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Ode to the Braids

It has been quite some time since I have last written in this blog. I have two other blogs….that I also forget to contribute to. I am just one of those people who take on way too many projects all at once. My downfall.

Anyhoo, as of May of 2011, I started braiding my hair again (extensions). I decided that this is the best way for me to maintain my natural hair without me losing my mind. As all of us natural haired black women know, having natural hair can be a task and a half depending on your hair type. Now, I hate it when people say “I have bad hair.” I don’t like to say that my hair is bad, but I certainly cannot get myself to enjoy it for what it is. I simply have a hard time embracing the texture of my hair, which is 4C. My hair is super dry and the stands are wiry and brittle. No matter how many oil treatments, shampoos, conditioners (all all-natural and sulfur free), etc, it just kept breaking off in certain places and my lifestyle developed into me not being able to maintain it. Therefore, I decided to have it braided for convenience sake. Now, there certainly are negative aspects to keeping your hair braid, such as hair breakage, dandruff issues, and simply the fact that they do not maintain long enough. However, these are all easily avoidable.

With every problem is a resolution!!

The main reason why I stopped braiding my hair many years ago was due to hair breakage and pulling. With the braids in, the braids would become very very thin along my hair line and even end up being easily pulled out from the root from me simply pulling them back into a ponytail or running my hands through my braids. After I would take out the braids, I noticed that my hair was terribly short in certain areas and broken off. That is when I got my hair dreaded and kept them that way for nearly 10 years before making the mistake of cutting them out and getting my hair relaxed (which ended up with me shaving my hair off). When I got my hair braided last year for the first time in over a decade, I realized that there are many ways to avoid such disasters.

1) Make sure your braids are not braided too tightly! I can’t stress this enough. If you feel that your hair is being pulled from the scalp too harshly, they are too tight. To avoid this, have the person braiding your hair do a few sample braids on the more delicate part of your hair line, which is around your temple or just above your ear. If the braid seems too thin and/or too tight, instruct the person braiding your hair to not braid so tightly and to make the braids along your hair line a bit thicker. Also, keep from pulling your hair back into tight ponytails often. This should also be practiced even without braids, as ponytails put too much stress on your hair line.

2) Do not think that you must have your hair relaxed to get it braided. As we know, chemical relaxers strip the proteins in your hair and make the bonds very weak and fragile. Your hair will certainly break off. Additionally, having your hair braided in it’s natural nappy state makes for nicer braids, as the braider can grip the hair much better and you will have less “fly away” straggling strands poking out all over the place. Even if you are using real hair to braid your hair with, your braids will still look much nicer. Believe me.

3) Do not leave your braids in for too long. It is important not to exceed more than 8 weeks with your hair braided for a couple of reasons. One, your hair will start to matte into the braid. What a frustration that would be taking them out. You’ll end up pulling more hair than you desired out and breaking the hair that you keep. Two, dandruff! Even if you wash your hair often, your scalp is still not receiving proper washing and conditioning. Obviously, we want to keep our braids looking as pristine as possible for as long as possible. For this reason, people do not wash their hair enough, vying to wash their hair every couple of weeks or even waiting until it is absolutely unbearable to avoid washing (ewww!). A double edged sword! Your hair should be washed once a week minimum, but scrub your scalp gently with your finger tips. If you do not wash enough, you will develop a large amount of dandruff. Dandruff is the shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp. Everyone has a certain amount of dandruff, but with proper cleaning, it could be managed without becoming an embarrassment. Therefore, if you are not washing your hair, you are not relieving your scalp of its shedding skin, blocking the pores in your scalp, which makes it hard for your scalp to breath, and thus you will experience hair loss. Additionally, depending on the type of hair that you have, some people need added moisture. I wrote on a previous blog post on not using hair grease or certain oils in your hair. I still use jojoba oil for everything, including moisturizing my skin when I get out of the shower. Jojoba oil is perfect because it does not leave an oily residue and it does not contain triglycerides, which Dr. Oz simply says is the fat that runs through your blood stream (that nasty fat that causes weight gain and blocked arteries). So pretty much, several types of oils will sit on your skin rather than penetrate and condition your skin thoroughly. Jojoba oil can even be used to removed blocked pores. How often have you heard of an oil that unblocks pores? Only jojoba oil. I store my jojoba oil in blue dripper bottles and drip it lightly through my scalp between my braids. A small 4 oz bottle of jojoba oil for my hair lasts me at least 6 months, if not more, and I don’t fret about embarrassing dandruff. PLUS, jojoba oil is a natural fungicide, which kills fungus and fungus spores. It is believed that dandruff can be increasingly caused by a fungus called Malassezia. Malassezia is naturally found on the skin surfaces of animals and humans and can increasingly grow from fat from the scalp, face, and upper part of the body. When the fungus grows too rapidly, the natural renewal of cells is disturbed and dandruff appears with itching. Anti-dandruff shampoos contain salicylic acid and sulfur to remove  dandruff flakes. These ingredients in a shampoo should be avoided because it will dry out the scalp and hair excessively, hence the existence of salicylic and sulfur free shampoos. Therefore, using a bit of jojoba oil regularly will do the trick. Oh! A good leave-in conditioner that you can spray onto your scalp after you wash your hair is necessary. I use Mix Chicks leave-in conditioner. I water it down a bit and put it in a spray bottle, then spray it 6 inches away from my scalp. Do not over saturate the scalp with the conditioner. A few sprays will do the job. Massage it into your scalp with your finger tips gently. Let your hair air dry. THEN, add the jojoba oil. It’s a good idea to add the jojoba oil to the length of your braid simply to keep the shine. A teaspoon amount gets the job done.

