10.21.2005

Black Hair.... DeBraiding and All That Jazz

Some people say that I have been assimilated into white culture because of the many ethnic things that I do not do. My speech is more proper than most black twenty-somethings, and I listen to country music [Yes I do thank you! Tim McGraw is the man!]. I do not dispute these facts, but I must say that I do not intentionally try to avoid black heritage, as much as I shy from ghettoisms that seem to infultrate our society, and carry myself in such a way that the stereotypes seem out of place for me.

Why I felt that the previous paragraph was a necessary preface to this post, I am not sure. However, I must say, that no matter how assimilated one seems to think I have become to White America, there are still somethings that I cannot avoid [not like I try to avoid sed others].

I still have BLACK HAIR.

A little history lesson, everyone in my family line for at least the past two generations [inclusive of my grandparents and my parents] have been black; when I say family line I am referring to the direct reproduction efforts that led to my own creation [aunts, uncles, and cousins not included]. Well, as I was saying as my two previous generations have been black and from the Texas and Northern Louisana areas I do not have that "good" more accuartely define soft with loose waves hair. My hair is coarse, and if I don't perm it, it gets nappy!

Growing up in a family of hairstylist, my hair always looked hmm decent, well if I'd sit down long enough to get it done. Even if I didn't get it done I'd still look hmm decent enough to walk out of my house and not get a "Ooh no she didn't." I was always under the impression that if people used the right products then their hair could have the mobility of mine and my sisters', and the luster, and the capibility of sleeping on it and just waking up in the morning and it being okay. Boy was I wrong.

My sister and I decided to take notice of Black hair today while we were chaperoning her 7th graders' field trip. And two little black girls started playing in each other's hair. First, it was evident that the little girl needed her ends clipped, and a deep conditioning. But beyond that the child's hair seemed unsalvageble. I remember when I was younger, and would play really hard my hair would shoot up all over my head but it would still not be as stiff and completely unmanagable as some of the other heads I have encountered.

We've finally realized that there are just some heads of hair, no matter what type of perm is used, will never have body, bounce, volume; it will always just look like someone drew cartoon character imobile hair onto that person's head... Oh but that's mean and I digress.

Anyway none of this has anything to do with the fact that I just spent the past few hours debraiding my sister's hair! I have hair fungus under my nails [as she has had them in probably a little longer than 9 weeks]. These are the trials of a black woman and hair. After sitting in a chair for hours to get the braids... the multiple hours of fungral braid removal hardly seem worth it. But then it is because for 6-8 weeks, we live knowing that when we wake up all we have to do is wake up!

I am just glad that I have finally developed a routine for my own hair. My hair tips, not like I'm a hair expert or anything because I'm not. I keep hair issues so very simple.
  • I shampoo every three days..yes your first reaction is "You are not white; you can't shampoo your hair that often." Well I do. I have found that shampooing my hair so often softens my naps and I can go 2 months instead of 1 betwen perms.
  • I get a perm every 2 months now instead of 4 weeks.
  • I do NOT use gel, mouse, spritz, holding spray, or any other crusty bang product that makes your hair hard and dirty and stank.
  • After shampooing I air dry in a ponytail. Man when I comb that ponytail out, it has more fluidness than water itself.
  • As far as hair products... I ONLY use one specific brand's perm, shampoo, conditioner, normalizer, and oil moisturizer.... I used to be a Revlon girl, but after one try with this other REALLY good stuff I was changed for life!
  • Get my ends clipped... okay that's an understatement. For the past year I have been saying that I was going to let my hair grow. But for some reason I have found myself addicted to the scissors. I don't know what it is. It is a sickness. Every 2 months when I get my hair permed, and flat ironed, and see that my hair has reached the middle of my shoulder blades, I play in the mirror for about 30 mins, and then the inevitable. "Cut it off please, to right below my ears."
  • As pretty and as coveted and mi-long hair is, I'm a chick of convience. When it's past my neck, it won't all fit in my pink silk scarf without me rolling, folding or clipping it up. If I fold it then it has that crease that I would have to flat iron out every morning. No thank you! Just wack it off please.
That's enough. I really just wanted to give you all something to read, as I had not blogged in a while. I am not sure how coherent all of that was, but hey(!) it's a post ain't it!

