Once again, I just want to say I love my natural hair and this journey of taking care of it in its natural state. You hear of people talking about that ‘good’ hair. What is ‘good’ natural hair? Soft, thick, bouncy, loosely curled? Well, I have type 4 hair, very soft when moisturised, very fine strands that are so vulnerable if you look at them wrong they might fly away and medium to low density hair. I pray for thicker hair and stronger stands, and thankfully as it gets longer it looks thicker. I have had issues, though, naturally, excuse the pun. I’ve had to learn through brittle strands, tangling and excessive shedding what I was doing wrong.
WHAT WORKS FOR ANOTHER NATURAL HAIRED GIRL, EVEN ONE WITH SIMILAR HAIR TO YOURS, IS NOT NECESSARILY GOING TO WORK ON YOUR HAIR!
That is the main lesson I’ve learnt.
Here are a few other things I’ve learnt:
- My hair does NOT like aloe vera (unless I’m going to wash it out very soon afterwards), amla and coconut oil. All of these products make my hair brittle and unhappy
- My hair loves glycerin, but only when there is some humidity in the air (Harare is not a humid place unless it’s about to rain or just after it has rained)
- My scalp doesn’t like to have much on it
- Extensions (for box braids) that are not silky are a big NO NO
- My hair needs to be trimmed or dusted often – it’s those fine strands being their vulnerable selves
- My hair thrives in half wigs although wearing wigs irritates me
- Make sure to check expiry dates on products (more on this in my henna story soon…)
We live, we learn. That’s the way the journey goes…