4) Wrap your head with a silk scarf when going to bed! Silk! Cotton will trap your hair strands in between the threads and pull your hair when you take it off in the morning. Same goes with your cotton pillow cases. Silk, silk, silk! 100%! Additionally, silk will not absorb the oils in your hair as much as cotton, locking most of the moisture in. I double wrap my entire head, pulling my braids up into the wrap. To make your head wrap look nicer, use a pretty silk scarf and wrap it attractively. This practice should actually go for all hair types, braids or no braids. Easy enough to do.

5) Avoid ponytails at all cost! I know they can look attractive and simply be practical when you need to pull the hair off of your face, but if you choose to wear loose braids, use headbands to keep your hair back. Clip your hair up loosely if you do not want to wear it down. If you absolutely insist on pulling your hair back into a tight ponytail, do not keep it back for long periods of time and often.

6) Keep your hands out of your hair for several reasons. One, you are transferring germs and what-nots from your hands onto your scalp. If you wouldn’t put your unclean hands into your mouth, don’t put them onto your scalp.  Two, you’re loosening your braids. The more you pull on them, the more you are pulling the beginning knot of your braid further down your hair. Also, you are frizzing up the actual braid.

Braids are beautiful. They are beautiful because of their long history and they are beautiful because of the craft that it takes to make them. Treat them well and wear them proudly.

Nappy with a Twist

It has been quite some time since I have written on my nappy blog. As far as I was concerned a few months ago, I was just going to wear my hair in braids for awhile because a new job required that I wear a hat. As I am sure you could imagine, stuffing an Afro into a baseball hat is no easy task. Over the past few months, it has grown out quite considerably. It’s like trying to stuff a sponge into a thimble. Ok, I am exaggerating a bit, but it isn’t easy. Therefore, I decided to make life easier for myself and get $250 micro braids (that includes the cost of the hair). Let me tell you, that experience just reiterated to me why I stopped getting my hair braided over 10 years ago (I’ll save that subject for another blog). After 3 months I took those bad boys out and decided to simplify my life just a little bit more – I decided to get French braids for $50. Well, I hated that too because I had itchy scalp and dandruff issues, which is pretty typical of my scalp (it does not like to be confined and loves to breathe. It also likes to be conditioned thoroughly daily). I knew better too, but sometimes desperate times calls for desperate measures. Three weeks later, I took them out and started twisting my hair. Four hours twice a week later…..I got fed up. I decided that I needed to soften up these naps or shave my head…..again. So I went to Sally’s and bought a texturizer. Excited, I went home and started applying the product, working my hair exactly as the instructions instructed me to do. 20 minutes later I rinse it out (exactly when the instructions told me to) and behold…..it did nothing. Nothing! My hair was still as kinky as it was before. Not one thing changed. Why I’ll be damned! Why? Virgin hair. Virgin hair is hair that is pure and untainted…hair that has never felt the harshness of hair chemicals. This is why no one should chemically alter their hair themselves, especially virgin hair, unless you are experienced – which I am not – because application and timing takes the knowledge of an experienced expert. So anyways, pissed off, I twisted my hair and decided to wait at least a month before I attempt another texturizer again. A month passes and I did it again with the assistance of my sister. This time it worked much better. It loosened my curls much more so I can manage it with a comb (yes, I said comb, also another subject for a future blog) and get it into a ponytail for my hat at work. Plus, when I wear my hair out, my fro is larger and much softer.  However, technically, I am not wearing my hair natural anymore though it looks as though I am. I chemically altered it and the only way for me to go back to my natural texture is to cut it off. If I decide to straightened my hair chemically again, my hair would just break all off….or not, I’m not sure, but I will be getting it done professionally.

