It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.
I heard someone say that spring has already come and gone. Truth be told, since Kent Cook left channel 2 you can pretty much guarantee that every forecast will be inaccurate, to say the least. What I mean is, you won’t ever truly know what to expect from Mother Nature in my beautiful city. So let’s focus on what you do know, and how to save your hair from the most common disasters.
Don’t dump your coconut oil down the drain just yet. The worst of the wetness in the air won’t truly begin until early July. Nonetheless, be prepared! (Stay ready and you ain’t gotta get ready.) One of the most effective ways to protect your mane from harsh humid conditions is to ensure that your hair is coated with a natural shaft sealant like , (you guessed it!), coconut oil. And of course, protective styles.
Fast forward to the first day of summer and everyone in the A is naked. No more bras or pants, just melanin and Afros dancing in the afternoon sun. Excessive sunlight (uva) can break down the proteins in the shaft of your hair. Many of us may notice that our hair lightens significantly in the summer as a result of this phase. Apply sunscreen directly to your scalp and invest in stylish hats to prevent damage if you plan to spend the summer outdoors!
- Smoke, Parties, Beaches & Rap Music
- Party time is upon us children! Medusa is open, Edgewood is fully revived and Gucci is home. These Atlanta nights get long and steamy honey. I created a product specifically for this purpose. My Super Dope Melanin Mist is a blend of organic rose petal potion, aloe vera, & essential oils designed to refresh your skin and hair while shielding both from harmful uva and environmental exposure. Purchase my Melanin Mist to preserve your sexy!
Allow me to reintroduce myself. My name is Super Dope Karmen. And thank you all for tuning in once again. It has been my objective for all of 36 months to deliver riveting and resourceful content based loosely around the subject of natural hair. I’ve failed miserably in that endeavor. Today I stand with renewed vigor and a greater appreciation for the struggle.
You see – having always styled my own hair – I took for granted that my sisters all across the globe were fighting the good fight…ALONE.Of the 1000 (literally!!) Black women that have graced my chair over the past 3 years, more than half of them are virtually clueless about general hair care. So this blog is for you. I have extensive experience with natural hair and I aim to empower each and every one of you to take on your mane with confidence!!
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I feel used.
I won’t name names, but there are at least 100 relaxed women that exploited my talent to protect their chemically endangered hair this summer. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate your support. I just don’t know why you use me and then turn away in favor of the creamy crack; However, I do love you. I also understand that the texture of your hair may frighten you when considering going natural. I know the time that have available to maintain your mane is limited. Here are a few ways to begin your healthy hair journey. Don’t be alarmed, these are just the basics. You can do this! I believe in you.
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1. Steer clear of sew-ins and other styles that don’t allow your hair and scalp to breathe. Don’t worry, trouble won’t last always. Taking a break from styles that don’t allow the skin on your scalp to breathe will allow you precious time to get to know your mane. Become comfortable with styling your hair, even if it doesn’t come out right!
2. Brush your hair often. This one is from my mama. Brushing/combing your hair stimulates the follicles beneath and encourages healthy hair growth.
3. Deep condition your hair regularly. If it’s a Cantu or Shea Butter treatment, or the old school Mayo methods or hot oil treatment. One per week, deep condition your hair. You’ll thank me. I promise.
4. And finally, stay positive. Pimpin’ ain’t easy. Neither is the transition process. You’re on your way to healthier hair and a better outlook on handling your hair in general.
What are some of your concerns as you make the natural transition??
As we are on this natural hair journey together, embracing our awesomeness becomes challenging at times. Like early mornings, when you’re already late and your hair is being a total bitch. Or after sexy time, when you want to preserve the allure and attraction but the devil has taken hold of your hair so badly you think you need an exorcist. It is in these moments, when you decide that a protective style is best for you. Be it braids, Havana twists, Marley twists or crochet braids of any kind- rules still apply. Read and follow directions. You’ll thank me later!!
- DO Respect your edges. Big buns are beautiful (no pun intended), but put your hair up in moderation. No need to stress your gorgeous, yet sensitive mane everyday.
- DO Moisturize! The importance of protective styles will only be evident if your hair is well nourished. Your scalp needs your love and affection!
- DO Redip your feathers. The feathered tips of your protective style (braids & twists) are sure to need a refresh over the course of a few weeks. Simply bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Dip the feathers into the water immediately. Dry with large towel. Repeat as necessary.
- DON’T Wash your braids if they are waist length or if you aren’t fully comfortable with handling all of your braids or twists while wet. Synthetic hair is notorious for holding odors, both pleasant and pungent. Wash your scalp well. Rinse. and repeat if necessary.
- DONT Pull and tug. By all means, enjoy special time with your mate ladies. However, be mindful of slippage and potential breakage of your natural hair when too much pressure is applied.
- DONT Apply too much product an occasional light spritzing and daily shine or sheen spray will suffice (for the actual braid) Moisturize your scalp every other day to avoid the “root caking” that occurs by overusing product.
DO enjoy your protective style and DO ask questions if you’re unsure of how to maintain your style. After all, the goal is to help, not hurt your hair!