What are some of your favorite tips for naturalistas like yourself, and what natural-hair-care products are your current favorites?
The biggest tip I would suggest for my fellow naturalistas is to learn about hair porosity. I had never heard of it before, but it is the most important element to understanding how to take care of your natural hair and what products would work best. Overall, our hair needs moisture—no doubt. Moisture, moisture, moisture! Porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb moisture. You can have high, low or normal porosity. If you have low porosity, like I do, your hair will not absorb moisture easily. It will often be super-dry the next day because products are just sitting on top of the hair and not being absorbed. That happens because the hair cuticles are very tight. Your hair will feel dry and hard and can break very easily, like mine did all those years. I learned I needed heat to open up my cuticles so the products could penetrate to truly moisturize. This is why I sit under the dryer when I condition my hair. I also live in California, where the air is very dry and there’s little to no humidity—which really doesn’t help.
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Knowing this information means your approach to moisturizing, taking care of your hair and the products you use will be different from other naturalistas. And I know this sounds like blasphemy, but coconut oil isn’t for everyone. There’s a test you can do at home with a glass of water to see where your hair lands with porosity. Google it to learn more. There’s also a wealth of information online about how to approach your hair based on high, low or normal porosity. Check it out. You’ll be glad you did.
I use all water-based products now. My current favorite shampoo is Kinky-Curly
Come Clean. My favorite conditioner is Matrix Biolage Cleaning Conditioner, and I also use the HydraSource Conditioning Mask for dry hair. After washing my conditioner out, I wrap everything up with Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai twisting butter. I do oil my hair from time to time—and when I do, I use thinner oils like avocado oil.
What are some of your favorite natural hairstyles to wear for daytime and the red carpet?
My favorite styles to wear for daytime and red-carpet looks are the crown goddess braid, updos and leaving my hair natural and free after an old straw set.
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