SparkPeople Natural Sistas Team Messageboard We are beautiful, different and uniquely made. I'm not my hair but my hair is my glory. Please share your natural hair journey with us! SparkPeople Natural Sistas Team Messageboard *** Share your Journey or hair Disasters lessons *** Share your Journey <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> or hair Disasters <em>24</em> lessons that you have learned from along the way <em>149</em> Sun, 6 Jul 2014 23:50:24 EST Have You Huddled today? I notice this team doesn't huddle regularly. Is it you don't know how? Go to sparkteams, choose a team, in the right column, click view huddle wall. Then huddle from there. Looking to see you there. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:06:32 EST I'm Back! Hello guys! I am back after a few years! I shed 35 pounds due to going vegan but once I fell off the wagon late 2011, I gained back about 15 of it...I've now started my journey back to losing 65 pounds by years' end. <BR> <BR> I am on a 1500 calories/day regimen and try to get some type of physical activity daily (I've been doing Just Dance on the Wii since its been too cold to walk outside) <BR> <BR> Great to meet you all and I support all of you! Together WE CAN DO THIS!!! <em>104</em>... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 08:52:31 EST Hello Sisters I'm from Virginia hoping to meet new Positive friends to converse with about Natural Hair, Weight Loss, Clean Eating, and just general everyday topics. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:36:34 EST Green House Effect Has anyone used the GHE to help grow your hair? It's suppose to help your hair grow 1 inch in a month. If you have, did you see a different in growth? <BR> <BR> Green House Effect - <BR> After you dress your hair with your favorite products, you put your hair in a protective style. Put on a plastic shower cap (cheap throw away kind) then tie on a scarf and bonnet or another scarf. <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 03:11:05 EST Hey ladies :) Hey sistas! This is me introducing myself. <BR> My name is Makeydah and I am a 37 year old married mother to 4 kids - two of whom are grown. <BR> Yeah I know. <BR> I can't say I'm on a fitness or weightloss journey, but I am on a journey to reclaim my health and live better from here on out - so of course weightloss comes along with that. <BR> It's great to be here and I'm hoping to make many new friends along the way. <BR> Peace Tue, 6 Aug 2013 23:25:43 EST Daily chat... come on in and say hi :) Daily chat... come on in and say hi <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I looked thru the list of topics in this section and didnt see a daily chat topic where one can just come in and shoot the breeze and talk about anything.... <BR> <BR> <BR> so come on in and make yourself comfie and lets chat <em>224</em> Fri, 5 Jul 2013 01:02:21 EST Needing Black Hair Advice on Hair and sweat .... Black People's Hair ... need advice <BR> <BR> Needing Black Hair Advice on Hair and sweat .... <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes I am black and have black people's hair... soft hair but still I have ethic hair which I love. <BR> <BR> Problem: I watched youtube and learned how to do Bantu knots hair twists and I learned how to moisturize and seal my hair, etc.... I did that last night on clean hair and woke up this morning and was very happy with the results until a few minutes later when I began to ... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 12:57:45 EST How do you wear your hair in the office? I think it's still very taboo for curly girls to wear their natural hair in the office or on interviews. When you are presented with such an occasion, what style do you depend on to look your professional best? For me its hair that's freshly washed and braided in big braids with a side part, then tension dried and then un-braided. Sat, 15 Jun 2013 09:25:49 EST Happy and Nappy since MLK day 2011 Hello all, <BR> <BR> Call me NewSpark. I have been happily natural for two years. Its kinda like being married though. I say happily natural but there have been days of confusion and anger. lol <BR> Glad I did it though. <BR> To paraphrase Nicole Ari Parker when she was on Melissa Perry's show (and I think she got this from somewhere else but I love it) <BR> 'Why is it that we are the only ones criticized or made to feel uncomfortable for wearing our hair exactly as it gro... