Nearly Hair
“Nothing, is what it appears to be, when it's only with your eyes you see.”
― N'Zuri Za Austin
I have had this hair for two months and I have mixed feelings. I am not totally pleased but content. Watch the video below for more information.

To see the initial review/unboxing click here
For 2 week update check here 

Products I used for the week deep condition below:


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Big Chop Hair Extensions two month update

Monday, July 21, 2014

I have had this hair for two months and I have mixed feelings. I am not totally pleased but content. Watch the video below for more information.

To see the initial review/unboxing click here
For 2 week update check here 

Products I used for the week deep condition below:


Searches related to: Should i wear my glasses on my wedding day? │ why do my glasses give me a headache? Can glasses change the size of your ears?Does wearing eyeglasses cause one to be dependent on them?what is my glasses prescription if my contacts are? -Ads By Koees
I am always trying to live a healthy lifestyle but my healthy habits seem to fall after three weeks after trial. It was the same pattern with my boxing classes, drinking cinnamon/acv, low carb intakes and the list goes on.
The one thing I have truly been faithful to is water! Water has so many amazing benefits that literally replenished my life.
According to WebMD:

-Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids.
-Water Can Help Control Calories
-Water Helps Energize Muscles
-Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good
-Water Helps Your Kidneys
-Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function

Those are great healing benefits don't you all think!?
Because I can stick by water I have decided to try to infuse my water with this great belly flattening recipe. According to Doctor Oz. and other "credible" sources (yes I don't think Dr.oz is all that credible), grapefruit, cucumber and mint leaves help to curb appetite and reduce belly fat. Of course I still do my workouts 3 times a week whether they are intense or not, and pray for the ultimate best!

I currently use 
Water
1 slice grapefruit
½ cucumber, sliced
And A couple drops of peppermint oil (Because I do not have peppermint leaves)

Surprisingly it is not too bad. I added too much peppermint the first time but overall the water was quite refreshing. I am going to continue to watch Sheila (my belly I named her), and see the progress. 
Hopefully I can upkeep this water regimen. 

Weight Loss & Maintenance lifestyle

Friday, July 18, 2014

I am always trying to live a healthy lifestyle but my healthy habits seem to fall after three weeks after trial. It was the same pattern with my boxing classes, drinking cinnamon/acv, low carb intakes and the list goes on.
The one thing I have truly been faithful to is water! Water has so many amazing benefits that literally replenished my life.
According to WebMD:

-Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids.
-Water Can Help Control Calories
-Water Helps Energize Muscles
-Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good
-Water Helps Your Kidneys
-Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function

Those are great healing benefits don't you all think!?
Because I can stick by water I have decided to try to infuse my water with this great belly flattening recipe. According to Doctor Oz. and other "credible" sources (yes I don't think Dr.oz is all that credible), grapefruit, cucumber and mint leaves help to curb appetite and reduce belly fat. Of course I still do my workouts 3 times a week whether they are intense or not, and pray for the ultimate best!

I currently use 
Water
1 slice grapefruit
½ cucumber, sliced
And A couple drops of peppermint oil (Because I do not have peppermint leaves)

Surprisingly it is not too bad. I added too much peppermint the first time but overall the water was quite refreshing. I am going to continue to watch Sheila (my belly I named her), and see the progress. 
Hopefully I can upkeep this water regimen. 
Crochet braids are back at it! I can honestly say i have not done these in a while but after browsing pintrest, I decided to install them but with a different texture of hair.
I have seen beautiful pictures of girls with afro textured hair and I could never find weaved tracks with that matched my likings so marley hair was my best bet.
I purchased 2 1/2 packs of the Noir and Reggae braids for the style (had to go to two different stores). One store only had a color 1, which I never purchased, and the other only had 1b/40 which was even more disgusting but I cracked and used anyway. Each pack ran me about $6 before taxes. I initially had 3 1/2 packs but I cut the first pack and half and after installing two pieces I knew I had to chuck it. 



For the crochet style, I simply followed my method here and made it work. I wanted the hair to look full so I did not separate the pattern pieces and just installed them as is.  I have to admit that the size was drastically overwhelming but it grew on me even after I razored and cut it twice!

