CityBelle85
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I had extensions, press & curls, and perms from ages 7-21. I decided to learn how to take care of my 4b natural hair, and I only wish I had done it sooner. Hair Journey Re-cap:
1. Last perm- August 2005
2. Transitioned with extensions- October 2005 - June 2006, off and on btw Fall 2006-Summer 2007
3. No BC; I just trimmed off the permed ends between braiding styles. I was probably completely perm-free by the summer of 2007.
4. Current length (Sept 2013)- less than 1/2 inch above APL


Protective Styling: I've been twisting my hair about every two weeks since November 2010. This routine has definitely protected my hair against the elements and helped me retain moisture.

SPRING 2012: I've started to alternate btw twists and loose styles. Every now and then I'll wear a twistout for a couple of days.

Current products:
*Shampoo: Mill Creek Botanicals Biotin Shampoo
*MARCH 2012 Update: Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care: 2 in 1 Shampoo/Conditioner with Almond Oil with an ACV rinse . That shampoo is ok. I alternate with Selsun Blue Naturals Shampoo + ACV rinse.
*Deep Conditioner: Aussie 3 Min. Miracle or SheaMoisture Deep Treatment Masque (can be used as a leave-in)
*MAY 2013 Update: I've started to use Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition shampoo &Curl&Shine Conditioner as a leave-in. So far so good!
*APRIL 2012: I used Herbal Essences Hello Hydration as a detangling deep conditioner; detangling was pretty easy and my hair felt softer for days and days!
*Moisturizing (JUNE 2012): Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk (from the Coconut & Hibiscus line) on my scalp and ends. Occasional sealing with JBCO.
*AUGUST 2012: I started using Taliah Waajid Protective Bodifiying Mist as well. Good moisture and pleasant scent.
*OCTOBER 2012: I'm much more diligent about sealing with Taliah Waajid or ORS HAIRepair Vital Oils (no more JBCO for now).
*JANUARY 2013: Shea Moisture Black Soap Purification Masque clears up flakes and product buildup before shampooing without the need for the ACV rinse. It also leaves my hair feeling super soft.
*FEBRUARY 2013: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie is also a great moisturizer with a smooth texture and delicious scent.
***JULY 2013***: I pre-pooed with Shea Moisture Purification Masque along with coconut oil. When I detangled my wet hair, the comb glided through on the first or second comb-through! Sometimes it takes three or four times to get the few snags out.
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Growth was pretty slow for the first few years! It took a while to figure out what products and regimen would actually help my hair.

