|Tracee Ellis Ross|
Hey guys, this past weekend I traveled to New Orleans to make a somewhat drastic hair change…I now have sister locks (but we’ll chat about that at a later date). A week prior, I called my hair stylist frustrated with my hair. I wanted a new look, less maintenance but healthier hair.
I could tell for a while now that my hair has been off. Probably since September. As a result, I turned to a faux milk braid and hats as my go to styles. I hadn’t been to my stylist for almost a year and haven’t found a new one in Jackson. Why? Because I take my hair too seriously and I still feel like the natural hair scene is fairly new here. Also, I don’t want to waste a day and a half in a hair salon from unprofessional stylists who double book but I digress.
While I was getting my sister locks installed, my hair stylist told me two surprising facts: cowashing and deep conditioning too frequently can damage your hair! Hair needs to be cleaned and deep conditioning too much can weaken hair. After being natural for several years, I never knew this. Had I actually been damaging my hair (which is probably why I sensed it was a little off). According to my stylist, I had a little breakage and split ends which makes me question if we’re capable of properly caring for our hair…
Sure, some people are good at caring for their hair but I think most of us may need to check in with a stylist every now and then. I plan to visit mines every few months from now on. Your thoughts???