At night I simply did two twist, wore a bonnet, then slept away.


In some pictures you will see the hair curly, I just followed my flexi rod video, which I will post below to make it work for this style. 



I kept this style for 3 weeks remarkably with all the tangled glory. I embarked upon everything I was to expect with synthetic hair, especially with the afro texture. Yes it tangles super easy, and yes it shed, but hey it was a cheap fix for my bad hair days, so no complain over here!

Marley Hair Crochet Braids

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Crochet braids are back at it! I can honestly say i have not done these in a while but after browsing pintrest, I decided to install them but with a different texture of hair.
I have seen beautiful pictures of girls with afro textured hair and I could never find weaved tracks with that matched my likings so marley hair was my best bet.
I purchased 2 1/2 packs of the Noir and Reggae braids for the style (had to go to two different stores). One store only had a color 1, which I never purchased, and the other only had 1b/40 which was even more disgusting but I cracked and used anyway. Each pack ran me about $6 before taxes. I initially had 3 1/2 packs but I cut the first pack and half and after installing two pieces I knew I had to chuck it. 



For the crochet style, I simply followed my method here and made it work. I wanted the hair to look full so I did not separate the pattern pieces and just installed them as is.  I have to admit that the size was drastically overwhelming but it grew on me even after I razored and cut it twice!

At night I simply did two twist, wore a bonnet, then slept away.


In some pictures you will see the hair curly, I just followed my flexi rod video, which I will post below to make it work for this style. 



I kept this style for 3 weeks remarkably with all the tangled glory. I embarked upon everything I was to expect with synthetic hair, especially with the afro texture. Yes it tangles super easy, and yes it shed, but hey it was a cheap fix for my bad hair days, so no complain over here!

”Think
I have officially joined the b-side form think and grow chick's website. Read the excerpt below to grasp a better understanding of what exactly the b-side is (excerpt from thinkandgrowchick.com)
few years ago, I started a project here on the blog called, “The B-Side” which was an entrepreneurial resource for women. I ended up putting it on the back burner years ago as I made changes to the blog and introduced my bookclub, but I always thought it was a great idea and longed to bring it back one day.
Well, today is that day!The B-Side will now be a monthly mastermind group for entrepreneurial women. I named it “The B-Side” after the funky, lesser known tracks on the other side of my favorite cassette tapes growing up...
On the first of each month, I will create a 
On the first of each month, I will create a linkup blog post (our “meetings”) where we can all share our entrepreneurial goals, progress, challenges, and successes for the month in the following format:


·         Recap of last month’s goals
 ·         This month’s business goals
 ·         Current challenges
 ·         Current successes/things that are working

To read more click here

So this is my first b-side and I am super excited for what my fingers and my mind are going to produce. I have more than one business goal I want to accomplish this year however I believe this group (b-side) will enable me to do one at a time

This Month's Business Goals
I have had this blog/website for over 4 years now and I believe that it is time to step up my blogging game to increase revenue and readers. 
  1. Look for resources and tools that will produce income. I would like to view my blog as a business, so what better way to envision my business as an actual business by getting paid
  2. Find a schedule that works for me.  I think that I sporadically post and that is never good for routine. I think that if I can commit to at least two days a week, I will be able to increase post and stick to a schedule
  3. Advertising and promoting my blog more. There was a point in time where my readership and views were amazing because I would advertise my blog on other platforms and websites. It is time I took action in these marketing tactics again. For every post I produce I should be able to market it on at least 3 other platforms!
Current Challenges 
  1. Time! So I used to work crazy hours and had school on my plate, but seeing how it is summer and school is out for a while I believe I can make time for my blog. Those times when I feel lazy and just want to lie down, I think I will make it my duty to do a post and use my lazy time as an award.
  2. Twitter/Instagram account. When I first started my website I did not know how important it could be to brand my website on separate platforms. I made the mistake of blending my blog life with my real life so there are not two distinct accounts for my personal and blog social media platforms. I have a fear of starting over, so I will have to work with the platforms I have to the best of my ability because I have many readers and fans on my personal accounts for my blog.
  3. Getting readers. I have to be able to post about things that matter in order to have people interested in what I have to say. I have to do more research on what hot topics are nowadays to gain more readers. 

