I bet you’re wondering, how in the world does she wash her hair with those twists in? Or How does she take care of her hair like that? Well let me tell you something it isn’t easy especially living in a country that dedicates most of it’s hair products to straight haired people. But where there’s a will, there’s a way
I was unsure on how to go about caring for my hair while living in South Korea. It’s hard for me to really trust anyone with my hair, but myself. I got my hair done in Itaewon (Nelly hair braiding Salon). And she did a good job. At first the style hurt (which it shouldn’t, because I asked her not to do the style tight), but after awhile the soreness went away. For some time I styled my hair in a half up, half down style while I contemplated what hairstyles to do. Unfortunately, I could not master the top knot no matter how many YouTube videos I watched. So I settled for wearing it down, in a bun, and mostly half up half down.
When it came to washing my hair I went against Nelly’s suggestion. She said that I shouldn’t wash my hair, because the style would come out. But I don’t do that not taking care of my hair kind of life so I ignored it. I wash my hair once a week and use Cantu’s Shea Butter for natural hair Sulfate-free Cleansing cream shampoo. And of course I follow up with Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow and Restore Treatment Masque. I take the time to moisturize my strands, and scalp with Olive oil, and a leave in conditioner. I don’t want to put too many products on my hair, but I also don’t want to deprive my hair of proper nourishment.
It’s true what they say you know. We should be in control of our own hair care. Although, it’s nice to get advice, and suggestions from other people that’s all they are, suggestions and advice. Ultimately it’s up to us to make the final call on our hair, because we are the ones who have to live with the decisions made. As much as I love the Senegalese Twists in my hair I really miss my own hair.
Going natural has really taught me the beauty of loving what comes from my roots. I’ve learned that length isn’t everything (even though my hair grows kinda fast), and that ultimately the health of my hair is most important. Although I love curly hair (always have actually), it won’t stop me from straightening my hair or trying new things, because hair is hair. It’ll grow back.
Was it a good idea for me to go natural before coming to Korea? I think so. Is there ever a good time for change? Maybe not. But I think before you head off to a foreign country is a great way to start. In the natural hair community it’s hard to find a balance now. People are so concerned with length (nothing wrong with that, I would like long hair too one day), but I think people are also too concerned about hair type. Which is another post all in itself. Honestly I’m more focused on the different hairstyles I can pursue. While having relaxed hair I rarely did any styles to my hair. It wasn’t until high school that I started experimenting with different styles. And for college I think I dived back into the old straight hairstyles again. We get comfortable. That’s okay. But I think change is a great way for us to figure out who we are, even if it’s as simple as changing your hairstyle. Don’t tell me you’ve never thought about it. I know you have. Like I said twists are great, but there’s nothing like the hair I am getting to know, and starting to love. I have a while to go since I am still transitioning. But I think I’m off to a pretty great start, don’t you?
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