Comments on: A Little Patience. Chescaleigh on Natural Hair Issues, Critics and More http://www.afrobella.com/2012/10/08/a-little-patience-chescaleigh-on-natural-hair-issues-critics-and-more/ Natural Hair, Beauty, Fashion and Makeup Blog Fri, 12 Feb 2016 02:11:27 +0000 hourly 1 By: Oversensitive to Making Light « Nappy Head Chronicles http://www.afrobella.com/2012/10/08/a-little-patience-chescaleigh-on-natural-hair-issues-critics-and-more/#comment-1303212 Wed, 21 Nov 2012 06:47:33 +0000 http://www.afrobella.com/?p=9966#comment-1303212 […] You can read the more on the thoughts and opinion of Cipriana of Urban Bush Babes here, or of chescaleigh in an interview with Afrobella here. […]

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By: MANEVIP http://www.afrobella.com/2012/10/08/a-little-patience-chescaleigh-on-natural-hair-issues-critics-and-more/#comment-1300656 Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:12:08 +0000 http://www.afrobella.com/?p=9966#comment-1300656 Speaking for myself–> I have always had what most considered long hair (relaxed and natural) but in my eyes it wasn’t long enough. I compared my length, texture, style options and even natural hair color to other manes I saw locally. When natural hair vlogging and blogging became popular, it gave women like me (unhappy with my hair) more opportunity to compare myself to women I don’t even know.
Then I woke up! I made a decision to love and protect my pretty, God-given hair. We have to accept our genetics and nourish our individual strands, so that they can reach their own maximum potential. It saddens me when I hear people say “I have type 4abc…texture and my hair just won’t grow.” Nine times out of ten the hair is growing, but length is not being retained. You also have to remember our hair has a genetically predetermined cycle..the growth, transitional and resting phases. The Anagen (growth phase) can vary from 2 to 6 years. If your hair only has about 2 years to grow, you won’t be able to accomplish the same length as someone who has maybe 5-6 years. After the growth and transitional phase, your hair is shed and it starts all over again. Make the best of how ever long your phase is.
Vlogs and blogs are a great source of info but you have to figure out what works for your individual hair. It is a process of trial and error. Aside from genetics, products that work for your hair and healthy diet are key components for achieving your optimal length. If you are retaining moisture, eating right and wearing protective styles and you still aren’t seeing new length; maybe there is an underlying health issue. Just my 3 cents! Great blog btw Afrobella…
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By: Sondra http://www.afrobella.com/2012/10/08/a-little-patience-chescaleigh-on-natural-hair-issues-critics-and-more/#comment-1300424 Sun, 21 Oct 2012 06:49:49 +0000 http://www.afrobella.com/?p=9966#comment-1300424 Thanks for sharing the video, thought it was inspiring as well as lol funny! I’ve worn my hair in locs for the past 15 years, they are now down my back and couldn’t think of any other way I’d wear my hair.

I’ve had people come up to me and ask how long it took to grow my hair and some with shorter locs claim that they will be glad when their hair is this long. I assure them their locs are beautiful just the way they are and to remember it’s a process and a committment.

So often in our hurry up, instant gratification society we tend to forget that some of the most important things in life like healthy natural hair growth, true friendships and even starting your own business require that special ingredient…patience.

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By: jhon smith http://www.afrobella.com/2012/10/08/a-little-patience-chescaleigh-on-natural-hair-issues-critics-and-more/#comment-1300212 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 05:22:34 +0000 http://www.afrobella.com/?p=9966#comment-1300212 You have posted so beautiful post.Incredible and amazing effort.Your blog is so informative .
http://www.styles-new.com/hairstyles/medium/

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By: QUICK BITES: Practicing Patience With Chescaleigh | '83 To Infinity http://www.afrobella.com/2012/10/08/a-little-patience-chescaleigh-on-natural-hair-issues-critics-and-more/#comment-1300004 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:04:09 +0000 http://www.afrobella.com/?p=9966#comment-1300004 […] video wasn’t without its criticisms, but her intelligent wittiness got the point across quite clearly to me. All too often, I see women […]

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By: Tasha http://www.afrobella.com/2012/10/08/a-little-patience-chescaleigh-on-natural-hair-issues-critics-and-more/#comment-1299811 Fri, 12 Oct 2012 22:03:28 +0000 http://www.afrobella.com/?p=9966#comment-1299811 Agreed. I appreciate the video because my girlfriends and I constantly talk about the desire to grow hair longer. This video was a reminder that it’s not magic. I do agree that genetics for some will definitely play a factor in how long/fast their hair will grown and hopefully that will be more a part of the conversation going forward. I appreciated the laugh and the message. I completely get the joke.