Current Success/What's Working
  1. My passion to help/expertise. Most of my friends always ask me questions in regards to what they can do to grow their hair and maintain it. I believe my experience and passion to help has helped me to keep my blog alive although my post are 5 months apart. lol 
  2. Instagram. Though I post rarely I still find myself dabbling in my hair and posting images. I think that my involvement with instagram and other hair bloggers/ insta-grammers will continually help me to grow readership 
Until next month guys! We shall see how my goals pan out. 

The #B-side #1

Saturday, July 12, 2014

”Think
I have officially joined the b-side form think and grow chick's website. Read the excerpt below to grasp a better understanding of what exactly the b-side is (excerpt from thinkandgrowchick.com)
few years ago, I started a project here on the blog called, “The B-Side” which was an entrepreneurial resource for women. I ended up putting it on the back burner years ago as I made changes to the blog and introduced my bookclub, but I always thought it was a great idea and longed to bring it back one day.
Well, today is that day!The B-Side will now be a monthly mastermind group for entrepreneurial women. I named it “The B-Side” after the funky, lesser known tracks on the other side of my favorite cassette tapes growing up...
On the first of each month, I will create a 
On the first of each month, I will create a linkup blog post (our “meetings”) where we can all share our entrepreneurial goals, progress, challenges, and successes for the month in the following format:


·         Recap of last month’s goals
 ·         This month’s business goals
 ·         Current challenges
 ·         Current successes/things that are working

To read more click here

So this is my first b-side and I am super excited for what my fingers and my mind are going to produce. I have more than one business goal I want to accomplish this year however I believe this group (b-side) will enable me to do one at a time

This Month's Business Goals
I have had this blog/website for over 4 years now and I believe that it is time to step up my blogging game to increase revenue and readers. 
  1. Look for resources and tools that will produce income. I would like to view my blog as a business, so what better way to envision my business as an actual business by getting paid
  2. Find a schedule that works for me.  I think that I sporadically post and that is never good for routine. I think that if I can commit to at least two days a week, I will be able to increase post and stick to a schedule
  3. Advertising and promoting my blog more. There was a point in time where my readership and views were amazing because I would advertise my blog on other platforms and websites. It is time I took action in these marketing tactics again. For every post I produce I should be able to market it on at least 3 other platforms!
Current Challenges 
  1. Time! So I used to work crazy hours and had school on my plate, but seeing how it is summer and school is out for a while I believe I can make time for my blog. Those times when I feel lazy and just want to lie down, I think I will make it my duty to do a post and use my lazy time as an award.
  2. Twitter/Instagram account. When I first started my website I did not know how important it could be to brand my website on separate platforms. I made the mistake of blending my blog life with my real life so there are not two distinct accounts for my personal and blog social media platforms. I have a fear of starting over, so I will have to work with the platforms I have to the best of my ability because I have many readers and fans on my personal accounts for my blog.
  3. Getting readers. I have to be able to post about things that matter in order to have people interested in what I have to say. I have to do more research on what hot topics are nowadays to gain more readers. 

Current Success/What's Working
  1. My passion to help/expertise. Most of my friends always ask me questions in regards to what they can do to grow their hair and maintain it. I believe my experience and passion to help has helped me to keep my blog alive although my post are 5 months apart. lol 
  2. Instagram. Though I post rarely I still find myself dabbling in my hair and posting images. I think that my involvement with instagram and other hair bloggers/ insta-grammers will continually help me to grow readership 
Until next month guys! We shall see how my goals pan out. 
Previously posted 10/01/10. This is a re-featured post! Memory Lane

What kind of person would I be if I never gave credit where credit is due??!! Before I got caught up in this head action game of mine... before i knew what no-poo or co-wash meant... What I did know was Courtney(more like who i did know)! Anyway this "think & grow" chick really opened my eyes to the natural community and what best got me was her love to be self proclaimed! She gave me inspiration to explore the world at wits ends. I had no other choice but to interview her! Hands Down...

