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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Ginny's Natural Hair Journey

Hi, my name is Ginny and I am going to tell you a little about my “Natural Journey”.  As a young child my mom always braided our hair.  As we got older she pressed and curled our hair or sent us to a beautician that did the same thing.  Back then I had a head full of hair, and a few burns on my neck! Straightening as it was called, looked great, but it was hard to keep up.  Your hair had to be rolled or pin curled every night. It had to have hair grease applied to your scalp to keep the hair from drying out….and don’t get caught in the rain! 
The early 60’s was the first time I had a perm in my hair. I had it done in Germany where my dad was stationed.  The beauty parlor on base put it in, but it was a red liquid and it did not stink. It came out so nice and I have never seen that kind of perm in the United States.  Of course, you still had to apply hair grease and roll your hair up every night.  I wore a perm for many years, getting it over processed again and again.  The cream stunk and it burned like crazy if the beautician did not know what they were doing.
In the late 60’s I sported an afro.  It was the thing of the times.  I would braid and oil my scalp every night.  In the morning I would pick it out with an “afro pick”.  It was natural and very nice.  It didn’t matter if you got caught in the rain because it was already natural.  The only negative I had back then is if I was too sleepy to braid and oil it at night it looked pretty rough the next day.
In 1975 while living in South Carolina I got my first Leisure Curl.  Now, this was a style I liked and it looked so good and was easy to take care of.  I saw a lot of people with curls that always seemed to have dripping wet hair.  I refused to have that, so I found a product call Sho-Nuff and it was terrific.  My hair always looked great.  My hair grew so fast and got real thick.  People thought I had a weave because my hair was so long and pretty. The only drawback with the curl was when you washed it, you had to use so much activator to get it where you wanted it to be.  They did come out with something called “snap back” which helped, but it was still aggravating.
When the “Rio” came out it looked like an answer to prayer.  NOT!!!  I was going to put it in my hair and my two daughters hair, but I decided that I had better experience on my own first.  It looked good for about three days and then my hair got so dry and started falling out by the hand full.  I actually had to do the “comb over” to cover up the ever increasing bald spots.  So, I cut my hair and had a TWA “teeny weenie afro” for about a year.
Once my hair started growing back I put the curl back in my hair and switched between the curl and the perm for a while.  I saw the film called “Good Hair” and everything changed.  I no longer wanted chemicals in my hair. My daughter Shanay started two strand twisting her hair and I liked it so much I had her do mine.   I am now able to do my own and I LOVE IT!!  I wear the two strand, the coil and I use the Eco Gel to wear a curly afro.  I am completely natural now and have no desire to wear my hair any other way.  God blessed me with the hair that I have and I am proud of it.  I figure if He wanted me to have straight hair I would.  Thank you for listening to my story and I hope you enjoy it.

Positive message for new naturals

Take the time to enjoy going natural. It might be a challenge at first, but with some time and patience you will find that it is one of the best "hair" decisions you will ever make. There are a lot of good products out there, read up on them and experiment. Use wisdom and really research before using. When you find what works for you, go with it. Enjoy!!!

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Mashed Potato Cakes

My mom and I love trying out new recipes. For the very first time she cooked potato cakes for breakfast today and it was delicioso. 
Potato pancakes are good for us for several reasons. They don't have a lot of additives and other high sodium seasonings, unless you add it in. They are high in potassium which is great for people with high blood pressure, especially if you take medication that has a water pill in it. You don't have to add syrup on them unless you want to, because they taste great without it. When you make the mashed potatoes for the pancakes, all you need are boiled potatoes, a little milk and a little unsalted butter and some sodium free seasonings like onion or garlic powder.

Here is the recipe:  Mashed Potato Cakes
Total Time:
25 min
5 min
20 min
4 servings

  • 2 cups chilled mashed potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, for dredging
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Divide the mashed potatoes into 8 equal portions. Use your hands to form 1/2-inch thick patties.
Heat the oil with the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until almost smoking. Mix the flour with the salt and pepper in a pie plate. Coat the potato patties in the flour mixture. Add the potato cakes to the pan and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook until they have formed a golden crust, 15 to 20 minutes. (Peek underneath using a spatula before turning.) Turn and cook the other side until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper and serve hot.
Note: Make mashed potatoes from the "innards" of the Garlic Roasted Potato Skins by mashing them with 1/2 cup hot milk and 4 tablespoons of softened, unsalted butter. Don't forget to season them with salt and pepper! Chill the mashed potatoes overnight for the best results.

Make sure you let me know how you like it!!! Enjoy.

Mini Two Strand Twist

Yesterday I co-wash my hair with one of my Doo Gro conditioners.  I decided to do mini two strand twist.  It took me almost all day to do them, counting the breaks I took.  I used eco style gel when twisting my hair and oil.  When twisting and finger coiling my hair, I been only using Eco style gel. I really haven’t tried any other products lately. I will start using other products like Shea Moisture etc. and giving reviews on them.  When using the Eco style gel for twisting and finger coils, the result you will get is a lot of shrinkage.

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