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Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 5 4/18/14 10:00 P
Hello Sistas! My name is Debbie. I'm not new to Sparkpeople but I have been away for a very long time. Now I'm back because I've gained far too much wait. In addition, I'm beginning my journey to natural hair. So, ANY and ALL help with this will be greatly appreciated.
“It’s a long old road, but I know I’m gonna find the end.” - Bessie Smith
Pounds lost: 3.4
Fitness Minutes: (5,804) Posts: 313 3/9/14 2:03 P
Hello ladies! I've been natural since 3/2002. I love it. I have thick hair and have worn it past my shoulders. It was too much trouble. I found a good barber and she gives me a great cut, as I keep mine really short. I don't have to worry about heat, rain, sweat. I wash and condition every night. Only hair tools needed, a brush.
My hair does not define me. I started out using Queen Helene conditioner and it works great. Put it on, put a cap on, and that's the heat treatment. I tried WEN. Really loved that. It is a wash/condition all in one, it's not a shampoo, but cleans and conditions well. I no longer had breakage when using that.
You only live once!
Pounds lost: 15.0
Posts: 1,203 1/29/14 9:53 P
Hello Ladies, after six months I am still learning to navigate this site. Tonight is the first I time I have seen this team. I am fortyplus56 and I have been natural for approximately 2 years. I must admit my change was gradual and still painful at times.
I cannot style my own hair so I am at the mercy of a stylist. I am not always happy with my hair. The main reason is it is too thin especially on top. When I get dressed I feel my hair is too casual at times. I wear different head wraps or hats, but after two years I am still not comfortable all the time.
Does anyone have suggestions for thinning hair? So happy to be part of this team.
Edited by: FORTYPLUS56 at: 1/29/2014 (21:54)
"NO ONE CAN WALK BACKWARDS INTO THE FUTURE"
Pounds lost: 17.3
Posts: 13,501 8/25/13 5:08 P
Hello Sisters, I am Gayle, and I have been natural for a little over a year, and I am glad that did. I do not have probles with my hair, I fix it in different styles, really learning what works with my hair. I look forward to getting to know everyone.
Fitness Minutes: (13,790) Posts: 264 8/20/13 10:35 A
Hello Natural Sistas,
My husband found this team for me and I'm glad to be a part. I used to have a jerry curl way back in the day and went on to relaxers since my teenage years but decided to give that up about two years ago. I'm so glad I did. Although I have some problems with thinning hair (not a result of wearing my hair natural) I have a much easier time growing my hair longer since going natural. It actually touches the back of my neck now something it hasn't done since my pre-teen years. I am taking Viviscal on a daily basis for the thinning and trying to become more disciplined in deep conditioning my hair and doing hot oil treatments once per month. I don't think I'll ever go back to relaxers. I am also eating right not just to lose weight but to help my hair and skin health. I drink alot of water and take vitamins.
To all of you I pray the best of health for your hair!
Emotion may help us get started in the right direction, but it is rarely there at the finish line. Sooner or later we must press forward without the support of emotion and employ discipline.
current weight: 180.0
Fitness Minutes: (86,007) Posts: 5,820 4/7/13 7:39 P
Hi...Spark 's glad I found Natural Sistas Team. I not only need help with weight loss, I need natural hair care help!!!!! Seeking to find easy results. Asking for help along the way.
current weight: 168.0
Fitness Minutes: (18,365) Posts: 2,832 3/18/13 11:25 A
Hi, I've been experimenting with being natural off and on for about the past seven years. I love not putting the perms in my hair. Yet, I still haven't figured out how to get my natural hair to look decent. I have really coarse hair. I've did the "Chop" several times. When it grows out I really don't know what to it. My hair grow long in the top of my head. I usually wear a wig. Now, in the summer that becomes a problem. It's too hot for wigs in the Texas heat for me.
I CAN do this ONE day at a time.
Fitness Minutes: (15,066) Posts: 1,370 2/27/13 3:31 P
I've been natural since 5/2009 and loving it. I was on SparkPeople a couple of years ago, left, but now I'm back. Not sure what my hair "type" is. Honestly trying to match my hair with letter and numbers got really confusing for me. Hope I can get great tips on hair products and treatments
Posts: 46 2/17/13 6:23 P
Hi Everyone, My name is Jennifer and I am 38. My hair type is 3C with 3B strands here and there that I believe are from relaxing for so many years. I had my last chemical straightener on 12/24/2011 and had my big chop on Tuesday of last week (12/12/13). I noticed some bald spots from wearing a tight ponytail almost daily for a year (since my last straightener). I found out about Henna making your hair thicker and stronger so hennaed my hair last Friday. Trying to get used to my short hair and honestly feeling really awkward. The shortest my hair has ever been is a little past my shoulder. I am still glad I did it. I love, love, love my tight spirally curls and can't wait til they grow out.
