''Useless!'' She yelled at me impatiently. That's why you didn't finish my work!
There's nothing else you think about except your hair!'' Even before she finished her words, my black silky, straight hair which was now at the mercy of her sturdy hands, was rationally let go of, causing my head to hit the wall behind me.
Are you trying to achieve curls for a special occasion or just want to change to a different hairstyle from your signature high puff? Do you dislike the thought of going under the dryer and wouldn't mind wearing rollers on your head for a good part of the day, or even sleeping with rollers on your head? Here are three styling tools which have been around for a while, and also work very well with naturally curly hair. For the newly returning natural, I've tried my best to explain how the differences between these three common, yet often mistaken styling tools.
Following a very successful event last year, the 6th edition of the Natural Hair Academy in Paris, France returns this year with an array of thrilling shows, workshops and discussions within the event. We take a look at last year's highlights, which left many visitors in attendance, eager for the next event.
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Do you remember when you decided to return back to natural? Were you scared, ashamed, unprepared for all the negative unsolicited comments and suggestions by worried friends and family members? Some of them were ready to play 'Dr. Njenga' on you, asking you if there was anything going on in your life that was causing you to 'neglect' yourself and outward appearance. Others called together a family meeting, thinking you had joined some cult where you vowed to abstain from combing or washing your hair. ''Are you into art now?'' ''Is this a 'fashion' that's going on? Worried, they tried all means to convince you to 'make' your hair. Funds were raised, bribes were offered, threats were made, all to have you succumb and give up this 'natural hair trend' that you had started following.
We are all struggling with something within ourselves. I know everyone's on their own natural hair/health journey, but I feel saddened when some of us, after doing their research and gathering all the helpful information decide to return to using chemicals that have been linked to very many diseases, especially among us African/African American women.
''Her hands and my hair don't get along! My scalp was so itchy, it felt like my head was on fire. I'm never letting her braid my hair again!''
Those are some harsh words that we often hear among ourselves when discussing a salon experience or listening to a friend reviewing a braider . But have you ever wondered why it pains so much when one braider does your hair, while another is so tender, you even forget she's sculpting your hair away and you even end up falling asleep? There are many superstitious stories and reasonings around this issue, but let's try to analyse the problem first.