I have been going back and forth about what to do to my hair. Part of me wants to shave it off again and keep it that short, like Thelma Golden. Part of me says to just keep doing what I am doing and let it grow. Part of me wants to look into the Japanese straightening method and get it done, followed by getting a really cute hair cut, but I don’t think so. How many times have people told me that I look great with almost no hair? To tell you the truth, those “people” are mostly women, but I get where they are coming from. Women really look at women’s beauty more than men, so women are going to pay attention to your individual features while men look at your whole package, but let me be honest here – I am a single woman vying for the adoration of an outstanding man; therefore, I am going to tend to dress for the man that I want to attract. Men are always attracted to long hair, but I find that if you have “exotic” looks, they love you the most in your natural state. Whatever makes you beautiful, they love when women emphasize it and treat that feature like the star. My sister is half Chinese and half black American and men love her long curly beautiful hair, but it’s her best feature though she is very pretty, so she really takes excellent care of her hair and they always compliment her on it. My best feature is the shape of my face and eyes, so I get the most looks and compliments when I wear my hair pulled back or my hair froed out. I have noticed that men of many cultures attracted to black women tend to be more receptive to natural black women more than Europeanized black women that wear weave and straighten their hair. I’ve been on both sides of the fence and I received more compliments from men than ever before because I embrace my natural looks now. Also, the older I get, the more simplistic and low maintenance I become. I emphasize my natural “beauty” without packing on a facade, but don’t think that means I live without makeup, I just wear very little of it (yet another future blog subject).

When I went to Tunisia a few years ago, I was mistaken by some of the locals as either being Arabic or Indian because of my straight processed hair…and my straight nose and nose ring. Most of the time they thought I was Jamaican, but I was wondering why they wouldn’t guess that I would have been from some part of Africa. There are different shades of black in Africa and each culture looks much different from the rest, so what the heck? I understand that I do not have typical African features because, let’s face it, I am a black American, which means that my ancestry is mixed with mainly African, quite a bit of European and some Native American ancestry, but I was still a little disappointed. My father’s grandfather was Irish and his grandmother was half Cherokee Indian and that’s only going back three generations. If I were to dig deeper I know I would see a lot of European ancestry sprinkled up in there. Who knows what’s going on on my mother’s side, but I am sure that I would find almost the same thing. Nonetheless, I was pretty surprised. When I shaved my head and started letting my hair grow naturally, I wondered if I were to go to Tunisia if they were to guess that I was African then. I am going to guess that they would ALL call me Jamaican, but not African. Rats. My point is that rather than manipulating and trying to appear a way for the sake of…whatever…., I much rather go with what works for me the best and stay true to who I am as a person. I like looking like me and no one else…okay maybe I get a kick out of looking identical to my mother when she was my age. I do not like the fuss and upkeep of processed hair and hair weave and wigs, but I do not like the natural texture of my hair because it is hard for me to manage. I am just too low maintenance, so I went with an alternative that throws me somewhere in the middle. The pressures of Western culture makes women feel that a certain look is the best look and to be considered fully attractive, women must conform to this standard…whatever that standard may be. That pressure could come down to skin tone, body structure, hair structure, etc etc. Each culture has its own standards of beauty and let’s not get into each ethnic culture’s subculture and American society’s culture and subcultures. What a mess. Out of all of this, finding your voice and marching to the beat of your own drum should be the way to go. As a black woman, I feel pressured to go fully nappy and pressured to go fully Europeanized, but for the sake of my own peace of mind, I found a middle ground that works for me. I like the middle ground. I think I’ll stick with it.

