Natural Hair vs Racism

The United States as a whole is looking real unstable these days.  Especially with the recent, ugly events going on in Charlottlesville, VA.  I need you to understand racism has never left people!  It’s time to wake up, because this shouldn’t be a  surprise!   With so many people of color are now embracing their natural hair, the  negative comments are bound to happen now more then ever! Open discussion regarding your Natural hair vs Racism needs to happen and not be swept under the carpet.

Some may not agree with my words.  But I really don’t care!  I am an African-American female who decided after many years of chemically straightening my hair and having low self-esteem over my body, to begin embracing what God gave me.  He gave me my big lips, a big booty, and big hair. Nothing to be embarrassed over at all. And I love it all!  Unfortunately, there are still many in this world who do not, and have the nerve to make foul comments about it!

Real Talk

Many in the world are now threatened by the fact we are not shying away from our curls anymore.  It bothers them that we choose to embrace the things we used to try and cover up. It irritates them that we choose to wear our hair up and out the way it naturally grows. They claim it’s unprofessional and even try to control what hairstyles our children wear at school.

Back in the days we wanted silky, straight hair because it was seen as beautiful in America.  We wanted to have hair down to our butts, thinner noses, and a thigh gap because those were the type of females getting the most attention in media.

But guess what, some of us started to wake up and learn to love ourselves.  We started to realize we are, in fact, royalty the exact way we were born.  And guess what, media started to realize it too.  Now we got folks dying (literally) and taking ridiculous measures to have kinkier curls, darken their skin, get juicier lips, thicker thighs, and bigger booty.  This world is a trip!

The same things racists used to put us on display for, is now the same thing some of their own are trying so hard to get!  This is what scares them.  They are afraid of the power in our unity and realize as much as they try to mis-represent the Bible, we are not standing for that mess no more!

So Curlfriends, I say wear your Natural Hair proud!!  At the same time expect the foul comments that are sure to come now more than ever. When a racist decides to spit a negative comment in your face, or under your picture, remember how much Power you have and raise your head just a little bit higher! Smile at their own stupidity!

Conclusion

Pass this on guys. Share, like, comment, and subscribe.  I have plenty more to say on that subject and more. We need to show unity in the Natural Hair Community.  We have more power in numbers. There are people out there that are afraid to transition to natural hair just because they are worried about dumb, racist comments!  Let them know to not be afraid, but proud they are embracing their own culture and individuality.

Coloring Your Curls

Autumn will be here soon.  Have you thought about changing the color of your curls with the season change?  Well I am, so I thought I would pass on a few things to remember when coloring your curls.

The overall health of your hair is important. At all times.  It’s even more important when you are thinking about coloring your curls. Make sure you are keeping up with your water intake.  If your body is not properly hydrated, then your hair won’t be.  Hydrated and moisturized hair is highly important when coloring your hair because hair color naturally dries it out.  No one wants dry, brittle hair!  Also, make it a practice to deep condition your hair Every Wash Day (including a protein treatment monthly).

I highly recommend having a consultation with a hair stylist that specializes in coloring natural hair.  The standard stylist will not do, unless they are properly educated on natural hair health AND coloring natural hair.

Now if you chose to color your hair yourself remember you are taking a chance of an allergic reaction, the color not coming out the way you want it, or your hair falling out!  Yep, don’t sound good do it!

Coloring your curls can be a wonderful experience!  It’s a way to express your own individuality.  You can play it safe with just going a few shades lighter than your natural color.  Or, you can go all out with bold colors like blond, turquoise, bright red, or fuchsia.   Yes, color is so much fun in my opinion!   It’s a conversation piece.  Also it’s an additional gem to add to the crown you carry around daily Kings & Queens.

Whatever you choose to do, put some serious thought into it.  Whether you chose temporary spray-on color, a rinse, henna, semi-permanent, or permanent color do your research first. Weigh the pros & cons.  Then have fun!

The Liebster Award – New Blogger Award

This post is a little different this week.  Why?  Because I was nominated for The Liebster Award!!!  So, of course I had to share with you details on it!

