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.
There is a science to your natural hair, even if you haven't quite figured it out yet. The various techniques, products, and "growth serums" you use on your hair work because they play well with your hair's unique properties.