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Patricia Gaines aka Deecoily is the founder and creator of Nappturality in 2002, the beginning of the natural hair movement. Since 2000 she has been blogging on all things natural hair, Black culture and politics.
If you have been using lots of leave-ins, oils and butters in your hair for a long period, you may notice that your hair is not “acting right.” Maybe your styles aren’t lasting, you aren’t getting a healthy sheen on your hair, it feels dull and your products aren’t doing the same job anymore. Instead of trying new products, do a clarifying treatment first.
There is nothing wrong with taking time out for yourself, to recharge your batteries and give life to those parts of you that have been put to the side or neglected. Be it something to do with your health, your diet, your body, your emotional needs, every part of us needs nurturing at some time or another. Every Superwoman needs to recharge.
As relaxer sales drop because more women are going natural, the multinationals are coming at us and launching their own 'NATURAL HAIR' product lines. They're beautifully packaged, sleek and available at drugstores and supermarkets across the country. But what's in them? You should really check out what you're putting on your hair.
I have long advised my readers that petrolatum is generally bad for hair and skin. It is a byproduct of the petroleum industry and is not tightly regulated in the United States like it is in the EU for cosmetic use. Here's why you should reconsider product containing petrolatum.
For newbies on the natural journey, here’s the deal. There is a lot of misinformation around about natural hair care, what products to use and what it does and doesn’t do. Whether you are thinking about going natural or just starting your transition, it's important to learn all you can about your hair. I'm dropping some knowledge on a few points.