Hey fellow naturals! My hair is healthy, growing, and I’m loving it! I wanted to share my top 10 tips for healthy hair with you guys. I hope these tips help you on your journey to healthy hair. 😀
1. Moisturizing is key! Dry hair breaks off. Moisture keeps your hair elastic and strong. Moisturize your hair often with water based moisturizers, leave in conditioners, and essential oils.
2. Deep condition at least once a week! This ties in with number one. Deep conditioning your hair is an intensive way to replenish vital moisture.
3. Shampoo less. I shampoo once a week with a sulfates free shampoo, but some naturals only shampoo every 2 weeks or once a month. Do whatever works for you. Shampooing your hair too often can result in dry, weak hair and scalp. Co-washing (washing hair with conditioner) is a more gentle and moisturizing alternative.
4. Sleep on a satin/silk pillowcase, or wear a satin bonnet/scarf to bed. Cotton pillowcases cause friction between your head and the pillow which can lead to breakage and frizzy hair.
5. Wear protective styles. I personally don’t wear weaves, extensions, braids, or wigs, but for many naturals those are all great ways to limit manipulation of your hair. Twist outs, braid outs, and buns are also a great way to limit manipulation and styling of your hair. The point is to avoid messing with your hair as much as possible. Over styling can lead to breakage.
6. Limit heat styling. I don’t use blow dryers or curling irons, and I make sure I wait 1-3 months in between using a flat iron on my hair. I straighten my hair maybe 4-5 times a year. Heat styling is not good for your hair when done too often. It leads to dryness, breakage, and a messed up curl pattern. When you do use heat tools, use a heat protection spray and try to have the heat setting as low as possible.
7. Drink lots of water, eat as healthy as possible, exercise regularly, get 8-10 hours of sleep every night, and take vitamins. Healthy hair has more to do with what you put INTO your body that what you apply to the outside. Some good vitamins to promote healthy hair growth are biotin, vitamins C, zinc, iron, niacin, and MSM. Do some research to see what might be best for you.
8. Stop getting perms and relaxers. Anything that can straighten your hair on a chemical level is obviously unhealthy for your hair.
9. Massage your scalp regularly. Doing this with an essential oil like olive, coconut, or jojoba oil is a great way to increase blood flow to the scalp and increase circulation, which in turn may lead to faster growing hair.
10. Most importantly, be patient! African textured hair typically grows the slowest, at a rate of less than 0.9 cm a month. I know that sounds frustrating, but with a healthy diet and a good hair routine, you can see faster growth. Your hair is not going to grow an inch in a week, or probably even in a month. Focus on leading a healthy lifestyle and taking care of your hair, and before you know it, you’ll have the long, strong hair you’ve always wanted!
Out of curiosity, do you consider Kida (Kidagakash) from Atlantis: The Lost Empire to be a PoC? I thought so but people never seem to include her.
She is of a mythical race which is why she is never included. It’s difficult to apply race to non-humans. But that doesn’t mean that characters aren’t to be interpreted by their consumers.
There are plenty of sources inside and outside the film that prove that she and her people are coded as people of color.
Disney is often, but not always deliberate about choosing their voice actors (or at least they were in the 90’s and early 2000’s) and they usually cast actors that are generally of the same race of the character i.e. Mulan, Lion King (animals, I know but it says something that young Nala, young Simba, Mufasa and Sarabi were played by black actors), Lilo and Stitch, Pocahontas, the brothers in Big Hero 6 and Princess and the Frog (excluding Naveen who is ofc racially ambiguous, but that doesn’t invalidate that he’s coded as a MOC). For Kida, they cast a black actress most famous for voicing black animated characters. That says a lot.
Historians cite atlantis as being off the coast of Africa with Mediterranean ties.
The masks used in the film are blatantly African inspired along with their clothing.
It’s been scientifically proven that human origins started in Africa and in the film, they establish this society as being as hundreds of thousand years old.
Not all people of the African diaspora have textured hair and brown eyes
Kida has African features such as: brown skin, full lips, broad nose (I dare someone to look at her father’s nose especially and try to say otherwise), bone structure and hips wider than any previous European princess. Disney also tries to incorporate features of the voice actor into the design, meaning that to divorce Kida of her blackness would be to divorce Cree from her ethnicity as well.
So yes, I do interpret her as a WOC, but I do condemn Disney for not explicitly stating so and relying on magic and white hair to distance her from people of color. (Not that I don’t like magic in my Disney films, but none of the other films use magic as a crutch for racial ambiguity)
Protip for stylized shading and highlighting natural african hair: Think of the structure like a cloud.
This will make it easier to find a good starting point on where to place highlights and shadows in a stylized way.
