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Hair, a black woman’s crowning glory… simultaneously a gift and a curse depending on the day. Whether you’re rocking a natural in a short coif , long locks or you’re sporting a perm that bounces and behaves (on most days), chances are you put a great deal of time, money and effort into your hair.
If you’re a woman with a perm, the hair woes can be particularly daunting. It only takes a month of too much heat styling, blow drying or missed nightly wrapping rituals for your hair to start showing signs of wear and tear. Likewise, you can probably recall countless times when you wanted to work out but stopped yourself because you just got a perm or knew you wouldn’t have enough time to whip your hair back into shape after the workout. Our personal fav is waking up in the morning for work only to discover that it is not only raining but humid, all the ingredients for a great hair day (insert sarcasm here).
Keeping your permed hair in shape can often feel like a part-time job. So how about taking a break on the weekends and trying out “wash and wear” hair? A friend of mine recently introduced me to Kenra products. I was a skeptic at first, convinced that my curl pattern was long gone. To my surprise, it actually worked! So if you’re in need of a “fuss-free weekend do” try the routine below:
Step 1: Wash and condition your hair with Kenra Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner
Step 2: Towel dry your hair to get most of the moisture out
Step 3: Liberally apply Kenra Daily Leave-In Conditioner (you’ll know you applied enough when you start to see it lathering all over your head)
Step 4: Liberally apply Kenra Joiwhip Mousse (or Volume Mousse if you can’t locate the Joiwhip) from the roots to the tips of your hair (apply more than you think you need and be sure to shake the bottle well so that the mousse produces stiff peaks when dispensed — your hair should be saturated)
Step 5: Begin scrunching your hair to coax out the curl pattern. Let it begin to dry then scrunch some more.
Step 6: If you want a tighter wave, feel free to double strand twist your hair in sections until the product dries a bit more, then uncoil your hair before it dries completely.
MoroccanOil Treatment seems to be one of the latest product crazes. The product line is described as “ultra light” and “absorbed by the hair instantly resulting in natural, silky finish and brilliant shine without leaving a residue.” With products including their namesake, Moroccan Oil, Intense Curl Cream, and Restorative Hair Mask, this line is great for various hair types. Even better, they do not test their products on animals, nor do they use animal-based ingredients.
After reading several product reviews, many people have been most impressed by how it protects the hair and retains the shine after chemical processes and intense heat from hair dryers and flat irons. So tell us, have you used Moroccan Oil? If so, what do you think?
Why does hair seem to be at the root of many black women’s beauty dilemmas (pun intended)? We not only put exorbitant time and effort into our tresses, but also endure scalp burns and pain in the process. Though many women have opted for natural hair to avoid the chemical effects, others have opted for natural and organic relaxers instead.
PHYTO (pronounced “fee-toe”) is a French company started by stylist Patrick Alès. Their mission is to focus on using botanical and plant-based sources for their premium line of products. Their line, PhytoSpecific, was created especially for the needs of black hair care. And yes, they even have a relaxer made from egg and soya molecules that is odorless (and rumored to be Oprah’s relaxer of choice)! Check out these articles from The Washington Post and All About the Pretty blog.
From the March 2nd issue of The Vyne Weekly