Tell us about you.
Well, I'm a young, vivacious 20-something Marketing student that loves to share her ideas about about Natural Hair, personal finance, entrepreneurship, and overall personal development. I'm originally from Detroit, but I currently attend school in Washington, DC.
When did you decide to throw the relaxer out (if you did)?
I decided to go natural at the tender age of 15. I had long hair all throughout my childhood with nothing more than a routine of blue magic grease and an old-fashioned pressing comb. I finally wore my mother down for a relaxer when I was 13 and boy...I thought I was the flyest girl in the 8th grade! I thought i was so fly in fact, that I would hurry home to restyle my hair with heat appliances everyday. Add that to the fact that my mom was taking me to an unlicensed hairdresser who would deliberate overlap the relaxer to get my hair "bone" straight, and you knew I was brewing a recipe for disaster. In less than a year, by bra-strap length hair had broken off to the back of my collar bone.
As a heartbroken teenager, I began to research online for ways to "grow black hair long". The first two sites I came across were Motowngirl.com and Longhaircareforum.com. Both websites were instrumental in showing me that having a relaxer was not a permanent state of being for black women. It literally never occurred to me that I didn't have to have a relaxer until I started viewing those websites. The next day, I told my mom I didn't want a relaxer, she laughed and said, "Okay, we'll see how long this last" and I've been natural every since. Once I got into the heart of my hair journey, it was less about hair length and more about just having healthy, natural hair.
What was your support system like once you went natural?
My support system was pretty much nonexistent. Natural hair websites (and there weren't many at the time) were my support system. My whole family thought I was crazy. Now everyone comes to me for advice about going natural, so it's funny how things turn around.
How would you describe your hair journey so far?
So far, I'd say it's pretty great. I feel like now I'm in that stage of exploring all of my hair's possibilities—I'm really checking out just what my natural hair can do right now. I'm also refining my hair regimen to combat some of the intense dryness and snags that I'm finding on the ends of my hair now that it's getting longer.
You seem to be such a success business wise, what advice would you give someone trying to travel in your footsteps?
Oh, wow, that is a huge compliment. Any of the limited success I've received in accomplishing my goals is because (1) because of God and (2) because I always try to keep a clear vision of what I want in life. And when I say clear, I mean crystal clear. If you asked me where I wanted to be in 10 years, I could paint the picture for you down to where I'd be living and the name of my future dog. This is not to say that everything has to turn out exactly as you plan, but if you have a consistent view of where you want to go in life, you are more likely to get there because you know which way to go and the steps you need to take to get there.
My other advice would be to research other people. That is another thing I'm very good at, I can research the mess out of an individual I admire. There is always something to learn from other people who have "made it"...no need to reinvent the wheel.
What has been one of your biggest obstacles so far in your career and how did you face it?
My biggest career challenge was definitely in school when I new I needed to change my major and university because it made the most sense personally and financially. I was incurring all sorts of debt at an expensive university in a major I had no interest in, all because I didn't want to "let others down". When I finally realized that no one could live my life for me and that I had to do what was best for my dreams and aspiration, I made the switch which was a very big deal and very scary at the time. Luckily, I had the support of my boyfriend and father, and I stuck with my decision even when I wasn't sure that I made the right one. Less than a month after making all of the changes, so many opportunities came my way that I new I had done the right thing.
When it comes to your hair, what do you find most challenging?
Hands down, it is a trip trying to keep this sucker from drying out. Sometimes I literally feel like I have the driest hair/scalp in the world. It can be frustrating sometimes because often the only solution is to simply co-wash/re-wet my hair, but lately I've been wearing my hair in two-strand twists throughout the week, so re-wetting is really easy.
As it's gotten longer, I've also notices that it's more and more difficult to keep snags and single-strand knots off the ends of my hair. I think I just need to focus more on keeping my hair stretched at this length, but we'll see.
What keeps you motivated(pertaining to life/work/or hair)?
Im most motivated by (1) a very real fear of not reaching my goals and (2) the fact that I think women need someone out there telling them they can accomplish whatever they want and showing them the steps to do. Success, like most things, starts in the mind and you would not believe how many people stop themselves from doing great things because they have a limiting mindset.
Your hair is so beautiful, but what is the most craziest remark you have has received about your hair?
"When are you going to stop rocking that curly s---?" This came from an ignorant guy in high school who, in his words, genuinely thought I was cute but was frustrated that I wouldn't wear my hair straight more often.
Any advice to the aspiring successful women out there/closing remarks?
I encourage all the women out there to sit down with a pencil (not a pen) and some paper and just start writing out everything they want out of life. Once they see that list, as crazy and random as some of the items may seem, then they should do a task everyday that is going to get them closer to what's on that paper. We have one life to live with no do-overs or overtime minutes. The time to realize your full potential is now.

