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Monday, December 13, 2010

Flower Clip Review

From time to time I enjoy wearing hair accessories.  Flowers are my favorite to wear.  You can turn a simple hairstyle into an elegant one.  

The flower is nice and soft not made of plastic.  It's made of poly silk fabrics

The head band was nice and comfortable not tight at all

If you like to purchase some flowers to make your hairstyles elegant check out here

This was sent to me for review

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Up Do LockStyle Done By Youtuber PrettyDimples

She just flat twisted sectons of locks
Added a flower 
Right side of style
Top view of style
Back view of Style sorry not a very good picture

Pretty dimples (my daughter) whipped up this lockstyle in no time.  I enjoyed not having hair in my face for a change but,  I can't stand bobby pins they hurt and itch. This style has been up for 2 days and I am ready to take it down *-*

If you want to enjoy more styles for natural hair check out Pretty dimples youtube chanel. The button is on my side bar.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Weightlifting is never too late!

This is an old video Ernestine Shepard is now 74 years old

If you're looking for some inspiration to get in shape or to build up some extra muscle, look to 74 year old fitness trainer and bodybuilder, Ernestine Shepard. In the past eighteen years she has won eight marathons and still runs eighty miles a week. She currently holds the Guinness World Record as the oldest female body builder. Nowadays, Ernestine teaches fitness classes five days a week.

Her fitness craze got started when she and her sister went into a department store when she was 56 years old. They were trying on swimsuits and were a little disappointed with the way they looked in them. They then decided that they had to do something. Ernestine and her sister then started getting into aerobics. And though Ernestine's sister passed away some time ago, due to a brain aneurysm, Ernestine has continued on her journey for the last eighteen years, and look where that has gotten her!

Ernestine's message not only to seniors, but to everyone, is that age is really but a number and that it is never too late to start working for a better body and a better quality of life.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My 3 year old Sisterlocks!

Good Morning!  My sisterlocks are 3 years old today!  Yay!  I can't believe it *-*  I remember when I first started and the pain and agony I went through to keep them from unraveling.  Most of my ends are still not closed (sigh) and I have lots of bunching on the ends.  Should I take a chance on cutting them?  Or, should I try to undo the ends and braid them up.  Decisions, Decisions...But non the less I am really enjoying them. 


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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Orlando Natural Hair Expo! HairStyle

I went to the Orlando Natural Hair Expo and had a blast!  I couldn't believe how many locked heads I saw and they all look different and beautiful in there own way.  I was so mesmerized of it all and forgot to take pictures of the show. Lol!   Here is a couple of pictures of my hairstyle not the best pictures.  My locks are really growing just a few more days for my 3rd year! Yay!

I basket weaved the middle and flat twisted the left and right sides
Oops! looks like I have alot of grey hair here.  

I purchased these earrings.  They are crocheted.

  My hair clip looks like a paperclip. Lol! 

Wow! bra strap length *-* 

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Columunist Jawn Murray: Apologizes for ‘Nappy Headed’ Joke

I was listening to the Tom Joyner Morning show and he mentioned that many woman want Jawn Murray fired from his job for calling black woman Nappy Headed.  I don't care for the word "Nappy" but, many people use it.  I don't think he meant to hurt anyone and don't think he should be fired from his job.  After all he's natural himself. What do you think?  Do you hate the word nappy?

"All those militant-nappy headed #angryblack women
 who didn't think Tyler Perry was worthy of doing 'For Colored Girls' can kick rocks."

According to publicist Patti Webster, entertainment columnist Jawn Murray, most notably known for his daily column in AOL Black Voices and as entertainment correspondent for the Tom Joyner Morning Show, offered, today, a public apology for his joke that many people feel offended Black women.

On Wednesday, October 20, 2010, Murray posted a comment on his twitter page which said, “all those militant-nappy headed #angryblack women who didn’t think Tyler Perry was worthy of doing For Colored Girls can kick rocks.” Murray’s joke didn’t sit well with a quorum of women who feel his comments were derogatory and offensive to Black women overall.

In response to the many negative responses he has received (via twitter) for what he considers, “a joke which fell flat,” Murray has posted a public apology on YouTube to clarify his comment and address those who were offended by his words.

Says Murray, “I understand how things can be misconstrued and taken out of context in the social networking space. My humor has always been a bit irreverent, edgy and sarcastic, but I understand how this particular joke could have offended my sisters with natural hair. I sincerely love Black women and will never, EVER do or say anything to intentionally hurt them. I am truly and humbly sorry.”


