Since going natural I’ve been experiencing some of the products and brands I loved as a relaxed hair in a whole new way. Some of these experiences have been great and others not so good. A case of the former is Joico. When I was relaxed, my go to soft protein treatment was Joico K-Pak Deep-Penetrating Reconstructor and the Moisture Recovery Leave-in Moisturizer was also a main staple product, my hair loved them both! Another favourite was the Moisture Recovery Treatment Balm, which I discarded quite early on in my journey…most likely when my product junkisim kicked in.
Recently I have been reigniting my love for Joico products, starting with the Moisture Recovery Treatment Balm. I honestly don’t know why I ever stopped using this product, it’s amazing. The texture is REALLY thick, almost like Vaseline but it applies really easily. My hair literally sighs in pleasure when it comes into contact with this product. I get MAJOR softness, serious curl definition and most importantly, it lasts even after my hair has dried. As a consequence, my wash n go styles of late have just been epic!!
So the moral of the story is this…product junkisim is BAD!! But seriously, I challenge you to delve through your stash of unused, neglected and forgotten products; you may just discover an old friend ready to get reacquainted with you.
“All black people are born natural but some are more natural than others!!!”
If you’ve read animal farm then the statement above will make sense, if you haven’t then check out the book, it’s a great read. I came up with it after I read a comment on FB the other day which got me thinking about the ‘natural hair community’ and the divisions or cliques within it. More specifically the mean girls of hair care who reckon that you are only natural if your hair is completely chemical free and/or you only use natural hair products. Yo ladies, this is me kissing my teeth and giving you the side eye!! Now we don’t tend to get too controversial on this blog but today, Imma open a big ole can of…
WHAT THE FRAGGLEROCK???
I am not down with people using blogs and forums that are meant for sharing and learning as a way to perpetutate cyber bullying. I mean seriously why do we need to set a standard for what is natural? Why does that even matter and what conceivable bit of good does it do to have these rules and classifications? Whoever set up this division of the natural police needs to serve them notice pronto! For me personally, going natural denoted a decision to stop the permanent alteration of the natural texture of my hair via relaxers. When I think of natural hair I think texture, kinks and curls. Hells yeah I colour my hair but I don’t do it to change my curl pattern, I do it as a creative expression and because I like bright hair. Am I a natural blonde? Nope, but do I still consider myself a woman with natural TEXTURED hair…..Yessireeee! I have kinky curly afro hair don’t I? Now to someone else, being natural may mean something entirely different and I respect that. I do however take exception to someone trying to impose their rules and perceptions on me. What does putting a label on me do for you?…can you still feel my side eye???
Black people have a hard enough time without us turning on one another. The bigger picture is this; for the first time in over a century, a large proportion of black women no longer feel that they NEED to chemically alter their hair in order to successfully care for it or be considered beautiful. We are now fully recognising and exercising our right to choose. Against that, all else is secondary and quite frankly petty!!