Curly-Hair’d Girls, #LoveYourHair

When I took on the responsibility of combing and styling my hair at a young age, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Over the years, my hair has transformed many times. In high school, I wore it straight or in prison braids. During my first year of college, I cut and highlighted it; college helped me gain the confidence to let my hair loose – literally. However, I wasn’t educated on which products would help my curly hair retain moisture and create curl definition. I remember being loyal to the Garnier Fructis Leave-In Conditioner I got from Rite Aid across the street from campus thinking that it made a difference when in reality all it did was dry out my hair.

Finding great products for your hair is never easy and it takes a while to build brand loyalty; you can’t tell how well a product works in two weeks. (I’m guilty of feening for quick results as much as you are.) Also, it’s good to be honest with yourself – does the product do what it promised to do? The hair products I use come from trustworthy recommendations, trial and error and a lot of patience.

The inspiration for this post came from Dove recently launching their #LoveYourHair campaign “designed to celebrate all the wonderful, real-life stories of women who choose to quiet these outside pressures and wear their hair the way they themselves feel most beautiful and confident.” (Adweek) After you, as Drake puts it, “own that shit”, the next step is figuring out which products help maintain what you own. The below products help me love my hair. You’ll see that I use conditioners for days – my dry hair needs every last bit!

Wash: Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Sulfate-Free Shampoo 

Cowash: As I Am Coconut Cowash

Conditioner (Wash Out): Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Hair Masque

Conditioner (Leave In): Kinky Curly Leave In 

Conditioner (All Day/Overnight Before Wash): Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Serum (Whenever, Whatever): OGX Coconut Milk

Style: Kinky Curly Custard

Gel: As I Am Smoothing Gel (Work in progress. Still figuring out if I’m committed, but so far it does the job.)

I’m curious to know which products help you #LoveYourHair. 🙂

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Do White Men Really Like the “Au Naturale” Look More Than Black Men?

I follow the group Natural Hair on Facebook. Being a black woman who is constantly looking for the right hair products and cute hair styles, it’s nice to have a place where women are sharing tips/stories daily on hair – natural hair. The only “chemical” that has touched my hair is that from putting highlights in:

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I may discontinue to do this because it has contributed to my severely dry hair, which is…not cute and annoying to deal with. Although, not everyone who chemically treat their hair has dry hair. Some people know how to keep up with it. I don’t.

Ok, enough about me. So yes, one woman posted this on the Natural Hair facebook page:

“….Ever since i went natural more white men hit on me than black men…anyone else experience that lol” – Christine A.

I thought that was interesting. Per all of the comments on this post – many, many women who have gone natural HAVE experienced this! I have to admit, I am shocked. Not that less black men hit on these women, but that more white men do. Some black men, in my opinion, are very judgmental towards black women and their hair. Hmm…I guess white men love the “afrocentrism” that natural hair represents. Questions that come to mind: is this just a preference thing, or something to really analyze?

Please, share any thoughts you may have on this! 🙂 Thanks for reading.