What better place to talk about health than at a hair show that draws 60,000 stylists? Dr. Regina Benjamin discussed the widely held belief that black women don’t exercise because it might ruin their hairstyle. It turns out Benjamin has struggled with this issue too.
The interview has been edited for brevity.
What brings you to the hair show?
Actually it’s the perfect event. My priority as surgeon general is prevention. Everything that we do is to try to build a healthy and fit nation.
What we find when talking particularly with African American women - I’m later finding this with other women, too - was that when we talk about exercise, we hear, “I don’t want to sweat my hair back or I don’t want to mess up my hairstyle. It cost me too much to get my hair done this week.”
When United Healthcare came and talked about this last year, it was a successful at the Bronner Bros. Hair Show with 60,000 hairdressers. What better audience would be to help us find exercise-friendly hairstyles?
This is trying to encourage women to continue to exercise and be healthy and give them a way to do that without messing up their hair.
Is there evidence that this hair issue is really why some women don’t exercise or is this anecdotal?
There are some studies there.
I’ve talked to a number of women and that’s the first thing they’ll tell you. I know that was an issue for me. I didn’t want to mess up my hair. You sweat a lot in your hair and it changes your hairstyle completely.
Unlike other races and ethnic groups, you can’t wash your hair and go out. African Americans, most of us can’t do that. We need to spend a little bit more time on our hair. We need something that cuts down on getting hair back in a nice hairstyle. So I don’t think it’s something anecdotal. I’ve talked to women a lot because I’m doing this conference and it’s a real issue.
Benjamin’s office cited two studies that examined why fewer than 30% of minority women in the United States get the recommended level of exercise. The reasons were lack of time followed by “economic constraints, major life changes or traumas, safety issues, weather and environment, the hassle of personal care such as showering and keeping hair looking good,” according to the American Journal of Public Health.
Has this hair issue become an easy crutch for not exercising?
It’s an easy excuse, but it’s a real excuse.
If you go out and spend $40-50 to get your hair done, you don’t want to go out and get it all sweaty and wet that afternoon before you got to show it off.
Other ethnic groups would come up and say the same thing. I’ve heard it from Hispanics. I’ve heard it from a couple of my older white patients that I have at home. They’re saying I get my hair done every weekend- I don’t want to be exercising after I get my hair done.
I don’t think it’s limited to African American women.
Last year, what we found was that the hairdressers and stylists tend to be able to show things they can do and different products that makes the hairstyle lasts longer. There are natural hairstyles, braids, short hairstyles and things like that.
They’re really creative.
Is it strange to talk about health at a hair show?
Everyone has to be involved. Health care doesn’t just occur in doctor’s office – it occurs in the home, work place, where you worship. We all have a role to play in our own health.
What better place than the hairdresser?
People will talk to their hairdressers about almost anything. We like to engage hair dressers to get out our public health messages.
When you’re sitting in the chair, it’s a good place to have conversations about sensitive issues, public health issues… about getting HIV testing - everyone should get tested - things like diabetes and heart disease, strokes and getting your blood pressure checked.
The other thing, we have the Affordable Care Act. Hairdressers are business people and just reminding them that the Affordable Care Act really has some things to help small business owners. They’re eligible for tax credit for up to 35% if they provide health insurance to their employees- and that’s going up to in 2014 to 50%. Many don’t know those benefits are available to small business owners.
TIMERY SHANTE NANCE is an African-American woman who has a thing about her hair. “I don’t use chemicals or straighteners,” she said. “It’s just my natural texture, and I wear it in a normal-looking puff.”
Now she wonders, as some other black women evidently do, whether the Transportation Security Administration also has a thing about their hair. Ms. Nance is the second black woman I’m aware of within a month who says she was racially profiled when a T.S.A. officer insisted on publicly patting down her hair after she had already gone though a full-body scan without setting off any alarm.
Ms. Nance was departing from the airport in San Antonio in late July. After she passed through the body scanner, she said, a female T.S.A. screener told her to stand facing her possessions. “You’re good to go, but first I have to pat your hair,” the officer told her, she said.
“I’m like, pat my hair? O.K., I guess,” Ms. Nance said.
But it wasn’t O.K. Ms. Nance, who had been visiting her husband at the Air Force base where he is stationed, was deeply embarrassed as other passengers stared at her, “as if I’d done something wrong.”
She asked the screener why her hair was searched while others, including white women with ponytails or bushy hair, were simply waved through. “Is it just African-American women with natural hair who get the hair search?” she asked.
