Embracing natural hair - Hair hacks from a St Lucian perspective
Loop Lifestyle writer, Sharine Joseph
Black women embracing their natural hair is not only a trend but a significant cultural shift.
If our hair is our crown, then it is imperative for us to take care of it. Are you the type of girl that lives for a hack? If you’re anything like me, most days you’re probably digging through numerous Youtube tutorials looking for inexpensive hair hacks while thinking “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”
Here are a few tricks to help you through your natural hair journey.
- Wash your hair with twists or what we call corkscrews
Make twists your holy grail. One of the main reasons why we hate wash day is because of the frustration of detangling afterwards. Section your hair, put it in twists, shampoo, then rinse out and add your own DIY detangler. Mix 1 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel (which you can obtain from any local aloe plant), 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil and any essential oil (available at Nature’s Best, Diamond Girl) in a spray bottle and apply to hair. It will make detangling a breeze.
- Use a t-shirt instead of a towel to dry your hair
We all have an old t-shirt somewhere that we do not wear. Bring it out of retirement because it is going to prevent your hair from frizzing and breaking after your wash and condition. Thank me later.
- Make apple cider vinegar your best friend when rocking protective styles
Braids are like St Lucian signature protective hairstyle. But the buildup of dirt around the roots is a “no, no” sis. Let’s correct that with apple cider vinegar. Mix with some water and spray into the roots to loosen up the build-up and prevent breakage when removing those braids.
- Use nylon bags for deep conditioning
We can now put our 25 cent Massy nylon bags to good use for deep conditioning instead of an expensive store-bought shower cap.
- Use food from your cupboards or fridge to deep condition your hair
Who knew that our Saturday shopping at the Castries Market would come in handy not only in the kitchen? You can use eggs and mayonnaise for protein, bananas and honey for moisture and many more food items to deep condition your hair.
- Use a toothbrush to sleek those edges
Speaking of edges. Do you know that you can use shea butter and a scarf, head tie or bandana to lay down those edges instead of edge control? Well, now you know.
So, there you have it! A few simple tips to help you all along with your healthy hair journeys.
I know I wish I had known these tips before. But hey, better late than never right?