On weight loss.... I have lost 50 lbs since joining SparkPeople and still trying to lose from 10 to 20 lbs. I am currently at 120 lbs and I am 4'11, so should be between 100 to 110 lbs.
current weight: 122.2
Fitness Minutes: (67,797) Posts: 1,755 1/5/13 2:55 P
Hi everyone, my name is Judi! I had done the big cut about 3years ago. The only chemical in my hair now is color. I am not ready to show the gray yet. I went thru so much to get here. I have tried tons of products and what works for me is the Kinky-Kurly Product line. It is the only thing I use in my hair. I bet if I were to straighten my hair it would be past my shoulders. I wear it loose in the winter and a single braid in the summer.
Judi Atlanta, GA
God's got this!!!! SW 3/1/14: 258 St. Patty’s Day: 3/17/14: 257 = 257 April Fool’s Day: 4/1/14: 255 = Earth Day: 4/22/14: 252 = World Laughter Day: 5/4/14: 250 = Women’s Check-up Day: 5/14/14: 248 = Memorial Day (Final Weigh-in): 5/26/14: 246 =
current weight: 258.0
Posts: 100 1/2/13 9:32 P
Happy to join natural since 6/20/2007 just re-cut about 5 months ago for a change.
(Eastern Time Zone)
Success is not a race, be patient. Success leads to success. Success is always a work in progress. Success doesn't come to you--you go to it. Success is a journey, not a destination. Focus on the process. Some people dream about success... while others wake up and work hard at it. Success is achieved and maintained by those who try-and keep trying. Everyday is a good day to SUCCEED! If at first you don't succeed-try, try again
Pounds lost: 8.8
Fitness Minutes: (24,897) Posts: 13,130 9/25/12 11:17 A
Happy to join this team!
I have been natural since 10/15/2011 and loving it.
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"Strength does not come from winning your struggles. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender that is strength." -Author unknown
April SparkPoints: 149
Fitness Minutes: (3,023) Posts: 2,605 6/27/12 9:09 P
So glad to find my Natural Sistas here. So glad we're EVERYWHERE
Hit me up on Facebook or we might already be friends https://www.facebook.com/BeefandRice
Will be hanging around here for sure
Edited by: PAMPERINGME at: 6/27/2012 (21:09)
"Commit thy works onto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.", Proverbs 16:3
I love this scripture because it tells me that if I live according to God's ways I don''t even have to think for myself.... How easy is that :-)
Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still
Pounds lost: 6.0
Fitness Minutes: (6,992) Posts: 419 6/26/12 7:33 P
Hello my sistahs, I've been on my natural hair journey for 1 year, 4 months. I'm still trying to figure out a hair regime. I'm in Northern VA area, mother of a beautiful 3 year old, and newly married to a wonderful husband who has accepted the natural journey. I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone in this group, finding good tips and going on this journey together.
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Pounds lost: 0.0
Posts: 12 6/4/12 10:44 P
Hi all, My name is Tiara I am 22 years old from Durham, NC and I have been natural since 2007 but finally started accepting my natural hair towards the end of 2011. I am looking forward to my healthy lifestyle journey as well as my journey to better take care of my hair
“Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” ~Henry Ford
“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” ~Martin Luther King Jr.
current weight: 230.0
Posts: 19 3/7/12 9:47 P
Hello Natural Sistas. My name is Liz. I am the mother of six, beautiful, grown children and mommom of four. I decided to go natural about 18 months ago and I love it. I am focused on getting back on track to getting fit and healthy. After being hospitalized last June, I sunk into a world of depression and anxiety. After being forced to stop smoking I am finally starting to really feel good about getting that horrible habit out of my life. It was a whirlwind for a moment but I am ready to move forward. Going natural was one of the best decisions I've made but it took my good friend some time to convince me. I will need to post a recent pic with my natural curls soon. I look forward to all of the great information and benefits of this team.
"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there's love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong." ~~ Ella Fitzgerald, 1917-1996, Jazz Singer ~~
SW: 241 lbs GW: 150 lbs
Pounds lost: 20.0
Posts: 1,331 2/17/12 5:38 P
Hello my name is Patricia I have been natural for 7 years loc rockin' for 4 years lovin the journey. Trying to implement healthy eating exercise and healthy hair and skin whole package. Love to hear peoples stories. Going natrl was the best thing I could have done. I live in Korea presently married to the love of my life for 19 years have 3 teenagers and have found it is just easier to take care of my own hair and it has never been this long. Will have to put up a recent pic it is down my shoulder blades. Love when people say is all that your hair. Funny. Lets support each other in this journey.