First off, The Liebster Award is a super special because it’s a blogger award, given to bloggers, by other bloggers.  When you are nominated, it means you are automatically recognized as receiving the award.  Nice huh!

I was nominated by Shahira Allen of  Afro Glory  all the way from London, England!  She happens to also be a Natural Hair Blogger, which makes this nomination extra special.  Thanks Curlfriend! Anyway, she has a great blog, so make sure you go check her out! Natural hair love is worldwide!

For full details on The Liebster Award please visit WordingWell This blog will give the official rules for The Liebster Award, along with many helpful tips for bloggers in general.  I will be making my nominations for this award at the end of this post so pay attention, this will be very helpful for my nominees.

The Rules:

  1.   Answer the questions you were asked.
  2.   Tag 11 people who have under 200 Twitter followers  *adding       Facebook followers / Email subscribers.
  3.   Create 11 new questions.
  4.   Recognize who tagged you.

My Nomination Questions & My Answers

Q1. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU.    One of my favorite quotes is from The Bible – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. PHILIPPIANS 4:13 NKJV   Whenever I feel  stressed, depressed, or my anxiety is high, this quote reminds me that I am strong.  It reminds me that I can get though any obstacle as long I remember where my help comes from. My faith has gotten me through the darkest of times, and it will continue to do so as long as I believe.

Q2. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE BLOGGING MOMENT SO FAR?    It was guest blogging on NikitaHudson.com for the Mother’s Day Blog Series.  That was my very first time guest blogging.  Also, I am a mother of 2, so it was like a Mother’s Day gift I will never forget!

Q3. WHICH BLOGGER WOULD YOU LIKE TO WORK WITH IN A COLLABORATION AND WHY?  (TAG THEM SO THEY KNOW)           I would love to collaborate with Edin of Pursuit Of Natural    Edin was one of the first members of my blogger community on WordPress.  She regularly supports my posts on Twitter and Google+ ,  and she blogs about natural hair as well.  I just have a lot of respect for her, and it would be great to collaborate at some point.

Q4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEAL?  I love all types of food, but my favorite is currently Vegetable or Shrimp Lo-Mein.  For some reason every now and then, I crave it!

Q5. YOU’VE WON AN ALL EXPENSES PAID TRIP FOR 2 WEEKS TO A TRAVEL DESTINATION OF YOUR CHOICE! WHERE WOULD YOU GO?  That’s easy, I would go to Africa. Specifically Kumasi, Ghana the resting place of my late daddy (RIP)  My dad spoke highly of Ghana and felt like he was finally at peace and said he was  treated like a king.  I can not repay the people of Accra and Kumasi, Ghana enough for all they did for my dad.  It’s a beautiful place, full of beautiful people!  Going there would feel like I’m surrounded by family.

Q6. WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO BLOG?  It’s a form of self-care for me.  I love being able to express myself, share, motivate, and teach others.  I crave being listened to so it is nice to write something and know that it will be read  and appreciated by like-minded people.

Q7. YOU HAVE JUST MET A PR MANAGER LOOKING FOR NEW BLOGGERS JUST LIKE YOU! THEY ARE IN A HURRY THOUGH! SUMMARISE YOUR BLOG IN 1 SENTENCE: My blog is one of the ONLY blogs that shares natural hair tips, inspiration, and talent in Oregon, USA; which is why I am:  OlenaRosanne – Natural in the NW

Q8. WHAT IS YOUR MANTRA? (IF YOU DON’T HAVE ONE WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE IT TO BE?) I currently don’t have one, but if I did it would be: To show the world how beautiful natural hair is through images, information, and my honesty.

Q9. TELL ME 3 THINGS YOU LOVE ABOUT YOURSELF: Physically my hair, dimples, and the gap in my front teeth.

Q10. RECOMMEND A BOOK. The Bible.  Simply put, The Book of Life.

Q11. YOU CAN HAVE 1 HOUR ON THE PHONE TO ANYONE! WHO ARE YOU GOING TO CALL?  Michelle Obama.  I have so many questions for her.  Mainly I want tips on to endure  stress and negativity in a world that’s so unkind to black women.

