Sunday, 15 November 2009

Good Hair

"If your hair's relaxed white people are relaxed, if your hair is nappy they're not happy" (best quote in the film)

So I watched Good Hair and I have to say that I was thoroughly disappointed. I was waiting for Chris to get to the part where he met up with some natural sisters who may of communicated to the audience how proud they were of their natural hair, but alas that part never came (there was one so called celebrity with natural hair featured). Instead the film was dominated by footage of a hair show where over zealous, self obsessed hair dressers were able to showcase their talents, this included a token white guy hairdresser who was seen to be a miracle worker with black women’s hair, but as you’ve probably guessed they only styled processed hair.

Another thing that I didn’t like about the film was that Chris also featured a segment on how much black women paid for weaves and ‘hair units’ going into the thousands! The only good thing shown in my opinion was they demonstrated how harmful the chemicals in relaxers are. A white scientist was shocked to learn that these chemicals were used on humans!

I don’t want to seem like I’m moaning (but I am). The marketing for this film made it seem as though the film was going to tell people that having natural hair was good hair, and take a subjective look at how Black women treat their hair. I was left thinking how stupid some black women are for spending so much money on their hair, and taking away from their natural beauty. The film only served to perpetuate that many Black women still are mentally enslaved by Eurocentric ideologies of beauty.

I’m not a Pan-African activist, and I’m not totally against weaves and wigs, but I do find it saddening when some women really totally rely on these things so much so that they begin to dislike their own natural hair. Being a black women who chemically processed her hair for 14 years, and has now begun her naturally hair journey, I can say with confidence that doing the big chop is a liberating and emotional experience.

Black women are very attached to their hair and it’s an important part of who they are; this at least came across in the film Good Hair. But what didn’t come across is that being happy with what God blessed you with and breaking through the years of ingrained social stereotypes of what are acceptable notions of beauty for a Black woman in a white world is a hard journey for a Black woman to take.

The natural journey is a journey that many Black women are not prepared to take yet, but I encourage you to think about it, it’s a journey that I’m taking and it’s hard sometimes to wake up in the morning and be greeted with a ‘fro but I see my ‘fro as me taking back my history, and letting my true black beauty shine through.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

To use ECO STYLER or not?

Okay so for the past week and half I've been using Eco Styler (with olive oil) gel, and I really like it for the simple fact that it defines my curls like no other product that I've tried up to now. My problem is that it leaves my hair feeling cruncy and I don't know what to do! This morning I co-washed and I used Curls quenched curls moisturizer and I put on some shea butter before using the Eco styler, I thought that this might soften it up a bit but no luck. I don't know what to do, please advise!

Update on Curls Products

The Curls products didn't provide good second day hair, I have found recently that I'm having to co-wash my hair everyday so that I can have defined curls. To co-wash I'm using either the coconut sublime or Organix coconut conditioner or the Organix pomegranate coditioner, I then use the Curls quenched curls because I think that it's an excellent product and I use Eco styler olive oil gel, and Green People aloe vera gel. This is what is working for me so far.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Curls (TM)

I've recently tried a range of products by Curls, their slogan is "Effortless, Frizz Free Curls for Multi Ethnic Women and Girls". Well what can I say I purchased a whole 4 step product line

#1 Curlicious Curls Cleansing Cream
#2 Coconut Sublime Moisturizing Conditioner
#3 Quenched Curls Moisturizer
#4 Curl Soufflé and Whipped Cream

All the products have a high percentage of natural ingredients (I'm not going to list them check out the website) so much so that they all smell like you can eat them, the Curl Soufflé could be mistaken for yogurt. After using the whole system my hair felt soft and moisturised. The Curl Soufflé did help my curl definition, only drawback was I washed my hair at 9am and by 6pm my crown was still damp, but my hair was smelling sweet! In addition I didn't have much shine, my hair looked a little dull. I would recommend this product line, and I would use it again but not on a TWA, I'll wait until I have some more length.

My Hairstory

I have done the Big Chop twice the first time was March of this year, and the second was in August. The need for the second big chop was due to trying a so called natural relaxer and colouring my hair.

My first post

Although I have a You Tube channel I don't always have time to make and upload videos and I thought a blog would be useful, to quickly up load pictures and thoughts. I just realised yesterday that I've been trying a few products and taking pictures of the outcome but I'm losing track of which products are for which pictures. I'm trying to work my way to those few staple products that I can use, and can really be happy with.