I think every little girl is excited about the new “Whip my Hair” song by Willow Smith. It is amazing that this song, performed by a nine-year old, is the hottest thing in the clubs right now. With my long hair, I have too been tempted to whip my hair back and forth!
I have had a kind of natural style since March 1999. Guess what kind of natural style I wear? That’s right dreadlocks! Dreadlocks are an ancient hairstyle that was used primarily by young militant, rebellious individuals who were seeking political or social change. Samson had “natty dreads” in the bible, as it describes him to have seven locks. Can you imagine having seven locks in your entire head? I have seventy-five I believe, and have been told by many that my locks are “thick”.
I have been asked how to wash, maintain, twist and use products on my hair. In this blog, I am going to share some of my own personal secrets to keeping my and my daughter’s hair beautiful!
Let’s keep it simple. I am a basketball playing, Tom boy-ish Nike boot wearing woman who likes an excuse to wear a sexy dress and some amazing heels every once in a good while. With that said, I am not the type of woman who enjoys staring at herself in the mirror looking for blemishes in my face or playing in makeup.
I do not like taking hours to fix my hair, or for anyone else to take hours to fix my hair. I am low maintenance, and low tolerance when it comes to beauty, so thank God for either my genes or my confidence, because I happen to think that I am beautiful!
When I decided to be more health conscious about my eating habits, I also decided to go bald and start over. When my hair grew long enough I began to prepare to lock it. It was gorgeously out-of-control. During this time in my life I was often mistaken for Latin, Dominican, and Ethiopian. It’s the texture of my hair that’s all. I’m actually Native American and Black.
To be honest, I did not take good care of my hair at first. I let it be dry and brittle. It may have been a reflection of my freedom to be completely free during my artistic days. I was subliminally rebelling by siding with the natty dreads. That was not acceptable, especially since people used to walk up to me on the street and tell me that my hair was dry. Really? Some people are jerks. I quickly changed my mind when I realized that unhealthy hair, usually means unhealthy scalp. And, when I read that Bob Marley died with 22 kinds of insects and lice in his head.
There are a few unconventional things that I do for protein, and shine. I wash my hair with eggs. I have used actual food, and believe me it works. You lather the eggs in your head like you would shampoo. I do this between washes. I usually will wash my hair with shampoo first, and then apply the egg, wash my hair again, and rinse. I also give myself hot oil treatments every few months as needed.
You will not believe what my all time favorite shampoo is! Ready? Well, it’s Head and Shoulders 2 in 1. I use Pantene in the brown bottle, and I have used this biotin shampoo, but Head and Shoulders 2 in 1 is perfect. It makes you hair absolutely clean, and it addresses the dry scalp and dandruff issue if you are dealing with that.
It costs less than the Organic Root Stimulator brand which has amazing shampoo but I could not always afford to purchase it for my daughter and I, and Head and Shoulders 2 in 1 is simple. I don’t have to buy a conditioner, and I don’t have to go through all of the beauty changes. I wash twice and go! I find Head and Shoulders 2 in 1 the best time and money savings shampoo that actually works on our hair.
Stay Tuned for Part Two of Whip My Hair so that you can learn about Beeswax, and what products are great for applying to your scalp!