A Special Thank You to My Hair Designer, Kondor Rodnok! Ovah! Hair


Here are a few hair photos from 2011-2014! Over the past 8 years, strangers have often stopped me and asked, “Who does your hair?” Others have said, “Your color is so vibrant!” And… I have to admit, I throw around, “thank yous…” like confetti, but I really can’t take credit for the attention my hair gets.

The attention has actually been a blessing and a curse- a curse because after a couple of my book signings, people have talked to me more about my hair than they have about my book.  Maybe I should write a hair devotional next time!

Anyway, the attention my hair gets has been a blessing because I have met some great “strangers” who are now friends and my husband of 26+ years loves it!  Well, I don’t want to keep my hair secrets to myself, esp. since they are not MY secrets. So, if you like the photos, check out OVAH Hair!  I guess I should mention that I do not relax my natural hair and I do not wear weaves; however, Kondor is the Weave King! so, if you like weaves, you should see his work!  Well, here are the pictures:


Fall Hair Cut Oct. 2012


Growing back healthy and strong ( March 22, 2014)

March 2012



25th Reunion

25th Reunion 2011


Fall 2013




Shingles with flat twist in the front 2013





Oh this was my favorite! 2013


Wedding Hair! Fall 2013


When I was a child, folks used to say, “Dag your hair is thick!” Today, I am grateful for it!



Side view 




More 3-D color!

For the past 8 years I have been a client of Kondor’s.  If you enjoyed these photos and love his work, make an appointment:

Warning: If you do not like to turn heads, go someplace else!

Ovah! Hair

Address: 721 Corkery Ln, Williamstown, NJ 08094

  • Phone:(856) 728-6824
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Winter 2014

 By Shawn R. Jones

 website: www.shawnrjones.com

Author of the devotional book, Pictures in Glass Frames   http://t.co/BxiNwWRG

and the poetry chapbook, Womb Rain, 



I Do Not Miss Relaxers


Yes, I am a natural hair advocate.  Or…should I say a natural hair texture advocate because I am in love with color.  Maybe one day I will wear my natural color with its couple strands of gray, and when I say a couple, I really mean a couple dozen.  Thus far I have convinced about 20 of my friends to stop getting relaxers, and they are very pleased with the results.  Well, if you are natural and you have a cool hairstyle you would like to share, feel free to send it to me and I will post it here.  I am going to continue to add new photos to this very same post, and I would love to share your beautiful natural hairstyles with other bloggers.  Blessings and enjoy the journey! Image


My  former dance student has blossomed into a gorgeous natural beauty!





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My Cousin- I know she feels free!


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Quick shampoo, Miss Jessie’s pillow soft curls. and gel around the edges


My mom’s 2-strand twists


My daughter’s braid out



 This natural beauty, Turkessa L. Lee is an author. Check out her book, After the Gavel: www.turkessalee.com


Two-Strand twist out before I gelled the edges and applied Mousse


My Cousin’s natural hair progression

She is such a cutie!


Another cousin locked in beauty!

1484833_10202563875726135_226511377_n1398296_10202427416754746_1081816408_oTextured Reversed Overlay Updo on Naturally Curly Hair!

By my hair designer, Kondor Rodnok of Ovah! Hair






I do not usually towel dry my hair because I do not want to mess up my curl pattern,

but I wanted it too look more like an afro.  This was the result.

For Natural Hair Beauties


This summer, my hair designer, Kondor Rodnok of Ovah! Hair (http://www.ovahhair.com/) has come up with some wonderfully creative hairstyles for my natural hair.


I styled my hair in the picture below.  However, Kondor gave me a glaze with multiple colors.  I feel like I can pretty much wear my hair in any style when I have a colorful glaze.  It’s just a fun look.


I have been natural for approximately eight years.  I have tried  a number of products.  Miss Jessie’s is my favorite: http://www.birchbox.com/shop/brand-view-all/?brand=miss-jessies&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=miss%20jessies&utm_campaign=Partner%20Brand_Miss%20Jessies_Google&gclid=CLH-q9CZ17gCFQai4Aod7G4AHQ

I use their shampoo, conditioner, and Pillow Soft Curls when I wear my hair out.  I twist my hair with their Curly Meringue. I just noticed they have Jelly Soft Curls.  I think I’ll order that today.

Miss Jessie’s also has a product called Curly Pudding.  I think my mother twists her hair with it:


Below is a photo of my daughter with her new natural haircut by Kondor.  She uses Miss Jessie’s shampoo and conditioner.  She applies Rosemary Oil and let’s it air dry.


Enjoy your natural hair journey!

Natural Hair Surprise



“Uh oh” is sometimes the first sound I make after I shampoo my hair and massage a cabinet full of products through it.   Why a cabinet full?  Well, some- times after I step out of the shower and lightly pat my hair dry, I can tell it’s going to be an interesting hair day.   Most days, I just shampoo and condition it with Miss Jessie’s shampoo and conditioner and massage Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls through it.  Then there are other days, when my head resembles a field of wild flowers that a bunch of deer trampled through.  Really. Sometimes I don’t even try to style it, but if I want a certain look, I gel the edges and mousse it up until it looks like I may have had some type of style in mind.