My Questions for My Nominees (and My Answers)

Q1.  How did you come up with the name of your blog?  The name of my blog  OlenaRosanne – Natural in the NW is my real first and middle name put together – and I live in the Northwest Region of the United States.

Q2. What is your favorite color?  Purple

Q3.  What advice would you give new bloggers?  Read, read,  and read some more. Make sure you do your research, take notes,  and attend webinars if possible. The more you learn about blogging in general, the more your blog will grow. Keep an open mind, and never stop learning!

Q4.  Do you have any children?  Yes,  2 boys. Ages 23 and 9, and yes you read right! 🙂

Q5.  What was your favorite subject in school?  English/Writing

Q6.  Do you currently play or have you ever  played any instruments?  Yes I used to play the violin, cello, and flute.  I would love to learn how to play the piano.

Q7.  What are your hobbies outside of your blog?  Listening to Gospel/Christian music, gardening, reading, making beaded jewelry, and caring for my hair.

Q8.  Why did you decide to blog?  It was suggested to me by 2 different people.  Because I am naturally an introvert (until you get to  know me), I was shy and doubted myself initially.  But later, I decided to just go for it!  It was suggested that I blog on topics of Special Needs Advocacy, Mental Health Awareness,  Natural Hair, because these are topics that I have personal life experience in.  I now blend these topics into my Natural Hair Blog, YouTube, other social media accounts.

Q9.  What is your drink of choice?  Water

Q10.  What fruit flavor do you gravitate towards when choosing something to eat or drink?  Strawberry

Q11.  What nationality do you identify as?  African-American

MY NOMINEES FOR THE LIEBSTER AWARD ARE:

Leonica
Twitter: @ DaLoveLee1
DaLoveLee1.com

Kizi
@iziKurls
izikurls.com

Imani
Twitter:  @SpiritNdStyle
SpiritandStyleblog.com

Travina Nerestant
Twitter:  @NACHOAVERAGEMA
kiki176.wordpress.com  aka Nacho Average Ma

Kayla Hightower
Twitter:  @KaylaHightower1
Purplebutterflysquad.com

Tosha
Twitter:  @Bieutiful_coils
bieutifulcoils.com

Edin
Twitter:  @EdinPON
Pursuit of Natural
pursuitofnatural.wordpress.com

Shy
Twitter:  @Shyanne_Sstyles
shyannestyles.com

Latreil Jackson
Twitter:  @Hey_MissJackson
HeyMissJackson.com

Ashley C
Twitter:  @_QueeninJeans
queeninjeans.wordpress.com

La’Shelle Johnson
Twitter: @LaShelle_J
lashellejohnson.com

Please join me in congratulating and supporting these fellow bloggers, who are also Natural Hair Queens!  I have visited and subscribed their blogs and I hope you do so too.  It’s so amazing to see other strong female bloggers  with some of the same interests I have. Being a blogger is hard work, so it’s so important that we all support one another.  As I always say #QueensSupportQueens so please go check them out. Congratulations to ALL of my nominees!  I hope we all get to know each other and collaborate some day!

Until next time Curlfriends!

Embrace Your Frizz

Are you a frizz hater, or a frizz lover?  Frizz seems to be a bad word in the Natural Hair Community to some. To others, it’s not a big deal at all!  I happen to be a Naturalista who loves my frizz!  So, what I want to know is, why is it so hard for you to embrace your frizz?  Let me tell you why you should.

But, before I get into that, let me briefly explain what causes it in the first place.

Curly hair is genetically prone to it. If you’re into hair-typing, just know that it doesn’t matter if your hair type is 3c, 4a, 4b, or 4c it’s going to happen.  The more curly or kinky your hair is, the more you will experience frizz.

The natural oil our scalp secretes is called sebum. (Read more about it here). Once the sebum hits our hair shaft it’s almost impossible for it to make it’s  way all the way down to the end.  It’s like a roller coaster ride for oil.  With all the twists and turns of our curls it’s just too much! This all makes our hair naturally drier.

