Ever noticed how more and more women seem to be choosing to grow their hair natural? Is it that we are less compelled to appropriating White culture or maybe it’s just that we are broke?
Whatever the reason is natural hair is now a growing trend, which will probably even get bigger (and I am not saying this because I’m growing my hair natural).
Really, believe me, it is a hot new must-have look, that has been creeping up on us: Let’s thank Viola Davis choice to rock her kinks in the 2015 Academy Awards, Hollywood darling Lupita Nyongo’s iconic red cape look with her short and neat kinks the year beforez, South African beauty Nandi Mngoma futuristic cut, and the smoking Zizo Beda’s long curls.
(As a side note, pretty sad how I couldn’t instantly think of a single Zimbabwean Black celebrity wearing it natural other than Amara Brown), but that’s an article for another day, and hit me up with any that you know of.
So in my journey of rocking it natural, here is what I have collected from hair stylist MalumeFarai at Classic Salon in Bulawayo regarding the maintenance of natural hair. Hopefully it will be helpful to my fellow sisters out there.
- The first nine months of your natural hair growth is not the eventual or true natural hair texture and curl pattern. Your hair gets softer and curlier after this period.
- Natural African hair is drier than straight hair, and so should actually only be washed about once a week. Avoid shampoos containing the ingredient sodium lauryl sulfate because it dries out the hair.
- Wash your natural hair in lukewarm to cool water.
- Leave-in moisturizer always.
- Oil treatments once a month are important.
- Penetrating oils are best for natural African hair, since curly kinks donnot allow hair food to seep through the shaft like straight hair.
- Coconut oil, aloe vera gel, lavender oil, Moroccan oil, olive oil and shea butter are natural hair’s bestfriends.
- Do not apply greasy hair food i you have dandruff, as the grease feeds the fungus that causes dandruff.
This is what I’ve learnt so far in my four month old natural hair journey. Feel free to share any of your natural hair maintenancetricks and tips on the Culxure Mag Zim Facebook page, on Twitter and Instagram.
I’ll leave you with these sassy lyrics from Solange’s, “Don’t Touch My Hair,” “They don’t understand what it means to me, where we’ve chose to go, where we’ve been to know/ You know this hair is my ish, rode the ride I gave it time/But this here is mine.”