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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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Letting Go of Heat Damage

Naturally curly hair can take some getting used to.  When I first went natural I did all that I could to learn more about how to grow my hair longer and stronger.  Since I hadn’t worn my natural hair  since I was a pre-teen, I was very new to the idea.  Because of this my hair journey began with a lot of trial and error.  Heat damage ended up being on of my biggest mistakes early on.  I created a regimen for myself that included straightening my hair once a month.  Of course, I knew about deep conditioning and heat protectant but still didn’t know hwww.curlyincolorado.comow MY hair reacted to heat.

At the time I was of the mind that hair of my type required at least 400 degrees or more for straightening.  I later found out that using the right
technique also plays a huge role in how smooth my hair turns out.  Also, I was of the mind that having natural, unprocessed hair meant that my hair would withstand heat and manipulation differently.  This mindset eventually led to my misuse of heat on one occasion that left a section of my hair heat damaged. Continue reading “Letting Go of Heat Damage”

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International Natural Hair Meetup Day Colorado Re-Cap

The Denver metro area looked more like Seattle during the month of May.  However, the sun finally   decided to make an appearance this weekend.  This made for great weather and a big turnout for the International Hair Meetup Day Colorado (INHMD) on Saturday.

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Fashion Show Segment

 The event was an annual celebration of natural hair and this year Colorado was included as one of the participating locations.  The meetup was presented by Design Essentials and coordinated with the help of local group, Colorado Urban Naturals, which is led by Phaedra High.  It was apparent that a lot of hard work and care went into bringing this event together so kudos to all who helped out.

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Andrea Grady of Colorado Urban Naturals

There were people of all ages present and lots of natural hair styles to admire.  I was there to participate in the Bloggers and Stylists panel discussion.  I enjoyed sharing information with the audience but also learned some things that may help me on my own hair journey.

Upper left; My Mom and I having fun at the event. Upper Right; Me speaking on the panel
Bottom; Rhonda Lee and fellow Bloggers on the panel
(upper right Photo Credit @NaturalCharisma on IG)

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Lovely Naturalistas Asia and Kenya
with their gorgeous locks
It was also nice to speak with other naturals whether they were vendors or attendees. There were so many business owners there who really knew their craft and I loved hearing more about their products.  There was jewelry, bath and body, wellness products and more.  
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Tanya with Ajaya Body Inc.
who makes bath and body products
Thanks for the Shea Butter!

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Having a little hair talk with Marilyn after the panel discussion
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Tiara Beasley (CEO) and Micah Curtis (Co-Counder) of Chic Love Naturals
It was lovely speaking with these two about hair products
The event schedule moved along smoothly with the help of emcee, Carolyn King.  On the Blogger & Stylists panel we briefly discussed our natural hair journeys then covered a few topics.  Rhonda Lee, the meteorologist who joined the panel was delightful.  She reminded us of the importance of giving encouragement to those who are starting their hair journey.  I enjoyed meeting Naomi of @CoilyCulture, Abena of @NaturalCharisma and @TuffCurlz.  I also had a chance to chat with Sabrina Perkins from the blog,  Seriously Natural, whom I worked with before on another natural hair event.   
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Carol Richardson and Dana Simmons of
Succulent Sensations
who were food vendors for the event
The discussion was followed by a live performance by Ebony Lion and then a fashion show.
There was even a live demo of a crochet braids install at the Glam Bar.  
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I was so happy to speak with Micah Sims who is a
Hair Stylist who specializes in Natural Hair
She does braids and starts locs too
email mrsMicahSims@gmail.com

Overall the event proved to be a very positive one for local naturalistas and for the black community as a whole.  If you missed it be sure to follow Colorado Urban Naturals on Facebook for upcoming events.  It looks like they are currently working to bring us another Denver Natural Hair Expo in September.  Be sure to watch this space for more on natural hair tips and event updates!

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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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Drugstore Product Haul and Review: Hair, Skincare and Makeup

I finally pulled out the old camera and whipped up a brand spankin’ new video for my Youtube
channel.  I love drugstore products whether it be for hair, makeup or skincare so I thought I would share my thoughts on a few of them.  Some of the items mentioned are new to me while others are ones that I consider staples.

I’ve been on the hunt for a jet black eyeliner for creating a winged liner or cat eye look.  I have bought more than a few products that just didn’t quite fit the bill.  I am so pleased to have finally found something that not only looks amazing but stays on until it’s time to take it off.  I mean who wants to walk around with only one winged eye right?

I’m also looking forward to the summer months and getting my skin in shape is on my to-do list.  In the video I explain how I use my favorite drugstore scrub to get rid of that pesky winter skin.  I also picked up a body butter by Shea Moisture which looks promising.

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PRODUCT HAUL/REVIEW:  HAIR, MAKEUP & SKINCARE

For hair, I found a few items at Sally’s Beauty Supply, which is one of my favorite stores.  I also headed over to Target and repurchased a staple conditioner for me and my boys.

Lastly, but mentioned first in the video, are the foundations I’ve tried and what I’m using now.  Drugstore foundation has come a long way.  Still, I sometimes have trouble finding something that works for my skin.  I talk about some of my foundation trials in the video.

As you can probably guess, I love to shop for things that I can find locally and affordably.  Maybe one day I will spread my wings and graduate up to bigger and better products.  However, today is not
that day.