Pretty Girls Wear 20 Pearls… And Natural Hair

1 Jul

This post is dedicated to those Oh So Pretty Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. To my 21 D.E.G.R.E.E.S of AKAtude, I ♥ each and every one of you more than I could physically express. You all support me and believe in me when I don’t believe in myself. I get 20 P.O.Vs for free and so much luv… I’m just overcome with emotion right now, even as I type. Thank you all for believing in me, being there, and supporting this dream.

To my neos, pros, and other Sorors, I thank you all for supporting my dream and vision. This post was inspired by you all; the ones that decided to forget the stereotype of what we are “supposed” to be and allow our natural beauty to shine; those of you whom know that healthy, long hair and beautiful glowing skin can be achieved; for those of us that appreciate what God gave us and finally want to experience freedom. Skee-wee my oh so pretty Sorors- natural and relaxed alike.

The purpose of this post is to give some insight into what natural hair is, how it works and how YOU need to handle it.

I have talked to many Sorors about natural hair – many of whom are transitioning-  and it was brought to my attention that most of them have no clue what to do with their hair if they aren’t putting the “creamy crack” on it. So for all you “transitioners”,  this post will help you tons.

First things first, moisture Moisture MOISTURE!!!! Water is YOUR friend! Despite what has been previously beat into our heads about keeping our hair as far from water as possible, water is not the enemy. We need to drink at least 64oz. of water a day; our body is composed of mostly water so wouldn’t it make sense that our hair and skin crave water too? FACT: Hair and skin are all apart of the integumentary system. Skin becomes dehydrated without enough water… the same thing happens to your hair!!! I know you may hate water or think that 64oz. of water is a lot to take in during one day. Let me break it down this way: 1 regular water bottle has 2 servings of water in it. Drinking 4 regular water bottles throughout the day amounts to your entire days serving of water. Try that train of thought for a few days and notice the difference in your hair and skin.

Secondly, heat is not your best friend! Step away from the flat-iron honey. Trust me, you will thank me later. Constant flat- ironing of your natural hair/ nu growth will lead to permanent damage, burning and breakage of your hair. If you always straighten your natural hair, you will permanently lose your curl pattern. No matter how much you cut or condition, the curl pattern is very unlikely to return. If you are dealing with frizziness, fly aways or unruliness, then try a curling pomade (with no mineral oil or petroleum) or a hair gel (with no alcohols) and a scarf to lay down your edges and fly aways.  Women of color have a chronic obsession with straight edges; with that obsession comes thinning of the hair line and baldness due to over processing with chemicals, excessive heat exposure and too tight braids or ponytails. PLEASE  abandon these beliefs and ideals about your hair. Your curly/wavy/kinky/coily hair is PEARLFECT just the way it is NATURALLY! God made us all in His sight and He never made a mistake. I mean everyone can rock a “side part under” but your natural hair has a texture and a curl/wave pattern all its own. It’s completely unique, one of a kind, just like your fingerprints. Embrace that! Love that! Accept that!  (unless you want to have bald spots and breakage for the rest of your life)

Lastly, all products are not created equal. Some products are so nourishing and just awesome for your hair. Other products are filled with nothing but junk and will do you no good. There are so many products out and so many more that are in the works and tons that are popping up on the shelves everyday. How do you weed through all of these products to get down to the ones that work best for you? Simple… read the labels! Look for things like shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, mango oil, jojoba oil, essential oils like rosemary, sage, tea tree and WATER! If you have trouble reading the labels or understanding the ingredients in something, google it! Google is a great tool. If you still just don’t know (not everyone is a chemist, I know), then email me, tweet me, text me… what ever. I will be happy to help. Some things for all naturals to look out for and avoid are Mineral oil, petroleum, parabens, sulfates (SLS: sodium lauryl sulfate) and alcohols (isopropyl, benzyl alcohol, ethyl alcohol, methanol). If it sounds funky or suspect just ask or google it.

That’s all today. I’ll keep the tips coming babydolls. Again please contact me if you have any questions, comments or something you want to add. Follow the blog on twitter @DollFace_Prod

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8 Responses to “Pretty Girls Wear 20 Pearls… And Natural Hair”

  1. Ashley Brown July 1, 2010 at 9:05 AM #

    Bev- Your blog is very inspiring. Over the past 5 years or so I obsessed over trying to try EVERYTHING to promote healthy hair. I wasted those 5 years because the solution (as you clearly stated) is moisture and abundant intakes of water. Our path to healthy natural hair begins from within. All in all, everyone should seek out what works for them. No one person is the same which translates into “everyone’s hair is unique”.

  2. dollface3 July 1, 2010 at 2:51 PM #

    AB you said it so eloquently! We are all different. Even I don’t have the same hair type all over my head… there’s a mix of 3 and 4 a, b, and c going on up there. I just hope that we all aspire to become healthier, happy, more free individuals and Sorors. Let us not be bound by sterotypes and “societal norms”… NATURAL IS NORMAL!

    Luv yah AB and Thank you for supporting!

  3. Crystal Jamison July 1, 2010 at 6:00 PM #

    Thanks Bev…its been a long year+ for me but I’ve enjoyed it! I too agree with the statements in the post/comments & will continue to embrace natural hair/healthy being. Although its been a year I’m still learning my hair…trying new products, getting out of the notion that brand matters & actually trying self styles and stop paying others to figure out what my hair needs (except for the needed pamper days). I hope your followers “follow suit”

    You know I will always have your back!

  4. Keronica July 12, 2010 at 3:39 AM #

    Bev! You are so right! Mositure is the key. Since the summer began I started to co-wash (washing with just conditioner) a lot more. It keeps my hair manageable and my hair has always been thick with or without crack!
    Also,it is really essential being a military natural to keep it moist. Because clearly, our regs state no afros or dreads…i do believe its pulling the culture card but thats another story.
    I can honestly say i have not flat ironed my hair since ive become a natural (wooohooo) and i love my curl pattern. Ill send you some pictures..lov ya hun

    • dollface3 July 12, 2010 at 6:32 AM #

      Girl this heat is killing my curls. The scortching 105 highs and 90 lows are drying out my hair everyday. I’ve opted for a protective style for the remainder of the summer.

      I want loads of pics of your hair hon! I’m super excited to see how much it has changed since I’ve seen you last. Love ya tons and stay safe my dear!

  5. cheleski August 11, 2010 at 12:56 PM #

    skeewee!
    #% Gamma Theta
    Hampton U
    sprt 89(old skool, whatevah!)

    • dollface3 August 15, 2010 at 4:49 PM #

      Skee- Wee Soror! Gamma Nu Claflin University Spr 06
      Thank you for stopping by! Please come back and visit soon.
      Love your site and will get your book soon! I’ve been following you on twitter as well… follow DollFace Prod @DollFace_Prod
      Would love to dialogue with you… we have very similar journeys! Its so inspiring to see someone who started out in the sciences and is using that knowledge for the hair industry.

  6. Maureen Wilson December 11, 2011 at 8:53 AM #

    Great Article! How can I get the AKA print?

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