I've got really screwy hair. LOVE IT.
I’m going to do a series of hair lessons. Let’s jump right in.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m one of those girls who’s done almost everything to her hair. I’ve had a perm, locks, a jheri curl (don’t judge, y’all), several texturizers. I’ve had weaves, Halle Berrys, Anita Bakers, Toni Braxtons, T-Boz’s (don’t tell Triple A), finger waves, dual-length bangs (friend practicing on my hair), baby curls, bobs, near-shaved head (not on purpose), straight/curly/wavy/curly-afro-no-one-else-has weaves, every possible type and color of braids, cornrows, faux-hawks (in the ’80s and now). I’ve had gold, jet black, auburn, blonde, silver, and almost got blue (but the salon was out of blue, leading to a very dark day for my 18-year-old self). And I’ve also been natural almost 12 years. So during all the hair fun and crazies, I’ve done a lot of bad stuff to my hair. She should’ve packed up and left me years ago, but she stood by me and I now know to give her what she loves. And she loves nature.
Now, I’ve never been a health or nature freak. I like my nature on TV (because nature means heat, mosquitoes, and sandflies or bitter cold, winds, and slippery sidewalks) and if I didn’t grow up with a health freak mother, I wouldn’t really go out of my way to be healthy. And for about 14 years, I swore by Motions, right from when I had a perm, because it was the only affordable product I found that didn’t’ dry out my porous hair. But now, I’ve found better (and cheap!) replacements. I’ve now transitioned over the last 6 months or so from using commercial products–conditioners, creams, oils, and treatments–to using almost 100% natural products for my hair and body, and I can tell you that the difference is spectacular.
Locally-made shea butter, homemade coconut oil, raw (Eastern Nigerian) honey, the occasional whole egg, vegetable glycerin, and extra virgin oils have made a HUGE difference in how my hair feels, looks, and behaves–it’s now always soft and shiny, and has great curl definition, even when I haven’t washed it in weeks (which can happen a lot). This is no small feat; my hair’s naturally very coily, porous, and dry and I never thought my hair could feel so soft. (I still use a leave-in conditioner, but I’ve been able to cut back to just a little dab and only when I co-wash.)