Nappy by Nature

Living in Beijing where there is little to no access to Black hair care products or a good hairdresser. I am going back to basics and quite literally to my roots!

3K a day keeps the doctor away.

Today I ran 3k.

Seems like a bit of a minor feat but I’m proud of my achievement none the less.

'I ran 3K!”

Not only that, but it was my 3rd day in a row to run 3K.

I thought i would be tired. I thought I would be in pain. I thought I would give up halfway. But I wasn’t and I didn’t.

My feet we like speedy determined little trains making their way around that track. I did not stop or slow down and i did not falter. In the end I had left 3K behind me, my clothes were heavy and wet and my heart was beating louder than the baseline beat in my headset.

I never thought I’d get back to this level of fitness again so it may only be 3k to you but for me its a hell of a win.

Distance: 3.06K

Total Time: 15:57

Average Pace: 5:25/Km

Fastes Km: 5:15

You reap what you sow.
With every rep you will grow.
Mind, body, spirit; it will show.
Before you know it you’re a pro.

—Mme Moi Au’hourdui

A fro you don’t know

A little something for the sisters that hate it when people reach over and touch your hair without asking:

If it’s a fro you don’t know,
Back up bro!

If it’s a fro you don’t know,
Watch where your hands go

If it’s a fro you don’t know
Keep your self to your self hoe

Because my fro is my fro
Invade my space and you’ll know

Because my fro is my fro
You reap what you sow

Because my fro is my fro
I’ll invade your face with blow after blow

And as I scream at you “no!”
“My fro is my fro”

And as I scream at you “no!”
“Did you ask me though”

And as I scream at you “no!”
“You better back up bro”

Dry Air; Dry Hair!
I’ve been living in Beijing for over half a year now and it’s hard to not notice how impossibly dry the air is. 
In one day my hair started to feel crisp, in a week it was brittle and breaking. I tried every chemical and natural remedy to no avail. 
Until I stubbled across Bio-Essence Miracle Bio Water on my travels across south east Asia. 
Now I’m assuming this stuff probably works just as well as regular hum drum water. That all I’ve paid for is a pimped up bottle and a couple of empty promises but there is a stickiness to Bio Miracle water that seems to allow my hair to absorb the moisture more effectively. The can seems to diffuse the water through my hair with a more comprehensive coverage.
Fancy words for what is essentially me saying “My hair feel fantastic when I use it. It is softer, more moisturised and easier to bend this way and that way. I add a few essential oils to my hair to seal all the goodness and strut down the street feeling hella #flawless

Dry Air; Dry Hair!

I’ve been living in Beijing for over half a year now and it’s hard to not notice how impossibly dry the air is. 

In one day my hair started to feel crisp, in a week it was brittle and breaking. I tried every chemical and natural remedy to no avail. 

Until I stubbled across Bio-Essence Miracle Bio Water on my travels across south east Asia. 

Now I’m assuming this stuff probably works just as well as regular hum drum water. That all I’ve paid for is a pimped up bottle and a couple of empty promises but there is a stickiness to Bio Miracle water that seems to allow my hair to absorb the moisture more effectively. The can seems to diffuse the water through my hair with a more comprehensive coverage.

Fancy words for what is essentially me saying “My hair feel fantastic when I use it. It is softer, more moisturised and easier to bend this way and that way. I add a few essential oils to my hair to seal all the goodness and strut down the street feeling hella #flawless

International Woman’s [one] Day [only]

Happy IWD.

Today we should look in the mirror and see strong beings who are able to contribute to society as equally and as effectively as men.

Today we can admit that women not men, face more prejudice, subjugation, sexualisation and a hundred more other a-tions that are undeserved and ill informed.

Today the media is on our side singing praises to the strong women who’ve demanded their voices be heard and survived the various obstacles, afflictions and contradictions of daily life as a woman.

Enjoy it while you can.

For tomorrow we return to a world where feminism is a dirty word, female sexuality is commoditised and those that speak out are seen as bitter, lonely or lesbian.

We’ve had our day in the sun and we will again next year 364 days from now.

Nappy headed poems

It grows but never shows,
It twirls into uncontrollable curls,
It hurts when you pick it,
Into straightness you try to trick it,
But never would I ever change it,
This is the way God made it,
So I’ll just let it be,
Stay naturally me,
And try to live a life thats free.

… by Yars Truly