The screener said no, “but if you have certain kinds of ponytail or bun, you have to get your hair patted,” said Ms. Nance, who is 30… Read the rest here.
As fluffy and fun and fabulous as my hair might appear to be (and it is all of those things), I’m not a poodle.
I’m totally used to the curious looks. I don’t even mind the longing stares. I’m even willing to stop what I’m doing and answer a few well-meaning questions about it. But in general, I draw the line at touching. Because as fluffy and fun and fabulous as my hair might appear to be (and it is all of those things), I’m not a poodle. I don’t enjoy being petted. And it happens more often than you might think.
My hair was chemically straightened for 20 years of my life. During that time, I don’t remember anyone besides members of my family or my hairdresser expressing even a passing interest in touching my hair. Nine years ago, I decided to shun hair-straightening chemicals and go natural, and everything changed for me. My once thin and limp hair grew thick and strong, and kinky little coils began to appear… Read the rest here.
For those in the Houston area… Tune in to Great Day Houston on KHOU 11 Saturday July 9th at 5pm. Natural Resources Salon will be discussing the transition from relaxed to natural and our hottest summer look featuring Wildflower Human Hair! A $25 discount will be given to the first 25 people who call in to schedule a consultation for our Wildflower Latch Stitch Weave after the show. Visit our Facebook to view pictures of Debra Duncan’s Great Day Houston Makeover.
Say what you will about Ms. Badu, but this natural woman has style!
I never wore the head wrap again. I realized it wasn’t necessary anymore, because after all that man was from a long line of healers and he didn’t have to look like one. He was born with it. No matter what he did or what he said, no one could take that away from him. That’s when I was freed and began to evolve. I began to focus on being more in here than out there.
I am currently working on my PhD at Texas Woman’s University. In late Feb., I had the pleasure of participating on panel discussion at TWU about Natural Hair hosted by the Women’s Studies Graduate Student Association. The children’s book Nappy Hair by Carolivia Herron was read to start off the discussion. The panel topics range from Natural Hair a Mother’s perspective, Natural Hair and Employment (my panel topic), Natural Hair and Social Networks, and the Social/Political/History of Black Women’s Hair.
Now, many of you remember being an undergraduate and only going to events because of extra credit. Well, I was thinking that we would have about 15 to 20 students to show up to the discussion. The room held about 35-40 students. Well, the room was packed, overflowing; I mean it was so crowded that we had students sitting in the aisles. The discussion was scheduled to start at 4 pm and end at 5 pm. The discussion started on time but it did not end until after 6:00!!! And although, the discussion went over time, the room was still packed!!! For me it was an awesome experience/event because here were so many young people (men and women), of all races and ethnicities interested in what we had to say about Natural Hair!! I think that is really encouraging.
During the Q&A session, we had so many young black women asking about how to transition to natural hair, did you have to cut-off all your hair, how did people react to you with natural hair, etc. The one quote I will leave y’all with from one the panelist is “It is not that I don’t like straight hair (relaxed) it the privileging of straight hair that I have a problem with.”
How can I find an affordable Natural Hair stylist that's going to give me quality results?
TBCo’s Answer: The best way to find a natural hair stylist that is both affordable and excellent is to simply ask for references. Speak to your natural friends, neighbors, and family members about who does their hair. If you have exhausted those resources, ask a stranger. The next time you see someone whose natural hair you admire, ask about their stylist. I have found that others in the natural community are always so willing and eager to share and exchange information … and their stylist will probably reward them for the referral. Another option is the local/community beauty school. There are so many talented stylists in training who work with ALL types of hair, and their prices are always reasonable (usually under $30 for a wash and style). Natural or not, a great stylist is both a blessing and a necessity. Best wishes on your search. Please let us know if you find a great stylist so that we can share that information with others. (TBCo)
Well peeps, I have made it over the proverbial hump and it has now been seven months with no relaxer. The latest adventure was getting my hair pressed, yes you heard me right, pressed. I have been told that this is much better for your hair in comparison to flat ironing. I gave it a try and I must say while the stylist and I didn’t have great chemistry my hair turned out even better than I could have imagined.
The experience in the beginning was horrible as she yanked and pulled at my very tangled hair (she didn’t use Tres Semme), but after about an hour of detangling we were finally at a point where we could put the “iron to the fire” or whatever makes sense in describing her putting that pressing comb to my hair. Now I just have to find a stylist that can “press” because I realized that I really don’t need a relaxer if I can get great results without it.