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:13:02 EST Best Natural Hair Products What do you use on your hair??????? Mon, 13 Aug 2012 23:17:27 EST Are You Into Fashion? Hi guys! Started a new group called Fatshionista if you are into fashion, shopping and looking great as well as feeling great, come by and check us out! You can search for fatshionista or copy and paste the link below! <BR> <BR><BR>s_individual.asp Fri, 17 Feb 2012 13:01:15 EST Hello! Hello all!! Thu, 2 Feb 2012 10:54:34 EST exercise How many minutes have you exercise this week ? Thu, 19 Jan 2012 22:05:30 EST Back to square one I joined and lost a few pounds, then I began gaining again. I cannot believe I weigh so much. I have never had weight problems in my life! <BR> <BR> For a while, I thought my scale was broke. In any case, I have started losing again. <BR> BUT -I am back where I started. Sigh <BR> <BR> According to my chart I should be at 138 by now, and I am only at 148. <BR> <BR> This time around, I am monitoring everything I put in my mouth! Even tea. I am monitoring everything I eat, and I am exercis... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 12:06:36 EST Exercise goals for this week What are your goals for exercise this week? Sun, 8 Jan 2012 17:13:12 EST New to the Natural I am new in the natural hair world. Just wondering if anyone had any suggestions on products. I have very thick, curly, course hair. I haven't had a perm in about 7 months and I am trying to get some control!!! Fri, 6 Jan 2012 09:03:32 EST Healthy Foods A-Z (game) A- apples Sat, 29 Oct 2011 13:52:00 EST WEN Hair Care Has anyone tried WEN hair care products? If so, did you like them? Mon, 15 Aug 2011 09:54:35 EST California Natural Hello Naturals! <BR> <BR> I have been natural about 2 years, my hair broke off/fell off from neglect and a bad home relaxer. After that I kept it in braids up until Feb 2011...and decided I was either going to sisterlock or start taking care of my hair. So here I am, on the journey to healthy long hair. My ultimate goal would be MBL hair. So in addition to my health/fitness goals I am also looking to achieve maximum hair health. <BR> <BR> Hopefully we can get some challenges started in th... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 03:50:50 EST Loctician from Nor Cal Hey DIVAS!!!! <BR> My name is Lajohnna but you all can call me LJ. I'm a 21 year old college senior and I have been a loctician/natural stylist for about a year now. The more I do natural hair the more I fall in love with it. I started my locks my senior year of high school. My friends thought i was crazy because i was the girl that got her hair whipped and flipped every week lol. Well i got tired of spending my weekends frying my hair, and braids hurt my VERY tender head, so I ran into my mo... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 15:36:49 EST Loving my natural Ladies, I did the BC yesterday. Even though my hair is dry currently I still LOVE IT. where can I purchase kinky curley and leave in by Giovanni? my last question, does anyone where at bonnet at night or sleep with nothing? <BR> <BR> I lied, I have another question. I've been working out approximately 3-4 times a week, should i co-wash each time? Thu, 28 Jul 2011 09:24:55 EST New to Spark Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm Chataries and new to the site. I heard of this website through Youtube. So far, i am having a great time learning about getting/staying healthy. I really enjoy reading Spark members' journey/success stories. Well, thank you for taking the time to read my short introduction. Tue, 12 Jul 2011 17:53:20 EST I am officially natural!! Well, after 18 months of transitioning I decided yesterday that I was ready to cut the remaining 2-3 inches of relaxed ends off of my hair!! I was approaching a big milestone in my life...I turned 40 today!! and I thought why not have two milestones!! I decided to enter my 40s as a "natural head"!! <BR> <BR> I'm glad I did it! I originally was going to transition for 2 years, but I said what the heck, its only a few more inches left and I did it!! Thu, 23 Jun 2011 19:53:53 EST Back to my Purpose Hello Ladies!! I'm rejoining the group and getting my life back on track! I've been on and off the wagon and I finally made the decision that enough is enough. I am tired of making excuses why I cant put my health