Just Say “No!” to Sulfate and “Yes!” to Jojoba

 

Here is an updated photograph of my hair. My hair is not styled in the photography…. nor am I (sans make-up). It is a bit hard to see, but it has grown out a bit. I am still using the same regime as before except I failed to mention that I use jojoba oil and sulfate free shampoo as well. I choose to use a Sulfate-Free (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate) Moisture Shampoo and Condition, such as Treasured Locks or JASON Natural. With all of this talk about sulfate-free shampoo and condition, what exactly is sulfate and why is it considered to be a bad ingredient?

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is basically the ingredient that helps the cleaning product “foam up.” These foaming agents are chemically known as surfactants. Basically, it is a de-greasing agent. You can find this ingredient in detergents, hand and body soaps, and other household cleaning agents, such as Easy Off Oven Spray and Mr. Clean Multi-purpose Surface Cleaner. What’s so bad about it? Well, in a nut shell, it changes the nature of your skin protein, which may cause skin irritation. Remember that proteins are amino acids that are essential to proper cell health (cells take in nutrients, turn these nutrients into energy, carry out specialized functions, and reproduce as necessary). If these cells are damaged, you are damaging, in this instance, your hair health. In addition, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (below) both can lead to direct damage to the hair follicle, skin damage, permanent eye damage in children and even liver toxicity. I believe for African American hair, in particular, this ingredient should not touch the hair. African American hair generally lacks natural moisture, which is why many believe that they should add oil and *gulp* grease. Grease is a no no! See the previous blog on mineral oil. However, good oil, such as Olive oil or Jojoba oil, is great. I’ll talk about this later in the blog.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate is closely related to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in that it is the “foam up” agent in soaps, shampoos, detergents, cleaning products, and even toothpaste! This ingredient is slightly less irritating than Sodoium Lauryl Sulfate. Laureth is the extensive modification of lauric acid, which is a natural fatty acid. Basically, it dissolves grease , which causes a drying effect. It can also changes the nature of skin proteins (denatures skin proteins), which causes skin irritation and can leave your skin susceptible to environmental contaminants. I have heard and read reports where SLS can cause cancer and mimic estrogen, causing PMS and fertile effects, but I have not seen any reports that confirm this 100%. I can say that it dries the skin by stripping the protective lipids from the skin surface so it cannot effectively regulate moisture. Hence hair products companies marketing ploy of “extra moisturizing” hair products. If the moisture of the skin and hair is properly taken care of, then additional moisture should not be needed. What kills me about many “moisture added” hair products is that they also include SLS. If additional moisture is needed when using hair products with no SLS, then we should consider using a natural moisturizing agent, such as Jojoba Oil.

Jojoba Oil is my hero. Jojoba oil is actually a botanical extract of the seeds of the  jojoba tree. Though we refer to Jojoba oil as an OIL, it is actually a wax ester. Wax ester, which is basically a fatty acid, is very similar to human skin oil (sebum). It is theorized that applying jojoba oil to the skin can trick your skin into thinking that it is producing enough moisture , thus balancing your bodies oil production. Due to this effect, jojoba oil does not clog or block your pores! Actually, it works great for unclogging your pours. Jojoba oil provides all day moisture (unlike other water based moisturizers that eventually evaporate during the day), balances your bodies oil production, it doesn’t clog your pores, it spreads and absorbs well and evenly, and it is free of pesticides, GMO’s (genetically modified organisms – the insertion and deletion of genes to create new sets of genes, aka to create a new organism), and it is sustainably farmed (I’ll talk about the benefits of purchasing food from sustainable farms in my next blog because after all, you are what you eat. What you eat benefits your body, which includes your hair). It gives your hair an adequate amount of shine as well.

So, what is my hair regiment? Well, I don’t shampoo my hair daily, but I do condition it daily. I shampoo my hair every 3 days with ThermaFuse, but I rinse and condition it in the shower daily. Once my hair air dries to the point where it is still damp, but not completely dry, I massage a quarter size of jojoba oil into my hair, making sure to massage my scalp and spread the oil evenly through my hair. I then comb my hair out with a large toothed comb, currently a large toothed detangler. I do not brush my hair not because it is bad, but because you should never brush your hair when it is wet, and I style my hair when it is wet. My older sister, who is half Chinese, also does not brush her hair because she styles it wet. Both our hair is very soft and has much shine without the need for brushing. Each person is different, however, so it is your job to figure out what works best with your hair and body chemistry.  After I comb my hair, I then apply my hair product, which is at this time Curl’s Curl Sufflé ($16 for 8 oz) or Brocato’s Kurlkarma (which is silicone, paraben, and sulfate free). The best product that I have used to enhance my natural curls is Bumble and Bumble’s Curl Conscious Calming Creme, which is a bit expensive for me at this time ($27 for 8.5 oz). Bracoto’s is a decent alternative ($14 for 6 oz), though African Americans have to use quite a bit to get the effect the proper curl enhancement. Bumble and Bumble makes my hair look luscious and really forms my curls very well. A little goes a long way. I then style my hair with my fingers, working through the product, and molding my hair to my desired look. Soon I will start posting some of my more daring styles onto the my blog because I do often coif my coiffure. Also, little cute styling doilies as well that I come across. Maybe a tutorial or two on proper hair wraps. Stay tuned!

