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Saturday, September 19, 2009

These are a few of my fav things - Part 2

In the previous post, I talked about the hair products I use. I thought that it may be a good idea to talk about the other products I use for my hair.

1) Denman brush & wide tooth comb: used to detangle, comb and brush my hair. I use the brush more often. I use the brush about once a month and I use it when my hair is wet and/or damp. The brush goes through my hair easily. You can find wide tooth combs at most department stores. The Denman brush I found Sally's in Toronto.

2) Perm rollers: used when I want to curl my twists. To vary the look of my twists, I roll them with small perm rollers and keep them in overnight. When I am tired of the curls and the twists, I take out both and have a curly twist-out.

3) Hair elastic bands & hair thread: used to stretch my hair. Sometimes I rinse my hair with my twists in. The rinse removes some of the product in my hair and hydrates my scalp. In order to keep the length and avoid shrinkage, I use hair thread or hair elastics to wrap the hair as it air dries. This keeps most of the length after the hair dries. You can get very nice stretching if you wrap your hair tightly with the hair thread. I prefer using the thread because it is less stressful on my hair.

4) Hair net & hair wrap; used to cover my hair for sleeping. They help to preserve the style of my hair and also help keep in the moisture content of my hair. I recommend using a satin wrap because satin does not dry out natural black hair so much.

5) Satin pillow case: used on any pillow I sleep on. I carry it with me when I travel and sleep in other places. I place it over my sleeping pillow and am ready for some 'zzzzzz". I made this pillowcase myself by purchasing some satin fabric from a store and sewed it with thread and needle. Cost me a lot less than buying a satin pillowcase.

I find my hair products through recommendations and through trial and error. If something works, I use it until it stops working for me. Remember that our natural black hair actually changes hair texture quite frequently (during monthly cycles, pregnancy, stressful times, ageing etc) so you WILL have to change the products and techniques you use from time to time. Don't get frustrated; just keep trying till you get the one that works. One more thing, I look for products that are "all-natural" with no alcohol and any of those ingredients that dry out our natural black hair. I find that these types of hair products work better for my natural black hair.

Please comment on the blog site about the products you use. We want to hear from you.


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