first. Yes, I have a hectic schedule, but who doesnt these days? I need to push myself this time. I welcome all support!! <BR> <BR> ~Crystal Tue, 24 May 2011 14:36:27 EST I love my transitioning hair while working out!! I just have to say that going natural is the best cure for me and my workouts!! I have been wearing my hair in 2 strand twist (arranged into a bun) for the past two weeks and have been carefree/drama free as far as what to do with my hair after a morning-pre-work-workout!! <BR> <BR> Wearing my hair this way does require me to take it down and re-do it every weekend due to the sweat but its still worth it to me to not have to deal with it during the week. <BR> <BR> Best hair decision I've m... Thu, 19 May 2011 11:48:46 EST Happy to be Nappy! Hello to all of you fabulous naturals! I'm so glad to be apart of this group. I've been natural since 2006, and I've enjoyed every minute of it. Sun, 10 Apr 2011 01:00:37 EST I'm thinking about getting Locs Does anyone have any advice to share about this process? I am researching it on the web, and I've been interested in it ever since I BC'd last year. I have my hair in small two strand twists and i realized that i could really wear locs. I just want some input! thanks! Tue, 5 Apr 2011 01:57:50 EST Natural on board!!! Hello all! I am new to the team but not to Spark! Just wanted to drop in and say hello!!! <em>212</em> Sat, 19 Mar 2011 18:32:56 EST The Happening... da da Dah! So what will you create today large or small;grande or petite to shift your Life? <BR> <BR> The happening could be something small or large that you may do to shift your world. It could be as simple as trying a shade of lipstick you never thought you would to, investing into going to college simply by ordering a college catlog to revamping your hair or correcting a habit (just for today) or getting your groove on with a manicure. <BR> <BR> Like today I made a happening happen. I had a chall... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 06:36:31 EST Home Made Flaxseed Gel & TerresEssential Hair Wash Morning I am trying out some new products..please see my blog for more infor and pictures..I am pretty excited..if this works no more expensive hair Gels for me! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 27 Feb 2011 11:13:03 EST Soft & Beautiful Hey All, <BR> <BR> Was wondering if anyone could suggest a daily moisturizer my problem is that I would moisturize in the morning and mid day my hair would be dry. <BR> <BR> I was wearing kinky twist in my hair for the past month and half I took them out last night. I used Shea Moisture Black Soap to shampoo, I deep condition with Giovanni Deep Conditioner then I did another condition with Say Yes to Carrots. My leave in was Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in and I sealed it with jojoba oil. <BR... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 12:47:32 EST Hello all... The team description said that this was the right place "Whether your hair is staight,curly or other." Since my hair is straight, curly AND (mostly) other I figured I better join the group LOL. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 22:54:11 EST Hi.. Sorry I'm quite shy. Uhm. I'm not really a natural, but I don't add heat to my hair often..the last time was almost 3 weeks ago; and I haven't permed in in about 5 months or so. <BR> <BR> I've never really taken care of my hair, and now that I've grown up ( I'm 21) I feel that I should. I also cut my hair back twice sometime between 2007 - 2009, and my hair doesn't seem to grow at all. I used to have hair that would be just under my collar bones, but now it doesn't even touch my shoulder. ... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 04:51:29 EST Hello All I have been natural for over a year now. What suggestions do you have for preserving your hair while working out? My hair is too short for a ponytail and I typically have it pressed. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 21:28:29 EST Hello! Hello ladies! I wanted to introduce myself as one of the team Administrators. I have been natural since 2003 and love my natural hair. One of my biggest struggles now is how to keep my hair clean and fresh while working out during the week without having to wash my hair so much. In any event, my hopes is to make this an active team, and get us involved in some challenges and motivation. Any tips, trips, or products you have for working out and haircare, please share. Mon, 17 Jan 2011 16:11:50 EST I am not my hair... but its great huh lol I started my hair journey in 2009. I did not research like i should have so i got a fresh perm and then transitioned with the salt and pepper look lol. <BR> <BR> I went from past shoulder length hair to shaved in the back. I grew it out colored it and flat ironed it order time while natural. I love my curls and noticed a change so I'm aiming to go the next few month heat free and chemical free. whats the point of being natural if ur damaging it! <BR> <BR> so as if 01/2011 my hair is past s... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 12:22:31 EST Transtioning to natural without the BC I got my last relaxer October 2009. I was BSL at the time. I just recently got about 2.5 inches of relaxed hair cut off. I still have about 1.5 to 2 inches of relaxed hair left. I think I am gonna cut it off at the end of the month! I'm so excited!!! <BR> <em>12</em> Fri, 7 Jan 2011 16:13:31 EST Are there any Naturals Here from Cincinnati? Hello naturals - Just checking to see if we have any naturals from Cincinnati, Dayton or Kentucky. If so, chip in chicas. Wed, 5 Jan 2011 17:10:21 EST Naturally me Username: QUEENKYQTPIE <BR> NAME: Una <BR> <BR> Favorite Color: Blues & greens <BR> Favorite Food: Mexican <BR> List three things you want your team to know about you? <BR> 1. My last relaxer was October 2009!!! Whoot whoot! <BR> 2. I am married with 1 daughter & 1 step-son. <BR> 3. I have never worn a wig.....but I want to. Thu, 30 Dec 2010 22:29:03 EST Your top discoveries, first-time attempts of 2010? What are your top discoveries, new-to-you events/finds/tries of 2010? 3-5 <BR> <BR> Mine are: <BR> 1. Zumba -- love it! <BR> 2. Cioppino Seafood Stew from Trader Joe's <BR> 3. Sushi -- love it -- perfect meal for me, learned that Sushi is the Japanese word for vinegared rice. <BR> 4. MCM 10k in Washington DC -- an amazing experience (2nd 10k of 2010) <em>312</em> <BR> 5. Sending my first child off to college (1 down; 3 to go) <em>58</em> Wed, 29 Dec 2010 13:40:45 EST Help! Need product ideas for 4c hair Also styling ideas. Right now I'm in between braids so I'm wearing wigs and a natural afro when I work out and desire to keep my hair as moisturized and healthy as possible. Your help will be greatly appreaciated, thanks!!! Mon, 27 Dec 2010 10:31:00 EST Peace Queens I am back for a 2nd try to get off these blasted pounds. I ama 1 yr in locked out sista who feels like the busiest person in the worls. So I strive to stay focused more on my needs, especially my health needs and stop making excuses as to why I am too busy to watch what I eat! <BR> Blessings to all! Sun, 12 Dec 2010 10:34:37 EST Hair Care Forums I want to join and become active with a natural hair care forum.. I am sort of struggling with this new hair journey of mine and although I love you guys here on spark I would like to know what other forums you guys are apart of. <BR> <BR> Sat, 11 Dec 2010 10:14:07 EST thank you i would like to thank my natural divas for my spark goodie.have a great day. Sun, 14 Nov 2010 19:28:44 EST Kinky Curly Application Question... So right now all I know is that I am a type 4 hair type a,b, or c I am really not sure. I purchased today the Kinky Curly product I bought the custard and the shampoo but the KNOT TODAY CONDITIONER was out of stock. OH NO! Should I wait until I can get the conditioner KNOT TODAY or can I just use any leave in conditioner. <BR> Thoughts? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance <BR> Molly Fri, 12 Nov 2010 19:25:36 EST Working Out with 4b or 4c Hair Hello Ladies, <BR> I am new to Spark People for about a month and I have lost 8 pounds and I am so delighted about that. I had my last relaxer November 2009 and I did the big chop in May 2010. My hair has grown to a nice blow out bush since then. <BR> During this time I gained 20 pounds, eventhough I basically went to a Trader Joe's and Whole Food lifestyle (if it was from there I was eating it). I had actually stopped exercising at that time because maintaining my natural hair was time con... