Monday, April 25, 2011

Product Review Time!!

Hello Princesses!

Does everyone out there have a staple product that you just love?? I do! Everyone who knows me, knows I love me some Kinky Curly Curling Custard, to define my curls. I love saying the name, as much as I love using it! Yet, we all should try and expand our product use, to see what else is out there. I did this, and I have a report. Product: Twisted Sista, by Urban Therapy. I should have known just by the name, that they were trying waaaay too hard! Here are my thoughts.

This is supposed to be a "curl activator". It reads "cream moisturiser to activate curls & eliminate frizz". Twisted Sista claims that it will put life back into your naturally curly, afro or permed hair.

Ok, I am very sad to say that it did not deliver this for me. It made my hair pretty crunchy. Also, my curls were not really defined. It tamed my hair a bit, but nothing too significant. Also, the product does not rub in that well. I had a lot of residue left in my hair.

As for the scent, ladies, it kinda smells like a hair remover! A little like Nair!! As in "Who wears short shorts...!". Not the best thing to smell when you are trying to get cute. Also, it has a ton of chemical ingredients that I can't pronounce. Long words like mqyelrepperpoliptide #3, Shnvyeornpupoopoo, and Mamasaymamasahmamacusah Hexyll. Ok, so maybe not the exact ingredients list, but close!

Long and short of it, I really did not like this product, at all. NOT to say it won't love your hair. Yet, as for me and my crowning glory, we did NOT get along. Have you tried it? What do you think??

Friday, April 8, 2011

Kimberly Joy Mophead, read more, I'll explain...

Hey Princesses,
This blog entry is dedicated to the ignorant. Forgive them, for they know not what they say. Forgive them, for they know not how to say. Forgive them, for they know not when to show class, instead of showin' their...well you know the rest.
I am quite sad to report this, but this story is about a sista. I was working in a satellite office for my job, and this young lady had an office in the same building. She had never formally introduced herself, and decided to do so this particular morning. So, she walked over to my office, with the biggest smile, and pleasant demeanor. She said, "My name is 'Kelly'" (Uhhm, that's what we'll call her). I said "Hello Kelly, I'm Kimberly." She then took a rather long look at my naturally kinky hair and said "Oh you are natural, I could never do looks like I could turn you upside down, and mop with you."
Yeah, you read it right. She said it looks like she could turn me upside down, and flippin' MOP with me. Kelly basically called me a mop head. I'm not even a Swiffer ya'll, I'm an old school MOP!! Stick me in a bucket and slop me on the floor mop!  I said "Excuse me???" When she saw my already big eyes pop out of my head, both hands rushing to my hips, she knew it was over. "Kelly" said "Oh wait, ma'am, I didn't mean that in a bad way!" So, comparing me to a cleaning tool that's used to remove dirt, grime, filthy germs and sticky kitchen juices should in no way be offensive??? Calling me a mop head should be the highlight of my day?? WOW. I just gained my composure, and said "Wow." I walked away from this ignorance. I had to. Due to the fact that I was on the clock, I decided her ignorance, was not worth my job, my bread and butter. I don't know WHAT would have come out of my mouth, had I stayed there a second longer. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT!!?? My hair was in a "braid out" that day, and let me tell you, I just knew I was doin' it! AND STILL think I was!! Despite being compared to a MOP!
Ladies, we gotta do better for each other. Who will support us, if WE don't support us? What are some crazy, nuts things people have said to you about your kinky, crowning glory? How did you handle it?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Being Natural In The Corporate World

Hey Princesses!!!

There are natural women everywhere! We are everywhere you look these days! We have a million different occupations including retail, service, medical, ministry, and yes, CORPORATE! Yes, us, AND our hair, are all up in your face in the corporate world!! Now initially, it was completely frowned upon to walk into an office setting, with a natural hairstyle. After all, professional has been long considered to be bone straight, conservative hair. Now, we are expanding the definition of professional, and proving that professional goes well beyond the layered, relaxed look. There are so many ways we can wear our hair, and should not feel pressured to have it straightened each time we enter our offices! That would be a true challenge, especially for those of us who shy away from direct heat.

I have worked in a corporate setting for most of my career. For the past 4 years, I have worked in a Business Formal office setting. I do not straighten my hair for work. Not even for "Big" meetings. I experiment with different styles, and have found that professional looks CAN be achieved on our hair, in its' curly texture. Does anyone watch the VH1 reality show "What Chilli Wants"? The most recent episode included a scene of Chilli in an office with her Psychologist, and the Dr. was proudly wearing a Puff. You gotta love that!! You have to know that what counts, is NEAT and CLEAN hair. Not necessarily the texture. Make sure to go on the internet and explore different styles. Ask friends, go to blogs and YouTube natural hair. Also, please visit What a fantastic resource for style ideas!!

The picture shown is of me at work. I am standing next to the boss. The big boss. (I have cropped him out, as he is an elected official and may not appreciate me just using his likeness all over my blog:). Anyway, I am wearing a braid out. I tend to wear my hair like this, or in a basic puff for work. Ladies, natural hair is appropriate for all settings!! Have you ever experienced issues in your place of work, due to your natural tresses? Share your stories here!