Monday, October 10, 2011
I, like many Black women, have chosen to eliminate chemicals from my hair.
I have decided and accepted that my hair is beautiful on it's own without looking more European.
I love my hair, prefer it this way.
Took me a while to get here as I always say. I have had fights with it, hated it, loved it, hated it again and now I fully accept it and love it.
From that I have my 4 (yes only 4) staple products I use for my hair.
My VO5 Clarifying Shampoo
My Garnier Fructis Triple Moisture Conditioner
My Cantu Shea Butter Leave in
And my Garnier Fructis Spray Gel
That's really all I use. I wash once a week and either set it in braids, twists or rollers or wash and go and pineapple at night when I go to bed.
I am no longer a slave to products. And believe me, I have tried many. Expensive ones like Carol's daughter, cheap ones like Jheri Curl Products. Most were okay ....some were horrible.
I've tried different washing and cowashing and detangling techniques. I've done just about what all of you naturals have. Now I'm trying the simple route. If not for any other reason ..I do it because welp. I'm keeping my money in my pocket.
See, the black hair care industry is one of the biggest markets out there. Everyone knows this. Everyone but us is profiting from this. Mostly non-Black women. Sure there are some websites, blogs and hair care lines that are made by Black women that profit, but in the end, because we are sure to spend a ton of money on caring for our hair, other nationalities who know nothing of our hair are profiting.
I don't need to remind you of the Chris Rock documentary or the other documentaries where we see Asians running our beauty supply stores or who really owns the Black hair care product lines we love.
I will remind you that you are probably just keeping them in business and doing yourself a disservice by continuing your search to find the perfect product that promises it will do this and that to your hair.
Now that you are natural, do you even really KNOW what you hair should do?
You know Black men and women have some of the most UNIQUE hair out there. No 2 of us really have the same hair. So many different textures, styles, curl patterns. So much difference.
So what, may I ask you, are you trying to achieve by continuously trying new products on your natural hair?
If you have found something that works and is reasonably priced for your pockets, why fall victim to the latest advertisement promising to do this and that to your hair?
Several things to put your in Product Junkie Rehab
To put yourself in junkie rehab, you have to find your best product that makes your hair look and feel its best and accept your hair that way - you won't have Chili's hair texture with a new washing procedure. You will not get Tracee Ellis Ross" hair no matter how many products you try. Your hair is YOUR HAIR. Accept it. That's the final texture. Keep your products and routine that works for you up in your head and leave it there. Your hair texture is for you and unique to you and will work for you once you stop working against it. Once you look in the mirror and realize how much you love it.
Also remember, some of these natural haircare website runners get paid and get their products for free to and tell you about. Yes, they are helping us all by experimenting and exposing us to the products in the first place. I appreciate them for that. But you don't have to try and experiment with every product they are paid to use and try. Once you find your niche, stick with it.
I really wish more of us open up product lines and stores to support our natural hair sisters. I would especially like to see a magazine at checkout instead of the ones loaded with tons of weaved up sisters (not that there anything wrong with that but still)
Anyways, good luck on your life journeys. It doesn't just end with discovering your natural beauty with the hair you were born with. For most of us, it is just the start of discovering who we really are.