Looking after Afro- Caribbean hair, is high matinence but my hair is …. e v e r y t h i n g! #ilovemyhair ! Which leads me to this blog…
It’s a privilege to have hair like THISSSS, but I do have to look after it, morning and night time!
When growing up, my nan would always have my hair protected, as in cornrows or plaited! My hair was hardly ever out in just a “normal” ponytail. And on school trips away, my nan always wanted me to have in some sort of wrap… and mine was old stockings/tights 😂😧 (If you know you know)! I remember my friends laughing like “what the hell is that” 🙄 (Mind you I did grow up as a minority, so my hair was a phenomenon to some.) In seceondary school my hair was relaxed for the first time, and I remember being in love with the look! It was so soft and silky, and my nan was like, wow your hair is long gurrrrl!🙋🏾 Got that island hair! 🇯🇲🖤💛💚
Since moving out I have kept my hair in good condition, and even taught myself to relax my hair myself… the days my nan use to do it was nearly a whole day, and nothing has changed! 😂 I wanted to do it myself as my nans back was getting a bit dodgy, so I wanted to help my just doing it my god damn self! 😅 My first time I was crapping myself, as I didn’t want my hair falling out, as relaxing hair is not something to mess about with. When relaxing my hair, I like to plan my day and see if I have enough hours to do it!
My nan has always used the Olive Oil relaxing kit, and I just carried on buying it. You can find it online or Boots/ Superdrug’s, but I like to buy it at my local Afro-Caribbean hairdressers. *Shout out to Macs Haircare*
These products I use for washing/ and deep conditioning my hair, I ALWAYS DEEP CONDITION MY HAIR, as I want to make sure I lock all the moisture back into my hair, that the relaxer took out.
These products I use for when I am finished hair drying my hair, and currently use after until finished.
The problem with not living in a city, is that when it comes to getting hair products or an Afro-Caribbean hair shop, it is hard to come buy… but luckily where I live there is one! And that’s what matters! My local hairdressers always take care of me, and make sure I am looking after my hair 😂! They always are shocked to see how long my hair is, and that It hasn’t fallen out!
I have done my fair share of doing all sorts of different looks with my hair… let’s take a look.
Copper/ what the hell.
I do not know why I did that, but I did… 😳🙈
My hair was so broken, and I promised myself I would never dye it again!
Right so let’s get on what products I use!
At this precise moment, these are the products I am currently using and loving🖤
This Olive Oil Sheen Spray, its a must for me, it adds great shine and smells soooooo good!
Coconut Oil is a must!!!!!!!! For hair growth it has made a massive difference! And it’s brilliant for moisture, I have used different types of coconut oil, but this one is greeeaaat. 😍
If you are a black person living in England, and haven’t come across products from DAX, then are you even black???!!! #onlyjoking. This make had everything, when it came to scalp care, and my nan would always use some sort of product for when it came to plaiting my hair. And the smells lasts for days. (And your forehead shining so bright from all the oils haha!)
This one I have been enjoying quite a bit, and use this on my roots especially when hair drying my hair, and in apply to the ends of my hair when styling it.
I have always been raised to use a lot of oils, just beacause of the English weather, the sun doesn’t tend to shine all the time! 😔🌝 And most of the time my hair has to deal with wind and rain. 🌧💨
This product is just one I came across randomly… L’Oréal Elvive Extraordinary Oil. Smells lush, and gives even extra shine!
I like to relax my hair as for me, I love the look. And I find it easier to comb when relaxed as it’s all smooth. Nowadays all you hear about is black women and their hair, but to me that’s my crown. Black women are beautiful with natural hair, wig, weave, braided, short, long, dyed, shaved, Afro whatever! I do get questioned whether my hair is real, which does make me laugh as my hair could not be this long and it be actually from the top of my head. 😂 But no it’s not, not that I’m against weave, it’s just not for me.
My other half does have to endure the fact of how long it takes to look after my hair, and god forbid if I’m going on a night out… my hair has to be what I want it to be, otherwise it’s not happening. 👎🏽
*BUT DO NOT APPROACH ME WITH WATER, it’s not even funny. I don’t play those games, blood sweat and tears into looking after my hair, and unless I consent to it, don’t even dare!* 👊🏾
Here’s some pics I took, and help from Tom to take some, and show off my hair! 🙌🏽🙋🏾 #Noweavehere
Right well that was a long one, and if you are here at the end, I applaud you! 👏🏽
You can see all my different hairstyles on Facebook: Louise Curtis https://m.facebook.com/Lou.ise6789998212/albums/478814444973/?ref=bookmarks
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