SparkPeople Nappy Divas Team Messageboard For all gorgeously natural, kinky-haired ladies. An upbeat support group for the mind, body and soul that focuses on having fun, staying healthy, and losing weight - One step at a time!! SparkPeople Nappy Divas Team Messageboard Has Anyone Tried Onions on their Natural Hair???? I was trying to find something that would help my thinning hair. I went on the internet to do some research and found that onions were supposed to help with thinning hair. <BR> <BR> According to an article on <BR> <BR> Onions are high in sulfur, which helps in regenerating the hair follicles. They are also beneficial in decreasing inflammation. Onion juice helps by providing nourishment and circulation to the hair follicles. It kills germs, parasites, and treats some f... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 12:42:52 EST Please.....don't HAIR! Hi ladies! If this topic is not in the right place, I apologize in advance. But I need to vent and perhaps seek advice.... <BR> <BR> I have recently started a new job. I was excited at the opportunity to learn many different skills. However, this has been my first job (in a long time) where I was a direct hire. My three previous jobs were acquired through temp-to-perm positions. But that is neither here nor there. <BR> <BR> In my current situation, I am the only person of color working ... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 06:49:01 EST Who inspires you online? Natural hair handles you follow online. Share your favorites so we can follow them too. <BR> <BR> naturalhairdoescare on instagram is one of my faves and Sheamoisture I absolutely love when they post. <em>202</em> <BR> <BR> Share your's with us. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:43:44 EST Newbie here Hello everyone, reading my user name I feel like I have found my place. I'm from B'ham AL and I joined Spark about a week ago. Looking for friends and support in my twenty pound weight loss journey. So far I have lost 17 pounds this year, I recently joined a gym and I will accomplish this goal. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:34:22 EST Who has heard of the Maximum Hydration Method? I just started doing the Maximum Hydration Method to maintain moisture in my natural low porosity hair. I am going to do it for 7 day and then every 2-3 days until my hair is at maximum hydration. Has anyone else tried this method? Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:35:13 EST nappy and new hellllooooo happy to be apart of this team. <em>30</em> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:48:57 EST New/old Favorite hair product? Anyone using something new and love it? <BR> <BR> Please share your new/old favorite hair product. Tell us what you like about it and how you use it to make it work. <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:29:06 EST What do you wish you knew before going natural? What do you wish you knew before going natural? What would you do differently if you could? <BR> <em>204</em> <em>204</em> <em>202</em> <em>204</em> <em>204</em> <em>202</em> <em>204</em> <em>204</em> <em>204</em> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:06:09 EST Let's talk about SWEAT! To save a little money I have decided to change up my hair routine and how often I have my stylist do my hair. I am trying to get it down from once every 2 weeks to once every month. <BR> <BR> The first 3 weeks I rock a two strand twist and leave the twists twisted but usually pull them back with whatever cute hairband I can find. See here: <link><BR>5x500q90/600/e5gy.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> The last week or 2 I carefully undo the twists and leave t... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:16:05 EST New to the Team, Almost New to Natural Hair Hi Y'all! I'm Tas in NJ and I'm just letting my hair go natural again for third time in my life (after birth of course). I decided to go natural this time because I was letting my hair be an excuse not to work out. I finally got it to grow to past my shoulder blades and was very proud of it, not realizing I was sacrificing my health in the process. Needless to say, I've seen the light and my health shall suffer no more for my vanity. I look forward to chatting with you all. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 09:38:37 EST Don't Quit! DON'T QUIT <BR> By Unknown <BR> <BR> When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, <BR> When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill, <BR> When the funds are low and the debts are high, <BR> And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, <BR> When care is pressing you down a bit, <BR> Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit. <BR> <BR> Life is queer with its twists and turns, <BR> As every one of us sometimes learns, <BR> And many a failure turns about, <BR> When he might have won had he stuc... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 16:32:59 EST How would you rate? How did you do in 2013? <BR> Let the Diva team know how you would rate your accomplishment towards your goals. <BR> We would love to hear how you did and what's new for 2014. <BR> <BR> <em>401</em> <em>402</em> <em>403</em> <em>404</em> <em>406</em> <em>405</em> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 09:51:14 EST Looking to make new Positiive friends Hi everyone, i'm from Virginia looking to meet new Positive people from all over to talk about Natural Hair, Protective Styles, Weight Loss, Fitness, Clean Eating, and just general everyday topics. If you would like to chat feel free to send a message. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:00:54 EST Yarn braids <BR> Has anyone tried this alternative to synthetic braiding? I am amazed how light these things are, plus since I am trying to grow my hair out from my signature TWA, it's really pretty! <em>30</em> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:07:42 EST What's the weather like where you are Diva? What's the weather like out there in..... <BR> <BR> <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <em>54</em> <em>8</em> <em>31</em> <em>67</em> <em>259</em> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 16:35:36 EST October Challeng e...Here we go Divas!!!! How much exercise can you get in for the week? <BR> <BR> What was the exercise of choice? <BR> <BR> Log in a picture <em>403</em> <em>404</em> <em>405</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>216</em> <em>318</em> <em>316</em> <em>314</em> <em>357</em> <em>237</em> <em>354</em> <em>353</em> <em>355</em> <BR> <BR> and the time spent doing it... <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>244</em> <BR> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 16:31:40 EST Greetings from the Windy City Hello Ladies, <BR> Just joined Spark People. I have always been hesitant to join online communities in the past but with a name like Nappy Divas I couldn't resist. <em>30</em> <BR> Look forward to hearing success stories from others and hopefully sharing a few of my own. Sun, 8 Sep 2013 10:20:24 EST Ooops I wish I didn't eat that...(.What) today??? Sometimes we can't help what our stomach wants and what our brain says so spill it... <BR> <BR> What did you eat or have too much of today? <BR> <BR> It's ok Diva's we are all in this together. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 4 Sep 2013 16:49:06 EST Healthy Food Choice of the day.... What was your healthy choice of the day? <BR> Each day add a picture describing all the healthy food choices you made....was it a fruit, veggies, proud of healthy choices.... <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> <em>368</em> <em>267</em> <em>277</em> <em>22</em> <em>497</em> <em>53</em> <em>498</em> <em>492</em> Wed, 4 Sep 2013 16:41:13 EST September...New Start...What's your New Goal? Hey Diva's it has been a minute since we have had a real check-in on our goals as a team. So with that said summer is almost over and September is here. <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> What new goals have you set for yourself for the season? <BR> <BR> Fitness <BR> <em>401</em> <em>402</em> <em>403</em> <em>404</em> <em>405</em> <BR> <BR> Better Nutrition <BR> <em>194</em> <em>265</em> <em>45</em> <em>210</em> <em>368</em> <em>492</em> <em>496</em> <em>474... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 11:50:28 EST Baltimore area "Black Women Do Workout Event" The group Black Women Do Workout is hosting an event in the Baltimore, MD area. Details below. <BR> <BR> Take a brisk walk with 77 years young Mrs. Ernestine Shepherd on Saturday morning (7/6/13) at 6:30 am and start off a new fitness routine! Find out what she eats, how she stays so dedicated and info on her workout routine! We will meet in Randallstown, MD (outside of Baltimore) with Ernestine who is not only a body builder, motivational speaker, fitness guru and personal trainer but more ... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 20:13:42 EST Bleaching natural curls Good morning Nappy Divas! Has any Diva recently or in the past bleached her hair with a mixture of peroxide and Baking soda? If so, ho did you like it? Mon, 24 Jun 2013 14:43:06 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 12:52:29 EST Green Coffee Bean Extract My weight is climbing. Walking some, but my doctor says my thyroid is off. <BR> <BR> I am desperate - tried Slim Quick but it made me feel awful. Now I am trying Green Coffee Bean Extract. <BR> <BR> 145 today, lets seem where this goes. <BR> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 18:31:15 EST Feel like shaving off all my hair... So my mom died last year Oct and since then I started eating and overworking and stopped exercising and checking my food. Gained weight look about 10 yrs older so I was thinking about cutting off my hair to see if that helps. Then I realized nope what will help is going to the gym/pool working out and eating properly! <BR> <BR> Wish me luck I am now the heaviest I have been in years! Fri, 14 Jun 2013 23:37:32 EST New Chick ! Sorry..i screwed up...didn't mean to start a thread.. <BR> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:40:56 EST I Love Braids Braids seem to do my hair good. It grows better and I can workout better with braids. Sat, 8 Jun 2013 23:46:05 EST Hello New to the group Hello, <BR> <BR> I joined sparkpeople after my second child back in 2007, experienced some great weight loss and over the past couple of years I've fallen off and gained some of those pounds back. I back this year and instead of just tracking calories I plan to get more active again. Seems like thats when I did my best. I've been natural for almost 3 years I guess. <em>357</em> Just wanted to say HI! Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:01:57 EST March Goals ...Updates... Check-Ins Hey Divas what's your goal or update this time around? We are 3 months into the New Year. How are you doin?. Please check in and tell us what's been happening so we can support each other. Sun, 3 Mar 2013 10:38:16 EST Hello Good mornings. Greetings from Washington, DC. I've been natural for 4 years and loc'd for 2 years. Thinking about cutting my locs off soon. <BR> <BR> I created a page on this website years ago but never used it. I'm ready for a healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 09:25:34 EST Anybody have a healthy recipe for collard greens I love greens but need to get some of the sodium out of them and make more healthy any ideas greatly appreciated. Sat, 23 Feb 2013 14:46:21 EST Question re: the Body-Mind Weight Loss Connection Hi Nappy Divas! <BR> <BR> I have a question for you. <BR> <BR> Since starting my weight loss journey again, and following a Low Carb, sufficient protein diet (Ideal Protein (IP) Weight Loss Program) in December 2012, I find that I spend so much time- daily - reading all this health, diet, fitness and inspirational informaton and staying connected to the Spark Team Boards and Blogs that it's become a nearly full-time focus - and it's not about having cravings (because I don't/haven't yet on ... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 17:25:53 EST Protective styles and exercise. What are your favorite protective styles and in door exercise? Mon, 4 Feb 2013 17:56:37 EST Black History Month Easy points... <BR> Add a fun fact regarding Black History and get some points...Or post how you enlightened someone regarding Black History...Or just say what's on your mind today...Get points.... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 12:16:59 EST How did you rock your hair today? How did you rock your hair today... <BR> up/down <BR> out <BR> twists <BR> braids/up/down <BR> bun <BR> ponytail <BR> color/natural <BR> twa <BR> big/fro <BR> wig <BR> <BR> You get the picture... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 19:24:43 EST What will you say goodbye to in the New Year? What is the 1 thing you will be happy to see go along with 2012... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 17:52:53 EST What's your hair type? Do you know what your hair type is? Apparently it is a big deal to know so you know what styles best fit your natural hair type...Personally I am still confused about mine. Mine is definitely a combination of 4a,b and if there is a c...Curious about you other Nappy Divas! Fri, 28 Dec 2012 17:37:31 EST 2013!!!! Is right around the corner....are you ready? have any goals/resolutions already made? still working on them? whatever the case may be, just know that we are here to support you!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:27:56 EST Curly Nikki I was browsing the web on helpful articles to post and found this wonderful site. Nikki is a young woman who shares her story on transitioning from relaxed to natural hair and the site includes informative articles. The link to this sit is <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Please post your thoughts and hopefully, this site will inspire some discussions here on our board. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on this awesome site!! Mon, 3 Dec 2012 11:20:25 EST Do You December 2012 You should be your number 1 priority. What will you do differently to step up your game? How will you avoid the pitfalls of the holidays? How will you do you? <BR> <BR> Feel free to also update how you did in November. Sat, 1 Dec 2012 00:26:23 EST HAIR QOW: Suds or no Suds Shampoo? There are lots of shampoos out there on the market but the new battle out there for natural hair is <BR> "No Suds Shampoo" . <BR> <BR> "They" say the suds strip your hair of it's natural moisture and leaves hair dry after shampooing. <BR> What do you use as shampoo and do you buy into the whole suds vs no suds? Mon, 12 Nov 2012 10:03:01 EST November: I am THANKFUL for.... Nappy Divas what are the 5 things you are most thankful for this month and everyday? Mon, 5 Nov 2012 10:59:52 EST Hair QOW: What are you using to moisturize? Question of the week Divas: What are you currently using on you hair to keep it moisturized? Mon, 5 Nov 2012 10:35:42 EST Belly Band Where can I get a Belly Band and does it help/work to help tighten up the waist area? Sat, 3 Nov 2012 15:31:33 EST New Me November 2012 What's Goal this month Divas? No matter how big or how small let's make some goals and stick with them while supporting each other to do so. <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 21:03:55 EST Any smoothie lovers? What are your favorite recipes? I'm getting tired of my normal strawberry/banana mix...LOL Sat, 27 Oct 2012 20:40:46 EST What styles have you tried? What styles have you tried on your natural hair? <BR> <BR> For me, I have done the teeny weeny afro, the two strand twist, and the two strand twist out. I have also done braids though I didn't like them very much. Sat, 27 Oct 2012 17:03:42 EST Compliments of the day. How many compliments did you get today? <BR> <BR> 1. Natural hair compliments <BR> 2. Weight loss/maintenance compliments <BR> <BR> <BR> When you feel good and look good people notice! <BR> Just in case no one told you, look in the mirror, ya lookin good! Fri, 12 Oct 2012 18:09:31 EST Why did you decide to go natural? What was the main reason you decided natural was the way to go? <BR> Are you happy with your results? <BR> Any advice for someone thinking of going natural? Fri, 12 Oct 2012 17:54:45 EST Any Curlbox/Curlkit Subscribers? If so, which one? <BR> <BR> I am subscribed to both but will probably give one up soon.... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 11:50:56 EST Who is your natural hair crush? I don't think I could rock a fro this size but I love hers!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hts-managed/42-30540248/aevin-dugas-wo<BR>rlds-largest-afro </link> Mon, 8 Oct 2012 13:30:46 EST Need Toddler Hair assistance Was wondering what do you use on your children's hair? I am looking a product that will leave my little toddler hair soft, moisturize and maintain her curls when it's in a fro. I usually do not style her hair in an afro because after a couple hours it will start looking matted and dry. How do I retain her hair throughout the day? Mon, 8 Oct 2012 10:17:32 EST What are your Goals for October? I've been pondering what my weaknesses are and what I always fall back on whenever I get discouraged and guess what? It's a nice big juicy fat burger and french fries <em>24</em> . That's my comfort food whenever I'm feeling down. So now I'm making a conscious effort to AVOID at all costs. <BR> <BR> What are YOUR goals for the month of October? Please share so we can encourage each other. Sun, 7 Oct 2012 16:07:43 EST Carol's Daughter Okay ladies, I am not a name brand junkie...I'll try anything that may work once no matter the price. With that being said I've tried lots of products including CD's and even tried making my own combinations after having to swallow the increasing prices as natural hair products become more popular. I like some of her products but haven't bought anything in a while as when I buy I try to make it last and of course it's expensive. So she's offering a discount that ends tonight and I decided to ... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 12:11:02 EST Hello Divas I am new to the group and just wanted to say hello and tell you a little about myself. I am 36 years old, a mother, wife and student. Over the years I put on weight that I have been trying to get rid of. I am beginning to think it have found its home because I haven't see the 100's since 2002. My goal have been to at least get to 199 and then go from there.I hope everyone is coming along well and will be able to help me find something that sticks and will motivate me to drop a few pounds. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 11:25:39 EST My Pledge of Allegiance to Me By Leticia Hodge <BR> Taken from: <link><BR>3685867997628 </link> <BR> <BR> There’s more to me than the human eye can see. <BR> I’m a woman of purpose and destiny. <BR> <BR> A perfect design, I’m special and unique. <BR> I won’t be identified by the parts that make <BR> up my physique. <BR> <BR> My beauty is not defined by my skin or my hair <BR> and my soul has more value than <BR> the clothes that I wear. <BR> <BR> I’m not a symbol of pleasure o... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 22:40:56 EST Hello! Hi everyone, I'm camile00! I'm returning to SP after a long break, but am ready to reach my goal this time. I have been natural for a little over 7 years now and locked for 2. I went through all the stages, and am so happy with my locks is crazy. I have seen so much growth and feel so free it's not even funny! <BR> Anyway feel free to add me so we can support each other! <BR> Happy journey everyone! Mon, 2 Jul 2012 08:29:55 EST Nappy Diva’s Lifestyle Affirmation (aka NDLA) I’ve been surfing the web as well as SP and I’m seeing a pattern with those that have found success in losing weight: TRACKING MEALS. This is an extremely simple task, and I’ve given very little thought to it. Then I decided if it works for so many others, it should work for me (us <em>211</em> ) too. <BR> <BR> I’ve been on SP for 4 years and I now weigh more than when I joined. So, what do I have to lose (other than weight right?) So the only thing holding me (us) back is OURSELVES! We ha... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 00:29:11 EST Hello I am a former WWer. It has been 19 months since I bc'd and haven't looked back. I look forward to the weight loss and natural hair journeys. I am ready for success! Are there any Cincinnati, Ohio Nappy Divas out there? Tue, 15 May 2012 18:25:36 EST Mad-Dash may Challenge For the month of May, were going to make a “Mad-Dash” towards crossing the finish line of our goals. So our May Challenge is all about moving…Let’s strive to walk 10,000 steps a day! <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Take the stairs whenever possible <BR> 2. Park a little further from the door to get more steps in <BR> 3. Take a brisk walk whenever possible <BR> 4. Plus, list 3 goals you’re struggling with and commit to meeting them for 1 week. <BR> 5. Drink 8 glasses ... Mon, 7 May 2012 09:53:45 EST Workout Hair Styles Good Morning everyone! <BR> I am new to the SparkPeople and I am 100% natural. Now that I've been working out I noticed that I've been washing my hair more. I know washing is good but I don't have the time to do it just about everyday. So my question for you is what hair styles help you during your workout? <BR> Thanks in advance1! <BR> <BR> be Blessing <em>30</em> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 09:59:49 EST It Can Be Done!! Hi Everyone! I am so excited to be on this new weight loss journey, but I know I'm going to need all the support I can get. I know that It Can Be done with lots of hard work! Be Blessed!!! Thu, 26 Apr 2012 19:54:26 EST 6-Week Spring Tune-Up Challenge Time to get back on track Divas! For me, it is so much easier to set weekly goals since it reduces the feeling of being overwhelmed. So for the next six weeks, select 3 things that you’re really struggling with plus the following: <BR> <BR> 1. 30 fitness minutes a day, whether it’s cardio <em>318</em> or strength training <em>34</em> . <BR> 2. Drink 8 glasses of water <em>91</em> because it’s a big metabolism booster (among other things). <BR> 3. A minimum of 3 servings of <em>45</em> ... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 19:06:06 EST New Bhangra 8 Minute Workout & Dance Party Mix! Peace Nappy Divas, <BR> <BR> Check out my New Bhangra 8 Minute Workout & Dance Party Mix! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Kamal Fri, 13 Apr 2012 17:35:15 EST New at Target Perhaps those of you in bigger cities have had this longer, by my Target out in little town Iowa has started selling the Curls and Kiny Curly lines in stores. <BR> <BR> I am so excited, I have been buying my hair care products online Sun, 8 Apr 2012 01:49:33 EST March Madness anyone? I found out about this challenge through my gym about 2 years ago and I've been doing it ever since every March. <BR> <BR> 10 workouts = bronze <BR> 15 workouts = silver <BR> 20 workouts = gold <BR> <BR> I hit goal the first year and barely made bronze last year, so I'm really looking forward to redeeming myself. <BR> <BR> We can do it ladies! We can use this thread to track out workouts and as a bit more of a push, in order to count as a workout, it has to be more than 45 minutes in lengt... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 23:23:49 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 12:58:54 EST Fit & Fabulous February!! Ok Nappy Divas, <BR> <BR> It’s time to take this weight loss journey up a notch. I’ve (we’ve) been procrastinating long enough and it’s time to jump in the fight and stop sitting on the sidelines being a bystander (surfing SP, reading articles, posts, member pages & but never participating). It’s time to stop daydreaming and DO THE DAMN THANG!! <BR> <BR> For the month of February, we’re going to “ACTIVELY work” on getting our sexy back!! As with anything else in life, if you fail to plan,... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 10:55:46 EST Homemade Protein Treatment Ingredients: <BR> 2 packets of Unflavored Knox Gelatine <BR> 1 cup of boiling hot water <BR> 2 capfuls of apple cider vinegar(helps protein bond to hair) <BR> 1 bowl <BR> 1 applicator bottle <BR> 4 hair clips(or however many you use to section off your length hair <BR> *Makes 4.5oz of product <BR> Directions: <BR> Section hair off into 4's (or however many sections you choose). In each section..shampoo and clarify hair of any product build up. Rinse hair section by section starting from the b... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 18:09:26 EST Hey Divas... I'm RJ My name is Rasheda, but people call me RJ. I'm a 34 year old wife and mother. I work in the restaurant industry, until I can finish school, and become a Life Coach. <BR> <BR> I've always been inspired by the strength and confidence of woman in my life that referred to themselves as "Divas", but I never wanted to be one. In my family, being a Diva was closely associated with being a B***H. But I have learned that it really is just about being confident. <BR> <BR> I can proudly say, "I'm ... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 18:02:35 EST RED ALERT! Unrefined Red Palm Oil is the BIZNESS!! Hello my fellow Nappy Divas!! I have some GREAT NEWS to share about my experience with Unrefined Red Palm oil..I think I have found the answer to end dryness with my fine, kinky/coily hair. I know a few of you may have already heard about Unrefined Red Palm oil and how it stains your clothes but the benefits outweigh that one down side to using this oil. I put this oil on dry hair and let it stay on for 1 hour under a plastic cap. I did not shampoo my hair before hand either. I was 'experimen... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 01:28:09 EST Been lurking for awhile... Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've been a member of this group for awhile but havent taken an opportunity to really engage, get active or just reach out. <BR> <BR> So, greetings to all of you on this same journey to wellness and just being 'high school fine'. I've finally decided to stop the blame game and own this fully. So, please reach out, motivate, encourage, pray or just say hi. <BR> <BR> Wishing all of you enough of what you need to be whole - <BR> Cheryl Sat, 14 Jan 2012 13:46:24 EST What Worked for You in 2011 to Get the Weight Off? Hey Nappy Divas, why not share your success stories with the rest of the team to give us some ideas on how we can jump-start our weight loss program for 2012. There is soooo much info on SP that it can become a bit overwhelming trying to figure out where to start. <BR> <BR> And, if any of you are like me, I need to try something new and different to keep me interested. Once I start seeing my ticker move, that's enough motivation to keep me going. <BR> <BR> So, please don't be shy in sharin... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 11:00:41 EST Naturel Goddess Hello everyone!! I noticed I joined this team but never introduced myself! How un-southern of me! I'm April, 29 years old. Married with a beautiful little boy named Jamison :) Licensed massage therapist and student. I've been on the weight loss journey for a while..had good intentions but no motivation...But something has changed in the last month. I've converted to a pesco-vegetarian (who know there were so many types?), and best of all, I have gotten off me fat tush and motivated myself to ... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 18:55:25 EST Happy New Year!! If it didn't bring you joy <BR> just leave it behind <BR> Let's ring in the new year <BR> with good things in mind <BR> <BR> Let every bad memory <BR> that brought heartache and pain <BR> And let's turn a new leaf <BR> with the smell of new rain <BR> <BR> Let's forget past mistakes <BR> making amends for this year <BR> Sending you these greetings <BR> to bring you hope and cheer <BR> Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> ~Author Unknown Sat, 31 Dec 2011 22:06:37 EST "Beautiful Black Woman" By Vernon J. Davis Jr. <BR><BR>/beautiful_blackwoman.htm <BR> <BR> Beautiful black woman, your beauty is surpassed <BR> By none <BR> <BR> Beautiful black woman, your sensuous <BR> Splendor is like the shining sun your <BR> Wondrous ways come from your soul <BR> Which no one man may hope to control <BR> <BR> Beautiful black woman, you are the guiding <BR> Hope of our people <BR> <BR> Beautiful black woman, your mind maintains <BR> Your gloriou... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 12:33:41 EST 10 things about me!! I am borrowing this thread from another team. List ten things about me that you would like the team to know. Here are my Ten: <BR> <BR> 10 THINGS ABOUT ME <BR> <BR> 1. My name is Melissa. My family has always called me Lisa. I have been natural for 8 years with LOCS for 6 years!!! <BR> <BR> 2. I have 16 month boy/ girl twins Joshua and Kaitlyn!! <BR> <BR> 3. I am a PHARMACIST. I LOVE MY JOB!!! <BR> <BR> 4. I am happily divorcing!! <BR> <BR> 5. I was born and raised in Memphis, TN. And... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 10:20:10 EST Any Bloggers out there?? I've been blogging for almost a year about Natural hair and loving it. Let's share our blogs. <BR> Sun, 27 Nov 2011 21:49:26 EST fell off the wagon I gained 5 pounds. <em>234</em> Sun, 27 Nov 2011 14:43:09 EST Nappy's Nick of Time Challenge There are 6 weeks left in 2011 and we are going to make it count!! Our goal is to lose 2 pounds a week so we can usher in the New Year 12 pounds lighter, with a heightened sense of accomplishment (and self-esteem) and ready to kick butt in 2012!! <BR> <BR> For the next 6 weeks do the following: <BR> • Complete 120 fitness minutes each week. Select whatever activity works for you, whether its cardio or strength training. Just MOVE for 120 minutes!! <em>324</em> <BR> • Drink 8 glasses of wa... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 13:12:04 EST flat ironed hair Hi ladies!!! <BR> <BR> I got my hair flat ironed over the weekend and today (monday) it is frizzy.. .i have flat ironed my hair everyday with the same result ( bought some ceramic flat irons) the humidity here in tennessee is not bad so i have no idea what the problem is!!! please help!!! any sugguestions lol? Thanks!!! Mon, 7 Nov 2011 09:37:36 EST Jamaican Castor Oil Ever tried it? Wed, 2 Nov 2011 21:02:41 EST What products do you use? So I just did the BC and I am having trouble defining my curls...simply stated, my hair is D-R-Y! <BR> Eek help! <BR> What products do you use? And what is your routine? Thu, 27 Oct 2011 20:19:43 EST What is your hair type? Hello ND! <BR> Ok so I am going to preface this by saying, I know that some of you may not believe in hair types...and that is ok. I don't know if I believe in hair types yet...but I do know from A to 4c I think all hair is (can be) beautiful, I don't believe in good hair/bad hair. <BR> <BR> Anywho, I assume one of the most natural questions when or if you do the BC is, "what's my hairtype?" I am not quite sure yet what mine is...any suggestions? I have included the url of my youtube vidoe... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 20:16:36 EST I need a friend Hello Nappy Divas. I am not really new to SparkPeople, actually this is my like 5th attempt to lose weight. However, I think the difference is I have not only had it with my weight, but I have had it with my life. I am entirely too young to have a case of the blahs...(28 years to be exact). <BR> <BR> So I have decided to change my life. Starting with my weight...oh yeah and I forgot I also chopped all my hair off this Saturday...I was transitioning, but then I said screw it, just cut it a... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 22:26:37 EST Ever go straight??? Hey ladies! How often do you straighten your hair? <BR> <BR> I decided to celebrate my 45th birthday in style so I went to the hair salon today. I let the stylist flat iron it...couldn't believe how much it has grown in the last 6 months. I love it so far (although I don't know how long it will last...). LOL <BR> <BR> -Sheree Fri, 21 Oct 2011 20:36:15 EST Vary Random ?? This question has been on my mind for a few days I would like to know your opinion. What makes a woman beautiful? Thu, 20 Oct 2011 09:34:36 EST October Goals And September Results Well Divas, <BR> <BR> It's not too late to start working towards goals for October. So please share what you're planning to accomplish this month along with your successes (or near misses) in September. We are fastly approaching the end of 2011, and if any of you are like me (slow crossing the starting line) we need all of the motivation and good ideas that we can get. I am NOT giving up and plan on accomplishing SOMETHING this month to help pick up my momentum. <BR> <BR> Good luck ladies, ... Sun, 16 Oct 2011 16:36:18 EST SP Challenges So this is my first day on SparkPeople but I noticed that people have challenges and teams to help people meet their weight loss goals. I want to join a team, is there currently and open challenges that I can join? Fri, 7 Oct 2011 20:31:03 EST Honored to join ND's!! Ladies, <BR> <BR> I'm psyched to join Nappy Divas! Big THANKS to Pepperchild for connecting me to this team! I can't wait to get to know you...looking forward to new friendships! <BR> <BR> I did the BC 3 yrs ago (much to the surprise & dismay of my hubby). I had long hair and was a slave to the creamy crack called relaxer. I got sick of planning my life around not having nappy roots. I cut it off in phases - took about 6 months...I have an executive level job and didn't want to shock t... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 01:40:42 EST I'm so happy to meet you all Hello all my name is Worthy, I'm 40 and natural! when I saw your title I got excited. I can lose weight and get hair tips too! <BR> <BR> I'm active duty military and of course being overweight is frowned upon here I just want to be healthy and lose weight the right way!! If you have any tips I would be really grateful. <BR> <BR> I'm pre-diabetic and I have hypothyroidism, so it's going to be a little harder for me but I'm ready, I want to be the example of what healthy is. Blessings... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 05:40:29 EST New here! Hello all..... <BR> <BR> I'm Genevere, I've been natural for about 3 months now and I love it. Well Ii have my days when I'm like gosh I need to buy a wig or something, its just not looking sexy. lol But I have my days where I'm like: I'm free and feeling sexy with my natural curls. :-) But I'm so excited that I have joined this site and starting to better my self all over from head to toe. yay for me!! <BR> <BR> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 15:15:01 EST The Science of Black Hair - Audrey Davis-Sivasothy I just received the book, 'The Science of Black Hair' from the library. Has anyone else read it or is reading it. I plan to get started on it today cause this is a highly desired book in my area so I'll need to read it before my check out time runs out. If you've read it or are reading it, what are your thoughts? Sat, 24 Sep 2011 20:35:10 EST Food For Thought: Week of 9-4-11 Well Divas, <BR> <BR> I know that many of you have been enduring some very difficult and emotional situations, me included. It seems that before I can recover from one thing BAM! - something else happens to knock me down. I have been really struggling these past 18 months and the pressure of it all has taken its toll by regaining weight (arghhh!!) <BR> <BR> But I've finally reached a point where I am done feeling sorry for myself - pity party is OVA'!! And I can look back and say "Ha, I'm s... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 14:39:57 EST What are Your Goals for Sept. 2011? Hello Divas, <BR> <BR> I've decided to do something different this month instead of posting another challenge (with little or no participation). So, please share your goals for this month and your plans for reaching them. You may inspire someone to achieve greatness this month!! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Phynixx <em>247</em> Sun, 4 Sep 2011 09:58:17 EST WEN hair care Has anyone tried WEN hair care products? If so, did you like them? Mon, 15 Aug 2011 09:55:27 EST Hello from Las Vegas, Nv Recently I've decided to take steps for living a healthier life. I did The Big Chop four days ago in order to grow my hair out naturally (I'm still adjusting to it) and I discovered this site yesterday to help me reach my fitness goals. I am really looking forward to getting advice and encouragement from you ladies as well as advising and encouraging others where I can. I don't have any buddies yet so ADD ME and let's get healthier together! Sat, 13 Aug 2011 02:57:12 EST August 2011 Challenge Hello Nappy Divas, <BR> For the month of August, the challenge will be simple so that EVERYONE can participate: <BR> <BR> 1. Drink a glass of water before each meal <BR> 2. Complete a minimum of 90 fitness minutes each week. Add 15 minutes to each session if physically able <BR> 3. Drink 8 glasses of water each day <BR> 4. Eat 3 servings of fruits and/or vegetables each day <BR> 5. No eating after 8 pm <BR> 6. Remember to post your goals on your trackers <BR> 7. Be sure to mark each complete... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 20:21:56 EST Run, Go Tell That! So I'm back...and I'm thinking of a thread we could start! It would be called "Run, Go Tell That!" IDK if you guys have heard that phrase...but the thread would go something like... <BR> <BR> I've lost 5lbs this, go tell that! <BR> I've gain 1lb...but I'm still, go tell that! <BR> So I ate way too much at the cookout, go tell that! <BR> I havent logged in for a couple of days/weeks/months, but im back in gear! go tell that! <BR> <BR> Its kinda l... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 17:30:04 EST Young Natural Stylist 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 15:48:45 EST Hair regimen I have been natural for a year now, but have been wearing protective styles the most. I am learning to embrace my hair. I would like to know hair care regimens and products use for your regimen. I'm really looking to see how often do you wash your hair, co-wash, hot oil treatment, deep condition? etc. <BR> When i had a perml I was at the shop often. Since i have my natural hair I want to take care of it to have something to be proud about. If all else fails then I'll have to go to the sh... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 21:07:55 EST New to the team... Hello all. This is my first summer with my natural hair... no weave, wigs or etc. Working out daily is a challenge but more so, a challenge for my hair. Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> <em>401</em> Sat, 16 Jul 2011 23:58:00 EST Homemade Haircare Hello Ladies. I recently have discovered the wonder of homemade products! I able to control what goes in my hair and at the same time control cost. I am a former Carol's Daughter junkie but I can no longer afford her products. Is anyone else creating there own haircare items at home?? I would love to hear what you are doing. I will share with you my recipe for my Rosemary Shampoo. <BR> 1.5 oz castile soap <BR> 2 oz aloe vera juice <BR> .5 oz each jojoba,coconut,vit E oil, and glycerin <BR>... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 11:02:14 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 Hair hater. So what is it with people who feel it necessary to comment on your hair when you change it up. I rock a free flow fro and when I twist it or press it , it's like they feel it's their duty to tell me that they did not like my it matters. So I told them, I don't like their relaxed hair with all the hair gel trying to force it iin a pony tail, if it doesn't fit..don't force it. Secondly I get complimented on my fro/twists/ presses all the time, and if someone does something to the... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 18:09:41 EST July 2011 Challenge We have 6 months remaining in 2011, and I plan on making it count! I am nowhere near where I wanted to be by now with my weight, but that’s ok. Nothing beats a failure but a try, and I am not ready to throw in the towel. So, how many of you are with me? <BR> <BR> This month’s challenge will be sweet and simple: <BR> 1. Drink a glass of water before each meal <em>194</em> <BR> 2. Begin meals with a salad <em>140</em> <BR> 3. Drink 8 glasses of water each day <em>91</em> <BR> 4. Complete ... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 21:13:24 EST Whistle while you work Divas! Whenever I stop exercising and then start up again I always forget how much of a difference the right music can make to my workout. I study and work to music but for some reason it never stuck that my love of music and activity would translate to helping me enjoy exercising. <BR> <BR> Just a reminder to rock it out to your favorite artists and please leave me your music suggestions. <BR> <BR> Here are a few of mine: <BR> <BR> The Must Have for any playlist (I mean Gold) : <BR> Artist:M... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 15:54:40 EST CASTOR OIL CHALLENGE Hi ladies I was on youtube the other day and saw something about a castor oil challenge. Have any of you ladies done this and if so what were your results? I have been natural almost 2 years and right now I'm wearing kinky twist and may possibly do this challenge with the next set of twists I get within the next month or so... Thanks Divas!!! Thu, 16 Jun 2011 11:30:37 EST Hello Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Stacey and I'm new to this team. I have been wearing my hair in locs for about 4 years now. Before that I chopped it all off and wore a short 'fro for about 3 years. Good luck to all on this journey! Mon, 6 Jun 2011 12:10:23 EST Hello!!! I'm Denise and have been natural since sept 09' Fri, 3 Jun 2011 07:56:39 EST Question for all my Sisters wearing locs After about 5 years, I recently cut my locs back to just above my shoulders. They were half way down my back. After the cut, I really could notice that my locs are thinner than when I started out. Since I'm not having a problem with my hair growing, I wonder why the locs are now thinner than before. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else experienced this? Does this mean that my hair is actually getting thinner? I have always had a fairly thick head of hair. What can I do to stop this from happenin... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 12:01:41 EST HOMEMADE ECO CUSTARD (Great Twist Cream!) 2 oz Ecostyler Argon Oil Styling Gel ONLY <BR> 2 oz Shea Butter Whip(Raw Shea Butter,Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Coconut Oil whipped w/a mixer) <BR> 2 tbsp Castor Oil <BR> Mix ingredients until it reaches custard consistency..can be used on wet or dry hair with NO FLAKING or BUILD UP..can be used to twist hair or loosely worn hair. <BR> <BR> I created this recipe after using the Ecostyler Argon Oil Styling Gel for 1 whole month alone and on top of a homemade leave-in and castor oil that I apply t... Thu, 19 May 2011 01:02:53 EST New hair, new body, new me Hey Nappy Divas! I've been absent from SP for a while but I'm back and taking it seriously. I have diabetes on both sides of my family so I'm trying to prevent genetics from kicking in. I also have never worn a my life....ever. So the plan is to do that with confidence next Summer. Plus, I want a happy body to go with my happy nappy hair :) <BR> <BR> If anybody is looking for a buddy or if you just need someone to check in with you to see if you have been exercising and... Thu, 19 May 2011 00:28:21 EST Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Girls Pudding Hello Divas! I was wondering if anyone has tried this. I have been reading reviews (Sally's) on it and hearing good things. I am more interested in using this pudding for wash n go's but would also like feedback on twists,braids, etc. <BR> <BR> Thanks Divas :-) <BR> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 22:06:25 EST Senegalese Twists Are Fantastic! Try It! I just got home with my new Senegalese Twists and I'm so happy. I love the feel, the smooth polished look, and the twisting time is way shorter than with braids. Normally it takes a good 9-10 hours to braid my hair, but the twisting took 4 hours! I'm never going back to braiding. Originally I wanted kinky twists, but my African stylist said that my bra strap long hair is too long for kinky twists. Even though I wear my combo kinky/curly hair in a natural, when it's pulled to braid or twi... