I mentioned that I went along to the Africa International Hair Expo a couple of weeks ago where I met (& loved!) Professor Nonhlanhla Khumalo (a dermatologist amongst many things) from UCT. She was the best speaker of the day & the best speaker I’ve heard on the topic of kinky/curly hair ever! She’s doing some amazing work/research & when time came for questions I asked her to share her best 3 tips.
Now none of these are rocket science but she reminded me that we often just need to get back to basics:
1. The best moisturizers are water & glycerine
I know so many people who are water averse. Water is not the enemy & is in fact where moisturising starts. We’ve all heard about glycerine & I’d actually not tried it but headed out to buy bottle after this session. Water & glycerine could not be any cheaper – no excuses!
2. No pain no gain is a myth
Whether you’re plaiting at home or at a salon getting a relaxer it shouldn’t hurt. It’s that simple. I was that girl who lied and said my relaxer wasn’t burning when I was in fact grinding my teeth in pain. These days I love to wear my hair in a puff and sometimes when I laugh I stop dead in my tracks because it pulls my hairline so much.
3. Lose the comb/brush
Ok this one isn’t easy but I understand where she’s coming from. I would say at the very least if you are going to use a comb make sure it’s on soaking wet hair & with plenty of conditioner (applied in sections). I’ve also started to do a lot more finger detangling than I did before & though it takes longer, its pretty effective
4. Stop with the hair food
I’m generalising but hair food is probably one of the poorest formulated products on the self today because of it’s formulation i.e. (cheap & highly refined) mineral oil/paraffinum liquidum. The only exception to this that I know of is T444Z – I haven’t tried it but the ingredients look good.
Ok so she ended up giving us 4 tips but no one was complaining! So there you have it, right from Prof Khumalo’s mouth!
If you’re keen on reading more of her work, try these links:
Need direction for curly hairstyles?
Brazilian Keratin Treatment
Health risks of the clean-shave chiskop haircut
Be kind to your hair!