Needless to say, I was very pleased and here are some pictures of the results. I apologize in advance for my lack of photography skills; I only had my phone available at the time to take the pics.
Is the secret to moisturizing in the shampoo? My hair is thirsty and I need some tips.
That is a great question! The simple answer is: Just add water. When we think of moisture, we often think of oils (which can be wonderful moisturizers), but the best natural moisturizer is water.
Now, this idea may be contrary to our everyday experiences - we’ve all had dry, ashy skin after hand-washing or dry, brittle hair after hair-washing - but, these negative results occur because we do not complete the moisturizing process.
After we add moisture (i.e. water) to our hair, it is critical that we seal it in.
How is this done? After washing hair, it good to apply a naturally occurring oil to hair, such as olive oil or coconut oil. This will help seal in the water (i.e. moisture) to the hair shaft. Think about it in scientific terms. When water is added to hair, it evaporates quickly, leaving hair feeling dry and brittle. Now, imagine pouring oil and water into a glass. They eventually separate, water on the bottom, oil on the top. The oil actually slows the evaporation process. A similar principle applies when moisturizing hair. Add water, then seal it in. The oil, or sealant, will slow evaporation, allowing time for some water to be absorbed. Similarly, when we add water to our skin, the addition of lotion afterward helps to seal in the moisture.
To specifically answer your question about moisturizing and shampoo … Though many shampoos boast about being “moisturizing shampoos,” very few actually live up to their name. Shampoos by design are cleansers, meaning they remove dirt, grease, and often times the essential, natural oils from our hair. How can a product that was designed to remove dirt and oil also leave hair feeling moisturized? Many people who have “gone natural” have actually found frequent shampooing to be too harsh. Frequent shampooing can actually strip and damage hair over time. Consequently, co-washing (i.e. conditioner washing) has become a popular method of cleansing hair and retaining moisture.
Also consider using other natural moisturizers such as jojoba oil and shea butter. These products can be used after or in between co-washes. Additionally, a leave-in conditioner is a good way of retaining moisture and improving the health of your hair.
I hope that you have found this information helpful.=)
“I have just arrived at the conclusion that my natural hair is okay and I love it! I should be able to wear it in any style that I want to without having to fear being put into some unrealistic box.”—Dee’s Diary
Since I’ve just become licensed to practice law in Texas (Praise Him!), I’m on my way back into the throes of the professional world after a year off as a domestic engineer, better known as a stay-at-home mommy. Although I wouldn’t consider myself a buppie or stuffed shirt, I do enjoy wearing a business suit from time to time. I’m sort of free-spirited and artsy and not at all conservative, I get a thrill when thinking about hanging out my own shingle and sitting behind my own mahogany office desk someday. I haven’t quite decided on when to start a practice of my own, so in the interim, I’ll probably work for someone else. This brings me to my current dilemma…is my natural hair professional enough? How will it go over during interviews with potential employers?
I love my kinks and coils, especially when they’re big and wild! However, I don’t know if I’d feel completely comfortable walking into a courtroom sporting a starched suit and a kinky ‘fro. Not because I’m ashamed of my hair, but because I (me as myself and an extension of my clients) don’t want to be prejudged or categorized as a radical revolutionary. I feel sort of akin to my favorite celebrity, Cicely Tyson. In the 60s and 70s, she was often ridiculed by her peers and society for choosing to wear her natural hair in “Afrocentric” styles, such as cornrows, but didn’t budge in her choice.
As unfortunate as it may be for 2011, the truth of the matter is that people are still being judged by their hairstyles. When I first BC’d in 2002, over 50% of the people who questioned me about my new hairstyle assumed that I had done so to show my new militant, vegan lifestyle. Okay, not exactly that extreme, but the majority of folks assumed that I was trying to make some sort of “Fight the Power” statement with my hair. This simply is not true. I have just arrived at the conclusion (after years of being brainwashed to the contrary) that my natural hair is okay and I love it! I should be able to wear it in any style that I want to without having to fear being put into some unrealistic box. I also know that some natural styles can appear to be not as neat or conservative enough for corporate America.
So, here I am, wondering if I should try to coax it into a neat, little bun or straighten it or wear one of my trusty wigs that I usually save for bad hair days where a hat is inappropriate. Honestly, in the past I’ve always worn a wig or braids for job interviews since I’ve worn my natural hair, but, I want to do something that I haven’t done before…I want to embrace my natural locs at all times.
