15 Apr Beauty week & half: Hair ramblings
Yesterday I posted this picture on Instagram. Everybody loved it. I loved it, because I love feeling my hair and touching my scalp and contrary to popular belief my braid-season-all-season campaign is not because I like the way I look with braids (which I do), or because I enjoy sitting in a chair for 6 hours whilst someone braids my hair, but it’s because after the 6 hours of that ‘hard work’ I am basically home free for about 2 months.
I referred to my sitting and getting my hair braided as ‘hard work’ because, I needed to contexualise to you just how lazy I am when it comes to my hair. In fact, the number one reason I will not get a weave is because I am lazy when it comes to hair, and I believe that a good looking weave, requires a bit of work, which I am just not willing to put in. 6 hours every 2 months is about all I can handle.
After a year of braids. I have spent the first half of this year, acquainting myself with good hair routines via all the natural hair blogs I follow, in order to fulfill my aspirations to wear my fro out; Blue Ivy Carter style. However this has been a somewhat fruitless exercise given my laziness and the fact that the really good natural hair blogs are written by African American authors, which means some of the product they reference is not available in South Africa plus I tend to believe that climate and other things affect how hair is and that basically our hair is not the same. Moreover, I still have not found a hair routine that fits into my lazy ass hair life, but I have discovered two things that have made my natural locks softer and healthier.
1. Shea Butter
A couple of weeks ago when I was in Cape Town, I was looking at the lovely Tokelo of Through Shaded Eyes soft amazing fro, and I needed to know what her hair routine was because my fro was not soft at all and its moisture retention was non-existent, which meant I found myself applying loads of product on my hair in order to try and get it soft. Shea Butter she told me. Even Curly Nikki confirmed this.
2. Jamaican Black Castor Oil
A lot of people have asked me about my hairline and basically to keep it really short, sweet and simple, Jamaican Black Castor Oil has been my hairline’s saving grace. I can confirm that it thickens and increases hair growth. Ain’t nobody got time for receding hairlines.