Kimberly Elise’s Natural Hair Workshop was a huge success!
The Los Angeles hair care workshop taught women with kinky, coily hair textures how to care for their hair, regardless of how women chose to wear their hair every day. The room was filled with ladies sharing their knowledge and experiences that will last a lifetime! Here’s a glimpse at a few tidbits of the many things we learned.
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1. Choose your products according to hair type and texture.
Forget the 4C, 3B labels, which say little about your hair’s porosity, density, or width diameter. Natural hair expert Aingeel-Z recommends using milks, lotions, and leave-ins for fine and softer textures, and heavier souffles and creams for coarse, thick, and spongy textures.
2. Shampoo is good for your hair. Wash often.
There is a misconception within the natural hair community, and we’d like to officially clear up the confusion: Washing your hair is GOOD. Some shampoos – especially those that contain sulfates – are too harsh for your hair.
We recommend using a gentle product that is specifically designed for African-American hair textures. Participants went home with Karen’s Body Beautiful products, which are formulated for coily hair textures. Aingeel-Z recommends washing your hair at least once every two to four weeks.
3. Read your products’ ingredients carefully.
Ignore the fancy marketing, and read the ingredients carefully. Some products are better than others. When you read your ingredients, look at what is listed first; the first ingredients compose the highest amount of your product.
4. Always use nightly protection
Night protection includes bonnets, silk scarves, and satin pillowcases. You can check out My Crowinging Jewel, which provides fasionable nightwear. (Because who doesn’t want to go to bed looking cute?)
5. Weaves help your hair grow when properly nurtured.
Tonya Thompson, owner of Dream Girl Hair Salon, reminded workshop participants to get a trim before wearing extensions, and to only wear extensions for 10 – 12 weeks. Remind your hairstylist not to put too much weight on your hairline, and to not make the hairline braids too tight. If you care for your hair properly, your hair can grow!
Cupcakes were provided by one of Kimberly’s favorite cupcake bakers, Southern Girl Desserts. We enjoyed their minnie Vegan Black Velvet cupcakes! Participants were also gifted products from Karen’s Body Beautiful and Infinity Bath and Body. 3 participants went home with a copy of Sunne’s Gift by Ama Karikari Yawson. We recommend Sunne’s Gift for any young girl.
Stay posted for a full review of this wonderful book! We’d like to thank our renowned stylists Aingeel–Z of Natural Kinx & Waves, and Tonya Thompson, lead stylist and owner of Dream Girls Hair Salon, who shared their abundant knowledge in the care and upkeep of coily hair.