• Toronto,  WorldWide

    Twisted all over

    I haven’t been to the hair salon in ages, and was about to give in and make an appointment to get my hair twisted; then I thought to my self, “surely you can do this on your own”… and then I did.

    Twists are an awesome protective style, easy to do, they look super cute, and you can keep them in for a couple of days. YES.

    Pin them up, or just let em’ hang 🙂

    I wasn’t sure how I would twist the back…but where there’s a will, and a couple bobby pins, there’s definitely a way 🙂

    D.I.Y is truly the way to go 🙂

    peace, love and health

    ♥Bella♥

  • Toronto,  WorldWide

    Fro Tales

    I was in the third month of my transition, and had reached the I’m-just-going-to-relax-it-and-forget-it stage. I hadn’t had a full head of hair in a long time, and resisting the urge to just shave it all off when it was driving me crazy wasn’t fun. Places that were once bare had hair. Growing out my hair cut, meant one section was longer than everywhere else; and after my big chop, it was bad… and it looked strange. I didn’t want to cut, relax or braid my hair, I just wanted to let it be… except “being” looked weird to me; I was totally losing it.

    Then I met this dread that left me with some wise words… “I’ve never met anybody that didn’t look good naturally.”  I couldn’t help but wonder why I was uncomfortable with letting my hair be natural? And why did I think it didn’t look “good”?  I guess after growing up with hot-combs, curling irons, flat irons, relaxers, “softeners” etc., doing close to nothing with my hair and accepting how it really looked; took a lot more getting used to, than I thought it would.

    Never turning back!

    Change is scary, even annoying for most of us, but there’s no reason to be afraid of good change; you just have to let it happen. Growing up, we all had moments when our bodies/features etc., were not how we would have liked them to be. I feel this is the same for the ” natural hair journey”, there will be “awkward” moments, but they don’t last forever. You can either embrace and make the best out of the good and the bad moments; or let them get you down. Thanks to some wise words, a little patience, religious deep conditioning, some Shea butter and Jamaican castor oil; my hair is softer, stronger, and healthier. No more awkward moments and it also takes me less than five minutes to do my hair in the morning. Ah the life 🙂

    peace and love

    ♥Bella♥

  • Toronto,  WorldWide

    The Awkward stage pt 2.

    I don’t wanna call it the “awkward stage” anymore… This is normal during the transitioning stage, and everything in life looks a little “different” during this process. I’d been shaving my head, or getting the growth in the sides “softened” for the last 3 years, so it’s been a while since I’ve had a full head of hair never mind natural hair. Did I mention that I’m also 100% free of any AND all processed hair? Yes. *taking a bow*

    I’ve been sticking to my routine of conditioning twice a week, moisturizing (religiously), spritzing, drinking LOTS of water, and trying so damn hard to eat healthy. Oh and reading up on some natural hair care tips from other members of the online natural hair community. There is some gooood stuff out there.

    I’ve noticed that on days when I wear my hair out, lots of people ask me questions about it. I find this odd, as there’s a large community of women and even men with natural hair; yet some people act like they’ve never seen beautiful nappy curls. Even then, I appreciate their curiosity, because you know I’m always happy to talk about it lol. Don’t stop asking, it usually leads to some pretty interesting conversations 🙂

    peace, love and health

    ♥Bella♥

  • Toronto,  WorldWide

    Missing the twist…

    I’ve had my braids in for over 6 weeks, and I’ve already decided what I’m going to do next. Can’t lie, I’m pretty excited, I love playing with my hair and I’ve been getting a little bored. Because I’m in a kitchen majority of the week, I always keep my hair in a bun… long story short, I missed being able to twist my hair so I started experimenting.

    I kinda dig it. So far I’ve twisted the front up and to the side… just seeing what works. If you have braids in your hair; try to have fun with them; experiment with different styles and remember to keep your scalp moisturized.

    Maintenance: Remember to drink lots of water, try your best to eat well, and keep the scalp healthy, clean and moisturized…oh and avoid tight hairstyles.

    So, to twist or not?

    What do you do to keep things interesting in the hair department?

    peace, love and health

    ♥Bella♥