Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I Revisited Washing in the Sink

Ah, washing your hair in the kitchen sink...the ultimate "black experience." I'd be willing to bet that most black women have either had their hair washed in or have washed their hair in the kitchen or bathroom sink. I remember my mom standing over the sink trying to get all of the Honey Blonde dye out of her hair. I have memories of my college friends bent over the sink on a lazy sunday getting their hair right. So--perhaps out of nostalgia--I decided to wash my MBL, thick natural hair in the sink.

Um...no ma'am! There is a reason why I have, continue to, and will always wash my hair in the shower. First, my hair was not properly rinsed out. Secondly, I could not get the water distributed evenly enough to properly soak my stands resulting in a wash'n'no. Finally, TANGLES. How the heck do people wash their hair like this regularly? 

My experience was so bad I just wrote a whole blog post on it....mhmmmmm!
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Monday, February 16, 2015

Video: 2 Ingredient Hair Gel

2 Ingredient Hair Gel

Did you know that you can make gel with two ingredients? Try out my latest DIY for home made, no cook, two ingredient hair gel. Now, this isn't exactly Eco Styler so if it doesn't give much hold alone, it can always be added to your other DIY or store bought gels to boost hold. Click the image to be taken to the video!

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Why You Don't Have Waves

why you dont have waves

The young man pictured above is my little brother, Breland. You wouldn't know it from looking at the picture but he has struggled with hair and scalp dryness due to his eczema. His waves have not always been "on swim" as you see here. I also must add that YES he is fully black. -_-" Our mom and dad (and grandparents, too) are definitely Alabama black folk! 

You don't realize that waves are flattened curls. Many of the tips that work for natural hair will work to develop your waves! Moisturized hair will curl and curly hair can be flattened for waves. I suggest looking into the curly girl method and--for harder to moisturize hair types--The Max Hydration Method. Also, please realize that your wave pattern is affected by the size of your curls. My brother has type 3 hair like my mom which is why his waves are so large. The tighter your curl pattern is, the smaller waves you will have. 

You're drying your hair out. My brother uses a rather harsh shampoo to deal with his scalp issues. His waves deepened, evened out, and gained more shine when he decreased the times per week that he used this drying shampoo. He also moisturizes his hair daily with the thick Cantu Shea Butter leave-in conditioner that comes in a jar. He protects his waves at night with a satin wave cap. His hair practices give his hair moisture and keep that moisture in.

A simple search of "How to get waves" on google will come up will all sorts of drying regimens that promise to give you waves. They ask you to brush your hair and apply drying, heavy greases. Sure that works for some, but if it worked for you...you wouldn't be on my blog post. lol.

You are comparing yourself to others. Just because that guy over there used a certain grease and his waves look a certain way doesn't mean you can get the same results. Realize that your hair's texture is unique and needs unique care! 
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