The Beginning of the End

IMG_3946[1]Alright my naturalistas. We’ve finally come to the end of our journey. It’s crazy because at first I didn’t think I was going to be interested in blogging but I’ve learned to love it. It’s another way for me to express myself to my followers and connect them to topics that I’m interested in. I found it effective that WordPress and its components were easy for me to learn. I was able to take the tools given to me and showcase them in my blog posts. If there’s one thing I’d improve with the blog posts, I would require us to do more because this was a lot of fun. LOL This was definitely a learning experience for me and could help me in my future with becoming a publicist someday.

My most popular week was my birthday week, April 11th- April 17th. I had a total of 61 views with 32 visitors. Wow, y’all actually pay attention to my blog posts- that’s awesome. My most popular post of the year was my “The Power of the Fro” blog with 37 views. I think that was the most popular because it was my introduction to what natural hair is and the history behind it. It was surprising seeing the amount of views I’ve gotten because I didn’t expect that many people to really be interested in it and check it out.

I’ve had so much fun sharing my love for natural hair with you guys in my blog posts. I would totally take FDOM all over again just to do this again. Who knows, maybe I’ll continue blogging.

Your soul sista,

Julia

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Go Natural or Go Home

“We don’t go natural- we return. Natural is where it began” – UnknownIMG_3602[1]

Wassup wassup wassup my fellow naturalistas. I can ‘t believe it’s finals week like whaaaaaaaa??!!! Hope everyone has been preparing. I really haven’t too much, especially since I saw Beyoncé in concert this weekend. It was literally a dream come true. The fact that it was in her hometown, Houston, was the icing on the cake. I’m kind of sad this is technically my last blog post of the semester. Therefore, I’m gonna make it about my natural hair journey.

I had been getting relaxers for as long as I could remember. Up until my sophomore year of high school to be exact. My mother always claimed that my hair was nappy and she didn’t want to do it, therefore started making me get perms. I noticed that with the perms it looked as if my hair was growing and becoming longer but it wasn’t. It was like I couldn’t grow my hair passed shoulder length and that wasn’t exciting at all. Therefore, I resulted to braids and weaves to start growing my natural hair out which then became my transitioning stage.

Doing the big chop was a big NO for me. I refused to chop off all of my hair and pretty much have a TWA. So, I decided to transition. I transitioned for 2 1/2 years before cutting off the rest of my relaxed ends. The difference in my natural hair compared to my relaxed was very noticeable. My natural hair had more volume and was thicker compared to being dry and brittle. Going natural was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I know it’s just hair but us girls take our hair very seriously. Healthy natural hair for the win.

Your soul sista,

Julia

Braid It till you make it

” That chick with da braids.” – Mario

I’m back! Today was such an interesting day for me guys. Church went well and I made the decision to be baptized. I’m really proud of myself for making this decision on my own. I’m now going to share with you guys my last favorite protective style; Braids.

Braids are very popular in the African American community. Also known as cornrows, this protective style is braided close to the scalp and can be put in many different designs. Braids require little maintenance as long as the natural hair is oiled and washed frequently. There are different types of style of braids- some include cornrows, box braids and micro braids. The only difference between them are the size of the braids themselves.

Although majority of men and women get braids in the summer time, they’re also nice to have in the winter as well. They allow us to protect our natural hair from the harsh winters and summers. Out of twists, weaves and braids, my favorite protective hairstyle is probably weave. I love being able to have long or short flowy hair while being able to protect my natural hair. I don’t think I’ve ever not had a protective style throughout my whole life. I’ve been switching it up for as long as I could remember.

Your soul sista,

Julia

 

Weave It Out

” Pat your weave ladies, pat pat.” – Beyoncé

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!! I can finally say I’m not a teenager anymore- how exciting. So blessed to see 20 years. My friends threw me a surprise party last night and it was so nice. Now that I’m up and going lets start this day with another favorite protective style of mine and almost every other girl on the planet: WEAVE!untitled

A weave is human or synthetic hair that is used to change the appearance of your hair by adding additional hair to it. When getting a weave, majority of your hair is braided. After that, the weave is sewn into the braids resulting in a beautiful head of hair. Some advantages of wearing weave include promoting hair growth as it is a protective style. Weave can add volume to your natural hair and is very versatile. You still have the opportunity to cut and style it how you please and dye it as well.

Most women love wearing weaves and getting added extensions because we love being able to have long flowy hair while protecting ours at the same time. There’s really nothing bad with getting a weave. It’s actually become more popular and has turned into a trend in the past couple of years. I like it because it’s fun trying new styles and cuts while still protecting my natural hair as well. It’s also fun getting different styles of weave whether it’s Brazilian, Peruvian or Malaysian. Weave it out ladies!

