Reader Patricia (pictured above) says;
I’ve been natural all my life but I learned how to care for my hair through trial and error. I’ve done well considering all the women in my family are relaxed and plan to stay that way.
My hair has always been resilient and there is a LOT of it; I’ve found that I can pretty much do anything to it (or nothing) and it will grow. Wanting to maximize my growth and improve my hair lustre, I’ve been using Shea butter and other products from Mother Earth and organic companies for over two years. My hair is the same. I’m not complaining, I just thought that I would see more “evidence” of their benefits. To tell the truth, my hair flourished when I did all the “bad” things naturals talk about.
I used to be addicted to straightening and my hair grew like CRAZY when I consistently went to the salon and was shampooed, conditioned, blow-dried and flat-ironed. I can’t explain it. My “regimen” was similar to a lot of black women — except I didn’t have a relaxer — and my hair was fine. My stylist used an excellent protectant, but other than that, I never had to use a lot of product. No heat damage either! And my hair was bright, shiny, healthy and long. But it wasn’t me.
I’ve decided to rock the curls more often, but I find myself getting more and more frustrated as the novelty of styling is wearing off. And I refuse to believe that constantly applying heat to your hair is better than being natural. I’ve done everything to achieve optimum health for my hair– but I seemed to be better off when I was going to the salon. And even when I was curly, the cheap, store-bought products worked WONDERS. What’s up with that?
What do others think? Are there some store-bought products, laden with silicones and petroleum, that work better for naturals than shea, coconut oil, jojoba, etc? My hair is generally unaffected by all of the “good” products. Maybe I need to wait another two years?