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Monday, October 25, 2010

Crinkle Style...Ooh La La!!

After washing my locks I decided to put in individual braids and rolled them up in spiral curlers..  Next morning  proceeded to put the braids in an updo style.  I can't stand hair pins they make my head itch.  The updo didn't turn out like I wanted, but I still went to work with the style  for 2 days.  I guess having locks you still can have a bad hair day :(  I  held my head up and dared anyone to say a bad thing.  Lol!  After taking out the braids I was so delighted, excited. I'll say my crinkle style put a smile on my face.  Oh Yeah! I'll be wearing this style alot.


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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Look What's Coming Up Natural Hair Events In Brooklyn, Houston, Orlando & Memphis

A natural hair show may be in your hometown.  The very first one I attended was in Atlanta.  I went with my daughter and daughter-in-law and we had a blast.  I hope you can attend one of these.  You won't be disappointed.

    Transcendence Natural Hair Show
     Dates: October 23rd-October 24th
     Location Brooklyn, NY
     For more information visit website here

                                Nzuri Houston
                      Dates: November 27th
                     Location: Houston Texas (Power Center)
                     For more information visit website here

       Orlando Natural Hair and Beauty Expo
 Dates: October 30th         
            Location: Orlando, Florida-Central Florida fairgrounds
            For more information visit website here
           This is the one I will be attending. 

                      Natural Hair Mingle & Swap
Date: November 5th
       Location: Memphis, Tennessee
       For more information visit website here
    For additional information, email

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Friday, October 8, 2010

The Power Of The Banana

                                            Bananas are full of vitamins 

 Bananas are a sweet and delicious tropical fruit and they are a great source of potassium and fiber. Bananas should be kept at room temperature.

The following nutrition information is for one medium banana. That would be for a banana about seven to eight inches long, or 118 grams. This general information is for any type of raw bananas.

Calories: 105
Protein: 1.29 g
Carbohydrates: 26.95 g
Fiber: 3.1 g

This delicious low fat smoothie packs a powerful nutritional punch and gets your day off to a terrific start. I like to freeze over-ripe bananas that might otherwise get tossed. These make a terrific base for a smoothie any time.


· 2 frozen, ripe bananas
· 1 mango, peeled and sliced
· 10 ounces calcium fortified orange juice
· 1 cup low fat or fat free vanilla or mandarin orange yogurt


Cut banana into chunks. In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. If the smoothie is too thick, thin with a little more orange juice. Pour into 4 glasses.

Per Serving: Calories 150, Calories from Fat 8, Total Fat 0.8g (sat 0.4g), Cholesterol 2mg, Sodium 29mg, Carbohydrate 32g, Fiber 1.9g, Protein 3.4g

Medicinal Uses of Bananas

Anaemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of haemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anaemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect food for helping to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at an English school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fibre, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin ? known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body so if you suffer from heart-burn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight and at work: Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods such as bananas every two hours to keep levels steady.

Post Menstrual Syndrome: Forget the pills eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer, trypotophan.

Smoking: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking, as the high levels of Vitamin C, A1, B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalise the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water-balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be re-balanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine", eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature .

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronic ulcer cases. It also neutralises over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

How to Make Hair Conditioner With Bananas--For Loose Natural Hair.   I haven't tried this on my Locks. 


•1 Peel the bananas. You can save the skins for other beauty treatments or discard them at this time.

•2 Mash the bananas in the mixing bowl. Use the fork to squish the fruit. Reduce them to a lumpy pulp, but do not worry at this time about making the mixture smooth.

•3 Mix in the honey. The beaters on the mixer will help pulverize the banana further. You should end up with a slick, light brown "batter."

•4 Pour the conditioner into the squirt-top shampoo bottle. You will only need to use a very small amount of conditioner each time you condition your hair.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Nubian Kinks Loc Krinkle

I have to try this technique, I hope you enjoy this video :)

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sunday, HairStyle

My locks are getting so long.  My friends keep telling me not to cut them but, I can't have them growing down to my knees! Lol!  My goal is waist length that's what I keep telling myself..hmm I'll see.

What length are you striving for?  Please share...

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

How Much Protein Do You Need?

Calculate your protein needs
By Paige Waehner, Guide

Are you confused about how much protein you need? Many athletes and exercisers are increasing their protein intake to help them both lose weight and build more muscle, but is that the right way to go? It makes sense that, since muscles are made of protein, eating more dietary protein will help you build more muscle. However, science tells us that isn't always the case.

