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Natural Hair Care Movement

A wonderful thing is happening: so many of us are electing to wear our natural hair that the NY Times recently did an article on natural hair care (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/09/fashion/hair-care-for-african-americans.html?scp=1&sq=natural%20hair&st=cse). I’m sure other articles have been written; however, this article covered such renowned websites as Natural Chica (http://www.naturalchica.com/), Curly Knikki (http://www.curlynikki.com/) and Luv Naturals (http://www.luvnaturals.com/) run by Kim Love who also has a YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/kimmaytube). I’ve blogged about these women and their sites in the past. However, the NY Times article was great because it allowed these women to share their own stories in their own words. It is thrilling to see how individuals’ desire to learn how to work with and embrace their natural hair is turning into what seems like a groundswell of interest. My prayer is that it reaches our young girls as well as our grand dames and everyone in between. A grassroots natural hair care movement! Whew-hew!

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Hunt for cute hairstyles

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After having our two children (we have a son and a daughter), I realized that I no longer had time to spend hours experimenting with my hair. I was on a hunt for cute styles that would allow my growing locs to flourish. I began to use Carol’s Daughter products (http://www.carolsdaughter.com/), specifically, the shampoos and loc butter. Now, I’m not a Carol’s Daughter spokesperson but I can say that my locs seemed to love the products. Then, I was told that beeswax should NEVER be used on locs. Oh gosh, I could feel another product onslaught coming on. You know what I mean: you try one brand of conditioner (or, shampoo, detangler, moisturizer, fill in the blank), then you hear something else and go out and buy two other brands of the same product. The intent is great, we want to take care of our hair; however, the execution can make us seem like crazed product fiends. I had my share of natural hair care products affairs but I always came back to products that use natural ingredients that I could pronounce. J I think that that might be good for all types of hair, not just locs.

I also started looking for cute hairstyles. Back then, most of the hairstyles were found in loctitian photo albums or hair magazines. But NOW!? Whoa, talk about resources. Here are a few of the websites that I turn to when I want to learn something about my hair, try something new or look extra special:

Khamit Kinks- http://www.khamitkinks.com/loc.html. A great salon, I used to go to the Manhattan shop before it relocated to Brooklyn (I believe that’s where the shop originated). Ms. Anu Prestonia, President, KNOWS hair. While she never did my hair, it’s clear that the other stylists are tight as well.

kimmaytube – an informative YouTube channel that contains some nice step-by-step styling tutorials

BronzeGoddess01 – another YouTube channel that has hair tutorials as well as some hilarious takes on life

KinkyCurlyHairCare – demonstrates how to use Kinky Curly Hair Products


I hope that these sites help. I’ll be sure to share more. Also, please comment and let me know the sites that you rely on for hair care styles, tips, etc. FYI, Kimmaytube and KinkyCurlyHairCare talk about natural hair, not locs specifically.

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Hair is ABSOLUTELY political

When I’m teaching, I have to be careful about revealing my personal opinions because a primary goal is to help my students develop logical support for their opinions. Revealing my own opinion might stunt their intellectual development. However, I write this blog because it gives me a chance to voice my opinion and dialogue with those who agree and disagree with me. In yesterday’s blog, I asked, “Is beauty, specifically, the way you wear your hair, political? Does your choice of hairstyle say anything about your politics?” I think that the answer is YES!

For example, blonde hair is a fixture of the White beauty standard. I almost fell out of my seat when Chris Rock appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show to promote Good Hair and famously called out the blonde women in the audience. Pointing at them individually, he outed them and said that they were new blondes out of a bottle. Women who wear their natural hair color (even, shriek their natural gray hair!), and those who choose NOT to dye their hair blond are likely saying something about just wanting to be themselves, who God created them to be. I thoroughly enjoyed Chris Rock’s appearance because he broadened the discussion beyond a conversation about how Black women weave and relax their hair. This is an issue that affects most women whatever their cultural or ethnic background.


In a society where women are constantly told to change, adjust, nip, alter, color, straighten, lengthen, bind, curl, crimp, highlight, cut, themselves it is a political statement to voluntarily step out of that fray. I see women who choose to wear their natural hair color and women who embrace their natural hair texture as making a political statement because it challenges the notion that women have to change how they naturally look in order to be beautiful. What do you think? I’d love to read your comments. Thanks!


If you want to learn more about a natural hair life style, check out a few sites that I find particularly helpful: http://www.nappturality.com/, http://www.curlynikki.com/, http://www.youtube.com/user/kimmaytube.

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