Tuesday, June 9, 2009

My NAPPTURAL Journey

For those of you who don't know...I was diagnosed with Alopecia in December of 2008 after having a biopsy done on my scalp. For the slowpokes...alopecia is hair loss and comes in many different forms. I have CCCA which is also known as scarring alopecia. My condition is EXTREMELY common in African American women...I thought it was somewhat rare...but it is definitely not. Scarring alopecia is caused by years of harsh chemicals (perm) and heat (flat irons..pressing..all that "good" stuff). I've been dealing with hair loss since sophomore year of high school, but it just recently got worse in the past few years. So I decided in October that my perm for that month would be my last...I'm transitioning to natural hair..and I'm now on month 8...woohoo! People say I have a lot of growth and ask when I'm going to BC...but I'm definitely not ready for that lol.

I'm learning a lot about my hair and the proper way to care for it. I love the site nappturality.com...it saved my life. I absolutely LOVE looking at the picture albums and learning about the right products and ingredients to look for in products...I also love being able to connect with other women who are facing alopecia as well. It's a struggle, but I'm definitely making it. Anyone could consider it a small thing until they actually have to go through it. So I've learned of certain oils to rub in my hair and scalp and all these different recipes of oils and herbs to make lol. I thought I'd share some of my new knowledge with you all....DO NOT buy products that have Petroleum or Mineral Oil in them...along with sulphates..and many more harsh chemicals..all those "ates" are pretty much bad..so are parfums. STAY AWAY! Also...co-wash...Shampoos typically strip hair of essential oils so only use shampoo about once a week and co-wash (washing with only conditioner) as much as you want. It is a myth that black women can't wash their hair every day..YES YOU CAN! umm I think that's all for now..

As far as my alopecia goes...I currently get this light treatment done on my scalp along with cortizone injections into my scalp every two weeks. I won't see results for about four months. It's a slow process, but I'm trying everything to grow my hair back. I went today actually and the injections hurt more than they did the first time. I just hope to see some results.

Anyways...I think that's all for now...I can't remember what else I wanted to say..just be careful with perms and heat on your hair ladies because this condition is very common...the doctor even told me if I continued I could develop skin cancer...not cool.

So that's all...

oh and you can follow my hair journey at http://www.flickr.com/photos/emceedcope

`Emcee

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Date Night, UP, and Ikea - A WOO HOO BRAVO MOMENT

I haven't posted in forever...mainly because I was tired of the old posts and weird females stalking my blog...I guess that's what girls do to make themselves seem cool to a guy? I don't know lol.

So anyways...I've been back in California and it has been pretty good so far. I've been working every single day and as exhausting as it has been...I love making money. I feel like I should've gotten a raise for this summer...seriously...I work faster than the majority. I've also been spending some time with great friends...making great memories. I love Robert. I love Bree. They are great people with great hearts and personalities. I feel like they would be a great addition to anyone's life...seriously.

This past week has had some highlights that I shall discuss...first...one day at work I was at lunch with my mom and my supervisor at Round Table. My back was facing the door and we were just chatting it up. All of a sudden, a guy comes behind me and hands me his business card and says..."I just want to give you my card and let you know that I think you are absolutely gorgeous." It was definitely flattering to have a white man say this to me, but it all happened so quickly. I couldn't get a look at him, but my mother said he was a decent looking white guy who looked like he was in his late twenties. I decided to text him and say thank you...he proceeded to ask me my age and I told him 20...I then asked him and he said 33. Wow. Nice guy..but 13 years is a no no. I also went to see UP in 3D on Wednesday...it was amazing. Remember the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs? It's also coming out in 3D in September..I'm excited! lol...the week carried on and ended. Friday morning at work I received a text from an ex of mine..we're still friends which is great..he's a great listener, provides great conversation, and is always honest with me...another great friend. He asked if I wanted to go to the movies later that night and I agreed. He came and picked me up..we went to eat..and went to the movies. We were going to go to the beach afterwards, but he had an early morning since he is also a firefighter lol. So the night ended. The positive energy was something I needed..and I'm happy I decided to go out with him. Today I went to Ikea in San Diego to get this rug that I want for my room...it's orange and cream...I went on my own so I struggled with the cart and the big rug lol..but I managed to get it through the store and into my car where it will now sit until it is shipped back to Atlanta.

Today the weather was pretty ugly in Murrieta and Temecula..cloudy and whatnot...but the drive to San Diego was so refreshing. It was beautiful in San Diego..sunny and a great temperature. I had John Legend blasting...singing along...and just enjoyed the drive. I was realizing how beautiful California is and how I think I really want to live here in the future. I have been constantly saying that I want to live on the east coast or Florida...but California is pretty much amazing. I might give it some consideration in all honesty.

That's all for the week...I may update more often, but I can't really tell...

~Emcee