With summer coming to an end and my hair beginning to grow out, I find myself asking this question lately. In my previous blog post “The Good Hair Day Remedy” I discussed why temperature, humidity and dew point is so important for curly or natural hair. Now I’m questioning what am I supposed to do with my hair in the winter months? In the summer were trying to protect our hair from all the moisture in the air, I find it comical that we have the opposite problem in the winter. In the winter, at least on the east coast, there isn’t any moisture in the air other than when snows.
I am anxious about my first winter with natural hair. In the past during the winter months my hair was miserable; I suffer from dry scalp during this time and believe me I have tried every dry scalp remedy. Hot oil treatment, hair streamer, oiling my scalp with ever and any natural oil but nothing seems to work. My hair also becomes extremely dry because of the lack of moisture in the air and when I apply a thick creamy leave in these types of products tends to weigh my hair down. So I walk around with white flakes and oil hair, so not attractive! I read an article that stated that newly naturals, who did the Big Chop, have to start detangling after their hair grew out three inches. Guess who’s going to have three inches just in time for winter? Me!
So here’s my plan I’m going to wait until October and then I’m going to start researching what types of products I need to use and start buying samples to try on my hair to help me during this dreadful season. I have to remind myself that this is part of my journey and once I figure out how to make my hair look and feel great during the winter months I have reached this goal. Am I the only one feeling anxious about the effects winter has on natural hair?
Plant-based hair color, such as Henna, Cassina and Indigo, can color textured, relaxed and natural hair, safely with no chemicals whatsoever. Plant based colors also have been found, in some cases, to cause a loosening of textured curl patterns in natural hair over time. Because plant-based colors smooth wayward ruffled cuticles and encourages them to lie flatter, the hair is better able to reflect light from its surface. Enhanced light reflection from the hair fiber surface contributes to a nice, healthy shine.
When I did my “big chop” a month ago, I inspired my mother to wear her natural hair. My mother wasn’t comfortable wearing her hair in its natural state. So she would hide her hair in braids, weaves and wigs. She watched me as I transitioned and decided that she also wanted to wear her hair natural but, first she needed to color her hair. While growing up I have seen my mother change her hair color to any color you could imagine. My mother has medium brown and gray hair so I suggested to her that maybe she would want to try a healthy hair coloring method which is henna.
Generally henna will color your hair a shade of red it all depends on what your natural hair color is.
Gray – fiery red (but only with good quality henna)
Blonde – red
Light brown – red to light auburn
Medium brown – auburn
Dark brown -reddish brown, more pronounced in the sun
Very dark brown to black – no color change but red highlights in the sun
I am applying a henna treatment to my mother’s hair tomorrow. When you are preparing to apply any plant-based hair color you have to prepare the product a day before hand. Your most important purchase is the henna. Use body art quality henna, the fresher the better. If you don’t get body art quality henna, you have no guarantee of what’s in the package other than henna.
When mixing henna there is a few things i had to consider. To release the red pigment in henna I needed to mix the henna with something acidic, I chose lemon juice. I need to cover my mother’s gray hairs so I had to find something to tone down the henna. I didn’t want her hair to be auburn and with fiery red strands. So I decided to apply ground coffee beans before adding the lemon juice. The ground coffee bean adds a slight browner result to the henna. After I was done mixing the henna treatment, it had the consistency of peanut butter and was dark green in color. I folded a paper towel and place it on top of the henna, cover the henna with plastic and place it in a cool dark area.
Tomorrow when the paper towel has turned red I will know it’s ready to be applied. I will apply the henna to my mother roots and work my way to her ends. Then, I will apply plastic wrap around her head, a plastic cap and then a scarf. She will sleep with a towel on her pillow and the next morning she will rinse her hair, deep condition and style her hair.
I know what you’re thinking wouldn’t it be simpler to buy a box dye kit? Yes it would be simpler but why not try something different? Especially if the product is all natural and can is beneficial to your healthy hair journey.
- Definition: Henna (bellasugar.com)
With the current heat wave that has hit New York I am so happy that I cut my hair off. Yesterday I went swimming and for the first time in my life I didn’t have to worry about my hair. All I did was add unrefined coconut oil to my hair a few hours before I went to the pool. Coconut oil acts as a barrier to the hair, so the chlorine from the pool doesn’t completely soak into and damage the hair strands. After I finished swimming I shampooed with a swimming shampoo to remove the chlorine and minerals. I finished with a deep conditioner and added a leave in conditioner.
Recently I added a hair rinse to my hair; I used Clairol Jazzy Hair Color called Spiced Cognac. I used this hair rinse once when I was relaxed and I was satisfied with the results so I decided to try it on my natural hair. The hair color can be a rinse or if you apply heat for 30 minutes it can become a semi-permanent color. I applied the rinse on a day that was really hot and since I have no Air Conditioner I figured that if I just keep the rinse in for 30 minutes it should become a semi permanent color. When I initially had this color a stylist applied it. Well I was stunned that the color of the rinse was the same shade of blood, needless to say that after I was finish applying the rinse my bathroom looked like a murder scene. I was even more stunned that the rinse started to run because when I applied it, it had a gel like consistency.
Well after a half an hour, I rinsed my hair and looked in the mirror and saw that my hair was still brown. I was a little upset but I figured that I would apply a henna treatment to my hair and that way I would get the results I was looking for. It wasn’t until I went outside the next day that I noticed that my hair was light brown, I wanted a red tint to my hair but I can work with this color. I wish I could show you my new hair color, but every time I take a picture the camera can’t seem to capture the rinse. As far as if the hair color became semi-permanent or not, I believe it has. I applied the rinse to my hair a week ago and I’ve washed my hair four times since and my hair color is still light brown.
- Hair colour hair dye. The Facts (back2myroots.co.uk)