A 4a new to CG

I've been in the forums since the end of May '06. I recently answered the "How do you feel about your hair" thread and thought it would make a decent intro.

When I read in Lorraine Massey's book about how she used to wrap a shirt over her head and swing it to feel like she had long hair, I said "I thought only me, my sister and Whoopi Goldberg did that." My sister and I used to "swing" with a towel instead of hair.

At age 8 I went from a 100% African American parochial school to a 98% White public school. One of my new best friends (Italian-American) had long, thick, shining hair with perfect bangs, and was a ballet student at School of American Ballet to boot! How's that for a masochistic choice in friends? But she was a good friend and a real person, with no "attitude" about her considerable talent.

I was in hair hell until "I'm Black and I'm proud" came into the culture when I was around 15. My mother would not let me use relaxers and I hated presses. It was braids out or topnots at home, and always fighting the pull of the comb - ouch

I fought for an Afro, and getting one was a defining moment in my life. My first was an Angela Davis BAA and I wore it until around age 19, when I got a TWA instead. I had TWA's for a few years as a result of several big chops, and enjoyed the freedom. Kept them TWA for control, then relaxed my hair as it grew.

I had braid extensions after college, straightened hair, even Jheri Curls (ughh) in my thirties. Then I texturized for a "natural curly" 3C look for about 15 years. I went with blond highlights in the nineties until my hair started falling out from the chemicals. Last year, with the encouragement of a good curly stylist, I decided not to relax again, just to see what happens.

I love where my hair is today. It has taken me more than 50 years to reclaim my hair and learn to trust it. Hair is fun again! I've been CG for a month and I love that too. I enjoy this site a lot and learn so much from it -- and my product junkie loves it too
My blog - http://suburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com/
My FOTKI - http://whatsnew.fotki.com/suburbanbushbabe/


Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
Quote:
Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.

When I read in Lorraine Massey's book about how she used to wrap a shirt over her head and swing it to feel like she had long hair, I said "I thought only me, my sister and Whoopi Goldberg did that." My sister and I used to "swing" with a towel instead of hair.
Originally Posted by Karenmc3
Hehe. I did that with leggings when I was a little girl. Not the nylon ones, the thicker kid ones kinda.

Funny, I had forgotten about this until I read this post. I think I either used a towel or a pillowcase.
My mom had a long scarf I used to use. I wanted long, straight hair ever since I saw Crystal Gale on Sesame Street.

I have a post about my hair journey on my website, www.afrobella.com. I'd love to find out more about the products you're using, since I am also a 4A.
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My mom had a long scarf I used to use. I wanted long, straight hair ever since I saw Crystal Gale on Sesame Street.

I have a post about my hair journey on my website, www.afrobella.com. I'd love to find out more about the products you're using, since I am also a 4A.
Originally Posted by afrobella
Thanks for the welcome Afrobella and I love your site. I'm looking forward to having a blog and photos. 4a/4b posts seemed to have slacked off a bit. Hopefully they'll pick up.

Below are my loves and not so loved. NC.com has unleashed the product junkie in me and right now I find myself with more products than I have hair to review so PJ is really, really happy. My current faves are on my signature to which I will add Curls Milkshake.

Modified CG Loves/HG's--
Blended Beauty Styling Butter cream together with CHE HDG (too bad it was discontinued).
Curls Milkshake for 2/3/4 day hair
Elucence MBC
Castor or coconut oil added to conditioners or shampoos
Lamas Soy Protein Poo
Curls Elixir (pomade) - hot smell
Robert Craig haircolor (if haircolor is CG)

Non-CG Loves:
Curlisto Hair Therapy Masque - best non-heat 5-10 minutes DT
Curlisto Botanical Rinse conditioner
Curlisto Botanical shampoo
Curlisto Control II & Ouidad Botanical Boost (actually both are CG but doesn't work well with any oil present on hair)

Likes:
Curl Junkie Guava Cream
KCCC (still evaluating - not sure of best use yet, may not repurchase)
Curl Junkie Healthy Condition
Agave Nectar as an add-in or water rinse
Curls Whipped Cream (smell is hot)

Okay/not horrible, but not likely to buy again --
Lush H'suan Wen Hua pre-poo DT (like the smell)
TIGI BH moisture maniac condish
Oyin Greg Juice (sticky)
IC Fantasia Styling Gel with sparkle lites (clear)
ORS Loc & Twist Gel - like slops - my hair does not absorb
Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee - can a gel be rough?
Magick Botanicals Hair Gel - ho-humm
Blended Beauty Curly Frizz Pudding and Happy Nappy
Curls Goddess Glaze
AG:Recoil
Curls Spiral Cream
Jamaican Mango & Lime Leave-in
Cantu Sheabutter leave-in
Noodlehead

On my to be tried shelf:
Oyin Honey hemp condish
Oyin shine and define serum
Oyin whipped pudding
TJ Nourish condish
VO5 Spa for Your Head condish

On my to-buy/swap/make list:
Activate Hydrating condish
Kenra Moisturizing Condish
Jessicurl -- TooShea, WDT
Shealoe/flaxseed cream
Suave Anti-Frizz Gel or CHE Set Me Up
My blog - http://suburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com/
My FOTKI - http://whatsnew.fotki.com/suburbanbushbabe/


Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
Quote:
Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.

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