A Little Bit of Science

Proteins are the basic building blocks of the human body. They are made up of amino acids, and help build muscles, blood, skin, hair, nails and internal organs. Next to water, protein is the most plentiful substance in the body, and most of it (around 60% to 70%) is located in the skeletal muscles.

There are 20 amino acids that are required for growth by the human body and all but eight can be produced in your body. These eight amino acids, called essential amino acids, must be supplied by food and/or supplements. The other twelve non-essential amino acids are made within the body, but both essential and non-essential amino acids are needed to synthesize proteins. What does all this mean? It means that if you don't supply your body with the essential amino acids it needs, your body may be limited in the amount of protein it can use to build muscle.

Getting the Right Kind of Protein

Foods that contain all of the essential amino acids are called complete proteins. These foods include beef, chicken, fish, eggs, milk and just about anything else derived from animal sources. Incomplete proteins don't have all of the essential amino acids and generally include vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds and nuts. So, if you're a vegetarian, does this mean you can't get complete protein? Not at all. Below is a chart listing some incomplete proteins. To get all of the essential amino acids, simply choose foods from two or more of the columns.

Grains              Legumes         Seeds & Nuts                Vegetables
Barley                Beans               Sesame Seeds                 Leafy Greens
Corn Meal         Lentils               Sunflower Seeds             Broccoli
Oats                   Peas                 Walnuts                                               
Rice                   Peanuts             Cashews
Pasta                 Soy Products     Other Nuts
Whole Grain Breads

Most experts believe that most people get more than enough protein daily. In fact, some believe the average sedentary American eats about 50% more than the recommended daily amount, which ranges from 40-70 grams each day depending on your gender, age and situation.

If you're an exerciser, however, your protein needs may increase since resistance training and endurance workouts can rapidly break down muscle protein. A position statement published by the ADA, DOC and ACSM breaks it down further to recommend:

· Endurance Athletes: 1.2-1.4 g/kg (0.5 -0.6 grams per pound)
· Strength-Trained Athletes: 1.6-1.7 g/kg (0.7-0.8 grams per pound)

What if you're trying to build more muscle? Shouldn't you eat even more protein?  Not necessarily.  There's evidence that bodybuilders, much like exercisers or athletes, do require more protein but that any more than double the RDA won't necessarily help you build more muscle. In one study, experts studied three groups of weight lifters: A low protein group (0.86 g/kg), a moderate protein group (1.40 g/kg) and a high protein group (2.40 g/kg) and found that, "There were no effects of varying protein intake on indexes of lean body mass."

In essence, the more you exercise, the greater your protein needs will be. However, taking it too far, for example more than doubling your protein intake, won't necessarily help you build more muscle.

How to Calculate Your Protein Needs:

1. Weight in pounds divided by 2.2 = weight in kg
2. Weight in kg x 0.8-1.8 gm/kg = protein gm.

Use a lower number if you are in good health and are sedentary (i.e., 0.8). Use a higher number (between 1 and 1.8) if you are under stress, are pregnant, are recovering from an illness, or if you are involved in consistent and intense weight or endurance training.

Example: 154 lb male who is a regular exerciser and lifts weights
154 lbs/2.2 = 70kg
70kg x 1.5 = 105 gm protein/day

Calculating Protein as a Percentage of Total Calories

Another way to calculate how much protein you need is by using daily calorie intake and the percentage of calories that will come from protein. To do this, you'll need to know how many calories your body needs each day.

First, find out what your Basal Metabolic Rate is by using a BMR calculator.

Next, figure out how many calories you burn through daily activity and add that number to your BMR. This gives you an estimate of how many calories you need to maintain your current weight.

After you've figured out your maintenance calories, next figure out what percentage of your diet will come from protein. The percentage you choose will be based on your goals, fitness level, age, body type and metabolic rate. Most experts recommend that your protein intake be somewhere between 15 and 30%. When you've determined your desired percentage of protein, multiply that percentage by the total number of calories for the day.


For a 140lb female, calorie intake=1800 calories, protein=20%:
1800 x .20 = 360 calories from protein. Since 1 gram of protein = 4 calories, divide protein calories by four:
360/4 = 90 grams of protein per day.

No matter what your calculations are, remember that there are no magic foods or supplements that can replace the right training and the right diet. The foundation of any program, whether your goal is to lose weight or gain muscle, is a combination of strength training and a healthy diet that includes carbs, with a balance of protein and fat.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tips For Swimming With Your Locks

There’s a way we can still keep our LOCKS fabulous and flawless, while still having fun in the water during the summer which is almost over for some areas, but not where I live in sunny Florida. If you’re hesitant about getting in the pool, fret no longer,  here is the solution!

