Friday, September 24, 2010

Mrs. Love Bird is 30!

I turned 30 on Wednesday, September 22, and it was my mom's birthday too! I won't say how old she turned ;-) 

My mom & me

For my birthday Mr. Love Bird treated me to a hair appointment and another surprise which I'll get to later. I've written before about transitioning to natural hair and I've been without a relaxer since March. Honestly, it's been great not having to trek to the salon on Saturdays and spend several hours in the chair or under the hair dryer and it's been good to save money too! 

Now that my natural hair is longer it's competing more with the relaxed hair and I contemplated getting it cut off. This made several people nervous including Mr. Love Bird and my mother, but in the end the stylist recommended that I not do a "big chop" which is what many black women do when they decide to go natural. Instead she suggested that I get flat twists and continue doing braidouts to transition and ultimately get braid extensions to last 2-3 months. Prior to getting braids I'll get a few inches cut off (I last had about 5 inches cut off in June at Synergi while I was in Ohio; remember my "new do?"), then after the braids come out I'll get the rest cut off and have my natural texture only. I can't wait for that!

So right now I have flat twists:

 Don't mind the laundry in the background! 
It's all folded and put away now ;-)

Tomorrow I'll let it out into a braidout (I'll be sure to post a pic).

Here's the braided style I ultimately want to get:

So on to the rest of my birthday . . .

Uka surprised me and had my sister and two good friends Maria and Van come over for dinner and red velvet cake! Uka did all the preparations while watching Nia. We had shrimp scampi and Caesar salad and it was SO good. During dinner we were treated to a beautiful lightning show out our patio window. It was a fitting end to summer! Nia slept pretty much the entire time too, and it was great to have some adult time.

Here are a couple BlackBerry pics:

Overall, it was a good, quiet entrance to my third decade and ultimately, the best present I could have is being mom to Nia. I feel so blessed!


  1. Happy Belated Birthday!

    Your flat twists look great. Why does it seem like everyone online is transitioning or big chopping? I wear my hair in a bun 95% of the time because of my workouts, but I have a feeling that if I went natural more work would be required. I'm too lazy for all of that!

  2. Happy Belated Birthday!! The twist look great on you. I miss going to 125th and getting my micro braids. Most people said their hair broke off from them but not me. My hair grew out really fast with them. I look forward to following you on your journey to naturality.

  3. I love the new hair! :) Yayyy Uka for a fun 30th birthday celebration for Q! The dinner sounds like it was very yummy and the cake looks delicious! :) Glad you had a wonderful 30th birthday Q! :)

  4. You look so beautiful! LOOOVE your hair!

    Happy birthday Ma!

  5. thank you all for the compliments and b-day wishes =)so far 30 feels great!