Pros and Cons of Colored Hair (for Coily hair)

Now that it is almost 2 months, I have gotten some experience with my Colored Treated hair and I have to say it is a learning experience. Though I am enjoying my learn experience! It is almost like a fresh start. So I think I  have came up with a good pros and cons list but sadly it is more on the cons side. Sorry folks! I just want you all to know the truth, I don’t want to scare you. I just want you to know what you are getting into before you decide to color your coily hair.

 

Pros: 

  • Instant Gratification: Don’t get me wrong, getting your hair dyed is exciting. It is a new look to you and you should be excited. Dyed hair makes you look different. I was super excited when I made to the hair salon because I wanted a new look.
  • Learning Experience: I wanted to dye my hair so I can learn from it. I wanted to know what my hair liked and didn’t like when it came to coloring. My hair is looser so I am basically dealing with two hair textures like transitioning hair!  I wanted the knowledge in case someone asked me about hair coloring and I can tell them from my experience. I have to say I am learning a lot.

Cons: 

  • Dryness: I have to take an extra mile to make my hair feel moisturized. Dyed hair is dryer hair because it is chemically altered. I have to deep condition more often than usual and also use protein treatments to keep it strong. So my hair gets dryer faster! Also it can look dry even if its moisturized.
  • Weakness: I noticed my hair is weaker than usual. It breaks easily and sometimes I don’t even hear a snap when my hair breaks. It just breaks without a sound. So I have added protein treatments to my hair regimen to prevent my hair from breaking so much when styling
  • Thinner hair: I am noticing that my hair is thinner.  I remembered when my hair was all black it was thick with A LOT of body but now that it is colored it it changed that a bit. So I am finding ways to make my hair look bigger than it is.
  • Split Ends: I became prone to split ends because of the hair color. I recently had to trim my ends myself (about an inch) because of my dry ends. When I condition my hair, I pay CLOSE attention to them.
  • Getting the picture: My hair color is not that bright so I have to get in the sunlight for people to see it in my selfies. A lot of times folks can not see it so that kinda sucks. It makes me think I should have gone brighter.

So that is it! Again this is not to scare you at all, just to prepare you. This is new to me so I just want to share this information with you. If you want to dye your hair, go for it!

-Nansi

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A Reminder by Rain

I have an eye for poetry and this poem really hit the spot for me! ❤

SUBDUED FLAMBOYANCE

It was raining last night,
calm, gentle rain,
that tapped against my window pane,
& called me back from unsettled sleep,
to soothe a heart too numb to weep.

I pushed my window open wide,
to let the soothing rain rush inside.
It caressed my cheeks, lips, eyes & hair,
And for a moment I thought,
My beloved you were there.

I was in fact thinking of you today,
and these days, I actually do that a lot it seems.
You’re always in my heart by day,
at night you drift into my dreams.

I want to feel you in my arms,
Even though you’re so miles away.
I hope you still remember me deep in your heart,
Even if we speed on different paths today.

I want to be the music that you listen to,
I’ll be there in every song.
I’ll laugh with you and sing with you,

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A Review for the Color Bug by Kevin Murphy!

I never experimented with color before with my hair in my life. I am not exactly comfortable yet to permanently dye my hair or put in highlights. So I thought to try a temporary way to color my hair with Hair Chalk. Hair chalking is a way to change your hair color just as fast as you change your make up. It is a super easy way to color your hair. So I thought to try the Color Bug by Kevin Murphy. The color I used was Ombre, which I loved in my hair. Even though my experience was lovely with this product, it does have its Cons as well as its Pros. 

Cons: 

  1. The product is very messy when it’s being applied to hair. I had Ombre chalk all over my hands as well as my sink. The directions should say put a towel over her work area as well as over your shoulders. 
  2. The product can only be used once unfortunately. I thought that was very expensive to pay for a product that was about $40.00 that I only get to use one time. The product wasn’t easy to find either. 
  3. The color fades each day. I didn’t mind the color fading. I actually liked the color more when it was faded. I only had the color in my hair for 3 days. 
  4. It does stain your clothes a bit. So I avoided dark colored clothing when I had it in my hair. 
  5. It does make your hair look dryer than usual

Pros: 

  1. It is an excellent way to color your hair without any commitments as if it were dyed. 
  2. It washes out super well. You can see the color running down the drain when you wash your hair out. 
  3. It is not damaging to your hair at all. It is safe.
  4. It is a great way to experiment with color to see what colors you like for your hair and skin tone. It is also great to wear to special events. 

Will ever hair chalk my hair again? Of course! It’s fun to use and I really liked the product. Next time I will try a different color! 

 

Natural Hair Love Must Be Returned

When I was a child, I wasn’t taught to love my natural hair. My hair was permed for the first time around the age of 9 to make it more “manageable” because my family didn’t know how to handle my hair in its natural state. Once I did the Big Chop, I learned to love my hair and become intimate with my hair. My hair is it’s own cushion for my head, I can make it into any shape I want and I loved how it never grows downward. My hair grows upward as if it is trying to touch the clouds. As I learned to love what was given to me, I realized I need to surround myself with people that love my hair as well. They must accept that I change it up sometimes whether I put in Bantu Knots, twists or even when I  have my Afro messy and uncombed. After all, my hair is a part of me. If people don’t accept my hair in it’s natural state than that person is not for me. 

I love my hair and I need people around me to love it as well. 

Make sure those around you accept you completely and that includes your hair.

Thanks, 

Nansi 

 

10 Fun Facts About Me!

This post is about fun facts about me that I thought I should share with you. 

  • I am Nigerian (Igbo) , born in New Jersey and raised there as well as Florida. 
  • I have a terrible fear of public speaking because I am naturally really shy. I sweat in front of large crowds. 
  • I love to write. I prefer to stay up past mid-night to write. That’s when I get my most creative ideas. 
  • I love sunsets. For my last wish, I just want to see the beautiful sunset because I value it that much. 
  • I have a fear of sleeping in silence and the dark. I like to have noise in the background. 
  • I laugh at my own jokes. I am that funny! 
  • My love for animals is overwhelming at times. I have cried for a sick kitten once. 
  • I am obsessed with wolves. They are my favorite animals. 
  • I’m the silliest person you will ever meet, once you get to know me of course. 
  • I think I am one of the few people that actually eats the first slice of a loaf of bread. 

Why did I go Natural?

I get asked this question quite frequently.

Over the years that I have had my hair permed, (especially in high school) I noticed how thin and unhealthy my hair looked. I didn’t like how my hair looked so thin without any volume to it. The perm was just killing my hair and I got bored with the straight hair look. Then one day I thought, “What does my natural hair look like?”. Then I got really curious to what my natural texture looked like. What it going to be curly, wavy, kinky or coily? I wasn’t sure at first. After I did some online research about how harmful the perm is to my body and my health, I had to stop immediately.

I started watch Youtube videos by women who when from permed to natural such as Naturalchica and Naptural85. Then I made the decision to leave the perm behind and embrace the hair that I was born with. I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t return to the perm ever again. I can’t do that to myself. When I did the Big Chop back in December of 2012, that was one of the best decisions I made in my life.

Embrace the hair that you were born with, it is part of you!