Sunday, August 31, 2008

It's a virtue


Something that is spoken of so often when reading blogs of people with locs. What's most common is the phrase " I though I had patience...but...". Patience is one of those things that progresses and matures as time goes on. Before I had kids I was very impatient. After having just one I thought I was a pro. After the second one was born I realized I was a coo-coo for thinking that I was a patient pro. I know with two kids both young ages my patience quest is still ongoing.

With my newly find love of braidlocs I'm finding myself wanting to latch my hair, I run my fingers through my hair and across my scalp and love the fuzzy feeling ,but also want to latch this growth badly. Has anyone else felt this way so soon ? I've only had my braidlocs in for 2 1/2 weeks. Why does it feel like it's been so much longer than that ?

So far my hubby loves them but he's always loved my natural hairstyles. What's interesting is that my grandmother who is not from the peace love and nappiness generation, has complemented me on a few of my hairstyles. What's more amazing is that my daughter is crazy over nappy hairstyles. Our ongoing theme is Work whatever God gave you whether its big hips, full lips, nappy hair and blackness everywhere...WORK IT GIRL ! WORK IT !

She's already asked about braidlocs, I told her to wait and see how mommy's turn out and then tell me if she wants them. I would hate for her have them in her hair and then after being hounded by family members decide to take them out. What age is a good age for locs for a little girl ? We need to have a Loc Convention in Philly soon......I have lots of questions for now beads and braids and fro's will have to do.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Short hair has many possibilities

Short hair is very flexible and what I'm learning is that with my hair locd , it's extremely easy for me to style it in a short amount of time, and it stays in the style the whole day ! Here's some styles I've worn so far....

I look forward to having long locs to have swaying across my back, However having short locs is just as nice and I still have lots of bounce. Did I mention how much I really dig these braidlocs...*smiling*

Monday, August 25, 2008

The missing pumpkin

Came home today and as always before entering the house, the kids and I glance at the garden (which we planted in the neighbors yard) to see any there are any surprises. Well today there was a big one. The pumpkin that my daughter planted disappeared. Now I have a couple of suspects and though I really, really, really want to just knock the crap out of who I think the culprits are instead I'm going to leave some seed packets in the same spot that the pumpkin was in, I'm choosing not to be negative about the situation and just letting it be. My daughter didn't seem so phased she has plenty of other things in her garden to be grateful about and maybe that's the attitude we should all have.

Anywho, today I realized that I'd forgotten to wear my bonnet on my head last night and also did not braid or put curlers in my hair it was a free flowing day, I like it :)

Sunday, August 24, 2008

It's Been a Week and so far so good...

My braidlocks were born on August 16th at 8:45pm I've never counted all of them. I do know that I have over 100. It took me about three 1/2 hours to do them myself. This is one of the best decisions I've made in 2008. I'm not new to the nappy hair styles. In 1999 I cut off all of my permed hair and went natural through college. In 2002 I decided that I wanted to perm my hair....I think I went a little nuts after having my first child....very soon after I went back to natural *but* wore braids, hair weaves, wigs, and got my hair pressed often. All in the name of being natural...supposedly. Earlier this year in 2008 I decided that enough was enough. I got tired of going to sleep on my afro and then waking up the next day to find it looking like an ice cream cone that had been licked too much on one side. The morning rush gave me little time to create masterpieces with my fro, so I just did the afro puff....which got tired.

When I did make time for my hair I did it in two strand twist or braided it into a hairstyle....I loved it...until it was time to take it down...good lord ! I've always, always, always, adored locs and was not aware until recently of the many styles of locs. I started doing my research and fell in love with braidlocks....If I'd known about these I would've locked my hair in 1999 instead of struggling all these years with the decision. With my braidlocks I have unlimited options, styling flexibility, and yet a care free sensibility with my hair, it's only been a week and they've started to fill in ! *i've been telling my hair that it grows an inch a week* I can wash it as much as I want and braid it up at night and roll out in the morning...God is soo good I've never felt this good about my hair before :)

So why now....

My Decision to blog has been a laborious one. At first I really didn't see the necessity, then after hours upon hours and days upon days of reading others blogs and getting valuable information that would eventually alter my life forever I decided....why not.

This blog will contain information on transformations on many things, being Black, a woman, having a family, having natural hair, living in Philadelphia just to name a few. After making so many decisions in my life, some good and some bad I've decided to take everything that God has given me and make more out of it.

So lets talk about NappiNish...
I'm 26 years old married with two kids a boy and a girl. I live in the beautiful city of Philadelphia and I currently work for a pretty well known nonprofit organization that is helping people in need receive more food. I believe that what you put out into the universe you will definitely receive back and for over two months now I've made some life changing decisions and do not regret any of them. One major decision was to get braid locks *YEAAAAAHHHHH*