Obviously a lot has happened since my last natural hair update almost a year ago. I will have to post all the pics that happened before this and after my last update, but here I am 4 years later (even though two years were wasted when I didn’t know the weekly blow drying and flat ironing would cause heat damage and I had to cut off that damaged hair last September) I made a lot of progress. And as you see, my go-to style is still the wash and go!
Finally I am back with an update because I decided to come out of hibernation. It was good keeping to myself while it lasted, but now that I have made a few adjustments in my life I actually didn’t mind hanging out this weekend. Check out some of my pics! Next time I will take more.
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Here is a before and after picture of my natural 3c/4a hair blow dried, and after going an entire year without using any heat to straighten my hair. As you see I have major shrinkage when my hair is in it’s natural state, but the curls are clearly coming in and my hair is growing!
Today was my teenage daughter’s 8th grade prom! I am so proud of how wonderfully my daughter is growing up. Excelling in school, pleasant, talented, beautiful inside and out, independent, respectful for the most part (hey, she is still a teenager) and the list goes on. What more can a mom ask for? She is definitely a blessing in my life and I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE my baby, turned young lady, to pieces!!!
Ok so I just wanted to post a quick update on my the three 30 day challenges I started a month ago – I did not finish…AGAIN… Whomp whomp!
Finally! I am starting to not be so uptight about my natural hair and what I am do with it. I am letting it down!
It has been seven months since I have completely stopped straightening my natural hair with blow drying and flat ironing. Ever since, my style has pretty much been exactly the same – wearing it in a banana clip! But now since my hair is growing back, it’s time to change up my look again, like I normally do every so often.
OMG Look at my natural hair! It is very WILD…just like my radio show WILD CARD WEDNESDAY! This picture was taken right before I put coconut 100% organic coconut milk in it. I was told that the coconut milk with help my hair lock in the moisture, but honestly I felt gross with it in my hair. Not to mention, it didn’t shine and bounce like I read it on a popular site for girls with curly hair! Oh well, guess nothing beats my own customized natural hair method.
The pictures from New Year’s Resolution at Euro Nightclub Party are finally up at PlushEvent.com. Everyone clearly had a great time from the looks of the photos. If you missed this event, don’t worry; we have much more in store for you. For starters, mark Friday, February 28th on your calendars because @JewelztheDiva will be celebrating her birthday.
Shout out to Rush Promotions and the entire #TeamPlush crew for your support!
Natural Hair Update
I had been the Dominican Salon’s best customer for the last 7 years and didn’t miss a week of my blow dry and flat iron hair routine. After two years and four months of being natural, and 5 months of straight wash and go hair, I now have ten different curl patterns and jar loads of product. More
Fitness is a Lifestyle
Wow! It’s been over 2 months that I’ve been working out and going HAM in the gym. I have to admit – being health conscious and fit really takes up a lot of my time, and sometimes I don’t think the results are coming fast enough, but I am definitely making progress! Just two weeks ago I couldn’t even do one push up, but now I can do 6 in a row with perfect form. Go me! Go me!!
These pics are from last week and I look even better now that I’ve been working with a trainer since Saturday.
Happy 13th Birthday to the BEST DAUGHTER IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD – Isis! She is officially a teen!! She is so smart, loving, caring, beautiful and so much more that words can’t describe. I am so blessed that God picked her to be my child.
Here are some pictures from her the day of her birthday party last Saturday that we had at Dave & Busters. It was a great time with close family and friends. 🙂
Here is a picture my cousin took of me today when I was about to start my workout on the elliptical at the gym today. I can’t believe my thighs look toned! Working out pays off!
My newest favorite gadget is my Polar FT60 heart rate monitor watch. I just got in for only $133 and have been using it every time I workout.
Here are my favorite features, besides the obvious heart rate monitor, below.
- calorie counter
- fitness test that calculates VO2max
- training programs
- training data
- weekly summaries
Today I had an awesome cardio and lower body workout! I felt so guilty for taking a day off and pigging out yesterday. My day off was because Monday’s 3 mile run/power walk had me in pain PLUS the previous day I did a high intensity cardio and full body circuit workout. BUT I think I made up for a little today. 🙂
-40 minute Elliptical Intensity Trainer workout from my Workout Trainer app
2 rounds of the following with weights and no rests in between…
-Ab Machine: 15 reps
-Seated Leg Extensions: 15 reps
-Dumbbell Side Bend (r): 20 reps
-Dumbbell Side Bend (l): 20 reps
-Dead lifts: 20 reps
-Russian Twists: 20 reps
-Lunges: 20 reps
-Standing Dumbbell Calf Raises: 20 reps
Finished it with…
-Basic Squats: 55
-Wall Squat/Sit: 45 seconds
I would have done a 3rd round, but I was at my small community gym and tricks killed my vibe taking long ass rests on machines. Killed my rotation! 🙁
See my before and after pic below. I sweated my ass off!
I’m still a beginner, but definitely getting it in!!
I’ve been wearing this same natural hairstyle to work for the last 3 days since deciding not to straighten it. What else can I do with this thing? 🙁
I’ve been growing out my natural for almost two years now…actually my exact two year anniversary for starting my chemical-free hair challenge is August 5th :-). The bad news is, I’ve never done a style to showcase my natural hair, which is resulting in some heat damage. 🙁 So I made the decision to stop putting so much heat on my hair every week by not blow drying or flat ironing my hair until it’s bone straight, and come up with a hairstyle that looked decent on me.
Here are more pictures for my family vacation.
We went to the beach, we went to Rapids Water Park (sorry no photos) and had a BBQ at my brother’s high rise apartment in Sunny Isles.
I had a great time with this wonderful family of mine! Can’t wait until our next vacation together. Cruise??