4 comments:

ahleks said...

Yes it is a post...quite a girly post!

Miss Krys said...

oh shaddup ahleks.... we can't all be journalists!

Keisha said...

Miss Krys, I know exactly what you mean. Especially after going to Kinkaid, you try to get the soft flowy hair, When you finally do, only black people know how many hours it took for that look. I know I've been there done that. Up to this day it takes me at least 2 hours under the dryer after getting a perm. Oh well at least we're blessed, we CAN manage our hair! Someone sent this to me, I'm sure you can relate. Take care. Much love, Keisha

1. You stayed in the salon for 5 or more HOURS!!!! 2 of which was under
the da** dryer!
2. You got someone to do your perm (from the box) (Soft-n-beautiful,
dark-n-lovely, just-4-me, etc.) because you couldn’t get an appointment in
time.
3. You beat your head like you retarded ‘cause you waiting for a perm and
don’t wanna scratch…
4.In 1996 you used gel (and a toothbrush) to revive your “baby hair” (some
don’t think that’s funny cuz they STILL DO IT!)
5. You let your mama, cousin, or somebody cut your bang and it wasn’t str8
so you had to wear the swoop….
6. Or better yet you WORE THE SWOOP…every BLACK girl THOUGHT she was
Aaliyah didn’t they??? The lil’ piece in her eye….
7. You wore the infamous twists in the front and down in the black hair
style…
8. you LEARNED HOW TO DO the infamous twists in the front and down in the
back style…
9.You secretly wished your hair was like the woman on the box.
10. When your hair broke off…you told everyone… “I cut it!”
11. Your beautician said they were gonna cut your split ends and your hair
went from down your back to a bob…
12. Your pulled them two pieces of RANDOM hair from the side or center of
your head and let them hang over in your face…DON’T FRONT YA’LL KNOW YA’LL
DID IT!
13. Every summer your mama got your hair braided ‘cause you were gonna go
swimming…and she didn’t wanna have to DO THAT NAPPY HEAD! That’s why…
14. You did your OWN hair and just KNEW it was cute…until you flipped thru
some photo albums 5 years later and wondered WHAT WAS I THINKIN’!
15. You put a gel and/or water mixture in your hair to hold you over until
you got it done…
16. When you were little you used to take your braids/ponytails down and
try to wear your hair “loose”…
17. You even re-styled it with them lil’ black combs they gave you on
picture day…and got BEAT for it when the proofs came back…
18. You wore beads THE WHITE ONES and then GOT HYPE when the colors came
out! Looking like SERENA and VENUS…wit da foil on the ends…before u could
get the rubberbands!
19. When Brandy came out BRAIDS was the THANG! You even switched ‘em up…
20. The beauty supply store or the beauty salon are the ONLY two places it
is ok to go in LOOKIN A MESS…ya’ll know ya’ll seen (or BEEN) the girl with
the hat on and when she pull it off as she sits in the chair she looking
like O MY GOD!!!
21. You were burned if u didnt HOLD DOWN THAT EAR! when u got your hair
"pressed"...
22. You KNOW what a vigaro..or hot oil treatment is...
23. You LOVE when your beautician SCRATCHES your head while they washin it...
24. you experimented with hair color...
25. you experimented with HAIR DO's
26. BAPS was the inspiration for your PROM up-do...
27.There are many more reasons but lastly, YOU KNOW you are victim of
Black hair care if you LAUGHED at most ALL of these…

feepee said...

i love my nappy hair. i don't fight it and it loves me back.lol. but i know the feeling once u get that routine down, where your hair does like you want it to. tis the greatest!