Monday, October 19, 2015

Beauty tips on the street - Explaining my wash and go to people

I sometimes get stopped on the street or in the bss (beauty supply store) by ladies asking for tips. They love my little spirals and want t know how they can do it themselves. I am really flattered when this happens.

I am so happy to share my tips.

Most people want to know how I achieve my wash and go (my staple style since day 1). People seem to love the little ringlets. They just love the little curls locked in by gel. They want to know how to do this.

My short answer is with gel. I know definitely that without gel my curls do not form and stay in place and I get major frizz. My wash and go can last a week if I re-wet it a couple of times in the week and lightly spray it with my water bottle on the other days.

Today, the lady I talked to was so sweet. At first, I felt a little uncomfortable because she was really staring at me. It looked like she wanted to say something to me but was hesitating. Then she asked... I gave her my routine. She really appreciated my advice. She was really sweet.

I wonder though...

I've given advice to strangers many times but I'm not sure how they apply the information I give them.

My brothers and my husband told me I should refer them to my You Tube channel or my blog.

When I started my first hair journey, I was also intrigued by all the girls on You Tube and their hair and how they did what they did with it. Now, I feel like I got my PhD in hair care. I understand all the terminology, all the techniques. The only thing I have yet to master is: understanding how to take care of curly-kinky hair with the harsh winter of Canada and how to transmit all this knowledge I have to people who are not into You Tube and social media. 

People around me, in my real life, do not use proper hair practices for the most part. Most of them do not even believe what I do to my hair applies to them. They still comb their hair dry. Leave their hair to dry out. Use grease. Don’t have a proper routine and are really stuck in the old school ways of taking care of kinky hair.

My heart rejoices when I see another natural on the street. I always feel like going up to them and say: “Your hair is beautiful!”. I never have the courage to do this in person but here I am and I am saying it: “Hello natural, you’re hair is beautiful!”

I also like beautiful relaxed hair but my heart belongs to natural hair for the time being and forever I'm sure. And when I see relaxed girls with hair in bad shape, I feel like telling them: “come on over to the other side, you won't regret it.”

It’s a big decision, I know. It took me 10 years to make it and stick to it.

I heard people say the natural hair blogger/vlogger topic is saturated, but I really don’t think it is.

We are now starting to see media in the main stream mention the strides the movement has been making since 2009. But mainstream consumers are not following suit. We still have some work to do. Natural hair products are selling well but they are not yet accessible in mainstream stores like Walmart and local drugstores.

We have more work to do to put the word out there. I want to be a part of that.

We are not there yet…

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