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 23:09:18 EST Hi from Nairobi i have been natural for the last 6,5 years and started my locks 5 years ago. I have now decided to embark on a new journey that i hope will be as fulfilling as the first one. Fri, 1 Apr 2011 14:27:23 EST Yarn twists or braids Has anyone ever tried yarn twists or braids? I'm thinking of trying but I want to make sure they won't break my hair... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 18:39:41 EST Home made Flaxseed Gel & TerresEssential Hair Wash Morning I am trying out some new products..please see my blog for more info and pictures..I am pretty excited..if this works no more expensive hair gels for me! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 27 Feb 2011 11:16:08 EST Curly Girl - No Shampoo Haircare I found this great review of the Curly Girl Handbook by Lorraine Massey. (The book can be purchased on Amazon). The only difference in what I do is I use Neutrogena conditioner only to wash my hair. The true curly girl method advocates the occasional use of non sulfate shampoo along with conditioning. <BR> See cool review of the curly girl method below. I found the review on <BR> On André Walker's scale, my chemical-free long fro is a 4a: kinky, tight ringlets. As a graduate ... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 03:45:57 EST Neutrogena Baby - No More Fight Hi, My hair is combo 3/4a and Neutrogena Triple Moisture Leave in Cream works perfectly for my hair. Every night I rub in the Triple Moisture Leave in Cream (using it like I would use hair oil) and put my hair in 6 braids. In the morning I unbraid my hair and I have a cool natural hairstyle that lasts all day. I'm also a disciple of the Curly Girl hair method. I never use shampoo on my hair, only conditioner. I haven't used shampoo in over 6 months and I can really see the difference. On... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 21:36:24 EST Pretty Girl Rock I worked out to a new song today, Pretty Girl Rock by Keri Hilson. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know any other songs that are an anthem to building self-esteem. <em>334</em> Mon, 7 Feb 2011 23:21:52 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. ... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 12:44:57 EST Hi Everyone My name is Shekeenya and I'm currently looking for some Spark friends/motivators on this lifestyle change journey. I hope that I can be an inspiration to anyone as well... I'm a Mother of 3 reside in Chicago, and live to make people laugh Tue, 25 Jan 2011 13:22:17 EST Food for Thought: Week of 1-23-11 One thing that I have discovered since being here on SP, is that no matter where we are along this journey, we still need the support of each other. This has been especially dear to my heart because my SP friends have rallied to my side when I had reached my lowest point. Knowing the importance of having a strong support system, I am trying to encourage each of you to reach out to other divas and offer your support. You may never know just how far a kind word can help someone... <BR> <BR> "... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 15:05:53 EST My Husband is not liking my natural hair I don't know what to say... when I first talked about going natural my husband was for it though he had to get used to my hair cut low. To help him get used to the idea better I wear kinky twists alot... maybe this is a mistake because we're back to square one <em>39</em> . When I take my hair down and twist it myself he starts to like it again but getting him to let me take my hair down is a challenge. I've had my hair in kinky twist since September (I've taken them down and redone them a... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 13:30:48 EST hello my lovely divas hi everyone, my name is nia. i've been on SP on and off for years and decided to start fresh, hence the username. i've been natural all of my life, never ever had a relaxer. i had locks for 6 years, they were almost to the middle of my back when i decided i needed a change and cut it all off! <BR> <BR> i've been wearing a TWA for the past two years but don't really style it much and i've been disappointed with how slow it's growing. i got braids with extensions recently so my poor hair can ... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 05:38:11 EST Hello fello Sistas Out of curiousity I typed in the words 'natural hair' in the search box and found this team. <BR> <BR> I am a long term transitioner. I have been transitioning for nearly 2 years. I'm not in a rush to do the big chop. Instead I plan to do mini chops until the relaxed hair is all gone. <BR> <BR> As you can tell by looking below my signature, I have alot of weight to loose and I just recently relauched my campaign to get the weight off. <BR> <BR> Happy to have found you all! Thu, 13 Jan 2011 00:52:45 EST January 2011 Challenge Hello NDs. I have taken the first few weeks of the New Year for time of much needed reflection. I looked back (for one last time) at my successes, failures, heartaches, disappointments and anger from 2010 and bid them ALL farewell!! I’ve decided to learn from these experiences and use them to make me stronger in 2011 and I’m encouraging all of you to do the same! <BR> <BR> With that, I've decided to take a different approach to our monthly challenge by keeping it simple yet meaningful. For ... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 11:35:06 EST MSM Hey all, Happy New Year. <BR> <BR> I was thinking about applying MSM to my scalp; mixing it with castor and peppermint oil. Has anyone does this? I've been researching on the net and its kinda getting...ugh.... <BR> <BR> Let me know. I'm thinking about doing it for a couple of months to see if it will speed the growth of my hair. <BR> <BR> Ebone' Sun, 9 Jan 2011 21:44:07 EST Working Out and Funky Hair I've been sweating a lot more recently and my hair is stinky. I don't want to wash my hair too much because it will get dry and break off. I'm not sure what the solution would be. Has anyone tried dry shampoo? What works for keeping your hair fresh? Sat, 8 Jan 2011 19:32:18 EST ALLOW ME TO RE-INTRODUCE MYSELF... I haven't logged on in nearly 7 months until this past week. I really can't explain why I fell off but I did. I gave up when I shouldn't have but no more. I now have a desk job; where I sit all day so I have to keep moving. Fri, 7 Jan 2011 12:00:26 EST my hair does not want to be manageable I have been natural since like October and its been sort of rough.. Im A.D.D(self diagonosed) so I am not a fan of the two strand twist, unless someone else does it, and I am feeling my way around the kinky curly product which to me is just a wash and go.. when straight my hair comes to the end of my neck so its a decent length, but natural its soo coiled it feels so unmanageable.. Any suggestions on how to train my hair to work or any suggestions on products I should use. I am type 4 hair <B... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 23:03:15 EST Hello Diva's and Merry Christmas Hello Diva's <BR> <BR> My name is Meeshon and I am so excited about SP and all of the new challenges. I look forward to meeting and chating with all of you. Sat, 25 Dec 2010 13:44:12 EST Newbie Hey ya'll <BR> <BR> My name is Bri and I attend Elon University as a student-athlete. The first semester of this year, my sophomore year, was a trip. I made a point of getting out there and meeting more people, especially more black people, and I ended up getting involved in the wrong ways. For one, partying became too much of a priority and the heavy drinking that I was doing caused some unnecessary drama in my life. I also got involved with several jocks, and though I never went so far as... Sun, 19 Dec 2010 12:14:02 EST Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition GREAT 4 Naturals! Nappy Divas lemme tell you what I have recently discovered! I may be late with my discovery but I still have to shout it out to make everyone aware of this great product(s). Garnier Fructis has this new product line Triple Nutrition. It is the bomb AND affordable! I am using in my regular weekly regimen the "extra nourishing cream shampoo" and the "cream conditioner". Yes..the shampoo has sulfate in it but I am not deterred from using it for that..I pre-poo with Olive Oil and my hair is clean... Sat, 18 Dec 2010 12:38:49 EST I Think I'm Gonna CRY!!! I just took out my kinky twists (with hair added) a few hours ago, and yes my hair grew, but it thinned out even more than it already was! What can I do to thicken up my hair???? Is this a common issue for hair to thin after removing braids/twists? Wed, 8 Dec 2010 06:54:42 EST Food for Thought: Week of 12-5-10 Hello Diva's. As usual, I was cruising the internet looking for some motivational poems and came across this instead. I know it isn't motivating but it sure made me laugh and I realized that laughing has a way of soothing the soul. So Divas, I hope you enjoy... <BR> <BR> "Things My Mother Taught Me" <BR> By Unknown Author <BR> <BR> 1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE. <BR> "If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning." <BR> <BR> 2. My mothe... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 15:30:21 EST blow dryers with diffusers recommen dations? So I have been reading about blow dryers with diffusers... I am thinking it might be a good investment. Especially on nights like tonight while I have kinky curly fresh in my head and I need to leave out in a another 90 minutes... LOL So I am wondering what others think of this and if you can recommend some blow dryers with diffusers. <BR> <BR> thanks in advance Fri, 3 Dec 2010 22:02:58 EST December 2010 Challenge Hello Divas! Can you believe it is December already? Where did the year go? Are you close to reaching your goal or are you like me and aren’t even close <em>24</em> ? For this month, our challenge is going to be simple and achievable: <BR> <BR> • Drink a glass of water before eating every meal <em>194</em> <BR> • Take a sip of water in between bites <em>29</em> <BR> • Begin your meal with a salad since eating raw veggies takes longer to chew and allows time to pass before eating the ma... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 09:57:14 EST Type 4 Hair Question ok ladies: <BR> I am newly natural and I am very sure that I have type 4 hair in fact I am confident of that. Now as I am cruising through the blogs, videos and forums. I am wondering HOW IMPORTANT IS IT THAT I KNOW MY HAIR TYPE <BR> Like do I really need to know if I am a Type 4a, 4b or 4c because I have really no idea. <BR> Do I really need to know the subcategories? Mon, 15 Nov 2010 20:04:33 EST natural hair care salon hey there can anyone recommend a natural hair care salon in Chicago? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance. <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Oct 2010 00:20:48 EST Vitamins for Hair and Skin Suggestions Hey ladies: <BR> I am wondering if anyone can suggest a vitamin for me to take for my hair and skin. <BR> Thanks in advance for suggestions <BR> <BR> Stephanie <BR> Mon, 25 Oct 2010 22:35:09 EST Food For Thought: Week of 10-24-10 I was cruising the internet looking for some motivation because my spirit has been troubled lately dealing with all of life's obstacles. And I was led to this poem by T.D. Jakes. It is very powerful, and gave me the motivation I was looking for to continue my "battle" against spiritual enemies. I hope this helps to uplift and encourage someone else... <BR> <BR> <BR> "Because" - By: TD Jakes <BR> Just because no one has been fortunate enough to realize what a gold mine you are... <BR> Doe... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 12:16:11 EST Food For Thought: Week of 10-24-10 I was cruising the internet looking for some motivation because my spirit has been troubled lately dealing with all of life's obstacles. And I was led to this poem by T.D. Jakes. It is very powerful, and gave me the motivation I was looking for to continue my "battle" against spiritual enemies. I hope this helps to uplift and encourage someone else... <BR> <BR> <BR> "Because" - By: TD Jakes <BR> Just because no one has been fortunate enough to realize what a gold mine you are... <BR> Doe... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 12:14:59 EST October Challenge Hello Divas! <BR> <BR> Seeing that I am so late creating a challenge for this month, let’s keep it simple and achievable: <BR> • Drink a glass a water before eating your meal <BR> • Take a sip of water in between bites <BR> • Begin your meal with a salad since eating raw veggies takes longer to chew and allows time to pass before eating the main course <BR> • Complete 10 min Day 1 Bootcamp workout 1x per day <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1083 </link> <B... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 10:06:14 EST hello Hello everyone! my name is Graciela. I just recently joined spark.. I did my BC 9/27/10 the same day that I started my journey to a healthier thinner me.. I'm very please to find this group.. Mon, 11 Oct 2010 18:57:46 EST New & n Need Hey Divas! <BR> <BR> I am new and so in need of support. I have started and stopped numerous time to take take control of my eating & work out habits. My heart and mind are in it, however, stress shows up and shuts it all down every time. <BR> <BR> I do not know where to start. Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> <BR> Sincerely, <BR> <BR> Happy to b a Nappy Diva! Sun, 10 Oct 2010 17:57:11 EST Here we go ladies!! Going to the salon Hey ladies! Wanted to stop by and introduce myself. I have an appointment tomorrow to get my hair done. I have not seen my stylist in forever since I have been growing out my perm which I have now learned the term is "transitioning" I have maybe 3-4 inches of relaxer left on my hair which i have decided to just let go and see what happens. Totally unprepared I have no products or anything but its okay Im going to give it a go and just see what happens. <BR> <BR> Signed up for weight watchers... