I am still trying to figure out what works for my hair and I just recently revamped my entire skin and hair care collection to get rid of mineral oil and sulfates. However, my scalp and hair feel drier without all that heavy stuff and I’m frustrated. I do think I like…
here are a few thoughts:
are you deep conditioning well and regularly? the importance of a deep conditioning can NOT be understated; i recommend doing it every time you wash your hair with a sulfate shampoo.
speaking of washing, are you doing no-poo/conditioner cleanses only? if so, i’d still suggest washing with a sulfate at least once a month, because it’s very easy to amass buildup even when you’re being careful to prevent it. also, try an apple cider vinegar rinse; that’s great for removing build up and whipping the hair cuticle back into shape, improving moisture retention.
think about incorporating regular, kitchen-found items into your regimen. extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, etc. can do as well for—if not better than—store bought, often expensive products. coconut oil and tea tree oil are VERY good for a dry scalp. find yourself a good conditioner (i recommend trader joe’s nourish spa conditioner), add an oil of your choice (i recommend avocado oil), and also add some raw honey which has *amazing* moisturizing properties. the oil and honey turn the conditioner in to an absolute beast of a moisturizing and softening agent.
do you sleep on silk or satin at night? cotton and other fabrics can be harsh and suck all the moisture out of your hair. invest in a silk or satin scarf or pillow case!
do you seal your hair? that’s also great for locking in moisture; after washing and conditioning, moisturize with a water based product, then apply an oil of your choice. it seals the hair shaft, keeping the moisturizing goodness in.
i wrote about ways to keep your natural hair moisturized here; it also contains some product recs. i hope that helped some!
The erasure of Quvenzhané’s name is an attempt, consciously or unconsciously, to step around and contain her blackness. Yes, sometimes black people have names that are difficult to pronounce. There aren’t many people of European descent named Shaniqua or Jamal. Names are as big a cultural marker as brown skin and kinky hair, and there has long been routine backlash against both of those things (see: perms, skin bleaching creams, etc.). This insistence on not using Quvenzhané’s name is an extension of that “why aren’t you white?” backlash.
Calling Quvenzhané “Little Q” is a lazy way to keep from having to deal with the discomfort that race causes. It is easier to be colorblind, to simply turn a blind eye to the differences that have torn this nation apart for centuries than it is to wade through those choppy waters. And Quvenzhané’s very existence is enough to make the societal majority uncomfortable. She is talented, successful, beautiful, happy, loved, and adored–all things that many people don’t figure that little black girls with “black” names could, or should, be. Their answer? Let’s make her more palatable. If she insists on not fitting the mold of the ghetto hoodrat associated with women with “urban” names, let’s take her own urban name away from her.
at least that’s what i would have called it if i could have. this is from my latest at Uptown Magazine, “The Oscars, Quvenzhane and the C-Word.” check it out!
since so many of this blog’s followers are black and female, i thought i’d share this piece i wrote about Hollywood’s treatment and disregard of Quvenzhane Wallis’ name. check it out if you can!
Greetings brothers and sisters!
The spirit of Harriet Tubman came to me a few moments ago and smacked me in the face and said ‘how dare you dishonor your ancestors by not giving your comrades in this hair struggle a little hook up on these awesome shirts you’re selling?!’
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run run run! go go go! DON’T MAKE HARRIET TUBMAN COME AFTER YOU! she has a heavy hand :-(
i didn’t realize my inbox had gotten so beefy during my laziness! lol
responses coming yall! thanks for your patience!
Anonymous said: when i wash my hair it gets so dry and dull
ah, the eternal natural struggle!
also, i wrote some tips on how i keep my own hair moisturized. check it out here! good luck!