The Days of Hair Grease Are Gone

I did some research on Miss Jessie’s hair product line and I found some negative things that diverted my interest. For instance, her products contain mineral oil (disguised under the name PARAFINIUM LIQUIDUM), which is very bad for African American hair (it coats the skin and locks out moisture. If you are African American you know that African American hair needs added moisture). You can say that Mineral Oil in hair ingredients is like High Fructose Corn Syrup in soda: it’s bad for you. The Buttercreme contains mineral oil, as well as Beeswax (bad bad bad), petrolatum (petroleum jelly – which is a “barrier,” not a “moisturizer. It locks in moisture that is already present from different ingredients. The down side and actual danger of using this is that as a barrier applied to the skin, petroleum disallows the natural and normal release of toxins, in various forms, from the skin, which can cause hair breakage and dandruff to name the LEAST), lanolin (which is wool fat! Basically, it’s a substance secreted from the skin of wool bearing animals, such as sheep), and animal protein. The number one complaint about Miss Jessie’s products is that it is either too greasy or too stiff. It seems her products are not intended to improve the condition of hair overtime, but more of a temporary fix with damaging effects. Yeah, this does not sound like the route I should take. I have yet to try her products, but after reading the ingredients and looking further into other people’s comments and reviews, I think I’ll pass. Instead, I found a website for people with naturally curly hair looking for products that are all natural called Blended Beauty. The creators of Blended Beauty shows much confidence in their products by displaying the product ingredients online with each product. For instance, the Silk Shake (which is the most popular product they produce and many people swear by) contains Aloe Water, Vegetable Glycerine (derived from palm oil by the process of hydrogenolysis, which removes the fatty acids, leaving pure vegetable glycerine. This is commonly used in beauty products because it softens hair and/or skin. It is 100% natural and acts as a solvent in extracting botanical properties from plant materials without the use of alcohol), Capryl Isostearate (which replaces silicone in products and serves as a non-oily lubricant without drying the hair and/or skin), Rice Bran oil (which many would argue is better than Extra Virgin Olive Oil and also contains many antioxidents and Vitamin E), Natural Conditioner, Natural Preservative Optiphen (which essentially means is a salt free preservative), Rosemary Leaf Extract (helps strengthen the capillaries – small blood vessels – and has a rejuvenating effect), Soy Protein (essential amino acids and is used for emulsification and texturizing of ingredients in cosmetics), and Silk Powder (removes impurities in skin and/or hair). All of these ingredients are safe and nurturing for hair. So, I plan on purchasing a few products from Blended Beauty and see the effect on my hair.

Other products that I have been using are Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk and Curls Curl Suffle. I am sure if you are reading this that you have heard of Carol’s Daughter. Her line provides the most well known all natural hair and skin products on the market at this time. She literally created her hair and beauty care products in her kitchen. Curls, however, is a new company out of Elk Grove, California (which happens to be where I live) that is gaining national recognition. Curls focuses on nurturing the natural Curls of African American and multi-ethnic individuals with all natural organic products. It seems that this line focuses on individual with African heritage and curly hair, whether it be African American, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Domenican, bi-racial (half Black/African), etc. Curls Suffle, for example, defines AND moisturizes natural curls. My hair is still relatively short, but the suffle gives my hair shine and definition that uniforms my tiny corkscrew curls. It does SLIGHTLY shrink the length of your hair because it tightens the curls, but it is worth the sacrifice. The ingredients of the Curl Suffle includes purified water, certified organic sunflower oil, octyl palmitate, certified organic aloe vera leaf juice, glyercin, glyceryl stearate, potassium stearate, panthenol, stearic acid, sodium carbomer, allantoin, cetearyl alcohol, sweet almond oil, shea butter, jojoba oil, soy tocopherols, phenoxyethanol, fragrance. What I love about the creator’s website is that she breaks down the most essential ingredients to tell you what they do for the hair. For example, panthenol is a Vitamin B complex that adds strength and body to hair by filling in cracks on the hair shaft. Her products are so homemade that her video tutorials are filmed in her bathroom and the wrapping around her containers are uneven and appear hand applied, all of which I find charming. She truly is thinking about the overall condition of natural curly hair.

