This is the story of my lovely daughter’s hair growth journey, we are going to see if we can get her an extra 6′-10′ inches in growth from now through the summer. This is before the washing and conditioning of her hair. I wash Kayla’s hair once every three weeks, because her hair is so coarse and it dries very quickly I don’t wash her hair that much.
The pictures below are some of the products that I use to wash and condition her hair. I do not like using products that have sulfates or parabens in them because they stop the moisture from getting into the hair shaft.
The products I used to cleanse the hair is the Aunt Jackie’s “O So Clean Moisturizing Shampoo”, let me tell you this makes the hair so, so soft almost feels like you don’t need a conditioner ALMOST. The next product that I used to condition the hair is Palmer’s Olive Oil ; can I say that I LOVE this product! It works wonders on the hair. I try not to use a lot of product in her hair. It weighs the hair down and causes a build up which will make me have to wash her hair more “NO Thank You”.
Alright, now that I have finished washing and conditioning the hair, it’s time to add in the leave in conditioner. Makayla has thick hair that inhales oil. Adding an extra conditioning agent helps seal in moisture so that the hair does not become dry and brittle.
Now this stuff right here!!!! OMG. This is a wonderful combination, let’s start with the top picture. Virgin Hair Fertilizer, this little tube of wonderfulness comes all the way from Nigeria. YES!!! I said Nigeria. They use this on their edges to grow them but it can be used on the scalp as well to promote hair growth. Now, the smell is intense, it has a minty, tar smell so please only use a dime size to rub on the temples.
The next picture is more Virgin Hair Fertilizer, but this is a creme. Again, amazing; this is my little heaven in a jar. This is a conditioning treatment that is used to not only promote hair growth, it also stops breaking and shedding hair in 2 weeks. Now I am sure you are saying “Yea right” on stopping breakage but it actually does. I have been using it for 4 weeks and it has stopped the shedding immensely in Makayla’s hair.
I used my Denman brush to detangle the hair after I applied the conditioning treatment. I didn’t do an elaborate style for the week because she is homeschooled and attends gymnastics. The finished product is below.
As you all know from reading my blog I am coming up on my one year. GO ME!. It is a milestone that I can truly say I am happy about. But I am still trying to determine my natural hair type. SO I took to the internet to try to educate myself on my hair type . Now the task was no way easy but I think that I have come to the conclusion that I am 4C. Now some people maybe saying what is 4C hair and that just simply means that your hair is dense, course, and spongy and it soaks in oils and water making the hair extra dry. For this kind of hair you need to find a good conditioner and shampoo something free of sulfate and harsh chemicals, as these will only add to the dryness of the hair making it appear dull and cause an extreme amount of damage. I am in no way an expert on this but I have done a lot of research to support my ideology that I have about my hair. When the hair is moistened and cleansed really well there is little to no breakage. I will continue to post about different hair types as I continue my quest in natural hair.
When it comes t o caring for natural hair it can be a daunting task. I will not disagree that caring for natural hair is difficult but; the good thing about it is it does not have to be. With proper steps and direction it really does not have to be. Because the hair is natural meaning chemically untreated. Some will say that it is easier to care for hair that is chemically treated than it is for natural hair. But when you think about it, it really is the same. The difference is the hair is natural and it needs a little extra care. That means time and dedication to the caring of your hair. You need to keep your hair moisturized at all times, the hair needs nutrients in order to be healthy. Find a good product will meet the needs of your hair. I would recommend something that is free from chemicals and sulfates which are bad for natural hair. Make sure to condition the hair on a regular basis so that there is no unneccessray breakage to the hair. Only you know your hair and what will work and what won’t work on your hair. DO NOT give up if it does not work the first time keep trying.. HAPPY HAIR JOURNEY
The topic of little kids and chemically processed hair is by far a rough topic. Back in the day we relied on hot combs to straighten the hair of our daughters,nieces, grand daughters or customers. We couldn’t seem to let the girls be beautiful just the way they were, there is this ideal notion that we have to let children young as 7yrs old be ashamed of their ”Natural Beauty”. This same story is still continuing today. The story has taken a vastly different change from the hot combs that went on the stove in the kitchen on Sunday morning, to the ever so convenient purchase of the relaxer. The need for these products have become a very big business, and it is growing rapidly and we are adding to this devastating dilemma that is destroying our younger generations self-esteem and their love of self.
I recently did a paper on Natural Hair and the effect it is having on my culture. It really affirmed all of the ideas and thoughts I had growing up. My main goal for writing this paper was to give others another way of thinking,also the things that we can do from this point on to change our thoughts; and also feelings towards natural hair. click here
For some time I have depended on Chemicals to straighten my hair. I became co-dependent on the creamy crack to make me look beautiful. Within the African-American culture it was not pretty to be dark-skinned with kinky or nappy hair; you were considered ugly. Like many young girls I went through this pain as a child into teenage years. Once I turned 18. I made the choice to continue to use relaxers in my hair because that was all I knew. It was difficult to have healthy hair and keep it straight at the same time. After years of substantial hair lose, burnt scalps, and dull dry hair; I made the final choice to go natural in June of 2010. Since I have started this journey that I am on I have taken a new approach to the things that I do concerning my hair. I no longer look at other women with the rose-colored glasses on.
Embracing who I am has become a long and dedicated road that I traveling. I am currently working on my business degree at Tennessee State University. One day I look forward to having my business based in “Natural Hair Care”. This is really steered towards bringing awareness to the things that we will do to ourself in order to be accepted. I also want to stop the trend that we are setting for our future generation of woman, there is no need to continue a destructive trend with unhealthy habits. I just happen to come across this link in which Dr.Oz Does a show on the dangers of relaxers and straighteners if you click the link you will be shocked dangers-hair-straighteners-pt-2. Now when you think about how long we have actually been putting these harsh chemicals in our bodies, it should make you wonder about the illness these things could cause. When I look at videos like this it makes my skin crawl. We have carried on this tradition of putting unhealthy chemicals in our systems without knowing the full extent of what we are using.
Some people will look at this blog as a phase! but this is real life and the things that happen within the lives of women and little girls of color. When we start to love ourselves for the individuals we are, we will have a better way of teaching future generations to come.