Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Spiral Curls, Part II

Well, I had to do it. Now that my locks are longer, I thought I'd try the spiral curls again since they came out so cute the first time. What do you think?

What in tha good golly-wally is THIS?

Andre J, better known as Gaymonn, has been let out in the public again. I've seen this clown on a reality show before where someone went shopping in LA and he was the person assisting them in a posh boutique. I was appalled because I wouldn't want you giving me fashion advice when you look a HOT MESS yourself.

And now I actually have pix to share with you all so you can be as appalled and flabbergasted as I was.. All I have to say is WOW!!!!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Not sure what to think...

Ok, let me first say that I am not passing judgment, simply sharing my opinion. I know that each person is different, but this is just odd to me. I don't think there are nearly enough African American celebs that are women that have locks these days. Those that I loved have slowly began to cut off their locks. Most have maintained a natural style, but others are going to the polar opposite look, hence my confusion.

Vanessa Williams, not the Miss America, but the actress from Melrose Place & Soul Food the series (pictured above) had some pretty locks. And even when she was on Melrose Place, her hair was natural. She has since cut her locks and now has that permed weave look. Again, I'm not passing judgment and not saying that once you go natural, you must stay that way, but it would be nice IMHO.

I guess I feel passionate about it because I have a 4yr old niece that doesn't understand the beauty of her hair and I try to reinforce it, but when she watches television, most of the black women she sees, have permed hair with extensions, so she feels if her hair doesn't look like that, it's not cute. She knows she's beautiful, but I don't want her to feel like there's anything wrong with her hair because although while she's a child, we won't perm her hair, but when she's old enough to make that decision for herself, I'd like for her to value the beauty of her gorgeous texture of hair. She loves my locks and always wants her hair braided, so it looks like mine. If I had my way, I'd lock her hair, but it's not my decision alone to make (womp, womp, wooooomp).

Anyway, here's a recent photo of Vanessa from an event with her new look. I'm just not feeling it personally, but again, to each his own. Just sharing my humble opinion.

What do you think?

Friday, October 19, 2007

October Locked Beauty of the Month: Khleo

So, I'm starting this monthly update because I've met so many locked friends online and otherwise that I think are absolutely gorgeous. I was inspired by locked beauties when I was contemplating locking my hair, so maybe this will serve as inspiration to others and continue to inspire those of us with locks to see the beauty in all of our hair.

My Locked Beauty of the Month for October is my Myspace friend Khleo. She's a gorgeous model with some beautiful locks. Coincidentally, she's another person I think predicts what my locks might look like in the future, but that's a total side not.. lol!

My dreams...

Ok, I know this is such a girly kind of thing to do, but I thought I'd let you in on my inner thoughts. Every now and then, I ponder about what my locks will look like at future stages of the locking process. When I started, I wondered what they'd look like while they were going thru the teenage stage. Then I wondered what they'd look like when they matured. You get the picture, right?

Well, now I'm wondering what they'll look like at the 4yr mark when they get some length and are completely mature. Well, based on what my locks look like now, I've done some comparisons against other locked beauties I know and I think I've found a friend who's locks can forecast what mine will look like. She's a Myspace friend who goes by the name Saturn Misst. She's a gorgeous woman and model and I think our locks are pretty much the same size and texture for the most part. A current pic of my locks is above and here are a few pics of her locks. Tell me if you think I'm right about the similarities and if this is a good prediction for my locks.

Just for fun, ok.. (smile)

Thursday, October 18, 2007


I was introduced to this system by a coworker. She came to work and her locks were in these quasi bantu knots, but they were hanging long. I asked her what they were and she told me they were done with the wrap-a-loc tool by her loctician.

For full details on this tool, check the Wrap-A-Loc site. The site has a page of locticians nationwide that offer this service or sell the tool. One of the local shops in my area quoted me $125 for the basic service. She added that the price can vary based on the size and length of your locks. That's a bit costly, but the result is absolutely gorgeous. The other option I'm considering is purchasing the tool and doing it myself. I was told they are sold in sets of 20 for $20, so one dollar each. If your locks are smaller, you can wrap more than one lock on each tool.

Here are some before and after photos so you get an idea of how the tool curls your locks. The first is a before and after shot and the second is a before shot, a shot with the tool in (which you can wear for as long as you'd like), and a shot of the locks after the tool is removed. Just click on the photo to get a larger view. It has absolutely gorgeous results!

