9months!!!!

A few days shy of my 9th month of my hair journey!!

Soo

A little bit has changed; I already had my first set of thotty boy braids πŸ˜‚ and I went a few tones lighter on my tips. Sad attempt at the OB jr I suppose.

Actually same old , same.

Now more than ever I’m thinking of the big chop and trying something different, but I think I can survive another month 😐

Looking at old/recent pictures my hair has come a long way since January. My hair grows faster in warm and summer months.

I know I say this every updated but it especially looks strange to me when it’s just like all over. Don’t get me wrong I love my crown and the way it defys gravity. I’m kinda a hat person tho πŸ˜‚ so you can imagine my struggle.

Also had my first “blow out” before my last set of thotty boy braids. I am strongly against putting heat on my crown on a regular basis, but it did help with the braiding.

Thank Jah I ain’t tender headed. πŸ‘

For now, I seem to have a constant hair stylist so hopefully having the same set of hands in my hair will aid the journey. Still looking for a skilled barber, but one thing at a time.

As I always say …. I can’t wait to chop again πŸ˜‚

Until next time

 βœŒ

This damn hair -__-

Going on 8 months. Just 4 months short of a year. And I have finally come to terms with the fact that I will have to start doing some kind of self maintenance with my hair.. 

Oh goodie πŸ˜’

My first attempt was individual platts… It took forever & it came out…😐 I finished *shrug*

Hopefully with the top “successfully” maintained I will have enough confidence to return to someone’s barbershop. My last hair cut the barber destroyed my neck and left me playing connect the dots 😭

Oh yea , next update will feature some color πŸ˜‰

​Are you GEL’in ??

4 weeks on the gel and well.. things are very different..

Lately I’ve been going through these crazy hot flashes and night sweats. Its so aggravating. Luckily it seems to only bother me the most at night. During the day I have moments were it seems I can’t regulate my body temperature. I’m always hot.
Seems like within the last week my hair follicles on my face have really been getting the message, however it’s been mainly in patches on the underside of my cheeks. Weird place for a beard to start , eh. My baby stache has successfully hit the adolescent phase and I sometimes catch myself thinking I have a hair on my lip and it turns out to be “hair on my lip”. Yes that’s right my moustache is trying it’s little heart out to connect with the infantile goatee that is clinging to my chin for dear life. For the last week I have decided to broaden my horizons and ditched the idea of the chin strap and make my… 3rd (maybe) attempt at growing a beard. Also switched it up and let the burns grow as wide as they want which saves time shaving in the mirror at the crib and trips to the barber.
Speaking of hair … Yes , the shit is everywhere. Just when I thought the nature trail on my tummy could get any wider. But what’s most shocking about body hair growth on this HRT journey this time around is that I’m still growing new hair. I have hair on my chest and around my nipples; now that was new and unexpected to say the least.
Let’s not forget that this is still technically my 19th consecutive week in HRT..
A 4 month milestone that I haven’t achieved since my first time in HRT back in 2015.
So now I’m kind of treading in unfamiliar waters now.
My smell has changed a bit. Not the I’m musty or stink, I’ve just developed a musk different than what I’m used to. Even picked up a shirt and stiffed it once to see if u already wore it? Well it’s like that but I have to do a double shift. Not cause I stink but because the smell isn’t that familiar.
Nice.
For the last 2 almost 3 weeks I have been moody and can sometimes feel that feeling that I explained a while back when me and testosterone first got aquatinted. It’s no where near uncontrollable, more so annoying that I’m having such angry feelings in the first place. 
Let’s just hope I don’t turn into a bull elephant.
Weight gain (or lack thereof) was steady on the increase from weeks 1-5 if I remember correctly. I might have mentioned it in a previous blog. Starting at a measly 138lbs coming into therapy peaking at 153 and currently tapering off and struggling to stay above 150. Despite what the scales say I have never been more in love with my pecs, delts, lats, biceps ; my whole chest in general. I don’t believe it’s been this tone since high school.
Hopefully I can stick to some type of routine and put on a little more gains before the summer months.
Not to knock my other muscle groups that have also somehow improved tremendously, i.e. legs, back, torso etc. 
I personally don’t hear much change in my voice but looking back at old videos of me speaking I think it would be safe to assume that some slight bass was added to my voice since December. But who knows and who cares.
Honestly I didn’t expect to see any changes until 6-8 months down the line especially now being on gel instead of injections. I definitely believe the topical Testosterone works just as well as intramuscular for me personally. 
Maybe if I’m lucky I can finally look at least half my age for my birthday this year.
I’ll let you know how it turns out, see if I still recognize my self in 2 months.
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Over half a year. *Hair update

Hey hey there.

