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Post by TheRYL1 on 2nd May 2010, 4:41 pm

Hello Ladies!

I call this "Finally" because I finally have decided to get on board! LOL I've read so much about so many of you, I want to share some of me, too! So here I go...something I realized a few days ago:
I've been fully natural for just 3 weeks...WOW! May will be one year without the "creamy crack"...perm, as we called it! LOL

And you know, I love my hair (I haven't come up with a name...I gotta get to know her better first)! We have our moments, but I'm good. It seems a natural (hehe) progression, but I know different; I've come a long way in my "hair thoughts", if you will.

I've had a perm since I was 13 years old! I BEGGED for it because I couldn't take pressing my hair EVERYDAY (because nappy hair was a no-no) due to sweating from sports. I was known for my hair...my friends/fam called me Perm Woman...OK?!? I think I've permed almost every one of my long-time girlfriends' hair over the years...I got that hair SKRAIGHT, gurl!!

When I finally thought of getting rid of the perm...I always put it off, mostly for employment reasons...or so I thought. Now I know I worried what folks would think! SMH

But, I had a physical issue that caused me to just lay for days at a time! That time made me know what's important and what is not! AMEN.

Anyway...I'm natural FINALLY and that's no LYE (NylaCoils)! I can't wait to see how my hair looks next May!

I'm glad to be here and I look forward to learning so much more from all the folks here at the Curl Street Journal!
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Post by Lynnieluve on 2nd May 2010, 4:45 pm

Welcome to the Curl Street Journal!!!! I'm glad you decided to share "some of you" too!!

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Post by TheRYL1 on 2nd May 2010, 4:47 pm

Thanks Lynnie...and congrats on being a finalist! You know I channel you when I think of twisting! LoL
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Post by Lynnieluve on 2nd May 2010, 4:51 pm

LOL @ channeling me when you think of twisting!!

Thanks!

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Post by DvaAuNaturel on 2nd May 2010, 5:11 pm

Welcome! I saw your twist out in the 30 day challenge thread. Your hair is beautiful. It looks so good for just 3 weeks in.
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Post by NylaCoils on 2nd May 2010, 6:24 pm

Ryl- You go GIRL. Looking forward to reading your journal.
I think I got my first relaxer in the 9th grade! I begged for it too! What a Face
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Post by sweetdrk1 on 2nd May 2010, 7:29 pm

woot! Welcome....and I said this already but congrats on your milestone
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Post by ChrsLvsBks on 2nd May 2010, 11:56 pm

You are doing an amazing job in such a short time! Keep up the great work!
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Post by NubieNatty on 3rd May 2010, 12:02 am

welcome!
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Post by SisterBoyd on 3rd May 2010, 4:53 am

Alright now!!!!
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Post by KinkyNappyHappy on 3rd May 2010, 7:41 am

Welcome...glad you made over here!!! Very Happy

I enjoyed reading your introduction, and May 2009 is when I had my last relaxer!! woot! Not sure of your exact date, but doesn't feel GREAT!!! dance

Look forward to following your journey here!!

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Post by BlondeByDesire on 3rd May 2010, 9:20 am

good morning and welcome ... Very Happy
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Post by SheeTacular on 3rd May 2010, 1:50 pm

Welcome!!
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Post by TheRYL1 on 3rd May 2010, 2:21 pm

Thanks for the warm welcomes! I'm looking forward to hanging on Curl Street!
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Post by TerraD on 4th May 2010, 2:11 am

Yay, you're in the neighborhood too! You know I will be stalking your thread, where are the rest of our meetup girls?
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Post by ktoliver5303 on 4th May 2010, 3:30 am

WELCOME to Curl Street!! I look forward to following your journey.
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Post by TheRYL1 on 4th May 2010, 5:45 am

Hey TerraD...I finally decided to give it a shot! :-)

Ktoliver...thank you and same here!
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Post by TheRYL1 on 4th May 2010, 5:58 am

Hey Ladies!

Well, today, I got Day 3 out of my twist out! YAY! :-)

This evening, I decided to co-wash and DC...it was needed. Me & my hair have been out & about, and all up in BBQ smoke!

