Are you a girlie that uses relaxers?
I believe that the majority of us can live without relaxers. Although relaxers make our hair flow straight and pretty, that is only what it gives to the outside appearance. So lets go more in depth about what a relaxer technically does to the hair!
What is a hair relaxer, and what does a hair relaxer specifically do to the hair strand? (more…)
Where do I begin? Who possessed my mother into putting classic Alkaline and Ammonium Thioglycolate, also known as, perm onto my 3c/4b coily curls?
When I was younger, my hair was shaped into a Jackson 5 Afro but was always in two pigtails styled in twists or the good old fashioned hot comb straightened hair with grease sizzled edges. I used to be a dancer so my mother had to figure out a way to make my hair more manageable and easy to detangle.
When I was around the age of 6-7, my mother took me to a hair salon where they gave me my first perm and boy oh boy, did it burn. The pain of the perm made me want to shed more than a few tears. Prior to getting this perm, I would constantly scratch my scalp which will create scars on the scalp and extreme burning sensations. As I’m typing this blog, I’m sort of envisioning the pain I felt back then. (more…)
As a black girl going through the whirlwind of emotions when starting your natural hair journey, our first question we ask ourselves is, “What products should I try for my curls?” or “Will this product work for my texture?” We go from Cantu to Creme of Nature to Curls, Miss Jessie’s and many more to achieve those beautiful braid-outs and trendy twist outs but to complete this look we need the one essential product that every curly girl should have: a to-die-for edge control. (more…)
Wash Day, we all have to do it but seriously does it have to consume our day? We wash, finger detangle, rinse, condition, comb through, rinse, and finally apply product. Sound familiar?
Whether you pre-poo or dive right into washing your hair; or you have short hair or long hair. Wash day can literally take over your entire day, so clear your plans and get ready to spend some one-on-one time with your curls! Most routines are pretty standard and easy but remain time consiming. Here we want to talk about how to simplify your routine so you can get back to loving your natural hair.
First step-Shampoo: We want to start off with the right shampoo for your hair. This can often be a struggle because there are so many great shampoos for natural hair. Some shampoos have sulfates and some do not, it is all about your personal preference and what you want to put in your hair. So to help in the process of picking shampoos here are a couple popular shampoos for curly natural hair:
- Carol’s Daughter Monoi oil shampoo
- Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deep Moisture Shampoo
- Kinky Curly Come Clean shampoo
Often times after washing your hair, your hair seems a little dry so to get some moisture back into your hair lets add some conditioner.
Second step- Condition: Conditioner should be a curly girl’s BEST friend. You can never have too much conditioner! whether your are using it as a leave in, co-wash, or as a follow up to your shampoo; conditioner is a hair saver. So enough about how great conditioner is – lets get to some facts…
Conditioner softens and smooths your hair to make it easier to comb and detangle while keeping those gorgeous strands intact and not allowing breakage which prevents or lessens damage.
Moisture, Moisture, Moisture! Moisture is what your hair needs to keep it healthy and that is exactly what conditioner does; keeps the strands and ends moisturized.
The best part of all, conditioner leaves your hair shinny and silky unlike clarifying shampoo. Now through trial and error you can decide what conditioner works best for you but here are a couple favorites:
- Jane Carter Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner
- Shea Moisture Raw Shea butter restorative Conditioner
- Aussie Moist Conditioner
- TRESemme’ Naturals moisturizing conditioner
The fun part begins, adding product. This is where even more trial and error comes into play (notice a theme? lol). It’s time to add your leave-in.
Third step- Leave- in conditioner: I know we just talked about how great conditioner was so what is the difference? Conditioner is to add moisture into the hair after it has been stripped by the use of shampoo. You also wash (most) conditioners out of your hair after using. Leave- in conditioner is a leave in, there is no rinsing involved. Leave-in can also be used as a styling product. With leave-in conditioner it is there to keep and lock in the moisture and to prevent the breakage from everyday styling.
There is no such thing as too much moisture so use all the leave- in you want! Just to give some suggestions, here are some great leave- ins:
- Kinky Curly Knot today
- Cantu Shea butter leave-in conditioning cream
- Camille Rose Curl Love Moisture milk
- Miss Jessie’s Leave In Condish
A lot has been said about how amazing and wonderful conditioner is but now lets talk about the tools you need to detangle and get all kinks and knots out.
Essential tools: All the talk has been about which products to use in your hair. These tools will help your curls bounce and make it easier to style and protect your hair. Here are some things that maybe useful to you on wash day:
- Wide tooth comb
- Denman brush
- Satin pillowcase or cap
Want to know what products Solange uses and styles her hair? In this great interview with Garance Dore we learn about Solange’s hair care regimen.
The Curly Chronicles will continue. Stay tuned!