Last week we launched our first ever beauty ritual series, “How it Feels to be a Black Woman.” We created this series to showcase how and why Black women take care of themselves in a world that doesn’t always take care of them. The series covers a few different topics and we’re kicking it off with hair. Caring for Black hair is so special and it’s something that connects us no matter where we are. With help from the natural hair movement, we’re building community in the name of caring for our curls and coils.
We asked each woman the below questions:
- What’s your fondest memory of getting your hair done as a child?
- How often do you wash your hair and what does your conditioning process look like?
- Which hair product will you never switch up on?
- Top 3 hairstyles?
Here’s what they had to say:
- “The HOT COMB! That’s a pain I will never forget. I didn’t get my hair straightened very often, but when I did, I would sit perched in between my mom or auntie’s legs with a hot comb heating on the stove. We never had the one that you plugged into an outlet, rather the (chills up your spine-inducing) hot comb for the stove top. I will never forget the sizzle when it hit my wet hair, or how still I had to sit in order to not get burned. Woo! Those moments were few and far between, but enough to scar me for life. On most occasions, you would find me with twists, held closely to my scalp with “bobos” or “bubbles”. I loved that look, and my mother did that for me every Sunday. I also think it encouraged my hair growth as a child, as it was a tension free, low manipulation style.”
- “I wash my hair about twice a week or every 4 days. Reasons for washing vary between dirty hair, dry hair, or (usually) a knotted “point of no return” style. There comes a point in my wash and go where no amount of water, leave in, or curl cream can revive, and that’s when it’s time to wash. I don’t always shampoo with each wash- maybe every 1-2 weeks, as needed. Conditioning is key for me- I start with deep conditioning with heat, followed by more conditioner to detangle/soften, and completed by a leave-in conditioner to begin styling.”
- “Probably too many to name. I stan Garnier Fructis leave-in conditioner, green or orange bottle. That’s normally the base of every style I do, as it leaves my hair soft and prepped for styling, and never leaves white flakes when combined with literally ANY product. Another staple is Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker– I was recently introduced to this and it’s incredible for a wash and go. The best curl styler I’ve ever used, as it gives great hold, without compromising on the moisture. It’s worth the coin :)”
- “The picked-out wash and go will always be top 1. Followed by the messy high bun- closer to God. And a slick pony to pull the hair out the face, and a great protective style.”
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- “When I was a child, my mother would sit me down once a week on our front porch to do my hair. As much as I hated the pain of getting my hair done, it was still probably one of the best days of the week. We would laugh, converse with our neighbors across the street, and just truly have fun together. Nowadays people just go inside their home and don’t interact with neighbors.”
- “I use a clarifying shampoo every other week, and during the other weeks, I use a co-wash. I deep condition after each one, weekly. I used to use a clarifying shampoo every week, and that was stripping my hair a little too much. Ever since I switched to this routine my hair has flourished, and still has the necessary moisture throughout the week- plus my scalp is clean.”
- “I will never stop using Mielle Organics Pomegranate and Honey line. When I first starting wearing my natural hair, I bought the Leave In Conditioner and Twisting Soufflé from the line. They said they were made for type 4 hair, so I decided I would try them. A year later and they are still in my top 3 list!”
- “1- Classic Twist- Out, 2- Bantu Knots, 3- The Puff!”
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- “Getting my hair washed on Sunday evenings over the kitchen sink. It was a whole task! My mom would wash my hair then comb it out (the absolute worst) and we would sit in the living room or den for her to braid it. I would sit on the floor and she would sit on the couch. She would put it in 2-3 braids and that would be my hairstyle for the week. We would do a mid-week refresh of the braids and then repeat the whole process the following Sunday!”
- “I wash my hair every 4-7 days. I usually use a deep conditioner every other time I wash, but I don’t necessarily leave it in for 30 mins. I want to start deep conditioning for longer and get a steamer to sit under!”
- “Mielle Organics Twisting Souffle, that stuff is magic! it’s so hydrating and leaves my curls so defined every time. I use it on wash and go’s even though it’s meant for twist/braid outs. Also, Devacurl Supercream and Light Styling Gel! I love that combo!”
- “Just down, up in a high pony/pineapple and the half pineapple! I know, super basic! I wanna try new styles though :)”
- “My fondest memory as a child was getting my hair done with my god sister Nicky. Both our mothers would do our hair at the same time and we would be in pain together and it was fun.”
- “I wash my hair every week and deep condition with a few different things. First pre-poo aloe treatment, then co wash then a deep conditioner. After that, I air dry with leave-in conditioner.
- “I could switch up on conditioner and leave in conditioner all day. Different products give you different bounce and movement. However, I can never switch upon Eco styler Gel.”
- “(Black hair) slick back, (copper/blonde hair) afro puff, (both hair colors) fro”
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- “My fondest memory of getting my hair done as a child is the pain that I would experience as my mother detangled my hair. I would always ask her to just relax my hair so that I don’t have to experience the pain. She always told me “no” and I would always be mad at her. However, now I am happy that she never decided to relax my hair.”
- “I wash my hair at least once a week. My conditioning process includes me conditioning my hair using Camille Rose Naturals Moroccan Pear Conditioning Custard and detangling my hair while wet in the shower. I then follow up using the Camille Rose Algae Deep Conditioner. I then go to sleep and rinse the deep conditioner out in the morning.
- “I will NEVER get rid of my Camille Rose Curl Maker. It is hands down one of the best products I have come across to help me achieve my perfect wash and go!”
- “My top 3 hairstyles are a wash and go with a middle part, a low sleek bun, and a high pineapple/puff.”
The next topic we’ll cover is makeup! Stay tuned.