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 00:17:18 EST Hi I am a newbie Hi everyone I am a newbie to sparkspeople but not to being natural. I have been natural for almost four years and love it. I am from America but moved to Saudi Arabia so there were some hurdles with finding the right products for my hair. But since I found a store called natures treasures that sell nubian heritage products I am in love with nappturality. I have already lost 54 pounds and I am looking to lose 14 pounds to take it to ultra leanness. I have four children and am in school so I ne... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 07:30:30 EST September Challenge Hello ladies! This challenge is set for everyone in here who wants to get their cardio in full gear and see results. All you have to do is get 240 minutes of cardio a week. That's only 4 hours of cardio a week. Whether it is jogging, walking, dancing or doing water aerobics the goal is to meet 240 minutes/week. Start by posting your starting weight and each day you will post how much cardio you were able to complete. At the end of the month, September 30th, you will post your cardio total for... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 11:59:24 EST Hair HELP!! I stopped relaxing my hair over a year ago. I was warned that breakage would ensue but on the contrary, my hair has grown four inches. Early on, I did a wash and go style using Carol's Daughter products since I swim for fitness. I then did braids. Now, my hair is past should length when blow dried straight. But it has become impossible for me to manage it when it is unbraided. Maybe I just don't know how or maybe my hair really is just too thick to be managed withought some kind of interventi... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 16:46:15 EST Help needed... Today I did the Big Chop... where's the curls????? I've tried everything I could think of, i've researched, Youtubed... and nothing seems to help. I've sent almost 75.00 today on products but nothings working.. Can someone give me some advise? Helllllppppppp!!!! Sat, 14 Aug 2010 20:03:00 EST Newbie natural and new to fitness I did the big chop so that my hair would no longer be an excuse for me not to work out. I only want to lose about 20 pounds, but I want to set a healthy example for other older members of my family. I quit my job and moved in order to come back to school full time in a small town in Wisconsin (my mother is closer to help with my daughter who is ten) So I want it be a new healthier chapter for my daughter and myself. Wed, 4 Aug 2010 13:04:25 EST Shea Moisture Has anyone tried Shea Moisture hair products? <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 4 Aug 2010 12:28:26 EST SOS - HELP! I want to make the transition from relaxed hair to natural or maybe somewhere in between. All I know is exercising and my hair do not mix. I was thinking I could get my hair washed and then part it in very tiny sections and twist it and when it dries it would have a krinkling wave pattern to it and I could probably keep it up. My hair is shoulder length. I'd appreciate any advice. Also I'm sure if it matters but I'll be 55 on the 26th and I want something that is age appropriate (whatev... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 11:20:23 EST INTRODUCING MYSELF HELLO EVERYONE I'M LASCHELLE JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE I STOPPED BY TO SAY HELLO. I'M A POSITIVE SISTER THAT IS ONFIRE FOR GOD AND NOW ALSO ON FIRE TO GET FIT AND HEALTHY. LETS ALL HELP SUPPORT UPLIFT INSPIRE AND MOTIVATE EACH OTHER AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE . GOD BLESS <em>30</em> Sun, 1 Aug 2010 16:20:59 EST August 2010 Challenge SP isn’t just a place to help you achieve weight loss by creating a healthy lifestyle, but a place where friends encourage and motivate you during the most difficult times. Which lead me to an epiphany <em>3</em> : Nappy Divas needs to become a team that is more supportive by encouraging and uplifting each other. <BR> <BR> SP says “In SparkTeams, members can "huddle" each day to motivate each other, celebrate success, and earn SparkPoints!” With that being said our August challenge will fo... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 09:08:26 EST SOS - ND in Distress We have all struggled in one way or another with our weight, and the curve balls that life throws our way. I would like to see this team take it up a notch by focusing on our sisters. If we notice a ND (Nappy Diva) having a difficult time, send out an SOS so we all can send encouragement to her! We can send a sparkgoodie, sparkmail, or post a comment to her page. Let's look out and uplift each other!! Sun, 1 Aug 2010 08:12:24 EST Interested or committed? A friend shared this and it really struck a nerve: <BR> <BR> "Think about losing weight--you can be interested in losing those extra pounds or you can be committed to changing your lifestyle in order to be healthier. How do you get from interest to commitment? Being interested means you stick to what is convenient, what is comfortable, what is practical and easy. Being committed means you go out of your comfort zone, you do whatever it takes, you give it time. When you commit, you see things... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 20:53:33 EST What New Foods.... What new foods have you tried since you decided to become healthier? Of these, which do you enjoy? <BR> Sun, 25 Jul 2010 20:35:32 EST Survey Says Answer based on preference (P) or averages (A), what do you eat more of in a month? Indicate you either prefer the food or if it's what you typically eat. <BR> <BR> <BR> Rice or Pasta <BR> Nuts or Seeds <BR> Fruit or veggies <BR> Wraps or bread <BR> Vinegar/oil or low pt dressing <BR> Coffee or tea <BR> What's your demon:portion sizes or snacks? <BR> How many dinners per week do you go meatless? Sun, 25 Jul 2010 20:28:27 EST Food for Thought: Week of 7-25-10 "You Learn by Living. You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." You must do the thing you think you cannot do." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt, activist <BR> <BR> With that being said, we must be mindful that we can look the fear of failure right in its face and realize that we each possess the inner strength to be victorious ... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 23:27:53 EST Let's Meet and Mingle Hey Nappy Divas!! I wanted to start a thread that gave us an opportunity to get to know each other better and to help make us a closer and stronger team. So please share something with us about yourself, your goals, your favorite activities, likes/dislikes, where you reside, favorite foods, etc. I am so looking forward to getting to know you better and making more friends! Sat, 24 Jul 2010 12:46:18 EST All In A Meme hosted at More Than A Bone Welcome to the More Than A Bone Weekly Meme. Every Tuesday, I'll post a topic/theme for you to address on your blog. You have from Wednesday up to the following Tuesday to publish your response. After you've published your response, go to More Than A Bone and leave a link to your response in the comment section for my Wednesday post (I hope you'll comment, too). <BR> <BR> I've been participating in memes in the blogosphere for more than a year and I mistakenly assumed memes were common in mo... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 17:13:10 EST Quick Curls I am just finding out that MissJessie's has a Quick Curl,much cheater than the kinky Curly. Sat, 17 Jul 2010 11:12:08 EST I'm Jaetes, new to SparkPeople! Hello! My name is Jaetes ,26, and I am new to SparkPeople!! My sis told me about this site and I feel like it will give me the suport I need to be more healthy and lose the desired weight before my wedding. Speaking of that, yes, I am getting married in 9 months (April 2011) and I just want to be healthy and more confident before my wedding day and before I start a new life with my husband. I am at 180 and my goal is to be down to 140 by my big day!! I hope to have your support!! Wed, 14 Jul 2010 11:50:25 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. Mon, 12 Jul 2010 00:38:02 EST P90X or Insanity workout Has anyone out there tried the P90X or Insanity workout? Pro's and con's please. Thinking about purchasing one or the other. Tue, 29 Jun 2010 12:35:13 EST I Reside Happily in the State of Nappiness Hi everyone. I recently joined SparkPeople to get myself in shape and to permanently check and dismantle the negative habits that got me in this shape. My original goal was weight loss, but the new goal is to keep the changes I make and learn here so the weight loss is permanent. I hope to learn and share with all the nappturals here on this team. Peace and Success. Fri, 18 Jun 2010 14:47:36 EST Kinky Curly! I did it after hearing so much about the KC My daughter went and bought me some and i love it!I have been natural for about 3 years but the KC it great. Fri, 18 Jun 2010 13:58:15 EST Has natural hair changed you? Better or Worse? I am interested in hearing about the changes you have noticed about yourself since going natural. Whether you were shy and are now outgoing or whether you are more conscientious of what you do with and to your body. Has it been a spiritual awakening? Have you shed your Inhibition please share! Thu, 17 Jun 2010 13:21:57 EST Natural Hair & Working Out Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been natural for almost four years now. Recently,of course, I have been starting to workout and my natural hair styles that have been lasting a week have only been lasting a couple of days,because of all the sweating that I have been doing. So what I would like to know is, what do you naturals do to maintain your hairstyles?Thanks. Thu, 17 Jun 2010 13:13:16 EST Why Am I Hungry All the Time??? I found this great website that has good coping mechanisms and tips. It also has a neat sheet with 101 things you can do besides eat. Hope you find it helpful <BR> <BR><BR>th-triggers.shtml Thu, 17 Jun 2010 12:27:03 EST Sisterlocs- your experience Good afternoon ladies! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to know who has sisterlocs. I am considering getting them. I am transitioning and my last relaxer was Dec 31, 2009. <BR> <BR> Can you share with me pros/cons, etc especially with working out? <BR> <BR> I am about 80% sold on them and have even spoken with and visited a sisterloc consultant. <BR> <BR> I have done sooooo much research and kinda am 'sisterloced out' with info. i have read sooo many blogs! lol <BR> <BR> I am exciting about them... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 13:58:29 EST Styles for long locs? My dreads are nearly to my waist, and except for pony tails, head bands, and chignons, I'm out of ideas. <BR> HELP! I'm also a woman of a certain age and DO NOT LIKE HOT HAIR ALL OVER ME IN THE SUMMERTIME..... <em>198</em> <BR> Could y'all help a sistah out? Mon, 7 Jun 2010 12:40:10 EST New Hair...New body!!! Im re-joining spark people with a new attitude and hair! I had lost weight before and fell off. Im now 1 month into natural hair also ( I have about an 1inch of hair, which is now in kinky twist extentions...) I figured if Im going to take good care of my hair I need to do the same for my body again! I look forward to meeting new people and learning about taking care of my body and my hair again! Sat, 5 Jun 2010 14:59:11 EST June 2010 Challenge Hi Divas! I'm back and I apologize for being late posting our challenge. I had every intention of doing this last night, but life got in the way... So, June our challenge is... <BR> <BR> • 90 cardio-fitness minutes per week. Suggestion: follow your individual plan provided by SP! <BR> • An additional 15-minutes of cardio: Jumpstart Cardio Workout video – 1x per week <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1038 </link> <BR> • Drink 8 glasses of water daily <BR> • ... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 21:15:08 EST Hey everyone! Hello, just want to introduce myself. I'm Karen & I'm just getting back into the Spark. I'm recommitting myself to losing weight and getting healthy! <BR> A question for all the ladies with locs - I've had mine for 10 months, how should I handle them when working out? Do you have an recommendations as far as washing them when you get sweaty? <BR> <BR> Hopen to hear from y'all soon! <em>247</em> Tue, 1 Jun 2010 20:51:51 EST new member hello all! i am not so new to sparkpeople, but i have not been here in a while. i am however new to this group! i have been on my weight loss journey for a while now. i seriously started my weight loss journey in july of 2008 and have lost over 70 pounds since starting. i still have more pounds to lose, so everyday is a challenge, and everyday i work towards my goal. i have been natural for about 11 months now, and i love my natural hair.....i should have went natural a long time ago=)! Fri, 21 May 2010 22:46:45 EST Are you a product junkie? I have been natural for almost a year now and I find my husband rolling his eyes when I come home with yet ANOTHER hair product to try. What products are you currently using or are you saavy enough to make your own products? Tue, 11 May 2010 14:37:18 EST ME AGAIN!!! Hi ladies. <BR> I am looking for a salon here in Jacksonville, Florida that works well with natural hair. I am yet to do my big chop, and I haven't had a perm in almost 7 months. I am ready to get serious about my nappy hair. <BR> <BR> So, pls hit me up with any suggestions. Thanks Mon, 26 Apr 2010 03:32:45 EST I'm lost!!! Hello, Nappy Divas. <BR> <BR> I have a problem and I am hoping somebody can help me solve it. My hair gets all tangled up on the ends, and form huge knots, and whenever I wash it the knots are so bad that I feel my hair breaking badly as I comb through it. How do I stop these knots from forming on the ends and pulling my hair out? I want to stick with my natural hair, but if I cant get it healthy, then why continue this process?? <BR> <BR> I pray that someone can help me. Thanks ladies... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 13:44:37 EST Loving The Natural Me Greeting everyone, it is nice to have a forum where I can be natural. I have worn my hair natural for a good part of my life. <em>403</em> Tue, 13 Apr 2010 08:06:01 EST In Love With My Natural Hair Hey Everyone, <BR> I am so excited to join this team. I love everything about natural hair, especially my natural hair. I haven't chemically straightened my hair in over ten years and I haven't used a pressing comb or flatiron in almost three. Currently I am rocking my favorite style, two strand twists. What versatility two strand twists offer. I just love them. <em>30</em> Tue, 13 Apr 2010 07:55:31 EST Hi Hello ladies. <BR> <BR> I am new to the team, and looking forward to learning more about the "NAPPY" lifestyle. I decided to go natural about 7-8 months ago, and it is very freeing. I should have done this a long time ago!!! It's nice to see a group like this. Happy to be a part of the team. Kecia Tue, 13 Apr 2010 03:56:31 EST Does Being Overweight Hinder your Confidence? Just something I was thinking about. Along with my weightloss, my confidence in how I look and feel is growing back again. At work, I no longer dread speaking in front of people because I look and feel better. I used to feel like people sized me up because I have never been this big before so it made me more self conscious with what I wore when I traveled. Around family and friends, I no longer dread going to family events because I am looking and feeling better about myself. I used to ha... