CategoryHair we go again

Alopecia, anyone?

As an adult, in some small way, I’ve probably always had an issue with hair loss. In 2018, I was under a lot of work-related stress. I remember that back then, a space that was nearly the size of a quarter in diameter cleared out completely. Luckily, while on the job, I hid my hairless territory via a hairstyle involving a faux ponytail. But before that time, that section of my head had been a...

Halle and Hairplay

Can I confess something horrible? As a longtime naturalista, over the years, I’ve caught myself judging other Black women. Not in an overtly hostile way. But I fell into a mindset where natural hair was the only hair that made sense to me.  I thought it was the best choice for everyone. And for the life of me, I couldn’t grasp why some Black women would insist on regularly wearing wigs or weaves...

Unloc’ed: What’s up with my hair?

Same hair. Old photo. Well for one thing, it’s loose again. In case we haven’t met, my name is Claire, and I’ve tried to loc my hair several times. Considering how fickle I’ve been in the past, I may try again in a few days or a few years. Who knows? For now, though, my attempts are over. Shortly after I came back home this spring, I started to undo my dreads. This decision was...

Hair – A Love Story

Yesterday on Twitter I happened upon a discussion about black people’s hair. The Essence Debates team was soliciting thoughts on wearing natural hair at work. Initially, I was ticked off. “It’s 2013, and we’re STILL discussing this…?!?” My mind even slipped into snarky territory. This is what’s wrong with black women. We still think we need permission to be ourselves. But then I looked at...

Hair we go again. And again.

There’s a bigger, better post that I meant to share earlier today. But I’m still wrestling with it. I feel a bit torn about tossing this li’l thing into the online ether. Still…Enjoy the commercial break. 😉 Remember these? After only 9 months, they were out in June. But it’s August and I find that I miss my my locs, aka the-dreads-that-almost-were. If you know me in real life...

Natural Hair – Products: The Clean-Up Crew

This is the end of the series on my haircare basics. If you missed my earlier posts, you can catch them here and here. Today I’m sharing what I use to wash my hair. Herbal Essences Hello Hydration – In June I bought the largest bottle on the shelf right before I started to undo my hair. (It’s over a liter of conditioner!!) Little did I realize that when it comes to taking out...

Natural Hair – Products: The Style Team

As mentioned in an earlier post, these are the gems I’ve been using in my hair. Oyin Handmade’s Burnt Sugar Pomade – This is an oil-based product. The packaging says it’s a “humectant”. Mind you, I’m not too sure about it’s moisturizing properties. The main reason I keep it around is that it smells like butter tarts. (If you’re Canadian, you...

Natural Hair – Products: Homemade Hair Treats

Since I’m trying to put more of myself into this blog, I thought it would be fun to do a brief series on what I use in my hair. I’m not a beauty authority. I’m just sharing what I’ve been using on my type 4a-z hair. After my locs were undone, I rounded up my old tools and products. I’ve been looking longingly at Honeyfig’s site. But I’m broke. And quite honestly, I...

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My name really is Claire. I’m a Canadian of Caribbean descent.

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