Here's what I did:

Pre-poo: Amla oil (left on about an hour...this was not gonna take all night...LOL)
Co-wash (wash): I used a little Giovanni 50/50 Shampoo, in addition to HE Hello Hydration
Deep Conditioner: Giovannit 50/50 Conditioner, mixed with honey, amla oil and coconut oil
Leave-in: SheaMoisture Conditioning Milk

I braided my hair, applying some shea butter/amla & coconut oils to my ends. I planned to twist when my hair was semi-dry, but I fell asleep, so...I'll get to it later this morning. :-)

I think my daughter (who is 18) really didn't believe I was going to actually get rid of the relaxed ends and then really wear my hair this way! hahahahaha Lately, she's been making comments...today, she's watching me braid my hair. She shakes her head and says, "it's so short!" I'm like, "It's long!" She looked at me like I'd lost my mind! I had to tell her all things are relative! She seems to be in mourning for my old hair...SMH. Hopefully, she'll get over it soon! LOL

I'll add some pics later today.

Have a wonderful day, y'all! :-)
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Post by TerraD on 4th May 2010, 10:49 am

I agree, that it's long. My family was the same way, when I cut off my damaged ends. But, secretly in total awe! hehe
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Post by SheeTacular on 4th May 2010, 1:24 pm

Yay for Day 3 of the Twistout!!

Can we see pics please? Laughing
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Post by CurlsGalore on 4th May 2010, 1:41 pm

Hey RYL1! What a great story! You are going to fall in love with your hair every single day! Just sit back and watch it amaze you! You are surrounded by a great circle of natural sistas, so you're in good hands! Welcome to the neighborhood! Thanks for sharing your journey with us!
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Post by TheRYL1 on 4th May 2010, 1:55 pm

OK...here are pics of my 3-day hair...excuse the pic quality...using my phone...my camera was killed not too long ago!





It got bigger and puffier (is that a word?).
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Post by DvaAuNaturel on 4th May 2010, 2:00 pm

Your hair looks really good. Everything you are doing is really working well, its show in those beautiful curls.
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Post by sweetdrk1 on 4th May 2010, 2:03 pm

DvaAuNaturel wrote:Your hair looks really good. Everything you are doing is really working well, its show in those beautiful curls.
ditto
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Post by TheRYL1 on 4th May 2010, 2:20 pm

CurlsGalore...I know, right? I'm loving my new neighborhood...glad I came! :-)

TerraD...I didn't know my daughter would take it so hard! SMH True story: The other day, she picked up a picture of us from a few years ago, and then (very dramatically) looked at me, then back at the picture. She then held the picture to her chest in "Oh, Lawd" fashion, saying, "she needs a minute...she can't even look at me right now...she feels like it's her hair that's been cut off". My poor baby! We were laughing, but I know she meant it just the same...ya know?

It didn't occur to me that MY hair decision would bother HER so much. But, I guess I should have known. I've always been the one with "good hair"...of my daughter, sisters, cousins, mother (let them all tell it). How that came to be...I don't know...only Moms can answer that question (hmmm...shh...wait, she won't see this, right?).

If I had "good hair" it was because I took care of my hair! I started combing my hair when I was EIGHT (Cool years old! My mother worked graveyard shift and that left my g-ma to do my hair...PLAITS...no cute parts, just plaits going any-whicha-way!!! NOT! I wasn't having that...even at 8! My mother pressed it; I did everything else. I could work a mean curling iron by the time I was 10 and got a hair dryer for my 11th b-day. Yeah, I've been playing in my head a long time!

So for the last few years...5, 6, 7...SMH...I've pretty much worn a ponytail. Yes, I said for the last 7 years, I'd worn my hair in a ponytail...styling it every now and then. I didn't care about it...my hair has been long, short, shaved in the back, GREEN (don't ask), brown, kinda blonde (haha), kinda orange...etc., oh, yeah, not to mentioned wrapped til it didn't want to be wrapped anymore! LOL

All this to say...the women in my family...had huge problems with my ponytail because I had the good hair! I thought one of my sister's was gonna cut my hair in the middle of the night...you know...you don't do nothing with it, so you don't need it kinda thing! For real, I kid you not!

NOW, NOW, NOW, I have the NERVE to cut it off and let it be NAPPY! Yeah, I better watch my back! LMAO

Q: You ever had a friend get mad at you because you didn't know how to glue a track in?

Yeah, I got hair stories for y'all! :-)
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