I was led to write this by reading a blog on http://www.curlynikki.com that mentioned that hair can actually be over moisturized. Hygral fatigue was a term that I never heard of but discovered is the result of too much moisture. It is the excessive swelling of the hair cuticle as water is absorbed and the contracting of the hair cuticle as it dries. This leads to weaker strands over time, causing the hair to stretch beyond normal and eventually lead to breakage. Examples of what can harm your hair are: 1) perpetual overnight conditioning; 2) deep conditioning longer than the recommended use; 3) re-wetting a wash and go style daily without allowing the hair to completely dry and 4) solely using moisturizing conditioners that are void of protein. Here is the link to the article I’m referring to:
So let me get this straight . . . too much moisture is bad??? Well shut the front door!!!
I grew up in the era of “the curl”. Jherri Curls, Carefree Curls and Wave Nouveau were all the rage. People sprayed their hair with activator to oblivion and slept with their hair covered in plastic bags NIGHTLY. The crazy thing was: their hair grew like crazy. The reason behind it was that their hair was constantly moisturized. Curl juice left behind on clothing & furniture was just a part of achieving the perfect bouncy and juicy curls.
We are now in a new era where the naturally curly look reigns supreme. There is one man whose name equates with maximum moisture: Anthony Dickey. Dickey is a celebrity hair stylist, author of the book “Hair Rules” and co-founder of Hair Rules salon. His mission is to educate and provide solutions for how to care for natural waves, curls and kinks. His method has made him an anti-shrinkage guru. The Anthony Dickey method suggests that you wet your hair completely and while hair is dripping wet, apply a lot of conditioner to completely saturate the hair. Rinse the hair and apply A LOT of leave in conditioner and/or styling product. You must apply a lot because your hair must be dripping wet. Next, shake your head back and forth in order to set the curls free to fall where you want them to be in your hair style. The last step: DON”T TOUCH IT! Either air dry, use a diffuser with your blow dryer or sit under a hooded dryer. He says this can be done 2-3 times a week.
As a new natural, here is where the confusion begins. One side says: too much moisture is a bad thing. The other side says: you can’t even think of having too much moisture. I’m not even going to discuss the L.O.C Method lovers (that’s a blog for another day). So what do we do? Who do you listen to? Listen to YOUR hair. After you have worked with your hair for a while, you will realize what it likes and what it doesn’t. Do what makes your hair look good and more importantly, feel good and your hair will thank you.
I have been natural for years but just kept it covered with wigs and weaves. I was a virgin hair distributor for years. I got tired of spending blinding amounts of money on hair and installations so I switched to wigs. I then got tired of buying wigs: figuring out colors that work with me, buying a wig and it’s not the same as the last one, etc. So this is my official “coming out” blog :). I have been wearing my hair out for about 3 weeks now. I LOVE it. I feel free and light. I have been styling my hair in a puff on top of my head most of the time and occasionally a puff to the back of my head.
I was encouraged to come out by very unlikely sources: young twenty-somethings! I know, what?!? We all know that grey hair is all the rage right now. Everyone from teens to middle-aged women are wearing grey weaves, dying their hair grey or just wearing their own out. Producer/singer Sevyn Streeter has a grey weave in her video with Chris Brown. Toya Wright is also sporting the grey. I have been wanting to free myself from the bondage of additional hair for a while now so once I saw grey was “en vouge”, I thought “why not?, it’s my time!” I have some grey hair (that I obtained early). I washed my hair and slicked it down with some product and tied it down. I let hubby see it about an hour later and asked him what he thought. He said that he hadn’t seen my hair in so long, he forgot what it looked like. He actually liked the wave pattern formed by the water, product and scarf and from that moment on, it’s been out for the world to see.
I went to church for the first time with the new ‘do and was pleasantly surprised at the position reaction. One lady even told me not to put anymore hair on top of my head anymore because I was hiding such a pretty face. I was shocked. People have been very supportive and it feels good.
I have joined different natural hair groups and I’m ready to receive the love and support of other naturalistas. As a new member of #TeamNatural I see love in the groups but I’m also seeing hate. I’m seeing the battle between the type 3 & type 4 hair types. I’m also seeing people being very judgmental toward each other regarding techniques of styling and product. I guess I just assumed that everyone in the natural community showed each other enormous love because they know that in the community they don’t get the hate and negative feedback that we get from media, relatives, friends, Corporate America and so forth. I was floored tonight to see someone online criticizing a picture of someone’s baby hair. Really people, baby hair???? Who cares? I thought it was beautiful. Hell, I wish I had as much baby hair as the girl had so I could swerve mine all over the place too.
Maybe I’m just too happy because I’m new to the movement. I just want us all to get our afro pics out, wide tooth combs, and spray bottles and stand in a circle and sing Kumbayah. Is that too much to ask???