Courtney "Think & Grow Chick" P.

"Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work." —Peter F. Drucker
http://thinkandgrowchick.com
facebook.com/thinkandgrowchick
twitter.com/thinkngrowchick


Afros & Artisans: It's Courtney @thinkngrowchick

Previously posted 10/01/10. This is a re-featured post! Memory Lane

What kind of person would I be if I never gave credit where credit is due??!! Before I got caught up in this head action game of mine... before i knew what no-poo or co-wash meant... What I did know was Courtney(more like who i did know)! Anyway this "think & grow" chick really opened my eyes to the natural community and what best got me was her love to be self proclaimed! She gave me inspiration to explore the world at wits ends. I had no other choice but to interview her! Hands Down...

Tell us about you.
Well, I'm a young, vivacious 20-something Marketing student that loves to share her ideas about about Natural Hair, personal finance, entrepreneurship, and overall personal development. I'm originally from Detroit, but I currently attend school in Washington, DC.
When did you decide to throw the relaxer out (if you did)?
I decided to go natural at the tender age of 15. I had long hair all throughout my childhood with nothing more than a routine of blue magic grease and an old-fashioned pressing comb. I finally wore my mother down for a relaxer when I was 13 and boy...I thought I was the flyest girl in the 8th grade! I thought i was so fly in fact, that I would hurry home to restyle my hair with heat appliances everyday. Add that to the fact that my mom was taking me to an unlicensed hairdresser who would deliberate overlap the relaxer to get my hair "bone" straight, and you knew I was brewing a recipe for disaster. In less than a year, by bra-strap length hair had broken off to the back of my collar bone.
As a heartbroken teenager, I began to research online for ways to "grow black hair long". The first two sites I came across were Motowngirl.com and Longhaircareforum.com. Both websites were instrumental in showing me that having a relaxer was not a permanent state of being for black women. It literally never occurred to me that I didn't have to have a relaxer until I started viewing those websites. The next day, I told my mom I didn't want a relaxer, she laughed and said, "Okay, we'll see how long this last" and I've been natural every since. Once I got into the heart of my hair journey, it was less about hair length and more about just having healthy, natural hair.
What was your support system like once you went natural?
My support system was pretty much nonexistent. Natural hair websites (and there weren't many at the time) were my support system. My whole family thought I was crazy. Now everyone comes to me for advice about going natural, so it's funny how things turn around.
How would you describe your hair journey so far?
So far, I'd say it's pretty great. I feel like now I'm in that stage of exploring all of my hair's possibilities—I'm really checking out just what my natural hair can do right now. I'm also refining my hair regimen to combat some of the intense dryness and snags that I'm finding on the ends of my hair now that it's getting longer.
You seem to be such a success business wise, what advice would you give someone trying to travel in your footsteps?
Oh, wow, that is a huge compliment. Any of the limited success I've received in accomplishing my goals is because (1) because of God and (2) because I always try to keep a clear vision of what I want in life. And when I say clear, I mean crystal clear. If you asked me where I wanted to be in 10 years, I could paint the picture for you down to where I'd be living and the name of my future dog. This is not to say that everything has to turn out exactly as you plan, but if you have a consistent view of where you want to go in life, you are more likely to get there because you know which way to go and the steps you need to take to get there.
My other advice would be to research other people. That is another thing I'm very good at, I can research the mess out of an individual I admire. There is always something to learn from other people who have "made it"...no need to reinvent the wheel.
What has been one of your biggest obstacles so far in your career and how did you face it?
My biggest career challenge was definitely in school when I new I needed to change my major and university because it made the most sense personally and financially. I was incurring all sorts of debt at an expensive university in a major I had no interest in, all because I didn't want to "let others down". When I finally realized that no one could live my life for me and that I had to do what was best for my dreams and aspiration, I made the switch which was a very big deal and very scary at the time. Luckily, I had the support of my boyfriend and father, and I stuck with my decision even when I wasn't sure that I made the right one. Less than a month after making all of the changes, so many opportunities came my way that I new I had done the right thing.
When it comes to your hair, what do you find most challenging?
Hands down, it is a trip trying to keep this sucker from drying out. Sometimes I literally feel like I have the driest hair/scalp in the world. It can be frustrating sometimes because often the only solution is to simply co-wash/re-wet my hair, but lately I've been wearing my hair in two-strand twists throughout the week, so re-wetting is really easy.
As it's gotten longer, I've also notices that it's more and more difficult to keep snags and single-strand knots off the ends of my hair. I think I just need to focus more on keeping my hair stretched at this length, but we'll see.
What keeps you motivated(pertaining to life/work/or hair)?
Im most motivated by (1) a very real fear of not reaching my goals and (2) the fact that I think women need someone out there telling them they can accomplish whatever they want and showing them the steps to do. Success, like most things, starts in the mind and you would not believe how many people stop themselves from doing great things because they have a limiting mindset.
Your hair is so beautiful, but what is the most craziest remark you have has received about your hair?
"When are you going to stop rocking that curly s---?" This came from an ignorant guy in high school who, in his words, genuinely thought I was cute but was frustrated that I wouldn't wear my hair straight more often.
Any advice to the aspiring successful women out there/closing remarks?
I encourage all the women out there to sit down with a pencil (not a pen) and some paper and just start writing out everything they want out of life. Once they see that list, as crazy and random as some of the items may seem, then they should do a task everyday that is going to get them closer to what's on that paper. We have one life to live with no do-overs or overtime minutes. The time to realize your full potential is now.

