Stop playing 😂.

Alright everyone, have a great weekend and be safe out there. Until next time…

Natural Hair and the Workplace

Hello how’s it going? I hope that each of you are doing well. I’m a little late with this post so forgive me because I was supposed to blog about this two weeks ago.

I was asked to blog about my natural hair experiences within the workplace and to give my own thoughts on being natural within the workplace. Let me begin by saying that I have never experienced any of the negativity that some Black women with natural hair have experienced. I’m not sure if it has something to do with the area or job market, but my personal experiences have been positive.

In the past, I would wear my hair in twist outs or braid outs and I would even straighten my hair a couple times a year. The only thing I didn’t like were the constant hands in my head because I have so much of hair and it’s very long. I have never been turned down for a job because of my natural hair and I have never been asked to change my natural hair or style.

When I’m invited to speak or participate in seminars, I’m always complimented on my natural hair. Mind you, these seminars and speaking engagements are hosted and attended by predominantly White people. They are more intrigued by my style of choice and my hair’s length more than anything.

Lately I’ve been wearing my natural hair in a high puff at work and a few times I had my hair in box braids and crochet braids for a few weeks. Not once have I been asked to straighten my hair, to take my braids out or to even change my hairstyle. If anything, I’m given compliments like all my other jobs.

As far as being natural within the workplace, I have no complaints. Being natural makes me stand out and I love it because I enjoy being different. For the women whose experiences are not as positive as mine, my heart goes out to you.

Until next time…

Jo-ani Johnson

Good Evening, Happy Evening! I’m trying to play “catch up” so please bear with me…

Jo-ani Johnson is an African American woman who is blowing people away with her natural beauty. She is 67 years old now and she is strikingly beautiful and elegant.

One of the things millions of women appreciate about her is her confidence and directness. Jo-ani has at times expressed her frustrations of being mistaken as “mixed” or wearing a weave because of her long natural hair which she prefers to wear straight.

The reason why I’m blogging about her tonight for Black History Month is because of how well she tackled how society views aging women when it comes to beauty.

No matter your age, race, background or status, no one can make you feel less beautiful unless you allow them to. Remember that. Click here to watch her in action.

Until next time…

Textures

Good Evening! Happy Evening! I hope that each of you are doing well. I wanted to do a quick blog post to answer a few questions about Afro-Textured hair. As a blogger, I enjoy blogging about a wide range of topics, but books and writing are my favorite.

I was asked, “What makes Afro-Textured hair so different?” The # 1 answer to that question is our curl pattern. The tighter the curl pattern, the kinkier and drier the hair is. The looser the curl pattern, the less kinkier and drier it is. Not only that, unlike all other races, our scalp doesn’t produce any oil which is why we have to oil or grease our scalp. Most of the time, I use oil instead of grease because I have multiple textures of hair.

Since I have kinky, curly, wavy and straight hair, I have to use products that will balance each texture. My hair thrives on jojoba oil, shea, mango, soy and cocoa butter. Regular deep conditioners or hair masks for Afro-Textured hair is a must. For those of you who are not familiar with how raw shea, mango, soy and cocoa butter looks like, I have posted a few pics below.

As for a few closeup pics of my hair, I have posted a few below as requested. Excuse my flakes, that is my edge control pomade that had started to flake up. I snapped these pics before washing my hair.

Until next time…

(Almost) Every Black Woman’s Nostalgia 

Ask any Black woman who isn’t “tender headed” or had a Mama that wasn’t “heavy handed” , what they looked forward to the most as a child? An overwhelming amount of Black women would say “getting their hair did.” Whether it was by their Mama, Grandmama, Auntie or Madea, it was something most of us looked forward to.

You know those memories when you were called to sit on the floor in between their legs while they watched their favorite TV show as they scratched and greased your scalp. I’m telling you, it’s one of the best feelings in the world! For me, it was either Good Times, The Cosby Show, Showtime at the Apollo, or some other 70s or 80s show playing on the television when it was my turn.

When you were getting your hair styled, you knew it was gonna be either twisted, plaited, braided, beaded or corn rowed! For my Mama, it was the style that would last the longest! Braids won most of the time and when she didn’t feel like fighting with all our hair because me and my sisters have A LOT, she would twist it up and send us on our way LOL!

What I loved the most about those moments was the time, care and above all else the love my Mama put in our hair. This is something that has been passed on from generation to generation and if you take note of the styles, it’s clear to see where it came from: our  African ancestors. The designs and time spent to make our hair look beautiful and different is something to be grateful for and cherished.

Memories like this is almost every Black woman’s nostalgia which is why even when we are grown, we still love to get our scalp scratched and greased. For my non-Black followers and subscribers, click hereherehere and here to see exactly what I’m talking about. Enjoy! 

Until next time…

Kadra Ahmed Omar 

Good Afternoon! How are you? I hope that you are doing well on this Sunday afternoon. As you can see, I have another inspirational person to blog about. Do you recognize the name on today’s blog post? If you do not, I will tell you who she is.

Kadra Ahmed Omar is a Somali-Ethiopian African model who was well known for her big curly bushy hair, full lips and wide smile.  As a model, Kadra spoke out about the pressures of being a Black model in the modeling industry. Black meaning both African and African American. Kadra was pressured many times to straighten her hair because she was told it was more “acceptable” and not only that, it would make her look beautiful. For those of you who followed her career, there were very few ads where Kadra straightened her hair.

Kadra was raised (thankfully) that her curly Afro textured hair was beautiful, that she was beautiful and that as a Black woman you do not have to wear your hair straight to look beautiful. Let me be very clear, I am not saying that people who have straight hair are not beautiful. What I am saying and the many other women like Kadra who echo the same sentiment is that a Black woman does not have to straighten her hair to be beautiful. If you want to straighten your hair, do it because YOU want to do it and not because society says that you as a Black woman can only be beautiful unless you wear your hair straight.

Kadra and her lush Afro textured hair is a standout like herself and I appreciated how she says she loves her hair and everything about it. When asked if there was anything she would change about her outward appearance including her hair, she said ‘No’.

Love yourself and everything about YOU that makes you YOU. Never base your beauty off of what society says is beautiful or attractive. If you see yourself as beautiful then you are because in the end, that is all that really matters.

Until next time…