Happy to be Nappy….

If you scroll down the page, you’ll see a few pictures of me with my dreadlocks. I had them for 7 years. I loved being all natural: I didn’t have to worry about hair-breakage, wasting money at the hair salon, styling, etc etc. Though I loved my dreads, I decided to cut them off to try something new. I decided to relax my hair! Why? My thoughts back then were illogical to me today. Basically, I wanted a more European appearance because I felt that look would be more acceptable in society. I felt that people would be at more ease to approach me if I looked more “tame.” I know….stupid. This opinion mainly has to do with where I was living, which was Ohio at the time. I had spent 12 years of my life in Northeast Ohio and all natural hair was not exactly a norm as it is in other cities. Typically women wore weave and/or relaxed hair. I found dreads to have a negative connotation to the general population due to the fact that many people would approach me and tell me how “clean” and “neat” my hair looked. That was suppose to be a compliment. I took much much pride in my dreads and made sure they looked as perfect as possible. I got dreadlocks when I was 18 years old because I was sick and tired of dealing with the upkeep of my hair. I felt dreads would be the best way for me to get my hair to grow healthy with low maintenance (in comparison to getting my hair relaxed). I never regretted that decision and I am still glad that I did it to this day. I don’t even regret cutting my dreads off, but I do regret getting a relaxer. It set my goals for my hair far back. So, after a year and a half of relaxed hair, I decided to go back all natural…again, but without the dreadlocks.

I did the BC (Big Chop) 3 weeks ago. I am now living with a mini-afro, a look in which I am still getting use to. I found this transition to be very hard for me. I know many women wear their hair as I do today and have been for God knows how many years; however, I am just not use to this look on myself. My sister actually helped convince me to go back to wearing my hair naturally, specifically because my hair was falling out from the relaxer and my scalp was horribly dry, in addition to the fact that I was moving back to California. In Northern California (which is where I am from and where I moved back to), most women tend to be natural. People here are just much more casual and more natural than people in the Eastern hemisphere of the US (excluding New York City). My sister is also all natural. In addition, in my heart, I have always felt that all natural is the only way to be (up to a point. I’m no hippy).

So, what is the point of this blog? Well, I noticed an overwhelming amount of information on the internet pertaining to women with my hair type. Trying to weed out what’s good for me and what’s not is difficult. So, I decided to blog my progress and information that I come across that I am trying. So, above is a picture that I just took of myself on my computer. It is far from glamorous, but I am not hear to astound readers with my “beauty” (if you want to see a decent picture of me see my About Moi). I just want to encourage those on the fence of whether to do the BC or not that all natural is the way to go and that it takes time and patience to obtain the hair level that one may desire. This is something that I am struggling with. I wish my hair would just grow out a few inches already, but that takes much time. So, this blog is for those who are debating on doing the BC, have just done the BC, or have been living all natural, and want to drop some words of wisdom. Please continue reading my blogs over time.

To begin with, I discovered Miss Jessie’s hair products browsing the internet. Her products are specifically tailored for all natural hair. She offers hair products that softens, adds shine, enhances, and lengthens natural curly, kinky, and nappy hair. On her website, she had much information on the results of her products, such as before and after pictures, video tutorials, and PDF styling How-To’s. You can either order products online, or see where you can buy her products. She also owns her own shop, so if you live in Brooklyn, you could book a consultation with her. There is a place near where I live that sells Miss Jessie’s products, so I plan on going today to purchase Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding. This product is great for people with kinky hair who want to wear a shingle hair style. It stretches out shrunken curls. Also, I came across a great website that really breaks down hair strand structure called Naani’s Naturals. This website really helped me to debunk “nappy” hair myths and realize what type of hair I really have. I highly recommend everyone to read it. So, stay tuned and comment as you wish.