Throwback Thursday-hair evolution

"Throwback Thursday"

So today is Thursday on FB I saw that my friends were doing a "Throwback Thursday"

FB is where I spend a majority of my time when not volunteering,working HOUSING, meeting with friends,thrifting, going to the library or just enjoying the day. So I'm loving these "on this day". Series. This was my thoughts 5 years ago:

"Cutting my hair every year to remind myself it is not what's outside that matters but, inside." Quote by me lololol hahah

Who has not had struggles dealing with there hair? If you have not and it has always been perfect please let a sister know. Hahahahahaha I'll be the first one to admit that it truly has been a struggle for me.

From the funky braids in my hair
let your soul glow carefree curl
press -n-curl
getting wiggy with it
frying it dyeing it and laying it to the side
Clean shaven que ball
Dred-Loc Rasta
Wiling out FRO
Head wrap Sistah
Current situation of HIGH TOP Mohawk Fro-Hawk

Hair journeys are like life journeys a big old road to the discovery of self. In the African American community our hair is a source of pride often referred to as "her crown". Our hair can also be a thorn in the side if we do not know how to care for it.

My journey to myself and who I am now started with this first picture of braids I'm the little one on the left rocking the braids and jr mustache. Lolol oh man. My sister had what was referred to as good hair or easy to manage. I had many late nights on Saturday with the press in curl. Sitting with a hot comb by the stove praying to god that my mommy would not burn the tip of my ears,forehead or the back of my neck while straightening my hair with heat. I can still here the sizzle as the hot-comb and the green hair grease sizzled, frying my poor hair.

In my day in the 80s. We did not perm or straighten our young kids hair with perms. We had the CAREFREE CURL,The S Curl, and the Wave NuVoe and the Jeheri Curl. Processed curled hair. None of it was "care free". I was young maybe about 8 or 9. Think The Jackson 5 during the 80s my mom had the perfect Michael Jackson hair. My sister and I walked around with half Afro half curl always with the Jeheri Curl plastic shower cap on. Ugh the memories of going to summer girl scout camp. Our camp counselors meaning well made us wash our hair everyday. It was a nightmare. They were very ignorant and we were the only 2 little black girls. My sister and I might as well have been aliens. While the others had clean hair our was in pretty bad shape at the end of the summer camp. Have you ever tried to use Jeheri curl spray in the woods? It attracts bugs with its sticky sweet smell. We did not have off back in the day. Lolo lol

I was in H.S. The first time I cut my hair bald, well almost bald. I was a jr. In H.S. And this was the early 90s a very punk rock phase in my life. Sorry no pictures but my hair was shaved with a slight bang in the frog and a nice tail in the back. I loved it my family not so much. I had to cut my hair off to get rid of the curl process. A curl changes the natural texture of ones hair so it cannot change back you have to start new or bald or let it grow out which is a whole other set of Circumstances. I remember the day clearly. I had a head full of curls " follow the drip,follow the drip". Ugh how did I live? My sister said we cannot see your eyes because by my jr. Year in H.S. I had grown my hair long. I went to the barber and said shave it all off and it was the mot freedom I had felt ever.

That was the moment I no longer had any attachment to my hair at 17years old. I knew that I could rock a bald look or a head full of hair. Letting go and cutting my hair taught me that my hair is not the sum value of who I am. I've had large Afros to clean shaven. I am me Phenomenal Woman Phenomenally ME.

So come with me on a visual journey of my hair evolution on this "Throwback Thursday "

As always thanks for reading,lurking and or commenting. Comments give me warm and fuzziness inside. Lol

#1 baby Donna on the left,
#2 H.S. Freshman Donna on the left in the yellow (sister Desirre in the red and white sweater).
#3 first deployment Donna 19 years old in the Army
#4 shaving hair Donna
#5/6 weaved up Mohawk Donna
#7/8 bald again Donna
#9 wigged up Donna
#10 tried a color hated it Donna (it was supposed to be purple #epicfail)
#11/12 Fred-loc Donna
#13/14 headwraps(we still wrap it)
#15/17 unlocked my Dreds(with the help of my darling sister Desiree)
#16,18,19, my forest to death cut
#20 my fly fly cut and my wonderful barber Denard he gets me.
21 extra daddy and donna

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  • replied 4 years ago

    Taking a walk down memory lane for you. Liking just where you are now. And love pic 13.

