Vlog | “Wash & Go” for 4C Hair / Il “Wash & Go” per I Capelli Ricci Afro 4C

titleenglishI got it together to begin posting videos again.  This one is on the “Wash & Go” style.  I have made both an English version and an Italian version. 🙂

Although an easy go-to style, the “Wash & Go” isn’t one that I would recommend wearing often as it leads to knots/tangles.  The idea of the style is to be able to wash your hair, add some products, and get out the door.

In most cases, one of the main products used for this style is gel–I’m just not about that particular life.  So, I opted for KeraCare‘s Twist & Define Cream instead.  It worked well for my hair, and left my hair feeling soft.

For the washing portion of the “Wash & Go”, I used KeraCare’s Cleansing Cream (shampoo) and my usual Garnier Fructis conditioner Fall Fight.  As a leave-in, I used KeraCare’s aptly named Leave-In Conditioner.

KeraCare: Cleansing Cream, Leave-in Conditioner, and Twist & Define Cream. Click to visit their site.

KeraCare: Cleansing Cream, Leave-in Conditioner, and Twist & Define Cream. Click to visit their site.

Curious to see how my “Wash & Go” turned out?  Watch either video below! 🙂  And if you could, please visit my YouTube channel to like this video and subscribe!

Until Next Time!

D.

English Version

La Versione Italiana

Travel | Nappytalia: Una Comunità Per Le Ragazze Con I Capelli “Nappy”

Image from Nappytalia's Facebook. Click to Visit.

Image from Nappytalia’s Facebook. Click to Visit.

Non è spesso che scrivo in italiano. Quindi, certamente farò un mucchio di errori. Vi prego, mi scusate.

 

La settimana scorsa era la prima volta che ho sentito che esiste una comunità in Italia per le donne afro-italiane che hanno i capelli naturali (anche detto “nappy”).  Sicuramente, ero (sono) felice perché mi sembra spesso che la maggior parte d’informazione per la cura dei capelli naturali sia scritta o fatta in inglese, cioè via blog o vlog…comunque, avevo sbagliato.

 

 

Nappytalia è fondata un anno fa da Evelyne Sarah Afaawua, una ragazza afro-italiana. La comunità è, prima di tutto, un blog, però si può trovarla su Facebook, twitter, Instagram e YouTube.  Anche penso che ci siano i meetup informali e formali, ma non sono sicura.

alla prossima volta,

D.

Logo of NappyTalia. Click to visit their site. (In Italian)

 

Natural Hair | Let’s Talk: My Nappy Naps Hair Journey (Type 4C)

DSC_00812Not too long ago, I posted about where to buy hair products for afro-textured hair in Rome. Today, I thought I would share a little about my hair.

I began wearing my hair in its natural state in 1997.  I kept it in braids (extensions) for two years while allowing it to naturally loc.

Thereafter, from October 1999 to October 2013, I wore my hair in dre’d loc’s. Until November 2010, I wore them hip/waist length.  As an act of mourning, I cut them to chin length.

For a long while I thought about removing them completely, and continued to cut them to chin/shoulder length.  Finally in October 2013, I sat down with a bottle of conditioner, a pair of scissors, and a random comb leftover from a relationship.

 

It’s strange: although I’ve worn my hair natural for so many years, having my hair in a loose instead of loc’ed state really freaked me out.  I didn’t know what to do with my hair.  I felt panicked and self-conscious.

Another thing: I didn’t just cut off my loc’s and call it a day. I unraveled them, which was a terribly frustrating but freeing experience.  Also, at the end of the process, my hair was different lengths all over–and I decided to keep it that way.

My lengths varied between 3-5 inches.  I cut my hair a bit more just before the summer to take care of some parts that seemed to be damaged. Now, my lengths range between 7-9 inches.

So, why have I told you all this?  

Well, because I’ve decided to learn how to style my loose hair properly, rather than relying on braids or my usual hair wraps (not that I’m going to stop wearing my hair wraps).

What will I share?

How I take care of my imperfectly perfect hair: products I like (commercial and homemade/natural), styles, and lessons learned.

Perhaps it will be useful or interesting for someone out there. Either way, it will help me embrace a new understanding of myself. 🙂

Until Tomorrow?

D.

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Vlog | Black? Female? Where to shop for hair products & makeup in Rome

Staff at Astri s.r.l. Click image to visit their website

Staff at Astri s.r.l. Click image to visit their website.