Your soul sista,

Julia

 

Twist and Shout

” Don’t matter if it’s long, short. Do it, do it. Whip your hair! ” – Willow Smith

Hey guys! Hope everyone has had a blessed week. I’m super excited because I’ll be turning 20 tomorrow! Crazy how fast time flies. I’ve decided that this weeks topic is going to be solely on protective hairstyles. In the next 3 post, I will discuss different protective styles that I’ve tried myself.  A Protective style is any hairdo that can keep your ends tucked away and promotes hair growth. These hairstyles require little maintenance, which allows your hair to stay moisturized. Today I’m going to discuss a protective hairstyle that I decided to try for the first time this month: Marley Twists.

I decided to get Marley Twists at the beginning of April just to try a new look for my birthday. Marley Twists are just two strand twists that are created with Marley Hair. Marley Hair resembles African Americans natural hair texture more than regular braiding hair. For thicker twists you’ll obviously use more hair to make a more voluminous look. Another similar look to Marley Twists are Havana Twists. The only difference is that you use different hair to create that look and they are more costly. While most say Marley Twists are the most popular due to their affordability, Havana Twists might be the better investment to some based on its practicality.

Another protective style that doesn’t involve adding additional hair is the infamous twist out. Many naturalistas all over love twist outs because their a simple way to moisturize and style your hair. All you have to do is create multiple two strand twists throughout your head, let them air dry, then unravel them. Wallah! You have a fabulous twist out that defines your natural curl pattern. Twist Outs can last you a week with good maintenance too! Why not mix it up a bit and try some of these protective hairstyles ladies.untitled

Your soul sista,

Julia

Welcome to the Curlunity

“Every other girl got a perm or extensions, but you don’t even rarely wear lipstick; still your beauty is a natural mystic.” – Dead PrezCurly-Nikki-logo-300x232

So I know I’m totally new to the natural hair blog community, well as I like to call it, the Curlunity, but I couldn’t do it without the help of some other natural hair bloggers. One of my favorite Natural hair bloggers that I have followed for some time now is Curly Nikki. Curly Nikki, also known as Nikki Walton, has inspired many African American women throughout the natural hair community. From her natural hair story to her regimen, she continues to inform many of us as we take on our hair journeys and encourages us to flaunt our kinks and curls.

What I like most about Nikki Walton’s “Curly Nikki” blog is how she is so active with all of her followers. You can find her on almost any social media site and she will definitely respond back to you. She keeps up with her blog by giving us new material and advice almost every day on what’s a new hair trend or new products us naturalistas should try. If it wasn’t for her I certainly wouldn’t have most of the hair products I do under my restroom sink. PRODUCT JUNKIE!

One thing that certainly sets Nikki aside from any other natural hair blogger is that she has created her own Curly Nikki mobile app for free! It is an amazing opportunity for the community to share hair care tips on the go. This totally means I can do this instead of paying attention in class right? Within 5 months of her app launch there were a total of 45,000 downloads! Now if that doesn’t scream success, then I don’t know what does. Keep up the good work Curly Nikki. Myself and other natural hair sistas support you.

Your soul sista,

Julia

 

No Lye

” Good hair means curls and waves, bad hair means you look like a slave; At the turn of the century it’s time for us to redefine who we be.” – India Arie

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RELAXER… PERMS… CREAMY CRACK! We’ve heard it all, but what exactly is it? Lye- based relaxers are known as  a type of lotion and/or cream that are used to permanently straighten natural curls. The first history of a perm is dated back in 1909 with Garrett Augustus Morgan. Hair relaxing can be performed by a professional cosmetologist or at home with a relaxer kit. To maintain a good appearance, you should get a new treatment every 8-10 weeks. The relaxer is applied to the base of the hair shaft and remains in place as the hairs texture alters. Once the relaxer is rinsed clean, it is important to use conditioner immediately after to replace some natural oils that were stripped away.

Relaxers contain very powerful chemicals which is needed if you want your kinks and curls altered. Depending on your hair type, relaxers might cause damage, breakage and weaken your hair growth. Why would anyone want damage to their hair? Growing up African American women were looked down upon for having Afro hair like I stated in one of my previous blog posts. Society made it seem like we had to have straight hair or we wouldn’t fit in or get the same benefits as other women. Hair segregation? Maybe. But that’s besides the fact that we shouldn’t put these harsh chemicals in our hair.

I used to get perms for the longest. My mom pretty much got tired of dealing with my “nappy” kinks and curls and would slap on a relaxer. It seemed as though my hair continued to grow with relaxers, but once I got to my freshman year of high school I realized that my hair wasn’t really growing. I finally decided to stop putting relaxers in my head senior year and began transitioning to natural again (which I will discuss in another post.) I think African American women should embrace their nappiness and love their kinky curls because it’s what makes us unique from anybody else. Say no to the Lye and kiss those chemicals goodbye!

Your soul sista,

Julia

 

Curl Friends

” Pick up the can of Afro sheen and do the Afro dance.” – Les Nubians

Well hello my fellow queens and kings. It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post. It’s been a crazy week as it’s spring break and I’m currently battling a 103 degree fever. However, that isn’t going to stop me from informing my curl friends on this current topic: curl patterns.

