That Good Indian Hair

August 18, 2009

in Personal,Video

I feel like talking about my hair today (right now). If you haven’t seen the trailer for Chris Rock’s “Good Hair,” you can watch here:

Looks like this will be a funny film. I think I pretty much know how most of the movie will pan out, being a Black woman and all, but I am interested in seeing what the celebrity weave wearers have to say (because usually they pretend like they’re not wearing some expensive lace front), as well as find out more information about the weave trade industry from India.

I’m still growing out my hair. It is chugging along nicely, its length down to the bottom of my cheekbones (I initially cut it to barely touching my eyebrows). I ended up buying a hair growth aid to speed this process along. I’m not entirely sure if it’s going to work, or if it’s working, but every little bit helps, no?

I’m coming to realize I know hardly anything about having Black hair (let alone Mixed hair). I say this because I surely did pick the wrong hair stylist last year. Every time I went to see her to get my hair pressed (NOBODY should be pressing my hair btw, it’s too fine), I kept asking her why the hair in front was changing in texture. The curls were limp and different from the rest of my hair. Her answer? “Your hair changes texture as you age, it’s always evovling.” What a lie! Well, okay, that might be true, however as my hair grows back in it looks EXACTLY like it used to look when I was in high school.  My texture hasn’t changed at all. All this time, her constant hot press was messing up my curl pattern. When I got to NYC, I started going to a Dominican salon, and their solution for my curl pattern/thinning problems was to not wet it (at least, this is what I could make out from their Spanglish). Apparently I was wetting it, and that was no good. How can I live my life without getting ANY water on my hair? My hair is natural–it makes no sense as to why God would create me with this hair and a footnote that it can’t ever get wet. WTH? I’m just glad I had sense enough to chop it all off and start fresh again. I just need to figure out a way to care for it properly. This always feels like a friggin science experiment. 

Hopefully Good Hair can shed some light on my otherwise confused thoughts about hair.  Can’t wait for it to come out! 

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

tiffany August 18, 2009 at 11:13 AM

(A) i think i love paul mooney.
(B) raven KILLED me with her weave tug.
(C) i don’t think that wetting your hair is the problem. it’s more likely how you’re handling it *WHILE* it’s wet. that’s when hair is most likely to snap. but for some folks (uh, me) combing when it’s dry causes just as much breakage.
you may be able to just blow dry your hair to straighten it. it could still mess with the curl pattern; you’re still stretching the hair with heat. but the damage is lower because the heat isn’t as direct as two hot metal plates are.

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Liz August 18, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Yeah I had no idea Raven even wore a weave? I guess it’s safe to assume until proven otherwise? lol.
In general, I have been taking poor care of my hair. Like, if I had naps in it, I would just rip them out instead of trying to comb them out (I KNOW!!! I am going to STOP doing this), and this happened mostly when wet. I’m just abusive. This time around, I will do better though.
I’m afraid to straighten it. I may not ever do it again lol, but if I do it will probably be a blow dry. No more hot combs and flatirons and such.

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aron ranen August 22, 2009 at 6:36 PM

Please take a moment to check out my documentary film BLACK HAIR
It is free at youtube. 6 parts including an update from London, England.
It explores the Korean Take-over of the Black Beauty Supply and Hair biz..
The current situation makes it hard to believe that Madame C.J. Walker once ran the whole thing.
I am not a hater, I am a motivator.
Plus I am a White guy who stumbled upon this, and felt it was so wrong I had to make a film about it.
self-funded film, made from the heart.
Can it be taken back?
Link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p96aaTSdrAE

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Sunny October 5, 2009 at 11:06 PM

Liz, buy the book that changed my life (seriously, it changed my life): “Andre Talks Hair” by Andre Walker, a hairdresser who has won Emmy awards (plural) for doing Oprah’s hair. He posits there are only four textures of hair: straight, wavy, curly, and kinky. These are numbered in his book, with letters given for sub-types. I’m a 3b, 3 being curly, and b being my particular texture of curly. I’m a not-mixed black (at least no more mixed than most American blacks) with a “mixed” hair texture. I spent my LIFE hating my hair–how it made me different, the length of it (hair that long on a little black girl in the decades before weave just confused people), how to fix it, how frequently to wash it, how to style it, how to care for it, what products to use, etc.–just years of confusion and frustration and split ends. Andre broke it down by type–once you figure out which type you are, you just go through and he tells you what kinds of products, what care regime, etc., works for each type. I love that he doesn’t push subscribe to that “good hair” crap, just objectively tells you how to properly care for each texture and get the results you want. He also does not push any particular brand, just tells you what to look for. When I say this book changed my life, I mean it literally. Let me know if it works for you, okay?

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newlynatural October 7, 2009 at 6:11 PM

Check out a book called “Thank God I’m Natural” Really great personal experiences, pictures, home-based/natural recipes for conditioners, etc…, pretty much anything you could ask for.
also…water is good. our hair needs moisture, ranging from the kinky to curly.
check out these websites too, if you’re not familiar, they helped me with transitioning:
http://maneandchic.blogspot.com/
http://blackgirllonghair.blogspot.com/
Good luck!

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