During the summer months, the humidity will cause additional frizz. Our hair cuticles will raise, attempting to let in the beloved moisture crave.  Unfortunately, the moisture ends up passing right on thorough causing our hair to swell, aka more frizz. So in my opinion it just easier to  embrace your frizz.

These days there are so many hair products out there claiming assist in combating frizz.  So, it is possible to have more sleek and defined curls if that’s what you choose.  Now of course this is while adhering to the normal natural hair care Do’s and Don’ts.

For example, use sealing oils only when hair has been properly moisturized, protect hair with silk or satin at night, deep condition weekly, and rinse conditioner out with cold water …. etc.

But seriously don’t get cause up in the frizz-free hype! Having natural hair is primarily about embracing the hair we were born with, right?  Without frizz, it’s impossible to shape the perfect afro. Our natural frizz makes it possible for our hair to hold braids and twists like no other.It make our hair appear fuller and fluffier then our straight-haired cohorts.  I personally like my hair to look fluffy and soft enough to sleep on!

So, save yourself from unnecessary grief and wasted money. No two curls are perfectly defined, so don’t expect your hair to be full of perfectly defined curls, at all times. It’s ridiculous in my opinion!  Please learn to embrace your frizz. Trust me, it will make your natural hair journey a lot easier,

What’s your opinion on this topic? Let me know, and I will talk to you later!

 

Don’t Sleep on the NW Part 2 featuring LaNesha Lee

Like I said before people, Don’t Sleep on the NW.  Oregon is full of talented people who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of others through hair and makeup.  In part 2, of the Don’t Sleep in the NW  I decided to feature another gem of the NW, the beautiful, birthday girl, LaNesha Lee.  (For part 1, click here)

LaNesha is someone I’ve known for years.  She is someone who treated me as family from the moment I met her.  LaNesha sincerely loves the people she connects with, and is blessed with the grace of a lady that is undeniable.   From her business, Barbra Jean Kollection to her job and  education, It’s clear LaNesha Lee is a focused professional, who does not shy away from educating and inspiring others. I am so thankful that this busy young lady agreed to answer a few questions about herself.  Read on, for instant inspiration:

  • Briefly give your background story?

Hello, my name is LaNesha Lee. I was born in Vicksburg, MS and moved to Portland, OR in 1987. I’ve had love for hair since I was little girl.  I remember playing in my dolls hair, my mom hair, and even my uncles hair (putting rubber bands and ALOT of grease in it). When I graduated from high school I knew then I wanted to pursue doing hair, so I attended Beau Monde Beauty Collage.  There I took classes on hair, esthetics, and nails. As time passed, I found myself in a new career path, due to needing money to take care of family (which is very important to me). So, I had to put school on hold, and started working a 40hr per week, 9-5 job. Fast forward to today, I found I didn’t want to give up on the beauty industry.   I know I have the gift and passion to make people smile, look, and feel good all at the same time. I’m now a Pharmacy Tech, currently working for Providence Hospital. However, I always seem to find my happiness in the Beauty Industry. Now that I’m in a healthy place in my life, I re-enrolled into Beauty College, but now it’s at Pagans Cosmetology School. I believe being in the Health Care Industry falls hand and hand with the Cosmetology Industry.  They both give me more insight into my clients, and as well as myself on healthy hair and skin care. My Goal is to bring awareness to healthy lifestyle, whether it’s hair, skin, or nails.

  • What initially sparked your interest in hair & makeup?

I feel beauty (hair, makeup, skin care, etc.) is a gift that God has given me. I see hair and makeup as an art. I love different skin tones and hair textures.  Having a vision to change or enhance someone’s beauty GIVES ME LIFE.

  • What/who inspires you?

Well, you know the saying it takes a village to raise a child, for me, it’s a village who has inspired me. Let’s start with the WHAT’s – What inspires me is cleanliness, neatness, and passion. When I see a Salon that is presentable, it inspires me to grow. It inspires me to be on top of my business goal: To intrigue and impress clients.  Showing clients how neat and professional you can be will bring clients

back time and time again.   Another thing that inspires me is a stylist that has passion, and are willing to grow in their craft.  A stylist who is passionate and willing to grow will not have limitations on becoming a successful business owner, or the best hair dresser they can be. I not only want a salon I want an Empire.  I don’t want any limitations in the beauty industry. I want to leave a footprint on this earth, and always be remembered.

