I was reading a really interesting article on Global News email alerts today about a woman who used a cheap shampoo for 30 years and caused wax build-up in her hair! Well, my hair friend, just creating my dreadlocks the first time back in 1999, I used beeswax, and the buildup in my hair was so thick that it caused me to go to a hair salon called O’mari’s in Montréal when I was living there and the barber cut off my hair to look like one of the singers from Boyz to Men (he really had no choice). Only the hair close to my scalp was not murky:
So, my friend, the 30-year build up from cheap shampoo my friend, I would then use products that would also cause build-up on my hair. Even with the locks that I started in March of 2012 with the help of Mariam Ibrahim who has written a great book that I helped to edit:
I would use products on my hair and then have just realised pretty much within the past six months, that my hair, and even afro-textured hair, pretty much wash and go and really does not require a lot of product, nor washing. Some of the people with straight hair, because most people with curly hair or frizzy hair know this, but most people even with straight hair, as I have been told by straight-haired people themselves, probably wash their hair more often than they actually should. Mariam Ibrahim herself, told me after I asked her: “how often should I wash my hair?” Yes, a common question I know, however, Mariam’s answer was not common. She said: “whenever it feels dirty.” Yes, this is true. And even many people know this about the skin on their bodies. Many people will wash their skin too often, then wonder, why they have dry skin? Well, if you wash your skin, face, clean your nails, etc., based on the theory that simply dirt, literal dirt, grime, buildup, etc., needs to be removed, then I would imagine, as I experience myself, that you will not have dry skin.
Why would this be important? Well, many people complain even about things such as wrinkles. As I grow older, I think about this. I am almost 50 years old, and not to brag, but I really don’t have wrinkles. But, it’s not necessarily because I am black, it has more to do with the fact that I use Castille soap which has an alkaline level to egg white, and I also dilute it, I’m not a construction worker, I’m a writer, I’m not exposed to any harsh chemicals as even some hairdressers themselves could be, therefore, I am really not exposing my skin to anything particularly damaging. It’s not that much different, in order to be a little funny, then if you have a piece of favourite clothing. If you barely wear your favourite clothing, it will last longer. If you wear it out, just like shoes as well, a lot, it will start to look raggedy.
All of this is meant to start an online forum that is absolutely free, called the Hairnet Café.
This is a revival of a café similar to the vibrations of the universal voices, not just curly hair talk, but straight hair talk, all different colours, as well as American spellers, and people with absolutely no hair. Let’s talk about hair, skin, nails, etc. If we get some advertisers on here, you may find out about some of the best places all over the world you can go to look the way you want to. If we have some great do-it-yourself types out there, you may receive some wonderful free tips.
This would be an on-going free Hairnet Café that is universal, where actually I began this idea in 1998 in Montréal, Québec inspired by Mariame Kaba who was talking black hair and writing it while I was just thinking about it:
Also, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Chris Rock’s “Good Hair” documentary in 2009:
But this time, the conversation I would like to be universal, not just about black folk! All folk have the same issues. Listen to notable academic Grant McCracken who also wrote another inspiring book I read while doing my original research on black hair politics back in 1998 and here is the book first, then a video from TEDxHarlem:
Donna Magazine encourages your comments and let’s see where this discussion takes us! I will be moderating the comments. British, American, and other written languages are welcome to respond. If you have a good comment and I can figure out the language that you are communicating in with Google Translate, it will be approved.