Tell me what you think and if you've done it, let me know what your experience was like. I know Creole has tried them and offers the service herself. I learned a lot more about the process from reading her blog.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Lock Update

I went to Noire Salon and had my girlfriend Wynnel do my hair and she did a fabulous job. I've been maintaining my locks on my own lately and they needed some professional hands in them. I was in dire need of some interlocking, so she hooked me up. YAY Wynnie!

Purely for laughs...

Dear Alcohol,

First and foremost, let me tell you that I'm a huge fan of yours.

As my friend, you always seem to be there when needed. The perfect post-work cocktail, a beer at the game and you're even around at the holidays (hidden
inside chocolates as you warm us when we're stuck in the midst of endless family gatherings).

However, lately I've been wondering about your intentions. While I want to
believe that you have my best interests at heart, I feel that your influence
has led to some unwise consequences:

1. Phone Calls/Text Messages: While I agree with you that communication is important. I question the suggestion that conversation after 2 a.m. can have much substance or necessity. Why would you make me call my ex's? Especially when I know, for a fact, they DO NOT want to hear from me during the day, let alone all hours of the night.

2. Eating: Now, you know I love a good meal, but, why do you suggest that I eat a taco with chili sauce along with a big Italian meatball and some stale chips (washed down with wine & topped off with a Kit Kat AFTER a few cheese curls & chili cheese fries)? I'm an eclectic eater but, I think you went too far this time.

3. Clumsiness: Unless you're subtly trying to tell me that I need to do more yoga to improve my balance, I see NO need to hammer this issue home by causing me to fall down. It's completely unnecessary, and the black & blue marks that appear on my body mysteriously the next day are beyond me. Similarly, it should never take me more than 45 seconds to get the front door key into the lock.

4. Furthermore: The hangovers have GOT to stop! This is getting ridiculous. I know a little penance for our previous evening's debauchery may be in order. But, the 3 p.m. hangover immobility is completely unacceptable. My entire day is shot. I ask that if the proper precautions are taken (water, vitamin B, bread products, aspirin) prior to going to sleep/passing out (face down on the kitchen floor with a bag of popcorn or
wherever). The hangover should be minimal and in no way interfere with my daily activities.

Alcohol, I have enjoyed our friendship for some years now and would like to ensure that we remain on good terms. You've been the invoker of great stories, the provocation for much laughter, and the needed companion when I just don't know what to do with the extra money in my pockets.

In order to continue this friendship, I ask that you carefully review my grievances above and address them immediately. I will look for an answer no later than Friday 3 p.m. (pre-happy hour) on your possible solutions. And hopefully we can continue this fruitful partnership.

Thank you,
Your Biggest Fan

Monday, October 01, 2007

Hollywood East on the Boulevard

Ok, my girlfriend took me out to dinner on Friday night to a spot called Hollywood East on the Boulevard, University Boulevard to be exact. It was a very interesting experience to say the least. I will first say that the food was delicious, but the atmosphere left a little to be desired. I could kick myself for not taking photos, which is my usual MO, but since I was so distracted by everything going on around me, the thought didn't even enter my mind. I promise, when I go again, I'll be sure to take photos so you can completely understand.

This was an Asian restaurant on a Friday night. The majority of the patrons were older in age, which probably explains the entertainment. This is where the scene gets a bit comedic. There was, for lack of a better description, a lounge act playing in the restaurant. I must admit that this was the first Asian restaurant I've ever visited with a live band. Am I the only one?

It was a three piece band band. A pianist, bassist, and a singer (who doubled as a kazoo player for one of the songs.. Don't ask!! ). She was a middle-aged white woman in a very tight dress. She didn't have any butt, but I could clearly see her tight underwear thru her blood red dress. The pianist looked just like Dr. Phil and he sang as well. The bassist was leaning against the wall and was good, but didn't sing.

The only way I can describe the act is that they reminded me of The Kulps from SNL. Am I the only person in the world who knows who they are? I was telling my girlfriend who accompanied me that they were the Kulps, but she didn't know who I was referring to. Well, I've finally found a clip of them from the best of Will Ferrell DVD on youtube. Now picture this act being performed in an Asian restaurant and you'll have an idea of what I experienced on Friday.. LMBAO!!!

My girlfriend kept trying to get me to make a request, even though they weren't taking requests. The only request I would have made would have been an instrumental.. HA!

Enjoy the Kulps, they're the first skit in the video. HILARIOUS I TELL YA!!!