What do you do when your hair is at the awkward length of not really short but also not long enough for a protective style?
Hi petitoignon! Thank you for this question. One of our regular contributors will certainly get a response to you soon, but we also thought was a great question for our beautiful natural nation to provide some feedback as well. That’s what this community is all about. Sharing tips and info for and from all to use!
First, I love your site. It is great to read about other people's natural hair experiences. Their stories have truly inspired me. Megan [Natural Beauty Spotlight for April] recently mentioned banding as a method for reducing shrinkage. That is something that I battle with also. Can you tell me more about banding?
Banding is the process of stretching (i.e.lengthening) natural hair and reducing shrinkage without heat. Banding gets its name as this method utilizes several hair bands. Banding works best after hair has been washed (or co-washed), detangled, and moisturized. Clean, damp hair is separated into several sections - the size and number of sections depends upon the thickness of the hair and the desired style/outcome. Each section is secured at its base using a hair band . “Ouch-less” type bands work best because they reduce the likelihood of breakage or damaging hair. Avoid using traditional office supply type rubber bands or bands that are held together with metal fasteners. Once the ponytail is secure, detangle and stretch hair with a Denman brush. Holding stretched hair taut with one hand, strategically twist hair bands down the entire length of the hair. The number of bands used depends upon the length of hair and the diameter of the hair bands. Bands should be pulled and twisted down the ponytail so that it remains lengthened. Make sure that the bands are secure, but not be too tight. Once hair has dried, the bands should be removed carefully and hair styled as desired.
The Big Chop online also forwarded this question to Megan. She was very kind in sharing more about her experiences with banding. Megan said, “[Banding] is a lot of work, but it is so worth it…even with all the length I have retained, when I wash and go my hair still shrinks into a little Afro.
The [Natural Beauty Spotlight] picture submitted … was banding, but a style I did after a week of wearing it down. I usually keep my hair twisted for a couple of days. The only con in banding (if this is one) is you will lose the curl pattern…so if you are looking to get a stretched Afro, this is not the look. It’s more like lengthening with braids/twist outs."
Megan also referred us to an awesome video blog by BlackOnyx77. Her two-part tutorial on banding is excellent. Check out the links below.
It has been six months without a relaxer and I still cannot believe I have made it this far. On several occasions I have convinced myself that it was “ok” to put the relaxer on my hair that is currently under my bathroom sink. Then it evolved into, “no, let me just get a texturizer to tame these kinky curls” – which currently sits on my nightstand. However, something inside just won’t let me go through with it.
My husband joked and said that he has yet to hear me mention my hair without saying mess in the same sentence. Mainly, “this hair is a hot mess!” And one thing I have learned through this process is that when my hair is a mess, I am not in my happy place. My saving grace has been finding a shampoo that does not tangle my hair (Tres Semme), allowing me to pull it back in this bun style that I have grown to love. I am slowly falling in love with my natural hair as it continues to reveal itself, and I get excited thinking about what it will look like when the transitioning process is over. This is what keeps me going.
In times like these…Can a sista just get a ponytail?!
Dear Diary (read: my natural community),
Thanks for letting me get out that scream of utter frustration. The past two months have been so full of “stuff” that honestly, my hair has been the last thing on my mind. My days have been so wrought with appointments, caretaking, seeking, searching, driving, and a zillion other things that my hair has been hidden under my favorite scarves and caps just about every day for the past two months or so. This would have been an ideal time to rock my itty bitty two strand twists, but I couldn’t even carve out the five to six hours it takes to put them in. So, I was left with slapping two ponytails into my deep-conditioned hair and leaving them there for weeks at a time.
Shameful! I know…
Now, I’ve always considered myself a sort of low-maintenance girly girl, so I’ve always loved ponytails of any sort, from puffs to buns to bouncy, cheerleader-type ponytails. I like nice hairstyles too, but they have to be easy. Quite frankly, natural hair may be beautiful, but easy it’s not! Ponytails are just so versatile, that they’re an easy, go-to style. That is, they were an easy style to go to until the hair on the sides of my head started to thin. The horror!
I know I’m not the only one who has fallen victim to traction alopecia, which is where hair falls out and fails to re-grow in certain areas due to prolonged pulling (as a result of too tight hairstyles…in my case micro braids!). In college, I wore braids more often than not, and each time, I was left with bald spots where the braids just fell out at the root. Fortunately, after I left the braids out for a while, the hair always grew back. Albeit, it was a bit thinner, but there nonetheless.