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 10:38:04 EST What are you wearing this Halloween for a costume! I am wearing cat ears and a tail as I will be working pms tommorrow as a nurse! <em>241</em> Sat, 30 Oct 2010 13:06:40 EST Sister Locks Hi I am from UK and have SisterLocks which I maintain myself. Do any others ave these? Sat, 30 Oct 2010 06:13:32 EST New to Spark Hello everyone! I'm new to this site and this group. I want to get healthier and more toned. I've been natural for 10 years and can provide motivation and advice to any new naturals! Thu, 28 Oct 2010 22:04:23 EST What kind of music are you listening to today? I am listening to Tom Petty's Runnin Down a Dream.... Wed, 27 Oct 2010 15:10:14 EST Afros tips Okay I am in love with afros but I am not that skilled in styling them. Do anyone have tips on how to keep your afros healthy and neat let me know please. Tue, 26 Oct 2010 13:31:20 EST because I'm black I have worn my hair natural since high school but I often have it pulled back in a tight bun at work (I am a high school teacher). This year I have started wearing my hair out, long and curly and have noticed I started a trend. There are curls everywhere. One of my students, who is Latina, has started wearing her hair natural and asked me how I get my curls so tight. I smiled at her and said "it's because I'm black". We all had a good laugh. I think it's funny that people have a hard time re... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 09:40:14 EST Hi everyone! My name is Vanessa and I'm 21 years old. Born & raised in Brooklyn, NY but my family is from Barbados. I've been trying to lose weight since I was 16 years old. I've dieted in the past but stopped due to lack of interest or just pure laziness. I definitely need to work on cutting out the sweets ( I love chocolate and rocky road ice cream). I would appreciate any help and support. I would love to make new friends along the way. Hopefully this site helps me jump start my weight loss and reach a... Mon, 18 Oct 2010 12:50:00 EST Being Natural is Beautiful Hello everyone my name is Norrisa, and i am happy to be the newbie here!! Love the name of the Team i have been natural all of my life!! But for a long time i hated my natural hair as a child as i grew older i learned to embraced my curls!! That has nothing to do with my over abundance of curves however!! LOL, i'm here to lose 60 pounds and i have been a Sparker going on a Month now!! I can't believe how quick time flies and I can't wait to weigh myself finally at the end of this month!! Beca... Thu, 7 Oct 2010 17:42:28 EST Hello all!! Hi Everybody!! <BR> <BR> I am a 31 year old mother of one. I've been a Spark member since March and am looking to lose a total of 45 pounds, 19 of which are gone (yay!!). <BR> <BR> I am not natural yet, but am thinking about making the switch next year. I am looking for advice and hairstyle ideas, and am looking forward to learning from the great ladies on this team. Wed, 25 Aug 2010 10:17:13 EST HELLO NATURL SISTERS HELLO, I JUST WANTED TO DROP IN TO SAY HELLO.. I AM NEW TO THIS GROUP AND I HOPE TO MAKE SO MANY FRIENDS <BR> I HOPE THAT EVERYONE HAD A GREAT WEEKEND.. UNTIL NEXT TIME BYEEE Tue, 17 Aug 2010 12:27:52 EST Natural Hair Meetup groups. Hey Natural Divas! <BR> <BR> Are any of you a member of a Natural Hair Meetup group? If so, what's your experiences? Mon, 16 Aug 2010 14:30:24 EST HAVE YOU EVER USED HENNA ON YOUR HAIR? HELL0 TO ALL MY SISTERS.. I JUST WANTED TO KNOW IF ANY OF U EVER USED HENNA ON YOUR HAIR.. I HAD MY HENNA IN MY CABINET FOR ABOUT 4 MONTHS, AND I JUST TRIED IT ON MY HAIR. AND WOW, WOW, WOW, I WAS SO IMPRESSED WITH IT.. I WILL DO THIS AGAIN.. I GOT INTRODUCED TO HENNA VIA YOU TUBE.. NOW I AM HOOKED... WELL, PLEASE TELL US HEAR ABOUT YOUR HENNA EXPERIENCES.. THANKS... AND BY THE WAY KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK WITH YOUR EXERCISE.. BYE FOR NOW..... <BR> <BR> RAINTOSHINE..... <em>224</em> <em>334... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 21:34:36 EST What bloggers do you follow for your hair care? I have embraced and found out so much more that I DIDN'T know! I an a wash and go girl and finding there are a lot of styles out there. The info and seeing all the natural hair divas is wonderful. Does anyone follow someone they think is amazing? Mon, 9 Aug 2010 18:57:15 EST Hello! I'm Cee. I trying to nurture my natural hair so I can begin locking again. I hope to gain strength and friends here during my quest. I had locks in the past, but cut them. *sigh* <BR> <BR> I don't want to return to perms at this stage of the game. They are not my friends! <em>224</em> Mon, 2 Aug 2010 