Thanks for visiting!

Coco and I are glad that you’ve decided to check out our blog.  Although we haven’t been updating the site as regularly as we used to…there’s still a lot of information available for you to check out.  Scroll down to check below for new posts.  If nothing has been posted since your last visit…be sure to check out our “Archives” section in the menu above.  There is also plenty of natural hair information in the “Natural Hair”  section of the menu bar.  If you just want to see natural hair pictures, click here (archives)  and here (more recent posts)!

 

Thanks,

LV of Natural-ness

On the Couch With curlynikki.com

I wanted to take a minute to give a shout out and show my appreciation once again to Nikki of curlynikki.com, who posted Coco’s Natural Hair Puff on “Stubborn Hair” article and video.  You can check it out here: http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/08/natural-hair-puff-on-stubborn-hair.html.  I’m sure the majority of you are already aware of her website, but in case you aren’t, click her banner below and be prepared for a flood of great natural hair information.  Thanks again Nikki!!
Curly NikkiBy the way, I’m still working on the child hair washing video that I mentioned yesterday.  I almost have it all edited, so please be sure to check back soon! Thanks 🙂

Back from Vacation and Hard at Work!

We’re back from our 2 week vacation/road trip.  We had a great time, but now I am hard at work.  I am currently working on a how-to video for the Ghana Plait bun that I wore for the first week of my vacation (I have to edit a 20 minute video down to around 8 minutes).  I loved the style and feel that it is a great protective style for the summer months.  I hope to have that video completed and uploaded either late tonight or some time tomorrow.  I’ll be posting the video here on the site, on our facebook fan page, my tumblr page, twitter page  and of course our youtube page. Please check back!

Road Trip 2011, Rep Your State and other Ramblings

For those who have not “liked” our facebook page or who don’t follow on twitter, you probably don’t know that we are currently on vacation in Oceanside California after a three day road trip from Tennessee.  I love road trips, because you get to see parts of the country that you would not get a chance to see when flying.  We went through the states of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and finally Cali.  By the way, I am so in love with Albuquerque New Mexico!  It is a gorgeous city from the highways, to the homes, down to the architecture and colors chosen to paint the buildings…beautiful!

Anyway, this trip has inspired me to re-announce another way to be featured on the website.  Last year, I introduced the “Natural-ness in the States” feature and received about 20 submissions from states all over the country (check out our “Rep Your State” beauties here: RYS).  States  featured so far include Florida, California, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, Delaware, South Carolina, Georgia, Texas, New Mexico, Missouri, Oklahoma and Virginia. My goal was to attempt to post people from the majority, if not all of the states in the US.  I think I want to try it again…so…if you are interested in “Repping Your State”, please check out the following link: Natural-ness in the States.

Don’t live in the United States?  That’s OK, I haven’t left you out.  I’d love to feature you as well!  Here’s the link for naturals outside of the United States: Global Natural-ness.  Here’s the link to check out some of our past Global features: GN

Anyway, back to our trip.  Oceanside is about 40 minutes north of San Diego.  The city of San Diego is so significant for me because it is where I lived for ten years before relocating to Tennessee.   I’m a Cali girl born and raised, originally from the San Francisco Bay area, I moved to San Diego after graduating from high school to attend San Diego State University.  I received my BA in Psychology and my Master of Social Work degrees from SDSU.  San Diego is also where I met some of my best lifelong friends, met and married my husband of almost 10 years and gave birth to my first child.  In other words, this is where I achieved some of my most significant milestones.

Why the heck did we move from this city of paradise to the south?  Well, in a nutshell, affordability.  In the south, we could afford a home.  In San Diego, our rent was more than our current mortgage.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy with our decision to relocate.  The south has its own beauty and is so rich in history.  However, it is nice to be back in the city where I experienced so many beginnings.

Well, I’d better sign off before I begin rambling.  I hope you are all having a terrific day and I also hope you’ll consider submitting to either the “Natural-ness in the States” or “Global Natural-ness” features.

Natural-ness on Youtube

Have you been to our youtube channel?  Currently I have how-to videos, product reviews and other hair commentary posted.  My how-to videos include styles done on my own hair, my daughter’s and my son’s hair.  My sister Co, the more creative hair stylist, also has how-to videos and healthy eating recipes there. If you are interested in checking them out you can visit by going directly to our channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/naturalnessdotcom?feature=mhum) or checking out our videos without leaving this site by clicking youtube in the wibiya bar below.  If you like what you see, be sure to subscribe!

I admit that I have not been as diligent as I could be about posting how-to videos.  Partly because my camera was not giving me the quality of videos that I wanted and I was not happy with my video making software.  The good news is, I just ordered a better video making software program.  Yay! I’m happy!  I also have a camera that I hope will create better quality videos.  I am ready to go full swing into video making!

One more thing I wanted to mention…there are videos on this website that are not located on our youtube page. These videos were created quite a while ago…some as far back as 2005 when I first went natural.  You can check out all of our archived how-to videos here: video archives.

Thanks and be sure to check out our youtube page from time to time!

Note: By the way…if you are seeing double underlined words in my posts, please bear with me.  I’m in the process of trying out a new ad program.  The double underlined words link to ads, but I am having that feature removed because I don’t like it.  Sorry about any inconvenience. Hopefully the double underlined ad links will be gone in a day or so!

natural-ness.tumblr.com

I just created a Tumblr account for natural-ness and now I’m addicted.  I plan on using the Tumblr to post pictures of natural hair as well as any and everything else that I find beautiful.  This should be fun and very reflective of my personality.  However, I need your help to make the site great!  Feel free to submit pictures, drawings, paintings and animations of natural hair. Quotes are welcomed as well! You can also submit questions that I will answer right there on the Tumblr page.  This should be fun!  If you also have a Tumblr page, follow me and I will in turn follow you!  See you there!!

http://natural-ness.tumblr.com/

On the Couch with curlynikki.com

Nikki of curlynikki.com posted my  poll question from a week ago on the site: http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/02/are-you-in-hair-war.html, which resulted in a some great comments, some of them very helpful! Thanks again Nikki!!
Curly Nikki

Curly Nikki Presents…

I’m seriously thinking about participating in this challenge.  In case you all have not heard about it, please check out

Curly Nikki Presents: Kim Coles’ Grow-out Challenge

Please click this link leading to Curly Nikki’s website for more information: Kim Coles’ Grow Out Challenge or click the picture above to get started on the challenge!

On the Couch with curlynikki.com

Nikki of curlynikki.com posted my last poll question on the site: http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/01/hair-typing-valuable-or-not.html, which resulted in a great discussion. You’re the greatest Nikki!!
Curly Nikki

Ready for the Weekend

Hello everyone.  I wanted to post a quick message before I leave for the weekend.  I’m on my way to New Orleans to celebrate my birthday.  I made 35 today, yay!!  I am ready to enjoy a child free weekend with hubby.

I have posted the last of my old Val & Nadine cartoons and have scheduled them to go live on Saturday and Sunday.  I get back on Sunday and will hopefully have a new cartoon ready to post on Monday.  I’m experimenting with a new medium for the cartoons, so I hope it goes well.

My hair is all braided and ready for a beloved braid-out, one of my quick go-to styles.  I hope it turns out cute, because I plan to look fabulous the whole weekend 🙂

When I get back, I still have Christmas and New Year hair pics to post, as well as updates on my daughter’s hair.  I will also post my birthday hair pics.  Well, I hope you all enjoy your weekend!

-LV

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