This article is full of great tips for taking care of natural hair. Especially during these winter months when hair tends to be dryer thanks to the cold air.
Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs
Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com
How to Maintain Natural Black Hair
For a woman of color, choosing to keep her hair natural is an extremely personal decision. She may do it for any number of reasons, including religious beliefs and deep-rooted convictions, political reasons or simply a preference for natural look. Either way, a head of shiny, luscious, natural hair is a luxury, but not exactly effortless to maintain. Finding the proper hair care routine can be tricky, but some basic guidelines are adaptable to every natural black hair care routine.
Wash hair once a week only. Too much washing will dry it out. Use alcohol-free shampoos to prevent hair from becoming brittle and prone to breakage.
Apply conditioner on hair following each shampoo. Conditioners add moisture to hair and moisture is essential to maintaining healthy looking, natural hair.
My Name is Trista Laborn and Ive been natural for about 2yrs. I have beautiful locs that I love! I decided to go natural and grow locs when a friend of mine from church had locs and she would do pretty loc hair styles in her hair and thought I could do styles like that to my hair and look fierece! So I did the research and asked different women that had locs, some were like: “Well, you should talk with your husband abou that.” , “you know that so and so had their locs in for 8yrs” “Are you sure this is something you want to do?” and things like that, that really pushed me to WANT to do it, because not alot of people know how locs will look on you but you and maybe someone that REALLY knows you. My husband wanted me to leave it and not cut it. But I was the one that saw the vision! So I began the process of getting locs, I cut it and started coils in my hair.
In the beginning it wasn’t bad at all but the middle stages of my hair actually locing took about 1-1/2yrs. It was hard to continue! Their were days where I wanted to quit. On top of that there was a time where I got my hair freshly done and I was playing in my hair and I was “trimming” my hair. when after I was done, I actually cut some of the buds that were growing, that was another stage in it self. I began to wear a scaf in my hair all the time, I didn;t want to, but because i cut my hair uneven, I felt I had to, but I pushed through believing that it will all work out! Eventually I worked at it and now I can where my hair down with confidence! Through this journey I came up with this saying:
“Staying true to being yourself, inspiring and encouraging others to want to look their greatest in being their natural best!! I do that everyday by being natural, keeping my head held high when others are permed and weaved out, I stand out with my unique natural best!!!” 😀
And they, (Trista and her locs) Lived Happily Ever After and After and After….
P.S. I will be sending more pictures of my Big Chop and transitions!
I feel a way about “becky” doing the interviews, but I’m really glad this story was done to shed light on what really goes down at some of those african hair braiding salons. Leave a comment and let me know what you think after watching the video. Peace
I gotta give this woman props for putting up with hair this long. 19 FEET LONG ! No way I could deal with that. I don’t like sitting on my locs hence why I keep them about waist length. Plus, as you’ll see in the video, having locs too long can cause thinning and damage at the scalp, especially around the edges. And you’ll also notice that her nails are so long that she can’t scrub her scalp when she washes her hair. Enojy the video and leave a comment to let me know what you think. Peace 🙂
This is an interesting video clip of a news report on black women going natural. In the video the actual reporter goes natural herself which great. The little girl was so sweet she almost made me cry. I’m happy she’s enjoying her natural hair now. Especially since her mom went natural. I think if more mothers went natural their daughters would feel more secure in wearing their hair natural. Overall it’s a good report. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Peace 🙂
This is a pretty good article on african american hair care. Even the relaxed hair part (which ya’ll know I’m not for 🙂 ) gives good tips on how to counter the damage from perming. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Peace 🙂
Although most African Americans are born with naturally curly hair, the shape of the curls and the thickness of the individual hair strands can vary wildly from person to person. African American women also often have their hair straightened using a chemical relaxer, creating another variation in texture. Recognizing this variability and taking the time to understand where your hair falls along the spectrum is the best way to determine which hair care tips will work best for the proper care of your hair.
This is a good short video on what Locs are. I’m not feeling the blond hair on the stylist, but they are a good set of loc extensions. Also notice that she is using the 2 Strand Twist method to start the locs on her client. That is one of the various Loc starting methods that I mentioned to you all before in my article Black Hair Care – How do I start my Locs/Locks ?
Leave a comment and let me know what you think of the video. Peace 🙂
OMG ! Shout out to my girl Boogie for posting this on facebook earlier 🙂 I LOVE this video ! I cried a happy tear by the end 🙂 LOL Mothers please show this to your children if you haven’t already. I wish they had this on Sesame Street when I was little. But I’m glad they have it now so young black girls can have a new anthem celebrating their natural hair !
A lot of people want the look of locs without actually having to loc their hair. A great way to accomplish this look is by twisting/2 strand twisting your hair. Another great thing about the 2 strand twist is that, when you take them out you can wear your hair in a crinkled or spiraled style until you are ready to wash the style out completely.
Many locticians like myself know how to to this temporary style for you, but if you prefer a DIY (do it yourself) method, the article below gives some really good instructions on how to do so. I don’t like how they refer to hair locking as a “threat” and I would avoid using the gel the they suggest and use a moisturizing hair butter instead. But overall a good article. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Peace 🙂
Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs
Nyesha Samuel, Master Loctician/Publisher for healthylocsblog.com
How to Twist Your Natural Hair Without it Locking
In an effort to avoid the damaging effects caused by chemicals in the hair, natural hair styles are becoming increasingly popular among women of color. More and more women are discovering the versatility and beauty in wearing styles that maximize the natural texture of African American hair. One of the more popular styles that is easily achieved is the two-strand twist.
Twisting your hair is an attractive look that can be casual, dressy or professional. A concern for women wearing temporary twists, however, is that they will inadvertently start the locking process. Learning how to twist your hair and properly remove them is all you really need to know to successfully pull off the style and avoid locking.
Even though summer is almost over, this is a really good article about how take care of your hair when you live in hot weather. They cover all hair types in this article. The article also covers how to pick the right products for African American hair vs Caucasian Hair. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Peac 🙂
(BlackDoctor.org) — Thank goodness the weather is heating up. With this most welcome change, women of color may need to re-evaluate their hair care routines to make sure their hairstyles don’t poof or wilt. Highly textured hair has a natural tendency to be dry, it’s important to adhere to a moisturizing regimen during the hottest months of the year so that heat and humidity won’t wreck your hair. By following a few basic tips this spring and summer, your hair will look fantastic, and stay healthy, all season long.
Wavy – Curly or Relaxed
1. Instead of trying to achieve bone-straight hairstyles, which probably won’t hold up to the heat and humidity, let your hair’s natural tendency to curl take over. In other words, go with the flow. If you have a texturizer or your hair is naturally curly, this will be easy. Simply shampoo, condition and apply the curl-enhancing products of your choice to damp hair. This should be alcohol-free gels, pomades or creams. Allow your hair to dry naturally, or use a diffuser dryer on low heat. Once your curls set in a defined pattern, don’t comb or touch them again, to prevent frizzing.