natural hair love

Natural Hair? Give it Some Love

Your natural hair is beautiful. Sometimes we need to keep reminding ourselves of this fact. It might seem like it’s hard to keep up with your natural hair sometimes but we promise it’s not.

To get you started, here is a little love from us just for you. Your natural hair is beautiful, and so are you.

Some History

Let’s face it, we have been greatly miseducated when it comes to our natural hair. Growing up we were told that it is tough to manage. That some people have “good hair” while others have “bad hair”. That we look better and more professional when we wear our hair straight. That tight hairstyles promote hair growth. Do you see where I am going with this…

Leave a comment below. What other negative comments have you grown up associating with your natural hair?S

Love-Hate Relationship

As women especially African women, having long/big beautiful hair is something we often dream about. But everything we knew about our natural hair was negative. So instead we would try to fix it.

Our love-hate relationship was so bad that we encouraged others to damage it if we weren’t causing the damage ourselves.

Heat Damage

Remember the amount of smoke coming off of your hair while it was blow-dried or flat ironed hair? The smell of burnt hair and grease? In our minds, there was nothing wrong with that scene. And if it wasn’t straight enough, we asked for more “…nataka ilalae kabisa!…kwanza hapa hujachoma vizuri…” (I want it to lay down completely… And this section here, you haven’t straightened this properly)

Tight Styles

Don’t even get me started on the tight hairstyles. Sleeping after a trip to the salon for some new braids was impossible for most of the first week. Again we would say “…shika hizi za mbele vizuri zisikae untidy…” (Make sure you grab all the hair on the hairline so it doesn’t look untidy). No wonder traction alopecia was so rampant!

Over-Processing

And the craziest of all, relaxers. It is hard to imagine myself sitting through a retouch session now. Scalp burning and the stylist trying to convince me to give it a few more minutes because it wasn’t ready yet. Or the constant suggestions to use super relaxer next time because regular just wasn’t getting it straight enough (sic). If you haven’t watched the movie Good Hair yet I would highly recommend that you do . You can watch the movie trailer here.

Yet we always wondered why our hair was thinning, why it wasn’t growing (meaning getting longer), why it was so brittle, or why we would have so much hair left in the sink after a salon visit… The answer is simple, we didn’t know how to give our hair the love it deserved.

The Natural Hair Movement

The natural hair movement has brought with it so much information on how to care for our natural hair. Now we not only see luscious afros in the streets but more and more women willing to wear their hair in its natural state than we have ever had before as well.

The negative comments … that’s a thing of the past. You are more likely to have to explain why your hair is relaxed than you are that its natural.

The pioneers of the natural hair movement choose to love and accept their hair as it grows out of their scalp. Thanks to them, we now have the tools needed to have healthy, lovely, luscious hair.

Slowly but surely…

Let’s get this right though. Loving your natural hair does not necessarily mean spending three hours a day in front of the mirror. In fact, it just means taking a few minutes out of your day to rejuvenate your hair. 

Here are some tips to get you started.

Moisturize your hair

Water is your hair’s best friend. You can either use water, a store-bought product with water as its main ingredient or a simple DIY mix you make at home. Just make sure not to be heavy-handed to avoid weighing your hair down.

Depending on your schedule, you could either do this in the evening just before you sleep or in the morning getting ready for your day. Whichever works best for you.

Lightly spray water or the product onto your natural hair and massage it through your strands making sure to get every strand hydrated.

Seal your ends 

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They need the most attention. Think of them as the elders and treat them with extra care. After moisturizing your hair, rub some oil or butter through your ends.

Use rich, thick products like our hydrating butter or moisture milk. Don’t forget to massage the product throughout your hair.

This is simple, yet it not only helps to keep your hair nice and soft but also protects your ends from wrapping around themselves causing single strand knots.

Do your research

Learning to take care of natural hair is a learning curve. We have to re-educate ourselves on how to take care of it. 

This means learning what works for your hair and what doesn’t. This includes learning about density, porosity, thickness and fineness of hair among other topics that will be covered in due time.

Finally…

Accept your hair

It is what it is and it is gorgeous! It is beautiful, it is you. If you embrace it for what it is, you’ll be surprised at how enjoyable the process will be.

Peace, love and lots of moisture!


Love, Mosara


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