Little things

Once I started sharing here, I have felt pressured to do things that I wouldn’t normally do – I wear makeup more often, style my hair, take pictures, little things, thinking, maybe I could get a good picture for the blog. Often I don’t, lol, but something in me has changed a bit, for the better. It makes you feel better when you take care of yourself, even if it’s only once or twice a week that you spend a little extra time to go for a walk, or braid your hair, or try a new dress. I have some great shots of the boys and really candid moments of myself, that I wouldn’t have otherwise. I’m usually the one behind the camera in my house, so there isn’t much of a record of my style, my expressions, my growth.

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So thank you for inspiring me to be better.
Dreadlock Updo

Happy Father’s Day!

I promise I’ll keep it short. Check out our new vid!

The companion dvd has been totally redone and the book is a soft bound 100 glossy pages of locs done by us and fellow DIYers. If you have any questions after purchasing the system, we are here to guide you.
I hope you are enjoying your Father’s Day. Please Pray for the families in Charleston and a healing for our nation.
More quick  15 minute or less hairstyles coming soon!

Get out there

A couple years after I graduated, I started to feel a little lost. The job I had always wanted wasn’t as much fun as I had hoped. After working so hard through school, I felt like I had arrived and the destination was… underwhelming.

So I made a list. What was it, that I wanted to say I had done by the time I turned 30. While a couple of those things that were important at the moment had fallen by the wayside, I had done all but 2 items with 10 months to go. One thing I wanted to do was to have a sport. I feel I can be more physically active if I have a goal (other than looking hot) to work for, or be part of a team. That’s really why I joined some ladies from church to do the Dirty Girl.
Before the Mud Run
And it was AWESOME. I already can’t wait to do it again next year, and I’m signed up to do another mud run in a couple weeks. I hate running, but I love mud, and sweat. I wasn’t sure I could do it (3 miles isn’t that hard though) and I was afraid I’d be left behind in the mud by myself, but my team was there with me.MudRun
Mud Run
I dare you all to make a list, and get out there.

Let’s do better

I had started to daydream as I looked out of the huge window on a perfect sun filled day enjoying my lunch. A friend walked up and we chatted awhile, I can’t remember about what really, when she asked me if I were wearing a wig. I was kind of shocked at first but I thought it was  obvious that it was my own hair. It was what the kids would call today a mow hawk.  Earlier that summer I had gone to the hairdresser and she turned my afro into one of those “curls.” Not one of those greasy things that are the butt of jokes, but an actual mass of naturally curly looking ringlets. That’s before the rush to “curl” the masses and professionals just slapped whatever rod was available in their arsenal and beauty supply shops sold these kits to the masses and eventually everybody was doing it.

Competition is good for the consumer when it brings about a better product, but the curl only rushed in subpar services and products. We are on the threshold of repeating history. It seems that in the freedom to finally practice our craft, few if any have done research, only to post half tidbits of information to become hair gurus. When I started out, I wanted to be innovative.  I was blessed with the invention of a different tool design, different loc-king patterns, natural products and tons of friends family, and strangers, who answered my questions as well as allowed me to experiment on their hair. There were others as well, mavericks, that put out an excellent product.That was fifteen years ago and in this money grab,  this current natural hair phenomena, I don’t see new and improved, or different, just poor imitations of what’s out there. Nappylocs is a family tradition, part of a body of knowledge, so that little kinky haired girls never have to swing a towel, pretending to have long hair. Let’s do better.


Quick updates new vid!

This has been such a crazy week, so many new and exciting things on the horizon. I woke up this morning feeling more alive than I’ve been feeling for days, so as I rolled over and grabbed my phone to see today’s tidbits , I was so excited to see today’s message was “starting over,” a new refreshing, a new chance! I’ve been getting lots of feedback from you guys, please know that we are listening, we hear ya! 15 - 1

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pompadour, french rolled braided crown

First I have received so many request from people who are looking for Nappylocs™ services or help with their installs, or professionals wanting to offer their services. We do plan to offer a gallery of some sorts. Just send us an email with your contact info.

We will soon be offering the updated book and totally redone video in our store. As promised most of the hairstyles featured on the blog are 15 minutes or less updos. There is more ahead. Here is our latest project. Can you tell were are having fun around here? 


Catching my Breath

Life has been so busy lately, I feel like I need a break. It seems like I do a little work, try and take care of my family, work on my home and the day is gone, with nothing ever feeling finished. I joke all the time what I wouldn’t give for a solid 7 hours of sleep. On the other hand, just the other day I found myself with two hours between appointments, and I was so anxious to get through the next task I couldn’t relax.

Trip to the zoo

I often hear that I should enjoy this busy time while my boys are little. I do try and just take a deep breath. I get my camera out and get some video of the boys playing with their trains so I can remember what their little voices sound like one day. Or I’ll hand them our old point and shoot and watch them try and take pictures of themselves, each other, or the dust bunnies under the bed. Even while I’m out trying to get some exercise, I’ll stop to take a picture of a neighbor’s poplar tree in bloom. Every little bit helps.
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15 minute style, these photos were taken by my 4 year old son!