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 14:59:54 EST Discussion about the monthly Challenge Hi All! Just curious about meditating. First of all this is the first time I've really done it and I enjoyed it -- I got a meditation podcast from iTunes and don't have anything to compare it to but I'd bet there was something better. Anyone have any suggestions? Free is always good but I am willing to pay if your reviews are graded at least a B! Sun, 4 Apr 2010 01:33:24 EST April 2010 Challenge I was so happy to see that we had a lot of activity for the March Challenge. So, let’s pick up the momentum with April’s Challenge: <BR> <BR> • 90 cardio-fitness minutes per week. Suggestion: follow your individual plan provided by SP! <BR> • Drink 8 glasses of water daily <BR> • Core exercise: 2 sets of Reverse Crunches <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?ID=8&from=fitness </link> <BR> • Upper body exercise: 2 sets of Dumbbell Fly <link> Thu, 1 Apr 2010 09:55:55 EST Happy to be Natural I'm only two weeks old with sp and so far I love it. I've had natural hair for many years. Sometimes short, sometimes braids, afro always. This week I broke out the hot comb! Of course I want to lose weight but that not the priority, I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired! I'm looking forward to being on this team. Love y'all. P. Fri, 19 Mar 2010 23:40:54 EST Hello Divas Hi ladies! I have decided to re-commit to getting healthy. I lost about 25 pounds last year and just got sidetracked by the holidays. Then I stopped exercising on top of that, so of course I gained all the weight back. <em>24</em> But I'm glad to be able to try again & this time hopefully the new lifestyle will stay with also have natural hair (about 2.5 years) and just recently decided to loc. I hope y'all have a good day <em>41</em> Thu, 18 Mar 2010 17:58:43 EST Natural Hair dye Has anyone had any luck with using natural dye like henna? <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about trying it but I'm not sure if it's worth the effort. I know that it works better if you use honey and lemon juice with it. <BR> <BR> I love red hair but I ended having to do the big chop for the second time in 2008 b/c using dye had damanged my hair. Sat, 13 Mar 2010 16:45:28 EST Hello! Hi Ladies, <BR> <BR> I new on sparkpeople and I've been natural for 2 years and 3 months. I'm so bored with my hair and last week I started wearing wigs again...they hurt but I want something different. I love my hair its the styling and living in a rainy area that makes it a challenge. Tue, 9 Mar 2010 19:48:31 EST Workout Hair Care Good Morning Everyone, <BR> <BR> I pray that all is well and we are continuing to make changes with our weight loss goals and challenges. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to know what you guys are doing for natural hair when you workout more than one day a week? I have worn puffs and Afro's and my hair looks a mess. What styles or care are best for a dripping sweat natural head? Sun, 7 Mar 2010 10:59:17 EST Local Natural Stylists Hi, I have recently shunned the services of two stylists in the past 2 years. Is it just me or at some point do stylists begin to take the clients' time for granted? I left the most recent one b/c I had made an appt 2 weeks in advance, called to confirm and she didn't seem to be one bit concerned that I wanted my hair to be done for my birthday the next day and she made it clear that she didn't "feel like" doing my hair! Aren't sylists supposed to provide inspiration and creativity for your... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 15:03:50 EST Food For Thought: Week of 3-1-10 I know my life has been so hectic with school and work, that sometimes I forget to take time to just enjoy life. The following poem has shed much insight on doing that - enjoying life. <BR> <BR> A Creed to Live By <BR> Nancye Sims <BR> <BR> Don't undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. <BR> <BR> <BR> It is because we are different that each of us are special. Don't set your goals by what other people deem important. Only do what is best for you. <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't ... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 15:16:13 EST March 2010 Challenge Hello Nappy Divas! Tomorrow marks the start of a new month and an opportunity for new beginnings for many of us. February’s challenge didn’t receive as many posts that I had hoped for, and I am guilty for slacking off as well. So let’s use March as our “catch up month” with the following challenge: <BR> <BR> • Drink 8 glasses of water each day <BR> • Eat 3 servings of fruits and vegetables each day <BR> • Core Exercise: 2 sets of crunches at 12-15 reps (Demo link follows) <link>www.sparkpe... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 14:14:47 EST Nappy and Loving It Hey everyone I am new here I am over 10 years napptural and I am looking to not only keep my hair healthy but also have a healthy mind and body. It is important to me. I also noticed that as i exercise my hair has seemed to be a bit healthier. I can't wait to reach my goals. Thu, 25 Feb 2010 14:29:23 EST Hi SP Family! Hello Spark People Family :) <BR> <BR> I am a thirty something year old, fun loving, mom of four! I came to spark people to look for support for my new quest. Last year I began my quest to live a healthier life. I began with my hair. I have been natural now for a little over a year. This is the best thing I could have done. I have been hiding under the chemicals for so long and it occurred to me...why straight? What's wrong with nappy! I love it. Anyway, I am continuing my quest now... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 22:50:06 EST Leading by Example It was the end of the school day and I was preparing to leave and head home, when I heard a group of little girls, they were in second or third grade, arguing. The argument was about "nappy hair". <em>39</em> Evidently one girl was talking about one of the other girls and saying her hair was nappy. The other girl began screaming, "my hair ain't nappy". That's when I interrupted them and said, "My hair is nappy. And I love my nappy hair. Nappy hair is absolutely beautiful!" They all stopped ... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 06:51:36 EST First salon visit with locs Two weeks ago I made my way to a salon for the first time since committing to locs six years ago (I've been natural for over 15 years). I've been very successful (this time) with starting and maintaining my own locs, and the only times other hands have touched my head were when I had my locs cut. <BR> <BR> The salon is co-owned by an evangelist sister of mine in Philadelphia and it was a hike (I live in Delaware), but the atmosphere and service were definitely worth the trip. <BR> <BR> I ha... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 11:15:48 EST I am Back! Hello Everyone. I am back again to Sparkpeople.(I didn't realize how much weight I gained until I seen a picture WOW!) Learning more than ever about what I need to do to stay motivate and came back. My goal is to lose weight before my October birthday. Good Luck to everyone. <BR> Sun, 14 Feb 2010 17:20:38 EST Happy Black Love Day! Greetings Sisters, <BR> I am new to the team. I have been on Spark people for a week and I am loving it. I had started getting addicted to Facebook but it really feels like High School. I am actually getting inspired, meeting people on the same journey, and becoming more health conscious. And now....I meet my nappy crew. This is great! Stop by my spark page and also check out my new blog called It's All About Love at I'm a love ambassador that is on a healt... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 15:09:20 EST Natural hair Sista sings Olympic hymn Did anyone see the Winter Olympics opening ceremony last night? A Canadian sister, Measha Brueggergosman sang the Olympic hymn with the best looking and biggest natural afro I have seen in a long time! She looked so regal and elegant. <BR> <BR> She did us proud! A true diva! <em>244</em> Sat, 13 Feb 2010 19:16:16 EST Frizzy Ends Anyone else have issues with their ends? I hate them, I never had this problem before and was wondering if I should have my hair blown out and cut down some to help with my ends. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions are welcome... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 11:13:40 EST Hello!!! Hi I am Michelle, I am from Va I a have 2 kids and I am trying to get my self in shape I am glad that I found your forum and I hope I will make some new friends Please feel free to share any tip you have about natural hair styles and exercise or tips for staying inspired I have 150lb to lose but am starting with 20lb increments to keep it simple. Also I am looking for a buddy to help me be accountable. Hope to hear from you soon Tue, 9 Feb 2010 05:58:54 EST Food for Thought: Week of 2-8-10 This is one of my favorite poems that really uplifts my spirit when I'm feeling down. I thought this would be appropriate for this week because I've noticed a few Divas in need of encouragement. Stay strong my sistahs for He is with you!! <BR> <BR> Footsteps in the Sand <BR> <BR> One night a woman had a dream. <BR> She dreamed she was walking along the beach with the LORD. <BR> Across the sky flashed scenes from her life. <BR> For each scene, she noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: ... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 22:13:58 EST February 2010 Challenge Hey Divas! We are off to a fantastic start because I see that some tickers are moving – to the RIGHT! <em>244</em> <em>243</em> Congratulations to all who have been shedding pounds and for those that are still in the race! <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> For the month of February we are challenging ourselves to do the following: <BR> • Drink 8 glasses of water daily <BR> • Complete your personalized SparkPeople fitness program. So if you're scheduled to complete 90 minutes of cardio per week (fo... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 11:30:39 EST Happy to be here and Nappy! Greetings All! <BR> <BR> I'm a 28-year old newbie to SparkPeople, looking to lose 22 lbs to improve my blood pressure (hereditary, unfortunately) and prepare to start cranking out a few kids with the hubs. Been natural since 2004 and didn't find it to be a major adjustment to my workout routine, just a few extra shampoos here and there to keep the locs smelling fresh. Would love to hear from everyone and look forward to lots of interaction. Let's get this thing rolling! <em>104</em> Tue, 26 Jan 2010 14:22:16 EST DIET IS ANYONE ON A DIET. I'M TRYING THE GRAPEFRUIT DIET I'M ON MY 3RD DAY DOING PRETTY GOOD THE ONLY TIME I GET A LITTLE HUNGRY IS BETWEEN BREAKFAST AND LUNCH <em>474</em> Tue, 26 Jan 2010 06:08:44 EST Hello Nappy Divas Hello All, <BR> <BR> My name is Kimberly I am loving my natural hair!!!!! I am on a journey to live with a healthier physical body and spirit.I am happy there is a forum I can connect with and share not only weight motivation but hair encouragement. <em>41</em> Sun, 24 Jan 2010 22:13:17 EST I am so happy to be here! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to Sparks, but have heard only great things about it! I am eager to begin my new transformation. My goal for 2010 is to loose 100 lbs! <BR> I will post weekly updates of my weight lost. I look forward to watching the sucess of us all! <BR> Sat, 23 Jan 2010 16:59:06 EST Jari Love's Get Extremely Ripped DVD - 1000 Good morning, <BR> Has anyone tried this workout DVD? I ran across it in my Fitness magazine last night and it says that you burn about 500 cals in just 30 mins and 1000 if you do the complete hour. It really peaked my interest, so was just wondering if anyone else has tried it and could offer any feedback. <BR> Thanks and have a great day! Fri, 22 Jan 2010 08:47:13 EST Food for Thought: Week of 1-18-10 I came across this poem and thought it was fitting for our team. Each of us has our own inner beauty, and sometimes the challenges we face in life may cause us to lose sight of how strong and beautiful we are. So Divas, this is just a reminder that we do possess beauty - inside and out!! <BR> <BR> <BR> "The Beauty Of A Woman" <BR> <BR> The beauty of a woman Is not in the clothes she wears, <BR> The figure that she carries, Or the way she combs her hair. <BR> The beauty of a woman must be... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 10:16:35 EST Trader Joes Nourish Spa I picked this up about a month ago and so far I like it. I don't use it weekly but it really makes the hair feel clean. <BR> <BR> I use the shampoo and conditioner. This evening I also added a tablespoon of Jojoba oil to the conditioner and am sitting under a plastic cap for about 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> <BR> Saw on another board people use the Nourish Spa Conditioner as a CoPoo. <BR> <BR> <BR> Anyone else use this product before? Sun, 17 Jan 2010 19:28:22 EST Starting your own locs I really, really want locs. The plan was to get them for my 4-year nappiversary, which will be Feb 4 this year. My dilemma is the installation of them. I really don't like anyone else touching my hair, so I am looking on how I can possibly do them on my own. The time is no issue for me, it's the PARTING my own hair I am really bad at. