Continuing on remembering the past, here are my top 5 tips from the first year of my hair journey. It took me a long time to figure most of this out, and these tips will prep you for the next few posts and videos I have to come. Here are the tips:
Google information about natural hair to get a sense of what our hair needs to be healthy. Most of the information out there is very helpful and is a good way to begin treating your hair correctly.
Begin using these techniques you’ve researched and incorporate them into a temporary routine. Either use someone’s routine or create your own, but all routines will begin to change depending on the hair type and your personal interests. Be sure to “listen” to your hair. If whatever you’re doing makes your hair dry and brittle instead of soft, supple, moisturized, and elastic, change up the products and methods.
Even though most of what you’re doing is new and may be helping or not, don’t forget to moisturize using water. Water is the best moisturizer for our hair.
4. Proper Hair Tools
For short hair, you’ll need different tools than someone with longer hair. Most of our combs are going to be different and so are our techniques.
This is the most important. It takes time. It’s taken a year and half for my hair to reach the length it’s at.
This list is particularly created for those with short hair, but anyone can benefit. Check out the video after the jump and post your thoughts.
I’m taking you guys back to the beginning of my hair journey by posting my Big Chop, just to precursor whats to come and remind everyone where I began. In the photo above, you can see the first three months of my hair journey. My hair was definitely growing, but there were a lot of missteps I made that I’ll discuss soon.
A big chop is definitely a different experience for men, since it is acceptable for us to have very short hair. But I can honestly say I hated every moment of it. The reason I began growing my hair is because with short hair I’ve always felt like I didn’t have much style and it wasn’t trendy, which is the antithesis of my persona. Also, short hair made me feel self-conscious. It exposed too much while opposing my pesonality. I was a boy with short hair but dressed unique. I still dress the same, but my hair matches everything. It’s weird to explain, but I hope you guys understand.
Check out the video after the jump of my big chop experience and why I decided to grow my hair. The main reason is because I’ve always wanted long hair, and when finding the natural hair community, I found ways to grow it correctly.
It’s taken me a few months, but I finally want to introduce Fierce Kinky Love to you!
Fierce Kinky Love wishes to provide men and women of color informative and editorial posts about natural hair care and the conversations that stem from it. Our natural hair is not only intriguing but unconventional, and people can see it as offensive. Fierce Kinky Love will constantly challenge the question why?
For almost a year and a half, I’ve been growing my hair naturally after years of texturizers, perms, and just horrible treatment. I saw a young man with very long curly hair that passed his shoulders and bounced around his face, and I fell in love–with his hair, not him. I sat down that very day and began researching about the natural hair care movement and came up with a lot of information. From then on, I began experimenting and found out the results of my experiments some times differed from those I found online. Everyone’s hair is different and I’m hoping some of you will benefit from the things I’ve found out.
I also want to include men in the discussion. For some reason, the natural hair community always neglects us. There aren’t that many men online showing us how they take care of their hair, and when a guru has an event, the greeting is always “Hey, Ladies,” or something to that effect. I’m going to try my best to reach the men and include them in the conversations. I mean, there are men out there that grow their hair. It’s time to include them.
This blog won’t be daily in the very beginning, but what is put out will definitely benefit the readers. I’ll also be posting videos and excerpts of editorials from other gurus and blogs. We need a place that brings all of these things together in one.
Make sure you guys comment and send your questions and concerns to Abe(at)ATFierce.com. I get so many questions via tweets and comments on Facebook, so I’m very happy now to collect all those questions and give answers to everyone.