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I have learned a lot about hair recently. My hair is doing much better without doing much to it.

When I was 19 years old, no, not just yesterday, I saw a movie called JIT at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. There was this actor in the movie wearing long and beautiful braids. The movie was from Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). I started to wear braided extensions, and it did help to grow my hair in terms of getting rid of my relaxer in my hair at the time and my hair becoming all natural Black afro. It is also known as super curly hair.

The book Good Hair by  Lonnice Brittenum Bonner really helped for my hair to grow, as well it helped me to stop smoking cigarettes. I would spend each night twisting and re-twisting my hair to have a neo-dreadlocked look. My hair grew to the middle of my back based on olive oil conditioning (which helped with Ottawa’s and sometimes Toronto’s cold winters), and also aloe vera gel, and Dr. Bronner’s peppermint shampoo diluted. My hair, now that I am 46, is at that length as well, I do the same things mostly, however, now it is dreadlocked and I smoke chemical-free cigarettes that are made in Canada.

Other things that I know about hair, that would be extremely difficult to do for me since my hair is jet black, is to colour your hair if it is lighter with food dye. This is one of the safest ways to colour your hair. Also for men, I have a handsome and young neighbour who tells me he uses “old school” ways to shave his skin and his skin is great. Dr. Bronner’s shampoo, or other products, can be great for if you have sensitive skin, and I would not be surprised if the majority of people on the planet do have sensitive skin.

When it comes to dreadlocks, I have learned recently that you really do not need to wash them too often unless you really want to. If you wash them often, this does help to create mature dreadlocks. It depends on your lifestyle how often you would wash your dreadlocks. I would say, that many Black people with African hair, or even people of other cultures with African hair, find that it is drier naturally than White hair would be. However, it actually can still be oily as well, which is something that I discovered recently, is that my hair is oily, just like my skin on my face is. Dr. Bronner’s shampoo (no, this is not a paid advertisement at all), it’s very good stuff! It’s particularly good for people that require something that has an even PH balance. Dr. Bronner’s shampoo and other products have a natural PH level that is the same as egg white.

Back in 2007, I had cut off all of my hair. This photo above is how I look today with my glasses as of Friday, July 7, 2017, at 8:42 p.m. EDT. I already look different, as of July 16, 2017, at 5:59 p.m. EDT and I will tell you why.

If you are wondering, how could I possibly look different? Well, you do also. A wise and gentle homeopathic doctor told me not too long ago when I went to her to quit smoking cigarettes that the body renews its cells every three months. This is exactly why people who have been once been diagnosed with cancer can have a different diagnosis only months later there are not any cancer cells in the body. This is why people with mental illness can go decades without a remission. This is also why even people who have been diagnosed with diabetes can live to be 100+ years old. Yes, the homeopath is right and each of us is changing every single day, every single moment, every single second. All of us – regardless of age.

I currently use Aveda shampoo mixed with Intelligent Nutrients shampoo and Carol’s Daughter’s conditioner. The one I use of Carol’s Daughter is black vanilla. I use the curly girl shampoo and the super curly hair shampoo of Aveda and Intelligent Nutrients respectively.

Since it is winter, and I will do this most likely in the summer as well, I use the shampoo and conditioner when my hair feels dirty.

I often precondition with all of my oils and mayonnaise. Sometimes what I do, particularly when it is cold, is simply precondition and rinse my hair.

I use a light oil combination of my own making on my hair daily which mostly consists of coconut oil and olive oil. Every day I rinse my hair since I exercise daily as well, and also wash it often in the summer.

I drink cold liver oil in water, aloe vera gel in water, moringa powder in water with agave syrup, fibre in water with agave syrup,  apple cider vinegar in water, and blackstrap molasses in water, and now elderberry concentrate with water.

The vitamins that I take are Omega 3 fish oils and flaxseed oils, B complex, a multivitamin, nettle, horsetail, neem, alfalfa, biotin, vitamin C, vitamin D3, hair gro vitamins, Greens+, super probiotic, and Cold FX.

I walk 33 minutes at least seven days a week.

Also, if you find you are out of honey ginger lemonade, which I also drink, lemon tea, dark berry teas, horsetail tea, nettle tea, alfalfa tea, moringa tea and many others. I also drink coffee with goats’ milk in it and also chocolate almond milk. I also got chicory which is a coffee substitute for once my Starbucks coffee is all out. I will try to keep my coffee drinking to just one cup a day. I also drink cow’s milk from time-to-time. I also drink orange juice.

I have recently discovered that with mature dreadlocks, one really does not need to use a lot of oils! It truly is wash and goes hair once the dreadlocks mature. They do need to mature. In the beginning stages of dreadlocks, just as I have read online, it is important to wash your hair each and every single day in order for the lock formations to tighten and to mature faster. If you like the twisted use of your hair, or the look with beeswax, or interlocking, or whatever methodology that you may have used in order to lock your hair (this becomes particularly creative with Caucasian-like hair), please see the book Dreadlocks, it is a fabulous book. However, if you are in the beginning stages of locked natural Black people’s hair, please wash your hair each and every single day and apply the oils that you have chosen for your hair type in order to ensure that you reach the mature stages of dreadlocks at a good time if YOU choose so.

Once the dreadlocks have matured, I am now just past the six years mark as I am writing this on Friday, March 16, 2018, and Lord, Jesus Christ, I am so happy, thank you! Now, what I have recently discovered even though the snow is falling right now is that nothing is wrong with dried natural Black people’s dreadlocks! I needed to discover this. I was still using the oils on my mature dreadlocks as though I was creating a dreadlocked Jheri curl situation! Yes, I had Jheri curls as a youth and they destroyed my hair! Chemicals will not help you. They will not. Sometimes they are needed, not everything is bad that is essentially bad.

Well, just an update to inform my readers that I am free from too much oil now. Yes, it is needed, but dried natural Black people’s hair actually does look good. I am actually delayed in writing this because I have been so busy. Thank God next week is March Break for the colleges!

So, the photo above is a selfie and this is a professional photo done by Caitlin Cronenberg back in 2007. This is how I looked then:

Photo Courtesy of Ben Barry Models – Caitlin Cronenberg

What 11 years will do, eh? Now mind you, the makeup artist was a miracle worker. Literally, that beautiful makeup artist was a miracle worker. With hair like this, conditioners and mayonnaise pre-conditioners would be recommended.

I cannot do makeup even 0.00001% as good, however, what I can do is help you to loc (dreadlocks) and to listen to your talk. I do other things, so I am not looking to get rich from this, however, if you would be interested in dreadlocking and/or dreadlocking your hair – basically what I would be doing is getting to the spots that you cannot reach for yourself – then please email at donnamagazinewordpress@gmail.com. I will under no circumstances deal with men’s hair or anyone who has been a man. Just a policy. Sorry. Women only. Thank you. Does not matter your culture, I will do it for you and I can find a public space in order to do it as long as you book far enough in advance. I would need about one week’s notice at the minimum.

It’s a big decision. One should think about it. It is not a decision to be rushed. I did not loc until 2012 – it took five years after I cut my hair in 2007 after basically a failed dreadlocking attempt. I have been dreadlocking now for five years as well, going on six, and this is actually my third attempt at dreadlocking that worked out.

Again, if interested, please contact donnamagazinewordpress.com. Please see my page on this site for my books and audiobooks for a list of the number of items I have related to the politics of hair.

As for my drinks which are cold in the summer, I will just heat them up for the winter.


Author: kakonged

I am an author, journalist, teacher, and lawyer who lives in Toronto, Canada. This picture is a selfie that was done on Saturday, February 24, 2018, nearing six years of my being dreadlocked.