  • Bijou replied 4 years ago

    What a fun trip down memory lane with you. Experimenting with hair is a great part of adolescence. I have memories of terrible colours and a perm that caused about 50% of my hair to snap off at the roots. You are so lucky that most styles suit you. Your latest cut is beyond cool, I love the photos showing it from the different angles.

  • replied 4 years ago

    Bijou - my DD laughs when she sees my HS permed hair in pictures. She likes to hear the story of my mom giving me perms. And I had good feathering hair. And then there was the big bangs. Oh, and the curl on just the front pieces of hair framing my face when I first picked up a curling iron. I was thinking my hair has had lots less iterations than Ledonna, but I guess I just needed to think further back.

  • marianna replied 4 years ago

    Cool pics and I enjoyed reading your stories! My hair evolution hasn't been as exciting as yours. I highlighted my hair blonde for many many years and recently decided to go natural. That's probably my biggest hair change recently.

  • RobinF replied 4 years ago

    Love it! Such memories. Love your cute little pigtails in #1 and the hair wraps are great! 

    I had a pixie in 1st grade (thanks mom!), grew it out to long straight-ish Marcia Brady hair by 8th grade, cut it all off to a Dorothy Hamill cut (remember her anyone?) and have been short ever since. I had perms in college and for a few years after that, and now it's curly on it own. I still don't know how that happened! I've had the wedge, the bob, the shag.

    Funny how much we can be affected by our hair. If it's looking good, I feel good, looking bad, I feel bad. Good for you for letting go of that!

  • torontogirl replied 4 years ago

    Ledonna, what a journey. I love how you always connect what's happening outside with inside. I remember crying my eyes out over my hair more than once! What we do to ourselves ...

    I love that you have the confidence to pull off so many looks. Your hair wraps are beautiful.

  • Xtabay replied 4 years ago

    Thanks for taking us on this amazing hair voyage!  Baby Ledonna is so adorable, and then we get to see her grow up and start experimenting! I really like all the 'dos you're rocking.   It really got me to thinking about all I've put my own hair through.  My worst phase was the "fried-dyed-blow-dried" '80s era.  Talk about a big old head of hair {cringing}.  I'm a lot nicer to it now.  Your barber is a cutie, in addition to being great with hair!

  • Angie replied 4 years ago

    Lots of fun styles and memories here. Priceless. 

  • replied 4 years ago

    So fab from beginning to end!

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    pic 13 was from an event called Wrap your Beauty Movement GELE day.  in the Chi.  It is a wonderful sister movement where everyone of all nationalities are invited free of charge to enjoy and reconnect with mother earth and farther sky.  (I'm an undercover hippy) My mom had the Charlies Angles Feathering going on.

    Biju oh no your poor hair.  That actually happened to my sister recently and her long dred-locs .  They started to snap off in church after a color treatment.  She was so disappointed.  No more color for me.  NOPE.

    Marianna How are you handling your natural hair journey?  I cried when I changed my hair from big afro to Dred-locs.  All my hair the stylist did not know what to do.  My big sister was there to help me.  I only lasted a year with Dreds before I picked them out with my sister.  Picture 15 is in church after we finished unlocking the dreds it took the whole weekend. 

    Robin who could forget the
    Dorothy Hamill 

    all the kids wanted that cut.  lol.  I don't think I'll be moving to far away from the cut I have now.  lol I would love to see your evolution.

    Torontogirl I
    cried when I changed my hair from big afro to Dred-locs. All my hair the stylist did not know what to do. My big sister was there to help me.

    We are taught from the beginning that hair is everything.  Its truly not it is an accessory  to me like jewelry.  What would happen if I lost it all today.  There are much worse things.  That is the way I try to associate things to put it into perspective. 

    My worst phase was the "fried-dyed-blow-dried" '80s era

    ....Say that again sis, the 80s was a complete fubar with hair.  I did like the clothing tho. My barber is everything.  I had a barber for 5 years prior. He moved to the south and it took me 8moths to find Denard. 

    Angie thank you it was fun pulling so many memories.

    Diane G thank you lol

  • rachylou replied 4 years ago

    Cool retrospective!

    Being from Hippieland, I didn't start torturing my hair until leaving it, after college. Lol. However, this culture 'outside' did not stop me from torturing my dd. I wouldn't let her use grease and gave her lectures about 'the man' and his product. LOL. I'm not her birth mom. Her birth mom said 'listen to rachylou' and dd stomped off in a tweenie pout, lol. But she's a sweet girl. Now that she's all grown up, probably has a large stash kept hidden so as not to upset the old people, lol.

