The One About Natural Hair – Part 2Posted: November 4, 2011
One thing I’ve noticed is that people who tend to not like their hair in its natural state don’t understand that black hair needs moisture. This goes against everything we’re typically taught about our hair. We are taught to run from the rain, to avoid swimming pools and to slather our hair and scalps in “grease.” But, I’ve found that giving your natural hair makes it flourish and brings out all of its natural beauty.
So in your quest for moisture, you might find yourself considering sources you never thought to consider before. The first thing I had to change was switching out hair grease for products I always thought were for white people. This opened up the door to all types of shampoos and conditioners I never thought of before. I was trying to stay affordable and easy to get, so my products or choice were (and still are)
All of these were good, basic, extremely affordable conditioners that helped me keep my hair from getting dry and crunchy.
Now that I’m no longer dealing with the demands of raising a newborn, I’m starting to branch out a little bit. I love Shea Moisture products and have recommended them to anyone who asks. They are mostly in the $10 range, which I think is pretty cheap when you’re looking to experiment with products and find out what works for you. And, since they have good ingredients, I feel good using them on Cameron and Grace. For styling, I use the Curl and Style milk, Deep Treatment Masque and Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I’ve used both the Curl and Shine Shampoo and Raw Moisture Retention Shampoo with good results.
Oh – two other things I use to keep my hair moisturized aren’t even really “products.” Raw coconut oil and raw shea butter. I’ll usually mix the coconut oil with the shea butter (it makes the shea butter smoother and easier to work with) and use that to twist my hair. I’ll also use the coconut oil on my hair or the kids’ hair by itself.