On straight hair we usually imagine the hair parts as layered sheets of paper or ribbons in order to figure out where to place highlights. This doesn’t always work when it comes to african textured hair, and thus I’ve noticed it’s easier to just imagine the hair as a cloud shape - or a cloud shaped like hair.
This is going to be long, but I have a really important thing to say lol.
I am a black woman, and Here’s my opinion on cultural appropriation, white people wearing cornrows, box braids, dreadlocks, and stuff like that. Also, A LOT of people on this unpopular opinions website think there is no such thing as cultural appropriation, but that’s not true, there is. It’s just that ALOT of people on tumblr overall take every little thing and claim its “cultural appropriation” which blows things out of proportion. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t know what does and doesn’t count as cultural appropriation and I have actually studied this, so I’ll point it out for you. I think this post is important to clear some things up.
For example, if you’re wearing something that has a true cultural or religious significant meaning behind it and you are just using it as a fashion accessory, then that’s wrong because someone’s culture isn’t a fashion statement. Also, it is truly wrong to wear something that is a part of someone’s culture in a way that MOCKS that person and their culture. It’s a serious part of their culture and it should be taken seriously. This shouldn’t be mocked or made fun of simply for the sake of fashion, or being funny. Like seriously, making fun of an entire culture of people or an aspect of a culture isn’t cool.
Also, even though some sjw’s on tumblr can be a little too radical at times, something that sjw’s on tumblr really are correct about, is the fact that when white people participate in a particular activity, or wear a certain hairstyle, they are praised for it. But when black people, do it, they are slandered for it. For example, when it comes to hairstyles, society usually tells black people that they look ghetto and unprofessional for wearing dreadlocks. But when white people do it, fashion blogs and the media say that it’s “trendy and cool”. Also, i have seen lots of women, of different races, dye their hair different colors of the rainbow, such as blue, purple, pink, orange, green, red, etc. When black women do it, people say they look ghetto and ratchet. But when white women do it, people say they look trendy and alternative. And even though there are women from all different races and ethnicities that get hair extensions, weave, and wear wigs, black women are the ONLY race of women that are constantly shamed, slandered, and belittled to a tremendous extent because we wear weave, or other types of fake hair like wigs. I have never seen an entire race of women that have been constantly slandered for wearing fake hair collectively as a whole race, the same way black women have been slandered for wearing fake hair collectively as a whole race.
Even black women’s natural, unprocessed hair is constantly slandered, and society considers it to be “nappy”. But everyone loves white woman’s natural hair. To be honest, society never slanders white women’s hair or what white women choose to do with their hairstyles collectively as a whole in the same way that society slanders black women and black women’s hairstyles.
So long story short, tumblr is pretty much pissed off about how society is basically creating this ideology that no matter what white women choose to do with their hair, it’s considered a good hairstyle, but no matter what black women choose to do with their hair (even if they wanna leave their natural hair out) it’s considered ugly and bad. THAT is what sjw’s are pissed off about, and that is a reasonable thing to be pissed off about. The entire race of Black women do not deserve to be slandered for their hairstyles. Seriously. That’s so fucked up.
And, sjw’s are also correct about the fact that there are certain things that black people did actually originate, and they aren’t given credit for it, in the fashion industry. And that’s really not fair. for example, deadlocks, Bantu knots and cornrows were created by African black people YEARSSS AGO. It originated from Africans. But when the fashion blogs and magazines, and fashion shows/celebrity news shows, started putting box braids, cornrows, Bantu knots, dreadlocks, and other black hairstyles that originated from black women, in their media outlets, they constantly gave all the credit for the origin of this hairstyle to white women. That isn’t fair bc the real people who deserve credit for those hairstyles’ origins are black people bc they created it.
However, as a black woman myself, when it comes to white people themselves wearing dreads, I generally do not care. It’s just a hairstyle and it’s not that serious to me. It would be cultural appropriation if a white person used a hairstyle to MOCK/make fun of black people, and degrade and slander blacks. But if a white woman is simply just wearing something like box braids, cornrows, dreadlocks, or Bantu knots, then that’s not cultural appropriation to me because it’s just a hairstyle. I will definitely admit that these hairstyles originated form African culture, because these hairstyles really did originate in Africa, and were used (and still are used today) to style hair, and/or to put African American textured hair in a protective hairstyle. However, there is no actual cultural significance to these hairstyles other than just that: styling hair and/or being used as a protective hairstyle for Afro-Centric hair. There’s no other cultural significance or deep rooted meaning behind these hairstyles, so therefor, white people who are simply just wearing one of those hairstyles, does not count as cultural appropriation to me.
