The 10 Non-Creamy Crack Commandments to Healthy Natural Hair
First, yes, Biggie is like my second pops & I feel personally disrespected by Rich Homie Quan.Second, let me just say that I'm no hair blogger. I've just been natural since 2011 or 2012 (I honestly can't remember), and have been able to maintain a healthy natural mane since. This here is not rocket science nor is it expensive or even time consuming. Your natural hair should not be looked at as a project or an experiment that feels frustrating or forced. Do you think that before hair relaxers or hot combs were created we roamed around stressing about our kinky, curly hair? Our hair made us different. We were unique. We stood out. We were so creative with what we were naturally given. I was given my first hair relaxer at some point in middle school, by my stepmother, because she was no longer able to tame my hair. I never had an opinion about it then, I just went along with the flow since she was the one taking care of my hair anyway. But, now that I look back I realize that it didn't even make a difference. My hair was still thick. It would still frizz up in the slightest humid atmosphere. And whats even worse is that at those times when my hair would frizz up like crazy I didn't have the opportunity to just wear a natural bush because hair relaxers don't allow for your hair to be versatile. Its just straight. Boring. Edges LAID. But, boring. My hair then became heat trained and that was all I knew. It wasn't until I was about the age of 21 that I began to only allow myself to get a perm only if I absolutely needed it. I had gone 4 months without a perm but I was still able to do my hair without it being a struggle. That's when I decided that maybe I just didn't need to continue to perm my hair at all. I never looked back. The decision was made without any real thought put into it or without any hesitation. I didn't start stressing about hair products. I didn't start stressing about my hair texture. I didn't start stressing about hair length or shrinkage or breakage. I just allowed my hair to be.
Fast forward to a few years later when I started realizing a difference in my hair. Here's the part Im sure you all are patiently waiting for. lol. Through physical and spiritual growth, trial, and error, here are the commandments to healthy natural hair.
Uno. Drink. More. Water. Not just MORE water, but ONLY water. Leave those damn juices and, especially, sodas ALONE! Water is the most important natural component that we all need to appreciate so much more. I swear water will solve all your problems. Hair problems, skin problems, boyfriend problems, EVERYTHING!
Dos. Eat cleaner. Eat healthier. Go through your cabinets and throw away all your food products that contain a lot of sugar and high fructose corn syrup right now. Buy organic foods as much as you possibly can.
Tres. Get your fingers out of your damn hair! Let it be child. If your hair already sheds a lot on its own then why are you helping it shed more?
Cuatro. If your hair is shedding too much then have you gotten a trim in the past six to eight weeks? A trim is a major, MAJOR key to healthy hair ( and not just natural hair).
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Cinco. Get some organic coconut oil, baby girl. Put that shit on errrythang. Get a jar for your food. Get a jar for your skin. And get a jar for your hair.
Seis. I ONLY use a wig brush to detangle my hair.
Siete. I Only use this one leave in conditioner/ moisturizer to detangle and moisturize my hair. And guess where I buy it from? Come on. Just one guess. Yup, the dollar store. Dollar General to be exact. Cost me $3 and some change. I must confess that I do have a super heavy hand, so sometimes a brand new jar could be used up in less than 2 weeks. I don't believe that you should have to use that much each time but let me tell you something about thick hair...ugh.
Ocho. I only wash my hair once a week. Depending on what I did during the week like excessive use/build-up of my leave in conditioner, swimming, or climbing my mans tree for hours that turn into days (yes, I am very blessed), then I'll obviously have to wash my hair back to back.
Nueve. Pineapple your hair nightly. Or get some silk pillowcases. I really don't do either like I'm supposed to. But, believe me, when I don't I suffer those consequences like breakage, frizz, tangling.
Diez. Unapologetically, unconditionally, and unquestionably love your SELF and your hair in all of its shrinkage of glory, tangled evolution, and kinky ass blackness. :)
UPDATE: Forgot to mention that you should use a t-shirt instead of a towel to dry your hair and I only use heat when I straighten my hair which is only like once a month. So, actually, 12 non-creamy crack commandments?