Courtney "Think & Grow Chick" P.

"Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work." —Peter F. Drucker
http://thinkandgrowchick.com
facebook.com/thinkandgrowchick
twitter.com/thinkngrowchick





I first noticed Lalisse on a featured instagram post for her “How to wrap a scarf” post (will be posted soon). From there I did a little insta-stalking on her page and realized that her personality is beautiful! With that being said, Lalisse is my Tales from the Kinks feature this week!

Natural hair interview

Hi! My name is Lalisse (leh-LEE-say). I’m South African and Ethiopian, though I was born in the states and have lived most of my life in Maryland. I loveeee God. I love music—all things neo-soul and acoustic. I love natural hair—all things kinky, curly, and nappy. And I love food—all things edible. Lol. I am also big into traveling and plan to live abroad as SOON as I finish grad school.

When and why did you decide to get rid of the creamy crack if you did?
The creamy crack and I parted ways around winter of 2006. At that point I was 16 years old and had been getting perms since I was 5 or 6.  I started to notice that my hair was thinning and more prone to breakage than it had been in the past. After several failed attempts at restoring my hair, I decided that perms were the source of my problems and I wanted to see what would happen if I stopped relaxing my hair.


What was your support system like after you made your decision to go natural?
I didn’t really have a support system of any sorts. I didn’t know anything about being natural and I didn’t consider it to be a big deal. I told my mom that I was going to stop getting perms and she didn’t seem to think anything of it. But once I started mentioning it to others, I surprisingly received opposition. My hair stylist at the time was completely against it. She told me that she would no longer do my hair if I went natural and that my only choice was to “chop your hair off or keep it braided and never look at it again.” Sooo…I found a new hairstylist, needless to say.

My new hairstylist really didn’t know much about maintaining natural hair, but she was willing to do my hair nonetheless. I transitioned by keeping my hair straightened (every two weeks…that’s a lot of heat) and I would get braids/twists on occasion. After I had been transitioning for about 8 or 9 months, I told a couple friends. I received responses like “ew”, “your hair is gonna break off”, and “it’s gonna look nappy”. Little did they know, I was already pretty much natural and my hair hadn’t broken off at all (whether or not it was “nappy” is another story, lol). When I popped up at school a month later with my new afro puff, those same friends were the ones who were in love with my hair.

