When it comes to my hair, I’ve always been free in experimenting with different cuts, colors, and styles.
When it comes to my hair, I’ve always been free in experimenting with different cuts, colors, and styles. I’m pretty much fearless; I’ve cut my hair when people told me not to, I’ve colored my hair on my own whenever I felt like it (even though I have a sister who is a hair stylist). I’ve been fearless and, for the most part, it’s worked out well for me.
Right around the holidays I decided to color my hair using a brand from Walgreens. It was a decision made from pure boredom and things went completely wrong. My curl pattern changed drastically, and my hair became extremely dry and thin. The worst part was that this disaster happened hours before my friend’s baby shower.
After a few days in complete distress over my decision, my sister and friends gave me some helpful tips to get my curls back.
Step 1 – Accept What Is
I looked at myself in the mirror, cried, and reminded myself that its just hair, and it’ll grow back. Honestly, acceptance of my present situation helped me to become receptive to the helpful information that was given to me after. In the beginning, I was in denial and just wanted someone to magically make things better. The more I realized that the curls weren’t coming back on their own, the more frustrated I got.
Step 2 – Trim and Protein Treatment
I woke up the next day, after crying most of the night, and called my barber to schedule a cut ASAP. He took about an inch off, and then I ran to the nearest hair supply store for a protein treatment. My friend recommended the Two-Step Protein Treatment by ApHogee.
After washing my hair, I applied the treatment and sat under the dryer. When the treatment is dried into the hair, the hair becomes extremely hard, so do not comb hair. Once my air was dry, I rinsed the treatment out with warm water, and then applied a balancing moisturizer, left it in for a few minutes, then rinsed the moisturizer out.
I remember stepping out of the shower super nervous. I looked in the mirror and my curls were back. Not as defined or full as before, but they were back.
Step 3 – Leave-in-Conditioner
I applied Cantu Argan Oil Leave-in Conditioner, like I usually do after each wash, to seal in moisture that I knew my hair was lacking. This stuff just works for me and my hair loves it.
Step 4 – Protective Style
I spent a few days rocking my hair in big braids under my head wrap until I was able to get some box braids. At this point I think my hair was probably more drained than I was. I rocked braids for about three months and when I took them out, the amount of recovery my hair experienced impressed me.
Honestly, I don’t think I’ll color my hair for a long time, especially not on my own. So if you see me, and you wonder what happened to that big, awesome, curly fro I once had, just remember that the summer’s near, and that afro is set to make a huge comeback.
In 2016, I totally forgot to plan a family shoot in the midst of all the traveling and holiday fun. My son got the traditional Sears pictures taken in a Santa suit, but sadly we dropped the ball on family pics.
The temperature was getting close to freezing as the sun went down and my boys froze their butts off just to make mom happy. I’m a lucky gal.
I was about two-and-a-half to three years old. We just arrived to the States from Haiti. It was our first hot summer in NYC and we lived in a basement apartment with my grandfather and great grandmother, who wasn’t the nicest woman, especially to my mom. My mom was in her early twenties, scared I’m guessing, no job, and no idea how things would turn out for us. My dad was always working so we barely saw him.
What felt like every morning, my mom would sit out back (in this concrete garden where flowers never grew) and cry. I used to pull her face into mine, dry her tears, and kiss her all the time just to stop her from crying.
Years later, things are way better, but I guess I’ve never really forgotten those moments in the garden or the tears rolling down my mom’s face. Now that I’m a mom, I constantly worry about what my son’s first memories will be of me. So, I make it a point to smile a lot and protect the space my family is in so hopefully he has better early memories than I did.
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Right around the time I turned 30 I realized I really hated “working out,” which made it really hard for me to stick to any exercise program or regimen long term.
The feeling of walking into a large gym aggravated me. That type of gym where men gawk at you for every squat rep, the showers are dirty, and being the only woman in the free weights section gives you an uncomfortable feeling. It always turns me off. I enjoy boutique gyms but they’re way too expensive. Yoga is great, but after a stressful day or week, I just can’t seem to turn my mind off enough to be relaxed and benefit from the classes.
So now, I have boxing.
I always enjoyed watching the sport and am fascinated by the people who dominate it. So one day I decided to give it a try. I fell in love with it right away.
It’s my stress reliever after a long week and my go to place for alone time (even though I’m not alone). According to my trainer I got that natural snap and a mean hook. I’m a work in progress.