24 Feb

I got this on the SUQA facebook page
”Hey Sean, Have you done anything on Afro hair? Hebu do an article and tell us what to do with afro hair… I have some and saying it’s tough to manage is an understatement…….”
and quite a few people have asked me to do a post on natural hair!

Thought i’d start with a few common misconceptions on african/afro black hair and I also asked the expert – Nancy who has been doing her own hair for 3 odd years now for some advice so lets dispel the myths

Myth 1.. Natural Hair Is Hard to Manage

Natural, textured hair can seem hard to manage if you attempt to treat it like straight hair. If you use the same tools and expect the same results that you would on straightened hair, you’re going to be disappointed. However, once you learn to treat natural hair in a way that doesn’t try to change it or alter it, it can be as manageable as any other type of hair.

You’ll have to use different tools and different methods of styling. Your fingers, a wide tooth comb, natural boar bristle brushes and natural oils are all good ways to treat black hair. If you’re used to dealing with straightened hair, learning new routines and techniques that work with your natural texture instead of against it will yield the best results.

2.. Natural Hair Is Strong

Natural hair looks strong, which is why so many people accidentally abuse it with rough treatment. In reality, black hair is fragile and needs to be treated with the gentlest of care in order for it to flourish. Wide tooth combs, natural ingredients and your own fingers are the best

3. Natural Hair Needs Grease

Many products you’ll find in stores are full of ingredients that aren’t the best for black hair. Ironic, but true. Petroleum and mineral oil make up a large percentage of black hair products and all they do is clog your scalp and attract dirt to your hair. You do not have to “grease” your scalp for it to be healthy.

A better approach is to apply natural oils directly to your hair, paying special attention to the ends, which tend to be dry.

4.. Natural Hair Isn’t Versatile

* Some of the many natural hairstyles you can wear include: Two-strand twists
* Bantu knots
* Braids
* Cornrows
* Flat twists
* Coils
* Locs
* Afro puffs

In addition, you can combine these styles to create your own one-of-a-kind hairdos. I know this because my sister Nancy does it all the time and it works !!!

5.. Natural Hair Doesn’t Grow

Black hair in its natural state has a tendency to shrink up, preventing you from seeing its real length, leading to the popular belief that it doesn’t grow long. While everyone has a predetermined hair length that’s due to genetics, with proper care, you can grow your hair as long as it is destined to be and you don’t need a relaxer or perm to do so! A relaxer straightens your curls so that you can see length more easily, but the chemicals in it do not promote hair growth.

Hair grows an average of 1/2 inch per month, including black hair. Your hair is growing, but you may not be retaining the length due to chemical abuse, dryness, excessive heat styling and a general lack of proper care.

The thing about natural hair is you have to understand it needs treatments and conditioning too! also you need to understand what kind of hair you have and how it responds to the elements, water etc and I KNOW that sounds intimidating but its really not and once you listen to your hair you will LOVE it- I’ve seen it work form my sister and seen her enjoy great hair so = HOW TO START? Im gonna tackle that next week 🙂



5 Responses to “ITS NATURAL …”

  1. akenyangirl February 24, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    Oooh… cannot wait on the tips on how to! I can’t wait to let my ‘fro loose!

  2. mbabazi February 24, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    natural hair rocks. also do visit for more tips on natural hair.

  3. Seanice February 24, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    good blog mbabazi! i checked it out! @ a kenyan girl- how to’s coming up! plus a lil’ research on the right products to use!It really is about the right products as well

  4. akenyangirl February 26, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Getting my hair did!

  5. Suze P March 2, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    I cut my permed hair early last year and I love my look … that good ol’ natural hair … and I would be excited to see what tips you have as regards styling. I think your sis rocks her do. I want to upgrade mine too. Heres to getting AFro-licking-good look!

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