By now I’m sure everyone is aware that I simply cannot keep a regularly scheduled blog, so yea; I’m done apologizing.

Any who , welcome and this is a quick (aren’t they all tho) update on my hair journey.

Finally officially hitting the halfway point of my first year after the big chop…. And I couldn’t be more irritated. No, seriously.

Still haven’t found a reliable individual to braid my hair, a barbershop or a line for natural hair care; so please understand my frustrations.

However, in good news it’s finally starting to warm up out here in NYC and my hair tends to grow fast in a warmer weather. At least I’m hoping that will end up being good news.

Still keeping the same amount of laziness as far as maintaining my crown.*shrug* I have slacked up on the washing, it’s maybe down to once a week. Trust me it’s killing me slowly especially since now that I sweat on a daily. But finding someone to twist it or do something to it more than once a week is an almost impossible task.

Currently my go – to style is the simple double strand kinky twist. Quick to achieve. Only down side to that is I’m still not all that great and tying up and maintaining it so it starts to look old after 3 days, eh.

I’ve somehow resisted the urge to pull the little shits apart at the first sight of frizz or when they little caterpillars start doing they own. Instead I’ve embraced it and now they all seem to stand up in appreciation , ha ha.

It seems like my hair is going through a little growth spurt of some sort or maybe because since I don’t wash it as often I’m seeing the progress with the annoying shrinkage. Either way I am please with the growth so far in my journey and even more so learning about my crown and all its kinks and curls.

Sorry I don’t have advice for anyone considering the big chop or for those already part of the natural movement. I’m still vaguely new to all this and it’s a learning experience to me. 

Oh and yes I have yet to attempt the familiar straight back cornrows with my undercut style , but I will make my first attempt hopefully within the next month or so ; wish me me luck.
“Let your crown grow free!”
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Slow & Steady…

Peace & blessings Guys , Gals and Everyone in between.

I made a sad attempt at getting 2 blogs out in a week. I swear I don’t have that much to write about. New York springs are basically winter to me , so I stay indoors and cabin fever turns into writer’s block.

This a small therapy update.

5 days ago I switched to the gel. After missing a weekly injection for 3 time and honestly not really being upset about it, I decided to just switch to the gel. Luckily for me it was covered by my insurance and I’m still paying barely nothing.

Since I switched to gel & I have zero anxiety about “shot day”. πŸ˜‚

But seriously,

I’m on a different type of gel then I had been on previously. But it’s basically the same. Instead of jar and a measuring spoons it’s 30 convenient individual tubes. It’s 5 grams per day instead of the 1 gram I was familiar with. It’s specific location is the chest , shoulders & upper arms; but we all know I don’t follow rules.

All in all the only negative thing I have to say about it is it’s a little more sticky then I expected and would like. But about 10-15mins after application it’s completely dry and no longer has the feeling of slight stickiness. I would compare it to the feeling of confusing the handsanitizer with the soap.

My last T levels were around 600 and I believe that a month of shots so probably have my levels checked again a month and some change on the gel.

Spoiler alert I’ve been on the gel less than a week and I already missed a day , typical Kris.

Smell ya later 

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The King’s Crown

Peace and blessings everyone, Kings , Queens etc.

This is going to be a little bit different blog than usual. The title is subliminally self explanatory. Real quick short story of exactly how I started my hair journey & a few fun facts of African American hair and styles over the years. 

It’s been 6 going on 7 months since my last haircut. My original idea behind growing my hair out was to wear a natural afro. But before even a week into hair journey I snapped back into reality. The reason why I have never had a fro over 5 months old. A full head of my texture of hair has to be twisted or constantly platted. The contrast of the thickness and coarseness of my hair mixed with the laziness of myself when it comes to maintaining a hairstyle is just too much. 

The big chop was in September of 2016. I’ll locate lost footage eventually. If I remember correctly it was a clean all around fade. Again at this point I was under the ridiculous impression that I was growing an afro. 

Some where between October & November things started to get a little hippy-ish. I couldn’t take it and I ended up getting a lining and a fresh taper , leaving my virgin curls untrimmed and untamed at the top.

