If you’ve been to your local beauty supply store lately, it’s not hard to understand why hair typing is such a big business. But what do you really know about hair typing and its significance in the natural hair community? Hair typing is a methodology that utilizes certain characteristics like curl pattern, strand size and … Read More

How to go gray with grace

Allowing nature to take its course isn’t always as easy as it sounds, especially when the end result is a head full of gray hair. Gray hair results from a loss of pigment, commonly known as melanin. The two types of pigments: dark (eumelanin) and light (phaeomelanin) blend together to make up the wide range … Read More

Stop stressing about straightening!

I started playing around with the idea of going natural over 16 years ago. On more than one occasion, I found the courage to go in for the “big chop,” only to succumb to the call of creamy crack a few months later as my hair started to grow into what can best be described … Read More

It’s just genes, gel and water

The idea for this blog sprang up from a very simple idea: my hair. More specifically, it was people’s reaction to my hair. It’s rare for me to make it through the day without someone asking me about it.

The conversation usually starts with: “Excuse me … I love your hair.” Then come a series of rapid-fire follow-up questions like:

  • How do you get it to curl like that?
  • What do you put in it?
  • Can I touch it? (Yes, you read that right!)

Don’t get me wrong. The compliments are flattering. But, when I tell people that my “look” is accomplished through a mix of genes, gel and water, I sometimes get the combination side-eye/duck lip smirk. You know the one I’m talking about: It just screams, “Chil’ pleeeeze!”

Seriously, I haven’t had a chemical relaxer in my hair in over 16 years. But, I get the feeling that more than half the people I give my answer to just don’t believe me. So, for those who still have doubts, check this out!

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