Now the WHO’s – As you already know, to name a few, I’m inspired by my family and friends.  From my mom, down to my baby cousins. They all inspire me to grow and build something for our legacy that will be here for generations to come.  I’m inspired by salon workers, I love Kim Kimble, TT does it all (YouTube), teachers at Phagans Beauty School – Kaycee for her knowledge.  Karimah for her creativity. Penny for her knowledge of color, and Lolita for her business skills.  Motivational speakers that inspire me are Les Brown, Lisa Nichols, and Zig Ziegler to name a few.

  • What are your current business ventures?

My current business venture is educating people on living a healthy lifestyle. Soon, I plan on working with a foundation named Abby’s Closet. Abby’s Closet is a foundation that provides prom dresses to young ladies who would like of a prom dress, but can’t afford it. I will also be working to provide different hair techniques for these young ladies to wear on their big day.  One of my newest business ventures, will be working aside nursing homes/hospitals to provide care for senior citizens that are not able to leave their homes, or care for themselves. Part of my job will helping them look and feel good!

  • What advice would you give a new naturalista or makeup artist?

The advice I would give a new naturalista or makeup artist is to know your products, invest and believe in yourself. Never think you know everything.  Always be willing to grow, and have an open mind when it comes to the beauty industry because it changes yearly, monthly, weekly and sometimes daily.

  • What are your go-to hair and skin products?

For hair, I love the Infusium 23 product line (shampoo, conditioner and leave-in conditioner). Silk Elements edge control. Jamaican Black castor oil, coconut oil (mixed). KeraCare Grease, Nairobi Wrap Shine Foam, and the entire Designer Essentials product line. For my skin, I use Neutrogena Visibly Even, and Neutrogena Deep Clean Invigorating foam scrub.  I also clean my face with Simple cleansing face wipes that are good for morning and night.

  • What is your self-care regimen?

My self-care regimen has always been to take care of my personal hygiene. I love to smell nice.  The perfumes I love are Calvin Klein and Sparkle White Diamond, to name a few.   I try to get massages 2-5 times a year (more if I am able).   I also make sure to get my nails and a pedicure done every 2 weeks. I encourage all stylists to take care of their body, because they are not only standing on their feet all day, but you are always using parts of your body that are weaker than others.   So, getting a pedicure bi-weekly is not only a treat for you, but it will keep your bones and joints healthy and flexible in the meantime.  I believe if you look good you will feel good.

  • What do you enjoy about living in the NW?

What I enjoy about living in the NW is the clean water, trees, and the clean air.  I also enjoy all the family I have living here in the NW with me. Last, but not least, all friends I have made, and all the new friends to come.

Conclusion

Well there you have it.  With people like LaNesha Lee in the NW, you can see why I keep telling ya’ll,  Don’t Sleep on the NW.  If you would like to connect LaNesha she can be reached on at https://barbrajeankollection.mayvenn.com/ or on Instagram  at https://www.instagram.com/barbrajeankollection

So if you now have a burst of motivation, or feel inspired by this blog post, let me know, and help me wish LaNesha Lee a Happy Birthday! Share this with your friends, family, and coworkers.  Pass this on via Social Media.  In this day in age, we all need inspiration. It’s helpful to know there are still good people in the world. People who genuinely care about others, and choose to share a piece of themselves, when they take the time to make us look and feed good. Yes people, some of those gems are in the NW!

Until next time!

The 4th of July and Your Hair

Have you ever worried about your curls catching on fire?  Well, let me ease some of your worries about the 4th of July and Your Hair.

The 4th of July can be fun!  Who doesn’t like fireworks?  Aren’t they beautiful?  What’s not beautiful is the chance of a spark hitting your head.  Trust me, if the Legendary Michael Jackson was alive (RIP) I think he would agree!