The number one thing that I, as a black woman am pissed off about, is the fact that society slanders just about anything we as black women choose to do with our hair. When we wear weaves/or wigs, society says we as black woman are “fake” and make fun of us for not wearing our natural hair out. But when we do leave our natural hair out, society considers it to be “nappy”. If we perm out hair, society says we’re “trying to straighten our hair to be white”, when we put it in box braids, cornrows, or dreads, society says our hair is “unprofessional”. That’s so fucked up. If you don’t necessarily like a certain hairstyle on a particular woman who just so happens to be black, that’s fine, you’re entitled to your opinion. But to just slander the majority of black women’s hairstyles collectively as a whole is just racist as hell, and just so fucked up.
And having said that, I am NOT actually mad at the white women themselves who choose to wear hairstyles like that. I’m mad at the racist people (and the fashion media sometimes) who believe white women are the only race of women who can look good with those hairstyles. I’m mad at the racist people who refuse to believe that black women can do whatever they want with their and don’t deserve to be slandered for it. I’m mad at the racist people who slander black women for choosing to do what they want with their hairstyles.
I don’t understand why other black women are actually mad at white women themselves for trying these hairstyles. Shouldn’t your anger be targeted towards the racist people who believe only those white women are beautiful with that hairstyle and you are not? Because that’s who I’m mad at. I’m not mad at white women. They didn’t do anything except for try a hairstyle, so what’s wrong with that? I wouldn’t tell a white person to not do a certain hairstyle, because that would be just as prejudiced as someone telling me that I shouldn’t do a certain hairstyle. I know how much it hurts when someone slanders my hair & my hairstyles, so I’m not going to do that to another person and their hairstyle, white or black.
I see a lot of black women on tumblr getting pissed off about the fact that media outlets and the fashion media praises white women for certain hairstyles and slanders the exact same hairstyles on black women. And it is completely understandable that black women are mad about this: it’s clearly racism and racism is wack. However, I often see how many other black women believe the solution to this racism affecting black women’s hairstyles is that white women simply shouldn’t wear dreadlocks, cornrows, weave, or box braids at all. And in my opinion, that’s not the problem. The REAL problem is the media outlets and the fashion media. This is because the media outlets and the fashion media refuse to believe black women are beautiful with certain hairstyles, they refuse to give the REAL credit to the origin of a hairstyle, and they refuse to praise black women for the same hairstyles.
So what are yall’s thoughts on my post? You can leave some feedback and let me know what you think! :-)
That's not true that white man will forever have hatred for blacks in his heart. It's not a white persons fault they were born that way, just like a it's not a black persons fault they were born black. You can't judge someone based on something they never even did.
Based on something they never did?????? SO WHO FAULT IS IT THAT BROUGHT THE FIRST 19 OR SO AFRICANS NEAR THE ENGLISH COLONY OF JAMESTOWN TO BEGIN SLAVERY IN 1619? WHO FAULT IS IT THAT THOUGHT IT WAS COOL TO FUCKING START LYNCHING IN THE 18TH CENTURY TO THE 1960’S? WHO FAULT IS IS OF MIKE BROWN’S DEATH IN 2014? Based on something they never did??? SO US BLACK PEOPLE ARE JUST UPSET FOR THE HELL OF IT AND THERE’S NO HISTORY TO WHY WE WOULD BE UPSET? *rubs my African American textured edges* Child wake up please.
Pop Culture Rendered in Pencil Shavings, with South Africa Artist @meghanmaconochie
For more of Meghan’s pencil shaving pop art, follow @meghanmaconochie on Instagram.
“I put so many hours into creating these works,” says Meghan Maconochie (@meghanmaconochie), a South African schoolteacher who creates textured images drawn from pop culture references, which she constructs from the shavings of colored pencils. Meghan’s process begins by hand-drawing an image onto paper or a card, which gives her a base to work on. Next, she applies a thin layer of shavings on the outer edges. “I then layer it up so it has more of a sculptural look to it,” she explains.
“Believe it or not, I sharpen all my pencils by hand,” she explains. “I have tried using an electric sharpener but the shavings end up being too fine and turn to dust pretty much.” Despite the time she invests in her artwork, the physical renderings are ephemeral. “I am experimenting with different fixatives to see if I can preserve the image,” she says. “Sadly, at the moment, I throw them away after photographing them.”
Meghan explains the pop culture references in her images, which she is aiming to produce on a daily basis for an entire year: “I like to create pieces that people can relate to and recognize. I very much create what inspires me that particular day or week, whether it be music, film, people or other artists.”
it makes me sad to hear some black people say they don’t like their skin color or hair texture. african-american parents need to teach their children how to love their melanin and embrace their beautiful kinky hair at a young age. raise them as the kings and queens they are meant to be!