Here are mine…
- Shampoo and Conditioner
For obvious reasons.
- Micro fiber towel
After washing your hair – micro fiber verses terry cloth towels prevent snags. You can find an inexpensive towel in the car supply section, or just use an old t shirt.
- Butterfly Clamps
Before styling – use clamps to part in a minimum of four sections
- Wide Tooth Comb
Helps rake large sections of kinks
- Rat Tail Comb
Use the end for neat parts. I’ve been known to be resourceful, and even use the end of a pen!
- Denman Brush
I was very skeptical about using this plastic brush on my thick kinky hair, but wow – now I can’t live with out it.
Add a few drops of oil to each section. My top favorite oils are jojoba, coconut, vitamin E, aragan / Moroccan oil or castor oil.
- Spray Bottle
I get the most twist-out definition by competing twists on dry hair with light sprays of water
- Satin Bonnet
No style is complete – without preserving it at night with a sexy, well not so sexy cover
What is in your natural hair essential kit?
By Terez Howard of www.naturalicioushair.com
I will never ever go natural… and I will certainly never get locs.
That’s what I told my future self. Well, future self is eating crow. I am happily natural and ecstatic with my locs. But this post isn’t about me. It’s really about what a young teenager recently told me.
She expressed dissatisfaction with her relaxed hair, broken off from too many chemicals, direct heat and drying products. “Well, you don’t have to do that anymore,” I told her. “I will never go natural, Terez” was her abrupt, matter-of-fact response.
For the life of me, I can’t understand why a woman hates her hair but refuses to do anything about it. But don’t let me get started on that rant.
No more than two weeks later, she asked me to guess what she was doing. “Going natural!” she exclaimed. What changed her mind? Another girl her age made the decision to go natural, and she decided to join her.
How to have a successful transition
I am all about having a buddy during your natural hair journey. The only ladies I had that were wearing natural hair like mine were the ones I encountered online. In my town, I had absolutely no other naturals to talk with about my fears, bad hair days, length goals and styling options. I was a blog-stalking, forum-watching natural, kept afloat in my journey only by the photos and stories I could read on the Internet.
If you find a friend to go natural with you, please keep the following in mind:
1. Natural hair varies. Just because you found a natural sister does not mean you will be hair twins. It’s extremely likely your curls and coils will not be like your friend’s. Don’t be disheartened when your friend’s hair does things that you cannot force yours to do. Embrace what you have.
2. Share products. If you and your friends are interested in similar hair care products, share one another’s products. This way, as you discover what your natural hair likes and doesn’t like, you can sample products at a fraction of the cost.
3. Take photos of one another’s journeys. With your fellow transitioner, take photos of how your hair changes and grows as well as the styles you try. As you progress in your journey, you can start a blog or a scrapbook along with your friend.
4. You have to want it yourself. Don’t go natural just because your friend is doing it. You will not stay natural if that’s your real reason for doing it.
I look forward to watching my two young friends go natural. I know that at their age, I would never have had the confidence to wear my natural hair. Gaining that confidence is essential to becoming content with the all-natural you.
So, tell me. Would you rather go natural with a friend or on your own?
Like many, I went natural by accident. In high school I can now admit I was embarrassed by my kinky texture (some would call if 4c). Without enough funds to buy human hair, and to re-do my micro braids – I had to go to school with a ‘fro. Believe me, I tried playing sick – but it didn’t work.
To my surprise, I unveiled my kinnks, and world did not end. I ignored the “You are brave to go natural” comments and embraced books like Nappily Ever After and India Arie’s first CD filled with self acceptance. In 2000, you didn’t have the natural hair online support like youtube and other great resources of today.
After twelve years of being natural, I still get emotional seeing women embracing their kinnks. Filmmaker Zina Saro-Wiwa debuted a op-Doc
This week’s inspiration is not a music video, but a news story.
Its so weird hearing about your dirty laundry on the news like featured on our past post I can’t Sweat My Hair Out. Yeah – us Black women have some issues of self hatred, but we’re working on it…dang! It is however, an amazing feeling to know our issues are American issues. They are no longer just discussed in the privacy of our home, but on movie screens and late night news. There is no where to hide!!!
After watching Rochelle Ritchie’s story on Going Natural (video posted below) my eyes filled up with tears . This video, unlike Good Hair didn’t just talk about our imperfections, but provided a solutions… I won’t ruin the story for you…just watch below…