Growing up with black haircare

Posted by Roger Gilchrist on

Black Haircare is inspiring, timeless and felt like a rite of passage. Haircare growing up was an everyday and weekly task. With a few family members as beauticians, there was always a new style they wanted to try on someone.

My grandmother was the first person to give me a perm at the age of 11. My hair had glorious right spiral curls, thicker than molasses and mid-back length touching the tip of my hips. At the age of 12 I was able to dye my hair and get highlights. In my teens my hair was strengthened every two weeks and rarely ever naturally curly.

My house would have the  smell of straightening hair on the weekends from a long process of a wash day. I would deep condition under a heated dryer, then wash and condition. After that I would apply thermal protectant cream and a spray. To blow-dry my hair, I would detangle my hair into four sections and began the blow drying process. I found it easier to blow-dry with a comb attachment on my blow-drier. When the hair was 100% dry, I would turn on the straightener to began to section and straighten my hair. Most beauticians recommend to not strengthen at 400 degrees to avoid heat damage. 

It was not until my 20s that I was able to really appreciate and embrace my curls. Now I am natural with very minimal heat usage. Straight hair is easy to manage but curly hair is too with the right techniques.

As a Beauty Store, we encourage our clients to be beautifully and unapologetic all themselves. Whether that's wit a silk press, curly natural hair, relaxed hair or with dyed green haor. Our suggestion is always to seek professional help first, Particularly for scalp or hair loss.


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