Saturday, 14 September 2013

5 Natural hair problems which shouldn't be a problem


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If you are on a healthy hair journey (HHJ), I'm sure you would have picked up new lingos, changed your lifestyle, thoughts and perceptions about Black hair. While it's important that we get educated about Black haircare so that we can erase the generational flaws that has been passed down to us, what's more important is our responses, attitudes and reactions to the information we read and come across.

As a Black hair blogger, I try to be active in the virtual Black hair (relaxed and afro-textured) community. I would even read comments left by other readers and also leave my opinion when necessary. From these comments, I find that we as a people still have a LONG way to go when it comes to Black hair.

Despite of the hundreds of resources that are out there to educate us on Black hair, I find that there are still hundreds of Black hair problems which are unaddressed and sometimes "glorified" on many hair blogs. It is these problems that has provoked me to write this post in hopes of getting you to let go of some of these "crazy" issues which you or someone  you know may be facing.

Problem1: Obsession with length
Proposed solutions in the Natural Hair Community (NHC)
- taking pills to speed up the process
- changing one's diet and physical activity level
- standing upside down at night for 5minutes
- nightly scalp massage
- applying tons of products on the hair and scalp

My thoughts: While some of these solutions are great, they are completely unnecessary! You hair will grow regardless of what you do to your body inside or outside. With proper care, you should be able to see results in the overall health of your hair within weeks.

Problem 2: Dissatisfaction with one's own hair texture and the comparison to others
Proposed Solutions:
- Trying all sorts of curling cream in the market so as to achieve girl B's curl
- Putting your hair through all sorts of abuse all so that you can achieve a wash n go and other styles your hair doesn't like to be put in

My thoughts: If you weren't born with girl B's genes, you WILL NOT achieve the same "out" style she achieves with regardless of products and techniques used, although you may be able to achieve similar styles. Rather than wasting your time, effort and money trying a WnG, you can instead opt for "predictable" styles which will turn out well. I often achieve a "frizz out" instead of a twist out on most days, but I don't deem this failure on my hair styling skills or a particular product since I already know my hair is very unique and will only do what it wants to do.
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Problem 3: Obsession with laid edges
Proposed solutions
- relaxing the edges so that a cornrow or weave will look neater
- using a hard gel to lay it down

My thoughts: I find this is a very popular problem with Americans as I don't come across this issue too often on non-American websites. My edges don't coil up much and so I don't have much to say. But one thing you need to realize is that your hair is no longer relaxed, it is now COILY and it wants to remain that way. Instead of forcing your hair to do what it doesn't want to do, I say stop obsessing over how they look 5min after styling and rock your hair loud and proud!

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Problem 4. Anti-Frizz
Proposed solutions
use of anti frizz products or eliminating certain products totally

My thoughts: Again, I find this issue is mostly talked about by Americans. As i've mentioned above, your hair is no longer straight, it is now COILY and will be more prone to frizz. It's easy to battle with frizz when your hair is straight, but a bit more challenging when it's curly/coily. Coily hair won't always be smooth like straight hair and is more susceptible to environmental changes. So instead of fighting frizz which is out of your control, EMBRACE IT. And if you have OCD and cant do this, then keep your hair in braids, a great anti-frizz hairstyle. Your hair doesn't have to be perfectly sculpted each time.

Problem 5. Belief that products grow hair
Proposed solutions
- Buy every product on the market and keep applying them daily.

My Thoughts: products DO NOT grow hair, they only enhance the look and feel of your hair and could even make it stronger and less prone to breakage. I'm happy to announce that i've passed the product junkiness (PJ) stage and i'm currently working on downsizing to just a few products which my hair likes. While it's ok to try out a highly rated product, it shouldn't be for the sole purpose of achieving long hair by the time you use up the product.

What are some Natural hair problems you often come across that you don't see as a problem? I'll be happy to read your thoughts in the comment box below.


3 comments :

  1. I see no problem with people taking supplements for hair growth,cos these things are supposed to be taken when there is a lack of sufficient nutrient in the body, due to stress related causes, sickness, etc.

    Even massaging the scalp doesn't sound bad, though I have actually never done it.

    And if you have frizz like mine, trust me, you will find a way to tame it. It is out of this world, even when my hair was relaxed.
    Although, I have not really been able to tame it, so I don't even bother

    As for edge control, the day I find something that can control my edges, then... lemme just stop here

    Basically, I don't see these things as a problem, which is actually your point, but I see no problem with people taming frizzes or controlling edges.

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    1. yes, you're right. I believe one should pay attention to their diet so they won't need supplements. The only people that I think should be taking supplement for hair growth are those going through medical issues which is affecting the health of their hair. All those proposed solutions are all great, but I only find a problem with them when they're prescribed as a "quick fix" solution.

      You should read some of the questions and responses people post on facebook fanpages, which is what actually prompted me to write this.

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  2. supplements are not needed because once an individual takes care of their body and eating the right foods that supplies them with all the necessary nutrients then as a result it will reflect in their hair

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