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Stretched & Straightened Hair

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This has been one of the most humid summers to date in my neck of the woods. I took down my micro braids in early June and it’s been a challenge finding ways to to style and protect my natural hair. The majority of the time I let my afro flow freely. However…I also found it more difficult to deal with my hair in it’s constant shrunken state. I would plait my hair, tie it up, and it would be stretched, but by the time I made it to work, some serious shrinkage have already taken place.

I’ve done heatless stretching on my hair by doing the banding method or braiding or plaiting my hair and it worked just fine…during the winter months without any humidity. It’s summer now and I wanted something that would take less time and last a little longer in this humid weather. As my family and I were preparing to go out of town a few weeks ago, I decided to straighten my hair with a straightening brush.

Straightening brush

Most straightening brushes look similar to this one pictured above, including mine. I only wanted to loosen my tight curls, not get it bone straight, so I only ran the brush through my hair twice at a 400 heat setting. I figured that after shrinkage took place, it still would be easier to deal with, and I was right. About two weeks later I used the brush again. At night I would plait up my hair in medium sized plaits and tie it up. In the morning I take them down and finger comb and go.

What also helps me in the stretching process is castor oil or Blue Magic hair grease. I have thick, coarse hair, so I need those heavier oils. The only thing is when using oil or grease, you need to be more diligent about washing your hair. Make sure you use a clarifying shampoo to help clear away any and all buildup.

In the photos below you see my hair after having used the brush, but significant shrinkage has also taken place. Despite the shrinkage, my hair has been more manageable. I know constant use of heat is not good for your hair, and I’m not going to use the straightening brush again for a while, but it’s a nice option to have when you want to do something different. Or when you’re simply trying to fight the heat and humidity. And since I hadn’t stretched or straightened my hair in quite some time, it was nice to see my growth progress.

stretched hair

Twist Out Confessions

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I’m a lazy natural, and that can be a good or bad thing.  I’m a firm believer in less is more. The less I have to fuss with my hair the better. Now that’s not to say that I don’t like styling or caring for my hair because I do enjoy doing those things, but I don’t want to be constantly in my hair. When it comes to twist outs, I’m the QUEEN of twist outs……when it comes to my two daughter’s hair! I’ve been doing twist outs on them since they were babies. Doing twist outs on myself is a whole other story. I fall under the “hot mess” twist outs. I’m going to be honest about my mistakes and shortcomings, so here are a list of reasons why my twist outs don’t come out all that well:

1. I make my twists too big

I usually wait until late at night when I’m tired and sleepy to try to twist or plait my hair, and I’m usually in a hurry. When this happens I’m not giving my hair  the same time and care as I give daughter’s hair, and I end up with big puffs instead of defined twists. On top of that, my hair doesn’t dry properly which results in a lot of  frizz.

2. I wasn’t using the right combination of products

I was very resistant to using gels, curling souffle’s, etc. When I used gel on wet or damp hair and then twisted my hair I didn’t like how hard my hair would feel afterwards. Other gels made my hair feel sticky. I could do a twist out on my girl’s hair with just a hair cream or Blue Magic hair grease and get the most beautiful, defined twists. Not me. My hair needs a combination of products like Shea Moisture’s Curling Souffle and a dab of Blue Magic Hair grease on damp hair to get beautiful twists.

3. I over manipulate my hair

So after I carefully untwist my hair, I have the bad habit of over styling and over manipulating my hair which causes instant frizz.  Although summer is coming to a close, we’re still in the midst of some hot, extremely humid weather which doesn’t bode well for my twist outs either. I have to learn to stop messing with my hair because all of that manipulation is for naught when the heat and humidity gets done with it. 😦 This morning is a good example of that. The struggle is real yall.

4. I’m always in a rush

As mentioned earlier, I take my time when I do my girls’ hair. I do small to medium sized twists on their hair which gives them fabulous definition, and their curls last for days. When I do my own hair, it’s usually late at night, I’m sleepy, and I simply want to get the task done so I can go to bed which is why I end up doing big twists. Since giving myself ample time to do my hair I get better results. Is it time consuming? Yes, because I have a big head and lots of hair! I’m not ashamed to admit that, lol! But it’s worth it and I’m much happier with the results.