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By: Chescaleigh http://www.afrobella.com/2012/10/08/a-little-patience-chescaleigh-on-natural-hair-issues-critics-and-more/#comment-1299621 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 05:20:50 +0000 http://www.afrobella.com/?p=9966#comment-1299621 thanks for your support and for adding your voice to this conversation!

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By: Chescaleigh http://www.afrobella.com/2012/10/08/a-little-patience-chescaleigh-on-natural-hair-issues-critics-and-more/#comment-1299619 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 05:18:18 +0000 http://www.afrobella.com/?p=9966#comment-1299619 Actually Cipriana has 4c hair, but she stretches her curls. Myliek also has 4c hair texture. But for whatever reason, they continue to be overlooked when the topic of “diverse hair texture” is brought up with regards to this video.

Honestly, I completely agree that a diversity of skin tones would’ve been great. And I reached out to someone here in NY that I thought would’ve been great to include because she has a darker complexion, short hair and a great blog. But not only did her schedule not permit it, but she admitted to me that she’s kinda shy and wouldn’t feel comfortable in front of the camera. So she wasn’t really jumping at the chance to be involved. Besides that I didn’t have any other bloggers I felt I could reach out to here in NY.

With that being said, you have to remember that this was a YouTube video filmed in a small free studio with no budget, not an actual ad campaign. I don’t have the resources to cast models or bring in bloggers from around the US to fit certain demographics. I reached out to my girlfriends that were not only based in NY but were also popular natural hair bloggers. I only made an exception for Myliek because I thought including CurlBOX would be really funny and give the project some added credibility.

It was really important to me that this video look professional, so while I could’ve had video clips sent in from other bloggers, not everyone has access to HD cameras, a green screen or studio space, microphones and proper lighting equipment. And in order for the video to look the way I wanted, I really needed bloggers in NY so I could be there to direct them and make sure the footage was what I wanted. When I’ve done remote collaborations in the past, the footage I’ve gotten has been a MESS. I really didn’t want to end up in that situation with this video, so I chose to shoot locally, so this is what we came up with.

It’s unfortunate that people can’t see the good intentions and message behind this video despite a lack of body shapes and skin tones. Perhaps a few years from now I’ll be able to re-do this video with an actual budget and create something that will be seen as more inclusive.

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By: Eve http://www.afrobella.com/2012/10/08/a-little-patience-chescaleigh-on-natural-hair-issues-critics-and-more/#comment-1299601 Tue, 09 Oct 2012 21:31:21 +0000 http://www.afrobella.com/?p=9966#comment-1299601 I agree with Lifting the shade and think the assumption of jealousy is condescending. I thought the video was funny and well done, but I also follow Taren on Youtube, and have seen her hair grow quite a bit in a short period of time. That ain’t too patient. It felt to me like the women looked alike (loose curls that really don’t look like my hair, with the exception of Chesca’s). I would have liked to see more diversity in skin tone, size, hair texture… to make the message more about ANYONE can have long hair with patience.

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By: Lifting the Shade http://www.afrobella.com/2012/10/08/a-little-patience-chescaleigh-on-natural-hair-issues-critics-and-more/#comment-1299597 Tue, 09 Oct 2012 19:26:40 +0000 http://www.afrobella.com/?p=9966#comment-1299597 I should’ve added in my initial post that I’ve stalked, erehem, watched you on YouTube and think you’re funny, smart, and offer a valuable perspective–this response revealing one of the reasons why. Thanks for it.

I’d also add that the video didn’t overtly suggest any of what the Shade Throwers seemed to perceive/attack but you know when you touch someone’s wound they flinch. And my last paragraph speaks of that wound. I don’t expect one video–meant to be funny (and it was)–to address that, but it is a discussion that we need to start having around our conversations about natural hair just like we’ve had it around chemical and other “un-natural” treatments.

I typically don’t even get into conversations about hair politics–if I can call it that, but I’ve respected the work and community of this site and Chescaleigh for a while now so I feel comfortable and grateful to participate in the convo. Thanks everyone!

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