Fast forward 10 to 15 years to now…
I haven’t worn braids or a weave since last summer. Again, I was left with bald spots and to my dismay; my scalp is still shiny smooth in some spots along my edges! I just knew that it would grow back after a few months, especially since the rest of my hair seemed to be growing so quickly. I even tried some “magic” hair treatment that a stylist recommended. She told me that I’d see hair re-growth in four to eight weeks. That was about four months ago!! Still, I have this, (gasp) baldness! All I want to do is wear a ponytail. A loose one, because I have learned my lesson about pulling too hard! But, I can’t. I mean, I could, but I do not want to have a big, nice, fluffy ponytail that’s flanked by baldness on the sides. Ugh!
What’s a girl to do? I’ve researched serums and creams and other options and have come up with nada. It seems I may have to actually go to a dermatologist to seek treatment for this. I just can’t see myself living the rest of my life with my ponytails!
How can I be sure that a product is ALL Natural? I know that many products say that they are natural or organic, but they truly are not.
One way to ensure that a product is All Natural, is to a use a natural, unprocessed substance such as olive oil, coconut oil, unrefined shea butter. There are also many companies that truly do create all natural products, but to be sure read the ingredients. Avoid products that contain parabens, paraffin, petroleum jelly, mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, phthalates, propylene glycol, sulfates, and gluten.
The Roots Initiative: Renita’s Natural Hair Journey
When I was around five years old I received my first relaxer, unfortunately it didn’t work out and my mom had to cut off all my hair. Needless to say this was a very traumatic experience because you know kids can be very mean and a teeny weeny afro (twa) was not the “in thing” in elementary. But I owned it and eventually my hair grew back. So, many years and lots of hair damage later, I have decided to go back to those natural hair days when things were simpler or so I thought.
This journey to all natural hair is one I have embarked upon because my hair was in a holding pattern, meaning that after it gets to about shoulder length it starts to break off and stops growing. After I realized that many people have different ways to transition I really got excited about the process and decided that I should at least give my hair a shot at long healthy hair. And the more I researched the more I became comfortable with the process i.e. not big chopping but growing my perm out.
Therefore this is the beginning of this journey and I would love for you to come along for the ride. Below are pics of my hair at three months post relaxer. Just a good wash and flat iron is what you see, more pics will document my journey as I continue.
This process has not been easy but I hope it will be worth it in the end.
I have found that I’ve spent a lot of time talking and thinking about the decision to “go natural”. But, what about when you don’t choose to go natural? What happens when going natural chooses you?
In the past couple of weeks, I’ve had to think about this quite a bit. My mother, whose lung cancer had been in remission for nearly three years, found out that the cancer had returned…to her brain. Virtually without notice, she had to have brain surgery and thus rock a new, semi-bald ‘do. In the midst of it all, she made the statement, “I guess I have to go natural again.” Hearing her make the statement saddened me a bit, but it also made me thank God that I was able to choose to venture back to my roots. Thinking about my mom and many others who have been forced to cut off or lose their relaxed locs made me appreciate that I have been fortunate enough to make the choice and opportunity to appreciate my God-given natural hair on my own terms.
Marsha Hunt (born April 15, 1946) is an American singer, novelist, actress and model who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, and had chemotherapy but didn’t want to go through the process of watching her hair fall out.
There are so many women who are forced by chemotherapy, alopecia, or even just bad perms, to start from scratch. Most of them are terrified by the thought of what their natural hair will look like when it starts to grow back. What I’d like to tell them, in the words of FDR, they “have nothing to fear but fear itself.” Contrary to what we’ve been told for forever and a day, our beautifully textured hair is not a scary thing!
I guess it is up to me to remind my mom how beautiful her natural hair was when it returned after the first round of chemotherapy. I’ll take pleasure in reminding her how excited she was to see those first silky curls for probably the first time in 50 years. I’m going to make sure to tell my mom that it’s time to celebrate! We’re celebrating the arrival of what she’d forgotten that she loved…her beautiful natural hair!
Are you trying to get your dense, super-kinky, extra-curly coils to act right? If so, you’re probably like me & have tried all kinds of gels, pomades and mousses in the hair care aisles and beauty supply stores in attempts to get your hair to lay down or hold a twist the right way. Well, listen up…ECOSTYLER!
I can’t tell you the number of times that I’ve uttered this phrase. Seriously! At least once or twice a week since I made my 1st Big Chop (BC) on 7/13/2002…probably more like once or twice a day!
