My Must-Have Natural Hair Products

I’ve mentioned a few of my must-have natural hair products before, but to get a better idea of what I can truly say has worked for my kids and I, take a look at the pics above.  We’ve tried many different kinds, but these are our holy grails, our proven staples, our tried and true.  From the store, from the kitchen, from the fridge, from the pantry.  I know some of the hardcore naturalistas will probably disapprove of the L’Oreal stuff or the gel or whatever.  That doesn’t matter to me.  What matters is what’s worked very well for us.  And I’ve decided to continue using the brand of coconut oil pictured until I feel comfortable with spending more money on another brand.  I’ve seen some at $9.99, $6.99, $8, $10 and more.  Those prices may seem nice, but for the amount of ounces, they weren’t.  I have 5 heads and 6 bodies to coat with this oil.  Poor hubby is balding more.  No more head & shoulders for him.  All he needs is his fave body wash to double as a shampoo to clean what’s left.  I asked about better brands at an affordable price to groups I associate with on Facebook like #TeamNatural and Natural Folkz (or was it Natural Hair).  One particular answer stood out.  The nice naturalista said to use the cheaper version on your hair and skin, but use the better/pricier version in your food.  So, for now that’s what I’ll do. For cooking, I recently bought the non solid version by Carrington Farms  for $7 and some change for a 16oz. bottle.  A few other women...

Little Boys’ Hair Should Be Celebrated Too

My son, D, has an amazing grade of hair.  It’s very kinky/coily and gets very compact when it grows out, looks really soft and wavy when moisturized.  His father usually gives him a haircut, so it’s nice and wavy when cut close to the scalp, but not bald.   So, when my father offered to have his hair cut at the barbershop, I thought it would be a fun rite of passage.  No.  It.  Was.  Not.  We went to some tired looking place in Rocky Mount, NC, where we were visiting my mom’s side of the family for a cousin’s wedding.  My lil man was crying before the barber even started and nothing I said or did to comfort him worked.  What definitely didn’t help was when the barber had the nerve to say, “This will train his hair to grown into a better grade.”  Ummm, what?  A better grade?  Train his hair?  O_o  His hair was already fine and this complete stranger shaved it to almost nothing.  My father, whom I hardly see, and I both kept saying, no, yelling, “NOT TOO SHORT!”  The guy didn’t call D the N-word or use that word in any capacity like in the featured article below, but it was an experience I know we do not need to have again.  That barber was no different from the female hairdressers who claim they know what they’re doing when they spread a relaxer on ALL of the hair down to the ends on NON-VIRGIN hair.  Yeah…will have to tell you about that experience later.  Anyway, here’s a related article I found on The...