So curlfriends, do me a favor, and please keep your hair hydrated!  First off, this should already be part of your natural hair regimen. That is, if you if you want  moisturized and healthy hair!  The best way to hydrate your hair is with water.  Have you ever wondered why it’s suggested to water your grass or bushes if you are going to be light up fireworks on the 4th?   Well, when you think about it, doesn’t that make sense for your hair as well?

Your hair, just like your body, can catch fire easily if you are not playing it safe!  This is just facts.   But, we can prevent the extent of the burning once something hot touches our hair or body.  So, what can we do to prevent the degree of the burn?  Well,  keeping your hair hydrated will slow down the burning.  Any little bit helps!  If you’re anything like me, I don’t trust where the sparks from fireworks are going to land anyway!  Can I get an Amen?!

So, how do you include water, and  still be cute while you’re celebrating the 4th of July?

Try these styles:

  • Braids – A protective style that can be sprayed with water without ruining your look.
  • A Wig –  Keeping it real, it can be thrown off your head in a hot second!
  • An Afro – It  allows you to wet your hair as much as you want!
  • Single Strand Twists or Flat Twist Updo – A protective style that can be sprayed with water without ruining your look.
  • Wash and Go – Can be refreshed at anytime with water.

Conclusion:

Now do you what I mean?  The 4th of July and your hair can be fun and safe!  How will you be styling your hair for the 4th of July curlfriends?  Let me know, and enjoy your holiday!

Is Hair Grease Making a Comeback?

Have you noticed that hair grease is making a comeback in the Natural Hair Community?   If you haven’t, then it’s time to pay attention!

Most of us grew up getting our hair greased with Blue Magic, Royal Crown, and Dax by mama, grandma, big sis…. you get the point.  Then we decided later in life to go back to our God-given hair, we also began following an extensive list of Natural Hair Rules.

  • Wash/Co-Wash hair weekly
  • Deep Condition weekly
  • Protein treat hair monthly
  • No Sulfates
  • No Parabens
  • No Petroleum

And the list seems to go on and on from there.

But wait a minute?  Wasn’t petroleum on that list?   Yes, indeed it is! If you look at the first ingredient in most grease out on the market, it’s normally petroleum.  So, why are Natural Hair Care Companies beginning to include grease in their product lines if petroleum is such a no-no?

Well since the Natural Hair Community and manufacturers of Natural Hair products are more educated in our hair and skin needs, than 20 years ago, it makes sense.  Think about it.  We all now know we can’t just grease our scalps and think actual moisturizing is happening! If you don’t know, now you know.  Water is the #1 key ingredient to use to moisturize our scalp and hair.  Locking in that moisture next!  Also, regular clarifying of your hair and scalp is a required!

If you are regularly and properly hydrating your hair and scalp, BEFORE applying anything else, grease shouldn’t be an issue! Especially when companies like Crème of Nature is including Argan Oil in its Natural Hair product line.

Argan oil – It’s a wonderful oil that has 3 times the amount of vitamin E in it, and is chock full of Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids.  It is so moisturizing, that petroleum becomes an afterthought!

According to Crème of Nature’s new Day & Night Hair & Scalp Conditioner:

Our conditioner is light weight and will not leave a build-up making it perfect for daily use.

When I posed the question: Is Hair Grease making a comeback? To the Trendsetter’s Insights Community on naturallycurly.com , and based on the conversation following my video, June 2017 Curlbox featuring Crème of Nature!!  The consensus was that grease was not an issue.  Some people never stopped using grease.  Others thought their hair grew longer and retained more length with grease.  Now remember, grease may not be for everyone.  Do what works for you.  If it works for you great, and if it doesn’t, it’s okay. There are plenty of other products out there to meet your natural hair needs.

So, there you have it!  What are your thoughts on using hair grease?  Do you think hair grease is making a comeback as well?  Let’s keep the conversation going.  Share this blog post with  friends, family, and co-workers. Don’t forget to subscribe, and I will talk to you later!

 

 

 

 

 

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