For some strange dumb reason the hair that grows around my knowledge knot in the back of my head is nearly the total opposite of the texture of the rest of my hair. It’s like “happy feet” I still have baby hair. It’s awkward and responsible for numerous ‘bad hair days’ in junior high. I thought the taper would solve the problem but alas it wasn’t high enough *sadface. So I went to my go to back up plan , “The Frohawk”. It’s always my plan B when I wuss out on growing a full head of hair. I can hide my baby hair in plain sight at the back of my Frohawk.

The Frohawk only lasted a few weeks in December, again trying to recall correctly, and by mid to late January I had broke down to a “High Fade w/ Curls”. It was a new year joke that I couldn’t pull off a man bun if I tried. But by the end of January it was no longer a joke. Chop , Chop.

A few bad fades and sad attempts at braids later I found myself finally getting my natural unlocked hair successfully braided for the first time in over a decade and a half. February 2017.

I’m not “tender – headed” but I didn’t exactly miss getting my thoughts and ideas braided into my scalp , ha ha.

And now here we are at the end of March and going into the 7th month of my hair journey and it’s hasn’t been a single day in the last 3 weeks that I haven’t thought about doing chopping it all off.

Blessed with the gift and curse of having hair that can defy gravity isn’t all daisies and roses. Luckily it’s still a pretty chilly spring up here in New York so beanies are still acceptable. It’s not without a great struggle that I can get my free hair in or under a snap back.

Since I have enough length to grip I usually keep my hair braided cornrolled or platted but we all have a bad hair day where it would be immoral to leave out your residence with out some type of headgear. I just seem to have had more hat days as my hair grows longer and my patience grows shorter. 

Normally for me the half a year to the first year is the ugly stage on the growth timeline. To avoid that I plan on keeping my hair braided or platted untill at least June. Wish me luck. 

Over the years of my adult and prepubescent life I have had just about ever hairstyle or some version of style. Fade, waves, dreads , clean just to name a few; but as always I’m looking for something new , something to test out.

I did some research on what is the “man-bun”, not a whole lot of recent information pertaining to POC; not that much of a surprise. The style seemed to only resurface at the beginning to mid 2000s. Now it seems to be popular with people of every ethnic background. 

Originally the undercut was worn by people in poverty that couldn’t afford a barber with the skill and training to fade out the sides.

Personally I think I would enjoy the style because it gives me the opportunity to grow my natural hair out but only having to put in half of the work it takes to maintain it.

I’m not a natural hair “guru” , in fact I probably would be the worst to ask for tips on natural growth for POC. Honestly I do alot of things to my crown I shouldn’t. Or they say I shouldn’t.

I usually wash my hair every day; bad habit I picked up in the military, which of course in BCT it was beyond necessary. I put absolutely no type of anything in my hair; which is not for the lack of trying. I’m currently looking for a line of natural hair care products from a small business I can trust.

There’s been several occasions where my hair was combed through with too fine tooth of a comb; realizing now that the pain is a sign of split ends to come. 

I don’t protect it from the friction of my sheets at night of the elements of the weather during the day. 

It’s not like I don’t love my hair or respect my crown. I do my own thing & so does my hair.

Haven’t decided on the extent of the amount of documentation I am going to do during this hair journey, I mean shit I can barely make a stable weekly blog. But if my readers & viewers are interested I’ll try to add it to the line up.

Until next time

Fb : Iman King

Follow your dreams

Peace my readers & hello to some strangers I’m assuming..

I’ve had quite bit of writer’s block due to the amount of new projects I’ve been taking on mixed with the changes of the current in the ocean of life. 

But I can muster up the intellectual ability to express the valid need to live your dreams. All to often people question my motive of being so careful and well travelled. “How can you just pick up and leave” , “It doesn’t scare you not knowing” , “I wish I had the courage like you”.  It saddens me a great deal crossing paths with people that I can see want to live their dream but are yet so afraid of failure they don’t even try .

Don’t get me wrong travelling and living life at the helm can be scary , nerve wrecking and even stressful at time but I stay course because knowing that should my heart stopped today I lived yesterday to my liking and standards.

Please don’t think that living your dream is also always about knowing where you are going and what your immediate step is cause I’m living proof is easy to get lost in the sauce.

Came to NYC to experience the bright lights and found myself lost in the system working for the man with nothing to show but a few selfies in my work uniform. I turned into something I despise the most and still convinced myself that I was following my dreams. 

