No, seriously. It was the topic of my college application essay.
And I know I’m not alone. Black women and their hair... it's always a saga, always a battle, but ultimately, always an infinite source of pleasure when a style comes out right or a product does what it's supposed to.
My African-American mom gave me the kink, while by Italian father graciously donated his unbelievably thick, tight curls (which were often the topic of ignorant neighborhood kids racist little teases) to my genes. I’ve endured day-long braiding sessions (with my mom and David Hasselhoff by my side), hotcomb face and scalp scalds, relentless detangling, relaxer burns… you know, the usual. That was basically my childhood.
So long story short, I grew my hair out natural two years (relaxer, bye bye) and really didn’t know what to do with the madness. I love my curls, but I didn’t know how to tame them. And then I found the best product ever: Garner Pure Fix Extra Strong hold. It gave me ringlets! It gave me joy!
And THEN Garner discontinued the product! I’m crying on the inside. I’ve been scowering the net trying to find some remnant bottles (and I’ve found a few, God bless EBay). I’m also looking for a new product. I found a great blog called AfroBella that I’ll be checking frequently for tips, but I’d also like to ask the general public and my readers for help!
Are there any other women out there with crazy curls who can help me out? What products do you use to moisturize your hair? To define your curl? To enrich your soul?? ;)