All you have to do is follow these simple rules before taking a dip...

Coat the hair with conditioner

Before jumping in, apply conditioner to your hair to protect it from the chlorine.  I would suggest a clear watery conditioner rather then a creme one.  However, read the labels. Some conditioners have ingredients that work against chlorine and could cause damage. After the conditioner is applied, braid your locks into two to four braids or more and then place a cap on if you can find a large one to hold down those thick long locks.  Then you’ll be good to go.

Shampoo hair immediately afterward

As much protection as the swimming cap and conditioner provided, its imperative you shampoo your hair right after getting out of the pool especially if the water seeped under your cap. By doing so you’re not preventing the chemicals in the pool to settle in your hair and cause serious damage.

Clarifying Shampoo

If all you have is what you normally use to wash your hair, that’s fine. However, if you have a clarifying shampoo, now’s the time to use it. The clarifying shampoo is specific for getting rid of the chlorine and other chemicals that can harm your hair. If you’re unsure of which type of clarifying shampoo to use for your texture, talk to your stylist and ask for his or her opinion.  There are plenty of Clariftying Shampoo's to choice from.


If you feel a need to condition again then go right ahead.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Five Stages Of Loc'ing

I read this entire book before I decided to lock my natural hair.  I really enjoyed this book and learned so much and Lonnice was very entertaining.  I suggest this book to add to your collection. 

Five stages of loc'ing your hair from the book "Nice Dreads" by author Lonnice Brittenum Bonner.

1. Coils — Coils resemble tightly coiled springs that look like baby spirals and can be as small as a watch spring or fluid and loose as fusilli. Hair can be as short or as long as one likes. The key factor here is that your hair is able to form and hold a coil, but the hair within the coil has not yet begun to intertwine or mesh.

2. Sprouts and Buds — Known as Sprouting or Budding in that miraculous moment when the magic has begun. First, you shampoo your hair and notice that all of a sudden, the coils don't all wash out like they used to. You may notice that some of your coils have little knots of hair in them, about the size of a small pea. This knot is more or less the nucleus of each lock; the hairs in your coils have begun to intertwine and interlace. Individual coils may seem puffy and lose their tightly coiled shape; this is part of the process and shouldn't be disturbed. What is important here is to keep the original scalp partings, to allow the spinning process to become established for each individual lock. Don't redivide your budding locks, twist them to death, or get to patting them down, trying to make your hair look "nice," because you'll just end up with a badly packed, busted-out do.

3. Teen or Locking Stage — This is when the buds and sprouts truly begin to look like locks and few, if any, locks shampoo out or come out during sleep. The peas you saw and felt in the budding stage have expanded, and the hair has spun into a network of intertwining strands that extend throughout the length of individual locks. The locks may be soft and pliable or feel loosely meshed, according to your hair's texture. This is the growing stage of lock development, and it extends into the lock's mature stage. Shampooing doesn't loosen these locks. They have dropped, which means they have developed enough to hang down versus defying gravity. This is when you start to relax and feel more confident about locking.

4. Mature Stage — Each individual lock is firmly meshed or tightly interwoven. Some loosely coiled hair textures may retain a small curl or coil at the end of the locks, but most will probably be closed at the ends. You will begin to see consistent growth because each lock has intertwined and contracted into a cylindrical shape. Think of each individual lock as a hair strand in itself. The new growth is contained in the loose hair at the base or root of each individual lock, and regular grooming encourages it to spin into an intertwined coil that will be integrated with the lock.

5. Beyond Maturity — Think of this stage as akin to the shedding stage of hair growth. After many years, depending on the care you have lavished on your locks, some locks may begin to thin and break off at the ends. For the most part, this deterioration can be minimized and controlled by monitoring the ends of your locks for signs of age and getting regular trims.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

How To Curl Sisterlocks


•Step 1

Visit local hair care stores. Purchase a solution for hair setting. (I use Taliah Waajid's Crinkles & Curls)

•Step 2

Purchase perm rods, lock loops,soft spikes, pipe cleaners if you don't have any. (Use what you feel comfortable with)

•Step 3

Take small sections of hair and lightly spray the locks with your purchased solution.  If you don't have any that's okay just use plain water will still do the job.