Yes I am currently living in the big Apple. Queer & unapologetic. With strong grassroots from the south. BUT I was still working at a hypocritical company surviving paycheck to paycheck.

I lost touch with my talents. Lost touch with my skills. Lost touch with fans and even lost touch with the me I had just found after all these years.

So with that being said I have once , yes yet again ; decided to get back in the swing of going with the current of positive vibes instead of what’s fast and flashy. Far from saying I’m done traveling just figure this might be a little more serious than just a routine oil change. 

Till next week ✌
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Empty promises

Well hello everyone. I’m gonna skip past the ‘my faults’ & ‘Ive been caught ups’ , Y’all know my ADHD be having me stretched too thin to blog all the time. Plus my life really isn’t that interesting so I don’t have much to blog about. I literally need a months worth of adventures to have an intriguing entry.

Anywhose…

Picking up where ever we left off 3/12 would have been my 3rd month consecutively in therapy but I could say less because if you are an avid reader then you know.
So technically this is my 12th week in therapy and my 9th week on hormones.

Long story short work schedule got crazy , cut loose on vacation , and I still don’t like needles. 

I’ll take a minute to point out that lately I have been asked what’s the side effects of going on and off hormones or skipping multiple doses. Personally I have never experienced any negative effects due to lack of doses. If I can remember correctly the main warning concerning dosage was not to take more than prescribed, which I’m pretty sure everyone knows that. Also I recall coming across articles , blogs & media about individuals having to pause or even stop taking hormones completely due to medical reasons and sometimes even surgeries. 
***Just a reminder majority of the changes your body experiences while on hormones are either permanent or can take years to revert depending on your body , the length of time on & your dosage amount.
SWATBS.,

After a nearly 3 week hiatus I found the courage to drag my black ass to my doctor…. Only to find that my primary doctor was no longer at that location.. fortunately I still had my same crew of nurses there. 

Not much had changed during the 3 weeks I went missing in actions. Not sure how it effected my beard growth because lately I’ve been solely working on a baby goatee. My attitude has been up and down anyways due to the stress of adulting. Felt a major shift in my appetite , going 2 days with out a hot meal not notice it & I lost about 7lbs.

Seemed to have a little drop in energy but still could achieve top ‘get up & go speeds’ if I get a good running start.

The most major change was my sex drive. After a week and a half with out the stuff my libido sky rocketed & I felt like the main character of a Zane book. Going in to the 3 weeks cold turkey it’s like my dick broke. I had no drive or desire what so ever.

Now my first 3 days back on my sex drive is through the roof so it’s safe to say that libido is the first prisoner to be pardoned by the warden.

Also decided to make another sad attempt to grow a beard. 7 days no shave and I have annoying stubble patches under my cheeks right below my jaw bone.
I feel a little under the weather so I can’t really report much on energy or stamina.
Y’all know I’m a man of few words. 
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✌

Dear 2017,

 

I know we don’t know each other. We actually just met. But I trust you. I have faith in you. Together we can make this year great. I believe that you will help me to become the man I always wanted to be. A person that the world will be grateful to have. The years before you took so much from me, yet taught me so much. But I know you will bring me so much and so much more. You will allow me to grow at my on pace and let me write my own chapters to our story. Teach me. Guide me. Mold me. 2017, I want you; no I need you, to make me better. I know I am a broken man asking for a hell of alot but I know together we can fix me. Just give me a chance.

Sincerely Yours,
Kristian Iman King

Here we go with this, “new year, new me” bullshit

Yup,

Except this time I think this could really be a new me this year. Finally learned to put my pride aside and do whats best for me. So one of the slogans for this year is “fuxkyofeels” seems a little harsh but for the last 4 years its been fuxk Kris’ feelings , so I think a switch up is over due. Now dont get me wrong I’m still a sweet taddy bear with a big gold heart but I’m not staying in situations that make me feel uncomfortable. One wrong move and your out. That 3 strike shit is a thing of the past. 2016. This year everyone gets one chance & one chance only. I refuse to bite my tongue, adapt or change for anyone. It was 22 long miserable years that I was uncomfortable with who I was & who I choose to identify as. Now that I’m just about completely (minus a few flaws) comfortable with myself & who I am, I am no longer making it my mission to make other around me comfortable. So with that being said let me give you a quick run down of deal breakers.

-Im an introvert.
Constant useless nonsense chatter grinds my gears. If all you can bring to the conversation is latest trends, useless fad and negativity; stay away that shit is annoying, toxic& just tew much for my mind space.

