The right protective styles are a must to help your natural hair grow long and strong. Below is an article that gives you some options on the right style for you. Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂
Have you gotten so comfortable with your hair that you no longer explore and experiment with new hairstyles?
Water challenges, which are real by the way, got you frustrated with the look and feel of your hair. Probably!
You’ve spent years nurturing your beautiful black hair, having your locs done without fail every two weeks, especially in the beginning phase. And now that you’ve gotten that long awaited ponytail that you can swing from side to side whenever you want too, your creativity has been lulled to sleep.
Sound familiar? What happened to those sweet up dos, beautiful chignons, that cute French roll or side sweep? I’m just saying, there might have been a time when you put more energy into styling your natural tresses and expressing yourself through your hairstyles.
The debate over Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas’ hair shouldn’t come as a surprise. The controversy surrounding her ’do, which some African-Americans thought was poorly-styled, speaks to how passionate the topic and imagery of black hair has historically been within the culture.
The debate over Douglas’ ponytail certainly got more ink because of the Olympics, but at the same time, social media sites were debating Oprah Winfrey’s decision to wear a natural hairstyle on the September cover of her magazine, O.
In Rochester and across the country, more African-American women — including powerhouses such as Xerox CEO Ursula Burns — have embraced “au naturale” hairstyles, abandoning more popular relaxed styles.
Once seen as an anti-assimilation declaration, “going natural,” or no longer chemically straightening one’s hair, is coming full circle as a less radical and increasingly popular trend among African-American women, who are embracing their naturally “kinky” or “tightly-curled” manes instead.
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 can’t wait to see the full version of this documentary when it is released. It looks like it’s going to be very informative from every angle of hair care. Leave a comment and let me know what you think of the trailer 🙂
Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs
Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com
Night time hair care is just as important as all other hair care, if not more. Not properly caring for your hair at night can compromise or defeat the purpose of all the other good hair care you give to yourself each day.
First, consider your current night time hair care regimen and compare that to your daily care. What do you do that is different? Sometimes we can take so much time and care in the primping portion of hair care that we omit some of the important things like wrapping the hair at night. If you are not a scarf wearer, you can opt for a satin bonnet, ‘do rag’, or satin pillow case.
Loose curls & Afros. If you are wearing an afro or loose natural style, even if you just tie it up at night, it may turn out very smooshed in the morning. What you can do to prevent this from happening is to section the hair, (no definition needed) and plait the hair in large plaits. This keeps the hair stretched and also makes it easier to sleep on-not worrying about actually smashing your fro. When you wake up in the morning, you can unfurl the plaits and pick your fro in place. You should have volume and manageable tresses.
Flip through magazines and TV channels this month, and you’ll see coily, kinky and curly natural hair models in ads from Banana Republic to Gain detergent, from Home Goods to Kmart.
“Natural hair has been a movement for several years. What we’re seeing now is a confirmation that this is a lifestyle that is very important to a lot of women,” says Cyntelia Abrams, marketing coordinator for Design Essentials, an Atlanta-based hair-care company that commissioned a 2010 study on the popularity of natural hair.
The number of black women who say they do not use products to chemically relax or straighten their hair jumped to 36% in 2011, up from 26% in 2010, according to a report by Mintel, a consumer spending and market research firm. Sales of relaxer kits dropped by 17% between 2006 and 2011, according to Mintel.
Black hair is more prone to dryness and breakage because of how the strands are structured. The difference between Black hair and other hair types is that the strands can have twice as many outer layers or cuticles. The scalp’s natural oil secretions have a hard time reaching all the way to the end of their hair because of the coil patter of Black Hair. To help with this issue you should massage your scalp with a good natural oil every 3-4 days and work the oil all the way down to the tips of your hair to help protect it.
Since the products you use can help or harm your hair, invest wisely in the products you use and only choose those that are hydrating and gentle. Buy a shampoo and conditioner that has moisturizing ingredients such as wheat germ, jojoba oil and coconut oil.
The correct amount of shampoo and conditioner will help get the best hair possible. Over shampooing and under conditioning will cause damaged and brittle hair. Shampoo no more than once per week, and condition or moisturize every 3-4 days. Make sure you rinse your hair thoroughly so you won’t have product build up in your hair or scalp.
Stay away from synthetic oils. Be very picky about what types of products you use on your precious hair. Synthetic oils, like petroleum and mineral oil are known to dehydrate hair.