Tuesday, October 18, 2011
A few missed points in hair care...
It has come to my attention that while most are on point with the basics, there are a few missed points in natural hair care. The satin sleeping bonnet for example...I hear folks say the elastic is pulling their edges....and they put a scarf or headband under it. Missed point: its satin...just reverse it. Let's take a look at the concept...satin is so named cuz its smooth on both sides, although one side may be shinier than the other. The elastic is on the inside and there is a satin strip in a contrasting color on the outside.....why not wear the bonnet inside out? The elastic won't touch your hair then and there's an extra cushion of satin that way. Since you wear this to sleep in...who's gonna know anyway? In fact...unless you look closely....you can't even tell its on reversed.
The scarf to protect your hair while getting dressed...missed point: what about the drive to work? Tie a scarf over your headrest...then the fabric they make car interiors from can't snag your hair.
The concept that natural hair is expensive to maintain and a lot of work! missed point: then how come poor people have long, healthy hair without the use of products? Hair grows. 1/2 inch a month usually....on some more. What's unhealthy is buying a bunch of stuff to use on hair cuz the labels make fantastic claims instead of looking at the ingredients in it. Of course theyre only going to say good things about their own product...they want your money. Label says "promotes shiny hair" but what it doesn't say "the shiny comes from a pore clogging, petroleum based grease, that will weigh your hair down and can only be removed with a sodium laureth type shampoo"
Shampoo cleans. Missed point: the shampoos in the American market...ya they clean, but strip the hair too. The main ingredient is used to clean cement. You don't have to use that stuff. Many natural things will clean your hair. Ex: baking soda, brown sugar, quinoa, bentonite clay, lemon, vinegar, plain water...etc.
Conditioner. They are needed. Missed point: you don't have to buy the most expensive stuff out there...mayonaise is actually the best thing you can use and its probally already in your kitchen.
Skin...is delicate on the facial area...scalp skin...is an extention of that. Missed point: if its too strong for your face...its too strong for your hair and scalp.
Tools...combs, brushes, etc. Ya...need those. Missed point: pay attention to the type of combs...wide tooth is good. Smooth tips are good. If it scratches your hand when ran across it....dont use it in your hair. Same goes for brushes. Clips....should be plastic when ever possible...if the teeth have rough edges....run a lighter pass the tines and smooth them. I actually do this when I buy them. If you have to use metal...the kind with the coating on the points are best. When the ball of protective stuff pops off your bobbi pins...toss them, theres nothing to protect your scalp at that point. Tools can snag, tear, or rip your hair, scratch or abrade your scalp, and leave an irritation that will take a long time to heal.
When using ponytail holders and elastic bands...avoid the kind with the metal crimp to hold it close...that can snag the hair and scratch the scalp. Replace them when the rubber is exposed.
Itches happen. Missed point: sharp nails or pointed objects are the worse thing to scratch a scalp with. Massage instead. Spray. Vinegar water or minted water on the inch instead. Realize that growing hair itches more. Gently brushing can help.
Applying products to hair to make it beautiful. Missed point: beauty comes from within....eat properly, drink water and take multivitamins.
Hair grows according to genetics at an average rate of 1/2 inch a month. Missed point: cutting it too often results in not realizing any growth cuz you are removing it faster than its replacing itself. Friend of mine complained her hair wasn't growing....but every 2 weeks she was removing 1/2 inch in trims. Let's think about that....she was cutting an inch per month...but her hair only grew 1/2 inch per month. Ya...easy fix...don't cut it.
Hope this helps you on your journey...stay blessed and stay strong.