African American hair has a unique texture that often times needs special care and styling needs. The Texture Typing System details the multiple ways of wavy, curly and coily hair. You don’t necessarily have to know your exact curl pattern, however, when you do it allows you to figure out which hair products work best for your kinky curly hair. The best way to figure out your curl pattern is after you washed your hair and it dries with no product in it.IMG_3331

Type 3 hair is curly hair. Most of the time if you pull type 3 hair you will notice it forms an “S” shape.  This hair type is full bodied, climate dependent, and very damage prone. Lack of proper care will make dull curls. Type 4 hair is kinky curly. This tightly coiled hair is fine, fragile and delicate. You will notice that each strand usually has a zig zag pattern. Kinky hair is the driest hair type, thus it is more prone to breakage and requires a gentle touch. Kinky curly hair grows at the same rate as other texture, however, if not treated properly it breaks easily.

What inspired me to write about this is this awesome poem that I  came across:

 

In My Nappy Hair

In my nappy hair
exists exotic energy
that has been here for centuries
strengthening me continuously for infinity
allowing me to muster the ability
to see, act and think clearly.

In my nappy hair
The soul of Afrika lives
Which gives
my spirit culture and foundation
Enlightens me on the essence of creation
Brings me education and elevation
of the truth of my beloved Nubian nation

In my nappy hair are Afrikan songs
that make me STRONG
that tells me who I am and where I belong.

In my nappy hair
There is positivity in a large capacity
traveling at high velocities
possessing infinite possibilities
of peace, progression and prosperity.

In my nappy hair is powerfully
refined protein
packed with profound principle
which makes me an invincible King.

In my nappy hair
Knowledge, wisdom and insight
have been twisted together to loc
forming forces of passion and fire

My nappy hair
is natural
is magical
is spiritual
is original
is ESSENTIAL

In my nappy hair
I’ve found FREEDOM and HAPPINESS.

– UniverSoul

I could read this poem over and over again and it will forever make me feel good about myself and my natural hair. African American women should cherish their afrocentric hair and know that their hair doesn’t define them.

Your soul sista,

Julia

 

The Power of the Fro

” Happy to be nappy, I’m black and I’m proud that I have been chosen to wear the conscious cloud.” – Donnie

This weekend was my best friends 20th birthday. We took time away from work and studying to really enjoy ourselves on her special day. Like every girl, I had my getting ready routine that involved makeup, hair and getting dressed. I decided to wear my afro out and work my kinky curls. I had many people come up to me and tell me they loved my hair and how it is which inspired me for this first blog post…

Not many people know the history of African American hair and Afros. An Afro, also shortened to “Fro,” is a hairstyle in which the hair extends outward causing it to be in a halo formation. The modern style of afros dated back to the 1960s when actress Cicely Tyson spotted a “TWA,” a Teeny Weeny Afro. Often times, the afro pick would be used to pick out the kinks and curls in afros and make it appear much bigger with added volume. African American hair and afros were also known to be “nappy.” Meaning, many people often thought that because of our hair texture and appearance that it was very dirty and not cared for. The afro gained more popularity in the late 1960s and 1970s as the growth of black pride and black power movements started to arise. African Americans sported their afros to signify their culture and black features. Afros became symbols of empowerment, pride and liberalism throughout the African American community.

IMG_2830I was never a fan of wearing afros until I got to college. For some odd reason or another they weren’t “good looking” to me. Growing up and going to predominately white schools, I had the mindset where if I didn’t have straight hair I wouldn’t fit in. I’d get perms and try other methods to get my hair to be bone straight which overtime left my hair damaged. However, I have now learned to love my kinks and curls. They are a part of my culture and a part of who I am. Although I still wear my hair in other protective styles as well, I can always count on my afro to keep me looking powerful!

Your soul sista,

Julia

A Girl & Her Hair

“Okay ladies, now lets get in formation!”- Beyoncé

Hello my fellow queens! My name is Julia Wilson and I am a Sophomore at Texas State University. My major is Public Relations with a minor in Business Administration. Many people ask me what I want to do with that, however, like almost every other college student I don’t know what I want to do with my life yet.  All I know is I like to talk to people, help others, and have fun. Other things that I enjoy doing include listening to music (preferably old school 80s and 90s), shopping, hanging out with friends and family, working out, and learning more about my African American culture ! A big topic that often comes up for discussion is African American hair and its versatility, which is my inspiration for this blog.

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African American women are known for having Afros, which is in no way a new concept. For decades black women were heavily convinced that with the use of creams, and “creamy crack” also known as perms, they could cure the natural kinks and coils of their hair and make it permanently straight. But then came the 60s and the Black Power Movement which influenced black women to  feel empowered with their hair and its versatility.

With that being said, this blog is being written for my Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media class. I’ll primarily focus on the history of African American hair and its adaptability. I also can’t wait to share all of the stories and tips in between!

Your soul sista,

Julia