UNVEILED BY KECH is basically about helping every woman embrace who she is. So in this post, i’ll be trying to help us understand that unique kind of hair that grows out of our follicles.
According to the Documentary by Chris Rock, the fine straight, luster, shiny hair that just bounces and moves with the wind is regarded as GOOD HAIR, while mine which can’t be packed into a pony tail like Chimamanda Adichie pointed out is regarded as BAD HAIR. Therefore the women who are like me, Spend so much time, energy effort and some really good money to ensure that their hair has the similitude of a ”good hair”.
Now after years of going with this flow, which by the way I just grew up to think is some kind of grooming that every woman must perform, I started wondering why i really need to have my hair straightened and covered most of the time. In fact when you don’t cover it ( by that i mean fix a weavon or braid) for some time, concerned friends would start asking you when you’re gonna “make your hair”, I got fed up and being motivated by some beautiful women around me who wear their natural hair, I finally made up my mind to wear my Natural hair. So far it’s been an interesting, sometimes frustrating and beautiful journey. I have finally been able to embraced who I am. An African woman who has kinky, nappy, coily hair that growing out that way from her head.
So about the black hair
- Black hair typically has a tighter curl pattern which makes our hair more fragile than others.
- Our hair has a tendency to dry out or weather more.
- Black hair is more prone to breakage due to wears & tears of the cuticle layers.
- Our hair follicles produce more sebum than other ethnic groups, but due to its curly nature the oil cannot evenly flow throughout the hair properly. Therefore, causing the need for additional oils & other hair care products to make hair more manageable and to prevent unnecessary breakage.
The hair is Nappy, spongy, kinky, too thick, and ‘difficult’ to manage
But, does that make it bad?
The basic hair structure for all races is pretty much the same. However, our curl pattern is what makes the black hair different from other ethnic groups.
Now ladies, with care and patience you can tame your coils and kinks and make them easier to manage without having to put chemicals on it. in the subsequent posts i’ll be posting stories of Beautiful black women who have chosen to wear their hair natural, their challenges, successes and their regimen.
Please keep reading the Unveiled by kech blog and remain Smooth, Kinky and Gorgeous
Here is a related post on Chimanda and her comment about the black hair http://www.ynaija.com/opinion-when-it-comes-to-the-hair-debate-i-am-all-for-chimamanda-adichie/