You can find me on Pinterest these days

You can find me on Pinterest these days

Hello, friends,

My interests have broadened since I achieved a peaceful and stable relationship with my hair. So as you can see, I am not posting very much.  I do have a few hair boards on Pinterest — one for grays, one for hair, one for my hair product staples, and one for stuff  I want to try.  Feel free to check it out!

I may still occasionally post here as well.  I am working on a concept for a website that covers all my growth areas and subjects that may interest others:

  • making difficult life changes from the heart that bring us closer to love and being loved,
  • health/life  coaching and counseling,
  • how movement made me more aware of and helps integrate my physical, mental, spirit and emotional bodies;
  • mental health/brain chemistry and its effect on what we eat,
  • The difficulties and joys of intimacy and relationship,
  • Being present and vibrant in the stage of life I am in
  • Hair,
  • and more.



“Trump Running as a Republican…I thought he was running as a Joke.”

Seth Myers at the White House Correspondents Dinner, on Donald Trump.  It doesn’t get any better than this:

What’s Doing in Portlandia in April?

I’ll be in Portland, OR from 4/9 to 4/16 to train  for a Nia teacher certification with the co-founder and original Nia diva, Debbie Rosas. After a full day packed with movement, me and my exhausted body will want soothing and schmoozing with interesting people,  mixed drinks in martini glasses, delicious tapas, Asian fusion food, or sushi at half price.  Any suggestions?  I’m rooming with another teacher in a modest suite hotel downtown, very close to Whole Foods and Powell’s Books. If you live in Portland, give me a shout out!


Debbie Rosas courtesy of



Black HairStory Free Calendar is  honoring the innovation, creativity, legacy and trailblazers of our Afro-centric HAIRITAGE with a free, colorful and downloadable commemorative calendar.

Here is a link to download the free calendar

SBB’s Top 20 Hair Products for 2010

Top 10 is so restricting.  I had some great finds in 2010 that I share with you here as well as my long time favorites like Devacurl Set it Free, in use for 3 years. All  products have been in constant use for at least 6 months:

New for 2010-

  1. All-Nutrient ClarpHx clarifiying shampoo (sulfate free)
  2. Onesta Moisture Balancing Conditioner
  3. Curl Junkie Curls in a Bottle
  4. Aquage Illuminating Gellade
  5. Vigorol Curls Curl Cream
  6. Loma Fortifying Repairative Serum
  7. Goody Spin pin – For you bunners,  the coolest pin evah!
  8. T3 Evolution –  a dryer that doesn’t blow my hair around, dries fast and with zero frizz

Perennial favorites:

  1. Mop Top Deep Conditioner
  2. Mop Top Conditioner
  3. Abba Pure Gentle Conditioner/leave-in
  4. Qhemet Biologics Olive &  Honey Hydrating Balm
  5. Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Butter Cream
  6. GVP Biolage Matrix Conditioning Balm (as a no-poo)
  7. Theraneem Maximum Strength Neem Soap with ylang ylang and sweet orange
  8. Loma Imply
  9. Shea Terra Organics Shea Gold (butter)
  10. Castor oil
  11. Devacurl Set it Free
  12. Kinky-Curly Curling Custard

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  • Styled or Wild? The Poll – Just send a suitable photo – how easy is that?
  • Great Salons – who, what, where and why you love your stylist
  • Texture – wide open subject
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Durelene’s Story (4th Anniversary Giveaway)

This journey has stripped me of my pride and insecurities and built me up into a strong, confident and proud black woman.Through it all I learned to find my inner beauty.

I have been natural for 1 year and 2 months. I decided to go natural because I was tired of my hair controlling my life; I was always broke and the days my hair was not done to my satisfaction I was in bad moods. Last year in March [2009] I got my last touch-up relaxer in 6 months. I knew I had retained a lot of growth so I was excited to see my new length. My excitement was short lived when my beautician said “oh girl you need a trim”.

That day I remembered walking out of that shop extremely sad; I had been 6 months post relaxer and all I had to show for was thin shoulder length hair.  I remembered getting emotional while looking in the rear view mirror and asked myself, ”is this the length your hair will always be?”

Sew-in Weave, June 2008

My hair had always been thick so it didn’t matter to me that it didn’t grow past shoulder length, but when I lost my voluminous hair I knew it was time for a change. That was when I vowed to never get relaxers again. I didn’t know how or what I was going to do without relaxers, all I knew was I was done with both relaxers and weaves.

Fast forward to July 4th. A group of friends and I met up at Vegas where I met the young woman that changed my life, she was beautiful, natural and brown skin. Up until then I had never met a natural who fit her description; I grew up thinking only light skin biracial girls had the right to wear their hair natural. I was fascinated by her hair, beauty and confidence and the fact that she was nice made it easy for me to approach her. I asked her how she got her hair that way and she told me she transitioned for 11 months then Big Chopped. I then asked her if there was another way to go natural without having to cut all my hair off and when she replied no I had mixed emotions; I pondered in disbelief at all of the hard work, spending hard earned money on my hair and I still had to start all over.

Flashback – I had absolutely no idea what my texture looked like, let alone how to treat it, all my life I either wore it in braids, weaves or relaxed.  Unlike many of my fellow sistas whose mothers put relaxer in their hair at a young age to help with managing it, my relaxed hair was a Continue reading

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