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Kinky Rebellion

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]y hair story is quite a funny one and I’ve talked a lot about it on some older posts. Being natural I’m not going to say has been the best decision, it was just a different one and I’m quite surprised I haven’t give up on the hair trip because…… Boy am I lazy when it comes to hair care.

My lazy days took me to doing deep conditioning treatments on dry and unclean hair. I get a lot of people telling me it’s against the rules of being natural to DC on dirty hair. Do I agree with them? Duh! My hair, my rules abi?

Sure I used to stress about length and contemplated taking hairfinity but as an all time cheapo I wasn’t about to spend 30€ on a bottle especially as I hate popping pills. I was natural for four years before I started a care routine. So yes I was doing all the wrong things…. Eg would be not letting water touch my hair except on wash day. Now we all know for black hair to thrive, all it basically needs is water so imagine that for four long years, I deprived my hair of its most essential food.

My growth pattern was odd and the front always grew way longer than the back and this would make me chop off my hair for a leveled look each time I noticed the growth. Yeah well, I stopped being scissors happy when I noticed a pattern.

I used to pay to get my hair done and would sit thru endless pain from the hair stylists, ending up with of course some hair loss from all the pulling and hard combing. Moving to Europe, the cheapskate in me learned to braid my hair myself after spending over 100euros on salon days.

I’m not a product Junkie and would never spend more than 5euros on a jar or bottle of leave in conditioner and I basically use my kitchen stock to figure out dc Treatments. although, now I’m contemplating buying store brand dc Treatments cos even the mixing is driving me nuts these days.

I try to figure out methods that would make my hair journey cheap and easy and so I came up with the idea of installing braids once a month after washing. I am still learning to keep them in for a month so hey, ist a work in Progress. I buy the largest pack of acrylic wool from ihre platz for 6euros or the pack from centre shop and this works for me.

Considering that I want to go back to the water routine, I may have to buy Marley or regular kinky hair which I find expensive but the good thing being they can be reused so ist a win win.

The afro hair journey some say has become such a trend and I agree to some weird extent. I find it a very positive trend because it has helped a lot of black women learn to love themselves and appreciate whatever lemons life dealt them. the one thing I am hoping would change is the mind set of some natural haired women.

Your hair should not rule your life, you shouldn’t have to feel imprisoned even tho on the outside you show confidence. I would keep saying this: it is just hair at the end of the day. What you do with it or how it makes you feel is your problem and no one elses.

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  • Nitty

    Ahahhhaaaa..I like your honesty my sistah. I am very prudent like you. I buy store brand DC. I am practicing every day with my daughter’s hair to braid and weave. I have ordered for hair dressing mannequin for my daughters to be practicing with. As for me, I just barber gorimapa this evening in my bathroom, because I don tire on what to do with my hair. Luckily the wig I ordered arrived last week and it fits my face. Maintaining hair is the most annoying challenges I am facing here. It so pains me I cannot maintain our hair they way I did back home. Some of the Nigerians I see are relying on wigs because of bad hair days! And the saloons I see are either too far or expensive. I observed, most AA knows how to weave and braid. They learn from braiding schools or taught from mother to daughter. Have an enjoyable weekend.

    • Lol I would probably go the gorimapa route when I’m 70!
      Practice is totally good. That’s how I learned to make my own hair cos that money I was spending at the Salon wasn’t making me a jolly good fella at all. Imagine saving it for something else and it agree, maintaining hair is annoying.
      Thanks nitty, weekend almost over but it’s always enjoyable

  • Clara

    I agree with you that it’s just hair. As in I understand that black hair is political, and I agree that our hair choices are unfortunately also political especially when one lives in the west. Still I draw the line where people decide there’s a rulebook and shame everyone else into submitting to their rules. I’m like it’s definitely not that serious, live and let live, and everyone do you!

    • That’s exactly what I try to say to ppl. There are no rules biko do what you feel comfy with and let go of all the hair practices that end up making you seem like you are on some sort of jail term

  • Cara Siskova

    The hair issue.. hehe

  • Hair Still Matters…one of my next posts once I find this feminist book and re-read that article.

    I am so tired of the effing hair issue. Why I have to do all this extra ish just to have my hair grow? Geez Louise!

    I will say this, I love seeing your natural hairstyles and I really wish I could do it more often myself.

    Have you checked out http://www.justgrowalready.com? She has some amazing information about growing natural African hair. I just found out about texlaxing! (I’m not doing it, just more information that makes me feel clueless).

    xoxo,

    La Deutsche Diva — The Denglisch Blog
    http://ladeutschediva.blogspot.de
    German on top | English on the bottom

  • hahaha. gorgeousness always reminds me that my hair still grows regardless of anything lol. i used to be disturbed when someone who has been natural in a shorter period than i have claim fast natural growth in two years but now ive stopped comparing myself and even chop off length just to proove to myself it isnt anything special!! no iave not checked the page out, but will do so

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