•Step 4

Choose your desired size perm rods, depending on the size of the desired curls. For tighter curls, choose smaller rods. For larger curls, choose larger rods. ( For the most tightest curls use pipe cleaners)

•Step 5

Roll sectioned areas with perm rods. Secure the rods into place. When the solution is dry, unroll the perm rods, and enjoy your curly look.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Side PonyTail With Side Bangs

Hi Freedom Lockers,  Today I was trying to figure out a new style.  I came up with a side ponytail to my left and side bangs to my right.  I used an ouchless band and added a few barrettes for adornment.

                           Front View
Side View Of Long Bangs
Side View Of Pony Tail
Almost 3 years and some of my ends are not locked :(

Back View
From this picture looks like my ponytail is centered but, it is to my Left.  I also let my ends drape down in front of me instead of letting the ends fall down my back.

I was very pleased with this style.

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Monday, August 30, 2010

How to Grow Natural Hair

Step One: Buy a High Quality Hair Growth Product

Unnatural hair care products are a no-no for someone who wants long-lasting, healthy hair growth. Find a hair growth product that contains powerful essential oils, natural herbs, and vitamin rich nutrients your hair needs to survive. Look for products with ingredients such as aloe vera, citrus Fruits, Jojoba, Rosemary, and Sage. Make sure you stay away from all natural products that use natural extracts. Extracts are not as powerful as essentials oils. They are a cheap substitute for the real thing. Although there are several natural hair care products on the market, not all hair growth products are created equal. Make sure you read the fine print. Most "natural" products still contain phosphates, sodium lauryl sulfate, petroleum, mineral oil, and other lab created humectants that ultimately damage your hair. My advice---if you can't read the ingredients, don't buy the product.  You can always make your own products with natural ingredients.

Step Two: A Healthy Hair Eating Plan

Your hair is all protein. Thus, you need a protein rich diet, chocked fill of B Vitamins and other hair-strengthening nutrients. Increase your intake of fish. It is full of healthy proteins and essential fatty acids and natural oils your hair needs. In addition, drink a protein supplement or shake everyday. If you follow this plan, not only will your hair grow, but you will also lose weight. That is, of course, if you lay off the junk food.

Step Three: Drink Water

Eight to ten glasses of water is an absolute requirement. Drinking water flushes your body of toxins, chemicals, and impurities that stifle your hair growth and disrupt your hormone and enzyme imbalances. Water also transports the important nutrients your body needs throughout your body. Hate drinking water? Add lemon or orange slices to have a healthy, tasty alternative.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Oh My Sisterlocks Featuring Youtuber: Pretty Dimples

                                  Pretty Dimples

 OMS: Where are you from?

Pretty Dimples: I am from Orlando.

OMS: Random fun fact about yourself?

Pretty Dimples: I have a goofy personality sometimes. I can be really silly, lol and I love cats.

OMS: What inspired you to go natural?

Pretty Dimples: My hair seemed to be thinning and my mom was going natural. She gave me the extra push.

OMS:  How long did you transition/Describe your transitioning experience.

Pretty Dimples: I only transitioned for 4 months. A few roller sets,  a weave pony tail and off comes the hair. I couldn’t take the two textures anymore.

OMS: What do you love about your natural hair?

Pretty Dimples: I love everything about my natural hair. The good and the bad. The shrinkage and the different textures  But what I love most is that for the first time I'm really happy with my hair even when I have bad hair days. It’s so much easier to fix if I need to. I love the fact that I embraced the look.
OMS: What's one natural hair myth you wish would die?

Pretty Dimples: Natural hair or Black people's hair can’t grow.

OMS: Has your natural hair changed how you view yourself?

Pretty Dimples: Yes. I realize that I can be beautiful with whatever hair I choose. It’s like the India Arie song,“I am not my hair.”

OMS: Name your top three hair products and what you like about them.

Pretty Dimples: This is a hard question. I have so many products that I use and love. So #1 would have to be my Shea butter. Not because I make it, but because it really helps my hair. It gives it so much moisture and shine it’s just unbelievable. #2 would be Herbal Essences conditioner. I think I like all of them, lol. They are rich and creamy and smell wonderful. #3 would be…well I don’t know something from Miss Jessie’s line of products, lol.

OMS: What advice do you have for those thinking about transitioning?

Pretty Dimples: Be positive and confident. Don’t listen to the negativity that you may get from others. Don’t quit after a few weeks of transitioning, lol. See it all the way through. That’s the only way you will see how your hair will turn out. Don’t compare your hair to others because you will always be disappointed.

