Archive for the ‘Q&A’ Category
Julie says: “I’ve had natural hair for about 10 years, and I am now looking to go straight. Any suggestions on what type of relaxers work best for biracial hair?”
Hi Julie, I am a natural, so quite honestly I am no expert in relaxed hair. Also, the fact that you say you have biracial hair does not tell me anything about the type of hair you have – whether or not it’s coarse, fine, dense, wavy, kinky, or curly. Therefore, I cannot suggest any relaxers for you to use. I haven’t relaxed my hair in about 3 years or so, but I do know some ladies with nice relaxed hair who may be able to help you. Maybe you should consider joining a forum, or checking out Fotki or YouTube to get ideas from those whose textures are similar to yours. Sorry I couldn’t help!
Rachel Asks: How often should we trim our hair to achieve thickness?
Rachel, it’s interesting that you pose this question. Many believe that trimming the hair helps to make it thicker, however, this is not true. The trimming of the ends often gives a thicker look to the hair when there are thin ends present. The discarding of thin, sometimes see-through, ends makes the hair appear thicker overall. Since hair grows from the roots, the thickness and density of the hair will start there. The appearance of thickness and density throughout the hair overall may make it appear thicker based on a fresh cut or shaping of the hair though.
For example, a “bob” cut may look more dense compared to a long mane that one may choose to wear. Ultimately, it depends on the nature in which you keep up your ends and your roots to determine how your hair thick your hair will be!
Debra explains: “I am trying to let my hair go natural and leave all chemicals out of it. I have not put anything in it for close to three months, but my hair is so hard and brittle that it is falling out. I do not want to go back to a relaxer. What can i do? I am desperate!”
Answer: Debra, although it may seem like it, going natural does not have to be a tedious process. When I transitioned, I was just in a go-with-the-flow mindset at first. I had only been relaxing twice a year anyway, so when I stopped relaxing my hair it was not too bad. At first, I was blending the two textures of my hair by pressing it; but the constant heat on my hair was not what I had envisioned by going natural.
The phase of embracing the natural process did not begin until I discovered forums. I joined a hair forum, blackhairplanet, and began to do my research. I started off experimenting with styles, and my hair looked a mess at first; however, I kept working at it until I found my idea of near-perfection.
The hard and brittle hair signifies damage. Try to use deep conditioning treatments that replenish the moisture into your hair. Three months of transitioning is still in the early stages, however, you can try treating your “new growth” with some coconut oil to soften it up.
Overall, I would say be patient. Patience and understanding is a virtue in transitioning. You have to learn a whole new mindset as your true texture grows out, because natural hair care differs greatly from relaxed hair. Good fortune with your hair care journey!