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Getting Back to it After a Long Blog Hiatus

It certainly has been a really long time since I last posted here on CurlyinColorado.com.  There were plenty of times during my blog hiatus that I thought about updating everyone on my hair journey.  Thing is, the end of 2015 and all of 2016 proved to be very challenging for me personally.  It turns out that I was experiencing chronic pain from a large tumor like growth in my lower abdomen.  The pain increased and eventually led to an abdominal surgery in October of 2016.  After the surgery it was later concluded that the growth was the result of endometriosis.

Blog Hiatus, Natural Hair Blog, Blogger I sit here writing this post realizing that others may have experienced something similar.  All I can say is, if something doesn’t seem right, definitely seek medical attention early before it gets out of  hand.  The pain left me feeling down and unmotivated.  I also wasn’t sleeping very well which made me tired and not up to my best during the day.  However, since the surgery, I have fully recovered and am feeling so much better.  I’m even back to exercising and sleeping normally.

My new found energy has got me wanting to get back to things that I missed out on while I was down with the pain.  Blogging is one of those things so you’ll be seeing more posts here on CurlyinColorado.com.  Another positive is that our family purchased a new home in 2016!  This month marks one full year of living in our new house and we are lovin’ it.  We have more space and are even enjoying a designated office just off of the master bedroom.  I’m adding to the space all of the time and can’t wait to start filming for my YouTube Channel and creating content for the blog.

So there it is!  My blog hiatus is officially over.  Let me know if there are any topics that you would like to see in a post.  See you soon!

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International Natural Hair Meetup Day in Colorado

Hey there Colorado naturals!  If you’re looking for a fun way to get together with other naturals locally then you’ll want to check out this upcoming meetup.  The event is part of the annual International Hair Meetup Day which is scheduled for Saturday, May 30th this year.  It was originally founded by Adeea Rogers, a.k.a The Trendy Socialite, in 2012.  It is a chance for people with natural hair to connect locally as well as virtually via social media all on the same day.  There will be meetups in cities throughout the country including Denver!

I’ll be there as one of the panelists on the Bloggers and Stylists panel which will be emceed by Carolyn King.  Other panelists include Sabrina Perkins of the blog Seriously Natural,  Meteorologist Rhonda Lee, Tanza Trummel of @TuffCurlz, Abena Antwiwaa of @NaturalCharism and J. Naomi Johnson of CoilyCulture.  There will also be demonstrations, vendors, giveaways and entertainment.

International Natural Hair Meetup Day Colorado
Saturday, May 30th, 2015
10:00am-4:00pm
The Summit Event Center
411 N. Sable Blvd. Aurora, CO  80010

The event is presented by Design Essentials with the help of Colorado Urban Naturals.  This is the same organization that put on last year’s Denver Natural Hair Expo.  I’m really looking forward to participating in the event and also meeting naturals in my area.  Hope to see you there!

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Upcoming Natural Hair Event by Colorado Urban Naturals

It’s a new year and we can expect lots of new events by the local group Colorado Urban Naturals.  This is the same organization that coordinated the Denver Natural Hair Care Expo last summer.  The event will be a smaller workshop on how to make a head wrap using your own fabric.  There will also be some discussion on natural hair color options for natural hair.  Tickets are still available for this event which is only two weeks away!

NATURAL HAIR EVENT BY 
COLORADO URBAN NATURALS
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH
6:00-8:00 P.M.
at Pangaea Salon 4924 E. Colfax Ave.

ON FACEBOOK FOR UPDATES ON THIS EVENT
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Natural Hair: Growing it Out In Your Own Time

This last couple of weeks I’ve been kicking myself for the frequent trimming that has kept my hair journey stuck in neutral.  Right now my hair sits just below APL (arm pit length) in back and layered in front with bangs (when straight).  My main motivation for going natural was to grow my hair longer.  I figured I was on a five year plan but saw how much faster my hair grew (or broke less) during the first year natural.  I was so excited and figured I would see Bra Strap Length hair (BSL) some time around the halfway mark.  When that didn’t happen, I started to get down on myself and wonder what I was doing wrong.  It also didn’t help that I kept seeing progress pics and videos from others who gained length and thickness in what seemed to be much less time.

HAIR GROWTH TALK AND TIPS
INSPIRATION VIDEO BY “MYNATURALSISTAS”
This week though, I watched a very helpful video that reminded me that everyone’s natural hair journey is different.  It’s okay to look to others’ experiences for inspiration.  However, it is unrealistic to compare my hair to someone else’s even though we may have the same hair texture and starting point.  Each hair journey is a very individual experience and there are so many different variables that decide the outcome.  There’s also a lot to learn along the way and we all do this in our own time. 
For now, I’m going to try to not focus so much on what I DON’T have and get back to appreciating what I DO have.  The longer length will come in time so I’m just going to have some fun with my hair as it is right NOW.
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What Has My Hair Been Up To?

Whoa!  Blogging for the first time in a loooong time.  I also took a break from my Youtube channel for a little while but I’m feeling motivated so here I am.  This first post back I thought that maybe I would share pictures of some of the styles I’ve been rockin’ while away from the blog.  I pretty much have been going back and forth between curly and straight.  It has really been a learning experience because I have been forced to really pay attention to my hair and watch for damage.  Yes, the dreaded heat damage that I swore I would do my best to avoid!  Oh well, when it comes down to it I just really enjoy variety and my hair is no exception.


During this time I have rediscovered the Aphogee product line that I used in my Transitioning days.  I’ve been experimenting with the Leave-in (a spray) and the 2 Minute Reconstructor.  I credit both for helping me to retain my curly texture after each heat use.  Now normally you wouldn’t think it necessary to use protein based products on natural hair but in my case, it’s essential.  I’ve seen first hand how heat can do major damage to my curls so the protein just helps to strengthen my hair where it needs it.

I haven’t forgotten about my henna though.  I still like to use it for covering my greys but may get back to using it in the form of henna glosses for conditioning.  Overall, I’m pretty happy with where my hair is right now.  I would like to see a little bit more length though so we’ll see where it ends up; no hurry.

By the way, I’m posting videos more often on my channel on Youtube called, Mitchellzee so check that out for updates on my hair journey, tips and reviews.  Ciao!

1/2 WIGGIN’ IT
WASH N’ GO WITH A HUMP
1/2 UP 1/2 DOWN

WASH N’ GO WITH BANGS PINNED BACK
STRAIGHT
STRAIGHTENED AGAIN
WASH N’ GO (WET HAIR)
SLICKED BACK/ BANDED PONYTAIL

DONUT BUN
CURLY BRAID OUT