Blackhairstory

Natural Hair & Care

Weaves for Babies March 21, 2009

Filed under: children,extensions,Uncategorized — R.D. @ 10:07 pm
Tags: , ,

Baby Bangs

I don’t know if anyone has heard of Baby Bangs but they are a hair band of hair strands, which “have been arranged in the cutest most adorable elfish coiffure!” What do you think about Baby Bangs?

Advertisements
 

Lock Maintenance February 27, 2009

Dear sisters,

Many of you have approached me and asked me to ask how to start your locks. I have been trying to think about the advice that was most helpful to me when I was starting my locks. I have synthesized my thoughts into a short list. Let me know if this helps.

1. This is my second time having locks. Each time I have started my locks I have gone to a salon to begin the process them. I do this because it helps to have your hair parted evenly. Decisions that you make in the early phases of the process will greatly affect the way that your locks develop.

2.You should know that in the very beginning of the process, your locks may unravel each time that you twist them. BE PATIENT. After a while, some locks will remain twisted.

3. Eventually, more and more of your locks will remain twisted.

4. If having your locks unravel each time that you get your hair done is discouraging to you, there are many alcohol based cleansers that you can use to clean your scalp.olive-oil

5. It is necessary for you to wash your hair as often as you would if you were not in the locking process. Do not believe people who tell you that your hair must remain unwashed. This is simply untrue.

6. Remember to moisturize your scalp.

7. To retwist your locks after they have unraveled, there are two options:

Twist and pin: you will need pins that you can purchase at any beauty supply store and a twisting aid. I like to use Organic Root Stimulator’s Olive Oil. There are a number of products on the market.

The Twist and Pin Method

1. Apply cream to root of the hair and twist it clockwise firmly.

2. Use a hair pin to hold the twist (at the root) so it doesn’t unravel.

3. You can sit under a dryer or use a hair dryer to set the twists.

The twists are not dreads when they are first made and will be delicate while they are locking. It is a good idea to sleep with a scarf or stocking over the dreads to prevent them from picking up fuzzies.

The Finger Twisting Method

This method is best used when the locks are past their initial stage and do not unravel immediately after being twisted.

1.  Twist the hair around and around clockwise.  Use root stimulator with your fingers and twist it into the hair to help hold it in place.

2. You will need to retwist often at the beginning of the process. Eventually you will need to retwist less and less.

More to come!

Sincerely,

Black hairstorian

 

Writing new hair stories for our children February 19, 2009

Filed under: Barbie,Black dolls,children,natural — R.D. @ 10:39 pm
Tags: , ,

During the 40’s psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark created the doll test to test the effects of segregation on black children. The findings provided overwhelming evidence of the damaging consequences of segregation for young African-Americans; many children demonstrated signs of internalized inferiority. In the experiment, the Clarks presented black children with dolls that were identical in every aspect except for color. All of the children correctly identified the race of the dolls. However, when asked to select the doll that they preferred, most of the children selected the white doll and ascribed positive attributes to it. When the Clarks asked the children to draw themselves, many of the children chose white and yellow crayons and refused to use brown or black crayons. In addition to feelings of inferiority, the children exhibited signs of self-hatred. Today, African-American children continue to  exhibit the very findings reported by the Clarks. In 2006, 17-year-old Kiri Davis’ eight minute documentary “A Girl Like Me” revealed that little has changed:

A  female voice asks the child a question: “Can you show me the doll that looks bad?”

The child, a preschool-aged Black girl, quickly picks up and shows the Black doll over a White one that is identical in every respect except complexion.

“And why does that look bad?”

“Because she’s Black,” the little girl answers emphatically.

“And why is this the nice doll?” the voice continues.

“Because she’s White.”

“And can you give me the doll that looks like you?”curlyqmilkshake

The little girl hesitates for a split second before handing over the Black doll that she has just designated as the uglier one.

Today many African-American parents say that the color of a doll should not be a deciding factor when making pilovemyhaironesieurchases. However, their children often own a disproportional number of white dolls. Aren’t we making a decision not to buy a black doll if we are choosing a white one? Unfortunately, the legacy of segregation and slavery does not only manifest itself in children; it begins with and is apparent in the behavior of their parents. Today there are many options for parents who are concerned about the images available to their children and ways to counteract the concepts of beauty that are being transmitted to their children. Tbenjaminbannekerhe site Dollslikeme provides parents with so many different kinds of clothes, dolls, toys, books and hair products that are affirming for young children of color. It was very hard for me to keep myself from buying some of the dolls that I saw (Harriet Tubman, Benjamin Banneker). However, what is most appealing about the site is its committment to promoting diversity in a multicultural society. Hispanic, asian, white and black dolls are present on the site. This is more reflective of the society that we live in and provides children with beautiful imitations of themselves, people in their neighborhood and people in school. The dolls possess a range of hair textures (straight to tightly curled)!!! This made me smile because all children can benefit from having dolls that reflect society (I do not believe that children should only have dolls of one color because play is practice for life). Although the Clarks’ experiment only revealed the negative side effects of segregation for the African-American community, we all exhibit the symptoms of those who have lived in a society built upon the backs of others and should always be looking to heal ourselves and eachother.

 

My Nappy Roots January 8, 2009

Sticks and stones may break your bones but words can crush your soul.

My Nappy ROOTS: “NAPPY HEADED”