-I loveeeee animals.
Yup all shapes sizes and breeds. #allspeciesmatter. So if your the type to constantly pig out on animals productions wear fur or watching animal planet for hours bore you, sorry we wont have much in common. I have a hobby of collective exotic pets so if rats, snakes, spiders etc give you the hebbie gebbies you wont be spending much time at my habitat.

-Im a Virgo. Cut and dry.
If you dont know much about September virgos I suggest you do so research. We are literal & anal beings. I hate using or expression my emotions and despise people that cant keep their feelings in check. So as long as your not overly dramatic, can give me my space when I need it & understand that talking, expressing or even thinking about my emotions makes everything awkward and stressful for me then we should be good.

-I hate people.
And I mean that in the nicest way possible. Ironically enough I tend to attract people & come of a bit of a people person that gets along with most. But I have a very small circle of people I consider friends. So; no, i dont want to meet your friends..no I dont want to go to a rad party or a jumping new club. Take me to a museum, a quite walk in a park or just leave my ass inside.

-I love country music.
Yes. Yes I do. I was raised on country music from the 80s & 90s and r&b and soul music from the 50s & 60s. So if country music puts a bad taste in your ear I suggest you keep your opinions to yourself & call an uber.

-I love the outdoors.
Minus people of course. I do love being inside immersed in a new video game or an interesting documentary but I just as easy get cabin fever sometimes. So I do enjoy a outdoor festival or activity once in a while. Dont over do it of course. But if all you want to do is stay inside and stare at a screen you will become surprisingly aware that I can get bored extremely quickly.

-I have a temper.
Wow? Really? Yes I do. Lucky enough for most they usually dont get to see it. But say you catch me at a bad time; keep dying on the exact same spot on a game for hours, encountering a bully, seeing any kind of abuse or just somedays when I wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Good news is Im not violent or physically abusive when losing my temper.

-Diagnosed bipolar at an early age.
Chea. A real young age. 8. I try to deny it. Say I have it under control (like most who are bipolar) but yeaaaa,… I dont. But each day gets better I supposed. So with that being established on occasions I go through hyper mania moods were I’m extra hyper and happy with life for no reason & I also go though bouts of sever depression followed my uncontrollable fits of tears & just being upset with the world.

Alot to deal with, I know.
But wait… Theres more
Jajaja

– I suffer from ADHD.
Most people think its a made up disorder. Some parents(like mine) want to dope their kids up with OTC drugs to get them to sit still. But now as an adult who suffers with attention deficit hyperactive disorder I see that maybe the Dr’s werent so far of all those years ago. In laymans terms however all that means is my ass cant always pay attention for long periods of time. I may be looking straight at you, but I promise you I didnt hear anything you said. Also I tend to get hyper & goofy (at the worst possible times) if I’ve had to stay quiet and subtle for to long.

-Im random & sporadic.
All. The. Damn. Time. Legit its hard as hell for me to make my mind up most of the time and normally when I’ve made up my mind it usually changes within the next minute or two. This applies to just about every aspect of my life. So most of the time I go with the flow.

-Attention whore.
I need attention, I wouldnt say I need alot of attention cause sometimes people creep me out but if I feel like your attention is divided.. Well lets just say, you would have been better off ignoring me. So if u take hours & days to respond dont be shocked when I cut you off.

-Im sexually fluid. (*pansexual)
I enjoy femininity & masculinity. So no im not gay but i wouldnt exactly fit in the hetrosexual category either. So if your one of those people thats all hopped on the gender binary, toxic masculinity views & ideas etc. Pleaseeeee stay far away from me. Keep your labels to yourself and your cans.

And the most important deal breaker of them all….

-I CHERISH MY PERSONAL SPACE.
SERIOUSLY. If you cant understand that there is really nothing else to discuss. Sometimes Im going to leave a party early. Sometimes I am going to sit off to the side at a group setting. Sometimes I’m going to want the house to myself. Sometimes I’m not gonna want you in my personal bubble. Nothing is wrong… OH. MY. GODDDD. NOTHING IS WRONG! I just really enjoy myself more than anyone else on this dying planet.
Well shit got real personal.
Ha ha. Figured most have been around have long enough to learn a little about the man behind the keyboard & give the new comers fair warning about exactly whose blog they stumbled on.

Glad to have yall with me as we go into another year & I hope 2017 is everything you are hoping it will be.
Peace ✌ & blessings ❀

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