Beauty Raves: Natural Hair
I have always had insanely curly hair. Growing up I braided, battled, and finally just straightened it. The products made for us curly girls were few and far between and all my poor white mother had in her arsenal was a Costco-sized bottle of Humectress. God bless it.
I have been asked a lot lately to share what products and processes I use for my hair, so above you’ll find my favorites! Though definitely a curly girl regimen, all hair types could use a little TLC.
Though the journey of how and why I decided to go natural could fill several tumblr posts (self-worth, internalized racism, the standards of the beauty industry, time spent straightening, physical health, humility, community, femininity) the main reason I joined the ranks of natural sisters was that my hair was just NOT HEALTHY. My ends kept breaking. My natural curl pattern had been so damaged by heat styling that it was almost non-existant. I couldn’t wear it curly if I wanted to, and that made me pretty sad.
So like the crazy perfectionist that I am, I spent the next few months learning a lot about the needs of curly hair and the science behind healthy hair period. I cut half of it off, and nourished what was left by the book. No heat. Many YouTube tutorials. All nautral products—an area in which there had been more than a few developments since I was a tiny poof.
It took a lot of trial and error (mostly error), but I can say that each of the products above is non-negotiable. Like many naturals, wash day is a series of serums and steps. But unless you’re blind, you can see that my curls are back in full force! I feel like me. Probably better, since I don’t think my hair ever got as much moisture as it really needed. I have silky corkscrews I don’t remember having since I was four, and I’ve grown almost 7 inches over 9 months (when straight, it’s shoulder length).
Though the mental work of self-love is an imperfect process, as I look at the picture above I can firmly say that I love my curls. I hope you love your tresses too, and see if any of these items have a place in your regimen.