I have been natural for about 8 years now. Natural hair grows faster than weeping willow trees. It used to take me about 3 hours to twist it, so October 2012, Kondor (my hair designer) cut it for me.  Yes, when I want a hair design…I go to Kondor, other than that, I do it myself. He colors it and keeps it healthy.  He is absolutely amazing, and if you are into weaves and wigs and all those other hair accessories, he is the man!  I, personally, can’t get into all that. I can’t wear someone else’s hair on my head. It drives me insane.  Yes, I tried it before.  When I was transitioning from relaxed to natural hair, I got a sewn in weave.  Oh my goodness, I don’t know how women do it!  I was sweating and stressing all night long.  I told my husband, “This hair must have belonged to some voodoo princess! It is tripping me out!”  He laughed, but I was serious. I had my daughter cut it out the next day. It was awful.  The stylist who put it in did a terrible job.  She really should have advertised that she did sewn in knots instead of sewn in weaves.  After that ordeal,  I just had all of my relaxed hair cut off.  I had an inch of hair left on my head, and man was I shocked when I looked in the mirror at the hair salon. There was a boy looking back at me!  Oh, and my head was flat in the back!  Who knew?

I started wearing larger earrings and make-up.  I wore coils until it got long enough for twists, and then I discovered color!  Kondor convinced me to add a few highlights after I told him that I was “conservative.”  I am really not conservative at all, but I figured if I told him that, he wouldn’t get too crazy with it. Mind you, I am a dancer and a poet, so he probably figured I wasn’t too conservative.  When he finished, he said, “Your skin is popping!”  I didn’t know what he meant.  I thought I had broke out in some pimples or something.  He quickly explained when he saw my expression.  Now, I am a  color junkie who looks forward to her skin “popping.” Kondor is great.  I love his energy!  Oh, and I just remembered, he did make a wig for me a few months ago, so I do have a hair accessory.  It is quite an attention “getter” too.  To wear that skittles colored wig, you better be famous or walk like you’re famous, so when I wear it, I just strut.




My friend, Mel Kel

She is always sharp!  I think she sleeps in fly outfits.


My younger sister.  She inspired me to go natural.


Tanya, Ms. Inspiration!

I have since convinced quite a few of my friends to go natural, and they are absolutely gorgeous!  I am not just saying that because they are my friends.  They have discovered that they are beautiful with locks, twists, afros etc…

Please check out my supportive friend’s blog:  http://lexawrites.com/2012/12/30/matural-hair-journey/ She discusses her natural hair journey, too.

Always there for me…Crystal



Natural Hair Continued…


Today I have to admit that I continue to touch my hair and ask myself, “Why didn’t I make this transition decades ago?  I love the tight spongy curls, pillow soft and sweet.  I say “sweet” because my hair designer uses so many colors at once that it sometimes looks like skittles and if you had to guess how it felt before touching it, you would probably say,”I bet her hair feels just like cotton candy.”

So, I guess I have made it clear that my hair texture is natural, but my color is not. I am a colorful person, so I cannot really imagine myself with brown hair with a few strands of gray.  I guess that is why some folks wear weaves and wigs.  For variety or individuality.  I have one custom wig myself and it is fun to wear, but it gets a lot of attention, so… I don’t wear it everywhere, like when I have a speaking engagement for my devotional book. At that time, I really don’t want folks focusing on my hair.  Our conversations are often intimate and private.  There is a time and place for everything.  Now if I am reading at a poetry reading or attending a dance concert, the wig comes out the closet and I even throw on a bit of make-up with it.  But most days, I look like this:



Yes…my hair really is that thick.  And although I have not had a touch up of color and glaze in awhile, I can still kind of see the skittles thing going on.  By the way, I should definitely mention that my hair designer’s name is Kondor Rodnok and I have been begging him to start a blog to show off his amazing artistry.  I am tempted to steal a few photos from his fb page so you can see how bad he is!  And I really hope he forgives me for posting these pictures because I have not seen him in about 3 weeks now, so I have been doing my own thing with my hair.  However, I promise when I go to him this week, I will post a couple photos, so you can admire his work.  For the past few weeks I have been doing my hair with Miss Jessie’s products.  Well, this is going to have to be continued again because it is well past my bedtime.  Until next time, take care!

Natural Hair Texture


I got my first relaxer when I was twelve-years-old. I was so excited to be be able to jump in the pool and have my hair lay flat instead puffing up like cotton candy!  I continued to get relaxers until I was 36-years-old.  So, what made me go natural?  There were a number of reasons, actually.  For one, I woke up and realized that I did not have to have straight hair to be beautiful.  I realized that I, like many other girls, had been brainwashed into thinking my tight curls were ugly or “nappy.”  Nappy was not a good thing.  If your hair was “nappy,” folks said you had “bad hair.”  Yes… as if hair could be disobedient. Can you imagine how such a description can damage one’s self-esteem?  Well, I am not going to go into great detail with this at the moment because it is a much more complicated subject than most would imagine.  This was just my brief introduction to a subject I will elaborate on later, Natural Hair.  There will be several photos in this category, and hopefully I can get some great quotes from some very close friends of mine who also “went natural.” Next time I post in this category, I will give my second reason for going natural.  I will include a few photos tonight : )


P105093910993_10151434815067910_913311000_nCheck out my dear friend’s blog: lexa She is a very inspirational woman!



This photo alone shows one of the reasons Tanya is so inspirational! You have to check out her blog : )




My beautiful daughter decided to rock her natural hair shorter and darker this year.




One of my closest friends-I love… her sisterlocks : )



Until next time …