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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

"State of Black America"

Hello, my sister sent me this video from YouTube titled, "The State of Black America," please take 5 minutes of your time and listen to it:

All I have to say about this video is AMEN, AMEN, and AMEN!

Sunday, March 25, 2007


3 years 8 months (roller-set with sponge rollers)3 years- roller-set with the same sponge rollers (I am estimating that this photo was taken 3 years or 3 years 1 month)
I did a roller-set last week with sponge rollers and it turned out a litte different than my previous roller-sets. It seems, how the curls fall really depend on how I roll my hair all over (sometimes I roll it all back, while other times I roll more to one side). Also, I think there is more volume as my locks get more mature.
Do you notice any change?

Saturday, March 17, 2007


I am re-posting my pre-Sisterlock photo's because I had to delete the other post.....so here it goes.
Sisterlocked 2 weeks. Hair chopped, started Sisterlocks with 1 1/2 inches of natural hair and a 1/2 inch of permed hair. My loctician requested that I keep a little bit of perm on the ends because it helps prevent slippage and bunching and it is easier to style early on and boy was she right. I was in shock for a while because I was not used to having short hair but it grew on me quickly because I began to get a lot of compliments, especially from my DH. It took my hair about 18 months to fully lock because of the texture of my hair, it did not cause any problems but it was frustrating to not be fully locked after 1 year; because I thought that would be the longest I would have to wait to be fully locked. I actually cut the 1/2 inch of permed ends at 1 year.
See, it was my mother's fault, she got me hooked on braids as early as 9 years old (LOL).
Braids (1998).....
1999 (Braids) I told you I loved me some braids!
1999 (my hair permed and wrapped), I loved the wrap as well. In this photo I did not even know about Sisterlocks.
2000 (roller-set), yes I loved roller-sets then and I love them now :) This was a couple of months before I got married, I wore my hair in a similar curly style with "my tiara/veil" on top. BTW- I was still getting my hair permed at this time. I stopped getting perms in late 2002 and then I got my locks on July 15, 2003, that is why I did the BIG chop because I did not really want to deal with the permed and locked hair at the same time.
May 2000 (braids)...boy did I love me some braids, that is one of the reasons my hair line weakened because of the braids, I am trying to strengthen it now with Organic Root Stimulator (Carrot)--a suggestion from my blogging buddy LaShaune. It seems to be working well, "when I remember to put it on my hair line and massage."
2002 (roller-set), by this time I had already decided to stop getting perms, so this is a flat iron and curls done with a curling iron. This is probably about 6 months before I did the big chop for my Sisterlocks. Sisterlock Installation- July 15, 2003.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


Ladies and gentlemen let's Talk----WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITES?
1. Natural Hair Websites or Blogs (and why)
2. Natural Hair Books (and why)
3. Natural Hair Magazines (and why)
4. Natural Hair Photo Galleries (and why)

Hello ladies and gentlemen I would really like to know WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITES??? Thanks for participating :)

Wednesday, March 7, 2007


Chosen Vessel's Hair Regimen
Here are the steps to achieving the braid/twist out and my current hair regimen. There are a few people that are still unclear how to obtain a braid/twist out and also who have asks me about my hair regimen, so I thought I would do a post on both since the braid/twist out is my favorite style and my hair regimen is fairly simple. The first thing I want to mention is the difference between the two: Braid-out (you braid your hair all over in individual braids) Twist-out (you twist your hair all over in individual twist)..that's it :) I truly believe that the twist-out is less harsh on the hair so that is why I alternate between the braid and the twist.....but I must admit the braid-out style produces a much tighter wave, which last much longer.
1. I wash my hair with my new favorite shampoo.

2. I towel dry my hair, spray infusium23 in my hair, and then put the Sisterlock Moisterizing treatment cream all over my hair.

3. I wrap a towel around it for about 30-45 minutes.

4. I take the towel off and then I begin to twist/braid in individuals. After I finish a braid/twist I put a teeny-tiny scrunchy on the end so that it will hold the braid/twist. The little scrunchies are better than rubber-bands (less damage to the hair). I found them at the dollar store.

5. I then usually put a scarf over my hair for the day so that my hair is not in my face all day.

6. I usually wash my hair in the late afternoon and then sleep on it. Sometimes I cover it up with a "satin sleep cap" that I purchased from WalMart, but usually I leave it uncovered so that it can dry.

7. When I get up I take the braids/twist out.

8. To style it, I put a little "Carol's Daughter Tui Hair Oil" on my hands and rub it through my locks and then I am all done. (Note-you only need a little bit of the oil)

9. The finished product: the first photo is a twist-out (43 months locked) and the second photo is a braid-out (43 months locked)

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

God's "Chosen Vessel"

God's "Chosen Vessel"
......for (s)he is a chosen vessel unto Me.......Acts 9:15
But you are "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of His own, so that you may announce the praises" of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.Once you were "no people" but now you are God's people; you "had not received mercy" but now you have received mercy. 1 Peter 2:9-10

The Master was searching for a vessel to use; On the shelf there were many--which one would He choose?

Take me, cried the gold one, I'm shiny and bright, I'm of great value and I do things just right. My beauty and luster will outshine the rest and for someone like You, Master, gold would be the best!

The Master passed on with no word at all; He looked at a silver urn, narrow and tall; I'll serve You, dear Master, I'll pour out Your wine and I'll be at Your table whenever You dine, My lines are so graceful, my carvings so true, and my silver will always compliment You.

Unheeding the Master passed on to the brass, It was widemouthed and shallow, and polished like glass. Here! Here! cried the vessel, I know I will do, place me on Your table for all men to view. Look at me, called the goblet of crystal so clear, My transparency shows my contents so dear, though fragile am I, I will serve You with pride, and I'm sure I'll be happy Your house to abide.

The Master came next to a vessel of wood, polished and carved, it solidly stood. You may use me, dear Master, the wooden bowl said, but I'd rather You used me for fruit, not for bread!

Then the Master looked down and saw a vessel of clay. Empty and broken it helplessly lay. No hope had the vessel that the Master might choose, to cleanse and make whole, to fill and to use. Ah! This is the vessel I've been hoping to find, I will mend and use it and make it all Mine. I need not the vessel with pride of its self; Nor the one who is narrow to sit on the shelf; Nor the one who is bigmouthed and shallow and loud; Nor one who displays his contents so proud; Not the one who thinks he can do all things just right; But this plain earthy vessel filled with My power and might. Then gently He lifted the vessel of clay. Mended and cleansed it and filled it that day. Spoke to it kindly. "There's work you must do, just pour out to others as I pour into you." --Author Unknown


Please meet and greet, my new blogging buddy and Sister-in-Christ Jenn Jenn. She has started a blog and it is WON-DER-FUL! Some of you may have seen her Fotki album, but as we know the blogging world is entirely different and addictive (((Laughs))), I know some of you feel me (Blaq, Creyole).......

Please stop by and visit's Jenn Jenn's blog and show her some Sisterlock love.
Check out her blog here: http://jenninlocks.blogspot.com/