I think many natural women freak out at the sound of the words ‘hair color’ or ‘bleach.’ I completely understand the reservation behind it. You may be afraid that your hair will fall out; it’s too permanent; you are afraid of the unknowns of applying lightener to your hair.
Here are 5 ways to care for your color-treated natural hair.
1. Go to a professional for your color. If you want to avoid a potential color disaster, you may want to consider going to a professional in the first place. They have specific training on what is necessary for a healthy color processing session. As professionals, they have licensed access to products that the general public doesn’t have access to.
2.Use products that are specifically formulated for color-treated hair. These products will not only keep your hair in the healthiest possible condition, but they will allow for the longevity of your color.
3. Wash your hair in cooler temperature water and finish with a cool water rinse. This will also help with the longevity of your color as well as helping to close the hair cuticle.
4. Deep condition. It’s no secret that color-treated hair may be prone to dryness. To help keep a lot of the dryness at bay, use deep conditioners and hair masks to further infuse your hair with moisture.
Don’t be afraid of color! If you need a little sumthin sumthin to add a little pizazz, you can always consider coloring a small fragment of your hair instead of committing to the color on your entire head.
My birthday recently passed on August 14th. Now that i’m in the 28th year of my life, I’ve been re-evaluating a lot of things. I’ve thinking about my life, goals, relationships, and truly living into my passions.
One of the things that I strive to do is live unapologetically. The truth is, we will all make mistakes. We will all do or have done things that we are not proud of. But I’m finding that it is way more important to not live a life that is a continual apology, but to live a life of continual forgiveness of myself and others. The older I get, the more I begin to realize the importance of building fences with gates instead of walls.
I’m letting go of the things that I can’t change. I’m letting go of the things that I don’t have control over. I am loving, believing in, affirming, and investing in myself. I am living the truth of my life, my experiences, and my beliefs in every present moment. These are things that I am choosing to do because they are life-giving to me. I am able to disagree, with love and respect. I am practicing living a life of authority and vulnerability.
And I love these shoes. I digress. These are all things I’ve pondered, wrestled with, and decided to live out. I’m excited for what this 28th year is unveiling. A few of my other goals consist of sharing quite a bit more and allowing much more space to create in being the artist and creative that has always been. Sweet 28.
One of my 500,000 (mild exaggeration) god children graduated from Kindergarten. For some reason, this morning, Jason and I were on serious Jamaican people time. Fortunately, we got there while he was still sitting with his classmates so I could get a photo of him. He was so proud of himself, sitting up there with his piercing blue eyes that was intensified by his blue shirt, holding his diploma. It wouldn’t have been E if he wasn’t wearing a tie with skulls and cross bones.
Seeing E at his graduation made me reminisce a bit. I remembered the age of simple delights like cookies, playing on the playground, loving all of your teachers (I mean, what kindergartener didn’t?), and falling asleep in the car and having your mom carry you in the house. Ah, those were simpler times.
The first time I saw this top, it was actually from a distance. I thought it was a floral print, but when I got up close, I realized it was more like watercolor. I also really love the pleating on the bottom portion of the top because it adds a bit more structure to it.
I promise, I’m not gone…completely. I have been doing lots of hard work and PCOS activism over at PCOS Awareness Association (PCOSAA). I was recently given the opportunity to be the Co-President and serve alongside a small group of wonderfully dedicated, brilliant, and sassy women. We are laying a lot of ground work so it has been awesomely time consuming. I have so many things to share with you. Soon. Very soon. Cross my heart.