Friday, 14 February 2014

Ghana Hair Chick's Letters: Why Valentine's Day and your hair may not be best friends

Hello lovely naturalistas and Happy Valentine's Day! I hope that we are all doing very well and the dryness isn't affecting our hair too adversely. If it is, the team here at African Naturalistas is here to help with tips and of course the awesome product line! If you haven't tried the products yet, please do and you won't regret it.
Since we've been pretty scientific in the past, I thought I'd try a fun post today. It is Valentine's day so I'm writing on why I think Valentine's Day and your hair may not be best friends. Ready? Let's Go!

1.You may wear your hair out for a date
 If you are interested in length retention, then you probably know that wearing your hair out (especially hair with texture like mine (4C,4Z,4K etc lol) is not helpful at all. Unfortunately, since that fine looking brother is taking you (I mean us) out for dinner, some of us will wear our hair out. This will result in tangles, knots, shrinkage and exposure to the very dry weather. This is definitely not what we want. To avoid this, let's try more up-dos, fake up-dos if your hair isn't long enough and buns if possible. If your hair cannot do any of these styles, then please do not go out without moisturizing your hair and sealing with oil today ! Of course, if you don't want to wear your hair out, you can still wear your protective style really nicely or wear a wig. I'm sharing pictures of various styles in this post for inspiration.

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2.You may heat style your hair
Again, another no-no for those of us wanting length and health. Heat styling without appropriate protection will be disastrous, so please avoid heat damage if you plan to use heat. Here is a useful article with tips on heat-protecting your hair:
http://www.africanaturalistas.com/2014/01/how-to-protect-natural-hair-when-using.html

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3.You may be impatient and yank out your hair
This is a very legitimate one oo! Knowing how long some of us take to dress, if we're trying to style the hair and its being stubborn, we may cause a lot of damage. Please try and start preparing your hair far in advance of your outing. That will really save you the pain of breaking your hair due to rough handling.

4.The satins scarf/bonnet may go out the window tonight
In an effort to look romantic in bed, satin bonnets and scarfs may not be worn tonight. Please remember the damage rubbing your hair against your pillow or bed sheet does and to to wear a bonnet. To be honest though, I'm not sure just one night of not wearing a bonnet would be so bad. However, I have to be honest and tell you the risk of breakage will increase if you do it so be ready.

5.Hand in Hair Overload!
Whether you're alone tonight or not, it is very likely hands will be touching and pulling on your hair strands if you're wearing your hair out. That may result in a lot of breakage, but once again, unless you're really concerned, one night will not destroy all your hard work of protecting your hair so far.

These are the reasons why I think Valentine's Day and your hair may not like each other much. This is one of the days you're likely to over-manipulate and forget about protective styling. Let's try our best to make sure our hair stays protected still, despite all the fun..:D. What other ways can you think of that your hair will not happy this Val's day? Be the first to post a comment and get N500 in recharge credit! Happy commenting!

The Ghana Hair Chick

6 comments :

  1. One day of breaking the rules won't hurt (hopefully). Nice styles, natural hair is beautiful. tkuje86@gmail.com

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    1. This is very true..one day won't hurt..hopefully!Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  2. Well I think learning to manage our hair on such occasions as vals is key. Its not vals dats bad for our hair, our management skills are. Stellarzaza@gmail.com

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    1. That is a very truthful observation. I totally agree!

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  3. So, what did I do?
    I had my hair in a protective style.
    Kinky weave n twist. I didn't worry about breaking the rules and I had fun.

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    1. Lol..that's what I did too! Protective styling really helps..:)

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