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Hello everyone! It’s been SUCH a long time since I’ve written about a topic that gets the side-eye from me. Although I find things to side-eye almost daily, not all of them make it to the blog. This story, however, written on June 19 2012 by Kenyada Jones at The Examiner makes the cut.
Different states usually have their own rules for obtaining a braiding or cosmetology license. In Tennessee, cosmetologists are required to complete 1500 hours of practice and theory at a school of cosmetology. To get a braiding license (also called a Natural Hair Stylist license), you must complete 300 hours of practice and theory at a school of cosmetology.
Hello everyone! So apparently, in 2012 we’re still using euphemisms to describe hair damage… OH. An article was written this week by what I would consider a pretty popular natural hair blog giving tips on ‘heat training’ natural hair. Then I saw a recent ad for a Just For Me childrens ‘texture softener’, which claimed to be ‘naturally gentle’. As naturally gentle as a chemical straightener can get, I suppose. *SIDE-EYE* What exactly ARE these treatments? Why all the sugar coating?
Let’s get something straight, I’m a firm believer that what you do with YOUR hair is YOUR choice. I’m also a firm believer that we need to call a spade a spade. No more tiptoeing around the subject.
First of all, ‘heat training’ is the euphemism given to using systematic heat damage to loosen your curl pattern and achieve more ‘manageable’ hair that is resistant to reverting back to its curly state after straightening. If you Google ‘heat training for natural hair’, you will see a plethora of blog posts, YouTube videos discussing the topic, or showing you how to ‘safely’ heat train your hair. What I can’t understand is, why do most of these articles and videos state that ‘heat training’ ‘may cause’ heat damage, and in some cases state that it IS heat damage, but still continue to differentiate between the two?
Is it so they don’t offend women who are actively ‘heat training’ their natural hair, and swear it isn’t damaged? Maybe, but whether the term is offensive or not, ‘heat training’ is heat damage. Whether it is happening gradually or not makes no difference when it comes to the end result.
Secondly, due to differences in hair texture, coarseness, and porosity, ‘heat training’ is hardly a predictable endeavor. No one can tell you what amount of heat can ‘safely’ heat train your hair. Some people can use heat regularly without any change in curl pattern. Others may heat style once, and end up with sections of hair that refuse to curl again. So regardless of what the ‘heat training’ gurus say, can you ever REALLY control the ‘heat training’ process?
Finally, what is up with trying to decide which type of damage is ‘worse’? ‘Heat training’ is not as bad as heat damage? Damage is damage, is it not? No matter what type it is, it will still have to be grown out, or cut off.
My hair has been ‘heat trained’ as well. I am currently growing out my damaged hair which was thin, lifeless, and limp. Before we start trying to rationalize why this was my result, it isn’t because I ‘wasn’t ‘heat training’ correctly’. That is simply what happens to hair when it is damaged.
Now, if you choose, there are natural ways to loosen curl pattern. Depending on your hair structure, certain clays and natural dyes (such as henna) can loosen curls. This effect isn’t permanent, and the hair returns to its original texture once the treatment wears off after multiple washings. I experienced this when I first decided to grow my heat damage out. I began doing henna treatments every other week (WAY too much. I have no idea why I thought that would be a good idea), and soon the little curl I had was too loose to hold twists! Once I cut henna treatments back to every 8 weeks, my hair returned to normal.
Let me reiterate, I don’t have a problem with how anyone chooses to style their hair. I do have a problem with misrepresentation of what exactly is happening to the hair, providing one-sided information, and then encouraging others to follow your lead. With that said, before you decide to try any new treatment on your hair, make sure you know exactly what is happening and whether there will be any long-term effects from what you are doing. Knowledge is power, make sure you educate yourself!
What do you all think about ‘heat training’? Have you tried it, or do you know anyone who has tried it? Do you feel certain terms such as ‘texture softener’, ‘silkener’ and ‘heat training’ are at all misleading, or am I trippin?
Hello everyone! Isn’t it too early in the week for me to be giving out Side-eyes, you ask? *side-eye* I think not… I know that many natural women view other naturals as friends, battle buddies, confidants, and supporters, but what if you run into a natural who is none of those things?
I have a friend who is surprisingly close-minded to be natural. She seems to believe that only certain textures can go natural. She uses doesn’t like styles that look too ‘fro-like’, she asserts that “Natural hair isn’t for everybody”, told me I was ‘going back to Africa’ by not using synthetic products in my hair, and refers to certain hair types as ‘nappy’ (not in a good way, either) or ‘slavery hair’… O_O y’all… I just… *SIDE-EYE*
I suppose I assumed that a woman who was natural would have an appreciation and respect for all hair textures, since most naturals see natural hair as a declaration that the way we were born is beautiful. With that thinking, most naturals will respect and admire your style choices. Not this natural woman, though, oh no!! Apparently, you must have a certain hair type to wear it naturally.
Anyway, I was just so taken aback to hear her speak like this because she herself wears her hair curly! What is the point of going natural if you are still going to keep the idea that one type of hair is more acceptable than another? In addition, by holding on to this idea, she is limiting herself from an entire community of women with all different hair textures to a much smaller group of women with only her texture or looser. Too bad for her…
Do you all know a ‘Natural-hair-isnt-for-everyone’ natural like this one? What did you/should you do in this situation? Help me out, I’m at a loss!
Hello everyone! *deep sigh* Why is there always that ONE bad apple that reflects on the rest of the barrel? I was minding my business, reveling in all the support, love, and laughter provided by Twitter natural hair community when I came across this link. Immediately, my smile turned into the straight-face. So this is why TSA agents have been poking and prodding afros and updos? See, why does someone always have to take a good thing, and use it for something bad?
This week, Thailand authorities caught a South African woman attempting to smuggle cocaine to Bangkok in artificial locs. They saw a suspicious white powder in her hair and detained her. I just… I have so many questions about this. First, read the article, and watch the video so see how it all went down.
(If you didn’t click either of those links, I’ll just tell you )
Basically, 23 year old South African citizen Nobanda Nolubabalo was detained after Thailand authorities noticed a suspicious white powder in her hair. She had taken long tubes of cocaine (1.5 kg worth), wrapped yarn around them, and attached them to her natural hair as ‘dreadlocks’. Nobanda stood to gain $1925 for transporting the drugs safely to Bangkok. Obviously, she will no longer be receiving compensation…
*sigh* I feel really bad for her. She is young, and since she ‘only’ stood to get paid $1,925 for smuggling the drugs, she probably really needed the money. on top of that, how embarrassing to be put in front of cameras like that while people go through your hair? And the fact that some were laughing… *sigh* terrible. This young woman is in some SERIOUS trouble! Thailand has some of the toughest penalties for drug offenses! This is really too bad.
The creativity factor is definitely being increased when it comes to getting away with crime. While TSA sticking their fingers in your fresh twist-out is annoying, it clearly isn’t unfounded! For now, it seems this is just how things are.
Have any of you had a run-in with TSA regarding your natural hair? Let us know about it!