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Narcissism for Black Women: The Very Good and Healthy Expression of Deep Self-Love, and Extreme Self-Devotion. Why? Because It's Good For Ya! And Sometimes I Write about Natural Hair, Among Other Things


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Natural Hair: Slicking It Back

I like this look. It’s easy to maintain and great for hair of all lengths and types. Although I can’t pull a brush through my hair like that. πŸ™‚ I’m a subscriber to MsVCharles’s YouTube channel, because of her demeanor and attitude: very cheerful. BTW, Peace and Blessings on this Good Friday. πŸ˜€

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Happy Holidays: Hair Again – The Vanity Check

It’s been two years – I think – since I did a length check. It’s been a long time since I flat ironed my hair. I used a low temperature. This will be my last length check, and putting up of online photos, since I am finally satisfied with my hair. It has never been […]

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Natural Hair: Roller Set and Silk Wrap

I have to try this. I love her results. Except no matter what foam I use, my hair ends up hard. Maybe I will find a light weight oil to mix with it – like Coconut and some Shea Butter.

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Hair: travel style, observations, and conditioner concoction

Returning to Normalcy (Yawn) and Travel Observations In September, I was away for nearly three (3) weeks, and honestly, it was a downer to return. I never used to feel that way. I used to be so happy to be back in America it wasn’t funny. This was the first time I realized I could […]

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Rapunzalima, Rapunzalima Let Down Your Weave

Went out to a mall a few miles away with my Mother. It’s always a challenge when I go out to eat. At this particular chain (TGI Fridays), they provide no information on their website as to how many calories their food has. It was the only eatery I could find on my GPS, otherwise […]

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Hair: Length Check and Bantu Knots

Note: My hair type is 4a-z, nappy, kinky, coily, cottony, soft, fine, moderately thick, and very very delicate. Time to check the hair length again! It grows so slow now-a-days. I’m still trying to figure out where that growth spurt a couple of years ago was due to. I had to cut off 1/2 an […]

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Hair Paranoia: Oprah Winfrey and the Rest of Us

The above image I “stole” from the Huffington Post. I don’t know who the photographer is. Sorry. Wow! Imagine one of the only topic a twit(s) on Twitter could think of was to tell Oprah that her weave looks nice. She promptly had to tell the entire world that the so-called-weave was actually her own […]

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There’s Not Enough Money To Make Me Do It

People shaving all their hair off to make money. No way, not for me. I have a big head (plenty of room for advertising), but I like having hair on it. This is a story from the New York Times: Ms. Gardner, 50, […] had shaved her head for an advertising campaign by Air New […]

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Brain Dump Tuesday

Exposing the Hair I’m looking for a weekly style in which I can wear my hair un-braided, uncovered and exposed. Perhaps a Bantu-knot twist-out, braid-out, or something. Weekly or bi-weekly flat ironing is a big no-no. Expose my hair to the elements? Phew, I shudder at the thought. My hair doesn’t take to the air […]

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My Hair: It’s Too Black!

On Christmas Day, I flat ironed my hair. The day before I washed and deep, deep, deep conditioned it. I’m actually sorry I didn’t take a picture (see an example below). No big deal. Next time I straighten, and / or curl my hair, I will take one. I simply enjoy the comparison shots. I […]

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Hair Again – Vanity Check – hair washing routine

Oh, joy. Washing hair is a drag in the winter. I prefer to wash in warm weather, it is easier to do, because I don’t worry about a completely dry scalp. Unlike other mortal beings, I can’t walk about with a damp scalp. It must be nearly bone dry. Last I’ve checked my hair length […]

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Random Thoughts for Today

Cruelty I had someone tell me that they used to kill – for fun! – newborn kittens as a child or teenager. In doing so they remind me to never underestimate the cruelty of people. So when I am informed about the endless list of harmful acts folks commit against the helpless, I am not […]

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Hair Care: Weaves

Company History In 1998, L’Oreal (French) purchased Soft Sheen, a company owned and managed by African-Americans, which targeted the “ethnic” hair market. Making the move to dominate this market, L’Oreal followed up with the purchase of Carson, Inc. The resulting brand was SoftSheen-Carson. Today, weaves are an open secret. I didn’t catch onto weaves until […]

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I Would Relax My Hair, But

It’s been well over a decade since I relaxed my hair and I don’t feel like re-learning how to deal with my hair. Whenever I would consider making the change, a multitude of issues come up: The warning on the box still says eye and scalp injury. I’ve seen pictures of relaxer scalp injury. It […]

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I Like Shopping For Hair Products But

I’m not willing to spend any money on the boutique stuff. There is a great deal of expensive products out there. I notice that companies are really focusing on kinky, curly and dry hair. That’s great that they’re realizing not everyone has oily straight hair. Once I see that a bottle of magic hair potion, […]

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Garnier Fructis

Dry Hair Everyone has different hair requirements. I am a 4a-z with hair that is fine, medium density, kinky, coily, textured, cottony, or nappy. It is rarely hard and never coarse. Did I mention how fragile and delicate my hair is? I envy people who can comb, flat iron, and blow dry nearly every day. […]

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Hair Matters: Don’t Do it Again

Trying Something New I went against my own credo to leave my hair alone and stop experimenting. Out of curiosity – because I’m always curious – I decided to try something new: leave conditioner in my hair. Now, I’m asking myself: Why did I do that? I did it, because I wanted to see if […]

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Hair Dryers: I Own Three

The Bonnet I believe in going easy on my hair by not manipulating it too much. I might comb it weekly, biweekly, or more. However, I don’t ascribe to the belief that naturals should walk around with a damp or wet head. Perhaps if I lived in a hot climate, instead of the northeast, I […]

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Hair Again – The Vanity Check

I lurk on a number of hair boards. I’m surprised that there’s still a debate over hair types. Let me be specific: some black women (almost monthly) often wonder whether 100% African Americans (black parents and grand parents, allowing for multi-ethnic, multi-racial great-grandparents) can grow hair past their shoulders. My hair type might be what […]

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Hair at End of Year: Did I Make Progress?

I suppose these are pictures of progress. I don’t see much of it. I blow dry to get a little stretch. That’s the case in all of the pictures. Going by the rule of half an inch a month, I thought that by December I’d gain at least 4 inches. Well, if I did, I […]

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