Our society is growing with many families being ethnically mixed, mine included. My father is African American, Jamaican and Native American and my mother is Creole, Caucasian, Native American and Puerto Rican. I have always had naturally curly hair and had not fully embraced the beauty of those curls until about 5 years ago. I have been a beautician for 19 years and wanted my hair bone straight like a Caucasian, which many of my cousins and family members had. My hair was considered thick and kinky. I didn’t like that word “kinky”, in the African American culture it meant “Nappy” not so good hair. So I relaxed my hair for 20 plus years, if you know the process you are using lye to straighten your curl pattern, leaving your hair bone straight.
I went to beauty school to really learn how to take care of my own hair, but ended up with so much knowledge and natural hair care tips that I continued on with working in salons and being a salon owner. My specialty was natural hair care, maintaining the hair of those who wanted to transform from chemically treated hair to natural beauty styling. I wanted to help other women and children like me take care of those darling and lovely curls and find ways to embrace what god had given them. It wasn’t until I was in my 40’s that I started to embrace my natural curl pattern. I cut off all my hair and like my fathers hair it was very wavy and curly, not kinky at all like assumed. I needed to maintain those curls without getting the frizz. In the past 10 years the beauty industry has come out with many products for naturally curly hair and helping those who are ethnically mixed experience a new wave of dealing with the tangles and stresses of natural hair care. Here are a few rules to dealing with natural hair that I have found very helpful.
Natural Hair Care Tips
- You want to maintain your locks and curls brushing / combing: Many people are not aware that brushing and combing hair excessively actually causes harm to the hair. Brushing and combing causes stress on the hair as well as split ends. If possible use your fingers and apply conditioner to detangle or remove knots.
- Use a very wide tooth comb helping with prevent breakage or split ends.
- Shampoos with harsh chemicals or sulfates can cause split ends and damage, causing hair to dry out. The best type of shampoo is organic or sulfates free.
- Drying: Rubbing hair against a towel to dry is causes stress on the hair and causes the hair to frizz, not producing those beautiful desired curls. It is best to use an old t-shirt instead or to let your hair air dry naturally.
- Try to maintain and keep the hair conditioned and moisturized as possible.
- A co-wash should be done once a week to remove product buildup in the hair and followed with a deep conditioning.
There are many products out that work well with different hair textures. Moisturizing and conditioning products as well as maintance hair care. Below are many products that I have chosen to use and continue to use for myself as well as my family. Many of the products are by trial and error, determining your curl pattern type is a plus because this allows you to determine if a product is right for your type of hair. Many products can weigh the hair down causing the curls not to form correctly or feeling sticky.
- Shea Moisture
- Mixed Chicks
- Bed Head Tigi Self Absorbed Conditioner
- TRESemme Flawless Curls Curl Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner
Everyone loves beauty and fashion and when you have the hair to match it’s a winning combination whether it’s for your family or for yourself, everyone loves to feel confident about their hair. And maintaining the beauty of those natural curls will give you all the confidence in the world. If you have any question regarding hair care please leave a comment and I will try to help you to the best of my ability.