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DIY JO: Naturalistas New Year Must Haves

Published:Monday | January 2, 2017 | 1:00 AMJody-Anne Lawrence
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Happy New Year, my 'sistas'. In keeping with the new year this week, I am helping those returning to their roots of being a 'naturalista' and those of us that have been delinquents. These are not quite DIY tips, but things that every natural hair woman should have in her hair kit.

SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER FOR NATURAL HAIR

There are shampoos that say for 'all hair types' that are effective, but honestly, quite a few of them just make our hair trashy. Many are geared more towards processed hair. So get one that is geared towards unprocessed hair.

MOISTURISER

(not hair oil)

Please, anything that is petroleum based should not go in your hair. It is an absolute no-no. The first ingredient in your moisturiser should be water. If it is not, then put it back on the shelf and walk away, it is not for you.

CURL ACTIVATOR OR A CURL PUDDING (Butter)

There are a few that choose to use Eco Styler Gel, and it is effective the shorter the hair, and admittedly not bad for your hair. However, if you want the softer feel, I lean towards the curl pudding. Your hair is a bit easier to curl the shorter it is, thus, giving it a dollop of this will go a far way. Plus, the possibility of flaking is much less.

JAMAICAN BLACK CASTOR OIL

If you did a big chop and you want your hair to grow quickly, a little of this on the scalp will go a far way. The scent is not pleasant, but it does not linger, and you do not need to put it on the hair itself. Just apply to scalp and see the results.

TEA TREE OIL

This is a must-have for 'naturalistas' like myself, who struggle with eczema. You cannot live without this.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (with the Mother)

For that once-a-month stripping of all the build-up of all the products we tend to use in our hair.

DEEP CONDITIONER

It is never too early to start treating your hair. It will ensure that it grows healthy.

WIDE-TOOTH COMB

Never use a fine-tooth comb in your hair, ever! With our curl pattern, fine-tooth combs snag and tear out the hair. Do not go to a hairdresser and have them tell you that it is dead hair, you can't feel dead hair. So if you feel it, then it is not dead.

DENMAN BRUSH, SMOOTH

WIDE BRISTLE BRUSH

This is perfect for combing through your hair. For lighter hair, it helps to stimulate curls for a wash and go.

EDGE CONTROL,

TOOTHBRUSH OR TIGHT BRISTLE PADDLE BRUSH

I grouped these together because you do not usually use one without the other. The edge control helps to keep those edges in place, and the brush or toothbrush puts them in place, for a sleek, smooth finish.

Bonus tip for every woman: Silk scarf - Every woman should have this, irrespective of you hair style or type. You should sleep with your silk scarf to prevent split ends.

jody-anne.lawrence@gleanerjm.com