Although ultimately Afrobella is about afros and naturally curly hair, I have to show my chemically straightened sisters some love. It’s not easy slathering the creamy crack on your scalp. Trust me, I know. I had one hairdresser who didn’t even grease my scalp to protect it from the burn. Every time I went to see her, I’d leave with my head raw and scabbed. My hair care needs definitely changed as I became natural. Products that work for me now definitely would have just weighed down my straightened tresses. My hair felt so much thinner and more fragile then.
I noticed this article on iVillage about Keeping African-American Hair in Shape. Much to my delight, the expert interviewed was none other than my fellow Trinidadian Wendy Fitzwilliam, Miss Universe 1998.
Her advice is pretty much on point for women who undergo chemical treatments.There are very few products that made the transition from relaxed to natural with me. One of those is African Pride Magical Gro. I always liked the smell, and the product was light and not as gloppy as other hair greases.
Another thing that doesn’t change much from being relaxed to natural is the need for deep conditioning treatments. I do one at least every two weeks. By deep conditioning, I mean slathering on a thick deep conditioner like Motions CPR Conditioning Treatment, or the incredible Beyond the Zone Last Call Hair Masque and using a steam cap.
When I slip on this laughably antiquated looking device, I maximize my ridiculous appearance by wearing a green clay mask. Then I get a kick out of scaring the bejesus out of my husband.
I guess it’s a perfect example of not-everything-works-for-everybody. I used the Breakage Defense Deep Conditioning Mask and it worked great for me.