OMS: Where can people find you online?

Pretty DimplesYoutube
They can also view my products at

OMS: Guess What (She's my daughter )

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Vitamins Good For The Hair

Hello Freedom lockers,  Did you take your vitamins today?  Read on...

Vitamin A

Vitamin A (Beta Carotene) is essential to hair growth as well as promoting healthy skin, hair and nails. Vitamin A helps produce healthy sebum in the scalp. A deficiency in Vitamin A will cause dry hair and rough skin. Food sources rich in Vitamin A are fish liver oil, meat, milk, cheese, eggs, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, apricots and peaches

Vitamin C

Vitamin C deficiency manifests itself in many ways, but one of the most common ways is dry and brittle hair and skin. Sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, pineapple, tomatoes, and dark green vegetables.


Copper is an essential component of melanin, the pigment in hair and skin. In cases where gray hair is caused by a copper deficiency, taking copper may restore hair to its natural color. Copper is vital for promoting healthy hair growth and a healthy scalp. Copper can help stimulate dormant hair follicles.

B Vitamin Family

The deficiency of B vitamins can lead to hair loss, weak hair and loss of hair color. The B Vitamin Complex may strengthen hair, act as a hair and scalp conditioner, and slow down hair loss. Biotin may even stimulate new hair growth if the hair loss can be traced to a biotin deficiency. Another B vitamin, PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid) may protect hair roots and help prevent hair loss. It can also reverse graying in cases where the cause is a deficiency of PABA or other B vitamins. Vitamin B12 is a naturally occurring essential nutrient that is usually found in milk, red meats, fish, poultry and eggs. Vitamin B12 is essential to the human body’s ability to absorb other nutrients. Biotin has been referred to as Vitamin H. But, Biotin is really a part of the Vitamin B Complex. The primary function of Biotin allows the body to efficiently transport oxygen to the tissues and cells responsible for the growth of hair. Biotin is a proven hair growth vitamin and a preventative to excessive hair loss. It appears to metabolize fatty acids which are a valuable growth factor in numerous processes in the body including the hair. Biotin is also seen as an aid in preventing hair turning grey. Biotin deficiency can be diagnosed by thinning hair, brittle nails and other skin disorders. Folic acid, otherwise known as Vitamin B9, is important to the hair growth process because it aids in the body’s ability to absorb Vitamin B12 and zinc in cells. Folic acid is critical for the body to be able to produce adequate amounts of myelin. Myelin is now known to be critical to the maintenance of healthy nails, skin and hair. While taking B Vitamins will not restore permanently lost hair, proper B vitamin intake may minimize the onset of hair loss in the first place. Deficiency of PABA, Biotin, Folic Acid and Pantothenic Acid appears to affect hair color. In those cases, hair color can normally be restored by getting the proper amounts of these B vitamins. Even if hair color is not restored, the hair can improve in quality and strength. Inositol is also a member of the B vitamin group. In laboratory animals, a diet lacking Inositol produced baldness, but when the vitamin was added to the food of these animals, the hair grew back again. It was also observed that male animals lost hair twice as fast as female animals. The result of this experiment would suggest that males require a higher Inositol intake than females. Pantothenic Acid (B5) also known as Calcium Pantothenate is important to the health of the skin and scalp. Pantothenic acid is necessary for the well being of every body cell and neither carbohydrate nor fat can be changed into energy without it. Megadoses of Vitamin B5 may help with control of acne.


Choline is a B vitamin like nutrient that is helpful in countering the effects of stress. Choline supplements prescribed to balding patients produced significant results to prove choline's worth in hair loss. Inositol, a B complex vitamin has a particular affinity with choline, these two vitamins work together well.


Many people with poor diet, or those on a crash diet experience hair loss. One of the reasons for this hair loss is zinc deficiency in the body. Zinc is an essential mineral, vital for growth and development of all the body’s systems. It is a major part of the synthesis of DNA and RNA and aids in the production and processing of at least 42 vital enzymes in the body. Zinc is responsible for cell production, tissue growth and repair, and the maintenance of the oil-secreting glands of the scalp. It also plays a large role in protein synthesis and collagen formation. For this reason, zinc is important for both hair maintenance and dandruff prevention. Studies show that zinc may protect hair follicles from excess DHT, the main factor in androgenic (male) pattern hair loss. Zinc is often associated with hair regrowth and used to help prevent and treat hair loss. Zinc has been shown to be a potent inhibitor of 5 alpha-reductase activity. Vitamin B6, along with zinc improves this activity. Copper also works along with Zinc. In laboratory tests animals fed with a zinc supplement showed signs of more hair growth, as opposed to loss of hair in animals that were deprived of zinc in their feed. It was discovered that there was a change in the hair protein structure when zinc was deficient in the diet. Severe zinc deficiency in humans has been shown to produce baldness and scalp problems that were reversed when zinc was returned to the diet. Zinc is also believed to boost the immune system, a great side effect. As with other essential nutrients, high stress levels as well as a lack of the nutrient in the diet can cause zinc deficiency.

