Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Still Separate But Equal

A few months ago I moved back to my hometown. I haven't really lived here since I was a teenager. It's very clear that some things never change. When I was younger, I don't think I really noticed it. It wasn't until I moved away to go to college that I realized that my little town is still very SEGREGATED. 

This saddens me a little. You know it's 2013. So much has changed.....yet so much is the same. I guess sometimes in small towns there are a lot more narrow-minded people. 

This was just made very clear to me earlier this week. 

Last week, I noticed an ad in our local newspaper about a pageant that will be here next month. It's going to be held at one of the local colleges here. Recently, I've been thinking about entering one or both of my daughters in some pageants. When I saw the ad I figured that a great way to start would be at one here in our hometown. The low entry fee was an incentive as well. 

I was painfully mistaken.....obviously. The ad listed a phone number to call for more info about the pageant. I assumed that's how you enter as well, by calling the phone number. I could tell that the phone number was someone's cell number, so I became a little leery. I called. The woman's voicemail came straight on. So I decided I should go ahead and leave a message. Now I could tell from the voice that the woman on the other end was white. I left a detailed message and my callback number, and I have yet to receive a callback. 

I don't think I have to tell you why I didn't get a callback.......

The LOC Method aka Sealing

I've been natural for almost 3 years now and for the most part I love it. As with anything you do....not just hair choices....there's pros and cons. I'm always looking for tips, products, and such to help me on this journey. Recently I found out about the L.O.C. method and I must say that to date it's the best thing I've ever done to my hair!!! I was reading a new post by The Domestic Naturalista and I figured that it wouldn't hurt to try it.

The L.O.C. method is a great way to retain moisture during those harsh winter months!!!

  • The L stands for liquid. 
  • The O stands for oil. 
  • The C stands for cream.     

The liquid can be water, or any water-based leave-in conditioner. I use either plain water or the water mixture in my spray bottle. 

The oil is whatever oil you prefer to use. The oil seals in the liquid. I use either coconut oil or olive oil. 

The cream (or butter) seals in the oil. Again just use whatever cream or butter you prefer. I normally use Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie or Motions Naturally You! Hydrate My Curls Pudding. 

This method of moisturizing has been very kind to my hair this winter. If I wear a satin bonnet to bed on my hair, I actually don't have to moisturize daily. It usually keeps my hair very moisturized for a few days. I just spritz some of the mixture from my spray bottle on my hair and go! 

Now that it's spring, I'm probably gonna start a new regimen to keep my hair moisturized. We'll see! I will keep you posted....