Above all, keeping my hair healthy is my top priority, and I'm always learning more about how versatile, manageable, and stylish it is.
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Profile:
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Since:
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Gender:
Female gender
Age:
29
Languages:
English, Spanish, some Japanese
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Background & Lifestyle
Smoking:
Non-smoker
Drinking:
Light (social) drinker
Children:
I don't have kids yet
Education:
Grad/professional school
Ethnicity:
Black/African descent
Origin:
U.S. (South Carolina) & Barbados
Body type:
Average
Height:
Tall
Religion:
Protestant
Interests & Personality
Interests:
traveling, spoken word poetry, reading, dancing, working with children, food, singing, learning languages, writing, shopping/fashion, bilingual ed.
Sports:
basketball and football (just a spectator)
Music:
R&B, salsa, hip-hop, reggae, gospel, jazz, merengue, soca, alternative
Movies:
Rosewood, Moulin Rouge, American Violet, Jump Tomorrow, Chalk, The Wood, Vanilla Sky, Mad Hot Ballroom, The Four Feathers
Television:
Scrubs, Martin, Living Single, Private Practice, Criminal Minds, CNN Int'l "Inside Africa," King of Queens, The Cleaner, The Bernie Mac Show, practically anything on Current TV
Heroes:
Maya Angelou, Mom, Christiane Amanpour, Malcolm X, Antonia Pantoja, Toni Morrison, Celia Cruz
Books:
Zadie Smith's White Teeth, Lorraine Monroe's Nothing's Impossible, Buchi Emecheta's The Family; Paule Marshall's Brown Girl, Brownstones; Piri Thomas' Down These Mean Streets; Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street...and many more
Friends:
Melanizm, ~SxFt ~, Kina, SepiaAngel (a few updates), Glowgirl, TruthInFaith, ღAwura Afua........ Update April,!!, SaPhia ~ Academia Nut, malaikablu (update: (9/2010), BeenieGirl is on YouTube as justbeeyoutiful, Yes Lioness, Haitian_Hunny (Dec '13 Update!), moe moe, Toya, ****NATURAL 2 YR, Fred aka Rica aka Choconillaprincess, Latinafro ~Summer Updates 10~, Samone, Zahira1983, Ms-gg find me on youtube and frostoppa.com, EbonyPrincessH **UPDATED Dec 2011**, Nappyme, Dreadlock pics up Oct 2013, Harana, Livin2Luv, Scarletjazz, Loolalooh ~*~*UPDATES: OCTOBER 14, 2012*~*~, CharHar...Updates (12/16): It's my Nappiversary!, Spice Island Prince *2013 Updates*, Soulsista934 **~Updated July 8th, 2012!!~**, Mooks-hair is on Instagram Mookshair99, AGrlCanMac **Dec 30th Updates**, KinkzKurlz, Nubias07, Earthy Natural: SEPT. 2014 UPDATES!, **Ehfreema!!!, Soul-Rebel, ♥DEBZ♥youtube.com/theMANEtopic, Amante (Updates!), NAIMAhair, 2Nappiegirl, TwistedKurlzz**** (Updates Coming Soon)****, 8-1 Updates!, Firstladytj (3 Years Natural), HairCrush, Asmarina415, elleeccentric* [update 01-22-11], BEAUTI -**New Updates! More to come!, kael- [i'll be back... eventually], HumbleHair004, Dtownjbrown (Updated Mar 8th, finally!!!), Caramelhoney01, UP for my 2nd year!!, TRY MY SHEA BUTTER AT http://www.heavilyrooted.com, RelaxerRelease, KinkyKurlyQueen • Jan-Feb-March 2011 Updates!!, *~*Afrodominicana*~*, Gtangel * 4 year Nappiversary Apr 2012..pics soon, Quest2bfree, Nappyroots March updates!!, Guess who's starting over???? ME, Sundayzchild, reseerese One year of HEALTHY natural hair!, Shellabug, Vddavis, Caribbeancurls2, American Beauty *1/16 Updates", Modest24-7, KayKay10001~~~2014 Updates!!!, KeetaRay (Updates Jan 2013), Afrobeautiful, Fabilus, Visit BlackHairInformation.com for hair care tips!, It's been a long time FOTKI, **Chan** Started Microbraid locs, LadyMzLee-*UPDATES Sept. 2011, Time to FALL Back!, India-Shuanta, Sweet-melodiii March 2012 updates, Autumnczn, Gisele69, Krissylovu New Albums 8/30/13, Congolaise, Trinican Beauty *Ok, at last. Update: 01/13/2012!*, KinkyCrown, *Jet-Brownie* Updates Are Here! :), Bajansensation - my locs are now 3!, Afro-disiac (www.youtube.com/tonidaley80), Drea, Lynnieluve ***Update 2/27/2012***, Kink-About-It, FunkyHairChic **2nd Nappiversary Updates!!!***, Krazy Coils and Kinks, MB - New Pics, *~*Silkee*~*, Radiant Rox, Chocolate Mocha**Now on YouTube MeechyMonroe **, Joycurl2--Mini Updates Feb 16, bablou00, Naturally Me! Protective styling..., PerfectlyflaweD, xtremelyperfect ~*Loc Journey Started 11/27/12*~, Ch3rRy-BuBbleGum **UPDATES 9/22/2010**, Bholmes87 *June 2010 update pics!*, deejayinthedr.wordpress.com CHECK OUT MY BLOG, Kamesha, DawnieMich, FAWL - back at it, ..*{{BEauTiFuL iNSiDE && 0ut}}*.., Jelover9, NaturalHairyTales, Dawnyele, Mane Treats Hair Accessories on FB, JDNatlady, CHAKOLETT, DivaCurls, Nikki10039, nopoet83, Flogazagyal, Samiah90, DarkNSexii, Naturalgrooves, TRios, K.Cee: The Soul of a Queen. Loc Journey: March '12, Ms.BrownSkin, HairNailsBeautytips, Mocha315, IslandGyal, Napturalgina, Napturally-Obssessed(now on YouTube ), PYT_Naturally, Afrochic31 (check out my journal--? needs answer), Trinichick22, DE-JOURNEY, Mscaribeauty, Khryssi21, Missmadeulook, PlaidDisco *UPDATED 7.16.13*, Nicolewmakeup, AScaredNatural, CurlyGaijin
Friend of:
Glowgirl, Livin2Luv, Scarletjazz, KinkyHair, Earthy Natural: SEPT. 2014 UPDATES!, TwistedKurlzz**** (Updates Coming Soon)****, Caramelhoney01, *~*Afrodominicana*~*, Quest2bfree, Guess who's starting over???? ME, Sundayzchild, reseerese One year of HEALTHY natural hair!, MrsJacobs, Susanzmorg...Back on my hair game., Vddavis, American Beauty *1/16 Updates", Sweet-melodiii March 2012 updates, Jstchyln and loving the natural journey, Krissylovu New Albums 8/30/13, Congolaise, Trinican Beauty *Ok, at last. Update: 01/13/2012!*, Afro-disiac (www.youtube.com/tonidaley80), Drea, Lynnieluve ***Update 2/27/2012***, FunkyHairChic **2nd Nappiversary Updates!!!***, Krazy Coils and Kinks, MB - New Pics, Radiant Rox, Chocolate Mocha**Now on YouTube MeechyMonroe **, Intellexual, Joycurl2--Mini Updates Feb 16, Naturally Me! Protective styling..., PerfectlyflaweD, Ch3rRy-BuBbleGum **UPDATES 9/22/2010**, Bholmes87 *June 2010 update pics!*, deejayinthedr.wordpress.com CHECK OUT MY BLOG, Kamesha, DawnieMich, FAWL - back at it, Dawnyele, Mane Treats Hair Accessories on FB, JDNatlady, CHAKOLETT, Nikki10039, Ronkz, Awesome2bnatural, Flogazagyal, Samiah90, KinkyChaos: Mini Chop 20th july 2010, All About Hair - mine, yours, and theirs, DarkNSexii, Sexyvt123, HairWithPurpose, Naturalgrooves, TRios, K.Cee: The Soul of a Queen. Loc Journey: March '12, Ms.BrownSkin, HairNailsBeautytips, Mocha315, Mz-locsnomore, IslandGyal, Napturalgina, 2wholesalewigs, PYT_Naturally, Afrochic31 (check out my journal--? needs answer), Rosaline8054, Socialnitecalendar, Trinichick22, DE-JOURNEY, Mscaribeauty, Khryssi21, Missmadeulook, PlaidDisco *UPDATED 7.16.13*, Nicolewmakeup, Tastemyalterego, Global Hair and Beauty Network, Debra Baker, AScaredNatural, Beautyfulhair, Kpdnsunshine, SimplyNatural84, McMuffin93