Silica (Silicon Dioxide)

Studies in the former Soviet Union have shown that silica therapy slowed hair loss. Silicon deficiency has been shown to reduce maintenance of hair, skin and nail cells.


Protein is the major ingredient in hair itself. Your hair is at least 90 percent protein. Other hair supplement systems require you to take several amino acid (bits of protein) capsules throughout the day. While it is possible that you could have a protein deficiency, the average American diet provides plenty of protein. We have included the basic amino acids most people will get the greatest benefit from right in the H2G Growth Supplement. L-Cysteine (amino acid) speeds up hair growth and increases hair shaft diameter resulting in fuller hair. L-Cysteine has been reported to facilitate longer hair growth. We also offer our H2G Hair Strength Supplement. But, we have chosen to not make any separate pills a mandatory part of our hair supplement regimen. By doing this, we are able to accomplish two things. First, we can keep the monthly cost of our regimen low. Treasured Locks H2G Hair Growth Supplement is approximately 1/2 the cost of competing products. Second, because you do not have to take multiple pills during the day, the regimen is easier to stick with. The philosophy of “If a little is good, more is better” does not apply to protein. Even though hair is made of protein, too much protein does not make hair grow even faster. Think of protein as the building block of hair, skin and nails. You need just enough. But, if you have more than your body can use, the excess is just wasted.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a powerful anti-oxidant that helps increase circulation. Vitamin E increases oxygen uptake, which improves circulation to the scalp. It improves overall health. Since hair health is tied to the immune system, vitamin E is believed to stimulate hair growth by enhancing the immune function.

MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)

You may have heard about MSM. It has received a lot of attention as a "super nutrient" over the past few years. MSM is an organic sulfur compound. It is contained naturally in food. MSM is found in most fresh (raw) fruits, green vegetables, milk, meat, seafood and some grains. In its pure form, it is a white, odorless, tasteless powder. However, MSM is volatile. In foods, MSM is often destroyed by over processing. Unless you eat a lot of raw food, it is quite possible that you will not get sufficient quantities of MSM to contribute to your sulfur requirement. The vitamins and amino acids included in our H2G Hair Growth Supplement work with MSM to repair and create healthy cells. MSM is rapidly absorbed into the body (the good news). But, it is rapidly turned over in the body, also (the not so good news). Therefore, it is important to get the right amounts on a very regular basis. Any excess MSM is rapidly eliminated from the body and numerous studies (including long term studies) show no known side effects. MSM has been widely used as a dietary supplement for a long time. The first patents issued for MSM as a dietary supplement were in 1985 and 1986.

Grape Seed Extract

Grape Seed Extract contains flavonoids OPCs, which offer powerful antioxidant protection.The flavonoids in Grape Seed Extract quench free radicals and potentiate other antioxidants like Vitamin E and Vitamin C. One in vitro study showed that the flavonoids in Grape Seed Extract prolonged the life span of Vitamin C by 400 percent Another in vitro study showed that exposing blood vessel linings to pine bark OPCs (similar to Grape Seed Extracts) boosted their vitamin E content by 15 percent.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Products I Use

Hi freedom lockers ^_^  When I was a loose natural I was such a product junkie.  I believed I owned every natural hair care brand out there from shampoos to conditioners,  gels you name it.  I had lots of fun with them.  I even cooked up a few products of my own. 

Since being sisterlocked I find I don't need to use many products.  First of all because my hair is so fine, loose textured I don't want my locks coming undone.  For goodness sakes it took over a year before I felt comfortable styling  my locks or adding a product to them.

These are my spritzers that I use from time to time..

Rose Water,  nice and refreshing and makes my locks smell good too.
Sisterlocks Moisturizer, I usually use this right after a wash makes my locks have a sheen to them.
Hairever II,  this product doesn't really have a distinctive smell, but I love the way my locks look after spritzing.

(Whispering) I do want to experience using other products...any suggestions?   

