I didn’t embrace my naturally multi-textured hair during my childhood and teenage years, because I wanted it to look “normal” like the other kids. It’s one of the things that caused me to have low self-esteem when I was young. It didn’t help when I got teased about it sometimes. I feel silly thinking back on it now since I have learned to love my hair as I have gotten older. My hair may be different than some, seemingly have a personality of its own, and go through its fair share of good and bad days, but ultimately, it’s my hair. I believe Jill Scott said it best, “For me, hair is an accouterment. Hair is jewelry. It’s an accessory.”
I’ve learned that I wasn’t alone in my old way of thinking. There are many women from all walks of life that search high and low for products to achieve tresses that they’re subjected to seeing when sifting through the pages of a glossy magazine. These are unrealistic expectations since these models they compare themselves to are armed with stylists to look practically flawless!
How I Take Care of My Hair
Learning how to properly take care of my hair didn’t happen until I was older, too. My hair is prone to dryness, making it susceptible to breakage or splitting. That’s why I have limited my usage of artificial heat, such as blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons since they weaken my hair even more. I’ve found air drying or using a Hubalou wrap, a hair towel that’s made of bamboo and is gentle, light, and absorbent, works in my favor. Bamboo towels are better for the hair than terry cloth towels. Towels made with terry cloth can cause hair breakage, split ends, tangles, and hinder a shine.
It’s true that less is more, thus one other surefire way of keeping my hair healthy is using a mixture of argan oil and rosemary oil. These ingredients deeply condition my hair, while making it soft! I do limit my usage of hair products to avoid product build-up, which can cause the hair to look dull, greasy, or plain unhealthy.
Also, one of the hottest hair debates is how often one should shampoo their hair. I believe it generally depends on the person. Some people can get away with shampooing their hair every day, while others shampoo their hair every other day or 2-3 times a week. I prefer the latter, as my hair is already prone to dryness. Overwashing it would dry it out even more. This would not only strip my hair of its natural oils, but it would also cause me to use more heat than I’d prefer. Justin Anderson, a celebrity stylist, couldn’t have said it any better, “Washing your hair is like washing your fine clothes. The more often you do it, the more it will lose its shape and texture.”
Lastly, I eat healthy food, drink eight glasses of water a day, and I’m adamant about taking vitamins. That’s why I’ve collaborated with Hairfinity! Hairfinity is infused with a powerhouse of vitamins that deeply nourishes the hair, while promoting healthy hair growth. It is used by celebrities, such as Taraji P. Henson, Kim Kardashian, and Khloe Kardashian. In fact, Hairfinity is going to be making a cameo appearance in Keeping Up With the Kardashians on Sunday, April 26th. In addition, they’ll be hosting a Twitter Party at 10 PM EST, and they’re giving away $500 worth of prizes!
You are so cute. I have naturally curly hair and I can not embrace it – and that’s why I spend LOTS of money on keratin treatments to get rid of them 😉
It’s the old adage eh…people who have curly hair, want straight hair and people who have straight hair, want curly hair! I just love the hair I was blessed to have!
I was pretty much like you when I was little and when I was younger. Guess, you could say that the media and all these shampoo commercials got to me but I’ve learned through time & I’ve only stuck with products that go well with my locks. And, I’ve come to love my hair. By the way, I have yet to get that towel that’s hair-friendly. I always wrap my hair with a towel to squeeze out excess water and to make drying it faster.
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I love your hair, it looks so cute on you. I would love to have curly hair but I’m afraid I’d want it straight if I had it. I despise my thin straight hair and have to rely on products that give it volume..
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Your hair looks thick and full of body and beautiful to me. I do understand. I find in my 50’s that my hair is more trouble than I thought it was when I was younger. I call my hair naturally kinky more than naturally curly because it tends to be ‘fly-away’ People with curly hair seem to want straight hair. People with straight hair seem to want curly hair. It’s funny how we can be sometimes.
I think your hair looks great. Your multi-ethnic lineage has certainly given you some gorgeous looks. Keep loving that hair!
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Over the years I have learned that less is more and this especially true with hair, or at least with mine!! are used to pile on the products but when I stopped doing so much I found my hair actually looked better!! I think your hair is gorgeous, keep it up girly!!
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I have really thick hair, and there were times when I just wanted to shave it all off and get a wig. I had to learn that my hair is just one of the things that makes me unique.
