Got this idea from another blogger, and testing it to see how it works with my hair. Updates coming soon.
Today marks one year since I began this journey. I am not sure how I feel about it, seeing that I still have a long way to go to reach my goal, however, I must remember I am further than where I started.
I know this feeling stems from being hard on myself and wanting the best, but “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, and neither will my business.
I wish to thank all those who are supporting me throughout this journey, and guiding me towards amazing opportunities. Here’s to another year of learning, helping, and proper marketing lol.
A batch of something special
I’ve been working on something for a few months now, and recently, I sent out samples to different people. What’s interesting about my selection of “testers” are the differences in needs, locations, expectations, and textures.
The feedback has been positive so far.
Once I get full reports from the “testers”, it will push the launch in a great direction.
I am very happy to know this, for this is a direction I didn’t expect to take. It is funny how things can turn around.
However, who am I to question where God wishes to take my life? Taking it a step/day at a time and trusting that everything will work out is what I need to continue to do.
Yeah. I tried it. I did a wash and go. Sigh. Ok, here’s the story ….
I decided to try something new with my hair, with new products and new techniques.
Starting with sectioning my hair into four parts, I shampoo’d my scalp with Jane Carter’s Hydrating Invigorating Shampoo. Then proceeded with the Jane Carter Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner (shown below in pics).
Now I’m gonna stop for a bit and say that, I was surprised by the smell and consistency of the products. The scent was fresh and light and reminded me of citrus (could be wrong about that last part). The shampoo looks rich and thick but, when put to the hair, it reached the scalp quite well (seeing that my hair is very dense). So I was happy how my scalp felt afterwards. The conditioner also felt very nice on my hair. The slip and thickness was great. I was able to finger comb my hair easily. After rinsing, my hair felt soft.
Now, let us proceed with the “no-go”. Seeing that I was going to use the Eco-Styler Gel with Olive Oil, I wanted to make sure that my hair was well moisturized. I normally smoothed each section with leave in conditioner, but this time, I added some oil. I chose Moroccan Oil, focusing mostly on the ends. Then, taking a small section from each of the four parts, I raked some gel through the hair. Started from the roots, I made sure each part was saturated. Please keep in mind that my hair was wet during this process, and I kept spritzing it with water whenever my hair would dry up. I completed my hair with this technique, and my hair looked like I thought it should: curls were popping, hair was separated, yaaay for me!! The end, right?
Nope! So i’m going through my day with wet hair, and I do not like it. I then decide to dry my hair by sitting under a hair dryer. Then proceeded to tie my hair for the night. Well……
The next morning, I untie my scarf and there it is….a huge, sticky, uncurled fro!!! It was horrible!! My hard work was gone. The dream and wish of sporting this particular style was over. Sigh. I don’t think I am going to try this again.
Here are some pics for your viewing:
*this post is super late, and although it is better late than never, fear and procrastination are an ugly combination. Or better yet, perfection can be crippling to your success. Well, let us move on…*
I decided to stop working in the beginning of 2013, and focus on turning my passion into a business. As always, an opportunity opened itself just when I needed some answers.
Seeing that I can’t deal with winter (another topic for another time), I knew I had to find something where I didn’t have to leave my house, or at least, limit my time outdoors. God knows how that struggle is real for me.
Well, along came Launch Yourself, an online course helping women turn their hobbies into a business. It was a step by step guide on what, when, where, why, and how to do it, all directed by Rosetta Thurman, great blogger of HappyBlackWoman. Her course was sent just in time. It was an opportunity I simply could not miss. Having read her blog for years, I knew the caliber of work she would present us, and I was so excited. I knew that I would be getting amazing information to help me get out of this “blockage”. So I registered, followed instructions, delivered what was expected of me, and completed the course, somewhat. Sigh. Let me explain….
The course was conducted once a week for a period of four weeks. We were a group of over 25 women who were all eager to launch ourselves into a new life. Each week, we logged on to the conference call, listened to her insightful class, took extensive notes along with the guides she prepared for us, and left with homework to be completed by the following week. Easy, right?
As you would know, it started with introductions, then we talked about building our brand, and answering questions that would narrow down our intent for our business. It seems clear to me what I wanted to do. It was hair care, and there was no confusion regarding that. Although my homework was too broad in subject at first, completing it was pretty easy for me.
Then it continued in answering the why, what, and how to create your website. She had us describe what our business was about as well as write a bio explaining our history. That part was a bit harder for me seeing that revealing such personal things publicly made me quite uncomfortable. Nevertheless, I was determined to complete this task, which I did, and this is the blog you are reading from.
Following that, we were taught how to price our products and/or services. Despite your skills being a hobby at first, it was now a business and you needed to treat it as such and therefore, get paid. We had to also reflect on the what, why, and how your business was going to be unique. We needed to write what was being offered and how people would get in touch with us. I started panicking at the thought of going public (like really panicking), and that’s when it went downhill for me. I’ll explain later.
Last but not least, the class was about announcing your business and preparing for the official launch. I listened, took notes as usual, but by that time, I found myself completely stuck. My fears had completely paralyzed me by this point, and I could not proceed with the homework. As usual, I felt like I failed cause I couldn’t finish.
Now, why did I come so close to finishing only to stop? I am SCARED!!!
Anyone who knows me will be very confused at this statement, but also anyone who knows me realizes that what I have been through over the past couple of years has brought me to this point. Depression, fear, and perfectionism have all caused this extreme blockage, which I fight constantly to break through.
to be continued…
What does that mean? Our hair is coming out from under hats, scarves, and even maybe extensions. Although the air is still a bit chilly in the morning, it would be great to let our hair breathe after so many months of hibernation lol. I know my hair will definitely benefit from the wonderful rays of the sun, and hopefully yours will too. Just remember to stay hydrated inside and out, and that means keeping your hair moisturized at all times. So get out there, and enjoy the wonderful weather.