This video by Zina Saro-Wiwa made me shed a tear of joy. I know it’s a little sappy and extra of me to be so moved by it, but it really made me proud to the point of tears. In the video Zina talks about her 7 month journey to loving her natural hair after wearing extensions for a long time. Zina and the other “naturals” in the video are absolutely beautiful ! If I wasn’t already 17 years natural myself I would be getting a big chop tomorrow after seeing all the beauty on display here. Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂
This article was interesting to me because I have a couple of hair clients who have recently decided to let their salt & pepper hair shine and stop the coloring to cover it up. What do you all think about letting your gray hair shine no matter what age it comes in ?
Darlene Evans vividly remembers the day she noticed her first gray hair. She was in her 20s, juggling life as a single mom while trying to hold down a job, when she looked in the mirror and there it was: a shiny white hair.
Initially she decided to mask this new coming of age with regular visits to the salon. Then one day, six years ago, she ditched the dye and embraced her authentic salt-and-pepper locks.
“Women have been misled to believe that to be youthful looking they need to have a solid hair color, which doesn’t include gray,” says the 58-year-old, who lives in Houston. “Since I’ve gone gray I get many compliments from guys who love my hair.”
I cracked up laughing when I found this article because there are a lot of little natural hair codes that are a bit much to take in when you’re transitioning 🙂 I hope this article helps the natural newbies and long time naturals who want to know all the latest natural hair codes. If you have some that you don’t see in the article please leave a comment and share them 🙂
Are you a PJ who BC’d and loves a good WNG? There’s a lot of jargon thrown around on natural hair blogs and forums, and if you’re new to the conversation, it can be quite puzzling. Well, you can (TMN) thank me now because I’m about to help you decipher the word play, so you can get clear on what it all means for you.
A is for APL (Arm Pit Length) which refers to length. BSL (Bra Strap Length), CL (Collar Length), MBL (Mid Back Length) and WL (Waist Length) are all common descriptors.
B is for BC (Big Chop). This is the courageous act of chopping off your relaxed hair. Some opt to do the Big Chop with only an inch or so of new growth remaining on their heads leaving them with a TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro). Another option is the (LTT )Long Term Transition where you cut the relaxed hair out gradually. Either way, the first day you step out with your freedom hair (relaxer free) is a milestone moment. Relish it.
I’ve been hearing more and more about people washing their hair with non shampoo products. I’m not there yet, but I found this article about the movement. Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂
“Natural” has become a trendy word associated with beauty products. We all want to take care of our beauty with wholesome and natural ingredients. When it comes to our hair, natural hair care can be surprisingly easy. You can opt to clean and maintain their tresses with homemade hair care products.
For many, the idea of not washing you hair with shampoo might be a little weird and slightly disgusting as well. The homemade shampoo and conditioner movement, coincidentally, has a bit of a nasty-sounding name–the “No Poo” movement, short for “No Shampoo.” It’s gaining popularity as an underground beauty trend among many people fed up with the sulfates used in shampoos that strip our hair of beneficial oils. With constant washing, our scalp tries to compensate for the lost oil by producing more of it, and this leads to a cycle of constantly having to wash your hair with sulfate-heavy shampoos. No Poo-ing also has an eco-friendly aspect to it. With less hair washing, you’ll save water and plastic shampoo bottles from ending up in the landfills.
So, how do you wash your hair without shampoo and conditioner? Here are some of the best tips on how to start your own no poo regimen.
Natural black hair is not hard to manage. This myth prevents many black women from going natural. They think once they stop relaxing their hair, they will be left with kinky matted hair.
Black women have been conditioned to believe, that their natural hair is unattractive and impossible to manage. Relaxer companies feed this lie, to sell their products. Relaxers are very damaging to the hair and scalp. not only are they unhealthy for your hair, but they can have unhealthy effects on one’s self image.
Most black women relax their hair because they have been taught from a young age that black hair is ugly and needs to be fixed. The decision to chemically straighten one’s hair, is likely about being socially acceptable. It’s more than just a hairstyle choice, for most black women.
I was irritated along with everyone else when I heard Wendy put Viola down for wearing her natural hair to The Oscars. But then I had to remind myself that this is a woman who has her own show yet doesn’t have enough self esteem or self respect to wear her hair natural on her own program. So of course she doesn’t get how beautiful natural hair is. This is a woman who brags about the two tons of wig that she puts on everyday as if it’s something to be proud of. The idea that natural hair is not “professional” or “red carpet worthy” is moronic. Viola was a Natural Goddess on the red carpet last Sunday and should be respected for the bold step forward that she took.
Wendy doesn’t have guts enough to get rid of the wigs and embrace her own natural hair so really her opinion on it doesn’t matter. I’m well aware that she has a thyroid issue and has thin hair, but that should give her even more motivation to get rid of the relaxer and wigs and give what hair she has a chance to be healthy. Even Oprah embraced her natural hair for a whole season on her show before she refried it with relaxer in her last season on air. Granted, she had it flat ironed or blow dried out, but she still went natural. So since you want to be Oprah so bad Wendy, you should follow her lead and go natural for a season before you talk smack about other folks hair.
Stick to your usual non factual celeb gossip Wendy and leave the natural hair comments alone until you have enough sense to wear your own hair natural.
Viola Davis looks amazing tonight at the Oscar Awards 2012 ! She shocked everyone when she stepped out looking royal with her emerald green gown and fire orange afro. Viola you always look beautiful in your different wigs, but tonight you were stunning ! Keep rocking your natural hair sis 🙂 Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
Being that our skin is the largest organ on our bodies it make sense that putting something as harmful as a relaxer on your scalp would cause internal damage to your body as well. There have been many studies over the years speaking on the damage that relaxer do to your hair but this one is especially scary. Is looking “cute” really worth risking your life ?! If you’re already natural good for you, but if you read this and currently have a relaxer I would stop putting that in your scalp right away. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
A new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology has linked hair relaxers to uterine fibroids, as well as early puberty in young girls.
Scientists followed more than 23,000 pre-menopausal Black American women from 1997 to 2009 and found that the two- to three-times higher rate of fibroids among black women may be linked to chemical exposure through scalp lesions and burns resulting from relaxers.
Women who got their first menstrual period before the age of 10 were also more likely to have uterine fibroids, and early menstruation may result from hair products black girls are using, according to a separate study published in the Annals of Epidemiology last summer.
It was so good to see natural hair represented on the red carpet this year ! True there was some weave mixed in, but at least it was natural esq weave lol. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.