12:33:32 EST Looking for a product to curl my hair naturally I am looking for a chemical free product that would curl my hair any suggestions? Sun, 1 Aug 2010 22:45:18 EST What is your go to hairstyle? What is you your all time favorite do to style that you can't live without? I always seem to go do the two strand twist I can leave it in for a while, as a protective style, and the best thing is just spritz a little leave- in and I am ready to ! I know my hubby always loves it when I don't take a millon hours getting ready. Sun, 18 Jul 2010 13:31:20 EST Hello Naturals! Hi, I have been natural for about four years now, and its great to see many people with like interests.And I have been on sparkpeople for about two years, but about six months ago I started to take my weight seriously.Any who its just great to be here. <BR> <BR> Nappilicious Sun, 18 Jul 2010 12:37:32 EST Miss Jessie's Quick Curls Has anyone tried this ?I know it cost less than the Kinky Curl,I am going to try it. Sat, 17 Jul 2010 11:15:24 EST New Member So glad I just found this team. I'm a natural diva of 25 months. I love being natural. I style my hair many ways but my favorite is my afro. I love the idea that I can workout all day or nite and my hair loves the moisture. I have also incorporated more protein in my diet and in the past months I've gotten more growth. I'm a big fan of Qhemet Biologics products. I look forward to meeting all Natural Nappy Divas on Sparkspeople. Stay Nappy, Be Blessed. <BR> Mon, 12 Jul 2010 00:51:40 EST Happy this team exists! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I just finished writing my first blog not knowing that this team existed and I'm happy I found it. I've been natural for about a year and half. I wear braids with extensions (senegalese twists, curly braids, box braids, etc.) most of the time. But my hair makes it out every once in awhile,! I enjoy being natural, though I have a lot to learn (I was natural for about 5 years before this and then for 11 years before that...with stints of relaxers in betwee... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 19:47:18 EST Kinky Curly I have been nautral for about 3 yrs. then i heard about KC,I started using it yesterday love it. Fri, 18 Jun 2010 14:10:05 EST Newly Natural Im returning to SP but newly natural as of the middle of May! Need motivation in both me but will love me more when I lose more weight again! Sat, 5 Jun 2010 16:54:50 EST What Inspired You To Go Natural? For me, it was fact that I have always loved my curly/kinky hair, despite most people in my family found my natural hair unappealing. So, what inspired you to go natural? Thu, 20 May 2010 21:03:49 EST New member - Lovennat uralness Hello, I'm so glad to know this group exist. I've been with sparkpeople since Dec 2007. I love sparkpeople and all of the successes, camaraderies, and even the failures I have had - I have learned so much about health, and my eating habits! I hoping to learn a lot more, especially when it comes to eating well, and how it effects the hair. You see, I'm newly natural (actually by accident) and I am absolutely loving it. I have never in my 20+ years of having a relaxer, looked into the mirro... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 12:55:44 EST What about your children's hair? I have a girlfriend who is natural but trying, with no success, to get her 20 year old daughter to leave the chemicals alone and go natural. My daughter was reluctant at first but she loves her natural curly hair now. I put a relaxer in her hair when she was 9 but she hated the upkeep of it so we let it grow out and she's been natural ever since. She wanted to have straight hair but she now realizes how unique she actually is and gets many, many compliements. Wed, 6 Jan 2010 23:23:46 EST What natural hair products do you use? I was madly in love with Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding. Used it for a year but I suffered dryness. I've switched to Mixed Chicks but not completely happy. I'm getting ready to switch to Curly Custard from Kinky Curly since it's all natural and isn't that what we are? Wed, 6 Jan 2010 23:15:44 EST Hello! I came across this team and wanted to join because I've recently started to let my relaxer grow out. I'm returning to SP after a few years hiatus -- and am once again facing my demons & not afraid to accept their challenges! Mon, 2 Nov 2009 14:24:49 EST