Wednesday, December 21, 2011
In my beginning journey I was faithful to this practice. I did it at least once a week; Ironically now that I have more hair I do it about twice a month. But the way I do it has definitely changed. I think changes come and are inevitable when you have more hair. You have to change things to perform according to how much hair you have.
When I didn't have as much hair I would just slather a deep conditioner of my choice, (after a good wash), and then sit under a heating cap for about 30 minutes to an hour.
Now I deep condition BEFORE I wash. Now that I'm wearing my hair stretched out about 98% of the time I found that doing this is a lot better for detangeling purposes. I seem to lose less hair and it's just easier all the way round. Here how I DC:
1. I get a small bottle and fill it with warm water and my oil of choice. It is important that the water is really warm so that when you spray it on your dry hair it opens that cuticle to receive the conditioner.
2. I section my hair into about 4-6 sections and spray my hair with the solution. I don't make it sopping wet, but good and damp.
3. I then use a large comb with wide teeth or a shower comb to detangle my hair. After the solution my hair has excellent slip and is easy to detangle. I make sure that I detangle from the bottom up and do this until I can comb through it.
4. Next I apply my fav. Deep conditioner of choice. Now depending on the conditioner will dictate whether you should use heat or not. Read the manufacturers instruction and make sure that you follow them. If no heat is required, than really... no heat is required. You will reap the same benefits whether you apply heat or no heat.
5. After I apply it to the section I twist that section and do this through out the entire head. When I am finished I have about 4 to 6 large twists well covered in the deep conditioner.
6. Then I apply a plastic bag to my head. If it requires heat than I sit under my heat cap for about 15 to 30 minutes. If it doesn't I still put the plastic bag on my head and leave it on for at least 10 minutes.
7. After the amount of time I take down the twist rinse, shampoo or co-wash, and then apply a regular conditioner, finger detangle, and begin my normal styling routine.
I have found this method to be pretty simple and I only use the comb just once and that is pretty awesome! I do of course use it again depending on the style I choose to do, but my hair has already been detangeled so it's not hard at all.
Maybe you should try it and see if it works for you. Let me know how you Deep Condition???
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Looking back, I have not always been on #Teamnatural. The transition didn't come immediately... even after I big chopped the second time. My mind had to make a transition.
I remember being 19 working at my first big job and this lady, her name was Angie had decided to let go of her Relaxer.
I remember her walking around there tall and proud with her little afro and I used to frown up at her. I would whisper to others, "Why wont she get a perm?" I just didn't get it.... but about 16 years later I did.
I have often ran across articles and women who are worried about their men not loving or even slightly liking their new look. Society has brainwashed us to love the eurocentric approach, and since I've entered into the Beauty field I find that it's not just Afro Americans, it's every color of the rainbow that's a curly girl or boy.
You don't know how many little girls that were not black, sat in my chair with their beautiful curly locks and made sure they expressed their disdain for their hair. What do you say to that? I try to encourage them but I'm fighting against modern day society. My usual response is, " You won't appreciate your curls until your older..." I usually get a crazy look like.. "Whatever lady... just make me straight and EuroBeautiful!" LOL
But can you fault them. Now when we hear someone not as accepting of their own hair that grows from their scalp we act as if we are appauld.... or we feel sorry for them. But I remember not so long ago I was there. In that aweful place.
Now there is nothing you can tell me about natural hair. The Kinkier the better. The curlier the more beautiful.
I love natural hair, point. blank, period.
It reflects in the way I walk, dress and talk. I have made people believers and even men telling their women to let that relaxer go. I have even had a few guys ask me, "Do you mind talking to my girl about natural hair..." That's really a blessing!
It has to start with the mind though. Even when I first cut my hair I remember being a little unsure until I really got my feet wet. As a matter a fact, right after my big chop and letting it go free for a day, I ran back and put my wig back on the next day. When I look back on it and if I knew now what I knew then I would have NEVER done that!
But we live and we learn.
We like then we love
We love then we accept...