the longer my hair gets the more i feel i need to do something with it. it’s not long enough for one of those cutesy top buns just yet, but i can toss a headband on and this jeweled one (diy tutorial by whimseybox) is just the thing to knock my curly fro’ up a few notches for a funky look. and hello!! it’s so daggone easy to make. i’m actually not the blingiest person on the block, but i imagine you can go wild with trinkets to add to ribbon.

 

DIY Jeweled Ribbon Headband from Whimseybox on Vimeo.

oh, and in case you’re not familiar, whimseybox is a monthly craft subscription service where you sign up, pay 15 bucks a month and get all kinds of fun diy/crafty stuff. there’s also a crafting community on the site.

make yo’ own :: jeweled ribbon headband

i remember telling one of my girlfriends last year that i wanted to dye my hair purple. she thought i was nuts. her reaction wasn’t a huge deterrent because right off the bat i realized that she’s a bit more conservative than me so i understood why she wasn’t really seeing my purple hued vision.

it’s cool. everythang ain’t for everybody.

the only reason i decided not to dye my hair is because i’ve been on a gig hunt since i was laid off and my guess is that purple hair isn’t that widely accepted in the office place.

conformity sucks.

my purple urge came back strong the other day when i saw tarenguy’s pic on instagram. her purple super curly hair is gorgeous!! i just LOVE how it looks on her!!! i’ll have to live vicariously through her until i safely land in a place of employment. then i can put them in a state of shock and awe when i dye my hair purple my second week there.

here’s taren’s youtube vid of her dying her hair using manic panic.

purple curly locs

will i ever have a ponytail? geesh!!

curly hairso here i am, still on my little hair growing journey hoping to have my full, sorta longish, luxurious ponytail someday. as you can see, my hair ain’t quite there yet. it’s heck-a full, but just long enough for a ponytail. an itty bitty, pulled back so tight ponytail that only lasts about five minutes before the sides begin to ache for freedom and bust loose leaving me looking like a frizzy dandelion.

oh, the frustration of growing hair. the in-between phase just utterly sucks. there just isn’t much i can do with it. it’s just kinda there. sticking up in every direction, looking nuts. a lot of days i cover it with a beanie.

beanies are my best friends.

i’m fighting hard against chopping it all off and getting back into my short-do comfy zone. i’m holding tight and envisioning that hopefully one day sorta soon my hair will look something like this…

 

this woman’s hair is gorgeous!! curls are healthy and poppin’ and flowing in the wind. i luv it!

and if i’m really patient enough maybe one day i can go back to this…

Source: tumblr.com via niki on Pinterest

 

a girl can dream, right?

don’t go thinking this about to turn into a natural hair blog. i promise you, it’s not. :) but i am in the process of attempting to grow my hair out…again. i go through this every fall/winter, tire of it because it looks so wild & insane and then i chop it all off to get back to my happy place.

but this year i’m hoping to have more stick-to-it-ness and a sista needs tips!! so you might see a few more hair-related posts here from time-to-time. as i find good stuff, i’ll share!

i recently found this awesome video by andreaschoice on youtube on making your very own hair strengthening mask using coconut oil and eggs. it’s great for dry, damaged, over-processed hair. she’s super, uber popular on yt so if you’ve looked into these types of videos before, you might already know about her.

but anyhoooo, can i just saw this woman has absolutely gorgeous hair?

in this second video, andrea shows how she styles her curly hair. i chose andrea’s videos because her hair texture is close to mine (only mine is a wee bit curlier), but there are tons and tons of videos on youtube with hair maintenance techniques for all hair types.

hair mask recipe & styling curly hair vids

curly haired girls

back in january i mentioned growing my hair out but i never posted an update about how when the weather turned warm i chopped it all off again. i’m so used to having short hair that with it longer mixed with the heat…whew!! a sista couldn’t deal.

well, now it’s the end of summer and the temps have already dropped a smidge. now i’m ready to let it grow out again. i think. ;)

here are some of my curl hair inspiration pics i’ve collected on pinterest.

 

she’s so curly

my hair has been super curly forever. unless you count the times when it was pressed, permed, flat ironed or wrapped till it was bone straight, but the straightness never lasts long. i’m talking a week tops because as soon as it gets wet it’s curling some kinda way. but don’t get it twisted, i’m not a part of the natural revolution. i’ve had this hair all my life so i’m not going to start singing its natural praises now. i’m in more of the whatever-works-for-you camp. if it’s a weave/wig/perm/afro/twists/blow out/mohawk/locs/bald… whatever. do you!

i’ve been growing my hair out for several months now and i really don’t have an idea of what i want it to look like ultimately, but i’m lovin’ these pics of girls and their curls that i’ve been collecting on pinterest.

 

 

Source: favim.com via niki on Pinterest

 

 

Source: google.com via niki on Pinterest