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Hair Style Of The Day

Hi freedom lockers, I did my first collage!  The pictures aren't the greatest but, I did it...Yay!!  For this style  I parted the front in three sections (with hands of course... no combs please. Ha ha!)  The left and right sides are twisted.  The middle section I did a basket weave.   Laid the ends of all three sections to the middle of my head.  I then took a small section of locks from the left/right sides ( by the ears)  took those two and tied them together in the middle like tying a shoe string.  Doing this held down the ends of the three sections.  Since my locks are really getting long I then took the same ends tied them underneath (nape area) making a pony tail effect.   No pins needed.  ^_^ 

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Maintain Your Hair During Exercising

A study conducted by the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, in Winston-Salem, N.C., suggested that 31% of the 103 African-American women surveyed admitted that they exercise less because it may harm their hairstyle, according to a study released in November, 2007. All of the women studied agreed that it is important to lead a healthy life, which includes exercise. Exercise is especially important because of diabetes, hypertension, and complications due to obesity, including heart disease.

If you are going to the gym or for a run make sure to use an elastic holder covered in cloth and a holder without a metal clasp to avoid ripping your hair.  If your hair is too short to pull back in a pony tail wrap your hair up with a scarf.  Place a sweat band at your hairline to keep sweat out of your eyes. So us naturals and loc wearers we don't have to worry about messing up our hair during exercise :D  

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Monday, August 16, 2010

World's longest dreadlocks hair wash video/Picture

I thought I should share this with you ladies!  All I can say is Wow! :D
They look really healthy.  Asha has been growing them for 21 years.

Asha Zulu Mandela
Locks: 19 feet 6 1/2 inches long.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

How To Wash Sisterlocks

•Step 1

Mix equal parts water and shampoo in a spray bottle. (Use any clarifying shampoo)

•Step 2

Divide your hair in four to six equal sections.

•Step 3

Spray your scalp with the shampoo-water mixture until the scalp is saturated.

•Step 4

Clean your scalp. Concentrate on cleaning your scalp during the first shampooing. Rinse thoroughly.

•Step 5

Spray shampoo-water mixture on your hair, this time concentrating on the locks. Squeeze the lather down the length of your hair.

•Step 6

Rinse thoroughly, again squeezing water down the length of your locks until you remove all the shampoo.

Oh how refreshing it feels after a shampoo wash! 

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Extra Large Shower Cap

I often wonder as my locks grow  I will eventually out grow my shower cap.  Yes, I still use a shower cap. Lol!  I just don't want to go to bed with wet locks.  I do pull the front of my cap back so my locks cover well in the back and the front of my head is exposed so I say  it's time for a larger one don't you agree ^_^  I was browsing around on the web and came across "Magic Water Proof Shower Cap with Elastic Band Extra Large.  The price is just right at $4.99 and it's cute.  

Here is another one from ebay Now this one will definitely work! It's really too big for me right now.  I could order it and save it.  $14.95 plus $4.95 shipping

So, what do you think?  Any suggestions?

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Styling Sisterlocks

•Step 1

Wash your sisterlocks. Until your locks mature band and braid your locks to keep them from coming apart. Use a gentle shampoo and conditioner whenever you wash your locks. After washing your hair you can oil your scalp with an essential oil. This keeps your scalp hydrated and free from itching. It is important to follow hair care instructions from your consultant.

•Step 2

After you have washed your locks you are ready to style them. Sisterlocks are unique because you can treat them like any other hairstyle. Style your locks like you did before you had locks.

•Step 3

Braid your locks. Braiding your locks is an easy and fun way to style your locks.  Experiment with different types of braids and see which style works best for you and your locks.  I like to take small sections and braid my locks in small individual braids and when dry take them loose to have a crinkle effect (really pretty)

Step 4

Put your hair in a pony tail. A simple pony tail is classic and elegant. It can dress up an outfit and pull your look together. A pony tail can also keep you cool during hot summer days. Vary the position of your pony tail according to the style that you are trying to achieve.

•Step 5

Accessorize. Use beads, berets, shells, or clips to adorn your lovely locks. (I like to use flowers) The sky is the limit when it comes to accessorizing your locks. Accessorize your locks in a way that best suits your style. When your locks look good, you look and feel good.

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Basket Weave Pony Tail

It has been a very hot summer, don't you agree!  Most days I wear a pony tail.  I wish my pictures were more clear.  The top of my head I did a simple basket weave and just pulled the rest of my locks into a pony tail. 

Added a flower...simple right? 

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