For the Natural Curlycake who wears her hair straight….have I got news for you! White Hair Stylists are cheaper and better!!! I recently went on this venture of maybe, possibly, thinking about straightening my hair….(right, that what I said), so on my venture I discovered that black women Assume that white women cannot straighten their natural hair! My mom and I went into a well known upscale hair salon, in Beachwood Place, Ohio to look for some products I could use to protect my hair as I blew it straight. Much to my surprise most of the women sitting in the chairs were black! And they were getting their natural hair shampooed, blow dried and flat ironed straight by white hair stylists!! I thought to myself “Word”…and they looked great!! I really went nuts when I found out they only charged $23 buck for a wash and blow dry!!!! This is insane, if I were to go to a black hair salon I would pay $55 on the low end $75 to $80 on the high end…sheer robbery!!! Cleveland, Ohio..listen to me when I tell you. Check out some other options!
So that’s not the end of my story…. My mom goes over to the counter (as if her eye witness wasn’t good enough) and she asks, “Do you all do natural hair”? The stylists looks at her and says, “What’s Natural hair?” then politely says, “Ma’m you mean curly hair? Yes we do all hair types,” she said with a smile. Women of other races don’t consider our hair “Natural” it’s just really curly to them! And trust me, white women are the queens of turning curly hair straight, because majority of them have curly hair!! We are the ones locking our hair in some type of weird box…. Check it out for yourself! I wouldn’t lie!
*disclaimer-this is only for the flat ironing curlycake-wouldn’t recommend for locs or twistouts..lol*
We all know them; those ladies who have transitioned for weeks, months and some even wait years before doing their Big Chop..I think it’s great if you ask me, but when does transitioning become a damaging process? You’re holding on to the past trying to get to the future, but your stuck at this point of no return, where there is little to no perm left, all the while you could be causing damage to your natural hair? How do you know when enough is enough? I wasn’t a long transitioner, I went about 5 months. I was so ready to see my hair, to feel the most freeing feeling in the world, (next to salvation) I was a black woman with no relaxer. Whew…(wipes forehead).
So I think it’s a mental hurdle all us curlycakes have to get over. Cut it out! Become the woman you were are striving to be…comfortable in your own skin. And trust me..that little bit of length that your afraid of losing, will grow right back.
To all my curlycakes out there! I’m Baaacckkk!! And I missed you guys so much! I was wearing my hair in a protective style (sew-in) so I haven’t been able to update you all on hairstyles and natural products! My plan was to wear the sew-in for the winter and report back to you all on my hair growth but I decided I missed my hair too much so I’ll just report what I’ve grown from August 25th-September 24th- 1inch of growth! Major growth for just one month, I’m happy to say!
When I first went natural I couldn’t figure out what my hair type was! What was the big deal? Did it really matter? Was it that essential for me to have this information? Black hair is black hair, right? Wrong. Through my product junkie trial and error phase, buying product after product finding nothing that worked, I realized-knowing my hair type does matter!! I discovered that I was a 4b with 3c and 4a sections. I learned how much my hair loves moisture! And my shrinkage is like 3 times as much as the normal curlycake. You live and you learn right! Here are a few of my favorite hair products:
design Essentials: Curly Cream Gel, Curl strecthing Cream (styling, daily moisture)
Shea Butter, Olive Oil ( sealing my ends, scalp)
Organix- Tea Tree Conditioner (used for co-washing)
Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose Deep Conditioner (deep conditioning)
Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Threat Shampoo (clarifying shampoo)
You can find these products in your local Wal-Mart or Whole Foods stores!