Pounds lost: 28.0
Fitness Minutes: (27,398) Posts: 1,877 1/28/12 11:42 A
Hi Natural Sistas,
I am new to the "natural look" and I must say it is quite different. I am 43, and have had a perm since I was 17 years old. Thought I needed a break from the chemicals. I plan on staying perm free for 2 - 3 years and then going back to the perm. (I love that straight look.) My hair was past my shoulder blades, so when I whacked it off to about an inch... people were in shock, including my two young adult children. I have been natural since July 29, 2011 and this has been an adventure.
Looking forward to getting some good tips and sharing my natural adventures with you all.
Total SparkPoints: 30,846
SparkPoints Level 15
Fitness Minutes: (305) Posts: 8 1/15/12 9:59 P
Okay ... I am 35, mother of 3 (7, 6, 4), going through a rocky separation, and have been natural for 3 years. I love the Lord. I enjoy gardening, reading (children's books is about the only literature I have been "into" in the last 4 years), cooking with the kids, and spending time with my mother (who absolutely HATES my natural hair!!). I look forward to the discusions in this forum and hope to get some tips on making this mane of mine grow. I'm fairly outgoing, so don't be shy to send me a message. A little encouragement is what i need to meet some weight and emotional goals.
Fitness Minutes: (27,398) Posts: 1,877 12/28/11 1:53 P
I enjoyed reading your hair story. I have been natural since July 2011. I decided to just chop my hair down to the new growth. It was mid-back length. Mostly everyone that saw me could not believe I cut my hair down so low. I love the freedom of the natural hair but I am still trying to find a style. Glad to join this team.
Total SparkPoints: 30,846
SparkPoints Level 15
Posts: 2,919 12/3/11 4:09 P
Hello my Sistas! I am a child of the 60s, so I came to terms with my natural hair during the days of the BlacK Panthers and "Black Power". I turned 60 this year, and I'm sure that I have been steadily wearing my hair natural for at least the last 30 years. I too, have rocked all kinds of natural styles over the years, but have been wearing locs now for the last five years. I still color my hair about every 10 weeks. That's about all the gray that I care to deal with!
I'm looking forward to getting to know you.
Everyday is a new start!
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God will make a way
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current weight: 205.6
Fitness Minutes: (47,254) Posts: 3,313 11/22/11 4:17 P
Hello Sistas! I am an Apostolic, spirit filled, tongue talking Pentecostal who embraces Holiness standards to the fullest! I hope I will be welcomed here. I have not cut or trimmed my hair since 1998 when I was baptized in Jesus name and re-dedicated my life to serving Christ. I have also discontinued coloring my hair, do not wear make-up or jewelry and do not wear apparel that pertains to men. I'm a 60 yr. old grandmother that loves the Lord and healthy living. I guess you could say I'm pretty "natural".
The name of your team is what drew me here...I look forward to getting to know yall.
Edited by: BITTYGIRL51 at: 11/22/2011 (16:17)
"We are twice armed if we fight with Faith" Plato
"Don't ever let your fear grow larger than your faith" Stevie Wonder
Fitness Minutes: (285) Posts: 33 10/29/11 2:06 P
Ok here's a little about me. I'm 27 years old, married to a wonderful man, and we have 3 little monsters lol, ages 7, 5, and 10 months. I have been natural for 5 years. I decided not to put perms in my hair anymore after constantly being burned by them. I would always forget not to scratch my hair lets say lol. One day I decided I wasn't putting that crap in my hair anymore. I then chopped all my hair off and wore a low natural fro until it grew out.Then I just rocked every natural hairstyle you can think of until I decided to loc. I wore locs for 8 months before taking them out (yes you can remove locs) lol. I wanted my fro back so bad and missed my loose hair styles. About a year later, I decided to loc again, this time after having the locs for 6 months I had to cut them off. My locs were falling off aroung the sides of my head due to constantly dying my hair, ect.
So after my loc chop, I stopped dying my hair and let it grow out for 5 months. I just started my locs once again and this time its going to work. I went through all my natural hair mistakes and have learned from them. For my hair i've learned the less, the better. I only use shampoo and conditioner...nothing else. I do use oil sometimes. I don't twist my hair or anything. This is what works for me. I look forward to meeting all of you and hearing about you and your journey.
God Bless you, Nikki:)
~All things are possible with a little faith~ ~Nikki~
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