I was one of the misled who believed that wearing my hair in its natural state would be so much easier than having a relaxer. WRONG! I have had more hair woes sans relaxer than I ever did during a lifetime of chemicals. I’d wager that my experience is closer to the rule than it is to the exception.
In any case, I’ve combed the beauty supply stores, hair care aisles, boutiques & booths all over the place in a seemingly endless search for the magic potion that would make me never ask the aforementioned question again.
Unfortunately, Magic Potion # 9 continues to elude me, hiding somewhere in the hands & heads of people who seem to always have “good hair” days. So, I’ve had to make do and rely on my creative juices, hats and scarves to help me deal with those days when my hair just won’t act right.
I’ve come to appreciate styles like two-strand twists and pony-puffs, like you wouldn’t believe. Styles like these that are cute and functional, are lifesavers on hectic days, bad weather days, and days when my busy baby won’t allow me to spend an hour working on my hair!
I’m sure I’ll always ask the question, “Lord, what am I gonna do with this head?” especially since the hoarders of Magic Potion #9 are so stingy. However, as time passes and I learn more about what works for my hair, the frequency that I ask the question in exasperation, will continue to dwindle.
My natural hair transition was wrought with indecision.
Every other hair transition that I’d ever experienced was difficult and often painful (physically and emotionally). Therefore I knew this transition would be no different. Though the decision to “go natural” was easy - choosing a mode of transition was not.
Many of my friends decided to go through with The BIG CHOP. They all discussed how it was such a “freeing” experience. I too, wanted to experience that freedom, but I soon realized that I was shackled by my hair - not the perm, but the hair itself.
I was attached to the length, the style, and the fact that I knew how to work with these follicles, split ends and all. Therefore, I took another route to the natural world. Through braids, spiral sets, and two-strand twists, I slowly made steps forward, but I soon realized that natural hair and permed hair cannot coexist. They fight more than Democrats and Republicans. Though certain styles effectively mask the difference between the two textures, eventually, stress and growth will cause the hair to *snap* at the point of transition.
So, I began the process of several little chops. First, I trimmed the ends, removing a centimeter or two every week. Then, as I started to appreciate my own natural texture, I started to cut a little more. As my hair began to grow and found more diversity in styling, I started to simply cut away, inch by inch, permed strand by permed strand.
Finally, leaving a beautiful puff of natural hair. Healthy and strong.
Here are many excellent moisturizers out there. If you want to use products that are ALL natural (or minimally processed), we suggest shea butter (the best in our opinion), papaya oil, jojoba oil, and (of course) drinking lots of water. Coconut oil and olive oil are excellent for hot oil treatments. There are also many hair care lines that produce excellent moisturizers, just avoid products that contain mineral oil, petroleum jelly, or harmful ingredients such as parabens and paraffin waxes. These items can clog pores, prevent hair growth, and some studies have even shown that parabens can negatively affect hormone levels. Hope that you found this info helpful!
What are some helpful tips or awesome products for maintaining natural styles in wet, humid weather?
You may try Miss Jessie Curly Meringue or Curls Whipped Cream. I get the frizz puff too. I have started twisting mine and then when I untwist it, I don’t do it to much. By then end of the day, it has untwisted itself which makes it look really cute. I also find it depends on how big or small the twists are. ~Shayla
Some tried and true tips include: 1) conditioning your hair with all natural coconut oil (which can often be found on the aisle with vegetable oil at your local grocery store) 2) regular moisturizing with olive oil, jojoba oil, and/or shea …butter 3) co-washing (conditioner washing) regularly and avoiding shampoos that strip and harden hair 4) misting hair w/ a 1 part glycerin, 3 pt water mixture which will leave hair soft, but may also leave hair fuzzy 5) deep conditioning with an all natural conditioner or hot oil treatment 6) avoiding any type of blow drying or heat styling 7) staying hydrated - i.e. drink lots of water.
This a community developed for and by women (mostly, there are a few supportive brothers in the mix) who are interested in learning about all things related to our natural kinks, curls, coils & cottony goodness.
Our mission is to build a community where we educate, inspire, and learn from one another as we embrace, experience, rant, and rave about the natural beauty that is our hair. We have a bunch of contributors who will share everything from their hearts and heads; from the serious to silly. And not only will you hear our stories, struggles, testimonies, and tips, but we’ll be looking forward to hearing yours.
We welcome everyone who loves or is learning to love their hair. Remember that this journey that we’re on is life-long and well worth the struggle. We are naturally beautiful.