It is true that we are not our hair, or anyone else's, but do you have any natural hair crushes?
We are definitely not our hair. I do think it’s extremely important that we value our hair in its natural state. By no means does that mean we should equate our worth and sense of self with what our hair looks like though. I think what matters is that we become comfortable with ourselves in our most stripped down state—no make-up, no weaves/extensions, heck, even no clothes (in the privacy of your home, of course). It’s important to be confident in the woman that you see looking back at you in the mirror. If you truly love yourself, that confidence will shine through any hairstyle, any layer of makeup, and any style of dress.

My natural hair celebrity crushes would be Erykah Badu, Yaya DaCosta and Solange. My Instagram natural hair crushes would be @simplycyn and @xodvf.
What are your inspirations in life and inspiration for your hair?
My inspirations in life often come from music, poetry, and sermons. The messages I hear through them often push me to grow in all facets of my life--creatively, emotionally, and spiritually. My inspiration for my hair is boldness. I love the boldness of a close cut, of a huge fro, and of long dreadlocks.

When you are going through your daily regimen what products do you reach for first and why?
I’m all about pure oils and have castor oil or coconut oil in reach at all times. I make concoctions on a regular basis and will moisturize my hair with a mix of water, aloe vera juice, olive oil, and tea tree oil. After wetting my hair with that, I will seal with a small amount of castor oil.

For as long as I’ve been natural, you would think I’ve found a brand that I stand by…but I do a little too much product hopping. A few brands that I do support are Kinky Curly, Tropical Isle, Belle Butters and Qhemet Biologics.

What is your go to style in the winter and the summer?
Last year I chopped my hair off, so the close cut and TWA had been my only style for awhile. I recently got some Marley braids installed and I love them (but I secretly want my TWA back).

With my fro, I generally tend to have braided or twisted extensions throughout the colder months and my natural hair through the summer. I’m a bantu knot-out fanatic. And through all seasons, I’m avid head-wrap wearer regardless of if I’m wearing weaves, braids, or my natural hair.

What is the most important thing you have learned on your natural hair journey?
The most important thing I have learned is to embrace myself and my hair every stage. It took a while for me to stop lusting after other people’s hair. I had to learn to accept my curl pattern and my length and to just be patient.
I’ve also learned to stop fighting shrinkage! I used to put so much effort into stretching my hair out and would feel insecure with how my hair looked in its shrunken state. I’ve learned to let my hair just be. It has a personality of its own and I no longer try to force it to take on the personality of other people’s afros.
Where can we find you on the net?
I have a blog that can be found at http://natura-lali.blogspot.com/ I plan on revamping it sometime soon, but feel free to look around in the meantime!
You can also find me on Instagram at @lali_belle
Any advice for your fellow natural hair folks? 
Embrace ALL of you! Being natural [for me] is more about self-love than it is about hair. So…my advice is that you should treat your hair in the same loving manner that you should treat yourself:
Be patient with it—growth takes time.
Be gentle to it—detangling kinks is a delicate process.
Be proud of it—it’s beautiful. 


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Tales From the Kinks: Lalisse Edition

Saturday, July 5, 2014




I first noticed Lalisse on a featured instagram post for her “How to wrap a scarf” post (will be posted soon). From there I did a little insta-stalking on her page and realized that her personality is beautiful! With that being said, Lalisse is my Tales from the Kinks feature this week!

Natural hair interview

Hi! My name is Lalisse (leh-LEE-say). I’m South African and Ethiopian, though I was born in the states and have lived most of my life in Maryland. I loveeee God. I love music—all things neo-soul and acoustic. I love natural hair—all things kinky, curly, and nappy. And I love food—all things edible. Lol. I am also big into traveling and plan to live abroad as SOON as I finish grad school.

When and why did you decide to get rid of the creamy crack if you did?
The creamy crack and I parted ways around winter of 2006. At that point I was 16 years old and had been getting perms since I was 5 or 6.  I started to notice that my hair was thinning and more prone to breakage than it had been in the past. After several failed attempts at restoring my hair, I decided that perms were the source of my problems and I wanted to see what would happen if I stopped relaxing my hair.


