When I researched the best way to care for my hair, I soon became aware of the mistakes was making and why I had problems managing it. I didn’t even comb my hair correctly! Not being able to put a fine tooth comb through my hair from root to tip led me to believe my hair was flawed. However, kinky, coily, Afro-textured hair should be combed with a wide tooth comb, ideally when damp. There are many examples of misconceptions related to detangling, moisturizing and styling natural hair. If you think your hair is “too tough” to go natural, do your research before concluding this. Not understanding your hair makes it hard to manage. Here are some important facts about natural hair…
“I can’t go natural! My hair is too tough” I can’t count the number of times I have heard this statement. Even when I share my experience of going natural, it usually isn’t enough. I’m the lucky one… My hair is just “soft”… Wrong! I used to use Optimum Super Plus relaxer and left it in longer than the recommended time. The first time I had my hair relaxed (I think I was 11 or 12 years old) it didn’t take. I have kinky, tightly coiled hair, that shrinks to what looks like a TWA. I laugh out loud when people tell me my hair is just easy to manage.
Thailand, Laos and Cambodia Every time I travel, I always consider going to a country in Southeast Asia. When I was a school teacher I would travel during my six week vacation. Thailand was the first country I visited, where I went alone. I intended to go to Vietnam and Laos on that trip but ran out of money. Travelling alone, I thought it was best to stick to Thailand. Laos seemed a lot more hardcore to me back then. Four years later, my husband and I were deciding where to go, we both agreed that we should go to Laos and Cambodia. Neither of us had been to those countries before. We started off in Thailand and spent only two nights in Bangkok. We didn’t get off to a great start as my husband left his bank card in the cash machine at the airport. We realized when we got back to the hotel.
Going to the gym but not losing much weight? You may have been going for a while but are finding you have reached a weight loss plateau. This can be disappointing. You may be following a training program that promises great results. The number of testimonials may have persuaded you to try it. But, for you it hasn’t worked out as well. Your expectations of weight loss may have been high but are not met. So, despite exercising, why are you not losing much weight?
In recent natural hair news, there have been some major victories in the fight to simply wear our hair natural, in professional settings. After all, there is nothing unprofessional about Afro textured hair. Here in the U.S, the Army were made to reconsider a dress code policy that banned braids, twists and many of the protective styles we rely on. Certain schools have also been challenged on their policies and made to change them, in order to incorporate young girls who wear their Afro-textured hair natural. Worldwide, we felt the plight of the young protesters at Pretoria High School for Girls in South Africa, they faced systematic racism. The school’s hair policy and how it was implemented was simply a reflection of that. Then in the UK, Fulston Manor High school was challenged to update a policy that hadn’t been changed since 1973, and banned braids and braided extensions. Such policies, whether intentional or not, caused some form of distress to women and young girls who were told their hair didn’t comply. This may have pressured many of them to go back to chemical relaxers, which would have automatically put them in compliance with such policies. This is why it is important to continue to speak up and challenge those who automatically view our hair as unprofessional, or not good enough.
We’ve been warned of the dangers of bad ingredients in hair products. Since going natural most naturalistas like to avoid products packed with chemicals that dry the hair, and may eventually cause breakage. We scrutinize product labels to look for those offenders which are usually hidden among a long list. But what happens when typically good ingredients become detrimental to the health of your hair? How many of us even know to suspect these ingredients; when everyone is telling you they are great or even essential for your hair? As with everything, we all have our differences. No matter how wonderful a product is, it may simply not work for certain individuals. So what are these products or ingredients that may be doing more harm than good?
A change.org petition has been set up to campaign against the uniform policy of Fulston Manor School in Kent, England. A young student was told to remove her braided extensions upon returning to school after the summer holidays. The hairstyle was considered to be against the school’s uniform policy. The policy posted on the school’s website states: “All extremes of hairstyles are not permitted in school. Examples of the types of style considered inappropriate are dying in non-natural hair colours, contrasting colours, hair extensions, beading, braiding and cuts shorter than No. 2.”