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Or should I just suck it up and get them professionally installed and worry about the maintenance myself. Sun, 17 Jan 2010 16:59:05 EST Natural conditioners for natural hair Morning Divas! I have a question. I'm noticing that this time of the year, my hair is becoming more dry and brittle. Can anyone suggest a great way to condition my hair without leaving it full of gunk and residue? I was thinking about doing a hot oil treatment with virgin olive oil. Please, help a Sistah out! Oh, I forgot to mention, my hair is loc'd. Sat, 16 Jan 2010 09:09:41 EST anyone sweat excessively on scalp when exercising? I do... I have 13 months old locks and well am trying to figure out a maintence regimen. cuz after a good cardio session I am dripping wet. Then i have to go out in the cold so i stuff them under a hat and well they are pretty damp and I end up wrapping them up under a scarf for work... I don't know if this is a good idea or not... I was wondering what you ladies do if in this similar position? Thu, 14 Jan 2010 22:02:24 EST Just cut off Locs Okay I cut my shoulder length locs at the end of Sept- my 2 yr locaversary but now I need something to do to my hair. I transitioned into napptural hair for 8 months so I never had a BC until now! <BR> <BR> What hairstyles can I do except the twa and the occasional scarf? I do wear wigs every now and then when I haven't done nothing to it, but I like my hair. Any suggestions divas? <BR> <BR> ETA: I've been napptural for almost 5.5 yrs so I'm not new to it- just this short length! Tue, 12 Jan 2010 17:44:26 EST How do you reward yourself I have set mini goals for myself one is to loose 2 pounds a week. Once I reach 10 pounds I plan on rewarding myself with a new hair color and every 10 pounds after that I will reward myself again. <BR> Everyone should reward themselves to help us keep motivated how will you reward yourself? <em>224</em> Tue, 12 Jan 2010 06:22:27 EST January 2010 Challenge Ok Divas, we’re off to a late start, but better late than never!! So, we’re going to start off slow and pick up the pace as we move forward. I want all of us to participate in the challenges and for them to be enough to help us along our weight loss journey. So, our January challenge for the remainder of this month is: <BR> <BR> • Drink 8 glasses of water daily <BR> • Complete 1x per day the SparkPeople 6-minute hips, glutes and thigh video (This is for me cuz my hips jiggle like jelly) <BR>... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 23:31:24 EST What to do with no braids Hey, My name is tasha <BR> I wear my hair in braids cause I have never had a perm. But I think I have all the braiding styles my hair will allow and I am kind of bored with braids. When I saw this team I saw it as a chance to get new ideas that last a long time. Not much else to say but I live in texas and I;m 23 check out my video blogs Mon, 11 Jan 2010 20:22:59 EST What time is best for you What time of day do you prefer to work out? I have to be at work at 5:30am so its hard for me to get up that early to get my work out in. But I find that a don't feel like working out when I get home. Mon, 11 Jan 2010 06:42:01 EST Style Ideas I thought it would be cool if we gave eachother different style ideas??!! I know sometimes, I get in a style rut, but lately I've been doing a lot of experiments with different styles. I posted a picture of one style that I loved on my sparkpage(go tolook at more photos). It's my Janelle Monae inspired updo! If you like it, here are the instructions in a nut shell: <BR> 1. I parted off the top middle section of my hair for a "hump" in the front. <BR> 2. I two stranded twist my hair to the sca... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 19:56:58 EST Food for Thought: Week of 1-11-10 There may be days when you get up in the morning and things aren't the way you had hoped they would be, ....that's when you have to tell yourself that things will get better. <BR> <BR> There are times when people disappoint you and let you down, but those are the times when you must remind yourself to trust your own judgments and opinions, to keep your life focused on believing in yourself and all that you are capable of. <BR> <BR> There will be challenges to face and changes to make in you... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 17:44:36 EST Your suggestions are needed to improve Nappy Divas Hey Divas! <BR> <BR> Please post your suggestions, ideas and opinions on what you'd like to see happen with our team! We have a wonderful group of sistahs here, and I want to see us all succeed in 2010! Sun, 10 Jan 2010 15:18:37 EST New Member Oops, <BR> <BR> This post has been moved to the New Member stickY <BR> <BR> --HAVE A BLESSED AND LOVING NEW YEAR-- Mon, 28 Dec 2009 00:05:21 EST Essence November Issue Articles about Natural Hair Hi- <BR> I read the Nov issue of Essence and there were a few features/articles about Natural hair including how to transition/a story about Historically Black College Queens and Black hair/group discussion about hair in general including naturals <BR> <BR> I did not get the impression that they really have an appreciation of Natural hair but I did get the impression that they are trying to understand this new 'movement' -- and of course I don't really know who 'they' are. <BR> <BR> Just th... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 10:12:53 EST Miss Jessie's Curls vs. Mixed Chicks.... I started using Curly pudding from Miss Jessie's line and when I was unable to get some from my regular guy, I tried Mixed Chicks. I am happy with Mixed chicks but because it's cheaper and lighter. Which do you ladies like? Have you tried either? Mon, 7 Dec 2009 14:48:23 EST This is the season to be giving of ourselves <BR> Hi Team <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> 2009 was not our best year. But we can make each member of our team or teams feel a little special by dropping by on their page and leave a word of encouragement a long with a little gift. <BR> <BR> Peace and love to all of my team members <BR> <BR> Keep on Sparking <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>295</em> <BR> Mon, 7 Dec 2009 12:26:28 EST Hi, Not new here but just getting serious My name is Arria and I have been a member since March 2008. I had uterine fibroids that made me look like I was seven months pregnant. Now that the fibroids are gone I want to get toned up. Wed, 2 Dec 2009 23:58:38 EST Daughters want to be like us Hmm the biggest impact of going natural has been on my daughters. I cut off ALL my hair to .5 inch from the middle of my back relaxed hair. My 6 year old at the time WAS not pleased. She loved long straight hair. And my younger one (3) said I looked like a boy!. Anyway today almost a year later made it all worthwhile. They asked to wear their hair out in afro puffs like my sister and myself. I had my hair twisted in two strand twists and they asked if I will wear my hair out as well. A... Sun, 29 Nov 2009 21:13:23 EST Hemp Protein Is anyone a vegetarian on this team that takes protein shakes? If so which one? Im looking for a good hemp protein, can you recommend one? Sun, 29 Nov 2009 16:17:34 EST Anybody up for a challenge? Any suggestions? Let's work together, y'all... Fri, 27 Nov 2009 12:48:20 EST Hello Everyone! Hello, my name is Ashanti. I stumbled on this ad for SparkPeople in my Fitness magazine and figure I would give it a try. I had been spending money monthly on a similar site online, so I figured my wallet could use the extra help lol. <BR> <BR> I live in VA, with my fiance, and I have quite a bit of weight to loose before our wedding day. But I believe in taking it one day at a time! :) I would love to get to know people who can motivate me. All of you have been a huge motivation so far. Th... Sun, 22 Nov 2009 14:45:52 EST WINTER STYLES (protective or otherwise) WINTER STYLES (protective or otherwise) <BR> <BR> Just wondering how my fellow Nappy Divas are keeping their hair healthy during the cold or sunny Winter months! <BR> <BR> Are you wearing a protective style (twists, yarn braids, tree braids, bantu knots, plats, wash and go, wigs, crochet braids, etc.)? <BR> <BR> Are you using different moisturizing mixes or products? <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm curious for ideas and just to see if we can help eachother. I'm trying to figure out what to do myself... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 12:09:43 EST NC Newbie Good morning to all of my Nappy Divas!! I'm new to SparkPeople and I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Sharlie, I'm a 26 year old wife and step-mom from NC. I've been loc'ed for 3 years and natural for 3.5 years. I'm really excited about getting motivated to get my health in check and I'm also excited about having a community to help me along the way! Thu, 5 Nov 2009 07:23:53 EST Natural Hair Remedies I tend to have my moments where I experiment and try new things. Lately I've been using a baking soda mix to rinse my hair. I have yet to try the apple cider vineger mix. Any other natural hair remedies suggestions? I'm interested in a shampoo or conditioner. Tue, 27 Oct 2009 20:18:06 EST Wet Hair I really like the curls I get with Kinky Curly products. However, my hair is always soaked and by the end of the day, it's still damp. Any suggestions?? Mon, 26 Oct 2009 19:57:33 EST Good Hair (the movie) Anyone see it? <BR> <BR> I haven't seen it and don't think I will any time soon. I like Chris Rock, but am still disturbed by this as a documentary. <BR> <BR> The main question that I can't get over, which is why I am so hesitant to see it is...who is this movie for? <BR> <BR> As black women we know, whether natural or not, about our hair. We know what we do to get natural and we know what we do to get it straight. So again, who is this movie for? Why is it ok to do an expose on black wo... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 12:13:52 EST Good afternoon from High Point, NC By chance I happened on this site! Just home from visiting an AME church (been to Baptist, Quaker, Black Hebrew churches) looking for a new church home. Like them all for one reason or another - the Black Hebrew church was too far - in Charlotte, but the rest were either in Greensboro or High Point. Why am I visiting so many different denominations? God is Universal.... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 13:32:59 EST Hi Divas Not new to sparks but to the team....I had my big chop October 3 and I'm looking forward to learning more about natural hair products and techniques and to stay motivated in general. Thanks ladies. Sun, 18 Oct 2009 09:35:34 EST Was there a moment when you knew natural was you? I woke up one morning knowing it was the week I'd start my locs. Was there "a moment" for you? Fri, 16 Oct 2009 15:54:33 EST Ideas for Formal Hairstyle HI, <BR> <BR> I am going to be a maid of honor at a wedding in Puerto Rico in two weeks and I was wondering if anyone had ideas on how to wear my hair? I want to do something different. I know wear my hair in an Afro Puff -- any ideas?? Wed, 30 Sep 2009 10:10:14 EST The one make-up accessory I can't do with out is: <BR> my black eye pencil. With my TWA, I smudge my eyes and make them pop! Tue, 29 Sep 2009 07:04:31 EST How do other's react to the natural you? <BR> <BR> When I first wore locks, I "drew" a different crowd. There was no envy from the sisters, more so admiration because some wanted to step towards the natural direction but was afraid to because of the significant other, no patience, others' reaction, etc. The younger brothers LOVED it. There were encouragement all around. <BR> <BR> With my TWA, I am experiencing a rebirth of the same. I feel at home again. There is a knowing glance of solidarity. <em>41</em> Tue, 29 Sep 2009 06:52:29 EST Baby Hair Hi all, <BR> I had a question, I have a beautiful 9 month old baby girl and her hair stays dry, I am all natural with my hair and was told not to use the products I use on a baby hair, do anyone have any suggestion on what to use on her hair, without the chemicals. Thanks in advance. Sat, 19 Sep 2009 22:29:12 EST What makes you a DIVA? <BR> Is is your walk? Your smile? The way you handle your business? That toned Shoulder? <BR> <BR> Give yourselves a shout-out, ladies! <BR> <BR> What makes you uniquely you? No shyness allowed! <em>30</em> Wed, 9 Sep 2009 08:08:07 EST Question of the week: 9-10-2009 <BR> Have you been treated differently since you've gone "natural"? How? <BR> <BR> How do you see yourself? <em>224</em> Wed, 9 Sep 2009 07:56:54 EST Where were you ? <BR> This Friday is the anniversary of the horrific tragedy in NYC. Where were you and what were you doing when you found out about the World Trade Center?? Mon, 7 Sep 2009 09:51:26 EST LOC MAINTAINANCE Does anyone maintain their own locs? If so how? <BR> I need some help in doin my own locs. I started them in March so of course they are not loc'd. I have curly hair so I'm battling the fuzz at this stage. I'm so tempted to chop if off and go bk to my 'fro (I loved it). Please help me with my loc DIY so I can really be free from salons Wed, 26 Aug 2009 20:14:53 EST Is wearing a girdle "cheating?" It's like this .. <BR> <BR> A coworker came in to work a few weeks ago, and her usual curvy body was even more so! She had that sway of assurance a woman gets when she is extra fine! <BR> <BR> She confided in a body shaper that supposedly "brings it all together." Even though I've been walking, my stomach is out of control. I'd fought the temptation of buying one for weeks. (I admit when I don't feel "in shape", my confident lags.) I broke down and bought one. <BR> <BR> Now, I had alway... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 09:31:07 EST The brown paper bag <BR> I admit to being shocked - still! - that we as gorgeous persons of color are still color struck! I work in a cigarette factory with a lot of people. I worked next to a sister and we got on the subject of our children. I pulled out my wallet to show off my sons. <BR> <BR> She took one look at them and blurted "There're dark!" <BR> <BR> I stared at her and replied drolly, "They're a beautiful brown." <BR> <BR> To which she answered "Your husband must be dark." <BR> <BR> And so i... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 09:13:18 EST How do you feel about excercise? ONE WORD! <BR> <em>24</em> MORE! Wed, 26 Aug 2009 09:02:28 EST Fast ways to grow out natural hair? <BR> Well, it's like this .. <BR> <BR> I'm 47, big chopped, semi-pern color. My hair is weak and course, which is fine. BUT I want it to take off a little .. start to grow out some. I have a lot of Carol's Daughter's products, plus I picked up some Don't-B-Bald for my temples. <BR> <BR> Eating correctly is a big plus and I have some hair-nail-skin vitamins. <BR> <BR> Will the "second time around" be more of a waiting game for me, or is there something else I can do to stimulate my sca... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 10:05:58 EST Greetings, Divas!! I'm in need of some serious help! Put it like this, I am tired or being tired, lol. I have had it with this weight, ladies. Anyway, I'm Mocha, originally from Brooklyn, NY, but currently living in Macon, GA. I'm married, childless, nappy-and-proud! I need a place where I am forced to be accountable. Can I do that here, beautiful-sistas?! I really hope so. Tue, 18 Aug 2009 22:28:25 EST Natural hair gathering in Tampa, FL Hello Nappy Diva Sparkers, <BR> <BR> For those of you that can get to Tampa, FL there is a gathering of naturals. It is very cheap to go to, only $10 dollars I think. To get the most up-to-date information go to<BR>. It is the first one of its kind and I think it will be fun. I'm in Orlando and my friend lives in Tampa so we'll be going together. I hope to see some of you there. Wed, 12 Aug 2009 11:50:26 EST No more excuses! Read my Examiner article about excuses people have for not losing weight. <BR> <link><BR>ight-Loss-Examiner~y2009m8d12-Weight-l<BR>oss-whats-your-excuse </link> <BR> <BR> Another one I recently heard was that Black women do not want to get our hair messed up, so we don't exercise as much...or at least we try not to break a sweat. How do you feel about that? Wed, 12 Aug 2009 10:08:25 EST This Is Not A New Beginning Hi All, <BR> This is not the beginning of my first weight loss journey. I am sad to say that there have been many. I can say that this is the first journey that I am taking with so many tools to ensure a successful one. So, hopefully, this is indeed... A New Beginning! Mon, 10 Aug 2009 22:27:02 EST Some of my favorite sites Living the Fit Life (Blog) <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Muscle & Fitness: Hers <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Web MD <BR> <link><BR>lt.htm </link> Mon, 10 Aug 2009 14:50:01 EST Hair Products for Curly hair? I've been natural for about 1 1/2 years, and I can't seem to find any hair care products for my cork screw curls. Something that doesn't flake up and that I can easily style my hair. I like to twirl the curls with my fingers to make them more define. Oh yeah, and smells good too,...nice and FREEESSH! Any suggestions? Thu, 6 Aug 2009 12:58:21 EST Hi all I'm a 27 year old finally sorting out all the weight I've gained gradually over the last ten years. I went completely natural about 6 years ago and am seriously considering locks in the future. I love life and am hoping to get to know you al a bit and together can cheer each other on in this weight loss game. <BR> <BR> I live in London, England and joined Spark people just over a year ago. <BR> <BR> -x- Sun, 19 Jul 2009 16:00:23 EST Saying Thank You & You're Welcome~ Your Body Self I was thinking about this today how while in an admirable quest to be as healthy as we want to, how it is easy to throw aside how our bodies has held us up despite all the uncare we've may have given it. <BR> <BR> Or not saying "you're welcome" when we do something absolutely kind as adequate water, a full night sleep, fruit instead of chips but quick to criticize ourselves when we are "bad". Punitive behavior seldom works but how condition have we've been to continue to beat up in words... Tue, 7 Jul 2009 01:02:21 EST Shrunken World Has your world shrunk since you put on weight? When did you notice a difference in what you did, how you saw yourself, where you went. <BR> <BR> By the same token how much strecthing have you done since you'ce started releasing the weight? Or are you waiting until you reach your final goal before living large, expanding your view of your life? <BR> <BR> What physical activity, mental aerobics, streghtening your emotional muscle has worked for you? Tue, 7 Jul 2009 00:52:52 EST Messages or the Madness~ Images of Sister-friends I decided after posting in another thread my comment about the difficulty I've had in finding images of black women working on fitness, health wellness etc. <BR> <BR> Of the few I've stumbled on are more of models who looked like they had never picked up a free weight, ran a treadmill etc, full makeup and hair in place. <BR> <BR> I cannot even believe it would be an exercise in futility to find images let along (shall I dare) of older women/natural hair/lagniappe (lil extra size)women enjoy... Mon, 6 Jul 2009 17:27:41 EST Am I imagining? Or is here a Lack of Participation Hi to all: <BR> <BR> I want to preface this with a disclaimer: I am not asking this question out of criticism or judgement or wanting to add any more svress to any sister-friend. <BR> <BR> But I have noticed on many of the African American forums a limited almost half-hearted particpation. <BR> <BR> I am not one of those "that's what's wrong with black people" blues singers that hold us to a higher level of responsibility or critcism. <BR> <BR> Is this a lot because we do indeed seem to h... Sun, 5 Jul 2009 11:39:54 EST What do you love most about your Nappy Hair??? I just started the loccing process and the other day while driving, I rolled all the windows down in the car and just let the air dance around on my scalp. That felt so good. I LOOOOVVVEEEE my Nappy Hair I swear....... Thu, 18 Jun 2009 11:01:00 EST No excuses...let's get fit <link><BR><BR>72-years-black-fitness-blog/ </link> <BR> <BR> Awesome inspiration! Mon, 15 Jun 2009 13:30:38 EST Loc Advice??? Hello ladies, I will be starting my locs this coming Saturday. I have been looking forward to this since I went natural more than a year ago. I just need any info that will help me in my new loc journey. I love my nappy hair, and can't wait to loovvveee my locs. <BR> <BR> TIA Thu, 11 Jun 2009 10:37:02 EST I need your support! Hi Divas! I am the newest fitness writer for the online newspaper! I will be covering various weightloss issues and would love your input on what you would like to read about. <BR> <BR> Follow my page here: <link><BR>ight-Loss-Examiner </link> <BR> <BR> Any questions, let me know. <BR> <BR> Kim Wed, 10 Jun 2009 10:00:15 EST HELLO FROM EGYPT Hello I am Saghira.I am 33, married w/ 5 kids. I lived in many places ie. born in bklyn ny, raised in spfld mass, falls church va, durham and fayetteville nc and now I live in egypt. I am a returning sparkie. I was here last year in february 2008 and lost 50 lbs but then I became so busy in June that everything stopped...exercise and eating right. since then i gained about 10 lbs. I am back now hoping to lose about 20 more lbs and keep it off. I have self motivation but I sometimes need outsi... Tue, 9 Jun 2009 17:51:05 EST Hello Fellow Divas Hi all, <BR> This is Ebone from Orlando, Fl. I just joined this site yesterday and am loving it. I hope to encourage and be encouraged by all and to share natural hair tips also. Mon, 1 Jun 2009 13:06:20 EST Want to share different hairstyles tips? I have been natural for over 6 years or more. However, before June 2008 I only wore a sad ponytail. Then I went to a natural hair salon and was awakened. I found my favorite style is the two-strand twist and then of course the twist out. Well I tried something new to me this week and I'm in love. <BR> <BR> Here is my hairstyle tip - Braid your hair in about 10 big plats before going to bed. In the morning undo the plats, grab a scarf or knee high, tie it around your head, and then pull it ba... Fri, 29 May 2009 01:27:42 EST Hello from NC Hello Everyone, I'm Janet and have been natural since 2001. I am restarting my journey to a healthier me and am in need of motivation and support. <em>220</em> <BR> I look forward to making new friends. Fri, 22 May 2009 11:40:52 EST Hi From Georgia Hi, I'm not new to Spark, but new to becoming napptural. I started growing my hair out in December and have been wearing my hair braided under wigs all this time. I'm finally getting to the point where I want to do the BIG CHOP, but my husband thinks its a mistake. I honestly want to go all the way with being natural. I love my hair...the way it feels, and how it easy it is to manage (or WOULD be able to manage if I didn't have this relaxed hair in the way). <BR> <BR> Are there any othe... Thu, 21 May 2009 20:40:31 EST Advice on coloring locs Hey everybody! I really want to color my locs for the spring and summer months but I am scared to death of damaging them. I just passed my one year lociversary and would just die if they fell out because I did something stupid. Can anyone tell me a safe and effective way to dye my locs, right now my hair is very very black, with a few (very few, I might add) gray strands starting to pop up. Any suggestions, thanks in advance. <em>88</em> Tue, 12 May 2009 07:52:42 EST Question??? I noticed some people have a journal/record of their weight loss on their sparkpage, how do I add that to my page. I tried doing it through the Status place but I don't think thats right. How do you make those entries on your page? thanks for any and all help. Sat, 18 Apr 2009 08:36:18 EST Hello Lovely Ladies! Im New With A Quick Question! So Im A Young Black Woman, Been Locked for 3 years (And Loving Every Moment of It) And I was wondering if there are any ladies around my age and weight (19-24yrs, 150 - 170pounds) looking for a spark buddy? Or even a little small buddy group of 3-5 people? :) Wed, 8 Apr 2009 20:09:09 EST Hair & Scalp Blues!! For the past 4 years I have been experiencing problems with an extremely itchy scalp and hair loss. I went to 3 different dermatologists, biopsies, more tests, steroid scalp injections and numerous prescriptions only to be told that "nothing" was found. Talk about frustrated and angry!! <BR> <BR> I decided to take matters into my own hands and began researching over the internet. I found a solution to my problem which was two-fold. 1) About the same time that my symptoms began, I was given a... Tue, 31 Mar 2009 15:10:56 EST To My Beautiful Black Sistahs Hey Ya'll, <BR> Just wanted to say, I checked out all the profile pics of the team members, and I can't tell you how proud I am to be a member of this community of beautiful black women. We are doing it and doing it well. After looking through the pics, I come away feeling proud and inspired. We are indeed Phenomenal Women! <em>88</em> Sat, 28 Mar 2009 10:39:43 EST Hi I'm new Hello everyone. I'm new here to Nappy Divas Sun, 22 Mar 2009 10:04:12 EST Need help with SP page Hi, my name is Reina. I have been a member on SP for a month now and never realized that my page was set to private. Here I was wondering why I was not getting anyone visiting my page or comments etc. Not until this morning someone said that they could not add me as a friend. I was wondering if someone could assist me into making the page public. I am not sure if I did already? Lol Thanks Mon, 16 Mar 2009 11:28:04 EST Life Chat Let's talk about whatever is going on in our lives! Thu, 5 Mar 2009 08:29:10 EST Family Talk Inspired by the fact that my family is a big part of my life and impact 90% of all that I do, I thought it would be cool to start a forum to talk about family stuff! Kids, husbands, boyfriends, significant others, sister, brothers, whatever! Let's talk about it all. <BR> <BR> Thu, 5 Mar 2009 08:13:53 EST Sweet Solutions Ok, so I know that I have a notorious "sweet tooth", and have found some alternatives to overeating sweets or wasting a lot of calories on sweets but still enjoying them. <BR> <BR> I have found these lower calorie but sweet ideas: <BR> <BR> - nonfat frozen yogurt (90 cal, 1/2 the sugar of regular ice cream) and mini ice cream cone <BR> - fudgesicles <BR> - strawberries with frozen toppings <BR> - frozen, fresh pineapples <BR> - chocolate muffins made with real cocoa powder, wheat flour, a... Fri, 20 Feb 2009 09:54:25 EST Help--my hair is falling out! Maybe this should be in the "confessions" section, but after 5 years of growing locs, I cut them off. My stylist "texturized" my hair, which is just a gentle relaxer and colored the gray. Well my hair line has receded more than an inch!! Went to the doctor and she could see no medical reason for it. Has this happened to anyone? Please don't kick me off the nappy divas for dipping back into the chemicals--I need some help. Thu, 12 Feb 2009 09:45:10 EST Hey everyone What a pleasant surprise to see this group. I love and here you are! I am in the Philadelphia, PA area I attend Sweat Fitness and I am excited to get healthy. <BR> Leslie Tue, 27 Jan 2009 14:16:31 EST Hair Growth Hey all, <BR> I decided to go natural in November. One of the reason I decided to go natural was of the strain all those chemicals and heat was putting on my hair and not to mention I work out six days a week, twice a day. I had all the perm cut out of my hair. I must say I LOVE IT!!!! No perms, curling irons, flat irons, sitting under the dryer! Once you started to go natural, did you notice that your hair grows faster or looks much healthier? Tue, 13 Jan 2009 09:36:22 EST Hello there My name is Roscheeta. I've been natural for 5 weeks I Bc'd on 11/26/08. I am a and youtube and Fotki junky. I am embarking on the weight loss journey again. This time I will win and keep the weight off. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know my fellow nappies that are on the same journey with me. Mon, 5 Jan 2009 11:13:15 EST Hello Michigan Here Hey everyone My name is Ashley and I've been apart of this group for a few days now. I've always been interested in becoming natural and I don't see many naturals in Flint especially people around my age but I'm glad I can become apart of the small group we have here. Sun, 28 Dec 2008 10:48:06 EST Hello from Oakland My name is Latisha. I am for Oakland, CA. I am a mom, wife and artist. This is an exciting and anxious time and my life. Things are happening and I need to mental and physical stamina to handle whatever is coming my way. I wish everyone well with their weight and/or lifestyles goals. Peace and blessings! Thu, 18 Dec 2008 10:00:24 EST Make your own cereal This is a great site. You can design your own cereal and they mix and send it to you. <BR> What's really cool is you get nutritional info as you add ingredients. <BR> <BR> It's fun and educational. <BR> -Heather <BR> Mon, 1 Dec 2008 21:14:30 EST Hi I'm a new Diva Hi! My name is Minnie. I have been natural for 5 years. I have sister locks I love this no fuss hair style. Good bye bad hair days!! <em>224</em> Thu, 20 Nov 2008 22:29:46 EST Hello from Toronto, Canada! Well, just outside of Toronto...but anyways! <BR> So glad to find this group! I've been natural now for six years. <BR> Not locked, I've been twisting and braiding since then. <BR> However, I am thinking of switching to locs within the next three months. Any advice? <BR> <BR> I'm glad I can get both hair tips and fitness advice from one group! Tue, 18 Nov 2008 10:39:04 EST Introductions can be so blah..... I am from Memphis, TN. I am a spoken word artist, writer, mother, singer, lover, and dreamer. I need to loose weight, my knees hurt, I like to shop, but hate girdles...ha ha. Change is what I need. The best way to introduce myself is by what I love. <BR> <BR> I am not The Creator <BR> But I was given the ability to create <BR> Allowed the chance to use my mind, body, and soul to present gifts to the universe; <BR> Birth nations, <BR> And babies, <BR> Touch peoples hearts <BR> And get my feet... Fri, 14 Nov 2008 09:35:35 EST loc loops? has anyone heard of or used these? <BR> <BR> saw them posted on a youtube video and was curious about them. Wed, 12 Nov 2008 14:59:53 EST