What was your support system like after you made your decision to go natural?
I didn’t really have a support system of any sorts. I didn’t know anything about being natural and I didn’t consider it to be a big deal. I told my mom that I was going to stop getting perms and she didn’t seem to think anything of it. But once I started mentioning it to others, I surprisingly received opposition. My hair stylist at the time was completely against it. She told me that she would no longer do my hair if I went natural and that my only choice was to “chop your hair off or keep it braided and never look at it again.” Sooo…I found a new hairstylist, needless to say.

My new hairstylist really didn’t know much about maintaining natural hair, but she was willing to do my hair nonetheless. I transitioned by keeping my hair straightened (every two weeks…that’s a lot of heat) and I would get braids/twists on occasion. After I had been transitioning for about 8 or 9 months, I told a couple friends. I received responses like “ew”, “your hair is gonna break off”, and “it’s gonna look nappy”. Little did they know, I was already pretty much natural and my hair hadn’t broken off at all (whether or not it was “nappy” is another story, lol). When I popped up at school a month later with my new afro puff, those same friends were the ones who were in love with my hair.

It is true that we are not our hair, or anyone else's, but do you have any natural hair crushes?
We are definitely not our hair. I do think it’s extremely important that we value our hair in its natural state. By no means does that mean we should equate our worth and sense of self with what our hair looks like though. I think what matters is that we become comfortable with ourselves in our most stripped down state—no make-up, no weaves/extensions, heck, even no clothes (in the privacy of your home, of course). It’s important to be confident in the woman that you see looking back at you in the mirror. If you truly love yourself, that confidence will shine through any hairstyle, any layer of makeup, and any style of dress.

My natural hair celebrity crushes would be Erykah Badu, Yaya DaCosta and Solange. My Instagram natural hair crushes would be @simplycyn and @xodvf.
What are your inspirations in life and inspiration for your hair?
My inspirations in life often come from music, poetry, and sermons. The messages I hear through them often push me to grow in all facets of my life--creatively, emotionally, and spiritually. My inspiration for my hair is boldness. I love the boldness of a close cut, of a huge fro, and of long dreadlocks.

When you are going through your daily regimen what products do you reach for first and why?
I’m all about pure oils and have castor oil or coconut oil in reach at all times. I make concoctions on a regular basis and will moisturize my hair with a mix of water, aloe vera juice, olive oil, and tea tree oil. After wetting my hair with that, I will seal with a small amount of castor oil.

For as long as I’ve been natural, you would think I’ve found a brand that I stand by…but I do a little too much product hopping. A few brands that I do support are Kinky Curly, Tropical Isle, Belle Butters and Qhemet Biologics.

What is your go to style in the winter and the summer?
Last year I chopped my hair off, so the close cut and TWA had been my only style for awhile. I recently got some Marley braids installed and I love them (but I secretly want my TWA back).

With my fro, I generally tend to have braided or twisted extensions throughout the colder months and my natural hair through the summer. I’m a bantu knot-out fanatic. And through all seasons, I’m avid head-wrap wearer regardless of if I’m wearing weaves, braids, or my natural hair.

What is the most important thing you have learned on your natural hair journey?
The most important thing I have learned is to embrace myself and my hair every stage. It took a while for me to stop lusting after other people’s hair. I had to learn to accept my curl pattern and my length and to just be patient.
I’ve also learned to stop fighting shrinkage! I used to put so much effort into stretching my hair out and would feel insecure with how my hair looked in its shrunken state. I’ve learned to let my hair just be. It has a personality of its own and I no longer try to force it to take on the personality of other people’s afros.
Where can we find you on the net?
I have a blog that can be found at http://natura-lali.blogspot.com/ I plan on revamping it sometime soon, but feel free to look around in the meantime!
You can also find me on Instagram at @lali_belle
Any advice for your fellow natural hair folks? 
Embrace ALL of you! Being natural [for me] is more about self-love than it is about hair. So…my advice is that you should treat your hair in the same loving manner that you should treat yourself:
Be patient with it—growth takes time.
Be gentle to it—detangling kinks is a delicate process.
Be proud of it—it’s beautiful. 


If you want to be featured next please email: inquire@nearlyhair.com
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