When I first began living in Rome, I had brought with me enough supplies to last me for one whole year–that’s right. I stocked up! The thing was that…I didn’t return to the US until two years later. So, I had to figure out where to get hair and makeup products…and at a reasonable cost (a.k.a. cheap). 😉

I have to give a massive hug to my friend Alexandria Maloney for telling me where to go when I was desperately searching for products! 🙂

My Nappy Head…Re: Natural Hair Journey (Part 1 of 3)

This Cold Hard Floor: II, watercolour and ink painting by Diedré M. Blake, 2006

This Cold Hard Floor: II, watercolour and ink painting by Diedré M. Blake, 2006

25.10.13, 13:37–Boiling water.

Freshly done Kanekalon braids over my once-loc’ed short nappy hair.  Hair type 4C, I am told.  The nappiest of the nappy.

It’s a do-over:  my hair, this post that I have written a million times over and over again in my mind.

Apparently, I am reembarking on a natural hair journey that I didn’t even know I had started almost twenty years ago.  Back then, I only knew that I didn’t want chemicals being put my hair:  no more Wave Nouveau, Jheri Curls, or relaxers.

At the age of 18, I knew that I needed to take a different path from those around me.  I decided to grow my hair out to its natural state, and then to form loc’s.  I suppose, now-a-days, one would say that I “transitioned” over the course of three years from processed to natural hair.

Okay, perhaps it didn’t take three years for the chemicals to come out. However, I did begin braiding my hair to waist-length in 1996.  I finally stopped in mid-October 1999 when my natural hair had begun to loc’ (as I had wanted it to do) :).  Thus, it was until mid-October 2013 that I wore my loc’s.

RomeIt may seem odd to some to say that loc’s have a life/history of their own…but really, they do.  I understood this to be true in late November 2010.

At that time,  I decided (or felt compelled) to cut my loc’s for the first time, from waist-length to chin-length.  This was the day after Petie, my dog, died.  I didn’t regret it…and still don’t.  Why?

Because when you wear loc’s, you trap something very important within them:  memories.

My grief, my understood existence up until that point, all of it was symbolized by my hair.  With his death, who I was then or thereafter became an enormous question mark.

I staring into a mirror then didn’t help me to make sense of what I saw.  My grief was beyond recognizable thoughts or words.

All I could do then was cut and cut and cut and cut.  With the fall of each loc’, I felt that I would find the strength to create a new path.

By the time I was finished, I recognized something that I had not realized before:  I was free of a heavy burden that had been weighing upon me, i.e. my hair.  Three pounds (3lbs) of hair had been removed from my head.  I felt lighter, freer, even if I still remained in the depths of grief.

Fast-forward some two and a half months, and I find myself far from Boston.  I am now in Rome, beginning this blog, and trying to discover who I am to become.  My short loc’s are now a source of discomfort and comfort for me as they remind me of all that I had lost prior to my arrival in the Eternal City:  my marriage, my beloved Petie, my job, my sense of home, and even myself.  Yet still, those short loc’s spoke to me of the hope of starting anew.  And so I tried to do just that…

Masque, acrylic painting by Diedré M. Blake, 2000

Masque, acrylic painting by Diedré M. Blake, 2000

25.10.13, 13:44–Boiled Hair.

Strangely enough, even though I continued to cut my hair to cheek-length in the years following, I still wanted to continue presenting myself the way I always had before, i.e. when I had long loc’s.  I still wanted to wear my high head wraps, and I did–it wasn’t the same.

Somewhere subconsciously, I understood (although I fought against it) that it would never be the same until my hair grew to its previous length.  So, I stopped cutting my loc’s and decided to wait for them to grow.  That was one year ago.

Rewind to about two weeks ago, at about 4:00 in the morning, on a Thursday, I sat in silence in my room.  A comb in one hand and a pair of scissors in the other.  One the bed: a bottle of conditioner and a bottle of water.

I had decided to take out my loc’s.  I didn’t know if it could be done.

 Common knowledge is that if you want to “take out” your loc’s, you need to cut off your hair.  I wasn’t interested in that.

I wanted to keep as much of my hair as I could–doing a serious, shaved-headed “big chop” was not in the cards for me, but neither was waiting for my loc’s to grow out and loosen either.  Thus, I turned to YouTube–who knew it was this useful–and I searched for “undoing” and “taking out” loc’s.  Lo and behold, I found some very useful information.

Part 2:   Sexuality and Hair…