I was out of the country for a few weeks while visiting Kenya, but I’m glad to announce that I’m back! I feel like I missed so much while I was gone, but it feels great to be home and in my own fluffy bed. It’s also Labor Day (!) which means traveling and squeezing in last summer BBQs for many, and the dreaded return of the school year for me. I’ve rounded up a few (mostly) natural hair news from the past couple of weeks for you to enjoy today as you’re hopefully relaxing one last time before the fall push til the holiday season.
If you don’t know Jenell Stewart, you’ve probably been sleeping under a rock. She’s one of the popular natural hair bloggers with kinkier hair, and I’ve been following her journey for a long time now, pretty much ever since I stumbled upon her first roll, tuck, and pin tutorials on her YouTube channel. Unfortunately, after several months of exclusive protective styling, she experienced a lot of damage that resulted in her having to significantly cut her hair. This has raised questions about whether the natural hair community’s do-it-yourself dogma is detrimental to our hair health, if extreme measures taken to achieve hair length goals endanger healthy hair, and if long-term protective styling is harmful. I’m glad she was honest about her need and decision to cut her hair because not all bloggers believe in sharing their hair woes and failures, painting an unrealistic picture of this journey.
I had given up the creamy crack just to end up getting cracked out on Youtube videos.
In a daringly honest piece recently highlighted on BGLH.com, Rosetta of Happy Black Woman shares how watching YouTube videos about natural hair actually hurt her hair esteem. To fix it, she stopped watching hair vids and reading hair blogs*, big chopped, and most importantly, stopped envying other women’s hair. I watch videos a lot less than I used to — moreso because of lack of time than a conscious boycott — but I understand where she’s coming from because it can get addicting.
Another BLGH.com exclusive, this time about a new way to categorize hair that moves away from numbers and types to a spectrum of textures. I’ve shared my thoughts on the limited utility of the popular 3a-4c hair typing system, so this new demarcation between fine, medium, and coarse hair comes as a relief. I do have a few problems with this chart by Black Hair Information, namely their suggestion to texturize coarse and medium hair, but otherwise, their recommendations make sense for what I know works for my coarse hair texture.
No, Michelle doesn’t wear her hair kinky like mine, but her highlights bring us one step closer to being hair/life twins! I absolutely LOVE the dimension of her hair color; a clear sign of a good colorist is layers of color rather than streaks, and whoever hooked my First Lady up sure knew what they were doing. The light brown color is a lovely transition from summer to fall, and I’m glad Mrs. O continues to break style conventions for first ladies! Maybe now my mom will agree to get some color.
* Don’t stop reading me! I mean, unless you have to…
What do you think about these nuggets of news? Did they spark anything new in your mental approach to your natural hair journey? Do you agree or disagree with my little analysis? Leave your thoughts below!