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Your hair is beautiful! I always thought my hair was too thick when I was growing up. Now I’m so thankful for my thick hair. It does have natural curl and I use the flatiron because that curl tends to turn to frizz. Eating right and drinking lots of water does help.
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omg loving your hair! I have very thin hair that refuses to grow -_- I would love to have curly hair!!!
I have learned to embrace my curls, and it makes like so much easier. I feel I might as well go with the flow.
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I think your hair looks great! I have awkward wavy hair that is more straight than curly. I usually wear it natural but sometimes straighten it. Curling it is NOT an option because it always falls
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Thank you so much for those wonderful tips! I really need to apply them and save my hair lol 🙂
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Oh! I remember when I was younger I shared the same sentiment. I had very thick and very wavy hair! It was so difficult to tame! I would either braid it for school or keep it boy-short cut (which wasn’t very appealing).
Thanks for your post. I must say your hair looks so fabulous!
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Once I find something that works on my hair I stick to it. There are to many fad beauty ideas floating around it seems like.
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Lovely! Your hair looks beautiful! My hair is terrible. So thick wavy and frizzy! These are great tips! I am up for anything!
I’ve been taking my pills for a while now to see how they work on my hair and so far so good. I can’t wait to see where my hair is in a few months. Dealing with it can be a part time job in itself.
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She look so lovely with a sweet smile. I love her hair and so is the dress, gorgeous!
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I agree with you, it really does depend on the person. What works for me and my oldest, doesn’t work for the rest of the family (the latter being blessed with thick hair). They’re lucky in that they get to use oils too. My hair is so fine the oil doesn’t work well, but leaves it with a greasy appearance. *sigh*
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I remember being a tween and hating everything about my hair because it was so big and curly. How I wish I knew then what I know now, I would of loved and taken care of my hair so much better.
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I was blessed with straight and shiny hair and living in a tropical country, I washed and shampooed it every single day. It changed when I got here in the U.S. I only shampoo it every couple of days. Your hair is beautiful. You remind me of my niece. 🙂
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I absolutely adore your hair. I have always wanted hair that was the complete opposite of mine.
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I have very dry hair. I will have to try the oil blend on my hair. I stay away from all sources of heat on my hair.
Your hair is very pretty. =) My hair is terrible with dryness and breakage now that I’m older.
I love the hair. I think it’s great to accept what we have been blessed with.
I think that no matter what our hair is like we all wish at some point that it was different. We can’t do anything more than taking care of our hair the way that is best for it.
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Your hair looks so healthy and thick. I’m lame and wash my hair everyday – it feels gross if I don’t.
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Your hair is adorable. I never embraced my hair until adult years. I learned how to take care of it and like it
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Oh, how I wish my hair looked like that! I’m with you, though… 2-3 times per week at most. My hair is also prone to dryness!
I need a bit of a hair upgrade. Mine hates the Florida humidity so maybe this product would work!
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I have just about given up with my hair. I spent my whole life getting to know it, and then it goes and completely changes after my last pregnancy. Ugh! I’m hoping Hairfinity can bring it back to its original glory (more like okay-ness).
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You know, I think we all would change our hair is we could some days! Your looks like it’s so full and I love that! It looks like you must be doing something right;-)
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Your hair looks gorgeous! I’ve noticed that my hair has been changing lately and I’m trying different hair care products to find the perfect one. I’ve always been one to let 2 or 3 days go by in between shampoos though I’m feeling the need to wash more frequently because I exercise a lot and hate when my hair smells sweaty.
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I think your hair looks lovely! Diet and drinking lots of water during the day is definitely important in having healthy hair. 🙂
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Your hair is GORGEOUS. I’ve had straight and curly, and I’m not really sure which way I like it best – I do like being able to do it both ways though.
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I shampoo every other day – it helps with not drying out my hair. I wish I could drink more water, but I just can’t get that much in!
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Thanks so much for sharing these great style tips! Your hair is beautiful. I was the same way growing up until finally in high school I realized I had the best of both worlds. I could wear my hair straight or curly!
Love your hair! I think it is true about all of us, we want what we don’t have. Those are some great tips though on hair care mien has changed with age and I feel like I am having to learn how to care for it all over again.
I’ve never heard of bamboo towels but it sounds like EXACTLY what I need! I have dry, frizzy hair and I’m sure terrycloth isn’t helping. I use microfiber too but that seems to dry it out even more.