In a day and age, when we know we have to watch what we eat, exercise, and meditate, taking time to nurture our hair with the right products is just as important.
My sister used to wear locs, today she wears her hair very short and struggles with the dry, cold air in Alaska where she lives. I have cousins who rock fierce weaves, but we know weaves can be rough on delicate hair, and I color my hair – which takes a serious toll on curly hair.
As an African American woman it's my prerogative to wear my hair in whatever style I please. Back in the day, my mother would relax my hair at home. Then I would get up every morning, hours before I needed to be at school, so that I could use hot curlers and a curling iron to get my hair straight, but with loose waves.
Today, I'm a naturally curly girl, but because I color every few weeks, my hair can feel and look damaged. So, I have to protect it and keep it strong, enabling me to feel confident in styling my doo any way I like.
Just as I try to focus on steering clear of foods high in cholesterol, choosing organic, making sure to exercise at least 30 minutes every day, and taking time to meditate, I use products that help protect my hair from environmental and processing damage.
It's 2018, and it's time to live healthy, be healthy, contribute to my community, and take care of the hair God blessed me with.