The pictures I’ve provided aren’t good examples of a good twist out because of the high humidity we’re experiencing, but I wanted to show that I’ve taken steps to correct my mistakes, particularly with making smaller twists. By the way, it is now 10:37am and I officially have a curly afro that resembles nothing of  the  twist out I started with before I left the house this morning! Darn humidity……

Twist Out Results

 

Beware of Those Claiming to be Experts

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Against my better judgment I got into a “discussion” on a natural hair page on Facebook that I frequent for natural hair tips and style ideas. One day the topic was mineral oils, specifically Blue Magic Hair grease. I’ve spoken about Blue Magic many times in my blog posts and how it has always worked for me and my girls, but since going natural I decided to stop using it in favor of natural, organic oils. I’m over a year into being natural and I’ve discovered that not all of the oils I’ve tried work so well. Some, like raw African Shea butter for an example, leaves our hair looking dusty after using it. Maybe I’m mixing too many other things with it, who knows. But it’s something I’ve noticed, and I don’t like it.

 

Blue Magic

Recently I’ve gone back to using Blue Magic hair grease and here’s why: Curl definition when doing twist outs. Coconut Oil, Jamaican black castor oil, olive oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, African Shea butter – none of these oils used together or separately give our 4c hair the curl definition as Blue Magic does. I’ve used Blue Magic on my girls hair (and my own) for years particularly for twist outs, and their hair has grown and thrived. My attitude now, after a year and some change of being natural, is that it’s ok to go back to basics with some of my hair care routines. Using Blue Magic for certain things is one of them.

I added my two cents worth to the discussion about how I use Blue Magic and why I use it. I was thanked by several posters for my comments because they said they were afraid of being yelled at and ridiculed by the Natural Hair Nazis and the Natural Hair Purists. That angered me a lot. I hate that there are women out there who feel they have the right to judge and criticize other women for what oils or products they use in their hair. One person even said “You might as well go back to getting relaxers if you’re going to put petroleum and other chemicals like Blue Magic in your hair!” Another said “Leave the grease for the cars. Don’t put it in your hair. All it does is clog your pores and cause a host of other problems.” This is true if you use it on a daily basis and don’t keep up a regular shampoo and deep conditioning routine while using a grease as heavy as Blue Magic.

Feeling like a broken record, I stated over and over that everyone has the right to do what works for their hair. If grease of any kind is gross to you or doesn’t work for you, that’s fine. But don’t sit in judgment of those who say that they use grease and it actually works for them! Then there was this one person in particular who kept boasting of her scientific background and even called herself an expert on African American hair. I will add that she’s Caucasian and lives in London.  I’m in no way saying that people of other races can’t be experts on African American hair, but from her comments it was clear that she didn’t understand how or why Blue Magic worked for so many of us African American women. Here’s a snippet of one of her many comments touting her expertise:

I am a qualified hair expert specializing in textured hair and have worked for most of my life for the largest product manufacturers in the world as a product development technician…”

From there all she did was speak on a scientific level on why petroleum and mineral oils are bad for the hair and scalp. She offered no alternatives, no product suggestions or anything of that nature. As I read other articles posted on this natural hair page on Facebook, I noticed this same person posting comments stating that using DIY/YouTube tutorials are bad, and that using “food in your hair” is bad because too much acid can be bad for your hair. She equated any and all DIY methods that involved using food from your kitchen in your hair to self medicating ourselves as though we were doctors and said that we should seek out hair care professionals to care for our hair.  Do you catch the hidden agenda here?

People like her are what I call trolls. I would bet my bottom dollar that this person is nothing more than a beautician who had some extra schooling to study hair, kinky hair in particular, and is targeting natural hair pages on social media to discourage women from caring for their hair themselves. They have nothing of value to add to a discussion but will sit and point out what they feel is “wrong” and then judge those who do it. The overall agenda is to discourage you from having a hands on approach to your hair care but encourage you to seek out licensed professionals like themselves.

I have no issue with people going to licensed beauticians, but the problem here in the U.S. and in London is that there are so few who know how to care for natural kinky hair. This is the very reason why so many women opt to care for their natural hair themselves and seek out YouTube/ DIY channels. Are there aspects of our hair care that should be left to the professionals? Absolutely! My advice is to simply BEWARE. Beware of the internet and social media trolls, and beware of those who claim to be “experts.” Don’t let anyone make you feel ashamed about how you care for your hair, especially if it’s a method or product that happens to work for you. Doing what works for you and your natural hair is all that matters. Just remember that moderation and following a regular hair care routine is key.

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I’ve switched to using Blue Magic Coconut Oil, and it’s FABULOUS! 😉

Blue Magic Coconut