Hello. My name is Imari and my hair has been natural for about 2 years (but I do not wear my natural hair.) I am African American and my natural hair type is 4C, so it is very dry, kinky, coily, and shrinks. I mostly wear sew ins & micros, and Im currently using Black Earth products by Talia Waajid. I was wanting to know if you could give me some advice on a few concerns I have about my hair.
1) Since my hair is very kinky & coily, would it be healthier for my hair if I were to get an old school Press N Curl, instead of a Dominican Blowout?
2) What are the best conditioners and daily moisturizers to use to keep my natural hair healthy while Im wearing weaves/braids?
Thank you so much
Hola Imari – what a beautiful name
Let me first address the Black Earth products. I have never heard of them. However, if they work for you, keep them. People often make the mistake of switching products because their friend, or someone else is using them. What works for someone else may (or may not) work for you. Me entiendes?
Now, press n curl vs. Dominican blowout… I think you already know what I will say, but I’ll say it anyway.
I never, ever claim that Dominican blowouts are without risks. For instance, some stylists pull the hair WAY too forcefully. Applying too much tension to hair, regardless to whether it’s natural, relaxed or somewhere in between is never a good idea. Some stylists also like to grill the chicken, then deep fry it. What I mean by that is they will do the rolos (indirect heat), then blow out the hair from root to ends (indirect heat). They are like grilling chicken; it’s a healthier way to cook your chicken. Instead of stopping there, they will then flatiron the hair (direct heat), or bump up the ends with a hot curling iron (direct heat); that’s the deep frying.
In plain, old English – that’s just TOO MUCH HEAT! Ya!
So, I turn the question to you. What’s the goal? Healthy hair? or “Pretty hair?”
I do not advocate the use of direct heat, particularly when it is your main styling technique. I also do not advocate a piss-ass Dominican stylist if she’s pulling too much, not conditioning enough, just not handling your hair properly.
I would also be concerned with the health of my natural hair if I were wearing too many sew ins or rocking micros for too long. The styles can be gorgeous, but they threaten the integrity of your own hair. Look, today, you can run out and buy a lace-front wig, change your style in a second, without really messing with your own tresses. This is not to say that sew-ins should be banned. Nor, should you stop getting micros altogether, but you need to be mindful that every styling technique, other than wearing your hair carefree and au naturale, comes with certain risks.
Ultimately, if it were my hair, I’d opt for a Dominican blowout, only straightening my roots and focusing on the health of my existing hair.
The products that I use are Baba de Caracol – this and Chi Silk Infusion are my staples. The only other product that I MUST HAVE is Aphogee two step protein treatment.
I know I probably did not give you the answer you were looking for, but this is a very tough question for me to answer.