Black Hair Care: How Well Do You Know Your Hair?
Prior to my decision to transition my hair from relaxed to natural I truly believed that I knew all that there was to know about my boring old semi-healthy 1B hair. However, as I begin to reflect now I never actually knew too much about hair except that it needed to be permed every six to eight weeks, it never really ever grew passed bra strap length and I got it washed and set at the local Dominican salon once a week. It wasn’t until I made the decision to go natural and begin to do research and learn more about African-American hair that I realized that for my entire 21 years on this planet my hair has been a total mystery. As a child I remember my hair being way too thick and too coarse for my mother to handle and being sent to a stylist to have my hair relaxed and braided. As a teen and young adult I just remember being a slave to my fabulous Dominican stylist because I somehow believed that she knew my hair better than me. After years and years of this I started to notice how flat and boring my hair had become and I began to miss the thickness and volume that my hair once had. I truly believe this is what peaked my curiosity regarding natural hair. I had been searching and searching for a solution to my flat boring hair and one day while shopping I stumbled across the Hair Thickening Yucca and Baobab line by Shea Moisture. I had never heard of them before so I went online to look up reviews on the company and this is when I was truly introduced into the world of natural hair. I couldn’t even help myself. I was totally sucked in. Prior to this I always vowed that I would never go natural; however, there was no way I could deny the truth that stood before me. Since then I have discovered so many wonderful products and so many different things that my hair can do. One morning my mother and I were preparing to go out and she said “I never even knew your hair could do that” and my reply was “Me either.”
I’m pretty sure that there is so much that I still don’t know about my hair but I feel that in this transitioning period I am learning something new everyday and I am so excited about it. While I am still sort of venturing into the unknown I am no longer afraid of my hair and I haven’t seen my stylist in months.