When I was a slightly younger woman, I worked a miserable office job for pennies. Much of my days were consumed by morning and evening commutes to and from said hellhole. The same faces and the same places sped by me each day, but few of them had as much of an effect on me as a young black woman who appeared to be in her early twenties and frequented the same bus route as me.
Well, here we are. Some thirty-odd days into 2018. Just because we've entered a new year, however, doesn't mean we've left all of our old hair-related questions in 2017. And the one question that just won't die in natural hair forums all over the internet? That almost age-old question about whether or not our various boos or baes like our natural hair and the heartbreaking follow-up question about what we should do if they don't like our kinks and coils. So what should we do in these situations?
There is an unspoken rule about black natural hair, a myth that persists despite every trichologist's and hairdresser's attempts to debunk it. The myth maintains that black hair is "thick" or "coarse," and is often cited as the reason black parents put caustic chemicals on their children's heads.
Now here's a question that we hear way too often these days: "How do I determine my hair type?" The question has worn some of our nerves so thin that many of us just respond by assuring the askers that their hair's other properties are much more important than their hair types. And that's pretty solid advice. Still, that answer isn't necessarily productive. These women did, after all, ask a specific question, so maybe they deserve a specific answer.
Shampoo has been given a bad name in the natural hair community. Many women with curly or kinky hair often accuse it of being too drying for their hair types. Conditioner, on the other hand, has been put on a pedestal. As a matter of fact, some of us think so highly of it that we clean our hair with it instead of shampoo. Some of the logic behind cleansing our hair with conditioner is technically solid. Our natural hair is dry by nature. Shampoo is drying. And when you mix dry with dry, you get a desert.
I had originally planned on covering a more controversial topic this week, but after some consideration, I decided to write a post about detangling natural hair instead. Though the topic has been covered and recovered several times over by now, many naturals still struggle with detangling, so (apparently) you can never have too many vlogs/blogs dedicated to the subject.
DIY hair products are fairly common in the natural hair community. We whip up everything from deep conditioners to gels in our kitchens, and we're usually darn good at doing it. Sometimes, though, things go a little haywire in the kitchen. We walk away from those failed DIY projects lamenting the fact that we ever wasted quality ingredients on them.
Late last month, popular natural hair vlogger Whitney White, also known as Naptural85, posted a video in which she shared her frustrations about how her decision to do sponsored hair product videos had affected her relationship with her viewers. In this video, Whitney revealed why she began doing these types of sponsored videos, and she even allowed her viewers to have the final say in whether or not she would continue doing them.