    (ETA: Oh and how dd came to live with me is a long story. I'm half from another culture...)

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Rachylou I did the same for for my DN neice Ashay. When she was a baby she was very sensitive or tender headed. It was difficult to manage but we did keeping her hair natural. Upon entering 1st grad she was teased for having natural hair afro puffs. I taught here this rap. I ROCK ROUGH AND TUFF WITH MY Afro puffs. RAGE ROCK ON WITH YOUR BAD SELF. was a huge rap song back in my day. It teaches self confidence and reliance. She is a teen now and I keep her hair braided .

  • cobaltblue replied 4 years ago

    Great retrospective. Your hair now is amazing, and I can't get over how great you look shaved, too. You have learned not to let your hair boss you around. You are the boss!

  • AviaMariah replied 4 years ago

    Really fun pictures to look at.  Can I say that I love shaved head Donna in #4.  That looks great on you!

  • Maneera replied 4 years ago

    Hey Donna! Those are such fun pictures! I LOVE #9 beyond words!!! Just WOW! But you look pretty bad-ass bald too! It takes a certain kind of woman to pull off a bald head with style...and you seriously are THAT kind of a woman! Just fantastic!

    I actually did something like this last year. Here's my hair evolution:

    And now - THIS!

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Maneera I saw part of your hair journey.  I love it now.  I'm going to look at it in a few.

    AviaMariah #4 was a good hair journey I loved it also.  just a bit of hair after going completely bald.

    Cobaltblue  We have to own our looks.  You are the boss.

    Tip for Bad A$$ bald "headedness"  SUNGLASSES make everything cooler

    Afro Puff rap

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    This is my favorite video for hair now if you have the time.

  • rachylou replied 4 years ago

    Ahahaha! I LOVE it. Is dd too old at 23 for me to keep going on about it? Lol.

  • rachylou replied 4 years ago

    I think I have to google hair music now...I think you have turned me onto a whole new genre, Ledonna...

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Rachylou  NOT AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have a Neice Bree and Nephew 21 I harp on all the time.  loves them to the moon and back.

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Hair bands in the 80's Hair songs in 2016  lol

  • Diana replied 4 years ago

    I love this post! You have awesome hair and I love seeing its evolution. You looked FIERCE with a shaved head.

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Thank yo so much Diana I take that as a high compliment. 

  • Aida replied 4 years ago

    So fun! Thanks for sharing these. The punk in me is partial to all the 'hawks (looooove #15!!), and you also look amazing in the head pieces. Helps to get that "traumatic" hair experience out of the way young, right? Mine also happened at 17 -- went in and asked for a few inches trim and she cut it down to a few inches ^^

    I haven't always been able to get my curls to behave but have always enjoyed having them. Most of my life they were very relaxed and almost wavy when worn long, but curled nicely when worn short -- as a result I've had my hair short FAR more than long! Now I know how to coax those curls out so I can wear either short or long but still tend to prefer short. My current cut is modeled after the gal on the right in the photo below, though unfortunately mine is fine/thin so it's tough for me to get that kind of amazing volume. I spend plenty of time every morning trying, though! :D

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Aida you SLAY er'day  I love that cut. It feels good to know how your hair likes to be treated? 

    I loved punk and rock and still do.  People are less apt to look at me like I am an oddball now.  Because it is popular.  but back in the day  Watch out!

  • columbine(erin) replied 4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, Donna, your journey is fascinating.

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Thank you for taking this journey with me Columbine

  • Beth Ann replied 4 years ago

    Years ago, when I worked as a music therapist as a young facility, we had one -- only one -- African American child on the unit.  The nurses meant well, but they had no livin' idea how to care for this girl's hair.  The social worker was African American and finally walked gathered all the hands-on staff together, and gave them a "hair tutorial," after throwing away the brush they were using on the poor child!

    The girl herself was seriously ill, and probably was unaware of the fuss, but her mother noticed, and I learned a less about hair and dignity.

    I love the way you change and morph and have fun with your hair.  Your natural texture allows you to create a sculptural look that would take me a can of shaper spray and a scoop of super gel to achieve!

    Off to use the dry shampoo...........then to mess my hair up under a helmet on a long bike ride...........

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Beth Ann that was such a beautiful story thank you for sharing and a beautiful laugh for my Friday

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