Archive | January, 2012

Mixed Hair For Kids

13 Jan

There is so many hair products designed specifically for the very curly hair of mixed-race children, which is a wonderful thing. Brands like Mixed Chicks, It’s a Curl and Kinky Curly and Blended Beauty have products you can use for 3-type hair. I think about having kids, and have seen in my own family and others, the hair of the children are completely 2-type, or Caucasian. The curly kinks I’m experiencing are not going to be experienced by my kid. It saddens me to know that, although it depends on the genes and there are a lot of mixed kids who have curly hair, not just straight hair. I’d love to have my hair genes be more dominant because I’m very proud of my kinky coils.

I think the hair biracial children have is as diverse as that of any culture plus more, because of the different components whether it’s the finest and shininess of Asian hair, or the thickness of Latino hair or the kinky thickness of Black hair. My mom has fine hair, and my father has very 4b African hair and I ended up with my father’s hair yet my sister ended up with my mom’s hair. You never know! That is the beauty of having biracial children, as many people can attest. I would be biased to say biracial kids are the cutest and have the best hair. I have cousins who are mixed (black/white) and look 100% white, and I have mixed cousins who look black with GORGEOUS locks.

The important thing is to know how to take care of the hair!

Dry Hair Sucks

6 Jan

My hair is extremely dry right now, like the Saharan desert. I haven’t received my humidifier yet, so I’m blaming it on the apartment heaters. I have definitely shed a lot of hair and it’s in a horrible condition. I feel it’s just the winter and my hair is barely hanging on to survive LOL.

As I’ve stated earlier, I’m going to buy some new products but now just things to go in my hair because it’s not the only step of being natural.

Things like satin pillowcases and satin hair wraps, for night-time help sooo much to stop breakage and dry hair. The humidifier is solely being bought so my hair doesn’t dry out. And I’m going to get one that doubles as a vaporizer.  I know this will really help a lot. At night, my hair wrap comes off and by the morning, my twists are frizzy and dry! 😦

The SheaMoisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment masque sounds like it’s the go-to to help rid my hair of so much damage and breakage since it is for dry and damaged hair (right up my alley!) Even though it’s $22+ tax, which is a steep price for one product, I have heard amazing reviews about it and SheaMoisture, the brand, in general.

I also realized I’m not drinking my 8 glasses of water a day and that could also be why my hair is shedding, and is so unbelievably dry. I used to drink a large bottle of Perrier a day but I haven’t for a week–around the time I noticed my hair getting really damaged.

Of course, with all the money and time I invested in my hair, I’m a little frustrated it’s in it’s current state. I wish I could show a photograph but I haven’t because it looks so bad. It’s dry and straight, with no curl pattern or healthy moisture even though I spray it with chamomile water and seal with coconut oil every day. I do know hair goes through a growing, shedding and rest period. Maybe this is the shedding period?!

Long term protective styles

1 Jan

I notice a lot of naturalistas in the beginning of their hair journey opted for wigs or extension braids so they could have length while their hair grew out a bit. This makes total sense to me now, especially with the crummy winter weather. Manipulating your hair every day in the winter isn’t a good idea.

I have been left with a lot of breakage and shedding and dealing with my hair on a day-to-day basis with the drying conditions hasn’t been very optimal for any hair growth. Despite deep conditioning and hot oil hair treatments, my hair is brittle, dry, and is experiencing breakage because it cannot handle the environment.

 

 

 

So, I made a hair appointment for hair extension braids later this month so I can give my poor hair a rest for a couple of months. I plan to leave them in until spring-time when humidity is back in the air and it is much warmer, and the heater in my apartment is shut off. Wearing a long-term protective style like braids can help keep your hair stronger, help it grow longer and retain the ends of your hair. I was very frustrated with having short, dry hair. Even though I LOVE having naturally, unprocessed hair–just like me, it needs a vacation too!

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I am definitely excited to rock a lot of twists outs during warmer months, but while my hair is suffering now…It is best to just let it be–safely nestled away.