Why we know so little about our hair
5 months ago, 22 July 07:14
What would you say are the hair trends? The annual Hair Raising Conference rolled around on Tuesday at Hilton Hotel. So well-attended at a point there was standing room only.
You should be happy to hear this because it means your hairstylist is woke with stuff you can’t Google. We know Indian hair grows even more popular and it is preferable than Chinese hair.
Did you know that with the rise of cancer causing hair loss, healthier choices and a market of savvy consumers aware of products also comes the rise and rise of weaves and wigs? That this is inspiring the making of kinky hair textures for the black market.
Founder and CEO Hair Hub Trichology Centre, the Hair Raising Conference and The Afro Hair Awards Muli Musyoka, says, “hairstyling is an art and it is also a science.” Making a solid case for a deep dive into black hair. Through a series of deeply technical insights, it became apparent how little we truly know about our own hair.
This was reiterated by Kirigo Kabuga, Sisterlocks Brand Ambassador with over two decades’ industry experience. Based in Maryland, US, Kirigo, with a team of appreciative black hair scholars, are finally attempting that which has not been tried before. Building a library exclusively made up of black hair content.
Shattering the myth of steel wool hair as well as gasp, hair typing, rubbishing the 4a, 4b and 4 c's infamous chart attributed to Oprah’s award winning stylist Andre Walker as nothing more than a marketing and sales pitch to get us to spend more money on products that fix our particular batch of ‘problems.’
Look at your coils, she says. Do you have a short coil pattern, a medium one or a long one? That will tell you how to style it and what kind of protective styles will work for you. So impossible is this information to find that even illustrations to demonstrate her observations are yet to be created. She gave an example of how our cuticles lie against our scalps by use of a fish and fish scales, flat; with an indistinguishable overlap.
Understand the magic of our hair lies in two words - coil count. You know how you grab a hair, pull it and it bounces back? That strand of hair has a specific number of coils wound tightly to form it. That is what we need to preserve. Which is why Naturals need to end this bad habit of discussing and striving for hair length.
“We should not be discussing length anymore and get caught up in the wrong thing. It takes many coil counts to make the hair. It makes how long your hair is redundant because our measurement is different.” To sink this in, she adds, “did you know our hair can hold up to two times its water weight?”
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