Pictures from month 9 of my first big chop. These were originally posted in April of 2006.
Here’s a picture of my hair, freshly washed, no products & unmanipulated.
I have a strange loose texture of hair behind my ears. It does not shrink much, so a lot of time it’s just sticking out like this (unless I pat it down) .
Here’s the same texture on the other side. I am glad that it is not like this all over, because it would be very hard to style. It does not hold well when I twist it and in an afro, it just sort of sticks up like in these pictures.
After a very frustrating 2+ hours trying to flat twist the front of my hair, I decided to try cornrows. After another hour of trying to cornrow, this is the result. I’ve hidden the imperfections with a scarf so it looks decent.
Here is another view of the cornrow/puff combination. I’ve discovered that the key to cornrows is proper hand placement. I finally figured it out when I got to this side. I just hope I can remember what to do next time I decide to cornrow.
I am happy with the results. I am just not happy at the time I spent trying to braid.
Here’s the first side that I completed. I am right handed, so this side usually comes a little easier. I always mess up when I get to the top and the other side. I think I have the hand placement down so I hope I am on my way to mastering cornrows.
After visiting Pebbles Page (http://www.pebblespage.com/ ), I was inspired to try a stretched afro. After spritzing my hair with distilled water to moisten, I grabbed large sections of hair and twisted it. Then I secured the ends with ouchless elastic bands. I left my hair like this overnight
This is what the front of the hair looked like.
Here is the result of the stretching process – a nice full afro. Compare this afro to my afro pictures proceeding
This is what the stretched afro looked like from the side. I love the way it came out
Just having fun with the camera.
Just another view of the stretched out afro.
I took this picture towards the end of the day. I liked my afro so much that I was inspired to go out and buy new earrings. By the way single ladies, do not be afraid to wear those full stretched out afros in public! You draw A LOT of male attention! (I’m married so no flirting for me).
I used my stretching technique once again and here’s the result. I like it even better this time!
Here’s the back of my afro. Is this a BAA yet?
Here’s a side view of the afro.
Here’s the afro without the headband. Too bad I’m no good at shaping my afro. My husband wasn’t home to help me either! Oh well.
I’m back to twisting. My hair needs a break. Here’s a cornrow/two-strand twist combo style. For some odd reason, I can cornrow my hair to the side easily. This took about five minutes to do. If I was cornrowing backwards, it would have been an all day thing. Go figure!
This is just another view of the style.
Taking a break from hair pictures, I just had to post this picture of my 4-year-old in his Sunday best. He looks like a little man in this picture (or a little preacher). On another note, now that my hair is natural, I have learned to take better care of his hair. I wash his hair once a week with a bar of castile soap and condition it with olive oil. His hair is no longer dry like it was before I went natural. Going natural benefits the whole family!
I ordered a few of my Val & Nadine products to preview them for quality. I bought a tank top, mug & messenger bag. I am very pleased with the results!
Here’s the back view of the tank top. The comic strip printed on this shirt is the Self Hate comic.